Today's wind advisory for Seattle area is still in effect through 9pm tonight. With gusts of 45 to 55 mph, homeowners should be on the lookout for blown off shingles tomorrow. Be sure to check your roof tomorrow. Look in your yard for shingle fragments. These are all signs that you need to have your roof inspected and possibly repair or replaced.
Since we are entering the raining season now, don't procrastinate. Contact a reputable, professional roofing company so they can evaluate your roofs condition before it starts leaking.
If you live in the Seattle area or anywhere in King County, by all means, give Raynproof Roofing the opportunity to serve you in this way.
Vinyl siding as been around since the 1960s, and it is growing in popularity each year. It was originally designed to be a re-cover siding, intended to be installed over the top of an existing water-tight siding material as a means of quickly enhancing the exterior of a house. Unfortunately, the easy application and relatively low cost enticed builders into using this material as a primary waterproofing material. At this time, nearly 30% of new homes now have vinyl siding.
As a long-standing roofing company in the Seattle area, Raynproof Roofing has witnessed the effects vinyl siding has had on the building industry. Multiple times every year, Raynproof Roofing is asked to investigate a roof leak, only to discover that the source of the leak is a nearby vinyl-clad wall! Many homeowners and contractors are discovering that their initial cost savings by installing vinyl will ultimately cost them many times more through water damage to their homes. Read More...
In general, roofing companies are not experts in diagnosing "water in basement" problems; however, I am an experienced house builder and remodeler, so I will provide you with my knowledge on this subject.
If the source of the water problem is not an obvious water-flow issue, for example, water flowing down a sloped driveway and directly into the garage, then the problem is quite often the result of excessive ground water next to the foundation.
Because of gravity, the water levels on BOTH sides of the concrete (inside and outside the house) want to equalize. If the water level on the outside of the house is higher than your basement floor, then you can have leaks because the water level inside your house will want to rise until equilibrium is achieved.
Modern building construction makes great efforts, therefore, to remove excessive water from the outside of the house. This is done in two ways. First of all, modern houses have a footing drain. This is installed at the height of the footing, which should be about 4-6" lower than a finished concrete basement floor. This drain collects water from the perimeter of the house, then takes it elsewhere (typically to a combination sewer, a storm sewer, or "daylights" to a city street). Read More...
On January 16, 2007, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer had a great article
about dealing with insurance adjusters in the wake of last December's worst storm since 1993. It has been unfortunate how many insurance companies have been low-balling their customers. Raynproof Roofing will work together with their customers to help make the insurance claim process as smooth as possible, but be assured it will involve a lot of communication between all three parties to get a favorable result.