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Blown off shingles can expose your home to structural damage, mold, and mildew.

3 Steps to Identify Wind Damage to Your Roof

How Does Wind Damage Your Roof?

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.

 

Blown off shingles can expose your home to structural damage, mold, and mildew.
Blown off shingles can expose your home to structural damage, mold, and mildew.

 

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.

 

This is called a wind zipper caused by high winds during a storm breaking the seal of the shingles.
This is called a wind zipper caused by high winds during a storm breaking the seal of the shingles.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

Bubbling paint on the interior of your home can be a sign of roof leakage.
Bubbling paint on the interior of your home can be a sign of roof leakage.

 

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!

 

Our home solution expert Terry is pictured with one of our happy customers in Oklahoma.
Our home solution expert Terry is pictured left with one of our happy customers in Oklahoma.

 

For a free estimate and inspection, contact LeafGuard® of Oklahoma at 918-827-7900.

Tips On Avoiding Storm Chaser Scams

Watch Out For Storm-Chasers

Storm chasers are companies that complete home repairs and solicit business from homeowners after large storms occur. These contractors often exploit vulnerable homeowners with money-making scams that can end up costing them and their insurance companies. Some storm chaser scamming tactics include offering to pay your deductible, performing inefficient low quality work, and creating fake or inflated damage and prepayment. After a storm has hit and damaged your home the last thing you want to worry about is the reliability of your contractor. Here are some tips on how to prevent storm chaser scams.

 

Storm damage assessment after hail storm.
When hail hits, it can damage your roof, gutters, siding, windows, and the amount of damage can vary. After a large storm hits, it’s in your home’s best interest to have an assessment to prevent further damage from happening before the next storm hits.

 

How to Avoid Storm Chaser Scams

  • License Plates. If the contractor is out of state, they are most likely just in town temporarily to perform work from the aftermath of the storm. Most have no intention of sticking around to follow up with customers, help with maintenance and upkeep or fix any repairs.
  • Company’s Office. If the contractor only has a P.O. box, that’s a big red flag.
  • Licensing. Be sure to see the paperwork. When hiring a contractor you will want to make sure they have licensing to work in your state and that they are properly insured.
  • Written Contract. Including cost, time frame, and itemized list about the type of work agreed upon, get a written contract. Do not feel pressured to sign anything you have not looked over carefully or don’t feel comfortable with.
  • Avoid paying with cash, personal check or before the work is completed. Paying in cash has no paper trail and is very difficult to get back. A credit card would be a safer option than something linked directly to your personal account such as a personal check.

Hire a Safe & Trusted Contractor

  • Look Local. A great resource to use is the Better Business Bureau or local Chamber of Commerce. Businesses who take time to be a part of the community is often a good indicator of a local business. Another way to look local is too ask friends and family for recommendations.
  • Gather Estimates. Always get a few estimates from different contractors. Compare them, do your research, look at reviews, and ultimately decided what would be the best choice.

Pictured is one of our customers.

 

Licensed. Trusted. Local Contractor.

LeafGuard® of Oklahoma is your trusted community contractor, we are licensed, local, and ready to help. We have been in business with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau since 2014. We have a vast knowledge of how severe weather affects your home.

 

Oklahoma BBB
There are many sources you can use to research home improvement contractors. The first place to start is the Better Business Bureau for accreditation and reviews.

 

Get a free storm damage assessment today, let us take some of the stress away from your storm damage.

Howard's home is now safeguarded with LeafGuard®

Your Local Contractor for Storm Damage Help in Oklahoma

A Seamless & Stress-Free Process

At LeafGuard® of Oklahoma, our customers are our top priority, which is why we go the extra mile to ensure a seamless and stress-free process when it comes to your roofing and gutter repair needs.

 

Clogged gutters in Oklahoma City, OK.
Howard’s gutters were equipped with a two-part helmet gutter system. Debris was clogging the edge where the water needed to enter the gutter and causing overshooting rainwater during these recent storms.

 

Fully Licensed & Insured in Oklahoma

LeafGuard® of Oklahoma is an established home remodeling company that is fully licensed and insured in Oklahoma. We are the company you can trust to provide a seamless, stress-free experience when restoring your home’s roof and gutters from storm damage.

 

Oklahoma BBB
There are many sources you can use to research home improvement contractors. The first place to start is the Better Business Bureau for accreditation and reviews.

 

We are proud to have one of the highest referral rates in the industry. Nearly 30% of our new customers come through referrals so it’s no secret that our customers are truly pleased with the home exterior work we do. In addition, we hold an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

 

Products & Service That Benefit Your Home

LeafGuard® of Oklahoma is just as committed to your Oklahoma home as you are. Our team of friendly and knowledgeable professionals are here and ready to help you from start to finish with your storm damage repair or next home improvement project.

 

Howard's home is now safeguarded with LeafGuard®
Howard’s home is now safeguarded with LeafGuard® Brand Gutters on his home in Oklahoma City, OK.

 

Contact LeafGuard® of Oklahoma today for more information on how our products and services can benefit you and your Oklahoma home or for your free damage assessment or estimate.

LeafGuard® of Oklahoma installing a new roof.

