They don’t call us one of the sunniest cities in America for nothing! We average 300 sunny days a year, here, in Austin. And, during the summer, some of them are downright sweltering! For the most part, though, sunny days rule!
It stands to reason that the remaining 65 are bound to contain a few wild weather days. Flash floods are a fact of life when living in Austin. With all that limestone and granite beneath us, during a downpour there’s nowhere for the rain to go. Throw in some hail and the occasional tornado, or the rare addition of snow and ice to our cool winter temperatures, and that pretty much rounds out our year.
Whether it be rain, sun, snow or sleet, your home is your first line of defense against the elements. If you want to make sure your home is in tip top condition, how about starting with the roof?
Roof repair is not something you want to put off. If there is a problem, it will will only grow worse with time.
Periodic roof inspections will catch many issues before you are even aware this is one! If you should see signs of possible damage, rather than attempting the job yourself, contact a roofing professional. He will assess the situation and offer solutions.
In the event of an emergency, contacting a roofing professional will get your problem under wraps ASAP!
There are times when repair is not an option and a roof replacement is necessary. Several major factors play a part in whether or not it is time to replace your roof. The most frequent indicator being the discovery of a leak.
Leakage left unaddressed for a long period of time will cause structural damage to your home. Water penetrates the roofing system, decking, and insulation. It may continue on down the framework inside of walls. Many issues arise from this… mold and wood rot being the first to spring to mind. Major damage can result before the leak visibly presents itself from inside your home.
Some major causes for leakage are:
- Wind damage: If they aren’t torn off completely, it can be hard to spot shingles that have suffered wind damage. Shingles move around when exposed to high winds. This causes the loosening of nails allowing small leaks to form. Damage to granules on the shingle surface can also occur during severe storms that will ultimately allow leaks to form.
- Cracked or curling shingles: Age and Austin’s good old UV exposure are the main culprits here. If your shingles are in either of these conditions a roof replacement is necessary and should be at the top of the to-do list.
- No chimney cricket: If your chimney is on a downhill slope, there needs to be a chimney cricket installed in the flashing around the chimney. If not, moisture is likely to accumulate causing rusted flashing, mold, wood rot and leaks.
- Hail damage: Asphalt shingles suffer the most hail damage, but all roofing systems can fall prey in some way. The damage sustained during a storm can easily go undetected. It is best to schedule an inspection with a roofing specialist after a severe hailstorm.
There was a time when there just weren’t many roofing options available to the homeowner. Basic black shingles, although still a popular choice, are not the standard choice any longer. A rainbow of colors await consumers looking for asphalt shingles.
But, wait! There’s more!
Asphalt shingles have always been one of the most popular roofing materials on the market. They remain affordable, are long lasting, and come in an array of colors. The common 3-tab shingle is rated to withstand wind speeds up to 60-70 mph. Architectural shingles were introduced to homeowners in the 1970s. The high end look proved appealing and they are still a popular choice today. Architectural shingles are rated for high wind (up to 110 mph) resistance.
Clay and concrete tiles
Often referred to as a Spanish style roof, clay and concrete tiles are more costly than asphalt shingles. However, they are energy efficient, durable, long lasting, and have great Texan curb appeal. When installed properly, clay or concrete tiles can be your home’s best defense against strong winds and heavy rain for about 50 years!
In addition to beauty, metal roofs pack some punch! They are rated to withstand winds up to 120 mph. Architectural metals are low maintenance, energy efficient, durable, and weather resistant.
Standing seam metal roofs
Standing seam metal roofs are very effective at keeping water out. The raised seams remain above the water line as it runs down the roof, even during a torrential rain. The heavy material can also better withstand the weight of any tree limbs or storm debris tossed your way. Imagine that. Beauty and brawn all rolled into one! That makes this a roofing system worth considering.
Business owners understand the value of maintaining their building from the ground up. Let us help you make an informed decision regarding, maintenance, major roof repair or knowing when it is time to replace the roof all together. We realize that the roofing material you choose today will afford you peace of mind years from now.
Built up systems
Often used on low-slope roofs, built up roofing (BUR) has a life expectancy of 15-30 years and fares well in Austin’s warm climate. This roofing technique involves layering materials. Built up roofs are extremely water resistant and are not adversely affected by ultraviolet rays. Due to the aggregate layer (which is often fiberglass) on top, these roofs are considered fire resistant.
