As a homeowner, you have a good idea of when something in your house needs work. Broken or missing shingles are easy to spot, for example. But not every problem is so visible. For a closer inspection to find less obvious issues with your roof, it’s best to call in the professionals for a roof inspection.
You may be considering a roof inspection as a precursor to selling your home, or you simply believe your roof needs some work. Whatever the case, we’re here to help you out with a free professional roof inspection! Here’s what you can expect when you schedule a visit from our contractors.
Questions & Concerns from the Homeowner
When the contractor first arrives, they’ll want to know about any questions you have for them. This is your chance to highlight concerns you may have or potential problems you’ve spotted in your roof. This gives the inspector an idea of where to start looking. Additionally, establishing a good rapport with your roof inspector ensures you’ll enjoy good service throughout the whole process.
Interior & Exterior Roof Review
The inspector will examine both the inside and outside of your roof, looking for the problems you’ve noticed before and any other issues that need to be addressed. They’ll check the insulation, sealants around vents, your gutter system, and more to identify any potential problems you may not have noticed. They’ll even check the structure of your roof itself for rotting or damage that could cause a collapse.
Pro Tip: If you notice broken or missing shingles on your roof, don’t walk on the roof to repair them! The leak that has likely formed could have damaged the structure of the roof and you could fall.
Once the inspection is over, the contractor will discuss their findings with you. You’ll have a clear picture of the condition of your roof and any work that it needs. You may even be able to receive an estimated cost of the required repairs. Regardless of the extent of work needed, by the end of the inspection, you’ll have a detailed report of the inspector’s findings.
Your Next Steps
So now your roof has been assessed by a professional and you know the extent of repairs needed. If you’re about to sell your home, send this report to the prospective buyers so they know what they’re getting. Otherwise, why wait for repairs? Give us a call to get an estimate for the work your roof needs.
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A well-built roof is designed to last for decades and to withstand all sorts of bad weather. However, sometimes you’ll notice your roof seems to need some attention. Can you identify which problems can wait for a little and which ones need immediate roof repair?
Inspecting Your Roof
While a professional roofing contractor must make the final decision, you as the homeowner can definitely learn to identify problem areas on your roof. And the less time you have to deal with a faulty or leaky roof, the better! Here are several issues that require immediate, professional roof repair:
- Broken or missing shingles
- Algae growth
- Open seams or leaks
- Rotting structural supports
- Pest infestations
1) Broken or Missing Shingles
The most common and most easily visible problem your roof could have is broken or missing shingles. The issue here is obvious. Any break in the shingle layer can let in rain, causing water damage to the lower layers of your roof and potentially causing the structure itself to falter. If you notice missing shingles on your roof, do your best to temporarily patch the hole and call your local roofing contractor immediately.
Pro Tip: If you suspect your roof is leaking, go into the attic and check the roof interior for dark, damp spots around potentially problematic areas.
2) Algae Growth
Algae or mold forming on your roof is also a bad sign. Not only does this indicate a pretty severe buildup of dirt, but plant growth on your roof can also eat away at your shingles and drastically decrease the lifespan of your roofing materials. Schedule a professional roof cleaning session as soon as possible if you notice algae on the shingles.
3) Open Seams or Leaks
Broken shingles aren’t the only ways leaks can form in your roof. Caulking around your chimney, windows, or air vents can break down with time and allow wind and rain into your house. You may notice dark, damp spots forming around these spots if a leak is occurring. Like broken shingles, this requires fast attention. Cover the leak as best you can and call your roof repair company.
4) Rotting Structural Supports
If you don’t catch a leak in time, you could find that the very structure of your roof is compromised. Support beams might be wet or rotting and the roof deck could be deteriorating. Either is a serious problem that threatens to collapse into your house, damaging your property and driving up repair costs. Let us handle this emergency roof repair and get your house back in shape immediately.
5) Pest Infestations
Bugs, squirrels, or other critters may be making their homes in your roof. While this may seem harmless, pests can make existing holes larger or chew new holes in your roof so they can hide inside. Worst of all, if they make it past the roof and into your home, you’ll have an entirely new set of problems to deal with. Get pests removed before they damage your roof any further.
Identifying Common Roof Problems
Roof damages are nothing to be ignored or put off until it’s too late. A leaky or damaged roof could harm your home’s overall structure. Don’t delay! If you see signs that your roof needs repair, call your local roofing contractor as soon as possible.
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Gutters are an important addition to most roofs, especially in rain-prone environments. However, any homeowner knows gutters can easily become clogged and dirty if not properly covered or cared for. Gutter cleaning is an unfortunate part of roof maintenance. But is it really a good idea to do by yourself?
