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.
It’s getting kind of hot here in the Houston area today, and that’s not unusual since summertime is upon us. While you may have been diligent this spring and cut back branches overhanging your roof, that may not be enough when the hurricane season hits us with its high-velocity winds and pelting rain. Remember Hurricane Harvey, our category four hurricane in August 2017? Roofs were actually blown off and branches from trees ended up everywhere, including in people’s living rooms.
One thing we can’t live without is a roof over our heads—shelter is one of the necessities of life. So, if a wind storm, thunderstorm, hailstorm, or hurricane leaves you with a damaged or leaky roof, you need to take care of it as soon as you can to protect your home and the people living in it. Remember that the longer you wait, the worse the problem becomes.
Hopefully, another Hurricane Harvey won’t happen for another 50 years or so, but if it does, you can call on Royal Crown Roofing to help you out. We were there during Hurricane Harvey to help hundreds of people with roof damage and we’re here now should we have another disaster like that.
So what happens if some night, the wind blows fiercely, and a branch falls on your roof right over your bedroom, and you expect rain? You might push everything in the room away from the gaping hole in the ceiling and then grab a tarp (if you have one) and cover everything all up—including the bed, so you can’t sleep in it that night, of course. Maybe you get large pans from the kitchen to catch the rain when it comes. You think about climbing up onto the roof to try to cover the hole, but you wisely rule that out.
All kinds of emergencies come to us throughout life and we aren’t always prepared or able to take care of what needs to be done. A fire, a tornado, a hurricane, a windstorm that knocks branches or even a tree on your house can each cause immense damage, costing thousands of dollars.
What you need is someone to show up as quickly as possible to take care of the problem. Contact Royal Crown Roofing to come to the rescue the first thing the next morning. Their experienced team will inspect the damage–at no charge–and come up with a plan to repair it.