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Why You Need a Roof Inspection This Winter

Is your home ready for winter?

Winter is a tough time of year for your roof. Constant rain, sleet, and snow can take its toll on the surface, damage the shingles, and cause leaks. If ice builds up on the roof, it can be not only damaging but dangerous. Drainage and ventilation issues abound in winter. Even in  Texas, where the average snowfall is about one inch each year, it’s still important that your roof be in good shape to weather the elements. Talk to a local roofer about an inspection early this winter so they can tell you what problem areas you may have and how to fix them.

Drainage

In winter, it’s more important than ever that your storm drain be clean and undamaged. After autumn, your storm drain may be cluttered with damp fallen leaves and branches. These can be easy enough to clear out, but the season might have left other marks on the gutters–like scratches and leaks. If your roof’s drainage system is damaged it won’t be able to properly run all the precipitation from the coming winter off to the side of the home. You could have problems with leaks and standing water on your roof, which in winter could turn into ice. Even if you’ve cleaned your gutters out yourself, have a roofer look them over in a roof inspection to be safe.

Ventilation

In summer, your roof’s vent circulates air through the attic to keep the home from overheating. In winter, when the point is to keep hot air in and cold air out, the roof vent may seem low on your list of priorities. In fact, some homeowners even believe they should cover their roof vent during the winter. However, most roofers wouldn’t advise it. In winter, the attic can become moist and susceptible to mold. Your roof vent protects it by circulating fresh air through the attic. The attic may be cold, but if it’s well-insulated, the rest of your home won’t suffer the effects.

Because the roof vent is still important in winter, it’s just as important as the drainage system that it be in working order. A roofer can look over the vent, clear it of anything that might be blocking its rotation, and replace it if need be before winter comes.

Insulation

During winter, does your home hold its heat or is much of that heat escaping through the roof? Insulation is key during the colder months, and your roof’s materials make a big difference. A well-insulated metal roof, for instance, is popular in colder climates than we have in TX for its durability and tight coverage. A professional roofer can tell you how well your current roof will keep your home warm and comfortable as the temperatures drop, as well as what materials might do the job better.

Storm Damage

Whether a tree falls on your roof or a late season hurricane comes our way, some things are simply unexpected. Even the most experienced roofer can’t prepare your roof for everything, but an expert knows that roofs are often faced with the unexpected. During a roof inspection, a roofer will spot weak spots on your roof, whether dried out or softened from water damage. These problem areas will need to be fixed as soon as possible. A roofer can tell you, too, if your roof needs to be replaced before it gets too cold. Finding these problems now could save you thousands in damage from accidents as the storms come later in the season. (PS: If you have roof damage, contact us. We also offer roof repairs)

Plans to Sell

Spring is a popular time to sell your home if you’re planning to move. You may already have plans to put your house on the market once the temperatures start to rise again, in which case it’s more important than ever that your roof be in tip-top shape. If winter brings leaks or a weakened roof surface to your home, finding buyers who want to move in will be a challenge. When you schedule a roof inspection, tell your roofer that you plan to sell the house soon. They’ll tell you everything you need to make sure that your home is ready to impress the next owners.

December may be fast approaching, but it’s not too late to schedule your winter roof inspection. In fact, scheduling your roofing inspection for the end of the year can help you go into the next year confident that you’re prepared for whatever it throws your way, especially with the help of an expert roofer. First Texas Roofing has over 15 years of experience in the area providing fair prices and quality roof repair and replacement. Call us today at (817) 821-0323 or contact us online for a free quote and to schedule a roof inspection.

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How Long Does Roofing Work Take

If you’re due to have work done on your roof, one of your first questions is undoubtedly, “How long will it take?” Even with a very professional roofing contractor, roofing work is still loud and a bit disruptive from your daily routine. Knowing in advance how long the roofing work will go on will help you to prepare to get through the day or make plans to go somewhere else.

The short answer for the length of time roofing work takes is that it depends. There are a variety of factors that determine the length of time it will take the roofing contractors to finish roof work on your roof, including what kind of roof work you need, your specific roofing needs, and external factors like weather.

