Making Your Roof Accident-Proof

While the home is where the heart is as the famous saying implies, our home is also our haven against the elements. It keeps everyone safe from harm and provides shelter, safety, and security that we all desperately need. All parts of our house are important because, without one, our house won’t stand tall and proud. This time, let us focus our attention on the roof. It’s the part of the house we seldom think of because it is often out of our sight but it actually offers the most protection to us all.

The roof is our first-line of defense against many natural hazards like the rain, wind, sun, snow, and many others but it can also be one of the most vulnerable. It is why a good quality roof is essential to maintain the integrity of your home. Other times, you may need to go up your roof to check on something but end up falling and hurting yourself. This is also an important issue that we need to tackle as more houses and buildings are constructed each year that we need to ensure all workers stay safe whenever they are working on top of a high structure.

Falls make up more half of all construction-related injuries and deaths, and continue to present one of the biggest risks to employees in construction roles. The period between 1999 and 2007 recorded 580 construction-related fatalities in the UK. This averages at 73 fatal accidents a year, with 41 of these being falls. Several recent high-profile incidents of skylight accidents have brought increased attention to the danger, as have the significant fines and penalties construction managers have been facing. Risk of fall is one of the biggest safety concerns of roofing work, so consider what added measures can be put in place to make a roof a safe place to work.

Many people have been injured or even died because of roof-related accidents. Most of the time, these mishaps were preventable but still, preventive measures were not taken and resulted in one accident after the other.

Safety checks of staff equipment and working environment should be carried out with regularity, every day preferably, and any potential health and safety risks addressed immediately. Similarly, possession and condition of staff safety equipment should also be checked with stringency, and ill-equipped staff should not be permitted to work. Suitability and condition of hard hats, boots, gloves and other protective equipment should be checked regularly.

Ensuring safe working conditions for staff should be every manager’s priority, and this means good all-around oversight of the work environment and its contents. Introducing a quality control routine helps staff to look out for and spot potential safety hazards, and shares the responsibility of health and safety among the team. Establishing a company culture of top-notch health and safety should be the main objective when looking to improve roof safety.

(Via: https://www.shponline.co.uk/ensuring-health-and-safety-when-working-on-a-roof/)

Other times, you may find yourself in deep waters when a fallen tree goes through your roof during major disasters. How will you be able to save yourself from such a major headache?

And if a tree falls on your house, take basic measures to limit damage — but only if it’s safe.

“If there’s a leaking roof … if it’s safe to do so, limit the damage that’s being caused,” Sarkissian said. “… Of course, safety is the No. 1 priority,” he said. “If there’s a raging storm, raging winds, heavy rain, we remind people that safety has to come first.”

What else can you do to prepare for this weekend’s weather onslaught, if you haven’t already?

Plenty, said Erik Larson, an Allstate insurance agent in the Tacoma area for nearly 27 years.

Now is a good time to secure outdoor furniture, barbecues and other outdoor items.

“Make sure there’s nothing dangerous in proximity to the house, other structures or vehicles,” he said. “Sadly, it’s a little too late to do much pruning.”

Clearing storm drains can prevent localized flooding, he said. And buying a few sheets of plywood might not be a bad idea.

“You never know if you have to do some emergency repairs,” he said. “Something could easily come through a window. You want to be able to board it up pretty quickly and safely.”

(Via: http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/weather/article108161687.html)

Accidents do happen. For instance, there is little you can do when calamity strikes but to pick up the broken pieces and rebuild your life. You may be overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problem but you can make progress by taking one step at a time.

Survey the scene and assess the damage. Is your life in danger by this tree that went through your roof? Has the weather cleared up? Is it now safe to go outside or better to stay indoors? After knowing the answer to these questions, formulate your next step and make sure the inside of your house don’t suffer from more damage because of the gaping hole above you. Every problem has a solution and all you need to do is to ask for help if the problem at hand is beyond what you can manage.

At least twice per year, property managers should inspect and conduct maintenance on their roofs. An inspection in the spring will identify any damage that occurred over the winter months, and an inspection in the fall will ensure the roof is ready for harsh winter conditions.

When conducting the inspection, take a plan of the roof and note the locations of any anomalous conditions. The results of previous inspections can be used to determine whether the roof has deteriorated since the last inspection. Photographs can also be used to document changes in the condition of the roof over time.

