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Strengthen Your Roof with Architectural Shingles

When you think of a home, there are so many different aspects that make it what it is. The rooms, the walls, the paint colors, the brick, the windows, the fancy door. How often do you think of the roof? At Amstill Roofing, roofs are all we think about.

As one of the most trusted roofing contractors in Houston, we understand how important the roof is to a home and how it protects the rest of the structure (the rooms, the walls, and everything in it). We know that a good roof makes the home. We also know that a beautiful roof gives that home a certain accent, a certain style.

There are plenty of choices of shingles to choose from at Amstill. One of those choices is Architectural Shingles. These shingles help beautify the home and provide a sense of elegance that surpasses the traditional type of shingles.

When homeowners or future homeowners in Houston think of elegant roofing shingles, they are thinking of wood or slate. Architectural shingles are very close to both because they can be made to look exactly like slate shingles or cedar wood shakes, except not nearly as expensive.

WHAT ARE ARCHITECTURAL SHINGLES MADE OF?

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Architectural shingles provide a three-dimensional look as they are built thicker and with more dramatic designs. They are made of water-resistant asphalt and are composed of heavy fiberglass mat and ceramic-coated mineral granules.

This thick and strong shingle ensures an even better durability than traditional shingles. Architectural shingles typically provide a warranty of 50 years or more, compared to the warranties of approximately 30 to 50 years for laminate shingles and 20 to 30 years for 3-Tab Shingles.

A BEAUTIFUL AND DURABLE ROOF

We have all heard people say that they are thankful to have a roof over their head. We agree, but it may be a good time to consider how strong that roof actually is. With architectural shingles, the strength of your roof greatly increases, which helps stave off the harmful effects of storm damage.

Along with durability, architectural shingles provide a beauty to your roof that will stand out. If you are interested in obtaining new shingles that look incredible and can match the appearance of wood shakes or slate shingles, then contact us today.

We look forward to discussing how we can install architectural shingles on your roof and giving you the look you’ve always wanted for your home at a price you can afford.

Tornado roof damage is a cause for concern in Houston.

Tornadoes: Cause for Houston Roof Repair

Texas is currently the 10th least expensive state to live in the US. We enjoy the affordability of living in the South. The most expensive places in the US to live in are Hawaii, Alaska, the Northeast, and the West Coast. The South and the Midwest are the least expensive. This is all according to research conducted by the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.

Texas is the 10th cheapest state in the US.

For the Lone Star State, we typically like to be #1, but for this, #10 will work. Our rise to the top of the Top 10 may be due to something we aren’t extremely happy to be #1 in: Tornadoes.

Texas has the most tornadoes in the nation.

According to the National Weather Service, we have the most tornadoes by a large sum. Even here in Houston, we are not immune to the twisters. Just this year already, we have had several impact the city.

WHEN TORNADOES HIT YOUR AREA

Whether or not tornadoes actually touch down on your roof, or simply come close, there is a very good chance that it sustained storm roof damage. With strong winds ripping across the top of your home and limbs from trees smashing into the roof, the possibility of roof leaks, missing shingles, or holes is high.

At Amstill Roofing, we highly recommend that you have your insurance adjuster come out to assess the damage or the potential damage. If you would like, we can meet the insurance adjuster and assist in searching for roof damage.

We have experience in assessing roofs in the Houston area and have been protecting the homes of Houstonians since 1974. It is our hope that you never experience a tornado that close to home, but if it has happened, we want to help put your home’s roof back in perfect condition.

If you are interested in having Amstill Roofing conduct an independent inspection, we offer a free, no obligation roof inspection. Just contact us and we will send one of our highly trained roofing specialists to your home.

Roofer working on roof. Roof inspection. Shingles

Does Your Home Need a Roof Inspection?

We are only a few weeks away from spring. Aside from the allergies that plague our sinuses, the Houston weather will be quite pleasant. The sun will typically be bright, soft breezes, and we’ll even run into some light rain.

Regardless of the fair weather, your roof will continue to take a beating. The sun can become brutally hot, the breeze can become a bluster, and the light rain can turn into thunderstorms. At Amstill Roofing, we recommend that you prepare your house with a roof inspection for the worst of conditions, especially while you’re experiencing the best conditions.

