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Hurricane Laura Bringing Strong Winds & Rainfall To East Texas

Hurricane Laura was upgraded to a Category 3 storm early Wednesday morning and remains on track to make landfall along the Texas and Louisiana coast on Wednesday night. Data from the National Hurricane Center shows that it could become a Category 4 storm before slamming into the shore.

Cities along the coastline, such as Galveston and Port Arthur, are likely to see catastrophic damage.

The impact on East Texas will naturally be less severe, but still significant, starting late Wednesday night. “Winds are expected to begin increasing over the southernmost sections of East Texas, spreading northward during the day on Thursday,” stated KLTV Chief Meteorologist Mark Scirto. “Maximum wind gusts of 80 mph or more are possible.”

Scirto also predicts 4-6 inches of rain for eastern counties, 2-4 inches of rain for central counties, and 1-2 inches of rain along the western fringe. This begins with scattered showers and thunderstorms on Wednesday afternoon, as the outer bands of Hurricane Laura reach East Texas. The rain and wind increase Wednesday night and continue throughout all of Thursday.

There is also a chance for isolated tornadoes and Flash Flood Watches in some counties.

Clear skies return to East Texas on Friday afternoon, making this weekend a perfect opportunity to assess potential damage from the storm. Strong winds can tear shingles from roofs and heavy rainfall may lead to leaks inside of homes and businesses. Let the highly trained experts at Stonewater Roofing help you locate the damage and get it properly repaired, providing peace of mind for many years to come.

Stonewater Roofing Reviews Roll In, Along With Severe Storms

Customers have given Stonewater Roofing an outstanding start to the new year, and we could not be more thankful. The first week of 2020 has seen multiple five-star reviews pop up on Google from residents across East Texas, eager to praise us for our quality workmanship, professionalism, site cleanup, customer service and more.

A number of our roofing experts were even applauded by name.

 

Michael Rushing and David Shoemaker, Stonewater Roofing employees, provided quality work with extra effort to details. I had some issues on material delivery. Michael found a solution to the problem, allowing the installation to be completed on time. The company installed quality undercovering and shingles in a professional manner and carefully removed all nails and debris upon job completion. I got what I paid for; quality materials, professional workmanship and they returned my calls promptly.
Sylvia Brady of Tyler (January 5, 2020)

 

Wonderful experience working with Dillon, Gage and the team at Stonewater Roofing. They were very accommodating to our busy schedules and patient with our many questions as we were roof replacement “rookies.” The work crew replacing our roof were very professional and left our yard immaculate after the job was complete.
Grace Manke of Tyler (January 6, 2020)

 

Jacob and Cary provided exceptional customer service coupled with quality and craftsmanship that were second to none! After a huge storm, we needed urgent roof repairs before more rain caused additional damage. Jacob came out the same day that I called and put tarps in place to protect our home from further damage until the insurance company determined total replacement was needed. Jacob even worked directly with our insurance company to make sure we were completely covered. Everyone with Stonewater went above and beyond to make sure every aspect of our roof was taken care of. Everything, start to finish, went incredibly smooth and we now have a beautiful new roof that will protect our family for many, many years to come! We highly recommend Stonewater Roofing!
Jeni Sikes of Bullard (January 6, 2020)

 

Stonewater Roofing was able to quickly identify my issue causing a leak in my garage and resolve in a very timely manner. They were also able to identify other areas that needed attention and the causes. I am very pleased with their attention to detail and quality of work. I will definitely use and recommend them in the future.
Kevin Holland of Hawkins (January 6, 2020)

 

Thank you so much to Stonewater Roofing for the professional manner and workmanship in which your crew reroofed my home. Thank you to Jordan for working with me on pricing over and above what insurance declined to pay. Thank you Cary Collum for being such a great Project Manager making sure the job was done properly. If you are looking to have a new roof, then I highly recommend Stonewater Roofing.
Glennys Harris of Longview (January 8, 2020)

 

These positive reviews could not have come at a better time for other East Texas residents and business owners. Meteorologists are forecasting severe weather on the horizon with a threat for powerful winds and damaging hail. More roofs throughout the Tyler and Longview areas will likely be battered by the storms.

But now you know who to trust with your roofing needs.

After severe weather strikes, do not wait. If you think that your home or business may have been damaged by strong winds or large hail, contact the highly trained experts at Stonewater Roofing to schedule your free assessment and make sure that your property, and your family, are protected before the next round of storms arrives.

Tornado Hits Dallas, Storm Then Brings Destruction To East Texas

Powerful storms blew through Northeast Texas on Sunday night and early Monday morning, leaving behind extensive damage to homes and businesses. There were reports of quarter-sized hail, tornadoes and straight-line winds that reached more than 100 mph in some areas.

