This year Helping Hands Restorations is holding our first annual roof giveaway program called: “Rally Around A Roof.” Helping Hands Restorations is giving back to the community by installing a free roof for one deserving homeowner in 2017. The community was given the opportunity to nominate families, neighbors and even themselves to win the free roof. The contest has come to a close and the public has spoken! Countless community members voted for one deserving family that was truly in need of a new roof, the Gay family!
ABOUT THE FAMILY
Barb and Gary Gay are well known by many and are particularly respected in the wildlife rescue community. They are proud founders of Wild Again Animal Rescue. Wild Again is a registered Non-Profit animal rescue located in Spring Valley just east of Dayton, Ohio. Barb and Gary specialize in wildlife rescue, and their goal is to rehabilitate orphaned, injured and/or sick wildlife getting them back into their natural environment as quickly as possible. Wild Again has also become a permanent home for many relinquished & abandoned domestic farm and companion animals. Barb and Gary, along with their dedicated team of volunteers, are devoted to providing a place of refuge, healing, and safety for all types of animals in need.
WHY THEY WERE NOMINATED
Many of Barb and Gary’s volunteers, community members, friends and family nominated them for the free roof due to the dire condition of the roof on their home. Barb and Gary have unfortunately found themselves with a roof that is beyond repair, and because they spend most of their income to keep the rescue going, the replacement of their roof has taken a backseat to caring and providing for the animals. Even with volunteers helping out at the farm it is an expensive endeavor. Their roof has been leaking for quite some time now making the mission even more challenging, but they continue for their cause.
Q&A: TALKING WITH BARB & GARY GAY
We, Aubrey and Lindsey, owners of Helping Hands Restorations, had the pleasure of sitting down and talking with Barb and Gary. We wanted to learn more about this awesome family that so many community members reached out to us about. It’s truly incredible how many people wanted Barb and Gary to win the roof giveaway, and it’s obvious that there is not a more deserving family. They are both amazing people doing remarkable things and after meeting them we now know that giving them a free roof will truly make a difference in their lives and will allow them to continue on with their cause but with the peace of mind in knowing that their home is now taken care of.
Q: GARY AND BARB TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELVES?
A: Barb and Gary have been married for 45 years. Gary works for Home Depot to provide for the family and Barb has committed herself full-time to the non-profit rescue. Prior to the formation of Wild Again, Barb worked in many different capacities, all of which revolved around her love for animals and people. She owned dog grooming salons, worked as a Family Practice Nursing Supervisor for 23 years, and then moved into being a horse trainer full-time. This led Barb into the Behavioral Training of horses & other animals where she worked through problems often saving them from unnecessary pain and even death. Barb also has a love and natural talent for photography. Gary constructed a beautiful photography studio inside the barn where she offers photography services when her schedule allows. Currently, Barb spends the majority of her time operating the rescue. Also a certified “Project Wild” educator; she can spread knowledge about wildlife in classrooms. She plans to incorporate education classes at the rescue soon.
During the last 25 years of rescuing animals, Barb and Gary have developed a wonderful partnership that allows them to confidently and professionally care for the animals they rehabilitate. They have strengths and weaknesses that complement each other which creates harmony for the animals and within their organization. Barb and Gary are a dynamic duo and their avid love for animals has allowed them to not only save thousands of wildlife animals but has also given them the opportunity to promote education about wildlife animals and the importance of quality of life for all species of animals. They are extremely devoted to their belief that every single life has value.
Q: HOW CAN PEOPLE CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR CAUSE?
