When people think of Kansas, The Wizard of OZ often comes to mind. The movie begins and ends in a Kansas countryside setting. When the movie starts, a terrible “twister” lifts and sweeps up the little abandoned house where Dorothy takes shelter. When the house crashes in Munchkinland, she steps outside with her dog and utters one of the most famous lines in film history… “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” That fictitious event was inspired by real tornadoes that devastated the rural town of Irving, Kansas in 1879, just 50 miles from Olathe. In that dramatic scene of the movie, with its crude but compelling special effects, the roof of the little house held strong while the building twirled through the turbulent sky. Of course, it’s not always the case that a roof stays completely intact during a severe wind event. That’s why it’s so important to know which roofers in Olathe, KS is the best at what they do, and which, like HT Roofing & Construction, are always ready to respond to homeowners’ and business owners’ needs when nature strikes.
Did you know that there are over 500 roofing companies within a 25-mile radius of Olathe? That number is from the Better Business Bureau. Olathe is a thriving small town with a population of over 140,000. It is Johnson County’s administrative center and seat of government, making it a hub of commercial activity. Household incomes are much higher in Olathe than the median income nationwide and there are approximately 34,500 single-family homes. That means there are plenty of roof jobs for all the roofing contractors in Olathe, but the best of those companies get most of the work, which is why HT Roofing & Construction stays so busy. After all, it’s not just the roof work that HT Roofing & Construction performs. The company is also Olathe Kansas’ best source for superior craftsmanship when it comes to gutters, siding, and painting.
Helping Homeowners “Weather the Weather” In Olathe KS
From summer swelters to winter ice storms, Olathe, Kansas and surrounding communities in Johnson, Wyandotte, Miami, Franklin, Douglas, and Leavenworth counties of Kansas, and Jackson and Cass Counties in Missouri can have challenging weather when it comes to keeping roofs in peak performing condition. Snow depth of at least an inch occurs an average of 25 days per year. Typically, the first frost in the Olathe area occurs between mid-October and the first week of November, and the last frost occurs between the end of March and the second week of April. That’s the timer when ice dams can develop. Ice dams can be a hazard to property owners and their roofs. It happens when there is a build-up of snow behind a ridge of ice along a roof’s edge (a.k.a. “drip edge”). These ridges form naturally on pitched roofs when there is a cold snap. The barrier that an ice dam creates prevents the efficient channeling of water and frozen particles from a roof. This can result in the formation of leaks, damage to roof framing, and staining of interior walls and ceilings. Sometimes, the dam breaks (so to speak) resulting in a sudden release of icy build-ups which can destroy shrubbery or even crash down on a passerby!
The Olathe area gets about 40 inches (1,000 mm) of precipitation during a year, with the largest share being received in May and June, a time when ice isn’t a problem. But heavy precipitation is also a contributor to roof problems.
Given the unpredictable severe weather which sometimes strikes Olathe Kansas, homeowners should expect a roofing company to be ready to serve and HT Roofing & Construction has earned a reputation for fast, caring service in times when property owners need it. In the aftermath of bad weather, when homeowners suspect damage to their roofs, HT Roofing & Construction will perform an inspection, looking for these forms of damage when inspecting a roof and planning for its restoration:
- Tiles or shingles that are missing, lose, or worn
- Loose or missing flashing, especially around chimneys or vents
- Punctures or tears
- Stains on the underside of the roof decking
- Loose, gapped, or leaking gutters
- Blocked downspouts
- Excessive rust or gaps in metal roof seams
- Mold growth
A roofing company that offers emergency roof repair performed by a trained, customer-oriented service team is just what Olathe KS needs when roof-related damage happens. Homeowners might want to compare Olathe to the Emerald City of “Oz” and a great roofing contractor as the Wizard who can make things new again, even after a tornado sweeps a home into the sky and plops it down to earth all worn out or broken.