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The Basics of Flat Roof Systems

Workers installing a flat roof.

What is the best material for a flat roof?

Large spanning commercial structures commonly have a flat roof, or one that appears to be flat. But are flat roofs really flat? Not exactly! What we see as a flat roof actually has some slope to it, a must for drainage. The normal slope is one-quarter to one-half inch per foot. This is a very low slope, and it takes ice, rain, and snow a long time to drain, which means the flat roof membrane must be watertight. 

Not all flat roofs are the same though, so what are the different types of flat roofs? Before you have a commercial roof installed or replaced, you should have a basic understanding of the different flat roof types available: 

  • BUILT-UP ROOF : The oldest commercial roof in the industry, but still a popular choice. This flat roof system is a continuous membrane that is semi-flexible and layered on the flat roof in piles that are alternated with an aggregate. A more common name is “tar and gravel”. This is an easy flat roof for repairs but offers no energy efficiency like many newer roof materials. 
  • PVC / TPO FLAT ROOF: These are single-ply flat roof membranes that offer reflectiveness with their white coating. Both are ideal for a restaurant’s roofing, with a high resistance to chemicals, fats, and oils. They are installed with heat welded seams to make waterproof, a labor intensive install job. 
  • EPDM FLAT ROOF: This impact resistant flat roof material can take whatever the weather is dishing out. It’s a rubber-like material made with tried and true technology used for over 40 years. The basic black color is not reflective, but a white coating will give you the reflectiveness you need. 
  • MODIFIED BITUMEN FLAT ROOF: Another type of rubber roofing that is installed in layers of a petroleum-based substance to achieve a rubber look and feel. It holds up to foot traffic better than many other roofing materials. It is a durable product but not reflective, therefore not an energy efficient flat roof material. 
  • GARDEN FLAT ROOF: A flat roof with a garden can be complex, requiring engineering inspections and routine maintenance. It may not be the best for a business but is ideal for residential structures with flat roofs, like apartment buildings. A flat roof with a deck ideal with a community garden. 

Is a flat roof a good idea?

For a commercial structure, yes, a flat roof is typically a better choice for several reasons: 

  • HVAC Equipment – Installed on a flat roof, equipment has more room, and by being able to place equipment on the roof the chances of copper theft are minimized. 
  • Better Drainage – The bigger a roof is on any type of structure, the more rain it will collect. This means typical gutter systems can’t handle a high volume of rainwater. A flat roof has a specific drainage system ideal for this roofing that can handle large amounts of water. 

Other benefits of a flat roof are aesthetics, as it blends in with other commercial structures around you, allowing owners to focus on the exterior siding. A flat roof offers a business additional space if desired for things like a garden, easing the urban island heat effect. Additionally, a flat roof will have a longer lifespan when it is installed correctly and maintained as recommended. 

What are two advantages of having a flat roof?

The biggest advantage of a flat roof for a commercial structure is the affordability in installation, maintenance, and upkeep. There is less labor needed when installing a flat roof, it can be installed faster, and once it is installed maintenance is minimal, another labor-saver. Another key advantage of a flat roof is having space for installing an HVAC system or going with a flat roof solar racking.

Is a flat roof cheaper than a pitched roof?

For a commercial structure, absolutely yes! A commercial flat roof is significantly less expensive because there is less material for the expansive area they must cover. This all equates to fewer materials and less labor, which makes the cost even less than with a pitched roof.

How long do flat roofs last?

A commercial flat roof that has been professionally installed and properly maintained can give you a 20 to 25 years lifespan. On the other end of the spectrum, a commercial flat roof that isn’t installed correctly and in cases where maintenance is not kept up, you may only get 10 years before a recoating is needed. There are commercial flat roofs that have lasted as long as 50 years as well. 

View of a flat roof from above.

In Conclusion 

A commercial structure with a flat roof or balcony should be installed by a professional contractor with experience in that particular area of construction. With a commercial structure, you shouldn’t rely on employees with weekends free and side business simply because of the liabilities that can leave a business open to experience. To learn more about flat roofing systems in Kingwood, TX, call Mdw Roofing and Remodeling LLC today at (832) 766-9994.

How do you repair a hole in a wooden fence?

wood fence along property

Keeping your wood fence at its best

In Texas, the weather can go from one extreme to the other. That has been proven again in 2021 with a snowstorm we aren’t used to here, then weeks of rain with more rain, then heat and strong sun rays. That kind of weather is hard on a wood fence, making fence repair almost a full time job for a homeowner! 

If you’re a homeowner and just had a wood fence installed, you’re probably asking yourself, “How do I keep my wooden fence from rotting?”. There is one thing we know for sure is that rot is the number one enemy for wood, and rot is the frequent need for fence repair. Wood rot can diminish the aesthetic appeal of a wood fence, reduce the rigidity and strength of the fence, and simply, ruin a good wood fence. 

There are few things you can do to minimize, even top wood rot from happening, and lessen the amount of fence repair you need to do. First thing you should do is to get a clear understanding of wood rot so that you know what kind of wood rot your fence has. The two types of wood rot are:

  • Dry Rot: This happens when the wood fence is consistently exposed to a dry, harsh environment, like the sun and wind. Both of these elements will dry wood out, weaken your wood fence, letting it break easy and even crumble, creating a need for fence repair. 
  • Wet Rot: Happens at the base of the fence, where the posts are in contact with the soil. This is noticeable by the cracking and softening in the wood fence, and often has a fungus growing on it, smelling damp and musty. That smell is active decay and a sure sign you need either fence repair or fence replacement.

Choose Fencing Material with Wood Rot in Mind

When you’re choosing the materials for your new wood fence, keep wood rot in mind. Choose a type of material that is rot-resistant, so you won’t have to worry with fence repairs. A hardy wood like cedar, cypress,  juniper, and redwood are recommended  versus Douglas fir, pine, or tamarack. 

