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Who to Call for Roof Inspection?

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When should you get a roof inspection?

Roof inspection when buying a house can be assuring or frightening. While we all understand that the roof inspection is to assure the buyer’s mortgage company all is well, we also know that it can keep the sale from going through without some modification or negotiations with the two parties. 

A roof inspection isn’t only required when buying/selling a house. Other times a house may need a roof inspection is for homeowner’s insurance, storm damage, or homeowner’s maintenance. It’s recommended to have a professional roof inspection twice per year. A springtime roof inspection and a fall time roof inspection. If you suspect damage after any significant weather event, even if you don’t see obvious signs, a roof inspection is recommended.

Who to call for roof inspection?

If you need a roof inspection for any of the following, call a licensed, professional roofing contractor: 

  • Placing your home on the market
  • The recommended twice-a-year roof inspection
  • Suspect roof damage after a significant weather event.
  • Changing homeowner’s insurance 

What do roof inspectors look for?

An experience, license roofing contractor will check the following during a basic roof inspection:

  • Broken, missing, or torn shingles
  • Excessive granule loss on shingles
  • Old or worn rubber boots around pipes, vents, other roof protrusions
  • Chimney cracks or missing chimney caps
  • Missing caulk
  • Bent, loose, missing, or rusted flashing
  • Rot or sagging roof areas
  • Bent, detached, missing, or sagging gutters

Is roof inspection free?

It can depend on the roofing contractor and the reason for the roof inspection. Free roof inspections are usually offered by a contractor that wants your business, typically after storm damage. If they do charge a fee, that amount is typically deducted from the total amount of the roofing job. 

A roof inspection prior to buying a house will usually be done by the home inspector, and for that  service, there is a charge. Typically between $250 to $400 and payable to the roof inspector who is a separate identity of your mortgage company. 

If you call a roof inspector for the first time to perform your bi-annual roof inspection, there is likely going to be a fee involved. Once you have a relationship established with a roofing contractor, the bi-annual inspection may be free. Again, this can vary from contactor to contractor, and you should verify this before scheduling the appointment. 

Do home inspectors go on roofs?

This can vary from inspector to inspector, but in general, if the inspector feels they can safely ascend the roof and perform the roof inspection safely, yes, they will climb up on the roof.  They will be checking for: 

  • Broken, cracked, missing, or warped shingles
  • Bent, loose, missing, or rusted flashing
  • Check the gutters are attached and connected, the downspouts are in good shape. 

If you have a three story or higher home, then they likely will not climb the roof. Or if the day of the roof inspection appointment, if the weather is inclement, they will decline. 

Because the roof of your home is important and provides a layer of protection, you may want to have license, professional roofing inspector to do the roof inspection, which can have a fee associated as we mentioned earlier. 

Today, many roofing contractor companies, and insurance companies are doing roof inspections via drones that are  equipped with a camera. This circumvents the entire decision if the climb is necessary and safe. 

How do you know when you need to replace your roof?

When you want to know if your roofing needs to be replaced, do your own roof inspection. How do you inspect a roof? You start in your attic with a flashlight and check the eaves.  If you see water stains or notice any moisture, at the minimum, you need roof repair. Then turn the flashlight off and if you see daylight coming through, you need a new roof. 

Shingle Check 

Next, climb up on the roof if you can safely, and check the shingles. Shingles should all be flat. If any are bent, lifted, missing, or raised, you need to have a professional roof inspection. Check the downspouts and gutter runs. If they are full of asphalt granules, you should have a professional roof inspection done. 

Flashing

Check the flashing around the chimney, skylight, pipes, and vents. If it is bent, loose, missing, or rusted, you can replace these yourself or call a professional roofing contractor. They will perform a roof inspection themselves and the make suggestions on what should be done, providing you a written estimate. 

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Just how long do residential roofs last?

Asphalt shingled roofing is the most popular with a lifespan that can vary from 12 years to 25 years. The quality of the shingle is the key component and how the homeowner cares for the roof is important.  A copper, slate, or tile roof will have a lifespan up to 50 years or longer, with a wood shake roof lasting 30 years. Need a roof inspection for your home roof in Yukon and Oklahoma City, OK? Call (405) 470-9115 today.

What is soffit on a house?

soffit under a roof

What is the purpose of soffit?  

When a house is built, after the roof is constructed, the soffit is installed, underneath the overhang, and in between the roof edge and side walls of the house. The soffit and fascia work together to protect the roof and allow the roof to ventilate.  The fascia is the board that runs along the side of the overhang, protecting the ends of the rafters from the elements. Both the fascia and soffit are important to the protection of the roof. What is the difference between eaves vs soffits?  Soffit is located under the eaves. The eaves are the overhang from the roof. 

The soffit serves multiple purposes for a house: 

  • Protection: The basic purpose protecting the roof rafters from moisture and other weather elements. If the hose didn’t have soffit, the rafters would get wet and mold, then the mold would spread to the attic and roofing. 
  • Aesthetics: The soffit also provides an aesthetic finish to a house, adding character with a variety of colors and designs. The soffit adds interest to a home’s outward appearance.
  • Ventilation: Another important purpose of a soffit will depend on the roof design. That possible third purpose of soffit is to provide the attic  natural ventilation. A soffit doesn’t have to be present for ventilation, there are ways for an attic to have ventilation, such as vents. 

However, a house with roof overhang is a perfect opportunity or natural ventilation be added for the attic. For this ventilation to work properly, there is a matter of balance between the eave intake and the roof vent exhaust along the roof’s peak. 

  • Pest Control: The soffit keeps pests out of the attic, a favorite nesting and breeding area for critters and pests. When critters and pests have access to an attic, they will damage the roof, chew through electrical wires, and bring bacteria, disease, and germs to your home. 

Does a house need soffits?

Houses haven’t had always had soffits. There were gable vents or hood vents installed for air to reach the attic. The trouble with that method was the air did circulate. This allowed mold to form in the attic insulation. 

