Roofing: Do you Need a Roof Replacement?

Roofing:  Do you Need a Roof Replacement? “Do I need to hire a roofing contractor to replace my home’s roof?” This is a question homeowners will begin to ask themselves as their roof ages, particularly knowing that the average roof lasts around 20-25 years. However, there is much more that goes into determining whether a roof is in need of replacement than its age. Here are a few of the signs you can look for that can help you to determine whether or not you should consider having your roof replaced.

The State of Your Roof’s Shingles

One of the easiest ways to determine the health of your roof is by inspecting its shingles, as the state of your shingles can tell you a lot about your roof. Missing, broken, and cracked shingles are often a sign of a worn out roof that needs to be replaced. Shingles that are curling, buckled, or are missing granules are another sign to look out for. While a few problem shingles can be replaced, widespread shingle damage on your roof is a good sign that your roof is in need of replacement.

Signs of Leakage

Inside of your home, it is important to be on the lookout for signs that your roof may be leaking; this is often easiest to see from within your attic. Signs of water damage can include streaking on the underside of your roof and along your attic walls. Another sign that can indicate a leak would be discovering damp insulation in your attic. Either of these signs should be cause for concern, and reason enough to have a specialist take a look at your roof.

These are a few of the easiest signs for homeowners to identify that can indicate that their roof may need to be replaced. However, many of the signs that can indicate a roof needs replacing are more subtle and difficult for the average homeowner to detect. If your roof is aging and you suspect that it may be in need of replacement, it would be a good idea to have it looked at by a specialist who can help you to decide whether your roof may need repair or replacement. Contact us to find out about having your roof inspected as well as to find out about more of the signs you can look out for that can indicate roof damage.

Is Your Roof Sagging? – Here are Some Possible Causes

Is Your Roof Sagging? - Here are Some Possible CausesA sagging roof is a sure sign that something needs repairing fast. Not only is it an eyesore, it is a huge safety hazard and contacting a residential roofing contractor is a first priority. It is not safe to attempt climbing on to your roof to inspect it. If it is already sagging, the roof won’t hold your weight which could lead to you falling through. There are many causes as to why a roof may sag. We’ll take a look at some common causes below.

Problems with Joists and Rafters

Joists are the large blocks of wood that run parallel to each other across the ceiling. Rafters are vertical beams that hold that actual load of a roof (for example the shingles) and makes up the roof’s framework. The joists and rafters work together to support the walls of your home and your roof. When these beams become worn due to wear and tear, aging, and in some cases extreme weather, they lose their strength. They begin to dip under the strain and thus, causes your roof to sag.

Too Much Weight

Another common cause for a sagging roof is too much weight. Your joists and rafters can lose structural strength over time. The weight that comes from items like heavy shingles, snow, puddles, and debris can cause your roof to sag. Even sloping roofs can still collect snow and debris. Eventually, the weight becomes too much for your roof to bear.

Weather and Time

Besides the snow, the sun and rain can also wreak havoc on your roof. The UV rays of the sun can weaken away the surface of your roof over time. Shingles can crack and rain water can seep in through these cracks eventually reaching your rafters. The moisture can lead to rot which weakens the rafters and eventually cause sagging.

If you are experiencing a sagging roof, it is important to contact a roofer right away. An experienced roofer can asses the damage and explain how and why your roof is sagging, as well as how to repair the damage.

Contact us today and receive a free estimate utilizing a thorough on-site inspection.

4 Reasons to Call a Roofing Contractor

4 Reasons to Call a Roofing ContractorOftentimes we think roofs passively sit atop a building providing shelter to the inhabitants from rain and other weather elements. In other words, a roof is often viewed as a hat for your home or business. But commercial and residential roofing is far more important than that. Many people only see the cost to repair or replace a roof and think it’s best left for later, but waiting can become costly. Consider these ways that a new or repaired roof could save you money.