  • Fence Stain as Necessary: To keep wood rot at bay, regular staining is integral. Experts recommend annual fence staining to prevent fence repairs from wood rot. Depending on the climate and environment where you live, you may need to stain more frequent or not as frequent. 
  • Keep Debris Off Your Fence: Build-up of damp leaves, wet grass,  and plants will cause wood rot. Keep these things off your wood fence and you’ll eliminate a lot of fence repair needs. 
  • Replace Rot as It Appears: As soon as you notice rot appearing, replace those sections then. Rot is evil and it spreads. The sooner you replace it, the less fence repairs you’re going to have in the future. 

How do you straighten a leaning fence?

How to do your own fence repair will depend on a few factors. Things like what caused it to lean, how bad is it leaning, what type of fence material you’re working with, the terrain, and the weather.  What caused the fence to lean is the first thing you need to know so if it is something you can take care to prevent it from happening, that should be done first. 

The usual culprit for making a fence lean is one of the following:  

  • Poor fence installation.
  • Shallow posthole depth.
  • Poor securing method.
  • Material used for fence post.
  • The weather conditions.
  • Soil erosion and the  terrain.
  • Tree roots.
  • Sprinkler system.

These factors will cause  a fence to lean because the fence posts have become loose from rot and/or unstable footing. Inspect and evaluate the cause, make corrections if possible, then you can start your fence repair.

Fence Post: Partly Rotted or Unstable

If the fence posts are rotting at or below the surface and the portion above the ground is in good condition, here are two options:

  • Dig up the fence post and replace with a new one. 
  • Place a shorter post against the rotting post and bolt them together. 

Fence Posts: Severely Damaged

If a severely damaged post is causing the fence to lean, the only fence repair option is to replace the post using the following steps:

  • Dig and remove the dirt away from the damaged fence post. 
  • Remove the fence rails.
  • Dig the post hole to the proper depth. 
  • Make sure the new post is upright level. 
  • Align the new post with the other posts using the level and string tied to each post.
  • Pour new concrete footing, making sure it slopes away from the post for drainage.
  • Reattach the wood railings.  

If there are several fence posts that need to be replaced, you should consider a completely new fence at that point. 

Do you need a permit to repair a fence?

In Kingwood, Texas  a permit is not required for routine maintenance and repairs to an existing structure, which would include fence repair.  If you live within an HOA managed property, you should check with the powers of the HOA to confirm their stand on this matter. 

Is fence repair covered by insurance?

When it comes to fences to repair, like anything else with your home, every policy is different. Factors that can determine this is  how the fence damage happened and what the limits are on your policy. Earthquakes and flood for instance, fence damage would not be covered because both are typically excluded from standard homeowner coverage.

stained wooden fence

How often should a wood fence be replaced?

The recommended schedule for new fencing is every ten to twelve years unless it needs it sooner. So, how do you decide when sooner is the time for fence repair or replacement and which is needed, fence repair vs replace? 

  • STORM DAMAGE: When your property has been damaged by a storm, you need to contact a contractor for estimates then contact your insurance company. Damage from a broken branch, a falling trees, or a vehicle accident that leaves significant fence repair to be done is usually covered on most homeowner’s insurance policies. You should verify this with your particular policy or call your insurance agent for help. 
  • BROKEN/MISSING BOARDS/PANELS: When it comes to wood fencing, the panels frequently come loose and will fall off. Sometimes it is an easy, fast fix by repositioning and nailing into place. If you are starting to have several boards at one time, or constantly having to reposition and nail them, it may be time to get a new fence. 
  • LEANING FENCE AND POLES: If your fence is beginning to lean in one direction, you should get professional contractor help. This can be a hazard and it is an eyesore! 

With properties on both sides, for any fence repair, who is responsible? 

The basics to this is usually when the front fence is covering the property line on both sides, both homeowners should share the fence repair costs, any maintenance, upkeep, and new fencing. Call (832) 766-9994 today for your fence repair in Kingwood, TX.

How messy is window replacement?

window replacement

Getting new windows in a home

If you’re considering siding and window replacement for your home, there are many concerns and questions, including is it going to be loud and messy. With the answers we provide you in this article, we can hopefully answer those things as well as others. 

With siding and windows replacement, how does the contractor determine which to do first, or does it matter? That seems to be an ongoing debate among contractors and manufacturers when it comes to getting siding and window replacement. So, is it better to replace windows or siding first?

The majority of contractors prefer to do both at the same time; however, the majority of homeowners can’t afford both projects at the same time, which is understandable. If you were to do both at the same time, the contractor would do the window replacement first, so it would be safe to assume, if you need to choose one or the other first, window replacement is the winner. Why? 

Doing the window replacement first allows the windows to be precisely set with the insulation behind them and cap them off. What is the capping? That is the protective cover for the exterior frame that is otherwise exposed to the elements. 

What of you decide to do the siding first, would it hurt anything? It can, but you can be certain the contractor will do everything they can to prevent any damage. Later, when you decide to do the window replacement, capping them of can damage the siding unless the contractor removes the siding around the windows first. Or they may have to remove the capping and replace it once the siding is in place. 

The moisture barrier under the siding is another possible problem if the siding goes on first. When the window replacement job is done, again, the siding will need to be removed around the windows and the then reinstalled with the moisture barrier again.  These are all things that can cost you more money.

Should I replace all windows at once?

It is an expense, and understandable why a homeowner may have to do the  replacement windows and doors one window at a time. If any way possible, the best scenario is to have it done all at once, doors and window replacement, and if you’re getting siding, include that as well. Especially if your doors and windows are twenty years old or older. The benefits you expect from new door and window replacement won’t be noticed with single units. 

What is the best time of year to replace Windows?

Well, here in Texas, telling you do have your siding and window replacement done when the weather is good could be a hit or miss.  Even with the springtime unpredictability, that is the best time of the year to replace windows. The weather is warm, not too hot. Springtime you won’t have to be concerned with cold drafts either while all the windows are being replaced. 

