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Top Reasons Why Fall is the Best Time for a Roof Inspection

justin brotton - Friday, March 10, 2017

by Margo Waldrop

Most homeowners wait until after severe storms to have their roofs inspected, and rightly so. If you suspect roof damage, then by all means, bring out an inspector. Repairs should always be addressed quickly. But as far as routine maintenance, fall is a great time to have a roof wellness check. In fact, regular fall inspections should be part of your roof maintenance plan, and here’s why:

  • Shingles that are weathering prematurely can worsen during winter months, creating problems with the insulation of your home.
  • Accumulation of ice and snow can cause the underlayment, exposed from damaged shingles, to fail.
  • Frigid temperatures can affect how your shingles seal to the underlayment of your roof. If any shingles are damaged, this can cause water to leak into the home.
  • If existing shingle or underlayment damage worsens through winter, the ability to complete prompt repairs can be compromised from bad weather such as ice or snow.
  • Condensation can occur during colder months causing mold and mildew growth.

Your roof is the ultimate protection against winter weather and should be treated with year-round care. As a homeowner, it is best to be proactive with your roofing maintenance. Yearly fall precautions will extend the life of your roof and prevent serious issues during the winter weather months.

for more information please go to http://www.okroofing.net
 

Five Conditions That an Improperly Ventilated Attic Can Create for Your Home

justin brotton - Friday, March 10, 2017

by Margo Waldrop

Did you know that proper attic ventilation is crucial to the efficiency of your home? Attic ventilation is a system of properly placed exhaust and intake vents that create a strong air flow to release heat and moisture from your attic. Without a properly designed system, moisture and heat build-up can wreak havoc on your home by creating the following conditions in your attic:

Condensation accumulation that affects the ability of nails to retain their hold, and also causes the roof deck to swell and possibly buckle over time.

Moisture build-up that reduces the effectiveness of your insulation and can lead to wood rot, mold and mildew. This in-turn, reduces the air quality inside of the home.

Roofing shingles that become distorted and deteriorate prematurely from heat or moisture.

Extensive heat build-up with temperatures able to reach over 140 degrees.

Attic heat that radiates into living areas, causing air conditioners and appliances to work harder. This inflates the homes energy bills as well.

This is why correct attic ventilation plays such a crucial role in the efficiency and durability of your home. Ever-changing weather conditions also affect attic functionality by the toll they take on roofing materials. Have your attic and roof inspected regularly to check for signs of moisture or heat build-up. Since roofs are the first barrier to protect your home from the elements, they should always be in tip-top shape. By maintaining a proper attic-ventilation system you can extend the life of your roof and ensure a more energy efficient home.

for more information please go to http://www.okroofing.net
 

Important Fire Safety Tips for Your Family and Home

justin brotton - Friday, March 10, 2017

by Margo Waldrop

It is an unfortunate statistic, but over 2500 people die every year from structure fires within their own homes. The main reasons for so many fatalities is lack of working smoke detectors and poor emergency planning. Fortunately, you can prepare your family for a fire emergency.

Your number one defense against a fire? Smoke detectors - they save lives! Incorporate a monthly fire detector check into your routine. Ensure that each detector functions properly and replace batteries a minimum of every 6 months. Many everyday items such as sofas, curtains, and rugs can combust easily, causing fire to spread rapidly through your home. If you can interconnect your smoke detectors, then do so. This allows every smoke detector to go off in unison, alerting everyone in your home to a fire.

Do a thorough walkthrough of your home to pre-plan escape routes. If you have an upstairs, invest in a collapsible hanging ladder and practice the escape with your children. Children should always be aware of fire safety rules, such as staying away from lit candles, active fireplaces, and lighters. Anything flammable should always be kept out of their reach. Regularly practice your emergency plan with every member of your family and also have a plan in place to protect your pets. You don’t want family members running back into a burning home for animals, so make sure that you plan ahead for your pets safety, too.

As a homeowner, there are other precautions you can take to avoid fire hazards in your home. Keep stacks of wood, and other combustibles away from your house. Make sure there are no oil soaked rags, gas cans or other flammables near lit fires such as hot water tanks. Also, don’t ignore the smell of natural gas. If you suspect your home may have a gas leak, call your natural gas company immediately.

Home fires can be deadly, but you can ensure your families safety with advance warning from smoke detectors and a solid family escape plan. Make sure to review your safety plan regularly so confusion and panic don’t overrule your pre-planned actions. Remember, practice = safety.

for more information please go to http://www.okroofing.net
 

Hail Storms? No Worries with an Impact-Resistant Roof!

justin brotton - Friday, March 10, 2017

by Margo Waldrop

Do you cringe when a hail storm is headed your way? As Oklahomans, severe weather is nothing new, but that doesn't make the dent in our wallets any easier. High winds, hail, rain and flying debris can cause significant damage to our roofs, with some roofs being replaced several times during its predicted lifetime.

This is where impact resistant shingles come in. Impact-resistant shingles differ from ordinary shingles in that they are constructed of a rubberized, flexible, polymer layer that strengthens its ability to resist the force of impact. These types of shingles are rated Class 4, which is the highest rating a shingle can receive, and is the most resistant to damage.

What does this mean for you?

Less damage, cheaper home insurance and definitely fewer headaches. In fact, according to State Farm Insurance, you can receive up to a 28% discount on your homeowner's insurance with this type of roof. Incredible savings, especially with normal homeowner rates consistently on the rise. And now that impact-resistant roofing is becoming more mainstream, its price difference from normal roofing materials is minimal.

Keep in mind, this type of roofing isn’t foolproof - but it can reduce roof damage by up to 50%. It also has a 50-year or lifetime warranty available, a vast improvement over the typical 25-year warranty included with a normal roof.

So the next time spring rolls around, be prepared with an Impact-Resistant Roof from OK Roofing.

for more information please go to http://www.okroofing.net
 





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