Regular Roofing DIY Maintenance And Inspections

Roofing contractors are not “just” in the business of replacing roofs. Inspecting and ensuring the integrity of a residential or commercial roof is important to the maintenance and safety of any structure.

While roof styles, materials, and stresses vary dramatically, some basic inspection and maintenance tips apply to all types of roofs. Whether you’re charged with facilities management at your workplace or responsible for maintenance at home, ignoring your roof until there’s an obvious problem can be a serious and costly mistake.

Regular Roofing DIY Maintenance And Inspections

Gutter Clearing/Inspection/Cleaning

Depending on the weather and surroundings, you may need to check as often as once a week.  Trees introduce all kinds of things to gutters, from leaves, nuts, and berries to the critters that go in search of them and obviously, windy weather and storms can cause damage that may or may not be apparent from the ground. Make a regular date with your gutters in order to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Monthly Visual Inspection

Monthly, at least, you should train your eyes on your roof, paying particular attention to any sagging or buckling. Depending on the size of your home/office building and the style of your roof, you may need binoculars or a ladder to do an adequate inspection.

In addition to looking for any obvious signs of shingle damage, including torn or loose shingles on the roof, pay attention to other signs such as nails or shingle granules in your gutters, on the driveway or walkways around your home/office building. It’s wise to pack a screwdriver along in case there are loose screws that need tightening.

roofing Maintenance is Hard Work! And Good Insurance!

Monthly roof inspections and extra attention after storms aren’t glamorous, but it’s the best way to stay on top of your home or office building’s structural condition. Finding out you have small or potential problems is much better than just hoping for the best and in the long run learning the roofing repair could have been avoided or a much smaller repair.

When you have questions or concerns about your current roof, or suspect it’s time to consider replacing it, look for experienced, professional contractors who will provide written estimates, proof of licensure, and proof of exceeding state and local requirements for roofing contractors.

We do all of those things, but you don’t have to take our word for it. Contact us and ask for referrals, then call them. Our Commitment to quality roofing in this industry has continued to set the bar far above our competitors and blazed new trails for creative technique, endurance, and customer satisfaction.

3 Things You Didn’t Know About Roofing Shingles

3 Things You Didn't Know About Roofing Shingles

Since roofing shingles are the most popular type of material for the roof, most people assume they know what shingles are all about. That may have been true 50 years ago, but shingles have come a long way since then. Take a closer look at your options when it’s time for a new roof.

They’re Not Just Rectangular

When you think about shingles, you have a pretty good idea of what the finished product is going to look like. Sure, there might be variations in color or thickness, but you imagine neat rows of rectangular shingles. This doesn’t have to be the case. If you’re looking for a unique look for your home, you’ll be happy to learn that shingles come in a variety of shapes, including diamond and curved shapes.

There’s More Than Asphalt

Asphalt shingles are what you think about when someone says “shingles,” but there are more choices these days. For instance, metal shingles will give your home a more traditional look, but they’ll last twice as long as traditional shingles. Shingles can also be made from wood — often called “shakes” — stone, or clay.

They Can Prevent Moss and Algae Growth

If you’ve ever had black streaks on your roof, you may be surprised to learn that this comes from algae growth, not dirt. Algae and moss grow on roofs that remain damp, usually when there are trees blocking the path of the sun. If you don’t want to think about cutting down the trees, you could get shingles that have small copper granules embedded in the asphalt. These prevent moss and algae growth.

You have many choices when you’re getting a new roof. Contact us to learn more about what we have to offer.

5 Signs That You Have a Good Roofing Contractor

When you’re looking to hire a contractor to install a new roof or seeking roof repair it can be quite a challenge. We’ve gathered together signs that will allow you to locate the roofing contractor that best suits your project needs. The flags from a proposal will forewarn you of potentially corrupt or shady dealings. These signs below will help you find a quality contractor that will deliver the service you are searching for.

5 Signs That You Have a Good Roofing Contractor

Don’t Take The Lowball Offer: If an offer is a lot lower than other bids you have received, like a couple of thousands of dollars lower, while everyone else is hovering around the same number, then the odds are you are going to get scammed. They will end up cutting corners by using sub-par materials, or once they get started they will come up with “surprises” and the price will change. Most likely it will become higher than you would have paid initially to another contractor.