The soffit is passive ventilation that keeps warm moisture out of the attic that creates mold. The soffit outlines the roofline, allowing nonstop ventilation by cycling the air through the vents, pulling heat and moisture out. 

Do all houses have soffit vents?

No, not all houses have soffit with vents. Should they? In the opinion of experienced builders and contractors, if there is a roof overhangs and the height of the roof allows rom for soffit venting, soffit ventilation should be added. However, older homes typically do not have soffit vents. 

Years and years ago, attic ventilation importance wasn’t known to home builders. Thus, earlier built houses have inadequate attic venting. That lack of venting is what causes roof shingles to age faster and become warped.  Lack of attic ventilation also is one of biggest causes of high energy bills. 

Do soffits lead to attic?

Yes, this is where fresh air comes into an attic, circulating to the peak of the roof.  Many homeowners will outgrow their house and determine the attic makes perfect sense for an additional room or two. With that planned, the need to cool and heat the  attic becomes necessary, so the need for rafter venting comes into the picture. 

The rafter vents are installed in the rafter space, creating narrow gaps where fresh air enters from the soffit vents, going to the roof peak.  By installing these specialty vents, the finished aesthetics of the house’s exterior isn’t affected.  Yet, fresh air is still able to enter and flows through the attic space, keeping the roof sheathing dry and mold-free. 

newly built roof with soffit

How do you repair soffits in a house?

The roof on your home will age and undergo wear and tear, and more often, it is the soffit that shows that damage first. From erratic weather to pesky critters, the soffit gets damaged and mold begins to grow, rotting the soffit. That mold and rot will spread to the attic, roof, and your home if not addressed.  Fortunately, there is no need to get on the roof to fix your soffit, simply follow these steps while on a ladder: 

  1. Pry any shingle mold off  a pry bar.
  2. Using the pry bar, remove the fascia carefully so you can reuse it if it hasn’t been damaged. 
  3. With your gloved hand, remove the rotting soffit.  
  4. If there is any rotted rafters, remove those with a reciprocating saw.
  5. Replace the rotted rafters with new rafters by clamping new wood to a one-inch backboard and fasten with screws.
  6. Coat both sides of the new soffit board with a waxy sealant, including all the edges for water protection. 
  7. Fasten the soffit to the roof eaves underside with screws and apply liberal amounts of caulking where water could seep through. Allow the caulk to dry and with galvanized nails, attach the new fascia. 
  8. Install the shingle mold along the new fascia’s top. 

There are several components to a roof, and where the fascia and soffit may appear to be a decorative touch to your home’s exterior aesthetics, they serve an important purpose. By not repairing or replacing one small area of soffit, you’re setting the entire roof up for rot and destruction.  This includes soffit cleaning every two to three years by blasting compressed air to remove dirt, dust, and loose insulation that has fallen. Need soffit installation or repair? Call (405) 470-9115 today!

What Is a Standing Seam Metal Roof?

A Standing Seam Metal Roof.

What is a standing seam metal roof?

What makes metal roofing appealing—other than durability—is the variety of options available for both residential and commercial roofing. Not only do you have a wide variety of metals to choose from, like aluminum and steel, but also you have different styles from corrugated metal to standing seam. Standing seam roofing has become a standard for metal roofs. A standing seam metal roof features metal panels with concealed fasteners. Concealed fasteners offer greater protection from the elements, which means more protection against rust and other damage. If you are looking to install a metal roof and want expert standing seam metal roof installation in Yukon and Oklahoma City, OK, look to the professionals at Chisholm Trail Roofing & Construction. Find out more about all our roofing options by calling (405) 470-9115.

Is standing seam metal roof worth it?

More and more people are choosing metal roofs for their homes, even though they often cost more than an asphalt shingle roof. Typically, a standing seam metal roof is installed, although this type of roof is generally more expensive than not only asphalt shingles but also other types of metal roof like corrugated metal. That’s because standing seam offers plenty of advantages despite the cost. Those advantages include:

  • Longer lasting: You can your metal roof to last 50 years or more compared to the maximum of 25 years for an asphalt shingle roof.
  • Greater protection from elements: Metal roofs hold up better to weathering, especially when it comes to high winds and hail. You’re also less likely to experience leaks with metal.
  • Greater energy efficiency: Metal roofs reflect heat much better than shingles, so your roof will be more energy efficient.
  • Lighter weight: Surprisingly, metal roofing panels actually weigh less than shingles by as much as one pound per square foot.

What are the disadvantages of a metal roof?

Although metal roofs have many advantages like longer life, they also have some disadvantages that include:

  • Cost: Initial installation costs can be prohibitive, although costs can sometimes be offset by tax credits.
  • Noise: Without adequate insulation, a standing seam metal roof will be noisy when it hails or even heavy rain. Most metal roofs, however, are backed with rigid foam insulation that will provide adequate insulation.
  • Expansion and contraction: Metal expands and contracts as the temperature changes. Improper installation can cause problems like panels loosening. You won’t have to worry about improper installation when you choose Chisholm Trail Roofing & Construction as your roofer.

Can you put standing seam metal roof over shingles?

If you’re planning to upgrade your asphalt shingle roof to a standing seam metal roof, you might wonder if you can save on labor costs by not tearing off the shingles and just install the metal over it. It is a possibility, but not necessarily practical or effective. To do so, the shingles have to be at the end of their useful life and not have any damage like cracks or blisters. This is rare.

Other issues that can create serious problems later on include:

  • Covering decking: You won’t be able to inspect the decking for any problems once a metal roof is installed over it.
  • Finding leaks: It will be almost impossible to trace any leak that develops.
  • Replacing roofing materials: Materials like underlayment, which helps protect the roof from leaks, can’t be replaced.

Can you walk on a standing seam metal roof?

