What is roofing installation?
Houston, Texas where the sun shines bright and hot, the temperatures get humid and moist, and there are days they rain doesn’t stop, so it seems. All of that put together can cause a roof to age fast, making a roof installation needed more frequent than other states see.
A new roof installation is the process of replacing the existing roofing shingles, or other roofing material, with new materials. It is not a job for the faint and weak, because while it may look ‘simple’, it is truly hard physical work.
A roofing contractor and roofing laborer are exposed to the elements the entire time they are doing a roof installation. Hot blister sun, bone chilling winds, and they can’t have a fear of heights because, well, their job require the work at various heights.
The physical fitness of each contractor or laborer must be top notch simply to get the materials from the ground, up the ladder, and to the roof. Then there is the balancing while walking on a roof, while carrying bundles of shingles and their tools.
When getting quotes for a roof installation, if they seem high, consider these facts we just mentioned. Would you want, or are you able, to do what a roofing contractor and laborer do every day? You have to factor in their expense for liability insurance a well because this job has its risks to the worker and the property they are working on.
Do I need a new roof?
As a homeowner, watching out for potential issues and problems is an absolute must, especially for major things like the roof. If you ignore certain indicators and signs, you could be dealing with a nightmare instead of a small issue. With that being said, here are 5 signs that you may need a new roof installation:
1. Regular Leaking
Yeah, seems silly, almost stupid, as you read those two words, but amazingly, there are homeowners that will ignore a small roof leak. Yes, it is obvious if you have a major leak it has to be addressed then, but there are tiny leaks that if they aren’t addressed, become a big leak. From a small pin hole leak that isn’t going to do a lot of damage, it can become a larger hole that you can’t ignore. Some definite signs that you may have a small leak are:
- Water stains on ceilings or walls
- Dripping water sounds
- Mildew ad mold growing on ceilings and walls
- High humidity level inside the house
- A musty odor inside
2. Shingle Color Inconsistent
A roof creates your home’s personality with its own personality. A healthy roof is rich in color that flows across the entire house. When it is looking blotchy, inconsistent, and losing its color uniformity, it is aging and wearing out. A drastic change in color and the age of the roof, 15 to 20 years old, are an indication it is time for a new roof installation.
3. Curling and Missing Shingles
As asphalt shingles age, they begin to deteriorate, and the edges begin to curl. Once you notice this on more than one or two shingles, it is to start planning for a new roof installation to take place soon. Missing shingles are leaving your roof at risk of UV ray and water damage.
4. Cluttered Gutters
When your gutter runs are fill with asphalt shingles, that means they are no longer embedded into the shingles. Now the shingles have less protection against the elements and so does your roof. Gutter cleaning isn’t just to keep the gutters clear and open, but to see if your asphalt shingles are wearing out.
While the age of your roof isn’t a visual cue, it is an important factor when determining you need a new roof installation. Your current shingles may have had a 30 year warranty, but they will wear out quicker. With a good roof installation job and proper roof maintenance, you can get up to 25 years with 30 year shingles. Other factors that can age a roof faster than the 20, 25, or 30 year stated warranty are:
- Installed over existing roofing materials.
- Proper attic ventilation.
- Proper routine maintenance of cleaning and keep debris off.
If you aren’t sure the age of your roof, the property appraisal will often have permit dates listed.
Can you finance a new roof?
Okay, a new roof installation can cost as little as $4,000 and up to $10,000 or more. Not all of us have that kind of money accessible. So, what do you do? Well roofing companies and contractors are aware of the expense for a roof installation, and there are many in the Houston Texas area that offer in-house financing. As you get quotes for your new roof installation, inquire what methods of payment they offer and if they do offer that, it will be listed.
How often do you need a new roof?
A good quality professionally installed new roof installation in Houston Texas should last 20 years on the average. However, the climate and weather can do some damage, and that lifespan could be as little as 12 years. This is why roof installation basics like homeowner roof maintenance is important. Keeping trees trimmed back, getting professional roof cleaning twice a year along with gutter cleaning. These are all things that will give you roof a longer life.
A New Roof Installation: A Money and Time Commitment
How long does it take to install new roof? In general, and experienced roofing contractor that knows how to roof installation job done, a 3,000 square foot residential roof can usually bone completed in under one day. The larger the house, or any unforeseen roof installation problems, could extend the job a full day, possibly two days. Need a new roof installed in Houston, TX? Call 281-300-4363 today.