Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Conical Roof Repair, Replacement, and Precautions

Conical roofs, sometimes called a witch’s hat, cone roof, turret roof, dome roof, spires or vaults are often used to cover residential and tower shape structures.  The most common conical roofs found on Texas homes are made from a series of tapered flat roofs, creating a series of hips forming an inverted cone shape.  Another common conical roof design features stacked rows of slate. As seen on luxury homes. They are frequently found on top of towers in medieval town fortifications, castles, and Victorian houses.  The architectural design of the conical roof really enhances the exterior elevation and adds value to luxury homes.

Here you see several conical roof repaired or replaced by PERTEX roofing, on luxury homes in north Texas.  One undeniable element of the conical roof is many of them have a very steep slope.  This obviously increase the odds of danger for any roofing company.  Therefore it is imperative that you find a roofing company that has experience repairing or replacing conical roofs.  Conical roofs are especially difficult to roof for several reasons, but particularly due to the "cone shaped" structure.

Conical Roof Repair, Replacement, and Precautions
  • Take additional steps to prevent water entry at the seams on conical roofs
  • Replace all of the curved step and counter flashings to match the radius of round wall
Taking these conical roof repair precautions allows homeowners to continue with their lifestyle indoors without any concerns of water infiltration from the outside.  May rainfall totals of 15 to 20 inches are widespread across Texas. According to the office of the Texas state climatologist, the month of May is now the wettest on record for Texas, having received an average of 8.81 inches statewide and a yearly average 45.50″ in Texas according to TEXAS A&M AGRILIFE 1968 - 2016

Texas A&M AgriLife Yearly Average Rain Totals Chart

When considering what roof design to install, weigh aesthetics against cost. Roofing materials come in varying grades and corresponding prices. Look at the full product range and make a choice based on a realistic budget and needs. Some homeowners have spent $30K for real slate or wood shakes—or get a similar roof style for much less. Contact PERTEX Roofing for more types of roofing to consider.

If your home is located in Texas, you don’t need to look any further, just call (214) 734-6270 or send email to service@pertexroofing.com

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Monday, May 23, 2016

EF1 Tornado Roof Shingle

Protect your home with a wind resistant roof shingle by Atlas – built with HP Technology which has 2 lines of FASTAC® sealant that ensure they can withstand very high winds. With twice the actual adhesion capability of standard shingles, these shingles adhere faster. Atlas wind resistant shingles are built with HP Technology so they can stand up to Nature’s worst weather and are warranted up to 130 mph or an EF1 tornado wind speed. This is well beyond the highest current wind levels required by most building codes.

Source: Wind Resistant Shingles 

Tornado Alley

If you home or business is located in north Texas, there's a good chance it's located in Tornado Alley.  This is the massive area of the United States that stretches from South Dakota, through Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma into north Texas where tornadoes are most frequent.  Despite the elevated frequency of destructive tornadoes, building codes, such as requiring strengthened roofs and more secure connections between the building and its foundation, are not necessarily stricter compared to other areas of the U.S.  Therefore, it's even more important that homeowners and business owners prepare their roof for high winds.

Enhanced Fujita scale (EF-Scale)

The Enhanced Fujita scale (EF-Scale) rates the strength of tornadoes in the United States based on the damage they cause.  Introduced in 1971 by Tetsuya Theodore Fujita (Mr. Tornado), it began operational use in the United States on February 1, 2007 - a damage scale and only a proxy for actual wind speeds - differentiates tornado intensity and links tornado damage with wind speed. Fujita was a pioneer in the development of tornado overflight and damage survey techniques, which he used to study and map[3] the paths of the two tornadoes that hit Lubbock, Texas on May 11, 1970

The dry line is an important factor in severe weather (the potential to cause damage, serious social disruption, or loss of human life) frequency in the Great Plains of North America. Types of severe weather vary, however there are forms and effects of severe weather such as high winds, hail,  thunderstorms, downbursts, lightning, tornadoes, and more.

