Preparing for Hurricanes this Hurricane Season in Houston

Preparing for Hurricanes this Hurricane Season in Houston

Summertime in Houston, TX means warm weather and sunshine; but, with this also comes the dreaded hurricane season. For the homeowner whose ever experienced a hurricane, you are all too familiar with the damage which can be caused. If you want to ensure your home is prepared, these are a few tips to prepare your home, shield it from possible flooding and major roof damage.

Buy supplies
Boarding your windows will plywood, having sandbags in place to go around the home’s perimeter, and having strong duct-tape in place to border windows in the event of cracking or chips, is a must. The problem is that most people wait until a hurricane is looming in order to buy supplies. Not only are they costlier, but they are also limited when a hurricane is fast approaching. So, make sure you have these supplies, as well as food, water, fuel, and sternos in place in the event electricity goes down. Of course flashlights and batteries, as well as some canned foods should be on hand in the event you can’t cook for a few days.

Check your insurance
Another misconception people have is that as long as they have homeowners insurance they are covered. This is not only a mistake, but can result in major damage and loss not being covered. So, in high risk areas, such as Houston, make sure you have additional food, water damage, and proper coverage in place. This should also extend to auto insurance, in the event a window is damaged or the car is damaged by trees or downed wires.

Back things up
Loss of power doesn’t only hinder your ability to cook a meal or turn on the ac, it can also result in a loss of important documentation. In today’s digital age, we store everything online, and typically don’t think about possibly losing such information in the event of power loss. So make sure you have things stored online, backed up, and secure. Especially if you operate a home business or have important documentation stored on your computer, make sure you back it up.

Have a plan in place
Another factor people don’t consider is that in some instances a mandatory evacuation is put into effect. Where will you go? How will you get there? Make sure you have a plan in place, a place to stay, and a way to keep your family and pets safe, in the event you have to leave your home during hurricane season. Even if you don’t want to, in emergencies you may be forced to, so you might as well prepare (and do the preparation to your home, such as boarding the windows) early, to avoid last minute struggles and safety concerns.

A hurricane can cause a great deal of roof damage and wreak havoc. But if you prepare early, it can also save plenty of headaches, and make the period a little easier on your family. In the event a major storm is brewing, these are a few ways to prepare early, and ensure your family is ready for the storm which is approaching.

5 Tips on How to Choose a Houston Metal Roofing Company

5 Tips on How to Choose a Houston Metal Roofing Company

There are many different types of metal roofs that a metal Roofing company can install on your home. These types of metal roofs will have varying resale values when you go to put your house on the market. Also, some of these roofs will last longer than others, some will be more expensive, and some will be more environment-friendly. In today’s age, it is extremely important that you compare the various types of roofing materials, so that you can make an informed pick. Roofing is an expensive thing to purchase for home, but it is extremely important. If you want to make sure that you make the right decision the first time around so that complications or problems do not arise, later on in your roof life. By making the right decision today, you can avoid hassles tomorrow. Keep the following in mind while looking for such a company

How to choose a Houston metal roofing company

1. Understand your requirements

You should know beforehand the type of work your roof may need. Unless you know that, you won’t be able to choose the right contractor as different companies specialize in different kinds of roofing jobs.

2. Understand the kind of insurance coverage you may have

It is good to have an adequate insurance coverage for your roofing. If you have an insurance coverage and the metal roof needs repairing, you should look for a service experienced in handling insurance claims. Dealing with such metal roofing company saves you plenty of time, money and efforts.

3. Look for an experienced roofing company, specializing in the kind of material used for your roofing

Different kinds of roofing materials are in use these days. Next, you proceed with searching a company experienced and specializing in handling metal roofs to get efficient and timely results.

4. Company’s portfolio

You should ask the prospective roofing company to show its portfolio. This is among the best ways of assessing if the roofing company is competent in delivering the kind of results you expect. It is not worth dealing with a local metal roofing company if it is unable to provide a proof of its past assignments. The portfolio should also contain feedback from past clients of the company

5. Doing your research

You can’t rely just on the claims made by the company you may be inclined to deal with. You can make your own inquiries. Do not hesitate to talk to some of the references provided by the company and ask them to share their experiences with the company. Another good option would be to inquire from your friends or colleagues who might have hired one such company. If they report great services provided by the company, it will be safe to depend on their word and hire the same company.

When searching the Internet, you’ll find that there are many companies in Houston providing metal roofing services. An important consideration for choosing the correct company is to make sure that it has a valid license for providing these services as per the norms prescribed by the concerned government agency. It is equally important to confirm that the contracting company has adequate insurance coverage to ensure that you are not held liable for any harm or injuries caused to its workers while performing their work on your roof. And finally, do check if the Houston metal roofing Company provides any warranty for the repairs carried by it.

5 Ways To Tell If You Need to Replace Your Roof

5 Ways To Tell If You Need to Replace Your Roof

If you are a homeowner you have probably struggled with the question of when is the right time to replace roof or whether you need a roofing contractor to help you establish that. Well, there are several simple ways you can use to tell whether you need to replace your roof. You could start by establishing its age, looking for characteristics displayed by the shingles that need replacement and just whether there is some rot or mold on the roof. Let’s take a look at some of these factors!

