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What Is a Roof Restoration?

Metal warehouse

Can a roof be repaired instead of replaced?

Oh, we’ve only started the end of the year holidays, Halloween and Thanksgiving are marked completed in the books. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could be revived like an old roof on a commercial or industrial structure with a roof restoration

Yes, when those monthly roof inspections find that the roof’s age is beginning to show, it is time to start thinking about a roof restoration and repairs. Even if you aren’t experiencing any leaks, address the matter now before a leak does start and you’ll save yourself a lot of money, time, and worry. 

When it comes to choosing a roof restoration or roof replacement, a roof restoration is more cost-effective choice. Roof restoration will extend the current roof’s lifespan, giving you more time to prepare the budget for a replacement roof. Roof restoration is the better choice especially if there is a small problem with the current roofing, like an isolated area. A roof restoration is less intrusive to your day-to-day operations as well and will be completed in under one day.

What is a roof restoration?

The basic definition of restoration is the process of restoring an existing item and making it like new. People restore boats, cars, houses, and even commercial roofing. When we are speaking about roof restoration, removing the existing roof is not required. A roofing contractor simply adds to the existing roofing, extending the lifespan and giving your building the protection as a roof is intended. 

What is involved in roof restoration?

A roof restoration is done by applying a highly-engineered roof coating on an existing roof deck. This restores the existing roof to a like-new condition and delays the need to get a completely new roofing job by several years. 

So, what type of commercial roofing can have a roof restoration done? Essentially, there isn’t many commercial roofs that a roof restoration can’t be done, including but not limited to: 

  • Built-Up
  • EPDM
  • Mod-Bit
  • PVC
  • TPO

With that in mind, there are three main types of  coating used for roof restoration: 

  • Acrylic
  • Aluminum
  • Silicone

Additional roof restoration coatings that can be used in the right environment are: 

  • Elastomeric 
  • Polyurea 
  • Silicone 

With circumstances considered like the roofing materials, weather, and size of the structure, a roof restoration can take up to three days. When compared to get a completely new roof, roof restoration is faster, and the day-to-day operations of your business aren’t interrupted. 

How long does a roof restoration last?

A commercial roof will typically last up to twenty years. With a roof restoration, you can expect up to another fifteen years. In addition to delaying the need to get a new roof, other benefits of roof restoration are: 

Less Expensive: A completely new roof replacement could cost as much as $22 per square foot, with most of that expense being the removal of the old roof first. A roof restoration can cost as little as $6 per square foot. 

More Sustainable: Because you aren’t adding to the landfill with more  roofing waste, roof restoration is more sustainable to the earth. Additionally, it is an energy saver for your building which will get you tax credit. 

Avoid Catastrophic Loss: A roof restoration will repair possible damage and leaks, saving you from having a major roof leak in the future.

It is always recommended to hire a commercial roofing contractor that has experience in how to do a roof restoration so that you get the most from the results as possible. Ask for recent references of the contractors you’re considering and then follow up with those customers if they are satisfied with their roof restoration job. 

roof replacement

What is the cheapest way to replace a roof?

In the world of commercial roofing there are 2 categories:

  • Flat roof or Low-slope
  • Sloping

For a flat roof, the best roofing material is a built-up bituminous or single-ply with a viable single-ply material for flat roofs being around for around  25 years. They have proven to be the most durable and less expensive roofing material. Typical costs of roof replacements are: 

  • Single-ply flat roof: $5.00 per square foot. 
  • Built-up bituminous flat roof: $6.50 per square foot. 
  • Asphalt shingle roof: $7.00 per square foot. 
  • Barrel tile roof replacement: $20.00 per square foot.
  • Metal roof replacement: $12.00 per square foot.

As you evaluate a roof replacement system, keep in mind the climate, environment, and a realistic end of useful life of the different materials and not the warranty and the perceived value that suggests.

The biggest question about commercial roofing is, “How long do roof coatings last?”. The life expectancy for a  roof coating will vary  based on the coating’s thickness and product quality. Many coatings have manufacturing warranty of five to ten years. There are roof coatings with features that make them a standout product over others with the following:

  • A  fully adhered not fastened to the substrate
  • A monolithic or without seams
  • A superior waterproofing capability that doesn’t require tear-off and disposal

Roof coatings are easily maintained and can be reapplied, and with proper maintenance, a roof coating can go for decades with simple re-coating reapplications. Call 832-704-2817 today!

Should I File a Roof Insurance Claim?

chalk marks on roof

Getting started on your insurance claim

Well, maybe, but what is a roof insurance claim? When you purchased your home, you also purchased a homeowner’s insurance policy. The purpose of that insurance policy it pays for or helps pay for damage your home incurs from different types of damage. When you have damage to your home, like a storm blew off roof shingles, you would file a roof insurance claim. 

That claim alerts your insurance company that you have an issue that needs repair or replacement. They will send an insurance adjuster to look at the damage and assess if repair or replacement is needed and to what dollar value. Why would you file an insurance claim? Because that is why you purchased the homeowner’s insurance policy! 

Additionally, after getting quote on repairing or replacing the roof, or anything else associated with your home, you’ll have price shock. Then you’ll realize the cost and why you have homeowner’s insurance and you’ll be eager to file that roof insurance claim! 

How does a roof insurance claim on roof work?

