A Roofing Repair & Maintenance Checklist For Homeowners In Houston

Updated: Nov 9, 2018

A roof inspection is one of those preventative maintenance jobs thats simple to overlook. But, it can be costly and troublesome if you don't perform a checkup routinely. It's essential to schedule a twice-a-year reminder on your calendar if you're doing it yourself, or alternatively with your local roofing professional to go out and identify any roof problems you find.


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Here's A Roofing Inspection Checklist For Symptoms To Look Out For:

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  • Cracked caulk or rust spots on flashing.

  • Shingles that are buckling, curling, blistering, or have moderate granular loss.

  • Missing or damage shingles.

  • Cracked and worn rubber boots on ventilation components.

  • Missing or damaged chimney cap.

  • Masses of moss and lichen, which could signal the roof is decaying underneath. Black algae stains are just cosmetic.

  • If you locate piles of colored grit from asphalt roof tiles in the gutters, thats a bad sign. Those sand-like granules line the surface of roof shingles and shield them from the suns damaging ultraviolet rays.

Check the age of your roofing and see if its nearing the end of it's life.

  • *To learn more about HOUSTON's UNIQUE CLIMATE CONDITIONS that unfortunately result in an abbreviated life cycle for even premium roofs systems comparably to the rest of the country, you can check out our 1 page infographic on our Homeowner Resources page.

Some Tips For DIYers:

Performing Your Own Roofing Repair & Maintenance

1. Any loose, damaged, or missing shingles should be replaced immediately.

  • Check for popped nails that craving to be hammered support in place.

  • Depending on the severity of the deterioration, it can be a small or difficult task to replace shingles and caulk flashing yourself. Be sure to block out a half-day to mitigate a few shingle repairs.

Average Repair Costs:

  • $24 for a bundle of shingles

  • $6 per tube of roofing caulk.

2. Metal and vinyl flashing on chimneys, skylights, and attic vents need to be resealed with caulk.

3. Static or plumbing ventilation boots that show signs of significant wear, color loss, cracking, or rust are signs of advanced deterioration and should be replaced asap.

You can use a handyman or local roofing company for minor fixes, but the person should be bonded, have proof of liability, and have workman's compensation insurance.

Some costs for common repairs include:

  • A few broken or missing shingles: $100 to $150.

  • Large repairs (10-foot-by-10-foot section of roofing): $100 to $350 asphalt; $200 to $1,000 wood.

  • Replacing flashing or boots around chimneys, skylights, and vents: $300 to $500.

  • Repairing flashing in valleys: $15 to $25 per running foot.

4. In the spring, use a broom to remove dead moss. Apply moss killer along the ridge of the roof and upon any enduring green patches.

Time Requirement:

  • Permit about three hours to sweep the roof, determined the condition of the gutters, and apply the granules.


  • $20 for moss killer to treat 3,000 square feet of roof.


We see this often, and it's why we are screaming it with all caps. (Sorry.) But a violent and high velocity spray from a power washer can cause severe damage to shingles and be a catalyst for immediate and future granular loss. There is a way to have your roof cleaned if the aesthetics of black algae is unsightly, but it most likely involves using a commercial grade solvent, and professional equipment to clean and rinse the roof properly without causing harm to the roof surface, and to your landscaping below. If your interested in this service, we have a recommended roofing service partner who can serve you, and immediately increase that curb appeal by bring out out the original colors and consistency of your roof surface again!

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Finding Early Signs of a Roof Leak

A once a year roof checkup is great, but problems can occur at any time.

Symptoms of problematic deterioration include:

  • Dark areas on ceilings.

  • Peeling paint on the underside of roof overhangs.

  • Damp spots to the side of fireplaces.

  • Water stains on pipes venting the water heater or furnace.

  • If you locate worrisome signs, especially if the roof is outdated or theres been a storm that resulted in high winds or hail, we recommend acquiring a professional assessment. (leveluproofing.com) 281-747-8255


Replacing Your Roof In Houston

In Houston, Tx., if your asphalt roof is 15 years old or more, it may be due for replacement, even though roofing system material manufacturers and warranties state 25 years coverage can be expected. (Think of the sticker on a new vehicle. You never get the miles per gallon outlined on the spec.)

