These beautiful shingles reflect solar energy, helping to decrease the amount of heat transferred to a home’s attic. This also helps reduce the energy load on your AC system! Duration® Premium Cool Shingles are ENERGY STAR® rated and feature unique lighter colors have that matching hip and ridge shingles. They are also offered in Owen’s patented SureNail® Technology. This also reduces the environmental impact by decreasing CO2 emissions, since less energy is needed to cool your building. And, thanks to the solar-reflective granules, the life of your roof is extended!
Above and below, you can see that the shingles reflect light and are beautiful!
These shingles from GAF are highly reflective and help reduce temperatures in your attic. Cool roofs can save homeowners and business owners up to 7-15% on total cooling costs. (Depending, of course, on other factures such as climate, HVAC, type of roof, utility rates, etc.
These shingles have specially designed roofing granules that have greater reflective properties than traditional shingles. This help keeps heat out of your attic and keeps you cooler all summer long. Additionally, the Timberline® Cool Series® Shingles are made with GAF’s patented StainGuard® algae protection!
How do they work? The cool roof minimizes the solar heat gain of a building by first reflecting incoming sun rays and then quickly re-emitting the remaining absorbed portion. What’s more attractive for home and office owners, these Oklahoma roofs can be cool roofs without having to use white granules! The granules actually reflect the light to lower the roof temperature and help you feel cool.
Below are 3 homes using these cool roof shingles.
This information is important in regards to the durability and length of live for your Oklahoma roof during our hot summer times. And it is especially important this summer of 2015, due to the amount of rain we’ve had and the humidity in the air.
We’ve rewritten this information from the EPA website (http://www.epa.gov/heatisland/about/index.htm), at which you can learn even more about this. Our goal in giving you this information is to help you ensure that your roof lasts as long as possible, as it is expensive to replace. And, as we simply do not want our roofs to degenerate and leak!!
What is an Urban Heat Island? Urban areas have many surfaces that are not permeable, such as concrete and roofs. Undeveloped areas do, such as open land and vegetation. This causes the urban regions to become warmer than their rural regions around them, forming something called an “island” of hotter temperatures.
How does this occur? On hot, sunny days, the sun can heat exposed urban surfaces to temperatures that are much hotter than the air! Shaded and even moist surfaces can be cooler. This increase in temperature increases even more in the evenings, from the slow release of heat from the structure and roof.
How does this affect you and your home? It can affect the quality of your life and the materials experiencing this heat. For example, our energy consumptions and costs increase, as does the pressure on the electricity grid. Additionally, there are elevated emissions of air pollutants released, promoting formation of ground-level ozone. These hotter temperatures during the day and night, combined with higher level of air pollutants, can affect the respiratory system and other health systems. They also negatively affect the materials on your roof.
What can you do to help this situation? We recommend installing cooler roofing systems, excellent roof air circulation, and using specific roofing products that are best to use in Oklahoma.
For more information, please call us at 405-601-9222. We’re here to help you protect your roof and building!]]>
The attic keeps the heat in or helps it leave you house. It also helps to support your roof. Remember: heat rises!! If your attic doesn’t have proper ventilation (and insulation), the heat in the attic can actually migrate down into your house! When the sun beats down on your roof, the attic fills up with hot air. Now, a really, well ventilated attic will have features that help release that heat out through the vents and other systems. But, if your roof is that is NOT properly vented, the attic fills up with air and it goes down into your house! After all – it HAS to go SOMEWHERE! Then, add to this – consider many hot days in a row: well, the heat builds up and just isn’t able to dissipate.
So, what do we do, typically? Well, if you are like us – we turn up the AC! OK, remember all that moisture we’ve received? Well, this means that your attic air is full or HOT MOIST air – it’s all hanging around there. Because it’s just sitting there, it will condense on your walls and roofing materials. Next comes mold and mildew – a very expensive condition to repair!
If you will have us check your roof to make sure it is properly venting your attic, this can help reduce damage to your attic and roof – AND reduce your AC bills!
Your goal: have a good, uniform flow of air throughout the attic. This carries the hot moist air outside. And, the reason to have it uniform: your roof is less likely to develop hot spots or spots of heat and mold/mildew. (YUCK). Make sure the ventilation is properly placed around your roof so the air can flow through it!
Well, we hope you are enjoying your summer and want you to remember that we are here to serve you. Please call us so we can help you!]]>
Additionally, excessive moisture in your attic can cause damage to it's structure and even lead to mold problems.
