The Good Housekeeping magazine introduced its seal of approval in 1909. The seal of approval is awarded to products that are able to undergo and pass rigorous standards set by the Good Housekeeping, allowing the GHI (Good Housekeeping Institute) to confidently suggest dependable products to their consumers.
The Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval
The Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval is a symbol of the Good Housekeeping Consumer Policy. This is a limited warranty in the form of a refund, repair or replacement of the product if it has the Seal of Approval when it is found defective within two years of purchase. As a consumer, this gives you peace of mind when investing in products that protect your home making it a smart investment.
Making a Smart Purchase
In a market where there are numerous claims, the Good Housekeeping offers you guidance when making a purchase. This warranty gives you financial protection that other labels, certifications and recommendations or awards do not. In addition to finding the most superior product, finding the most reliable contractor for service is equally important. A few tips for finding the right contractor for your home include using the Better Business Bureau, Google reviews and local area chamber. By using these tools you will find a reputable contractor and make your home improvement project a more enjoyable one.
Reviewing Product Effectiveness
Products are evaluated by their effectiveness, as well as packaging and marketing claims. LeafGuard® Brand Gutters were evaluated for six weeks in the laboratory by the GHI to ensure that the LeafGuard® System met consumer expectations and performed as promised. The technicians at the Institute tested all the features of strength, quality, and durability that are part of a LeafGuard® gutter system. The Engineering Lab’s in-depth evaluations of GAF Roofing established that the shingles are ultra-strong and long-lasting, pass the industry’s toughest wind tests, and will help protect your home against fire.
For superior performance, high-end design, and versatility invest in the best with LeafGuard® Gutters and GAF Roofing. Call LeafGuard® of Oklahoma for your free gutter and roofing estimate.
When it comes to wind damage, the corners and perimeter of your home are susceptible to the most damage. Wind can cause shingles to become loose and repeated wind exposure can lead to a chain peeling effect that starts at the corners. Flying debris is one of the most common causes of damage to your roof, flying debris can scratch, gouge, and crack your roofing materials. Once any part of the roof is damaged, rainwater can seep into your home and cause costly water damage. Be sure NOT to ignore wind damage to your home.
3 Steps to Check for Wind Damage
High winds can lead to many damaging effects to your home, with storm season kicking in, here are some tips to determine if your roof has wind damage.
1. Perform an Outdoor Inspection
Look for missing or damaged shingles on your home or in the property surrounding the home, damaged shingles can be identified by curled, cracked or torn materials on the roof.
2. Perform an Indoor Inspection
Look at the walls or ceilings of your home for moisture marks, stains, or peeling paint, these are all a sign of a leaking roof. Check your energy costs, if you experience a high increase it could mean that your roof ventilation has been compromised.
3. Contact a Professional
Inspecting your roof yourself is not advised, it often needs a trained eye to identify damage and it can lead to injury to yourself or your property. Call a trained professional that has the tools and safety techniques to properly inspect your roof. Here at LeafGuard® of Oklahoma, we have a team of highly trained professionals, we are GAF Master Elite® Contractors – your assurance that you’ll be dealing with a quality, reputable, and dependable professional contractor. Don’t trust your biggest asset to just any contractor, factory-certified Master Elite® contractors are your best and safest choice!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Strong Winds Can Leave Your Roof Vulnerable to Damage
More than 60% of all homes in the U.S. are vulnerable to damage from high winds generated by storms and heavy rains. (Source: The Institute for Business & Home Safety)
Strong winds that typically accompany storms can cause shingles to crack, bend, or fly off, leaving your roof and the interior of your home vulnerable to leaks or further damage. We have compiled a checklist that can help you determine if you have roof damage.
What to Do if Your Roof has Wind Damage
If you have roof damage caused by wind and/or flying debris, it’s important to get it fixed immediately. The longer you wait, the more damage will occur. Roof replacement and roof repair cost a lot less when you don’t have to add in the other costs of repairing leaks and water damage. Contact your insurance agent to assess the situation and determine whether you should file a claim. Thoroughly document any damage that occurred and keep receipts for all work, including any you do yourself, such as covering windows or holes in your roof to facilitate reimbursement if you file a claim. Many policies will cover these expenses when submitted with a claim.
Choosing a Roof Contractor
After any storm, there will be “fly-by-night” outfits going door to door and claiming they are legitimate roofing companies. Most of the time, they do the work quickly and get out of town even faster before you have a chance to address any issues or problems, leaving you little recourse. Always ask to see their business licenses, proof of insurance, certifications, permanent business address, and Better Business Bureau rating.
LeafGuard® of Oklahoma Provides Thorough Roof Inspections
We are GAF Master Elite® Contractors – your assurance that you’ll be dealing with a quality, reputable, and dependable professional contractor. Don’t trust your biggest asset to just any contractor, factory-certified Master Elite® contractors are your best and safest choice!
Contact us right away so that the wind, hail, or other damage done to your roof and home exterior can be fixed as quickly as possible to prevent mold damage from roof leaks and other related issues. We will provide a comprehensive roof inspection and no-obligation quote for repair or replacement of your roof, siding, and gutters.
