Industry Standards = Minimum Effort
And That’s Just Not Who We Are

September 6, 2022

Three Ways We Go The Extra Step
During Your Installation

While it may be difficult to see in your average Houston neighborhood, every roof is different. And as you move away from your neighborhood, those differences can become significant.


It mostly has to do with weather extremes. Coastal homes are more likely to encounter the full fury of a hurricane, while those closer to the interior will escape the worst of the winds. Building codes vary based on this reality, and industry standards follow suit.

These are the absolute minimum standards to keep your roof from flying apart during a heavy storm. No more. No less.

At Houston Roofing and Construction, the minimum standard is a jumping-off point – not a goal. Here are three ways we go above and beyond industry standards and why these steps matter to you.

1. 50% More Nails Per Shingle

Unless you live near the coast (specifically in a wind zone), a roofer can place as few as four nails into each shingle to hold it in place – so that’s what most roofers do.

We don’t take that route.

Sure, the chances of your non-coastal home getting hit by 130 MPH winds are random, but why take the risk when preparing for the worst costs so little? We place six nails into every shingle we install, regardless of how far it is from the coast.

We see no reason to lower the strength of your roof based on where you live, especially when we offer a 50 year guarantee!

3. Searching For Problems – Not Excuses

While the types of fasteners we use are dictated by building code and manufacturer recommendations, even to the minimum amount of protrusion through the decking, little is said about the potential issues that may exist under your roof.

Some companies do not consider what may lay beneath that decking.

So, one of the most important steps when installing a new roof happens in your attic.

We go into your attic and take a good long look at the underside of your roof and everything near the surface. Sometimes we discover rot that isn’t visible from above, but there’s another factor we check that many roofing contractors rarely consider.

That factor is other contractors and whether they followed building code standards as your home was initially built and repairs were done over many years.

So we check for electrical wires, conduit, ducting, and water lines that sit too close to the underside of your roof. And when we find those issues, we measure distances and placement and adjust accordingly.

The last thing anyone wants is to cause a mystery electrical problem or slow leak because one of our nails penetrated a improperly placed pipe or wire.

Industry standards and building codes should prevent this but that assumes everything is done correctly at every stage – and that’s rarely the case. So, we work hard to verify and adjust based on what we find.

Is it an extra step? Yes.

Is it worth the effort? Absolutely!

Besides, our standards won’t allow anything less.

For Detail-Obsessed Installations That Last For Life –
Houston Roofing & Construction Is The Way

If you need a new roof for your Houston area home and want every detail done right, contact Houston Roofing & Construction for your free estimate today.

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