Like most types of roof maintenance or repair, it’s best to call in a professional to clean your gutters. They’re trained to know what to do and to do a good job. There’s no need to expose yourself to risk when professionals will handle the job for you.
It goes without saying that gutters are very high up, especially on a two-story home. And since walking on the roof is never a good idea, the safest way to access the gutters is via standing on a ladder. This can quickly become unsafe as you try to balance on the ladder while simultaneously scooping out leaves into a trash bag. Without the proper equipment, you can easily injure yourself. Hiring a professional removes the risk from you and ensures that the cleaner brings the right equipment to protect themselves as well.
Pro Tip: Once your gutters are clean, talk to your roof contractor about installing gutter guards to prevent them from clogging again.
Professional Treatment from Conroe Roofing Experts
Gutters are surprisingly easy to damage. A scratch in the paint or finish could allow rust to develop, turning an already messy situation into a very difficult one as the gutters rot. Fortunately, professional cleaners know exactly what tools to use and how to use them to avoid further damaging your roof. Let them handle the cleaning so you can stay confident your roof is still in good shape.
Avoid Clogged Gutters on Your Woodlands Home
Cleaning your own gutters is possible, but it does present risks that most homeowners may not be prepared to deal with. Why deal with that alone? Call a professional to take care of your gutters for you and rest assured that your roof will be in good condition for a long time.
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Are you looking for a licensed roofing contractor for your home or business? Royal Crown Roofing is proud to have a team of HAAG Certified Inspectors and GAF Master-Elite Roofers to serve you. By providing ongoing training to our team, it is our goal to provide unmatched roof repair and replacement within the Houston area.
Our roofing team is required to participate in certification programs to enhance their skills and offer guaranteed value. Through rigorous training, our roofers are HAAG Certified Inspectors and GAF Master-Elite Roofers. As a result, they are able to adequately inspect roof damage and complete repairs on any roofing type. These certifications backed with our veteran promise ensure that each of our customers will receive quality roof care.
HAAG Certified Inspectors
The HAAG Certification is an extensive program that is highly regarded in the roofing industry. Combined with up-to-date training and forensic engineering expertise, roofers are taught to inspect roofs for damage. No matter what the roofing type, the HAAG Certification gives inspectors the tools to adequately give a roof damage assessment, determine repair costs, and follow inspection safety standards for every job.
GAF Master-Elite Roofers
The GAF Master-Elite Certification is a nationwide certification program that gives ongoing training to roofing contractors. Through this certification, our elite roofers are proud to be apart of the top 2% of roofing contractors in the nation. While it takes over seven years for other roofing companies to complete, our team was able to receive the certification in as little as two years! As a result, we are able to provide you the best roof materials and lifetime warranties on the market!
Pro Tip: Protect your new roof with one of the strongest and safest lifetime warranties offered by GAF Master Elite Contractors.
Veteran Owned and Trusted
Our company was built on family values and American patriotism. As veterans, we consider honor and reputation to be important attributes. In any project, we make every effort to provide each of our customers with the value they deserve. That being said, we actively look to hire veterans to be apart of our team. It is our privilege to provide a job opportunity to those who have served our country in our armed forces.
A Woodlands Roofing Company to Trust
In conclusion, our roofing contractors are committed to providing lasting roofs for every one of our customers. Whether you have a residential or commercial roof, our roofing team is qualified to serve you best. Along with our notable certifications, we desire to give you great customer service and trusted advice your roof deserves.
Do you need your roof inspected? Contact one of our qualified roofing contractors today!
Between the paperwork and red tape, filing a claim with your insurance company for a roof repair can be confusing. It’s important for you to stay informed about the care of your home and ask questions about your insurance coverage, especially if you’re unsure how your insurance plan will affect your roof.
Top Answers from Our Houston Roofing Experts
Leave your stress at the door. Our experts are qualified as GAF Master Elite Roofing Contractors to assist in your roof repair or replacement. The insurance process can be frustrating and complicated, but we’re here to help. Get the answers you need to the most common questions about insurance and roof repair.
- Who should I contact first if my roof is damaged?
- Does homeowner’s insurance cover roof damage?
- How much will insurance pay for roof repair?
- Will my insurance company cover a full replacement?
- If I don’t have insurance coverage, can I still get my roof repaired?
1) Who should I contact first if my roof is damaged?
If you notice a missing shingle or leaking ceiling, don’t wait to contact a representative at Royal Crown Roofing to schedule a free inspection. Small defects left untreated can cause more damage over time, which can directly affect your insurance coverage. After your roof inspection, our team will set up a temporary repair and assist you in the insurance claim process.
2) Does homeowners insurance cover roof damage?
