Roofing Company Plano
With mother nature constantly changing moods, her effect will eventually conquer your home’s roof. Plano, TX experiences extreme heat, cold winters, heavy thunderstorms, and pop-up hailstorms in a given year. As those years add up, your roof may need some help. That’s when you’ll need the help of a roofing company Plano.
How can a roofing company Plano help?
A few ruptured shingles can’t do any harm. Well, they can if you allow them to worsen. If you allow too many shingles to break then you’ll be in for a roof replacement, which will be far costlier than a repair.
It’s probably a good idea to have your roof inspected if it has been in place for 15 years or so. Also, if your home has had to fight through a particularly gruesome storm season. Contacting a roofing contractor for an inspection is best. You’ll benefit from an accurate assessment and helpful advice.
You can inspect your roof as well, just be careful while doing it. Make sure you have a ladder, gloves, and shoes with trustworthy grip. The last thing you need is to fall from a roof just because you were curious of possible damage.
The most prominent area of your roof to check is the flashing. Flashing is installed sheet metal that is meant to protect the joints and edges of a roof. You’ll see it at the base of your chimney, along with any breaks in your roof where shingles meet brick or where shingles start off on a separate angle. Damage to flashing is the surest way for leaks to occur.
Shingles are of course important to inspect as well. Looking over each shingle is monotonous and time consuming; however, it must be done to ensure not a single one is ready to rupture. Shingles protect the layers underneath. Those layers are not as strong; thus, if a shingle breaks, whatever is beneath it likely won’t be able to hold up for too long either.
If damage has occurred, it’s time for a repair. Believe it or not, not all roofing contractors work on all types of roofs. You’ll need to find a roofing company Plano that has experience with your type of roof and that guarantees a successful repair.
It’s okay to seek multiple estimates on roof repair. Multiple estimates will give you an idea of cost ranges and alert you if one seems overly high or overly low. That’s the tricky part about choosing the right roofing company Plano – you need to make sure the price is reasonable, but not too reasonable.
Sure, that sounds annoying. After all, all you are trying to do is get your home’s protector back to maximum protection. But don’t fret, just focus on finding a company that has a good reputation, good reviews, and experience. We’ll detail all that you need to look for in a contractor a little later on.
Make sure your contractor explains the estimate and the work that will be done to repair your roof. Repairs should be like clockwork for an established company.
If your roof is too far gone, it’s time for a replacement. Most of the time repairs are an option, though, there comes a point in time where it’s better to get a new roof instead of continuously paying for repairs to your current roof. At that point, call a roofing company Plano.
In many instances, your new roof can actually be laid over your old roof. This is not a huge deal, but it can save you some money by not having to pay for a roof removal. Some roofing shingles are too heavy to be placed over old ones. For example, clay, concrete, and slate.
Roof replacement means you will have to choose a shingle type. You can always replace your roof with the same type of shingle, or you can try another type. Here we’ll detail a few of the popular roofing types in Plano, TX:
Types of Shingles
Lifespan 20-30 years
Asphalt shingles are what you see atop most U.S. homes. Homeowners take such a liking to asphalt roofs because they are reasonably priced, versatile and reliable. While none of the roof type’s qualities are over the top functional, all qualities are solid and will effectively protect your home for the 20-30 years promised.
You’ll find design options to be quite extensive. Asphalt roofs are not built to necessarily standout, but they will certainly compliment the overall appeal of a home. In all, asphalt protects against wind damage, can withstand a multitude of moderate hail storms, and offer outstanding fire protection. A roofing company Plano should have plenty of experience installing asphalt roofs.
Lifespan 30-40 years
Wood shake roofs cost a little more than asphalt and they last a little longer than asphalt. This roof type is very impressive in its natural form. A nicely installed wood shake roof will make your home stand out, especially if surrounded by a bunch of asphalt roofs.
The downside to wood shakes is they are vulnerable to moisture. Of course, wood is a water-absorbent material. Thus, it can mold and deteriorate if it does not dry quickly enough. Given the amount of sunlight North Texas benefits from, this should rarely be an issue. However, you have to be careful with parts of your roof that are covered by shade trees or partially -enclosed to where wind cannot reach.
