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When do I need a roof replacement?

worker providing roof replacement

The Average Roof Lifespan

Are you trying to figure out how often to replace a roof? That can depend on several factors, and being close to the coast can be rough on a roof. In addition to the daily sun, the roof is exposed to the salty sea air and high winds, along with the usual hailstorms. Roof replacement in League City, TX and the surrounding area is a pretty common sight. An asphalt shingle roof may need replacement every 10 to 12 years versus other parts of Texas, where they can last up to 25 years. 

What does “roof replacement” mean?

A roof replacement is a process of removing the existing roofing material to make any repairs necessary to the decking and joists. Afterward, the new roofing material is installed. 

What does roof replacement include?

A roof replacement is much more detailed than a roof restoration.  A roof replacement begins with the old roofing and felt covering being torn off, all the way to the decking. The decking is then replaced if damaged and the roof joists are examined for necessary replacement as well. With the joists and decking in place, roof felt is installed, followed by the roofing material, like asphalt shingles. 

Once all of that is in place, the roofing contractor will install the various types of flashing and check all rubber boots around the plumbing vents. The ridge ventilation is finally installed to make sure the attic is well ventilated. 

What is done during a roof replacement?

As the homeowner, if you know what to expect with a roof replacement job, you can take the steps needed to be prepared, even if that includes vacating the premises for your own comfort. You may want to consider covering your furniture, bedding, clothing, plants, and other things that could get dirty from falling debris. 

Remove your outdoor furniture, grills, and plants, covering what can’t be moved. Park vehicles and other items like boats out away from the house and garage. The basic steps the contractor and roof replacement crew will take are: 

  • Property Protection: The roofing contractor that installing your roof replacement will take steps to protect your property using plywood and tarps. 
  • Remove Old Roofing: All of the existing roofing materials will be taken off the house, and the wood decking and joists inspected for damage. 
  • The Inspection: Any wood that is soft, wet or has rot will be replaced. 
  • Preparing the Surface: The next step in your roof replacement will preparing the wood decking with a drip edge. 
  • Water and Ice Shield: A ice and water shield is installed next; this is also called the underlayment followed by roofing felt.
  • Installing New Roof Replacement Materials: With all of these steps completed, the roof is ready for the new roofing materials. The contractor and crew will start at the base of the roof, laying the new material and work upward to the ridge. They will then install the new ridge cap and ridge vents along with flashing. 
  • Clean-Up: Next the job site is cleaned up. 
  • A Final Inspection: Last part of your new roof replacement is a meticulous inspection with the contractor and lead crew member. 

How long does a roof replacement take?

For an average-sized house, one of up to 2,000 square feet, the job can usually be done within a day. The only exception would be if the crew finds more damage to the decking and joists than they have the supplies to replace. 

What is the average cost of a replacement roof?

The cost of construction materials has gone up over the past six months, so the cost of a roof replacement could be higher than these last figures obtained. A typical roof replacement has cost in recent years as little as $5,100 for a 1,000 square foot house and up to $30,000 for a 2,500 square foot house.

Can I finance a roof replacement?

If your roofing replacement is being paid for your homeowner’s insurance, there are some options for financing this job. One would be a home equity loan which will require you to have an 85% ratio for loan value.  You can apply for a personal loan or use credit cards to pay for your roof replacement as well.

overhead view of a roof replacement in progress

Finally – How does insurance work for roof replacement?

You will need to notify your insurance company that you need to file a damaged roof claim. They will send an adjuster to inspect the damage and the entire roof. They will send you an estimate of what your policy will pay for, less your deductible. 

Once you have a roofing contractor give you an estimate, if the adjuster gives a lesser estimate, the roofing contractor can file for a supplement payment. Once the roof replacement is complete, a copy of the final invoice is sent to the insurance company and if there is any depreciation, a check will be sent to you or your mortgage company.

What does hail damage look like on a roof?

close-up of a man holding large hailstones

Keeping Your Roof Safe

Texas is one of the states in “Tornado Alley,” and with that tag comes storms all year long, many causing hail damage to roofs. So, you may be asking, “How does hail damage a roof?” The answer is simple: hard hail impact will crack and dent your roofing, which can loosen the roofing material from the decking. Then the high winds can grab a shingle or shingles, cause them to bend, and rip them off your home. 

This is a big problem, as a hail damaged roof leaves your roofing exposed to the elements with bare spots. Bare areas and cracked shingles are not effectively protecting your roof. Your next question is probably, “How can I tell if my roof has hail damage?” As a homeowner, it is important for you to know how to check a roof for hail damage enough that you know when you need a professional roof inspection. 

Common Signs of Hail Damage

Signs that are obvious are dents on the metal flashing, gutters, and downspouts. Other indications of a possible hail damaged roof are: 

  • Check from the direction the hailstorm came for missing asphalt granules on shingles. A hail damaged roof will have bare areas on the shingles and gutter runs will have excessive amounts of granules in them. 
  • There may be round and teardrop shapes or pits in the shingles. 
  • Bruised and damaged shingles will eventually absorb water and it will soak through to the underlayment and decking.
  • Check for cracks on the asphalt shingles.
  • Split asphalt shingles are another common sign.
  • Damaged chimney or chimney cap, ridge caps, rubber boots
  • Dark and discolored shingles 

Will hail damage a metal roof?

A metal roof is a very durable and tough roofing material with high resistance to hail damage, but this resistance is not 100%. While hail stones will not penetrate metal roofing, it can cause some damage. Common damage includes denting, which is generally cosmetic in nature, though a roof inspection may still be recommended.

What size hail will damage a roof?

Hail is formed when moisture is carried by rising air from a storm to the extremely cold atmosphere. When the warm moisture is combined with the cold air, the rain freezes. The stronger that updraft of air, the bigger the hailstones are, and the bigger they are, the more damage they can cause, like hail-damaged roofs, even if made of metal. 

All roofing materials are rated on their resistance using a 1 to 4 scale of impact resistance by Underwriters Laboratories (UL rating). Most asphalt shingles do not have an impact rating, putting them in Class 4 along with metal roofing. 