Roof safety

A roof can be a dangerous place. Do not conduct roofing inspections in high winds, and never walk backwards on a roof; always watch where you are going. Unless the roof has a parapet at least 42 inches (1070 millimetres) high or a fixed guardrail, the Occupational Health and Safety Act requires that you do not get closer to the edge than two metres (six feet, six inches).

(Via: https://www.reminetwork.com/articles/15135/)

Protect you and your family from the dangers of any break in the integrity of your roof. Remember that anything inside your home can get damaged or you may even end up injured if your home doesn’t do its job of protecting everyone inside the house. Moreover, people who work in construction sites or other service-oriented jobs that entail them to work on top of roofs should also be wary of the dangers of falling. They should know what to do and what to avoid during working hours so as to prevent becoming another casualty of an accident that can claim your life when working on top of high places.

This link http://sandiego.preciseroofing.net/roof-installation/ can help you understand more about roof installation and even do the job for you, so you no longer get your hands dirty or risk injuring yourself in the process. Spring is the perfect time to check on the status of your roof and how it has weathered the rough seasons in the previous months because the weather has improved and the sun shines brightly again.

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Weirdest Things To Go Through A Roof

There are more than just trees that go through roofs these days. It’s true that when you think of roof damage you think of small animals or maybe the stray branch of a tree during a wicked storm. While you’re thinking of strange things that go through a roof, we bet you never expected a baseball player and a few willing men:

In what appears to be turning into somewhat of a tradition, yet another baseball player has injured himself ahead of spring training in an unusual way. On Tuesday, Kansas City Royals reliever Brian Flynn fell through the roof of his barn in Oklahoma, resulting in a broken rib and three non-displaced fractures in his vertebrae.

“He was working on his barn and fell through the roof,” Royals Manger Ned Yost told reporters (via Kansas City Star) at a Tuesday afternoon press conference. “So he took a pretty good tumble, knocked himself out.”

Flynn, who was not assured a spot in the Royals bullpen, is expected to take about eight weeks to recover, which Yost said will put him “behind everybody else.”

Via: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2017/02/14/royals-reliever-falls-through-a-barn-roof-carries-on-tradition-of-weird-spring-training-injuries/?utm_term=.fdc9baf79338

Bet that hurt! Don’t forget this guy:

A man suspected of trying to burglarize a City Heights smoke shop early Thursday morning had apparently entered the business by cutting a hole through the store’s roof.

At about 2:30 a.m., police responded to a security alarm call at the Blaze Smoke Shop in the 4100 block of University Ave.

When officers arrived, the suspected burglar locked himself inside the store.

However, after several minutes, the man gave himself up to officers and was arrested.

According to the store’s owner, this is the third time someone has broken into his shop in the past two days.

The owner told 10News he had just fixed his roof because someone else broke into the store by coming through the ceiling.

Via: http://www.10news.com/news/police-man-cuts-hole-in-roof-in-break-in-at-blaze-smoke-shop-in-city-heights

This guy needs to put some steel plating or something up there. He’s not the only one:

Two burglars who broke into the Rainbow Farms Market in unincorporated El Cajon Sunday by removing a rooftop vent were in custody Thursday after they were recognized by police on surveillance camera footage of the incident, authorities are reporting.

Lakeside residents Everett Luther, 26, and Travis Murry, 32, forced their way through the market’s ceiling and climbed down inside the building between 5-5:30 a.m., according to a report from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

“Once inside, the suspects stole a large quantity of cigarettes and lottery tickets,” the report continued.

The burglars then climbed back out through the building’s roof and fled before deputies arrived at the market located at 1335 La Cresta Boulevard.

When deputies reviewed surveillance camera footage taken from the scene, they determined Luther and Murry were the suspects and both men were arrested Thursday. Murry had two outstanding felony warrants for unrelated burglary charges, the report continued.

Via: http://timesofsandiego.com/crime/2017/01/12/rooftop-burglars-from-lakeside-nabbed-after-surveillance-video-catches-them-in-the-act/

Why does coming through the roof seem like such a good idea for criminals? Honestly, you don’t know what’s up there. At least the second group used a vent. The first criminal decided to just, you know, cut a hole in the roof. Because, criminal minds. We hope that the baseball player recovers. He’s the only one who didn’t want to go through the roof, it was just an unfortunate accident. When you’ve got some repairs to get done, you need to make sure they’re done right, which we can help with: http://sandiego.preciseroofing.net/roof-repair/. That’s not saying the poor shop owner didn’t try to get it done right the first time. It just seems like his roof is an easy target. Perhaps all shops should have their roofs made of some sort of indestructible material.

