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Are Gutters Necessary On a House?

heavy rain pouring down from passing storm

Protect Your Property From Water Damages

The next time you’re wondering just what is so important about your gutters, go outside your homes my friends with an umbrella and take a look at the rain on your roof. Observe the water as it flows down your roofs in torrential torrents and considers instead the question on why wouldn’t you have gutters?  Water would pour from your roof like a waterfall onto your unsuspecting head as is sometimes the case when you’re walking down the street where there are only awnings. As far as damages to your home, without gutters, your foundation and aiding would be hit with water from the perimeter of the building without the guide of a gutter system. Believe it or not, but enough wet soil can cause your foundation to shift which causes pressures to your plumbing lines which can cause corrosion or loosen lines. Gutters have been an addition installed onto the eaves of roofs to get rid of problems with interior leaks, damages and flooded landscapes for centuries. Therefore, the idea of preventing water damages to our homes is not a new thought and has been an issue even our ancestors have picked up on. A residential roofer will be happy to tell you about more benefits, but before that consider a few points here!

How much does it cost to install new gutters?

Gutter installation cost can change based on the material that you’re using and the extent or distances you’ll need to cover for your home. As a reference point the average cost of aluminum or galvanized steel gutters ranges from $4-$9 per linear foot.

Do gutters add value to home?

Although a good working gutter doesn’t add value to a home an old or faulty one can detract value to a home. Think in terms of tires for a car, gutters are essentially expected to be in good operating condition and if they aren’t then some may negotiate going down on the price. For your gutters, if you are considering a resale these could be a breaking point for some so make sure that they are installed properly, in good working condition and are level.

Do I really need rain gutters?

Gutter installation is an integral part of any home system. Water damages can wreak havoc on a home’s roof, foundation, interior, and overall compromise structural integrity.

Why do we have gutters and downpipes on our homes?

Gutters and downpipes allow for a streamlined avenue of water runoff away from your walls and foundation and directly into your drainage system.

The Benefits of Gutters

  • The soil is stabilized around the property
  • Flooding in basements, yards or under homes are prevented
  • Siding is protected
  • Water stains on brick or stone masonry are prevented
  • Landscape and turf are protected from erosion
  • Doors and garages are protected
  • Cracks on foundation, sidewalk, driveways, and patios are prevented
House with New Seamless Aluminum Rain Gutters.

What kind of gutters are best?

There are many types of gutters available in the market today with materials such as aluminum, galvanized steel, vinyl,  steel, and zinc. Perhaps the most used option known for its strength and lower price is aluminum. Not only is it more lightweight than other options it’s also resistant to corrosion and can come in different colors. Another popular gutter material type is galvanized steel which is coated with a layer of zinc for added protection. Adding a coat of another metal is a popular and clever way of adding in the benefits of the other metals into the main material. Steel gutters, for example, can be coated with zinc as well as aluminum which alleviates the problem of them not being able to fight against rust without these coatings. As far as the best type of gutters it can vary depending on your home, yet one expert asserts that you should consider seamless aluminum gutters with .025 inch with solid toppers as they can have a reverse curve or liquid adhesion properties. Overall, however, it may be best to take a look at the various shapes and profiles that gutters offer as they can influence how it catches water, water flow and efficient run off without overflowing. Before it was a popular choice to have half-round gutter options until over the years people found out that it easily clogs and overflows. That’s why k-style or those that have an angular dip or curve are more used today due to their efficiency.

Who does gutter installation?

Gutter installations are typically done by roofing contractors or those who solely do work on the exterior of homes such as with gutters, exterior painting, siding, and fencing. The how to gutter installation techniques are best done by professionals who can work with you on sizing, shape, profile and other specifications for your particular roofing system.

If you’re interested in gutter installation and repair in Frisco, TX call 682-478-2380 with McRoof!

Posted: | Updated: Mar 28, 2019 | Categories: Uncategorized

Is a Roof Leak an Emergency?

