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Hidden Dangers of Wind Damage

Wind Damage

Though Obvious in Itself, Debris Can Also Leave Behind Hidden Damage.

After a major storm, damages from hail or excessive rainfall can appear obvious. Hail leaves clear indentations and darkened marks on a roof, while heavy rainfall can lead to leaks and flooding. Wind damage, however, can be harder to spot. This hidden nature of some wind damage makes it even more insidious, as homeowners may not contract the right repairs. This provides a primary reason for the importance of professional inspection. An expert who reviews your roof may identify any of the following.

Debris

Debris represents a major danger to your roof. Many homeowners think that the simple removal of fallen limbs and other debris alleviates the harm. In reality, the debris may have already rendered damage that needs immediate repair.

Cracked Shingles

Most people pay attention to missing shingles as a sign for repair. Aside from the removal of shingles, wind can bend and crack them to leave your roof vulnerable to water. Any spot where a shingle has become bent becomes a threat for further damage. Because of this, bent and cracked shingles warrant the same response as those outright missing.

Unsealed Shingles

Strong winds that get beneath shingles can also unseal them. This creates the same effect as cracked or missing shingles, as it provides a point of entry for water. This type of damage becomes difficult to spot, however, and generally requires a professional inspection to identify.

If you worry that your roof has sustained unapparent or hidden wind damage in San Antonio, TX, give Great Built Roofing and Construction a call today at __PHONE__. We perform fast, thorough repairs at a reasonable cost to preserve and maintain your roof.

Why You Should Upgrade Your Home’s Exterior Siding

Why You Should Upgrade Your Home's Exterior Siding

Reasons to Upgrade Your Home’s Exterior Siding.

The exterior walls of our homes are what give us the most protection from outside elements and severe weather. Because of this, we need siding that can give us the most protection and comfort. It might not seem like a big deal, but siding can improve many aspects of your home. From curb appeal to better energy savings, siding upgrades are pretty essential. Below are reasons why you should upgrade your home’s exterior siding.

Enhance Your Curb Appeal

Beautiful siding can take your home to the next level in regards to curb value. With new and improved siding, you will have a house that looks amazing, as well as improve the value of the home.

Better Protection

One of the biggest reasons to upgrade your home’s exterior siding is to get better protection. With exterior walls that don’t have great insulation or are cracked, you are looking at expensive energy costs and the potential for weather to damage your home.

Less Maintenance

With wood exterior walls, you have to either repaint or replace areas of the wood. With siding, you never have to repaint or even maintain the wall. No need to worry about rot, mold, warping, or other issues that you have to handle with other exterior wall materials.

More Affordable

As if siding wasn’t beneficial enough, homeowners who upgrade to siding will get a more cost-effective material. Siding is affordable, which is always good in our book.

If you need siding installation or replacement in San Antonio, TX, call Great Built Construction today at (210) 663-0464.

4 Signs You Need New Gutters for Your Roof

4 Signs You Need New Gutters for Your Roof

4 Signs You Need New Gutters for Your Roof.

Our gutters are important for the condition of our roof. They ensure water runs off our roof and doesn’t damage important components of our roofing. So in order to keep our roof in tiptop shape, we need to know when new gutters are needed. Below are four signs you need new gutters for your roof.

Water Leaks and Damage

Are you seeing water damage on your exterior wall or even seeing leaks in lower level rooms like basements? This can be a sign you need new gutters, due to water leaking from the gutter.

Pooling Water Around Foundation

One of the main functions of the gutter is to ensure it doesn’t run over your home’s foundation. If you notice that there is pooling water around your foundation or even mildew, that can be a cause for concern.

Cracks in the Gutters

This is a pretty obvious one, but a sign that isn’t taken seriously. These cracks will continue to get bigger and make it more difficult for the gutters to move water away from you roof, roof components, and foundation.

Gutters Are Pulling Away from the House

The gutters should be securely attached to the roof edge. When they pull away or even sag, this is due to them being full of water, causing them to pull away because there is too much weight. This can happen if the gutters haven’t been cleaned and there are clogs.

If you need gutter installation in San Antonio, TX, please call Great Built Construction today at (210) 663-0464

10 Things to Know about Siding

Great Built Construction offers siding installation in San Antonio, TX. While many other home improvements are talked about on television and media sources, siding is one element that often gets overlooked. It is unfortunate too because siding serves as the first line of defense against severe hail and thunderstorms. In San Antonio, debris from strong winds or tornado activity can actually slam into the side of your home  Homeowners should educate themselves about the advantages of strong material and proper installation. Here are 10 things to know about siding:

  1. Great Built Construction uses durable siding material that adds energy efficiency
  2. Hardie boards are available in both painted and non-painted exteriors
  3. Hardie board materials have a 50 year warranty
  4. Moisture caps are generally installed to prevent rotting
  5. Our siding installation meets the R4 ranking
  6. Proper installation prepares the material for winds over 100 MPH
  7. Siding should only be washed with power washers
  8. Vinyl Siding is the most popular siding option in the United States
  9. Vinyl siding protects against hot Texas summers
  10. Winter is usually the best season to find siding installation deals