The most severe weather struck the DFW Metroplex, and Dallas in particular.

Officials with the National Weather Service have confirmed that tornado touched down near Dallas Love Field on Sunday night before moving northeast through the city. There were no serious injuries reported, but nearly 140,000 people were left without electricity across Dallas, Richardson, Garland, Rowlett, Sachse and surrounding cities.

Power lines were torn down, trees were knocked over and many structures were damaged or destroyed.

A house owned by Dallas Stars player Tyler Seguin was among the buildings ripped apart by the tornado. The athlete explained on Twitter that this property was actually for sale, and that he had recently moved to another home. Seguin thanked those who reached out to him online and called the situation “an extremely sad sight to see.”

Many more homes, schools and shopping centers were left in shambles after the tornado. Tina Devlin of Dallas told KXAS-TV that her house was a “total loss,” and similar reports came from homeowners in the Preston Hollow neighborhood of Dallas, Garland and Sachse. “I heard all the snapping of the trees and the wind blowing, and so I climbed into this bedroom closet, and just as I got in there, the roof blew off,” Devlin said.

Shingles were reported missing from roofs in various cities from Keller, located north of Fort Worth, all the way to Carthage, to the southeast of Longview. That is a path of nearly 200 miles.

Dallas Fire-Rescue also responded to a structure collapse on Sunday night. Seven people escaped from the building, said to be an auto repair shop, just before it came down. Firefighters also received calls about broken glass and debris at multiple homes, and a 7-Eleven convenience store that collapsed. Again, everybody made it outside without injury.

Even a fire station was not safe from the overnight storm’s destruction. According to Jason Evans with Dallas Fire-Rescue, one of the department’s stations sustained significant damage — including a partial roof collapse — as a result of strong wind gusts and flying debris. No firefighters were hurt, but the building was left uninhabitable.

Radio station KNON-FM went off the air when the storm hit. Lew Morris of “Reckless Rock Radio” told The Associated Press that the Dallas building’s power went out just before the “distictive whistle” of a tornado. “We then heard the building shaking and could hear the glass windows shattering everywhere along with debris banging around. We waited until all the noise died down,” Morris recalled. The studio was destroyed, but staff members were not harmed.

Meanwhile, the Dallas Independent School District canceled classes at some schools on Monday, citing damage to campuses.

After the storm ravaged the DFW area, it marched toward East Texas with the same fury. The National Weather Service stated that a tornado also touched down near Fair Play on Sunday night, about nine miles west of Carthage. Power lines were ripped apart and trees were toppled in Henderson, Pine Hill and Alba. A hardware store in Troup was destroyed.

Crews with the National Weather Service will be surveying the storm damage in Rusk County and Panola County on Monday to determine if more tornadoes were responsible for some of this destruction.

Need Help?

Let the experts from Stonewater Roofing help you get your life back on track after this devastating storm. We have crews across East Texas available to assist with the cleanup efforts and inspect your property for damage. We are ready to help homeowners and businesses find peace of mind after this disaster. Stonewater Roofing is here for you.

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Wind Can Be More Damaging To Your Roof Than Hail

It makes perfect sense that hailstones would cause damage to your home’s roof. After all, we’re talking about chunks of ice barreling down onto your property at a high rate of speed. But even storms that do not have much hail can be destructive to your roof. That is because wind has the power to rip away entire pieces of your home’s protective top layer.

Such a storm was felt recently in the DFW area. There were very few reports of hail, but winds reaching up to 80 mph knocked down trees and power lines, damaged buildings and even toppled a crane in downtown Dallas. It might not be the kind of storm that has homeowners thinking about roof repairs, but that is a mistake.

According to the National Weather Service, some slight roof damage can occur with just 45 mph winds, even though this is considered to be a “non-severe” storm. A traditional “severe” storm features winds of at least 58 mph, and definitely has the potential to rip apart a home’s roof. Wind speeds above 75 mph will likely cause widespread roof damage.

The effects of strong winds on a home can be pretty interesting, because the damage is not done in a uniform manner. Wind tends to cause the greatest amount of damage along the edges of a roof, or in areas that were damaged by a previous storm. Those are the places where the shingles can most easily be ripped away from your property.

Much of the reasoning is based in science. Wind pressure is greater along a home’s perimeter, and lower in the middle sections of a home’s roof. Also, there are two types of pressure: positive and negative. The positive pressure creates a pushing effect while the negative pressure is more like a suction. Your roof will experience both kinds of pressure. The section of your roof that sees each type of pressure depends on the direction that the wind hits your home.

