Roof ice damage: What to do after a snow or ice storm

Admittedly, so far this winter has been mild. But we all know winters in Oklahoma can be harsh on roofs. Storms come fast and furiously. Paired with our icy winds, a winter storm can pull a number on your roof.

Ice dams
Ice dams can form when ice accumulates on the edge of a roof, creating a barrier for melting water. When water collects behind the ice dam, it can cause leaks and later water damage. Melting ice can find its way under the shingles, allowing water to seep into in the roof. Water that refreezes can also cause cracks in shingles or in other materials. Also, make sure you check the North East portion of your home/roof where lack of direct sunlight is most prevalent.

If you are concerned about ice damage, check for ice build-up on the roof and inspect your interior for water stains or moisture in your attic or along the ceiling. Make sure your roof does not offer places for ice dams to form. Clean your gutters before winter weather strikes and keep an eye out for debris on the roof. If you are expecting several days of snow, you can sweep snow off in areas where ice and snow may build up. Most importantly, however, be extra safe when you are checking out your roof. Especially in the winter it can get slippery up there and you could injure yourself.

Wear and tear on shingles
A series of winter storms can leave their marks on the shingles, when granules are washed off your roof by melting snow and ice. It happens if snow slowly melts off or in winters with lots of snow or hail. Losing this protective layer of granules can cause further damage. Granules on a roof have four main purposes. They protect the actual shingle from UV light, add coloring and beauty, and provide fire resistance.
Unfortunately there is not much you can do to prevent it, but make sure you check for damage after the winter. If you find that your roof has taken a beating during the winter months, call a contractor or roof inspector to assess any damage. Make the necessary repairs, so further damage won’t occur.

Gutter problems
Your gutters may also suffer from ice buildup. Ice buildup in your gutters prevents the flow of melted snow for proper drainage. That may cause the gutters to overflow and create long icicles. Those are dangerous when they drop off your home, but the weight of the ice may also damage the gutter. Of course, every time you have water not properly draining – away from the walls – you risk encountering water damage that could even cause structural damage if not addressed in a timely manner.

Always clean your gutters and should ice or icicles form try to carefully remove them to avoid major damage.

High winds and falling branches
A stiff winter storm can blow off shingles, leaving the decking exposed. That can make your roof vulnerable to rain or melting snow. Further, if you live in an area with big trees, the weight of snow and ice may cause trees or branches to fall and cause damage to your roof. If you suspect that a big branch may have crashed down on your roof, check after the storm to assess the damage. It may have caused an obvious problem, but it can also cause issues invisible to the untrained eye. It is worth it to have your roof checked out by a professional. Big problems need to be repaired right away so more rain or snow won’t run into your home.

Help is not far away
When you call us after a storm for roof repair, our experienced roofing contractors will be able to answer your questions about your roof and can also do a free roof inspection to help you evaluate the condition of your roof.

Majestic Roofing’s roof repair specialists will help guide you through the next steps in the roof repair process. Insurance companies often ask for estimates from qualified roofing contractors before they send an adjuster to look at your roof. We are happy to assist you in any way we can and want to be your partner when dealing with insurance or if you need any repairs done.

Call or email Majestic Roofing Oklahoma today for a free roofing estimate.

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Avoid common mistakes when hanging your Christmas lights

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Don’t damage your roof while hanging your lights

With the holidays upon us, many of us will take to the roof to brighten the season with a Christmas light display. But installing Christmas light properly takes some skill and experience. Trust us, over the year’s we have seen serious damage done to roofs by folks trying to install their Christmas lights.

Here are some pointers on how to keep you – and your roof – safe this Christmas season.

Planning: Make a list and check it twice

Everything turns out better with a plan. Think like a professional installer, choosing lights for your house that are right for your design. Don’t forget to measure the roofline to learn how many lights you need. Trees and shrubs are harder to estimate. A good rule of thumb is 100 lights for every 1 and 1/2-ft of tree.

Then check out your gutters, shingles and surfaces. Take notes of good places to fasten lights, inspect how thick your gutter is, and check if you have any lose gutters or shingles. Then, let the fun begin and create a design that will bring joy to the entire neighborhood.

Electricity: Make it shine and sparkle safely

Before you ever get on the roof make sure your decorations are in good shape and have no cracked casings around the wires, defective or worn plugs or any other damage that could potentially cause a fire. Plan where you will plug in your lights and make sure you don’t overload the breaker, which could also be a potential fire risk. When in doubt, ask somebody. It’s not worth the damage.

Keep your hooves off the roof

So your roof can handle Santa and an entire herd of magical reindeer, but the average human can do some major damage to a roof. The best thing to do is to stay off the roof altogether and use a ladder instead.
If you have a tile roof, wear soft shoes and put your foot on two peaks. Don’t step into the valleys in between. You may crack a tile. If you have a wooden roof, be very careful walking on it. They can get very slippery especially in rainy conditions. Also weatherworn or rotten wood shingles or shakes can crack easily.
If you must step on the roof be careful, take necessary safety measures and wear soft-soled shoes.