At times, no matter what kind of roof you have, you or a roofing professional will have to walk on the roof. This can be for minor maintenance or for serious repairs. All types of roofing can be walked on for these purposes, and you should take care when walking on all roofs to avoid damage. If you have a standing seam metal roof and need to walk on it, you are generally safe to walk on any part of the roof. Still, check with the manufacturer or a roofing professional to find out how best to walk on any roof.

Can you paint standing seam metal roof?

Anytime you want to change the color or add some color to your metal roof, you have the option to paint it. When you do so, it’s best to use acrylic latex paint as it will adhere to the metal better than other types of paint. You also want to choose a paint that provides properties like water and fire resistance as well as UV reflection.

What is the best color for a metal roof?

Color is always important when you’re installing a standing seam metal roof. All metal roofs are highly reflective and will affect your building’s overall energy efficiency. In warmer climates, you’ll want lighter colors like white, light bronze, or beige because these colors will better reflect the heat. Darker colors will absorb more heat and are more effective in cooler climates.

A Roofer Paints a Metal Roof.

Can you repair standing seam metal roof?

If your standing seam metal roof in Yukon and Oklahoma City, OK has been damaged and you need experienced professionals to make repairs, you can always rely on Chisholm Trail Roofing & Construction. Call us today at (405) 470-9115 to get an estimate.

How do I know if my house has hail damage?

Hail damage on roof between shingles

Hail damage on your roof

Here in Oklahoma, we’re considered part of Tornado Alley, and with tornados comes hailstorms, which we had our share this spring.  This year, 2020, has been a year for the books in so many different ways, starting with a certain fast food chicken restaurant running out of a chicken sandwiches and an exotic tiger collector going to jail, then a movie based on his life that led to jailtime. Then we throw in the COVID-19 pandemic – whew! If your homes didn’t experience any hail roof damage, consider yourself one of the odd things of 2020! 

Hail is damage in the waiting around these parts. You can expect something of yours to get it at least once a year, even if its only a rose bush getting plummeted. The big one though is hail roof damage as the rooftops of our homes are the highest point, next to the trees, it takes the blunt of most hailstorms. If you haven’t experienced hail roof damage, or any type of hailstorm damage, you may not know what hail damage looks like, or what typical hail damage fixes your insurance will accept a claim. 

Does homeowner insurance cover hail damage?

There is always some level of confusion by homeowners what the coverage for hail damage and insurance companies cover. Most, if not all, homeowner’s insurance policies will provide coverage for certain storm damage repairs and replacements. Each policy is different, and each insurance company has different standards, so it is always best to check your own homeowner’s policy on hail roof damage and other hail or storm damage coverage. Never assume that since your neighbor’s claim was denied or paid, your claim will follow suit. 

The typical storm damage results from hail, lighting, and wind for the most part is covered by standard homeowner’s insurance policies includes the following:

  • Ice and Water Damage
  • Lightning Strikes and resulting Power Surges
  • Broken or Fallen Trees, Hail Roof Damage and Wind Damage

Now, we’ll look a more specific at each of these categories, including hail roof damage, the biggest storm damage claim in the country. 

Ice and Water Damage

Water is a damaging substance from spring thunderstorms causing hail roof damage to frozen ice causing roof damage. Hail roof damage and ice roof damage are typically covered by most homeowner’s insurance policies – but there are limits – and those limits are specifically broken down in each policy regarding what coverage is allowed for water damage. These paid claims will vary based on the cause of the damage. An example would be that your homeowner’s insurance will provide coverage for busted frozen pipes, but what water damage is covered may have exclusions listed in your policy.

Lightning Strikes and Resulted Power Surges

The damage resulted from a lightning strike to your home or other structure listed within your policy is covered – fire or smoke damage. Not all homeowner’s insurance policies will cover damaged caused by resulting power surges from that lighting strike, like appliances, computers, televisions, etc. A review of your policy with your agent will help you understand what is covered and give you the opportunity to make any amends.

Broken or Fallen Trees, Hail Roof Damage and Wind Damage

Hail roof damage isn’t the only thing that can be damaged from strong storms with hail. Surprisingly, the siding on your home can suffer hail damage along with the roof, even have some siding ripped off like the shingles get ripped off by the strong winds. Typical homeowner’s insurance will cover wind damage for the siding and the roof, as well as hail roof damage. Coverage will typically cover damage from hail and wind-driven rain and/or snow that gets inside your home as the roof or walls collapse or suffer damage. The majority of homeowner’s insurance policies also have some coverage for trees that have broken and fallen on or near your home during high winds and storms. 

Can hail damage a metal roof?

Contractors and homeowners, along with insurance companies, agree that metal roofing is tough with a high resistance to hail roof damage because it can’t penetrate metal panels like it does asphalt shingles. Metal roofing has the highest rating by Underwriters’ Laboratory (UL Class 4) when it comes to hail roof damage. 

A test with a two-inch steel ball to resemble a two-inch hail stone, thrown into a metal roofing panel twice did not dent the metal. An asphalt shingle roof would have resulted in hail roof damage with one hit of the same two-inch steel ball. It is for reasons like this that insurance companies provide discounts for homes with metal roofing. 

Should I file a hail damage claim?

The contract between you, the policy holder, and your insurance company gives you right to file a claim for legitimate damage to your home and property. The insurance company is in contract to pay for legitimate claims. The question comes to is the claim legitimate and who decides. Too often homeowners are found to be in error of what is a legitimate claim, and that error can cost the homeowner thousands of dollars. Here are mistakes you need to avoid in filing a claim on your homeowner’s insurance: 

Mistake One: Not Filing a Claim

Your homeowner’s insurance policy is for your protection, but if you’re afraid to use it because it will increase your rate, you’re making a mistake. Yes, it is possible that a high-risk claim or too many claims could increase your rates or cause cancellation, but it isn’t just your claims that make those decisions. 

