Roof Repair: Minor Leaks Can Cause Major Damage

Often times people will ignore roof leaks because they just don’t see them as a big enough threat, or they’re planning on getting a new roof in a year or two anyway. But what many people do not understand is that even a minor leak can cause some very major damage to their home. Leaky roofs are one roof repair that you definitely don’t want to ignore.

Roof Repair: Minor Leaks Can Cause Major Damage

Ceiling Damage 

If you have an attic, roof leaks are harder to find, and they may damage whatever belongings you have stored up there. If you don’t have an attic or the leak is really bad, it will start to damage the ceilings in your house as well. This can affect ceiling and wall paint, plaster, and even your ceiling lights and fans.

Mold and Mildew 

Whenever there are leaks and moisture, you’re going to have mold and mildew. Mold and mildew thrive in these conditions, and it doesn’t take long for it to happen. It can spread through the structure of your home, your HVAC system, and even through the vents and to your personal belongings. Mold is hard to get rid of and can cause multiple health issues.

Other Dangers 

Leaky roofs can pose as potential fire hazards if electrical wiring is present where there is a leak. They can also pose potential safety hazards by causing slips and falls from wet floors if your leak is bad enough. And ignored leaks can ruin insulation, which can then waste energy and raise your utility bills.

Contact us today at Roofity for more information on roof leaks and all of your roof repair needs and concerns.

Should You Schedule a Spring Roofing Maintenance Check?

With such a mild winter, spring months April – May is ideal for fulfilling a spring roofing checklist. Spring is the best time to work with a DFW roofer to prepare your home for summer.

Should You Schedule a Spring Roofing Maintenance Check?

So, to help you take advantage of the mild temperatures here is a home roofing checklist thanks to our friend Bob Vila.

Home Walk-Around

Your initial inspection should begin on the ground, walking around your property and looking for problems. Try to get a vantage from all angles, paying close attention to shingles, problem spots, flashing, and chimneys.

Roof

There’s no reason to climb up to your roof when a ground vantage is perfectly acceptable. Keep a look out for loose shingles, missing shingles, cracks in the roof or roofing material, or shingles that have shifted. If you had water problems inside your home during winter, identify where that problem spot occurred on the roof.

Chimney

Even though brick seems impervious, age can take a great toll on it. Look for cracks in the chimney facade, missing bricks in the chimney, loose flashing around the base of the chimney where it meets the roof, and calcium deposits on the exterior.

Gutters

Gutters can withstand a lot, but still sometimes need repair or replacement. Further, if you are certain that your gutters are clogged, it’s possible that they are full of leaves. But, if you have asphalt shingles, a gutter clogged with tiny pieces of gravel might mean that your shingles need to be replaced.

Don’t let the weather prevent you from protecting your most valuable asset. Perform a spring roof inspection by yourself or with a professional roofing contractor today.

If you’re ready to complete your spring roofing checklist, we can help you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information on us and our roofing services.

How to Make Your Roof Stand Out

A roof is one of those purchases you only make a few times in a lifetime, so you must take extra consideration into not only the type of roof but color of it as well. If you want your roof to stand out, then consider more than just picking an uncommon color. There are other ways to draw attention to your roof, which will be covered in this article.

cHow to Make Your Roof Stand Out

Choose Contrasting Colors for Your Soffit and Fascia

You don’t always have to change the roof color to make it stand out. An indirect way to draw attention to your roof is to choose contrasting colors for your soffit and fascia.

Paint Your Soffits a Different Color than Your Siding

Many homes use the same color for their soffits and siding. To indirectly make your roof stand out, paint your soffits a different color than your siding.

Pick a Roof Color than Complements What’s Permanent

If you’re more interested in changing the color of your roof to make it stand out, then consider picking a roof color that complements permanent features of the house. Examples of permanent elements are the chimney and brick facades.

Check with the HOA First

Before spending the money on renovating your house’s exterior, check the homeowner’s association guidelines to make sure the change you want to make is allowed. Sometimes the homeowner’s association has a designated color scheme residents in the neighborhood must abide by. If you live in a neighborhood without an HOA, then you’re likely free to be as creative as you want.

