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How Storm Debris Can Affect Your Houston Roof

How Storm Debris Can Affect Your Houston Roof

The debris that floats onto your Houston roof, such as leaves and twigs, may seem small and insignificant, but the truth is that even these seemingly harmless objects can put your roof at risk. So, how exactly does debris affect your roof? It usually damages it as a result of not adequately maintaining the roof structure, especially during Houston's storm season.

It Clogs Your Gutters

When twigs, leaves, and grass start piling up onto your roof, your gutters will be your first line of defense. Over time, accumulated debris will weigh them down and clog them.

Houston is well-known for the severe storms it can face every year. When a rainstorm hits, the water will glide from the top of your roof and into the gutters, but if they're clogged, then the rainwater has nowhere to go and settles instead. Three things can occur as a result of this settled water.

  • The built-up water combined with Houston's humid and warm weather invites bacteria and mold to grow in your gutters and even on your roof
  • If the water level is high enough, the water will have no choice but to seep back onto the shingles. This can weigh them down, causing buckling and even roof leaks.
  • Gutters and downspouts are meant to keep accumulated water away from the rest of your house. If they're clogged, water trying to escape will instead flow down the siding and potentially cause more water damage.

Contact Amstill Roofing Today to Check on the Integrity of Your Roof

The debris that builds up on your Houston roof will eventually accumulate and, before you know it, you will be in need of an extensive repair or even a full roof replacement

If your roof has a lot of debris from any of the past storms we've had, then we recommend you contact us for a free roof inspection. We will climb onto your roof and sift through the debris to check on the integrity of your structure and determine whether you are in need of a simple repair or if you will need a replacement. We will also recommend ways to protect your roof so it lasts as long as it possibly can.

Emergency Roof Leak Repair After a Houston Storm and What to Do

Emergency Roof Leak Repair After a Houston Storm and What to Do

Here in Houston, we know all too well that hurricane season brings storms, wind, and excessive water that has to go somewhere. If your house isn't regularly checked on, your roof can become punctured, which can cause leaks that go unnoticed until they become severe and drain into your house. Often times, leaks are caused by not taking the time to perform preventative maintenance on your roof. Unsurprisingly, hurricane season is the time of year when leaks are most common.

Where Can Roof Leaks Be Spotted?

First off, it's important to know where to keep an eye on in order to find a leak and deal with it. The most common place we recommend checking is your attic, but water will flow in all directions until it finds a way out, which can typically be through a light fixture. Corners are also good places to keep an eye on, as they can be very prone to letting leaks out. It's important to know that sometimes, leaks can escape into multiple places, even though they are flowing from one single source. This can make it appear worse than it actually is.

Deal With Leaks ASAP

Since we are right in the middle of hurricane season, if you notice a leak you should immediately contact Amstill Roofing. We will be more than happy to make our way to your house and solve the problem as soon as possible. Here's what you can do in the meantime:

Once a leak is spotted, try to control it with kitchen pots and bowls, any buckets you may have, or even your outdoor trash bin. If you see bulging anywhere in the walls, we recommend poking a small hole in the middle to let the leak drain. This way you are also able to collect it.

Finding the Source of Your Houston Roof Leak

This is the hardest part when dealing with a leak. Just because the water is coming from a corner in your walls does not mean it formed anywhere near that area. Some common culprits for leaks during a storm include pest infestation and clogged gutters. If at all possible and you have the proper experience and training and can exercise extreme caution, you may want to cover your roof with a tarp when the storm passes and your roof dries down. However, it may be safest to continue collecting the water until our roofers can get to you. 

Amstill Roofing Can Complete Emergency Roof Repair

Rest assured that our experienced crew can complete any necessary repairs within the day of our initial visit. We will also take the time to check on the overall integrity of the rest of your roof to let you know if any other issues may arise, at no extra charge.

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Hail Facts and How to Assess Hail Roof Damage

Contrary to popular belief it doesn't have to be chilly, icy, or snowy outside for a hail storm to occur. As it turns out, a majority of hail storms in the United States actually occur between the months of May and September. Coldness is still a factor at play in hail events, but only relative to the temperature at the height of the cloud-layer. Hail begins to form in storm clouds when the clouds sit at a temperature at or below freezing. Just because it's nice and warm outside, does not mean that it's just as warm higher up in the sky. Read on to learn about some little-known facts about hailstones, how they can damage your roof, and most importantly, how to deal with the damage.