When it comes to residential filing a roof insurance claim, the process is often lengthy and can be confusing. The following is a comprehensive guideline that explains in simple terms how the roof insurance claims process works: 

  • DOCUMENT AND RESEARCH AND DOCUMENT AGAIN!: Being proactive is important and when it comes to your home. First, review you homeowner’s policy and verify your coverage and deductibles. Then do  a monthly visual of your home’s exterior and an annual roof inspection. You are looking or lifted, loose, or missing shingles. You check for loose granules in the gutters and downspouts. Check for any water stains inside and outside your home. Then, after a hail, rain, or windstorm or after ice and snow have melted, do another inspection, and take pictures and/or videos of any problem areas.  Note the day and time the damage occurred so that you have that information for your roof insurance claim paperwork. 
  • CONTACT YOUR ROOFING CONTRACTOR: After a weather event, if you find roof issues, contact a roofing contractor immediately. Most offer a free inspection or if they do charge, the amount will be deducted from your bill. The roofing contractor will be a reliable source of advice and assistance, most have dealt with more homeowner’s roof insurance claims than you ever will. They can be your advocate and guide you the best way to repair or replace your roof based on your insurance coverage and budget.  
  • CALL YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY & FILE A ROOF INSURANCE CLAIM: Once your roofing contractor has inspected and provided you a quote and report, you need to file your roof insurance claim. They will send an adjuster out to view the damage. If possible, have your roofing contractor there at the same time. This is where they come in as your advocate. 
  • HAVE YOUR ROOF REPAIRED OR REPLACED: Now that you have documented everything, and your roof insurance claim has been approved, it is time to have the roofing job done! 

Does homeowners insurance pay for roof?

A roof leak caused by perils, yes, your homeowner’s insurance will typically cover a roof insurance claim for repair or replacement. Perils are things such as fire, hail or wind. The biggest exception to this would be if your roof has an exclusion to hail or wind. 

What your homeowner’s insurance, or any homeowner insurance company won’t cover is damage that results from lack of maintenance and upkeep. Nor will cover roof insurance claims for normal wear and tear, meaning if your roof is more than 10 years old, your roof insurance claim will either be denied or prorated. 

How do I get my insurance to pay for a new roof?

  • First thing you do is keep your premiums paid up to date. Letting those lapse can cause a big problem and not just having your roof insurance claim paid, but with the lender that has your mortgage too. Lack of insurance is considered cause to foreclose in some real estate contracts. 
  • Second, you want to keep your homeowner maintenance and upkeep done with the structure. This includes the monthly visual and annual inspection of the roof, the foundation, the electric, plumbing, and HVAC system. Keep your receipts and a log of what you’ve had inspected, repaired, replaced. 
  • Last but not least, follow our recommendations of taking pictures before something happens and after something happens. Document damage and have that information ready to show the insurance adjuster. 

What do insurance adjusters look for on roof?

Even a relatively mild storm can wreak havoc on a roof. Lift up and tear off shingles, toss tree limbs and other debris on the roof, etc. Once you file your roof insurance claim, what will the insurance adjuster look for?

  • Damage on The Interior: It is assumed by the insurance company you have taken care of you home all along. So, when you file a roof insurance claim and they find indication of long term roof leak, your claim will be denied. 
  • Proper Installation: Faulty workmanship when your roof was installed that leads to a leaking roof won’t be covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy. Even if the roof was that when you bought the house, which is why most insurance companies do an inspection before issuing a policy. If they see an issue, they advise you to get that taken care of before they issue the policy. Old Age: Your roof may have a 25 year warranty, but in reality, it will start showing its age and nearing its end of life at about 15 years. After you file a roof insurance claim and the adjuster does their inspection, they may deny the claim because you’d be having to replace it sooner than later anyway. They may pay a depreciated amount, meaning they prorate it and pay you a portion.
damaged roof and shingles

Should I show roofer my insurance estimate?

Always a touchy subject.  Some say yes and others say no.  Your insurance company may send their adjuster out to inspect the damage before you have roofing contractor inspect it. They will provide you their estimation of replacement or repairs, and yes, you should share this with the contractor.  Why? 

Remember, the contractor is your advocate. They want to sell you a new roof, so they’re going to take your side and help you get the best deal possible from your insurer. The roofing contractor will sometimes find issues the adjuster didn’t see or didn’t note in their report. 

Another fact you should know when you file a roof insurance claim, whatever the adjuster comes back with, you don’t have to accept it. You can request a 2nd opinion and you get an outside opinion on your own (which you will have to pay for out of pocket, no reimbursement). 

If you aren’t sure how to file a roof insurance claim, call your agent. They will assist you and some companies have customer service agents to walk client’s through the forms and process. It is better to ask and get help then try to bumble through it and miss crucial information that results in a denied claim. Call 832-704-2817 today for your roof insurance claim help.

Why do I need a roof inspection?

shingle roof

How long does it take to inspect a roof?

Your home is a valuable asset, and the roof protects that asset, which that alone should be a reason to get an annual roof inspection. As a responsible homeowner, though, you should question these things so that you understand the value of the process. Annual roof inspection and cleaning are recommended for any home so that you can get ahead of any possible problems that may be developing. 

By hiring a professional roofing contractor, you can get a roof inspection and repairs done, or a quote for repairs, all at the same time. If you already have homeowner’s insurance but want to upgrade or switch companies, the company will usually require roof inspection for insurance purposes. They don’t want to insure a property that has questionable roofing – that’s just a claim waiting to happen. 

Having a professional roof inspection for your home will keep you up to date on problems so that you can address them before they become dangerous. A professional roofing inspector can complete thorough roof inspection for the average size home, usually within forty to sixty minutes. 

The time can vary based on the size of the house. Factors that can make a roof inspection take more time are multiple attics and roof levels.  A professional roof inspection will include a thorough check of the chimney and eaves, the fasteners and roof braces, the roof decking, and support. 

Common issues a professional roof inspector will be looking on a shingle roof are: 

  • Water damage: Your roof could have water damage that you aren’t aware of yet only because it hasn’t made its way to the interior of your home. Water damaged typically comes from clogged gutters, an improperly installed roof, damaged flashing, or broken, curled, or missing shingles.
  • Mold growth: Mold on the insulation around the chimney is an indication that your roof has water leaking into your home. Their job is to find where and advise you accordingly. 
  • Shingles: As we listed above, broken, curled, loose, or missing shingles can be an indication of algae growth, rotting shingles and decking, and hail or wind damage.
  • Clogged gutters: When asphalt shingles begin to age, the asphalt comes off and fills gutters with the loose granules.  Those granules weigh the gutters down, pulling them away from the house. 

