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.

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.

How is a new shingle roof installed?

How is a new shingle roof installed?

This is what we do.

First, we tear off the old roof—that’s necessary to install the new one properly. Some roofers offer to put the new one over the old one, but that’s asking for trouble.

Next, we install what’s called a drip edge to the eaves, both giving the roof a polished look and keeping water from running down the fascia boards.

Third, we put down underlayment, which prevents ice dams and strong winds from letting water seep into your home. Over the underlayment, we staple rolls of tar paper that help keep water out and add fire protection. Then comes another step in waterproofing: we install another layer of underlayment of felt paper to cover the valleys.

Fourth, we install starter shingles, which lay under the regular shingles, and provide more weather protection by preventing water from seeping down in between shingle seams. We then install the top layer of shingles in an overlapping fashion.

Finally, it’s time for the finishing touches. We install flashing around chimneys, skylights, and whatever else is on the roof. Then we put the cap on the peak of your roof with specially designed shingles. We also seal the roof with a specialized formula that will protect it for years to come. And, of course, we do the cleanup work.

Creating a roof that’s both beautiful and lasting requires roofing experts. You can find them at Royal Crown Roofing. Contact us for help.

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.

Roof replacement—one of the best investments you can make.

Roof replacement—one of the best investments you can make.

Not only does a first-rate, attractive roof add curb appeal and financial value to your home, but it also brings a comfortable feeling of protection from the elements and the world outside. The right home can be the place where the heart is.

A good roof protects the world inside the home–the furniture, appliances, rugs, curtains, media equipment, and most of all you, your family, and your pets. If the roof is old and needs repair or replacement, it can destroy all this when water leaks into corners of the house and causes rot and mold in the walls and roof. Not only is all this uncomfortable, but it’s also unhealthy and leads to allergies, asthma, etc.

When the roof’s in good shape, well-insulated, and properly ventilated, it will save you money on energy bills by helping to regulate the temperature inside your home. It will aid in keeping you comfortable all year round, a protection from the heat and cold of our interesting Houston weather. Another plus of a well-insulated roof is that it can act as a noise barrier—keeping outside noises outside the house.

You and all you love who live in your home depend on a safe, appealing and comfortable place to live, protected by one of your most important investments—your roof. So, contact Royal Crown Roofing for their assistance in making sure all is in order on your roof. And replace it when the time comes.