What do you do if you have water leaking down your walls and from your ceiling and no one can find the source?

What do you do if you have water leaking down your walls and from your ceiling and no one can find the source?

What do you do if you have water leaking down your walls and from your ceiling and no one can find the source?

It can originate anywhere in your roof—even rooms away—and drip from ceilings and down walls, leaving yellow stains. What do you do?

Do you tear your roof apart until you find it? And what if in addition to the water dripping from your ceiling and walls, you smell a musty odor and wonder if mold is growing?

Before you move out, contact Royal Crown Roofing for their help pinpointing the source of the leak without destroying your expensive roof, walls, and ceiling. They can use their thermal imaging cameras to find where the moisture and water are hiding inside your roof so the problem can be rectified.

Thermography is non-destructive, so no part of the roof needs to be removed for it to work. It can find problems in areas you couldn’t easily access, even if you did tear your roof apart. The images it creates are easy to read and are produced quickly so fixing the leaks can be done immediately, saving both time and money. This process, in addition to locating current leaks, can also indicate where the roof is weak and where future leaks may occur when weakened by time or the weather.

Contact Royal Crown Roofing today for a free inspection and get set up to do the thermal imaging. When they find out what’s going on, they can take care of repairs quickly before winter sets in.

Winter’s on its way—eventually. Make sure your roof is ready!

Winter’s on its way—eventually. Make sure your roof is ready!

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.

How do you know if you have a flashing leak in your roof?

How do you know if you have a flashing leak in your roof?

The obvious sign is water puddles appearing on your floor, water dripping from the ceiling, or water leaking down your walls, creating ugly yellow stains. Improperly installed or damaged flashing is a common problem. When water does leak down a wall, the problem could be located in the flashing where the roof and wall connect, which can rust out due to age, or crack and dry out in our hot Houston sun. With this damage, flashing can lose its seal, and when storms and high winds come, water can drip down your interior walls.

Don’t be frightened, though—damaged flashing is much easier and less expensive to take care of than installing an entire roof. In fact, the cost can be minimal, but if not fixed in a timely fashion, the damage to the interior of your home can be enormous. To create a strong barrier to the weather, continuous flashing and weather-proofing materials need to be installed along the wall and roof.

Unfortunately, almost all of us have to deal with leaky roofs at some point in our lives. It’s a very unpleasant thing to live with. And you don’t need to live with it. Call Royal Crown Roofing for an inspection to find out what’s going on. It’s free!

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.

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.

Need help filling out insurance claims after a storm?

Need help filling out insurance claims after a storm?

Well, help is ready and waiting when we have a devastating storm in the Houston area this summer. Hurricane season is upon us, and we may be dreading the paperwork after the storm more than the storm itself. But a professional roofing inspector from Royal Crown Roofing can fill out the claim and provide the proof necessary so you don’t have to do it yourself. Just be sure and get a hold of them as soon as possible after the storm.

Professional roofing inspectors know how to do a comprehensive summary of what’s wrong and provide the proof needed so the insurance company can’t decline the claim or require more paperwork and proof—and more of your time and energy. Additionally, Royal Crown will provide a cost estimate that will speed things up. Remember that time is extremely important in getting your roof repaired and your house and the people in it protected from the elements.

And if you are one of those people who thinks they can save money by doing their own roof inspection, you may want to reconsider. A professional knows where to look and what to look for. Unless you have had the requisite training to identify all the problems, you will likely not get everything covered by the insurance and end up spending more in the long run. Contact Royal Crown Roofing if you need help this coming storm season.