Late summer storms can be powerful and unpredictable, posing a significant threat to your home’s roof. As a homeowner, it is essential to take proactive measures to protect your roof from potential damage during these severe weather events.
What can you do to be prepared?
Schedule regular roof inspections!
Do it ideally before the late summer season–it’s vital for identifying existing issues and potential weak points in your roof. A professional roofer can assess the condition of your roof, detect any signs of wear and tear, and recommend necessary repairs or maintenance.
Reinforce Roofing Materials!
Consider using impact-resistant roofing materials. Impact-resistant shingles made from materials like asphalt, metal, or synthetic materials are designed to withstand the force of hail and debris during storms. Investing in these materials can provide an added layer of protection for your roof.
Trim Overhanging Branches!
Overhanging branches from nearby trees can pose a risk to your roof during storms. Strong winds can cause these branches to break and fall, potentially causing significant damage to your roof. Regularly trim back and maintain trees around your property to minimize this risk.
Clean Gutters and Downspouts!
Clogged gutters and downspouts can lead to water pooling on your roof during heavy rains. This pooling water can seep through the roof’s surface, causing leaks and water damage. Clean your gutters regularly to ensure proper water flow and prevent any potential water-related issues.
Secure Loose Roofing Materials!
Loose or damaged shingles, tiles, or metal panels are more susceptible to being torn off during high winds. Before late summer storms arrive, inspect your roof for any loose materials and secure them properly to prevent further damage.
Install Storm Shutters!
In our sometimes hurricane prone and severe windstorm Houston area, it’s a good idea to consider installing storm shutters over your windows. Storm shutters provide an additional layer of protection against flying debris, which could otherwise cause damage to your roof and other parts of your home.
Reinforce Roof Trusses!
Consult Royal Crown Roofing about reinforcing your roof trusses. Strengthening the structural components of your roof can improve its resilience to high winds and heavy rain.
Maintain Attic Ventilation!
Proper attic ventilation is crucial for preventing heat and moisture buildup, which can weaken your roof’s structure and lead to mold growth. Make sure your attic ventilation system is functioning correctly and consider installing additional vents if necessary.
Review Insurance Coverage!
Review your homeowner’s insurance policy to ensure it provides adequate coverage for storm-related damages. Understand the terms and limitations of your policy, and consider upgrading it if you live in an area prone to severe weather events.
Remember, a well-maintained roof not only safeguards your property but also provides peace of mind during the stormy late summer season. Contact Royal Crown Roofing for their help today!
When your roof falls victim to the wrath of Texas storms, it’s time for some royal intervention. Fixing a storm-damaged roof or repairing a hail damaged roof can be an unexpected and costly affair. But fear not, for Royal Crown Roofing is here to make your experience as smooth and affordable as possible, without compromising on quality.
As a family-owned business with over 50 years of experience, our commitment to customer satisfaction and top-notch workmanship is unparalleled. We can’t help but treat you like royalty – after all, it’s in our company’s DNA. So, if you need roofing contractors for roof inspection, roof replacement, or roofing repair, look no further than our expert team.
Now, let’s talk insurance. After a storm or hail event damages your roof, working with insurance companies can feel like a daunting task. But with Royal Crown Roofing by your side, you’ll be well-equipped to navigate the process with grace and ease.
First things first: Contact us to schedule a free roof inspection. Our certified GAF Master Elite® contractors will assess the damage and provide an estimate for repairs or replacement, which will be critical when filing your insurance claim.
Once you’ve filed your claim, we’ll be happy to work directly with your insurance company to ensure a seamless process. Our team is well-versed in the language of insurance claims and will advocate on your behalf to ensure you receive the best possible outcome.
In our quest to treat you like royalty, we also offer 24/7 emergency storm damage roofing services, along with the best roofing warranties in the business. So, for all your roof repair and replacement needs, trust Royal Crown Roofing to provide exceptional service, outstanding materials, and a touch of royalty.
Remember: When storms wreak havoc on your roof, Royal Crown Roofing is your knight in shining armor. Contact us today to schedule your free roof inspection and experience the royal treatment.
