Friday, March 29, 2013

You're invited to our Open House & Helmet Drive...

You are invited to attend our Open House and Helmet Drive benefitting The Sarah Jane Brain Club. This is the first chapter in the Dallas area, founded by Miss Katie Campbell of Parish Episcopal School. Miss Campbell was inspired to start this chapter after a friend passed away from a brain injury he sustained in a skateboarding accident, while not wearing a helmet. The purpose of the Sarah Jane Brain Club is to help prevent, identify and treat brain injuries. Brain injuries are the #1 cause of death and disability in the U.S. in children, adolescents, and young adults.
Please stop by and join us for food, fun and prizes in supporting this great cause! We will be accepting donations for the purchase of helmets that will be donated to Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.

When:   Saturday, April 6th from 12pm to 4pm

Where:  Outback Roofing
              17618 Davenport Rd., Suite 2
              Dallas, TX 75252

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

First Indoor Hail Simulation

Pictures taken from the first ever indoor hail simulation study that was performed by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) Research Center on February 20, 2013:

Photo credit from Flickr: State Farm
1. Hail stone exploding on impact, 2. Hail damage on metal roof, 3. Hail damage to aluminum gutter, 4. Dent to a car from hail

Visit to learn more about how this first indoor hail simulation in the world came to be and what you can do to reduce catastrophic damage from hail. State Farm is one of the founding members of IBHS.
The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) Research Center is a unique, state-of-the-art, multi-risk applied research and training in Chester County, South Carolina. This facility is a tangible, very public demonstration of the property insurance industry’s deep commitment to reducing and preventing losses that disrupt the lives of millions of home and business owners each year. The scientific research conducted here will influence residential and commercial structural design and construction for decades to come, and will significantly advance building science by enabling researchers to more fully and accurately evaluate various residential and commercial construction materials and systems.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Chicago, we have a problem!

So last night, I was awakened at 1:30am by the annoying wind chime and tarp that is over one of our skylights, being blown by the wind. (Yes, we have a case of the shoemakers children needing shoes here!) It sounded like it was going to take the entire roof off the house. This went on ALL night! It sounded so bad, I kept wondering about the debris that I was going to wake up and find strewn about the neighborhood. Surprisingly, the aftermath in our neighborhood was not as bad as it sounded. (The picture to the left was taken in April 2008 after a wind storm in our neighborhood downed many Bradford Pear trees.)

When I was taking the Haag Engineering Residential Roof Inspector Course, we learned some interesting things about butt rott, the ever-fabulous ice ball launcher and the instructor pointed out that Chicago wasn't actually the windiest city*. Gasp, I know! Did you know that Dallas, TX ranks as #5 in the windiest cities in the U.S. and Chicago doesn't even make the top 10? Even more gasp, I know! Since I have lived most of my life in Dallas, I never really thought it to be "out of the ordinary" windy, but ever since the instructor pointed it out, I have been more aware and have noticed how windy Dallas actually is!

I googled the top windiest cities in the U.S. and found the following chart at with information tabulated from NOAA National Climatic Data Center, regarding the average annual wind speed of the windiest US cities (in miles per hour and kilometres per hour):

Boston, Massachusetts
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Buffalo, New York
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Dallas, Texas
Kansas City, Missouri
San Francisco, California
Cleveland, Ohio
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Providence, Rhode Island
Chicago, Illinois
Detroit, Michigan
If you live in a windy city, here are some things you can do to keep your roof and property safe:
  1. Annually inspect your roof - make sure all flashings, chimney covers, vents, siding, etc are secure and reseal all penetrations and any lifted shingles. (Or, better yet, have Outback perform a Roof Tuneup!)
  2. Keep trees trimmed and clear of any dead or large limbs that protrude over the roof.
  3. Secure any objects that maybe become flying debris, such as patio furniture and umbrellas.
Most insurance policies do not have a provision to cover wind damage, leaving homeowners to make what can sometimes add up to very costly repairs, depending on the extent of the damage. At Outback, we install Atlas Signature Select roofing systems, that come with a built-in wind policy of up to 130 mph wind. We also offer Roof Tuneup maintenance plans to help keep your roof in tip-top shape, come rain, wind or shine! For more information on our roofing systems that keep you covered, please contact your Dallas roofing company, Outback.

(*Legend has it that Chicago is called the Windy City because of the hot air bellowing from the local politicians!)

- Jennifer Crutcher 

Jennifer is a licensed insurance adjuster in the state of Texas, a Haag Engineering Certified Residential Roof Inspector and is passionate about consumer protection and education. She works at Outback Roofing, a family owned and locally operated company, where she is responsible for daily office operations. Jennifer resides with her family and two German shepherds in the Dallas area. A little known fact is that she secretly aspires to be an ice dancer!