How long does it take to replace one window?

Once you have agreed to terms with your contractor and sign the installation contract, the contractor will remeasure the windows and doors and place the order with the manufacturer. It typically takes four to six weeks for the doors and windows to arrive. They will usually be delivered to your home; then you should notify your contractor of the delivery and confirm your installation date. 

Some window replacement jobs are done by one person, but usually there are two or more. They will remove the old windows, insert the new windows. Using shims and expanding foam, they will level the windows and seal them with caulk and coil. 

The process per window is 30 to 45 minutes, and in most cases, the experienced, staff contractor can usually complete 15 windows a day. Factors that can affect this is the condition of the wood around the old windows, the size of the windows, and if the replacement windows without frame. 

The last step in window replacement is installing the cladding. This is what will give your windows a tight seal for weather protection. Cladding is not always included in replacement window jobs, so you’ll want to check your written estimate and inquire about the process if it isn’t listed.             

windows newly installed

What are the best replacement windows?

There are several brands of replacement windows, and like anything, they are the same but different. There are better quality brands and within each brand, they have different levels of quality. Three of the most popular brands for window replacement are: 

Andersen Windows

A well-known, established brand, Andersen Windows sell replacement windows and new construction windows that casement and double-hung window styles. They offer their superior windows in clad, composite argon, gas-fill glass, wood, and vinyl.  A high quality window offers a line of lower prices but still provide quality results with a comprehensive warranty with pricing starting around $280 for the 200 series before installation. A limited warranty is offered owner-to-owner, with 20 years for the glass and 10 years for non-glass parts, all transferable when a house is sold. 

Pella Windows

Another well-known name in replacement windows is Pella, and they too offer casement and double-hung styles in argon filled, aluminum, clad, wood, and vinyl. Pella windows are aesthetically pleasing, and well-built, customized windows are offered, along with a triple pane window that provide extraordinary energy efficiency. Lower cost than Anderson, starting at $150 per window before installation cost is added. A 10-year warranty that is transferable  for their energy-star rated windows. 

Preservation Windows

Not a well-known brand as the first two, but features a tackle and block balance, which is an upgraded feature that makes for a more durable replacement window that is easier to operate. These windows are standard with BetterView screens that allow more light compared to average window screens while still being energy efficient. These are one of the most expensive brands, starting at $800 per window before installation. 

Even with the best, highest rated energy efficient windows, you’ll still need replacement windows with blinds, and of course you want the best possible, but how do you go about getting the best blinds?  A few tips for you: 

First thing you need to realize, is that there is not standard size when it comes to windows, that is a longtime myth. So it is important to get the right size of each window, even if they are side-by-side and look exactly the same.  Average sizes for windows are: 

  • Double-Hung Windows are 36 inches and 72 inches long by 24 inches and 48 inches wide.
  • Picture Windows are sized between two fee tall and eight  feet tall with a width that can be range from two fee wide up to eight feet wide, typically in even numbers between those two. 

Getting the right measurement to each window will give you the best results for blinds that actually fit the window. Call (832) 766-9994 today for window replacement in Kingwood, TX.

What is a slate roof made of?

slatr roof on white home

Natural materials for your roof

When you want to give your home a unique look and it is time for a new roof, slate roofing is an option to consider. When you compare a slate roof vs shingle roofing, the finished look is a unique beauty that gives a home an amazing curb appeal. When it comes to determining which is better, slate roofing benefits stand out from the asphalt shingle roofing: 

Most homeowners will overlook this unique roofing material because of the unknown. There are capabilities and values with slate roofing that will leave asphalt shingles or other roofing materials behind, such as: 

  • Color and Style: Slate roofing has multitudes of colors, styles, and textural patterns, including graduated installations. Choose a smooth and uniform texture or a rough and rustic texture that matches your home’s architectural style. The colors are in basic blacks and greys as well as greens, purples, reds, and other vibrant colors. A roofing company that offers slate roofing will have a slate roofing guide with all the choices available and can answer any questions. 
  • Lifespan: Slate roofing is made from a natural homogeneous metamorphic rock, comprised of clay or volcanic ash that transformed by a low-grade metamorphism. This rock is millions of years old and is likely to be one of the most durable materials you can have for roofing.  Slate roofing will last on your home for a minimum of 75 years up to 100 years or longer when left in its natural state, sans any sealant. A fire resistant, mold resistant, water absorption material that is frost resistant and less likely to break or other be damage from freezing temperature. 
  • Structure Preparation: Because slate roofing will be extremely heavy, adding as much as 500 pounds to a structure, it requires that an engineering inspection and report be completed before proceeding. There may be a need for additional support to be added to a structure before installing slate roofing. 
  • Pricing: There is no doubt that slate roofing is more expensive than asphalt shingle roofing, up to three times more expensive. 
  • Repairs: Slate roofing can be repaired and should only be done by a roofing contractor with slate roofing experience. An inexperienced contractor can do more harm than good by not knowing what the details of working with slate roofing how to do repairs correctly.

Are slate roofs better than tiles?

Both slate roofing tile and ceramic tiles have their benefits. Slate is a natural, metamorphic rock that forms underground from intense heat and pressure. It is then hand split into flat smooth pieces to create the slate roofing tiles you see. 

Slate roofing is watertight, require minimal maintenance, and this fire resistant materials also regulates a home’s temperature, reducing energy costs. Because it is a natural material, there is no toxics released in production and is 100% recyclable. 

Concrete roofing tile is a trusted roofing material and has been used since 10,000 B.C. on homes, commercial structures, houses of worship, and places of education. It is manmade, mixing cement with sand, oxide, and water into a variety of colors, profiles, and sizes.  A lighter weight material, installation is a little less than slate roofing. 

Can you pressure wash slate roof?

Slate roofing shingles make a beautiful home even more beautiful, but there are things to know about slate roofing. First, it is expensive to install and expensive to repair or replaced. This is a natural material that is durable, yet delicate. 

