There’s no question that preventive maintenance work on your home can save you an immense amount of effort and money later on. It’s better to catch a problem when it can be easily handled than to let it worsen with time. However, your roof may be a different story. When is it appropriate to replace the entire thing, and when can you get by with just a few repairs?
Depending on the extent of damages, you may only need a cosmetic touch up or minor repair instead of a full roof replacement. However, choosing one solution too quickly does you no favors. Before you decide on the type of work your roof needs, it’s important to assess the damage and consult an expert.
Missing shingles can result in damage to the roof itself. Fortunately, homeowners may get lucky and only end up with a minor hole or weak spot in the roof. In this case, you may be tempted to think a quick patch will take care of the problem. This may seem like an easy fix, but you should always let an expert inspect the roof first. The damage may have spread further than it first appears. Additionally, adding patching an old roof in need of repairs with brand new roofing materials may just make the whole situation worse. Never assume a patch will fix the deeper issue.
Replacing Shingles or Tiles
If only a few shingles or tiles are missing, a quick replacement is probably all you need. Once again, however, the true answer depends on the rest of your roof. Does the damage extend into the structure itself? Are the other shingles on the roof buckled or peeling? Shingles are designed to last for decades, so if you notice the other shingles starting to fall apart, that’s a sign of serious damage below the surface.
Additionally, if you see granules from your asphalt shingles showing up on the ground or in your roof’s gutters, that indicates moderate to severe roof damage. Call a roof repair service immediately.
Pro Tip: Replacing only damaged shingles or tiles while ignoring the roof structure itself runs the risk of ignoring subtler problems. Always have the roof inspected too.
A Whole New Roof
Finally, there will be times when you can’t get away with mere repairs and have to settle for an entirely new roof. If your roof has recently suffered severe storm or water damage, the materials are deteriorating, or your home is simply old and in need of renovations, you’ll find yourself having a new roof installed. Your roofing contractor will help you determine the exact extent of necessary work.
Determining the Best Course of Action
Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against wind, rain, hail, and more. Even minor damages can be catastrophic if left untreated. Before you decide on whether to replace or repair your roof, make sure to consult with an expert on the best decision to prevent your house from sustaining further damage.
As important as your roof’s functionality is, no one wants an ugly rooftop. A pleasing color can complement your home and increase your property value. Plus, different roof colors absorb heat at different rates, helping balance your home’s energy consumption. This choice can make a big difference!
Your choices in shingle colors are generally restricted to a few shades. Unfortunately, you’ll probably never get a neon green set of shingles. But the choices you do have can make your home look classy and help balance heat flow. Which color is best for your home? These factors can help you decide.
For Houston homeowners, keeping out the heat is a constant problem. Fortunately, a wisely chosen shingle color can reflect a decent amount of sunlight. Darker colors tend to absorb huge amounts of heat, so if your home gets a lot of direct sunlight, consider a lighter earth tone or even off-white shade. This color will prevent your air conditioning from working overtime and keep your energy bills low.
Pro Tip: A lighter shingle color will repel heat more effectively, but it will also show algae and mold growth pretty clearly. Keep a light-colored roof clean!
Your House Color
A shingle roof will last between 10-30 years depending on environment and maintenance. You’ll want it to look good and complement your house color! While you could definitely find a matching color for a seamless house, why not go for a contrasting color that just looks good? For instance, for a brown or earth-tone house, go for a grey or dark blue shingle color. A white-walled house might look good with slate gray or black shingles. Some roofing companies will even mix different shades for a checkerboard pattern! It all depends on your preference and what looks best with your house.
The Neighbors’ Roofs
What decorative choices did your neighbors make for their roofing shingles? You don’t have to copy their ideas, but cool roofs could be a source of inspiration for you. Are there any colors or patterns that catch your eye? Would they complement your own home too?
A Decorative and Functional Choice
Choosing a shingle color may seem largely trivial until you consider its potential impact on your energy efficiency and property value. Don’t settle for a boring shingle pattern. Ask about different colors you can choose from and find one that works best with your home and preferences.
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Depending on the roofing material you choose, your roof could last you between 10-50 years! Of course, bad weather conditions and other problems can shorten your roof’s lifespan and make a full replacement necessary. Hopefully, you won’t need to replace everything too often, but it’s important to know the telltale signs of something going wrong.
Each type of roofing material has its pros and cons, so the signs of decay or damage will differ. It’s difficult to predict what can damage your roof so badly you need a full replacement. If you notice any of these warning signs on your own roof, it may be time to call a professional.