How do you inspect a new roof?

A new roof shouldn’t need as in-depth of a roof inspection as an existing roof. Wrong!  A contractor can be in a hurry while installing a new roof, and while we don’t like to talk about it, you could get an unreliable roofing contractor.  Things that a roof inspection should include once your new roof is installed: 

  • Underlayment installed correctly
  • Nails not exposed or overdriven 
  • Shingles overlapping shingles appropriately
  • Metal flashing in valleys, around chimney, vents, skylights
  • No loose shingles
  • Ridge vents installed
  • Drip edge installed
  • A proper overhang on the roof edge

What is a roof certification inspection?

A roof certification is a document provided by the inspector after a roof inspection has been performed, and the roof passed all areas of the inspection.  Your insurance company sometimes requires this documentation once you have filed a claim. Some municipalities will ask for roof certification as well, especially if a license was required to have the new roof installed. 

How often should I check my roof?

As the homeowner, you should do a visual check from the ground once a month, and always keep your eyes open for any apparent issues.  Roofing industry experts recommend a professional roof inspection should be performed once in the early fall before winter weather arrives and once at the end of spring to check for any damages from springtime weather like hail and wind. 

shingle roof and skylight

What is considered roof damage?

  • Material failure: Loose or missing flashing around the chimney, skylights, and vents. Missing flashing where porches, a second story, and dormers are connected to the house.  
  • Tree and Wind damage: Tree branches shade your house, but that gentle rustling in the breeze could be crack tiles, rubbing asphalt shingles, and damaging fascia boards.  After hail, rain, or windstorms, check for missing shingles, broken, cracked tiles, and worn spots.
  • Wildlife critters: Raccoons and squirrels are cute, but they are destructive too. They will rip off shingles, nest in the attic, eat through wiring, and leave excrement. An annual attic inspection is recommended twice a year to check for these unwanted wildlife critters. If you have any indications, they have been there, contact a wildlife specialist, and then a roofer to repair the damage and close up their entry points. 
  • Algae and moss: Algae and moss may look charming in pictures, but they are eating away at your roof. Asphalt shingles are made from natural materials that algae and moss thrive.  Have your roof professionally cleaned once a year to remove them and keep your roof healthy. 

Your home is a valuable asset. This is the place where your family lives and where you’re building a future investment. Proper roof care includes regular roof inspections to make sure it is in the best condition possible. Call 832-704-2817 today for your roof inspection in Spring, TX!

What is the Best Commercial Roofing Material?

commercial metal roofing

Can You Put a Metal Roof Over a Metal Roof?

If you already have a metal roof, you may want to understand whether it is a good idea for you to install another metal roof on top of your existing metal roof. As any qualified roofing contractor will tell you, it is always best to start from scratch if you are replacing an existing roof. This is because you don’t want any extra weight on your home’s structure. Both your roof and your home will benefit and perform better if you only have one roof on your home as opposed to two.

What is the Best Commercial Roofing Material?

There are a number of different commercial roofing materials on the market that property owners should be aware of. For instance, a high performing commercial roofing material is TPO. TPO roofs are usually white, and have earned the name “cool roofing.” This is because TPO roofing material is highly reflective, and is effective at reflecting the sun’s rays, rather than absorbing them. This means that property owners can benefit from lowered energy bills when summer comes around. If you live in a particularly arid part of the country, you could stand to benefit from TPO roofing materials.

Is a Metal Roof Cheaper than an Asphalt Roof?

If you are hoping that a metal roof will be cheaper than an asphalt roof, you will be sorely disappointed. Asphalt roofs do not possess the same amount of longevity or durability as metal roofs. They are also extraordinarily affordable. It is important to review all the benefits of metal roofing, which are primarily focused on roof longevity. It is highly unlikely that a metal roof will need to be replaced more than once in a lifetime. This depends on mitigating factors like inclement weather and roofing maintenance.

What is the Best Type of Metal Roof?

Are you wondering what the best type of metal roof is with regard to commercial metal roofing? Please review the following list of top-rated metal roofs to discover more about this integral roofing material.

  • Copper. Copper is an extremely expensive material, but it also comes with comparable roof longevity. It is quite soft with a low melting temperature.
  • Zinc. This is another long-lasting roof material. It is resistant to corrosion and resistant to saltwater corrosion.
  • Aluminum. Aluminum is another soft metal roofing material that is resistant to rust.
  • Steel. There are three steel variations, and these include galvanized, galvalume, and weathering steel.

What are the Problems with Metal Roofs?

If you are interested in the advantages of metal roofs, it is worth reviewing some of the potential disadvantages. These disadvantages include the expense of installation. Metal roofs require great roofing materials, expertise, and precision. This will naturally drive up the price. The other thing to consider is the fact that you will need a lot of insulation if you don’t want your metal roof to be noisy in a rain or hail storm. An authorized roofing project manager will be able to go over the specifics of the amount of insulation that is involved with a proper metal roof installation.

Commercial Metal Roofing

The reason why commercial metal roofing is such a big part of the roofing industry is that metal roofs are highly reliable and effective for multiple decades. With a proper commercial metal roof installation from a leading source of roofing in your area, you can expect a very well-performing roof for your commercial property. Metal roofs are also effective for industrial properties for the previously stipulated reasons.

Commercial Metal Roof Installation

Commercial metal roofs must be fabricated and installed correctly. A poor commercial metal roofing installation can spell disaster for your property. Your roof won’t last as long, and your poorly installed metal roof will have a proclivity for developing leaks. If you roof develops a leak, then it will water damage will develop on the underlayment. Water will continue to filter down into your ceiling and walls. That is why it important to only use the most professional roofing company for your commercial roof installation.