Debris and moss will build up on slate roofing just like any other roofing, and while it is easy to clean, it should not be cleaned with a power washer. You should never use any ammonia, bleach, or other chemicals on your slate roofing because of the copper components within the slate rock.

slate roof

How do you maintain a slate roof?

Maintenance of a slate roof is minimal but important and should be done with caution.  Given that slate roof is expensive, you want to inspect it after a storm and at least once a year otherwise. The inspection should be done from the ground with binoculars and avoid walking on the slate roofing surface. 

Broken, cracked, misaligned, and missing slate should be noted and repaired or replaced promptly to avoid any further delamination. Any flashings should be repaired or replaced, gutters should be cleaned twice a year and every 5 years, a professional roofing contractor experienced with slate roofing should do a thorough inspection. 

Can you walk on a slate roof?

Only an experienced contractor should be allowed to walk on your slate roofing and only if absolutely necessary.  Slate roofing is an extremely delicate material and foot traffic will shorten its longevity, damaging any tiles that are in questionable condition and breaking any good tiles. 

How long does a slate roof last?

It will probably last longer than the homeowner, even soft slate has a life expectancy up to 125 years with proper care and maintenance.  Hard slate roofing tiles have a life expectancy up to 200 years or longer. 

Slate roofing is an expensive choice in roofing, but with proper installation and attention to care and maintenance, a homeowner will have a beautiful roof for many years to come. Call (832) 766-9994 today for your slate roofing needs in Kingwood, TX.

Is Hail Damage a Roofing Emergency?

hail damage on a tile roof

Is hail damage an emergency?

That almost seems like a silly question, and if it is your car or home, it is more of an emergency to you than others maybe. Regardless, you want to treat it as an emergency and expect others to do the same, especially when it comes to hail damage roof repair.  

Here in Texas, we’re in tornado alley and with tornados comes hail, so hail damage and roof repairs are commonplace for us. Most homeowners know to watch for the scammers and fly-by-night contractors and ask for certifications, insurance, and license from a roofing contractor, or any contractor. 

Yet, there are those homeowners that haven’t lived through and understand the seriousness of hail damage, roof repair, and all the other things that come with Texas weather. Those are the people that we are going to focus on answering basic questions about hail damage roof repair and what hail damage looks like. 

What is hail damage?

You have probably seen hail during your life, but didn’t understand the impact or severity, especially if you were a child. Hailstones vary in shape and size and how hard the stone. Basically, the larger the hailstone, the fewer there are and the further they apart they fall. 

Most hailstones are smooth and almost spherical, sometimes they are elliptically shaped and jagged too. The harder a hailstone, the more likely your home will need hail damage roof repair.

Hailstone damage is usually from the wind as it blows these hard, elliptically, or spherically shaped stones down to earth. Any surfaces left uncovered from a hailstorm will like be blasted with random patterns made by the hailstones. Imagine if your house didn’t have a roof! 

What does hail damage look like on roof?

Each year, hail and high winds can cause billions of dollars in damages in this country alone, accounting for forty percent of insurance claims. It isn’t the obvious tree limb on the roof that costs the most hail damage though. It is the small and unnoticeable damage that can’t be seen by the untrained eye that knows the signs of hail damage 

A professional hail damage roof inspection will know what to look for and find damage you won’t even realize you have. They will discuss the damage with you and what hail damage roof repair is needed. After you’ve been through this once, you’ll become more informed and what common forms of hail damage roof repairs look like and the signs of hail damage after a hailstorm. 

If you notice any of the following, you need to call your homeowner’s insurance company and a roofing contractor that can give you a professional estimate: 

Granules missing

  • The granules on your roof come from the shingles and is a sandpaper-like material that coats the shingles and protects your roof from the elements. When the granules are gone, the aging of the roof is accelerated, and your roof becomes compromised. Check the downspouts and gutters for excessive amount of granules after a hailstorm and if you see what appears to be an excessive amount, call your roofing contractor and homeowner’s insurance company.

Cracked shingles

  • The impact of hard hail and high winds will grab a loose corner of a shingle and bend it, crack it, or totally remove it from the roof. This creates an exposure to your roof, creating bare spots and compromise your roof’s integrity.  

Fiberglass matt exposed

  • When hail impacts a roof, it shatters the surface of the shingles and causes it to break of the fiberglass mat, exposing the underneath to the elements.

Fiberglass mat fractured

  • A fractured fiberglass is hard to detect, which is why you want an experienced and trained contractor to inspect the roof in addition to the insurance company’s inspection. A fractured fiberglass mat will result in crack and tears from the sharp edges of a hailstone.  

Self-seal strip weakens

  • Hail and high winds will weaken the seal on the shingles, compromising the integrity of the roof when the shingles are ripped off and blown away. A bent or cracked shingle has lost all integrity and is not providing your home any protection. A hail damage roof repair or replacement is needed in order to protect your home.  

Is hail damage worth fixing?

This is your home, the largest and most valuable investment you’ll ever make. The roof is a protecting line of defense for that investment and your family against the climate and elements. As the homeowner, you will want to do what needs to be to continue that protection. So, yes, if there is any telltale indication or marks that your roof has suffered hail damage, roof repair should be a priority. 

Does insurance cover old hail damage to roof?

This is a question that doesn’t have a blanket answer.  Every homeowner’s insurance policy is different, every company handles every policy different.  Most homeowner’s insurance policies will cover roof damage that is caused by fire, vandalism, and “acts of God,” like hurricanes and tornadoes. The questionable part that you’ll want to verify with your  insurance agent is if they pay for any roof or other damage to your home from hail, rain, or wind. 

If your roof is ten years old or older and has hail damage, roof repair is not going to be sufficient for an insurance company to be satisfied. They will approve your claim for a roof replacement in most cases of a roof that old However, you may have an estimate for a roof replacement for $30,000 and the insurance company approves the claim for only $10,000.  These are things you want to verify before you need to file a claim. 

hail on roofing system

How long do you have to make an insurance claim for hail damage?

