Surefire Tips and Services for Storm Season

In Oklahoma, the weather can change faster than you can say “tornado on the ground.” One minute you can be enjoying a beautiful sunset, not a cloud in the sky, and the next, you can be taking cover from a severe storm. Our Elliott Roofing family is committed to keeping you and your family safe when storms hit and helping you recover when the dust clears.

Your roof is the first line of defense between you and a storm, but other things can protect you, as well. If and when severe storms or tornadoes happen, you should have a plan. With storm season quickly approaching, here are tips to help keep you and your family safe when dangerous weather strikes.

 Be Prepared
The most important tip you can follow to stay safe during storm season is to be prepared. The best way to prepare for severe weather is to have a plan in place. Every family member living under your roof should be aware of the plan and know it by heart. If you have children, they should be able to carry out this plan regardless of whether adults are present.

 Pack A Storm Kit
A no-brainer when it comes to prepping and planning for inclement weather is a storm kit. Every person should have one. A storm kit can not only keep you and your family safe during a storm but after one, as well. Important items for your storm kit may include:

 ·      Food
·      Water
·      First-aid kit
·      Map
·      Cell phone charger
·      Flashlight
·      Radio
·      Batteries
·      Multi-tool
·      Duct tape
·      Rope
·      Protective clothing
·      Moist towelettes or baby wipes
·      Whistle
·      Important phone numbers
·      Medication
·      Copies of medical/insurance info
·      Money

 

Take Shelter
If bad weather hits, taking shelter is a key step. Taking shelter in your home provides many potential options to ensure you and your loved ones’ safety. Here are your best bets for finding shelter from a storm. 

Underground Storm Shelter:
The best place to be during a storm or tornado is entirely underground. So if you’re fortunate enough to have a storm shelter that’s underground, you should use it. If you do, be absolutely sure that the door to your shelter is completely fastened.

Basement:
Basements are generally a good option for seeking shelter during a storm. For the most part, they are completely underground, making them a prime spot for protection. However, in some cases, basements aren’t fully below ground level. If your basement isn’t, be sure to stay away from any windows or doors. Also, objects in your house can fall from above. So avoid huddling directly underneath any areas that large objects occupy on the level above your basement.

 Outdoor Storm Shelter:
The biggest threats to your safety, if your storm shelter is located outside your home, are the weather and flying debris you can encounter while moving from your home to your shelter. As stated before, be prepared and have a plan. This will give you a head start on making it outside to your shelter before severe weather hits. In doing so, you can avoid subjecting you and your family to these dangerous storm elements.

 Alternative Shelter:
If you don’t have a storm shelter or basement, there are still viable options in your home to seek shelter and protection from a storm. Stay as far away as you can from any windows or outside doors wherever you find refuge.  You should also try to avoid sheltering yourself in large rooms. Find the smallest room you can. Alternative shelter areas include:

 ·      Closets
·      Bathrooms
·      Hallways
·      Underneath Stairs

Stay Low
Once you’ve found shelter, staying down is the next part of the process. The lower you can get, the safer you are. It’s best if you can get entirely underground. If you can’t, then make sure you’re as close to the ground as possible.

Cover Up

Flying debris causes the majority of injuries and deaths from severe storms and tornadoes. That’s why putting as many barriers as possible between you and the weather is so crucial. Even though you may think you’re safe inside your home, flying glass and other objects, both big and small, can penetrate your house during a storm, putting you and your family at risk. If possible, it’s a good idea to shield yourself underneath stairwells or behind or underneath large, sturdy pieces of furniture. Other items you can use for cover during storms include:
·      Sleeping bags
·      Blankets
·      Pillows
·      Coats
·      Helmets

During storm season, the breathtaking Oklahoma sky can put you and your loved ones in harm’s way at any moment. Our Elliott Roofing team hopes that these tips will be useful as you prep and plan to keep you and your family safe and that our services can help you recover from whatever the spring and summer storms will bring. If you’re looking for info on how to keep the furry members of your family safe, be sure to check out Ellie's blog for tips on storm season safety for your pets.

And if your home experiences any roof damage this storm season, no matter the size or severity, we’ll be there to help. If you have any questions regarding storm damage, re-roofing, roof repair or want to schedule a free estimate or inspection, give us a call – we would love to lend you a helping hand.

Storm Season Safety for Your Pets

Pet safety is a pretty important priority for Ellie and rest of the Elliott Roofing family. In Oklahoma, weather can change from calm to severe in what can feel like a split second. Mother Nature can easily put your animals at risk. Animals can get hurt, lost or displaced when a storm hits. This makes pet safety especially crucial during storm season in Oklahoma.

During severe storms and tornadoes, pets are often left behind in the chaos and confusion. If you’re serious about your pet’s safety, you should not only have a plan for yourself, you should have a plan for them, as well. Here are tips to help you create a plan to keep your furry friends safe when bad weather hits.

Be Aware

Knowing your pet, and the threats weather might pose, is half the battle. Be aware of the weather in your area. Stay up-to-date on your local forecast and be prepared to act accordingly to protect your pet if severe weather strikes. More than likely your pet has a favorite place to hide. Familiarize yourself with this location to better find them in the event of an emergency.

ID Your Pet

During severe storms, pets can often get lost. One easy way to avoid this is making sure your pet’s information is up-to-date, their collar is secure and in the best condition possible. Tags are cheap and are generally the most common way to help you find and identify your missing animal. In addition to including your phone number, you may also consider adding the number of a friend. This can come in handy in case you’ve had to evacuate and are separated from your pet.

