Project: Covered Patio & Outdoor Fireplace, Gleannloch Farms

Covered Patio

This beautiful home in Gleannloch Farms needed a new roof. What more perfect time to also install a luxurious covered patio and outdoor fireplace? The finished project features stunning wood ceilings, natural stone around the fireplace, textured flooring, and recessed lighting.

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Top 10 Water Leaks To Watch For In Your Home

Water Leaks

Water leaks are among a home owner’s worst nightmares. Here is a list of some of the more common causes of water leaks, and tips for how you can hopefully avoid them:

Roof Wear & Tear

Slow roof leaks are sometimes the most damaging type of water leaks, because water damage usually begins in your attic where you might not notice it immediately. It can spread unobserved inside your walls causing decomposition and mold. Call us today  at 281.378.2431 for a free roof inspection to reduce your risk of leaks due to wear and tear.

Water Pipe Leaks

Whether through corrosion, too much pressure on joints, or other damage, a leaking water pipe can cause a severe leak that damages your drywall and totals your flooring. If you notice discoloration on walls, chalky flaking paint, or unexplained moisture, it’s wise to find the source as fast as possible. Call a reputable and insured plumber for repairs, such as

Water Heater Leaks

Depending on where your water heater is leaking, you may or may not need to replace it. If it’s leaking from the tank itself, that’s a big red flag. If it’s 6 to 10 years old, it may be on it’s last leg, and repairing it could only buy you a few months to a year before another leak or malfunction occures.

Air Conditioner Leaks

The most common cause of an AC leak is a clogged condensate drain line. If anything from balls of hair, to mold, to debris clog that pipe, condensation from your AC can back up into your home. A corroded or damaged drain pan, broken condensate pump, or frozen evaporator coil are also possible culprits. If you notice condensation on a pipe, or the pipe appears to be leaking and feels very cold, contact a plumber or AC repair company.

Leaking Appliances

Corrosion, mineral scale, and general wear and tear in appliances is another common cause of leaks. When your washing machine, dishwasher, or refrigerator springs a leak, it can ruin cabinetry, flooring, furniture, and other appliances. It’s important to turn the water off to your house any time you leave town.

Sink Leaks

Plumbing under sinks can become corroded and mineral buildup inside joints can cause damage. Clogged sinks are another common cause of water leaks. Be sure to check under your sinks every so often for dripping, or any signs of water damage. Catching a leak in its beginning stages can help you avoid damage to cabinetry, mold, and flooding.

Leaking or Running Toilets

A running toilet is definitely something you want to catch! While toilets don’t usually flood your home, a toilet that’s frequently running can cost you a lot on your water bill. If you notice a toilet whistles, runs, gurgles, or for whatever reason suspect you might have a leak, consider replacing the mechanisms inside your toilet basin. There is lots of information online about how to cheaply DIY this project, including this article from This Old House.

Storm Damage

Wind, fallen branches, and hail are among the most common culprits behind storm damage. Because storm damage is rarely exclusive to your roof, it’s wise to hire a general contractor, such as 1st Choice Roofing & Construction, who can also handle damaged siding, gutters, windows, and repair structural damage. Call us for a free storm damage analysis at 281.378.2431.

Animal Damage

It’s no fun finding out a squirrel chewed a hole in your siding and now rain is coming through. To prevent animals from gnawing and entering your home, regularly trim tree branches that could provide shelter and easy access. Also visually inspect the perimeter of your home for unsealed cracks and loose vents that might provide an entry point for critters.

Leaking Windows & Doors

Texas heat is notorious for compromising caulk. Whether your sealant is dry and cracked or melts right off the glass, it will leave your windows vulnerable to leaks. Inspect the caulk around windows and doors to make sure its flush and sealed. Discolored, peeling, warped, or cracked caulk can easily be peeled off and replaced. Replace weather stripping around doors if you see cracks of sunlight or can feel outdoor air seeping through.

For a Free Roof or Storm Damage Inspection, Complete With Photos & Insurance Claim Information, Please Call 1st Choice Roofing & Construction at 281.378.2431.

