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How To Spot A Roof Leak




If you think you think you have a roof leak or don’t know the signs to look out for, we have a few tips for you. A leaking roof can be hard to see if you don’t have anything to go off of. There are usually signs once the damage has already been done. The key though is to look out for signs and pay attention to your roof so that these kinds of things can be avoided. The damage from a leaking roof can be very expensive to fix if it waits too long. It can cause drywall damage, mold development, and roof repairs and who wants to deal with that, besides us of course.

What To Look Out For

Mold – Always pay attention to mold in your home. Mold thrives on long-standing moisture, so if you see it somewhere in your home, assume water is close by. Unfortunately, this probably means that water is leaking from your roof down into your walls, affecting the wood and the drywall as well. It can also be seen on your actual roof atop the shingles. Good news is once you find it, a professional can come out right away and get the problem taken care of.

Bent Shingles – Occasionally you should use a ladder and climb up on your roof to take a look at what’s going on up there. If you get up there and see that your shingles are starting to bend up, it is a major indication that you have a water leak on your roof and probably have for some time.

Water Stained Ceiling – This is usually the one that people notice because it tends to happen in a bedroom or living room. If you see this, it is because water has leaked through your roof and moved into your drywall. You will want to call a professional out right away to get this fixed before it causes further damage.

If you have noticed any of these signs, please, don’t hesitate to give Great Built Roofing & Construction a call at __PHONE__. We have the experience and the expertise to deal with a roof leak right away.

New Year, New Roof

The holidays are here, Christmas is coming, and soon, the new year will be here, too. People will make their new year’s resolutions; some will keep them, others won’t. There are plenty of fun things you could resolve to do in the new year, but what about the really important things like the roof over your head? Add a new roof to your new year’s list.

Start with an Inspection

New Roof Shingles

New Year, New Roof

If you’re not sure whether you need a new roof in the coming year, resolve to have an inspection performed. Your professional roofer will check your shingles for buckling and wear. Your sealing will be checked for cracks and leaks, your roof overall for holes and dents, roof rot, mold and mildew, and your gutters will also be inspected. A roof inspection is broad and thorough; a problem in any small part could mean problems for everything else later, if it’s not found and handled.

Get Things Done

If something is found during this inspection, make a resolution to have it fixed as soon as possible. Hopefully, nothing major is found and you can either have repairs completed immediately, or it won’t be long before you’ll have the funds to cover it. If the repairs are significant and you’re not sure you can afford them, then resolve to do what it takes to save the money and find a way. The roof over your head is too important to let damage slide; it will only get worse and more expensive over time.

Start the new year off right; look into getting a new roof. Call Great Built Roofing & Construction at (210) 663-0464 for roof inspections, repairs, new roofs, and more in San Antonio, TX.

Three Types of Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt Shingles

We Can Install the Type of Asphalt Shingles Most Suited to Your Home or Business.

When most people hear the term “asphalt shingles”, they naturally picture the standard variety installed on four out of five U.S. homes. There actually exist three primary types of residential shingles, however. The one you choose for your home will vary depending on your budget and structural needs.

3 Tab Shingles

The basic type of shingle seen practically everywhere is actually the 3 tab shingle. These shingles receive their name and benefit from a cut-out design that improves protection against leaks and assists with water run-off. The 3 tab design also has aesthetic advantages, as it provides for a layered look with depth. For the money, you cannot find better roofing than 3 tab shingles.

Architectural Shingles

An improvement over 3 tab shingles, architectural shingles benefit from a multi-layer composition. Whereas 3 tab shingles are just one layer of asphalt affixed to an under-layer of glass, architectural shingles have multiple layers of material. This added thickness greatly improves durability and resilience to environmental threats. Architectural shingles can also be installed in three-dimensional arrangements for a pleasing visual effect.

Impact-Resistant Shingles

Ideal for areas prone to heavy hailstorms, impact-resistant shingles can prove a lifesaver to a roof. These shingles get manufactured specifically to resist heavy impacts. To qualify as impact-resistant, shingles must achieve the highest grade of impact resistance: Grade 4. Hail that would destroy a standard shingle will have virtually no impact on this variety.

For help with any needs for asphalt shingles in San Antonio, TX, trust the experts at Great Built Roofing & Construction. Our expert team stands ready to serve, and remains available at __PHONE__.

Hidden Dangers of Wind Damage

Wind Damage

Though Obvious in Itself, Debris Can Also Leave Behind Hidden Damage.

After a major storm, damages from hail or excessive rainfall can appear obvious. Hail leaves clear indentations and darkened marks on a roof, while heavy rainfall can lead to leaks and flooding. Wind damage, however, can be harder to spot. This hidden nature of some wind damage makes it even more insidious, as homeowners may not contract the right repairs. This provides a primary reason for the importance of professional inspection. An expert who reviews your roof may identify any of the following.


Debris represents a major danger to your roof. Many homeowners think that the simple removal of fallen limbs and other debris alleviates the harm. In reality, the debris may have already rendered damage that needs immediate repair.

Cracked Shingles

Most people pay attention to missing shingles as a sign for repair. Aside from the removal of shingles, wind can bend and crack them to leave your roof vulnerable to water. Any spot where a shingle has become bent becomes a threat for further damage. Because of this, bent and cracked shingles warrant the same response as those outright missing.

Unsealed Shingles

Strong winds that get beneath shingles can also unseal them. This creates the same effect as cracked or missing shingles, as it provides a point of entry for water. This type of damage becomes difficult to spot, however, and generally requires a professional inspection to identify.