Shingle Curling on a Partly Exposed Roof

You May Need to Take Action to Prevent Further Leaks Into the Attic Space.

Because your roof is so faithful at protecting the rest of your home from danger, it can come as quite a shock when you discover a leak. Wind and hail storms can affect everything from your new driveway installation to landscaping, but it’s rooftop damage that concerns most homeowners.

  • “Who do we call if we spot a leak?”
  • “Is roof repair covered by insurance?”
  • “Is there anything we can do while we wait for help?” 

We’ll cover all of these questions and more today, as we create a working game plan for future emergencies. We’ll also include a couple roof repair tips that could save you thousands of dollars. By the end, you should feel confident about what to do in a roofing crisis. Let’s dig in!

What to Do if Your Roof is Leaking

A prompt response could be the difference between small repair costs and hundreds (maybe thousands) of dollars in restoration. First, you’ll need to prevent any additional water damage by staunching the leak. We’ll cover how to do this, including what roof repair tools you’ll need, later.

Next, you’ll need to schedule roof repair service from a trusted local service. If the situation is dire and your attic is exposed to the elements, preventing further degradation is worth paying the extra fee for immediate emergency repairs. Otherwise, you can simply schedule at your earliest convenience (sooner, rather than later).

Finally, you’ll need a plan to gather evidence for your homeowner’s insurance company. Start taking photographs of the exterior and interior damage. Be sure to take photos before you start repairs!

Repairs

How Do You Fix a Leaking Roof?

Your roofing service should make a close examination of the damaged portions of your roof. Any curled or dislodged shingles will need to be secured, while cracked and severely worn portions will need replacement. A good roofing service will also consider the layers beneath your shingles and ensure that the roof foundation is in good health.

Your service may offer to help you compile evidence for your insurance claim. Should the damage be too extensive for repairs to be cost-effective, your roofer may recommend complete system replacement. Either way, you’ll want to coordinate with your insurance company soon.

Insurance

Is a Leaking Roof Covered by Insurance?

Barring cases of negligence, homeowners’ insurance will generally cover repairs for leaking roof, and subsequent damages cause by the invading water. It’s important however, that your claim is filed in a timely manner. The longer you wait to file your claim, the higher the chance that your insurance company will not cover everything. 

To ensure the best response from your service, be sure to take pictures before repairs begin. Also, try to get as much documentation and pricing information from your local roofer as possible. This makes it much more likely that you’ll get full or near-full coverage.

Side-Effects

Can a Roof Leak Cause Mold?

Absolutely! Mold spores exist in practically every area of your home. Given the right humidity, mold spores may start to grow within two to three days. That’s why it’s important to ventilate the attic, and dry out any exposed insulation within 48 hours of the roof leaks.

Can Your Repair a Roof Leak From Inside?

A Roofer Installs New Shingles During Roof Replacement

If the Roof Has Sustained Damage in Multiple, Spread Out Areas, it May be Time for a Replacement.

Before you file that roof repair insurance claim, there is still time to prevent extra moisture damage in your attic. Even if it’s still raining outside, you can take action inside your attic. Again, be sure you’ve already taken a picture of the affected area before you start repairs. You’ll need a handful of supplies to get started: roofing tar, plywood, a trowel, a bucket, a dry cloth, and one or two sponges. You may also want a putty knife.

Temporary Repair Process

  • If you have wet ceiling drywall, start by sponging up the moisture.
  • Place plywood on top of the surrounding joists, plus your bucket to catch leaking water.
  • Next, identify the leak and trowel in a bit of roofing tar into the hole.
  • Take another square of plywood and use the trowel to place tar along the edges. 
  • Let the tar dry, then wipe down any wet areas around the leak.
  • Place a fan to dry out the area.

Remember, the insulation will need to be dry within 48 hours. If the leak managed to reach into a wall, you may need to take out the insulation to dry. Here’s a short article on how to do that without excess damage to your walls.

Get Your Estimate for Roof Repair!

