What’s living on your roof?

What’s living on your roof?

What’s living on your roof?

An interesting range of critters, birds, and a variety of insects may be living on your roof. Squirrels, raccoons, and opossums all love to hang out on roofs, burrowing into them, and seeking to create homes. Birds, bats, and insects like to nest in troublesome areas like roof vents, blocking the flow of air into and out of the attic spaces that protect the roof during extreme weather and temperatures. We can all love nature without wanting it to live inside our homes.

You might be thinking that you have never seen an animal scampering across your roof, but some dark night when you are up visiting your attic, you might just hear little feet pitter-patter on the roof. And they aren’t reindeer feet. But, if you don’t hear them, realize it’s not likely you will. These visitors are sneaky at being unobserved and unheard, and they may just move into your attic when you aren’t looking.

As for insects, they are less noticeable. Wasps and hornets are known to build nests inside shingles. Bees have hollowed out sections of roofs, intending to build hives. And of course, there are the dreaded termites that eat away at your roof’s timber.

All of these visitors to your roof need tending to unless you want a full-roof replacement. Royal Crown Roofing recommends you get a roof inspection to seek out any problems and take care of them early. Contact them for their expert advice.

To all you transplants new to Texas (the best state in the USA): It’s time to prepare for hurricane season.

To all you transplants new to Texas (the best state in the USA): It’s time to prepare for hurricane season.

You may not yet be aware that the year 2022 is charted to bring one of the worst hurricane seasons in years. We’ve had an average of 14 plus hurricanes for the past few years, but this year’s season is predicted to bring 19. As the highest part of your home, your roof will be beaten upon by the extreme winds and rainstorms Mother Nature has in store for old and new Texans alike this year.

It’s time to get prepared.

Experts say that If we experience a category 1 or 2 storm, you may only lose some shingles, tiles, or parts of the flashing and gutters on your roof, leaving a roof that’s leaking. They also say that if we have a category 3 or 4 hurricane, we may have extensive damage to our roofs where the roof covering decking and cable ends are damaged by the wind, rain, and airborne debris stirred up by the storm. Category 5 hurricane winds can devastate our roofs—even ripping them off entirely, resulting in substantial water damage to homes.

When planning a roof replacement in our hurricane-susceptible Gulf Coast location, it’s smart to think about adding a secondary water barrier under the usual roofing materials and also to consider installing wind-resistant shingles. Royal Crown Roofing experts can give you other important suggestions to prepare for what’s coming with this June’s hurricane season. Let them help you out. Contact them.

Gutters do more than look pretty as they line our roofs, or do they?

Gutters do more than look pretty as they line our roofs, or do they?

If you are a new homeowner and think that gutters are there mainly to line your roof and add to the aesthetic curb appeal of your house, you are in for a surprise when they begin to fall apart. Not only can they hang off the roof in places, ruining the beautiful lines of your house, they can refuse to protect it from water that runs down the walls, damaging them and your landscaping, even causing leaks into your house. 

But, don’t despair, help is coming. Royal Crown Roofing will clean your gutters, get rid of leaves, sticks and debris that clog them, and repair any leaks and broken attachments to the roof. Just as with every part of your house, if things aren’t cleaned and kept up to date, they will begin to fall apart and eventually become very costly.

Now, if by any chance you are wondering if you can save a little money and do it yourself, beware the consequences. We’ve heard many stories of people who fell and broke bones while trying to hang on to the roof as the ladder slipped out of place. We don’t recommend that. There’s more to cleaning the gutters than getting rid of the leaves and debris. 

Contact us at Royal Crown Roofing. We have the experience and knowledge to do the job correctly and fix your gutter problems expeditiously and safely.

Are you aware of the dangers involved in cleaning your roof?

Are you aware of the dangers involved in cleaning your roof?

It’s not too wise to take on a project you don’t know much about, especially when it involves something as important as the roof on your house. There are dangers involved, both to you and your roof, not to mention your pocketbook.

Some homeowners may think they can clean the roof with their new power washer. But, blasting away at your roof can cause damage to asphalt shingles, for instance. Asphalt shingles have tiny granules that protect your roof from the weather and UV rays, and power washing will wash them away, leaving your home unprotected in our Houston storms and summer heat. 

More damage to your roof will occur if you haul heavy equipment onto it. In fact, damage can occur simply by walking on it. You need special footwear and the knowledge of where you can safely walk on it. You could accidentally step in an extremely hot spot and cause punctures or even rip loose shingles. All of this is not to mention the damage to yourself if you fall while doing the job.

Finally, in our hot, humid summers, our roofs attract algae, lichen and moss buildup that will damage your roof. Special chemicals along with just enough water pressure will clean them away.

Royal Crown Roofing has the expertise and the right tools to do the job effectively. We can keep your roof safe and in good shape for years to come. Contact us!

Roofs can be tricky places when it comes to finding leaks.

Roofs can be tricky places when it comes to finding leaks.

The problem with roof leaks comes from the way gravity leads water along a tricky path far from where the leak begins. The roof leak might begin above the garage but show itself in the bedroom, above your bed, while you’re sleeping. After moving the bed, putting a bucket under the leak and tearing the ceiling apart to find it with no luck, you might feel you have to tear the whole roof apart to find it. That could be the case unless you have help from someone like Royal Crown Roofing with their thermal imaging equipment.

In the old days, a hundred years ago, if the leak was hard to find and it wasn’t too obvious, people might have decided to live with it rather than tear up the roof. If so, the result must have been mold growth and unhealthy buildings. Today we are lucky! We have thermal imaging cameras that can spot problems on the roof quickly, not only saving time, but also money.

We at Royal Crown Roofing will use our specialized equipment to examine both your roof’s interior and exterior for any weak points, producing images that tell us which points allow in more heat from outdoors, also indicating a potential leak. This method can pinpoint active leaks as well as weakened areas that could collapse during a storm. Once we have an accurate picture of your roof’s condition, we can plan repairs. Contact us today!