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Broken and cracked Houston roof shingles covered in sleet from cold weather roof damage

How Cold Weather Affects Your Houston Roof

While Houston is better known for its scorching hot and humid summers rather than its mild winters, that doesn't mean our winters aren’t still responsible for causing damage to your roof. In this roofing article, we will explain some of the damage your Houston roof is prone to as colder temperatures and the winter approaches.

Water Roof Damage

Although the rainy season is just about over, we still experience some showers in Houston during the winter. Paired with cooler temperatures, these showers often turn into freezing rain showers, which can seriously damage your Houston roof. This is because the freezing rain can build up in your gutters, which tends to block your gutter system and prevent it from doing its job.

If the rain freezes, eventually it will have to melt, and once it melts, the water is likely to flow underneath and in between your roof shingles. This becomes all the more likely with a blocked gutter system, resulting in leaks and even mold growth under your roof and inside your attic.

Overnight Freezes

It’s not rare for our temperatures to reach freezing or even below freezing in the middle of the night. Even though this is more common in late December or in January, weather experts are anticipating one tonight! This freeze on your roof, whether it comes with ice or not, may make your roof shingles more brittle and prone to cracking or breakage. Further, if your roof shingles aren't reinforced during the winter, you may notice your house isn't staying as warm, which will cause a spike in your energy bill.

Wind Damage

We very rarely have snow days, but we definitely have windy days. Cold, harsh winds in the winter can blow underneath loosened rooftop shingles (loosening occurs as your roof ages and get weathered down over the years) and blow them off of your roof. It becomes even more damaging when this wind is paired with the occasional sleet.

Get A Houston Roof Inspection As Winter Approaches

It's imperative that you get your roof checked as soon as possible now that we are entering the colder season. At Amstill Roofing, we offer free roof inspections so we can climb onto your roof and carefully assess its integrity, so please be sure to contact us so you’re well-aware of your roof’s current condition. If there is any damage from previous winters, we will complete the necessary Houston roof repairs.

New Friendswood roof after Houston roofing company fixes it

Should You Repair Your Friendswood Roof Or Replace It?

By now, you’re probably considering getting your roof updated and taken care of after a historic hurricane season. Even though Houston has been rather fortunate thus far, this season may have led you to seriously think about the state of your roof so you can be proactive in keeping it as strong and protective as possible. In this article, we will discuss whether you should repair your Friendswood roof or get a full Friendswood roof replacement instead. Here is how both services compare.

Is Friendswood Roof Repair Better Than Friendswood Roof Replacement?

Our customers ask us this question quite often. Which option is better actually depends on the current state of your roof. Often, homeowners ask this because they worry about their budget, but if roof repairs aren’t enough to save your roof, then a replacement will be necessary and we would prefer to offer you some guidance so you aren’t putting your home at risk. Likewise, roof replacement may not be necessary because the level of damage doesn’t warrant one.

Friendswood roof repairs, for example, are ideal if only a few of your roof shingles are damaged or missing due to stormwind damage. They may be also damaged because they are cracked, buckled, or curled. In this case, only a few roof shingles are posing a problem, which means we can easily replace them for you and reinforce the rest of your roofing.

On the other hand, we will recommend a Friendswood roof replacement if a majority of your roof shingles have torn off and have affected the adjacent shingles to a point where they, too, are starting to come loose. We will also recommend a roof replacement if a large portion of your roof is sunken in or damaged by rot and mold. In these cases, we will strip the roof down to its foundation and follow our roof replacement process.

Although a replacement is a bigger job, there are ways to make both Friendswood roofing replacement and roofing repairs more affordable. You can read all about the roof financing options we offer and also learn about how we help you get in touch with your Houston homeowner’s insurance to get some roof damage coverage.

Before You Repair Or Replace Your Friendswood Roof, Get An Inspection

Roof replacements and roof repairs are major decisions, and we want you to make an informed one. If you would like to determine which service your roof needs, then please contact us so we can schedule a Friendswood roof inspection.

Spring, TX homeowner using a leaf blower to remove debris from his roof

Maintain Your Spring, TX Roof And Prolong Its Lifespan

When you build your home or get a Spring, Texas roof replacement, there are 3 types of roofing to choose from. On average, a Houston roof should last about 10 to 15 years, but the higher quality roof shingles your home has, the longer your roof can (potentially) last. Roof replacement is inevitable, but properly maintaining your roof is a great way to keep your roof in tip-top shape to encourage it to last as long as it possibly can. In this roofing blog, we will discuss just a couple of ways to maintain your roof.