While they are cheap, reliable and commonly used to find lost pets, collars and tags aren’t permanent. However, an option that is more permanent is microchipping. Embedding a microchip in your pet will allow them to be scanned at veterinary clinics, shelters, and pet stores. This process identifies the pet, as well as the pet’s owner. If you’ve microchipped your pet and changed addresses since the procedure, be sure and update all the necessary information to ensure you can be reunited with your furry loved one.  

Designate Shelter

If you have a storm shelter, great. If you don’t, you should be prepared beforehand and know where you’ll be safest during severe storms. The best places to take shelter include basements, bathrooms or small interior rooms of your home which contain as few windows as possible. Once you’ve selected your safe space, be sure and familiarize your pet with the area. The more comfortable your animal is in the space, the easier it will be to shelter them there during a storm. 

Prep a Pet Kit

Just as you should have a storm kit prepared for yourself in case of severe weather, so too should your pet. While you and your pet are in your shelter, these kits will help you safely wait out the weather. A proper pet kit can include a first aid kit for your pet, necessary medications, a leash, pet food and water, food and water bowls, litter, a litter tray, disposable bags, a blanket, your pet’s favorite toy, a hard-sided crate.  

Manage Pet Anxiety

Many pets struggle with anxiety. One of the most common sources for anxiety in pets is severe weather. If anxiety is something that your pet struggles with, you should consult a veterinarian. Ultimately, if your pet does require medication to cope with their anxiety, it’s a good rule of thumb to medicate them before a storm hits. This can help keep them from hurting themselves or putting themselves in danger in reaction to the weather. If you’re unsure about how your animal will react to its anxiety medication, you should give it a trial run before using the medicine during a storm.

In Oklahoma, severe weather can hit anytime and anywhere. So being prepared is crucial. Ellie and the Elliott Roofing team hope that you’ll use these tips to prepare yourself and keep your furry family members safe during storm season.

“Project of the Year” – Osage Casino

            Tulsa, Oklahoma is known for their deep roots in the oil industry as well as a variety of museums and historical attractions, and now as the home of the brand new Osage Casino and Hotel.   Opened to the public in August 2018 after more than ten years of planning and development, the large facility features a 247,000 square foot Las Vegas-style gaming floor, event space, restaurant and bar.  Also attached to the casino is a 132 room hotel with a fitness center, pool, and on-site brewery.  Expected to be a significant economic boost for the Tulsa community, project managers were eager to get construction completed and revenue flowing.

            Elliott Roofing, located in Oklahoma City, was contacted by the general contractor to assist with the 171,000 square foot roofing portion of this highly anticipated project.  Originally specified as a modified bitumen with an added protective coating when construction was finished, the Elliott Roofing team identified an opportunity for cost savings with the Duro-Last Roofing System and pitched their idea to project leaders.

            “After reviewing our numbers, the architect agreed to our substitution request almost immediately and opened it up for bidding,” explained Matthew Case, Managing Partner at Elliott Roofing.  “Our Duro-Last bid was selected, and between the material and labor reductions we were able to provide enough of a cost savings to ultimately allow for the addition of a parking garage to the overall project.”

            The Elliott Roofing team utilized Duro-Guard ISO and tapered EPS over the fluted metal deck to create adequate drainage, and finished the roof with custom-fabricated Duro-Last 60 mil membrane and accessories.  Casino owners also took advantage of their proximity to the Tulsa airport and added a custom-printed rooftop logo available through Duro-Last, providing a unique branding opportunity.

            “From start to finish this project moved very fast,” said Matthew.  They wanted our crew to follow directly behind the framers and lay the roofing materials as soon as the deck was put down.  To accommodate the timeline we ordered all of the material at once, so our biggest challenge was coordinating multiple semi-trucks and getting the material on the roof.”

            Working largely with a single six-man crew, Elliott Roofing was able to complete the project in approximately six months.  “We did bring in an additional crew when we got into the larger space on the roof, but a majority of the work was completed by a core team of six,” explained Matthew.  “With the custom-fabricated deck sheets and accessories that we used on this project, we were able to move efficiently with a small team, especially when we got into the penetrations and curbs.  The final result looks very sharp and we were able to keep on pace with the demanding timeline that was given to us.”

            In the end, the owners were excited about the unique look of their roofing system and the superior protection offered through the Duro-Last 20-Year NDL Warranty.  “This entire project required a significant investment by owners, not to mention the hundreds of new gaming machines inside,” said Matthew.  “It was extremely important to the owners that they could trust not the products we were putting down but the warranty that backed those products as well.  Duro-Last gives us a unique opportunity to stand behind the roofing system with their comprehensive warranty options, and the owners really recognized the value in that relationship.  All in all, this has been a fantastic project for us to be involved in.”

Repair Vs. Reroof

When is it time for a new roof?

Water is a destructive force to be reckoned with and your roof is the first line of defense. When it comes to roof repairs, you want to be sure you’re making the right decision to keep your family safe and dry. While it is tempting to delay repairs or re-roofing, it can be far more costly in the long run. For example, water intrusion into your home can leave unsightly stains on your ceiling, damage your sheetrock, or cause serious structural damage.

Knowing where to begin with your roof can be a mind-boggling task. Each decision you make about your roof not only affects the value of your home but also the structural integrity of your whole house. Elliott Roofing recommends that you seek the advice of roofing experts before you undertake any roof repair or replacement project.

Can I simply replace damaged shingles?

