Common Questions About Roofing Repairs and Roof Replacements
February 25, 2022 Admin
How often do you think about the roof over your head?
Unfortunately, we often don’t think about our roofs until there’s something wrong.
Do you have someone you can call if you need your roof cleaned, have a roof leak, or need a roof replacement? What about if you need emergency roof tarping or repair?
If you own your home, it’s essential to have a reliable, trusted, experienced, local roofing contractor near you to call if you need help. This is especially true in places like East Texas, which are prone to high winds, hail damage, damaging storms, and regular tornadoes.
Steele Roofing, an East Texas roofing company serving Tyler, Longview, and Round Rock, Texas, knows there aren’t many things more important than your roof.
What’s the best way to prevent roof repairs and replacements?
Regular inspections from a trusted, licensed roofing professional are the best way to keep major damage and replacements at bay. If you haven’t had your roof inspected recently, you should make an appointment to do so right away. Especially if you have an older house. ESPECIALLY if you’ve noticed water coming in when it rains, water damage, mold or mildew, or sagging areas in the ceiling.
What causes roof damage?
Storm, hail, and wind roof damage are among the most common reasons for roof problems in storm-prone regions such as East Texas and Central Texas’ Hill Country. The outside damage is usually immediately noticeable—branches on the roof, torn roof shingles/roof gutters, holes in the roof, etc. Unfortunately, some storm damage can go unnoticed and cause long-lasting problems, along with the growth of mold and mildew. This is why it’s important to have regular roof inspections scheduled.
In a humid climate like East Texas, moisture can quickly cause structural quality issues if not addressed right away. Water can also cause mold and mildew growth that could be dangerous to the health of you and your family. Regular inspections will help address these problems.
Animals can also cause all sorts of damage to a roof. Squirrels in particular. Keep an eye out for critters such as squirrels and bats attempting to make your roof their new home.
If you live in a wooded place, sticks, leaves, branches, and the trees themselves are potential threats to your roof. Sticks and leaves can accumulate in gutters and along eves, causing moisture to build up and rot to occur, as well as mold and mildew. Having your gutters and eaves cleaned regularly makes a big difference.
Heavy branches can cause significant damage to your roof, especially in a rainstorm. Having your trees trimmed regularly is a good way to ensure this doesn’t occur. If you have trees growing close to your home, could they potentially fall and damage your house? If you have concerns like this, it’s a good idea to bring them up to your roofing professional during your next inspection.
I know I need help with my roof – what all does a roofing company cover?
Here are a few examples of services a professional roofing company can provide:
- Emergency roof tarping
- Emergency roof repair
- Commercial roof repair
- Residential roof repair
- Storm restoration services
- Storm damage roof inspection
- Roof cleaning (gutters, etc.)
- Roof replacements
But what about the details when fully replacing your roof?
Here are some additional FAQs answered directly from Steele Roofing’s owner, John Steele, to help you understand what all goes into replacing your roof!
Do I have to remove all the old roofing materials down to the wood?
Yes, you should always tear off all the old shingles and felt down to the wood deck of your roof. If you don’t tear off all the way to the deck, you really won’t know what you are nailing your new shingles into. We have discovered a few surprises over the years, like holes in the roof. If not torn down to the deck, parts of the roof would not be properly secured. We always remove all old roofing materials down to the deck before we install your new roof. We don’t cut corners.
Do I have to replace my gutters and downspouts when I have my roof replaced?
No, as long as your gutters and downspouts are in good condition and properly installed, we can work around them.
Does the wood under my shingles need to be replaced too?
As long as your decking is in good condition and free from water damage, rot, and holes, you don’t have to replace the wood. If you have any of these issues, some or all of your decking will need to be replaced.
Your roof holds your house together. However, sometimes roof repairs and replacements become necessary.
Call a trusted local professional roofing company like Steele Roofing for all your roofing needs.