Isn’t it hard to believe that it’s already March? The year is going by so quickly! And, for many areas of the country, it’s been a difficult year weather-wise. While we may dream of sunny and warm spring days, the reality is cold, windy, snowy, and icy for many of us. But, spring will eventually arrive and, when it does, many homeowners will find that the unusually severe winter has taken an abusive toll on their home’s roof.
Spend part of a March day looking at your roof
So, what are the signs that your roof may need to be replaced? Look for missing or badly curled shingles, flashings that have been pushed out of place by ice, granules that have been drug off by snow, and sealants that have cracked or broken loose in the cold. All of these things will indicate the need for maintenance and possibly even replacement of your roof. And, if you’ve experienced ice dams this winter, you will likely find that your roof is far more prone to leaks in the future.
If you think your roof may need professional inspection, you can always contact us at 314-596-0596, or feel free to email your photos and questions to us at [email protected]
In the meantime, we have to make it through the month of March! To help you with that, here are a few things you might consider.
Days to celebrate in March
March is a great month for eating. “Peanut Butter Lovers Day” was on March 1 followed by “National Frozen Foods Day” on the March 6, “Popcorn Lovers Day” on March 13, and “National Potato Chip Day” on the 14th. (You can add dip to your chips for “National Chip and Dip Day” just nine days later.) We can also celebrate apples with “Johnny Appleseed Day” on March 11.
Looking for something more substantial? Try “Poultry Day” on the 19th and you can accompany your chicken with “Waffle Day” on the 25th. Prefer something else to go with your waffles? Try “Pecan Day” also on March 25. Or, if you like your pecans in a different form and you’re mathematically inclined, there is always “National Pi Day” on 3-14. And, for a partially healthy snack, March 24 brings us “National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day.” On March 28, get creative and prepare yourself for this year’s county fair with “Something on a Stick Day.”
Hoping to take up a new hobby? “National Quilting Day” is on March 15. Or take up a healthy activity on March 30 with “National Take A Walk In The Park Day.”
Does this year’s weather have you on an emotional roller coaster? Here are a few days to consider: “Multiple Personality Day” on March 5. “Be Nasty Day” on the 8th. “Panic Day” is on the 9th (in case you’re worrying about who you were nasty to on the 8th). There is “Dumbstruck Day” on the 15th, “International Goof Off Day” on the 22nd, and March 30 brings us “I Am In Control Day”.
You can also celebrate “If Pets Had Thumbs Day” on the 3rd, “Plant A Flower Day” on the 12th, “Alien Abduction Day” on the 20th, and “Near Miss Day” on March 23. “National Joe Day” (especially exciting if your name actually is “Joe”) is on the 27th and, for the scientifically inclined, do not forget “Bunsen Burner Day” on March 31.
Regardless of where you find your fun this month, we hope that you had a great “I Want You To Be Happy Day” on March 3. We wish you the Luck of the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day but do beware the Ides of March.
So, should we add a “Metal Roofing Day” to March? As you finish out the winter, enjoy some good times, give us a call at 314-596-0596 or drop us a note at [email protected] if we can be of any service … and please ‘Like’ our Facebook page.
What a wonderful feeling! It’s almost Springtime here is St. Louis, MO and we hope it is where you are, too! It was a rough winter in much of North America. If you’re like us, you have plenty of outside projects and fun activities just waiting to happen. We’re hearing from most of our Project Managers that they are very busy and building considerable backlogs. So, if a new roof might be in your future for this year, we suggest acting sooner rather than later.
Our subject line promised something tasty. Last summer, in one of our most popular and forwarded e-newsletters ever, we shared a couple of great summer recipes. We figured we would start off this spring with a recipe as well that is as tasty as it is fun to prepare.
This recipe is good for four great tasting sandwiches but can be adjusted for a larger quantity.
Marinate 12 ounces of very thinly sliced pork tenderloin in the following for 15 minutes at room temperature:
1-1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1-1/2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons minced garlic
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
¾ teaspoon sesame oil
Meanwhile, combine the following and allow it to marinate:
2 tablespoons rice or white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon canola oil
¼ teaspoon sugar
1 cup shaved carrot
Next, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon canola oil followed by the marinated pork and its sauce. Cook 3 minutes or until done, stirring occasionally.
Place 4 whole wheat sandwich buns, separated, on a baking sheet, cut sides up. Place on top oven shelf and broil for one minute or until lightly toasted.
