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  • How do I decide what shingle to choose?

    The choice of shingle is a personal one unless there are restrictive covenants in your area that make the choice for you. Often, storm damage leads to the homeowner asking this question. They don't just wake up and decide to change their roof. Usually, a big hail storm will have struck the Dallas Fort Worth area and now they are deciding what to choose, or perhaps a big storm has revealed leakage. The main concerns I see are:

    • Cost: for many people, this is of overriding importance to them. A three tab shingle will of course be the least expensive way to go, but will not have the curb appeal of a higher grade product.
    • Value: this is where other factors enter the equation. For most people, a shingle like the GAF Timberline will represent the best value with excellent long term wear ability and good looks.
    • Color: "I saw a house that really had a great looking color on the roof; can you match it?" When I hear this, it usually means a homeowner saw a designer color roof that caught their eye.
    • Resale value: "I really do not want to spend much as I'm planning to sell soon." Look around at your neighbors' homes. If they have three tab roofs, it certainly will not make sense to put up a designer shingle in the neighborhood, and vice versa.
    • Insurance settlement: The insurance company will pay to restore your home to what it was. They will not pay for shingle upgrades.

    If you have questions, and you probably do, please feel free to call us or click on the contact form. We will be happy to help in any way we can.

    Do I Need a New Roof?

      • WeatherPRO Roofing Helps Determine Whether You Need a New Roof in Dallas, Plano, Richardson, Garland, Mesquite, Coppell, TexasThis roof needs to be replaced before it requires expensive interior repairs from mold and drywall damage

        To Replace or Not to Replace?

        If you are asking this question, you may already know the answer or suspect that repairs may be needed.

        The age of your roof will be a major indicator of whether to repair or replace your roof.

        Contrary to how roof manufacturers rate a roof;, such as 25 year, 30 year or lifetime, few (if any) of these products will ever last that long. I have always been a believer in the "divide by two" theory. That is, a 30 year roof generally lasts 15 before it needs repairs, maybe more. It is kind of like cars with odometers that can record mileage into the hundreds of thousands of miles: odds are, after 100,000 miles, you will need some repair work.

        There are roofs that last much longer than normal asphalt shingle roofs, such as slate, Spanish tile, Japanese tile, and heavy designer shingle roofs. These roofs are much more expensive, less common and better able to withstand damaging hail storms.

        Let's look at common problems with asphalt shingle roofs and whether they are repairable, or indicate whether a roof should be replaced.

        Granule Loss
        Granule loss may be an indicator of a major roof problem that may indicate the need for a new roof

        Loose granules in your gutters and coming out your downspouts on an older roof mean only one thing: the granules are coming off your shingles and replacement time is near, or maybe past due. The granule loss in the photo is becoming severe. This roof was an old three tab, approximately 12 years old. The roof was originally a 20 year roof. This roof was replaced.
        Granule loss on a new roof is to expected in the short term due to the handling of the shingles during installation. After a big hail storm, shingles may lose a lot of granules, especially noticeable by the downspout elbow.

      • Blown off Shingles
        Shingle loss after a storm require immediate attention before severe damage occurs

        Missing shingles after a big windstorm are a sure indicator that your roof needs at least a repair. When shingles are blown off or as in the picture on the left, the shingle is lifted up and torn back, exposing nail heads where water can penetrate into the sheathing, or worse. You can also see the gap between shingles where water can get underneath them. The underlayment is now responsible for keeping water out and, odds are, there is just an old layer of felt paper there. Missing shingles need to be repaired before the next rains occur or insurance may enact a negligence clause.


      • This is just a temporary patch until the insurance adjuster could schedule an inspection
        Temporary repairs are sometimes needed to prevent immediate water damage from a roof leak

        Here, I am applying some caulking (Quad 4, a very nice roof caulk) into a deep puncture that occurred from a large hail ball cracking through the shingle and underlayment. The storm that damaged this roof blasted through the high definition ridge caps as well. (This was a temporary repair to prevent damage to the sheeting) The chalk markings on this roof were put there by myself and my boy Tom (Tom and Tom) prior to the insurance adjuster's arrival. The insurance adjuster agreed to replace the roof as the damage was very obvious. This roof needed replacement.

      • Through the roof openings are always a prime source of water leaks
        Temporary repairs are sometimes needed to prevent immediate water damage from a roof leak

        This is one of the amazing things I see on a daily basis. This homeowner said, "My roof isn't leaking, I can't imagine why you are asking me that question?"
        Water is obviously going somewhere every time it rains. We see an enormous number of leaky pipe jacks (slip over pipe fittings). We also see a lot of interior drywall damage from these leaks which are often not covered under the homeowners insurance policy as these are supposed to be maintained.
        The next time you are driving around look at some roofs and see how many of these pipe jacks have a gooey layer of black roofing cement around them indicating a quick repair. We primarily use lead pipe jacks because they do not break down in our hot Texas sun the way cheap plastic does. Plastic has no place on a roof in Texas! (and note the exposed staples-they should have been be caulked over)

      • Storm or Tree Damage
        Keep Trees Trimmed so They Do Not Contact Your Roof

        A tree branch rubbing against your roof for long enough or a big branch falling can cause major damage to your roof.

        Insurance companies will not pay for damage caused by homeowner neglect. A tree rubbing against the roof is negligence.

        If the rest of the roof is in good shape, then it is a localized repair issue.





      • If you would like a professional to take a look at your roof, call WeatherPRO Roofing

        If you are a conscientious homeowner, you know that maintenance goes with home ownership.
        You know that sometimes things go wrong and repairs need to be made.
        Please feel free to call us if you have questions and concerns.
        Many times, we can make quick emergency repairs to your roof to allow you time to decide what you want to do.





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