Common Questions from Customers

Roofing

How do I know if I need a new roof?

There are several clues to help identify possible roof damage.

  • If your area has experienced recent heavy winds or a hail storm;
  • You see leaking or water damage on the inside of your home or business;
  • Your gutters appear to be damaged as if they’ve been hit with a hammer;
  • There are shingles or roofing materials around the perimeter of your property;
  • All your neighbors seem to be getting new roofs

If any of these exist at your home or commercial business, call a roofing company immediately. They can assess the condition of your roof and provide a recommendation on whether the damage is extensive enough to warrant an insurance claim.

What does a leaky roof look like from the inside?

Signs of water damage from a leaking roof include cracked paint, discolored plasterboard, peeling wallpaper and an unexplained mildew smell that worsens after a rainstorm.

How long should a roof last?

As you probably know, there are several types of roofing materials, so the typical lifespan varies. Keep in mind, climate and weather conditions are big variables, as is the quality of the installation. That said, here are some estimates from the National Association of Home Builders:

  • Asphalt shingle/composition roofs – about 20 years
  • Fiber cement shingles – about 25 years
  • Wood shake roofs – about 30 years
  • Slate, copper, and tile – 50 years or more
When exploring their material options, many people ask whether a metal roof costs more than a typical roof?

Metal roofing is often referred to as a premium home product, which means homeowners can expect to pay around two to three times as much over the usual asphalt shingle roof. However, metal roofing is comparable in terms of pricing to tile or cedar shake roofing.

Those who currently have a slate roof atop their home should expect to pay significantly less when installing a metal roof. No matter the type of metal roof chosen for your own home, you won’t have to worry any longer. Most metal roofs come with anywhere between 30 to 50-year warranties. Plus, the resale value of your home increases significantly. Those with metal roofs will notice their energy bills are significantly lower and offer peace of mind in terms of having to re-roof or perform regular maintenance, as metal construction is often sturdier and more trustworthy against the weather. Metal roofing is an investment.

After having researched various types of metal roofing, most are curious to know just how long their metal roof will last compared to asphalt or wood shingle?

Those who decide to invest in the cost of a metal roof will be happy to know their new roof should last two to three times longer than a regular roof. In usual terms, you can expect your new metal roof to last anywhere from 40 to 60 years, and sometimes even beyond that.

When compared to the average asphalt roof, which has a lifespan of just 12 to 20 years, metal roofing is a sound investment that increases home value and lowers energy costs annually. The lifespan of asphalt roofing can sometimes vary depending on the climate within your home area. The roof is often made of oil coated paper or fiberglass, which is known to deteriorate quickly when exposed to normal weather. The metal roofing, however, does not decompose or decline in quality for decades.

When compared to wood shingle, shake, or tile, weather-related problems tend to break these substances down quickly.

What are the advantages of metal over other types of roofing?

More and more homeowners are choosing to install a metal roof because of their many advantages over virtually any other type of roofing system, which include…

  • In the case of a fire, metal roofs are proven to be safer since they don’t easily ignite.
  • Metal roofing can withstand any weather conditions, no matter how severe.
  • Longer lifespan. Most metal roofs usually last anywhere between 40-70 years.
  • Higher energy efficiency. Because of their increased energy efficiency levels, metal roofing can help significantly reduce cooling costs and energy bills.

If you have questions about the advantages of metal roofing, call Peak Roofing & Construction today.

How much longer will a metal roof last than common roofing like asphalt or wood shingle?

When compared with other common types of roofing, metal roofs have a long lifespan. When properly installed, you can expect metal roofs to last anywhere between 40 and 70 years. They may even last longer, depending on how well they’ve been maintained.

Metal roofs typically last longer than asphalt or wood shingles because they’re resistant to mold growth, insects, and weather-related damage. If you’d like to have a durable, long-lasting roof, metal roofing is the way to go. Other common types of roofing materials, such as asphalt or wood shingles, simply don’t stand the test of time nearly as well.

Get in touch with Peak Roofing & Construction to find out more!

How will a metal roof stand up to extreme weather?

In short, metal roofing stands up very well in extreme weather conditions! This type of roofing material is designed to withstand hail, heavy snowfall, hurricanes, and more. In fact, metal roofing has the greatest hail rating (the ability to resist hail) of any roof material, according to the Underwriters’ Laboratory.

Metal roofing is a fantastic option, particularly if you live in an area prone to extreme weather. This type of roofing system was made to protect your home against anything that may come its way.

Do you have further questions about how your metal roof will stand up to extreme weather? Don’t hesitate to contact Peak Roofing & Construction today!

What will happen to a classic metal roof in a lightning storm?