The Class 4 rating is done by using a 2” steel ball for testing and dropping it from a twenty-foot height. To be graded at a Class 4, the roofing material cannot show any damage from that 20-foot drop. That includes no cracking, fracture, rupture, splitting, or tearing. These results are estimated at what a hail damage roof would receive from 2” hailstones. For an idea of what kind of hail damage roofs can get from hailstones, the following can give you an idea: 

  • ¼” hail stone = damage the size of green peas
  • ¾” hail stone = damage the size of a penny
  • 1” hail stone = damage the size of a quarter
  • 1-1/2” hail stone = damage the size of a ping pong ball
  • 1-3/4” hail stone = damage the size of a golf ball
  • 2” hail stone = damage the size of a lime
  • 2-1/2” hail stone = damage the size of a tennis ball
  • 2-3/4” hail stone = damage the size of a baseball
  • 4” hail stone = damage the size of a softball
  • 4-1/2” hail stone = damage the size of a grapefruit

Should I replace a roof after hail damage?

By those measurement estimates, it is certain that hailstones can definitely damage a roof. A ¼” hail stone won’t cause that much hail damage to roofing that is in good condition. With a roof that is 15 years old or older, that same ¼” hail stone could cause severe hail damage. Roofing conditions are going to affect the amount of damage. 

If the roof doesn’t have any leaks, there is no need to replace it, though you should have it inspected by a professional roofing contractor. An experienced contractor that knows how to repair roof hail damage can advise you of the need for the repairs needed, if any. 

How do you prevent roof damage from hail?

You can’t really “prevent” hail roof damage short of building a shed over your entire home. However, you can choose a Class 4 roofing material that is rated by the UL for impact resistance. So, does insurance cover roof hail damage? Maybe, if your roof is less than 10 years old and has been well maintained, then yes, your homeowner’s insurance will typically pay to replace the roof or for basic repairs. 

damaged metal roof covered in hailstones

Topping It Off

When there has been a significant weather event in your area, having a professional roofing inspector come out is recommended. They can also inspect your siding and other areas around your home for hail damage. Your insurance company will have an adjuster out to inspect as well and, if possible, it’s a good idea to have the contractor there at the same time. 

How Do I Know If My Roof Has Storm Damage?

Asphalt shingle roof covered in a layer of hail.

Identifying Storm Damage

Spring is the most common time of the year for hailstorms here in Texas, but that’s not to say we’re immune to random cold fronts that bring hail all year long. With heavy rains, high winds, and various sizes of hailstones, a home in this part of the country isn’t a stranger to storm damage

Storm damage to roofing is the biggest insurance claim by homeowners all across this state, including this area down south. We have the cold fronts from the north that bring hail and we have hurricanes from the south that generate hail. But what is storm damage to a roof exactly? 

Sometimes that’s obvious, and you know it’s time to find quality repairs for storm damage in League City, TX. When that happens, reach out to Professional Roofing Systems at (281) 338-7663 to get the help you need. 

Common Signs of Storm Damage

Storm damage specialists provided this list of roof storm damage that you may experience: 

  • Wind: Winds of 74 mph or faster are considered hurricane-force winds, and gale-force winds are clocked at 39 to 54 mph. These winds will cause visible storm damage to your ripping or tearing off shingles, which leaves the underlayment, roof decking, and any waterproof material exposed to more rain and other elements. Even a less severe storm that has sharp and sudden gusts can curl and lift shingles off the roof. 
  • Hail: Yes, a hailstorm is usually short-lived, but can it do the damage in those few minutes! The hailstones make dents and pockmarks on the shingles, knocking off shingle granules. Once the shingles lose their granules, they lose a layer of protection from the rain and sun.
  • Standing Water: If your roof doesn’t have good drainage, water will back up under the shingles and puddle up anywhere that isn’t sloped to drain. Clogged gutters are often what create poor drainage, and that refers back to the hail damage knocking granules off the shingles. 
  • Debris: High winds from a severe storm can blow debris up on your roof, including tree branches and tree limbs. These can call dent the roof as they land, knocking shingles loose and granules off. 

How do you know if your roof is damaged?

Roof damage and issues will add up quickly if you aren’t on top of getting repairs made as soon as you notice any amount of storm damage. Professional storm damage services recommend watching out for six things.

Old Records

The lifespan on most roofs is 30 years maximum, depending on how well you keep it maintained and the weather. Other factors that will determine the life of your roof are the quality of the materials and workmanship when it was installed. If your roof is reaching the 20-year mark, it is time to start shopping for a new roof because you can be certain there is some storm damage somewhere. 

Attic Issues

Examine the attic for water stains running between the ceiling and walls, water damage to the insulation and rafters. If you see any mold, then you have a moisture build-up of some level. Even the smallest dripping leak will turn into a bigger and more expensive problem. 

Damaged Shingles

From outside, look up and notice if the shingles are lying flat to the roof, or are they buckled and curled? If they are, you can be certain they are probably cracked and otherwise damaged, all indications that you have either storm damage or sun-beaten roofing and it is time for a new roof.  

The Seals

Check the roofing seals around the chimney, skylights, and vents. If the flashing is missing or loose, then you have a good chance that rain has gotten up under the shingles. 

Sagging 

A roof that is drooping or sagging is an indication that the roof decking and rafters are weak. There are probably rotting boards and trapped moisture, which need immediate attention for repairs or replacement. 

Mold and Moss

Do you notice any fungi, mold, or moss on the roof, especially on the shady side? This is an indication that there is moisture build-up, which has mildewed the roof and created mold that is spreading. Mold can make everyone in your home get sick as it gets pulled up in the vents and travels through the air ducts. 

What are the signs of a leaking roof?

Here are four indicators that you have a leaking roof on your home: 

  • Ceiling Has Stains & Wet Spots 

The only thing more obvious would be a huge hole with water gushing in. Stains and wet spots on the ceiling are usually an indicator of roof storm damage like missing shingles and other materials, like flashing. 

  • Attic Moisture & Mold 

Moisture and mold in the attic can be caused by a leaking roof caused by storm damage, the attic doesn’t have sufficient ventilation, or the appliances and plumbing ventilation isn’t vented to the outside. 

  • Roof Deck Wet

When the roof deck is visibly wet, that’s one problem. Finding out why it is wet is another problem. Either way, it is typically from storm damage. 

