With winter around the corner, it’s time to get your house ready to withstand the colder temperatures. Getting your house prepared starts with your roof, especially since it’s what keeps your home warm and dry inside. Don’t neglect this important step this season; winterize your roof–your family and pocketbook will thank you!
Winterize Now, Keep Warm Later
We’re starting to get a taste of cooler weather, which means the chance of snow and ice is increasing. This is the time to winterize your roof. Without proper preparation, your roof could collapse and end up ruining your winter vacation. Focus on these ways to protect the roof of your home this season.
- Inspect your Houston roof
- Trim the tree limbs
- Empty the gutters
- Replace caulking
- Watch out for pests
1) Inspect your Houston roof
The first step of getting prepared is to perform a roof inspection.
- On the exterior, check for damaged shingles, mold, or rotted wood that could worsen with cooler weather. If you have a chimney, schedule a cleaning and ensure that it has proper ventilation.
- After you’ve checked the outside of the house, don’t forget to inspect the inside. Subtle leaks in the ceiling or problems with the attic insulation could be a sign of a bigger problem from the roof.
2) Trim the tree limbs
The next step is to look at the trees that might surround your house. In the case of a severe storm, overhanging trees can snap and the tree branches might land on your roof. Without taking this step beforehand, your house might be exposed to the wind and rain.
3) Empty the gutters
You should be cleaning your gutters throughout the year, but it’s important to ensure they’re empty and working properly as you’re winterizing your roof. If you have clogged gutters, melting snow and ice won’t have a place to drain and will end up causing water damage.
Pro Tip: Avoiding damage to your home’s exterior starts with a gutter system. It’s a good idea to clean them every 3 months to keep your foundation and roof in the best shape.
4) Replace caulking
If you’re a homeowner, you’re probably familiar with caulk. It’s used to seal joints, seams, and every other corner imaginable. As the temperatures start to drop outside, it’s important to make sure the caulk throughout your house hasn’t become wrinkled or cracked. Replacing the caulk will prevent air leaks and improve your energy efficiency.
5) Watch out for pests
As the winter season approaches, be aware that pests might build nests or create holes in your roof to stay warm. From squirrels to birds to rats, you’ll have stay on watch throughout the season. Consider hiring a pest control expert to help you look for signs of damage before your roof needs repair.
Have you winterized your Woodlands home yet?
If you don’t have the time or resources available for preparation, consider hiring a professional service to inspect and clean your roof. There shouldn’t be any reason your home isn’t ready for the cold weather. The longevity and durability of your roof depend on it.
Contact us today for more information about winterizing your roof and how to keep your home in the best shape this season.
At Royal Crown Roofing, we strive to provide the best service and experience possible for our clients. In fact, we’re so confident that you’ll love your new roof that you can’t help but brag to your friends and family. Better yet, if your friends hire us based on your recommendation, we have a few special ways of thanking you!
Our referral rewards program offers different levels of compensation for referring us to your friends, family, or even other properties you own. Not only will your referred friend get a new roof, but you’ll be rewarded for your efforts! If you’re interested in having us talk to your friends and taking advantage of our generous reward system, here’s what you need to know.
The Referral Process
If you have a friend who would like a new or replaced roof, start the referral process by submitting the Referral Form. After we receive your form, our representatives will contact your referral to schedule a roof inspection at no charge. If your friend receives a new roof, you will receive your reward once the roof has been installed and the Certificate of Completion has been signed.
Pro Tip: If your friend contacts Royal Crown Roofing before you submit the referral form, you are not guaranteed to receive credit for their installation. Submit the Referral Form before any inspection or estimate is scheduled.
From gift cards to a round-trip for two, the rewards from our referral program don’t disappoint! Gift cards range from $250-$1000 and can be redeemed anywhere from Amazon to Bass Pro Shops. The amount of qualified customers you’re able to refer determines the final reward. For those who are able to reach the master level, a $3000 travel voucher for two is available to be used toward any destination of your choice.
Due to the range of this rewards program, there are a few restrictions that apply. Make sure you are able to meet these qualifications by checking the following list:
- Whoever you refer must be a homeowner that contracts with Royal Crown Roofing for a new or replacement roof of at least 1,500 square feet.
- You cannot refer yourself if you’re replacing the roof of your primary residence. However, you can refer yourself if you have a second home or rental property.
- Your referral submission count resets one year after your first referral.