Gutters are important to take care of before storm season arrives since they do the important job of diverting water away from your house. They funnel rain to downspouts so it stays off the walls of your house and empties into drainage areas away from the foundation and your landscaping.
All of this can’t happen if the gutters are clogged with twigs, leaves, bird nests, dirt, grime, mold, algae, or other debris. They need to be cleared for rain to move quickly and effectively without overflowing into the wrong places.
If you clean the gutters yourself, you can use a scrub brush or power washer on a low setting to wash away the debris. You also need to check out the condition of the hardware attaching the gutters to your roof and make sure they are strong enough to withstand the strong winds and heavy downpours that are coming. It’s also a good idea to install gutter guards, which will prevent debris from being washed through the gutters, into the downspouts, and making a mess on your landscaping below. And check out the downspouts to make sure they are secured properly and are strong enough to do the job.
Finally, if you are not up to all of this ladder climbing and maintenance work on your gutter system, another solution exists. Contact Royal Crown Roofing for their assistance in making sure everything is in good order.
Summer is approaching, and with it, the severe summer thunderstorms Texas is famous for. Thunderstorms on their own are nothing new and not really cause for alarm. However, late spring and early summer tends to be peak season for tornadoes in the south. Even severe storms that don’t produce tornadoes can damage your house. Are you ready for the upcoming summer storms?
Weather forecasts can tell you when a storm will likely arrive and the speed of its winds, but they can’t accurately predict what severe weather could do to your home. Consequently, it’s always an excellent plan to stay prepared for severe weather throughout the entire summer season. Here’s how to get ready.
First things first: is your roof leaking? Are there any weak spots that a thunderstorm might damage even further? Go outside and look for missing or broken shingles, then inspect the roof interior for dark or damp spots that indicate a leak. A leaky roof is the last thing you need in a severe thunderstorm! Schedule an emergency roof repair or cover the leaks temporarily until you can get a professional to patch up the roof.
As the saying goes, hope for the best, plan for the worst. If you’re stuck in your house with flooded streets and no electricity, would you be able to hold out for a while? Make sure you can! Stock up on shelf-stable food, bottled water, basic hygiene supplies, medicine, and more to build an emergency kit for yourself and your family. (Find a more comprehensive list of emergency supplies here.) Determine what your family needs and how much of it to stay safe in your house for a while if necessary.
Most summer storms are ultimately harmless, causing minimal damage to your home or neighborhood. However, dangerous weather like hurricanes can be truly devastating. Don’t risk it if your home is in the path of a hurricane or tornado. As long as it’s safe to travel, evacuate while you can. Plan ahead on how you’ll leave, when you’ll evacuate, what you’ll take along, where you’ll go, and more with your family ahead of time. Don’t be caught off guard with severe weather.
Pro Tip: Before you evacuate to escape a severe storm, unplug your home’s electricity, water, and gas lines. Any of these rupturing during a storm can cause further damage.
Weathering the Storm
Most summer thunderstorms won’t cause significant damage to your home. Likewise, it’s unlikely you’ll have to evacuate unless a hurricane or tornado forms. But even a mild thunderstorm could temporarily knock out your power or flood the streets enough to make driving unsafe. It’s always an excellent idea to be prepared for anything during the stormy summer season.
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The weather alerts are scrolling across your phone and people are scrambling to the grocery store to stock up on food. It’s important to know how to prepare your home for severe weather to prevent unnecessary damage. When the storm hits, are you and your family going to be ready?
Your Storm Preparation Checklist
According to a recent survey from an insurance company, 75% of homeowners don’t prepare their homes for incoming storms. Unfortunately, neglecting the maintenance of your home can result in costly damages and unnecessary repairs. If severe weather is headed your way, be sure to keep this storm preparation checklist close at hand.
- Maintain your roof
- Trim your trees
- Move outdoor furniture inside
- Clean your gutters
- Assemble an emergency kit
1) Maintain your roof
Have you checked your roof for leaks? Are there any shingles missing? The roof of your home is one of the most protective features of your home. If a natural disaster or heavy rainstorm is headed your way, inspect your roof for any damages or weak points.