A: There are many ways that people in our community can contribute to Wild Again Animal Rescue. As a non-profit organization, Wild Again is dependent on donations, sponsors, bequests, and grants to raise the revenue necessary to care for all the animals. So, of course, monetary donations are the most effective way to support their cause but there are many ways to get involved. Volunteers are a very important part of the operation at Wild Again and they are needed 7 days a week and often times around the clock for infant &/or the critical care of animals. They have several volunteer orientations scheduled periodically throughout the year, so if you’re interested in participating visit their volunteer webpage HERE. The donation of supplies is also a very imperative step in keeping the rescue open for business. Donation of supplies helps Barb & Gary provide a well-kept facility, as well as enrichment to their large and diverse, wild and exotic animal population. Wild Again’s continued work saving animals is an expensive endeavor. Monetary donations &/or items off their wish list are received with great appreciation. They can’t save these animals without you, so please click HERE to visit their Amazon Wish List which changes often to fit the seasonal demands! Their facebook page – facebook.com/wildagainrescue – updates wish lists, events held at the rescue & informative articles about animals. Outside of the aforementioned opportunities to get involved, there are many other ways to support Barb and Gary in their efforts to rescue and rehabilitate our wildlife. If you’d like to learn more, please visit their website http://www.wildagainrescue.com/support-us. Remember: ALL DONATIONS TO WILD AGAIN ANIMAL RESCUE ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE!
Q: WHAT IS YOUR VISION FOR WILD AGAIN IN THE FUTURE?
A: Most immediately, they are raising funds & recruiting help for an addition called the “Healing House.” This structure will house the infant wildlife brought to the rescue who are unable to regulate their own body temperature because they’re so young. They are fed round the clock and receive proper medical care. Incubators, examination tables, a kitchen for food prep, and sanitation services will allow them to take care of these animals efficiently which means more lives saved & more volunteers who can be part of such an amazing cause. Their current goal is to break ground before winter so the Healing House is ready to accept wildlife in the Spring.
Q: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DEALING WITH THE ROOF DAMAGE ON YOUR HOME?
A: Barb and Gary have been dealing with the damage to the roof for at least five years. They have leaks, which have damaged the ceilings in multiple rooms of their home. When it rains their home is filled with buckets and the sound of dripping rain overpowers even the loudest of T.V.s in the family room.
Q: ARE THERE ANY OTHER AVENUES THAT YOU’VE TAKEN TO HAVE THE ROOF FIXED?
A: Barb and Gary have had many other roofing companies provide estimates to replace the roof, but because their roof is so large, this was always beyond reach monetarily. Even when they put money back for the roof, it ended up being used for ceiling repairs from water damage as well on the minor shingle work that Gary did himself. A GoFundMe page was even started by someone to raise funds but it was just enough to make temporary repairs to the shingles & interior ceiling damages.
Q: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU TO BE THE WINNER OF RALLY AROUND A ROOF?
A: A very emotional Barb replied “Oh my gosh, it’s really hard to put into words. Just the thought that someone like yourselves would provide such a tremendous gift to us is beyond our wildest dreams. It translates into so much less worry. It has been such a worrisome burden in our lives but now we can focus on what’s most important & move ahead with the rescue! You know, when you lie down to go to sleep & you wake up in the morning what is generally the first thing you see while still lying in your bed? The (underside) of the roof! To now go to sleep and wake up without this issue facing me (literally) every day is unbelievable. You guys have no idea what a magnificent & selfless thing you are doing.”
Q: WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SAY TO THOSE WHO NOMINATED YOU FOR RALLY AROUND A ROOF?
A: Barb replies “To say ‘thank you’…just sounds so tame. I wish everyone could see inside my heart right now. You, personally, saw the real tears of happiness and relief as we’ve talked, but my heart is singing and dancing. There have been many people who have generously supported us along the way. However, I have to go back to the beginning when a Wild Again volunteer, Kelly Cooley, saw your contest and immediately entered our name. She then encouraged other volunteers to follow suit. Really, who couldn’t use a new roof? But she unselfishly submitted our name to Rally Around A Roof and despite a lot of pessimistic thoughts about the reality of this contest….IT’S REAL and we’re proof!!!! I am a real believer that everything happens for a reason. We’ve had some real struggles because of our costly and time consuming cause but it’s made us more empathetic and compassionate people. I don’t feel like we deserve this when I see people so much worse off. However, I realized something humbling. This gift was not provided to us, Barb & Gary, it was ultimately given to the animals so we can now focus our efforts on saving more lives.”
Q: HOW WILL THIS ENABLE YOU TO DO MORE FOR THESE NEEDY ANIMALS THAT YOU SO KINDLY RESCUE AND REHABILITATE?
