Spring is quickly approaching and it’s time to begin thinking about home repair and maintenance. It’s a great idea to inspect your home for possible damages incurred during the winter, especially the roof. We had a couple major storms move through the area in the winter. You may recall that Benton Middle School had its roof blown off on January 11th. That storm impacted a wide area of Shreveport/Bossier with 70+ mile-per-hour straight line winds. A roof inspection should be on your spring to-do list.
Remember, it is unsafe for anyone to get on a roof without proper tools and training. For this reason, it’s best to leave roofing inspection and repair to local pros, like Southern Roofing. If you are trying to avoid expense by doing the inspection yourself, you should know that all roofing inspections completed by Southern Roofing are free of charge!
Annual roof maintenance can identify problem areas early, which can potentially save a lot of money in the future, because roof and water problems typically worsen over time. Water leaking into a home is a massive and expensive problem to remedy. Every problem you address quickly can extend the life of your roof.
What Occurs During a Roof Inspection?
We look for these things:
Broken or damaged shingles
Broken, damaged, or missing tiles
Loose seams, roofing material, or seals
Dented and damaged storm drains, gutters, and collars
Interior water damage (stains or bubbling/puckering of wallpaper and/or paint on walls or ceilings)
Granule loss or wear
Our certified and licensed professional will do a great job. First, they will walk around the perimeter of the home from the ground level to inspect for cracks in the brickwork/concrete, which are tell-tale signs of a roof leak.
The inspector will next check the downspouts for remnants of shingles that might have spilled out via the gutter system.
Next, our technician will mount the roof and walk around, inspecting more closely the shingles and general roof structure. If applicable, they may also check under your roof in the attic or crawlspace, as well as inside walls or ceilings for evidence of roof leaks.
All problem areas will be well-documented, and sometimes photographed, so that you can see exactly what we are seeing. After the inspection is complete and you have a thorough explanation of what we found, we will then give you our recommendations for repairs and estimated costs.
For the best protection and prevention, call Southern Roofing to schedule your spring roof inspection, and cross it off your spring to-do list. Call us at (318) 295-4555 or Contact Us.
Why Hiring a Licensed and Insured Roofer, Like Southern Roofing, Is Important
WE ARE WELL-TRAINED
In order to be a licensed Roofing Contractor Southern Roofing needs to be knowledgeable in all facets of roofing services. Our professionals are trained to conduct inspections and perform safe, efficient repairs. Trained technicians can provide advice about your roofing needs and help you choose the right materials for your home.
WE ARE COMPLIANT WITH CODES
Southern Roofing is familiar with all local building and energy codes. Our roof repair or installation must adhere to these codes in order to maintain our license.
WE FOLLOW SAFETY STANDARDS
Southern Roofing has a set of safety standards we follow while performing work. These safety standards ensure the project goes smoothly without any worker injuries or damage to your home.
WE ARE TRUSTWORTHY
Southern Roofing is trustworthy and we will never try to sell you on work that is not needed. We will guarantee you are satisfied with our work before you make your final payment.
OUR CUSTOMERS ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY INJURIES
Unfortunately, injuries do happen on the job, no matter the safety measures taken. Choosing a company that covers worker’s compensation insurance protects you from any lawsuits if a worker is injured while working on your roof.
LICENSED AND INSURED ROOFING CONTRACTORS IN SHREVEPORT
There are a few small and large businesses to choose from in the Shreveport area, we recommend you choose a licensed and insured roofing company that offers a personal experience, like Southern Roofing. We have your best interests in mind and provide service and work you can trust. Please contact us today to discuss your roofing needs and schedule a FREE ESTIMATE.
Roofs are expensive to maintain and more expensive to replace. If you’re considering a roof replacement, or maintaining a roof as part of ongoing operations, you should think about a roof coating.
Nearly every roofing system is “coat-able,” however; the majority of coating jobs involve metal and single–ply membrane flat roofs.
Extend the Life of Your Roof
Coatings applied to a roof in relatively good condition can extend the roof’s life for years. A roof coating will provide a new surface that protects the underlying membrane from sun exposure and precipitation, slowing the aging process.
Corrosion (metal roofs) is reduced and controlled.
Less Costly than Replacement
Fast and easy installation
Suitable for complex roof designs
Coating applied with minimal impact to ongoing operations.
Highly reflective white coatings, which can reflect up to 95 percent of solar energy, reduce a roof’s temperature significantly. This stops heat loading or the “heat island effect” and leads to better long-term performance and lower cooling costs. Therefore, a high-quality reflective coating can quickly pay for itself.
Using a coating rather than replacing a roof is an environmentally responsible choice because it keeps wasted roofing material out of landfills.