In some cases, it is possible to simply replace damaged shingles. Modern roofing systems and shingles are designed to last for decades. If you’ve lost a few shingles in a windstorm, it is entirely possible that the only repair you’ll need is replacing the lost shingles.

Before replacing any shingles, it is imperative to have your roof inspected by a trustworthy roofing professional. A professional inspection will reveal any damage to the underlayment and roof decking or water intrusion into your home. Getting an expert opinion is crucial before making any roofing-related decision.

If you have shingles lying around from a previous re-roof, it’s important to note that these shingles may not match the shingles on your roof. Over time, shingles exposed to the elements will start to change color. This means that the shingles you’ve stored in your garage will no longer be the same color as the ones on the roof.

Matching shingles is difficult. If your shingle replacement is on a conspicuous part of your roof, it may make potential homebuyers wary. Not only that, a home with mismatched shingles is aesthetically unappealing. However, if your roof repair is in an inconspicuous place, shingle replacement may be a good option to save you the time, money, and hassle of replacing your entire roof.

Can I patch a damaged section of the roof?

In many cases, it is possible to repair only specific sections of a roof. This can be a good option. However, patching a roof can not only pose the same problems as replacing damaged shingles, but it can cause a few additional ones, as well. It is imperative to speak with a roofing expert before putting a patch on your roof.

A roofing expert will be able to inspect both the exterior decking of your roof as well as your attic to determine if a patch job is viable. A professional is capable of identifying issues that you might miss.

If you can patch a section of your roof it is important to make sure your roofing contractor is installing shingles that match the existing shingles on your roof. Matching shingles is difficult. Weather and time take their toll on shingles. Even if you select the same exact shingle as was originally installed on your roof, it may not match. Mismatched shingles, especially if they make up large sections of your roof, can hamper the sale of your home.

Can I install a new roof on top of an existing roof?

It is tempting, when faced with the cost of a new roof, to try to save money. Replacing a roof is costly and saving money is a huge factor in making decisions; however, we advise that you remove the previous roof before installing another. Some residential codes allow for up to two layers of roofing material on a roof. It is important to check with your city’s building code enforcement agency before planning your roofing project. Installing a new roof over the old will weigh down your roof beyond its capabilities.

Not only does adding layers of shingles add structural strain to your roof, but it can also make tracking down the source of leaks much more difficult. A roofing contractor will have to track down the source of your leak through two layers of shingles rather than one.

Additionally, shingles perform better and last longer affixed to the roof deck, rather than another layer of shingles. This can lead to the need for repairs or replacement sooner than if you had torn off the original roof. In fact, adding a second layer of shingles on top of another does not cost less in the long run. It only defers the cost to the future. When it comes time to replace the second layer, you’ll end up footing the bill for tearing off not one, but two layers of roofing material. This typically means your cost for tear-off more than doubles.

Finally, it is important to note that layering one roof on top of the other often voids the manufacturer’s warranty on your shingles. This could lead to you covering not only the cost of repairs due to manufacturing faults in your shingles but also paying for replacement shingles out of pocket.

When should I replace my roof?

Knowing when to replace your whole roof can be difficult. However, there are several rules of thumb.

If you see signs of water intrusion in your home, this is a major warning sign. Water seeping under your shingles, through your roof deck and into your home can be dangerous, not only to the structural integrity of your home but also to your health.

If your roof was damaged in a natural disaster, it may be time to replace your roof. The added benefit of replacing your roof post-disaster is that this replacement may be covered by your homeowners' insurance policy.

If your roof is over 15 years old and leaking, it’s time to replace it. The average roof is designed to last between 15-20 years. If your roof is older than that and starts to develop problems, it will be less costly in the long run to replace the roof.

When it comes time to replace your roof, consult a residential roofing professional. A roofing expert will be able to guide you through the decision-making process based on their inspection of your roof from both the exterior and interior of your home.

Contact Elliott Roofing for your free estimate

A new roof can enhance the beauty, safety, and value of your home. The team at Elliott Roofing are Oklahoma’s leading experts in residential roofing. If you think your roof may need repair or replacement, call or contact us to schedule your free roofing consultation and estimate.

Hand-Nailing Vs. Gun-Nailing

When it comes to roofing for your property, there are many factors to consider and choices to make. One of the most important decisions is whether or not to have your roofing hand-nailed or gun-nailed.

Technically, neither option is correct or incorrect. Both hand-nailing and gun-nailing are approved by roofing manufacturers. However, each roofer is usually particular about which method they employ to get the job done.

It may seem like a tiny detail, but the quality with which nails are placed and driven can have huge consequences not only for your roof but for your property as a whole. So, it’s a crucial consideration that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

The nail line on roofing shingles is small. So, there is little room for error. Nails not accurately driven in the proper area can diminish the quality of the roof and cause the manufacturer’s warranty to be void. In addition, nails that have been improperly driven create weaknesses in the integrity of the roof. This can make the roof more vulnerable to leaks and storm damage. Improperly placed nails can cause the shingles to be compromised in high wind conditions.

Driving nails with a nail gun can prove to be less than ideal. Gun-nailing has the potential to be less accurate. The condition of nails can be damaged by gun-nailing. The depth of the nails may not be flush when a nail gun is used. Gun-nailing can result in nails being over-driven (too deep into the roof) or under-driven (not flush with the shingle).

Inexperienced roofers and/or nail guns that are not kept up to proper specifications can produce poor roofing results. These factors can affect the accuracy, straightness and depth of nails.

