The holidays are just around the corner, and that means cooler weather, gifts under the tree, hot chocolate, and of course, holiday lights. It wouldn’t be the holidays without sparkly lights. As festive as they are though, holiday lights are often a hassle to hang on your home. You have to deal with broken bulbs, knots of tangled strands of lights that take forever to straighten out, and possibly the worst part, trying to balance on the roof or a ladder to actually hang them.
Well, there’s good news for homeowners in the Dallas area. R2 Roof Guys will come out to your home and hang your holiday lights for you. We have been in the roofing business in the Dallas-Fort Worth area since 1991, have thousands of satisfied customers, and we are happy to get to help you get in the holiday spirit by putting up your decorative lights. We’re experienced with ladders and roofs, so there’s no need for you to climb this year, and we will have your home lighting up the neighborhood in no time. When we’re finished, all you have to do is flip the switch when you are ready to share the warmth of the season with your friends, family and neighbors.
With your imagination and our expertise, we can create a design this holiday that you will remember for years to come. The services that are included are:
We will hang icicle lights, C-9 and C-7 lights, and LED lights. So, whether you want icicle lights surrounding your roof or twinkling mini-lights around your windows, we can make your home sparkle with an eye-catching presentation that will bring on the holiday cheer.
All of our holiday light installations include a consultation, light installation, maintenance, and removal. That means that if any of your light bulbs go out, or there is a winter storm that disturbs the display, we will come out and fix your decorations at no charge. And you won’t have the added hassle of taking the holiday lights down – removal is included! Scheduling for removal of your lights begins on January 2nd.
If you would like R2 Roof Guys to install your holiday lights this year, and you live in Garland, or anywhere within a 20-30 mile radius of Dallas, contact us today to schedule your consultation.
In addition to hanging holiday lights, we offer roof repair, new roof installation, roof inspections, aluminum gutter installation, turbine ventilator installation, and skylight installation year-round. Our team is always available to help Dallas-Fort Worth residents with any roofing problem or project. Contact us today for your holiday light installation or any of your roofing needs 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.