1. A roof protects the vital, structural components of any building. Think of the cost to repair or replace damaged siding or framing for your home. A roof in poor repair can cause leaks and problems for these places in your home or office. Repairing these components can not only be costly, but problems with these areas can lead to further problems with the entire structure down the road. A choice to defer roof repair or replacement is a choice to gamble with the entire integrity of your home or office building.

2. You’re saving a lot of time and headache caring for the roof proactively rather than waiting because a leaky or ill-performing roof can lead to damage to the interior of your home. Places where leaves and twigs have collected and stayed on your roof might have led to soft spots and these can cause damage to your flooring, interior walls, and possessions inside your home or office. Not to mention the downtime required while you take care of the mess. And then you still have a problematic roof on top of it all.

3. Damage to your roof and gutter system can lead to overflow of water when rains come down. Clogged gutters can ruin roofing materials that stay wet all the time and sit next to decomposing materials. In turn, the displaced water from the clogged gutters can lead to water pooling around your foundation. This is the easiest way to get flooding as water leaks slowly through your foundation. All of this can destabilize your foundation as well. Think of our roofing team at Roofity as the professionals to help you keep your whole house in order by keeping your roof in proper working order.

4. A roof is more than shingles sitting on top of your house. It’s able to insulate your home to make sure outdoor temperatures stay outside. With a new roof installed by our team of certified professionals, you’ll be able to spend less on heating and cooling your home or office. A quality roof can save you an incredible amount of money as well as protecting your investment.

Ask for a quote from our team of professionals at Roofity. You’ll find roof repair and replacement a hassle-free way to safeguard the things that you keep under your roof. Call us to find a qualified, experienced commercial and residential DFW roofing contractor. Trust us to protect your most important investments so you can spend your time and energy on the things that matter most to you.

Asphalt Shingles & Metal Roofing

When a homeowner is thinking of replacing a roof, there are different roofing types and styles that a customer can choose. Asphalt Shingles & Metal roofing are two types of roofing material used in residential roofing.

Shingles

Asphalt roofing shingles are the most commonly used covering on residential properties in the market. Asphalt’s primary purpose in roofing shingles is to serve as a waterproofing agent. Asphalt also holds the granules in place and adds to the overall strength of the roofing shingle.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is another option and offers many benefits. This material is durable and resists hail more than other roofing materials. Metal roofs are fire resistant, survive high winds, and completely seal out water, which also helps keep mildew and insects out of the home and the material does not rot. All of these positives add to a roof that has a long life and usually does not need to be repaired or replaced. Metal roofs also are energy-efficient and environmentally responsible. Metal roofs are made from 60-65% recyclable materials and reflect heat from the sun, which leads to less heat entering the home, which equals energy savings for the homeowner.

The best way for a homeowner to choose which type of roofing is best for their home is to take into account the climate they live in and what benefits they are looking for.

For any questions on which type of roof in best for your home, contact Roofity today! Our expert team of professionals is here to discuss all of your needs and concerns.Roofing Types

Roofing Experts Help Texans Prepare For Tornado Season

Tornado season is officially with us until the end of August. And although meteorologists are hopeful that it will be a mild one, we know that DFW residents are not taking any chances. Many of them are reaching out to the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, Help Insure, Texas FAIR Plan Association and others to verify their insurance deductibles sooner, rather than later.

Our residential roofing repair pros know that a home’s roof must be prepared for Texas storms and then meticulously checked after a bad storm. Otherwise, the home may potentially experience flood or wind damage.

Roofing Experts Help Texans Prepare For Tornado Season

Keeping that in mind, our roofing team is encouraging all Texas homeowners and commercial property owners to call us before storms arrive. We can inspect, and repair your roof and gutter systems. Consequently, we can help ensure that your roof is made with materials tough enough to withstand 100+ mph winds, drenching rains and impacts from debris or hail.