Believe it or not, lightning goes to the highest point in a single area, regardless of object’s material. Metal roofing has not been found to attract lightning and actually does not pose any increased risk of being struck or those within being injured due to a lighting strike. Many find themselves quite afraid of a metal roof during a lightning storm, fearing the lightning will hit the roof and flow through the entire home. This is actually quite wrong. Horror movies and the like did not get this completely correct, thankfully. The lightning is highly unlikely to strike the roof and, if it does happen to strike, it will simply hit the roof and nothing else. Everyone inside will be completely safe. If you’re worried about damage after a lightning storm, call in a roofing expert to inspect the metal roofing.

What are the advantages of metal over other types of roofing?

If you are a homeowner considering investing in a metal roof for your house, understanding exactly what advantages such a home may have for your family is quite important. For starters, metal roofing that has been properly installed will last as long as the home itself does. The material effectively seals out any excess water, survives against strong winds, and easily removes snowfall during the winter. Metal roofing resists fire, mildew, and even bugs throughout any season of the year. Lastly, warranties may vary, but most metal roofing companies offer a warranty of anywhere from 20 to 50 years, making sure the roof will last that long and then some.

Of all the roofing materials available, metal is probably the best investment for your time and money. It is worth investigating if you are currently on the fence. Peak Roofing & Construction is available to provide advice based on our over 25 years of roofing experience. In addition, we offer a full range of exterior services including gutters, fencing, painting, siding, and window installation and repair.

How can a homeowner recognize when a roof system has problems?

We often tell homeowners to act fast when they discover a roofing issue. We stand by that advice. However, first you need to be able to determine when your roof actually has an issue worth calling us over.

You’ll notice a few signs: cracked paint, missing shingles, mold growth, granule buildup, or water damage. Don’t hesitate to call!

Do I need to protect any items inside my house from possible damage?

Yes, absolutely protect your items inside during roofing maintenance and repairs. It’s easier than it sounds, though. Simply pack away any fragile items, particularly if they are hanging on the walls.  Vibrations from construction can cause many items to tip over.

Gutters

Why should I think about getting new gutters?

Gutters that are undersized for the roof slope or the type of roofing material on a home or business are not effective. Getting the correct size installed, typically either a 5” or 6” gutter, will effectively manage water runoff during most storms.

If gutters have separated from the building or they are leaking, they may need to be replaced although, if caught early, a simple repair may do the trick.

Improperly installed or failing gutters are a common cause of excessive water sitting at the base of foundations. Stagnant water can also be a breeding source for unwanted mosquitos.

If you are doing an exterior facelift or repainting your home, it may be a good time to replace your gutters, especially if you already have other concerns, such as gutter size or material. Note: Gutters also can be repainted, so you should consider both options.

Dingy, worn-out gutters are not a flattering look for any home or business. They can even decrease property values as potential buyers consider having to pay for replacement gutters.

What types of gutters are common in Texas?

We strongly recommend seamless gutters. They’re custom made for your home or business from single strips of aluminum. This is a big improvement over gutter sections that are fastened together as they are installed. The most common place gutters leak or break after years of wear is at the joints and seams. Aluminum gutters are also lightweight, won’t rust, and are durable. Unlike cheap vinyl, they are very weather-resistant and hold paint well.

Of course, there are other gutter materials available. Galvanized steel rain gutters are popular because they don’t bend as easily as aluminum when they encounter enemies like ladders and falling branches. The main drawback of galvanized steel is that rust will eventually take its toll, so they need more maintenance. Stainless steel removes the rust factor and is one of the strongest materials in the industry, but they’re pricey. Copper gutters are among the most beautiful on the market, and like stainless steel are virtually indestructible, but the cost is even higher.

What about shields or guards that keep leaves and other debris out of the gutters?

That depends how much the extra convenience of less maintenance is worth to you. Gutter hangers, guards, and screens reduce maintenance and repair concerns, but they also increase the cost of an installation. If you don’t mind getting the ladder out and doing inspections and cleaning occasionally (or can get a younger, fitter family member to do it), you can save some dough. But for many “fix it and forget it” folks, the greater initial cost is the way to go.

What happens if the wood behind my gutters is rotted?

When you perform regular annual maintenance of your roof, you should always be checking behind your gutters. The wood behind the gutters can collect condensation and begin to rot. Before you know it, you have a major problem that could cause your entire gutter system to need replacing. If you notice any bloating, cracking, or rotting behind your gutters, call the roofing contractors at Peak Roofing & Construction right away. We can help provide you with guidance and an estimate for repair or replacement.

When should I replace my gutters?

If your gutters have required frequent repairs, you may be wondering about gutter replacement. Traditional gutter systems can last between 20-30 years. However, if you notice significant cracks, holes, rust, or deep dents, it may be worth it to replace them earlier. This is especially true if you live in a climate that has frequent storms, like Texas. If you are trying to determine if you need to replace your gutters, the best method is to hire a professional. The roofers at Peak Roofing & Construction can come to your home and complete a full inspection on your roof and gutter system. We then will provide you with an estimate for the work to be completed, and options if you need to replace your gutters.

What is the average lifespan of a gutter system?

