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Outlasting the Snow on Your Roof This Winter

wintry barnThere is something almost magical about watching snow blanket the ground, and a snowy landscape can make playing outside a real treat. But it is no secret that snow can have negative effects as well, on trees, power lines, and even our roofs. Here we walk through the specifics of snow damage to help you prepare your roof to weather this winter.

Snow can dump added weight onto a roof, causing your roof to shoulder a heavier load. Roofs are designed to carry a specific amount of weight, and if this limit is exceeded, the likelihood of damage or even collapse greatly increases. This is seen more often in aging or poorly maintained roofs, but it can happen to any structure given the right circumstances.

Snow can also cause damage as it begins to melt off a roof. The runoff water may encounter ice or debris on its way down, causing the water to pool up or search out an alternate drainage location. This often means that weak spots in your roof, especially around flashing and vents, are subject to this errant flow of water. Sitting or improperly draining water on a roof increases the chances for a roof leak.

If you are ready to prep your roof to weather the remainder of this winter, call our team today at 866-967-0140!

Tornado Alley: Outlasting Wind Damage

windy fieldThe clouds pile up and the sky darkens: when you realize a storm is rolling in, what comes to mind? Storms can be accompanied by a wide range of dangerous elements, but strong winds can occur with any storm at any time of year. To help you prepare and protect your property from the effects of wind damage, we briefly walk through the basics here.

Wind does not gust over a surface evenly. The edges that are subject to the initial impact of the wind experience a higher wind pressure than the center. This holds true on a roof as well: the perimeter of the roof sustains the highest wind pressure and often the most damage, as the center of a roof is largely shielded from the impact of the wind.

The Damage Process

When wind pressure is strong enough to slightly lift the roofing material, wind is able to blow in underneath and peel the material away. Having your roof regularly inspected is the most recommended method of combating wind damage: a trained roofing professional will able to detect damage that commonly goes unnoticed by the untrained eye.

To prepare and protect your property from wind damage, call our team today at 866-967-0140!

Sloped Roofs Vs Flat Roofs

There’s a lot of different types of roofing materials and styles out there. One way to generally divide these different roof types is the distinction between sloped and flat roofs. Here, we’ll go over just what that difference is, and the benefits of sloped vs flat roofs.

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Sloped

This is the kind of roof that you’ll generally find in residential neighborhoods. The sloped aspect, or angles of the roof, help to divert the flow of water off of the roof. If water pools up, it can cause a lot of damage.

Flat

This is the kind of roof that you’ll generally find on businesses. It gives room on top for extra storage or a roof mounted HVAC system. While technically called flat roofs, they have a slight angle for the same reason that sloped roofs do.

 

Want to find out more about your roofing options? Give one of our professional contractors at CCC Roofing & Construction a call today! You can reach us at (866) 967-0140.

Asphalt Shingles Basics

shingled roof Asphalt shingles are the most popular residential roofing system in the United States. The unique combination of variety and affordability make asphalt shingles an easy decision for many homeowners when it comes time to replace their roof. Because shingles are so popular, the roofers from CCC Roofing and Construction wanted to provide our readers with a little more information about shingle roofing. We’ll cover the asphalt shingles basics, and hopefully, you learn a little more about the most popular roofing method in America.

Fiberglass v. Organic

There are two types of asphalt shingles that are produced – fiberglass and organic. The base of fiberglass shingles is made of woven fiberglass and is covered with waterproof asphalt coating before being topped with granules that protect the shingles from ultraviolet radiation. These shingles are thinner and weigh less than their traditional counterparts. Fiberglass shingles carry a better fire rating and can include a longer warranty than organic shingles.

Traditional organic asphalt shingles are produced with a base of recycled felt paper topped with waterproofed asphalt and a layer of adhesive asphalt coated with protective granules. Traditional shingles consist of 40% more asphalt than fiberglass shingles making them heavier, thicker and more expensive. The additional asphalt also makes traditional shingles less likely to warp over time.

Manufacturing Type

All shingles are manufactured in 12 inch by 36 inch increments in two primary types – 3 tab shingles and architectural asphalt shingles.

3-tab shingles appear to be separate shingles but it is actually a larger group of shingles on each tab. These continue to be the cheapest and most commonly installed shingle in the United States.

Architectural shingles have a more contoured look with greater dimension. However, their design makes them less suitable for low-slope roofs. Because architectural shingles are thicker and heavier than 3-tab shingles, they offer superior protection.

Strong, Beautiful Metal Shingle Roofs

Metal roofing shingles offer the best of two trusted roofing systems. Shingles are the most common roofing system in the country, and metal is one of the most reliable – together you get metal roofing shingles, an excellent choice for any residence.

Oklahoma and North Texas are prone to experiencing sudden storms that can often cause extensive damage. To protect your home, and your safety most importantly, a sturdy, reliable roof is a necessity. Metal roofing is known to withstand 140+ mph winds, resist hail damage, and seal out torrential rains. Metal roofing also has a Class A fire safety rating, one of the highest in the industry. Your roof is your home’s first line of defense and metal roofing shingles offer some of the best protection available.

The creativity that metal shingles allow is endless. With a wide variety of colors and patterns, your roof can be tailored precisely to your vision and your budget. Many types of metal shingles are designed to simulate slate and tile roofing, but at a fraction of the weight and cost.

On Your Roof

If you are ready to explore metal roofing shingles for your home, call North Texas and Oklahoma’s metal roofing experts at 866-967-0140!

Storm Preparedness: Plan Ahead

Oklahoma tornadoOklahoma is prone to rapid changes in weather conditions, so planning ahead for extreme weather can be the difference between history and tragedy. Tornadoes, flooding, hail, high winds, and blizzards all pose serious threats to public safety as well as property. Here we have compiled some basic tips about storm preparedness in regards to your property and your family.