Create your wonderful sandwiches by placing pork followed by carrot mixture on each bun. The pork has a fair amount of heat from the red pepper but the cool carrot mixture balances it wonderfully. We would love to see photos of your tasty creation! Enjoy!
Please, enjoy the spring. And keep in mind that we are always here to answer your questions about roofing, siding & gutters . You can call us at 314-596-0596, email us at [email protected], or check out our website at www.wccroofing.com.
WCC ROOFING CO.
Oftentimes, we bring you information that is not necessarily related to roofing but will make your life and home more efficient, comfortable, and enjoyable. Because we have heard from so many of you that you are planning roofing projects in 2015, we want to talk about roofing. In particular, we want to discuss an enemy of roofing – hail.
With thousands of hail storms hitting the US every year, hail can be very damaging.
• Our warranty includes the paint finish to not be damaged by hail and the product to not leak due to hail damage. This is important because, after severe storms, you may wait weeks and even months for a contractor. Not having interior damages during that period is critical.
• Whereas other roofing materials soften or become brittle with age, making them more susceptible to hail damage, a metal roof is just as hail-resistant in 10, 20, 30, and 40 years as it is when it is new. This is absolutely not the case with most other roofing materials.
• The deep texturing of most of our metal roof designs helps to mask minor indentations which may occur during hailstorms. This is far different from what occurs with less textured metal roofs. We also offer high density foam backers as an option behind our panels to enhance their hail resistance.
So, here are a few statistics on hail
• Every year has its fair share of severe hail storms. They tend to be concentrated in the eastern two-thirds of the United States. Hail Reporter provides interesting statistics, maps, and graphs of storm activity in recent years.
• The largest hail event ever recorded in southern California was a storm with 2.75” diameter hail stones that occurred in Riverside County in September 1960.
• The largest recorded hail stone in the US fell in Vivian, SD in July 2010. It measured nearly 8” in diameter – about the size of a bowling ball. This individual stone weighed nearly two pounds.
• While we think of the worst storms as being in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas, the costliest hailstorm in US history occurred in St. Louis, Missouri in April 2001 with claims totaling over $2 billion while the second costliest was in St. Louis in April 2012 with losses estimated at $1.6 billion.
• The most expensive damages caused by hail tend to be roofs, sidewalls, gutters, and vehicles. Severe storms, though, can even crack concrete sidewalks and driveways. Depending upon the timing of the storm, crop damage can also be extensive.
2014 was a very active year for hail . While March through June are historically the worst months for hail, devastating storms can occur throughout the year and are the result of layered ice particles being formed by unstable air masses with strong updrafts.
While the effects of severe hail will be seen on any materials the hail impacts, your best protection is a roof that is not brittle, soft, or decaying as the result of years of exposure. If you think that a new roof could be good for your home, its beauty and its protection, please call us at 314-596-0596 or email us at [email protected]
We hope that this finds you well and enjoying a good winter. We’ve been very busy, and it looks like this will be yet another record-breaking year for the residential metal roofing industry. If you’re shopping for a metal roof, we have put together the following “Top Six” list of things to look for in your metal roof. Not all metal roofs offer these features, but we think you will agree they are very important.
- Kynar 500 or Hylar 5000 coatings.Available in many colors and even multi-hued shades, these coatings offer the best combination of durability and fade resistance. Additionally, many people choose metal roofs in order to avoid the streaking and staining that attacks granulated-surface shingles. Kynar 500 and Hylar 5000 finishes offer the best resistance to streaking and staining.
- “Self-Cleaning” Valleys.Although you may not often think about it, a lot of debris ends up on your roof. As things like tree leaves, pine needles, seed pods, ice, and snow travel down your roof, they end up in any valleys your roof may have. Many metal roofs have “closed” valley systems with hidden waterways to channel water off of the roof. These hidden waterways, however, will clog up with debris and then the water path is blocked and bad things (leaks!) happen. “Self-Cleaning” valleys carry the water and debris on top of the roof and can’t clog.
- Premium Certified Products. The Metal Construction Association has developed a Quality Certification Program which recognizes products and manufacturers that meet high levels of standards in terms of raw materials and processes. We strongly encourage products and manufacturers that are part of this program.
- Special Flashings.Many roofs have areas which require special care. With metal roofing, you can’t just depend upon sealants in those areas like is often done with temporary roofing materials. If your roof has dead valleys, skylights, chimneys, flared gables, or other unusual things, make sure that you understand exactly how these will be handled by your contractor.
- Warranties.Make sure you know exactly what warranties you will be receiving, and who they are from. You should receive warranties covering the installation workmanship, the product, and also the integrity of the raw materials that go into the product.
