How To Find The Right Contractor For Your Home Construction

Finding a great contractor becomes very time consuming and a very frustrating experience. Once the storms hit our properties, some of the Roofs are damaged and need to be replaced. Some roofs are just leaking and need to be repaired.

We are going to share a few trade secrets and help you get set up for success when looking for a professional contractor.

Here are a few pointers to help you sort through the bad contractors very quickly and end up back here to us an honest, hard working, and fair contractor.

    1. If you call the contractor and they don’t call back, or if they show up late. (This is the tip of the iceberg, it’s going to get worse.)
    1. If They don’t have money to start the job. (if they don’t have the money for materials, then they obviously have bad credit, are broke, or they are running a scam). Please Run!!
    1. Ask to see their driver’s license, General Liability Insurance, and Workers Compensation Insurance.
    1. See if they have a Valid Contractors License! Looking them up for your piece of mind is okay! See if they live in Oklahoma, ask to look at their car insurance to verify their name and address they tell you.
    1. You should be sure they are not felons and they are from Oklahoma. Look them up on OSCN to see if they have any local charges. If a leak occurs in the winter will your roofer drive from Texas to Oklahoma City in the snow? Probably not.
    1. Call the police department 405-297-3946 and ask them to run their name for warrants to see if it’s okay to do business with them.

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

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Does My Roof Need Repairs?

Does My Roof Need Repairs?

There are many ways to determine if your roof needs repairs. If you don’t know what signs to look for, it’s easy to let the condition of your roof decline, which could end up costing you more money in the long run.

We have created a list of the most common signs of roof damage, so you can get the roof repairs you need before the damage becomes extreme.

Hail and Wind Damage

Storm Damage- Your Homeowners insurance policy will cover most of the costs of storm damage – not casual wear and tear. Therefore, if you see major or minor damage to your roof after a storm (visible signs of damage from the ground, leaves from your trees shredded by falling hail, damage to your car in the driveway, or seeing your roof leaking, etc), you should call Lifestyle Home Improvement first.

We will first inspect your property, help you file the claim, meet with you adjuster and provide our professional services to get your claim approved.

Problems with Shingles

Dark or dirty shingles – Shingles are not meant to trap moisture, if they do, they are not doing the work they are meant to.

Cracked or missing shingles – Cracked and missing shingles are a key indicator that your shingles’ lifespans are coming to an end, and that they must be replaced.

Shingle granules in the gutters – When asphalt shingles begin to wear significantly, or your home gets hit by a hail storm the granules will fall into the gutters.

Wear and Leaking

Tear around roof objects – When parts of your roof (including the chimney, pipes, or vents) start to develop openings, this means that deterioration is rapidly developing. Usually, these openings can be fixed in the specific areas and not through a whole roof replacement.

Peeling paint – Another problem brought on by poor ventilation (or sometimes gutter system failure) is the build-up of moisture, which can cause the paint to peel.

Staining on ceilings and walls – If the roof fails and water is coming in, the ceilings and walls of your home could be stained. This is a major sign that your roof needs to be replaced.

Attic leaks – When water is getting into your attic from the outside, you probably have a storm created opening.

Sagging roof deck – If your roof deck is beginning to sag, this could mean that your decking is wet from leaks. If it is contained in one area, the damaged area can be repaired, avoiding a full roof replacement.

Unexpected Roof Openings

Higher than usual energy bills – If you notice a sudden spike in your electric bill, the hot or cool air from your home might be leaking through the roof — wasting energy and increasing your monthly bills. If the sources of these leaks are fixed, your energy bills should return to normal.

Seeing outside light in the attic – Seeing outside light coming through your attic, even if it doesn’t result in a full water leak, is an indicator of deterioration or a storm created opening. This should be repaired as soon as possible, so a larger leak will not occur.

If you have any questions about the state of your roof or if your roof needs repairs, contact us today! We are happy to help you.

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

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