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FAQs: Answers to Your Roofing Questions

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What should I be looking for in a Roofing Company?

Replacing your roof is a pretty significant investment, so it would be in your best interest to choose the right contractor. Trust and communication with your roofing contractor is critical as well as making sure that will leave your home free of debris when they are finished. Three things that would be important to look for are: clear communication, whether or not they own an equipter, what the company reviews are like. Overall you will want to make sure that it is a reputable company that you can trust.

What is the lifespan of my roof?

There are several factors that contribute to the lifespan of your roof. The biggest factor is probably the sun and how regularly to attend to your roof’s maintenance.Depending on your climate,  asphalt could last up to 30 years and is a very common roofing material. Metal roofing requires a little bit more maintenance, but could last up to 80 years. It’s also on the rise because of it’s energy efficiency.

How do I know when is the right time to replace my roofing shingles?

There are several indicators that your shingles need replacement. The biggest thing to consider is the age. Most shingles last between 10 and 15 years, but can last up to 30 years. Also notice if any are curled, if there is any granule loss, or if any have blown off. Any of these factors call for new shingles.

If my roof is leaking, will I have to replace the whole roof?

Replacing the whole roof is not usually necessary. If a roof leak is caused by loose flashing or a section of your roof system is damaged then it would only need a repair .However,  If it’s a complete roof failure and the damage is unsalvageable, then the entire roof may need replacement.

Does my old roof need to be torn off before I get a new roof?fe from your new roof, you may want to have the old roof removed before putting a new one in. However, some communities actually limit how many times a new roof can be installed over an old one. Check local building codes in your area to make sure.

How do I know if I need a new roof?

Some obvious indicators of needing a new roof are leaks in the attic, blistering or peeling in interior and exterior paint, stains on ceilings or walls, mold or mildew growth, missing or curled shingles.  exterior decay, dingy areas on your roof, and increased energy costs. Getting your roof inspected by a qualified professional is also a good way to go.

For more information on roof repair and replacement in San Antonio, TX contact Great Built Construction at (210) 663-0464.

Signs of Storm Damage on Your Roof

Storm season is already beginning to come through Texas with severe thunderstorms and high winds. During this time, it is important to make sure your roof is in good condition to prevent leaks and other problems from developing. Of course, it is best to inspect your roof thoroughly as soon as it is safe to do so after a storm. Call a professional, or watch for these common signs of storm damage on your roof.

Debris on your Roof

Storm Damaged Home

Hail, High Winds, and Rain can Lead to Severe Problems on Your Roof, so Inspect it Carefully after a Storm

The first step is to check for any major problems with your roof. From the ground, you can often see if there is any potentially damaging debris on your roof. This may include fallen tree limbs, broken chimney pieces, and more. If you spot any of these problems, take a closer look to carefully check your roof for dents, holes, torn shingles, and other issues. Carefully remove the debris if possible, or call a professional service if the damage is severe.

Missing, Lifted or Peeling Shingles

Another one of the most common signs of storm damage on your roof is damaged or missing shingles. In high winds, individual shingles or patches of them can blow off, particularly if your roof is old or damaged already. You may also lose some tiles from your tile roof during such a storm. You will need to call a professional roofer for storm damage repair in this case.

Dents, Bald Spots, and Granules

Hail is not uncommon is heavy storms, and it can leave your roof littered with damage. Even minor hail damage can lead to problems because it can dent your roof and knock loose the asphalt granules on your shingles, leaving behind dark and shiny/bald spots. If you see these granules piling up in your gutter, you should call a roofer for a professional inspection.

If you notice these signs of storm damage on your roof in San Antonio, TX, call Great Built Construction at (210) 663-0464 for fast roof repairs!

Tips for Gutter Maintenance

Keeping your gutters clean is an important part in maintaining your home, especially if you have large trees near your home. However, all gutters, no matter where you live, require some repair from time to time. Here are some tips for gutter maintenance.

Keep Them Clean

tips for gutter maintenanceIn the fall and winter months, it is important to keep your gutters clean from debris such as fallen leaves, acorns, twigs, and the like. Climb up on a ladder with a bucket and some gloves and clean away any debris on your roof or in your gutters. Not only can these materials clog up your gutters and lead to drainage problems, they can hold moisture against your roof and gutters. This can lead to mold, leaks, and rust (if you have galvanized steel gutters).

Know Your Gutters

Different types of gutters age at different rates and sometimes require different maintenance. Vinyl gutters, for example, will fade over time but do not rust, while steel gutters will rust but last much longer. If you don’t know, find out what kind of gutters you have and keep its unique properties in mind.

