Have you noticed what’s growing on your roof lately?

Have you noticed what’s growing on your roof lately?

Have you noticed what’s growing on your roof lately?

Our humidity here in the Houston area offers the perfect environment for a roof-destroying aquatic plant called algae. You’ve probably noticed it when you’ve been camping. It’s that greenish plant that grows in damp areas out in the woods under shady trees, and it especially thrives in our heat and high humidity combination.

A soft wind can blow spores onto your roof and then the humidity and rain will spur them into growth, and they will spread quickly. Further complicating the situation are leaves, branches and debris in the gutters and on the roof, keeping water from draining off it, and creating the perfect moist atmosphere for the growing algae.

Commonly, the type of algae growing on roofs is Gloeocapsa magma, which thrives on water and causes black stains, or what looks like mold, but it can also appear to be green moss spreading across the roof. It needs food to survive, and it feeds on some of the materials found inside your roof. It will grow inside shingles, flashing and gutters, resulting in damage that will lead to water leaking into your home, and the destruction of your roof’s protection from the sun’s dangerous UV rays.

Royal Crown Roofing’s expert roofers can help you recognize what’s growing on your roof with a free roof inspection. Then they can help you with a deep cleaning to repair the situation. Contact them.

Have you noticed lately that some of our Houston area trees are losing their leaves and winter’s on the way?

Have you noticed lately that some of our Houston area trees are losing their leaves and winter’s on the way?

It’s time to prepare for whatever comes this winter – it could even be freezing, icy weather, just like a couple of years ago. Winterizing your home calls for checking out your roof’s status.

Here are some things that need to be done:

All that debris that landed on your roof this past summer needs to be cleaned off – all those leaves, twigs, children’s toys, bird’s nests, etc.

Your gutters need debris cleaned out, too, in order to prevent dams that keep the water from draining off your roof.

If you have tree branches overhanging your roof, you need to hire someone to trim them back to avoid them being blown into your roof during one of our fierce Texas storms.

The flashing around chimneys, vents, pipes, dormers and skylights need to be checked for damage. If it’s loose, or the calk has cracked, get it repaired. These are perfect spots to develop leaks.

Your attic needs checking out for water-damage, or cracks in the roof caused by rodents or birds that have invaded and taken up residence.

Contact Royal Crown Roofing for a free roof inspection, and they will do all the above tasks (except for the tree-trimming) for you, so you don’t have to risk climbing up on the roof yourself. They will be happy to make sure all is in good shape for the coming winter.

How’s your roof doing these days?

How’s your roof doing these days?

Are you prepared for the onslaught of hailstorms, windstorms, (perhaps even snowstorms) this winter, and the scorching sun next summer?

Whatever the weather, cracked or broken shingles on your roof means it isn’t healthy, and it won’t protect you and your family from the extremes of hot and cold that will hit us sometimes here in the Houston area. Does that mean you need a whole new roof if you have damaged shingles? Not unless the damage is extensive.

Shingles can be damaged by thermal expansion, causing both splitting and cracking. But splitting and cracking are different problems. Splitting occurs when the layers in the shingle separate and expand with the temperature when it rises, and then contract when the temperature goes back down. Eventually, the shingle tears and comes apart, leading to leaks in your home.

Another type of damage to shingles usually occurs with regular wear and tear. It’s called cracking, and the damage is more shallow, creating small tears on the surface of the shingle.

Split shingles, the more dangerously damaged shingles, need replacing because they can lead to pathways for large leaks in your home. Cracked shingles, in contrast, simply need filling in the cracks. Since it’s obviously cheaper to repair or replace a couple of shingles, rather than the whole roof, you need to be on the ball in making sure repairs are done expeditiously whenever your shingles are damaged to avoid greater problems.

Royal Crown Roofing offers you a free roof inspection to check out what needs to be done whether it’s a repair job or a roof replacement. Contact them for help.

Beware of a bad roofing job!

Beware of a bad roofing job!

Have you heard of the guy who drove by a house every day that looked like it was smiling at him, with a roof that sagged up and down around the edges, and shingles that looked like blotchy eyes that didn’t match? Chances are that house was either ancient, or had been the victim of a bad roofing job.

A bad roofing job will leave a house in such a state. It won’t look uniform or balanced. The shingles likely won’t match, and will appear to be all over the place like an abstract painting, because they were nailed on incorrectly. Some of them will likely be missing – blown off in the latest storm. Another common practice is to reuse flashing, and to leave off drip edges that protect the home from leaks and mold growth. Each of these errors, as well as not installing the needed underlayment, will lead to the roof deteriorating very quickly and leave it needing replacement much sooner than expected. The roofer probably cut corners in order to save on time and money.

It’s actually pretty easy to spot a bad roofing job – just take a good look at the house and you will know. It just won’t look right.

Royal Crown Roofing experts have the knowledge and experience to create a beautiful new roof that will be uniform in appearance and will last for years to come. And it won’t appear to be either smiling or frowning at those who drive by. Contact them to discuss possibilities for your new roof, and make an appointment for a free inspection.