Choosing the Right Type of Roofing for Your Home

Choosing the Right Type of Roofing for Your Home

Choosing the Right Type of Roofing for Your Home

One of the most important decisions a homeowner can make when it comes to their roof is choosing the right type of roofing material. Not only does the material impact the overall look of a home, but it also affects factors like energy efficiency, durability, and maintenance requirements. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the various types of roofing materials available and how to choose the right one for your home.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material in the United States, thanks to their affordability, versatility, and ease of installation. They come in a wide range of colors and styles, making them a popular choice for homeowners who want to match their roof to the aesthetic of their home. However, asphalt shingles have a relatively short lifespan compared to other materials, typically lasting around 20 years.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is growing in popularity due to its durability, energy efficiency, and low maintenance requirements. Metal roofs can last up to 50 years or more and are available in a range of colors and styles. They’re also a good choice for homeowners who live in areas with extreme weather, as they can withstand high winds, heavy rain, and even fire.

Slate Roofing

Slate roofing is a high-end roofing material that’s prized for its beauty and longevity. It’s made from natural slate stone, which is quarried and then cut into tiles. Slate roofs can last up to 100 years or more, making them a wise investment for homeowners who want a roof that will last for generations. However, slate roofing is expensive and requires specialized installation, which can drive up the cost.

Clay Tile Roofing

Clay tile roofing is a popular choice in warmer climates due to its ability to reflect sunlight and keep homes cooler. Clay tiles are also resistant to fire, pests, and rot, making them a durable choice for homeowners. However, like slate roofing, clay tile roofing can be expensive and requires specialized installation.

Choosing the right type of roofing material for your home depends on a variety of factors, including your budget, climate, and aesthetic preferences. A roofing contractor can help you assess your options and choose the right material for your needs. At Royal Crown Roofing, we offer a variety of roofing services, including installation, repair, and maintenance. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help you choose the perfect roofing material for your home.

The holidays are over! January’s the time to clean house and put everything in order, including your roof.

The holidays are over! January’s the time to clean house and put everything in order, including your roof.

If your roof suffered from our Houston area’s incredibly hot summer of 2022, or our more recent, lower-than-freezing temperatures, it may need replacing. Its age may also give an indicator that its time has come.

For most of us, our home is our biggest investment, and we need to protect that investment. Not only will you improve its curb appeal, but you will also improve its value when you give it a new roof. And it also will offer you and your family greater protection against any windstorms, hailstorms, rain storms, or hurricanes in our future.

If your roof has been damaged, water can leak into your house and appear in your attic, in bedrooms, in the kitchen, in the garage — in other words, anywhere under your roof. It can even hide inside the roof, and do amazing damage without you even knowing it.

Contact Royal Crown Roofing for their expert assistance. They will check it out and make recommendations about putting a new roof on your home. They will make sure you get the protection you need against whatever Houston area bad weather that’s on its way.

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.

Does your house’s exterior need a little something?

Does your house’s exterior need a little something?

Have you noticed lately that, when you pull into your driveway after a hard day’s work, you don’t like what you see? Does it need a little something?

If so, and you are in the mood for a roofing change, there’s a way you can see all kinds of possibilities on your computer. With GAF roofing shingles, you can try their many shingle styles, colors, and roofing accessories on your house before you buy.

But, when you consider a new look for your home, you want to be a smart homeowner and focus on quality as well as looks. As a matter of fact, if the product isn’t high in quality as well as high on looks, your home won’t retain it’s beautiful new look for all those years to come. GAF’s shingles are of the highest quality, built of fiberglass-reinforced asphalt that’s fused together in layers that provide great resistance to rain, wind, impact, cracking, and cupping. Installed properly by Royal Crown Roofing’s experts, a GAF roof can withstand wind ratings between 110 mph and 130 mph.

GAF roofing products are found on more homes in the USA than any other type and they are extremely affordable. Not only that, GAF offers its customers the best roofing warranties in the industry. Royal Crown Roofing is a Certified GAF Master Elite® Contractor and is available to help you get the look and quality you want. Just contact them.

So, why clean your roof? Doesn’t it rain enough in Houston to do the job?

So, why clean your roof? Doesn’t it rain enough in Houston to do the job?

With an average of heavy rainfall (at least one inch) for 17 days a year and an annual rainfall of almost 50 inches, why wouldn’t that keep your roof clean?

That’s a good question.

The answer is that rain is part of the reason your roof needs to be cleaned. Rain gets into crevices, under shingles, into weak spots, into the flashing and gutters. Once moisture is there, it causes mold, mildew, moss, and algae growth that can cause damage to your roof’s materials. This leads to leaks and can destroy the shingles’ UV protection, shortening your roof’s life by as much as 10 years. The damage can be further complicated by leaves, branches, birds’ nests, whatever else that blows onto the roof and disintegrats into the crevices.

Royal Crown Roofing uses a process called soft wash roof cleaning that cleans out all of these destructive roof irritants without doing damage to any of the protective elements in the roofing materials—unlike the high-pressure power washing technique some companies use, which can also wash away some of the essential layers that protect the roof.

Your roof does a good job all year long protecting your home, pets, belongings, and family. You need to do it a favor and protect it with an annual soft washing that will extend its life, keep it looking good, and save you money on costly repairs.