Watch for Damage

Does it look like your gutters are sagging? Are they dented from hail stones? While some repairs can be done yourself, you might need a professional roofer for serious problems. If the section of your roof where the gutter is attached is rotten, you will need more extensive repair.

Use these tips for gutter maintenance any time you inspect your home and roof system. If you need gutter repair or replacement, call Great Built Roofing & Construction, Inc. at (210) 663-0464 for gutter repair in San Antonio, TX!

Help! My Roof Has a Leak!

Photo of leakWhen your roof has a leak, your first instinct may be to panic. After all, by the time it becomes apparent in a home, you may have a damaged ceiling and furniture. How are you supposed to handle a leak? First, take a breath. We know this is a stressful situation, which is why we have compiled a guide on how to best handle roof leaks in your home. 

How To Handle A Roof Leak

Save Your Interior

First thing is first, save your furniture! Move everything away from the leaking ceiling to reduce the damage that could be caused. Get a bucket to catch the water until the roof can be repaired or patched.

Find The Leak

When you look for a leak, do so in the day time for best visibility. Start in your attic and see if there is a visible leak. This will make finding the origin easier as you can just trace it back to the source. If not, inspect the insulation for moisture. A quick tip: if finding the leak’s source is difficult, have someone pour water on the roof’s exterior to create leaks simulations. 

Temporary Fixes

You have many options for temporary fixes for leaks. From roof patches to caulking, you can temporarily stop the flow of water and the damage to your home. Remember, however, that these fixes are temporary and will need to be taken care of sooner rather than later.

Call Your Local Roofing Contractors

Once you get a moment, call and schedule a roofing repair appointment with your local roofing contractors. Tell them the source of the leaks and any methods you have used to temporarily fix it. This way they can come prepared and offer you an estimate.

Need roof repair for your home in San Antonio, TX? Call Great Built Construction today at (210) 663-0464. 

Now Offering Commercial Roofing Services

If you need professional roofing services for your place of business, you’ve come to the right place. Great Built Roofing & Construction, Inc. has over 35 years of experience in roofing and construction so you can count on our team to build you a high-quality, dependable roofing system.

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Not sure which roofing material is right for you? No problem! We offer free inspections and estimates so we can get an idea of the building structure and type of business to recommend a roof best suited to your unique needs. We offer plenty of options to ensure you get exactly what you want out of your new roof:

Metal Roofing – sturdy, dependable, and long lasting, metal roofing is one of the most popular roofing materials used for roofing. If you want a highly weather resistant material that requires minimal maintenance, consider having metal installed.

Flat Roofing – there are many types of flat roofing options that is fully dependent on your budget and the qualities that concern you the most: Looking for an environment friendly material? TPO roofing is made from 100% recyclable materials and does not contain chemicals. A highly durable and budget friendly option is EPDM roofing. This rubber roofing is energy efficient and lasts over 30 years. For a low maintenance material that is both long lasting and weather resistant, consider Torch Down roofing.

Whether you need a new roof installed or have a weather damaged roof that needs repairs, Great Built can assist you with any type of commercial roofing project. For commercial roofing services in San Antonio, TX that you can count on, contact us at (210) 663-0464 today.

 

How To Know If You Need Shingle Repair

need shingle repairThe best way to keep your roof in tip-top shape is to make that they are properly maintained. This is where our experts step in. We’re able to perform regular inspections on your roof to make sure there are no major issues to worry about. But for those times that we aren’t around, there are some signs that you can look out for to see if you need shingle repair.

  • Broken Shingles: Your shingles are put into place to help your roofing system shed water. But when they are broken or completely missing, that ability is then weakened making it more likely for water to enter into your roof and causing some major damage.
  • Curling or Clawing: These are both signs of a roofing system that is aging and has been subjected to excessive heat. They become brittle, can break easily, and lose the tab edges.
  • Damaged Flashing: The sole responsibility of the flashing on your roof is to fill in the space that surrounds skylights, chimneys, valleys, wall details, and etc. Over time, they can potentially begin to separate because of natural contraction and expansion. This then causes the fastenings to become lose or even separate altogether, in turn creating an entryway for water.

So if you’ve noticed any of these signs, there’s no need to fear. Pick up the phone to call the experts at Great Built Roofing and Construction. We are here to return your damaged roof to its former glory. Dial (210) 663-0464 to schedule your appointment today!

Choosing the Right Roofing Material

unspecifiedUpgrading the roof of your home allows you  to effectively communicate your own personal style and bring together the overall look. It can also potentially improve the house’s market value. Although the roofing framing and correct prepping and installation are relevant factors, choosing the right roofing material is important can bring your home to an entirely new level of appeal. Here are a few questions to keep in mind when you’re looking into a new material.