Clean Out Your Spring, TX Gutters At Least Twice A Year

Many homeowners underestimate or simply don’t fully understand the importance of your gutters and the role they play in protecting your roof. If you want to prolong the lifespan of your roof as much as you possibly can, then you’re going to need to clean them. 

Cleaning your gutters entails removing twigs, leaves, empty birds nests, seeds, and other types of debris that wind up in your gutters. During the storm season, it is very easy for tree debris to end up in your gutter system and get stuck in it. 

In order to safely clean your gutters, our Spring, Texas roofing company recommends you climb up on a sturdy ladder and scoop out the debris into a garbage bag. Another way you can remove debris is by using a leaf blower or, if all of this makes you worry about your safety, there are professionals out there who will gladly clear your gutters for you.

Keep A Close Eye On Your Spring, TX Roof Shingles

Another way to maintain your roof is by checking on your shingles. The good news is that we offer free Spring, TX roof inspections and recommend getting an inspection twice a year to see how your roof shingles are holding up. A professional roof inspection is the best way to ensure that any minor problems and major roof damage are fixed as soon as possible with the right Spring, TX roof repairs.

Amstill Roofing Is Here To Help You Maintain Your Roof

If you simply need to be sure that cleaning your gutters is enough, or if you need timely Spring, TX roof repairs, our Houston roofing company is here to meet your different needs. Please contact us so we can inspect your roof and offer guidance on what you can do to ensure your roof lasts for years to come.

Houston roof replacement with laminate roof shingles

What Types Of Roofs Are Available In Houston?

With this historical hurricane season in its last month, you may be considering whether or not it’s time for a Houston roof replacement, and if you are leaning towards a brand new roof, you may want to know what options are available to you. In this article, we will discuss the three types of roofs that are most commonly available in Houston, which our roof replacement company expertly installs for you.

3 Tab Shingles

3 Tab shingles are the most economical roofing option found throughout Houston. They last about 15-30 years in perfect weather and climate conditions, but remember that Houston’s occasionally unpredictable weather is not perfect. What makes these basic 3-tab shingles so economical is that they are the most basic type of roof shingle available and they are made up of a single layer of asphalt. This makes them very lightweight, but the fact that they’re lightweight makes them more prone to curling and flying off of your roof when we experience the strong winds of hurricane season.

Laminate Roof Shingles

Laminate roof shingles are a “happy medium” solution for your Houston roofing needs. They feature an extra layer of asphalt for extra strength and protection against storm winds. Because of this, they can last an additional 10 or 15 years and won’t succumb to damage nearly as easily as 3-tab roof shingles.

Invest In Your Houston Roof By Installing Architectural Shingles

The highest-end roof shingle available in Houston is the architectural shingle. Although they are quite the investment, their price directly reflects their unbeatable quality. Boasting a warranty of 50 years to a lifetime, getting a Houston roof replacement with architectural shingles means your roof will remain sturdy with some of the worst storms that hit Houston over time. You may even get away with only needing a few affordable Houston roof repairs here and there. Architectural roof shingles also offer a decorative appearance when properly installed on your roof, which actually adds value to your home if you choose to resell or lease it.

Top-Quality Houston Roof Replacement By Amstill Roofing

The lifespan of shingles is highly dependent on the weather and climate as well as how well you maintain your roof over the years. If you think the lifespan of your shingles may be reaching its end, or if you wish to increase the security you feel in your roof’s ability to protect your home and your family, then please contact us so we can start the process with a free Houston roof inspection to make sure you do, in fact, need a Houston roof replacement.

cinco ranch roof with holiday lights

Cinco Ranch Roof Repairs To Prepare For Upcoming Holidays

Though it may seem too early to think about holiday decor during Thanksgiving and Christmas, the fact is that Thanksgiving and Christmas movies will start airing in a few days and many stores are already selling various ornaments, including ones to put on your roof. Because most of our travel plans have had to be canceled, many homeowners are considering making the holidays at home extra special and festive with increased decor. If this sounds like you, you’ll want to be certain ahead of time that your roof is prepared to handle extra roof decorations soon.

First Things First: Get A Free Cinco Ranch Roof Inspection

Our Houston roofers–which serve Houston, Cinco Ranch, Sugar Land, Katy, Kingwood, Spring, and other suburbs in the Greater Houston Area–offer free roof inspections to homeowners who simply wish to know more about the current state of their roof. Prior to putting any decorations up on your roof, you want to schedule a roof inspection ahead of time so you can plan your decor without doubting your roof’s condition. 