Commercial Grade Metal Roofing

Are you wondering what grade commercial metal roofs are made from? The truth is that the majority of modern metal roofs are composed of corrugated galvanized steel. This is essentially a steel sheet that is coated with zinc. Aluminum, stainless steel, and copper are all used in commercial metal roof applications.

commercial metal roofing

Commercial Metal Roof

If you would like to discover more about the capabilities of your commercial metal roof, it is important for you to seek out a professional roofing company in your area that specializes in metal roofing.

If you would like to discuss commercial metal roofing in Spring, TX, we are here to assist. Please reach out to us at 832-704-2817 to discover more.

What are cool roofs made of?

flat roof with gravel

What is the coolest roofing material? 

In The Lone Star State, commercial building owners are all about making their buildings cooler during the summer in ways that will reduce the energy expenses. A cool roof in summer weather does just like it sounds: it is a cool roof that makes the building cool inside.  

When considering cool roofing for a commercial building, it is important to realize that all buildings are different. So, to that end, the types of cool roof materials are varied to suit each building and its structure. From a low-sloped to a steep-sloped, cool roofs and materials and techniques will be different for each building and its cool roof. 

The Low-Sloped Roof, many refer to as a flat roof, has a slight incline so the roof can drain is common on commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings. The large surface area of the roof makes them ideal for installing a cool roof.  For any structure, commercial or residential, the roof is the main entry for the sun’s heat during the summer. A cool roof can significantly lower that heat gain and lower the energy costs. The following are the materials typical of a commercial style building’s low-sloped roof. 

  • A Coated Roof is coated with a finish that is paint like that enhances the adhesion, durability, and the longevity, while reducing bacterial growth. Existing buildings with a low-sloped roof are the best candidate for cool roof coating regardless what material is on the roof:  asphalt, gravel, metal, or other single-ply materials. Most coatings are now ENERGY STAR-rated, making this the best choice for a cool roof.
  • A Foam Roof is a cool roof coating made from foam-like material that provides insulation and has been around for more than 40 years. It is affordable, dependable, and has a long lifespan. This roofing technique is typically made with two liquid chemicals that form a flexible, but solid, lightweight material when mixed. It is seamlessly attached and has proven to be a sustainable material because of the minimal maintenance and minimal waste.
  • A Built-Up Roof is a roof with multiple layers of different materials and minerals. When these layers are together, they avert solar heat from going into the building. The common materials for these layers are a base sheet, fabric reinforcement, and a protective surface. The cool roof strategies vary for built-up roofs. One technique entrenches reflective materials into asphalt to reflect the sunlight.  The other technique is to add a layer of mineral-surfaced sheets on top of the built-up roof that comprises applied coating or reflective mineral granules.
  • A Modified Bitumen Roof is a roofing system with an asphalt-base and holds in temperature in cold or hot weather. It is like BUR roof system but with more elasticity and has four ways to be installed: cold-applied; hot-mopped; self-adhesive; torch-applied.
  • A Single-Ply Membrane Roof is ideal for low-sloped roofs where extensive repair is expected because they are prefabricated sheets that can be individually applied. There are two primary types: Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer and single-ply thermoplastics.

What color roof is most energy efficient?

As the owner or manager of a commercial property it doesn’t take long to realize the expense of commercial property maintenance. After the mortgage payments and insurance, there are maintenance, repairs, upkeep, and utility bills, it is staggering to the bank account.

So, you do what you can to cut expenses, and that often begins with the utilities. Because dark colors are known to absorb the sun’s heat, it would make sense that for an energy efficient roof, a lighter color would be the best choice. 

A light-colored roof will be like a cool roof and will minimize the sun rays it absorbs, which will cut back on the cost of cooling the building. Experts say a light-colored roof can lower the temperature of your roof by up to 50 degrees, and that means less heat coming into your commercial building.

flat black roof

How can I keep my roof cool in summer?

So, we know that a lighter-colored roof is cooler than a darker-colored roof, but the color isn’t the best way to save on those hot summer energy bills. Insulation makes the most difference in minimizing the amount of heat that enters the building. 

All insulation isn’t the same though. To choose the right insulation to make a cool roof cooler and lower energy bills twelve months of the year, take into consideration the climate and the property type. The types of insulation material to choose from are:

  • Cotton batting
  • Fiberglass
  • Foam

The roofing type and insulation type you choose, ventilation may be required to keep mildew and mold to grow.

Do Cool Roofs work?

Yes, cool roofs work by reflecting and emitting the heat and UV rays back out to the environment and away from your building. Experts confirmed that there are two properties that express the coolness of a roof and they are independent of each other:

  • Solar Reflectance: the fraction of solar energy that is reflected by the roof.
  • Thermal Emittance: is the comparative ability that radiates the absorbed heat. 

Closing Words On A Hot Topic 

The first question most ask when considering a cool roof, “Is a cool roof worth it?”, and to answer this question, let’s compare cool roof vs green roof:

Green Roof

  • A green roof absorbs the heat and sunlight before it enters the building. 
  • A green roof stabilizes the air above the roof so that it becomes an ambient temperature.
  • A green roof reduces pollution and runoff from storm water.
  • A green roof reduces gas emissions and improves air quality.
  • A green roof plant absorb most of the sun’s energy.
  • A green roof requires a drainage system, a waterproof membrane, a thin layer of soil before the planting.

Cool Roof

  • A cool roof is made from materials reflects the sun’s energy.
  • A cool roof reflects the heat and sunlight back out into the atmosphere.
  • A cool roof is ideal for low-sloped roof.
  • A cool roof has a lower temperature by 50 degrees, requiring less energy to cool the building inside.
  • A cool roof does not reduce runoff from storm water.
  • A cool roof in a cold climate will require more heat energy inside the building.

