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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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How Long Will Roofing Work Take?

How Long Will Roofing Work Take? - R2 Roof Guys

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.

Types of Roofing Work

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.

Your Roofing Needs

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.

External Considerations

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.

Final Thoughts

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.

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Katie Lynn

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Filing an Insurance Claim for a Roof Replacement

Filing an Insurance Claim for a Roof Replacement - R2 Roof Guys

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.

Know and Understand What Your Insurance Policy Covers

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.

Thoroughly Document Roof Damage

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.

Hire the Right Roofing Contractor

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.

R2 Roof Guys Is Your Texas Roofing Expert

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.