How can a homeowner recognize when a roof system has problems?
A. You can visually inspect the roof from the ground to see if any shingles are wind blown or missing. You should also check for any excess leaves or debris collected in areas of the roof. Often water will collect there and slowly penetrate into the roof and cause leaks. It is generally a good idea to have your roof inspected once a year for any new storm damage.
What are my options if I decide to reroof?
A. We can provide free estimates, we also like to inspect the roof and see if there is enough damage to have insurance replace the roof. If insurance does pay to replace the roof completely typically your only out of pocket expense is your insurance deductible.
My Roof Leaks. Do I Need To Have It Replaced Completely?
A. You definitely should have it inspected if it is leaking. Just because it is leaking doesn’t automatically mean you need a new roof. Sometimes it can be small fixes that are required.
Can I Do The Work Myself and Save Money?
A. Your home is usually most peoples biggest investment. The roof is one of the most important parts of that investment. Some people are capable of doing the work themselves however roofing can be confusing, dangerous, and very hard work. My recommendation would be to have a professional who is licensed and insured complete the work for you.
How Long Can I Expect My Roof System To Last?
A. If you have a 3 tab shingle you can expect the roof system to last 10-15 years. If you use the more common architectural shingle you can expect your roofing system to last 20-30 years. This is also dependent on storm damage. In Texas due to the extreme heat and cold fluctuations and the frequent hail storms, most roofing systems will need to be replaced after 15-20 years.
What will a new roof system cost?
A. That depends on the size and pitch of your roof and all of the different components that need to be replaced as well. We typically inspect your roof and try to see if it meets the criteria for insurance to replace it. If so, typically your maximum out of pocket expense is your insurance deductible.
And what if my new roof leaks? Then what?
A. If the new roof leaks the company that did the install needs to come inspect the roof for possible causes. At Imperial we stand behind our workmanship and offer a lifetime workmanship guarantee. If it is determined that the leak was caused by us or our workmanship we will fix the problem.
I have vegetation growth (moss/algae) on my roof. Does it need to be replaced or can it be cleaned?
A. A lot of times it can be cleaned if it is just moss or algae. Sometimes the moss/algae build up could be a sign of age on the roof. So it is best to have it inspected by a professional and for them to take pictures and prepare a report of what they find for the homeowner.
How can you tell if a roofer is bad?
A. Look at their reviews, look them up on the BBB, check and investigate to see if they are local to your area and not from out of state. Make sure that they have business insurance. Ask if they will replace all the flashings and vents and the drip edge. Ask for all of the steps that they are going to do for the installation.
Can a roof be done in one day?
A. Depending on the size and the steepness of the roof. Most homes are completed in one day. On occasion and on bigger homes the process can take 2-3 days
How many times can you reroof a house?
You can reroof a house as many times as are necessary. We always peel all of the old layers of roofing off and get it back to the homes original decking.