Annual Roof Check-Up

Your roof is one of the most expensive investments that you will make in your home. Your roof is the front-line of defense, ‘weathering’ whatever Mother Nature throws its away day in and day out. On-call 24/7, your roof doesn’t take a day off! So, any cracks in your roofing system is a break in your home’s exterior to properly shed water away from your home.

During the spring and summer, hail storm can take a toll on your roof. During the fall & winter, gusting wind storms can wreak havoc on your roof, causing shingles to blow off, break, curl or lift. It’s important to conduct an annual roofing check-up to ensure that you roof is in functioning order, and there are no problem spots that should be immediately addressed.

In this article, we are going to look at some of the things that you should look for during your annual roofing check-up:

Perimeter Walk

It is important to do a perimeter walk around the exterior of your home to see if anything looks out of place or broken. Look around your roof for any signs of damage, these are thing such a dark patches on your roof, algae growing, missing shingles, curling shingles, broken shingles, bruised shingles, or any potential hazards like overhanging tree branches.

Check Your Gutters

Are your gutters working properly? Are you finding that your gutters are clogged filled with debris or granules from your shingle? Before your gutters and downspouts start leaking into your home from a blockage of debris, be proactive to solve the problem before it worsens! Excessive granules filling your gutters could be a sign of either storm damage, or just simply aging and wearing down asphalt shingles.

Animal or Pest Activity

If you are not actively monitoring your roof and attic, you may not realize if you have wild life or rodents hiding in your home. Particularly during the winter, animals like to nest in the attic of a home for warmth and comfort. If you have any droppings or chew marks, it could be a sign that some type of critter is trying to nest in your home, and coming in through a gap in your roof.

Call The Best Local Dallas Roofers Today

Having an annual roof tune-up is always a good idea. It is important to stay pro-active to monitor and keep up with the health of your roof. As local professionals, we are happy to provide free roofing inspections, and can provide a check-up for you to see the condition of your roof. If a recent hail storm has come through the area, and you are worried that your roof is showing signs of storm damage, just give us a call for a free storm damage inspection! We can give you an honest, no-obligation analysis of the condition of your roof, empowering you to make an informed decision. For more information, visit our website www.dallastxroofingpros.com

What To Do When Disaster Strikes

Flooding, tornadoes, thunderstorms, hailstorms, windstorms, hurricanes, and cyclones, oh my! Mother Nature always seems to have something up her sleeves when it comes to the Dallas-Forth Worth metroplex, an area where we seem to brunt some of the most severe weather in the country! Your roof is on the front line of all this inclement weather, and it is important to monitor the condition of your roof after these storms pass through. In this article, we are going to look at some ways that you can prepare your home for these disastrous weather conditions, and what to do following the storm.

Thunderstorms

Most common in Dallas is our infamous visiting thunderstorms. These can range from pesky nuisances to devastating. Typically thunderstorms bring about wind, thunder and lightning with them. While some thunderstorms may bring about light drizzling rain, other storms may have powerful wind-driven rain that cause widespread damage to your home and community.

A thunderstorm that brings about gusting winds can cause overhanging tree branches and limbs to fall and crash into your home or roof. Falling tree branches can penetrate directly through your roof’s shingles & wood decking. This is an emergency repair, and it is important to call a professional roofer immediately.

To prevent this type of damage, you should inspect your overhanging landscaping and shrubbery for any trees that could pose as a hazard to your home during a powerful storm event. You will want to remove them, as well as avoiding the chance of them igniting from a lightning strike and igniting your home as well. Ensure your home has surge protection. You may even want to consider a metal roof as metal roofs offer fire resistance!

Flooding

In Texas, we are not immune to flooding events. When you hear a massive rainstorm is on the way, it is important to clear your lowest levels from any valuables or expensive belongings that you don’t want to get wet. You should also have all plugs and appliances removed that could be a threat for causing electrocution if they become wet from the flooding. As far as your roof goes, your roof is designed to shed water away from your home. However, if you have any leaks on your roof, or wind-driven rain, water could begin to seep into your home. You’ll want to check for any leak spots to ensure that you are not at risk for leaks – as water leaks can result in water damage to your interior and even provide a breeding ground for mold growth (particularly in your attic and insulation).