Conclusion

You’re not limited to just changing the roof’s color when you want to make it stand out. Look at other structures of the house, such as the soffit, fascia, and siding. Think about which color schemes you can use to make your roof the focal point of your home.

Also check the homeowner’s associations guidelines before changing your house’s exterior design. They may not allow a color you want. Whether it’s the roof or another structure being changed to a different color, you can make it stand out by wisely choosing your color schemes.

For additional help with making your roof stand out, contact us. We are dedicating to installing beautiful roofs that last long.

A Homebuyer’s Guide to Residential Roofing

Think you’re ready for the responsibility of homeownership? Buying your first home is no small decision, and it is a wise consumer who will learn as much as possible about the home buying process before jumping in with both feet. Working with a stellar realtor can help make the search for your home a smooth process from start to finish, but just as important as having a great realtor on your side is employing the services of a top-notch home inspector.

A Homebuyer's Guide to Residential Roofing

Before you finalize your home purchase, it is highly likely that your realtor will recommend having your home inspected. This is usually done at your expense, but paying a few hundred dollars now for a home inspection is better than being blindsided by discovering your home is in need of substantial repairs after closing. This inspection is not a test your home must pass before purchase, but just a chance for a professional inspector to thoroughly vet the residence, and advise you on any safety concerns, maintenance issues, or damage that is not apparent to the untrained eye.

One of the things the inspector will assess is the condition of the roof of the home. He will note any soft spots, any missing shingles or shakes, and will scrutinize the underside of your roof via attic or crawl space, looking for moisture damage.

Understanding the condition and age of the roof is important to the buying process. Should the condition of the roof appear to be inferior, or if the roof is nearing the end of its expected lifespan, you may be able to reasonably submit an offer that is slightly lower than the seller’s asking price, in order to cover the cost of repairs or a new roof.

Keep in mind that the average lifespan of a typical asphalt shingle roof is between ten and fifteen years. The seller should be able to provide you with insight concerning the age of the roof. If he is not forthcoming with that information, it is probably in your best interest to kindly, but firmly, press for that information, so that you will be prepared to make a fitting offer.

If you find yourself in need of residential roofing repairs, or if your home is due for a new roof, our experienced professionals are standing by to answer any questions you may have about the roofing process or our services. For more information, contact us today. We’re waiting to hear from you!

3 Ways to Protect Your Metal Roof From Harsh Weather

Roofity is a roofing contractor in Hurst, TX. We specialize in Residential Roofing for the DFW area.Metal roofing is an impressive home investment. Property owners never regret having a professional install a metal roof on their home. Further, when compared to asphalt shingles, metal roofs last a lifetime.

However, in order to help your metal roof last for years to come, there are a few things that you can do to protect it from the elements.

For those who are thinking of having a professional DFW roofer install a metal roof on their property, here are three tips for protecting your roof after the installation process is complete.

1. Even though it is an unlikely event, there is always a possibility that your metal roof will develop a leak. To prevent this problem from happening, always fix leaks in a timely fashion, and never let potential problem areas get worse. Also, as a preventative measure, you should keep your gutters clean. If you suspect that you have a leak, contact a professional ASAP.

2. Let a roofing professional equip your roof with the strongest and most enduring vents, shutters, seams, and gables possible. Strong winds and rains will destroy porous shutters and gables. Talk to your DFW roofer today about installing hardware strong enough to withstand the most extreme weather conditions.

3. Schedule a regular roofing inspection to help detect potential problems. Metal roofs are durable and long-lasting, but regular harsh weather can damage a roof over time. A DFW roofing professional will examine your roof for flaws and will work with you on instituting a fix for all your roofing problems.

If you are considering a new roof for your home or property, try a metal roof as a replacement. Metal roofs outlast most other roof types, and they often come with a minimum 50-year warranty.

For additional information on how we can help you with your home or property’s roof, please contact us today to schedule a roofing estimate.