PERTEX will do more than repair or re-roof your home or business. We will educate you through the entire process from start-to-finish.

Insurance policies state that they pay for Accidental Direct Physical Loss due to a covered loss (ADPL) which means everything damaged – full scope of work – project requirements, milestones, deliverables, end products, documents and reports that are expected) by the high winds and hail, not just your roof. PERTEX will coach and help you navigate the claims process and maximize your insurance proceeds for the premiums you pay, complete with a 2 year limited warranty.

Hail and tornado season hits Texas every year, causing over $1 billion in damages to roofs. Save yourself hundreds of dollars by making sure you understand your coverage and taking time to have your roof inspected today.  Call (214) 734-6270 for better roofing solutions.

Friday, April 29, 2016

How Insurance Agents Retain Loyal Customers

How do you retain long term loyal customers?  

Customer Service is the main pillar of strength in the business of insurance. Good relationships with your customers can help you reach any level of success, which is why customer relationship management or CRM has been given the utmost importance in every business, be it an insurance company or a call center. If you are an insurance agent, you should understand this thoroughly, because long-term relationships with your customers is the only thing that will earn you your commission and help you be in business for a long time.  
Source: Insurance Agents Can Build Long-term Customer Relationships

We coach and help homeowners navigate the entire claims process. 

We also simplify the claims process by providing accuracy and quality work.  PERTEX commercial and residential roofing programs enable us to be highly proficient at accurately assessing hail and high wind damage, then provide better roofing solutions for all types of roof systems – maximizing the proceeds for the premiums you pay. 

PERTEX provides all types of roofing solutions; shingled roof, slate / clay tile roof, built-up roof, polymer-modified bitumen roof, thermoplastic single-ply (PVC/TPO) roof, thermoset plastic shingle-ply (EPDM, CSPE, PIB) roof, silicone coated roof, SPF roof, metal roof, vegetated (green roof), low-slope / steep-slope roof, asbestos roof.  It's our goal to return your property to pre-loss condition or better.

Building alliances that help people...

It's because of the alliances we create by being enthusiastic about helping insurance agents and their clients get back to normal.  It's our commitment to strategic planning, accuracy, client education, and workmanship that keeps our phone ringing.  Call 214-734-6270 for more information.

Better roofing solutions is what your customers deserve.  PERTEX roofing is a credible and stable business with Rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, fully insured roofing company based and serving customers from Dallas to San Antonio, and we offer a free roof inspection.  Visit pertexroofing.com or follow us on Twitter @pertexroofing and Like us on Facebook


Cost-effective Roof Restorations
Restoration is almost always more cost-effective than roof tear-off and replacement. Ask PERTEX roofing experts if a roof can be repaired or replaced.

Accurate Roof Measurements
The roofing industry has come a long way since the first homebuilder's who used the materials (grass, slate, tile) they had available.

Texas Hail & High Wind Season
Most hail storms are made up of a mix of sizes, and only the very largest hail stones pose serious risk to people caught in the open.

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Why did my roof change color?

What happen to my beautiful roof?
If you live in Texas, you know that the clouds dumped a lot of rain that caused major problems statewide.  What you may not know is the annual precipitation in Texas last year reached 80 inches or nearly 7 feet of rain, or in layman terms, as tall as a king size mattress.  Folks, this is more than a lot of rain, this is rain that has the potential to ruin your roof.  Combine last years extreme rain with hail and high winds - you better make sure you have the best protection on top of your home and better roofing solutions.

Why did my roof change color?
There’s no argument that over time and early in the life cycle of your roof, it can slowly but surely start to transform.  You might see ugly black streaks caused by algae (Gloeocapsa Magma) that grows from a dot to a spot to a streak.  Older algae decompose and hold moisture, which enables the entire colony to grow even more rapidly. Homeowners often say that they noticed a spot, and in a matter of months, half the roof shingles were covered. Increased moisture levels lead to the growth of lichen, mold and even moss - hiding a beautifully designed roof color if the problem is not inspected and repaired by a professional roofer.