Strong winds knocked trees down onto and around a home. (credit: NOAA)

That wind pressure will cause the materials on your home’s roof to move. In areas of higher pressure (like the edges) or locations where the shingles are already damaged, that movement will be greater. The problems increase exponentially from that point. Once there is a little bit of movement, it becomes easier for wind to grab that shingle and move it more, or even peel it away from the roof entirely.

This kind of roof damage usually starts very small, and is difficult for most homeowners to notice. But the problem increases with each gust of wind that blows through your area. Spots where shingles are raised, displaced or missing altogether become susceptible to water damage from rain, which can quickly lead to leaks inside of your home.

The goal is to prevent wind damage before problems become devastating, or fix your home’s issues very soon afterward. Contact the experts at Stonewater Roofing for your FREE damage assessment. We can thoroughly look over your home and let you know if recent storms have had a hazardous impact on your family’s safety.

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‘Setting Aside Roof Sales’ To Help Longview Recover From Storms

Extremely powerful straight-line winds caused severe damage to homes and businesses across Longview this week. The National Weather Service said that gusts reached as high as 90 mph along a path nearly 17 miles long and more than 2,000 yards wide. KLTV meteorologist Mark Scirto compared the Longview storms to “an EF-1 tornado and a high-end Category 1 hurricane.”

Mayor Andy Mack confirmed that there were no fatalities nor serious injuries in Longview, but there was plenty of damage left behind.

Roofs were ripped apart. Large trees and power lines were toppled. The Longview storms resulted in widespread power outages and even forced some East Texas school districts to delay or cancel classes. Residents shared stunning photos of the damage on Facebook, showing massive amount of debris in their yards and on top of their houses.

But nothing could prepare Alicia Price for what she saw firsthand. “Facebook does not really do the damage justice,” she said. “You drive down through here and see roofs ripped off homes, huge trees through homes, windows blown out, patio doors blown out. The damage is pretty astronomical.”

That prompted Price, an invoicing specialist with Stonewater Roofing, to spring into action. She began coordinating with friends, business owners, police and city officials in Longview. The goal was to donate time, money and supplies to those impacted by this brutal storm, as well as those trying to clean up the mess that it left behind.

“We just wanted to give back to the community and help,” Price explained.

The team set up camp at the corner of Judson Road and Eden Drive. There, they have been providing barbecue meals around the clock and offering assistance in any way possible. “People are showing up to help,” stated Price early Friday. “Even this morning, I had some random people drop some water off. I don’t even know how they knew we were here.”

Along with the homeowners who saw property damage from the storm, Price and her team are also helping the city workers who have been busy cleaning up the storm’s path of destruction. “The city and police department were very welcoming,” Price added. “They’ve had nobody offer, so they were very excited that we were here and showing up.”

“When incidents like these happen, this is where we set aside trying to sell a roof,” explained Trent Spradlin, Chief Marketing Officer with Stonewater Roofing. “We set that aside for being empathetic to people who have lost something. All of us here at Stonewater obviously have experienced loss of some sort at some time, and we know what that’s like.”

“Whether its a homeowner or a city employee that’s been working throughout the night and during the day, giving them a break and some sense of normalcy, not having to worry about not having electricity at home to cook food and things of that nature, really is the reason that we’re doing this,” Spradlin elaborated. “It speaks directly to the Stonewater culture.”

What Do Severe Storms Do To Your Home?

After severe storms pass through Texas, particularly those with strong winds and hail, homeowners are warned about the many dangers of roof damage. But you shouldn’t just trust the word of a roofing company. Knowledge is the key to understanding when and how to replace your roof.

That said, it is important to know what severe storms can actually do to your home.

Let’s start with the roof itself, which is fully exposed to the elements and acts as the first line of defense for your home. If the wind gusts are strong enough, a storm has the power to rip shingles from your roof, leaving that layer of protection with potentially harmful gaps. It is easy to spot missing or broken shingles because the pieces will likely be littering your yard.

Hail damage might be harder to detect, especially from the ground. Larger pieces of hail will leave bruises or holes on shingles. They appear as dark spots or dimples on the roof surface. It is difficult to say how big a hailstone must be in order to cause damage. That really depends on several factors — from the quality of your roofing materials to the slope of your roof. But, generally, anything above one inch is cause for concern.

A roof that has been damaged by hail or high winds leaves your home vulnerable, even to less severe storms. These damaged areas can turn into leaks. Every light rain that passes over your neighborhood could send water into your living area, ruining the ceiling and walls, or your family’s personal belongings down below.

Simply put, treating roof damage as soon as it occurs is the safest way to protect your home — and everything inside.