The average lifespan of a gutter system depends on what material you have chosen. The most common type of gutter installed in Texas, aluminum, will last approximately 20 years according to the National Association of Home Builders. However, keep in mind the extreme weather and heat that’s so common in Dallas and Houston can shorten their lifespan. Copper gutter systems can last up to 50 years with proper maintenance. If durability and lifespan are important to you when you need to install or replace your gutters, make sure to talk it over with a Peak Roofing & Construction gutter specialist.

What is the proper degree of roof slope for my gutters to work properly?

Ensuring you have a properly functioning gutter system at home is essential to protect against flooding, significant water damage, eroded landscape, and other problems due to runoff water. Upon first glance, a hanging gutter system usually seems quite easy to install. However, the installation process is relatively complicated and may require an engineer to complete.

Every drain needs some slope, also known as the pitch, to allow a downward path for water to flow freely. If a gutter is not sloped enough, the water will just pool in the gutter and spill over the sides. If you have a 25-foot section of gutter, your downspout end should be sloped 5/8 of an inch lower than the opposite end to allow runoff to flow smoothly. Our roofing technicians have done this before and know the exact slope necessary to reduce potential water damage and how to install the gutter properly.

What could increase the cost of gutter installation?

For an accurate quote of the cost to install a new drain, your best option is to call Peak Roofing & Construction directly and explain the job you want to be completed. When it comes to the actual cost of a gutter installation, numerous factors will play into the total. For example, the cost of material will play a significant role. Vinyl costs less than aluminum, and steel costs more than both of them. Copper is the most expensive material often used in a gutter system.

One could also include gutter hangars, guards, and screens, all of which reduce future maintenance and repair worries, but they also increase the cost of a gutter installation further. The initial cost may be greater, but the long-term investment is usually quite clear. If you would prefer not to spend an exorbitant amount on repairs and maintenance down the line, opt for guards and screens today to protect your home or business.

Why choose Peak Roofing & Construction as your gutter company

As a family-owned and locally operated business, Peak Roofing & Construction is dedicated to providing the best roofing and gutter services in the areas we serve. Our reputation depends on it. It’s also why we can guarantee the craftsmanship on every project we do.

Windows

After a storm, how do I know if my windows are damaged?

Severe window damage is going to be obvious based on large cracks or shattered glass. But there is frequently more damage that is not apparent until you take a closer look. The damage can come from hail, high winds or flying debris.Ideally, you should wait until the sun is out. Look for cracks and holes, broken panes and damaged frames. Even if there are just dents to the frame, you will want to make sure the insurance company acknowledges them and, hopefully, agrees to replace them or cover window repair at a minimum. It is very common in Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston to have window damage as a result of spring storms.

If my windows are dying of natural causes (normal age and wear), should I replace them all at once?

If cost is not a factor, sure! But many homeowners will want to balance their window replacement project with the budget and consider replacing in stages. Even if you’re going for a close match, new windows will likely look a little different. So, replacing “here and there” may look bad. One strategy is to replace all the windows on one side of the home to keep a consistent appearance.

Do you install replacement windows at all times of the year? If so, will I lose a lot of heat or cooling during installation?

Yes, we install replacement windows year-round. Most installations will take only one day. Our professional installers are trained to do what they can to minimize heating/cooling loss. The savings you get from your new energy-efficient windows will offset any short-term loss many times over.

Fencing

How long should a wooden fence last?

In Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston, you can expect a wood fence to hold its own for about 10-15 years. Now, it won’t always look as pristine as the day you had it installed but it will be functional. Just like most natural substances, if you are attentive and give it some love and fresh staining along the way, it will serve you well. Ongoing maintenance is especially important based on the extreme heat in Texas. One last caveat is we do get our share of torrential winds and hail, so nothing will protect a fence from an Act of God.

Is there a warranty on fences?

Peak Roofing & Construction guarantees the craftsmanship on the #1 grade fences we install for five years.

Exterior Painting

Is there anything I need to do before getting an estimate?

In an ideal world, everyone who is going to be part of the exterior paint decision-making process should be present when meeting with painting companies. This helps to get everyone’s input and get all your questions answered upfront. However, we realize in today’s world this isn’t always possible, so the best plan is to talk through the project together beforehand including:

  • Deciding what color and finish you want in what areas. For instance, do you you’re your gutters to match or contrast?
  • What is your budget?
  • What is your timeframe?
  • Are there things you did not like the last time you painted? Things you wish had been done differently?
What kind of paint do you use?

Some painting contractors only use one type of paint. But we love offering our customers options. For exterior painting, we use professional quality paints from Sherwin Williams and PPG. However, if you prefer another brand that we can source locally, we are happy to discuss it with you.

Do you charge to provide an exterior painting estimate?

We never charge to give you an estimate on a painting projects. As a commercial painter, the estimate process is not just about pricing, it’s about getting to know you and your home or business. Once you meet with us you will understand how important honesty and professionalism are to Peak Roofing & Construction. It’s that’s experience that will give you the confidence you need to trust us with your house exterior or business exterior.