2) Trim your trees
When a storm is headed your way, don’t forget to look up. Heavy rain and wind can break tree limbs and send falling debris to your home. In the days leading up to the storm, trim your trees and remove any dead plants from the yard.
Pro Tip: Unfortunately, dead trees or plants can cause just as much harm since they’re more susceptible to being pulled out by their roots and damaging your lawn
3) Move outdoor furniture inside
Between the chance of hailstorms or strong wind, your belongings outside of your home will undoubtedly be affected. Be sure to move all outdoor furniture, playground toys, and loose equipment inside your garage or shed. It might require a little effort to move everything, but the members of your family will be thankful their personal items are kept safe.
4) Clean your gutters
The gutter system on your home was designed to minimize flooding and to protect your roof. However, if it’s clogged with falling leaves and branches, it will hardly have a chance to work correctly. To protect your home, clean your gutters and double-check that rainwater will be able to flow freely.
5) Assemble an emergency kit
If the electricity was turned off and the roads were closed, would your family be prepared to stay in your home? No matter how severe the storm is, it’s important to have a basic emergency kit to ensure the safety of both your home and family. In addition to an emergency supply of food, we recommend gathering a flashlight, batteries, candles, and any other items that will help in the time of a power outage.
Stay Alert and Plan Ahead
If you know a storm is headed your way, it’s a good idea to make sure you and your family will be safe in your home. It’s important to heed warnings and severe weather alerts from your local meteorologist. If you’re asked to evacuate or take shelter outside of your home, preparing your house ahead of time will help prevent damages or future repairs.
Do you need to get your house ready for an incoming storm? Connect with one of our technicians to schedule a service appointment!
The southeastern United States knows all about hurricane damage and preparations. But in the heat of the moment, as you’re looking at a damaged house, it can be easy to forget a lot of the practical advice you’ve gotten and just start trying to fix things yourself immediately. Rarely, if ever, is this a good idea! Do you know what to actually do for roof damage after a hurricane?
Hurricanes can completely devastate your roof, leaving your home and belongings vulnerable to further damage. But don’t lose your cool as you deal with this new situation. Here are the steps to take immediately after you discover a damaged roof.
Get Temporary Repairs Done ASAP
Your first order of business should be keeping the damage from spreading any further. Perform a little temporary roof repair. If you can find the leak on the interior of your roof and it’s a manageable size, cover it with a tarp or other waterproof material temporarily. Don’t let any more water get into your house.
Unfortunately, hurricane damage can frequently result in leaks large enough that a simple tarp cover isn’t going to do much good. Call your local roofing contractor and see how quickly they can patch your roof to keep damage from spreading further. While actual repairs may have to wait, they can at least provide a temporary solution.
File Your Insurance Claim Immediately
Don’t wait to file an insurance claim! After a disaster, your insurance company will be flooded with requests and claims. Get yours in quickly to avoid waiting too long for professional repairs. The sooner you file your claim, the sooner your life can go back to normal.
Pro Tip: Your roofing contractors will work with your insurance company and be your advocate to make sure you get the most value from your claim. Let the professionals handle the insurance negotiations.
Choose a Trustworthy Houston Roofing Company
After a natural disaster, out-of-town companies known as storm chasers will show up and offer free or allegedly discounted inspection and repair services. Don’t let them near your roof! These companies will vanish once the job is done, leaving you to deal with any problems that may arise later. These contractors tend to charge exorbitant prices for subpar work and leave before dealing with any fallout. Don’t let this happen to you! Stick with a local, trustworthy company with an incentive to give you the best job possible.
Dealing with Roof Damage After a Hurricane
Hurricane season isn’t over until the end of November 2019. With just over a month to go, it’s still possible that an unexpected storm could cause extensive damage to your roof. Don’t let it take you by surprise! If you stay on top of things and have your roof inspected and repaired quickly, life can get back to normal soon.
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