Thank you for reading my blog my name is Dale Denhart I’ve been in the roofing business now for 35 years. Over that 35 years I’ve had hundreds if not thousands of similar questions that have been asked of me and during that time I’ve taken several mental notes and now a few physical notes that I would love to share with you.
During the 35 years of my career in the roofing industry serving the great people of Texas I’ve seen some common questions that have popped up on a regular basis and I’m here today to share some of those questions and answers in hopes that I can help you make a better decision when it comes to these frequently asked questions by customers of mine.
When I go out to do a free estimate one of the most common questions I get from my customer is how do I know if my roof is ready to be replaced. This is a great question to ask and it’s the right question that you should be asking.
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Some of these answers depend on a couple of things but the average roof if it’s an asphalt roof would be replaced every 20 to 25 years if no major storm or damage has been the culprit.
Again if no major size Texas storm has not severely damaged your roof the materials around 20 to 25 years that are used on roofing systems typically begin to start failing.
Of course the answer to this does have variations based on the style of roof that your home or business has. For example tile roofing and concrete roofing can have a much longer life with the only caveat being that a major storm has not created obvious damage The same is also true about metal roofing.
If you have a typical asphalt shingle roof and obvious indicator of a soon needed to be replaced would be shingles that are curled or obviously leaks that you can experiencing in your house.
Any leaks that you’re noticing in your house you need to be addressed immediately as they can lead to dangerous mold infestations.
Another indicator is bald spots on your asphalt shingle roof. This is an indication that the granules have worn off and are no longer protecting your roof. This would be the indication if you owned a typical asphalt roof that needed to be replaced.
One of the second most common questions that I hear from customers is how do they know if they’re dealing with a legitimate roofing company? What does that mean and why would anyone even ask that question? I mean how silly how do you know if you’re dealing with a legitimate roofing company? It’s a great question though. After large storms we often experience in the industry what is called storm chasers. These are typically companies that specifically just spring up to take advantage of the large influx of work. Not all of them but some of them have created a bad reputation in the industry by not guaranteeing their work moving on to the next town or city when the next disaster hits. So these questions are great questions to ask and the answer to how do you know if you’re dealing with a legitimate roofer is to make sure you find people that have a local connection to the community and work that they’ve already done to use as references. Some of the best companies are usually connected with local community business champions like the chamber of commerce.
Another common question that I get from customers is what’s the best performing roof?
It’s a good question but there’s not really a silver bullet answer for this question it greatly depends on the person’s budget or the potential replacement monies that could be available if the insurance company is replacing the roof.
The most common roof in the United States is the asphalt shingle and is typically been one of the best performing materials for roofing. For that reason it has become an industry standard consuming over 75% of the roofs that are typically put on. Of course tile roofing and metal roofing are extravagant beautiful and great performing roofs that we also install.
This is just a little food for thought and some of the things that my clients typically ask me when I sit down or meet with them for the free roofing estimate that we offer each and every one of our clients. Give us a call today if you’re looking for that legitimate local and well connected roofer right here in San Antonio.