  • Does this product meet the fire codes of my local area?
  • Is the cost of this material within my budget?
  • Is there a variety of colors and styles available so I’m able to add as much of my personal style as possible?
  • What is the expected lifespan of this material?
  • What type of maintenance will this material require throughout the years?
  • Will the excessive weight of this material making specialized framing necessary?
  • Will the material be able to withstand severe weather conditions that are specific to my area?

Once you are able to answer each of these questions, you are then well on your way to finding the roofing material that will be the best fit for your home.

We recognize that upgrading your roof can be a stressful and tedious process. But luckily, you have San Antonio Roofing Contractor in your corner. Our seasoned vets are here to provide you all the information you need. We’ll help you with the entire process, from start to finish. So be sure to give us a call at (210) 663-0464 for all of your roofing needs.

 

Signs That You Need Shingle Repair

need-shingle-repairThe health of your roofing system is very important. Your roof is the main line of protection that lies between you and mother nature. Regular maintenance is a major key to maintaining the health of your roof, but during the interim, there are things that you can look out for to save you some severe damage.

  • Broken Shingles – The roofing system’s ability to shed water a is drastically weaken by shingles that are broken or missing entirely and result in a leak. A common cause is excessive wind.
  • Buckling Shingles – Buckling refers to the warped like appearance  that normally runs up the roof’s slope. These damaged shingles can be easily torn off by high winds.
  • Curling shingles – Curling can also be referred to as clawing. These shingle are easily damaged by wind and ice. They can lose tabs and become hard and break. Clawing is a sign that your roof has endured excessive heat and is aging.
  • Damaged Flashing – Flashing that are found around chimneys, skylights, valleys, and a number of other places are each at risk of lifting and separation. This can be a result of natural contractions and expansions that may occur. The movement causes fasteners to loosen and lift allowing water to enter.

So if you happen to notice any of these issues going on with your roofing system, give us a call. Great Built Construction is here to provide all of San Antonio, TX with the best residential roofing repairs money can buy. Dial (210) 663-0464.

How To Spot Hail Damage

Has a recent storm revealed a leak in your roof? Or have you noticed some cracked shingles when walking up the driveway? You may have some unknown hail damage. Here’s a few tips on how to spot hail damage on your roof.

Hail in the grassSigns of Hail Damage

Hail damage can vary in severity and sometimes appears like normal wear and tear. However, large enough hail can punch a hole in your roof. Here are some signs to look for if you suspect damage on your roof.

  • Cracked, buckled or missing shingles or dented metal.
  • Dented or damaged gutters, flashing or fascia.
  • Obvious dents, holes or cracks.
  • Shiny spots on shingles. This could be a sign that hail knocked all the granules loose. Check the gutters for shingle granules. If you see a significant amount, you probably need to have some repairs done. Also, feel the spots to see if they are soft, which is a definite sign of damage and a potential leak.

What Does It Do To My Roof?

Hail damage can cause surface damage to your roof, wearing down shingles and decreasing their lifespan. It can also lead to bigger problems, from missing shingles to extensive water damage. It’s important to get roof damage repaired as soon as possible to prevent further problems.

If you would like a professional roofing contractor to come inspect your roof for signs of hail damage, give us a call at (210) 663-0464 today!

What You Should Know About Roof Insurance

When you have roof damage from a bad storm, it’s good to know that your insurance will cover you. However, insurance can be confusing to say the least, and many factors play into whether or not your damage will be covered. If you suspect or have roof damage, contact us for all your roof repair services in San Antonio, TX.

Things To Know

 

To help make insurance claims go smoothly, know as much as you can about your roof. Some questions you might be asked are:

  • How old is your roof?
  • What roofing material was used?
  • Where do you live?

12410389 - tornado damage has shortened the life of this mature oak tree as well as the home it once shaded.Every insurance policy is different, so research yours and ask as many questions as you need to feel satisfied. Some policies take into account the value of your roof before it was damaged. Because of this, it’s a good idea to take photos of your roof before and after any inspections or maintenance so you can provide documentation to your insurance company. If you have a shingle roof that is more than 10 years old, it is most likely nearing the end of its lifespan. In this case, some insurance companies will not replace your roof. However, longer-lasting roofs made of metal or tile likely have a higher chance of being covered.

Call Us For Help!

We know that filing a roof insurance claim after damage can be stressful and confusing. Let us help! Our team of skilled roofers can provide expert advice and guide you through your options. Storm damage can vary in severity, but one thing’s for sure: you want to have it repaired as soon as possible to prevent further damage. Give us a call today at (210) 663-0464 for an inspection or repair.