Again, this is something you need to verify within your homeowner’s insurance policy, but in most cases, a standard homeowner’s policy will require a claim for hail damage roof repair be filed with 12 months of the incident. Some policies may have a 90 day limit. You should verify this with your agent or insurance company before you have the need to file a claim or as soon as you realize you have a claim.  

Homeowners everywhere will tell you yes, but does hail damage claim increase home insurance? However, this is not the case every time.  Because hail damage roof repair isn’t a homeowner’s negligence, most insurance companies will not increase rates because of claims file. 

Where rate increases come into action is if you have three claims within three years, and a hail damage roof repair claim is one of those, you could see a slight increase in your rate. So, if the hail damage roof repair is minimal and you can do the work yourself or pay out of pocket to have it done by a professional, you could save yourself some claim issue on your homeowners.

The other factor that can cause homeowner’s insurance rates to increase in areas where homes are prone to hail damage. The rate increase by the insurance company will go across the board to all homes in that vicinity, not just one or two homeowners, even if a homeowner hasn’t filed any hail damage roof repair claims. Call (832) 766-9994 today for hail roof damage in Kingwood, TX.

How do I redo my backyard fence?

worn fence

Keeping your backyard fence at its best

They say nothing makes better neighbors than a good fence, but what about when your fence falls down or starts looking aged and worn? When it is time for fence repair, there are the basic ways to get the job done, then there are other fence repair ideas too, which is what we’ll discuss in this piece today. 

One thing is for certain, when your fence has fallen or looks old, you want to get fence repair or replacement done as quick as possible. While good fences make good neighbors, old, poor condition fence, or fence that has partially fell can make a house look old and worn. Your fence is a part of your landscape and an accent to your home’s architecture, so getting the fence repair done to keep the rest of your home from looking old and worn. 

How do you fix a fallen fence?

Good fences make good neighbors, but a fence is only as good as the fence posts that hold it up. So, when the wind, a tree, or the soil shifting weaken the fence posts, a fence repair job is needed. When the fence has fell completely, the only fence repair that will last is to re-install the fence posts. 

You’ll need to determine what can be reused for the fence repair and what needs to be replaced. Any part of the fence or posts that aren’t broken or have rotted can be re-used, otherwise, you’ll need to detach the fence that is together and determine what new stuff is needed. 

  • Preparation to Reset That Fallen Fence: Start your fence repair by placing the fallen fence sections on the ground with the panel side up and the fence posts on the ground. Hopefully, the fence was put together t with screws and they can be easily removed. Next, place those fence panels and fence posts you can reuse to one side. Any cement stuck to the fence post can be removed using a hammer and brick chisel. 
  • Clean the Fence Post Holes: Your next fence repair step will be to clean the fence post holes out by removing the old concrete and any broken posts. Dig the fence post hole out to the original depth and size, typically this is twelve inches across and twenty-four inches deep.  
  • Resetting the Fence Posts: If you have fence posts that need to be replaced, you’ll need ½ bag of concrete for each one.  Place a post in a hole then pour water in the first hole and using a scrap piece of wood, mix the concrete as you pour the half bag in the hole. Check that its level from back to front then side to side, and even in the row with the other fence post, adjust as needed. Pack dirt around the fence posts.
  • Reattach the Fence Panels: Final step of your fence repair is reattaching the panels. Start with the first one, line the panel edge to the outer side of the first post and insert two deck screws (we recommend three inch treated screws), in the panel face and into the horizontal rail. 

Stand the second fence post upright then line unattached fence panel edge to center with the second post and attach with the same type of screws. Repeat the cement and water in the second fence  post hole and pack with dirt. You’ll repeat this process until you have the new fencing installed. 

How do you strengthen a fence?

To keep your fence looking good,  regular maintenance and fence repair is needed. The most common fence repair is needed because of decaying or rotting wood. The structure of a fence is only as reliable and strong as the support, so with regular inspections, you can catch small issues and get fence repairs made before you have a fallen fence as described above. After you have completed your inspection and assessed the damage, reinforcing the fence rails is fast using these three methods: 

Reinforce the Rails

Damaged wooden fence railing can be strengthened by cutting a 2×4 block that is the same width as the rail then fasten it at each end to the posts. Number 8 deck screws will give the fence maximum durability.

Install a Sister Rail

A rotten wooden fence post doesn’t have to be replaced, simply installing a siter rail as follows will secure the fence repair: 

  • Measure the rail and cut a pressure-treated piece of lumber to the size of the original rail. 
  • Cut any damaged and rotted part of the original rail off.
  • Place the sister rail under the old rail then clamp it every foot for the full length. 
  • Toenail the new sister rail to both sides of the fence posts and underneath.

Once the sister rail is attached  on either end, drill a hole 3/8 inch through both boards every foot and half then increase the stability by inserting carriage bolts.

Rail Splicing

Splicing two rails together will keep your fence looking uniform.  Begin by removing the damaged board and cut the damaged part off at an angle. Place the new board along the old board and trace the cut so you can transfer the angles from the old board to the new board. After cutting the board long the lines so they match, drill holes and using bolts to fasten the new board in place.

How do you stabilize a fence post?

A damaged fence post will lean and wobble, weakening the stability of the entire fence. You can repair fence post without removing it  and without having to replace the entire fence with these steps:

  1. Remove the adjacent fence construction back to the adjoining posts.
  2. Buy 24” long tapered surveyor stakes.
  3. Drive a stake next to the post so that it is level with the ground.
  4. Pull the stake and fill the hole with water, leveling the post with a level.
  5. Pour dry premixed concrete on top of the hole so that any excess water spills out.
  6. Wait 30 minutes for this to set as you work on other fence posts. .
  7. Repeat the process until you’re done. 
  8. After each post has set for a half-hour, check the stability. If still wobbling, repeat the process. 