  • Rusted Stove Pipe

If you see rust around or water coming down a fireplace pipe, this indicates the flashing is loose or missing and you have roof damage. This can be storm damage, or simply the flashing has come loose and needs to be re-attached or replaced. 

Is storm damage covered by insurance?

For homeowners, this is always a big question, and the answer about storm damage and insurance claims is always “it depends”. You call your insurance company and file a storm damage claim. They send an adjuster out to inspect the storm damage. If they determine the storm damage was caused by owner neglect, meaning you should have repaired or replaced the roof sooner, then your claim will be denied. 

Tile roof damaged by hail.

In Closing – What is not covered under homeowners’ insurance?

Sometimes, it appears homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover more than it does. Here is a brief list of what most insurance policies will not provide coverage with: 

  • Bird damage
  • Insect damage
  • Termite damage
  • Mold, rot, and/or rust
  • General wear and tear
  • Smoke or smoke damage from agricultural or industrial operations
  • A poorly installed or manufactured item

If you need help with roof repairs for storm damage in League City, TX, there’s no reason to delay. Reach out to the Professional Roofing Systems team today by calling at (281) 338-7663.

What To Do When Your Roof is Leaking

Moisture-damaged ceiling.

When You Need Urgent Roof Repair

Ah – there’s nothing more relaxing than a light thunderstorm on a summer afternoon. Until you notice the roof is leaking, anyway. You go from a relaxing moment to urgent roof repair in 0 to 60, or faster. Is this roof leak repair something you can do yourself, or do you need to call a roof repair company ASAP? 

Is your roof leak an emergency?

Yes, even a small dripping leak roof repair is an emergency. Why? Because the smallest leak can develop into a larger problem, and before you realize it, or you may not even realize it, a big leak can cause severe water damage to your home. 

Does that mean you need a total new roof? Not necessarily.  If you can do a temporary roof repair to stop the leak, call a roofing contractor next and have them come inspect your roof. They will advise you if a total new roof is needed or if they can do a professional permanent roof repair for you instead. 

To start, get up to 3 professional inspections and quotes, then compare their findings and costs. Ask each of them for references and then decide. However, if you have a major leak that you can’t make a temporary roof repair for, you may have to take the first roofing contractor you can get.  Once the roof repair is done (or the roof is replaced), ask about a preventative maintenance program; this could help you avoid another urgent roof repair in the future. 

Do you know what to do if the roof is leaking?

  • The first thing you need to do is damage control. Remove any electronics and furniture away from the leaking area and cover what you can’t move. Soak up any water you can with towels and then use a shop vac to clean up the rest. 
  • Your next action is to find where the leak is coming from, and that means a trip to the attic. Once you’re in the attic with a flashlight, follow where the water is coming in. That will be where you need roof repair done.  
  • Remember, water follows the path of least resistance, so it may be coming from the other side of the house and running down a rafter.  Look for wet insulation and stains on the roof decking above your head. Look for mildew, mold, and stains on the insulation and rafters.

How do you fix a leaking roof from the inside?

Now that you see where the water is coming in, get a piece of plywood cut to size, roofing cement, and roofing nails. Spread the cement around the leaking area, then place the board over that, nail it in place, and spread roofing cement around the edges of the board. 

If you’re able and willing to climb on the roof, wait until it has quit raining, and then take shingles or plywood and place it over the leaking area. Follow the same roof cement, plywood, and nail process we describe above. If you aren’t able to do this yourself, call a roofing contractor first, then your insurance company. 

Is a leaking roof covered by insurance?

Every homeowner’s insurance policy is different, but in general, a roof leak and subsequent roof repair is covered by a peril. This is when damage was caused by a weather-related event like a hailstorm, lightning, wind, or a fire. 

Any accidental roof damage coverage will be dependent upon what your homeowner’s policy stipulates. Claim acceptance or denial will be determined by the insurance appraiser. If the appraiser deems the roof was old or finds that homeowner neglect allowed shingles to blow off, your claim will be denied. 

Why repair a roof leak?

When your roof has a leak, roof repair is important. Even the smallest of leaks will turn into a bigger leak as water is a home’s enemy when it isn’t contained. For a homeowner, the insurance company considers roof repair and maintenance services to be a homeowner’s responsibility. 

The maintenance and upkeep of a roof include gutter cleaning and keeping trees trimmed back from the roof. Do your own roof inspection on a weekly or monthly basis; having a professional inspection done by a licensed roofing contractor annually is also recommended. With these routine inspections, you can find small issues before they become bigger problems. With a home, the bigger the problem, the costlier it will get. 

Roof being repaired.

Final Words To Top Off This Article 

So, if the insurance company denies your roof repair claim, can you write off roof repair? Unfortunately, no. Roof repairs are not tax-deductible nor is a new roof. Installing a new roof or having roof repairs done is considered home improvement and home maintenance, something a homeowner should be doing for the sake of owning the home. 

Home improvement costs could increase the basis of the property value, however. The higher the property value, the higher the taxes could go, and this could affect the cost of your homeowner’s insurance too. If it’s time for you to repair a leaking roof, dial (281) 338-7663 to speak to one of the roofing pros at Professional Roofing Systems.

What is roof installation?

roof installation

Getting a roof you can depend upon

It is exciting yet scary with a crew comes to install a roof on your home. The excitement of an upgrade to your home. Scary about all the things that could happen. A new roof installation is an investment for your home, which is an investment in itself, and the roof install cost can stun anyone because it is not inexpensive. 

While just about anyone with a ladder and hammer could claim they know how roof installation goes, that doesn’t mean they have the experience. This is why you need to take time to interview, collect quotes, and follow up on referrals before deciding who installs roofing on your home and has references that prove they know how install roof shingles correctly.

Or worse, during storm seasons, it isn’t unusual to get fly-by-night companies going from house to house, offering cheap prices, taking half the money for down payment, then never to return. Or they do a shoddy job, and you end up having to pay another contractor to fix how they install a roof on your home. 

The first hint that the contractor you choose to install a roof on your home isn’t experienced or legitimate would be they get the job finished quickly – maybe a little too quick? How long does roof installation take when done correctly? 

Unfortunately, there isn’t a set amount of time for how long it will take to install a roof on any home. Roof installation isn’t a one-size-fits-every-roof. for an average home, one story, and all the conditions are optimal for the time of install a roof, you could be looking at a one day job or up to three days.  

