Roofing Frequently Asked Questions
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Before you begin your roofing project there are several things you should consider. Here are a few questions that several customers have asked us in the past. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask your sales representative or call our office at 888-479-3226.
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What Is Impact Resistant Roofing?
There are several roofing products on the market that resist hail, reducing your Insurance costs. Feel free to ask your sales representative for samples during your initial consultation.
IMPACT RESISTANT ROOFING:WHAT IT MEANS TO TEXANS
To qualify in Texas as "impact resistant roofing" the roofing product must meet Underwriters Laboratory testing requirements under designation UL-2218. Roofing materials successfully tested by Underwriters Laboratory in accordance with UL-2218 are classified as to impact resistance in one of four classes, Class 1 - Class 4. A Class 4 roof covering offers the best hail protection and will receive the highest discounts on insurance premiums. Even more specifically, the shingles must meet other more specific requirements of the Texas Insurance Department. All manufacturers of roofing materials* eligible for the impact-resistant roofing discount adopted by the Texas Department of Insurance must label their products with the following information:
1) The proper Underwriter's Laboratories label or label from any other testing lab approved by the Texas Department of Insurance
2) The impact-resistance classification
(Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, Class 4) of the product under U.L. Standard 2218
3) The manufacturer's name
4) The year manufactured
5) The brand name of the roofing product
Types of "impact resistant" roofing- All types of "impact resistant" roofing acceptable in Texas are described at:
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Do I Have Defective Roofing Materials?
All composition roofing will eventually wear out from the effects of the ultra-violet rays of the sun and the wear and tear of the elements. Our concern right now is when manufacturing defects cause composition shingles to prematurely fail. This does not happen often, but in our huge Texas marketplace and our many years of experience, we have seen manufacturer's defects create premature failure hundreds of times. The premature wearing out of composition shingles can be manifest in many ways. Here are 4 specific examples.
- Granular failure
- Cracking or Spawling
Not all pre-mature failure is caused by manufacturer's defects. We need to be very careful not to confuse shingle problems caused by manufacturer's defects from shingle failure problems created by a lack of proper ventilation or even hail damage. Inadequate attic ventilation can cause premature roofing failure. Roofs can suffer pre-mature failure due to mechanical damage created by foot scuffs or tree limb damage or other mechanical factors. Each of these roofing failure modes has nothing to do with manufacturer's defects.
Manufacturers Warranties and Installation requirements for Composition Shingles
Each manufacturer of composition roofing sells an initial warranty on their products and has a proper installation method for their materials. On those occasions when these manufactured products, usually organic and asphalt shingle products, prematurely fail, homeowners can create a claim for warranty coverage.
Are you concerned that your composition roof is prematurely failing? We would be happy to help you understand what you are dealing with. We can help you document your situation and assist you with a warranty claim. Showtime Exteriors has helped guide of homeowners over the years through this process. Let us help you with the "knowing the what, how and where" to process your manufacturer's defect claim.
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Does My Roof Meet City Codes?
If you have Wood Shake or Wood Shingles Underneath your existing roof, the answer isNO!
Insurance companies have deemed this a Fire Hazard!
• The 2003 IRC (International Residential Code) states.......... R905.2.1 Sheathing Requirements: Roof Covering shall be fastened to solidly sheathed decks. Any roof which is roofed over Wood Shake or Wood Shingles and has any storm damage to any portion of the existing roof, the entire roof must be re-decked to conform to code.
• Showtime Exteriors offers free inspections to see if you qualify for this code compliance upgrade and full roof replacement. This is also the time to take advantage of some energy efficient roofing products that will reduce your electric bill and insurance premiums up to 30%. Also, by making your house energy efficient you will be entitled to a break on your next income tax return.
• Although some roofs are sold as lifetime - i.e..Alcoa aluminum, most of which are attached to wood shake or wood shingles and the smallest hail will damage this roof. Insurance companies are paying to remove the aluminum, the wood shake, and paying to re-deck the entire roof.
• Allow Showtime Exteriors to get your largest investment up to specifications on local city codes.
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How Can I Reduce Hail Storm Damages?
There is nothing we can do to stop hail; there are viable options for minimizing your exposure to hail damage. Hail losses are a plague to homeowners and to the insurers that cover their homes. There is no win here for either insurers or homeowners.
Welcome to Hail Alley USA. In the Spring of each new year- from very late March thru June Texans are at the mercy of Mother Nature. Texas is the hardest hit state in the Union for hail storms and hail damage. 40% of all homeowner's claims in Texas relate to hail damage to roofs. Tarrant County is the hardest hit of all Texas counties. Major hailstorms hit Texas in 1992 and in 1995 and again in 2003.
