Do I Need a Roof Installation?

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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
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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!