Over the years, we’ve seen many trends come and go in roofing. This is in part due to style changes, but mainly this is due to innovations in roofing. From solar roofing to blue roofs, the face of roofing (pun intended) has changed considerably, even since Texas Star Roofing began operating in Dallas, Texas, in 1997. Nowadays, roofs are made of the highest quality materials, designed to last a couple of decades at a minimum. This is good news for homeowners and businesses since roofing is a big expense.
However, some architectural aspects of your home or business remain timeless. One of these is bay windows. In this blog post, we’ll examine bay windows and how they can affect your roofing.
If you need a commercial roof repair or residential roof maintenance, call Texas Star Roofing in Dallas today!
What Is a Bay?
A bay refers to the space, architectural elements, and recesses between openings in a building. A window and a door is considered an opening. Some architects will refer to how long a building is by saying how many bays it has. Bay windows are popular architectural features in homes. Bay windows are windows that project outward, often creating a seated space to look out from. Bay windows can come in many shapes, from rectangles to octagons, and some of the most famous buildings in the world feature bay windows. They add aesthetics to the building, as well as serve to add more space to smaller homes since bay windows can be installed on the upper floors.
How Do Bay Windows Affect Roofing?
Because bay windows are in essence their own little room, you’ll need a small roof to serve as its cover. These smaller roofs take just as much care — if not more — for installation than a regular roof does. You’ll need flashing (the material whose sole job is to keep water out) to ensure a tight seal, which will help to prevent leaks — a common problem Texas Star Roofing in Dallas sees with bay windows. Bay windows can leak from flashing installed incorrectly, or more commonly, from the window above it. If the window above your bay window is caulked incorrectly, water from that window can leak down into your bay window.
Window leaks, in general, are a common roofing repair we see. This is because anytime there is a break in either roofing materials or your home’s exterior materials, the likelihood of leaks increases. Leaking windows can do major damage to your ceiling, flooring, insulation, and drywall and should be inspected and repaired as soon as possible by your local roofing company. Window leaks are either caused by house design, window installation, or no maintenance.
Window Leak Causes
- Lack of overhangs to direct water out and away from your home
- Fascia can be installed incorrectly. Fascia boards need to be angled outwards.
- Poor installation methods
- Improper flashing material used
- Missing caulking
- Broken glass seal
- Lack of paint seal, which is supposed to overlap from the window
The Texas Star Roofing Advantage
As a homeowner or business owner, your roof is something you need to be cognizant of. Texas Star Roofing, your local roofer in Dallas, advises that you have regular roof inspections on a yearly basis. This will ensure any problems with your roof are caught quickly and are repaired before any major damage occurs.
Texas Star Roofing in Dallas is an expert in residential and commercial roof repairs, including fixing roof leaks caused by bay windows. We also help both homeowners and businesses with roof replacement and roof maintenance. Call us today for your free yearly roof inspection!