Do you have to use concrete for fence posts?

You don’t have to, but it is recommended.  A good fence is a good neighbor, and a good neighbor is a stabilized neighbor! If the fence posts become weak, the fence will be weak too and you’ll be doing fence repair much sooner than you should need to.

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How do you straighten a fence post without removing it?

As a homeowner, you will find that fence repair and staining is going to be a DIY weekend project that you’ll plan your calendar by. The most common problem with a wood fence that requires fence repair is they tend to start leaning and shifting This is usually caused by soft soil and moisture.  Straighten your fence posts with these steps and you won’t have to remove them:

Step 1: Do a visual inspection and mark the ones that are leaning and need to be straightened. 

Step 2: Remove the panels attached the post so that you have room to work. 

Step 3: Dig around the post base so the concrete shows and prop it with a 2×4 angled against it so that is upright without causing strain then and secure it to another post  with a rope. 

Step 4: Place the post mender between the gap of the concrete base and post. Position the post mender on either side of the parallel post to the railing. Center the post mender on the post then, using a sledgehammer, pound it in the ground.

Step 5: With the post mender fully driven in the ground, the post should now be straight and sturdy.

With routine inspection of your fence, you’ll have fewer needs for fence repairs, leaving only the need to re-stain your fence every year or two. For your backyard fence repair in Kingwood, TX, call (832) 766-9994 today.

Can siding be repaired?

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How many years does siding last?

Most homes are either brick or wood covered with vinyl siding.  Vinyl siding hit the public market in the 1960s and took off like any manufacturer could wish. No more painting!  That was the big selling point and homeowners took it to be gospel, then they started realizing it can be damage, so there came the need for siding repair

So, no it was not the perfect product, but it still makes a home look good, and it is truthful, it never needs painting. What was a homeowner to do about getting siding repair with holes though? That is what we are going to discuss today by answering a few common questions. 

There are many types of siding to choose from, some more expensive than others and each having their own benefits and features. Because this is a costly and large project, you want to choose the right one for your budget and your home. The following are the different types of siding available, and information about possible siding repair, maintenance, and more. 

Vinyl: The most popular of all sidings because it has several advantages and is the least expensive. It is bug, mold, and temperature resistant, another advantage that attracts homeowners. Typically, the only maintenance other than cleaning with soft power wash are possible siding repairs after a storm. 

  • Vinyl siding will fade over time and because it can’t be painted, after 20 years, you will find yourself getting siding repair estimates to replace the existing. It isn’t a functional issue, but if the cosmetics to your home are essential to you, this may not be the siding product for you.
  • Fiber Cement: A durable and low maintenance siding that is affordable, commonly known as James Hardie, an actual brand name. Resistant to fungus, insects, mold, and UV rays. Sturdy weather-related forces because of its concrete type of material. While fiber cement siding is durable and offers long lifespan, painting and siding repairs are sometimes needed. 
  • Steel: A common siding for commercial structures, but the durability and strength are suitable for residential properties too, giving it a unique style. Minimal maintenance and seldom any siding repairs are needed. A competitive price seals the deal and a long lifespan. 
  • Stone Veneer: Commonly used in sections of a home for accent points due to the cost. A durable, strong product with a long lifespan up to 75 years. Gives a home the touch of elegance and uniqueness

When should you replace siding?

When you’re noticing any of the following, it is time for either siding repair or replacement, most likely, chances are it has reached its lifespan and replacement will be the best option:

  • Siding has started warping
  • Cooling and heating your home isn’t as efficient as it was six months to a year earlier
  • Cracks, holes, other damage that siding repair can’t fix
  • Fungus, mildew, or mold has started growing on the siding and won’t wash off

How do you fix sagging siding?

Vinyl siding contracts and expands, causing it to sag it has not been installed properly. A few nails here and there to fix it isn’t possible either. Here are the steps required to correctly do proper siding repair for sagging: 

  • Step 1: If the sagging is due to rotten wood underneath it, you have a bigger problem than just sagging siding. You’ll need to replace the rotten wood and then move forward  with the following steps. 
  • Step 2: Vinyl siding is installed from bottom to top, so you’ll need to remove it in the opposite direction. There are slotted holes on each panel’s top with nails every 16 to 18 inches apart. The top piece will be installed inside the J-channel or soffit and will require a claw hammer to remove it. Keep removing row by row until you have reached to the piece that needs repair. 
  • Step 3:  Once any rotten wood is repaired, nail the loose sagging portion with a nail spaced every 16 to 18 inches apart. Stop the nail at one-eighth from the wall to allow the siding to contract and expand. After the sagging siding repair is complete, return all the panels above it up to the top, leaving 1/4 inch space at each panel end so that it can flex side to side. 
  • Step 4: as you replace each row, make sure it is securely snapped into the lower row, using a level to make sure they are all straight. Each section should be overlapped with the top notched to show the amount to overlap. The seams should be staggered. 
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Why is my siding coming off?

The four primary causes for vinyl siding coming off are:: 

  • Weather – Dents by hail, strong winds, water damage from rain entering cracks or unsealed joints and seams. 
  • Installation – Regardless, the quality of vinyl siding, if it isn’t installed correctly, the least bit of wind can rip it off. 
  • Underlining – If the contractor that quoted you siding repair and installation is the one that did the installation, check that the quote included paper wrap, metal sheeting or paper seams to be installed under the siding. If not, there is our problem. 
  • Age – If your vinyl siding is 30 years or older, it is simply time to replace it. 

What   if you don’t replace siding?

If the time has come to replace the vinyl siding on your home, your home becomes an eyesore for the neighborhood and could become an HOA issue. Your home will look unappealing and unkempt. The biggest issue, your home will lose value. Need help with your home siding in Kingwood, TX? Call (832) 766-9994 today.

How Do You Prove Storm Damage to a Roof?

How Do You Prove Storm Damage to a Roof?