1. How Old is Your Roof?

The age of your roof is probably one of the key things that you should consider when determining whether you need to replace your roof. But this will majorly depend on the type of material that has been used to make the roof. So a good starting point will be for you to check through the records that document the details of your roof and establish the exact material that it is made of. For instance, If it is made of Asphalt or Cedar you will need to replace the roof if it is between 10 to 15 years. While for materials like tiles or metals with a high degree of durability you will need to do some replacement after every 50+ years.

2. Are The Roof’s Shingle Edges Buckled Up?

One of the easiest ways to tell whether your roof needs to be replaced is to check the shingle edges. Mostly, after a long period of being exposed to heat, the shingle edges of the roof tend to curve up as they lose their ability to hold together. A good thing is these type of singles are usually visible and one can easily note them by observing the roof from outside. You definitely need to replace your roof once you see this as failure to do so will lead to more problems in future like a leaking roof.

3. Are There Missing Shingles On The Roof?

You can also know it’s time to replace your roof if you observe that there are missing shingles or there is a large portion of the roof that has cracked shingles. This is usually caused by the roof being exposed to adverse weather conditions like direct sunlight, snow pack or extreme wind. But it’s a phenomenon that develops slowly and sometimes you can detect it if you observe large amounts of shingle granules in your gutter which are early signs of massive wear and tear on your roof.

3. Try Observing The Roof From The Attic

A roof that needs to be replaced urgently will not only show you signs on the outside but also on the inside. And the best spot to analyze your roof to establish if it’s in good condition is from the attic. One of the things you will need to look out for is whether there are some light rays streaming through the roof. You should also look out for dark spots or water trails on the walls that are proof of a leaking roof. All these are signs of a damaged roof and so you will need to consult with your roofing contractor to establish the extent of the damage and the cost of replacement.

5. Look for Any Rot, Moisture or Mold

Your roof’s biggest enemy is moisture.The bad thing is that most times, it’s usually difficult to tell whether there is moisture finding it’s way into your roof. However, you can always tell if your roof is leaking by looking for signs of rot or mold on the roof. One of biggest signs of a rotting roof is a deck that is sunken due to continuous leakage on the roof. On the other hand, mold always follows moisture and its appearance on the roof is a sure sign of moisture trapped in the roof. Something that will cause rot over time.

So you really don’t need to struggle with the question of whether it is time to replace your roof. Just check if it is over 20 years old, look out for shingles that are either buckled up, cracked or missing. You can also go into the attic and look for some light escaping through the roof or signs that the roof is leaking. And if you observe any of these signs then it’s probably time to call your Houston roofing contractor.

Exclusive Dealer for Classic Country Manor Aluminum Shake

Exclusive Dealer for Classic Country Manor Aluminum Shake

Classic Country Manor Aluminum Shake is an exclusive product that is only sold by local dealers. All Star Roof Systems is the exclusive local dealer in Houston, Texas and has been for decades. This privilege is awarded to trained and factory certified companies to ensure quality control.

Other Classic products such as Rustic Shingle are sold to any company in the country, thus making it subject to that company’s capabilities and knowledge. All aluminum roofs we install in Houston are hand nailed with aluminum screw shank nails (no nail guns). This allows for flush nail drives and no over compressed nails that would damage the panel. We put a lifetime workmanship warranty on all of our metal roofs in Houston and surrounding areas. Many companies won’t give such a robust warranty and this is a reflection of their installation knowledge and capabilities with metal roofing. We also custom form all trim in our metal shop to ensure quality and integrity of every metal roof.

Always feel free to contact the manufacturer, Classic Metal Roofing Systems, to inquire about whom they recommend to install your Aluminum Shake roof.

Will Yates

Will Yates

All Star Roof Systems, Inc.

Steel Standing Seam Metal Roofs

Steel Standing Seam Metal Roofs

When considering investing in a standing seam roof, there are important factors that determine the quality and integrity of the product. Comparing apples to apples is often overlooked. For instance, some companies will use inferior products as a technique to underbid the competition and not inform the customer of the differences.

All Star Roof Systems uses 24 gauge steel panels as opposed to 26 gauge. Many roofing companies will also roll their own panels in order to save on material costs. Why would this compromise the integrity of the product? Well, the machine being used has to be calibrated routinely. All Star has the manufacturer roll each panel to ensure quality control and warranty control. If other companies roll panels on site, you cannot be sure of the calibration let alone the affect of pulling that machine around Houston roads to get to the job site.

Another technique used by other companies is to use a standing seam mimic. Lap panels are not true standing seam products. They are fastened through the panel itself. It has no actual clips to hold the panel in place. This system causes a stifling of natural expansion and contraction and can also cause contortion of panels and pulling of fasteners. We install clips which allow for natural expansion and contraction of panels on the roof.

Warranties are also a part of the decision process. All Star has always puts lifetime workmanship warranty on our standing seam roofs.

Lastly, we use a product that has an adhesive in each seam that bonds with the panels it overlaps to ensure water tightness. Many of the self rolling companies do not have this capability. We hope that if you’re in the market for a standing seam roof, you take into consideration all the options that are available and make an educated decision.

Will Yates

Will Yates

All Star Roof Systems, Inc.