Types of Roofing Work

Varying roofing work takes varying amounts of time. A roof repair or partial roof replacement can take a few hours. If you want to be out of the way for a roof repair, you can simply go to work for the day or go shopping for a few hours and come back home after you’ve received a call that the work is finished. On the other hand, if you’d like to stay home throughout the work, you can do so without missing a full day at work. On the other hand, a full roof replacement can take 1-2 days if the weather permits. Roof inspections take very little time and are the least disruptive forms of roofing work.

Consider Your Roof (Old and New)

Do you have a larger home, with a larger roof? If so, a roof replacement, or even roof repairs, might take a little longer than that of a smaller home. A tiered roof replacement or repair can also take longer than simpler roof designs. When it comes to roof replacements, consider both the size of your home and the materials of the new roof. Materials play into the length of time that the project might take, as well. There’s a distinct difference in time between installing a metal roof and a roof with spanish tiles.

Weather

Inclement weather can be the bane of a roofer’s existence. Rain and snow can all delay roofing projects and double the time of a 1-2 day project. Your roofing contractors will ensure that your home is protected with a tarp in the event that it rains halfway through a roof repair or replacement.

The problem with trying to avoid weather delays is that it’s difficult to accurately predict weather that far in advance. Many homeowners prefer to have roof work done in summer, as it’s dryer and there are fewer chances of rainy days. Because of this, it can be difficult to have any flexibility when it comes to scheduling your roofing project. With winter roofing projects, you have more flexibility in scheduling, but you may have more issues with snow or freezing rain. Texas winters tend to be mild and dry, but there are exceptions to the rule.

When you have an upcoming roofing project, ask your roofing contractor how long jobs like this typically take and what they do in the event of inclement weather. Make sure to explain your project thoroughly, whether it’s a repair or replacement, and take into consideration the size of your roof and materials. At First Texas Roofing, we might not be able to predict everything, but we can guarantee that the work will be done as efficiently and carefully as possible and to your highest satisfaction. Contact us today for a free quote.

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How A Bad Roof Can Affect Homeowner’s Insurance

Imagine you’re on the house hunt in Fort Worth, Texas, and you’ve found an almost perfect home. It has a great master suite, plenty of room in the backyard, and a kitchen designed for entertaining. The only problem is the roof. It’s not falling apart by any means, but it’s older and some of the shingles are cracked and curled. Maybe you can see a bit of discoloration, but you don’t notice any leaks when you walk around the house, so how bad could the problem be?

If you’ve read our other posts, you know that an old, faulty roof is nothing to take lightly. It can cause a host of problems for your home, including leaks, mold, draft, and damage to the structural integrity. However, a bad roof could be a problem for you before you even start to live in the house. Homeowner’s Insurance companies look at every aspect of the house, including your roof. If the roof is in bad shape, it could have a negative impact on your premiums or even your likelihood of getting homeowner’s insurance in the first place.

Old Roofs Are a Liability

When teenagers apply for car insurance, they’re typically charged higher premiums than experienced drivers because they’re more likely to get into an accident than more experienced drivers. When a homeowner with an old roof applies for homeowner’s insurance, they’re more likely to be charged a higher premium than homeowners with brand new roofs because older roofs are more susceptible to damage. Even roofs made with the best quality materials are exposed to the elements at all times and they have a limited lifespan. A good roof can last as long as 30 years. So, if the roof of a home is about 15 years or older, the homeowner can expect to pay for it dearly when it comes to homeowner’s insurance.

If the roof is over 20 years old, the insurer will probably require a roof inspection. An expert roofing contractor will have to take a look at the roof and assess the liability. If the roof fails the roof inspection, the insurance company will require a roof replacement or deny homeowner’s insurance.