Increase Property Value by Adding a New Roof

Roofing Tomball TX

“The value of a new roof on your home can vary widely based on a number of factors. In general, a new roof can add between 15 and 40 percent to the value of your home. This means that a $100,000 home can become a $140,000 property simply with the addition of a new, modern roof. It also indicates that the more a home is worth, the more value it stands to gain from a new roof.” — Sapling

How a New Roof Increases Home Property Value:

  • Curb Appeal — Your new roof will be streak-free, look clean and fresh, and feature modern colors and textures. While it may sound superficial, a new roof can make a 20 year old home look like new construction from the outside.
  • Energy Efficiency — A quality roof installation will help keep your house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. This saves money on utilities, and raises your property value by making your home more desirable from a practical perspective.
  • Extends AC / Heater Lifespan — A roof that protects your home from extreme weather changes and temperatures is also beneficial to your AC Unit and Heater, extending their lifespan by saving them from working as hard. This is an obvious plus, since heating and cooling appliances are pricey to replace.
  • Risk Reduction — A new roof greatly reduces your risk of leaks due to wear and tear. While decades of incessant Texas heat, beating winds, pounding hail, and the passing of time can leave a decades old roof weak and compromised, a new roof will eliminate leaks and vulnerabilities you might not even be aware of.
  • Storm Damage Reduction — Needless to say, a new roof will  hold up better against heavy winds, rain, and hail than an old roof. Newer, tougher shingles and materials will hold up better than older, weathered, and compromised installations.
  • Better Warranties — A brand new roof has a brand new warranty, which should be transferable to a new homeowner. Needless to say, this is a big plus for prospective home buyers.

Call 1st Choice Roofing to get a Free Roof Inspection & Replacement Quote: 281.378.2431

Houston BBB Warns Of Roofing Contractor Scams

Texas Roofing Scam Blog Series

As fall approaches, The Houston BBB is warning homeowners to watch out for these home improvement scams circulating around local neighborhoods:

Heating Maintenance: Before doing business with a heating contractor, be familiar with the model you own and its maintenance history. Make sure to check that the contractor’s licensing required by the state of Texas at the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation’s website, www.tdlr.texas.govRead More

SCAM ALERT: TDI Warns Texans Against Roofers Who Offer To Waive Insurance Deductible

Texas Roofing Scam Blog Series

CBS DFW reports that following heavy April hail damage, they’re receiving reports of roofing scams. “Storm Chasers,” as they’re called, descend upon any area that’s been hit with heavy storm damage, sometimes offering legitimate services, but often scamming or delivering shoddy workmanship. Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) investigator Kyle Pisula says that some unscrupulous roofers have been offering to waive the homeowners insurance deductible.

“That money has to come from somewhere,” warned Pisula, and noted that the “no deductible deal” could lead a roofer to commit insurance fraud by over-billing the insurance company. “In the strictest sense, yes, the homeowner at that point could be an accomplice to the insurance fraud.”

While Pisula said that TDI would most likely not prosecute an unknowing homeowner, Texans need to be aware that a fraudulent roofer could put them in a very serious legal situation. But an offer to waive an insurance deductible isn’t the only red flag Texans should look for to avoid a roofing scam artist.

“It’s important they know who is on their roof,” Pisula said.

1st Choice Roofing & Construction will be publishing a series of articles here on our blog with tips and advice about how to spot a storm chaser or roofing scam, and what to do if you encounter one.

For more on this news story, check out CBS DFW.

Beautiful White & Chrome Kitchen Remodel With Farmhouse Sink

Our client had a big kitchen remodel project for us. Their needs were both practical and aesthetic.

  1. More pantry space & beautiful new cabinetry
  2. New chrome appliances for a clean modern look, including an elegant wine cooler
  3. A beautiful gas stovetop to replace their dated electric stove
  4. Easy to clean and elegant granite counters
  5. Tile flooring with a wood look for beauty and durability
  6. A white farmhouse sink for a trendy feel

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Versico Awards 1st Choice Commercial Roofing with Gold Medal Quality Award

Versico Roofing Systems Houston
Congratulations to the 1st Choice Commercial Roofing Team on being one out of only ten contractors in the entire state of Texas to receive Versico Roofing System‘s prestigious 2015 Gold Medal Quality Award.

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Greater North Houston Storm Damage Repair, Come Hail Or High Water!

Houston Hail Storm Damage Repair

April in North Houston has been very eventful where weather is concerned. Storm damage repair is already well underway, but with no end in sight. Volleys of hail, powerful wind gusts, torrential rain, and historic flash floods resulted in thousands of damaged homes and businesses.

In fact, on Monday, April 18, a whopping 17.6 inches of rain fell on the Greater Houston Area. It’s calculated that over 280 billion gallons of water – enough to supply Niagara Falls for 88 hours – caused creeks and bayous to flood, overflowing into neighborhoods, streets, businesses, and highways. The massive storm affected 3,000 square miles, leaving 70,000 people without power and over 1,000 homes flooded.Read More

1st Choice is Growing! New Location Coming This Summer 2016

We are so thankful to our many wonderful clients who have facilitated the growth of our business! 1st Choice is excited to announce that we have broken ground on a brand new location for our headquarters in Tomball just off FM 2920. Read More