Tips to Prepare for Natural Disasters

Natural Disaster SignNatural disasters can happen at any time and impact any part of the country. Some disasters provide warning, although many others do not. That’s why it’s important that you’re prepared for the worst at all times. It’s not that difficult to do. Below are some things that you can do to be prepared.

Prepping Your House:
• Find out where utility shut-offs are for water, power, and gas.
• Store household chemicals on a bottom shelf of a closed cabinet.
• Keep all tree and shrub limbs trimmed so they don’t come in contact with wires.
• Store combustible or flammable materials in approved safety containers and keep them away from the house.
• Install smoke detectors on every level of your home and near sleeping areas.

Food & Water:
• Plan for a minimum of three cans of food per person, per day, for a week. Additional food should be stored in the garage. Pay close attention to how the packaging will hold up to damp environments. Cans may rust
unless you protect them—a good way to protect items from damp storage is to put them individually in airtight bags and then pack them inside a food-grade plastic bucket (with lid). Don’t forget a manual can opener!
• Plan to have about 15 gallons of water per person (2 gallons per person, per day for 1 week). Large food-grade, 55-gallon plastic drums are ideal for bulk-water storage. Remember that these water bottles will need to be rotated since they have a limited shelf life unless water treatment is used. Remember also that your water heater in the house is typically 50 gallons and may be used.

Other Important Items:
• Make sure you have a complete first-aid kit. Consider keeping extra prescription medications inside the kit and rotate them to avoid expiration.
• Have multiple flashlights available with a bounty of batteries for back-up.
• Have several battery-powered AM/FM hand radios.
• Make a list of important phone numbers.
• Have a stock of toilet-tissue rolls, paper towels, and premoistened towelettes.
• Keep all-purpose liquid soap on hand.
• Have tooth brushes and paste.

Finally, you should have an emergency plan that includes escape routes and meeting places. Choose both a nearby meeting place and an out-of-state relative to be your check-in contact for the family. Test/role-play your emergency plan with all members of your family present.

Ventilation Extends The Life Of Your Roof

Roof ventilation 2Ventilating your roof reduces the heat in your attic during the summer and helps remove moisture in the winter. This will keep your roof functioning longer and as a bonus, it will make your heating and cooling systems more efficient.

Roof vents allow the hot air to escape from the attic, and it will typically be replaced with cooler air from intake vents. The best location for the intake is the soffit because the coolest air is going to be under the overhangs where it is generally the most shaded. Vented soffits (vinyl or aluminum) are an easy way to bring cool air into your attic to replace the hot summer air being vented out.

Roof ventilation is important to the life of your roof and for your wallet in the long run. If you would like more information about adding roof vents, give us a call (314-378-6623) or send an email.

 

Tips For Summer Storm Damage

Tree on RoofA big storm rolls through town and hits your home hard, and your roof took an absolute beating. You’re missing shingles, which are now scattered all over your yard. Maybe you’re facing an even more difficult situation… You have a hole in your roof and water is leaking into your home. It’s not a pretty situation!!!

At Schneider Roofing and Remodeling, we’ve been helping homeowners for years. Specifically, we’ve been working with insurance companies for years. That’s something that can’t be overlooked when you consider hiring a roofing company. If you find yourself with a roofing challenge this summer, here are five reasons why Schneider Roofing and Remodeling can help you:

1. You Get a Thorough Evaluation! We won’t spend a few minutes walking around your home or snapping pictures from a car to evaluate the damage of your roof and attic. Oh, no… You get a complete 17-point inspection and diagnostic of your roof. We will get on your roof and in your attic to evaluate everything closely. That’s the best way to find hidden damage. The last thing you want is for an undiscovered problem to cause massive damage to your home and valuables months later!

2. You’ll Know Your Options! After you’ve received a 17-point inspection of your roof, you will be given a variety of options. Hopefully, your roof only needs a simple repair. But if you require a new roof, you may be able to choose from a variety of shingles… each with different styles, colors, and warranties. BEWARE! Sometimes the insurance company will “adjust” your claim by calling for the lowest (and cheapest) grade roofing materials. That’s why it’s best that you have a contractor working with you in these situations.

3. You’ll Get Insurance Help! Once you’ve selected the best option for your home, your job is done! It’s time to let us go to work for YOU! That means contacting your insurance company and explaining the work you would like (and need) performed on your home!

4. You Get Roofing Professionals! You will get the repair or new roof you want because we have experience dealing with insurance companies. They trust us because we’re licensed, insured, and all work is performed up to code. You only get the best people and the best products when working with us!

