What is flashing on your roof, and why do we care so much about it?

What is flashing on your roof, and why do we care so much about it?

What is flashing on your roof, and why do we care so much about it?

Well, it isn’t the kind of flashing done by lights on your roof. We’re talking about the kind that holds things together, and keeps water from leaking into your home — it’s thin pieces of sheet metal that keep water from seeping into the places where chimneys, vents, and skylights meet the roof itself.

If the flashing isn’t there on your roof, in rainy weather, you’ll have gigantic leaks into your house, as water runs into the roofing materials and then into your home in the unprotected crevices. Flashing is in danger when we have a freeze and ice builds on the roof, and pushes the flashing out of place, leaving holes in the roof. Another danger is from ice dams that can build up when gutters aren’t working properly. They can let ice melt in puddles on your roof and seek places to run to, like underneath the flashing.

Wind, hail, rain, and ice can destroy the snugness and safety of any home. It can destroy the roof. Wind can lift up the flashing, rain can pour into the gaps, ice can freeze inside them and wait for warmer weather to melt, and water to crawl down your walls in your home.

It’s a good idea to have your flashing (as well as your entire roof) checked out before expensive repairs result from what seems like small problems.

Royal Crown Roofing can do this for you. Contact them!

Now that the holidays are over, have you taken down all your lights yet?

Now that the holidays are over, have you taken down all your lights yet?

If you haven’t, take care. Try not to do it yourself, unless you have the strength and agility to avoid injury on that high ladder. Here are a few tips:

1)Make sure the ladder is clean, and has no slippery substances on it that can cause you to lose your step.

2)  Wear the right shoes — no flip-flops or house slippers. Avoid shoes that cause you to slip or lose your balance.

3)Make sure the ladder is set up on firm, dry ground that’s level and without debris.

4)Avoid dangerous moves on the ladder, like leaning in different directions, or trying to turn around to get something that’s out of reach. Instead, climb            down and move the ladder to the right position to accomplish what you want.

5)Never climb up to the highest rung on the ladder. This will topple you to the ground quicker than anything else.

6)Don’t climb onto the roof. Roofs are easily damaged, and so are you if you fall off.

And if you spot something on your roof that’s out of order or needs repairing, call Royal Crown Roofing for their expert assistance, and get it fixed                before the next winter storm.

Are your gutters in doing their job?

Are your gutters in doing their job?

Gutters are pathways for water to flow off and away from your roof to protect it and your home. They lead the water to predesignated destinations that save your home from the damage the water can do to it, if the water is left there. If not for the gutters, the water can settle in your roof and eat away at it, causing rot and mold growth. Not only that, but animals and insects will make their homes in such spots, creating further damage.

Clean gutters that function properly are a must for a clean, dry home. If they are filled with leaves, twigs, birds’ nests, or any other debris, water will be left to pool on the roof and all this debris will rot and eventually fall off your roof in lumps, and do damage to the sides of your home. As this happens, the value of your home will decrease, as will its curb appeal.

But, perhaps worst of all, when water can’t drain off the roof, it will find its own pathways through your roof, rotting it and causing crevices where it can drain through your ceilings and down the walls inside your home. Of course, repairing all this will cost a pretty penny.

Don’t underestimate the value of your gutters. Be sure to keep them in good shape and contact Royal Crown Roofing when they are in need of repair or replacement.

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.