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.
If you are going to have work done on your roof, either repairs or replacement, you are probably wondering how long the job will take to complete. Roofing work, even when done by competent and experienced contractors, can be loud and disruptive to your daily routine. Understanding in advance how long the work will take can help you prepare for the experience.
Just how long a roofing job will take depends on a variety of factors including the type of work, your specific roofing needs, and external considerations like the weather.
What you are having done to your roof will usually dictate how long the job will take and if it will be disruptive to your daily routine. A simple roof inspection takes very little time and really won’t disrupt your day. If you have to have some repairs or a partial roof replacement done, it may only take a few hours. If you find the work to be disruptive, you may not want to stay at home while the work is completed. You can still go to work as usual, and the contractor will call you when the work is finished. Some homeowners like to be onsite when work is being completed. If that’s the case, then you will likely be able to do so without missing a whole day of work. The lengthiest type of roof work, of course, is having a complete roof replacement done. It typically takes one or two days to complete, weather permitting.
Another factor that affects how long a roofing job takes is your specific roofing needs. You have to consider your roof, both the old and the new. How large is your home? If it’s fairly large, then the job, even if it’s only repair work, will likely take longer to complete than it would for a smaller home. The design also matters. A tiered roof replacement can take longer than roofs with simpler designs.
You have to consider both your roof size and the roofing materials being used as well. The type of materials used can play a big part in how long it takes to complete the work. There is a big difference in time installing a metal roof versus a roof with Spanish tiles.
One of the biggest external factors that affect how long roofing work takes to complete is dealing with Mother Nature. Inclement weather is often a roofing contractor’s worst enemy. Rain or snow can double the length of time it takes to complete a job, extending a one to two-day project to four or five days. If it rains or snows while work is being performed on your roof, the contractors will have to take extra time to cover your roof with tarps to prevent your home from being damaged.
Trying to avoid weather delays can be difficult because the weather can be unpredictable. Many homeowners and contractors prefer to have roofing work done during the summer since it is usually drier and there are fewer rainy days. This preference means that you may run into scheduling issues if you choose to have work done during the warmer, drier months. You may have more flexibility having work done to your roof during the winter. Texas winters tend to be mild and it may be a better option for you.
When you have roof work done on your home, ask your contractor for a ballpark figure on the amount of time it will take to complete the work. While he may not be able to give you an exact timeframe, he should be able to give you a rough idea of how long the type of job usually takes. Also, ask what his team will do in the event of bad weather, so you are prepared should it happen.
When you have considered the type of work you are having done, the size of your roof and materials that are being used, you will likely be able to estimate how long the work will take. At R2 Roof Guys, we can’t always forecast exactly how long a project will take, but we can assure you that the work will be done by experts and with quality materials. We pride ourselves in completing the work right the first time.
If you need a roof inspection, repair, or replacement, call Texas roofers, R2 Roof Guys for your free estimate.
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.