A highly skilled roofer using a hammer can achieve consistency and quality.  Unlike gun-nailing, hammering can avoid the inconsistencies from inexperienced roofers with shoddy nail guns. Using a hammer, contractors have the ability to actually feel if the nails they’re driving are catching the wood. This ensures the nails are properly placed and secured. The likelihood of crooked, damaged, over-driven and under-driven nails are diminished with hand-nailing.

Finally, since errors are less likely, the amount of time it takes to complete a roofing project can be cut considerably with hand-nailing. Fewer mistakes mean the faster your project is completed. That leaves more time for you to enjoy the comfort and protection of your new or repaired roof. It also means you won’t break the bank with unnecessary costs to fix things that should’ve been done right the first time. 

Elliott Roofing is committed to delivering you a great roof by providing quality workmanship. We take pride in the craftsmanship of every roofing project. That is why we exclusively utilize hand-nailing for our roofing projects. We stand by this choice with our exclusive warranties, ensuring the conditions of our roofs are next to none.

If you have any questions about hand-nailing versus gun-nailing, other roofing methods or roofing options, give us a call today – we would love to answer any and all of your roofing questions.

A Blog From Santa

I’m an expert on gift giving and knowing who’s naughty or nice, and I’m also a pretty accomplished connoisseur of cookies and milk. What the Elf on the Shelf probably didn’t tell you is that I know just about everything there is to know about roofing. If there was a gold medal, a Nobel Prize, a Ph. D. and a Guinness World Record for landing on roofs, I’d have ‘em all!

I’ve seen every kind of roof there is. I’ve landed on asphalt roofs, metal roofs, tiled roofs. I’ve even parked the ole sleigh on some grass roofs. Not to blow my horn here, but when you’re carrying as much weight as I am, that’s nothing to stick your nose up at.

The reason I’m taking time out of my insanely busy holiday schedule to write this blog for Elliott Roofing is because their roofs always make my Christmas Eve a merry one.

The only thing worse than a home with no chimney is a home with a dicey roof. In the winter time, it’s especially important that your home’s roof is dependable. You don’t want ice, snow or me and nine reindeer installing some accidental skylights in your home.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, if I was so concerned about falling through a roof, why don’t I lose some weight? Well, you and Mrs. Claus will be happy to know that adding exercise and a healthy diet to my daily routine is my New Year’s resolution for 2019. And even though that’s been my unfulfilled resolution for the last 1,000 years, I’m really going to do it this year! So, ho-ho-hold the jokes.

Roofs are no laughing matter. An eternity spent landing on people’s roofs at super-sonic speed has taught me you can’t get anything better than impact resistant shingles. If you want to keep me and my sleigh out of your living room, impact resistant shingles are truly the gift that keeps on giving. With the help of fiberglass, these shingles are able to withstand hail, 110-130 mph winds and yours truly crashing through your ceiling. And there’s no better company to make your roof impact resistant than Elliott Roofing.

I’ll always stand by and stand on an Elliott Roof. So make this Christmas a merry one for you, and more importantly me, with Elliott Roofing.

Holly jolly holidays,
Santa Claus

The Importance of Proper Roof Ventilation

Roof ventilation is something that can benefit your home in all seasons and can be a critical addition to the build. Roof ventilation is a key factor in the life of your roof. There is a lot of information out there on the subject – so let us break it down for you.

There are many reasons roof ventilation is important. One of the main benefits of roof ventilation is expelling the hot air that builds up in the attic. Venting helps keep the temperature at a moderate level in the attic, allowing the air conditioning unit to cool the home more efficiently. This keeps your house cooler in the summer – which is something that all Oklahomans can appreciate. 

Another reason for ventilating the roof is to prevent moisture from building up in the attic. All homes produce large amounts of moisture into the air. Moisture comes from showers, sinks, bathrooms, washing machines and many other sources. Without proper ventilation, trapped moisture in the attic can lead to mold. Excessive moisture caused by poor roof ventilation and attic insulation can deteriorate your entire roofing system from the decking and supports to the underlayment and shingles. Without proper ventilation asphalt shingles may develop cracks, blisters, and premature granule loss.

Proper ventilation in the roof can help prevent issues such as ice dams that can develop on the eaves and valleys of roofs. The water that backs up behind an ice dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.

A balanced ventilation system is very important. Roof top ventilation is there to expel air and moisture but cannot operate properly without intake ventilation. Intake ventilation usually come from soffit vents but can also be achieved with eave/edge vents. Our roofing professionals will help ensure you have a working and balanced ventilation system. 

Options for rooftop ventilation:

There are many types of roof top ventilation and the size and design of your house will contribute to the decision to choose one type over the others. We can help you choose the right ventilation for your home.

Traditional box vents and wind turbines are widely used and can ventilate properly but are limited to how much air they allow to exhaust. Many times homes with these types of vents do not have enough vents.

Ridge vents are a great option to help ventilate your attic. They are installed at the very top of your roof and let the air circulate out of the attic naturally. If your home design allows for ridge vent it can a very effective type of ventilation. 

Another great option for proper attic ventilation is having a roof top solar fan installed. There are many roof ventilation fans on the market, but we recommend Remington Solar Attic Fans. Remington offers the best warranty in the business and some of their products qualify for tax credits. They also have an installation option to hardwire the fan into your home’s electrical system for days when the sun isn’t shining.

If you have questions about ventilating your roof, give us a call – we can answer any and all questions that you may have about your roof.

