When to repair and when to replace: Tips from a local roofing expert

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Brad Briggs
Texas Engineered Roofing
Local roofing expert answers questions about what homeowners should know to best care for their roofs.

How often should a homeowner replace their roof or have it inspected?
Many factors contribute to when replacement of a homeowner’s roof is required. These include excessive wear and tear or granular loss, storm-related damage from hail or wind, multiple leaks, [and]improper installation by a previous roofing contractor. [The roof should be replaced if] repair isn’t a valid option.
An asphalt shingle roof, especially one that’s over 10 years [old], should be inspected annually and have a preventative maintenance performed to help extend its lifespan if no storm-related damage is present. All asphalt shingled roofs should be inspected after a hurricane with high winds or after a hail storm. These storm-related events can shorten the overall lifespan of a roof and eventually allow water intrusion.

What is the most overlooked part of the roof that homeowners should be aware of?
Normally a homeowner’s roof is out of sight and therefore out of mind until a leak develops inside their house. All roof penetrations, including a chimney, pipe jacks, attic vents, furnace and water heater vents, are the main causes of leaks that can be prevented with proper maintenance.

According to The National Weather Service, August and September are the most active months for hurricanes. What should homeowners do to prepare their roofs before a potential storm hits?
Homeowners should reach out to a local, licensed roofing contractor prior to hurricane season who offers a free, no-obligation roof inspection. Preventative inspections and maintenance of their roof will more than likely get them and their homes through the stormy season without any problems.

What kind of roofing materials are best-suited to The Woodlands area?

The most economic roofing material is still the asphalt shingle. Other products, including metal and tile, have a longer lifespan, but unless this is a homeowner’s forever home or [the homeowners’ association]and [The Woodlands] Township approved, most roofs are installed with limited-lifetime asphalt shingles. A homeowner’s budget is also a major factor when considering what type of product to install on the roof. We mostly recommend CertainTeed asphalt shingles, but we are also certified to install GAF [brand roofing].

Homeowners should ask questions before hiring a roofing company. (via Source: Brad Briggs/community impact newspaper)

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  1. Penelope Smith

    I liked that you explained that you should get your roof inspected on a regular basis. That is good for me to know that a new homeowner. The house u just bought is older. So, I might need to to get some repairs done to the roof soon. https://www.rlhayes.com/

  2. Thanks for helping me understand that the roof should be inspected by professionals after the storm since the effect of the storm can shorten the life of the materials used for it. I guess I should hire one tomorrow and get our roof checked and repair what needs to be repaired. This is because we have been affected by the heavy rain last weekend, and we heard some banging sounds up there at that time. So there might be damages already that needs to be fixed. https://atlantaroofing.com/emergency-services/

  3. Thanks for pointing out that if your roof has excessive wear and tear or granular loss, storm-related damage from hail or wind, or multiple leaks it can be time to get your roof replaced. My husband and I are thinking about getting new roofing because our current roof is pretty old and has been leaking a lot lately. I think that it would be nice to have a new roof not just to help stop the leaks but also to help make our house look better. http://www.aplus-roofingspecialist.com/

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Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Franklin, Tennessee in 2019.
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