Did you know that there are flashing materials meant to withstand winds of 150 miles per hour? It’s true. Similar may be said for select gutters, gutter covers or guards, shingles, siding and windows. Our roofing contractors would be happy to discuss all of the building materials they’re accustomed to using with you upon request. And yes, many of those same materials come in colors and styles meant to blend in or compliment Texas homes. To setup a meeting, please contact our roofing and gutter experts today.

5 Common Causes of Residential Roofing Leaks

When you purchased your home, you probably realized that you are responsible for repairing and replacing the AC, windows, roof, and/or anything else that needs it. After you sign up for comprehensive homeowners’ insurance, the most important thing you need to do is educate yourself on prevention and treatment of common homeowners’ problems. Here are some of the most common causes of residential roofing leaks. Check to see if any of these six situations exist on your roof so you can accurately describe the situation when you call in the professional roofer.

1. Storm damage5 Common Causes of Residential Roofing Leaks

Flashing, shingles, and fasteners can all suffer from the high winds and the blowing debris present during a storm. It’s easy to spot missing shingles, but if there’s just been a storm with high winds it’s a good idea to call in a roof inspector so you don’t miss any hidden damage that could cause leaks later.

2. Roof features

Your chimney, skylight, and roof vent boots all create breaks in the roofing material that must always be tightly sealed to prevent water entry. If your previous roofer wasn’t experienced in dealing with any of these issues, you may have an inaccurately fitted skylight or an improperly sealed chimney.

3. Age

Speaking of time, your roofing materials will only hold up for a certain amount of time. If it’s been fifteen to twenty years since you (or the previous owner) replaced the roof, you could have cracked flashing or any of a number of other hidden failures caused by great age.

 

4. Clogged gutters

Debris from storms or simply from trees growing near your house can cause this problem. Fortunately, it’s quite easy to prevent if you clean your gutters out regularly. Any time you have a mysterious leak, check to see if your gutters have recently become clogged.

5. Valleys or low slope 

One problem that occasionally occurs in residential roofing is a “valley” between two peaks of a roof. Water tends to run here and become trapped, and trapped water is more likely to leak. Low slopes are at high risk for a similar reason: water doesn’t flow off them as rapidly as it does from a steeper slope.

Once you’ve checked for these common problems of residential roofing leaks contact Roofity with the information so we can make a diagnosis and provide you with a quote today!

Stephenville, Texas Roof Repair & Installation

North Texas Storm – April 24th, 2015
A strong storm pushed winds of up to 80 mph through North Texas, leaving thousands of people without power and isolated reports of damage Friday night. The most-damaging winds were reported in Stephenville in Erath County, where speeds up to 80 mph were reported. By the time the storm reached Tarrant County, only isolated reports of 65- to 70-mph winds were being registered. Read more at DallasNews.com

IStephenville, Texas Roof Repair & Installationf It’s Time for A New Roof…

In some circumstances, when the time comes for roofing repairs, you may be able to get away with just having some parts of the roof replaced. In other cases, you may need to entirely replace the roof. Having professionals on hand will make it easier for you to know what you need. They will also be able to get the job done right the first time, which will save you from costly mistakes and wasted time.

Be Ahead of the Game

Even if there aren’t any specific signs that your roof needs repairs, it is best to have it checked out occasionally to ensure you won’t run into major issues in the long run. Leaving a roof, especially an older one, unnoticed for a long period of time could have you spending lots of money when you didn’t need to spend that much in the first place. Getting things looked at before any noticeable problems arise will save you lots of time, energy, and money.

To talk more about this, or anything else, please contact us. Thanks for reading. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Information to consider when looking for a roofing contractor

A new roof isn’t something that most people have to handle on a regular basis. Most of us won’t have to consider having roofing done more than two or three times in our lives. With that in mind, there are probably questions one might have when selecting which roofing contractors to work with on your home. Fortunately, residential roofing projects are common, and there is plenty of information concerning the topic.

