Re-Roofing or Total Roof Replacment
Getting a new roof or re-roofing is a very expensive process and it is something that should not be ignored. Roof problems may start off relatively minor and fairly innocuous, but because they may be ignored, the relatively minor problem is now a major problem. This is why roofing companies recommend to potential clients to call a professional roof repair company for their roof repair needs as soon as they notice their roof is damaged to help mitigate any further damage to their roof.
If you fail to fix your faulty roof, the problems may persist and continue to grow as water can leak to the inside of your home starting from the attic, or working down through your recently remodeled bathroom. What may have started off as a fairly easy fix, even one that could have potentially been solved by a re-roofing will now have to be taken care of with a total roof replacement.
What is re-roofing?
Put simply, instead of removing an old roof completely and replacing it, the roofers will place new shingles on top of the old shingles. Your “new” roof will then be made up of two layers of shingles.
Reroofing is not always the best option. In fact, it may end up costing you more money in the long run because if you’re replacing damaged shingles with new shingles, the roof itself may have some irregularities which needs to be taken care of, otherwise you’re wasting money treating the symptom not the cause of your roofing problems. Additionally, if you do end up fixing a part of your roof, some parts of the roof may not match up right (color wise or shingles simply not matching properly because of the aforementioned roof irregularities). Lastly, you should only considering re-roofing if you only have one layer of shingles because the weight of the added shingles may be too heavy for the underlying roof framing. If you have additional layers of shingles or if your roof is already suffering from other problems it is highly recommended that you replace the entire roof instead.
When is a Total Roof Replacement Needed?
A total roof replacement is needed when your roof has already been re-roofed once or if your roof is looking noticeably worn or damaged due to age and weather. A few easy signs to know that you need a new roof is if your roof is leaking, or if your roof has lost quite a few shingles or are crumbling, or if your wood shakes are growing moss and mildew stains.
Luckily, we at Excel Roofers can provide the roofing services necessary to get you a brand new roof from a professional crew who is trained in installing brand new roofs for any home in Corpus Christi and the surrounding areas.
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Types of Roof Shingles for Residential Roofs
Determining which shingles you want is based on your location as well as your personal taste and budget. We happen to live in an area where it is not only hurricane prone, but is also hot for the majority of the year. Due to our hurricane prone region, it is important to have shingles that have are capable of withstanding strong winds (90mph+). Another key factor is roof pitch. Roof pitch is basically a ratio that describes how steep a roof is on a home or commercial property. Your roof pitch determines what roofing materials are available for your home or business. For example, wood shake shingles and composition shingles can be used for steeper pitched roofs but are not to be used for flat roofs. Flat roofs utilize TPO and Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) and are energy star rated. Now that you have a brief overview of some key factors in determining which type of roof shingles are suitable in Corpus Christi, listed below are the most common types of shingles:
Asphalt shingles are the most widely-used on homes, because they’re low-cost and can provide tremendous value. Asphalt shingles are probably the most widely used shingles on homes in America today. This is partly due to the fact that they are an effective low-cost solution and can provide tremendous value for your home. Additionally, asphalt shingles are usually guaranteed for 20-30 years which makes them an excellent value. If you drive around Corpus Christi, you’ll notice that the asphalt three-tab roof shingles are what covers most homes in the area.
If you want to use asphalt shingles but want a different type of asphalt shingle, you can also use an architectural shingle. The difference is that architectural shingles weight around 50% more than your 3-tab shingles and can come in different sizes. However, the architectural shingles do cost more than your standard 3 tab shingles, but at the same time, have a minimum 30 year guarantee and are higher rated for wind resistance.
Lastly, another advantage of having an asphalt shingle roof in South Texas is the ability to customize your shingles and have it look vastly different to your neighbors roof. Asphalt shingles are available in a wide variety of colors that can be used to complement your home.
If you decide to opt for asphalt shingles, here are special instructions from FEMA that describes how to best install asphalt shingles in hurricane-prone areas.
Wood Shakes will give your home an incredible look, but they are more expensive than the asphalt shingles option. They are also highly wind resistant and can withstand winds over 90+mph. However, Wood Shakes are susceptible to fire hazards and are obviously not a great choice in areas prone to wildfires. Unlike asphalt shingles, Wood Shakes actually require an adequate amount of care otherwise the wood can rot and can easily be damaged by severe weather. As a homeowner, you will need to propery maintain your wood shakes by preventing moss and mildew from growing and damaging your roof.However, with proper care and depending on our weather conditions in Corpus Christi, Wood Shakes can last approximately 25-35 years. If you do decide to opt for Wood Shakes, take note that Cedar is the most popular wood for shakes, but you can probably find shakes made from other types of wood. When purchasing wood shakes one key thing to keep in mind is the type of grain you want for your wood shake.
We recommend Edge Grain if you do opt for Wood Shakes because it not only is the highest quality cut you can get for wood shakes, but they have the greatest stability (less likely for your shakes to distort as it ages) out of your options available (Edge Grain, Flat Grain & Slash Grain) and it offers the greatest long-term durability.
Unlike wood shakes or asphalt shingles, clay tiles have the distinct advantage of longevity. There is a reason why ceramic and clay style roofing has been used for centuries throughout the world. Unlike wood shakes, clay doesn’t rot and decay and is heavily fire-resistant. Additionally, clay tiles are resistant towards inclement weather like heavy rain which is good since we live in a hurricane prone area. Furthermore, because of the unique shape that clay tiles have, it can actually create an air pocket which help to cool your home during the hot summer months and keep your home warm during our very brief winter season.
Another advantage for clay tiles is its appeal for many homeowners due to its unique style. This roofing material pairs very well with stone or brick siding and if you’ve ever driven down the southside of Corpus Christi, you may have seen many houses with this type of roofing style. They also come in a wide variety of styles that can suit many design styles and can come in various colors and glaze types. If you want to have a highly customizable roof type, clay tiles are an attractive option for the homeowner that is into curb appeal and simply wants a unique style.
It should come as no surprise to many homeowners that clay tile is an expensive roofing style compared to the other options mentioned above. Additionally, because it is made out of clay, its weight is substantially heavy (about 7-10 pounds per tile). So bear this in mind when shopping for roofing material for your home. Despite the heavy weight, clay tiles are an excellent option for a home as it requires very little maintenance compared to wood shakes and is weather resistant with the longevity of lasting for several decades.
If you want something that gives you a complete different look and feel from the other roofing material listed above, metal roofing may be an option for you. Metal roofing has started to grow in popularity because of reduced maintenance — it’s just a metal roof! Not only do metal roofs have extended durability and weather resistance, but there’s also reduced utility expenses as a result of having a metal roof. Just like the other material listed earlier, metal roofing does come in various styles that can provide long-lasting service for your home and to help retain its curb appeal with each passing year.