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How Long Will Roofing Work Take?

How Long Will Roofing Work Take? - R2 Roof Guys

If you are going to have work done on your roof, either repairs or replacement, you are probably wondering how long the job will take to complete. Roofing work, even when done by competent and experienced contractors, can be loud and disruptive to your daily routine. Understanding in advance how long the work will take can help you prepare for the experience.

Just how long a roofing job will take depends on a variety of factors including the type of work, your specific roofing needs, and external considerations like the weather.

Types of Roofing Work

What you are having done to your roof will usually dictate how long the job will take and if it will be disruptive to your daily routine. A simple roof inspection takes very little time and really won’t disrupt your day. If you have to have some repairs or a partial roof replacement done, it may only take a few hours. If you find the work to be disruptive, you may not want to stay at home while the work is completed. You can still go to work as usual, and the contractor will call you when the work is finished. Some homeowners like to be onsite when work is being completed. If that’s the case, then you will likely be able to do so without missing a whole day of work. The lengthiest type of roof work, of course, is having a complete roof replacement done. It typically takes one or two days to complete, weather permitting.

Your Roofing Needs

Another factor that affects how long a roofing job takes is your specific roofing needs. You have to consider your roof, both the old and the new. How large is your home? If it’s fairly large, then the job, even if it’s only repair work, will likely take longer to complete than it would for a smaller home. The design also matters. A tiered roof replacement can take longer than roofs with simpler designs.

You have to consider both your roof size and the roofing materials being used as well. The type of materials used can play a big part in how long it takes to complete the work. There is a big difference in time installing a metal roof versus a roof with Spanish tiles.

External Considerations

One of the biggest external factors that affect how long roofing work takes to complete is dealing with Mother Nature. Inclement weather is often a roofing contractor’s worst enemy. Rain or snow can double the length of time it takes to complete a job, extending a one to two-day project to four or five days. If it rains or snows while work is being performed on your roof, the contractors will have to take extra time to cover your roof with tarps to prevent your home from being damaged.

Trying to avoid weather delays can be difficult because the weather can be unpredictable. Many homeowners and contractors prefer to have roofing work done during the summer since it is usually drier and there are fewer rainy days. This preference means that you may run into scheduling issues if you choose to have work done during the warmer, drier months. You may have more flexibility having work done to your roof during the winter. Texas winters tend to be mild and it may be a better option for you.

Final Thoughts

When you have roof work done on your home, ask your contractor for a ballpark figure on the amount of time it will take to complete the work. While he may not be able to give you an exact timeframe, he should be able to give you a rough idea of how long the type of job usually takes. Also, ask what his team will do in the event of bad weather, so you are prepared should it happen.

When you have considered the type of work you are having done, the size of your roof and materials that are being used, you will likely be able to estimate how long the work will take. At R2 Roof Guys, we can’t always forecast exactly how long a project will take, but we can assure you that the work will be done by experts and with quality materials. We pride ourselves in completing the work right the first time.

If you need a roof inspection, repair, or replacement, call Texas roofers, R2 Roof Guys for your free estimate.

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Filing an Insurance Claim for a Roof Replacement

Filing an Insurance Claim for a Roof Replacement - R2 Roof Guys

It may be an unexpected catastrophe – a severe storm that damages your roof beyond repair. Or, it may be something that you have been expecting for years. Whatever the situation, when it’s time to replace your roof, you will know it and won’t be able to put it off for very long.

It may be a stressful situation on its own, deciding that it’s time to call a roofer to install a new roof, but when you add in filing a claim with your insurance company, it can be even more trying. The phone calls, follow-ups, the possibility of dealing with your mortgage company are all things that can cause a major headache. The best thing you can do is get prepared now so that when you do have to replace your roof, you will know what to expect.

Know and Understand What Your Insurance Policy Covers

When a disaster strikes, it isn’t the best time to become familiar with your homeowner’s insurance policy. It’s important that you know what it covers and what it doesn’t cover before you are in the middle of a crisis. Don’t just take for granted that your policy will cover whatever happens with your roof. Not all insurance policies are the same. There may be factors that affect how much your insurance will cover for your roof replacement including how old your current roof is and the reason it needs replacing.

