Q: What are the major components of a roofing system?
A: A roof is not one piece, but consists of many parts that must work together to protect your home.
A: That depends on the type of material used and how well the roof is installed. Some slate roofs have been known to still be in use after centuries! Asphalt shingles, the most popular roofing material, can last anywhere from 15 to 50 years, depending on the thickness and quality of the shingle. In general you can expect to replace your roof every 30 years.
Q: Does my new roof come with a warranty?
A: That depends on who installed the roof and the materials used. Almost every legitimate roofing materials manufacturer will provide a product warranty against manufacturing defects. But we will only honor the warranty if the roof is installed by a licensed Texas Sky Exteriors contractor that has been certified. They want to be sure the installation process is done correctly and does not damage the shingles. No certification? No warranty! Be sure you get written assurances of any warrant protection before signing a contract for your new roof.
Q: Does a roofing company have to carry special insurance?
A: A great question! Every roofing contractor should carry both liability insurance and workers’ compensation coverage. You should ask to see current “proof of insurance” documentation before allowing a roofer to work on your home. Don’t rely on photocopies that may or may not be out-of-date. If an uninsured (or under-insured) roofer causes damage to your home, or if one of the workers is injured, you may be held liable under your homeowners policy.
Q: Aren’t all shingles more or less the same? Why pay extra for a name brand?
A: Shingles are definitely not the same. They can vary widely in the quality of the materials used, thickness and depth, number of granules per square inch, and consistency from one shingle to the next. Paying a little extra now can earn you much more reliable protection and many more years of service from your roof.
Q: Do I need gutters?
A: Gutters and downspouts are essential parts of a complete roofing system. Gutters capture rainwater and snow melt, then direct it away from your home’s foundation. Without gutters water will puddle along the sides of your home, seeping down into the ground to weaken the foundation.
Q: All roofing contractors look and sound alike to me. What’s the best way to tell which one will do the best job?
A: You are probably going to spend a significant amount of money on your roof, so do your homework! Check credentials, ask about insurance coverage, make sure the roofer is certified by the manufacturers they install, get a written estimate and schedule. Most important: Ask for references and check them out. Call previous customers to ask about their experience with the roofing contractor. Most people are happy to truthfully share their knowledge.
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