Searching for the best home exterior contractor can be a daunting task. We understand that weeding through local companies can get time-consuming. The last thing you would want to do is pay an unqualified person for something as close to your heart as your home.
If you were to hire an assistant or an employee for a company you own. You wouldn’t want to quickly hire the first person you come across. You need to be sure this is the best person for the job. We recommend you take the same approach when selecting a home improvement contractor. Here are some steps in finding the most qualified company for the job.
Recommendations and referrals. Word of mouth is always a great way to get first-hand knowledge of a customers experience with a company. You could make a post on your social media page asking for recommendations, or call up relatives and friends.
Online reviews are a great way to get to past customers critiques. Google, Facebook, Yelp, Angie’s list, and Better Business Bureau reviews are beneficial to alleviate some of your concerns. Take notice of how many reviews the company has, if they have 5 stars, but only one review online, the company may not be the best choice. For Example here are some of LeafGuard® of Oklahoma reviews:
You will notice we average 4.9 – 5 out of 5 on the majority of all these review sites, and an A+ from the Better Business Bureau. With recommendations like these, combined with our weekly customer stories, any consumer choosing LeafGuard® of Oklahoma can rest at ease knowing they have selected a great company.
Credentials. Make sure all legal requirements are covered. Ask for credentials to be certain your contractor is licensed and insured. Be positive there is a warranty on the products and service you have purchased. Ask how long the company has been in business, and how employees have been trained. Be thorough, asking too much is always better than asking too little when it comes to your home investments. If the company is transparent and explains their processes well, you will feel more confident that they know exactly what they are doing.
In addition to legal credentials, you may want to ask about any awards or recognition they have received and ask about the products they plan to use.
LeafGuard® of Oklahoma has won many awards & qualifications including:
When it comes to our warranties you can expect the best. Our roofing system has a 50-year warranty provided by the manufacturer, but we back that with our own lifetime warranty!
Pricing is obviously on your mind. Taking into consideration, warranties provided, and quality of products, it’s best to have a ‘one and done’ mindset on these types of investments. You will get what you pay for if you go to a fly by night shop. Most roofs are said to last 25-30 years, but with Oklahoma’s ever-changing extreme weather, it may not last that long. A 50-year warranty it’s about twice as long as an average roofs life. Logically the best way to choose is to factor in that type of information. Going through this checklist with all of your home improvement needs like Siding, Gutters, and Insulation is wise as well.
Always ask for financing options after getting your estimate from a reputable company. LeafGuard® Oklahoma offers to finance your project with monthly payments. We like to create a long lasting relationship with our customers, so they do not have to dive into this kind of research for every home exterior project. They know they are able to turn to a trustworthy local source.
There are a few red flags we mentioned previously like the number of reviews a company receives, how long they have been in business and more. Here are some other factors to be aware of.
The dates of the reviews you are reading. If they are not up to date on their reviews, it’s hard to tell if management has changed and if their service is still up to par.
Competitor bashing, this is unprofessional and usually highlights the insecurity of the company doing the bashing. If you are successful in the home exterior industry, you don’t have time to put down other companies. You are busy serving your customers.
Broken links to review sites on their website is a good indication they may want these to be inaccessible to you.
Successful contractors will make it easy for you to get in contact with them and see a portfolio of their work. Be cautious of home improvement contractors who lack basic information, a website, social media presence, and reviews for example.
We also recommend marking off names of anyone who takes too long to get the information requested to you.
We hope this list helps you find the best local contractor for your home exterior job. Home Solutions of Iowa is happy to provide you with a Free Estimate on your next exterior project & create a lifetime relationship with you!
It is important to take a few steps to prevent any home breakdowns. It’s time to check off any last minute home improvement tasks and we are here to help you with our handy list of home maintenance chores for this fall.
1. Clean and repair the siding. After a long summer, siding can become dirty or mildewed. This month is a great time to use a pressure washer to clean it up and inspect for more serious problems. If your siding has seen better days (think missing, bent, or cracked pieces), consider replacing it.
2. Make sure windows are sealed tight. All double or triple-pane windows should have a tight seal around their perimeter that separates the individual panes of glass and traps inert gas between them, providing a break between the temperatures inside and outside your home. If you notice that your windows are frequently foggy, that’s likely a sign of a failed seal.
3. Change the air filters and tune up the furnace. This one really should be a maintenance task you do every month. Dirty air filters can lead to higher energy bills and irreparably damage your HVAC system.
4. Inspect the roof and gutters. It’s generally fine to wait until most of the leaves have fallen in autumn to clean out the gutters and downspouts, but giving these areas a quick visual inspection now is a good idea. Pull out any sticks or other debris blocking the gutters, and make note of any worn-out seals around vent pipes and chimneys.
If you do not feel comfortable on a ladder, or have a home of two or more stories, hire someone to do a quick inspection for you. Schedule any needed repairs now so that your home will be buttoned up for the changing seasons.