5. You Get Long-Term Support! You also get roofing professionals that will be here to stand behind our work! We offer the absolute best guarantees and warranties! And should you have a question or issue, you can give us a call at any time, and we’ll be there immediately! This is our community, too! We take pride in making sure everyone is completely satisfied!

So, if you find yourself worrying about your roof after a storm, give us a call at 314-378-6623.

Get Your Roofing Advice From An Expert

HD Shopping CartDo you want to get your roofing advice from a part-time guy with an apron? Or would you prefer the knowledge of a full-time certified roofer??

You can’t avoid the big-box stores these days. They are virtually everywhere, and they have virtually everything. You can buy a toilet, mouse traps, flowers, and lumber… all in one trip. I won’t lie: they are pretty helpful. However, they are not experts on everything.

More and more people are attempting to roof their own homes these days. You might be one of those weekend warriors that love to tackle DIY projects. And that’s great. But something as big and as important as your roof deserves the attention of professional, certified roofers who have experience. After all, you don’t want water streaming into your home because everything wasn’t properly sealed.

I know those guys in the aprons at the big-box stores are nice and sometimes very helpful. But they don’t have the same knowledge as the professional contractors. So, if you have a roofing challenge, make sure you call the company who will treat your home with the attention and expertise it deserves.

The Schneider Roofing Way…

LogoAt Schneider Roofing and Remodeling we take our commitment to our clients seriously. We are in the business of building relationships and not just replacing a roof. We work and live in St. Charles County and will be here for a long, long time. We know that if we don’t do our job right, we won’t have a job for very long. We are experts in roofing and siding and will give you honest feedback and fair pricing each and every time

To learn more about our company, our philosophy and our customers’ experiences, click here.

For additional information about our company or your specific situation, please call (314-378-6623) or email the experts at Schneider Roofing and Remodeling.

Save Yourself From The Costly Aggravation of Sun and Rain Damage

sun and rain damageThere are commonly known facts about your home, but here is a little known fact that most homeowners are totally unaware of, which could save you thousands:

“If your roof is more than 20 years old, there’s a good chance that it’s due for replacement. But younger roofs fail too, so it is a good idea to inspect a roof at least once a year.” ~ Tom Silva, This Old House

Although this little-known fact seems so very simple, few homeowners are aware of how important it really is! When was the last time you had your roof inspected? On the other hand, were you even aware that it needs an inspection each year? A roof of any age can leak, and more than not, it takes some time before water stains show up in your home. Often, by the time you notice the signs of a leak, it has already caused serious damage!

For signs of a roof leak to show up in your home, the water must pass through your shingles, pass through your felt underlayment, pass through your plywood, saturate 10 to 12 inches of insulation in your attic, and then soak through your drywall ceiling or wall! What’s even worse, many times water will leak within the wall cavity, sometimes for years, before you realize the problem exists! This can result in major damages! As a roofing contractor, I’ve seen this all too many times. What could have been a simple repair caused major damage to a home’s interior, something an annual roof inspection could have easily prevented from happening in the first place.

Call (314-378-6623) or email today to have your roof inspected!

Hail Storm Damage Can Be Significant

Here in Missouri, we are no strangers to hailstorms. The information in this article is provided by the National Storm Damage Center (www.stormdamagecenter.org).

By definition, hail damage is any damage resulting from hailstones and hailstorms. Hailstones that are 0.75 inches or greater are large enough to cause substantial damage to homes, automobiles & property. For comparison, 0.75 inches is the diameter of a penny.

You may think that just because you can’t see any signs of damage, or because your roof isn’t leaking, you don’t have damage. Remember, hail damage can be particularly difficult to identify and many homeowners discover major roofing damage years down the road, after it’s too late to file a storm damage claim with their insurance company. If you have any reason to suspect hail damage after a storm, you should have a full property damage inspection performed by a reputable contractor right away.

Roofs are the most commonly damaged part of a home or business in hailstorms. A damaged shingle may allow water to seep through the roof causing additional damage to the roof deck, support structure, interior walls, or windows, and can cause leaking, staining on walls and flooding inside your home. Leaking roofs lead to costly damages and many insurance policies have strict time limits on submitting claims after hailstorms, so it’s in your best interest to act fast after hailstorms and start the repairs process, if necessary.

Siding damage often results from wind-driven hail. The three most common signs of damage to siding are cracking, chipping and holes.

Window damage is similar to siding damage, but usually more obvious to identify. Wind-driven hail can strike windows and break the glass itself, or cause damage to the seals on the windows.

Exterior appliances can also sustain damage in hailstorms. Denting and intake of excessive amounts of water often affect HVAC units after severe hail.