Siding is the first thing people see when they look at your home. Though it is not as popular as other home amenities that you see on channels like HGTV, it does add significant value to your home if properly installed. At Great Built Instruction, we offer siding installation to homeowners in San Antonio, TX. If you would like to discuss things to know about siding, you can give us a call right now at (210) 663-0464

 

4 Signs Of Chimney Damage

Having a fireplace is great. But having one that functions optimally requires a working chimney. In fact, a working chimney is not just a luxury, its a safety measure for you and your family. If you think you might be having issues with your chimney, here are 4 things to look for:

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Crown Cracks

Crown cracks can be difficult to spot because they require getting up to your roof. But if you do notice moisture, the cause might be a cracked chimney crown. The crown generally prevents harsh weather conditions from infiltrating your chimney. So if it’s broken, that defense mechanism is rendered useless, leaving your home vulnerable.

Mortar Joint Damage

Like crown cracks, mortar joint damage requires a close inspection. Contact us today if you need your chimney inspected. If your mortar is damaged, it could be a dangerous situation. The masonry will be exposed to moisture, and your entire chimney is in danger of collapsing.

Rotting Wallpaper

If the wallpaper near your chimney looks rotted and damaged, it is probably the result of excess moisture. Moisture is one of the primary symptoms of chimney damage. Look for patterns of moisture in areas near or connected to your chimney.

Rusted Firebox

Rust is also caused from moisture. As you now know, moisture is a bad sign near your fireplace. If you notice rust on the firebox or damper, it may be a sign of chimney damage. Make sure you call a professional today to inspect your chimney.

For any questions or concerns about your chimney, call Great Built Construction today at (210) 663-0464! We offer chimney repair in San Antonio, TX!

 

FAQs: Answers to Your Roofing Questions

For roof repair or replacement contact Great Built Construction today!

 

What should I be looking for in a Roofing Company?

Replacing your roof is a pretty significant investment, so it would be in your best interest to choose the right contractor. Trust and communication with your roofing contractor is critical as well as making sure that will leave your home free of debris when they are finished. Three things that would be important to look for are: clear communication, whether or not they own an equipter, what the company reviews are like. Overall you will want to make sure that it is a reputable company that you can trust.

What is the lifespan of my roof?

There are several factors that contribute to the lifespan of your roof. The biggest factor is probably the sun and how regularly to attend to your roof’s maintenance.Depending on your climate,  asphalt could last up to 30 years and is a very common roofing material. Metal roofing requires a little bit more maintenance, but could last up to 80 years. It’s also on the rise because of it’s energy efficiency.

How do I know when is the right time to replace my roofing shingles?

There are several indicators that your shingles need replacement. The biggest thing to consider is the age. Most shingles last between 10 and 15 years, but can last up to 30 years. Also notice if any are curled, if there is any granule loss, or if any have blown off. Any of these factors call for new shingles.

If my roof is leaking, will I have to replace the whole roof?

Replacing the whole roof is not usually necessary. If a roof leak is caused by loose flashing or a section of your roof system is damaged then it would only need a repair .However,  If it’s a complete roof failure and the damage is unsalvageable, then the entire roof may need replacement.

Does my old roof need to be torn off before I get a new roof?fe from your new roof, you may want to have the old roof removed before putting a new one in. However, some communities actually limit how many times a new roof can be installed over an old one. Check local building codes in your area to make sure.

How do I know if I need a new roof?

Some obvious indicators of needing a new roof are leaks in the attic, blistering or peeling in interior and exterior paint, stains on ceilings or walls, mold or mildew growth, missing or curled shingles.  exterior decay, dingy areas on your roof, and increased energy costs. Getting your roof inspected by a qualified professional is also a good way to go.

For more information on roof repair and replacement in San Antonio, TX contact Great Built Construction at (210) 663-0464.

Signs of Storm Damage on Your Roof

Storm season is already beginning to come through Texas with severe thunderstorms and high winds. During this time, it is important to make sure your roof is in good condition to prevent leaks and other problems from developing. Of course, it is best to inspect your roof thoroughly as soon as it is safe to do so after a storm. Call a professional, or watch for these common signs of storm damage on your roof.

Debris on your Roof

Storm Damaged Home

Hail, High Winds, and Rain can Lead to Severe Problems on Your Roof, so Inspect it Carefully after a Storm

The first step is to check for any major problems with your roof. From the ground, you can often see if there is any potentially damaging debris on your roof. This may include fallen tree limbs, broken chimney pieces, and more. If you spot any of these problems, take a closer look to carefully check your roof for dents, holes, torn shingles, and other issues. Carefully remove the debris if possible, or call a professional service if the damage is severe.