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Going From Bad to Worse: Roof Damage

As a homeowner, there are a lot of things you need to prepare for. It’s a smart idea to create a bank account solely for savings. These savings should be able to cover 3 months worth of wages and extra money to cover bills and, let’s face it, repairs. That draft in your kitchen? Might be caused by old windows and suddenly you need to replace them all. Or maybe you’ve noticed it’s a bit muggy in your bathroom after a shower. Poor ventilation can cause mold to grow on your ceiling and in your walls. These seemingly small things can cost big bucks. One resident discovered this in an unfortunate turn of events:

A Carlsbad mom says her family struggled with sweltering temperatures this past summer after their home’s air conditioning unit broke.

The Kisch family says they were excited about their new Carlsbad home when they moved to San Diego this year. But within a few months, the young family says they couldn’t sleep in their upstairs bedrooms.

“Our showers are upstairs so we shower quickly and then we come back down because it’s been unbearably hot,” Tracy Kisch said.

Tracy said two months after her family moved in, their air conditioner quit working. Kisch said her home came with a one-year home warranty under the company Old Republic Home Protection. She contacted them and they sent out a contractor to fix the broken air conditioner.

But that didn’t stop the Kisch’s problems.

“It had been at least a week where water was excessively leaking while the unit had been running,” Tracy said.

The leaking water from the replaced air conditioner caused water damage to Tracy’s roof. Tracy said Old Republic Home Protection told her it was the contractor’s fault who installed the new A-C Unit and that Tracy should contact them for assistance.

The contractor said it wasn’t their fault and blamed it on a defective air conditioner.

“They kind of kept pushing us off on the warranty company and then the warranty company kept pushing us off on the contractor,” Tracy said.

Tracy says all this was happening in the heat of the summer and the family was sleeping on an air mattress downstairs and using a portable crib.

Via: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/old-republic-home-warranty-ac-repair-403685216.html#ixzz4Y1QJUI2k

This is one of those times when a bad situation just keeps getting worse. It’s horrible to have this happen to anyone but getting the runaround from a company doesn’t put any fears at ease. A roof getting damaged can spell a lot of trouble for a home. Your roof is what’s supposed to protect you from all the bad weather and keep you safe and warm. It can’t do that if it has holes or is compromised in another way. Residential homes need extra love and care and we can help with that: http://sandiego.preciseroofing.net/residential/.

Regular maintenance is key to keeping your house functioning properly. It’s more than just mowing the lawn and cleaning the gutter. Making sure things are shipshape can sometimes call for more than a quick visual sweep. Don’t get caught with your roof in poor condition.

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Leave No Roof Unturned?

This weather has been pretty wicked. With the high winds and excessive rains it might feel like we’re never going to be dry again. The winds ripping roofs right off of people’s it brings new meaning to “Leave no stone unturned”. While it would be nice to know just what nature is looking for when it rips the top off a building, there’s no denying that roof damage has escalated with these storms:

San Diego County, and the backcountry were soaked with heavy storm systems that dropped several inches of water, the exact sum has yet to be agreed upon. Residents have reported, 8 to 18 inches of water dropped on Alpine.
Whether it was 8 or 18, the water is needed and helps to alleviate drought conditions that have been plaguing our county for the last eight years.  The storms however, brought more than much needed water to the region.  There were warnings of flash flooding, river flooding, and debris flows.

Much of this was witnessed on many properties that suffered severe damage, such as the VFW Hall here in Alpine, as well as many residences.
Heavy rains and strong winds associated with the latest storm this past week were responsible for downed power lines and telephone lines, all over Alpine including closing parts of Arnold Way to everyone but residents.
Many Alpine residents reported that their roofs were damaged in the latest deluge to strike our region. Also, windows were smashed when trees fell on homes.
The El Cajon and Crest area is reporting downed trees, gushing creeks and overflowing pools.
Twenty miles east of Alpine, In Japatul Valley, extremely high gusts of wind tore through the foothill community as terrified residents watched power poles topple and trees becoming uprooted. One resident watched helplessly as winds and rain pushed over a fifty-five foot tall pine tree onto their home sending limbs through the roof and into the attic.