Heat or ventilation escaping through your roof can cause the shingles to warp or “cup”, ballooning outward and making them more vulnerable to damage. Meanwhile, if the corners of the shingles are curling upwards or the shingles themselves are cracking, rainwater can easily seep through your roof and damage your house. If you own a house with a shingled roof, keep an eye on it, especially during the hot summer months. Damaged or curling shingles will crack easily and make the damage worse.
The Neighbors Have New Roofs
If you notice your entire neighborhood is suddenly upgrading their rooftops too, consider asking around for the reasons. If everyone suddenly experienced roof damage from a bad thunderstorm, chances are your roof needs some work too. The damage might not be visible, but don’t assume you just got lucky. Have a professional assess your roof and tell you about any repairs you may need.
Mold or Algae Damage
In its early stages, mold or algae growth on your roof is easily washed off with the proper equipment. But not everyone catches the problem in time. Algae can eat away at your shingle granules and reduce your roof’s lifespan. Worse, the leaks and damage caused by algae can spread to the inside of your roof and damage your home. If you notice mold growth on your roof, don’t wait–schedule a professional roof cleaning immediately.
Shingled rooftops are particularly vulnerable to algae and mold growth, but this damaging condition can affect any type of roofing material. Keep your roof clean regardless of what material you choose.
Protecting Your Home
A durable, well-maintained roof is your first line of defense against the elements. If you notice damage getting worse with time, don’t waste your money on a repair that will just have to be repeated later. A full replacement will guarantee you protection for a long time to come.
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Getting a new roof for your Houston home? It’s probably time to consider what material the builders will be using. In the Texas sun, the longer your roof will last, the less heat you’ll have to deal with inside your house.
When shopping for roofing materials, most people consider durability and cost to be the most important factors. But don’t forget about appearance! Your roof doesn’t have to be ugly. Between cost, appearance, and durability, three types of roofing materials have shown themselves to be the best choices for Houston homeowners:
Arguably the most commonly used roofing material today, shingles can be seen on thousands of Houston homes. Most shingles used on homes today are asphalt shingles, made of fiberglass covered in light-resistant, colorful asphalt. These types of shingles are widely popular in Houston due to their average 30-year lifespan, high wind and water resistance, and affordability. Just make sure to find high-quality asphalt shingles! In the Houston heat, a cheap shingle can crack and peel, exposing your roof to damage.
Some homeowners opt for wooden shingles instead. With proper treatment and maintenance, wooden shingles are surprisingly resistant to both water and fire. Just keep in mind that wooden shingle roofing costs more compared to asphalt, and some residential areas prone to fire won’t allow it.
Pro Tip: Poorly cleaned roof shingles can provide a perfect place for algae to grow. Don’t let algae eat away at your roof and create leaks! Call a professional cleaning service to keep your roof algae-free.
2) Metal Roofing
With modern improvements, metal roofing has retained its high durability while improving its appearance. Metal rooftops are now available in colors or patterns to mimic more conventional rooftops. These roofs can also be installed in large sheets instead of hundreds of small tiles, creating fewer cracks to rain to seep through. Just remember that this is also by far the most expensive option for Houston homeowners. The higher cost of a metal roof is usually negligible compared to its long lifespan, but emergency repairs can cost you more than just replacing a few shingles.
3) Roof Tiles
Tiles, ranging from clay or slate to even solar panels, also appear frequently on Houston rooftops. A tiled roof has significantly more curb appeal than most shingles or metal roofing, in addition to easily keeping out the Texas heat. Plus, tiles of any kind easily resist fire, insects, and water leakage. They’re certainly a fantastic choice!
Of course, any roofing style has its disadvantages. The durable nature of tiles makes them very thick and heavy, so roof installation or repairs can be a chore. They can also break if a homeowner walks on the roof, requiring further work. The best way to maintain a tile rooftop is to hire professionals to do the installation and prevent additional maintenance work for a long time to come.
A Long-Lasting Roof
While appearance is certainly important to homeowners, most Houston residents give more attention to keeping out the sun and rain and cultivating a long lifespan for their roof. Texas homes are particularly vulnerable to heat and direct sunlight for most of the year. Consider how much sun your house gets every day and research different roofing types to find the best option for you.
Still not sure what the best choice is for your new roof? Connect with us to speak with our roofing experts and get started remodeling.
Choosing a roofing color can sometimes be hard when you don’t have the images in front of you, Our trusted supplier GAF has an app for that.Take a look at the short video we have shared courtesy of GAF, this gives a slight insight into what color you may wish to have on your roof
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