Missing, Lifted or Peeling Shingles

Another one of the most common signs of storm damage on your roof is damaged or missing shingles. In high winds, individual shingles or patches of them can blow off, particularly if your roof is old or damaged already. You may also lose some tiles from your tile roof during such a storm. You will need to call a professional roofer for storm damage repair in this case.

Dents, Bald Spots, and Granules

Hail is not uncommon is heavy storms, and it can leave your roof littered with damage. Even minor hail damage can lead to problems because it can dent your roof and knock loose the asphalt granules on your shingles, leaving behind dark and shiny/bald spots. If you see these granules piling up in your gutter, you should call a roofer for a professional inspection.

If you notice these signs of storm damage on your roof in San Antonio, TX, call Great Built Construction at (210) 663-0464 for fast roof repairs!

Tips for Gutter Maintenance

Keeping your gutters clean is an important part in maintaining your home, especially if you have large trees near your home. However, all gutters, no matter where you live, require some repair from time to time. Here are some tips for gutter maintenance.

Keep Them Clean

tips for gutter maintenanceIn the fall and winter months, it is important to keep your gutters clean from debris such as fallen leaves, acorns, twigs, and the like. Climb up on a ladder with a bucket and some gloves and clean away any debris on your roof or in your gutters. Not only can these materials clog up your gutters and lead to drainage problems, they can hold moisture against your roof and gutters. This can lead to mold, leaks, and rust (if you have galvanized steel gutters).

Know Your Gutters

Different types of gutters age at different rates and sometimes require different maintenance. Vinyl gutters, for example, will fade over time but do not rust, while steel gutters will rust but last much longer. If you don’t know, find out what kind of gutters you have and keep its unique properties in mind.

Watch for Damage

Does it look like your gutters are sagging? Are they dented from hail stones? While some repairs can be done yourself, you might need a professional roofer for serious problems. If the section of your roof where the gutter is attached is rotten, you will need more extensive repair.

Use these tips for gutter maintenance any time you inspect your home and roof system. If you need gutter repair or replacement, call Great Built Roofing & Construction, Inc. at (210) 663-0464 for gutter repair in San Antonio, TX!

Help! My Roof Has a Leak!

Photo of leakWhen your roof has a leak, your first instinct may be to panic. After all, by the time it becomes apparent in a home, you may have a damaged ceiling and furniture. How are you supposed to handle a leak? First, take a breath. We know this is a stressful situation, which is why we have compiled a guide on how to best handle roof leaks in your home. 

How To Handle A Roof Leak

Save Your Interior

First thing is first, save your furniture! Move everything away from the leaking ceiling to reduce the damage that could be caused. Get a bucket to catch the water until the roof can be repaired or patched.

Find The Leak

When you look for a leak, do so in the day time for best visibility. Start in your attic and see if there is a visible leak. This will make finding the origin easier as you can just trace it back to the source. If not, inspect the insulation for moisture. A quick tip: if finding the leak’s source is difficult, have someone pour water on the roof’s exterior to create leaks simulations. 

Temporary Fixes

You have many options for temporary fixes for leaks. From roof patches to caulking, you can temporarily stop the flow of water and the damage to your home. Remember, however, that these fixes are temporary and will need to be taken care of sooner rather than later.

Call Your Local Roofing Contractors

Once you get a moment, call and schedule a roofing repair appointment with your local roofing contractors. Tell them the source of the leaks and any methods you have used to temporarily fix it. This way they can come prepared and offer you an estimate.

Need roof repair for your home in San Antonio, TX? Call Great Built Construction today at (210) 663-0464. 

Now Offering Commercial Roofing Services

If you need professional roofing services for your place of business, you’ve come to the right place. Great Built Roofing & Construction, Inc. has over 35 years of experience in roofing and construction so you can count on our team to build you a high-quality, dependable roofing system.

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Not sure which roofing material is right for you? No problem! We offer free inspections and estimates so we can get an idea of the building structure and type of business to recommend a roof best suited to your unique needs. We offer plenty of options to ensure you get exactly what you want out of your new roof:

Metal Roofing – sturdy, dependable, and long lasting, metal roofing is one of the most popular roofing materials used for roofing. If you want a highly weather resistant material that requires minimal maintenance, consider having metal installed.

Flat Roofing – there are many types of flat roofing options that is fully dependent on your budget and the qualities that concern you the most: Looking for an environment friendly material? TPO roofing is made from 100% recyclable materials and does not contain chemicals. A highly durable and budget friendly option is EPDM roofing. This rubber roofing is energy efficient and lasts over 30 years. For a low maintenance material that is both long lasting and weather resistant, consider Torch Down roofing.

Whether you need a new roof installed or have a weather damaged roof that needs repairs, Great Built can assist you with any type of commercial roofing project. For commercial roofing services in San Antonio, TX that you can count on, contact us at (210) 663-0464 today.