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Navigating Roof Replacement in Waco, TX: A Step-by-Step Guide for Homeowners

Updated: Oct 3, 2023


A shot of a red Texan house with a green roof

When was the last time you thought about your roof?


Probably not often since it’s one of the most overlooked parts of every Texan’s home, even though it has the most crucial job of protecting everything inside.


That said, as soon as you start experiencing roof problems, like drips keeping you up at night, mold worries from dampness, and sky-high AC bills from poor insulation, it’s a part of your home that will never leave your mind.


It’s time to sort it out and get a replacement.


The question is, where do you start?


Choosing contractors, working out permits, budgeting, choosing whether or not you stay in the home - it’s decisions galore, and it can quickly feel overwhelming.


Not to mention the fact that you’re replacing an entire roof.


Not to worry - this comprehensive guide will be your trusty companion through the roof replacement process from start to finish. We’ll explore everything you need to know, from spotting damage to choosing materials and vetting contractors, as well as our insider tips to optimize your new roof and avoid pitfalls.


Replacing your roof doesn’t have to be stressful. Let us show you how.


When to Consider a Roof Replacement


If your roof could talk, it could be crying out for help through signs like sagging sections, persistent leaks, and ballooning energy bills.


These red flags all point to necessary upgrades, but knowing the difference between when to repair a roof and when to replace it is essential.


While minor issues can often be resolved with repairs, a roof replacement should be considered when factors like age and selling prospects come into play.


The average lifespan of a roof in Texas is around 20-30 years, so if you’re in this time bracket, it may not be cost-effective to keep repairing your roof, but instead, it’s time to replace it entirely.


Moreover, if you plan to sell your home, an aging or damaged roof can deter potential buyers and reduce the property's value.


A new roof enhances curb appeal and can yield an average return on investment (ROI) of 60% (with some saying it can be as high as 109%), making a roof replacement an intelligent decision for homeowners looking to maximize their sale price.


Other telltale signs it’s time to replace your roof entirely include:

  • Severe, irreparable damage

  • Poor installation and materials

  • Mold or structural rot

  • Multiple layers of shingle that need reducing

  • You’re undertaking a home renovation project

  • Your warranty has expired

  • You’re looking to improve the energy efficiency of your home

Remember, while a new roof can be a costly endeavor (anywhere between $7,000 and $12,000), it can bring about savings in so many other ways and is usually a worthwhile investment.


Choosing the Right Roofing Material


So, you’ve chosen to replace your roof.


The first question is now, which materials are you going to build it with, and there are a few considerations you need to consider.


First, take a moment to think about where you live. Think about the climate, your local area or street's roof style, and your personal style and aesthetic preferences.


In hot Central Texas, composition shingles or metal roofs are popular– they’re durable and withstand sun, wind, and hail. For aesthetics, slate or tile please the eye but cost more.


If you’re unsure, don’t be afraid to consult local roofers to determine the best fit. Have them provide samples so you can feel and compare materials and talk you through the benefits like insulation, lifespan, and required maintenance.


The goal is to find that Goldilocks "just right" roofing that won't break the bank but also gives you everything you want from your new roof.


Hiring a Qualified Contractor


So, you have your materials in mind, and now it’s time to get the ball rolling on the project itself. For this, you’ll need a roofer you can trust.


A simple process for this is to start by looking online and listing all the roofing contractors in your area that you’d like to work with. We recommend Cen-Tex Roof Systems, but hey, we’re not biased in any way.


As you make your list, keep an eye open for what the roofing contractors offer (such as a warranty and guarantee), their prices, their availability, and their reviews.


Google Reviews and Trustpilot are great for this because the contractors can’t edit or remove reviews like they can on their own website. Therefore, looking for insured professionals with glowing testimonials and local references - photos of past work are even better!


It’s also suggested you ask friends and family as well, as they may have recommendations of who to use or not use, based on their own experiences!