These factors can prevent your wood shake shingle roof from drying in efficient time, potentially causing deterioration and leaks.
Lifespan 50-75 years
Metal is not your conventional roof type, but maybe you don’t want to take the conventional route as a homeowner. Metal will be more expensive than most roofing materials; however, the extra cost translates to a longer lasting roof.
What makes a metal roof long lasting?
Nothing can shake it. It has a Class A fire rating (the best) and it can withstand threats like hail, wind and snow with no problem at all. Large hail storms may cause dents to the roof, but the dents will not be noticeable unless up close and they won’t prompt any repairs for a long time to come. Metal also reflects sunlight, so your home will stay cooler and energy costs will lessen.
Plus, metal roofs have advanced to the point where they can imitate wood, stone, or clay roofs. No longer will your roof appeal be negated by long metal panels that you would typically see atop a cabin or a shed. Rather, metal roofs are installed in customary shingle form.
The downside to metal…it can be noisy. You might be able to hear rain falling and you’ll definitely be able to hear hail hitting your metal roof.
Lifespan 100+ years
Slate can be considered the crème of the crop of roofing materials. As such, the material will cost you a pretty penny. Though, in return, you’d be getting a roof that will almost certainly outlast your home living. Yes, a slate roof can and should last for over 100 years. You likely won’t live under the same roof for 100 years; however, you should know that slate will very much increase the value of your home if/when you put it up for sale.
Slate is very pleasant in appearance. It appears very soft and smooth, and it can be installed in a wide range of colors, whether traditional black or gray, or standout red or a mix of colors. Its softness is a ruse, however. Slate is actually an extremely hard natural stone material that can overcome anything that is thrown its way.
The surface resists water, fire, wind, and heavy impacts. There is really nothing that a slate roof can’t handle.
What to look for in a contractor
Experience– Generally speaking, the longer a business has been in business, the more credible it is. The roofing industry is a competitive one. A contractor that can survive and thrive within the industry is clearly doing something right. Summit Roof Service Inc. has been in business for over 20 years. In that time, our customer base has grown considerably, as has our employee base.
License and Insurance– Anytime you interview a roofing company Plano, be sure you verify that the contractor has both active liability insurance and licensing. You want to protect your investment and a big part in doing so is ensuring you won’t be liable for damages or injuries. You also want to verify a contractor’s warranty on the work at hand.
Recognition– Awards and special certifications are always a good sign! For instance, Summit Roof is a GAF Certified roofing installer. GAF recognized us for our positive reputation throughout our community, as well as our installation expertise. As a result, our product selection now includes special GAF roofing materials. Keep in mind, GAF is North America’s top roofing manufacturer.
Reviews– A safe and quick way to research a company is by reading up on company reviews. There is no shortage of websites to do this through. Look for customer testimonials and business reviews. A roofing company may even provide you with a few references to clients that have benefited from the company’s work.
Now is the time!
The best times of the year to have roof work done are the spring and fall. This is the case for two reasons:
- In between scary seasons. If your roof is damaged in the summer or winter, you want to have those damages fixed in the spring or fall. You also want to prep it for the summer or winter. Basically, weather is less threatening in the spring and fall seasons in Plano, TX. Sure, spring brings rain, but rain will not damage a roof. Fall brings with it a few big storms, but nothing compared to summer.
- It’s nice on the roofers. Roofers will climb atop your home to install a new roof anytime of the year, but it’s a tougher task when temperatures are above 100° (which is often the case in Plano, TX summers). In addition, it’s not ideal to install a roof when temperatures are in the 30s. Not only is extreme hot and cold tough on labor, but it can damage the shingles. Cold temperatures can cause shingles to crack.
If you are looking for a roofing company Plano, give Summit Roof a call! Whether your roof needs repair or replacement, we have you covered. We also specialize in the installation of radiant barriers and historic restoration. Our experts will complete an accurate estimate on your roof and share with you the necessary process to getting it back to full strength. From there, we will get the job done to perfection!
Prep your roof for bad weather by calling (972) 715-1655!
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