It Applies to Renewals, Too

Roofing problems will continue to affect your homeowner’s insurance, long after your first approval for homeowner’s insurance. Even if your roof was only 5 years old when you bought the house, your insurer will reassess when it’s time to renew your homeowner’s insurance. If your roof is in bad shape, your premiums are likely to go up. Since after 20 years, it’s almost guaranteed that the roof will have some kind of damage, insurers will at that point require an inspection and, upon failure according to the roofing contractor, a roof replacement. Some insurers will pay for part of the roof replacement but not all. In most cases, insurers will pay what the roof is worth at its current age, rather than the value of a roof replacement.

What’s Covered?

The age of the roof can also affect how much the insurance company is likely to cover in the instance of damage from storms. If the roof was new and in good condition before the storm, insurers are most likely to pay for the damage in full. If the roof is older and in bad shape, reimbursement starts to become slim. Some insurers will pay what they think the roof is worth at its age and condition before the storm, while others won’t reimburse you at all.

Leaky roofs are also tricky when it comes to insurance. It’s the homeowner’s responsibility to stay up-to-date with the maintenance of the home and prevent leaks. If the roof is known to have issues with leaks, insurance companies may not be very sympathetic when those leaks cause damage to the home.

A Bad Record

Just like any other forms of insurance, when you apply for homeowner’s insurance, the insurers look at your history as well as the history of the home. If your history is full of frequent insurance claims, a new insurer may expect more of the same from you and charge a higher premium. However, if your homeowner’s insurance history is fairly uneventful, much better for you. They can trust that you’re someone who takes care of your home and doesn’t often need to use your coverage. You’re just applying in case of emergencies that you don’t expect to happen, and that’s an insurer’s favorite kind of policyholder.

It’s important to feel confident in your roof when you move in, and to keep it in shape while you live in that home. Not only is it key to protecting your home, it’s also the secret to your homeowner’s insurance. But if you need some extra assistance handling the insurance company, contact First Texas Roofing. Our reputation with insurers is as strong as it is with homeowners. We can help maximize your coverage and keep your premiums low when it comes time to adjust your homeowner’s insurance.

What to Expect When Living Through a Roofing Job

Living through a roofing project in Keller, Texas might be easier than you think….with the right roofing company.

In all the stress of roofing replacement or repair, one of the concerns that many homeowners have is “how are we going to live through all the construction?” The right roofing company who knows exactly what they’re doing will make it as easy as possible to live through, but it is still construction work and things can feel a little chaotic for a short time. If you’ve never lived through a roofing job before, don’t be afraid to ask roofing companies what to expect from the experience. Here are a few questions that homeowners ask most often about living through a roofing job.

How Long Does it Take?

The length of the job depends on the work required and the roofing company performing the work. Certain repairs may take only hours, whereas roofing replacements are typically finished in 1-5 days. If you hire an expert with experience and someone who knows the area, they’ll be able to work more efficiently…and with less mess. Before hiring, ask any roofing companies you consider how long jobs similar to yours take to complete.

Can I Stay at Home?

Many homeowners prefer to leave for a hotel or stay with family while roofing work is going on, just to avoid all the noise. However, not everyone can afford to do so or feels comfortable leaving their home. You can live in your house through a roof replacement. Keep an eye on children and pets to make sure they stay inside and out of the way of the workers. If your pet is agitated by the work but you aren’t able to leave home, it’s recommended that you keep them confined to one room. If you do leave the house during the work, make sure the roofing company has a number at which they can reach you in case of emergency or questions.

How Much Mess Will There Be?

With any construction work, there will be mess. Especially if this is a roof repair or replacement, you can expect some debris. The right roofing company can minimize the mess and will make sure to clean up afterward, so you won’t have to live with it for long. In the meantime, you’ll want to clear any storage out of the attic and cover up your stuff. Putting something under the vents in your home to catch the debris, like tarp or a trash bag, is also advisable.

What Else Can I Expect?

There are a few things that can be expected and prepared for. Large delivery trucks will probably need extra room in your driveway to deliver materials. Contractors should be informed of the location of your breaker box and whether or not you have something like an evaporative cooler. Noise will be unavoidable and pretty constant throughout the process. But there are other aspects you can’t prepare for. Rainy days will mean that work may need to be halted and the process will be lengthened. Accidents may happen, but if your roofing company is insured, they can resolve any of the damage at no cost to you. Ask your roofing company what you can expect from the project, but keep in mind that you may also need to expect the unexpected.