Image by Jonathan Zander (Digon3)

What can I do to keep my roof looking pretty?
Lets face it, all roofing shingles are not the same.  Some shingle manufacturers add only a 3 to 5 percent blend of copper granules.  Copper?  Yes, the amount of copper granules used per shingle varies from one manufacturer to another.  This means only very light coverage on the shingles, which cannot help prevent algae from growing and black streaks from forming in the gaps.  You may have learned back in high school that the liver, muscle and bone are the main areas where copper is found in humans.  But when it comes to building materials, copper is used as a conductor of heat, electricity, and a defense against algae.

Unlike other algae resistant shingles, Atlas shingles featuring Scotchgard™ Protector have a minimum 10 percent blend of copper granules distributed across every shingle. Independent third party testing verifies this process — just one of the many requirements that make Atlas shingles worthy of the Scotchgard™ name.  Moreover, to ensure a roof remains algae-free from top to bottom, the copper granules are uniformly distributed across accessory shingles, including the hip & ridge shingles. This leaves no gaps in coverage and less of an opportunity for black streaks to grow.  Simply stated, Scotchgard™ Protector is built in so that the color you choose is the color you keep.

Who can fix problems with my roof?
PERTEX believes that a home is one of your most important possessions. We make every effort to make it appear its best - making sure it lasts you for many years to come. PERTEX Roofing simply does the homework others will not do - maximize your insurance proceeds for the premiums you pay.

We realize that in order to be successful in this competitive business it is important to build a positive relationship with our clients. As premier Dallas roofers we are known for delivering superb workmanship and outstanding customer service.

If you believe your roof was damaged, send email to inspection@pertexroofing.com now, before decay and leaks take over.

We will conduct a full inspection on your roof for free! (A $500 Value). We will identify all issues associated with the repair or replacing the roof on your home or building. It is our primary goal to return your property to pre-loss condition or better. Over time (months, not years), damage to the granules on your shingles and you roof directly to the elements, resulting in decay and leaks to your roof.

Contact PERTEX Roofing as soon as possible.  Call 214-734-6270 to learn about our free roof inspection.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Replace Chimney Flashing

You owe yourself a visual roof inspection which allows you to identify missing, curled, cracked, or torn and damaged shingles, raised nails, penetrations and accumulated debris before more extensive damage requires a full roof replacement.

One of the most vulnerable areas and most common roof system problems involves chimney flashing. A saddle flashing (cricket) can be beneficial to wide chimneys to prevent standing water and leaves from collecting between the roof and the chimney, dormer windows or skylights.

Flashings seal the roof system edges, perimeters, penetrations, walls, valleys, drains and any other area where the actual roof covering is interrupted or terminated (any lapse in the roof system where water, insects, or debris may enter). If not properly sealed, oxidization and loose or deteriorating flashings could lead to roof leaks.

Two key things to remember this spring and again in the fall months:

“Chimney flashing is especially prone to tearing as the chimney
settles independently from the house.”  
- Edward Perez, Hail and High Wind Roofing Specialist

“Flashings can be easily repaired or replaced by PERTEX Roofing, but we offer our customers ‘better roofing solutions’ by adding an additional ice and water barrier.”
- Edward Perez, Hail and High Wind Roofing Specialist

If you suspect that your roof is damaged, here is a basic list of what to look for:
  • Leaning Chimney
  • Loose or missing flashing
  • Damaged bricks, cap or cracked joints
It’s of vital importance that you contact us immediately to replace missing or torn shingles: The best roof systems are most effective when you have complete protection from the outdoor elements. If shingles are missing or torn off, a roof structure or building interior are vulnerable to water damage and ultimately rot. There is a greater problem lurking and is likely to spread like a virus from shingle-to-shingle. They become fragile and are ripped easily or blown away by high wind. To repair your leaking chimney or replace your missing or torn shingles, contact PERTEX Roofing as soon as possible.  Call 214-734-6270 to learn about our free roof inspection.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Common Roof System Problem Areas

Do you want to protect your family from danger?  That's a pretty simple question nearly anyone can answer correctly.  