If you are frequently dealing with roof repair for leaks in your shingles, it may be time to upgrade to a stronger roofing product. Our team at McRoof offers repairs and roof replacements with all manner of materials, including CertainTeed premium shingles. We’d be happy to talk about your options for post-storm repairs! Give us a call today at 682-478-2380.

Posted: | Updated: Jan 25, 2019 | Categories: Uncategorized

Do You Have an Intruder of the Furry Kind?

Raccoon Climbing on a Thin Fence

Raccoons Have Led to Millions and Millions of Dollars in Home Roof Repairs Over the Years.

While it’s fun to laugh about it later, animal damage can leave an expensive mark on your home and your budget. Animal damage to roof systems alone can result in hundreds of dollars in repair costs. That’s why it pays to recognize the signs of infestation and to take careful steps to avoid future pests. We’ll start by examining the property trauma that these critters can inflict, then talk about how to avoid these hazards in years to come.

Understanding the Potential Cost of Critter Problems

To avoid potential problems with pests, you need to understand their behavioral patterns. Two of the usual suspects when it comes to infestation are the squirrel and the raccoon. If you think either of these critters are too small or too dumb to create a little chaos in your home, you might be the one making the call for emergency roof repair.

Can Squirrels Do Damage to Your House?

How could a creature so small cause so many problems for homeowners each year? Their pointed teeth and sharp claws do the job. Keep in mind, these teeth are made to shred through nuts and other hard objects throughout their lifespan. Chewing through shingles is an easy task for a determined squirrel. Afterwards, these creatures may go on to penetrate decking, ruin insulation, and leave little “gifts” throughout the attic. You don’t want the smell that comes with squirrels nesting in your home.

Squirrel Hole Repair

A Squirrel Contemplates Moving Into an Attic

Squirrel Teeth Can Easily Chew Through Shingles and the Decking Beneath.

Homeowners know how critical roof flashing repair is for keeping leaks out of the house. Well, squirrel hole repair is just as serious. Leaving even minor holes in your roofing system invites other critters to immigrate into the attic. Of course, it also enables costly roof leaks, interior water damage, and (everyone’s favorite) mold growth. Anybody can plug the hole with a replacement shingle, but you’ll want a professional to assess and repair the trauma to the underlying decking.

Before you get started on repairs, talk with a professional about squirrel removal. Believe it or not, there’s an entire industry designated to transplanting these creatures out of your home and back into the wild. This helps you avoid some ugly exterminator side-effects, and you’ll pick up some extra tips on keeping these critters away from your house. Just don’t wait too long to get started, or you could be making a call to attic restoration services.

Can Raccoons Damage Your Home?

Yes. They can! Most of the rooftop trauma inflicted by raccoons occurs around the soffit, fascia board, and surrounding shingles. The vents around your soffit (located beneath the extended side of the roof) are a prime entryway for raccoons. The end goal for a raccoon is a safe place to hide and give birth.

That means you’re likely to find droppings, ruined insulation, and even chewed wiring within the attic. If you suspect your home has been invaded by these cute but expensive guests, start by checking the exterior. Look for uplifted shingles, loosed fascia boarding, or damaged soffit. Afterwards, you can contact your animal removal service and roof repair crew.

Preventing Animal Infestation

Now you know how to spot the signs, and when to call for help. How do you prevent animal damage from affecting your home and causing expensive roof repair? There are several steps you can take to discourage animals from entering your home, such as…

  • Keeping a Dog
  • Maintaining the Roof
  • Installing Metal Flashing
  • Trimming Back Nearby Trees and Bushes
  • Securing Your Garbage
  • Putting Away Bird Feeders

Easy access encourages animals to explore your home. If raccoons or squirrels hear or smell a dog, they’ll be less likely to brave your house. Should a dog be out of the question, you might be able to scare pests away by scattering dog hair around the edges of the house.

Cute Raccoon Trapped in a Cage

Pest Removal Can Help You Avoid the Unpleasant Smells of Animal Remains in Your Roof.