What to Ask When Hiring a Roofing Contractor

Everything You Need to Know about Hiring a Roofing ContractorYou’ve probably heard at least one roofing contractor horror story, which has made you cautious about hiring a roofer. You’re right to be careful because there are a few seemingly trustworthy roofers who either do a poor job or lack customer service skills. To help separate the legit roofers from the swindlers, you need to know these three things before hiring a roofing contractor:

#1 Is The Contractor Really Licensed? Don’t Take His Word for It.

One of the most important facts to check for is whether or not the roofing contractor is licensed, but don’t take his word for it. Go the extra step to check his roofing license number to make sure he didn’t lie about being licensed. Each state has its own website where you can check roofing contractor licenses. The contractor only needs to be licensed in the state you need the work done in because building codes and regulations differ based on state.

#2 Do They Have Workers’ Compensation Insurance?

As unfair as it is, if a roofer is injured on your property and his employer doesn’t provide workers’ compensation insurance, you will probably be the one paying for his medical bills. Therefore, you should ask every potential roofing contractor if he has workers’ compensation insurance and ensure that every worker that steps foot on your property is covered by the insurance.

#3 Does The roofing Contractor Have General Liability Insurance?

Workers’ compensation insurance doesn’t cover any damage that occurs to your property; that is what general liability insurance is for. Ask the roofing contractor to see his insurance certificate, and if you still feel uneasy, call the insurance company for confirmation.

The three most important things to know about a roofing contractor before signing a contract are whether he’s licensed in your state, has workers’ compensation insurance, and has general liability insurance. You are less likely to endure a roofing contractor horror story when you check the legitimacy of these three things.

The decision you make on hiring a roofing contractor isn’t all about the certifications. You want to hire someone who is good at communicating with you to prevent misunderstandings and frustration. Our motto is “life is about relationships; everything else is just details.” Contact us to see whether or not we’re a good fit for your roofing needs.

Choosing the Right Type of Metal Roofing for Your Home

Metal roofingChoosing the Right Type of Metal Roofing for Your Home is becoming a popular choice for roofs because it is energy-efficient, resistant to fire, durable, and lightweight. Before paying for a metal roof to be installed, you should know what your options are to select the best type of metal roofing based on your needs. Here is an overview of the different types of metal roofs and the benefits they provide:

  • R-Panel: This type of metal roofing is usually best for homeowners who want the metal roof installed over the existing shingles because it saves them time and money.
  • CF Panel: CF panels, standing for concealed fastener panels, keep the fasteners hidden just as the name suggests. Some homeowners think metal roofs look better without the fasteners in plain sight. CF panels work best for people who want a clean smooth appearance to the roof and are willing to have the existing shingles entirely removed for installation.
  • U-Panel: In most cases, a u-panel metal roof can be attached to the existing shingles, making it a desirable option for those who don’t want to go through the process of entirely replacing the old roof. U-panel metal roofs are usually heavier than the other types because they’re made out of 26-gauge commercial grade steel.
  • Standing Seam: Standing seam metal roofs are the best looking as well as the most expensive. They feature a mechanically hemmed seam every 12-24 inches depending on the homeowner’s preference. There are no exposed fasteners with a standing seam metal roof either. The thickness of metal roofs (gauge) varies depending on which gauge the homeowner chooses.
  • AP Panel: An alternative to the standing seam roof is the AP panel metal roof. AP panel roofs deliver the appearance of standing seam at a lower cost. However, the screws will still show in an AP panel roof.

The type of metal roofing panels that you have installed depend on how much you care about aesthetics and whether or not you’re willing to have the old roof removed. It’s more expensive to replace an old roof, so if your warranty isn’t close to expiring, it’s sometimes a more attractive choice to install the new roof over the existing one.

Contact us for more information on metal roofing to find the perfect style for your home.

Why a Winter Roofing Inspection Is Important

Why a Winter Roofing Inspection Is ImportantIf you are buying a new home or you want a roofer to inspect your current roof, winter always seems like the last season to schedule an appointment.

However, while there are some obstacles in the way for a winter roofing inspection, there is actually no real trouble for the roofers performing the task.

