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Signs You Need a New Roof

Home Inspections

The life expectancy of your roof can vary. Different variables like climate and weather conditions, such as snow and hail in the midwest can cut the lifespan of all types of roofs. By knowing the warning signs that you need a new roof, you can be proactive and protect your most valued asset, your home. We recommend yearly home inspections in order to eliminate damage that can be caused from your roof underperforming.

 

One of our home solution experts will make a special trip to your home and walk you through what we find and talk about the solution that is right for you and your home.
One of our home solution experts will make a special trip to your home and walk you through what we find and talk about the solution that is right for you and your home.

 

Inspecting the Inside of Your Home

Start inside your home by checking the attic. If you see light coming through, wet spots or stains, that is a sign that your roof needs some attention. Leak stains can also appear on the ceiling of rooms within the home; check for bubbling, peeling or swelling paint, if there is moisture getting in, your roof could be the culprit.

 

Blistering or Bubbling Paint can be a sign of excess moisture in your home from improper roof ventilation or a leak.
Blistering or bubbling paint can be a sign of excess moisture in your home from improper roof ventilation or a leak.

 

Inspect the Outside of Your Home

Looking at the exterior, start with the shingles. One sign that you need to address your roof is if you see mold, moss, or mildew on the shingles. Moss on the shingles means moisture is collecting. Curling, missing or granule loss of shingles are another sign. Shingles act as a layer of protection for your home, if they are missing or damaged it can increase the opportunity for both interior and exterior damage. Not having proper ventilation in your roofing system will also wreak havoc on your home.

 

Granule loss on a shingle due to hail damage.
Granule loss on a shingle due to hail damage.

 

Roof discoloration is another warning sign. If you see discoloration in the shingles it could be lost granules or algae forming. Losing granules can be a result from the natural aging of your roof or a result of  hail or wind damage. Algae forming is a result of moisture collecting on the roof from the vents and looks like streaks on the roof.

If you see drooping in any areas of your roof, especially in the valleys, you need to call to get an estimate as soon as possible. Make sure your flashing is still intact, it is very important that the seams of your roof are sealed. Don’t forget to check around the chimney and vents, these are another common problem area on roofing systems.

 

Pictured is a home that had both algae and moss growing from moisture collecting on the roof from the vents, creating streaks on the shingles.
Pictured is a home that had both algae and moss growing from moisture collecting on the roof from the vents, creating streaks on the shingles.

 

Our Solution

If you notice any of the warning signs mentioned above, contact LeafGuard® of Oklahoma today. We offer FREE home inspections and are here to help you every step of the way. Need a new roof? At LeafGuard® of Oklahoma we offer exclusive warranties so we can ensure that your home has a durable, sturdy roof that will look great and last for years to come. As a GAF Master Elite® Contractor, we are your premier source for GAF asphalt shingles. GAF asphalt shingles come in a wide variety of architectural styles and colors, so you can create your desired aesthetic and won’t have to sacrifice visual appeal for enhanced durability.

Aside from our roofing systems, GAF also recommends taking a look at your gutters. Gutters help protect your roofing, siding, windows and foundation. With LeafGuard® Brand Gutters, the can also eliminate gutter maintenance forever. As Oklahoma’s only LeafGuard® dealer in the state contact us today.

 

 

We know how important any home investment is. Get it done right the first time with LeafGuard® of Oklahoma. We offer options that will look great on your home and provide the lasting protection you desire. To schedule your free roof evaluation call LeafGuard® of Oklahoma.

 

 

4 Costly Damages Caused by Poorly Functioning Gutters

Underperforming Gutters can Cause Serious Damage

When you compare the damage caused by poorly functioning gutters to the price of LeafGuard® Brand Gutters, the cost is relatively cheap. Listed below are the 4 most expensive damages caused by underperforming gutter systems.

 

Foundation Damage

Clogged gutters can cause rainwater to overflow and pool on the ground below next to your foundation. When your home does not have a fully functioning gutter system, the continuous pooling of water can cause soil erosion, cracks in the foundation, walls and baseboards and sagging floors. According to Angie’s list, foundation repair can cost anywhere from $250 to $12,000.

 

Soil erosion and pooling water around your foundation from poorly functioning gutters will weaken it, eventually causing foundation cracks or a shifting or settling foundation.
Soil erosion and pooling water around your foundation from poorly functioning gutters will weaken it, eventually causing foundation cracks or a shifting or settling foundation.

