Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a few of the questions we get asked most often.
A roof is undoubtedly one of the most important components of a building. It may not be a foundation or a wall, however it is the final part of the structure and the one that protects everything inside your home or business.
There are many types of materials and styles that go into the construction of a roof. This can vary greatly depending on the needs of each property owner, the location of the structure as well as the climate. Every day people are becoming more aware about the importance of this part of their structure and have questions they want answers to. These are some of the most common roofing questions that get asked:
What is the life expectancy of a roof?
There are several factors involved in a question like this. It depends on the materials that are used as well as the environment the roof is in. Some asphalt shingles are more durable than others, some can last up to 15 to 20 years or even longer. Metal roofs can last up to 50 years and even longer with the proper maintenance and coating systems over time. TPO and PVC roofs can last up to 20 years or more depending on each individual system and how well they are maintained over time. In any case you would need to talk to one of our sales professionals about the exact product that will be on your roof as well as the specification and warranties that are available.
How much does a full roof replacement cost?
This is another question that is hard to answer as there are several factors involved. Each building is different including the size of the roof and the type of materials that will be used. It also depends on if the decking can be reused or needs to be replaced. It is best to call and have one of our sales professionals come out and do a free inspection and estimate for your roof.
Why does my roof look wavy?
If your roof has several spots where it goes up and down like waves it is most likely do to improper ventilation. If the Shingles look wavy, this could be due to improper underlayment. If it is a flat roof you may have air bubbles or even pockets of water due to age, improper installation or lack of maintenance. All of these cases would require one of our professionals to come do a free inspection to assess the roof and work toward getting your roof in the condition it should be.
How long does a typical roof installation take?
This is another one of those questions that greatly depends on the size of the roof as well as the materials that are involved in the installation process. For example, a smaller home that does not need a new roof deck could be installed in as little as one day weather permitting. A larger home that needs new decking could take a few days to complete. A large commercial roof could take a few weeks to complete. Our sales professionals would lay out the proper expectations ahead of time for your specific roof.
I have heard that you can’t get a new roof during the winter. Is this true?
The weather can definitely affect when a roof can be installed. Fortunately here in the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex the weather doesn’t normally get too bad and allows for new roof installations to take place year round.
How do I know if I need I need my roof replaced or if I just need my roof repaired?
This is a great question and one that comes up quite a bit. The short answer is, if it seems like every time it rains you have to call a roofer out to fix a new leak or even a previously repaired leak, it’s probably time for a new roof. One or two leaks every once in a blue moon probably isn’t a huge deal but you should still have us come out to inspect the entire roof to make sure. Even though you could make a roof last many years by constantly “chasing leaks”, the damage that is caused by all of those leaks can cost you more in the long run than getting a new roof to begin with. Our sales professionals are highly trained to spot trouble areas and honestly tell you whether it’s time for a new roof or not.
What is flashing?
Flashing is essentially referring to the material (usually metal such as aluminum or sheet metal) that is used to help keep the water from seeping into your home. It is used in places like the different valleys on your roof as well as the areas around the pipes coming up through the roof as well as around the chimney. It is also used around skylights, fan vents and anything that projects out from the roof. When the flashing system fails it can cause leaks. If not fixed quickly, it can lead to more problems.
Is my roof insurable?
This is determined by each insurance company. If they come out to inspect your roof and they see something on the roof that makes them not want to insure it, they may choose to exclude the roof from the policy. If this happens, you can call us to come do a free roof inspection to determine the viability of the roof. Depending on what we find, there may either be other carriers that are willing to insure your roof in its current condition or additional options that will hold you over until you are ready for a new roof.
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