4 Tips on Choosing the Right Contractor After Storm Damage

Seek a Professional You Can Trust

When a storm strikes your property, it can be overwhelming. Not only must you worry about repairing the damages, but you have to worry about insurance, keeping your home safe during the process, and your finances. If your home in Oklahoma has suffered storm damage, it’s vital to work with a professional you can trust. The last thing you need to worry about is getting scammed by an unreliable contractor looking to take advantage of an already vulnerable situation.

 

Home Solution Expert
At LeafGuard® of Oklahoma, we put our customers first. With over 20 years of experience in the home improvement industry, we are trained, certified experts you can trust.

 

4 Tips on Choosing the Right Contractor

  1. Use Your Resources. There are many things you can do to help narrow down the initial list of who to call. The first place to start is the Better Business Bureau for accreditation and reviews; then look to your local Chamber of Commerce. We suggest looking local first.
  2. Initial Communication. Any good contractor will have no problem offering a little extra information to help gain the trust of a potential customer. During the initial phone call, ask for a copy of their license and insurance to make sure that they are in good standing and their certifications are all valid. It’s equally important to ask for references – both past customers and vendors.
  3. Get an Estimate. Make sure that everything is itemized, and the scope of work is clearly defined. Pay attention to the communication and response time throughout the entire process of these initial conversations.
  4. Get It in Writing. It is very important to get everything in writing. Once you’ve chosen which contractor you want to use, ask for a written contract. Included should be the full cost of the work, the payment structure indicating when payment is due, and a timeline of when to expect the project to be completed.

 

Worry-Free Home Improvement

Choosing the right contractor for the job can be a tedious process, but it will be less stressful if you choose a reputable company that you can trust. LeafGuard® of Oklahoma has 20+ years of remodeling experience and have served thousands of happy Oklahomans with our maintenance-free home improvement products. We stand behind the quality of our materials, our labor and our warranties, which sets us apart.

 

LeafGuard® of Oklahoma installing a new roof.
We are committed to providing excellent customer service, quality workmanship and a product that will last a lifetime.

 

At LeafGuard® of Oklahoma, we make the process of restoring your home as stress-free as possible. From the initial roof inspection to the final touches, we will take care of everything.

Give us a call for a free, no-obligation estimate today. ­

This Tulsa, OK homes gutters over time started pulled away from the wood fascia.

Storm Damage? Here Is What To Look For

It’s Storm Season

Each year Oklahoma homeowners often experience regular thunderstorms, heavy rain, hail, and high winds during the tornado season. Weather conditions like these can have devastating effects on your home. Do you think you have storm damage? Not sure how to tell? Here are some tips on what to look for before the next storm hits:

 

Inspect Your Roof

Signs of roof storm damage can include raised or missing shingles, granule loss, and indentations on roof vents and flashing. If you are unaware or put off having any of these damages repaired big or small, you increase the chances of more damage to your home the next time you experience a storm. A compromised roof can lead to water leakage, mold, damaged rafters, ceiling joists, wall framing, and even fascia boards and exterior trim can become victims of water intrusion. Avoid all of that by taking the time to inspect your home or having a professional do so.

 

Gary's home in Broken Arrow, OK had been hit with a storm and the shingles were damaged from high winds and hail.
This home in Broken Arrow, OK had been hit with a storm and the shingles were damaged from high winds and hail.

 

Check Your Siding

Wind and hail can take a toll on your siding. If you discover any dents, cracks, holes or siding pulling away from the home, contact a professional. All it takes is a single crack for water to get underneath the siding and cause serious damage to the insulation underneath and interior walls. You don’t want to put off repairing this and have to deal mold and rotting boards.

 

Gutter Inspection

If you noticed any damage to your roof it’s more than likely you will find additional damage to your gutters. Depending on the severity of storm damage, damaged gutters can be tricky to see from the ground. If you do not feel comfortable climbing a ladder, be sure to contact a storm damage professional and have them evaluated. Warning signs of damaged gutters include dents, pulling away from the home, and water leakage. This can all lead to wet basements, foundation and landscape damage in addition to roofing and siding issues.

 

This Tulsa, OK homes gutters over time started pulled away from the wood fascia.
This Tulsa, OK homes gutters have pulled away from the home. The weight of the gutter and additional weight from the rain was unable to be supported and the nails weakened and pulled from the home.  

 

Storm Damage Experts

Contact LeafGuard® of Oklahoma 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. 

LeafGuard® of Oklahoma is a GAF Master Elite® Contractor – the assurance that you’ll be dealing with a quality, reputable, and dependable professional contractor is important to us. Don’t trust your biggest asset to just any contractor, factory-certified Master Elite® contractors are your best and safest choice! 

Contact us today for your free storm damage assessment.

Does Your Roof Have Wind Damage?

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.

Blown off shingles
Blown off shingles may expose your home to structural damage, mold, and mildew. Contact LeafGuard® of Oklahoma for a solution.

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. 

wind damage on roof edge
Most wind damage to a roof starts on the edge.

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.

Shingle granule loss after a wind storm
Shingle granule loss can appear on the ground after a wind storm, indicating roof wear and/ or damage.

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. 

Call us or request a free quote online.