A: “ The damaged roof was a huge energy drain for me and negativity can really put a damper on moving forward. Without that constant worry, I feel much more free to focus on the rescue which is most important. We also have many domestic rescues in the house that were subject to the leaking roof. Bird, dogs, cats…. were being moved because of interior issues from the roof. Obviously much more serious issues were headed towards us the longer this went on. Helping Hands Restorations saved us so we can save suffering animals.”
INSTALLATION DAY CELEBRATION
It was such an honor for the Helping Hands Restorations team to sit down and get to know this family and what motivates them to continue with their cause. They have an inspiring passion and love for animals and mankind alike, and we are so excited to give back to them for all the good they’ve put into the Universe! The Installation Day Celebration is Wednesday, October 25th, 2017, so come on out and celebrate this awesome family and watch, or even pitch in, while their roof is being built! Follow the Helping Hands Restorations Facebook page for updates in case of inclement weather.
Thank you to everyone who voted for this year’s Rally Around A Roof program and especially to those of you, and there were many, who gave Barb and Gary the opportunity to be in the running! Thank you to our supplier, North Coast Roofing Systems, who has so kindly donated ALL of the materials for the roof installation. To our roofing crew, All-Terrain Construction, who will be out there building the roof for Barb & Gary! Also, to Truk Dawgs Property Maintenance for the landscaping services and to All-Around Gutter Solutions for the replacement gutters! We couldn’t have a more incredible team of individuals helping us pull this off! So, from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!!!
Our belief at Helping Hands Restorations is that “It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” ~ NAPOLEON HILL
Spring Cleaning: It’s that time of year once again. Sure, you need to de-clutter your garage and your basement, spruce up your landscaping and dust your common living areas, but that’s not the type of cleaning this guide is about. You need to give some attention to your roof too!
A long, snowy winter in Dayton, OH can leave your roof with leaks, missing shingles and mold. Of course, if you catch the problems right away, repairs can stay minimal. That’s why it’s a smart idea to go through a Spring Cleaning Checklist and assess the state of your home’s roof.
Here are four steps to get you started:
Clean Out Your Gutters
You may have cleaned out your gutters in the fall, but chances are they’re full of leaves and debris once again after the long winter. Either hire a professional, such as Helping Hands Restorations, or safely climb a ladder and make sure all pathways are clear, so water can flow uninhibited. A backup in your gutters during the rainy spring can have serious implications for your home.
While you’re cleaning, you also should check for signs of wear and tear on your gutters. It’s vital to make sure your gutters are functioning properly. A functional gutter system allows water to roll away quickly from your home and foundation into your yard where it can water your grass, flower gardens and shrubs. Properly maintained and functioning guttering and downspouts are critical to protecting your landscaping, foundation of your home, fascia board, window frames and siding. If you notice rust and corrosion, these are sure signs your gutters may need to be replaced, before they break away from the house and leave you without a way to direct precipitation off the roof and away from your home. Click HERE to learn more about Helping Hands Restorations’ Gutter Services in Dayton, OH.
Examine Your Roof for Loose Shingles and Flashing
Never climb up onto your roof — it’s too dangerous if you are not experienced— but examine the exterior from the ground. Look for any gaps in the shingling, or for shingles that are missing or seem to be loose and ready to fly off during the next high wind. You also should look for signs that your flashing is buckling or tearing away from the roof.
Call Helping Hands Restorations, a Dayton, OH Roofing Contractor, right away if you notice you have damage. We offer a FREE, no obligation 20-Point Roof Inspection. Click HERE to request a free roof inspection online. It’s cheaper to prevent problems from water damage now than to repair them later. It will become more extensive and expensive unless you use spring cleaning as an opportunity to address it.