The fact of the matter is, a successful roofing inspection is just as possible in winter as it is in any season. So, if you didn’t have your roof inspected before winter officially began, here are several reasons to do it now.

– Help to prevent future repairs and problems with a winter roofing inspection. Ice dams, snow, and unwanted critters setting up shop on your roof can all be stopped by an expert roofer.

– For those who are interested in buying a home, a roof inspection should be a part of the overall home inspection process. We recommend working with a certified and qualified DFW roofer to make the inspection process run smooth and easy.

– If you are selling your home in spring, a winter roof inspection will ensure that your roof is ready for a new owner. If you wait until it’s time to sell your home, you might have to wait even longer for a roofer to take a look. Schedule a roof inspection now and save future headaches.

– If you have a roofing problem, think you might have a problem, or see water where it shouldn’t be (like inside your home), do not delay in scheduling a roofing inspection today. There is no way to know for sure what type of problem you have until a professional roofer can get in closer for analysis.

Don’t let winter stop you from taking care of your investment. Schedule a roof inspection with a trusted DFW roofer today.

If you would like to schedule a roof inspection for your DFW home or business, please contact us anytime.

Why You Need a DFW Roofing Contractor in the New Year

Why You Need a DFW Roofing Contractor in the New YearAs another year winds down, winter is finally upon us, and if you have been neglecting your roof over the past year, now’s the time to have a licensed and bonded roofing contractor take a closer look at it.

A DFW roofing contractor can make quick work of all of your roofing problems, including a professional repair analysis, which looks deep under roofing shingles and seeks out issues before they become real problems.

Are you interested in learning more? Here are three reasons to have a professional roofing contractor inspect your DFW roof this year.

1. It’s finally time for an upgrade. The past few years, you have noticed a decline in your roofing shingle’s integrity. You have always wanted a new, pristine roof that offers no worries, but you’ve been waiting. This year, the wait is over. Get in touch with a DFW roofing contractor today to talk about your new roof.

2. Your old roof is on its last leg. It happens to even the nicest houses, and when it’s left to fester, the problems become significantly worse as a roof ages. Old age affects a roof negatively. Important factors to consider before contacting a roofing contractor are:

  • Sagging roofs
  • Missing shingles
  • General disrepair

3. You see moisture on ceilings and walls. When moisture is present inside of a home, and the source is unknown, worse things are on the horizon. Eliminate all of your worries by allowing a professional and trusted DFW roofing contractor to inspect your roof for moisture and rot, and stop the moisture before it turns into a monster.

For more information on how we can help you with your DFW roof, please contact Roofity today.

Integrity in Roofing Services

Integrity in Roofing ServicesMost homeowners do not do business with a roofing contractor on a regular and ongoing basis.  The roof repair industry is awash with slip-shod crews and outright con-men, so how can a homeowner select a trustworthy repair service?  Look for companies with integrity!

What to look for?

  1. Will they explain to you exactly what needs repair and why?  Will they back up their claim with photographic evidence?
  2. Will they replace existing roof vents and flashing or just work around them?
  3. Do they provide references that you can contact — especially for jobs that are more than a few weeks old?
  4. Are they fully insured against injury to their crew and damage to your home and property?
  5. What guarantee or warranty do they offer beyond that of the shingle manufacturer?
  6. Will they provide you with a certificate of completion and a written warranty on their work, not just the roofing materials?
  7. Do they support any local charities or community organizations?  Are they an active, permanent member of the community?

Roofity goes to great lengths to insure that our roof inspections are thorough and accurate.  We will happily discuss the details with you and show you photographs of what we found.

We far exceed local and state code requirements and replace roof penetrations such as pipe jacks, air vents, and water diversions with the shingles.  This establishes a new, uniform age for all components of the roof. This is vital to ensure the manufacturer warranty is not voided and allows us to back up our work with a warranty of a minimum of 3 years and up to 20 years.

If you have concerns about your roofing, contact us for an inspection.  If your roof is in good shape, you can count on us to say so.  If it needs repair, we will discuss your needs honestly with you.  Roofity prides itself on integrity, safety, and customer satisfaction.