There are 7 factors that can affect the time to install a roof: 

The Weather

  • Additional steps are needed while install a roof in the cold weather. This means it could take longer than normal. If the roofing is being replaced during cold weather, additional steps are necessary that require additional time. 
  • Don’t expect an experienced and reputable roofing contractor to install a roof in ice, rain, or snow. This makes your roof decking vulnerable to getting wet and it is dangerous for the crew. 
  • Asphalt shingles do not like cold weather, so the roofing contractor will need to take extra care and steps in getting the shingles to stick and seal as they install a roof. Ideally, the temperature should be at 40 degrees or higher to install a roof. 

Materials and Design

  • Roofing shingles are available in a variety of materials today, and each of them has their own intricacies to install a roof. These intricacies could take longer to complete the job. 
  • The average time frame to install a roof with these common shingle materials are: 
    • Asphalt Shingles – 1 to 3 days
    • Wooden Shingles – 6 to 8 days
    • Slate Tiles – 6 to 7 days
    • Concrete Tiles – 8 to 9 days
  • If you have a specific design for the shingles when installed, this can add to the time frame listed above. The more complex & intricate, the longer to install a roof.
  • If you have chosen to have the contractor install roof insulation in addition to the basic insulation and roofing materials, this will add some time to the job. 

The House Size

  • The larger the house, the longer it takes to install a roof. An average size home of 1200 square feet on one level, install a roof can often be done in 1 day. A sprawling, multi-story home of 3,000 square feet, install a roof could take 3 to 5 days.

The Steepness 

  • A steep roof is challenging to walk across and while install a roof, there is often the issue of equipment and materials sliding off. The crew will need to wear additional safety equipment which can hinder how fast they install a roof.  
  • A shallow roof pitch will require the roofing crew install special underlayment to keep the water from backing up and penetrating the roofing envelope. This is a necessary step to install a roof  of that pitch, which is added time to the job. 

Historical Significance 

  • An older home that is a historical landmark will require additional time to install a roof for the contractor and crew to take extra care in maintaining the historical aspect and structural integrity.
  • A historical home often requires special permits which can delay the install a roof. 

Accessibility 

  • A home with bushes, flowerbeds, and landscaping can make it difficult for the contractors to access the roof easily. 
    • Houses that are close together, typical of urban housing, can make it a challenge to get the equipment, ladders, and materials up and down to install a roof. 

Structural Damage

  • If there is any structural damage to the home, especially the roof deck or the structure under the roof deck, before the contractor can install a roof, repairs will need to be made. 
shingle roofing system

How much is roof installation? 

Again, this isn’t a set price and not all roofs are the same. The factors that will determine the cost to install a roof on your home will be the type of material you choose, the size of your home, and any unforeseen issues like structural damage. 

On average, the national cost to install a roof cost around $4,800 and up to $10,000 and up, with the medium cost around $7,200. Again, the material you choose and the size of your home are two of the biggest factors in determining the cost. 

As you interview roofing contractors and get quotes, as them their routine of when to install roof flashing, and make sure that the flashing is on the written quote. There are contractors that will try to reuse your old flashing, which is okay as long as it is installed correctly and is in good condition. If you’re being charged for new flashing, you want to make sure you get new flashing. Need roof installation in League City, TX? Call (281) 338-7663 today.

How Roof Insurance Claims Work

close up damaged roof edge

Filing a claim

You know as a homeowner that you’re required by your mortgage holder to have homeowner’s insurance. You know the basics of what that insurance covers, and it includes roof insurance. Claiming any kind of damage to the roof, you’re not sure how that works. 

Maybe because you’ve not had any claims to file or not enough damage to warrant the hassle. Or is it because you don’t understand the process and what steps you’re expected or should take to file a roof insurance claim. It can be confusing and overwhelming.  Read on as we answer a few questions that are common for most homeowners. 

Starting with, just how do insurance roof claims work?  The weather here in Texas can be beautiful one day and brutal later that same day. This makes it even more important to have homeowner’s insurance, even if you don’t have a mortgage!  

Should the time come that you need to file a roof insurance claim, getting through the entire process can  is going to be daunting the first time. Here are the usual steps that you can expect to go through when you file a roof insurance claim: 

  • TAKE PICTURES AND MAKE NOTES: When your home has sustained roof damage, take pictures, even videos, and make notes. You’ll need these when you contact your insurance company. 
  • A PROFESSIONAL ROOFING CONTRACTOR  INSPECTION: First phone call should be to a professional roofing contractor. They will inspect the damage and your entire roof. Shouldn’t you call your insurance company first? No. If the damage is severe, you need to get the person that will be repairing it there first.  Additionally, the roofing contractor inspection will let you know if there is enough damage to file a roof insurance claim. If the damage doesn’t exceed your deductible, then filing a roof insurance claim is frivolous.  Have the roofing contractor provide you a detailed estimate (an experienced roofing contractor knows what insurance companies expect) and ask them to take pictures of the damage. The information and pictures from a professional roofing contractor will be imperative for filing a roof insurance claim. 
  • FILE ROOF INSURANCE CLAIM: If it is determined that there is sufficient damage beyond your deductible, contact your insurance company and request to file a roof insurance claim.  
  • THE INSURANCE ADJUSTER: The next step by your insurance company will be assigning an insurance adjuster to your case. The adjuster will contact you to schedule an appointment so they can inspect the damage to your roof and the rest of your property. Request your roofing contractor be there when the insurance adjuster arrives and walk through the inspection with them. Remember, the contractor is your advocate. The insurance adjuster is the insurance company advocate.
  • THE INSURANCE ESTIMATE AND PAYMENT: Once the adjuster has submitted their report to the insurance company, they will notify you of their decision to pay the roof insurance claim and how much.  Should you accept, they will issue a check for the repairs or replacement. Most insurance carriers pay the claim in two payments. The first check will be for actual cash value of your loss and is sent to your mortgage company for endorsement. They will either send you a check or send a check to your roofing contractor. 
  • COMPLETING THE PROCESS: Contact your roofing contractor they have received the adjuster’s findings and that the amount is sufficient to cover the repairs or replacement. If there are issues with the amount, many roofing contractors will handle talking to your insurance company on your behalf. 
  • SCHEDULE THE ROOFING JOB: Next, schedule the job with the roofing contractor. 
  • SECOND INSURANCE ESTIMATE & CHECK: Once the job is complete, your insurance company will send you the final check for your  roof insurance claim . It will have the final project scope that will detail the depreciation amount and your deductible that was held.  Once the insurance company has been notified the job is complete, and any negotiating of the amount is resolved, they will send you or your roofing contractor the final check. 

