Things Home Owners Should Know!

Most home owners think just because a contractor or salesperson arrives at their home in a nice vehicle with sharp clothes, and a smile, they appear knowledgeable.

In a storm area most of the “new” salespersons come out of the woodwork, just to make money, with new company names, even using names of companies that have been in business for years.  To protect homeowners here is a list of things to check.

Thinks to ask: (IN ORDER OF IMPORTANCE)

#1     “Can I see a copy of your insurance and your County License?”  Not all states have licenses for contractors, but should have a county license if they are operating correctly.

#2     “Where is your office?”  If it is a Post Office Box – how will you find them later if you have problems?  If they work out of a storage unit they can move fast and easy, and if they work from their home, what liability will they have when the job is finished? NONE, then what can you do? NOTHING. If they have nothing you get nothing in a potential law suit.

#3     If they have an office ask, “How long have you been in business at your current location?”  GREAT QUESTION  If less than a year, ask more questions, such as, where their business was located before, and for how long. If brand new, you now know that you are dealing with someone just getting into the business, which may not be bad, just ask good discovery questions such as who, what, when, where and why and how.

#4     If it is a insurance claim, and the contractor gives you a quote that is way less, or way more, the question you ask is, WHY?  The insurance quote is the quote you’re looking to receive, or really near to that.  After the contractor quotes you, you will usually find the insurance quote right to the numbers, or the contractor will sometimes find other things the insurance will allow you to handle as well.

#5     If they push really hard to get the contact signed, look out! GOOD CONTRACTORS will work with you to get the job quoted and signed AFTER you have a little time to digest the numbers. This is VERY IMPORTANT.

#6     When a Company says on their company business cards, vehicle or ad that they are “Bonded and Insured”. RED FLAG! YOU CAN ONLY BOND A PERSON AGAINST CRIMINAL ACTS & ONLY THE JOB LOCATION IS BONDABLE. A Bonded Job is for performance only. Please understand this, if the contractor does not finish the job, the Bond pays for the completion of  job or contract. It is very rare that a house is bonded. Maybe Bill Gate’s house was Bonded, but not usually the “little people”, well, not my house anyway.

#7    IMPORTANT. Only pay the contractor after performance. Pay for materials after delivery 1/3rd of project total only, 1/3rd or balance of Insurance only at finish, you then pay YOUR CONTRACTORS the other 1/3rd after you get the balance of your DEPRECATION CHECK FROM YOUR INSURANCE.  In most cases you will have a deductible YOU SET UP – YOU are responsible for YOUR deductible.  NEVER PAY AHEAD OF TIME, OR AT CONTRACT SIGNING, NEVER! 

#8     Remember #8 – At anytime a contractor starts saying I can save you money on a job, they have to take away something from the job, cost is cost, there are very little differences in cost of materials and labor from one contractor to another, if they talk “saving you money on the job”, they are not doing everything needed for the job, something has possibly been left out or shorted.  One contractor to another should be just dollars apart in their bids, if not – look for “apples and oranges” in your contracts.

Hoping all that reads these tips understand one thing, there are a lot of GREAT CONTRACTORS, just ask the questions, LOOK FOR RED FLAGS, check the answers GIVEN and know your contractor.

 

DFW Roofing, Inc

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Roof Cleaning: Why, When, and How it Should Be Done

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With the change of seasons comes the need for commercial roof cleaning for many businesses.  Summer is usually the best time of the year to have roofs professionally cleaned and repaired because of the favorable weather conditions.  A roof that has been covered in rain or even exposed to cold temperatures  can negatively impact an organization’s operations.  Expensive repairs and higher-than -average heating and cooling expenses are just some of the ways that business owners can expect to use their resources when they neglect to clean and maintain their roofs.  To prevent roofing issues from becoming an unwanted, and unplanned expense, here are actions you can take to keep your facility’s roof clean.

    • Inspect damage.  Look for damage to the structure, as well as the roofing membrane.  It is important to look for punctures and tears in the membrane.  Inspect and ensure that fain, wind and ice or snow has not negatively affected the membrane and caused it to become compromised.  If you notice any holes or trouble areas, you need to contact a commercial roofing company immediately to come out and service your roof.
    • Remove debris. Branches, leaves, trash, and other materials on the roof must be removed.  if debris is not removed from the roof’s service, it can blow around, and cause punctures and tears to the membrane.  Debris can also cause drains to clog, creating water drainage and puddling issues that can lead to more severe roof issues.  Inspect and clean all gutters, roof drains, overflow drains and scuppers to ensure a free flow of rainwater.
    • Clean the roof.  A clean roof is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also improves the performance of the membrane.  A dirty membrane leads to a higher-surface temperature than a clean white roof.  Always check with your local municipality prior to washing a roof in order to avoid potential violations of Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans or SWPPPs.  Certain municipalities may require additional steps in order to avoid the water getting into the storm sewers or dispensed on the ground.
    • Hire a commercial roof cleaning company to get the most of your organization’s roof.  Each manufacturer provides a set of guidelines for cleaning the roof which should be strictly followed in order to maintain the warranty.
    • Flat roofs are more likely to be compromised from the elements due to their positioning.  Also, dark-colored roofs are less likely to show signs of dirt, but they do show signs of discoloration.

Energy consumption is a major expense and you can economize by taking care of the roof to keep the inside of your facility comfortable for workers and guests.  A roof that is properly maintained will reduce your organization’s energy expenses so you can allocate those resources elsewhere.