Through our roof inspection, our experienced roofers will determine how much damage your roof has undergone over the years and between seasons. Every roof is different, so each indicator of roof damage will give us insight into what further damage your roof might undergo. We will use this information to determine whether you need a Cinco Ranch roof replacement or if you only need a few Cinco Ranch roof repairs.

Cinco Ranch Roof Repairs In Time For The Holidays

At Amstill Roofing, we pride ourselves on being transparent and educating our customers, so if we determine that what’s best for your home and your family is to get Cinco Ranch roof repairs prior to the holidays, we will let you know and help you plan for them. We will also make your necessary repairs more affordable by helping you get coverage from your homeowner’s insurance and by offering several roof financing options.

Amstill Roofing Is Your Go-To Cinco Ranch Roof Repair Expert When The Holidays Are Near

If you would like to ensure your roof is fully prepared to support your beautiful holiday roof decor, then please contact us so we can begin with our free Cinco Ranch roof inspection. We look forward to helping you spread holiday cheer

rain storm pouring over Spring, TX roof that should be checked after

How To Check Your Spring, TX Roof After A Storm

After a really bad storm, it’s a lot more common than you think to see roofers knock on your door offering to sell you a Spring, TX roof replacement because they claimed to notice an issue with it while in the neighborhood. More often than not, these people are not legitimate roofers and, instead, are attempting to scam you. However, you should still get your roof checked after a storm, but this blog will discuss ways to check up on your roof on your own terms.

Check On Your Roof By First Checking Your Attic

Rather than immediately climbing onto your roof while it’s still slippery and dangerous, we recommend going into your attic right after a storm to see if there are any roof leaks. Roof leaks tend to stick around in the attic for some time before eventually making their way to a spot to flow through, which usually ends up being a corner in your ceiling or through a light fixture. 

To determine if you have a leak, you should look for dripping water, puddles, staining along the walls, as well as damp insulation and then seek the appropriate Spring, TX roof repairs.

Perform Some Spring, TX Roof Maintenance

Once the storm has passed, our Spring, TX roofing company also recommends you grab a ladder and climb up so you are at the height of your gutters. From here, start with some roof maintenance by clearing the gutters of any leaves, twigs, or other debris. This will ensure proper drainage of water away from your roof so that it doesn’t settle and weigh down your roof shingles, as this will cause dipping and other Spring, TX roof damage that requires costly Spring, TX roof repairs.

Seek Spring, TX Roof Inspection From A Qualified Houston Roofer

Once you have checked your attic and performed some roof maintenance, we recommend you contact us to get a roof inspection from a qualified Houston roofing company. Although you are under no obligation to work with us, we do offer free roof inspection and, with over 40 years of roofing experience, we can easily spot both the obvious and extremely subtle signs of roof damage on top of your roof so you don’t have to. Following our inspection, we will offer expert, transparent guidance on whether you need Spring, TX roof repairs or would benefit from a full Spring, TX roof replacement. We are here to help you keep your roof and your family safe!

Katy roofing contractor on a completed roof after repairs or replacement

Can A Katy Roof Be Repaired Instead Of Replaced?

As we continue pushing through the remainder of Houston’s hurricane season, it’s a great idea to tend to your Katy roof to ensure it remains strong and protective for the rest of the season, which officially ends on November 30. At Amstill Roofing, we offer Katy roof repairs and Katy roof replacements, but is it possible for your roof to only be repaired instead of replaced? This is how both services compare and when we recommend each.

Is A Roof Repair Better Than A Katy, Texas Roof Replacement?

We get this question quite often, especially from homeowners who worry about the cost of a full roof replacement. While this is usually true, the cost truly depends on the current state of your roof.

A roof repair is ideal if only a few of your roof shingles are damaged here and there, either with cracking, buckling, or curling. When this is the case on your roof, we can easily complete some repairs, which will restore the integrity of the rest of your roof. 

On the other hand, if your roof is missing several shingles and a chain reaction has occurred (usually the case with curling shingles), then a replacement may be necessary in order to repair the significant damage your structure has sustained. In both cases, depending on the severity of you roof, you will have to determine which is worth the money in the long run.

If your concern for how much you should budget for is holding you back from investing in roof work, read our previous blog on how to keep roof work within your budget. We also offer roof financing options and will help you get substantial coverage from your homeowner's insurance if you prefer. The safety of your family and your home shouldn’t break the bank.