It is a collective number of claims for the same thing that make those decisions. A dog bite on your property is all on you, but multiple hail roof damage claims for the entire neighborhood is what will make the rates go up, and it won’t matter if you filed a claim or not.  

Mistake Two: Unnecessary Claim

Your homeowner’s insurance is for damage and loss from major events like a fire, hail roof damage, windstorm, or a fallen tree limbs and trees on your home. Stole bicycles or one broken window are not major events, even though they may be legitimate and valid. Consider your policy deductible of one to two percent versus the cost of replacing the bike or window. Is it worthwhile? After a storm, inspect your home and look for dents in the shingles, gutters, and down spouts. Are there dents in the fascia board, siding or is there major chipped paint, is the air conditioner coil damaged, or cracked window frames, windows, and skylights? If the skylights are cracked, then you probably have hail roof damage too and those would be worthy of filing a claim. 

 Mistake Three: Hiring a Storm Chasers

They appear after a large-scale storm left wide-spread hail roof damage. The established and legitimate contractors are busy, and these fly-by-night contractors appear in droves. Storm chaser is a fitting name for these “businesses” that appear out of  nowhere, from storm ravaged areas to the next, hawking their special on hail roof damage repair and replacement service. Before you sign any contract with a roofing contractor, check their references, insurance, and licenses.  

Mistake Four: Not Paying the Deductible

A big mistake that many homeowners make is accepting a hail roof damage repair bid that doesn’t require you pay your deductible. There is no such thing as a “free” roof, and this is usually from those storm chasing contractors. By not paying your deductible, it is considered fraud in most states. If they suggest putting their sign in your yard in exchange for not paying your deductible, it is scam, it is a breach of contract between you and your homeowner’s insurance company. 

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Should you replace roof after hail?

Usually, there isn’t any immediate threat from hail roof damage. Not because it isn’t there, but because it isn’t easy to see to the untrained eye. This is why it is always best to have a professional, trusted, established roofing contractor inspect your roof after a hailstorm. 

If there is anything compromising your roof’s health, the worst thing you can do is assume there isn’t any damage since you didn’t see it. What could be a minor repair job could grow into a  larger problem and then your hail roof damage claim be denied. 

Since filing a hail roof damage claim on your homeowner’s insurance is so confusing, why not get the best roof you can that can weather a hailstorm? So, what roof is best for hail? Rubber! Yes, rubber roofing will have the highest impact resistance of any roofing material. Think about the tires on your car and what impact they resist. 

Okay, so that may seem a bit too out of the box for a residential property. The next best option is metal roofing for environmental endurance and hail roof damage stability. Metal roofing today doesn’t look like the old metal barn out in the country. It is available in many colors and can be ordered to look like regular shingles. Call (405) 470-9115 today for your hail damage repair needs in Yukon and Oklahoma City, OK.

What is a Built-Up Flat Roof?

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What is a Built-Up Flat Roof?

During your lifetime you have probably seen a built-up flat roof in your lifetime. But the question remains: what exactly is a built-up flat roof? Built-up roofs are referred to by their acronym, BUR. These are a very traditional kind of roof system that is usually composed of hot tar and gravel. BUR is made up of many layers and usually, the top layer is where the tar and gravel are. It is very interesting to note that out of all the flat roofs that are around today, built-up roofs are the ones that have been around the longest.

How Thick is Built-Up Roofing?

Are you wondering how thick built-up roofing is? Built up roofs are made up of many layers of integral roofing material. The roofing felts, for instance, are reinforced with either glass-fiber mats or organic mats. Felts are produced with a standard width of thirty-six inches. This equates to a metric width of about one meter. The bitumen that is used in BUR roof systems is asphalt, coal tar or cold-applied adhesive. A professional roofing company will be able to properly discuss all the layers and why they are important for the surface of your roof system.

What is the Difference Between Built-Up Roofing and Modified Bitumen?

There are several distinct differences between built-up roofs and modified bitumen roofs. Please review the following bullet points to discover more.

  • Modified bitumen is a more advanced version of Built-Up roofing.
  • Modified bitumen has the ability to expand and contract without losing it’s overall composition. 
  • BUR has many layers of roofing material that are installed with tar and gravel on the top, and roofing felt on the bottom.

How Do You Install Built-Up Roofing?

Are you wondering how you install a built-up roof? To begin with, roofing contractors attach base sheets to the roofing subsystem. The roofers will complete the process using roofing nails. After that, the roofing contractors will utilize tar, concrete, adhesive, or asphalt. These materials will be used to flue down the felt over the top of the base sheeting. Next, roofing contractors will install a layer of gravel or cap sheets. The final layer will be asphalt. These are the basics of building a built-up roof. An established project manager will let you know if there are any differences in your roofing, and what to expect for your built up roof installation.

Which Roofing Material is the Most Durable?

There are many different roofing materials that are available on the market. But the true question is whether or not they exhibit the same level of durability. According to many roofing contractors, you can expect excellent durability and performance from metal and tiles roofs. For commercial roofs, many roofing contractors prefer TPO roofing materials. The opinions will change from roofing company to roofing company, but the facts remain the same.

What’s Built-Up Roof

It’s important to once again consider what built up roofs actually are. Built up roofing gained critical popularity in the 1970’s. These built up roofs are more generally known as tar and gravel roofs. These roofs are composed of alternating layers of bitumen and reinforcing fabrics. Altogether these alternating layers of bitumen layers create a finished membrane that is composed of asphalt, cold-applied adhesive or coal tar.

Which Roof is Best for Hot Climate

If you live in a warmer climate it will naturally be responsible for you to search out a roofing material that suits the prevailing weather patterns of your area. For example, metal roofs perform very well under extreme temperatures, and are naturally fire-resistant. Slate roofs are also an excellent choice because they are made out of stone, which is also fire-resistant.

