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How Do You Prevent Roof Damage From Hail?

close-up of a man's hands filled with large hailstones

Taking Care of Hail Damage

This has been one of the most brutally hot summers all across the state of Texas. But in the southern-most part of the state, like Houston, perhaps even more brutal. Between the strong UV rays and humidity after a spring with hailstorms and high winds, if a homeowner hasn’t had any necessary roof hail damage repair done already, it needs to be completed before winter. 

Can roof hail damage be repaired?

The roof is the protector of your home against the elements. Even with the most durable, strong roofing material, Mother Nature can do some extensive damage.  This can include roof hail damage, repairs may or may not be possible, depending on the extent and type of hail damage. 

As a homeowner, you should become familiar with what roof hail damage looks like. You should know when to depend on a professional to know whether your roof hail damage repairs are possible, or do you need a new roof. 

 What does roof hail damage look like?

Sometimes, there are visible signs of roof hail damage repairs, and sometimes, not all are apparent to the inexperienced, untrained eye. The obvious things and how to check your roof for hail damage:  

  • Shingle granules in the gutter runs and downspouts
  • Chips and/or dents in chimneys and/or roof vents
  • Dents and/or depression in the siding
  • Damaged, dented gutters and downspouts
  • Shiny areas on the asphalt shingles
  • Cracked, curled asphalt shingles
  • Peeling paint on fascia

If you find any of these indicators, call a professional roofing contractor for a roof inspection. If you can see that type of damage, there is a good chance there is more roof hail damage, repairs need to be addressed as soon as possible, or sooner.  

If the roofing contractor confirms you need roof hail damage repairs or replacement, you’ll need to call your homeowner’s insurance agent next and file a claim. They will send an adjuster out to do their own inspection for possible roof hail damage repairs or replacement. If possible, have your roofing contractor there at the same time.

What size hail can damage your roof?

While the size of hail stones matters in roof damage, even the smallest size, generally compared to “pea size”, smaller than half an inch, can cause damage. Some factors that will play into the amount of roof hail damage roof repairs, or replacement are: 

  • The size of the hailstones
  • The age of the roof
  • The condition of the roof 
  • The velocity of the hailstone (i.e., wind factor)
  • The angle of the hailstone

A hailstone of 1.5 inches, approximately the size of a walnut, can cause severe roof hail damage repair needs, and even break or dent wood fascia. Hailstones compared to the size of a golf ball, approximately 1.75 inches, can knock shingles off, damage metal roof components, and break skylights. 

While some roof hail damage repairs seem insignificant, and small in size, the consequences can be long-term. The smallest of roof leaks can lead to mildew, mold, wood rot, and more, including damaging drywall from the inside. Asphalt shingle granule loss can be more than cosmetic.

Can hail break through a roof?

Definitely, depending on the age and condition of the roof, a hailstone as small as a golf ball at the right velocity can dome through a roof. More likely, it will take a softball-sized hailstone to come through the roof, but again, roof age, condition, and velocity of the hailstone, coming through the roof is possible. 

Can a metal roof withstand hail?

With a professionally, properly installed metal roof, hail damage repairs are few and infrequent. A quality metal roof will provide superior hail damage resistance, and there are some insurance companies that offer homeowner’s a discount for metal roofing. 

What types of roofs are hail-resistant?

The four most recommended choices in roofing that is hailstone resistant are: 

  1. Metal Roofing:  – Metal roofing has become more popular over the past few years thanks to being lightweight and providing a long lifespan. With the UL 2218 Class 4 rating, the highest possible for impact resistance.
  2. Asphalt Shingle Roofing: Asphalt shingle roofing is by far the most popular roofing because of its affordability. It is easy to install, lightweight, yet durable to impact resistance. Available with UL 2218 Class 3 or Class 4 rating.
  3. Tile Roofing: A heavy, solid roofing material that has an FM 4473 Class 3 or Class 4 impact resistant rating, known to withstand hailstone impact. 
  4. Slate Roofing:  Slate tile roofing comes in a variety of impact resistance ratings. With an FM 4473 Class 3 or Class 4 rating, this is a strong roofing material against hailstone impact. 
shingle roof covered in smaller hailstones

In the End …

One of the first concerns of a homeowner is the cost of hail damage roof repair or replacement. This is one of the reasons you have homeowner’s insurance. So, is roof hail damage covered by insurance? The answer is yes, with a but …. An adjuster will be assigned to your roof hail damage repair/replacement claim who will inspect the roof. Depending on what they determine and you’re your policy covers will determine what is covered and for how much, based on whether you have ACV (actual cash value) or RCV (replacement cost value). 