First Texas Roofing has 15 years of experience performing roof repairs and replacements in Keller, Texas, and we’re committed to making it as comfortable a process for you as possible. We do this every day, so we know what it entails and we’re happy to answer any questions you may have on the subject. Call us at (817) 821-0323 or contact us online for more information or a free quote.

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5 Roofing Repair Myths Debunked

When you have a problem, it seems like everyone, from your coworkers to your aunt to the person in the elevator with you, has advice for you to follow. Combine that with all the information on the internet, and you may be overwhelmed with advice about your roofing work. Unfortunately, this advice is often contradictory and rarely comes from experts. Because of this, there are several roofing myths floating around that homeowners often believe. If you have questions about roofing repair or replacement, it’s still best to go to a trusted roofing contractor for answers. Here are 5 of the most persistent roofing myths.

It’s Easier to DIY Your Roofing Repair

DIY projects are popular because, in theory, they’re more affordable. It’s also not a bad ego boost to feel like you can repair your roof all on your own. Unfortunately, roofing work often involves unforeseen risks and damages that even a handy homeowner might not be prepared to handle. It’s more than just replacing shingles. Do you know how to repair a leak for the long term and how to avoid them in the future? Do you know what to do about roof rot or ice dams? DIY roofing projects can also be risky because if the homeowner makes any mistakes in the repair, they’ll have to cover the damage. If you hire a roofing contractor, any damage from accidents is covered on their end, and they’ll be better able to spot and resolve complicated roofing problems.

Roof Maintenance is not Gutter Maintenance

Your roof gutters protect your roof from water damage that could lead to leaks or roof rot. If the gutters are clogged or leaking, this could spell disaster for your roof. Roof gutter maintenance is often neglected in DIY roof maintenance because it’s seen as a less pressing problem than roofing maintenance, but the two issues go hand-in-hand. If you let your gutter maintenance fall by the wayside, it will cause more problems for you to deal with in roof maintenance.

No Damage Seen, No Damage Done

Many homeowners think they know what a bad roof looks like: curled or broken shingles, cracks of light in the attic, sagging, discolored sections of the roof. These are all important signs, to be sure, but just because you don’t notice any of these things doesn’t mean that the the roof is in perfect shape. A roofing contractor should perform a thorough roof inspection to ensure that there are no hidden problems that could be eating away at the lifespan of your roof.

You Only Need a Roof Inspection When There’s a Problem

Much like only going to the dentist when you have a cavity or only going to the doctor when you’re obviously sick can be damaging to your health, waiting for disaster to strike before you hire a roof inspection can be damaging to your roof’s health. You should certainly have your roof inspected after a bad storm, but the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) also recommends having it inspected twice a year, during spring or fall. These regular inspections can help you to catch roofing problems early and repair them before too much damage is caused, and that could cost you less money in the end.

All Roofing Contractors Are the Same

It matters who you hire to do your roof repair or replacement. How much experience does your roofing contractor have? In your area? How much experience do they have with your particular problem? What do their customers say about them? It might be tempting to hire the cheapest roofing contractor, but that could cost you more in the long run when you have to have roof repair performed more frequently. Do your research to ensure you’re hiring a roofing contractor you can trust to do a thorough inspection and perform quality, lasting roof repairs.

First Texas Roofing has an excellent reputation with our customers over our 15  years of experience in Keller, Texas and the surrounding areas. We’re experts when it comes to roof repair and replacement, and we can offer you reliable answers for any of your roofing questions.  We won’t use high-pressure sales tactics to get your business, we’ll just let our reviews and quality of service speak for itself. Contact us today for a free quote.

