Summertime is definitely here and the temperatures are rising quite high in Louisiana. Everywhere you look, homeowners are outside painting, adding patios and pressure washing their houses. But, one thing most people do not realize is that your roof needs to be cleaned as well.
It may come as a surprise to you that a roof that is subjected to heat and high humidity would need to be cleaned. It is for this very reason that this chore needs to be done at least once a year. When your roof becomes discolored, you can suspect that black algae
This job may sound like a do it yourself project. The truth is, because the roof will be wet at some point during the cleaning process, a qualified roofer should do this. A roofer will have the equipment and the chemicals necessary to do the cleaning properly.
Every homeowner knows that roof maintenance is necessary and economical. Make cleaning your roof a priority every year. In Louisiana, call Witten Roofing and Construction. We are here for every roofing job necessary.
Hiring a roofing contractor can be a daunting tasks. Before scheduling an appointment for the installation, ask your contractor these important question.
1. Are you licensed, bonded and insured?
If not, move on to the next one.
2. Will you provide me with a written estimate with specifications?
You definitely want to know exactly what work your contractor will and won't do.
3. Can you provide residential references of at least six former customers?
If a contractor is hesitant to share this information, he may be hiding little to no experience or even bad experiences.
4. Do you provide warranty with this installation?
If not, then you will not be protected should something go wrong with the materials or labor.
5. How long have you been in business here?
You want a company who has been around for a few years and is local. Other companies may only come into town after bad weather and not stand behind their work.
Speaking to a contractor with these concerns can save you time, money and aggravation in the end.
Buy any appliance or computer these days, and included in the package is the warranty card. This card is placed in the box and usually forgotten, or at least the manufacturer is hoping that you will forget about it. If this card is not returned by a certain time after purchase, the warranty is usually null and void.
Purchase something significant, such as a roof, and most consumers ask what type of warranty is provided. They may even read the warranty, but do they really understand what it guarantees?
If you have found the right contractor who is going to provide you with a quality product, great service at a respectable price, you may think you have covered all of your bases. You haven't.
Any roofing company who wishes to maintain a loyal customer following will take the time to explain to you exactly what your warranty provides. Step by step, they will explain what qualifies under the warranty conditions. Materials and labor are usually standard, but the foundation may not. The warranty may cover only if the customer can prove the product has malfunctioned. And if the materials are at fault, the warranty may only cover the shingles and not the installation. The warranty may also be voided if the company can prove the homeowner did not do the required maintenance to the roof to insure it's longevity.
With so many variables, it is very important to know what your warranty covers. Not knowing may be an expensive lesson learned.
The main goal for a roof is to protect your home from the weather. Hail, sleet, snow, rain, winds and the beating sun put your roof through very challenging situations each and every day.
Here in Louisiana, we can experience one or more of these events in any given day. This is why it is imperative for a homeowner to not only inspect their roof from time to time, but also take the necessary steps to repair when required.
When temperatures rise and fall, your roof can start to experience a warping, allowing moisture to seep through your shingles, causing damage. Hail can cause dents, which after some time weakens your shingle surface. High winds can lift shingles from the felt, exposing the wood and felt to rain.
All of these conditions can spell costly repairs. Take the time to make sure after any storm that roof is still sound. Your pocketbook will thank you for it.
Everyone dreams of having the perfect home. Some place to come home to at the end of the day. And many of us spend time making sure our home looks the way we wish to show the world.
But when the time comes for you to place that home on the market, there are many factors to consider. Before placing your home up for sale, take into consideration what a potential buyer would see when they first pull up to the curb.
Long before rose bushes and paint colors, a roof can be spotted in the distance. And a bad roof can stand out for miles. Generally a real estate agent will point out if the look of the roof does damage to your home's appeal.
Based on the latest figures, replacing a worn out roof can add somewhere between 15 to 40% value to your home. This can be the difference of selling your home quickly or staying on the market for months.
Like going on a first date, your home going on the market has to look it's best. Make sure your home appeal is complete from top to bottom.
The time has come for a new roof, and just like clothing and cars, there are quite a few choices of types and styles. So let's take a little time and share the qualities of metal roofs as opposed to shingle roofs.
Metal roofs on average always cost more than a shingled roof. But the best of roofers can make a lower quality metal roof work for some time. Some do require repainting after ten years or so, depending on the climate that are exposed to, and the way they are installed.
Shingle roofs are in the same situation as metal. A top quality product may fail if installed incorrectly. While a medium grade may last for over twenty-five years if prepared right.
Preparation is key for both materials. The surface must be in great shape before a new cover is put down. The best choice? Always chose a quality roofer like Witten Roofing and Construction.
Living in Louisiana is a wonderful experience but can also create some challenges, especially with the weather. Over the last few years we have experienced deadly storms, with torrential flooding and tornadoes. After each incident, a careful inspection of your home is essential, especially the roof.
Roofing contractors are trained to spot problems that homeowners do not normally see. It's easy to see where shingles are missing, but what about the other areas of the roof? Soffits and ridge vents can be cracked or damaged. Flat roofs can suffer with wrinkles or blisters. And wooden shingles can mold or decay due to water sitting in one area for to long.
When it comes to your roof, it's better to be safe than sorry. Call Witten if you have any questions. Our estimates are free and our crews are professional.
Witten Construction is proud to be an Authorized Roofing Contractor for GAF Commercial Roofing Products Division. This means that our application of GAF Commercial Roofing Products has passed the test and received the stamp of approval from the manufacturer. It also means that we are authorized to provide our commercial customers with the following GAF Warranties and Guarantees:
We are so happy to be a part of the GAF Commercial Roofing family!
As I drove through this neighborhood after checking in with a recent customer, I noticed this roof right away! I had seen and shared a photo during installation, but didn't realize what a stunner it is until I saw it in person today.