How often should carpeting be replaced?

carpet install over hard wood

Get Pristine Carpets

Hardwood flooring is all the rage these days. From magazines to television shows, designers and decorators have made us believe that was the way to go. Yet, for many of us, carpet installation is the preference. 

So, when it comes to updating the flooring in our home, what carpet material is best?

There are 4 main varieties of carpeting to choose from or varieties of fibers. Each has pros and cons, so you want to choose the fiber that best fits your carpet installation budget and the traffic:

  • Nylon
  • Polyester
  • Wool
  • Polypropylene 

Those types are either synthetic or natural. The synthetic carpeting is machine-made, and stain-resistant, making it more affordable and practical.  Natural fiber carpeting includes cotton or wool. Natural fiber carpeting is more expensive, and wool is the more durable of the two. The 4 types of carpets for homes and businesses are: 

  • NYLON 

Nylon carpeting is the first choice for commercial and residential use because as a synthetic material, it is the most durable and strongest, yet soft underfoot. It is abrasions, mildew, mold, insect, and stain-resistant and doesn’t capture and hold allergens. Moderately priced carpet installation is one of the least expensive choices with a lifespan of up to 15 years. 

  • POLYESTER

Polyester carpeting is a durable and easy-to-clean synthetic carpeting.  It offers a luxurious feel but doesn’t stand up well to heavy traffic. Available in vibrant colors but will fade in bright sunlight. Resistant to water-soluble stains, excellent for allergy resistance at a budget-friendly cost. 

  • WOOL CARPET 

Wool is a purely natural carpet fiber from sheep and is an expensive carpet. Installation of this durable carpet that is soft and comes in a variety of colors, hides soil, and keeps its fiber height. It will fade in sunlight and is not insect resistant like synthetic carpeting. Allergens make their home in wool, and while it is an expensive choice, it doesn’t hold well to high traffic and is known to shed. 

  • POLYPROPYLENE 

Polypropylene, also referred to as Olefin, is similar to wool but as a synthetic, it is abrasion, mildew, mold, and moisture resistant. Stain-resistant to a certain extent, this soft carpeting will hold an oily substance that attracts dirt. This is low-budget carpeting that doesn’t hold up to high traffic. 

So, with this information, how to choose the best carpet for your home is your next question. 

When you start your carpet installation journey, be cautious of the salesperson who overestimates the amount of carpeting and padding you’ll need.  Get a minimum of 3 estimates, then compare the measurements and pricing. 

 Here are some factors that you want to reference to get the best for your carpeting needs: 

  • Face Weight: This is the number of fibers per square yard. They typically range between 20 ounces and 80 ounces, with the higher number, being the heaviest and most resilient. Ideal for heavy traffic, like a home with children and pets, is between 34 ounces to 40 ounces.
  • Tuft Twist:  Twist is how many times the tufts are twisted per one inch. The higher the number, the more twists which makes it the more durable carpet. Five tuft twists are recommended.
  • Density Rating: Density determines the fiber thickness and how tight they are packed. Better quality carpeting has a higher density and is the most expensive. If the backing is easy to see, this is low-density carpeting and not the best quality. A density rating of 2,000 is recommended.
  • Construction: Carpet fibers are either BCF (Bulked Continuous Filament) or staple. BCF doesn’t shed as much as staple construction, but the quality isn’t affected by this. The more carpeting sheds, the more you’ll need to vacuum until the shedding stops, typically 1 year later. This can be an issue for a household with allergy sufferers.
  • Texture Retention Warranty: Like anything you purchase, a warranty is important. A carpet installation should have a warranty that covers how fibers return to their original shape with foot traffic. Most carpet manufacturers offer a 15-year or 25-year warranty but pay attention to the salesperson’s caution that many warranties are honored unless it is proven product defects.