What kind of roof damage is covered by insurance?

Your homeowner’s insurance will usually provide common standard coverage for the dwelling. This includes your home and any attached structures. Then there is coverage for other structures like unattached garage, gazebo, fence, etc. 

This is referred to as HO-3 homeowners’ policy and is the common form of coverage. There are sixteen different disasters that are covered by HO-3 policies as a standard in the insurance industry.  Among those disasters that can cause roof damage are: 

  • Accidental water discharge from air conditioners, appliances, heating system, sprinkler systems
  • Accidental, unexpected bulging, burning, cracking or tearing of air conditioning and heating systems, hot water heater, or sprinkler systems
  • Aircraft or other Falling objects
  • Civil unrest and riots, other Malicious mischief and vandalism, Theft
  • Explosions, Fire and lightning
  • Frozen air conditioning or heating system, appliances, plumbing, sprinkler systems
  • Hail and windstorms, Weight of ice, sleet and snow
  • Power surges, Smoke, Vehicles
  • Volcanic eruption

Not all HO-3 policies will cover all perils, review your policy and clarify with your agent what coverage you have. Each insurance company will haver exclusion and those exclusions are not the same on every policy. Exclusions may include earthquakes or floods, landslides or mudslides, nuclear accidents, sinkholes, or war. 

What do insurance adjusters look for on roofs?

In a general, when an insurance adjuster assigned to your roof insurance claim will look for the following: 

  • Age of the roof
  • The original installation work
  • Broken and missing shingles
  • Normal wear and tear
  • Weather damage
  • Tree damage
  • Nails popped up or missing
  • Normal problems from constant exposure to environment
  • Attic condition, including the insulation
  • The roof decking
  • Interior damage in the home, including ceiling and walls
  • Basic homeowner maintenance and upkeep of roof

Will insurance cover roof leaks?

If the leak is due to perils listed as covered in your policy, your roof insurance claim will be accepted and paid after the adjuster’s inspection.  Should the adjuster find the leak caused by homeowner neglect of maintenance and upkeep, your roof insurance claim will be denied. 

Some home insurance policies will exclude roof leak coverage specifically, which is an HO-8 insurance policy, standard for an older home that is considered a high risk.  

What is the deductible for roof replacement?

This can vary from policy to policy, it is an option you choose when you take a homeowner’s insurance policy.  The deductible is the amount you’ll be expected to pay toward the cost of your roof insurance claim, whether it is repairs or replacement. If you chose a $500.00 deductible and a new roof is quoted at $8000.00, your insurance company will pay the rest, minus any other deduction the insurance adjuster determines. Those other deductions will be the age of the roof, poor installation, homeowner neglect, etc. 

How can I get a new roof without paying deductible?

In the State of Texas, it has been a law since 1989, with a revision of that law was signed in by the governor that all homeowners must pay their deductible. There is not a legal way to get out of paying your deductible.  

For a roofing contractor to offer any of the following, they and you will be guilty of a criminal offense:

• Contractor pays the insurance deductible;
• Contractor waive the  insurance deductible;
• Contractor absorbs the insurance deductible;
• Contractor offer you a rebate on the insurance deductible; or
• Contractor quotes the job to offset the insurance deductible.

How long does a roof insurance claim take?

Every insurance company is different, and if there was widespread damage in your area, you can expect the process to take a little longer. However, the average is up to two weeks. This includes the insurance company receiving the loss statement and issuing the check. Today, thanks to technology, some insurance companies are able and will cut you a check after completing their inspection at your home.  Most insurance companies however are still doing the old school method. 

Will my insurance go up if I get a new roof?

Insurance rates increase typically because of the company’s overall claim payout of all their clients and the cost of living increases, not specifically for each insured client’s claim. However, if the insurance company sees that your home has added risks, this could increase your rates, and just the opposite can happen too. Meaning, a new roof could make your home safer, and your insurance rates will drop. 

These are things that you can discuss with your insurance agent. Before you actually fail a roof insurance claim, discuss the situation with your agent and they can advise you if it is worthwhile and what, if any implications may be result. 

damaged shingles and roof underlayment

Should I file an insurance claim for my roof?

If the damage is significant and caused by a covered peril, then yes, file a roof insurance claim. If the damage is minor, make or pay for the repairs yourself. With roofing damage, have a roofing contractor inspect the roof, even it appears to be a few missing shingles. There can be more damage than beyond a few missing shingles. Need help with your roof insurance claim in League City, TX? Call (281) 338-7663 today.

How do you fix a leaking roof?

damaged roof shingles

Does roof repair require permit? 

Roof repair isn’t anything a homeowner wants to talk about but needs to know about. With the climate and weather we have year round, roof repairs and replacements are more common than we’d like them to be. The home is always being able to repair roof without replacing it, but unfortunately, there comes a time that replacement is the only option. 

After getting a few quotes, a homeowner will often wonder, can I fix my own roof? Well, sure, of course you can.  Anyone with common sense, a hammer, nails, and logic can probably do a decent job if the repair is simple and small. What you need to ask yourself is, “should you” do your own roof repair? 

There are a multitude of DIY videos on the internet about roof repairs and replacement. Most, if not all are going to be a straightforward tutorial on roof repair, but they may not cover all the safety precautions and the incidentals that can happen. 

It is those things that make more sense to hire a professional roofing contractor. However, it is your home and if you want to attempt a DIY on a roof repair project that has taken the professionals years to learn, give it a try! This may be your calling. 

It depends on the locality where you live. Roof repair or replacement isn’t governed by the federal or state laws, but by the city or municipality. In League City, Texas, yes, roof repair or replacement requires a permit. There is an application that must be filed, and the work cannot begin until you have the permit in hand. 

How long does a roof repair last?