- If your referral contacts Royal Crown Roofing before the Referral Form is submitted, it will not be counted toward your submission count.
- You can’t use redeem the reward amount as a VISA gift card or as store credit toward any outstanding balances with Royal Crown Roofing.
- Only one person can be used as the contact when referring to others.
You already give recommendations of stores, brands, and restaurants to your friends and family after you’re particularly pleased with a new discovery. Why not get rewarded for your efforts? Get a friend in touch with us and start earning great incentives!
Connect with us for more details of our program and to get started.
It’s easy to find advice and information regarding your house’s roofing materials and maintenance. But what about your business? If you own the building your business operates from, you’re responsible for its upkeep. Do you need a new roof for your business?
Similar to a residential roof, a well-built roof made from quality materials is an important addition to your business’s location. When was the last time you considered the roof as you upgraded your workplace? Check out a few reasons why you can’t afford to neglect your business roof in your plans or expenses.
Protection from the Elements
A leaky or worn-down roof does no one any favors. Rainwater seeping in through cracks and weak spots can damage your business space and annoy your customers, not to mention damage the structure of the building itself. Even on rain-free days, holes in your roof will let in the Houston heat and make working indoors unbearable. For comfort and longevity, a quality roof is crucial to your business.
Part of running a quality business is maintaining a pleasing appearance. Whether you prefer to spend your aesthetics attention on landscaping, your building, or the interior, you can’t deny the importance of having a rooftop that looks as professional and well-maintained as the rest of your building. Maintaining an eye-catching rooftop will encourage your customers to regard your business as a quality business and, hopefully, attract new ones who feel the same way!
Pro Tip: A roof is one of the most prominent exterior features of your business. Make sure yours looks good to potential customers.
In addition to protecting you from bad weather, an excellent roof can also help keep your power bills balanced. The proper roofing and insulation materials will keep heat out and your climate-controlled air inside, balancing out the temperature and ensuring that you and your customers remain comfortable. Best of all, sealing up leaks will ensure your air conditioning doesn’t work overtime to cool everything down and cost you even more money. The initial investment in a new roof will eventually pay for itself!
We Can Help!
Our team of roofing experts can help you assess your business’s needs, draw up a plan, and construct a brand new roof to enhance your business location and make your competitors jealous. Get started with a new roof to protect your workplace and put you on the path to success!
Connect with us to start planning your workplace’s new roof.
There’s no question that preventive maintenance work on your home can save you an immense amount of effort and money later on. It’s better to catch a problem when it can be easily handled than to let it worsen with time. However, your roof may be a different story. When is it appropriate to replace the entire thing, and when can you get by with just a few repairs?
Depending on the extent of damages, you may only need a cosmetic touch up or minor repair instead of a full roof replacement. However, choosing one solution too quickly does you no favors. Before you decide on the type of work your roof needs, it’s important to assess the damage and consult an expert.
Patching Over Minor Damage
Missing shingles can result in damage to the roof itself. Fortunately, homeowners may get lucky and only end up with a minor hole or weak spot in the roof. In this case, you may be tempted to think a quick patch will take care of the problem. This may seem like an easy fix, but you should always let an expert inspect the roof first. The damage may have spread further than it first appears. Additionally, adding patching an old roof in need of repairs with brand new roofing materials may just make the whole situation worse. Never assume a patch will fix the deeper issue.
Replacing Shingles or Tiles
If only a few shingles or tiles are missing, a quick replacement is probably all you need. Once again, however, the true answer depends on the rest of your roof. Does the damage extend into the structure itself? Are the other shingles on the roof buckled or peeling? Shingles are designed to last for decades, so if you notice the other shingles starting to fall apart, that’s a sign of serious damage below the surface.
Additionally, if you see granules from your asphalt shingles showing up on the ground or in your roof’s gutters, that indicates moderate to severe roof damage. Call a roof repair service immediately.
Pro Tip: Replacing only damaged shingles or tiles while ignoring the roof structure itself runs the risk of ignoring subtler problems. Always have the roof inspected too.
A Whole New Roof
Finally, there will be times when you can’t get away with mere repairs and have to settle for an entirely new roof. If your roof has recently suffered severe storm or water damage, the materials are deteriorating, or your home is simply old and in need of renovations, you’ll find yourself having a new roof installed. Your roofing contractor will help you determine the exact extent of necessary work.