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How to Prevent Roof Leaks This Winter

Rain, sleet, snow, and hail: you can expect all of these things to some degree in winter. But even if you manage to stay out of each storm this season, your roof is bound to take a beating. It’s easy for roof leaks to appear this season, and that could cause problems for the whole house. Not only does it weaken the surface of the roof, but leaky roofs can lead to moldy attics, electrical problems, and damage to the structural integrity of the house. Read More

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What is the Best Roofing Material for Your Home?

Metal? Shingles? What Kind of Replacement Roof Is Right For You?

So you’ve decided it’s time for a roof replacement. You have time, you have the money or the insurance coverage, and you want to make sure you have a strong roof before the rough weather starts to hit. You even found a roofing company that you can trust with the job. There’s just one more question: what kind of replacement roof do you need? Read More

5 Shocking and Unexpected Dangers of a Bad Roof

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A little leak could lead to a big problem. Call your Fort Worth roofing company before it gets any worse.
Sometimes, we can take our roof for granted. It’s just always there, protecting our homes from the weather and pests of the outdoors. It’s hard to imagine life without it. So when we first notice a tiny leak or faint watermarks in the ceiling, it might not seem like a big deal. It’s just something that will need to be fixed later. Life gets busy, and later gets pushed further and further back. Meanwhile, that little roofing problem? It’s growing.

A little leak or a slight sag could be more dangerous than you realize, and it can lead to issues that could affect your entire home. In fact, if problems with your roof go untreated, it might eventually mean having to leave your home. Here are some of the most shocking dangers that could come from a damaged roof.

1. Asbestos

Asbestos is a term used for six naturally occurring minerals composed of microscopic “fibrils.” Because asbestos is resistant to fire, chemical and thermal degradation, asbestos cement was a popular roofing material in the 20th century. The cement was used for shingles in the United States going as far back as the 1920s. However, today asbestos is known for something other than its resistance to chemicals: it is the “silent killer” of thousands of construction workers. It can take years and often decades for asbestos symptoms to manifest, and when they do, they can lead to serious illness like mesothelioma and lung cancer.

If asbestos cement was used in the shingles of your roof, your family could be breathing it in right now.

Unless the asbestos material is damaged, the use of asbestos cement in roofs is not necessarily dangerous. It’s only in the instance of damage that asbestos releases fibrils into the air and thus becomes a health hazard. However, this means that if asbestos is one of the materials that makes up your roof, you need to take extra care to ensure that it’s not damaged. It may be safer, in the long run, to replace the roof with a less harmful material.

2. Electrical Shortages

Have you ever looked up at your ceiling and noticed a patch of discoloration or a bulge? That’s likely water damage caused by a leak in the ceiling. The leak itself may be small, but the effects of water damage can be severe, especially if the water comes into contact with any electrical wiring, such as the room’s lighting or a ceiling fan.

Electrical shortage in your home caused by water damage could leave your home without power until the problem is resolved. It’s also a dangerous fire hazard. It’s better to stop before things get to that point. If you have water damage, turn off all electricity in the area and call your electrician to examine the wiring. After that, call your local roofing company to fix or replace the leaky roof that caused the damage in the first place.

3. Slips and Falls

A leak in the roof may cause a puddle to form on the floor of your home. Depending on the flooring material and the color of the floor, the puddle might not be immediately obvious, especially if you’re not expecting it in your home. The prospect of slipping and falling on the floor isn’t pleasant for anyone, but this can be especially dangerous if you have active children running through the house or anyone elderly living in the home. It can also be particularly dangerous for residents with impaired vision.

If you notice a leak, call a roofing company immediately. Until the roof is fixed, place a bucket or something similar under the leak to collect water so that it won’t pool on the floor, and your family members will know to steer clear of it.

4. Mold and Mildew

This is another reason to take leaky roofs seriously. Water damage from a leaky roof could seep into the insulation of the home or the HVAC system, where the damp environment could cause mold and mildew to grow. Once mold grows, it spreads and filters through the vents of your home, where the whole family could breathe it in without realizing it. It can also attack the wood framing or ceiling tiles of your home. The most common mold you’ll find as a result of leaky roofs is black mold.

