Category: Roofing

How Ice and Snow Impacts Your Roof

How Ice and Snow Impacts Your Roof

Winter is coming! Here in Lubbock, TX we are currently experiencing colder winter weather earlier than normal. We are here to inform you that during the cold winter months, the weight of snow and ice can have a direct effect on the condition and structure of your roof. It is important for homeowners to fully understand the signs of weather damage, to recognize these signs, and to take necessary steps to repair your roof if it becomes damaged from severe weather. Below are a few things to be aware of this winter.

Ice Dams

If there is enough ice accumulating on the roof, it could potentially form ice dams. Ice dams are caused by ice and snow melting, which will then flow down the roof and then freezing right at the edge of the roof. Ice dams can cause major gutter damage and may tear the flashing off the roof. 

Freeze and Thaw

Due to snow and ice accumulation, cracks can become present. When water starts seeping into even the tiniest cracks, this could pose a major issue for your roof. Not only can this cause leaks into your home, but the cracks can become much more noticeable.  However, if the water doesn’t leak and it freezes, the crack can then expand, causing an even bigger issue to your roof. 

Gutter damage

Gutters that are clogged with leaves, dirt or other debris usually causes the formation of icicles when air temperatures are below freezing. Icicles can be extremely heavy and could result in damage to your gutters and roofs integrity. 

Damage from tree branches

The extra weight from snow and ice can potentially pull tree limbs down on your roof, causing damage to the shingles. If a limb happens to break and land on your roof, structural damage could also occur.

Key to Avoiding Costly Damage

Preventative maintenance, which includes regular roofing inspections, cleaning of gutters and snow removal when necessary. These are all key when wanting to avoid costly repairs with your roof, gutters, ceilings and more.

Therefore, replacing worn shingles before winter storms arrive, trimming back tree limbs and cleaning out the gutters are inexpensive measures that can be completed quickly and easily.

Lastly, regular roof and gutter inspections along with proper maintenance will go a long way towards preventing problems. Contact ABF Roofing & Foam for help this winter. We can give you peace of mind that comes from knowing that the job has been done right.

FAQs About Replacing Your Roof

FAQs About Replacing Your Roof

FAQs about replacing your roof. When contemplating replacing your roof, you probably have many questions and concerns. We understand that owning a home is a huge undertaking and keeping up with the maintenance can be a lot. Here are a few of the top questions we are asked concerning new roofs:

When should I replace my roof?

Below are a few ways to determine when you should consider getting your roof inspected:

  • Age: Most roofing will last between 20‒30 years. If your roof is approaching this age or is older than this, it may be time to replace your roofing system. Call ABF Roofing & Foam today to set up a detailed assessment of your roof.
  • Leaks: Some of the most common ways to know if you have a leak is identifying stains on interior walls and/or ceilings. If you have water damage to rafters or plywood sheathing, you should consider replacing your roof.
  • Appearance: If you can see sunlight coming through the roof boards, roof’s shingles are missing or the shingles have begun to curl, break, buckle, or warp, you should definitely consider having your roof assessed for damage. At ABF Roofing & Foam we will give you a detailed roof inspection so you are worry-free when it comes to your roof replacement.

If I decide to replace my roof, what are my options?

You have two options when you decide to replace your roof. You can decide to complete roof replacement, (including tear-off of your existing roof system). Your second option could be a roof repair or maintenance to your existing roof system. Installing new shingles on top of your old roof may be cheaper, faster, and require less labor. However, the second option is only if your current roofing system is completely problem-free. Also, a roof repair is not always possible due to building code, safety requirements, and/or layers of existing shingles. You can contact us if you have any other questions regarding a reroof. We would be happy to help.

Can I replace my roof myself?

While you may be able to save money with home improvement projects when you do them yourself. However, roofing work is not one of them you would want to do yourself unless you are an experienced roofer. You can potentially harm your roof with improper roofing techniques. Most importantly, easily harming yourself. Trust a professionally trained and experienced roofing contractor with your roof replacement.

How long will my new roof last?

Modern roofing systems are constructed to last approximately 20 years (with well-maintained clay tile, slate, and copper lasting much longer). A variety of factors can affect your roof’s life including local climate and environmental conditions, quality of original construction, installation, and design, quality of materials used and proper maintenance and repairs.

What does a new roof system cost?

Keep in mind that price must be balanced with a variety of other factors such as quality of materials, the location, and size of your home. For your free roof estimate, please call ABF Roofing & Foam today.

Trust ABF Roofing & Foam

In conclusion, At ABF Roofing & Foam, we constantly strive to exceed our customers’ expectations and only employ the highest quality craftsmen in the Lubbock market. Please feel free to contact us if you need a roof replacement or to schedule a regular routine roof inspection today. We are here to help take the worry off your roof. These are just a few FAQs about replacing your roof. Lastly, we are here to answer any and all other questions.

How to Know When It’s Time to Replace Your Roof

How to Know When It’s Time to Replace Your Roof

Having your roof replaced is a big investment. Knowing this, roof repair is the preferred option over roof replacement. If done in a timely manner, repairs will only cost a fraction of what a roof replacement would have cost. It can also increase your roof’s life span. But, how do you know if your roof needs repairs? As a roofing expert, we specialize in both roof repair and roof replacement.  Below is a list of signs that show when it’s time to replace your roof.

Curling Shingles

Curling shingles are a sign of both an aging roof and excessive heat. When shingles are curled they are highly susceptible to wind damage and ice damage. The shingles will then become rigid and could possibly break easily and lose tab edges.

Missing Granules and Bare Spots

The aging of your roof or physical damage can cause bare spots and a loss of granules. This is why we recommend not walking on your roof unless absolutely necessary. When the protective granules of a shingle are lost the shingles then begin to harden from heat and sun exposure. After granule loss on your roof, it will then accelerate aging and shingle decay. This will then become an entry point for water.

Broken/Missing Shingles

Two of the most common causes of damaged shingles are excessive wind and physical damage. Being in Lubbock, Texas we know a thing or two about excessive wind. When you see any missing shingles from a wind storm, make sure to call a reputable roofing company for the repair. Having broken or missing shingles will weaken your roofs ability to shed water which can then cause leaks within your home.

Buckling Shingles

Shingles that are buckled are always visible and you can usually see the distortion that runs up your roof slope. Having buckled shingles are highly susceptible to wind and ice damage and can be torn off very easily.

If you happen to notice any of the above happenings to your roof, you may need to have your roof repaired or replaced. As always, we recommend calling a local certified roofing contractor. A roof leak is not always apparent immediately on the inside of your home. It can damage insulation which could cause the replacement to grow in cost. Call ABF Roofing & Foam today for your free roof inspection.