Determining the Best Course of Action
Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against wind, rain, hail, and more. Even minor damages can be catastrophic if left untreated. Before you decide on whether to replace or repair your roof, make sure to consult with an expert on the best decision to prevent your house from sustaining further damage.
Connect with us to schedule your free roof inspection today!
As important as your roof’s functionality is, no one wants an ugly rooftop. A pleasing color can complement your home and increase your property value. Plus, different roof colors absorb heat at different rates, helping balance your home’s energy consumption. This choice can make a big difference!
Your choices in shingle colors are generally restricted to a few shades. Unfortunately, you’ll probably never get a neon green set of shingles. But the choices you do have can make your home look classy and help balance heat flow. Which color is best for your home? These factors can help you decide.
For Houston homeowners, keeping out the heat is a constant problem. Fortunately, a wisely chosen shingle color can reflect a decent amount of sunlight. Darker colors tend to absorb huge amounts of heat, so if your home gets a lot of direct sunlight, consider a lighter earth tone or even off-white shade. This color will prevent your air conditioning from working overtime and keep your energy bills low.
Pro Tip: A lighter shingle color will repel heat more effectively, but it will also show algae and mold growth pretty clearly. Keep a light-colored roof clean!
Your House Color
A shingle roof will last between 10-30 years depending on environment and maintenance. You’ll want it to look good and complement your house color! While you could definitely find a matching color for a seamless house, why not go for a contrasting color that just looks good? For instance, for a brown or earth-tone house, go for a grey or dark blue shingle color. A white-walled house might look good with slate gray or black shingles. Some roofing companies will even mix different shades for a checkerboard pattern! It all depends on your preference and what looks best with your house.
The Neighbors’ Roofs
What decorative choices did your neighbors make for their roofing shingles? You don’t have to copy their ideas, but cool roofs could be a source of inspiration for you. Are there any colors or patterns that catch your eye? Would they complement your own home too?
A Decorative and Functional Choice
Choosing a shingle color may seem largely trivial until you consider its potential impact on your energy efficiency and property value. Don’t settle for a boring shingle pattern. Ask about different colors you can choose from and find one that works best with your home and preferences.
Ready to schedule a roof redesign? Connect with us to browse our roofing materials and speak with our experts.
Depending on the roofing material you choose, your roof could last you between 10-50 years! Of course, bad weather conditions and other problems can shorten your roof’s lifespan and make a full replacement necessary. Hopefully, you won’t need to replace everything too often, but it’s important to know the telltale signs of something going wrong.
Each type of roofing material has its pros and cons, so the signs of decay or damage will differ. It’s difficult to predict what can damage your roof so badly you need a full replacement. If you notice any of these warning signs on your own roof, it may be time to call a professional.
Cupping, Curling, or Cracked Shingles
Heat or ventilation escaping through your roof can cause the shingles to warp or “cup”, ballooning outward and making them more vulnerable to damage. Meanwhile, if the corners of the shingles are curling upwards or the shingles themselves are cracking, rainwater can easily seep through your roof and damage your house. If you own a house with a shingled roof, keep an eye on it, especially during the hot summer months. Damaged or curling shingles will crack easily and make the damage worse.
The Neighbors Have New Roofs
If you notice your entire neighborhood is suddenly upgrading their rooftops too, consider asking around for the reasons. If everyone suddenly experienced roof damage from a bad thunderstorm, chances are your roof needs some work too. The damage might not be visible, but don’t assume you just got lucky. Have a professional assess your roof and tell you about any repairs you may need.
Mold or Algae Damage
In its early stages, mold or algae growth on your roof is easily washed off with the proper equipment. But not everyone catches the problem in time. Algae can eat away at your shingle granules and reduce your roof’s lifespan. Worse, the leaks and damage caused by algae can spread to the inside of your roof and damage your home. If you notice mold growth on your roof, don’t wait–schedule a professional roof cleaning immediately.
Shingled rooftops are particularly vulnerable to algae and mold growth, but this damaging condition can affect any type of roofing material. Keep your roof clean regardless of what material you choose.
Protecting Your Home
A durable, well-maintained roof is your first line of defense against the elements. If you notice damage getting worse with time, don’t waste your money on a repair that will just have to be repeated later. A full replacement will guarantee you protection for a long time to come.
Wondering if your roof needs replacing? Connect with us to speak to our experts and let us see how we can help you.