Additionally, the details of your insurance policy may change from time to time, so it’s important to always stay up-to-date on any modifications made to your policy. Call your insurance carrier and make sure that you know what your policy entails and ask for a copy for your records. Do this now, before disaster strikes.

Thoroughly Document Roof Damage

It is essential that you have a record of all the damage that has occurred to your roof. If you have had a severe storm or strong winds, you should inspect the attic and roof and list all damages. Take pictures or video of everything you see. It’s also a good idea to make a visual record of your roof before any damage occurs so that you have something to compare it to after the unthinkable has happened.

If your roof is damaged, it’s a good idea to have an inspection done by a roofing contractor. A professional may be able to identify damage that you didn’t notice. He may also be able to offer you advice or insight into how to deal with your insurance company.

Hire the Right Roofing Contractor

It’s a good practice in any service to hire an expert. The right roofing company, with years of experience and satisfied reviews from customers, will not only be able to complete the work easily, since they do it every day, but they’ll provide a quality roof replacement that will last for years and years to come. Hiring a trusted roofing contractor isn’t just a good idea for the quality of your roofing project, but it is also helpful to find a company that has a great reputation with insurance companies. They will be able to help you through the insurance claim, and when all parties work well together, the entire process will run more smoothly. When you know you can trust your roofing contractor with every aspect of the process, it will be much easier for you to relax through this stressful time.

R2 Roof Guys Is Your Texas Roofing Expert

Let R2 Roof Guys help you with all your roofing needs. We are reputable, experienced, and will answer all your questions to make sure you can make an informed decision regarding your roof. Whether you need an inspection, repairs, or a roof replacement, we can help. Contact R2 Roof Guys at 214-405-4396.

Keep Your Home Safe with This Home Safety Checklist

Keep Your Home Safe with This Home Safety Checklist - R2 Roof Guys

Improving the Safety of Your Home

Have you ever explicitly focused on the safety of your home? If you don’t regularly check to make sure that it’s safe, you could be putting your home and your family at risk. This checklist will help you maintain a safe environment and minimize the risk to your home.

#1 – Home Security

Every year, there are more than 2.5 million home break-ins in the U.S. and households with no security system are three times more likely to be a part of that list. If you don’t already have a security camera system in place in your home, it’s time to consider installing one. If you have a system in place, it’s a good time to check if it is as effective as it could be – there are advancements in this type of technology all the time. Is yours up to date? Are there more automation features that would better safeguard your home and family? If so, then it is an investment worth making.

#2 – Structural Damage

Checking for any structural damage to your home is an important part of home safety. This type of damage worsens over time, so when it is left unrepaired, it can quickly become dangerous and more expensive to repair. If you have been ignoring or neglecting any cracks in your walls, or changes in the ground around your home, it’s time to have them repaired or reinforced.

#3 – Roof Inspection

It’s a good idea to check your roof at least once a year, especially before and after any harsh weather season, to see if there are any visible signs of damage. Sagging areas, damaged or missing shingles, and areas where daylight is visible from inside the attic are all signs that you should call an experienced roofer to make repairs or replace your roof.

#4 – Check Gutters

If your gutters become clogged with debris, you can experience water damage to the foundation of your home when the summer rains come. This clogged debris can also cause water to leak into basements, causing additional damage. Be sure that you clean out your gutters and check for any areas that may be leaking.

#5 – Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

If you don’t have smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home, you need to do so immediately. For those that are already installed, it’s important to check the batteries on a regular basis and replace them when necessary.

#6 – Electrical Wiring

Electrical short-circuiting can cause home fires, so it is important for your home safety that you don’t overload any circuits or have any old or damaged wiring. Replace any old wiring and check, a few time a year to be safe, that you don’t have any damaged wires. It’s also a good idea to make sure that all the electrical plugs in your home fit securely in their outlets to prevent dangerous heat build-up.