Trim Nearby Branches
Have nearby trees grown and begun to cast a shadow on your roof? A hanging tree branch over your roof is an accident waiting to happen. As branches scrape against roof shingles on windy days, they can strip off layers of asphalt. Also, if the leaves fall directly onto your roof or into the gutter, this can lead to mold, deterioration or leaks. Even worse, if the tree is damaged or diseased, a storm can cause limbs to fall onto your home. It’s best to hire a professional arborist to safely cut back vegetation so it does not threaten your roof, or you can do it yourself if you have the proper equipment. This also will reduce the amount of leaves you’ll need to clean out of your gutters in the future. Call us today if you need recommendations for local, fully insured and affordable tree care companies.
Look at the Inside of Your Attic and Home
Lastly, check for any signs of water damage or mold inside your attic or on the ceiling in your home. If you see any staining or smell mildew, it’s wise to call us so we can pinpoint the exact cause of the damage and make the repair quickly, before it has a chance to get worse or costlier.
It’s the perfect season to make sure your roof is functioning properly and is in good condition. Get in touch with Helping Hands Restorations if you think you have a roofing or gutter issue and we’ll provide fast, professional service so that you can get back to focusing on other areas of your home that need spring cleaning as well. Call your Dayton, OH Roofing Company today at (937) 215-8663 or click HERE to fill out the online request for a free inspection.
If you’ve been thinking about installing a new roof or wondering if you need to repair your roof, here’s the 411 on roofing.
YOUR ROOF’S FUNCTION
Your roof is the first point of contact your dwelling has with the elements. A good roof is just as essential as a safe foundation. As a well-designed foundation secures the building against destruction starting at the bottom, similarly a good roof affords protection for the building itself and what the building contains and prevents deterioration starting from the top. Having a sturdy, well-functioning roof is essential for ensuring that those inside are in the most comfortable, safe and well-protected space.
Your roof also serves an important function in your home’s insulation system. The vast majority of a home’s heating and cooling costs are due to a loss of heat during the winter and a loss of cool air during the summer. Most of this loss happens through the roof. By installing a proper layer of insulation, the heat exchange through the roof layers can be dramatically decreased. An insulated roof may decrease a home’s heating and cooling costs by as much as 40 percent.
COMMON ROOF PROBLEMS
A failing roof may happen slowly: a clogged gutter can push water under the shingles of a roof, soaking the plywood support underneath causing buckling. Shingles may have poor connection points and allow rain to leak in. The waterproof barrier may be of poor quality and allow moisture to deteriorate the trusses holding up the roof. Ventilation may be poor, allowing moisture to build up in the attic and creating a matted insulation layer that stops functioning. Or a failing roof can occur suddenly: a branch or tree that falls on the roof and damages a section may cause minor tears or major holes.
Based on Helping Hands Restorations’ experience in the field, the following are the most common causes of premature roof failure:
Lack of Maintenance
The failure to find and correct minor roof deterioration in the earliest stages is probably the greatest cause of premature roof problems. This is particularly true in the cases of low-sloped roofs.
The best preventive maintenance that one can do is to hire a Roofing Contractor to perform semi-annual inspections and roof tune-ups to identify and solve problems as they occur. Roofs get more abuse from the elements than any other part of the building. Just like periodic maintenance of your car will increase its lifetime mileage, preventative roof maintenance is a key element to saving money on your roof by providing a longer life cycle.
Extreme weather incidents such as severe storms, high winds and heavy rain can dislodge shingles, but even everyday weather has a negative effect on a roof. Summer sunshine reflected off the roof can cause the roof’s temperature to rise, and the arrival of a cold front or a thunderstorm causes it to drop rapidly. The shock of such expansion and contraction places a strain on the support structure as well as the cladding, causing fatigue and deterioration.
Water damage is the most common cause of roof problems. Research has shown that an inadequately ventilated roof area prevents air movement, which increases the moisture content in the air. Moisture causes corrosion, deterioration of insulation materials, and expansion and contraction of the wooden support structure, which impairs the performance of shingles or other roofing materials. The resulting gaps cause the roof to leak, which results in more damage.