Amstill Roofing Knows What’s Best For Your Katy Roofing With Free Roof Inspection

To know the current state of your roof and have an idea of how much any necessary roof work will cost, please contact us so we can schedule a free contact-less Katy roof inspection. This will help us determine whether a Katy roof replacement or a Katy roof repair is better for your home.

High-quality Friendswood roofer completing roof shingle replacement

What To Look For When Picking A Suitable Friendswood Roofer

There are so many different roofers out there, which makes choosing one for your Friendswood roof repairs or Friendswood roof replacement all the more difficult. To make this grueling process a bit easier and to ensure you aren’t being scammed by an illegitimate roofer, here are our top tips for selecting a suitable Friendswood roofing contractor.

Stick With A Roofing Contractor Local To Houston

The greatest benefit of hiring a local roofer is that no one knows Houston better than Houstonians themselves. As a local roofer in Houston with over 40 years of roofing experience, we are very familiar with the different signs of roof damage caused by the weather conditions all of our neighbors face. 

Our experience has enabled us to easily pinpoint what weather events and conditions caused certain damage, such as curled or missing shingles, buckling, and other signs of Friendswood roof damage. We are also able to determine how much longer your roof may last, based on the upcoming weather Houston will see and how severely your particular roof is damaged. When we make a recommendation on whether you need Friendswood roof repairs or a roof replacement, you can rest assured that we know which service will best protect you, your family, and your home’s structure. Non-local roofers and scammer roofers may not be able to predict the future of your roof and may struggle to make appropriate recommendations.

Thoroughly Research Your Friendswood Roofing Options

When it comes to searching for a suitable roofing company, keep transparency in mind. We know that the roofing industry includes some questionable practices, so we take the time to be completely transparent with Houston homeowners that come to our website. Be sure to look into licensing and certifications, roofer reviews, and what sort of warranties or guarantees the roofers you are considering offer. In order to be even more transparent, we also actively update our portfolio of work so you can determine whether we meet your Friendswood roof repair or Friendswood roof replacement standards.

Amstill Roofing Is Here To Protect Your Home With Friendswood Roof Repairs And Friendswood Roof Replacement

Our Amstill Warriors are proud Houstonians who are passionate about keeping our neighbors safe in their homes. If you need a friendly and reliable Friendswood roofing company, then please contact us. We will happily offer a free Friendswood roof inspection to better understand what your roof needs.

Homeowner looking at bank statements after being the victim of a Kingwood roofing scam

How To Avoid Getting Scammed By Fake Kingwood Roofers

Although the heat has dissipated, hurricane season is still present and highly active, and because this is the busiest time of year for us, it is also the busiest time of year for scam roofers. If you aren’t aware and mindful of scammers, don’t worry–we wrote this post not only to give you some insight but to also protect you and your family from unintentionally putting your home in danger. Here are some signs that someone is attempting to scam you so you can focus on finding legitimate, high-quality Kingwood roof repair and Kingwood roof replacement.

Pushy Sales Attempts

No one likes pushy salespeople, and a pushy roofer is no exception. Good sales are about forming relationships, so please exercise caution around Kingwood roofers that appear to be pressuring you into accepting a job. We recommend personally searching for roofers instead of letting them reach out to you. This way, you can spend whatever time you need to select a reputable Kingwood roofing contractor.

Knocking On Your Door After A Storm Passes

Although we certainly encourage you to get a Kingwood roof inspection after a storm, many scammers take advantage of this as a way to convince you that your home needs a complete Kingwood roof replacement when, in reality, a few Kingwood roof repairs will suffice.

Protecting Your Home From Kingwood Roof Repair Scams

Whether seemingly legitimate roofers offer a roof repair or a Kingwood roof replacement, the fact remains that there are plenty of scammers out there, so we want to reiterate that it’s best to make informed decisions. Your roof is a crucial component of your home, so if your roof is damaged, you need to entrust a company that will take the job seriously and prioritize top-quality by:

  • Taking the time to research different roofing companies and their corresponding reviews on Yelp, Google, and Facebook.
  • Double check the Kingwood roofing company’s legitimacy by looking into any certifications. Getting certified in the roofing industry is very difficult and takes a lot of real effort, so a legitimate roofer will willingly prove they are certified by making them available to view on their website, like we do.

Amstill Roofing Is Here For Your Kingwood Roofing Needs

As fellow Houstonians, we want you to feel safe and secure under your roof as we continue bracing for the remainder of the hurricane season. If you would like to determine whether you need Kingwood roof repair or replacement and have the job done by a reputable Houston roofer, then please contact us. We will be glad to inspect your roof and discuss your concerns.