You can make the roof less accessible too, by pruning back nearby tree branches to at least 10 feet away. Both raccoons and squirrels are avid climbers, making trees the perfect point of access to the roof. Since these pests prefer to enter through gaps or soft sections in your roof, consider installing metal flashing in the edges of your roofing.

Most importantly, make sure your family isn’t accidentally encouraging rodents by leaving out food. Classic garbage cans have been a stable source of sustenance for many a raccoon. Others take seed from bird feeders, a tasty treat for animals their size. If you can eliminate or at least secure these sources of food, you’ll find these pests lest willing to brave your home.

Schedule Your Animal Damage Roof Repair!

Need help repairing your animal damaged roof? Talk with one of our experts at 682-478-2380 about scheduling an inspection! Our team at McRoof works with all sorts of roofing materials, from basic shingles to stone coated steel roofing. We’d be happy to chat with you about your roof repair in Frisco, TX!

 

Posted: | Updated: Nov 26, 2018 | Categories: Uncategorized

Taking Care Of Your Roof

Commercial Roof

Making Sure Your Roof Is Taken Care Of Will Keep It Lasting For a Long Time.

Making sure that your roof is in the best shape possible might seem a little overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. When you take care of it little by little, the problems never get out of control and you can rest easy knowing your roof will last for a long time. You can also hire a contractor to go do things like chimney flashing repair to keep leaks from happening as well. Fires happen on roofs all of the time so another way to avoid something like that is to have an air duct cleaning to avoid fires or other dangerous mishaps from occurring.

Best Ways To Keep Your Roof Lasting As Long As Possible

Roof Inspection – Having a roof inspection done once a year is the perfect way to keep your roof up to date and to make sure no shingles are missing or damage has occurred. This will also help the inside of your home or business from getting water damage as well.

Roof Coating – A roof coating will cover your commercial roof and allow it to last an extra 10 years.

Repairs – Making sure that repairs are always done correctly is an important step to avoid future damage. This stops water damage from occurring as well.

Roof Cleaning – A roof cleaning will take any of the bad stuff that has accumulated and clean it off.

If you are looking for a roof inspection in Frisco, TX, call McRoof at 682-478-2380 and we can help you.

Posted: | Updated: Oct 5, 2018 | Categories: Uncategorized

Problems That a Roof Leak Can Cause

 

Roofing

Don’t Let Your Roof Leak!

Roof leaks are not only frustrating, but they can cause a lot of damage at the same time. Your roof is what keeps your home or building safe so it is important to pay attention to things like leaks that can take over more quickly than you even realize. Paying attention to what is going on with your roof is very important and should be done at the very least, yearly when you get your roof inspection done. Also, water leaks from your roof can develop into mold which is terrible for indoor air quality and can spread all throughout your home. Below are a few of the common ways that roof leaks can occur on your roof.

How Do Roof Leaks Happen

Hail – Hail has a bad habit of coming out of nowhere and making a huge mess to everything that it touches. Depending on how big the hail is, it can end up putting, major dents in your roof which can in turn cause your roof to leak when it rains.

Time – Over time your roof will become more prone to damage because it is not as fresh as it was when you first got it put on. Shingles cajn fall off or just be weaker in general.

Accidents – You never know when some weird accident is going to happen like a tree falling on your roof. Even walking on your roof can cause damage that you may be unaware of.

Storms – Storms can be tough to avoid and if one gets ahold of your roof, it can rip off shingles and open your home or building up to a lot of water damage.

If you get a roof leak in Frisco, TX, give us a call at 682-478-2380 and let the professionals at McRoof a call today.

Posted: | Updated: Sep 4, 2018 | Categories: Uncategorized

Maximizing the Life of Your Commercial Flat Roof

Our Experts Can Help You Keep Your Flat Roofing System in Tip-Top Shape.

Flat Roof Maintenance Can Help Prevent the Need for Repair and Replacement.