The initial installation is a bit expensive, but once the job is completed additional upkeep is minimal.
Modified roofing systems
Designed for low-slope roofs, the modified roofing system is often described as a step up from the tar and gravel roof. First used in the 1960s, it is similar to the BUR system. Modified roofing systems use membranes as the base material that adheres to the roof surface.
Cold applied systems
When using a cold applied roofing system, there are no toxic fumes released during installation. Both the built up and the modified roofing systems can be applied using a “cold system.” This means that the installation process can be completed without “mopping” the roof surface with hot asphalt or a like material.
A feasible choice for Austin businesses, the exposed white surface of Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) reflects UV rays making this choice energy efficient. This single-ply roofing membrane is recommended for areas where the cooling system is used more frequently than the heating system.
Metal roof systems
The building structure, form and roof pitch are important things to consider when choosing a metal roof system. Other factors for consideration? The climate. And, it’s wise to check out any local code requirements before making a final decision. Usually averaging between $5 and $12 per foot, metal roof systems get expensive, but their low maintenance lifespan is between 30 to 40 years.
Common choices for metal roof systems:
- Galvanized or coated steel is the choice for ultimate protection.
- Aluminum which is often painted for added resilience.
- Copper roofs are chosen for durability and a long life span.
- Zinc offers the best corrosion resistance and produces a low-gloss look.
Coating systems and urethane systems
Roof coating and urethane systems actually adhere to your roof surface becoming the first layer of protection between your business and the elements. These systems are cost effective and energy efficient.
Acrylic coating is water based which makes it easy to work with. Acrylic is resistant to UV rays, but does not perform well in “ponding” situations. Silicone roof coating, however, is an option that does perform well in ponding water situations. Silicone coating erodes very little over time.
Urethane systems are the most impact resistant. A urethane roof coating stays cleaner and is resistant to ponding water. Leaving them white is an option so urethane systems do very well as “cool roofs.”
Roof maintenance & inspections
Rather than waiting until there is a problem and there is no recourse but repair or replace, perhaps you should consider setting up a maintenance schedule to have your roof inspected at regular intervals.
Our roofing maintenance programs consist of an inspection, a full report of findings (including photographs), and rapid restoration of any identified problems.
Frequently asked questions
Whether it be for your home or business, replacing your roof is a major expense. We want you to be confident that you have made the best decision. You will find answers to some commonly asked questions regarding roof installation below.
If you have others, please, contact us! Our staff is always at the ready to assist you.
We will gladly discuss all the particulars that pertain to your roof to help you determine what option works best for your home or business.
How much will a new roof cost?
That, of course, will depend on roof size, shape, and slope. In addition, the materials you choose for your new roof will be a large factor in determining final costs. Cost will also depend on things like whether or not there are multiple layers of shingles to be removed.
We offer free estimates to help you determine what your final expense will be.
Can you install a new roof over the existing roof?
Possibly. An exception would be if there were multiple layers of shingles beneath the ones you can see on the surface. Even if there are not multiple layers, a tear off may be necessary due to underlying damage.
Again, our free estimate will lay out all the specific information that you need to know.
How long will it take to have my new roof installed? Is it going to be a huge mess?
Most residential roofs can be replaced in one day. If it’s a job that will take longer, leaving a clean work area at day’s end is a top priority. And, whether the forecast is rain or shine and more shine, we weather proof for the night before we call it a day.
Regarding the mess: We do our best to protect shrubs and other landscaping throughout our work process. We strive to keep debris to a minimum at all times.
What types of warranties are provided?
Most manufacturers provide warranties for their materials ranging from 5 to 50 years, depending on the product purchased. In addition, we happily provide our customers with a guarantee of workmanship.
Why is water dripping in between my shingles and the gutter?
You may need a drip edge. The drip edge is installed under the first row of shingles on the roof’s slope. There is a projecting lip that directs the flow of water from the roof directly into the gutter system.
Will I have to replace gutters and downspouts at the same time?
No, not if your gutters and downspouts are in good shape.
What happens to the old roof debris?
It is taken to the landfill and disposed of properly.