Mold and mildew can pose serious health concerns, especially if you have an allergy or asthma. Mold can cause lung infections or obstructive lung disease. It is especially dangerous for young children, as it has been linked to acute idiopathic pulmonary hemorrhage in infants. If your mold issue becomes bad enough, you may be forced to evacuate the home while it is fumigated. That’s why it is important to stop a mold issue as soon as you notice it. Talk to a mold and mildew removal expert about the best way to remove the problem, and then talk to your Fort Worth roofing company about how to prevent it in the future.

5. Deterioration of the Structural Integrity

A bad roof can also affect the whole structural integrity of the home. Leaks can weaken the wood beams that hold up the home. Water damage, if untreated, could cause the ceiling to give way. Weakened structural integrity also makes the house more susceptible to storm damage like strong winds or fallen trees.

One prevalent problem that could compromise the structure of your home is roof rot. Roof root is caused by excessive humidity and moisture in the attic without proper ventilation. Dry rot can affect the roof deck as well as the insulation of the home. Roof rot is often the underlying problem when your roof begins to leak. In the worst case scenario, roof rot could even cause the roof to collapse. That’s why a roof ventilation system is as important as ventilation for the rest of your home.

Is the roof of your home healthy? Or are there small, almost unnoticeable problems that you’ve put off fixing? To prevent damaged roofs that may cause more insidious damage to your home, you should have a roof inspection at least once a year. Fortunately, if you need work done on your roof, First Texas Roofing provides affordably priced quality roof repair designed to LAST. Even if your roof needs to be replaced completely, First Texas Roofing will ensure excellent service and durable product. We have nearly a decade of experience to vouch for us.

Don’t let your small roofing problems cause huge dangers to yourself and your family. Contact First Texas Roofing today for a free, no-obligation consultation and estimate.

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How to Choose a Color for Your Roof

Whether you’re replacing your Texas home’s roof or want to replace the shingles, one decision you will have to make is which colors to use. Roofing shingles come in a wide array of hues, but not all of them might be right for your home, based on the rest of its color scheme and style. While Fort Worth roofing contractors can help you make the right choice, there are a few other factors you can consider as well.

Think About Energy Conservation when Choosing a Roof Color

Shingle color can make a significant difference when it comes to making your home energy efficient. Generally, light-colored shingles will reflect sunlight and keep the roof temperature cooler, while darker shingles will absorb it and may cause the internal temperature of your home to rise, especially on the second floor and in the attic. Before you consider roof replacement and a new shingle color, keep the sweltering Texas sun in mind.

Consider Curb Appeal

The color of your home’s roof can have a considerable impact on its curb appeal. If you’re investing in a new roof because you plan to sell your home in the near future, then you might want to collaborate with Texas roofing experts who can help you understand:

1. The importance of neutral tones

2. Color contrast

3. How color can affect resale value

Learning as much as you can about shingle color can help you increase your home’s curb appeal.

Keep Architecture in Mind

Before you choose a shingle color for your home, think about your home’s architecture. For example, if it has a southwest or Spanish flair, which is common in Texas, then you might want to choose red or clay-colored tiles. Ranch-style homes typically have roofs with a uniform color, while modern homes often have a combination of colors. Try to choose a color that will complement your home’s style.

The color you choose for your home’s roof can affect it in many ways. However, working with qualified Fort Worth roofing contractors and taking the time to choose carefully can result in a home you will be proud of.

How to Protect Your Roof in the Sweltering Summer

Fort Worth summers can be rough, but do you know how rough they can be on your roof?  

Texas is famous for sweltering summers that only a native Texan could love (and even then, not always). The sun beats down relentlessly as temperatures swell to the 90s and even into the 100s. August may be over, but anyone who’s lived in Fort Worth for longer than a year knows that doesn’t mean that the heat is finished with us yet. Residents know how to take precautions for themselves: crank up the AC, break out the sunglasses, and use sunscreen if you’re going to be outside for long. But what precautions are you taking for your roof?