As a commercial building owner, you know that a flat roof is an expensive purchase that nobody wants to replace unless they absolutely must. However, problems like normal wear and tear, leaks, and abrasions can cause damages that are costly and stressful. Thankfully, proper flat roof maintenance can help preserve the life and protection of your commercial flat roof system to prevent the high cost of replacement.

What Contributes to Flat Roof Degradation

Flat roofs are known for being resilient and long-lasting. However, there are hazards that can do serious damage to flat roof systems. Because of this, regular maintenance is crucial for your flat roof system. Leaky rooftop HVAC units can cause water damage to your roof system that leads to roof leaks, material weakness, and other problems, so it’s important to keep your HVAC units serviced, as well. Dirt and debris can also contribute to a worn roof by depositing natural acids and bacteria onto your system that promotes wear and degradation. These areas can often be seen as brown or tan areas left underneath piles of leaves or other debris. The most common reason for flat roof system damage, however, is water. Whether from rain or AC units, improper flat roof drainage can lead to big problems like weakness, leaks, and even mold and rot. Protective coatings can help prevent the effects of water and protect your roof from leaks and warping.

Local Flat Roof Maintenance and Care

The most effective way to prevent expensive damages to your flat roofing system is by performing regular roof maintenance to inspect your roof for water damage, possible leaks, and material wear that can lead to other problems. The McRoof experts can deliver comprehensive roof maintenance and flat roof repair throughout the Frisco, TX area so you can rest assured that you’re getting the longest life possible from your system. We provide a comprehensive inspection of your roof and discuss your roof maintenance and repair options to find the perfect solution for you. Call our experts today at 682-478-2380 to find out more about roof damage prevention or to schedule your roof maintenance.

Posted: | Updated: Jul 31, 2018 | Categories: Uncategorized

Choosing a Roofing Material

It doesn’t matter if you are shopping for a residential or a commercial roof, there is research that has to be done and planning that will need to be looked into before you can make the best decision possible. It is important that you choose a roofing material that you are comfortable and confident with as well as that it looks great on your commercial or residential building. Below, we will go over a few of the first things that you will need to do when purchasing a new roof is on the horizon.

What To Do First

What You Choose, Matters.

Budget – This is, of course, going to be your very first pitstop. You will need to sit down and see what you can afford to spend on this roof. That means taking into consideration, the material and the labor. You may also want to do research or ask to see what the maintenance on these different materials is going to cost as well. Some roofing systems do not require a whole lot of maintenance, and some have to be looked at several times a year. It is up to you to decide what kind of roof you are willing to get.

Material – We mentioned above that you will want to pay attention to the yearly maintenance that the material you choose will take, but you will also want to see what kind of longevity it has and what the benefits of it are. Some materials will be resistant to hail and others will be extra protective of water damage.

With so many different materials out there, it is important that you ask questions. When you do need help, give McRoof a call at 682-478-2380 and we will be there for you.

Posted: | Updated: Jun 26, 2018 | Categories: Uncategorized

Cut Your Summer A/C Bill With These Roofing Tips

The Summer weather is quickly approaching, and with it, wonderful thoughts of water play, lounging in the sun, and oh yeah, through the roof energy bills. While many roof materials are now energy efficient, there are ways you can maximize your current roof’s efficiency easily and affordably. Keep your A/C costs down this Summer with these simple Summer roof maintenance and inspection tips to effectively reflect UV rays and keep your home cooler.

We Can Provide the Maintenance and Repair You Need for Minimal Energy Use.

Summer Roof Care is Vital for Optimal Energy Savings.

 

Perfect Material Condition

Your roofing material is the first line of defense against every type of hazard, including UV rays that cause extreme heat. Inspect your roofing to ensure that your material is laying as it should be, with no holes or missing pieces. Check to ensure that your material is in top condition, with no signs of thinning, cracking, or breaking that can cause multiple damages including higher energy costs.

