Faqs

NEW ROOF FAQ

Most homeowners will have to get their roof replaced every few decades, because most roofs last a long time if they’re installed correctly and properly maintained. Yet many of them aren’t familiar with the process, and many of the same questions about a roof replacement get repeatedly asked. If you’re experiencing more frequent issues (such as leaks and broken shingles), it might be reaching the end of its life. Replacing it will put an end to these problems, which will reduce the amount of maintenance it needs.

Here are some of the questions that are often asked by homeowners when they think about getting a new roof.

WHEN SHOULD I GET MY ROOF REPLACED?

This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions, and there are several key indicators that will tell you when it’s time to replace your roof. Some of these can include:

  • Bucking and curling shingles — Moisture in the attic causes nails to move out of place, which loosens the shingle. This will compromise its ability to keep the roof protected from outside elements, which can cause leeks and even water damage.
  • Algae growth — The bacteria inside the algae will eat through the shingles, especially if they’re a low-cost variety that’s made of limestone.
  • Missing granules — Asphalt shingles are made of small granules. And when they come loose, it can affect its performance. You can find them by looking for fragments inside your gutter system.
  • Missing shingles — Roofing contractors know how to keep shingles in place, but they can still get blown away by winds or come loose as they age. Missing shingles will allow rainwater to get into your home, which is why you need to take care of it as soon as possible.
  • Mold in the attic — Mold can form in the rafter beams and plywood located on the underside of your roof, which is one of the most concerning parts of a roof replacement. Removing mold can be expensive. Not to mention, the effect it can have on your health.

These are only some of the signs that it may be time to get your roof replaced. Be sure to speak to a roofing professional for more information.

SHOULD I REPLACE THE SHINGLES OR THE ENTIRE ROOFING SYSTEM?

Your roof is made of a lot more than a layer of shingles, so replacing the entire system is the best choice if you want to maximize its performance.

WILL GETTING A NEW ROOF LOWER MY ENERGY COSTS?

If your roof is old and not performing as well as it should, a roof replacement can help you lower this expense. You want your attic to be as close to the outside temperature as possible. But if it’s overheating in the summer, it could be a sign of improper ventilation. This can cause your HVAC system to work harder than it needs to be. A new roof will reduce your energy costs, because it will prevent excess drafts and water leaks.

IS A NEW ROOF CONSIDERED TO BE A GOOD INVESTMENT?

Quality roofing is one of the best ways that you can get a positive return on your home investment, but there are other benefits of a roof replacement. Because it makes up about 40% of your home’s curb appeal, getting a new roof can make it more visually appealing from the outside. But a new roof can also increase your home’s value by at least 70%. Not to mention, the potential energy savings due to better attic ventilation. Be sure to speak to a roofing professional for more information about the benefits of getting a new roof.

HOW MUCH WILL A NEW ROOF COST?

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to a roof replacement, but there are several online calculators that can give you some idea of how much it will cost. You should, however, get an estimate from a qualified roofing contractor — someone who has been trained and certified in this area.

HOW LONG WILL MY ROOF LAST?

You can expect an asphalt shingle roof to last about 20 years, but it could last longer. You may also need a roof replacement sooner, depending on a series of factors.

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO PREPARE FOR A ROOF INSTALLATION?

Because you’ll be involved in some type of construction project, you should remove any vehicles and furniture from your driveway and yard so it doesn’t get damaged from falling debris. The vibration from the tools can also cause your walls to shake, so you should think about taking down anything that’s hanging from your walls or sitting on shelves.

If you want more information about whether you need to get your roof replaced, get in touch with Phillips Roofing and Restoration today!

COMMERCIAL ROOF FAQs

As a business owner, your building’s roof is the last thing you want to worry about. But without a good commercial roofing system, it won’t get as much protection from the elements. That’s why you need to know how to take care of your roof. It will go a long way toward protecting your investment. So, here are some of the frequently asked questions about commercial roofing.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST TO GET A NEW ROOF?

The cost of a new commercial roofing system will depend on a lot of things: the type of roof you want to install, how big it needs to be, and whether anything has to be fixed before it can be installed. Be sure to speak to someone at Phillips Roofing and Restoration for a free estimate on your next installation.

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY BUILDING NEEDS A NEW ROOF?

If you see any mold, water stains, signs of shingle damage (such as cracking and curling), or any that appear to be missing, you might need a new roof. Be sure to contact us, so we can come up with the best course of action.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO INSTALL A NEW ROOF?

The actual time it takes to repair or install a new roof will depend on the scope of the work that needs to be done, the type of roof you want to install, and whether there’s any existing damage. Even the weather can affect the time it takes to install a new roof. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions about our process.

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT TYPE OF COMMERCIAL ROOFING SYSTEM I NEED TO INSTALL?

There are several types of commercial roofing materials, but your best choice will depend on your specific situation. Be sure to speak to a professional for more information.

CAN I INSTALL A NEW ROOF ON TOP OF MY OLD ONE?

It depends on the type of roof was installed, how it was insulated, the condition of the roof deck, and whether it has been saturated with moisture. It will also depend on local and national building codes, as well as on your specific budget. But before you decide that this type of commercial roofing restoration is possible, be sure to speak to a qualified roofing contractor so he or she can make a thorough assessment. It may require some more invasive methods of gathering information (such as making core cuts of the existing roofing assembly or testing the roof deck).

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I INSPECT MY COMMERCIAL ROOFING SYSTEM?

Any major water damage is as sign of a serious problem. So if you notice water stains or leaks, you should speak to a roofing professional as soon as possible. There are, however, some best practices that will extend the life of your roof. You want to check it after every major storm or period of bad weather (such as snow, ice, or rain), and you should perform an inspection every time the seasons change.

HOW LONG CAN I EXPECT MY COMMERCIAL ROOFING SYSTEM TO LAST?

The lifespan of your commercial roof will depend on a number of factors. Everything from weather conditions to the type of roofing material you installed will affect its longevity. Here are the lifespan averages for some of the common commercial roofing types:
  • Spray Polyurethane Foam: 30-50 years
  • Single-Ply TPO Membrane: 15-20 years
  • Single-Ply EPDM Membrane: 20-25 years
  • Metal Roofing: 30-45 years
  • Built-Up Roofing: 10-15 years
Be sure to speak to a roofing professional for more information.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I FIND A ROOF LEAK?

If you notice any signs of a leaking roof, your first priority is to protect what’s inside your building (which may require you to move furniture or cover equipment). And once you have everything protected, mark the leaking area so you can show it to a professional. If your contractor has an emergency contact number, you want to take advantage of this service. But if they don’t have one, contact them as early as possible during business hours.

If you have any more questions about commercial roofing systems, feel free to reach out to Phillips Roofing and Restoration. We’re one of the best roofers in Corpus Christi, because we have a qualified team with years of combined experience in both residential and commercial roofing. If you want to work with one of the best choices for roofing in the Coastal Bend, get in touch with us today!