#7 – Maintain Air Conditioner and Furnace

Replacing filters for your air conditioning and heating unit is essential to your home safety. Not only will a clogged or dirty filter increase your energy bills, but it can also make the air in your home unhealthy to breathe.

#8 – Prepare Emergency Kit

You never know when an emergency may arise. In Texas, where hurricanes and tornadoes are common, it’s a good idea to be prepared should you have to evacuate your home. Each member of the household should have an emergency kit ready, with enough supplies for 72 hours, just in case there is any type of disaster. The kits should contain any supplies that are specific to your area, but at a minimum have the following:

  • Food and water
  • Flashlight or another type of battery-powered lighting, and extra batteries
  • Any medications that the person needs
  • First aid supplies
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Personal medical history

#9 – Communication Plan

If there is a natural disaster, the communication methods that you are accustomed to using may not be working properly. Cell phones, landlines and internet services will likely be nonfunctioning, so it’s important that you have other measures in place. The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends creating paper copies of necessary contact information for your family. These papers should include information for your doctors, schools your children attend and other relevant service providers. If you complete their Family Emergency Communication Plan online, you can print it on a wallet-sized card and distribute it among family members.

#10 – Know Your Neighbors

Strong communities often fare much better in the aftermath of emergencies. Getting to know your neighbors and watching out for one another is one of the surest ways to build a strong community. Additionally, if your neighborhood has a neighborhood watch group, consider joining it to help keep your community safe and protected.

R2 Roof Guys Will Keep Your Roof Safe

If you are looking for a new roof, roof repair, or roof inspection, and you live in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area, contact R2 Roof Guys at 214-405-4396 anytime; there is someone to help you with any roofing need 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Mistakes to Avoid When Making Decisions about Your Roof

Mistakes to Avoid When Making Decisions about Your Roof - R2 Roof Guys

There’s no doubt that making decisions about the maintenance of your home are never easy, especially when it can involve a large investment. There are many questions and concerns that you may have when it comes to big-ticket items, such as replacing your roof. Is it a good idea to try to repair your roof on your own? Should you go with the roofing contractor who has less experience but will charge you a significantly lower price? Is there a way that you can save money, for example, by providing your own materials to an experienced roofing contractor?

How you answer these, and other questions may lead you down a path that ends up costing you more money in the long run. However, once you know some of the common pitfalls to avoid when making decisions about your roofing situation, you can then make informed choices that you’ll be happy with for years to come.

The following are some common mistakes that homeowners make when deciding what to do about their roof. Avoid these when making decisions about your own roof repair or replacement:

DIY Roof Repair or Replacement

There are many things around your home for which the do-it-yourself (DIY) approach is a good idea, but roofing is not one of them. Unless you have extensive experience and knowledge of roofing, it is best to leave repair or replacement to the professionals. While fixing or replacing a roof may look like any other construction project, it can be dangerous and difficult. Many times, homeowners will begin the work themselves to save money, only to have to call a professional roofer to fix what they have done – costing them more in the long run.  There is a reason that roofing contractors are considered experts in their field: because they have the knowledge and experience to do the job right the first time.

Buying Roofing Materials Yourself

It’s always a great idea to shop around for the best deals you can find. However, when it comes to the job of installing a new roof, it’s a better idea to let an experienced roofing contractor buy the materials for you. There are a couple of reasons for this. One, an experienced roofing contractor will know how much and what exactly to purchase, so you will avoid purchasing the wrong products in incorrect quantities. And two, an experienced roofing contractor will often get better pricing on materials because they already have established relationships with suppliers. Additionally, many contractors will provide you with a package deal consisting of high-quality work and a manufacturer’s warranty on the products.

Installing Products That May Cause Damage Over Time

There are many roofing products on the market these days that can be troublesome and even cause damage to your home over time. Depending upon what type of roof you have and where you live, there may be some features that are just not right for the design of your roofing system. For example, flush mounted skylights are popular design features, but they typically don’t have a very wide flange. That means that they cannot support large volumes of water. During heavy rainstorms, water may go beyond the flange and leak beneath the roof, possibly causing damage to your home. For that reason, flush mounted skylights are not right for every home. An experienced roofing contractor will take all aspects of your home and its location into account and help you decide which products will work best for you.