Impact Resistant Roofing will virtually eliminate your exposure to hail storm damage. This is great news because new roofing products labeled "impact resistant roofing" can reduce your homeowners policy by up to 35%. Homeowners can save millions on their premiums, insurers can save millions on paying for damages and homeowners will be saved the aggravation of dealing with roof damage from storms. Impact resistant roofing is the way of the future.
Use Showtime Exteriors as a Resource. We can help you understand whether impact resistant roofing makes sense for you. There are a tremendous number of options available with impact resistant roofing. Ask your Showtime Exteriors representative for the different products available. You can feel and touch the products and discover that impact resistant roofing not only protects your home but creates the look and feel you want in roofing.
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What Can I Expect When Showtime Exteriors Starts My Work?
We invite you to take this opportunity to watch our skilled construction crews at work. Below are a few things to expect while we are replacing your roof
Please let your neighbors know when our job is in progress. There will be falling debris, so please move anything that may be in harms way to insure that there will be no damage to your property or your neighbors. Also there isnoise associated with this type of construction, so we apologize in advance for any inconvenience.
Nails will fall. We will make every effort to pick up all nails dropped with a magnetic roller. We will also take precautions to protect all flowers, plants and shrubbery, but please understand that due to layouts of roof or landscaping, some leaves, blooms or small branches may be damaged from falling debris.
Showtime Exteriors will make every effort to make this project run smoothly, with the least amount of inconvenience. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
If there is any way that we can be of service to you please Contact Us.
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What Affects My Roofs Performance?
Sun: Heat and ultraviolet rays cause roofing materials to deteriorate over time. Deterioration can occur faster on the sides facing west or south.
Rain: When water gets underneath shingles, shakes or other roofing materials, it can work its way to the roof deck and cause the roof structure to rot. Extra moisture encourages mildew and rot elsewhere in a house, including walls, ceilings, insulation and electrical systems.
Wind: High winds can lift shingles' edges (or other roofing materials) and force water and debris underneath them. Extremely high winds can cause extensive damage.
Snow and ice: Melting snow often refreezes at a roof's overhang where the surface is cooler, forming an ice dam. This blocks proper drainage into the gutter. Water backs up under the shingles (or other roofing materials) and seeps into the interior. During the early melt stages, gutters and downspouts can be the first to fill with ice and be damaged beyond repair or even torn off a house or building.
Condensation: Condensation can result from the buildup of relatively warm, moisture-laden air. Moisture in a poorly ventilated attic promotes decay of wood sheathing and rafters, possibly destroying a roof structure. Sufficient attic ventilation can be achieved by installing larger or additional vents and will help alleviate problems because the attic air temperature will be closer to the outside air temperature.
Moss and algae: Moss can grow on moist wood shingles and shakes. Once it grows, moss holds even more moisture to a roof system's surface, causing rot. In addition, moss roots also can work their way into a wood deck and structure. Algae also grow in damp, shaded areas on wood or asphalt shingle roof systems. Besides creating a black-green stain, algae can retain moisture, causing rot and deterioration. Trees and bushes should be trimmed away from homes and buildings to eliminate damp, shaded areas, and gutters should be kept clean to ensure good drainage.
Trees and leaves: Tree branches touching a roof will scratch and gouge roofing materials when the branches are blown by the wind. Falling branches from overhanging trees can damage, or even puncture, shingles and other roofing materials. Leaves on a roof system's surface retain moisture and cause rot, and leaves in the gutters block drainage.
Missing or torn shingles: The key to a roof system's effectiveness is complete protection. When shingles are missing or torn off, a roof structure and home or building interior are vulnerable to water damage and rot. The problem is likely to spread - nearby shingles also are ripped easily or blown away. Missing or torn shingles should be replaced as soon as possible.
Shingle deterioration: When shingles are old and worn out, they curl, split and lose their waterproofing effectiveness. Weakened shingles easily are blown off, torn or lifted by wind gusts. The end result is structural rot and interior damage. A deteriorated roof system only gets worse with time-it should be replaced as soon as possible.
Flashing deterioration: Many apparent roof leaks really are flashing leaks. Without good, tight flashingaround chimneys, vents, skylights and wall/roof junctions, water can enter a home or building and cause damage to walls ceilings, insulation and electrical systems. Flashings should be checked as part of a biannual roof inspection and gutter cleaning.