When applying a roof coating, it’s important to pair the roof with the proper coating because different roofing systems require different coating types. In general, two types of coatings are available: all-purpose, which would be suitable for a range of roof types; and application-specific coatings, which are designed for one or very few roof types.
For flat roofs, there are several different types of coatings including silicone, latex, reflective and insulating ceramic. To ensure proper curing of the coating there needs to be good weather conditions and proper application, which results in a precise membrane of the highest quality.
At Southern Roofing we’ve applied numerous coatings and can give you our expert opinion regarding your roof and whether or not a coating could work for you. Call Us at (318) 295-4555 or Contact Us.
Fall is the perfect time for getting your roof replaced.
As we transition from the summer to the Fall, we also make a significant transition in the roofing business. The transition is from dealing with asphalt shingles that can be as hot as 170 degrees and tearing apart in our hands to dealing with asphalt shingles at their optimum install temperature. At Southern Roofing we have tried through the years to educate our customers in the value of waiting to have their home re-roofed in the Fall. Some have taken us up on waiting, while others have not.
During the summer months, shingles get extremely hot and brittle because they are an oil based product, they also get extremely soft in the heat. Therefore, walking on shingles, holding shingles, nailing shingles, lifting shingles, and every other activity involved in the roofing process decreases the lifespan of the shingle.
When fall hits, all of the problems related to heat recede. We enter a time of year where we do not do long term damage to the shingles during the installation process because they are cool and at their ideal installation temperature. If you have wisely held off having a roof installed, through the summer heat, your time is now.
Shreveport is the perfect climate for a cool roof.
As a CetainTeed Shingle master we want to share this article with you that was originally posted on the CertainTeed website.
What is a Cool Roof?
A cool roof is a roofing system that delivers higher solar reflectance (the ability to reflect the visible, infrared and ultraviolet wavelengths of the sun, which reduces heat transfer to the building) and higher thermal emittance (the ability to radiate absorbed, or non-reflected solar energy) than standard designed roofing products. Historically, cool roofs have been either white or some other lighter shade color. However, that dynamic has changed in recent years with the development of residential cool roof products like Landmark Solaris® and Presidential Solaris® from CertainTeed that can achieve EnergyStar® qualified levels of solar reflectivity even in dark, rich hues.
Cool roofs can also enhance roof durability and reduce both building cooling loads and the urban heat island effect.
Most of the roofs in the world (including over 90% of the roofs in the United States) are dark-colored. In the heat of the full sun, the surface of a black roof can increase in temperature by more than 100 °F over the ambient temperature, reaching temperatures up to 190 °F. This increase in surface temperature can contribute to:
Increased cooling energy use and higher utility bills;
Reduced indoor comfort;
Accelerated deterioration of roofing materials;
Increased roof maintenance costs;
Higher peak electricity demand;
Any building with a dark colored roof will consume more energy for air conditioning than a “cooler” building – a strain on both operating costs and the electric power grid. Cool roof products such as Landmark Solaris shingles, Presidential Solaris shingles, and Cool Star commercial cool roofing products from CertainTeed offer both immediate and long-term savings in building energy costs.
The EPA reports that cool roofs can:
Reduce energy use: A cool roof transfers less heat to the building below, so the building stays cooler and uses less energy for air conditioning.
Reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions: By lowering energy use, cool roofs decrease the production of associated air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Improve human health and comfort: Cool roofs can reduce air temperatures inside buildings with and without air conditioning, helping to prevent heat-related illnesses and deaths.
In Spring 2018 there was severe hail damage across the Shreveport area due to a series of devastating thunderstorms. You may be wondering if your roof has hail damage, there are ways to determine if any damage occurred.
Simply looking up at your roof is not an option. Roofing systems must be physically inspected by a trained and experience professional. Insurance companies may send an adjuster who has specialized training in this area so that they can properly identify hail damage, and roofing companies like Southern Roofing also have the experience to discover hail damage.
Missing shingles are an obvious sign of wind damage, high winds and hail often occur simultaneously. If there are no missing shingles, you still may have hail damage.
Hail damage may dent the soft metals on your roof (flashing, vents, and exhaust caps). If you see dents in the soft metals or vinyl window covers, you may want to seek a professional assessment.
Check all areas of your roof. The direction of the storm and the slope of your roof may result in damage on only one side.
Hail damage can be dents (bruises) in the shingles, granular loss, edge removal, or damage to the underlayment. You may need a professional to see some of these symptoms.
If you think you have hail damage, contact Southern Roofing before you begin a process with your insurance company. We have navigated these situations for years and have the expertise you need. We will provide a free roof replacement estimate and ensure you get the maximum coverage as we work with your insurance adjuster.