If you need roof storm damage repair, it will be important for you to choose the best roofing experts in the industry. Such experts will be honest and reliable. Here is a list of ways to prove that your roof has suffered from the extremes of roof storm damage. The following signs and symptoms are synonymous with weather damage.

  • Loose or missing shingles. When you have spotted loose or missing shingles on your roof, it is important for you to contact a reputable roofing company very soon thereafter. The best roofing contractors will give you an estimate, tell you about the state of repairs, and help you get in in touch with your insurance provider.
  • Chimney problems. If you have chimney problems, one of the likely factors is storm damage.
  • Damaged soffit and fascia. Wind, pelting rain, and hail can damage your soffit and fascia.
  • Roof leaks. It is important to contact a roofing company for emergency roofing repairs as soon as possible if you are experiencing roof leaks. This is because water damage can be very expensive and furthermore, detrimental to a home’s integrity.
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What Should You Do If a Storm is Damaged?

If a storm has damaged your home, it will be important for you to move as quickly as possible to review all the particulars. Check your home for damage, and record any instances. Next, you will need to review and assess the damage. A qualified roofing contractor will be able to do this for you. Next, when you have an estimate for the roof damages, you can contact your insurance provider. You should avoid additional damage where possible, and work closely with your roofing company to get the best amount of money possible for your roof storm damages.

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Water Damage from Roof?

Are you wondering whether or not your homeowner’s insurance will cover water damage from your roof? As a matter of fact, homeowners’ insurance will cover a roof leak if indeed it is caused by a covered peril. All covered perils will be listed in the contract you sign with your insurance company. It is important to understand that if your policy has a wind or hail exclusion, you could be missing out on important coverage for your home. That is why it is critical for you to ensure that you are indeed covered by wind and hail policy coverage.

Should I Call Insurance Leaking Roof?

Once again, it is important to consider the terms of what your homeowner’s insurance policy stipulates. You will need to get your leaking roof repaired as soon as possible, but if your insurance company can help with the bill, it is advantageous to seek financial assistance. Acts of God, like those that occur as a result of rain or hail damage, will be covered by insurance. However, acts that are the result of homeowner negligence, such as wear and tear, will not be covered, generally. That is why it is important for homeowners to do what they can to protect their home and maintain it so that insurance companies can provide appropriate monetary assistance when problems do occur.

How Much Does Replacing a Roof Affect Insurance?

According to a leading insurance website, if your policy is for RCV, your insurance company will pay the replacement cost value of the roof at the time of a covered loss. This dollar amount can be interpreted as the replacement cost value minus your deductible. It is important to keep in mind that there is no deduction for depreciation under the RCV valuation method.

Storm Damage Roof Repair

There are a number of different questions that arise in the homeowner’s mind when they are faced with the prospect of storm damage roof repairs. How are storm damages proved? What are the costs involved? For the answers to these questions, please turn to a respectable, reputable roofing company. A representative will be honest about what is involved, and only bill you for the roof repair or replacement after the roofing work is complete.

Storm Damage Roof Repair Near Me

In order to find a roofing company near you, you may use your google search engine to locate roofing companies near your residence. It is important for you to select a true roofing company and not a handyman. Your roofing contractors should be experienced and insured.

Storm Damage Roof Replacement

In some instances, your roof repairs will actually equal out to a roof replacement. It’s important to request documentation of the needs of a roof replacement in such times.

storm damage roof repair

Wind Damage Roof Repair

It is important never to underestimate how damaging the wind can be to your home. The wind can tear off roof shingles, damage gutters, and more.

If you need storm damage roof repair in Kingwood, TX, you can give us a call at (832) 766-9994 today. The best experts are on standby to help you with your roof storm damages as soon as possible.

What Are Architectural Shingles?

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Find Out More About Architectural Shingles

When it comes to roofing materials, there have been many improvements made over the years to address concerns seen with asphalt roofing materials. Architectural shingles, aka laminate or dimensional shingles, are such a material that was developed in order to add more benefits to lower costing roofing materials. Architectural shingles are roofing materials that are more cost friendly yet will provide improved protection, versatility in look as well as durability over standard 3-tab shingles. They are a great roofing option to consider and will hold up well with weather and other daily changes in conditions. To learn more about architectural shingles get in contact with your local roofing company. Until then, here is some general background information regarding architectural shingles that may prove useful to you.

What is the difference between architectural shingles and asphalt shingles?

The difference between architectural shingles and  asphalt shingles are that architectural shingles are more premium versions of asphalt materials with many improvements. Essentially architectural shingles were developed in the 1970s in order to address certain set backs that were shown with asphalt. Where asphalt had one layer of protection architectural shingles has 2-3 times the thickness. Where asphalt had only a few color choices architectural shingles have many and the one size option of asphalt has since been expanded and can be customized to form different shapes and sizes with architectural shingles. What’s more, architectural shingles can mimic the look of luxury roofing materials like cedar roofing and slate. 

Are architectural shingles better?

Architectural shingles are able to provide better protection from fire, water shedding, and wind due to their thickness. They are a more durable roofing option, better at hiding imperfections on the roof surface, and less vulnerable to curling.

What is the life expectancy of architectural shingles?

The life expectancy of architectural shingles are estimated to be around 30 years which differs from the asphalt roof life of 15-20 years. At the end of their roof life architectural shingles can be recycled as well.

What are the advantages of architectural shingles?

The advantages to architectural shingles are that they have versatile style options and more protection. Since they can be cut and customized they will be able to fit on all areas of the roof which makes it easier to install and less costly. Although they are heavier, they will put less stress on the roof as they won’t need the additional support that asphalt shingles will need in the end.

Are architectural shingles worth extra cost?

 Architectural shingles will cost a bit more than asphalt shingles but they are worth this price difference due to the many improvements in protection, style, and durability that it has. Not only that, but there will also be less need for repairs and replacements due to the added protection.

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What is the best architectural shingle brand?