Hailstorms

In Dallas, we have seen some of the largest hail storms in this country! If you want to see what grapefruit hail looks like, than moving to Dallas is one way to find out! Hail can come in numerous sizes, as small as peas and marble, up to grapefruit size hail. While grapefruit hail is completely devastating to anything in its path, it does not necessarily take 3″ hail in order to damage your car, roof, siding, gutters, or windows! Prolonged exposure to 1″ hail or 1.5-inch hail can do the trick.

Prolonged hail storms can crash into your windows, damaging the screens. They can dent the soft metal in your A/C and gutters, and metal roof. Hail damage is most at risk of damaging your asphalt shingles because it can knock the granules off of your shingles, causing premature break-down of your roof through exposure to the sun. Your shingles have granules to protect the fiberglass from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Direct exposure to the sun will cause your aging shingles to breakdown from becoming brittle or curling. These granules can also get into your gutters, causing a blockage in your gutter and downspouts! Lastly, hail damage can cause roof leaks and roof failure if not repaired. Most homeowner’s insurance cover Acts of God to your roof, particularly hail damage.

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Hurricanes & Tornadoes

Both hurricanes and tornadoes can bring about extreme high-gusting winds with them. Strong winds and flooding can cause extreme interior water damage and roof damage. Gusting winds can lift shingles right off of your home. This directly exposes your home to the elements. Wind-driven rain can seep into any cracks and crevices on your roof, allowing water a direct channel into your home.

After a hurricane or tornado passes through, you’ll want to inspect your home’s exterior to see if any damage was suffered. This includes looking for any signs of missing or broken shingles from the gusting winds. Not all storm damage from tornadoes are visible, as the winds may have lifted your roof’s shingles and broken the seals (allowing for water to leak in), without causing visible damage as blatantly as hail stones cause.

Call The Best Storm Damage Roofing Contractor in Dallas

When disaster strikes, turn to a Dallas roofing contractor that you can trust who specializes in storm damage restoration. When you home is impacted by a hail storm, or flooding or gusting winds, you want to know that you’re in good hands with someone who knows the process inside and out, and can quickly restore your home. Suffering any type of storm damage can be stressful, and we completely understand that. We are sensitive and understanding of your situation, and work to help you restore your home in a timely and efficient manner, all at a competitive and reasonable pricing.

In many cases, insurance will cover the costs of roof replacement and other exterior repairs from Mother Nature, however our pricing is always affordable, and we prioritize our customer service. We take pride that a majority of our work comes from happy customers referring us to others, and our glowing online reviews from homeowners and building owners across the DFW area! For more information, visit our website www.dallastxroofingpros.com

How To Prepare For Your Home Inspection

When you’re looking to sell your home, you will need to have a home inspection conducted. In this article, we will include some tips to help you prepare your home for your inspection. The first major thing that you can do is do a perimeter check around your home, looking for any major or visible problems.

Repair Any Roofing Issues

During your home inspection, an inspector is going to look at the condition of your roof, as it is one of the most expensive parts of your home. You’ll want to make sure that all shingles or tiles are sealed properly, and that you don’t have any missing or broken shingles. An inspector is going to look for your chimney and skylight flashing, and that gutters and downspouts are all working properly and attached.

Overhanging Trees

While trees add privacy and aesthetics to your home, trees can also be enemies to your roof. During powerful thunderstorms, a tree limb can fall through your roof. Overhanging trees can also scrape your roof, or deposit debris onto your roof which can clog your gutters. An inspector will look for problematic trees and landscaping.

Caulking Seams on Home’s Exteriors

If you have damage or openings in your home’s foundation or exterior, it can be sources for leaks and pests to get in. An inspector will want to see these seams and openings caulked and repaired.

Repair Plumbing

Do you have any leaking pipes? If so, it is important to remedy these leaks and have a plumber fix the source of the problem.

Eliminate Any Mold

Identify the source of mold or mildew, and have it remediated as soon as possible. This can damage the structure of your home, as well as poses a health hazard. Mold can develop if you have leak spots in your roof or attic, allowing water to accumulate and serve as a breeding ground for mold.

