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What Are My Roofing Options

How much does the average homeowner spend on a new roof for their Texas home? If you guessed between $5,000 and $10,000 you were correct! Caring for your roof is no small task or investment. Keep reading to learn more about your roofing options when it comes to repairing and replacing it!

Repair vs. Replacement

Homeowners, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Not every instance of roof damage requires the entire roof to be replaced. Sometimes you can get away with repairing the immediate area that was impacted and your roof will function exactly as it should from there.

However, there are certain situations where a complete replacement is advised. Some of those signs include:

  • The age of the roof. For instance, an asphalt roof lasts about 20 years. If you start having issues around this point, it’s advised that you replace the roof entirely.

  • The state of the shingles. If there are a few damaged shingles, you can get away with replacing them. If there are a lot of damaged shingles, across your whole roof, it’s time to replace them all.

  • The type of flashing you have. If you’re starting to notice issues with your roof’s flashing and the flashing is made from tar or cement, you should consider replacing all of it. Homes that are built today use metal flashing for more reliability in keeping water out.

Knowing the difference between a situation that requires a repair versus a replacement could save you thousands of dollars and a lot of time.

Roof Overlay

There’s also a third option when it comes to dealing with an old or damaged roof: a roof overlay. You may be wondering what a roof overlay is. In simple terms, it’s when a roofer lays the second set of shingles directly on top of the first layer.

This option is typically chosen when a homeowner needs a new roof but doesn’t want the hassle of replacing the whole roof or the expense that comes along with it. It’s also important to note that this method can only be used once. The roof structure can only support two layers of shingles, any more than that and you’ll cause more damage.

Materials

Asphalt Tiles

Asphalt shingles are by far the most widely used roofing material, and for good reason. They’re inexpensive, come in a variety of colors, and last about 20 years.

Clay Tiles

According to a study done by the University of Southern California, Clay and concrete tiles can withstand damage from tornadoes, hurricanes, or winds up to 125 miles per hour and earthquakes. They are on the heavier side and might require extra support in the foundation of your roof to bear that weight.

Metal Roof

Metal is the most expensive roofing material that’s offered, and while that might be a turnoff initially you might change your mind when you find out the benefits. Metal roofs have a life span ranging from 50 to 70 years and require very little maintenance throughout that lifetime.

Wood

When you encounter a problem with your roof, it’s important that you address it right away. Roof damage can quickly lead to other problems throughout your home, so stop the problem at the top. Our team of seasoned roofers at Alpha 1 Restorations has over 60 years of experience in the roofing and home exteriors industry and has encountered almost every problem and found solutions along the way.

Contact our team of experts by phone at (281) 853-8634 or visit our website to see how we can help you today!

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