If you worry that your roof has sustained unapparent or hidden wind damage in San Antonio, TX, give Great Built Roofing and Construction a call today at __PHONE__. We perform fast, thorough repairs at a reasonable cost to preserve and maintain your roof.

Why You Should Upgrade Your Home’s Exterior Siding

Why You Should Upgrade Your Home's Exterior Siding

Reasons to Upgrade Your Home’s Exterior Siding.

The exterior walls of our homes are what give us the most protection from outside elements and severe weather. Because of this, we need siding that can give us the most protection and comfort. It might not seem like a big deal, but siding can improve many aspects of your home. From curb appeal to better energy savings, siding upgrades are pretty essential. Below are reasons why you should upgrade your home’s exterior siding.

Enhance Your Curb Appeal

Beautiful siding can take your home to the next level in regards to curb value. With new and improved siding, you will have a house that looks amazing, as well as improve the value of the home.

Better Protection

One of the biggest reasons to upgrade your home’s exterior siding is to get better protection. With exterior walls that don’t have great insulation or are cracked, you are looking at expensive energy costs and the potential for weather to damage your home.

Less Maintenance

With wood exterior walls, you have to either repaint or replace areas of the wood. With siding, you never have to repaint or even maintain the wall. No need to worry about rot, mold, warping, or other issues that you have to handle with other exterior wall materials.

More Affordable

As if siding wasn’t beneficial enough, homeowners who upgrade to siding will get a more cost-effective material. Siding is affordable, which is always good in our book.

If you need siding installation or replacement in San Antonio, TX, call Great Built Construction today at (210) 663-0464.

4 Signs You Need New Gutters for Your Roof

4 Signs You Need New Gutters for Your Roof

4 Signs You Need New Gutters for Your Roof.

Our gutters are important for the condition of our roof. They ensure water runs off our roof and doesn’t damage important components of our roofing. So in order to keep our roof in tiptop shape, we need to know when new gutters are needed. Below are four signs you need new gutters for your roof.

Water Leaks and Damage

Are you seeing water damage on your exterior wall or even seeing leaks in lower level rooms like basements? This can be a sign you need new gutters, due to water leaking from the gutter.

Pooling Water Around Foundation

One of the main functions of the gutter is to ensure it doesn’t run over your home’s foundation. If you notice that there is pooling water around your foundation or even mildew, that can be a cause for concern.

Cracks in the Gutters

This is a pretty obvious one, but a sign that isn’t taken seriously. These cracks will continue to get bigger and make it more difficult for the gutters to move water away from you roof, roof components, and foundation.

Gutters Are Pulling Away from the House

The gutters should be securely attached to the roof edge. When they pull away or even sag, this is due to them being full of water, causing them to pull away because there is too much weight. This can happen if the gutters haven’t been cleaned and there are clogs.

If you need gutter installation in San Antonio, TX, please call Great Built Construction today at (210) 663-0464

10 Things to Know about Siding

Great Built Construction offers siding installation in San Antonio, TX. While many other home improvements are talked about on television and media sources, siding is one element that often gets overlooked. It is unfortunate too because siding serves as the first line of defense against severe hail and thunderstorms. In San Antonio, debris from strong winds or tornado activity can actually slam into the side of your home  Homeowners should educate themselves about the advantages of strong material and proper installation. Here are 10 things to know about siding:

  1. Great Built Construction uses durable siding material that adds energy efficiency
  2. Hardie boards are available in both painted and non-painted exteriors
  3. Hardie board materials have a 50 year warranty
  4. Moisture caps are generally installed to prevent rotting
  5. Our siding installation meets the R4 ranking
  6. Proper installation prepares the material for winds over 100 MPH
  7. Siding should only be washed with power washers
  8. Vinyl Siding is the most popular siding option in the United States
  9. Vinyl siding protects against hot Texas summers
  10. Winter is usually the best season to find siding installation deals

Siding is the first thing people see when they look at your home. Though it is not as popular as other home amenities that you see on channels like HGTV, it does add significant value to your home if properly installed. At Great Built Instruction, we offer siding installation to homeowners in San Antonio, TX. If you would like to discuss things to know about siding, you can give us a call right now at (210) 663-0464


4 Signs Of Chimney Damage

Having a fireplace is great. But having one that functions optimally requires a working chimney. In fact, a working chimney is not just a luxury, its a safety measure for you and your family. If you think you might be having issues with your chimney, here are 4 things to look for:


Crown Cracks

Crown cracks can be difficult to spot because they require getting up to your roof. But if you do notice moisture, the cause might be a cracked chimney crown. The crown generally prevents harsh weather conditions from infiltrating your chimney. So if it’s broken, that defense mechanism is rendered useless, leaving your home vulnerable.

Mortar Joint Damage

Like crown cracks, mortar joint damage requires a close inspection. Contact us today if you need your chimney inspected. If your mortar is damaged, it could be a dangerous situation. The masonry will be exposed to moisture, and your entire chimney is in danger of collapsing.

Rotting Wallpaper

If the wallpaper near your chimney looks rotted and damaged, it is probably the result of excess moisture. Moisture is one of the primary symptoms of chimney damage. Look for patterns of moisture in areas near or connected to your chimney.

Rusted Firebox

Rust is also caused from moisture. As you now know, moisture is a bad sign near your fireplace. If you notice rust on the firebox or damper, it may be a sign of chimney damage. Make sure you call a professional today to inspect your chimney.

For any questions or concerns about your chimney, call Great Built Construction today at (210) 663-0464! We offer chimney repair in San Antonio, TX!


FAQs: Answers to Your Roofing Questions

For roof repair or replacement contact Great Built Construction today!


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!