New roofing should last for asphalt shingled and composition shingles, a lifetime is typically 20 years, maximum 25 years. Fiber cement shingled roof has a lifespan of 25 to 30 years and wood shake shingled roofing has a lifespan of around 30 years. 

Now when you’re talking about roof repair, the longevity will depend on the original roofing material, the age of the roof, and the method that the roof repair was done. Quality materials and workmanship make the difference in everything, and along with the age of the roof, your roof repair could last another 10 years. 

Is it better to repair or replace a roof?

When the roof is showing damage, a roof repair may be the answer and it may need to be replaced. How do you know which way to go though, repair or replace? A few factors to consider that can help you make that decision when to repair vs replace roof:

The Age:

Once a roof reaches the 10 to 12 year mark, depending on the roofing material, if there is much damage, replacement is the best option. You could end up making repeated repairs over the next few years. With a replacement, your warranty starts over, and you shouldn’t need repairs anytime soon unless there is a significant weather event. 

Leaking Roof:

When the roof is leaking, visible by stains on ceiling and walls, you know roof repair is necessary. Calling a professional roofing contractor to inspect the roof is advised. They will tell you if the leak is minor and roof repair will be sufficient or if the leak is too big for a quality repair job. Let that leaking roof go, and you’re setting your home for bigger, more costly damage with these things and more: 

  • Mildew and mold
  • Rotting frame and sheathing
  • Damaged ceilings, and walls
  • Destroyed insulation

Roof Damage:

How damaged is your roof? An experienced professional roofing contractor can inspect the roof and explain the extent of the damage, advising you whether roof repair is possible, or roof replacement is the better option. Indications that roof repair isn’t going to be sufficient: 

Aesthetically: 

  • Roof looks aged, old, and worn
  • Dark streaks of algae and moss

Structurally:

  • Cupped or curled edges on shingles
  • Bald spots and missing granules
  • Broken, cracked shingles
  • Dented or perforated shingles or metal components
  • Rusted metal components 

Geographics:

If the area you live in is susceptible to major weather events like hailstorms, high winds, hurricanes, or tornadoes, you probably have missing shingles. Immediate roof repair is a must to replace those shingles to keep your roof in good condition. If there are large areas of missing shingles, a replacement is the better than roof repair because there is a likelihood of more damage to the sheathing and more. 

Replacement Cost:

Yes, a roof replacement is going to cost more than roof repair, but if the repairs are going to keep coming, weigh out the difference over a year of repairs versus the replacement. 

How do I stop my roof from leaking inside?

A leaking roof can be hard to diagnose because there are various conditions and issues that could be the cause, and the origination point usually isn’t where you see the leak. For a roof repair to work properly, the leak must be fixed from the exterior, however, that isn’t always possible at that exact moment. So, stopping the leak and patching the area from the inside it your only choice. The following are recommended steps to follow for a temporary interior roof repair: 

  • Step 1: Locate where the leak is coming from by going into the attic with a flashlight. Check for obvious holes, hidden cracks or holes, and dark spots on the attic ceiling and on the insulation. With chalk, mark those areas where you see possible leaks. This will make it easier to locate the leaks later.
  • Step 2: Wait for the rain to stop, allowing the wet areas to dry, and using a putting knife, apply a patch with roofing tar to the underside. Next place a piece of plywood or a shingle over that area then apply caulk around the edges. 
  • Step 3: In the room where the leak is coming in, place a  bucket under it. Then poke a nail or screwdriver in the bulge of the ceiling. Leave the nail or screwdriver in the hole so the water will follow it down to the bucket. 
  • Step 4: As soon as the ceiling area has dried, apply a patch with caulk until a permanent fix is possible. 
leaking roof

Does insurance cover a leaking roof?

It depends on what has caused the leak.  If your home has suffered from a significant weather event with hail and high winds that knocked shingles off or a tree limb fell on the roof, then yes, your homeowner’s insurance will pay for roof repair or replacement. If the insurance adjuster determines that the roof was in poor condition from homeowner neglect, meaning you didn’t do routine roof repair and cleaning, then your claim will be denied. Call (281) 338-7663 today for your roof leak help!

What is Roof Storm Damage?

Massive lightning strike in a neighborhood

Learn More About Roof Storm Damage

When it comes to roof storm damage there can be a variety of ways that your roof can be damaged. In order to better prepare for such cases of inclement weather, consider having your property protected with proper roof materials and conditions surrounding the home. If you do have damages from a storm, get them fixed sooner rather than later with a home inspection conducted by a licensed roofer. Here is some helpful general information surrounding roof storm damage that may prove useful to you.

What causes roof damage?

Roof damages can be caused by a number of things yet harsh weather will cause roof storm damage that can greatly impact the quality of materials. You may see that certain conditions like hail, high winds, snow, and rain can cause issues that may require repair or replacement. From cracked materials, leaks, ice dams, and other damages, a storm can impact materials in a number of ways.

How do I protect my roof from storm damage?

In order to protect your property from roof storm damage start by having the landscape of your property in proper order. Have trees a certain distance from your home so that branches with strong winds don’t scrape and damage materials. Make sure that your roof is well insulated and ventilated as well in order for hail and snow to melt properly from your roof as with improper insulation ice dams may form and cause more problems. Finally, make sure to have your roof inspected in order to see if there are perforations or any other problems with your roof that can be aggravated with heavy rain and other inclement weather conditions.

How can I protect my house from storms?

You may be able to protect against roof storm damage by closing and locking all your windows and inspecting them to reseal them when needed. Make sure door seals are present as well and install a heavy deadbolt to the door for high wind scenarios. You may be able to upgrade windows and doors with impact-resistant parts when needed. Make sure that roof trusses have enough bracing and that there are secure placements of items on the landscape that won’t fly and hit your home during bad weather.

How can I protect my house from strong winds?

You may be able to secure your property from roof storm damage by securing objects like gutters, furniture, and downspouts. Have caulking around doors and windows updated so that any cracked, broken, or missing areas can be protected from potential damages. Lastly, fill any gaps and holes around wires or pipes that enter your property with a waterproof sealant.

heavy rain pouring down from passing storm

How do I know if my roof has storm damage?

  • Missing Shingles
  • Broken Materials
  • Leaks
  • Ice Dams
  • Fallen Trees or Branches
  • Hail Bruising, Dents or Dings

What do you do if your roof blown off?