The staple gun is NOT your best friend

A common mistake is using a staple gun or nails to secure your lights. Never staple into your shingles or shakes. Any holes can become a point of entry for rainwater and water damage can create rotten roof decking or other problems.
You can likely staple to your eaves as long as you don’t have any concerns that it may damage your paint or wood aesthetically. However, there are better ways to secure your lights.

Plastic clips, zip ties are the way to go

Keep Christmas lights straight and hang them from any surface with plastic clips that are easy to install and remove. There are a variety of clips that allow you to hang your lights without causing damage to your roof or sides of your home. Not only are cheap, but also they can be found at most home improvement stores. You can clip them onto shingles, gutters or eaves, but we recommend focusing on your gutters or eaves.
Santa figures, angels or giant snowmen can be secured with zip ties, and knowing the unpredictable Oklahoma weather, you can use sand bags or weights to weigh them down. Anything that could catch wind or could be a place to accumulate snow or ice should be secured tightly. You don’t want your decorations to come shooting off the roof and injure somebody.

After the holidays

After a marathon of Christmas parties, celebrations and merriment, January will roll around and it is time to break it all down again. Be cautious when doing so. It may be cold, you may be tired, but you should put as much care into removing your decorations as you did putting them up. Yanking on a cord may cause significant damage to your gutters or roof. If you attached your lights to the shingles using staples, nails (obviously you put up your lights before reading this handy guide), not only avoid pulling on your cords, but also make a point of pulling out all nails carefully and inspecting your roof for damage. If you find anything that just doesn’t look right, call us or an independent roof inspector to have your roof checked – no matter if you caused the damage or if snow or ice pulled a number on your roof. Putting off necessary repairs could turn into costly damage down the road.

Be careful, up there! And post photos of your creations to our Facebook page.
Merry Christmas from your friends at Majestic… building Santa’s runway one roof at a time.

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Majestic Roofing honored with GAF’s President’s Club Award

We couldn’t have done it without you.

If you have been in the business for as long as we have you know what it takes to run a small business in Oklahoma. You work hard, use quality products, you take pride in your work and you provide great service to your customers. You earn the trust of your customers. That’s how your gain customers for life. That’s what separates a great roofing contractor from a mediocre one.

And that’s exactly how we have run our business for more than 30 years and how we plan to continue for many more. So it sure feels good to be recognized for it.

Majestic Roofing Oklahoma has received the most prestigious contractor award GAF has to offer: The GAF President’s Club Award. This highly coveted award recognizes Majestic Roofing Oklahoma as one of the “elite of the elite” residential roofing contractors in the United States.

GAF is North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, and to qualify for this award, roofing contractors must demonstrate an exceptional level of excellence in their business.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the folks at GAF for recognizing the work that we do in our community. We would also like to thank our customers for the trust that they have put into us for so many years and their continuous business. We couldn’t have done it without you.

So what does it mean to be honored with this award?

Majestic Roofing Oklahoma has been a GAF Master Elite® contractor since 2011. To become a Master Elite® contractor—a status that less than 2 percent of roofing contractors nationwide have achieved—a contractor must demonstrate proper licensing and adequate insurance, have a proven reputation and show commitment to ongoing professional training.

With this award, GAF recognized an exceptional level of excellence in our business, especially in the areas of installation excellence, consumer protection, and installer training.

We are proud to be a leader in Oklahoma’s roofing industry, and we live by these principles every day. Everyone in our company, from administration to roofers, is trained by GAF to provide customers with the best products, installation, and service in the state.

Our motto, ‘We’re on top of it,’ is more than a cute catch phrase. On each and every job, we give customers the very best we have. Our dedication to being the best gives our customers beautiful and properly installed roofs every time, with warranties that only a GAF-certified contractor can offer, including all materials and labor. Locally owned and financially stable, our business is ethically driven to deliver on our promises day after day.

We are honored to be recognized by GAF, and we add this recognition to other cherished performance awards recognizing our dedication to our craftsmanship and to our customers, including GAF’s Triple Excellence Award and civic recognition from Oklahoma City.

Moving forward, we plan to continue to strive for excellence in all we do, and continue to surpass customer expectations. Thank you!

Stan Templeton & the Majestic Roofing Team

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Hidden storm damage: Should I get my roof inspected after a big storm?

Living in Oklahoma means living with severe weather. If a major storm strikes it is

easy to focus on ripped off roofs and shingles. However, just because your roof

didn’t get blown away doesn’t mean that your roof has not suffered serious storm

damage.

Flying debris can cause damage that is hardly detectable with an untrained eye.

Strong winds, hail, and rain can also do damage that may not look like much at

first but will cause a lot of trouble down the road. It does not always take a

tornado to wreak havoc on your roof. Any serious Oklahoma spring storm can do

the trick.

Understanding storm damage

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This is not coming as a surprise to any Oklahoman, but wind lifts shingles and

bends them, breaking the seal that bonds them together, leaving your roof

vulnerable to rain and moisture. High winds and tornadoes tear up shingles,

leaving the roof deck or underlayment exposed to the elements. Leakage will

occur over time.