Looking for cool roofing installation in Spring, TX? Hellenic Roofing & Construction is the one to call. Reach out to our professionals today for installation when you dial 832-704-2817.

What is the Best Asphalt Shingle?

What is the Best Asphalt Shingle?

Would you like to discover more about asphalt shingle roofing? To begin with, it will be important for you to consider your asphalt shingle options. Please review the following examples of asphalt shingles to find out more about this important roofing material.

  • 3 Tab Asphalt Shingles. Affordable and stylish, 3 tab shingles are a staple for roofs across America. These particular shingles can be differentiated from architectural shingles due to the fact that they have tabs or cutouts. These are made along their long lower edge. Each tab looks like three separate pieces when they are installed, however, they are part of one whole piece.
  • Architectural asphalt shingles. Architectural shingles are generally known to be more durable than 3 tab shingles. They also come in more luxurious roofing options. Architectural shingles can be made to appear like other roofing materials such as wood or slate.
  • Different grades of asphalt shingles. There are different grades of asphalt shingles that vacillate between the 3 tab variety and the architectural shingles variety. The best way to find out which asphalt shingles will be best for your residential roof installation is to give your local professional roofing company a call.
asphalt shingles

Do They Still Make Asphalt Shingles?

If you are wondering whether or not asphalt shingles are still in production, there is no need to worry. Asphalt shingles remain the most popular choice for homeowners in North America. This is because asphalt shingles afford ease of installation, come in a variety of options, and are very affordable in terms of roofing materials. For instance, a tile or slate roof is quite luxurious and may be cost-prohibitive for some home installations. Conversely, asphalt shingles can be an optimal and affordable choice for roofing companies and homeowners, which makes them very popular.

What is the Difference Between Architectural Shingles and Asphalt Shingles?

As alluded to previously, there are some significant differences between architectural shingles and asphalt shingles. Three-tab shingles are roofs that are made up of a single shingle tab size that is composed of three separate tabs that are twelve inches wide. In contrast, architectural shingles are distinguished as dimensional or laminate and come in lots of shapes and sizes. As homeowners determine what they want the facade of their home to look like, they have the choice to use different colors and shapes for their home exterior. A nice roof can add both curb appeal and increased home value.

How Long Do Asphalt Shingles Last?

Are you wondering how long asphalt shingles last? The answer is quite positive. Asphalt shingle roofs are both affordable and can last about twenty years. With a proper roof installation with good tools and materials, asphalt shingle roofs can have increased longevity. Over the years, it will be important to secure regular roof inspections and roof repairs as necessary. Storms can ravage all roofs, including asphalt shingle roofs, which is why it’s important to get a proper roofing company to help you with storm damage repairs. Your homeowner’s insurance can generally help with such repairs.

Is it Ok to Put New Shingles Over Old?

While it may seem tempting to place new asphalt roof shingles over old shingles, it is not advisable. This is because shingles are heavy. Placing unnecessary weight on the roof of your home will negatively impact the framework of the home. If you don’t need the old shingles, it is important to have them professionally removed before the re-roofing process begins. Old asphalt shingles can be recycled in the right circumstances. To find out more about the re-roofing process, and whether your old shingles can be recycled, please be sure to contact your local professional roofing company.

Who Buys Recycled Asphalt Shingles

Are you actively looking to recycle your old asphalt shingles? You are in luck. In many cases, shingle recycling is available in most major markets in America. As a matter of fact, new sites are continuing to open for recycled asphalt shingles. Additionally, there are multiple resources for finding an asphalt shingle recycler online. In order to find out more, a simple internet search should yield results.

Where are Asphalt Shingles Made

Asphalt shingles are made, predominantly, in North America. Whether the shingles are black, red, green or orange, they are all made in the same way. Asphalt shingles are made in a continuous web process that uses a shortlist of raw materials.

Where to Start Asphalt Shingles

When you are installing asphalt shingles, you can start by laying a narrow row of shingles at the bottom of the roof along the edge. After that, a roofer can lay down the first row of shingles to that they are covering the starter row. After that, you can lay your shingles horizontally on the roof.

asphalt shingles

What Asphalt Shingles Qualify for Tax Credit

According to the Energy Star government website, the federal tax credit for Energy Star metal and asphalt roofs with pigmented coating or cooling granules designed to reduce heat gain has expired. This is, of course, unfortunate. This may change in the future, so it is important to keep abreast of upcoming energy star tax credits for buildings and materials in the future.

Are you shopping for asphalt shingles? Our friendly operators at Hellenic Roofing & Construction are available now at 832-704-2817 to schedule your installation or repair for asphalt shingles in Spring, TX.

How does flashing work on a roof?

flashing around a chimney

Is roof flashing necessary?

There are many components to a roof, some are visible, and some aren’t, but they all are important for a roof to provide your home the protection intended.  Where is the flashing on a roof?  We find roof flashing installed around the chimney, dormers, edges, any skylights, and all the vents. It is also installed any other gaps and at joints and in valleys where walls meet under the roofing. It is a thin galvanized steel material. Water will run down and away from those areas where the roof with flashing is installed.

Roof flashing is the unsung hero when it comes to roofing. Everyone thinks it is the shingles or other roofing material that makes the roof, but that part couldn’t do the job roof flashing does. 

Picture your house and the “walls”. The sidewalls are the vertical walls along the outer part of your house, referred to as the valleys. The slopping roof decking meets there at the edge. Then there are the front walls, which are behind the sloping roof decking. These are areas where roof flashing is required.  Why? 

Imagine a rainstorm and the wind is blowing; the rain is pouring down. The shingles keep the rain off out of your house, blowing rain and wind would run down the walls interior if the roof flashing wasn’t there keeping the rain moving on down the roof and to the gutters. 

Do all roofs have flashing?