The extremes of summer weather is often your roof’s worst enemy. It’s directly in the line of the sun’s most harmful UV rays, and, without protection, it can start to deteriorate. Hot, sunny weather isn’t the only thing to worry about in the summer. Your roof can also sustain water damage, tears, and leaks as a result of severe storms. Fortunately, there are measures you can take to protect your roof. Here are some of the dangers your roof can face in the summer and what you can do to protect it.

Damage from the Sun

Your roof may shield you from the heat and UV rays of the sun, but in doing so, it can take quite a beating. The extreme heat can erode the weatherproofing materials used to protect your roof and dry out roof tiles, making them obsolete. When the weather changes rapidly due to a storm, the roof can’t keep up and tiles may become loose. Additionally, changes in weather cause the roofing materials to expand and contract, so the more the weather changes, the more your drainage system can be pushed away from your roof.

We have sunblock to protect our skin from the worst effects of the sun, and for roofs, there’s roof coating. A reflective roof coating will reflect the sun’s rays rather than absorbing them. It can last up to 10 years before it needs another coating, but especially in the hottest days of the year, it’s important to watch your roof for obvious signs of sun damage. Do you notice any faded discoloration? Any cracks or loose tiles?

Damage from Storms

Summer storms are as brutal as the summer sun. They can take a toll on your roof, and so can the humidity that follows as a result.  Humidity can weaken and erode the materials of your roof, making it more susceptible to those heavy hitters like hail and strong winds. You also have to worry about damage from nearby trees. There might not be much you can do to prevent a tree from falling on your roof if the storm is strong enough to knock it over, but you can cut away close branches that could scrape and puncture your roof in the midst of a storm.

If your roof doesn’t have impact-resistant asphalt shingles, now may be the time to change that. They’re built to withstand heavy storms and even hail. Talk to a roofing professional about replacing the shingles on your roof, or repairing any damaged shingles. Before summer begins, your roof should be in top shape to best protect it from those severe summer storms.

Water Damage

With storms comes rain, and water damage can be the greatest threat to your roof. Untreated water damage can lead to leaks, roof rot, and weakening of your home’s structural integrity. The important thing is to stop water damage before a leak occurs by watching carefully for signs. Do you notice any curling of your roof materials? Any crumbling cement? Are your vents in working order or are they clogged? You can also see water damage from inside your home by watching for any discoloration or bulges on the ceiling.

Your roof’s best defense against water damage is its gutters. The drainage system is designed to collect all the water that falls on the roof during a storm and direct it away from the house. If your gutters are clogged or damaged, water will pool on your roof and weaken it. Clean your gutters regularly and if they need to be repaired, don’t hesitate to repair them. You should also call a roofing professional at the first sign of a leak to seal it up before it causes serious damage to your home.

Roofing Contractor Fraud

It’s not just the weather that your roof needs protection from–it’s people. Because of all the dangers it poses to your roof, summer is the prime time of year for roofing contractor fraud. Unfortunately, these con artists often appear after a natural disaster and take advantage of homeowners with damaged roofs. An alleged roofer may ask for a down payment before starting the work and never return to do the work after the payment is given. They may offer a “free roof inspection” and then cause extra damage to the roof, so that the insurance company will cover the repair cost. They may tell you about an extremely limited time offer to pressure you into signing a contract without looking elsewhere.

Don’t be pressured, and trust your instincts. If something sounds too good to be true, that’s probably because it is. Do your research on any roofing contractor that approaches you, no matter how sweet their deal sounds. Get quotes from multiple companies and read reviews to make sure you’re getting the best quality for your money. After all, roofing repairs can be a hassle. You want to make sure that they’re done right in the first place.

When searching for a legitimate, quality roofing company in Fort Worth, you want a company whose reputation speaks for itself. Search their ratings with the Better Business Bureau and see what their customers have to say about the quality of work they provide. You want a company who has nothing to hide because they’re proud of their service. First Texas Roofing has been in business for over 15 years and maintained a standard of excellence. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation estimate.