Because soils have reached a saturation point many are beginning to see storm water runoff from these latest storms. Local seasonal streams and creeks are now beginning to flow, filling up our neighborhood ponds and lakes.
Via: http://thealpinesun.com/article/storm-wind-and-rain-alpine-suffers-latest-downpours

Ouch. It’s certainly not looking good for anyone right now. Home owners and businesses alike are going to be battling the damage caused by the storms and roof repair is the number one concern for those who have been affected. It’s a double-edged sword because we’ve been so dried out by the drought that we want the rain. What we don’t want is the winds and beatings that nature seems to throw along with it. Whatever happened to a gentle rain? Is that really too much to ask for?

In the end, drought predictions are getting better but we could really use a break at the moment. People who have lost their entire roof will need to start looking into roof installation. It’s a big job and we can help you with that: http://sandiego.preciseroofing.net/roof-installation/. We’ve got you covered. Our professional crew is there to bring you out of this darkness. Together we are stronger.

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Nature’s Version of Crashing A Show

Nature has been getting its way lately with the wicked storms that have been pummeling the area. The news says it’s be a series of three massive winter storms that have been taking us to task. That’s far more than anyone would really like to admit. With the flooding there have been trees falling all over the place. It seems no one is safe. We know that there’s a section for symphonies devoted to the woodwinds, but this brings it to a whole new level:

Jahja Ling will never forget Inauguration Day, and it has nothing to do with President Donald Trump.

It was something akin to the thunderstorm that rolls in during  Act 2 of “The Barber of Seville” or erupts in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6.

The music director of the San Diego Symphony was at his Bonita home with his wife and their two daughters when our much-touted weather took a nosedive.

First, his backyard patio table and chairs blew into the swimming pool.  Then, as Ling headed upstairs at about 4 p.m., an explosive C-R-A-S-H startled him.

He ran to survey the damage from his bathroom window, but all was dark. The daylight was blocked by tree branches.

A 30-to-40-foot-tall pine tree in his backyard, uprooted by the ill-tempered winds, had toppled onto his roof, lifting up his concrete patio, destroying pool equipment and shattering his fence.

While he guesstimates repairs will cost thousands of dollars, Ling is grateful his roof didn’t collapse. “We feel fortunate. This is nothing like what’s happening in Georgia and Mississippi.”

While the Lings lost a majestic pine tree and another smaller tree, there is one bright side. They gained a long-term supply of firewood.

Via: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/columnists/diane-bell/sd-me-bell-20170126-story.html

Was it a sign to work on some more music? Or was it just nature being a jerk? Either way, the fact remains that this house took a serious beating. No doubt that it would have been scary to have your house come under fire from a giant tree. His roof has been damaged and there are likely lots of people in this same situation. The winds haven’t been gentle and trees get mighty big. When that happens, it’s a recipe for disaster. Having trees on your property is probably starting to look a bit more dangerous than you’d like. There’s still a good reason to keep them around, you just need to be a bit careful and try to keep them maintained. However, sometimes things just happen.

Having roof damage is a big job and you need people who know what they’re doing to help you repair it. This isn’t something where you can slap a tarp on it and hope it holds out the rain. Getting moisture into your house, especially in places where it shouldn’t be, can cause more damage than you can shake a stick at. We’ve got you covered when it comes to roof repair: http://sandiego.preciseroofing.net/roof-repair/.

Storms are unbridled forces of power that are just out to make a mess of things. It’s nothing personal, that’s just what they do.

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Roofing Woes to be Wary Of

Storms are natural disasters. They are unbridled forces of nature that just slam their way through the world. They aren’t doing it out of malice or ill feelings. That’s just the way they are. They aren’t made to be any different. When you get hit with three massive storms like we have you’re sure to find this all out first hand. While recovering from disasters can bring a community together and renew your faith in humanity, it can also bring out the worst of the worst. There are those who enjoy making a profit off of someone else’s pain:

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer warned residents Thursday about falling victim to roofing scams in the wake of the recent storms.

Feuer said his office has only received several complaints regarding roofing scams this year so far, but he is putting out the warning because “we are at this moment where we can prevent … complaints if we do our work collectively well.”

At a news conference at City Hall East, Feuer highlighted a recent case where an elderly couple paid an unlicensed contractor $5,900 for roof repairs that instead made the problem worse.

Feuer’s office is seeking more than $95,000 in restitution for the couple. The man was convicted of contracting without a license and must perform community service and was placed on probation for three years.

Feuer said consumers should be wary of contractors who show up at their door unsolicited, ask for a large down payment in advance, or say they will do the work without a permit.