If your roof gets blown off you will need to evacuate the premises as beyond roof storm damage, your safety may be compromised. Immediate emergency roof repair will need to be requested from your local roofer so that your furnishings can be saved from the elements. What’s more, the structure of your entire building will be put at risk with the integrity of materials compromised if not acted upon as soon as possible.

How can I temporarily cover a hole in my roof?

You may be able to temporarily cover a hole in your roof from roof storm damage or other causes by covering it with a waterproof tarp. Cover the damaged area, smooth out the tarp, nail it in place, and then cover the heads of the nails with roofing cement so that it may be sealed.

Can you put a tarp on your roof?

Tarping a roof will stop leaks and protect your roof from further roof storm damage yet this is a temporary solution. If installed correctly it can shield your roof for up to 90 days with a long-term tarp lasting one to two years if needed. Yet your home won’t be energy efficient as heat and cold won’t be regulated well without the proper ventilation and insulation. It also won’t be completely water-resistant as high winds can have rain slant and get through in certain conditions.

Does insurance cover storm damage to roof?

Insurance may be able to cover roof repair from roof storm damage as they are unpreventable damages. Unpreventable damages can include storms, trees falling, fires, vandalism, burglary, and other kinds of accidents. Certain policies may have exclusions such as with hail so make sure you are familiar with your policy.

How often should I check my roof?

The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends that roof inspections be conducted at least twice a year. Once in the fall and once in spring. With particular harsh storms, an inspection is also recommended in case of roof storm damage which can escalate more quickly than other kinds of damages.

Get Assistance With Roof Storm Damage With Professional Roofers

If you’re in need of roof storm damage repair contact your local qualified roofing company for assistance.  Roof storm damage can escalate to further damages so in order to property your property it’s important to have your roof inspected and repaired as soon as you possibly can. 

To get help with roof storm damage in League City, TX call (281) 338-7663 with Professional Roofing Systems! 

Do I Need a Roof Installation?

new roof installed

Why get a new roof installation? 

Before you know whether or not you need a roof installation, do you know What is a roof installation is? A roof installation is the same as roof replacement and is the process of having a new roof installed after the old roof has been removed and repairs to the roofing structure have been completed. There isn’t any difference between a roof installation vs roof replacement, both require the removal of the existing and repairs of the structure before a new roof is installed. 

If your roof isn’t leaking, why should you bother (and pay for) a new roof installation? Some common reasons why you should be considering a new roof installation are: 

  • Storm damage. Storms in Texas can damage a roofing in many different ways, and sometimes, you may not realize it until it starts to leak. The high winds that come through here will blow loose roof shingles off, sometimes even shingles that are well fastened come loose in a high wind. Tree branches are blown onto rooftops, even an entire tree could be blown over onto your house.  
  • Home value. A new roof installation will improve the curb appeal and increase the real estate value. A new roof installation is more than for aesthetic impact though. With a new roof, you can fee confident that unless a major storm comes through, this is an investment that will give you as many as 20 years longevity. 
  • Worn roof. The basic asphalt roof shingles have an actual lifespan of 15 years, or up to 25 years if made of a high quality material. However, the hot Texas sun’s UV rays, a low sloped roof, ice damming, and algae, mildew, mold, or moss not removed on a timely basis will significantly shorten the lifespan. A new roof installation is the only solution. 

Do you know how to tell if you need a roof installation?

There are several factors to consider when determining if now is when you need a new roof installation or if repairing is sufficient: 

  • Age: How old your existing roof is a big factor, especially with asphalt shingle. Asphalt shingles may state a 30 year warranty, but with the Texas weather and UV rays, you are lucky to get 25 years. Is your roof adequately vented? Was the current roof installation over an existing roof? Have you kept it clean and free of algae, mildew, moss, and small damages repaired?  These are things that will age your roof fast.
  • Buckling and Curling: Buckling and curling shingles are an indication you need a new roof installation. Check the sides of your home where the sun is direct and if you see any buckled or curled, or if the gutters are full of granules, a new roof installation should be put on your sooner-than-later calendar. 
  • Valleys: The valleys are where two different angles meet and if there are missing shingles, a roof inspection is order, which may lead to a new roof installation. The valleys are where the rain and snot flow and this area is compromised, you’re setting yourself up for a roof leak.
  • Missing: If you do a walk around your home and see areas where shingles are missing, a roof inspection is in order. This may be repairable, but roof installation could be needed. 
  • Flashing: Flashing a thin long metal strips that fit around the chimney, in the valleys, and installed with roofing cement or tar. If it loose or missing, it should be replaced immediately. 
  • Daylight: If you dare to climb the roof and it feels spongy, you may have a weak decking under the shingles.  Take a flashlight with you in the attic and without turning it on, if you see daylight, you have a hole in your roof. If no daylight, turn on the flashlight and check the underside of the roof for moisture. If there is moisture, or the insulation is stained, you should get 2 to 3 quotes on a new roof installation. 

What should be included in a roof replacement?

A completely new roof installation quote should include:

  • A thorough inspection of the existing 
  • Detailed bid document, including measurements, financing, hauling, completion date, hauling, and warranty
  • New sheathing and underlayment
  • New ice dam and water shield
  • New drip edge, flashing, rubber boots, and seals
  • New shingles
  • New ridge ventilation and gable ventilation

How many days does it take to put on a new roof?

There are several factors involved in giving a timeline for roofing. Roofing installation with asphalt shingles can be done as a new roof installation  that includes tearing off the old shingles and making repairs. This can take one to two days, depending on the size of the house. 

Can you stay in your house while the roof is being replaced?

A basic roof installation job, yes, absolutely you can live in the house while the job is being done. It will be loud and messy, so it really is a choice you need to make. A home with infants, toddlers, elderly, or ill residents may want to consider going elsewhere.

How do you install a roof step by step?

Roofing is not work for the faint and weak. You’re in the elements at heights that most people do not want to be working from. Test yourself by climbing up on the roof and walking around. If you aren’t afraid, then you’ll be successful at roofing. If you get shaky and weak, call a professional roofing contractor. 