Not Hiring a Reputable Contractor

A new roof can be a large expense, so it’s important that you find a reliable, reputable roofing contractor to perform the job. Do your homework when you are looking for a roofer – don’t just go with the company that offers you the lowest price. Ask friends and family for referrals, check ratings and reviews online, and read company websites to find an experienced contractor with a good reputation and proven track record of quality work. You will find that it is well worth your time to do some research before you decide which contractor to hire.

Call R2 Roof Guys for Your Free Estimate

At R2 Roof Guys, we have the experience, knowledge, and work ethic to provide Dallas area residents with the best workmanship and quality roofing products. Whether you need a roof inspection after summer storms, or a roof repair or replacement, we can help. Contact us today for a free estimate at 214-405-4396.

Dallas Roofing Company – Common Roof Leak Locations

Dallas Roofing Company – Common Roof Leak Locations by R2 Roof Guys

Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex roofers share information about where roof leaks occur most often.  

Dallas, TX / August 10, 2018 / — As roofing contractors at R2 Roof Guys, we see a lot of roof leaks. We also see how frustrating a roof leak can be for homeowners when the leak causes damages to their home and personal property. Sometimes locating roof leaks is relatively straightforward, while other times it can be quite difficult, requiring a lot of detective work and a spotter on the inside of the house.

We’ve put together a list of the most common areas that roof leaks occur, so as you inspect your roof before or after harsh weather, you’ll know where to focus. Of course, it’s always a good idea to have a roofing contractor come and inspect your roof – we know how to find the smallest, most hard-to-find leaks and repair them quickly.

Locations Where Roof Leaks Commonly Occur

The Roof Field – On older roofs, you may find that there are leaks within the roof field. If you have asphalt shingles, it should be fairly easy to walk around and check the tops of the shingles for any damage, curling, missing colored granules, and cracks. If you have other roofing materials, like slate, concrete tile, or clay tile, it requires more care and should be done by a roofing contractor.

Valleys – Valleys are the lines where two planes of the roof intersect. These areas can be particularly troublesome if the shingles are not trimmed correctly. When the shingles are trimmed to fit the valley area, there is a specific way they must be cut, or it can allow water to find a way down and into your home.

Chimneys – The areas surrounding chimneys are the culprits of many leaks. Chimneys typically contain four different types of flashing, and they all must be right, or you will have a leak. A tiny hairline crack above the flashing can cause a tremendous amount of water to leak behind the flashings and create damage.

Plumbing Vent Flashings – Many of the newer types of vent flashings have a rubber seal with an aluminum flashing. The rubber seals simply aren’t designed to last as long as a roof and can fail within 10 to 15 years. When you are trying to locate a leak, be sure to check for cracked rubber around plumbing pipes. The flashing should dive up and under the shingles that extend up the roof from the middle of the plumbing vent. The bottom half of the flashing should be exposed and actually cover the shingles.

Furnace Flashings – Furnace, or B-vent Flashings are similar to plumbing vent flashings. Although, they do sometimes have a storm collar. The storm collar is metal and fits tightly around the pipe that extends out of the roof. If the storm collar becomes loose, it can cause leaks.

Wind Blown Rain – Rain that is driven by high winds often proves to be a major problem. You may have a great roof, and yet the wind will drive the water up, under the roofing materials. Some roofers will use roofing cement at the edges of the roof to help keep this kind of damage to a minimum. Don’t underestimate the power of windblown rain; it can cause significant damage quickly.

Call R2 Roof Guys to Inspect Your Roof for Leaks

No matter what type of leak you have, the team at R2 Roof Guys can help you locate it and repair it. It’s always a good idea to have a roof inspection done at the first sight of water in your home. At R2 Roof Guys, we have the experience to find and repair roof leaks no matter what the cause. If you have noticed a leak in your home, contact us today at 214-405-4396 for a roof inspection.

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