 

Siding Damage

Your gutters move a lot of water. An inch of rainfall on a typical 1,000 sq. ft. roof sends over 600 gallons of water into your gutters and downspouts. If that rainwater has no where to drain, it can spill over or behind the gutter and down the exterior wall of your home damaging and or warping the siding, eventually leading to mold growth. Depending on the type of siding, replacement can cost anywhere from a few hundred to thousands of dollars. 

 

Pictured is mold growing on the siding of a home due to continuous exposure to overflowing rainwater from the gutters.

 

Roof Damage

Your roof is the first line of defense in protecting your home and one of they key players in helping protect it is your gutters. A functioning gutter systems job is to capture water from your roof and safely direct it away from your home. When your gutters are clogged and cannot drain properly water can overflow and pool back onto the roof. Over time this puts your roof at risk for leaks, cracks, roof sags and shingle damage which can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars in repair cost.

 

If your gutters are clogged, rainwater can pool back onto the roof. This puts your roof at risk for leaks that can result in costly water damage.

 

Injuries

One of the largest health risks is climbing dangerous ladders to clean out clogged gutters. Every year more than 500,000 people are treated for ladder-related injuries and a trip to the emergency room can cost anywhere from $150-$3,000.

 

Climbing ladders to clean out your gutters can be a dangerous task.

 

Eliminate Expensive Damages with LeafGuard®

Eliminate expensive damages and avoid putting your health at risk with LeafGuard® Brand Gutters. LeafGuard® is the only original and one-piece gutter system, with a built-in hood that covers the gutter bottom and deflects leaves and other debris. The seamless design keeps debris from collecting in your gutters which:

 

  • Prevents clogs from forming;
  • Keeps water flowing freely;
  • Eliminates leaks and the threat of water damage; and
  • Makes climbing ladders to clean gutters unnecessary.

 

Contact LeafGuard® of Oklahoma to get your free LeafGuard® Gutter estimate today.

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5 Steps to Take When Winterizing Your Home

Key Steps to Winterize Your Oklahoma Home

Winterizing your home properly can ensure that your interior temperature stays comfortable during the cold months while maximizing energy efficiency. The most common causes of energy loss during the winter are air leaks and insufficient insulation.  Here are a few key steps that we recommend to winterize your home.

1. Inspect your roof. Look for damaged, loose or missing shingles that may cause leaks as well as shingles that are curling, lifting or buckling. Make note of any worn-out seals around vent pipes and chimneys as well. You may want to consider having your roof inspected by a professional. At Home Solutions of Iowa, we offer free exterior home maintenance inspections.

Shingles that are curled, buckling or missing granules could be a sign you need a new roof.

 

2. Clean out your gutters and fix downspouts. Now that the temperature has started to drop, you want to make sure to clean out your gutters and downspouts. Now is the time to clean and leaves and debris blocking them to allow water to run freely from your roof to your gutters and away from your home. If you are looking for a maintenance free gutter solution, LeafGuard® Brand Gutters are the answer. Get a free estimate today.

Make sure to take precautions when climbing ladders this fall when attempting gutter and roof maintenance.
Make sure to take precautions when climbing ladders this fall when attempting gutter and roof maintenance.

 

3. Seal any air leaks. If there are cracks, joints, leaky ducts, or other openings in your home that allow warm air to leak out and cold air to seep in, your heating system will be forced to work overtime.

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Check around windows and doors to make sure that the caulk around the framework has not dried and cracked causing air to leak.

 

4. Improve your home’s insulation for better comfort and energy efficiency. Heat can escape easily through a poorly insulated attic as it rises to the upper levels of your home. By upgrading your attic insulation, you can keep your space comfortable and warm.

By upgrading your attic insulation, you can keep your home comfortable and warm during the colder months.
By upgrading your attic insulation, you can keep your home comfortable and warm during the colder months.

 

5. Check your doors and windows.  During the colder months, you want to make sure that your doors and windows are airtight. Check windowpanes and storm windows for cracks. Replace any that are damaged and apply caulk around your windows. You can also apply weather stripping around your doors, which is inexpensive and can be found at most hardware stores.

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You want to make sure that your doors and windows are airtight during the colder months.

 

By taking a few simple steps now, you can keep the worst of the cold out and enjoy a warm, cozy home throughout the season.  Click or call LeafGuard® of Oklahoma for your free estimate.