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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

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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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.