Breast Cancer Awareness - Jonie's Story

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – a time we at Elliott Roofing hold near and dear to our hearts. We know all too well the effects breast cancer can have on people’s lives, from our blood relatives to our work family. Jonie, one of our longest-tenured employees, is a breast cancer survivor. 

Jonie has been with Elliott for 11 years and is one grandchild away from being able to field an entire baseball team. She may be small, but she’s not afraid to lay down the law – keeping us in line when we’d rather be practicing our backflips off of our truck tailgates. Working in administration, Jonie makes sure we’re fine-tuned and focused.

Fortunately, Jonie’s story is one with a happy ending, which gives her the opportunity every October to reflect on her five-year journey with breast cancer.

“When I was diagnosed, my family, my work family and my faith kept me going,” Jonie said. “It’s nice to know that other people are thinking about not only you, but people who are struggling with the disease right now.” 

Owners Matt and Holly Case also have been affected by breast cancer in their personal lives. Matt’s grandmother succumbed to breast cancer in 1984, and his aunts are survivors. Holly’s sister-in-law died from the disease in 2002. The void left by those we’ve lost constantly reminds us to count our blessings and remain thankful for the ones who are still with us.

To honor Jonie, our families and others who’ve felt the impact of breast cancer firsthand, Elliott Roofing will be donating $100 of each reroof contract we sign in October to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. We believe in the value of giving back, especially when we have the opportunity to support a worthy cause that helps those closest to us. It is a joy and privilege for us to help in any way we can!

If you’d like to show your support for breast cancer awareness, visit this page to learn more.

NEW LAW MEANS NOW'S THE TIME FOR REROOFS

Good news for businesses considering commercial reroofs: A new tax law now allows businesses to fully expense a roof up to $1 million in a single year!

 

Previously, roofs had to be expensed slowly over time via depreciation, but thanks to Section 179 of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – which broadens the parameters of “qualified real property” to include nonresidential roofing improvements – business owners can immediately expense the cost of commercial roofing projects starting this year. That means a quicker, easier process with simpler budgetary and tax considerations.

 

“It’s great because in a lot of cases when a business owner has a roof that needs to be replaced, they’re just trying to patch it with ‘Band-Aids’ to avoid an entire reroof,” Senior Commercial Estimator Paul Stowe said. “With this incentive, it’s better to get the whole roof replaced and bring it up to code. So now is the time.”

 

The new law also could lead to an influx of reroofing contracts, which means business owners looking to take advantage of the new law should act now before the rush.

 

“I don’t think the word is out yet,” Stowe said. “But a lot of people try to maximize their write-offs toward the end of year, so we’re expecting a lot of owners will be trying to get their roofs replaced come Christmas time.”

 

If your commercial roof needs to be replaced, call Elliott Roofing today at 405-789-4646 in Oklahoma City or 918-524-4646 in Tulsa.

 

“If you have any questions at all, call us,” Managing Partner Matthew Case said. “We will have the answer.”

Gathering Place

Unless you live under a rock, you’re probably aware of Tulsa’s latest crown jewel: Gathering Place. The privately funded park in Tulsa’s Riverside district will host a 100 Days of Opening Celebration, beginning Sept. 8 with a free concert headlined by The Roots. We’re thrilled for the park’s public debut and even more grateful for the opportunity we had to contribute to such an amazing piece of community collaboration.

We first became involved with the Gathering Place in the fall of 2015, when we were asked for help producing a roofing bid. From there, the project took on a life of its own, pushing us outside of our comfort zone and inspiring us to create something truly special.

“We installed some standard roofing systems for the project, like what we normally do – TPO, metal roofing,” Managing Partner Matthew Case said. “But some of the more unusual things we did were installing one-of-a-kind German slate on a steel wall. We also installed unique stainless steel wall cladding imported from the U.K. These intricate projects are like nothing that we have ever done before. As a matter of fact – these specific materials and installation techniques can’t be found anywhere else.”

From purchasing materials and importing from other countries, to engineering and installing pieces that weren’t prefabricated, to just navigating such an enormous job site, each step of the project tested us. But, the team stepped up and grew like a family to see it through.

“There are not a lot contractors that can do this, that have the financial backing behind it or have the capability and the team around it to put the project together,” Sales Manager Chris Marlatt said. “It gives me confidence knowing we’re one of the elite contractors in the state of Oklahoma and that we can handle it.”

If you have a chance to make it to the park, you can see our work for yourself. We were proud, humbled and grateful for the opportunity to take the job on – and all things considered, we think it turned it out pretty well!

“I’m from Tulsa – I’m a Jenks boy – so being able to build a part of this amazing park is extremely gratifying to me,” Case said. “Tulsa is extremely lucky to have such an amazing facility. Folks are going to go out and see some of the work that we did. Hopefully they’ll enjoy it and think of us.”

WITH LOVE – Testimonials From Elliott Customers

Customers are the heartbeat of our business. When our service team is on a job, the customer is trusting Elliott Roofing to protect their property and family with quality materials and workmanship – tasks that we don’t take lightly. All of Elliott’s work stems from our core values. We are D.E.V.O.T.E.D. to our customers and team: Diligent, Ethical, Valued, Original, Trustworthy, Efficient, and Driven.

Don’t just take our word for it! Occasionally, we’re blessed to receive feedback and reviews from our customers that help elevate our current and future roofing projects. In the video below, you’ll hear from a family that trusted us with their roof and how the experience led to a long-term relationship with Elliott Roofing.

