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Monday, June 20, 2011

Strong Winds Can Also Damage Your Roof

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Damage to your roof can not just occur during a thunderstorm but can also occur during wind storms.  If  you live in areas that are prone to wind storms homeowners often find themselves replacing roofs before their time. Reports show that with continuous high winds, straight line winds, and of course tornadoes can take a toll and break down roofs. The wind damage often starts with one loose shingle that blows off allowing wind to get under the surrounding shingles. Loosening those shingles and leading to more shingles lost in the next wind storm or thunderstorm which could eventually lead to leaks in your roof.  There are several terms that mean the same as straight line winds such as:  Convective wind gusts, outflow, and down bursts.   Straight line wind is wind that comes out of a thunderstorm.  If the winds exceed 58 miles per hour then the storm is classified as a Severe Storm by the National Weather Service. When the National Weather Service does a storm damage survey they distinguish between straight line winds and winds produced by a tornado by debris patterns. It is important to know that straight line wind intensity can be as powerful as tornado and your roof may have incurred damage from the storm like this.  Debris such as limbs from trees or flying debris that occurs during straight line winds can damage your roof.  Often with strong winds these storms can carry heavy rainfall and that can play against the natural flow of water on your roof.  As water blows beneath the shingles the inner of the roof becomes unprotected, making leaks common.  So coupled with wind and just a few lost shingles can suddenly become a waterfall of rain during a storm.  It is so important that homeowners look or have a professional like Midwest Roofing Services take a look at your roof to make sure damage was not incurred to prevent more damage to the home in the next storm.  Midwest Roofing Services has many options for Class 4 rated high impact shingles that  can help withstand high winds and hail. Class 4 shingles can qualify come homeowners for a discount with some insurance carriers.  Let the professionals at Midwest Roofing Services help you make the right decision against the weather in your area to determine what may be the best roof for your home.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Is Your Home Under Attack?

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Did you know that if your home does not have adequate ventilation then the heat and moisture can effect the longevity of your shingles on your home. If the Heat and moisture are not removed from your home by proper ventilation, serious damage can occur plus giving you higher utility bills.  Manufactures of roofing, paint, insulation, windows and other building products agree that proper working ventilation system is necessary to make their products work properly. Heat and moisture damage can rob years of useful life from your roof over your head without proper ventilation.  Proper ventilation is a simple process of carrying a continuos supply of air through the attic space. 50% intake and 50% exhaust. Exhaust must be 3 feet higher than the intake system. Intake should be under the eave of your roof. and exhaust should be near or at the peak of the roof. Midwest Roofing Services knows that less than 10% percent of exisitng homes are properly ventilated and the lack of non ventilation is not due to cost but most often due to lack of knowledge.  Midwest Roofing Services knows the benefits to adequate ventilation and offers a wide variety of options. with ventilation it is necessary to get the correct amount of vents for the size of your home.  Midwest Roofing Services is able to advise a lot of the options and correct amount each customer may need for their home. Here is a list of options available to get the maximum advantage of the natural movement of heat and air in your home. Gable Louver, Roof Louver, Under Eave Vent, Foundation Louver, Ridgeline Vent, and Gable Louver. So let us here at Midwest Roofing Service help you keep your home from being under attack and check into if your home is adequately ventilated before installing a new roof.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Hail Storm and Your Roof

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WOW ! After a stormy night like June 9, 2011.  Haven and Goddard Kansas were said to have hail stones the size of baseballs! Storm coverage  reported that there was  a deluge of rain coming down in sheets that blanketed the cities of Wichita, Maize, Goddard and Valley Center.  With rain and wind like that, it is important to take a look at the damage that may have been done during this storm.  I live around Goddard and with the hail and intense wind we received that lasted well over a hour. I was even worried about  my roof and of course, my wife was crying over her garden and flowers.  The whines from my wife had me wondering about how at least the roof is covered under our home owners insurance. I cannot even begin to replace all of her hard work in the garden and the money lost in flowers .  

If you received a pummeling of hail or straight line winds from this intense storm last night, be sure to check with your homeowners insurance and have your roof checked out by a professional like Midwest Roofing Services. Your roof is inevitably the most important structure of your home It protects you and all your belongings from mother natures wrath. Your Roof needs to stay in tip top shape for the next round of crazy storms that may blow into Kansas. So if you witnessed the intense storm of last night June 9, 2011 than your roof may need some special attention and we here at Midwest Roofing Services have service writers ready to climb your roof and honestly let you know if you may need any repair. So give us a call here at Midwest Roofing Services and let us help you keep your roof in the best shape it can be for any of Mother Natures next  future storms.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Lights! Camera! Action!

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Lights! Camera! Action! Midwest Roofing Services, your Wichita roofing company, began video production for the website in the last several weeks with Intake Studios. Using a man lift and climbing on the roof with the crew to video.  Todd with Intake Studios was able to give a new perspective to the roofing process by climbing on the roof and video recording a hands on view from the roofing crews perspective.  The video shows the roofing process from beginning to finish starting with the removal of the old shake shingles and the process of putting on new Camelot Premium Designer Shingles.   Camelot Premium Shingles are one of several top of the line shingles Midwest Roofing Services has to offer.  Camelot Shingles offer a  beautiful affordable luxurious look at only a fraction of the cost as expensive slate or wood shake. The unique design of Camelot Singles and the striking blends of colors helps to create a wonderful curb appeal.  With a beautiful product like the Camelot Shingle Midwest Roofing Services knew that this product would be great for the production of their video.  Midwest Roofing Services is excited and happy about how Intake Studios has worked with us on the first phase of production. The second phase of video production is still in the works and will have to do with Midwest Roofing Services happy customer testimonials and how our office takes the jobs from first phone calls to beginning of production on a customers roof.  So keep checking the blogs here at Midwest for  Lights! Camera! Action! Part II.

  • Credentials: Midwest Roofing Services has partnered with the top manufacturers in the industry. Midwest Roofing has been awarded the prestigious certification of Master Select by the largest roofing manufacturer in North America, “GAF Materials Corp.”. This certification is reserved for the Top 2% of the roofing contractors nation wide. Midwest Roofing is also certified applicators for the following manufacturers. Versico Roofing Systems, Certainteed Commercial Roofing and Topps Products, Inc. This partnership allows us to provide the following types of roofing applications with extended manufacturers warrantees. Thermoplastic (PVC and TPO), Thermoplastic Fleece Back, Epdm, Modified Bitumen, Built up Roofing, Roof Coatings, Metal Roof Restorations.

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