Episode 14: Roofing Questions with Kevin Doskocil
In this episode, Broker/Owner Brady Bridges is joined by Kevin Doskocil from DT Roofing & Construction to discuss the importance of roof inspections, average replacement costs, and maintenance you can do to extend the life of your roof.
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For home buyers, especially first time buyers, Kevin suggested having an inspection done by qualified professional. He noted "there's a time and a place for drones, but that doesn't take the place of having a roofer get on that roof and really look" at the components and check for damage to each area. Many homes in Dallas and Fort Worth have architectural or laminite shingles, what is commonly called a thirty year shingle. "In Texas, if you can get a thirty year shingle to last fifteen years, you're actually doing pretty good," says Kevin. The summer heat is so intense that it bakes the shingle and greatly reduces their lifespan.
Replacement costs on roofs keeps going up as materials and labor get more expensive. For an average 2,000 square foot home, a new roof would start at about $15,000 and could reach double that cost, depending on the type of roof - so it's very important to ensure the current roof is in good shape before purchasing a new home. If your roof is damaged in a storm, Kevin has two main suggestions for choosing the best company to do the repair work: look at their reviews on Google and ask for local references from your community.
For current homeowners, Kevin recommended keeping your roof clean of debris and trimming back any trees or shrubs that are touching it. "If there's any branches reaching up, they can wear a hole right throught that shingle quicker than you realize," he said. It's also important to keep your gutters clean so they don't overflow and cause wood rot in the soffit or fascia, or put extra stress on the roof from the added weight of water and debris.
Kevin can be reached at [email protected] or 254-580-5184.