For more reviews on our team and customer service, search “Elliott Roofing” on Google and Facebook. If you’re looking for a roofer you can trust, connect with us today in Oklahoma City (405-789-4646) or Tulsa (918-524-4646).

Wind Damage

“Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the plain!” What other states might consider gale-force winds, Oklahomans feel as a light breeze. While the “breeze” sure is nice on a hot summer day, it is always good to consider how wind can damage your roofing system.

You can expect your roofing system to withstand a reasonable amount of wind over time, with the exception of events like tornados and other natural disasters. There are two different types of wind that can hit your roof: positive pressure (pushing) and negative pressure (suction). The stronger the winds, the more stress points it creates in your roofing system.

The shape of your roof and type of pressure, positive or negative, depends on where the wind will do the most damage. The corners and edges of your roof incur the most damage when wind starts actually moving the roofing materials. Once the materials become loose, it’s easy for wind to suction the shingles up, allowing for the next gust of positive pressure to push the shingle up and off the roof. This leaves your underlayment exposed to rain and the area around the lifted materials vulnerable to being lifted themselves. Wind damage may start small with the removal of a single shingle but will increase in severity over time causing a peeling effect on the roof.

Even more damaging than wind itself can be wind-blown debris. Check out these steps for inspecting your property for wind damage after high winds and how to take precautions.

CHECK FOR DEBRIS

After strong winds come through your area, check your yard for shingle debris and look for damaged shingles still attached to your roof (look for curling, cracking or tearing). Wind can also do damage to roof accessories like chimneys, gutters, flashings, ventilation pipes and the underlayment if it becomes exposed.

Large trees that are next to your home, especially trees with branches that hang over your roof can be especially problematic with gusting winds. The branches’ damage can intensify with high winds causing scrapes or even gouge the roof’s surface. Watch out for tree debris blown onto your roof like pine needles and leaves. Debris that accumulates on your roof can trap moisture and, if left too long, it can cause rot or deterioration in the shingles and roof deck. Gutters tend to fill with windblown leaves and other debris during storms. If left to accumulate, gutters become blocked and can cause water to collect on your roof leading to damage to the  underlayment, staining and even foundation issues.  Make sure to clear gutters of debris often and check that rainwater is flowing off your roof properly.

IDENTIFY LEAKS

It is always best to schedule an inspection before storm season rolls around to make sure your roofing materials are secure, but if you find your roof is leaking consistently after rainfall, schedule an inspection right away. Besides the obvious sign of noticeable water dripping into your home, other signs of a roof leak include staining on the ceiling or walls and missing or damaged shingles.

However, it’s important to know that after a heavy, blustery rain storm, sometimes roofs can be affected by wind-driven rains. Roofs are designed to shed water that comes in vertically.

Wind-driven rain blows horizontally with help from the wind, penetrating crevices under your shingles and in your roofing system that are impossible to predict. Wind-driven rain must enter your roofing system at the perfect angle, but it is not necessarily a cause of roofing concern. Not sure if your leaking roof is related to wind-driven rains or a true roofing concern? Don’t worry – our team of experts is always happy to help you identify the cause of your roof leaks.

SCHEDULE REGULAR ROOF INSPECTIONS & REPAIRS

Call your local roofer to replace what might look like minor damage to you as soon as possible to avoid a total roof replacement in the future. It’s best not to give the next wind event easy access!

For your own safety and to avoid damaging the roof further, we never recommend that you climb onto your roof to do an inspection, so call in the experts at Elliott Roofing. During an inspection, our staff will look for damage from wind on your shingles and accessories, wind-blown debris and identify what might be causing any leaks. Estimates are always complimentary at Elliott Roofing, so you can put your dollars into what matters most: the safety and security of your family with a stable roof over your heads.

COMPARING ROOFING MATERIALS

Protecting your home with the proper roofing material is a serious matter.  Whether you are needing a roof repair or a total roof replacement it’s important to know what materials are best suited for your project. With so many roofing materials on the market it can be overwhelming to make the best decision that fits your roof’s structure and aesthetic. Watch the video above of the Elliott Roofing residential sales team as they explain the differences in some of the top-of-the-line products that we carry, including:

  • Asphalt Shingles
  • Impact Resistant Shingles
  • Wood Shake Shingles (available in real wood, asphalt, synthetic and stone-coated steel options)
  • Slate Shingles (available in real slate, synthetic and asphalt options)
  • Spanish Tile Shingles (available in clay, concrete, stone-coated steel and asphalt options)

In addition to shingles, we make sure that your roofing system is protected and polished, so we offer the following roofing accessories:

  • Roof Accessories
    • Underlayment (available in organic and synthetic options)
    • Ice & Water Shields
    • Standard and Custom Flashings
    • Copper Standing Seams
    • Custom Saddles or Crickets
    • Counter Flashings
    • Copper Finials, Chimney Caps, Cupolas and Caps

Our metal accessories come with soldered corners, joints and seams to ensure maximum leak protection.

There are so many products available to you and it can be confusing to know which materials can stand up to Mother Nature and Father Time. For questions about roofing materials, contact our knowledgeable and friendly sales team at (800) 573–8388 or send us a message.

DON’T ANSWER THE KNOCK

After a big storm hits, Oklahoma is a prime target for fly-by-night roofers (we call them “Chuck in a truck”). These salesmen are easy to spot. Fly-by-night roofers knock door-to-door offering quick repairs at inexpensive rates, typically lack a professional online presence and have no proof of insurance, licensing or bonding. Don’t be fooled by a door-to-door scam! Call Elliott Roofing first if you experience storm damage. We’re always here when you need us, not when you don’t.

