If you’ve studied up on Lawton’s history, you may already know that gambling was a major activity here until 1907 when it was declared illegal to gamble. You can be sure that some people still make a little wager now and then whether or not we have any casinos. However, gambling on putting off roof replacement shouldn’t be one of them.
Whether you’ve suffered storm damage, sprung a leak, or it’s just time, roof replacement is a major home maintenance project! If you’re here, it must be on your list of things to do.
There are several indicators that it’s time for a new roof. Not everyone catches them though. Most people don’t get on the roof very often. And, if you’re only up there to grab the Frisbee for the kids, you probably aren’t thinking about much except getting on that ladder and getting your feet on the ground again.
As a matter of fact, most people don’t wonder if it’s time for a new roof until they see a leak. Truth be told, by then, you might be in big trouble. By the time a leak is visible from the interior of your home, extensive damage may have already occurred. Maybe, not, but don’t waste any time finding out! It only grows worse with time.
Lots of things cause a roof to leak.
Living in tornado alley guarantees we get storms with high winds! If you have an above ground shelter, don’t ever hesitate on whether or not you should head that way. If something doesn’t seem quite right, go!
Better safe than sorry, people!
When your roof is exposed to high winds, moving shingles loosen the nails bit by bit. Eventually, water gets under the shingles. Unfortunately, a loose shingle is hard to spot after the storm passes.
Hail pelting the roof can knock the granules off of your shingles. There’ll come a day when they begin to absorb the water. Meanwhile, loose nails continue to work their way out of their holes with each passing storm. If you don’t take care of the problem, it worsens, of course. The roof may only be the beginning of your replacement costs.
We hit on it above, but hail can cause severe damage to asphalt shingles. Metal roofs can withstand the beating, however aluminum will dent.
Do you go out and peer up at the roof after a severe hail storm roles through?
You’re familiar with the ones we’re talking about, right?
Yep, “the ground is literally covered with hailstones” kind of storm.
Around here, we’d wager most of us wonder how the roof’s holding up during the midst of one of those. However, hail damage can be hard to spot with the untrained eye… even if you pull out the binoculars.
It’s a good idea to schedule an inspection with a roofing professional after a severe hail storm. But, please, beware of anyone who knocks on your door and claims they were “working in the neighborhood.”
We’ve heard about those guys on the news.
If you have a chimney on a downhill slope and no chimney cricket, water’s likely getting under your chimney flashing. Moisture can accumulate under it and it will rust. Moreover, it’s setting you up for mold, wood rot, and leaks.
If either of these describe your roof, put a new one at the top of the list.
Odds are you have shingles, but homeowners are switching to metal roofs a lot these days. Shingles come in a rainbow of colors, of course. Metal and tile roofs offer options as well.
Roof replacement is a necessary business expense too. Today, lots of businesses have flat roofs. The above materials just don’t work well on them. If your business has a flat roof, one of these roofing systems will probably work better.
These roofs are extremely water resistant. The UV rays don’t affect them either. Additionally, built up roofing lasts between 15 and 30 years. They fare better in warmer climates. The aggregate layer classifies the built up system as fire resistant.
The modified roofing system is a lot like the built up system. It’s designed for low-slope roofs. Installation involves adhering membranes to the roof as the base material. They last for 20 years or better.
Both the modified and built up systems use a hot material, often asphalt, to adhere the membranes to the roof. A cold applied system doesn’t. An added benefit of the cold applied system is that during installation, no unpleasant fumes are released into the air.
The exposed white surface of the thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) system reflects UV rays making these roofs very energy efficient. TPO is a single ply membrane.
Both these systems adhere directly to your roof and become the first line of defense against our crazy weather. They are a cost efficient choice and provide energy efficiency to boot. An acrylic coating system is water based. They’re UV resistant. The down side? They don’t do well in ponding water situations. Silicone coatings, on the other hand, hold up under standing water conditions with very little erosion over time.
Urethane systems also resist ponding water. They’re impact resistant as well.
If it’s not time to consider a roof replacement yet, routine maintenance and inspections may keep that job on hold indefinitely. Periodic roof inspections will catch any small problems that you might know about for months or even years to come. Nipping things in the bud just makes good sense.
If you decide that sounds like a wise course of action, contact us. We’ll come out and give you a full report that includes photographs of any potential problems. If there is a repair in need, we’ll discuss your options and get on it ASAP if given the go-ahead.
We’re here to help.