Of all parts of a home, the roof tends to be the most overlooked throughout its lifetime. It’s out of sight, and homeowners often don’t think about it until there is a problem with it. However, you really should be checking it regularly. And if like most people, you are not comfortable doing it yourself, then having professional roofers come out to inspect it should be a priority. Understanding when you should have a roof inspection will help prevent future damage and protect what is likely your biggest investment – your home.
The following are times when you should have a thorough roof inspection performed:
At R2 Roof Guys, we have the experience and knowledge to help you protect your largest asset – your home. Whether you need to set up a regular inspection as preventative maintenance, have had a storm come through your area, or are planning to put your home on the market, we can provide you with a thorough roof inspection and recommendations for any repairs you may need. We will help you protect your roof and your home. Call us today for a roof inspection at 214-238-9321.
You may love your fireplace in the winter, but when you discover your chimney leaking, you may not feel so positively about it. Because a chimney has to be open to the outdoors and its elements, they are an area where leaks sometimes happen.
There are a number of reasons that your chimney may be leaking, some of them are:
A chimney crown is a cap made of cement that is placed on top of the chimney. Its purpose is to offer protection from birds, debris, harsh weather, leaves, and other external elements. Sometimes, chimney crowns become damaged or cracked, causing a leak to occur. They can crack for several different reasons, including:
When cracks happen in the chimney, it can allow water to seep in. The water tends to deepen the existing cracks, making the amount of water leaking in continue to increase.
Repairing a chimney crown crack is typically an easy fix. It’s often remedied by patching new mortar and cement in the cracked areas. However, if the crack is large, it may be a matter of removing all of the bricks and replacing the chimney.
Roof flashing is designed to provide extra protection where roof surfaces join together. For example, it is commonly used along roof joints and the tops of dormers. Flashing is also used to help waterproof areas where the roof opens to allow for other structures like skylights, elevated vents, or chimneys. It is usually made of strips of galvanized steel or aluminum, and it plays a vital role in safeguarding the edges where leaks often cause significant damage to the roof and the home below.
When a roof and chimney are built, there is naturally a small gap left between the two. Flashing eliminates the gap, protecting both structures. Proper flashing has two levels:
If either part of the flashing around the chimney becomes loose or damaged, water is able to seep under it and into the home, chimney, or even the home’s foundations.
One solution to these chimney leaks is by patching the improper flashing. The process involves resealing the problem areas using caulk or other appropriate sealants.
Some older chimneys may not be equipped with the right sized lining, which can also lead to chimney leaks. The lining’s job is to prevent dirt and debris from building up on the sides of the chimney. The chimney lining is especially important for fireplaces that use gas. When fireplaces use gas, the fumes can carry a lot of moisture, which can cling to the chimney, keeping the bricks and masonry damp. Wet bricks can affect a multitude of things, including your paint, wallpaper, and even the foundation of your home.
The solution is to waterproof your bricks. Waterproofing bricks is a complicated process because it involves applying a liquid seal to the bricks, while also allowing them room to breathe as needed. Finding the right balance isn’t easy to achieve and may require that you have it done by a professional.
When it rains, it can fall into your uncovered chimney. When it’s raining excessively, water can weaken the internal structure of your chimney, resulting in small cracks that worsen over time.
To fix this problem, you can obtain a metal rain cap to keep water from getting into the chimney during the rainy season. The cap is placed over the chimney opening and is raised by a metal grating that allows fireplace smoke to escape while still protecting the structure of your chimney.
Periods of drought followed by excessive rain can cause a home’s foundations to shift. When the foundation shifts, a chimney is often an area that becomes damaged.
In the event this happens, it’s important to have a roofing contractor out to see what can be done with your roof. Unfortunately, there may be much larger issues than a leaky chimney.
If you have a chimney that leaks, the team at R2 Roof Guys will locate the leak and repair it. It’s always a good idea to have a roof inspection done at the first sign 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 214-238-9321 for a roof inspection.
It’s important that every roof has the proper ventilation. In fact, it’s absolutely essential to extending the life of your roof. If you don’t have sufficient ventilation in the winter, ice may gather on the edge of your roof, causing damage to the structure underneath. It can also lead to the growth of mold when the weather gets warmer. Installing turbine ventilators in your roof will help you prevent those types of damage by balancing the airflow distribution in the attic.
A turbine ventilator may look sort of intricately made, but the way that it works is very simple. It is a round shaped vent that houses a circular fan that is powered by breezes or wind. When the wind blows in a specific direction, it causes the fan to turn which draws air from the attic and disperses it. There are many benefits that you will enjoy when you install turbine ventilators. Let’s look at some of them.
While there is very little maintenance required and turbine vents last a long time, they do age. You may notice certain indicators of age like rust, wear or making a small squeaky sound after a period of time – especially when they are exposed to heavy storms or humidity. Generally, all it takes to get rid of the squeak is a little bit of an oil like WD-40. However, the new, higher-quality turbine models usually don’t develop this problem.
Installing roof turbine vents involves intricate cutting around shingles, placement and the application of sealant. This type of installation is a job best left to the professionals. At R2 Roof Guys, we have the knowledge and experience to install turbine ventilators quickly and effectively to improve the ventilation in your attic.
In addition to turbine ventilator installation, we offer new roof installation, roof repair, roof inspections, aluminum gutter installation, and skylight installation. The R2 Roof Guys team is always available to help Dallas-Fort Worth residents with any roofing problem or project. Contact us today to get started at 214-405-4396.