Remember those photos of golf-sized hail all over the Internet? That happens

quite often in Oklahoma. Hail can leave dents or pockmarks in shingles,

removing or chipping away on the granules that serve as a protective layer

against rain and sun damage. Hail damage, as opposed to wind damage, is insidious and may not physically cause leakage for years. It takes a

trained professional to spot the problem areas.

So even if no shingles have been actually blown off your roof, you should have

your roof inspected if you have concerns. Not all storm damage is obvious and

hidden damage will cause problems weeks or even months after a storm as

water leaks slowly into your home causing mold or mildew issues and potentially

even structural damage.

Shingles are engineered to protect against wind, hail and rain, but severe

weather can cause damage even to the best roofing job. To be sure you don’t

have hidden damage, have your roof inspected by a certified contractor you can

trust.

Will a roof inspection cost me anything?

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Most contractors offer roof inspections as part of their customer service or

assessment process prior to working with you and would be happy to inspect

your roof. You should ask about the roof inspector’s qualifications. Anybody can

climb up a roof, but it takes special training to spot hidden issues.

A trained contractor will inspect your roof for signs of hidden damage using a

combination of visual inspections and state-of- the-art technology to ensure that

your roof is watertight. An experienced inspector can also easily spot if the

damage comes from the storm or if it is a result of aging or other factors. They

also have extensive experience working with insurance and can help you

navigate the reimbursement process.

Where to start?

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The first step is identifying damage to your roof. Property and casualty insurance

companies want the homeowner to be sure there is sufficient damage to warrant

a claim, so homeowners should have a professional contractor inspect the

property for damage caused by the storm. The contractor and homeowner should

then discuss whether or not a claim should be filed. Insurance companies will

usually send out an adjuster. Allowing a contractor to be present to assist in this

phase helps homeowners receive the required amount of money to have their

repairs completed and also ensures that any potentially costly aspects are

covered.

Learn more about what to do if your roof has been damaged, here.

Why choose Majestic Roofing for storm damage repair?

If your home was hit with hail, even if you don’t think your roof was damaged, call

Majestic Roofing for a free storm damage inspection.

• Licensed, insured and trusted Oklahoma roofer

• Experienced in all types of damage to Oklahoma storm damage

• We work with your insurance company so you pay little or no out of pocket

Call 405-973-5068 today for more information on storm damage repair or roof

inspections.

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El Niño and Your Roof

The 2015 – 2016 El Niño has been compared to the 1983 El Niño in terms of its intensity and has tied the record with the strongest previous El Niño on record. Weather experts are quick to note, though, that no two El Niños are alike. Fortunately, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), believes this current El Niño has peaked. In recent months, El Niño has caused hundred-year flooding, massive snowstorms, and mild temperatures. These weather events are a result of a warming of the Pacific Ocean waters around December. The warming of those waters, known as El Niño, drives weather patterns across America, including Oklahoma. The event occurs every two to seven years for reasons still not fully understood.  That patch of water warms for anywhere from six to 18 months before cooling again.

How El Niño Will Affect Weather This Year in Oklahoma

El Niño is getting weaker and will continue to do so through spring; however, it will be a critical factor in the coming weather. The spring temperature outlook is estimated to be above normal for most of Oklahoma. It is predicted that a good portion of Oklahoma will experience seasonal precipitation. The west is anticipated to go above average, while the north and east may fall below average. In general, warmer weather is predicted, but with an active weather pattern. Fewer tornadoes are anticipated this year, but there are likely to be some significant ones during the spring weather season.

How Homeowners Can Prepare for the Upcoming Storm Season

Being a homeowner means that you will be making repairs. It’s just something you accept when you buy a home. However, with preventive maintenance, homeowners won’t face major repairs as often. Here are some preventive measures to take before the storm season hits.

Check for and fix leaks before it rains.

Leak points can result as dry heat causes wood structures to shrink and possibly open up expansion joints. A qualified roofer can spot these points and make the necessary repairs. The majority of roof leaks happen at metal flashing connection points. With this in mind, it’s important to ensure the flashing is clear of debris. Utilize a hose to make certain the flashing is sending water off the roof and into the gutters.

Clean the gutters.

Clear the muck out of the gutters, paying particular attention to the downspout. Check the gutter spikes, and ensure that the spikes are securely fastened. Replace as needed to secure the gutters. Check for leaks. Leaks could come from holes in gutters or cracked caulking in the seams. If rusted, either replace the gutters or sand off the rust and paint with primer and then rust inhibiting paint.

Assess the trees in your yard.

A tree branch that comes within six feet of your roof can be a risk. Not only does the risk exist from weather, but also because small animals may use it to gain access to your home. Of course, if an entire tree stands close enough to fall on your roof, you may want to consult with a professional roofing contractor or tree expert about its risk and possible removal.

Call in experts when help is needed.

If severe weather does strike and roofs are damaged across the area, be weary of out-of-state roofing companies who rush into the area and set up temporary shops. Look for a home-based OK roofing company like Majestic Roofing. We have been here for more than thirty years, proudly serving Oklahoma residents. Our company specializes in residential and commercial roofing, so we can take care of any roofing needs.

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