Numerous problems are associated with hiring unlicensed contractors, Feuer said, noting that they often are not bonded, typically do not have workers’ compensation insurance and are frequently not trained to do the work.

Rick Lopes, chief of public affairs for the California State Licensing Board, said some scam artists will prey on elderly, physically infirm couples, make up a non-existent roof repair problem and then pretend to do the work before making off with an easy payment.

Via: http://patch.com/california/southpasadena/watch-out-wet-weather-roofing-scam-authorities-warn

We don’t mean to cause panic or have you running for the tinfoil to protect yourself from a conspiracy. The point we want to drive home is that you need to do your research and ask the right kinds of questions. A professional is going to have those answers for you and is going to prove they can do what they say they can. There are reasons why permits are required and reasons why people in trades need to receive more than just a hands-on education. Your house is your home and castle. You want to make sure that it’s taken care of properly.

There’s no question that the devastation from the storms can leave you reeling. Depending on how badly you were hit, the damage could be severe. You want to make sure you’re trusting in a professional that can provide you the services you need without having to question their motives. If you need roof replacement, we can do that: http://sandiego.preciseroofing.net/roof-replacement/. If you just need some repairs, hey, we can do that too: http://sandiego.preciseroofing.net/roof-repair/. We’re here for you.

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Are You Smart Enough? Wildfire Tips and You

Being no stranger to extreme weather, the droughts we have been facing have sparked more than their fair share of wildfires these last few years. There are several ways to protect your home from the devastating destruction. You’ve got to make sure you are educated in the simple ways you can save your home. Prevention is the key here, so by learning what to watch out for and how to take care of it you will be in a better position. Here are some tips to help you:

As dry and warm weather returns, public safety officials are bracing for an already active wildfire season in the San Diego Region. Wildfires are not a new threat, but it is important to continue weaving wildfire prevention and education into the fabric of San Diego’s culture. An educational exhibit, recently opened at the Mission Trails Regional Park visitor’s center, is a good example of making wildfire education a part of San Diegans’ everyday life.

Unfortunately, San Diego has a long history of wildfires. I remember first-hand the devastation and impact of the Cedar Fire in 2003 that destroyed over 2,000 homes and killed 14 people. I was nearly a victim myself.
When the fires began, I drove to an area near Harbison Canyon in East County to rescue horses that were in the path of the fire. Unfortunately, when I arrived, all of the horse trailers were already gone. As a result, I was forced to ride out on my horse while holding a rope trailing three other horses to a shelter a few miles down the road.

I can still remember my fear as I watched the fast approaching flames coming down the mountain, and the loud boom of exploding propane tanks in the nearby community of Crest.  Thankfully, the four horses and I were lucky enough to make it out that day. Though memorable, it is something I never want to experience again.

Stories like this are surprisingly common among San Diegans, especially after the nearly equally devastating Witch Creek Fire in 2007. Through these tragedies, we have learned valuable lessons about not only about how to fight wildfires, but also how to prevent them from spreading.

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The threat of flying embers illustrates that it’s not just homes near canyonlands that need to be prepared. All San Diego homeowners must ensure that their property is prepared for wildfire season. Some suggestions include:

  • Roofs: Burning branches, leaves, and embers can be carried by the wind and land on the roof. Roof materials should have a Class-A rating. Slate, terra cotta (clay) or standing-seam metal roofing are examples of Class-A fire-resistant suggested material.
  • Vents: All vents should be covered with 1/8 inch metal mesh. DO NOT use fiberglass or plastic mesh.
  • Rain gutters: Screen or enclose rain gutters to prevent accumulation of plant debris.
  • Garage Door: Install weather stripping around and under doors to prevent embers from getting inside.

Via: http://timesofsandiego.com/opinion/2016/08/03/education-key-to-protect-family-and-property-from-wildfires/ 

Just like Smokey the Bear says, “Only you can prevent forest fires”. In our case, it’s more like making sure our homes are in tip-top shape and that all work is done properly. We can help you with your residential roofing needs http://sandiego.preciseroofing.net/residential. We’re the professionals so you can count on us to do it right. If this past year has taught us anything, it’s that it’s only going to get hotter and drier. Of course, we hope that the weather calms down and that these dry spells become few and far between. Wouldn’t that be nice? Prevention is the best medicine in this case, so wouldn’t you like to make sure you’ve taken your dose?

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