Q. How long can
I expect my roof to last?
A. The condition and lifespan of your roof
will depend on the type of roof you have, the effects of your
local environment and the maintenance which the roof has
received. According to the American Society of Home Inspectors,
asphalt shingles generally last 15-20 years; wood
shingle/shakes 10-40 years; clay/concrete tiles 20+ years;
slate 30-100 years; metal roofing 15-40+ years. Roofing product
manufacturers offer a variety of warranties on their products.
Take a close look at those warranties to see what
and financial obligations they
will assume if their products fail to reach their
Q. My roof
leaks. Do I need to have it totally replaced?
A. Not necessarily. Leaking can result
because some flashings have come loose, or because a section of
the roof has been damaged. A roof failure, however, is
generally irreversible and results from improper installation
or choice of materials, or from the installation of a roof
system inappropriate to the
Q. How can a
homeowner recognize when a roof has problems?
A. All too often, roof problems are
discovered after leaking or other serious damage occurs.
Periodic (twice-a-year) inspections can often uncover cracked,
warped or missing shingles, loose seams and deteriorated
flashings, excessive surface granules accumulation in the
gutters or downspouts and other visible signs of roof problems.
Indoors, look for cracked paint, discolored plasterboard and
peeling wallpaper as signs of damaged roof
Q. What is a
ridge vent? Do I have to have it?
A. A ridge vent is part of the exhaust
ventilation system that helps circulate hot air and moisture
from your attic to the exterior of the house and provides for
more energy efficient heating and air conditioning. Moisture
can build up in your attic by way of the kitchen and bathroom,
eventually causing damage to the roof deck and framing. A ridge
vent reduces heat and moisture in your attic saving you
problems later on. Good ventilation help prevent rotting,
mildew, drywall damage, peeling paint and warped siding. When
combined with eave vent it provides the most effective
ventilation system available. Every home should have a ridge
vent or one of several other types ventilating system
installed. A ridge vent is considered the most excellent system
for attic ventilation.
Q. What is a
A. A roofing square is a unit of roof measure
covering 100 square feet.
Q. Why should I
tear off my old roofing?
A. Roofing over a bumpy material will
telegraph through the new roof. Tearing off the old shingles will assure that your roof deck is in good condition and not
the source for future problems. Tearing off the old shingles
will provide access for installing new leak barriers in eaves
and valleys around penetrations. With the old shingles gone,
we'll be able to install new metal flashing which is essential
to a new roof.
Q. How long
will it take to put on a new roof?
A. The duration of the job varies widely
depending on the size and complexity of the job. A small,
uncomplicated roof job can usually be finished in a day or two.
A large, complex project can last a week or more. Our estimator
can answer any question you may have concerning your roof, the
cost and duration of the job. Please Contact Us for a free estimate.
Q. What is
A. A radiant barrier is a layer of aluminum
foil placed in an airspace to block radiant heat transfer
between a heat-radiating surface (such as a hot roof) and a
heat-absorbing surface (such as conventional attic
Q. Do you use
A. Houston Roofing Specialist does
not use subcontractors. We are with our customers from
beginning to end of all roofing jobs. This includes flashings,
gutter systems, radiant barriers and skylight