  • GAF Marquis WeatherMax® 
  • CertainTeed XT™ 25
  • Owens Corning Supreme® AR
  • Tamko Heritage® Vintage

What is the best color shingle to use?

The best roofing material colors to choose from in general no matter the roof are lighter shades as there will be better energy efficiency. Other than this colors can be warm or cool toned based on personal preferences. 

Are architectural shingles energy efficient?

Architectural shingles are made to provide cooler conditions over standard shingles as they offer more light deflection. What’s more, with their added insulation heat transference is greatly reduced from the outdoors which will positively influence the price of your cooling bills by lowering them.

How many architectural shingles are in a bundle?

Depending on the cut and size architectural shingles can vary in amount per bundle. There are typically 29 standard sized shingles (12 inches by 36 inches) in a bundle. Typically there will be a requirement of four-five bundles to cover a square.

Can you put a second layer of shingles over architectural shingles?

As architectural shingles are thicker and vary in size in comparison to standard three tab asphalt shingles, they won’t lay as flat unless the previous roofing material itself was architectural shingles. If that’s the case a second layer of architectural shingles over pre existing architectural shingles should be fine. With architectural shingles over asphalt shingles there may be more bumpiness and problems down the line with heating and cooling. Ultimately, architectural shingles are heavier and would provide extra weight on the roof, therefore it may be best to tear off older materials and reroof with architectural shingles than to create another layer.

Get In Touch With Your Local Roofers For Architectural Shingles

When it comes to architectural shingles as a roofing material you are getting improved performance at reasonable prices. Architectural shingles will step up the game from their predecessors in performance, look, and durability. If you have any questions about how architectural shingles can be applied to your roof get in contact with your local qualified roofing company for more in-depth information. Upgrade your roofing materials to architectural shingles today.

For more information about architectural shingles in Kingwood, TX call (832) 766-9994 with Mdw Roofing and Remodeling LLC!

Are Asphalt Shingles Good?

Are Asphalt Shingles Good?

Are you wondering whether or not you should choose asphalt shingles for your new roof installation? It’s always important to weigh the pros and cons of any roofing material because inevitably you will want to consider your choices. Here is a list of benefits for asphalt shingle roofs.

  • Asphalt shingles are very popular. If you go to practically any neighborhood in North America, particularly in suburban areas, you are likely to see an asphalt shingle roof. Due to their sheer popularity, it may be optimal to blend in with the neighbors.
  • Asphalt shingles are very affordable. Asphalt shingles boast the particularly attractive benefit of being an inexpensive roofing material.
  • Many colors and shades. Are you looking for an asphalt shingle roof in a burnt sienna color? The odds are infinitely in your favor if you select an asphalt shingle roof as your preferred roofing material.
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How Long Do Asphalt Shingles Last?

Asphalt shingle roof repair and replacement is an important service for those who have asphalt shingle roofs. But the question remains: how long do asphalt shingle roofs last? According to leading estimates, asphalt shingles last about twenty years. If you live in an area of the county that experiences sincere weather extremes, it will be important for you to contact a professional roofing company for routine repairs. This will ensure prolonged roof longevity, which will ultimately benefit the home.

What are the Best Asphalt Shingles?

There are many excellent kinds of asphalt shingles on the market. High on the list are GAF Marquis WeatherMax shingles, CertainTeed XT 25, and more. While it is important to do independent research on the shingles you want to install on your roof, it will also be important to speak with a qualified, professional roofing company. When a roofing company has been in the business for many years, they will be able to see first-hand how such roofing material performs. A skilled roofing contractor will have information pertaining to budget, cost, labor, and performance. 

What is the Difference Between Architectural Shingles and Asphalt Shingles?

Are you wondering what the difference is between architectural shingles and asphalt shingles? The answer is rooted in the composition of the roofing material. Three-tab asphalt shingles have one shingle tab size and shape. It is made up of three separate tabs that are twelve inches wide. These tabs are coated with asphalt to shed water. Conversely, architectural shingles are characterized as laminate or dimensional and come in different sizes and shapes.

How Often Should Asphalt Shingles Be Replaced?

Generally speaking, contractors will recommend that asphalt shingles be replaced every fifteen to thirty years. The roofing material that is used on a roof will play a major part in its longevity. For instance, wood shingles can last twenty to twenty-five years. Metal roofs only need to be replaced once in a lifetime. Composition shingles can last twelve to twenty years. Something that will positively impact your roof’s lifetime is getting routine roof inspections and repairs whenever they are necessary. A roof leak, for example, will negatively impact a roof’s durability and hasten a roof replacement.

What Asphalt Shingles Are the Best

Are you wondering what asphalt shingles are the best? In the roofing industry, many different companies have streamlined and improved their asphalt shingles for today’s market. Nowadays, asphalt shingles are engineered to provide increased durability and a design that works for many properties. Two types of shingles that are prominently rated in the roofing market are the Owens Corning Supreme AR and the Tamko Heritage Vintage. Regardless of which color and shingle you select on your own, it will be important for you to discuss your ultimate roofing selection with a professional, insured roofing company.

How Many Asphalt Shingles Do I Need

A professional roofing contractor will utilize a specific formula for determining how many shingles are necessary for your roof replacement or roof installation. Generally speaking, in order to determine the number of squares on the gable roof, you can divide its total by one hundred. For instance, if a roof is 25,000 square feet, you would need 250 square of shingles to cover the roof.

Will Asphalt Shingles Burn

Asphalt shingles are made of petroleum. This means that if there is a fire, they will burn. Asphalt shingles have a high BTU value and thus will be very susceptible to burning. Some asphalt shingles contain asbestos and are highly toxic.

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Are Asphalt Shingles Fireproof

As previously mentioned, asphalt shingles are not fireproof. They stand up well in many different types of weather, including rain, wind, and sleet, but they are not fireproof.

If you would like to discuss roof repairs for your asphalt shingles in Kingwood, TX, please reach out to us at (832) 766-9994. Our friendly staff is primed and ready to help!