Install Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors

These are important to provide peace of mind. Additionally, an inspector may look to make sure all of your electrical systems are up to proper codes.

Condition of HVAC

An inspector is going to review that all HVAC and central air systems are working properly. They will need to examine vents and A/C unit, so if the areas are not easily accessible, clear space ahead of time for them.

Proof of Remodeling

If you’ve recently repaired your driveway, roof or renovated a portion of your home, show the inspector some proof of recent renovations and their value.

Dallas Roof Inspections

If you are looking to sell your home, and need a roof inspection, we can help. We provide storm damage roof inspections, as well as roof inspections for selling your home. If you are looking to replace your roof before you sell to increase the value of your home, we can certainly help! Give us a call today to set up you free roof inspection, or visit our website www.dallastxroofingpros.com

Why Should You Consider a Metal Roof?

While asphalt shingle roofs are the most commonly found roofing system on homes across America, metal roofs are still a popular option for many homeowners. And, the interest in metal is only increasingly rapidly, particularly in storm and hail prone areas. In other parts of the world, asphalt shingles in many places are a rarity!

A well-constructed roof is critical to the foundation of your home. This is particularly true in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex where we are the center of powerful hail and wind storms year after year. It is important to have a high-performance roof that can hold up to the Southern hot climate, and the storm activity that we face every year.

Over the years, roofing materials have continued to evolve, including metal roofs. In climates like Dallas, and even in Miami where storms are common, metal roofs are becoming a more popular roofing material of choice.

Why are homeowners turning to metal roofs? Well, unlike asphalt shingles, metal is more durable and offers a longer-lasting life-cycle than asphalt does. While metal may be more expensive, it holds up to Mother Nature at a better rate than its counterpart asphalt, and can outlast it by 2 or even 3x!

In this blog post, we are going to review some of the reasons why so many Dallas homeowners have asked us about installing a metal roof onto their home or building. Like with any material, there are advantages and drawbacks.

The Advantages of a Metal Roof

In short, the advantages of metal roofing significantly outweigh the cons of a metal roof. Of all roofing materials, it is one of the most durable, high-functioning options on the market today!

Lifespan

Metal is proven to last longer than asphalt shingles. While it may not last as long as tile or slate, it also does not cost as expensive as a tile roof. One metal roof can last the equivalence of having 2 or 3 shingle roofs put on! If longevity is what you are after, metal is a great consideration!

Curb Appeal

Metal roofs are known to increase the curb appeal and value of your home. Metal roofs are durable to Mother Nature, and equate to a long lasting roof that will not need to be replaced for many years. This also can be reflected in your homeowner’s insurance where some carriers will offer a discount for metal roofs.

Variety of options

As metal roofs have evolved, you now have numerous styles and colors to choose from. Metal roofs no longer have to look the same as every other one. In some cases, you may have more variety to choose from than asphalt shingles even. Whether you want standing seam or metal shingles, there are dozens of colors, and textures that you can choose from. They can even be designed and constructed to look like shingles, slate or wood!

Durability

Metal roofs also offer better protection to hail, wind and fire than asphalt shingles. Less maintenance is typically required to keep up a metal roof than a shingle roof.

The Drawbacks of a Metal Roof

Just like with any roofing material, there is going to be disadvantages that go along with the advantages.

Price: The most pressing disadvantage for most homeowners is the price. This is the reason asphalt shingles are the most popular option, as it is most widely accepted by homeowners associations, and it is the cheapest option on the market. A shingle roof will be cheaper to install than a meal roof, however, the durability and longer life-cycle of the metal roof actually makes a metal roof cheaper than a shingle roof over its life-cycle.

Rusting

Water can cause metal to rust, so it is important to ensure you metal roof is coated and is properly installed during in the installation process to prevent unnecessary exposure to water damage.

HOAs

You need to check with your HOA before having a metal roof installed to ensure that it is allowed in your community.