It gets HOT, HOT, HOT here in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in the summer time. This summer, combine this with the added moisture from all of the rain, and it will seem even hotter! This can negatively affect Oklahoma roofs, along with your pocket book and health. Here’s how.
First, what IS a cool roof? Well, simply stated, a cool roof is one that has been designed, built, and manufactured to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than a standard roof. How can you achieve this effect? There are a few way: reflective materials, reflective paint, and reflective coverings. You might even consider lighter color shingles, as darker colors absorb more heat. According to Energy.gov, a standard or dark roof can reach temperatures of 150 degrees or more in the hot summer sun! While, a cool roof can stay about 50 degrees cooler! In a moment, let’s look at how you can achieve that result.
Next, what are the benefits of cool roofs? It can benefit your Oklahoma home or building by improving the comfort inside your home or building, reducing your energy bills, and actually decrease the Oklahoma roof temperature!
But, cool roofs can even benefit your environment here in Oklahoma. They reduce local air temperatures (see our blog about Urban Heat Islands), reduce power plant emissions, and reduce peak energy drain/demand on power plants.
In the next blog, we’ll look at types of roofs and how they can keep your Oklahoma City home or building cooler.]]>
With all the heavy rain, strong winds, and tornadoes we've been having in Oklahoma, we thought we'd add this information to our website to help you determine if your roof is sound. We live here - and we get it!
Some of the common causes of roof leaks:
Taking care of these immediately can be the difference between doing a quick, inexpensive repair and a major, expensive restoration
We hope these tips will help you keep your roof in the best shape possible.
We also know that May weather in Oklahoma can be VERY hard, if not disastrous, on a roof. As always, if you have any concerns about your roof, please call us! We’d be happy to advise you and help where possible.
One of Owens Corning’s ventilation products that works well is their VentSure® 4-Foot Strip Heat & Moisture Ridge Vents work with VentSure® intake vents and/or VentSure® InFlow® intake vents to help improve air flow through the attic. These vents are flexible enough to conform to almost any type of roof slope. Their unique baffle design and Weather PROtector® moisture barrier to help provide outstanding performance.
Their unique flat baffle design improves the air flow by keeping debris from impacting the performance of the vent. Their corrugated ridge design and interlocking feature allow for both strength and flexibility. They are able to work well on almost any roof pitch, providing a strong and uniform ridgeline.
Ask us about these and other roof venting products.
ENJOY! There are more color palettes than those shown below. Call us if you do not see a color you like. We can provide you with custom colors and blends.
That's right: up to 130 miles per hour!
We at Curb Appeal Roofing Construction often use a product from Owens Corning called SureNail® Shingles. Why do we often use SureNail Shingles? Read on: you'll be impressed.
Owens Corning™ has developed a patented SureNail® Technology that provides exceptional wind resistance. SureNail® provides wind resistance at winds up to 130-MPH.
Curb Appeal Roofing Construction is one of the few Owens Corning Certified Installers in the entire state of Oklahoma! (put picture). In order to receive this designation, Curb Appeal must install all Owens Corning products according to THEIR high specifications. This ensures you receive their warranty on products installed.]]>
Breakthrough design features a tough, woven, engineered reinforcing fabric in the nailing area to promote easy, fast and consistent nail gun fastening.
Triple Layer Protection® from a unique “triple layer” of reinforcement that occurs when the fabric overlays the common bond of the shingle laminate layers, resulting in excellent fastener holding power.
Outstanding adhesion from our enhanced Tru-Bond®† sealant, which grips tightly to the engineered fabric nailing strip on the shingle below.
Excellent adhesive power due to specially formulated wide adhesive bands that help keep shingle layers laminated together.
Exceptional wind resistance that delivers 130-MPH*/***** wind warranty performance with only four nails. Requires 33% fewer nails for maximum warranty protection**, which can mean fewer deck penetrations.
Impact resistance from the integrated polymeric backing feature of our patented WeatherGuard® Technology, which helps achieve one of the industry’s highest ratings, UL 2218, Class 4.]]>
Impact resistance from the integrated polymeric backing feature of our patented WeatherGuard® Technology, which helps achieve one of the industry’s highest ratings, UL 2218, Class 4.
These beautiful shingles by Owens Corning are impact-resistant and have been specially engineered to face some of Mother Nature’s worst and still look their best! Owens Corning calls them: "Beauty meant to last a lifetime.". According to Owens Corning, what makes them durable includes patented composite construction, spunbond, impact-resistant webbing at the shingle base to achieve superior performance and Tru-Bond® sealant for maximum holding power during high winds.