How to Repair Built-Up Roof

If you have a built-up roof, the best way for you to move forward is for you to search out a professional roofing company for your roof repairs. This is because a roofing professional who is familiar with the process will be able to rise to the occasion and properly repair your roof. You can select a professional roofing company through a friendly referral or through a simple internet search.

built up roof

How to Remove Built-Up Roofing

If you need your built up roofing removed, your local professional roofing company will need to utilize the proper tools and materials. These materials include but are not exclusive to roofing tear off shovels. The roofing shovels should have a flat, relatively sharp lip. Your professional local roofing company will have experienced roofing contractors that will be able to properly remove the entirety of your built up roofing and replace it using the best tools and materials on the market.

The best roofing team to call for your built-up roof in Yukon and Oklahoma City, OK is ours. Please reach out to us today at (405) 470-9115.

Do Green Roofs Really Work?

View of green roof on modern buildings and other residential buildings in Sydney, Australia during sunrise

Learn How a Green Roof Works

There have been increases of creative and innovative roofing designs that provide economic as well as environmental benefits. A green roof is a fine example of this by combating energy waste while providing more biodiversity to the earth. Essentially, a green roof will work with the many different functions you may choose it to serve with the different types of green roofs our there. Depending on what you’re striving for you’ll have a different desired output. Green roofs do work, yet like any other roof system there are maintenance and inspection responsibilities that will periodically need to be made in order to ensure a long roof life. If you’d like to learn more details about a green roof it’s best to get in contact with your local roofing experts with a qualified roofing company. Here is some general background information that may provide useful to you regarding green roofs in the mean time.

How are green roofs made?

A green roof is made of manufactured layers which support a growing medium and vegetation. The five main layers that it includes is first a waterproof membrane, a root protection barrier, a drainage layer, a growing medium and finally plants.

Do green roofs leak?

A green roof is not supposed to cause leaks unless the roofing membrane is breached which would be the case with other types of roofing systems as well. Like all roofs initial installations should be handled by an experienced and reputable roofer and inspections or leak detections should be conducted before installation. Essentially a green roof can extend the life of the roof as the vegetation has a thick protective layer that protects it from the damaging effects of extreme temperature fluctuation, UV rays, and mechanical damages. 

Why are green roofs bad?

A green roof is not bad in itself, if there are issues it will be with the possibility of the roots of the plants penetrating waterproof membranes. However, there are measures to avoid such an issue as root barriers are actually typically implemented with each green roof construction. Another thing to consider is to remove the types of plants that can cause such an issue. What’s more, adding in yearly inspections can help reduce the potential for leak development. An annual inspection is recommended for all types of roofing materials and is not limited only to green roofs. 

Do green roofs need maintenance?

A green roof will need annual roof inspections like most roofs. The exact level of maintenance necessary will largely depend n the type of green roof installation and purpose of the plant growth. For example, extensive and biodiverse green roofs will typically need more attention in accordance to the different designs that they may have.

How deep is a green roof?

A green roof is around 1-4 inches deep or less than 6 inches deep. Depending on the depth it will be able to support a range of plants. Such plants can include herbs, sedums (low-growing succulents,) perennials, and meadow grasses.

What is the difference between intensive and extensive green roofs?

An extensive green roof will typically allow for only a small selection of drought-tolerant plants with shallow roofing systems while an intensive green roof can more readily support a wide range of plants such as shrubs and small trees. 

Can you walk on a green roof?

You are able to occasionally walk on certain green roofs such as a Sedum green roofs yet this will depend on a variety of factors. Keep in mind that walking on frozen vegetation will cause them to become damaged.

How long does a green roof last?

A green roof is estimated to last around 40 years with a range of benefits from reduced energy cost savings and to economic benefits.

What is the benefit of a green roof?

A green roof has many benefits to both local and global environments. Firstly, green roofs can reduce stormwater runoff as they retain rainwater and then return a portion to the atmosphere through evaporation and transpiration. There will be cost savings with this decentralized stormwater mitigation and it will ease the stress of water being sent to sewer systems. Green roofs will be able to reduce energy use, in the summer it will protect it from direct solar heat while in the winter it’ll minimize heat loss from it’s natural added insulation. Due to energy conservation, there are fewer greenhouse gas emissions. There are many additional benefits from the improvement of air quality and less ground ozone, less smog, and creating biodiversity habitats.

green roof of a home

Why green roofs are important?

  • Reduce Energy Costs
  • Provide Natural Insulation & Heat Absorption
  • Decrease Air Pollution
  • Decrease Green House Emissions
  • Reduce Urban Heat Island Effect
  • Produce Oxygen
  • Reduces & Slows Stormwater Runoff

Contact Your Local Roofer

If you’d like to incorporate a green roof onto your property get in touch with your local roofing company for more information. A green roof will serve many advantages while also creating an aesthetically pleasing implementation to your home or building. Confer with professional roofers about how a green roof can be constructed and be beneficial to you. 

If you’re interested in a green roof in Yukon and Oklahoma City, OK call (405) 470-9115 with Chisholm Trail Roofing & Construction!

What is included in roof replacement?

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New roofing systems

As a homeowner, you know the roof on your home is important in protecting your family, your belongings, and your home in general. You also know that a roof replacement is an expense you don’t want to need if you can avoid it, right?  So, how can you know when you have the option for roof replacement vs repair?

That is what we are going to discuss in this article. When it comes to roof replacement, how often should a homeowner expect this to be needed, when is roof replacement and insurance come together so that it isn’t an out-of-pocket expense? We will answer these items and a few others, so that hopefully, you become an informed homeowner when it comes to the subject of your home’s roof replacement needs, or not.

When should I replace my roof?