- Ventilation. We find that most homes can benefit from increased attic ventilation. Good ventilation will keep your home cooler in the summer, and also help avoid ice dams while making sure your insulation is dry and performing well in the winter. It can also help avoid rot and mold In your home. Re-roofing is the perfect time to address your home’s ventilation. Professional roofing contractors will be able to review this with you as well.
Finally, let us know how we can help you. Whether you’re considering a WCC Metal Roof or a roof from someone else, we are available to help you sort through all of the information and make the best choice for you and your home. Feel free to email your questions to us at [email protected] or give us a call at 314-596-0596. We have the industry’s finest when it comes to folks who know and understand metal roofing and we’re here to serve you.
Metal roofing on homes is rapidly gaining popularity. In fact, it’s one of the fastest growing segments of the home improvement industry. Many homeowners, though, are searching for something different than traditional metal roofing, so they end up investigating metal shingle roofing. “Are metal shingles right for my home?” is a frequent question we are asked.
Metal shingles come in a variety of styles. There are products that closely resemble asphalt shingles, wood shakes, wood shingles, slate, and even tile. What sets them apart, though, is that they come in a system of interlocking modular panels. The interlocks between panels hold them tight in high winds and also allow all of the fasteners for the roof to be concealed.
If you’re investigating metal shingle roofing, it’s important to keep in mind that not all metals shingles are the same. Whereas the interlocks between panels have purpose and value, some metal shingles only lock together on the top and bottom rather than on all fours sides. And some don’t even lock together top and bottom but instead have exposed fasteners driven into battens beneath the roof.
Most metal shingles feature Kynar 500 or Hylar 5000 coatings for durability and color retention. The distinctive looks of these products often makes them popular with homeowners associations and architectural review boards. Those entities will often pass up more agricultural or commercial looking metal roofs in favor of metal shingles which have a distinct residential appeal.
Metal shingle roofing offers durability, fire resistance, fungus resistance, and low weight among other benefits. The recycled content of these products can be as high as 95%. They are designed to become a permanent part of the structure, protecting and beautifying it for years down the road.
WCC ROOFING CO. has been a leading installer of metal shingles in the St. Louis area since 1990. We offer several styles and colors, as well as designed flashings and other accessories which are proven to work with these systems. Our pledge is to work hard for all of our customers.
February is the month of love. Even though we’re in the construction industry, we at WCC ROOFING are wondering one thing this month: What do you love about your home? We all transform our homes into personal sanctuaries … places where we find comfort, security, safety, and the love of our families. But what is the one thing that you love most about your home?
Is it that ancient oak tree in the back yard?
That comfortable window seat in the upstairs bedroom?
The cove molding and other original woodwork in your dining room?
That unique cut glass window over the stair landing?
Or maybe the thing you love the most is the collection of memories you have built in your home.
Now, you may suspect that we at WCC ROOFING have our own take on this question … and we do! When homeowners who have purchased a roof from us register their warranties, we ask them what they like most about their home. Despite the energy savings, wind resistance, recycled content, and sustainability, the vast majority of our customers’ responses tell us that, above all, what they love most about their new roof is its … BEAUTY!
Yes, despite all of the other product benefits, what our customers love most is the way their roof looks and the way it enhances their home. We care about how things look. Our various product photo galleries are always among the most popular areas of our website. Aesthetics touch something special in all of us. How something looks allows us to capture emotions and dreams.
Again, we want to know what you love most about your home! We want to hear from you!
And, if a new roof might be in your future in 2015, please let us know! Perhaps, this time next year, what you will love most about your home will be the beautiful new roof.
Whether it’s for roofing, siding, windows, that new kitchen, or something else, choosing a contractor is never easy. Looking at reviews and talking to past customers are always good things to do. However, this month we’re sharing some “secret ways” to determine whether a contractor is a good choice.
Please consider the following when talking to potential contractors for your home:
- Does their demeanor indicate that they are there to benefit you by solving your problems, or that they are there to benefit themselves by getting the contract?
- Have they shown as much willingness to invest in you as they are asking you to invest in them?
- Has the salesperson shared why he does what he does? Does he seem committed to his work, or just like it’s a job?
- Has the contractor explained, specifically, what makes them different from other contractors?
- Have they shown you a formal presentation that proves their professionalism, expertise, and commitment to their craft?
- Does your gut tell you that this is someone you like and would enjoy a business relationship with?
