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Christmas Light Installation in Garland, TX – We Hang Holiday Lights!

Christmas Light Installation in Garland, TX - We Hang Holiday Lights! - R2 Roof Guys

R2 Roof Guys Helps You Spread Holiday Cheer

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:

  • Installation of lights along the roofline
  • Outlining windows, doorways, and driveways
  • Hanging wreaths
  • Wrapping trees, bushes, and shrubs with lights

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.

Let R2 Roof Guys Install Your Holiday Lights

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.

 

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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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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.

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.

Mistakes to Avoid When Making Decisions about Your Roof

Mistakes to Avoid When Making Decisions about Your Roof - R2 Roof Guys

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:

DIY 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.

Buying Roofing Materials Yourself

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.

Installing Products That May Cause Damage Over Time

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.

Not Hiring a Reputable Contractor

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.

Call R2 Roof Guys for Your Free Estimate

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.