Over the past decade, roofs in Houston have truly taken an abnormal, repeated and violent beating from Mother Nature as we all know!

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Ultimately, if your at a decision point where it appears that replacing the majority of roofing components is needed either from an aesthetic standpoint or a durability concern, or if a widespread portion of your shingles appear to have significant granular loss, or are loose due to wind damage, then we honestly think you would be better served to reach out to us immediately, so that we can conduct a FREE on-site roof assessment to determine if insurance will cover the cost of a full roof system replacement due to recent weather events for which you may qualify for approval. This would be a major win for you as a homeowner!

  • *You can learn more about the TOP 5 BENEFITS of getting a new roof in our1 page infographic found on our Homeowner Resources page.

Our team, at Level Up Roofing & Construction is uniquely equipped to not only install a top-tier premium roof system, but also lead you in the process to have insurance pay for the full replacement of your complete roofing system in its entirety, before you have to come out of pocket.

  • Below are just some of the reasons why you shouldn't wait to get qualified... But, please feel free to call us anytime to further clarify why this is the holy-grail for homeowners, and a WIN-WIN situation for you, and your insurance provider, and they will most likely happily and rapidly approve you!

1. Roof assessments are FREE!

We recommend all homeowners have the condition of their current roof system professional evaluate, so that they never experience unforeseen problems, inadequate shelter, and receive a professional viewpoint of how much life may be left before replacement is critical. And since our on-site roof assessments are 100% FREE, and performed in less than 25 minutes, it's a no brainer!

2. A new roof increases the value of your home + lowers your insurance rate.

If you're thinking that having insurance cover the replacement cost of a new roof is a bad thing, think again! It's actually the holy grail! You'll increase the property value and curb appeal of your home, up your energy efficiency, and actually see your insurance rates go down, not up! (Our CEO also owns an insurance agency, so we know what we're talking about.)

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3. You may ONLY have 12 months, or less, to benefit...

Statistically, a homeowner only gets lucky enough 1 time during the period of time they reside in their existing home to have insurance pay for the full replacement of their roof. This is because insurance companies ONLY provide a window of 12 months from the date of a verifiable weather event to file a claim for which they will cover the cost of a full roof replacement.  If you miss this window, the only option left is having to pay the full out-of-pocket cost of a new roof on your own, or wait for another big storm, that statistically never shows up.


Here's An Urgent Example: In April and May of 2018, doppler radar detected Ping Pong Ball size hail and significant wind forceful enough to cause significant deterioration to homes in certain areas within a radius of 60 miles surrounding Houston, TX. *It's estimated that over 200,000 residences were affected by these storms.

Houston Weather Event - Doppler Radar - Hail Damage Statistics - Roofing Insurance Claim Approved

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Book it online, or call us at 281-747-8255, and we'll run you through the details of getting this accomplished. It's really much simpler than most homeowners believe.


Here's The Good News!

You'll recover a healthy 109% of the investment in a new roof system if you should find yourself selling your home, which makes a roofing replacement job the ONLY project that repays more than the initial investment.

*Source: Remodeling Impact Report from the National research department of REALTORS.

2017 NARI Remodeling Impact Report


The national median cost for a new asphalt shingle roof is $7,500, according to the Remodeling Impact Report from the National research department of REALTORS, but the median roof value for the average upper/middle-income single family home in Houston ranges between $12,000 to $20,000 depending on if it's 2 or 3 story, the square footage of your home, the pitch of the roof slope, and the number of features that make up the roof architecture.

You're bound to be happy you replaced your roof.

Homeowners polled for the Remodeling Impact Report gave their extra roofing a Joy Score of 9.2 a rating based on those who said they were glad or satisfied taking into account their remodeling project, in imitation of 10 instinctive the highest rating and 1 the lowest.


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Kevan & Clay Boone - Owners






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