Water leaks are easy to spot, since you can inspect the damage without even going outside. First, check your attic for dripping. You may be able to hear this during a storm. Wet insulation is a sign that there is likely a leak. Also, search for discoloring on your walls and ceilings, or areas where the paint is bubbling. This could be a sign that water is getting trapped within the drywall. You may also notice (or smell) mold or mildew, another sign of a potential water leak.

Along with shingles, other parts of your home’s exterior could be damaged during a severe storm. Look for dents or dings on metal vents or chimney covers. The same can be said about any aluminum siding, metal garage doors, gutters, downspouts and outdoor air conditioning or swimming pool equipment.

There are obvious signs of storm damage as well. Cracked or broken glass on your windows and doors will be easily noticed. As one should expect, skylights are especially susceptible to breaking during a hail storm, and that could lead to a myriad of problems in the room directly below. Outdoor lights may also be destroyed by large hail. Wood fencing could become splintered.

Any of these problems could indicate possible roofing issues which are challenging for the average homeowner to identify.

If you think that your home might have storm damage, what should you do?

First, be safe. Unless you are trained at spotting roof damage and have the proper equipment to do so, it is not smart to climb onto the roof of your home. Let an expert handle this dangerous task. Contact a reputable roofing company, like Stonewater Roofing, to visit your home and perform a FREE damage assessment.

Do not call your insurance company first. Let the professionals at Stonewater Roofing determine what parts of your home need to be fixed, document the true extent of the damage and create an accurate estimate for the repairs. We make the process hassle-free and are proud to be The Leader In Insurance Claim Approval.

Stonewater Roofing genuinely wants to protect you and your family. Call us at 903-266-1205 to speak directly with one of our trained staff members if you have any questions or concerns.

Storms Bring Large Hail & Strong Winds To DFW

The first day of spring arrives later this month, but the DFW area already saw some early spring storms late Friday night and into Saturday morning. That included powerful winds and quarter-size hail, both of which can be damaging to your roof. Not only that, but more showers are expected throughout the coming week.

The storm was widespread, dropping hail on homes and businesses in many North Texas cities. Dallas, north Fort Worth, Grapevine, Lake Worth, Haltom City, Keller, Southlake, White Settlement, Flower Mound, North Richland Hills, Coppell, south Frisco, west Plano, Prosper, Allen and The Colony were all among those areas where damage was reported.

A neighborhood in Mesquite even felt the force of an EF0 tornado.

Most of the ugly weather has since pushed past the Metroplex, and the rest of Saturday looks to be warm and dry. But a cold front moves in on Sunday morning, bringing several days of rain to the area once again. Expect showers Monday through Wednesday, but no more severe weather.

Still, the rain alone could be enough to exacerbate any damage caused by the latest round of wind and hail, or damage that was previously caused to any homes and businesses. This is a good time to have your property assessed by a trusted and experienced roofing professional like the ones at Stonewater Roofing.

Call us at 903-266-1205 for a FREE damage assessment!

City Limits Apartments Residents Happy With New Roof

The weather in Texas can change in a minute, and it is often unforgiving. Powerful wind gusts. Hailstones that are the size of baseballs. A violent tornado. The remnants of a Gulf Coast hurricane. No matter what Mother Nature is throwing your way, safety is the top priority.

Few people understand this better than the owners of multi-family dwellings.

That is why Stonewater Roofing is proud to have just completed a project at the City Limits Apartments in far north Dallas. The residents of this 406-unit complex can rest easy, knowing that they are well protected from the harshest elements that Texas has to offer.

“One thing Stonewater brings to the table with these multi-families is our knowledge of the industry,” said COO Jacob Law, adding that the company is able to make sure that projects are not only done properly, but also smoothly. “We want to make sure that things go on as smooth as possible on a day-to-day basis.”

“These apartment complexes are going to stand for a while,” Law continued, “and they’re going to need to satisfy their residents.” Those living in the three-story Dallas apartment buildings seem to be quite pleased with the results.

“We had a resident come out today, and she said she’s been living in this particular apartment complex over 10 years. She’s a home nurse. She came out to thank us,” Law recalled. “She’s needed to get in and out of the apartment with her client a few times, and our guys have been there to assist.”

But it’s not just Stonewater Roofing that had the woman and others smiling. “The residents here seem to be pretty happy,” Law said, “that not only we’re out here doing it, but that the owners took the time and investment to make this property better.”

Stonewater Roofing works closely with property owners and insurance companies to make sure that multi-family buildings like this get the proper roof installed by highly-skilled and experienced professionals, all at an affordable cost.

Call 903-266-1205 today for a free damage assessment!