Some Alarming Facts About Hail

1. The United States averages over 5,000 reports of large hail every year. To offer some more perspective, there is an average of only 1,000 reports of tornadoes each year.

2. Hailstones are far too light to fall to the ground at first. Hail forms as droplets inside storm clouds with the help of some wind that blows upwards. This wind pattern is known as an updraft and allows tiny hail droplets to fling around without falling, collecting more and more water as they move around. Eventually, these droplets grow bigger to a point where the updraft can no longer support their weight. Only then do these hailstones fall onto the ground, rooftops, and cars.

3. While we may not see large pieces of hail as often in the greater Houston area, all it takes is 1-inch hail to start causing damage to our rooftops. Visually, this is about the size of a quarter.

Identifying Hailstorm Damage on Your Roof

In order to assess the damage your home sustained during a hailstorm, it is best to check roof vents, shingles, chimneys, and skylights. When analyzing these areas, look for dents and chipping. Keep in mind that some signs are far more subtle than others, so look closely. When checking shingles for hail damage, wood shingles will tend to split, metal shingles will have obvious dents, and clay shingles will have visible cracks. Typical asphalt shingles will be a bit harder to examine. In some cases, you will notice large dents or spots where some surface granules are missing. In other cases, it will take a trained eye to see where hail damage has occurred. If missed or overlooked, this can lead to serious leaks.

Amstill Roofing Can Assess Roof Damage Caused by Hail

Although it is a good idea to wait out a storm and check on any damage your house may have faced, it is an even better idea to allow for trained eyes to take a look as well. Contact our roofing experts so that they can complete a free roof inspection for you after a storm, which will help when making insurance claims. Afterward, we will happily repair your roof to ensure long-lasting safety and protection.

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Signs Your Houston Roof is at Risk This Hurricane Season

The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season is in full swing and we still have a ways to go before it's over at the end of November. Although Houston hasn't been impacted by any major hurricanes just yet, it is still possible. Additionally, the greater Houston area still experiences heavy storms at this time of year. With heavy storms, tropical storms, and hurricanes comes aggressive winds that can compromise the integrity of your roofing.

How Does Wind Damage Your Houston Roofing?

The biggest issue with heavy winds is that they toss around debris, such as garbage, branches, and even lawn decor. This kind of debris can easily puncture your rooftop shingles, which can then leave room for water leaks and allow for outside air to seep into your home. An often overlooked issue with wind is that it blows unevenly over surfaces, which can result in broken seals between shingles and the underlying plywood. This can create a chain reaction in which nearby shingles will also come loose and tear off, which can expose the rest of the structure to water damage, rot, and mold.

Telltale Signs Your Roof Has Sustained Wind Damage

If you're experiencing a period of heavy winds, inspect your roof as soon as possible and take note of any of the following issues.

Leaks

Leaks are the most obvious sign that wind damage has taken place on your roof, but sometimes the signs of wind damage are not as obvious. Be on the lookout for leaks in the attic, as this is the easiest way to help you find the source.

Curling Shingles

Another method to find out if your roof has experienced wind damage is to check the shingles. Are they laying flat or have some curled? It may be hard to notice curling shingles on top of the roof, so a better way to check is to look at the roof from below, since corner and edge shingles are most prone to curling.

Chimney Flashing

One more easy method to tell whether or not your roof has faced wind and storm damage is to check the chimney flashing. Chimney flashing is the material that encloses the space between the roof and the chimney and helps prevent water from entering it. The four most common types of flashing are aluminum, vinyl, steel, and copper. The kind of flashing used depends on the roofing material and the climate. Keep an eye out for any tears and/or buckling.

Repairing Your Wind-Damaged Roof 

Ensuring that your roof is intact is essential all year round, but with the increased risks for damage during the hurricane season, it is especially important. Our roof repair experts in Houston will gladly conduct a free roof inspection to determine whether you are in need of storm repairs. Our trained eyes will catch any compromised spots and offer the best, most affordable course of action for you.