Roof replacement frequency is different for every home.  What you should know that is by the time you see water stains on the ceiling, you’ve already had a leak for some time. Your roof could have been having some problems that you weren’t aware of, and the leak just made its appearance. The following are tips to let you know a roof replacement may be needed sooner than later:

  • The Roof Age – if your roof is an asphalt shingle roof, you can expect 25 years from a 30 year warrantied roof. Another factor in the age is if the roof you see was applied over an existing roof. This can minimize the ventilation, making roof replacement, how often sooner than normal.
  • Buckled and Curled Shingles – shingles that are buckled or curled should tell you to get a roof replacement estimate soon.  You may be able to wait a bit before having the job done, but a professional roofing contractor will do an inspection and provide you an estimate.  If they find anything of concern during the inspection, they will advise you whether waiting for a roof replacement is wise or not.
  • The Valleys – were two roof planes meet is called a valley. Typically, there is metal flashing over the shingles. If the flashing is loose or missing, or any shingles are missing, have a professional roofing contractor inspect your roof. Depending on how much of the valley has been compromised and exposed, roof repair may be possible instead of roof replacement.
  • Missing shingles – If you are missing any shingles, call a professional roofing contractor for an inspection, and hopefully just replacing a few shingles is all that is necessary.
  • The Chimney – the same flashing that is used in the valleys is placed around the chimney where it comes up through the roof.  Any loose or missing flashing, any missing grout, are all possible indications of a leak, or possibility of a leak. A professional inspection by an experienced roofing contractor will tell you if you need roof replacement or not.
  • The Gutters – If the gutters have asphalt shingles in them, it isn’t a concern if there isn’t much, but if there is a lot, and you’ll know what a lot is when you see it, then your roof is worn out and a roof replacement is needed.
  • Daylight – climb up in the attic and if you notice any day light coming through the roof at any point, you need a professional roofing contractor come inspect the roof. It may just need some repairs, but you may also need roof replacement.

Is it better to repair or replace a roof?

There are more times that you can replacea few shingles and put off a roof replacement a little bit longer. Depending on the tips we listed above, you and your roofing contractor can make this determination. Think ahead of today when making that decision. If there is another winter of ice and snow coming, or another hot summer, will the current roof make it with just a few replaced shingles?

Are you planning on being in the house another 10 years or longer? You could benefit from a roof replacement in the way of energy efficiency and tax credits. Are you planning on painting or having new siding installed soon? A roof replacement would give you the opportunity to upgrade your home’s curb appeal.

Can you patch a roof instead of replacing it?

It depends. How bad of a patch is needed? If the area is exceptionally large, roof replacement is the better solution. If you have your house on the market, a roof replacement could make it sell faster and get your more ROI, but if you’re on a tight budget, you may need to do just what you can get by with, very understandable. If there is a leak where rain comes through, then a patch won’t be sufficient.

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What happens if you don’t replace roof?

There are areas of your home that need you to check on a regular basis. Make sure there isn’t anything that needs repairing or replacing, the roof is one of those areas. What happens if you don’t keep an eye on the roof and your house needs a roof replacement?

  1. Water Damage: Neglecting an older roof will allow water to seep in, damage the roof even more, and possibly your home’s entire structure.
  2. Health Risk: Along the lines of an old, leaky roof. Holes in a roof can cause big problems for your home and your health. Open areas of the roof allow insects and rodents inside; mildew and mold begin growing; all of which can create health hazards.
  3. Structural Damage or Collapse: A roof replacement that is ignored becomes a serious hazard for the structure, which could collapse.
  4. Devalue Property: When a roof replacement is ignored, it makes the house look dirty and old, creating a poor curb appeal and taking away from the value of the house.
  5. Fire Hazard: By putting off a roof replacement, you could be putting your home at risk for fire. Water leaking through the roof can get into the electrical connections, causing a short.

Do gutters have to be removed when replacing a roof?

It is advised to remove them before a roof replacement is done primarily because of the job they perform, and if possible, replace them entirely. Removing the gutters allows the roofing contractor to install the roof replacement correctly.

Your home is an investment that should have your full attention. There are components that are important to the house, one of them is the roof. As a homeowner, you should calculate when a roof replacement is going to be needed and begin saving toward that goal so that you’re not hit by an unplanned expense. Dial (405) 470-9115 today for your roof replacement needs in Yukon and Oklahoma City, OK.

What is Duro-Last roofing made of?

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Quality roofing for commercial properties

Duro-Last is a prefabricated, customized, single-ply roofing system that is manufactured for entire installations in a factory-controlled environment. Eighty-five percent of the seams are finished before they deliver the product to the job site along with accessories and membranes as needed. Duro-Last roof details are ideal roofing systems for commercial buildings with flat roofing or low-sloping roofing.

Duro-last roofing systems are sold by and installed by authorized Duro-Last contractors and proven to be a durable roofing system, withstanding high winds. When compared, Duro-Last roofing vs TPO, Duro-Last roof details make it easy for authorized dealers to install after going through extensive training and can be completed with disrupting business for the occupants.

Duro-Last roofing application is a highly reflective and watertight roofing system that is chemical and fire-resistant. Your Duro-Last roof details will include the unique Duro-Last roof warranty and have Duro-Last roof vent installed to make your roofing system as complete and energy-efficient as possible.

How long does a Duro-Last roof last? 

A consideration of determining the lifespan of a roof to meet Duro-Last roof details, the area where the structure is located is key. Parts of the country have more cold weather along with ice and snow while other parts of the country have more direct sun and extreme heat with temperatures over 100 degrees.

Then there are some areas where the temperature changes may be radical from cold to hot and back to cold in a 24-hour period. The Duro-Last roof details of a with built-in reflectiveness in the membrane helps to reduce the temperature in the building.

When it comes to the various Life Cycle Assessments on Duro-Last roofing and on typical of a PVC membrane roof like Duro-Last roof, details indicate the lifespan can be as long as 30 years with regular inspection and proper maintenance. This also assumes that you complete any repairs that are found in a timely manner by an authorized DuroLast Roofing Specialist.

