If your shingles look like they are in disrepair, you can guarantee that they are. Shingles are meant to protect your home, but they can’t do their job if they aren’t in good shape. Check your roof frequently for signs of cracked or curling shingles. If you’ve recently had a major storm blow through your area, look for damage from tree limbs or other debris.
Note: your gutter system can be a good indicator of the health of your shingles. If you find granules in your gutters, it’s time to call the professionals.
Yes and no. While some small roofing project can be completed by DIY homeowners, roof replacement and major repairs can be a dangerous and complex process. When in doubt, leave the job (and those safety concerns) in the hands of a certified professional.
Note: DIY roofing jobs can also void your extended roof warranty. Make sure to contact the manufacturer before starting any DIY roofing projects.
While a roof replacement or repair rarely comes at a good time, if you find yourself in need of roofing work in the middle of the winter, it can become a bit more complicated. In areas that are prone to a lot of snow, mid-winter repairs can be challenging, but in Texas Hill Country, nearly every roofing project can be completed no matter what time of year.
Note: it might make seem like a great idea to wait for Spring to complete those repairs but know that the longer you wait to do so, the more likely it is that a small problem will turn into a big (and more costly) one.
Not necessarily. Depending on the size and location of the leak, replacing a shingle or two might be all it takes to fix the problem. If you choose shingle replacement as a solution, it’s important to have a professional inspection to verify the decking isn’t damaged. Replacing shingles over compromised decking will only create larger issues in the future.
When dealing with an older roof, you might find that one leak will turn into many over time. If that’s the case, it might be time to consider replacing the entire roof.