Residential Roofing Frequently Asked Questions

When it comes to residential roofing, we hear plenty of questions from the customers we work with about the process and roofing care in general. This is probably because your roof is an investment that you don’t have to make very often. While you do have to invest in the care of your roof, you will probably only deal with a handful of roof replacements over the course of your lifetime. But don’t fret; the professionals at Crest Exteriors work with roofing and other exterior projects every day in order to help you make informed and honest decisions about your roofing needs. Your Tyler, Texas home is important to you, so to help you make the decisions you need to about your roof, we’ve tackled some of the most frequently asked questions about residential roofing. Keep reading to learn more about your home’s roofing needs.

Is roof replacement my only option?

We get asked this question a lot. Many people are under the assumption that a roof replacement is their only option when they are having problems with their roof, and it’s simply not true. There are definitely situations where a roof replacement is necessary and unavoidable, however, a thorough roof inspection will help to determine if you truly need a roof replacement or if repairs will do the trick for your needs. For example, some roofing leaks can be easily fixed by replacing worn out flashing. The experts at Crest Exteriors can assess your roof’s current condition and recommend the best course of action for your needs and your budget.

Do I have to get new gutters at the same time?

If you haven’t seen a home being reroofed before, you probably don’t know what the process is like. It makes sense that individuals would wonder about their gutters during a roof replacement. Most of the time your gutters will remain untouched and as roofers, we can work around them. There are a few types of gutters, also if they’re severely degraded, that are impossible to work around and you may have to have new gutters installed. These instances, however, are rare. But don’t forget that during a roof replacement is a great time to get leaky gutters replaced if you’re ready to make the improvement to your home.

How long will my roof last?

Obviously, when you get a new roof, you want to make sure that you’ve made a great investment into your home. You want it to last for as long as possible. When you buy a roof that has a 30 year manufacturer’s warranty, you probably think it will last 30 years. However, because a roof is exposed to the elements, this may not be the case. Your roof’s lifespan is heavily influenced by the climate and the quality of the original installation job. Depending on these factors, you may be replacing your roof sooner than you expected in order to keep your home protected appropriately.

What does hail actually do to damage a roof?

When you look up at a roof after a hail storm, it may seem like nothing is wrong with it. There are no torn off shingles, there are no massive dents, and everything seems in working order. However, upon closer inspection, you may find small dents in the shingles or have a roofing expert tell you that there is substantial damage. But still the roof seems fine to you. Think again. Hail can cause a variety of problems for you and your roof, even if there only seems to be some little dents. Hail can accelerate the loss of granules off of your roof’s shingles. This, in turn, accelerates the aging process, making it so your roof will not last as long. In addition to aging your roof, hail can also void your roof’s manufacturer’s warranty. Making sure that you have your roof professionally inspected, and repaired or replaced when recommended, can help to make sure your roof and your home is appropriately protected.

Understanding how your roof works and the various aspects of residential roofing can help you to make the best decision about your roofing needs. Here at Crest Exteriors, we want to help you when you need it the most. Turn to Crest Exteriors for local, professional roofing help for your Tyler home! Schedule your free roof inspection today!