Yes and no. The dwelling coverage section in your insurance policy involves the protection of your home structure, which would include your roof. Most homeowners’ insurance protects against a limited amount of perils such as fire, heavy winds, and hail damage. However, certain exclusions against windstorms or hail might exist in your policy and fail to cover your emergency roof repair. Insurance carriers consider it a homeowner’s responsibility to care for their roof. That being said, damages from a leaky roof or general wear and tear are normally not covered by homeowners’ insurance.
Pro Tip: Read your insurance policy to check for any exclusions that would affect your roof repair. Supplemental insurance might be required if the damage extends beyond your coverage limit.
3) How much will insurance pay for roof repair?
Fortunately, there is no cap for the amount of money insurance will pay if your roof is under 20 years old. However, the amount of reimbursement will be affected by your repair estimate and insurance adjuster’s opinion. Make sure your roof inspection includes a detailed list of repair costs to give your insurance an accurate estimate. If your insurance company fails to provide a fair estimate, be sure to ask for a reconsideration before you start repairing your roof.
4) Will my insurance company cover a full replacement?
If your roof is older than 20 years old, your insurance company will likely consider the roof too old to qualify for reimbursement. However, if your roof is within its recommended lifespan and the estimated loss is greater than its value, an insurance company will approve a full roof replacement. Depending on your policy, you might have to pay a deductible before your insurance company will pay the remaining replacement cost.
5) If I don’t have insurance coverage, can I still get my roof repaired?
Of course! The cost will vary depending on the type of roof repair, but our roofing contractors strive to provide high-quality service with competitive pricing. If you’re unable to pay upfront, we provide financing through nationally-accredited, Hearth. Whether you want to finance a portion or the full amount of your project, Hearth offers a variety of payment plans for your convenience.
The Benefit of a Roof Warranty
Unlike many roofing companies, our team is proud to offer a variety of workmanship warranties for the longevity of your roof. All of our roofing contractors are certified with GAF Master Elite Roofing to extend a lifetime warranty that is protected by GAF, the leaders in professional roof quality. If you’ve had your roof replaced by one of our contractors, you can rest knowing that any future damages will be handled efficiently.
Did we neglect to answer your insurance question? Connect with one of our associates to receive assistance with your roof repair.
Is your family preparing to sell your house and move? Are you a real estate agent looking to improve a property? Alternatively, are you just feeling particularly motivated to do some extensive home renovations? Whatever the case, one of your biggest goals is probably increasing your home’s curb appeal.
Upgrade Your Woodlands Home’s Exterior
Whether you’re covering up damage or just upgrading, working on curb appeal gives your house a facelift and lets you enjoy your residence that much more. Depending on your budget and time commitment, you can take curb appeal pretty far and accomplish a good amount. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Repaint the outside
- Care for your lawn
- Get a new mailbox
- Clean your gutters
- Upgrade your roof
1) Repaint the Outside
Over the span of time, hail damage and normal aging can cause the external sides of the house to look drab and dreary. A fresh coat of paint can give the outside of your house a new life by covering up the damage and extending the life of the exterior walls. Deciding what color to paint the outside is a big decision.
Pro Tip: If your home is monitored by a homeowner’s association (HOA), contact them for approval before painting. Failing to get approval from your HOA may create future problems or unwanted fees.
2) Care for Your Lawn
There’s nothing more eye-catching than a front yard with green grass and blooming plants. Keep your lawn healthy by regularly trimming the grass, picking the weeds, and keeping all of the plants watered. If your area is particularly shaded, be sure to choose plants that don’t require too much sunlight. Be sure to care for your yard regularly so that you can prevent brown spots.
3) Get a New Mailbox
Did you know you can customize your mailbox? Unless your neighborhood has certain restrictions, the options are endless for what mailbox you could choose. From different materials like metal or plastic to different grains of wood, your mailbox is one of the first things seen when pulling up the driveway. Buying a new mailbox could be the one element that makes your house stand out from your next-door neighbor.
4) Clean Your Gutters
If you’re preparing for heavy rain, cleaning your gutters is an important maintenance step. Removing leaves and sticks from your gutters can help prevent roof leaks and in turn, can enhance your curb appeal by lessening the messy appearance.
5) Upgrade Your Roof
Depending on the age and type of roof, its recommended for homeowners to replace their roof every 20-30 years. Currently, asphalt shingles are the most popular and are offered with a number of different color options that can help accentuate the style of your home. If you’re not able to replace your roof entirely, consider having it repaired or cleaned to keep it in the best shape for you or any future homeowner.
Give Yourself a Newly Renovated House
Even a few changes or a few hours spent on restoration work can make a big difference in your home’s appearance and curb appeal. Once the job is done, you’ll have given yourself a house that’s at least partially new! Your home improvement efforts will not go unnoticed.
Connect with us to learn more about increasing curb appeal and your home’s value.