  1. To start, you’ll want to make sure that the roofers you work with are licensed. Most states require it anyway, but if your contractors are licensed, it ensures everything is on the up-and-up, and it establishes that you are working with documented professionals.
  2. You’ll want to bring up insurance. The last thing you want is for an accident to happen on your property, resulting in you incurring thousands of dollars in medical bills. You’ll also want to make sure they have general liability insurance. This would seem fairly obvious, but again, it’s better to find out. Ask to see documentation from the beginning, as if the contractor accidentally causes property damage, it will be good to have the peace of mind knowing it will be taken care of.
  3. Be sure to get multiple quotes, and to ask for estimates and weight on the shingles they’ll be using. This will not only allow you to see what you’ll need to budget, but will also allow you get an idea of the quality of materials they’ll be using.
  4. Take some time to research, looking at other possible projects your contractors have been a part of. Establish what you can expect from the quality of their work, and how far back their successful work history actually goes.
  5. Inquire about the warranty placed on their work. Many roofing materials actually last longer now than they ever have, and you shouldn’t accept a warranty that doesn’t cover the work and materials. Get it in writing, and have it in a place you can easily get to should roof-related issues arise in the future.
  6. While going over estimates, get a good time-frame planned out for how long you can expect the project to take. You’d like it taken care of in a timely manner, and you want to make sure that a never-ending construction job isn’t taking place on your property.

Installing a new roof is never an over-night undertaking, but taking this information to heart will go a long way to helping you make a decision that you will be happy with, and will keep problems related to the roofing to a minimum in the future. If you’ve further questions about your roofing project, contact Roofity!

Haslet, TX Roofing Experts to the Rescue!

A powerful spring storm in northern Tarrant and southern Denton counties Wednesday afternoon brought heavy rain, flash flooding and some hail damage. The storm system created tennis ball-sized hail in some areas in Haslet, TX.

Your roof is one of the most important features of your home. A roof can give obvious signals to homeowners that it is in need of replacement, such as if it leaks greatly during a heavy storm. However, oftentimes a roof will age more subtly, and will not present as obvious of signs to homeowners that it is need of replacement. This often leads homeowners to wonder how they will know if they should consider hiring a contractor to replace their roof.

Contact Roofity today to have one of our roofing experts inspect your roof for damage.

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Is Your Roof Ready For A Hot, Texas Summer?

Is Your Roof Ready For A Hot, Texas Summer?Outdoor temperatures in Dallas/Fort Worth, can be unbearable for humans, pets and plants at certain times of the year. What many people don’t realize is its impact on roofing materials. When things heat up in DFW, there are several things that happen to residential and commercial roofs. Unfortunately, all of them are bad and eventually lead towards roof replacement or repair. This is especially the case when the roof has also been neglected for many years or exposed to violent storms.

First, the daily change in temperature causes the entire roof to expand and contract. Next, the UV rays heat up the shingles and underlayment. Consequently, some of the materials start to dry out, change, weaken, buckle, blister and lose their flexibility. Of course all of those things make it increasingly harder for shingles to bounce back properly after repeated expansions and contractions.

In addition, roof top equipment may start to falter under the hot sun too. Examples include skylights, rooftop sprinkler systems, plastic rain barrels, and HVAC units. As a result, they may leak water, coolant, machine oil or other items that only add to the mess. Then when the warm weather storms roll in, they may cause those fluids to spread or add new damage (e.g. hail). The end result is a roof that is no longer capable of performing properly.

Of course that inevitably means a new roof or roof repair is in order. Otherwise, the damage may spread to a building’s attic or crawl space and threaten areas of the interior as well. At Roofity, we’ve seen our share of damaged shingles and what can happen if they are allowed to remain in place for any length of time.

We also know how important it is to use state-of-the-art equipment to uncover damage that may not be readily visible to the naked eye. So, you can count on our North Dallas team to solve a building’s entire roofing problem, the first time around. To learn more and request shingle samples before the heat of summer rolls around again, please contact us today.