WeatherGuard. You can learn more about this product for Oklahoma roofs at their website: (but remember Curb Appeal Roofing Construction is a certified Owens Corning installer!)
Below, find some beautiful mixes of impact and wind resistant shake-look synthetic tiles.
Below, find some single-width shake look shingles.
Below, find examples of DaVinci's Multi-Width impact and wind resistant synthetic blend slate tiles. They are beautiful in detail.
Below, find some Yukon Oklahoma community resources.
Since we at Curb Appeal Roofing Construction work with home owners and business owners to repair storm damage to Yukon Oklahoma residential roofs or Yukon Oklahoma commercial roofs, we've listed Yukon Oklahoma community resources you may need in after a major storm or disaster. Below those listings are other Yukon Oklahoma community resources.
City of Yukon Website: http://www.cityofyukonok.gov/
City of Yukon Oklahoma Departments: http://www.cityofyukonok.gov/city-departments/
City of Yukon Oklahoma Emergency Management:
City of Yukon Oklahoma Severe Weather Shelter Registration:
Yukon Oklahoma City Council:
For other community resources, events, and fun thins to do in Yukon Oklahoma, go to our next blog.
Pictured Above: Siding Damage
Some hail damage is easy to spot – like when it knocks holes in your pool screen, or dents the metal or lead boots on your roof.
DEGRANULATION - But, just as significant for the integrity of the roof is hail damage that can only be seen close up. Often when hail hits a roof it causes what is known as “degranulation” of the shingles. Degranulation can only be seen on close inspection by someone who knows what they are looking for. When hail causes degranulation, the integrity of the shingle is compromised, and the serviceable life of the shingle is significantly shortened. This warrants roof replacement under your homeowners insurance policy.
Guide For Hail Damage of a Roof
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If you are a homeowner that has recently been through a hailstorm and would like to inspect it for hail damage, the following quick guide will give you a basic understanding of what to look for.
Inspect your roof promptly after a storm: Any storm or wind alone can damage a roof, so the sooner you inspect the roof after a storm, the better you can avoid leak damage inside the home. If an insurance claim for roof damage is warranted, you'll be able to provide better data to support your claim.
Inspect your roof gutters and the ground: before and after a storm. If the gutters were clean and after the storm they are loaded with mineral granules you have strong evidence of roof wear and damage due to the hail storm.
Free Inspection: If you spot a potential issue during your annual checkup or suspect any sort of wind or hail damage after a severe storm, you may always contact Curb Appeal Roofing Construction for a free roof inspection. Just call us at 405.601.9222.
Our trained representative can discover if there is hidden damage. We can distinguish between hail damage from natural wear and hail damage from a storm. We'll also educate you on your findings. And, we'll make recommendations as to whether a repair is needed and/or call to the insurance company is necessary. Read on for more useful tips and information!
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Size of Hail and Examples of Damage
If you were around during the hailstorm and have an idea of the size of hail that fell, it will give you a basis for what kind of roof hail damage to expect. Here's some examples of damage resulting from different sizes of hail.
Less Than 1 Inch: When smaller than an inch (or about the size of a quarter) hail can inflict damage to asphalt roofing. Most often though, this damage can be more difficult to identify. You may require the assistance of a trained roofing inspector to accurately identify any hail damage.
1 Inch – 2 Inch: If the hail size is between 1 and 2 inches (or between quarter and the size of an egg) hail damage should be more easily seen on the asphalt shingles themselves, as well as any soft metal on the roof.
Greater Than 2 Inches: If any of the hail is greater than 2 inches, it will almost guarantee some level of hail damage to an asphalt roof. If this has happened to your property, contact your preferred roofing or construction contractor for a full assessment of damages. Notify your insurance company.
Hail Damage to An Asphalt Roof
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When searching for the hail damage to an asphalt roof, look at the following susceptible areas first:
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Soft Metal: First, search for damage to any soft metal on the roof. Check roof vents, skylights, flashing, metal valleys, gutters and any other soft metal on the roof. Soft metal damage will not only show signs of hail, but also indicate the size of the hail that damaged the roof.
Ridges: The very peak of a ridge (or ridge cap) will take a hail hit directly, as opposed to the glancing blows on the main pitched roof slopes. Also - due to their location, ridges are more susceptible to damaging hail hits, regardless of the direction from which the hailstorm came.
It's a good idea to inspect your roof at least annually. We recommend you do it before and after the severe weather seasons in Oklahoma. In this way, you can find and fix damage before it becomes a more costly leak.
You can call Curb Appeal Roofing Construction to help you inspect your roof. Remember, we offer free roof inspections. 405.601.9222]]>