Roofing materials are subject to damage from strong winds and flying debris. Generally, roofs are not designed to withstand winds of hurricane and tornado intensity. However, roofs may also be damaged by winds of moderate intensity, with gusts that may reach 50 to 75 mph. The primary cause of wind damage is from the partial vacuum created by wind blowing over the edge of the roof. Nature tries to neutralize the low-pressure area by bringing in air from a higher pressure area, usually from inside the building. This air pushes upon the bottom side of the roof assembly and, over time, loosens fasteners and breaks the adhesion making the roof susceptible to damage from the next moderate or strong wind. To counteract the effects of wind-uplift forces, the roofing and insulation should be adequately fastened to the roof deck, and a securely fastened perimeter detail should be provided.
Troublesome and costly roofing problems are often the result of faulty initial design of the roof system. Design deficiencies are costly to correct, and usually can only be corrected during the roof replacement. However, unless design deficiencies are discovered and corrected during the re-roofing, the problems related to them will most likely reoccur. Some examples of faulty design are:
The function of flashings is to provide a watertight junction between roofing materials and roof projections or other parts of the structure, and between roof sections. Flashings should be designed to furnish service for as long as the materials used on the roof. Flashings are the most vulnerable part of any roof. Their importance and the importance of maintaining them properly cannot be over-emphasized.
Not everyone is a Roofer, so how do you, as the Homeowner, recognize a damaged roof?
Obvious signs like buckling, cracked or missing shingles, worn-looking shingles and leaks into the interior are all indications of a deteriorating roof. What’s not always obvious are other signs of an inadequate roof like a higher-than-average electrical bill (indicating a poor roofing ventilation system), cracked or blistered exterior paint (indicating high humidity due to poor ventilation), interior mold or mildew growth (possibly due to excess moisture underneath the roof layers), water damage or stains in the attic or on ceilings following heavy rain, snow or ice (ice blockages or dams possibly caused water to leak under the shingles). If you live in an older home, and the roof hasn’t been replaced in 20 years, you may be in the position to install a new, upgraded roof.
A roof is in use from the moment it is installed. Subjected to the above-mentioned problems, the roofing materials begin to deteriorate immediately.
Repairs should never be postponed, and biannual roof inspections help the homeowner ensure that problems are not aggravated by lack of attention. For homeowners without a roof maintenance program, Helping Hands Restorations will conduct an inspection at no cost, followed by a report and a free, no-obligation quotation for the necessary repairs. Repairs may simply entail replacing a few shingles, or if the damages are extensive, a full roof replacement may be recommended.
REPAIRING SHINGLE ROOFS
Roofs occasionally develop leaks caused by cracked or missing shingles or shakes, or a blistered and cracked section of a flat roof. Often, the best way to identify a leak in the roof is from water damage on the internal walls. Shingle roofs are simple to repair; first, locate the leak, then isolate the source by marking the damaged, curled or missing shingles, and then replace them. If the leak is close to a joint such as a chimney, breaks in the caulking or flashing may be the culprit. Shingles that are lifting or curling can easily be reattached in warm weather with asphalt roof cement or compound; in cold weather, the shingle must be warmed and softened using a propane torch flame, then straightened before reattaching it.
Shingles that are torn, rotten or missing must be replaced. If an area of roof shows signs of rot, it may be necessary to replace the entire section. Damaged shingles need to be removed carefully, and loose or brittle cement must be scraped out. Protruding nails should be removed, and new shingles should be placed carefully and aligned with the adjacent shingles. Overlapping corners should be fastened into place on top of the new shingles, and any remaining gaps should be filled with caulking or spray foam insulation material.
***Note: Some roofing manufacturers may not grant a warranty to a roof that is partially replaced, so be sure to ask your Helping Hands Restorations representative about the pros and cons of a full or partial roof replacement.
REPLACING A ROOF
Roof replacement or remodeling occurs when the damage is too great to repair a section of the roof, the roofing materials are old or outdated, or the homeowner decides to renovate the building. Methods of re-roofing include the “tear-off” and “lay over” methods, and the choice of method depends on the roofing material used originally, the condition of the old roof, the accessibility of the existing roof’s interior and the extent of the damage. In some jurisdictions, roof replacement requires a permit similar to that needed for installing a roof on a new home. Building codes in certain states allow only a single lay-over to be conducted, although for practical purposes a lay-over can be done up to three times.
