Roofing – Getting Started

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Kevin Shiner, CEO of Shiner Roofing, brings us this excellent article on getting started with your roofing project. Here’s a few important notes:

  • The State of Texas does not currently offer a roofing company license. However, several counties, cities and neighborhood associations may ask for a roofing license.
  • Most of the roof replacement in North Texas is due to hail damage and storm damage. It is rare for us to replace a roof that has “worn out” or lasted the full life expectancy.
  • Pitched residential re roofing is our primary business line. We do very little flat roofing or commercial roofing unless we’re installing a metal roof.
  • Kevin talks a bit about ice dams. I’m republishing Kevin’s entire article even though we don’t have to worry about ice dams very often in Texas.

Without any further delay, here’s how to get started with your roofing project…

Once you have made some preliminary decisions about your roofing needs, here are some things to consider when beginning the process.

1. How to find a qualified roofing contractor.

Qualified roofing contractors should have the appropriate licenses for your area. Each state has its own license requirements. If the contractor does not offer proof of their license, call your local contractors board to find out. Your roofing contractor must be properly insured with both workers compensation and general liability. Be sure to get references from the roofing contractor’s previous clients to determine their level of workmanship.

2. What caused your roof to be damaged in the first place?

Was your roof damaged due to wear from the elements such as wind or moisture? Are your roofing problems due to improper design? Has your roof not been properly maintained over the years?

3. Information about roofing styles, materials and maintenance requirements.

The most common roofing styles are gable and hip. Other, more unique styles include mansard, bonnet and shed. There are two categories of roofing materials, pitched and flat. Pitched roofing materials include slate, metal, tile and shingles and shakes. Flat roofing materials include tar, rolled roofing, rubber and gravel.

Preventative maintenance is key to making needed repairs before you have a roofing emergency. Have your roof inspected twice a year by a professional roofing contractor.

4. How to create proper roof ventilation.

Proper roof ventilation is important to prevent ice dams and it will lower your energy costs because you will not be needlessly heating or cooling your attic space.

5. How to protect your roof and home from harsh weather and ice dams.

Your roof will be protected from ice dams with proper ventilation which keeps the roof’s surface at a constant temperature, not allowing ice dams to form at the eaves. Also, waterproofing underlayment will help protect your roof from water damage and leaks.

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Kevin Shiner – CEO of Shiner Roofing

Get your free roofing quote now. Pick up the phone and call Fireman Roofing at (817) 455-5618. We’ll help you get started with your roofing project.

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