A BLAST FROM THE ELLIOTT ROOFING PAST

Let’s jump back to 1988, a year filled with denim outfits, U2 and when gas was a mere $0.91/gallon. Elliott Roofing was a fairly young company, just seven years old to be exact. We were busy proving our skills and quality of service to the citizens of Oklahoma. A sweet couple, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, hired us to replace the roof on their Oklahoma City home. Having never used us before, the Smiths took a chance on Elliott Roofing. Little did anyone know, the Smiths found their roofing company for life.

Fast forward to 2018. Our residential roofing team schedules an inspection on an Oklahoma City home for a Mr. and Mrs. Smith. When our estimator, Bryan, arrived he was greeted by this same sweet couple who presented him with an Elliott Roofing contract straight out of the 80s. Bryan was captivated with their story and enjoyed hearing about their experience all those years ago.

In 30 years, the Smiths never needed a roof repair and never experienced a leak or any storm damage. This is unheard of, especially in Oklahoma! Their roof, which had a 20-year manufacturer warranty, lasted a full 30 years before they were forced to replace it to continue their insurance coverage. Bryan mentioned in discussing the longevity of the Smith’s roof, “When a 20-year roofing system lasts for 30 years with no problems, why not use Elliott Roofing to have a new and improved roof last another 30+ years.”

After all this time, we were absolutely thrilled to hear that the Smiths had such a great experience decades ago and that they chose Elliott Roofing to serve them again. “Previous customers are the cornerstone of our business. Earning the trust of a homeowner and gaining the opportunity to serve them over the years is our ultimate goal. We strive to become our customers’ roofer for life. We are so pleased that the Smiths have found that in us,” said Matt Case, managing partner of Elliott Roofing.

After seeing our joy in the nostalgia – they even gifted us our old contract to hold onto. Once our entire team heard the Smith’s story and saw the contract and old logo, we knew we had to commemorate this experience. So, we created throwback t-shirts for our team with old school Elliott Roofing branding. With now more than 37 years of experience, fair pricing, and professionalism, Elliott Roofing continues be “The Quality Choice.” What a fun story this has been for our team to share!

To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.
— Douglas Adams

WE TAKE THE PAIN OUT OF FILING A CLAIM

Filing an insurance claim after a damaging storm can be stressful, especially figuring out where to start. With our years of experience working with insurance companies and roof damage, Elliott Roofing can guide you through the claim process. Read our blog to learn how to react after a storm comes through.

FIRST STEPS AFTER A STORM

Before calling your insurance company to file a claim, we recommend having Elliott Roofing perform a free inspection. We can ensure if the damage is severe enough to warrant a claim before you get too far in the process.

RELY ON YOUR ROOFING COMPANY

We have years of experience working with insurance claims and damaged roofs; utilize us! We will start with an initial inspection to verify whether there is damage. If we find enough damage to proceed with an insurance claim, we can act as your liaison and help process the claim with the insurance company.

RECORDS NEEDED TO FILE

In order to file a claim, most insurance companies will require documentation from a professional. After our initial inspection, we will provide a written damage assessment outlining the extent of the damage and necessary repairs.

HANDLING EMERGENCY REPAIRS

In some cases, your roof may experience severe damage that must be dealt with sooner rather than later. We can apply emergency roof tarping to prevent any further damage while waiting on the claim to be processed.

Elliott Roofing is here to help throughout every stage of your roofing process. Call us to schedule a free inspection.

BEWARE OF FLY-BY-NIGHT ROOFERS

We’ve all been there. A big storm hits your area and suddenly you’re bombarded with direct mail advertisements and the dreaded door-to-door salesmen. We call these salesmen “fly-by-night roofers” because they’re notorious for coming into an area after a storm, knocking door-to-door, offering quick and often inexpensive roof repairs or reroofs, and leaving without providing valid contact information in case you need to redeem your warranty in the future.

How can you protect yourself from a roofing scam? Here are a few ways to spot a fly-by-night roofer:

LACK OF ONLINE PRESENCE

Before hiring a roofing company, check to make sure they have a professional website and online reviews. If they lack an online presence, they are probably not reputable.

THEY WORK QUICKLY

After a hail storm or natural disaster, local roofing companies will be busy and may have to put you on a waiting list. Don’t worry – that is actually a good sign. If a company has so many local and loyal customers that they can’t get to you right away, that means they are likely a reputable roofing company. Fly-by-night roofers will promise quick turnaround times and come knocking before you’ve had a chance to do your research.

LACK OF ESTIMATE OR CONTRACT

When a roofing company comes to inspect your roof, they should present you with a formal estimate outlining the scope of work and breakdown of cost. Be wary of any company that wants to start work before they have a signed estimate or contract.

THEY ASK FOR PAYMENT IN ADVANCE

A reputable roofing company should not ask you to pay anything in advance. Avoid paying a company before the work is completed. If you pay upfront, there is no obligation for a fly-by-night roofer to finish the work.

NO PROOF OF INSURANCE, LICENSING OR BONDING

For your protection, it is extremely important that you hire a roofing company that is insured, licensed and bonded. In Oklahoma, roofing contractors are also required to be registered with the Construction Industries Board. Be sure to ask the company if they are registered, licensed, carry workers’ compensation and general liability insurance, and are bonded. If you are skeptical, ask for proof. Better yet – check for yourself at the Construction Industry Board Website. You can search a contractor’s good standing by business name or by company owner.