  1. Obtain permit
  2. Remove old roofing material
  3. Lift heavy packages of shingles to roof, spreading evenly across the roof’s peak
  4. Install self-adhesive waterproof underlayment 
  5. Use asphalt-saturated felt underlayment to over the roof  
  6. Nail drip edge along rakes and on the underlayment
  7. Lay 1st row of shingles, cutting the tabs off 3-tab shingles and apply using self-sealing adhesive strip along the eaves facing up
  8. Secure the first row of shingles with roofing nails directly on top of and flush with the starter row 
  9. Follow suit with each row, working up to the peak
roof shingles

What is the best time of year to put on a new roof?

In Texas, the fall season is great time of the year.  The weather is fairly predictable, not too hot, not raining, and not too cold.  You definitely want to choose a time of the year where the temperature is 45 degrees or above, but under 90 degrees. The roofing contractor you choose to work with will advise you their weather requirements based on the material you choose for your new roof installation. Call (281) 338-7663 today!

How Can I Tell If I Have a Roof Leak?

roof leak detection

What is roof leak detection?

Awe, it is too bad we don’t have roof leak detection equipment like we have basic household plumbing leak detection – or do we? So, we have to rely on other ways to detect roof leaks, and hopefully we catch them before they become a huge problem. As a homeowner, it is important to learn how to tell if you have a roof leak, which is what we’re going to discuss here today. 

Roof leak detection can be just as challenging, even for the most seasoned professional roofing contractor that knows how to do roof leak detection.  This is because a roof leak isn’t always where you imagine it. Simply because you have a drip is the middle of the living doesn’t mean that is where the actual leak is on the roof. 

Remember earlier we questioned whether there was roof leak detection equipment like there is plumbing leak detection equipment? Well, we’re happy to share with you that roofing professionals do have technology along with different methods and tools to assist with roof leak detection. 

Infrared technology now allows roofing professionals like contractors and consultants, as well as individuals the ability to find potential roof leaks. This new technology allows them to see through the roof surface by targeting in on moisture in the roof. If you have ever had that elusive roof leak, you can appreciate this new roof leak detection technology. 

 How can I tell where my roof is leaking?

Before you can know where to find a roof leak, you need to know what does a roof leak look like. You notice a roof leak and walk around the exterior of your house. You see shingles curled up or missing, there is a fairly good chance, there is a roof leak somewhere in your house. Another easy roof leak detection is water stains on the ceilings or walls. 

  • An old fashioned roof leak detection method that is tried and true is to get in the attic with a flashlight, while it’s raining. The light will reflect on any water getting in through the shingles, underlayment, and decking. 
  • When you have spotted the leaking area, mark the area. Then the next nice day one person goes in the attic and another person climbs the roof.  The attic person starts tapping where the marked area is, and the roof top person follows that tapping sound.  
  • Now, using extra shingles and roofing cements and nails, patch the hole! 

What about a house without an attic, or you can’t find where the leak is coming from? , Check the following areas or any damage or missing sealant, any moisture around them: 

  • Boots, gaskets, and seals around the air vents, electric service, exhaust fan vent, or plumbing vent pipes.
  • Ridge caps
  • Flashing
  • Shingles bent, curled, damaged, or missing
  • Downspouts and gutters
  • Dormers and valleys

What do I do if I suspect my roof is leaking?

A leaking roof is never going to be convenient. As a homeowner, you need to prepare for these things to happen though, keep a level head and focus on stopping the problem then. 

  • STOP THE DAMAGE: When you discover an active roof leak, you need to minimize the water damage. Anything that can be removed from the area should be moved. What can’t be moved, cover with a plastic tarp. 
  • CONFINE THE WATER: Place a container under the leak to catch any water still coming through and place an old towel under the container to catch splashes. If possible, nail a string at the leak on the ceiling and run it into the bucket. This will direct the water into the bucket. If the water can’t be contained, call a professional plumber immediately. 
  • ERADICATE THE WATER: With the leak controlled, time to dry the carpet, furniture and any woodwork that was exposed to the leaking water. This will stop mold from forming and spreading. Carpeting and padding needs to be removed. Call a professional extraction company if the water is massive. 
  • NOTIFY THE INSURANCE COMPANY: If there is heavy damage, notify your insurance company or agent. 
  • FIX THE ROOF: With these things done, it is time to get the problem fixed. Call a licensed, certified roofing contractor. Even with the obvious damage, they will do a complete roof leak detection process to make sure there are no surprises left. 

How do you find a leak in your roof without an attic?

Without an attic, the only way to do a roof leak detection is by climbing on top of the house. This isn’t something that most homeowners have experience to do, and if you’re one of those, call a professional roofing contractor.  They may be able to use the new infrared technology inside your home that will tell them if there is moisture inside the space between the roof and ceiling. 

How do I stop my roof from leaking in heavy rain?

Not sure there is anything more aggravating as a homeowner than to discover you have a roof leak – while it is raining.  What better roof leak detection could you need than a leak while it is raining?! After you’ve calmed down, you need to save what you can while you’re calling a roofing contractor. 

  1. Remove everything out of the way where is dry. Place a bucket or something under the leak to catch the rainwater as it comes in. 
  2. Get in the attic and remove all the wet drywall and insulation. Then lay a piece of decking or plywood over the joist, position a bucket under the leak. 
  3. Using roofing tar, a shingle, or plywood, fix a temporary patch where the rain is coming in. Start by spreading the roofing tar around the hole, then position the shingle or wood over the hole. Now spread roofing tar along the edges of that patch. 
  4. Measure from where the leak is to the gable so that once the rain has subsided, you have an idea where the leak is and can patch it from above. For a temporary emergency roof covering, use a plastic tarp fastened to the roof with 2×4 boards and nails. 
water leaking

Nailing Down the Roof Leak Detection

So, you want to know can a roof leak be fixed from the inside? No, you can temporarily stop it from spreading and getting worse. A repair on the inside will simply diver the rainwater to another part of your roof. Then it will work its way under the shingles to the sheathing and damage will be ensue. 

Fixing a leak from inside the home is impossible – it only diverts water to another part of the roof where it will eventually find its way in or cause sheathing rot and further damage. Once water finds its way under your shingles and any underlayment, replace the shingles.

If all of this sounds like a lot of work, it is, but this is your home, your largest investment. Sometimes, homeownership can be a lot of work, but you can also take a lot of pride too. Call (281) 338-7663 today!