Depending on the roofing material used, it may not be feasible to lay new shingles over the old. While this is usually the less expensive route, it is not necessarily the best decision. In the tear-off process, the old roof is removed in its entirety. This enables the roofing contractor to examine the inner section of the roof and evaluate the condition of the trusses or rafters. He can also make any necessary flashing repairs and identify condensation or other moisture problems in the attic. For homeowners who select a long-lasting roofing material such as asphalt shingles, this process provides the opportunity to install new waterproofing underlayment to protect against future leaks, and it allows the contractor to correct any ventilation problems that may result from an old, inferior roof.
This process is best used when a roof is being replaced or remodeled for mainly aesthetic purposes. Provided that the original roof is intact or needs only minor repairs, the wooden supports pass inspection for rot and moisture, and they are deemed strong enough to support the additional weight, a new roofing material may be laid over the old. If the lay-over process is selected, it is advisable to install a full underlayment over the old roof before adding the new, or existing damage such as rot and moisture could spread to the new roof.
HOW MUCH DOES A FULL ROOF REPLACEMENT COST?
Replacing your entire roof is not an insignificant cost and it should be the homeowner’s responsibility to speak with a reputable roofing contractor to gain a full understanding of all the options. In 2016, a standard 2,200 to 3,400-square-foot roof replacement cost $5,000 to $12,000 or more for architectural asphalt shingles. Roofers charge for their work using what are known as “squares.” One 10-by-10-foot patch of roof makes a square. The average residential roof needs between 22 and 34 squares to be replaced.
Another avenue for roof replacement or repair, which unfortunately many homeowners are unaware of, is using your homeowners insurance policy to pay for the damages. The reason you have homeowners insurance is specifically for the damage you sustain in a wind or hailstorm. Your damages could be substantial, meaning so would your out-of-pocket expense. So, if your insurance company’s obligation is to replace the roof and have you pay only the deductible, it’s worth checking into. For example, if the cost to replace your roof is $10,000 and the type of insurance you have is a replacement cost value policy, the insurance company will pay the full $10,000 less your deductible. If you have a $1,000 deductible, you will end up with a new $10,000 roof and pay only your $1,000 deductible.
Helping Hands Restorations specializes in insurance claims and we handle the entire process from start to finish. Our knowledgeable claims specialists offer assistance in submitting a claim, perform an on-site damage assessment with the insurance adjuster, and perform emergency & permanent repairs billable to the insurance company. If you’d like to learn more, read our blog “Understanding the Storm Damage Insurance Claims Process” by visiting HERE. You can also learn more about Helping Hands Restorations’ Insurance Claims Assistance by clicking HERE.
MAINTAINING YOUR NEW ROOF
Maintaining a roof means cleaning it regularly, conducting biannual inspections and ensuring that necessary repairs are performed as soon as possible. Preventative maintenance can stop small, easy-to-fix problems from becoming costly repairs, will prolong the roof’s life span and will add to the home’s investment value.
A dirty roof is unsightly and can reduce the home’s curb appeal and resale value. Moss, algae and mold grow regularly on roof tiles and discolor them; bird droppings, mud and dust will also accumulate. Roofs should be cleaned annually, either by a professional roofing contractor or as part of your regular home maintenance program.
Regular roof inspections allow the homeowner to identify potential problems before they become more serious. Inspections should take place at least twice annually, during the spring and the fall, and should include:
A comprehensive maintenance program provides for two to four scheduled roof inspections each year, in return for one annual payment or a monthly premium. Some programs provide for ad hoc inspections after extreme weather events, while others offer these inspections at an additional cost. Debris removal may be included in the maintenance agreement, because it will be impossible to inspect the roof while debris is present. The contract may include cleaning and minor repairs, or the homeowner may receive a cost estimate for the repairs after the inspection. A roof maintenance program can save homeowners up to 50 percent over the life of a 30-year roof compared to replacing it every 15-20 years. Contact Helping Hands Restorations today for more information about our annual maintenance programs or to schedule your FREE, no-obligation inspection.
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