Hail damage can be very difficult to detect and often occurs to roofs, siding and windows, all of which are difficult DIY repair projects that could void your homeowners insurance or manufacturer warranty, if not performed by a licensed contractor. Due to the risks associated with hail damage, it is recommended to cut to the chase have a storm damage repair contractor inspect your damages right away.

If you have any concerns about hail damage to your home, call us today at 314-378-6623!

Roof Inspections – Find Problems Before They Cause More Damage

sun and rain damageThere are commonly known facts about your home, but here is a little known fact that most homeowners are totally unaware of, which could save you thousands:

“If your roof is more than 20 years old, there’s a good chance that it’s due for replacement. But younger roofs fail too, so it is a good idea to inspect a roof at least once a year.” ~ Tom Silva, This Old House

Although this little-known fact seems so very simple, few homeowners are aware of how important it really is! When was the last time you had your roof inspected? On the other hand, were you even aware that it needs an inspection each year? A roof of any age can leak, and more than not, it takes some time before water stains show up in your home. Often, by the time you notice the signs of a leak, it has already caused serious damage!

For signs of a roof leak to show up in your home, the water must pass through your shingles, pass through your felt underlayment, pass through your plywood, saturate 10 to 12 inches of insulation in your attic, and then soak through your drywall ceiling or wall! What’s even worse, many times water will leak within the wall cavity, sometimes for years, before you realize the problem exists! This can result in major damages! As a roofing contractor, I’ve seen this all too many times. What could have been a simple repair caused major damage to a home’s interior, something an annual roof inspection could have easily prevented from happening in the first place.

Call (314-378-6623) or email today to have your roof inspected!

Ten Things You Should Know About Your Home

things homeowners should know1. Water Shut-off Valve Location: Know the location of the water shut-off for the whole house. Most sinks and toilets have a shut-off valve under the fixture, but knowing how to kill the flow throughout the home is imperative if needed in an emergency. If a leak pops up, shutting off the flow will limit the amount of damage, repair costs, and headaches.

2. Gas Shut-off Valve Location: Same issue as the water valve but with greater emphasis toward safety. A gas leak can cause a fire or explosion so shutting it off at the sign (smell) of a leak or other danger is imperative.

3. Electric Box Breaker Switches: Be sure everyone in the home knows the location of the electric panel. Each breaker should be labeled for efficiency and safety. This will save you frustration and time during electrical issues.

4. Repair Water Leaks ASAP: A huge percentage of home repair costs can come from water damage. Once you have detected a water leak have it repaired immediately. The longer you let it continue, the more it will cost you to repair.

5. Foundation Blocks and Concrete Slabs: One of the most costly home repairs is leveling a house. To help avoid this expensive repair you should keep your home’s slab nourished during spells of very dry weather. Install flowerbeds along the sides and keep them moist. If you have no flowerbeds then you should actually water the edges of the slab. Do not over water, just be aware that cracks in the dirt can be a sign of future problems in your home’s foundation.

6. Install Gutters/Downspouts: Water should be directed away (4 to 6 feet) from the foundation, sidewalks, or patio/driveway slabs. Just like too much dry weather is bad for your foundation; too much water is also bad. Never let water pool at the base of your house.

7. Keep Gutters Free Flowing: The gutters and downspouts cannot push the water away from the house (and away from the basement) if they cannot do their function. Clean the gutters and downspouts several times a year or install gutter protection.

8. Keep Debris Off Your Roof: If you have trees dropping leaves on your roof you need to clear them off so water is not trapped under the debris. Trapped water will work its way through your shingles and ultimately through to your ceilings. When you see the water stains on your walls or ceilings, you should repair the leak immediately.

9. Weatherproof Your Home: Repairs to doors and windows is another costly area. When you take the time to caulk and weather strip your doors and caulk around all your windows (in addition to saving money) you will remain aware of developing issues. Your job is to know your home.

10. Know Your Neighbors: Chances are your home was built at the same time as other homes in your neighborhood. Keeping tabs on home issues your neighbors are experiencing can go a long way in predicting possible problems at your home!

Homeowners Beware

BBB warningWhen hiring a service contractor to do work in your home, it is so important that you hire a quality and reliable company. The Better Business Bureau issued a warning in the St. Louis area two years ago for a roofing contractor who pleaded guilty in Arizona to several charges, and on that very same day he established a business here in Missouri. There are numerous complaints about his work here and several homeowners have found themselves in a bind with payments made and work still to be completed. Sadly, this is not uncommon (happens almost every year around this time) and homeowners must stay informed and protect themselves.

You can trust Schneider Roofing and Remodeling. We live in St. Charles and our company has been in St. Charles since it was established in 1991. We guarantee your satisfaction, stand behind our work and will be here for you if you ever have any roofing or siding problems.

Please click here to read a warning from the Better Business Bureau.