- Has the salesperson shared stories which prove that they and their company have deep ties to your community, and won’t disappear after the job is done?
- Have they properly explained the sales process to you, and asked for your permission each step of the way? Have you been in control of the process or felt like you were being pushed and forced?
- Have they exhibited clear expertise and proper training in the contracting area you’re discussing or have they been more like “Oh yeah, we can do that, too.”
- Have they told you about the others in their company with whom you will be working? Do you know anything at all about the crew members who will be at your home?
- Have they given you a written and signed pledge indicating what you can expect from them? Do you have their cell phone number as well as instructions to call them at any time?
- Have they exhibited longevity and financial stability? Have they shown you proof of proper licensing, insurance, and training/education?
Please, do your research and make your decisions carefully. The contractor you choose will be the one to make or break a successful project. They will be the one to give you a workmanship warranty. And you will be “living with” their crews while the work is completed; you must be comfortable with them.
Choosing the right contractor is far more important than choosing the right product or finding the “right” price.
Good luck. Please feel free to call us at 314-596-0596.
Your home’s roof provides its primary defense against the elements. For that reason, it makes sense to have your roof be in good condition and performing like it should be. Unfortunately, a harsh winter like the one we have just been through, can take a real toll on roofing materials. In some areas of the country, roofs were subjected to ice, snow, and prolonged cold like they have never before been subjected to.
So, how do you know whether the winter weather was damaging to your roof? We have several suggestions:
1) From your attic, inspect the underside of your roof deck for dark spots and dampness. These will likely indicate leaks.
2) Inspect your attic insulation for high moisture content. High moisture can mean leaks, or poor ventilation, and it is damaging the effectiveness of your insulation.
3) If you saw frost on the nails sticking through your roof deck this winter, or on the back side of the roof decking itself, that indicates excessive moisture in your attic (which could be caused by leaks from the living space) as well as inadequate ventilation.
4) Look for shingles that have lifted up. This can be caused by cold, wind, ice, and/or snow. These shingles will likely not “seal back down” and return to their intended level of integrity and protection.
5) Look for missing shingles or badly cracked shingles. Winter time thermal cycling can cause shingles to fail in this manner.
6) If you had actual ice dams on your roof, whether you experienced leaks or not, the shingles have sustained some damage. If you did have leaks, then the damage likely needs to be addressed. Please remember that ice damming is caused by inadequate attic ventilation and insulation, roof geometry, weather conditions, and air leaks from the living space to the attic.
If you are inspecting your roof and have questions, please call us at 314-596-0596. You can also contact us via email (photos of your roof are always helpful in analyzing potential problems) at [email protected]
So, does it surprise you that it is January already? It surprises us a bit. We have so enjoyed hearing from and working with thousands of homeowners this year that made decisions to make long-term investments in their homes with beautiful, worry-free, energy-efficient roofing systems. Given how roofing costs increase year after year, these homeowners are looking forward to no longer being in the cycle of buying a new roof every 25 – 50 years.
Fact is, our homes are important to us. And, as we approach the winter months, our homes take on even more meaning, as we will be spending more time inside enjoying the comforts we have created within. There was a song that was popular during World War I titled “Keep The Home Fires Burning.” It referred to the importance of home. It was a reminder to those with family members fighting overseas of maintaining their homes as a bright place of warmth and cheer so that their loves ones would look forward to returning to it. Here are some of the lyrics to that song:
They were summoned from the hillside
They were called in from the glen,
And the country found them ready
At the stirring call for men.
Let no tears add to their hardships
As the soldiers pass along,
And although your heart is breaking
Make it sing this cheery song:
Keep the Home Fires Burning,
While your hearts are yearning,
Though your lads are far away
They dream of home.
There’s a silver lining
Through the dark clouds shining,
Turn the dark cloud inside out
‘Til the boys come home.
What Does Home Mean to You?
Real Simple magazine recently surveyed their readers, asking them “What does home mean to you?” The results are a great deal of fun to read, as they remind us that our homes are indeed our comfort and refuge. They remind us of the importance of maintaining our homes as places that we and others want to return to. Here are a couple of survey answers that we especially enjoyed:
- A warm bed that you can’t get out of in the morning, a tiny pink toothbrush in the bathroom, and the sound of my husband’s key in the door at the end of the day.
- A clean, fresh, lemon-scented living room, open windows, plenty of sun and warmth everywhere, and my mother’s cheese pie baking in the oven.
- Home is a place you can feel comfortable cooking breakfast in your pajamas.
- A place that evokes a sigh of relief as I walk in the door.