Roofs need to be cleaned regularly to keep off all the debris that collects there and makes homes for critters, insects, and mold. But, remember that hundreds of people in the USA–people who get paid to work on roofs–die each year from falling off the roof. It’s dangerous work for a number of reasons.
If you don’t know what you are doing and you step on a weak spot in the roof, off you go. Or, if you don’t place the ladder properly on the ground, you might end up on the hard ground. And then there’s the weather–unexpected rain or a sudden wind that can throw you off balance. Finally, for those of you who fear heights or have an inclination to misjudge where to step, you are in trouble. Let the professionals do the jobs safely.
You need to take good care of your roof and preserve its life for as long as possible. Not only does this save you the expense of a new roof, but taking care of it improves the aesthetic appearance of your house. And last of all, a roof in good shape helps keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Whoever said that wasn’t telling the truth. It was sweltering last summer here in the Houston area, but most of us have heard that Death Valley, California, is the hottest place on Earth. And all our rain doesn’t compare with Mawsynrami, India, which is the rainiest place on Earth. But Houston does have interesting weather with its average 90-days-per-year of precipitation, 205 sunny days, average high temperature of 93ᐤ and humidity average level of 75. With all of that, along with our hurricanes, wind, and hail; our roofs and gutters take a lot of beatings.
Gutters and downspouts perform years of faithful protection against all kinds of weather for our Houston area homes, but eventually they need replacement. So how do you know when it’s time?
Here are a few hints:
If your gutters have large, extensive holes, cracks, rust spots, or damage to the seams that connect sections of the gutters, it can mean leaks both outside and inside your home. Leaking gutters also cause peeling and bubbling up of excess moisture under the paint on siding and wood trim, eventually leading to rotting of the wood and mildew damage to your home. They can also destroy the landscaping close to the house.
If you have noticed any of these problems, it’s probably time to replace the gutter and downspout system. Royal Crown Roofing can help you figure out what to do next. Let them help you.
Spring means high winds, wind-borne debris, and lashing rainstorms are on the way with hurricane season. Our roofs are in danger. Hopefully, no unwelcome floods will destroy our landscapes, too.
Preparation is the key. Even small leaks can expand into disastrous ones in heavy rain and wind storms. What seems like a small problem with your roof today can expand into a huge one and even bring a need for a new roof.
Getting a roof inspection will detect any weaknesses in your roofing structure. Fixing them is what Royal Crown Roofing does to protect you this hurricane season and in the future. We may only have to replace a rubber gasket, repair flashings or a few damaged shingles—but if they are not taken care of promptly, it may mean an entirely new roof is in the works for the near future.
Regular inspections and maintenance of your roof also include checking out the insulation materials inside the roof, which prevents mold from growing inside it and water from seeping into your house. Any weakness in the insulation will reduce your roof’s effectiveness in protecting you, your family, and your property from the elements.
Royal Crown Roofing’s trained project managers will be glad to help you with a full inspection and any repairs that are needed. Contact them soon!
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.
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.
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.