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The Impact of Properly Sized Gutters & Downspouts

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Major snow is not common throughout Texas. Rain, however, is another matter. While the sunny south enjoys plenty of warm, dry weather, much of Texas gets plenty of drenching rain. Sure, El Paso may only see around 10 inches a year, but the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex gets a soaking 81 inches. Channeling all that rainwater off your commercial roofing and safely away from your building foundation is vital to preserving your roof and structure.

Drainage

A low-slope commercial building has commercial roofing and drainage that use gravity to move water off the roof, through gutters and downspouts, and away from the building foundation. The downspouts can empty into a municipal waste water system or a drainage field on your property.

Proper drainage uses parapet scuppers (the drains on the building’s exterior walls; a peripheral drainage system), interior drains (drains in the middle of a roof expanse), or both. With scuppers and interior drains, the correct sizes of leaders, gutters and downspouts are crucial to prevent standing water.

Interior drains generally empty into standpipes inside your building. Having the standpipes inside provides a measure of protection, but in Texas freezing downspouts are seldom a concern.

Standing Water Problems

Either from clogged drains or gutters and downspouts too small for the square footage, rainwater sitting on commercial roofing spells trouble. Ponding occurs when unintentional low spots allow water to collect. Water weight then compresses the roof insulation, exacerbating the problem. Standing water occurs around clogged scuppers and internal drains. Some parapet-style buildings have secondary scuppers a few inches higher than the regular scuppers just for this emergency. The standing water will drain, but that still leaves several inches of water on your commercial roofing, compressing the insulation and penetrating the top coating or layer.

Correct Sizing

DFW Roofing Inc. can help you determine if your building has adequate drainage. Experts recommend two roof drains for the first 10,000 square feet of roof, and another drain for each additional 10,000 square feet or portion thereof. Drains should be no further apart than 75 feet. If the building roof is disrupted by piercings (pads for HVAC equipment or other protrusions), drains need to be placed to allow water to drain from trapped areas behind those protrusions.

Contact DFW Roofing today to let us help you assess your building’s drainage system. An inspection today could save you the cost of a new roof tomorrow.

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The Truth About Leaks

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Our goal is to secure your first line of defense when it comes to the elements. Water, in whatever form, (rain, snow, sleet, or hail), has a way of penetrating any weaknesses in a roofing system. It is our goal to not only install roofs that will stand up to the wear and tear that the weather brings year after year, but to also assist when water intrusions occur.

While many roofs leaks are simple to repair, determining the source of the leak is often the more difficult task. When customers identify a drip in their ceiling, they often assume that the leak is originating above the leakage point, however, a leak can be traveling down a rafter or can even be the accumulation of condensation. For example, it is common for plumbing and AC leaks to be misdiagnosed as roof leaks.  They can be tricky.

Roof leaks can be caused by any number of things. Once you familiarize yourself with the potential causes of leaks, you may be able to determine the source through process of elimination. If not, you can always contact our office for assistance. Here are a few of the main sources of roof leaks:

  • Missing, cracked or loose shingles, tiles or seams
  • Damaged or deteriorated flashing, seals and caulking
  • Improper attic ventilation, which can cause moisture through a buildup of condensation
  • Improper installation of valleys, flashing, shingles, collars, etc.
  • Ice Dams, which prevent proper run off and force water to back up beneath shingles
  • Ponding water
  • Exposed nail heads
  • Skylight flashings
  • Wind driven rain
  • Built up debris, which can trap moisture and accelerate deterioration
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Five Tips for Preparing Your Home for a Storm

The DFW Metroplex is known for for it’s harsh storms and for being one of the hardest hit areas in tornado alley.  Take these 5 steps to better prepare your home for it’s next storm.  If you feel your home has been damaged by a recent storm and would like to schedule a free consultation, call our sales team at (888) 530-7663.

 

  1. Check for loose siding and vulnerable windows and doors. If possible, check your roof for loose shingles. If your roof is not easily or safely accessible, a local contractor can perform an annual inspection for you before storm season and secure any loose shingles. Loose siding is generally visible and may start with buckling. Secure any buckled or loose siding, or ask a local contractor to do the repair. Be sure that windows and doors close securely and do not contain loose or cracked panes of glass.
  2. Clear gutters, drains and downspouts of debris to prevent water overflow. Heavy rains during a storm are likely to pose dangers no matter what state your home is. However, you can minimize the dangers by making sure that your gutters, drains and downspouts are clear of debris. Check downspout run-off areas to ensure that heavy water is diverted away from your home and will not puddle or run toward your home. Also, if your home has a basement, be sure that the sump pump is functioning properly.
  3. Check around your home for loose items and either bring them inside or secure them. Items such as toys, grills, trash cans, potted plants, patio furniture and umbrellas can become dangerous flying objects in a storm.
  4. Check nearby trees for dangerous branches. Inspect the trees closest to your home and make sure there are no dead or large/heavy branches that could break off and damage your home’s roof. If a dangerous storm hits and you have trees that pose a threat to your home, ride out the storm in a safe location such as a basement or interior room away from your roof.
  5. Prepare a disaster supply kit in case of emergency power loss or flooding. The NOAA recommends items such as enough water and food for 3-6 days, batteries, fully charged cell phones, cash, a battery operated radio, blankets, a first aid kit and more.
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