If a house doesn’t have roof flashing or has damaged flashing, there is likely water has leaked down the exterior and interior walls, possibly inside the walls. This kind of damage can cascade, going beyond roofing or roof flashing damage. The walls will weaken, the flooring will weaken, and eventually, the roof can begin to sag and sink.

How long should roof flashing last?

With no unexpected acts of nature or accidents, roof flashing has a life expectancy of up to twenty years. Roof flashing made from high-quality materials with perfect installation has lasted anywhere between fifty years to eighty years. Three reasons why roof flashing and the roofing itself can last longer are:

  • Quality of materials
  • Quality of installation
  • Frequency of inspections and maintenance

By choosing a roofing contractor with a reputable history and solid customer service, you will get the first two things on that list from them. As a homeowner, the inspection and maintenance are up to you to do or schedule to have it done.

Another component of roofing and roof flashing lasting beyond their life expectancy is the use of polyurethane as a flashing sealant. This sealant forms a water and weatherproof bond that is permanent. It fills in any gaps and secures the joins around the protrusions and valleys where the roof flashing is installed.  When it is noticed during a regular inspection, the roof flashing is leaking, this is the product that you want to secure the flashing back in place and stop the leaking.        

Do roofers replace flashing?

The roof of your home is a major investment that protects your home and family. When it comes time to get a new roof, choose a roofer that doesn’t oversell you on the job nor do they cut corners to save a few dollars, like the roof flashing. Most roofing jobs will include roof flashing and trim work. You should verify what is in the estimates you get and confirm if it is an extra charge or included in the price quote.

If you’re getting a new roof, it only makes sense to replace the roof flashing at the same time, unless any of it is in pristine condition. Like the drip edge flashing and the penetration flashing, which comes in ten-foot strips. It should be installed prior to the underlayment and attached to the roof deck.

Your local building code may allow the reuse of roof flashing, but shingle manufacturers recommend always replacing the roof flashing with the new roof. Why? When roof flashing is re-used, there is no way to be certain the nails go in the previous holes, which means you could have leaking roof flashing. For a roof that is older than 15 years, the roofing contractor won’t know if the original roof flashing was installed correctly, has it been patched or replaced, and other concerns.

A manufacturer may state exception in their warranty they must install all new roof flashing with the new roofing. If you get any quotes that do not include new roof flashing, request it be added into the quote using new materials.

vent with hidden flashing

Roof Flashing Examples

There are various terms given to roof flashing, which are typically determined by where they are installed and their shape.

  • Roof: This type of flashing is installed around intersections or projections to direct water from joints or seams.
  • Wall: This type of flashing is usually fixed in interruptions of walls like where windows are installed. The purpose is to direct or prevent water access has entered back outside.
  • Sill: This flashing is concealed under door thresholds or windows or door thresholds to thwart water access.
  • Channel: This is a U-shaped channel flashing used at the edge of where a tile roof meets the wall.
  • Through wall: This flashing leads water to weep holes by bridging the thickness of the wall.
  • Cap: This flashing is installed above doors and windows.
  • Drip edge: This is sheets of metal at the edge of the roof.
  • Stepped: This is where roof flashing materials overlap in steps at a junction on a slope. For example, around chimney stacks.
  • Kickout: we locate this flashing at the lowermost step at the bottom of where the roof and wall intersect and deflects water away.
  • Pipe: they install this flashing where pipes penetrate the roof.
  • Valley: they install this flashing where two roof planes intersect and form a valley to keep water from pooling.

From this article, you should have a better understanding of what roof flashing is and why it is so important to have all the proper pieces installed correctly. Call 832-704-2817 today for roof flashing in Spring, TX.

What is Included in a Roof Inspection?

contractor working on roof inspection

Inspecting and Understanding Your Roof

Are you purchasing a new home? Have you had your property for a while and want to know the condition of your roof? Whatever the reason is, scheduling an inspection is never a bad idea. Having a professional come take a look at your roof can help to save you quite a bit of money and time in the long run. To schedule a roof inspection for your Spring, TX, dial 832-704-2817. You’ll be connected with Hellenic Roofing & Construction and reliable service.

ground level roof inspection

Why Get a Roof Inspection at All?

There are several times as a homeowner when you may need a roof inspection. When to get a roof inspection is different for everyone, but the general idea is such:

  • First home purchases
  • After a major storm
  • Every few years of ownership

The most important time to schedule an inspection is after a major storm. Our area is prone to hail storms which can easily and quickly cause serious damage to any structure. It can be difficult to see from the ground level and even from the roof if you don’t know what to look for. That’s why professional roofing services are so important. A professional roofer can find and report any damage for a number of beneficial reasons. 

How to do a Roof Inspection

What many homeowners want to know is how to do a roof inspection themselves. While we absolutely encourage homeowners to take a look at their roof on their own, personal inspections will never be the same as professional services. That in mind, if you are interested in completing your own roof inspection, there are a few things to look out for.

  • Seals and Caulking: One of the first things to look for are the seals. Anywhere there may be a seal, caulking, or even flashing. These are areas that can be prone to leaks or other damages that could result in serious problems for the rest of your home.
  • Missing Shingles: An obvious thing to look for is missing shingles. When high winds kick up if there are previously damaged or lose shingles, they can easily be ripped off. This will leave your roof decking exposed to the elements. If this happens during a storm, you’ll likely have a severe leak that you’ll have to deal with.
  • Broken, Bent, or Curling Shingles: Sometimes shingles aren’t fully removed from a roof. Instead, they are bent, broken, or so damaged they buckle and curl away from the roof. This is just as serious as if they were completely taken off. These shingles can let water in without you knowing, resulting in expensive leaks.
  • Cracked Boots: Around chimney’s and other roofing protrusions usually have a rubber boot around the base. These boots are not everlasting. They can wear down, become cracked, damaged and more. When that happens, you’ll likely have a similar situation to damaged or missing flashing. Water will easily be able to enter the underlying decking and material.
  • Moss or Mold: One of the biggest threats to a roofing structure is moss or mold. These can form when bent shingles, as mentioned, are not repaired. Water can get trapped under these sections of roofing and rot the material. The water can also cause mold or moss to grow which will create even more problems for you. 