INSPECTING YOUR ROOF

As one of Houston’s most trusted roofing contractors, we will send one of our highly trained roofing representatives to inspect your roof, free of charge. If you have certain problems, like leaks or valleys, we will inspect those areas to specify the exact reasons those issues have arisen. We inspect the shingles and the amount of life left on them. As with most things, a roof begins to depreciate once it has been placed. This is due to time and weather conditions. This is simply a natural process and one that you should be aware of.

Part of the natural process should be maintaining your roof’s integrity. This includes roof repair, whether from storms, limbs falling from trees, or standing water. If your roof is nearing its expiration and is already experiencing a number of various issues, then we recommend a roof replacement.

A roof replacement is the complete renovation of your roof. This strengthens the entire structure of the house, as it helps eliminate the chances of leaks, valleys, rotting, or the roof problems.

Whether a roof replacement or simple roof repair, we recommend getting a roof inspection done while Houston is experiencing great weather.

If you see problems with your roof, then contact Amstill Roofing. Our Houston roofing company has been servicing homes since 1974 and we have continued successfully by honest workmanship and excellent professionalism.

Old roof with hail damage.

March Is Coming and Hail Is Coming With It

We will soon be experiencing the part of the year where hail causes the most damage on a nationwide basis. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), from March to June, the average hail loss claims per month has been about 126,000. This is a major increase from the monthly average of the other eight months, which is a little more than 25,000. When it comes to major storms, that at times can cover multiple states, the costs reach approximately $1 billion.

Hail storm damage monthly stats.
Statistics provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.

According to this report, Texas has experienced the most damage from hail by far compared to the other 49 states. Of those damages reported to personal property, it was Personal Property Homeowners (PPHO) policies that were affected the most. These home damage claims made up more than 50% of the overall claims.

Texas hail storm stats.
Statistics provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.

When hail hits a home, the most common type of damage caused is hail roof damage. The roof plays an important role in ensuring your entire home remains protected. This is why we greatly encourage our customers to keep their roof’s protection in mind.

WHEN HAIL CAUSES ROOF DAMAGE

When a storm hits your home and there is heavy hail involved, it is best to have your roof inspected for damage. If there is storm roof damage, then you should have your roof fixed quickly before the arrival of another strong storm or before a small problem becomes a large one.

To ensure you get the best roof replacement or roof repair, contact our Houston office before you contact your insurance adjuster so that we can be there when the adjuster makes their inspection. This is to help make sure you have someone there to represent your home’s interests.

At Amstill Roofing, we specialize in roof replacement and roof repairs for those homeowners who have experienced storm or hail roof damage. With a greatly increased chance of numerous hail storms in Texas, particularly in Houston, over the course of the next few months, it would be a good idea to have one of our roofing professionals come inspect your roof. We want to make sure that your home is ready for the inevitable storms.

February: Houston’s Perfect Time for Roof Inspection

February happens to be one of the best times of the year for Houstonians to receive a free roof inspection from Amstill Roofing. This month is typically full of agreeable weather conditions. In Houston, the average highs range between 60 and 70 degrees and the average lows ranging in the mid- to high-40s.

Compared to most areas in the United States, Houston’s February is like spring. This is why we think this month is a perfect time to consider receiving a roof inspection. There are certain things to look for when considering a roof replacement. 

REASONS FOR ROOF REPLACEMENT

  • Age of Your Roof – This is a very important aspect of your roof to know. There is a big difference between viewing the roof from the ground and getting on top of the roof and inspecting possible problems. So even if the shingles seem in working order and nothing looks very out of place from the ground, there may be significant wear and tear. If your roof shingles haven’t been changed in about 20 years, then there is a good chance that it needs to be replaced. With constant rain, wind, and Houston’s extreme heat impacting your roof, receiving a roof inspection is a smart idea. (There are more expensive shingles that can last between 30-50 years.)
  • Shingle Condition – If your shingles are curling or breaking, then it may be time to have your shingles replaced. Shingles are used as an extra layer of protection and take the brunt of the atmospheric punishment doled out by Mother Nature. Keeping an eye on the condition of your shingles is a good idea. Even if they are relatively new, they can still become damaged, loosened, or removed by harsh weather.
  • Weak Spots – Sometimes you are able to see if there are weak spots in your roof from not even conducting a close-up and thorough inspection. If there are dips or “valleys” in your roof, they are sometimes noticeable. If water is collecting there or if the certain area is darkened, there may be substantial roof damage.