Once you’ve made your choice of which carpet installation, get the instructions on what to do before carpet installation. Ask the salesperson regarding the quote, does carpet installation include removal, and depending on the answer, if you need to remove the furniture, do this the day before your carpet installation is scheduled. 

Remove decorations, personal effects, and belongings. This will guarantee they are safe and secure and allows the carpet installation crew to start as soon as they arrive. 

If there is old carpeting or other floorings, verify if removal is included in the carpet installation price or if you need to do it yourself. If you’re able to remove it and haul it off yourself, you can save a few hundred dollars in most cases.

carpet installation tools

What should carpet installation cost?

The cost of carpet installation will be determined by the type of carpet you choose, and the square footage being carpeted. Carpeting, like any flooring material, is quoted by the square yard. A carpet installation job for a 1,000-square-foot home can increase the value by up to $4,000.

What are common carpet problems?

The technology used today in manufacturing carpeting makes it a durable choice for many homes and businesses. However, it isn’t to stay this is without issue. Four of the most common issues experienced are: 

  • Carpet Shedding

When you have carpet installation done, you’ll have carpet fibers in your vacuum. It may be an occasional occurrence, it may be every time, depending on the type and quality of the carpeting.

  • Carpet Matting

Carpet matting is when carpeting loses its fluff and plush. This can be caused by high foot traffic or improper vacuuming.  

  • Carpet Raveling

If you’re noticing fraying and unraveling, it can be caused by high foot traffic and improper cleaning. If the fraying and unraveling is severe, it is time for a new carpet installation job.

  • Carpet Buckling

When carpeting has a bulge or ripple, this can be caused by humidity or moisture under the floor. You can have the carpet re-stretched to get rid of the bulge and ripples. 

In Closing 

When deciding which type of floor is best for your home or business, compare carpet vs hardwood and carpet vs vinyl. There are pros and cons to both, review what each of these floor materials has to offer and consider what the activity in your space will be done on these materials.

Andy Nichols Roofing provides professional and complete carpet installation in Houston, TX. Call 281-300-4363 today.

How Do You Maintain a Synthetic Shingle Roof?

close-up of synthetic shingle roofing

A Popular Roofing Option

Asphalt shingle roofing is one of the most common roofing materials used today. Here in Houston, Texas, the weather can be brutal to buildings and homes, especially the roofing. As a homeowner here, it can be expensive and frustrating having to replace the roof every 10 to 12 years, instead of the 15 to 20 years as the labeling claims on asphalt shingle roofing materials, which is why more homeowners have discovered synthetic shingle roofing.

What are synthetic shingles?

Synthetic shingle roofing materials also referred to as composite roof shingles, are manufactured out of recycled plastic, rubbers, and other materials. With the chiseled markings they are made with, they have the appearance of hand-crafted slate roofing material. 

This is a more expensive option in roofing materials, but the investment has a high beneficial ROI. In addition to the multiple colors, other benefits a homeowner can expect from synthetic shingle roofing options are:  

  • Durable and Long-Lasting: Synthetic shingle roofing materials have the highest rating in durability. They stand up well to the most extreme weather without breaking or cracking, including hailstorms, and can hold up to foot traffic. With synthetic shingle roofing material, your roof can have up to a 50-year lifespan when installed correctly. 
  • Lightweight: Synthetic shingle roofing material may have the appearance of slate tile but is a fraction of the weight. Where an engineering inspection is required to have slate tile installed, synthetic shingle roofing can be installed like the standard asphalt shingle roof material, no retrofitting is required. 
  • Cost: If you choose slate tile or cedar shake roofing, you can expect to make a huge investment. This is something that the average homeowners can’t afford, but the look is still desired. With synthetic shingle roofing material, it will mimic the cedar shake or slate tile, but the cost won’t. At half the cost, you can still have that look! 