While this is not a comprehensive roof inspection checklist, it is a great place to start. If you are wanting to know more, connect with the professionals at Hellenic Roofing & Construction. We can help you with a roof inspection for any reason.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is involved in a roof inspection?
    • What’s typically included in an inspection is a variety of services. The contractor will likely examine your roof from the ground level as well as on the structure itself. They’ll take their time to look over all seams and connections to make sure everything is properly maintained. 
  • How much does a roof inspection cost?
    • It will depend on the roofer you choose. There are many that offer free inspection services and there are some that charge for it. Those that charge usually ask for about $75-$200 per appointment. 
  • Why do I need a roof inspection?
    • The reason you would need an inspection is to determine the source or cause of damage to your home. The most common and needed time for this type of service is right after a major storm. In our area, we can see incredibly high winds, hail and more, all of which can cause serious damage to your roof that you may not be able to see. 
  • How often do you need to get a roof inspection?
    • Professional guidelines state that a roof inspection should happen about once every three years. That’s enough time to feel like you aren’t wasting money but that you are also getting the most out of your roof. 
  • How do I know if my roof is bad?
    • There may be several signs that you can see on your own. This would be things like missing shingles, granules in gutters, and more. If you are starting to notice these signs, they could be indications of a damaged roof. The best way to know is to schedule an appointment for an inspection. 
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If you are in need of a roof inspection in Spring, TX, look no further than Hellenic Roofing & Construction. Call us now at 832-704-2817 for more information.

Is wind damage to roof covered by insurance?

wind damaged tree falling on roof

High winds and roof damage

Spring is a beautiful time of the year, with the flowers and trees blooming, the warmth of the sun. Spring is the time life renews itself. Then the spring storms come and next thing you know, you have wind damage to the roof of your home.  Wind and storm damage can happen other times of the year, from those cold northern winds coming during the winter, or a freak summer storm. So, it doesn’t matter the season, wind and hail damage to the roof can be critical to your home’s safety and structure.

Sometimes, it can be difficult identifying wind damage to the roof though. It isn’t always as bold as half the roof is gone or even missing shingles. So, what does wind damage to the roof look like? There are many types of roof damage caused by high winds that can result in leaks, missing shingles, and/or gutter problems.

Shingled roofs take the worse beating of all roofing materials. Even if the warranty on your roof states it can withstand winds up to 90mph, do a visual check for wind damage to the roof with a wind of 50mph or more.  Check the corners, edges, and the ridgeline. It is these areas where the wind can get under and curl the shingles, or even rip them off, leaving your roof exposed to the elements.

Lifting is another result of wind damage to the roof, and from the ground, you wouldn’t know this. This is caused by the suction that high winds create when blowing over the roof and “lift” the shingles up and loosen the nails and break the sealant.

High winds collect and throw debris around and they break off tree limbs, all of which lands on rooftops. A falling limb can puncture your roof and destroy the shingles.  It is important to cut all the trees around your home back to minimize this from happening.

At what wind speed do roofs come off?

You should be concerned to check for wind damage to the roof when the winds reach 45 to 50mph according to the National Weather Service. Today, most homes have a roof rating of 90mph, yet there is not any roofing material on the market that is guaranteed to withstand the winds from hurricanes or tornados. 

Why are roofs blown off during storms?

During severe weather like a hurricane, thunderstorm, or a tornado, winds with high velocity can cause the air pressure to shift and create a suction that will literally raise a roof of the house.

While there are always the stories of a roof being lifted and set back down on a house, in most cases, the roof is carried off by the wind and deposited elsewhere. Sometimes it is deposited on vehicles or other structures, resulting in wind damage to roof and whatever it lands on. 

If the roof of your home is ever blown off, evacuate immediately and contact your insurance company and a roofing contractor. Staying in a house, or any structure, with a missing roof, leaves you vulnerable to a weakened structure that could collapse. 

What happens when wind hits a wall?

No, because air performs like an uninterrupted fluid, it cannot rebound the flow back through itself. It will be displaced sideways, and the front of the wall will have a higher wind pressure.

How do you fix wind damaged shingles?

Having a solid and sound roof is crucial to your home. This keeps you, your family, and your belongings dry and safe. As soon as you realize there is any type of wind damage to the roof, immediate action is needed to keep your roof protected from water seeping under the shingles and into the attic or walls, rotting the sheathing and more.

A roof that is 20 years old or older that has any damaged, loose, or missing shingles should be entirely replaced. However, a roof that is sound and has experienced wind damage to the roof like a damaged, loose or missing shingle, the following steps will temporarily repair it until you have a professional roofing contractor inspect it.

  1. Using a flat pry bar, slide it under the damaged or loose shingle and pop out any roofing nails there.
  2. Slide new shingle into that place, or a piece of metal or wood will suffice, making sure it is lined up with the other shingles around it.
  3. Carefully secure the new or replacement shingle with roofing nails as you lift the upper shingle.
damaged roof

What is the best roof for high winds?

Metal roofing has become the most popular and found to be the best roofing material for homes in high wind areas. Fiberglass is a good choice as well because it is strong again high winds, and asphalt shingles remain the most popular, primarily because of the cost. 

As we mentioned earlier in this piece, it is important to do a visual check of your roof after a storm, especially with winds over 50mph for possible wind damage to the roof. If you suspect there is an issue on top of the roof that you can’t see from the ground, the safest thing is to call a professional roofing contractor.

Just as you should report water damage from a busted water pipe, once it is determined that there is damage, filing wind damage to the roof insurance claim immediately is essential. Not reporting it can lead to the next claim being denied if they determine there was older damage. Do you need wind damage repair in Spring, TX? Call Hellenic Roofing & Construction today at 832-704-2817!