Get an Attic’s Perspective

Once you have inspected your roof’s outer materials, it’s time to check the underlayment. This sheeting is found in your attic, underneath your roof’s material. It’s important that there are no tears or damages to your underlayment in order for it to properly deflect UV rays and heat that can cause extra work for your A/C. If there are damages to your underlayment, a professional roofer can make necessary repairs quickly and conveniently in most cases.

Reinforced Protection

To get the most from your roofing system, consider the application of a roof coating. These coatings provide cool roof energy efficiency, and can offer protection for your roofing system from weather, water, and even impact. Roof coatings can be applied to just about every type of roofing system and effectively reflect UV rays for up to 10 years.

Minimize your energy bills this Summer with the help of the McRoof roofing team. We can provide comprehensive Summer roof maintenance and inspection of your entire roofing system to ensure that it’s always performing at its best. Our experts can also offer convenient and affordable roof coating application for optimal protection for a full decade. Call us today at 682-478-2380 to discuss your SUmmer roofing options.

Posted: | Updated: May 23, 2018 | Categories: Uncategorized

Why You Need a Roof Inspection

Being a home or business owner is a very important job. There are many responsibilities that come along with that as well, like taking care of your roof. One of the biggest and easiest ways you can take care of your roof is by getting a roof inspection done once a year. By doing this you are providing protection that will last over and over. A roof inspection may not seem important to you, but it actually is something that everyone should be doing to properly protect themselves and their roofing system. A roof inspector can help you to avoid things like full roof replacements and major roof repairs or restoration. If you regularly are having your roof inspected, you will be prepared if you end up needing one of those things or you will be able to stop it all together from doing little repairs here and there.

Reasons To Have An Inspection Done

Warranty – If you have a new roof, chances are you may have a warranty that came with it. If that is the case, you probably also know that warranties usually come with guidelines or stipulations. One of those is usually that you have your roof inspected once a year. By doing this, the company is protecting you and themselves from having to redo a major project and keeping your roof working the way it is supposed to.

 

Peace Of Mind – If you are always worrying if your roof is going to have something wrong with it, you will never have peace of mind in your home. Knowing that your roof is in good quality shape regularly, is something that will feel great.

If you need a quality and dependable roof inspector for your next roof inspection, call McRoof at 682-478-2380 and we will get you an appointment at the most convenient time possible for you.

Posted: | Updated: Apr 20, 2018 | Categories: Uncategorized

Signs You Need a New Shingle Roof

New Shingle Roof

Our Expert Team Can Deliver Fast, Reliable Installation of a New Shingle Roof.

Asphalt shingles provide unsurpassed value for home roofing. Not only is this material available in a huge array of styles and colors, but it also provides a relatively lengthy period of service. When you consider these factors, it makes perfect sense that asphalt shingles have become the most popular roofing material in the country. An asphalt shingle roof will not last forever, though. If you notice any of the following signs, you may need a new shingle roof.

Loss of Granules

The roofing granules on your asphalt shingles accomplish more than just the accent of your roofing’s physical appearance. These invaluable granules actually protect your shingles from impacts and damage from the sun. If you begin to notice their abundant appearance in your gutters, then your granules have begun to wash away. Roofing that cannot maintain its granules needs quick replacement.

Missing Shingles

An asphalt shingle roof that is missing shingles cannot provide for the adequate protection of a home. Each missing shingle represents the opportunity for a leak. While it is normal to replace an occasional shingle or two, especially after a major storm, the replacement of an abundance generally signifies the need for a new roof.

Old Age

Old age represents the most frequently cited reason for a new roof. An asphalt shingle roof generally provides dependable service for 15 to 20 years. After this period, you will most likely begin to experience issues that include the loss of granules or regular loss of shingles. Even without these problems, you should certainly schedule a roof inspection if your shingle roof has surpassed 20 years of age.

Even in the absence of visible problems, an aged roof could fail during the next major storm. To avoid this disaster, schedule a roofing inspection today with McRoof. We represent the area’s leaders for a new shingle roof, and remain available for your service at 682-478-2380

Posted: | Updated: Mar 19, 2018 | Categories: Uncategorized