The tougher question is, how do you know your roof is strong enough to protect your family?  Some people think it's the amount of money you spend, or maybe the materials you use, while others insist that it's the quality of the craftsmanship.  The truth is, it's a combination of all three that makes a better roof – one that keeps your family protected against tormenting weather.

Better Roof Protocol

Although a roof system can suffer a multitude of issues, there are common roof problems a roof is susceptible to. These common roof issues are also reasonably easy to identify and repair on your own, however we strongly suggest that you contact a professional roofing contractor to help you determine the integrity of your roof.

Common Roof System Problem Areas

  • Rotted, Corroded or Damage Fascia – Fancy is the word architects use to describe the finishing trim running horizontally where the gutter attaches to the roof – the front board along your roof line that serves as a protective layer between the edge of the roof and the elements of the outdoors.  In simpler terms, it keeps the weather outside.  Moisture is the number one cause of problems with your fascia. 
  • Cracked, Punctured or Rotting Soffit – The exposed surface under the overhanging section of the roof eave –finished surface beneath the fascia is known as the soffit.  A vented soffit has tiny holes allow air to circulate – cycling to the vents and draw heat and moisture away from the structure – helping to ventilate the attic, regulate the temperature in your attic and the rest of your home so your family has a comfortable place to live.
  • Oxidization, Loose or Deteriorating Flashings – Flashings seal the roof system edges, perimeters, penetrations, walls, valleys, drains and any other area where the actual roof covering is interrupted or terminated. The primary function of flashing is to help seal any lapse in the roof system where water, insects, or debris may enter – the primary areas for leak if not checked regularly.  Although most slashing are aluminum or galvanized steel, there are also 100% polyester flashings that create watertight gutters, parapet walls and caps – build strength in drains, scuppers, penetrations, and transitions for all types of roof restoration systems.  The most common areas for flashing are in the valleys, around the chimney and even around dormer windows or skylights.
  • Backed up, Sagging, Leaks or Holes in Gutters and Downspouts – Gutters keep water away from the foundation of your home or building and protect its structural integrity. Highly susceptible to buildup of debris which cause mold and mildew under your roof.  When gutters and downspouts are backed up with debris they become useless. The heavy weight of leaves, twigs and standing water can cause gutters to sag and pull away from the fascia. When they start sagging, this is usually a problem with the hangers (hardware that secures the gutters to the fascia). They may deteriorate over time or installed too far apart to support the full weight of the gutters.
  • Missing, Broken or Curling Shingles – Shingles provide a great barrier of protection but they are often develop algae streaks and curling. When roofing shingles are missing or broken they can expose the underlayment and underlying wood subject to rotting, penetrations, interior leaks and other damage. If you see buckling shingles, this means they were not adequately ventilated during installation.  Discoloration is an indication of a leaking roof that often start out as a small spot that ultimately grows into a gaping hole in the ceiling and onto you heads. If you have missing shingles, standing water, excessive snow, or ice dams on your exposed roof, this is the stairway to rotted roof and exposing your  family and friends to unnecessary risk.

Free Roof Inspection
If you believe your roof was damaged, contact PERTEX now, before decay and leaks take over.  We will conduct a full inspection on your roof for free! (A $500 Value). We will identify all issues associated with the repair or replacing the roof on your home or building. It is our primary goal to return your property to pre-loss condition or better. Over time (months, not years), damage to the granules on your shingles and you roof directly to the elements, resulting in decay and leaks to your roof.

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