With Hurricane Harvey pounding Texas and Southern Louisiana, we look at our fellow man with profound sadness. Many families will lose their homes and valuables during this storm. Our prayers go out to them, and we urge our friends and neighbors to join us in donating to the rescue effort.
Here in the northern Louisiana, we don't often deal with the full force of hurricanes because of our distance from the gulf coast, but we do encounter tropical storm winds like Harvey (as it passes by in the next day), tornadoes, hail, and strong thunderstorms.
After a storm, remember to look up at your roof. We have had many strong storms go through our area over the past few years, and those storms have done significant damage to roofs. How would you know if your roof is damaged? Check the ceilings in your home for water spots, check the roof for missing, blown, buckled or unaligned shingles. If you think something is amiss, by all means call Southern Roofing to provide you with a free roof inspection. We may not get hurricane force wind from Harvey, but we will get rain; and rain is the true enemy of a house with a bad roof.
Yesterday, Southern Roofing completed roof repairs to a new house in one of the new and premier neighborhoods in Shreveport. The house is beautiful and expensive, but the roof was already in bad shape. How could this be, in just a couple years? It's easy to see, when you're on the roof. The contractor hired the cheapest labor he could find to do the roofing. A properly installed roof leaves no less than six nails in each shingle. This roof had just two nails in each shingle.
This issue can be referred to as "high nailing." This leaves nails further above the optimal nail line and causes shingles to easily get raised above the roof base by strong wind. On this house, literally half of the shingles were sliding or pulling loose from the roof.
The take away from this story is that not everyone who claims to be a roofer is a roofer. North Louisiana is full of guys who have roofing as a business, but don't know anything about the actual art of roofing.
If you want a professional company with professional roofers, call Southern Roofing!
August 2017 has already been an unusually rainy month for a north Louisiana summer. Extended rain typically means that roofing companies are busy patching leaks. For many companies this means they have an opportunity to use their "Tar Gun."
Homeowners should BEWARE!!!
Tar is a short term product that will crack and reintroduce the leak at a later date, generally after only a year or two. This means that the roofer who spreads tar all over your roof is not solving the problem, just delaying it.
Call Southern Roofing if you have a roof leak, and let us repair your roof the proper way, because you want a real solution.
People often ask what makes us different from other roofing companies. One of the chief distinctions that we have is that we care about our work. This picture was taken of a brand new roof that was installed by a competitor. Notice that they used both black and brown metal trim. Some areas of the roof are black, while other ares are brown. In this image, they used both in the same roof seam. We were called by the homeowner to repair a number of these mistakes.
This homeowner would have saved over $3,000 had he allowed us to roof his home. We would have completed the job for the insurance settlement amount, not above it.
Beware!!! Many insurance agents and insurance companies are getting into the referral business. Unfortunately, insurance companies and agents do not know which roofing companies do great work, they simply know who is "qualified." Southern Roofing is starting work on a beautiful home in Southern Trace that will require a new roof, new soffits around the entire exterior, new sheetrock on ceilings and walls throughout the home, and the painting of virtually the entire house, both inside and outside due to a bad referral from an insurance company. The company that did the installation, closed their business and changed the name of the company in an attempt to escape dealing with the problem.
Insurance companies, adjusters, and their agents know insurance, Southern Roofing knows roofs! Remember that you never have to use a roofing company recommended by an insurance company.
At Southern Roofing we truly enjoy working on older historic houses. These gems can be a challenge, but they are part of our city's history, and we enjoy being a part of it. This beautiful old house has been renovated and is a local country getaway. It features a steep roof that highlights the CertainTeed Landmark shingles we are using. Unless you request, we only use the best, so please call us for your free quote.