We house America’s Team, tackle our tangled roadways by affectionately naming them, and If you are talking about the weather, the Big D can hold its own in the conversation hands down.
Admittedly, we rarely see snow in the winter, and the northern half of the city is more likely than the southern side to see the snowflakes accumulate. But winters are cold, and we see our share of below freezing days. And, thankfully, to our credit, we get some 70° days mixed in.
Spring rains can be torrential, then add hail to the mix, and the threat of tornadoes isn’t out of the question either. Summers, here, are hot and humid, we have heat waves where the temperature doesn’t go below 100° for days at a time. Fall brings its share of stormy weather, but the storms are rarely as intense as in the spring, and we are ready for the cooler weather!
If you own a home or business here, keeping an eye on things from the ground up is essential. The clay-based soil wreaks havoc on foundations with the give and take from hot, dry summers and the wet, muggy seasons of spring and fall. It can cause structural issues that bring costly repairs.
Do you often think about your roof though?
It’s easy to put the thought of keeping an eye on our roof on hold. Out of sight, out of mind is an adage we live by without even realizing it. But, small problems left unchecked can lead to considerable difficulties in the future.
A small leak gets larger with time, not to mention the damage that happens below. The water travels further and further. The most common place to discover a leak is when it presents itself on an interior ceiling. By that time, between the ceiling and your roof, who knows what you may find! Whatever it is, will not be good.
Scheduling regular inspections with a roofing professional will catch a problem before it gets out of control.
There will come a time when it will be necessary to replace your entire roof system. The primary cause of roof replacement is leakage. High winds loosen shingles and hailstones or debris cause damage that allow leaks to form. If your shingles are cracked or curling, they have exceeded their life expectancy.
Whether it’s storm damage or your roofing system has reached its life expectancy, replacing your roof can be a daunting thought.
If roofing repair and replacement is not your expertise, please, do not try and tackle these jobs on your own. If the job isn’t completed correctly or, worse, if you get injured during the roofing process, it could cost you more than ever anticipated.
You may know without a doubt the look you are going for or perhaps you need someone to help you figure out which option best suits your budget. Either way, contacting a roofing professional will help you figure all the particulars. There are many choices and designs to consider in roofing systems today. The result will be a beautiful addition to your home.
Asphalt shingles remain the most popular roofing material on the market today no matter where you live. They are the most affordable, have a long life expectancy, and there is a multitude of color choices. Architectural shingles are considered to be high end. They are more costly but are also rated for high wind (up to 110 mph) resistance.
Clay and concrete tiles
They cost more than asphalt shingles, but when bumped against their long life span of 50 to 100 years, clay or concrete tile roofs are a sound choice. They stand up to the heat of our sweltering summers, are energy efficient and have great curb appeal. Clay or concrete tiles can be your home’s best defense against strong winds and heavy rain. They are low maintenance, but we will note that walking on them should be kept to a minimum because they will crack.
Not only are they beautiful, but metal roofs are also rated to withstand winds up to 120 mph! That means a lot if there’s a tornado roaring through! They are also energy efficient, durable, and low maintenance. Architectural metals are becoming a trendy roofing choice.
Standing seam metal roofs
Standing seam metal roofs are attractive. This roofing choice is very effective at keeping water out because the raised seam is above the water line. Metal roofing systems better withstand the weight of any tree limbs or storm debris tossed your way.
Don’t let wondering about roofing issues weigh you down. Our experienced team can take you through the process step by step. You can make an informed decision regarding major roof repair or in deciding if it’s time to replace the roof altogether. There won’t be any second guessing after the job is completed, just satisfaction.
Built up systems
The built up roofing (BUR) system has a life expectancy of 15-30 years and performs best in warmer climates. Often used on low-slope roofs, this technique layers the materials. Extremely water resistant and not adversely affected by ultraviolet rays, built up roofs are also fire resistant due to the aggregate layer (which is often fiberglass) on top.
These roofs are expensive, one reason being that it is time-consuming, however, additional upkeep is minimal.
Modified roofing systems
The modified roofing system is similar to the BUR system. First used in the 960s, and often described as a step up from the tar and gravel roof, modified roofing systems incorporate using membranes as the base material that adheres to the roof surface. They are designed for low slope roofs.
Cold applied systems
A “cold system” is defined as such because the material used to adhere lining to the surface of the building can be done without “mopping” the surface with hot asphalt or like material. When using a cold applied roofing system, there are no toxic fumes released during installation. Both built up and modified roofing systems can be cold applied systems.
Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) is a reflective, single-ply roofing membrane. It is recommended for climates in which the cooling system is used more frequently than the heating system. The exposed white surface reflects UV rays making this choice energy efficient.
Metal roof systems
Metal roof systems can be expensive averaging between $5 and $12 per foot, but when compared with the lifetime expectation of 30 to 40 years, cost becomes more economical. The form and roof pitch, as well as building structure, are essential pieces of information when choosing a metal roof system.
Common choices for metal roof systems are steel, aluminum, copper and zinc. Galvanized or coated steel is the actual material used for ultimate protection. Aluminum sheets which are often painted for added resilience. Copper roofs are durable and have 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 adhere to your roof surface becoming the first layer of protection between your building and the elements. They are cost effective and energy efficient.
Acrylic coating is water-based and easy to use. Acrylic coatings are resistant to UV rays but do not perform well in “ponding” situations. Silicone roof coating is an option that does well in ponding water situations and has very little erosion.
Urethane systems are the most impact resistant. A urethane roof coating stays cleaner and is resistant to ponding water. Urethane systems also do well as “cool roofs” because they can be white.
Roof maintenance & inspections
It’s a good idea to have someone take a look at your roof if you have had a significant hail or wind storm come through your area. But, 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, one of the most substantial expenses a property owner incurs is maintaining the roof. You will find answers to some commonly asked questions below.
How much will a new roof cost?
Determining cost will entail knowing the dimensions of your roof, the slope and ridge angles are also critical bits of information. The material you choose for your new roof is also a large factor in determining the final cost. It will also depend on whether or not there are multiple layers of shingles to be removed. We will estimate your final expense free of charge.
Can you install a new roof over the existing roof?
It depends on if there are 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 damage. Again, our free estimate will lay out all the specifics for you.
How long will it take to have my new roof installed?
Most residential roofs can be replaced in one day. If it’s a job that will take longer, rest assured that in addition to leaving a clean work area, your home will be weatherproofed for the night before we call it a day.
What types of warranties do you provide?
Most manufacturers provide material warranties within a range of 5 to 50 years, depending on the product. Also, we are happy to provide our customers with our guarantee of quality.
Are you going to make a mess of my property?
Roofing can get messy in the interim, but we do our utmost to protect shrubs, landscaping and the surrounding yard throughout the process. At the end of the workday, we ascertain that all debris is collected and the work area is cleaned up before we leave your property.
What happens to the old roof debris?
All debris is taken to the landfill and disposed of properly.