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Of all the home maintenance that comes along with buying a house, replacing the roof is one of the biggest and most intimidating projects. That’s understandable! Your home’s roof is the shelter that protects your family and your possessions, so you need it to be in good shape.

So here’s a short guide to the top 3 reasons roofs fail. If you’re on top of these, your roof should last for years to come.

1. Roofs Failing Due To Old Age

Here in Texas, a typical composition roof takes a beating from the elements. The intense heat of our summers, combined with wind and hailstorms in the spring, means that most composition roofs will need to be replaced every 10 to 20 years.

A less expensive 3-tab composition roof will last 10-12 years on average, while you should get 15-20 years out of thicker architectural shingles. Either way, composition shingles have a core made of fiberglass and asphalt, which starts breaking down under UV light as soon as the protective granules on top begin to fall off.

New metal roofing options, like standing seam roofing and stone coated steel, are becoming more popular precisely because they last so much longer than old composition technology. Although they are more expensive upfront, a properly installed stone coated steel roof can last 50 years or even more.

(Want to know more? We have a whole article about how long a roof lasts in Texas.)

2. Roofs Failing Due To Damage

An umbrella with a hole in it just isn’t any use in a storm. Neither is a damaged roof. Your roof is your home’s primary shield against the elements, and it can’t protect your shiny new Tesla — or your family, for that matter! — when it’s damaged.

There are plenty of reasons roofs fail due to damage, and not all of it is easy to see. Of course, some roof damage is obvious: a tree crashing into your attic during a storm will be hard to miss. But other kinds of roof damage, like small hail impact spots or poor ventilation, can creep up on you.

We recommend a yearly roof inspection where a professional will look for all the signs of roof damage, large and small. That includes damaged shingles, insecure venting and flashing, pinhole leaks, and water damage in the attic.

3. Roofs Failing Due To Poor Materials Or Installation

Even the best roofing materials won’t do much if they’re not properly installed. This includes not just placing and nailing the shingles, but also correct underlayment, all the necessary ventilation, properly installed flashing, and other details.

If you choose a roofing company based on price alone, then they have had to cut costs somewhere. The first two places roofing companies try to economize on are the cost of materials and the cost of paying their installers — but skimping in these areas is a huge mistake. It can lead to a sub-par, inferior roof that will only lead to leaks, water damage, and headaches down the road.

Designer Roofing focuses on doing quality work with quality materials. This matters for every roof installation, but it’s especially important when working with premium shingles and metal roofs that require specialized skills and experience to install correctly. Our crews are made up of top-quality installers, and our crew foremen have been working with us for years.

Call 972-644-6556 or Contact Us today for a free estimate!

What our Clients are Saying

  • Rusty, Plano

    All I can say is – dealing with Aaron Lenhart and Designer Roofing of Texas was excellent. Aaron and his people were professional, knowledgeable and nice to work with every step of the way.

    I felt their price was fair and they delivered exactly as promised. What more can you ask for in the real world? They started on time, ended on time and the house looks great with the new style of tile. I have referred a few friends to them since then and so far, everyone has been pleased!

  • Rob Paul

    The roof is fantastic and I really appreciate Designer Roofing’s hard work and professionalism throughout the process. It was absolutely the right decision for my project. Feel free to hand out my information as a reference for your company should anyone ask, I am happy to help.

    Robert G. Paul
    Division President, Dallas – Fort Worth – Austin, Toll Brothers, Inc.

  • Kumar, Frisco

    I was impressed throughout with Designer Roofing’s professionalism, experience and knowledge of the business. As my agent, you worked with my insurance company to get their approval, and I was delighted to see that you ordered specialized pictures of the house to make it easier for the insurance company to assess the damage and approve.

    Your team was experienced and they worked with a good work ethic to get the job done very quickly. This was key since you did not use novices to install the specialized Gerard stone coated steel roof. Your team was well trained: they covered the pool and daily used a magnet to clear the home premises of any metallic materials.

    You had no hesitation in ensuring my complete satisfaction, and sent in the experts to fix a couple of minor things that I wanted changed. Please accept my gratitude and congratulations for a job well done and a super service!! I shall be happy to recommend you and your company to anyone without hesitation. 

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    Pam and Rick, Frisco

    We just wanted to drop you note and tell you how much we enjoy the new roof. The style we chose with your help looks great. More importantly, the service of you and your team was outstanding. Your crew was attentive to the details and cleaned up well each and every day. And, to top it off, you started and finished when you said you would. Job well done!

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    Bing and Rachel, Plano

    We were battered by the windstorm of April 2008, which tore down our entire fence, a beautiful 10-year old tree, and a huge section of our composition roof.

    Designer Roofing came to our rescue and immediately patched the roof to prevent further weather damage. Despite a heavy workload brought on by the storm, Designer Roofing proceeded to replace our entire roof as soon as was possible. They replaced all fixtures and chimney flashings to perfectly match our new roof color, too.

    Designer Roofing was very professional throughout the job, helping us understand the re-roofing process, eagerly answering our every question, and giving us the greatest value for our insurance coverage and out-of-pocket costs. If we ever need a new roof again, Designer Roofing will be #1 on our list, and we would gladly recommend them to friends and family alike!