If you are like most people, you don’t know much about roofing simply because roofs last decades and are out of sight so they tend to be out of mind. If you know or suspect your building needs a new roof, you undoubtedly have a litany of questions. Let’s take a look at the most frequently asked roofing questions. If you are interested in a new roof, contact Alpine Sheet Metal Systems to find out more.
When Is a New Roof Necessary?
If your roof is 20 or more years old, there is a chance it needs to be replaced. A new roof is necessary every couple decades, though the specific timeline for roof replacement hinges on its material. As an example, some metal roofs have the potential to last 50 years or even longer. If you notice your roof is missing shingles, has a leak, shows cracking in the masonry, displays blistering along the shingles, or has any buckling or curled shingles, be proactive by hiring a roofer for replacement or repair.
Are All Roof Materials Similar?
No. Metal roofs are durable, rugged, and reliable and last several decades. Alternatively, other materials such as asphalt are likely to last a couple decades at most. Aside from metal and asphalt roofs, there are other options such as slate and clay, each of which has its unique merits in terms of style and longevity. However, metal roofing is revered by those in the roofing industry, as it lasts longer than other materials.
What Should a Homeowner Do to Prepare for a New Roof?
You don’t have to do much. Our roofing specialists will take care of the details of your new roof installation so you don’t have to lift a finger except to contact us to get a quote. Our team will work with you in terms of your schedule and let you know when our team will be on-site.
We go to great lengths to keep your property free of debris, though some noise will occur. All that we ask is that you take pictures, art, and other items off the walls so that the vibration from the work being done above doesn’t cause items to fall off the walls and crack.
If you have any items positioned around the exterior of the building, move them far away so they are not struck by falling debris. Also, be sure to move all vehicles out of the way so our team can park near your building to replace the roof as quickly and efficiently as possible. Finally, if there is an attic, cover or remove the items in that space so they are not affected by the project.
Is It Also Necessary to Replace the Gutters and Downspouts?
Our team will take a look at the gutters and downspouts to get a sense of their condition. If the gutters and downspouts require replacement or repair, we will let you know. However, if the gutters and downspouts are in good condition, we will work around them when replacing the roof.
What Is Architectural Metal All About?
Alpine Sheet Metal Systems is proud to provide architectural metal roofing for local buildings. We serve the entirety of North Texas. Our architectural metal roofs have been relied upon by local property owners dating back to 1999. We will personalize the metal selection, design, and installation specifically for your building. We take pride in delivering the exact specifications in each roofing project without going over budget. Our architectural metal is artful, protective, durable, and revered throughout the industry. Our metal fabricators make metal roofs, awnings, cladding, facades, wall panels, and more.
What Are Metal Roofs Made Of?
Our metal roofs are made of galvanized steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, and more.
Is Any Sort of Roof Aftercare Necessary?
Once your new roof is installed, everything below it will be well protected throughout the year. However, it is in your interest to do a couple things to keep the roof in tip-top shape over the ensuing decades. Clear out the gutters and downspouts at least once or twice each year so that water can move freely off the roof and down to the exterior of the home.
A yearly inspection performed by one of our roofing specialists will also help shore up any potential weak points and keep this protective barrier in solid shape even if the weather takes a turn for the worse. Above all, do your best to keep your roof clear of tree limbs, leaves, plant life, and other items. Even a small pile of leaves on your roof has the potential to create moisture that leads to weak shingles and a leak.