Call a Dallas Metal Roofing Company That You Can Trust

If you’re considering a metal roof for your Dallas home, feel free to give us a call to discuss your options! We provide metal roof repair and roof replacement services across the DFW metroplex, and can help discuss with you if a metal roof is a good idea to replace over your shingle roof. We can provide you more information on pricing, warranty information, and the installation process. This is why so many Dallas homeowners trust us to help replace their metal roofs! Give us a call at (469) 205-9117 or for more information visit www.dallastxroofingpros.com

5 Things To Consider About Pricing Before Hiring any Dallas Roofing Contractor

Your roof is one of the most valuable investment and assets to your home. When it come time to replace your roof, it can be stressful in deciding which roofer to go with. This is particularly true in the Dallas and Forth Worth metropolis as there are numerous roofing contractors that all tout that they are the best. Many of which promote that they provide free upgrade, and potentially even eating deductibles (which is a major red flag – and is illegal). It’ important to go with a legitimate, above-board, ethical local Dallas roofing company that will still be in business for the long-term to honor your warranty.

Many Dallas homeowners find the process of selecting a roofing contractor after a hail storm as daunting and stressful as the door knockers start canvassing your neighborhoods.

The Price To Pay

When it comes to getting a roofing estimate, you could get a wide range of quotes from contractors saying you only need small roof repairs, to estimates for a re-roof that are two or three times more expensive than your other bids. It is important to consider what the roofer is including in their estimate, and what is dictating the price.

One roofer may offer a lower price by several thousand dollars, but if it is an inferior product or worse warranty, it is important to compare apples to apples.

Materials: Materials are one of the biggest factors into your estimate. Be sure your contractor is going to use the highest quality roofing materials – including premium warranty coverage. A new roof is not cheap, so you want to ensure that your roofer is not going to be cutting corners, and this is a roof that you can ensure will last for the years to come.

License and Insurance: Ensure your roofing contractor has proper licenses, certifications and insurance. Insurance is for YOUR protection. If an employee gets hurt on your property, you are responsible as the property owner. Insurance protects you from incurring these costs. An unlicensed or uninsured roofing company may be able to offer a cheap estimate as they have lower overhead. While this can provide cheaper short-term options, it can cost you significantly in the longterm if they go out of business, or a work place injury happens at your home.

Credentials: Find out the credentials that your roofing contractor has.

Management: Included in the estimate, will there be a project manager who oversees the job and ensures that everything runs smoothly?

What Is a Reasonable Price?

You should look for a roofing company that includes all of the above mentioned points, at a ‘middle of the pack’ price. The cheapest bid may be a sign that the contractor will cut corners. Our customers appreciate our reasonable prices, while our premium customer service and craftsmanship.

Do Higher Estimates Equate to Better Products?

A higher price does not mean that you will get a better product. It is important to discuss with your Dallas roofer what materials and warranty they will be offering. Is the estimate for a 3-tab shingle. Is it an architectural shingle? Is it a metal or slate roof? Is it a 10 year warranty or 50 years or lifetime warranty?

We use on the highest grade materials and offer some of the best warranties (labor and manufacturer warranties) in the industry!

Why Not Choose The Lowest Bid?

When it comes to your new roof, the old adage “you get what you pay for” rings extremely true in roofing. The cheapest bid can end up being the most expensive bid in the long-run. Cutting corners and improper installation can void your manufacturer warranty, as well as cause leaks to develop in only a few short years. This could result in needing to replace your roof again in the matter of only a few short years. Additionally, a roofing company that under prices themselves considerably compared to the competition may be a reflection of a short-term mindset. A roofer needs to make some sort of profit in order to pay for licenses, insurance, crew members and all the expenses and overhead of running a legitimate roofing operation. By making very little, they may not be able to honor warranties down the road, or be forced to go out of business in a few short years.

Choose The Best Dallas Roofing Company

Not all Dallas roofing contractors are the same. If you want a high-quality, local, trusted Dallas roofer that has proudly served the DFW area for years, and will still be in business for years to come to honor your warranty, look no further. We are a full service roofing company, offering roofing repair and roof replacement services. We provide asphalt shingle roofing services as well as slate, metal and flat roofing replacement services. We have one of the best reputations and reviews in the Dallas area, and take pride in our reputation. We work off of referrals from happy customers, and would be happy to add you to our list of happy Dallas customers. We use only the best roofing materials, and offer some of the best warranties in the area!