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.

Roofity Recognized as an Elite Service Professional by Home Advisor

Roofity takes great pride in the solutions we provide to our customers. We were recently recognized by Home Advisor as an Elite Service Professional. Companies that are classified as an Elite Service Professional by Home Advisor must achieve the following:

  • Have a minimum of five reviews with a 5-star rating
  • Overall customer service rating of 4.5 or better
  • No homeowner complaints in the last 6 months
  • Reviews from homeowners you’ve done work for

Storms and Shingle Damage

Residential Roofing: Storms and Shingle DamageShingles armor your roof and protect it from environmental harms. When a storm hits, it brings high winds, rain, and sometimes hail. All of these things wreak havoc on your roof’s shingles. Here’s what you need to know about the effects of storms on residential roofing and why you should get it taken care of by professionals as soon as possible.

Wind Damage

When the wind blows through, it gives your home a thorough beating. This includes the roof. Shingles tear and break. Shingles lift up. Shingles rip off. The wind has no mercy on your roof. When shingles dislodge due to wind, it leaves the surface of your roof compromised. Replacing missing or damaged shingles right away is imperative to avoid further roof damage. When the integrity of the shingles is compromised, your roof is highly vulnerable to leaks, which will in turn lead to more wide-spread and costly damage.

Hail Damage

When a storm bombards your home with hail, the roof suffers. Just like wind, hail can loosen and damage shingles. Unlike wind damage, hail damage is sometimes difficult to detect and requires a closer inspection. When hail pelts shingles, it leaves pockmarks. These indents shorten the life of the shingle. If your shingles are asphalt (the most common), hail impacts can strip off the granules and soften or crack the shingles. This changes the structure and lessens their ability to protect the roof.

After a bad storm, it is important to get a roof inspection and have any shingle damage repaired immediately. Shingles that are broken, lifted, missing, or impacted can leave spots on your roof susceptible to leaks and further damage. Often, storm damage is hidden and can only be discovered by a close inspection. With a kink in your roof’s armor (or several) your home is vulnerable. Leaks can lead to structure damage, rot, and mold.

For further information or for an inspection, please contact us.

Roofity – Charity Through Roofing

We are a Dallas/ Fort Worth business and proud of it. There are many roofing companies that pride themselves on having multiple locations in several states. These companies are built on a “storm chasing” mentality and go against our motto that:

“Life is about relationships, everything else is just details.”

Circle of Friends Award

Roofity has been presented with the 2012 “Circle of Friends” Award. The “Circle of Friends” Award is given to an Individual, Corporation, Organization and Foundation who have demonstrated exceptional work and effort towards furthering the mission of restoring hope, sharing God’s love and changing lives in our community.