From the simple & run-of-the-mill questions relating to queries about roofing in general to the consultations involving roof inspection protocols or navigating roofing insurance claim bureaucracy successfully, we’ve seen, done, & answered it all! If you have additional questions regarding roofing services, roofing types, or roofing systems specifically, please feel free to reach out directly. Additionally, we always encourage feedback from our local roofing customers here in Texas, so if you would like to see your question (and corresponding answer) listed here, let us know!
By and large, [asphalt] shingle roofing systems are quite common for residential properties (homes/houses) and are extremely popular/favored for a variety of reasons. Chiefly, asphalt shingle roofs possess durability, cost-effectiveness, and simplistic installation. Moreover, shingle roofing systems are surprisingly easier to affect repairs in comparison to other roofing types or other roofing systems.
Commercial roofing systems can vary rather drastically in terms of popularity, preference, & commonality. Such factors of selection can be influenced by the region, size of the commercial property, & the budget allotted to a building’s roofing system. It is worth noting, ultimately, that a commercial roof typically exceeds the cost of a residential counterpart (house or home’s roof) when being designed, constructed, installed, and later maintained.
The average price of a roof can fluctuate between $3.00 per square foot to upwards of $10.00 per square foot and is often dependent on the size of the home or house, where it is located, & the type of roofing system that is being integrated. It’s also important to remember that other factors will play a role in the overall cost of a home: the slope, pitch, or angle of the roof; the going rate for materials; and the caliber of roofers used to perform the roofing installation.
While the upper echelon of roofing types can reach over five decades in some instances, it’s safe to project that a properly designed, constructed, installed, & maintained roofing system has the longevity of about 30 years on average. Here are a few things to consider when making projections about a roof’s lifespan: material composition (shingle, tile, shake, metal, etc.), what type of weather will the roofing system be exposed to, & how frequently the roof is maintained.
Granted, there are rare exceptions to [asphalt] shingle roofs being the cheapest in specific situations. However, shingle roofing systems tend to be the least costly of other types because of the price of their material composition & the relative ease with which their installation & upkeep can be performed. It’s highly recommended to shop around for not only materials or vendors for the roofing material(s) but shop around for roofers & roofing contractors as well.
A better question is: “what is the best type of roof for my property?”. As with nearly anything of note, there is seldomly a ‘one-size-fits-all’ answer, and labeling a particular roofing system or type ‘the best’ is inaccurate at best & disingenuous at worst. With that being said, what size or style of structure is being crowned, the budgetary constraints surrounding a roof’s installation, local HoA or building restrictions, and the owner's preference will significantly contribute to what roof is best for a given property.
Typically large, gaping holes, missing tile or shingles, warped roofing material, or extreme damage can facilitate the need for a roof to be replaced. Alternatively, not all issues that plague a roof are discernible to the untrained or inexperienced and ultimately may require a professional roofing inspector to make that determination. As an aside, many roofing systems actually need to be replaced in order to support an upgrade to solar panel energy for the home.
Taking into account that many roof insurance policies can vary in terms of coverage, exceptions, exemptions, & liability, it can be tricky to immediately establish the amount, if any, that the insurance company is accountable for. With that noted, it’s been demonstrated that a large division of insurance policies do indeed offer coverage for specific climate-related damage: rain, water, wind, hail, & sometimes ultraviolet exposure.
Strict adherence to all codes, guidelines, roofing restrictions, & plan sets is fundamental to what a roof inspector ascertains when inspecting a particular roofing system. Also, roofing material type & quality are scrutinized as heavily as the design & construction of the roofing system to ensure the viable longevity of the roof as a whole. Often roof inspectors will take note of the roofing system’s features (skylights, vents, flashing, gutters, & downspouts) to verify that they are in compliance with any regulation(s).
It’s been shown that a significant portion of insurance companies will actively seek a resolution regarding a roofing claim that is as cheap, prompt, & definitive as possible. Often, this entails an insurance appraiser assessing the roof to deduce the company’s level of liability in answer to said roofing claim. Having made that mention, it’s prudent to have an experienced roofer or roofing contractor on-site to oversee the roofing insurance appraiser’s inspection.