When trying to determine the lifespan of a commercial roof, every type of roofing material system has its own factors to be considered. As we discussed earlier, with Duro-Last roof, details such as the climate and environment where the building is located. With a maintenance program performed regularly, the recommendation is annual, and you make repairs as needed, a DuroLast roofing system’s lifespan can be extended, giving you more for your investment.

How do you clean a Duro-Last roof?

Duro-Last roofs are durable, outlast many other types of roof coatings. However, like other roof coatings, they can get dirty and lose the color that had when installed. Most Duro-Last roofs are gray or white when installed, but the environmental factors around them will fade the color and stain them.

So, are Duro-Last roofs are not 100% maintenance-free, they do need cleaning, make sure debris and limbs are removed, along with the following steps that will keep your Duro-Last roof clean and looking new:

  • One of the most important Duro-Last roof details is to keep asphalt away. The PVC membrane that makes up your Duro-Last roofing cannot come in any contact with asphalt because it will bleed into the membrane and we cannot remove it. If you are considering a Duro-Last roof and your current roof is asphalt, be sure to advise the contractors that you’re getting quotes from. An authorized Duro-Last dealer will ask you what your current roof is because they are trained with Duro-Last brand roofing about the important Duro-Last roof details.
  • If your structure already has a Duro-Last roof, keep all asphalt products away from the roof during inspections, maintenance, and repairs. This means any product that is used for repairs, such as caulks, filler, and sealants, must be free of asphalt or you risk severely damaging the roof. Every contractor that has access to your roof for maintenance or repairs, such as HVAC contractors, must be warned of all Duro-Last roof details, including not to use any asphalt-type products.
  • Another important of Duro-Last roof details is to avoid any solvent that can soften the PVC membrane of your Duro-Last roofing. Solvents can destroy the PVC membrane effect, and often when there is asphalt on a commercial flat roof, a solvent will be used to remove it. The Duro-Last roof details recommend using plain water to remove any accidental spill or use of asphalt on your Duro-Last roofing membrane.
  • Last, when the flat roof on your commercial structure gets dirty, the recommended cleaning process is to use a non-solvent clean with a soft bristle brush and scrub. Then rinse with clear water and sweep the water into the drain. If your commercial building is in the proximity to factories and other commercial or industrial structures, trees, etc., you can expect your Duro-Last roof to get dirty. This cleaning process suffices to get it clean and colorful again.
Duro-Last roofing trucks from Chisholm trail

How do I install Duro-Last Roofing?

Duro-Last is a full roofing system provider and offers several products to install the single-ply roof easily and quickly. The concrete, roofing, screws, construction, heavy-duty, and insulation fasteners, and required plates for proper insulation are available from a sister company of Duro-Last, TIP-TOP® Screw Manufacturing, Inc. They have everything needed to install a Duro-Last Roofing System that follows and meets a comprehensive control process of sixteen steps.

If you’ll be installing your Duro-Last with an adhered application, there are solvent-based and water-based membrane adhesives in addition to low-rise foam options that provide insulation. If you are planning to install your Duro-Last roofing system yourself, be certain to follow the Duro-Last roof details to make sure it is installed correctly.

Duro-Last roofing system is an excellent product that will roof your structure in a durable, long-lasting product. While you can install the product yourself, keep in mind that without the proper and thorough Dura-Last training, you could void any warranty. Having a roofing contractor that is Duro-Last certified is always the best option. 

When you are looking for Duro-Last roofing in Yukon and Oklahoma City, OK, know who to call. Chisholm Trail Roofing & Construction is your source for expert commercial roofing services. Call us today at (405) 470-9115!

Can You Install Gutters Yourself?

a Gutter Being Installed.

Can you install gutters yourself?

Mistake-free gutter installation is essential to protect your roof and home from leaks, erosion and other water damage. If you have the right tools, materials, and skills, you can install gutters yourself. But you want to make sure you know what you’re doing. Mistakes in installation can be critical, and can lead to expensive repairs down the road. When installing gutters yourself, you want to make sure you select the right type of gutter for your home. You also want to make sure the hangers are spaced properly or your gutters could collapse in a heavy rain or other severe weather. Additionally, you want to install the gutters at the right pitch so they will drain properly, and secure the gutters in the right spot so that they don’t collapse. To ensure there are no mistakes made with gutter installation in Yukon and Oklahoma City, OK, reach out to the professionals at Chisholm Trail Roofing & Construction. We offer a full range of roofing solutions. Give us a call at (405) 470-9115 to schedule services.

How do you attach gutters?

If you elect to install gutters yourself you want to make sure you have the right tools and take the right steps to ensure they are installed properly.

Gutter installation steps:

  • Measure the full length of the roof because the gutters will be attached along the fascia boards that run along the roof’s length.
  • Purchase gutters that fit your measurements, along with other materials like brackets and downspouts. One downspout is needed for the first 40 feet of gutter, and additional one for any additional footage.
  • The starting point of the gutter run is 1.25 inches below the eaves flashing.
  • The end point of the gutter run is determined by using a ½-inch downward slope.
  • Fascia brackets are installed on every other rafter tail.
  • Use a hacksaw to cut the gutters to size.
  • Mount the gutters to the fascia brackets and secure them to the brackets with machine screws.
  • Use an electric drill to attach the gutters to the fascia.
  • Attach the downspouts to the gutters.

Do roofers install gutters?

It’s usually best to hire professionals to ensure gutters are installed correctly. More often than not, you can call a roofer to install gutters. Professionals like those at Chisholm Trail Roofing & Construction are the team to call for expert gutter installation.

What is seamless gutter installation

When installing seamless gutters, you are getting a gutter system that is almost leakproof. Seamless gutters, as the name implies, have no seams between sections. Not only are the gutters less likely to leak, they are much easier to clean.

Gutter installation with metal roof

If you have a metal roof, you shouldn’t have to worry about gutter installation. For the most part you can install any gutter that attaches to the fascia board using brackets, spikes or ferrules. That said, you may want to check with a roofing professional or the metal roof manufacturer for guidelines to installing gutter systems. The gutters have to be installed as high as possible for drainage. 