Weather Proofing Your Plans

Often, extreme weather strikes with hardly more than a half hour of notice, so weather proofing your home and your plans is virtually impossible in the wake of an impending storm. Preparing before weather strikes is crucial. 

Preparing Your Property

  • Install shutters over windows and be sure doors and windows close tightly. Secure gaps or loose fitting frames with nails, caulk, or weather approved tape as a last resort.
  • Designate a safe place to duck and cover in the event of a tornado or dangerous high winds. Your duck and cover area should be in an area free of windows, such as a closet or storm shelter. Sit on your legs with both knees on the floor, bend your torso down, and cover your neck with your hands.
  • If time allows, secure any loose yard equipment or furniture to lessen flying debris.
  • Plan an emergency evacuation route ahead of time, and prepare an emergency kit to bring with you.

Preparing Your Family

  • Always heed evacuation advisories and instructions from local authorities.
  • Create a family emergency plan that covers what to do in an emergency, even if family members are not home. Discuss insurance information, family communication, pet preparedness, emergency supplies, and an escape route.
  • Inform relatives or friends of your well being, or your departure if you are evacuating.

Remember, planning ahead for extreme weather can be the difference between history and tragedy. Always follow the advice of local authorities. If your home or commercial building sustains storm damage, call our team at 866-967-0140 for rapid repairs in Texas and Oklahoma!

EPDM Roofing Benefits

EPDM RoofMost people’s lives have too much going on to keep up with trends in commercial roofing. This holds true for business owners too, who might get hurt if they don’t pick the right roof for their needs. For this reason, you should always find a roofer you can trust who will discuss all options thoroughly with you. You’ll find just such roofers at CCC Roofing & Construction. To get a head start, we’ve discussed some benefits of one roof type: EPDM Roofing.

Benefits:

All roof types have their own pros and cons. If these advantages fit your niche, EPDM will probably prove right for you.

  • Eco-friendly due to their recycled material
  • Reflects heat due to UV rays, lowering the cost of cooling in your building
  • Quality protection from the elements
  • Large sheets can allow for improved resistance to leaks
  • Simple and easy repairs and maintenance

Do these sound good to you? Then call CCC Roofing & Construction today for more information about EPDM roofing installation. To find out more about this and our other services, please give us a call at (866) 967-0140.

TPO Roofing: What You Get Out Of It

People who own their own company take a special pride in the building that they work in. Choosing all the different style and material options takes a lot of work. Especially when it comes to your roof, you need a company that offers both trustworthy and professional services. You’ll find just such a company in CCC Roofing & Construction.

TPO RoofOur roofers take the time out to go over with you all of your options, since you need to stay informed to make a big decision involving your roof. To help with that, we’ve gone over one of the material options for a new roof installation: TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin)

Energy Savings:

TPO has a reflective coating (and not just in the white color option anymore) that keeps sunlight from causing midday heat gain. Because of this, your wallet will stay fat from the money saved on our energy bill.

Durability:

Many single ply roofing systems don’t hold up to the durability of TPO. It offers a higher resistance to things like mold, gashes, punctures etc. This can conceivably save you money on repairs down the road.

Great Price:

People often laud TPO for the benefits it shares with PVC roofing. However, unlike PVC roofing, TPO doesn’t cost as much. To get a nice bang for your buck, you should consider TPO.

 

Remember, you can speak with our roofers at any time to find out about your roofing options. To find out about our services, give us a call at (866) 967-0140.

Interesting Hail Facts

Have you ever considered how amazing our world seems when big balls of ice can fall straight down from the sky onto the ground? Hail proves one of the more interesting phenomenon on the planet. If you’d like to learn a little more about it, we’ve put together some interesting hail facts here.

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Did you know?

  • Every year, hail causes about 1,000,000,000$ worth of damage in the United States.
  • Texas, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, South Dakota and Wyoming have the highest risk for hail.
  • The months of March through May have the highest hail risk.
  • The largest hailstone in the world fell in South Dakota, measuring in at 8 inches.
  • Hail can come from any thunderstorm.
  • In the year 2,000, in Lake Worth Tx, the last fatality from hail in the US occurred. A 19 year old man was hit while trying to move his car.

Did you find these facts interesting? Remember, hail can cause a lot of damage to person and property. If you see a thunder storm approaching, you should head inside. If you require roof repairs after a hail storm, CCC Roofing & Construction can help you out. To find out more, give us a call at (866) 967-0140.

How Does Lightning Work?

When it comes to lightning, we all know to beware of it. But, do we know exactly how it works? The whole process actually proves very interesting. To help you understand it, we’ve created a quick overview of the basics of the whole process:

Lightning Strike

We all know lightning involves electricity, but the process goes like this; In a thundercloud (usually cumulonimbus), little bits of ice collide with each other over and over, which electrically charges the air much like your feet rubbing on a carpet creates static electricity. The protons (positively charge particles) stay at the top of the cloud, and the electrons (negatively charged particles) stay at the bottom. Since positive and negative charges attract, protons begin to amass on the ground below the cloud, usually at the highest point on the ground. Eventually, these charges connect and lightning strikes. 

Did you know that more fatalities occur from lightning than from hurricanes and tornadoes combined? Anywhere between 75 and 100 people get killed by lightning annually. Lightning gets about 6 times hotter than the sun, at 54,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you ever hear thunder, make sure to get inside a large metal structure with grounded wiring or an automobile with close windows fast. A lot of damage can come from thunderstorms, most notably from lightning, wind and hail. If you require storm damage repair, CCC Roofing & Construction can help. To find out more, don’t hesitate to call us at (866) 967-0140.