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Rain Forecast – Do You Need a Roof Inspection?

“Be prepared with the most accurate 10-day forecast for Garland, TX (75040) with highs, lows, a chance of precipitation” The Weather Channel and Weather.com

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.

When You Need a Roof Inspection

The following are times when you should have a thorough roof inspection performed:

  1. At Least Once a Year – It’s a good idea to have your roof inspected once or twice a year as a part of regular maintenance. One inspection in the spring and another in the fall is ideal. These times are perfect because any extreme cold or heat that you experience in winter or summer can impact the roof in different ways. Also, seeking appointments during the slower times of the year for roofers will allow your contractor the time to see and repair any damage before harsher weather comes along.
  2. After Major Storms – You may have a regular inspection scheduled for next month, but if a big storm with heavy rains, high winds, or hail has come through, don’t wait for your appointment. Call for a roofer to come out as soon as you can after major storms. Curled, broken, or missing shingles can cause further damage quickly – leaks, mold and mildew are some of the results you may see in your home when roof damage is overlooked following a storm. Calling for an immediate inspection is crucial.
  3. Before Forecasted Wind Events – In Texas, where winds ebb and flow, there are often forecasts for strong winds, including tornadoes. If it’s at all possible, have your roof inspected prior to forecasted wind events. Your roofing contractor can fix any loose materials so that you don’t suffer any further damage when the wind hits. While there isn’t a guarantee that having an inspection beforehand will prevent all damage from gusting winds, it will give your roof a much better chance of only needing minor repairs.
  4. Before Listing Your Home for Sale –  When you sell a home, you want to get the best possible price for it. That’s why you should have a roof inspection before you and your real estate agent price it for buyers. Repairing any flaws will only boost the home’s value. When you have the final home inspection before the sale is finalized, you will rest easy knowing that the roof will not be a problem.

Schedule a Roof Inspection with R2 Roof Guys Today

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.

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Katie Lynn

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Why is My Chimney Leaking?

Why Is My Chimney Leaking? - R2 Roof Guys

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.

Reasons Your Chimney Is Leaking

There are a number of reasons that your chimney may be leaking, some of them are:

Damaged Chimney Crown

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:

  • Shifting of the home’s foundation
  • Excessive rain or snow
  • Natural shrinking and growing with weather and temperature changes
  • Small vermin that can burrow into the cement

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.

Improper Flashing

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:

  1. Step flashing – This is a piece of L-shaped metal that is interwoven with the shingles adjacent to the chimney. It is also melded to the chimney, creating a solid seal against the elements.
  2. Counterflashing – This is an additional layer of protections placed within the joints of the chimney. It is also placed on top of the step flashing, for extra protection.

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.

No Chimney Lining

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.

Uncovered Chimney

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.

Problems with the Home’s Foundation

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.

Do You Have Chimney Leaks in the Dallas Area?

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.

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Secret Benefits of Roof Turbine Ventilators

Secret Benefits of Roof Turbine Ventilators - R2 Roof Guys

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.

What is a Turbine Ventilator?

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.

The Benefits of Turbine Ventilators

  • There’s no need for an energy source. Turbine vents will not add anything to your electric bill, because they don’t need an energy source to work. They are called passive vents, as they only need a breeze to turn the fan and move air (which is usually present even on days when it feels relatively calm).
  • You’ll have improved attic ventilation. It’s important that roof vents move the humid, warm air from attics to outside. Otherwise, you run the risk of having moisture problems like mold before you know it. Because turbine vents are affixed directly to attic spaces, they are able to get rid of the humid air efficiently. This benefit is especially recognized in the winter months when the warm air that rises needs to be dispersed.
  • They are a good alternative to ridge vents. You may have seen ridge vents, which are slits along the ridges below a roof. Ridge vents can be very effective at removing hot air from attics, but there isn’t always room for them. Turbine vents are a good alternative in those situations. They can be installed in just about any roof or attic area, and there is generally plenty of room for them.
  • They don’t often break down. Aside from large debris, there isn’t much that damages turbine vents. They have a very long lifespan and only require minimal maintenance.
  • They come in different colors. You may be used to seeing only silver turbine vents on rooftops on older roofs. These days, there are different colors to choose from, so it’s easy to match the color to your roof for better aesthetics.   

Roof Turbine Vent Maintenance

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.

Use Professional Turbine Vent Installation

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.

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Katie Lynn

(T): 972-646-2789