A ROOF INSPECTION BY AMSTILL

Receiving a thorough roof inspection from Amstill Roofing during this time of the year will ensure any roof damage is discovered. It will also help combat against future storm roof damage or hail roof damage. February is a month with mild weather conditions. This is the best time to consider roof repair or a roof replacement before more intense weather conditions arrive in the coming months.

If you need a dependable roofing contractor from the Houston area, then consider Amstill Roofing. We have been helping protect homes of the Greater Houston area since 1974 and we look forward to protecting yours.

Not Storm Chasers or Deductible Buyers

If a roofer offers to buy your deductible or that it won’t cost you a penny out of your pocket, stay away. That is insurance fraud in the state of Texas. Those type of roofers are what we call “storm chasers”.

Some companies will offer you a new roof without paying your deductible. How do they do it?

  • Using old materials that are no longer in production or defective to save money.
  • Pick-up labor from street corners so they can avoid high labor cost.
  • Re-using all of your vents / jacks on your roof system.
  • Not providing work with warranties or insurance covered crews.
  • Giving you a lesser grade material or roof system overall.
  • Usually they are working out of a truck and the company last only as long as the storm, so they have no overhead expenses.

Who would want a roof like the one mentioned above? Not many people, but some are fooled into it. We are here to educate you & make sure you make the ethical and correct decision. Don’t support these roofers.

To put this in perspective:

When you go to the doctors office or have a surgery you always pay your portion of it, your deductible. The insurance covers the rest. There is no budging on that price and you go on with your day.

But wouldn’t it be strange if a different surgeon asked to do your surgery & told you, you wouldn’t have to pay your deductible, that the surgery would be free.

That’s a raise for concern, maybe the doctor doesn’t have insurance, its his/her first surgery, they do the operation in a hotel, or has no idea how to do the surgery.

Just like surgery with a great surgeon, your roof requires a qualified and great roofer. Not just anyone with a pickup truck!

How serious is the algae streaking problem in the Houston area?

All of the homes in our service area are likely to develop algae streaking within a few years after installing a new roof. It’s my understanding that this is a nationwide problem, however, in Houston; it’s particularly serious because we’re near the Gulf Coast and our climate favors this troubling organism. Most people are very aware of the streaks because they’ve either experienced them on their own roof or seen them on roofs in their neighborhood, even if they don’t know algae is the cause.

Is roof cleaning an option for homeowners to remove the algae streaks?
Commercial roof cleaning services are almost nonexistent in this market, even though roof cleaning is common practice in some parts of the country. In fact, in many of Houston’s mid to upscale neighborhoods homeowners are more likely to replace a badly streaked roof than to clean it, even if the roof hasn’t reached its full service life. As a result, we’ve found that customers who are re-roofing for whatever reason, appreciate a chance to prevent the black streaks, which avoids replacing their next roof prematurely or living with another dirty looking roof

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7 Reasons Why Amstill is Different, in a Better Way

1) What makes Amstill Roofing different than all the other roofing companies?

At Amstill Roofing we are a roofing specialist company. 99% of our work is residential roofing.

We are also a family owned & operated company. We are one of the oldest roofing companies in Houston. Since 1974 we have strived to do only one type of roof, the best roof possible.

What this means for you, as the homeowner:

We are not decent at many trades; but instead we are a master of one, roofing.

2) What types of materials do you use compared to other contractors?

Unlike some of our competition, we believe a quality roof requires the correct materials. Many roofers use something called a 3-tab single on the hips & ridges of your home. The life span of that shingle is 10-15 years. It doesn’t make much sense to install that style shingle, when the rest of the roof will last 22-25 years for a 30yr roof.

At Amstill we upgrade you at no charge to the high-profile hip & ridge shingle. This shingle is twice as thick will last with the entire roof system we are installing.

On our standard application we use a 30lb felt (#30). Most roofer’s use a 15lb (#15) felt on their standard application. We don’t charge you the difference; instead we give you the greater quality material to compliment your roof system.

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