Deposit/ Payment Schedule: Look at the expected payment schedule. You shouldn’t spend more than 50% of the total cost upfront and plan on paying your contractor 2 to 3 times during the project. You should also be withholding at least 10% of the total which you will pay after the satisfactory completion of the project. Rendering payment in this fashion keeps the contractor from walking away with your funds without doing any work. It also helps to make sure they will finish the work to your specifications because they will want their final payment. Any good contractor will be entirely happy with this payment schedule as this will benefit him or her as well as yourself. Never give them the whole payment up front, no matter how small the sum.

Timeline: Your contractor should provide you with an approximate timeline for completing the work. Now this won’t always be exact. Things happen in life, and you should prepare for minor setbacks, etc. But by giving you a basic outline, you can both know the expectations of the project. Though they may not offer one on smaller projects, giving you an answer of 1 to 2 days, someone who is legitimate will be willing to provide you with one if you ask.

Materials List: A list of materials, as well as prices, is a reasonable expectation for any job. If you get work done on your car, you get a total price as well as a breakdown of how much you pay for each part and labor. The same goes with a legitimate contractor. They should give you descriptions of the type and brand of materials they will be using as well as the price. A documented list, combined with the timeline will allow you to figure out approximate costs of labor and can give an accurate budget.

Always Have A Contract: No matter how small the project you should always get everything written in a signed contract. It protects you as well as the contractor and can help avoid any confusion in the future. If they aren’t willing to provide you with a signed contract outlining everything included in your agreement, then run. A legitimate contractor won’t have any issues with a contract because it protects them as well as you.

When you see all these good qualities in your contractor, you can feel reasonably safe letting them proceed with the project. They should give you a layout of exactly what they are planning to do, the materials they plan on using as well as how long it will take them to do it. It will also give both of you a reliable payment time frame, so both parties are happy.

If you are looking for a good roofing contractor for a new roof, contact Roofity and we can help answer any questions you may have about the process.

How your Roof Affects your Home Value

One of the last things you probably think of when you think of home value is your roof. However, you may be surprised at just how much your roof does affect the value of your home. Understanding how your roof and home value coincide can help you determine whether it is time for replacement.

How your Roof Affects your Home Value

Curb Appeal

The first thing that your roof effects is the curb appeal of your home. When your roof is not attractive, it takes away from the overall appeal of the home. In some cases, this could be a huge turn off for potential buyers and could cause them to choose another home instead.

Condition

Another way your roof can affect your home value is because of the condition factor. When your roof is not in great shape, it could mean that other areas of your home are also in need of repair. Leaking roofs could cause damage to other portions of the home, which will greatly lower your home value.

General Home Appeal

Finally, a new roof can improve your home value by adding general appeal to your home. Along with curb appeal, home buyers will be interested in your home because they will not need to worry about adding a new roof any time soon. Roofs are expensive and when homebuyers are able to avoid this expense, they will be more likely to purchase the home in question.

These are just a few of the ways your roof could be affecting your home value. Considering them carefully can help you make a better decision regarding if it is time to replace your roof. Make sure you keep them in mind. Contact us to learn more about how replacing your roof can improve your home value.

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.

Signs You Need Roof Repair After a Hail Storm

Recently, a major hail storm hit North Texas that has left homeowners scrambling to identify damage and schedule repairs. While Wylie got hit the hardest, almost every surrounding neighborhood had some type of damage. Since spring storms are always unpredictable in DFW, you should know how to spot hail damage before it leads to costly roof leaks.

Signs You Need Roof Repair After a Hail Storm

Check the Metal

While most people tend to think of their roof as just being shingles, there are several metal areas that can be damaged. Look along the flashing, roof vents and valleys to see if any parts have come up or have dents that compromise the structure.

Identify Missing Asphalt

When hail hits your shingles, it can knock the asphalt off of the surface. If this has happened, you will see areas on the shingle with only the black substrate remaining. It is important to note, however, that this type of damage cannot be viewed from the ground. If fact, it is better to have a professional in roof repair perform the inspection since some types of damage can be subtle.

Feel For Dents

Sometimes, dented shingles are not visible to the naked eye. Run your hands along the shingles and note if any have indentations. If you feel a spot, then you can press down slightly to see if it has any give. If it does, then you have definite damage.

After a hail storm, it is important to identify damage right away since future storms could bring water damage if your roof is not repaired. If you suspect a recent storm has compromised your roof’s structural integrity, then contact us so we can get started on an inspection today.

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.