OUT-OF-STATE CREDENTIALS

It is always best to hire local. If you hire an out-of-state company, they are likely going back to their home state after the storm repairs are finished and they are paid. This means they will be long gone when you need help addressing warranty issues or damages.

At Elliott Roofing, we will always be upfront and honest about our work, and you can trust that we will be around when you need us. Get ahead of storm season and call us today for a free roof inspection and estimate.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A ROOFING CONTRACTOR

REVIEWS AND REFERENCES

Hiring a roofing company is a complex decision, whether you have been planning for a new roof or you’ve been hit by a storm. Make sure to take your time and research multiple roofing companies before investing in a new roof. Here are a few things we think are important to know when hiring a roofing contractor:

LICENSING, INSURANCE AND BONDING

By Oklahoma law, a roofing contractor is required to be registered with the Construction Industries Board. Every Oklahoma licensed roofing contractor will be assigned a unique number and issued proper documentation. They should also have workers’ compensation and general liability insurance. Before considering a roofing company, be sure to ask if they have the proper licensing and insurance. You can even ask for proof of these important credentials.

You always want to see that the roofing contractor is bonded for your protection. A bond, also known as a surety bond, is a legal contract that protects one party against monetary loss if the second party fails to perform the agreed task. That means that as the owner of a property, you are protected should your roofing professional fail to fulfill the terms of the contract you agreed upon.

ESTIMATES AND CONTRACTS

It is always best to have a detailed estimate that breaks down the scope of work. When you receive an estimate from a roofing contractor, look for items such as type of shingles, shingle accessories, details referring to the included warranty and the procedure of the roof installation.

After you have looked over the estimate and have all of your questions answered, it is time to sign the contract. A reputable contractor will never make you feel pressured to sign anything until you feel comfortable.

TEAM OF PROFESSIONALS

During the roofing process, it is important that you have a clear line of communication with the roofing company. When talking to roofing contractors, ask who will be the point of contact overseeing your project. Ideally, a project manager will be assigned to your job and contact you before the job begins. The project manager should clearly explain what to expect during the construction process and share their contact information for any further questions or concerns.

BEWARE OF SCAMS

Be careful to watch for roofing scams, especially after a big storm hits your area! A few warning signs include:

  • The contractor being reluctant to provide proof of insurance and licensing
  • Lack of reviews or references
  • The contractor asking the homeowner to sign an estimate without a clear explanation of work
  • The contractor asking for payment before the project begins
  • Out-of-state credentials. Hire local professionals to protect your warranty. Roofers with out-of-state credentials might leave before completing a project and will be long gone after their work is done, meaning no one will be around to address warranty issues.

At Elliott Roofing, we will always be transparent in our work and treat each customer with integrity. Call us today for a free roofing inspection and estimate!

ELLIOTT SPOTLIGHT: JONIE NALLEY

When you call Elliott Roofing, chances are that you will be greeted with the sweet voice of our beloved team member, Jonie. We sat down with Jonie to learn a little more about her and her passion for Elliott Roofing. Learn more about our office administrator below.

1. WHAT IS YOUR ROLE AT ELLIOTT ROOFING?

I am the office administrator at Elliott Roofing. Typically, I am the first person at our office to interact with customers and help guide them to the right person based on their needs.

2. WHAT DOES YOUR DAY-TO-DAY LOOK LIKE?

My day consists of talking to customers, answering questions and overseeing our accounts receivable and billing. I also oversee most company operations and administrative tasks, allowing me to work with the whole team.

3. WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT IN YOUR JOB?

I love that our company values the Golden Rule: treating others the way you want to be treated, both with our team and our customers.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF WORKING AT ELLIOTT ROOFING?

My favorite part of working here is the team of people I get to work with. We all support one another, help each other out when needed and strive to make Elliott Roofing a fun place to work.

5. WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE ELLIOTT ROOFING STORIES?

Elliott Roofing gives back to our community and our customers when possible. We recently decided to show a token of our appreciation to one of our customers, an active member of the military stationed overseas. We decided to express our gratitude for his service to our country by waiving his remaining balance due. Our company’s initiative to give back is one of my favorite aspects about Elliott Roofing.

6. HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE ROOFING BUSINESS?

I landed at Elliott Roofing by happenstance. My previous employer was closing and a friend told me that Elliott Roofing was hiring and that it was a great place to work—they were right!

7. WHAT KEEPS YOU BUSY OUTSIDE OF WORK?

My grandkids keep me busy with basketball and soccer games.

8. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT OKLAHOMA?

Oklahoma is home. It’s where family and friends are. I lived out of state for a few years, and it was nice, but it wasn’t home. Home is where your heart is, and my heart will always be here.

 

OUR TEAM TRULY VALUES JONIE AND ALL THAT SHE DOES FOR ELLIOTT ROOFING! WE ASKED THE TEAM TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH JONIE AND HOW SHE IMPACTS THE OFFICE.

Jonie is always very helpful, efficient and consistent with Elliott Roofing customers and fellow employees. If something is needed, Jonie can be counted on every time.
Jonie always has the sweetest attitude! Whether it’s hearing her kind voice over the phone or catching her smile in the office, she’s always welcoming and warm.
Jonie is always kind, helpful, and a pleasure to work with. She is dependable and consistent. It’s always nice to be greeted by Jonie when I come to the office.
Jonie has always been extremely reliable. No matter what task you give her she always pulls through.