How much does it cost to install new gutters?

When it comes to a gutter installation for house, the costs will vary depending on the type of gutters you’re installing and how many linear feet of guttering you’ll need. With galvanized or aluminum gutters cost about $4 to $9 per linear foot, while vinyl gutters run about $3 to $5 per linear foot. Depending on the size of your roof, you are more than likely going to install somewhere between 125 to 200 feet of gutters, so the total cost will average between $1,050 to $2,400. Costs will also be affected by labor charges, as well as by any additional services for gutter drainage or cleanup after the installation is complete. It may cost around $100 to remove and dispose of old gutters. Contractors usually factor these costs into the full price of the project.

What can I use instead of gutters?

While having a system to drain water away from your roof and house, gutters aren’t the only option. Among those are rain chains, which are a system of linked chains or cups that drain the water away from the roof. These devices may be too heavy for some roofs. Rain dispersal systems deflect water from the walls and disperse it around the home to limit erosion. Grading around the home can be a cost-effective temporary solution to help drain water away from the home. Drip edges are also useful, and can be used in addition to gutters for even better drainage. French drains or ground gutters are built into the ground to improve drainage.

A Technician Installs Gutters.

Who does gutter installation near me

When you are looking for professionals for gutter installation in Yukon and Oklahoma City, OK, you need to look no further than the team at Chisholm Trail Roofing & Construction. Our professionals will make sure your gutters are installed correctly, so you’ll have no problems later. Find out how we can help or schedule services by calling (405) 470-9115.

Is a Flat Roof a Good Idea?

Flat Roof Installation

How Long Does a Flat Roof Last?

Flat roofing is typically relegated to use in commercial buildings, as they allow for a greater range of movement when repairs are needed and are better suited to industrial architecture—though they can also be used in residential architecture. Choosing between a flat roof or a pitched roof is not entirely a question of the building’s intended use, however; there are many things to consider when selecting the type of roof for your building, including the longevity of the roof, the materials involved, and the environment in which the building is located.

Like most roofs, flat roofs are typically accompanied by a warranty after installation, ranging from 10-20 years. If installed and maintained properly, flat roofs can last up to 30 years, making them ideal for commercial properties—a clear case for flat roof benefits. The exact duration of a roof will depend on the materials used, and the manner in which the roof has been used and maintained; when built in an area with weather that is frequently severe or inclement, for instance, roofs will not stand up for as long as a roof built in temperate weather, and a roof that has had all small maintenance needs completed as soon as they are necessary will last longer than a roof left to neglect.

What Is The Best Material for a Flat Roof?

There are many types of flat roofing systems, each of them with their own strengths and drawbacks. The most common include PVC roofing, TPO roofing, metal roofing, and Bitumen roofing.

PVC roofing is typically the more expensive option of the four and is made up of vinyl sheeting. PVC roofs can last up to 25 years, with minimal leaking and minimal maintenance. PVC also holds up well to all manner of weather situations, chemicals, and exposures, and is often ideally suited for less temperate weather conditions. Each roll is heat-sealed and holds up well to punctures and other inconveniences.

Similarly, TPO roofing is made up of large rolls of polymer, which are sealed together using heat. Also like PVC, TPO roofing is UV resistant and holds up well in a variety of weather conditions. Although it is quite similar to PVC, TPO roofing is usually less expensive, though it may not be quite as resistant to chemicals, acids, and other corrosive, potentially-damaging materials.

Metal roofing is perhaps one of the oldest roofing types and the most common to all types of roofing projects. It is often highly impact-resistant and is used for its strength, durability, and long lifespan, as some metal roofs have been known to last more than 30 years, proven that installation is completed correctly, and maintenance is consistently performed.

Bitumen roofing is the final of the four most common types of flat roofs and is similar to traditional tar-and-shingle roofs. Bitumen roofs are comprised of several layers of asphalt and fiberglass or polyester. Bitumen roofing is often used in spaces that are expected to have a lot of foot traffic, and are easily patched and repaired, should a portion of the roof falter.

How Do You Waterproof a Flat Roof?

As is the case with all modern roofing systems, waterproofing is an important part of roof installation. Some roofing systems use tar and rubber to ensure that water does not permeate the external membrane of the roof, while others use heat to seal separate roof panels together. The manner of waterproofing is wholly unique to the exact roofing material used.

Do Flat Roofs Need Ventilation?

Typically, yes. Although there are some roofing systems designed to forego ventilation, to ensure that the roof remains in pristine condition, and the indoor air quality does not suffer, most flat roofs require some form of ventilation. Ventilation allows air to circulate and escape, keeping condensation, microbial growth, and internal damage to a minimum.

flat black roof with some puddles on it from the last storm

Do Flat Roofs Always Leak?

A flat roof leaking is no more likely than a standard pitched roof. Leaks occur due to improper installation practices, damaged roofing materials, or ineffective maintenance techniques, and can occur in any type of roofing. Just as with a pitched roof, timely evaluation and repair is the best way to ensure that a flat roof functions optimally. If a flat roof is leaking, the possible reasons include:

  • Poor Construction. All roofs, even so-called flat roofs, possess at least slight slopes to allow water to run off. If a flat roof building is not properly constructed, water can puddle and cause a leak to form.
  • Incompetent Commercial Roofing Contractors, whether you hired a commercial roofer near your area, or took the advice of someone who was uninformed.
  • Damaged Roof Panels. As is the case with other roofing systems, flat roofs can experience punctures, tears, and other breakages that allow water through.

Although flat roofs are often incorrectly cited as a source of constant leaking, properly-installed flat roofs are no more susceptible to leaking than sloped roofs. For flat roofing service in Yukon and Oklahoma City, OK, call (405) 470-9115 today!