When you have some contractors in mind, call them, ask for their references, and explain your project. A reliable roofer will also give detailed quotes without surprise fees and will happily answer any questions you have.


With a bit of legwork, you'll find the perfect partner for your roof replacement adventure.


Navigating Permits and Regulations


Now for everyone's favorite topic - permits!


Just kidding, but don't tune out just yet. The city of Waco requires a permit for residential roof replacements over 100 square feet.


We know paperwork is about as fun as the leaky ceiling but permits actually serve a purpose because they ensure your new roof meets all the safety codes and regulations.


This is good for you, your community, and anybody living in your home.


Your contractor will submit all permit applications and schedule the necessary inspections. Their job is to make this as painless as possible for you, so you don’t need to worry about the details.


We’d still suggest doing a quick once-over of Waco's roofing codes, though. That way, you won't find yourself caught off guard by any requirements your contractor might bring to you, and you’ll know what they’re talking about and why they’re building your roof in a certain way.


While you're researching, it’d be wise to take a peek at any HOA (Home Owners Association) rules, too. The last thing you want is a surprise delay because your color needs approval.


If you prep yourself on what to expect permit-wise, it'll be a breeze. Then you can get back to daydreaming about those cozy, rain-free nights ahead!


Understanding the Process


Once you've hired a qualified contractor, they’ll get going on replacing your roof!


Replacing a roof isn’t quite as simple as Lego makes it look, but what can you expect? It’s an entire roof.


Here’s a rundown of what the project will typically look like:

  1. Your contractor will swing by for a close inspection and measurements of your worn-out roof. Gotta know precisely what they're working with to get the materials right!

  2. Next up, permits. Your contractor will handle submitting applications and getting approval. Sit back; this part's on them.

  3. Once the paperwork is lined up, it's time to pick out your shiny new shingles! The fun stuff. Your contractor will order the materials and have them delivered on-site.

  4. Demo day! The crew rolls up and tears off your outdated roof. Make way for that fresh new topper. Don't worry; they'll dispose of the old one properly.

  5. With the roof deck exposed, your pros may spot areas needing structural repairs or upgrades. They've got you covered–these will be sorted now.

  6. The exciting part - your new roof starts coming to life! The underlayment and roofing get rolled out and installed.

  7. If permits were needed, you’ll have more safety inspections to give the green light. Almost there!

  8. Lastly, clean up. The crew will take away debris and tidy up the property so you can enjoy your new roof.

  9. Completion! That shiny new roof you daydreamed about is officially a reality. Time to relax underneath it.

Of course, this can change depending on the needs of your project, the availability of your contractor and materials, and even the weather. The average timeframe is around 2-3 days, maybe up to a week, but talk to your contractor for an estimate.


Maintenance: Ensuring Your New Roof Lasts


You didn’t think we were done there, did you?


Now your new roof is fitted, make maintenance your best friend. There’s no point in getting a new roof if you won’t look after it. You’ll very quickly end up back where you were with a holey, broken roof that needs repairs.


Instead, look after it and be proactive, and it will always go the extra mile.


And by proactive, we mean carrying out regular inspections, clearing debris off the roof and out of the gutters, and occasional deep cleanings will keep your roof healthy.


Remember, small issues become costly repairs if ignored, so take time to keep on top of them.


When the roof is being installed, simply ask your roofer for care tips specific to your roof type and align them with Waco’s weather. With regular TLC, your new roof will provide shelter for decades of memories ahead.


Wrapping Up


And there we have it. A complete roof replacement guide with everything you need to know. We hope that wasn’t too stressful or confusing, as we know we had a lot of ground to cover.


However, our key takeaway from all of this is this: don’t go it alone.


The pros here at Cen-Tex Roof Systems will guide you every step of the way. With smart planning and quality materials, you’ll soon have a durable roof that withstands Central Texas weather for years.


Our experienced team has helped hundreds of local homes get back under beautiful, protective roofs built to last. With our expertise, your dream roof and cozy, dry home is only an arm’s reach away.


Contact us now to get started!


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