What is included in roof replacement?

roof damage

Roof replacement service

If you’re a new homeowner, you may not understand the significance of a roof replacement. Your home is an important investment, and the roof is an important component of your home, so always want it to be in the best shape possible. Which is why after a storm, or when the roof has shown signs of aging, wear, and tear, you need to decide which is better for it, roof replacement vs repair.

With a bit of education on when roof replacement is needed and realizing there are many roof replacement benefits, you will be an informed and responsible homeowner.  The answers to the following commonly asked questions will provide you a sound foundation on doing just that.

How do I know if my roof is bad?

One way you’ll know is when there is water dripping, or pouring, through the ceiling. Hopefully, you’ll see one of the following signs before that happens though:

  1. Loose or missing shingles: This can happen after a round of high winds or it can be the result of storm damage. This also happens when a roof has reached or exceeded its life expectancy. Loose or missing shingles lessens the protection value a roof should provide your home, and is more obvious with wood shake roofing. If the loose or missing shingles result from storms, check with your homeowner’s insurance agent for a roof replacement with an insurance claim.
  2. Blistered, cracked, curling, or dried shingles: Any of these can indicate normal wear and tear of a roof, they are typical indicators of a roof that has reached its life expectancy and a roof replacement is needed sooner than later. A roof is exposed to the climate and elements 24/7/365, meaning it takes a lot of abuse. High humid weather can speed up blistering if there isn’t adequate ventilation in the attic.
  3. Sagging roof: A sagging roof is a strong indicator that a roof replacement is needed immediately. It indicates the roof is deteriorating and weak, which can be caused by a few different things, one being the last roof replacement job was not installed properly. Houses that are in climates where there is a lot of ice and snow can cause a roof to sag from too much weight sitting on it for an extended time.  
  4. Dark stains: Dark stains are typical when shingle granules begin falling off, an indication that the roof has reached its prime. Dark patches also can be algae, lichen, or moss growths that need to be professional washed off to stop them from eating the shingles.
  5. Gutters filled with granules: Over time, the shingles on your roof will lose granules. When the downspouts and gutters start having too many granules, it is time for a roof replacement.
  6. Loose or exposed nails: If you notice nails are popping up, this means there are holes in the shingles that will allow water to penetrate to the underlayment, work its way to the attic, and create a leak.
  7. Water damage: If you notice wet spots on the ceiling or any walls, or during a routine inspection you notice wet spots in the attic, a roof replacement may be needed. These are indications that water is leaking through the shingles or the ventilation is not enough in the attic to keep the moisture out.
  8. Damaged or missing flashing: Flashing is an important feature for a roof for areas where the roof intersects, like around the chimney, HVAC and plumbing piping, or the roof pitch changes. When there are loose or missing pieces, the roof is missing an important sealant and water can penetrate in those areas, creating a leak.
  9. Cooling and heating bills increase: This indicates that attic ventilation is inadequate. A leaking roof that you’ve not noticed yet may damage it, or there isn’t proper ventilation.
  10. The 20th anniversary of last roof replacement: Most asphalt shingle roofs have an expected life of 20 to 25 years. By the time your roof reaches its 20th anniversary, it is time to get quotes on roof replacement. If you aren’t sure of the roof’s age, any of the things we’ve talked about in this article are what you need to work within considering roof replacement.

Can you replace a roof yourself?

With basic common sense, a good hammer, a few boxes of roofing nails, and simple gabled roofing, you can most likely do a decent, fair job. The question you need to ask yourself is, should you? Whether you’re looking a total roof replacement or making a few repairs like replacing loose or missing shingles, it will require climbing up a ladder. The danger in climbing a ladder alone is enough to reconsider this, then when you consider you’ll be carrying supplies too, it gets trickier.

There is also the question of why there are loose or missing shingles, or why there is one area of the roof sagging. There could be extensive damage that the untrained eye can’t see. Hiring a professional roofing contractor is always the best way to go. The unknown that is unattended can cause you more damage, headache, and money later if not addressed at the same time. 

How long does a new roof take? 

The process of a residential roof replacement is labor-intensive. The time to install a new roof will depend on several factors:

  • The size of the house
  • Various roof angles
  • The weather
  • The unexpected, i.e., repairs beyond the roof itself such as the attic

Can you live in a house while the roof is replaced?

Basic roof replacement jobs typically take a few days, so remaining in the house isn’t an issue. You need to know that there will be dirt, dust, and a lot of loud noises. Depending on the occupants in your home, these are things to consider. 

Infants and small children need to be watched with extra care. If you have pets, a roof replacement job could make them anxious with all the noise and strangers around the house. If there are any occupants with breathing issues, the dirt and dust could aggravate that.   

You should also take precautions by covering your furniture and putting away any valuables that could get accidentally broken, like china, family heirlooms, and pictures, etc. Place your outdoor furniture away from the house and cover any landscaping that could be damaged.

Most roofing contractors will take into consideration roof replacement and rain possibilities when scheduling jobs. They follow the weather forecast closely and schedule jobs accordingly. Though the weather can be unpredictable, you should have a back-up plan in case inclement weather and your roof replacement job overlap each other. 

Brand new roof

Should I stay home during roof replacement?

This all depends on your daily routine and lifestyle. If you have an infant or small child in the house, a roof replacement job can disrupt their naps. Some animals get anxious with noise and strangers, so kenneling them could be the best solution. If you work from home, seek another place to work while the roof replacement is taking place.  

A roof replacement can be an expense and an inconvenience, but the benefits will far outweigh those things. It is important you realize how the roof is a component to your home that is necessary and should always be taken care of as needed. Dial 832-704-2817 today for quality roof replacement in Spring, TX from Hellenic Roofing & Construction!