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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.