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.
There are wise measures you can take to prepare for winter weather. Your house needs special care, especially on the roof. A proper clean-up includes getting rid of leaves, branches, and debris in gutters, plus checking out the flashing around vents, pipes, dormers, skylights, and chimneys. Doing any necessary repair work now can save a lot of frustration later when it gets cold outside, possibly even as cold as last February was here in Houston.
When the weather gets cold and wind, sleet, and rainstorms come to Houston, ice dams can build up along the edge of your roof, preventing water from draining off of it and leaving water and ice sitting there, ready to damage the roof and seep into your home. And gutters stuffed with litter and leaves can contribute to the problem.
Hopefully, the Houston area won’t again lose power just as it did last year in the middle of a sub-arctic freeze. Yes, hopefully, we won’t have either type of emergency. But, it’s smart to be prepared for anything, and even if we have warm weather and mild rainstorms, roofs need to be taken care of in order to avoid damage.
A roof inspection can reveal what your roof needs to endure whatever kind of weather’s on its way. Contact Royal Crown Roofing for a free inspection and to make sure your roof is in good order.
Perhaps the earliest recorded extreme wind speed in our area was in 1915 when the wind blew in at 120 mph and devastated Galveston. Much later, in 1961 when Hurricane Carla made landfall, the wind was recorded at 125 mph with wind gusts of up to 175 mph. Then in 1983, Hurricane Alicia brought winds of 115 mph and in 2008, Hurricane Ike hit the Texas coast with 110 mph winds. And, of course, all of us who were around in 2017 remember Hurricane Harvey, which had winds of more than 130 mph.
It’s during the months of June through November that the danger of incredible wind speeds threatens our area–that’s hurricane season. But, the wind doesn’t have to be hurricane level to damage our roofs. Even 45 mph winds can cause tree branches and debris to fall on them and do great damage. Winds as low as 60 mph can loosen and break off shingles.
When a roof is damaged, leaks occur around damaged shingles, chimneys, soffit, and fascia. If not spotted, these leaks can eventually cause rot due to water exposure. Most of these problems aren’t easy to spot and can lead to extremely expensive repairs if not taken care of quickly.
Have Royal Crown Roofing check out your roof after the wind blows fiercely to make sure all is well! And make sure repairs are done in a timely fashion!
Do you also love doing things like watching squirrels run up and down that gorgeous oak tree outside your kitchen window while you do dishes? And maybe you remember climbing up that old tree next to the house to your bedroom window when you came home too late? All this sounds rather nostalgic and makes us feel good, but on the practical side, trees growing close to your house can cause a lot of problems.
Royal Crown Roofing recommends that branches that overhang your house be trimmed back so they can’t break off and land on your roof during one of the harsh wind and rain storms we experience here in the Houston area. Branches shouldn’t even be allowed to touch the side of the house for fear of damaging the siding and breaking windows.
On top of that, there’s another danger when branches grow close to your house: They make a great pathway for little creatures to climb onto the roof to make homes in it. A branch bridge to your roof will attract rodents, beetles, termites, squirrels, wasps, and many other pests that can chew through the roof and wood trim on the house.
So, have your trees pruned regularly and contact Royal Crown Roofing if your roof has been damaged! They are glad to help you.
That was the day Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm, arrived in the Houston area. It lasted through the 29th and left major devastation. It was the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in the area since Carla in 1961.
While the yearly average wind speed in our area is about 8 miles per hour, the day Harvey made landfall, it got up to 145 miles per hour and blew many roofs off and collapsed walls in homes and buildings all across Houston and its suburbs. Harvey was unusual because it stalled over the Southeast Texas area for days, rather than moving inward, which usually happens with a hurricane, and it produced torrential rainfall and flash flooding.
Of course, this doesn’t happen every year and we hope it won’t this year. But, this might just be possible, considering the crazy weather we’re having in the USA lately. So, don’t count it out. However, it’s much more likely that we have less severe weather this summer and fall, perhaps just enough to do some minor damage to our roofs—like lifting shingles and causing leaks or damaging vents and fascia.
If you find yourself in this situation, contact Royal Crown Roofing for help. They will not only repair your roof, first doing a free inspection, but they will also aid in filling out insurance papers to help you get reimbursed. Contact them when you need them!
You contact us at Royal Crown Roofing for assistance!
We are available 24/7 during a storm emergency. We will do a free inspection, help file your insurance claim and work with your adjuster to make sure things go well.
It’s always good to be prepared for extreme weather since we live in the Houston area, next to the Gulf, and onslaughts of sweltering summer heat, rain, high winds, hail, hurricanes and even tornados that are our lot in the way of weather. It’s incredible what all these threatening weather events can do to our homes.
Wind, for instance, is one of the top reasons roofs need replacing. It can do damage as light and unnoticeable as lifting off the corners of shingles which can then create small water leaks that eventually expand into huge, noticeable ones. Hail, tree limbs and other falling debris can do unbelievable damage, ripping off metal flashing, damaging vents, creating dents in and poking holes in the roof. In the worst case, winds can blow the roof off.
One of the most frustrating things to have to deal with after one of our severe storms or hurricanes is having to deal with insurance claims that can take months to process and get a response to. Contact Royal Crown Roofing for the help you need.