Posts Tagged ‘storm damage’

Should We Gamble?

June 22, 2011

The weather has been very unsettled this week.  There is a chance of rain every day.  This poses a dilemma for us when we are deciding what to do with our roofing crews in the morning.

Maybe a prayer would help?

Should we send them out to tear off a roof over that very important customer’s house?  If a storm comes while the roof is uncovered it could cause thousands of dollars of damage and a very upset customer.  On the other hand, if a storm never comes, they will wonder why we are not there working on completing the project.  This is sometimes a very difficult decision to make in the early morning hours when we send our crews out to beat the summer heat.

Today the chances are that it will rain in some areas and not in others.  It looked like the weather was clear on the way in to work this morning, but on the radio they were saying that it is raining at the station.  Another tough decision will need to be made this morning.

Should we rip off that roof over the factory line?  It will take several hours to get everything removed down to the deck and cleaned up.  Then it will take several more hours to get it back into a dry condition.  These are the tough questions that our Crew Leaders and Operations Manager are faced with in weather like this.

What do you think?  Should we gamble?

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Roofing in the “New Economy” (How you can save $$$)

October 14, 2010

If you are like me and most of the rest of the country, lately you have been trying to save money.  I have been trying to bring down my loan balances and build up my cash reserves.  From what I read and experience through friends and customers, you are probably doing the same thing.  Having good credit doesn’t mean that you have to use it!

In my business (roofing if you didn’t know) we have been seeing people spending  money unwisely.  I just talked to a good customer yesterday who had to spend major dollars to replace deteriorated wood beams because roof leaks were not taken care of in a timely fashion.  Their tenant was just putting buckets under the roof leaks, probably for years.  That roof still needed to be replaced, but they could have saved the over $50k bill for a carpenter to do all of that structural wood work.  Roof leaks can and will deteriorate decking and structural members over time.  Once water gets into your insulation, it will no longer do its job the way that it should be done and dollars for heating or cooling will literally go through the roof.  And if water gets into your electrical system it can become a disaster very quickly.

If your roof starts to leak, DO Not ignore it.  If you have tenants, make sure that they know to report any roof leaks right away.  We notice that sometimes they wait until the end of the day, or end of the week  to call them in.  Maybe they won’t call them in at all for some reason or other, like the “only leaks when it rains”.  If you want someone to come out right away then you may have to spend extra to get them out in the evenings or on the weekend.

Of course we have also seen customers who get multiple proposals go with the person who is half of everyone elses quote and you know what happens then.   We generally end up having to fix the mess at more than it would have cost to do it right in the first place.

You can save money just by by being on top of things.  A roof maintenance plan is a good way to do this.    Knowing what is going on with your roof can sometimes prevent major outlays of cash in times like these when we all want to hold onto  as much of it as we can.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

March 8, 2010

You may be wondering what to look for around the exterior of your home or building now that winter is coming to an end.   Here are a few suggestions that should be fairly easy to spot.

  • Damaged gutters and downspouts- The severe ice and snow in the Lancaster area this winter has left thousands of homes, churches and offices with damaged spouting.
  • Shingles or pieces of roofing material laying in the yard or obviously missing from the roof.  The strong winds that we had just before the heavy snows left many roofs with pieces missing.  This was then buried under feet of snow and is just now becoming visible.  Also you want to looks for cracks in the roof itself.

    Shingles in need of replacement

  • Damage caused by falling ice and snow.  I just looked at my bushes in my front garden this weekend and was amazed at the damage the heavy snow caused.  Lower roof levels may have also taken hits from falling ice sickles, possibly puncturing your roofing.
  • Settlement cracks- Are there any new cracks in the exterior walls that were not there previously?
  • Missing trim and edge pieces-  Look carefully at all of the edges and corners of your building.  Possibly pieces may have come off or come loose.
  • Water stains-  Do you have any new water stains (inside or along exterior walls)?
  • Snow Guards- IF you have snow guards on your roof, were they damaged due to the extremely heavy amounts of snow?  Possibly some are missing or bent over.

Please feel free to add any ideas you may think of that I may have missed.