Are synthetic shingles better than other roofing materials?

In comparison to asphalt shingles, yes!  As we stated, the lifespan of asphalt shingles is a maximum of 30 years with a good brand and mild weather.  Synthetic shingle roofing has a life expectancy of 50 years when installed correctly. In addition to the three benefits listed above, synthetic roof shingles are energy efficient as they absorb the UV rays of the sun, keeping that heat out of your home. 

Are synthetic shingle roofs durable?

Absolutely!  Made from mostly recycled material, cellulose fibers, and/or mineral dust, and advanced UV inhibitors using injection-molding process into metal forms that mimic authentic slate. 

How long do synthetic shingles last?

Almost twice the lifespan of standard asphalt shingles!  Yes, compared to 25 to 30 years for the asphalt shingled roofing material, synthetic shingle roofing material, when installed correctly, will last up to 50 years.  How? That longevity is created by several factors, starting with how they are manufactured. 

Synthetic shingle roofing materials is manufactured by blending fiberglass, paper, plastic, and polyester then bonded with laminate and resin. This becomes the strongest roofing material that won’t crack, peel, split, or warp. Additionally, there are different levels of fire resistance and impact resistance you can choose from. 

Can you repair a roof without replacing it?

You can in some cases, but if you have some missing shingles or even a few shingles that are loose, you should have a professional roof inspection performed, including a synthetic shingle roof. Why?  Because there could be additional damage you aren’t seeing to the decking or underlayment where those loose or missing shingles are. 

You should also keep in mind that the longer a roofing material is exposed to the elements, heat, ice, rain, snow, and hail, the color will be affected. A few replaced shingles will stand out from the existing installed shingles. 

 If the rest of the synthetic shingle roofing is covered in algae, lichen, or moss, or the area that needs the shingles replaced is very large, consider a new roof instead of patching. These are both signs that the roof is become aged and worn and will need replacing sooner than later. 

When should I get synthetic shingle roof repair?

If you have noticed a crack here and there, less than 5 or 6, then you can repair your synthetic shingle roofing instead of replacing it. Using waterproof roofing cement, apply to the underside and on the top side of the crack, then press into place, placing something heavy on top to secure it for 24 hours. 

When should you replace your synthetic shingle roof?

Like any roofing, synthetic shingle roofing will need to be replaced eventually. Here are some indications how to tell if your roof is damaged and needs replacing: 

  • Age: Because a synthetic shingle roof will last up to 50 years, it will be a while before you need to be concerned with the aging process. Have the roof inspected every 5 years by a professional to make sure there isn’t any damage that has compromised the roof.
  • Buckled and Curled: If your synthetic shingle roofing material is buckling or curling, it is worn out, and it is time to replace it with new roofing material.
  • Rusted Valleys: If the valley areas of the roof where metal flashing is used are showing signs of rust, it is time to have the roof inspected. Replacing the flashing may be sufficient, but a professional inspection can advise if there is any damage below the flashing. 
  • Missing Shingle: One or two missing shingles aren’t a concern, but if there are more than 2 or 3, have a professional roofing inspection done. Missing shingles is compromising the roof and your home. 
  • Chimney Flashing Gaps: If any of the flashings around the chimney, skylights, or vents is loose or missing, a professional roof inspection is recommended to determine if the roof needs to be replaced.  
  • Daylight: If you are in the attic and see daylight coming through the roof, it is time for a new synthetic shingle roof.
  • Moss, Sagging: When a synthetic shingle roof has moss on it or is starting to sag in places, this indicates the attic isn’t ventilated and moisture is trapped. A new synthetic shingle roof and additional ventilation are recommended. 
gray shingle roof against a blue sky

Topping It Off 

Roof inspections are needed when there is an indication of issues or problems. But, how often should you have your roof inspected? Once you have a new roof installed, have a professional roof inspection every 5 years. Then by the 12th to 15th year, annual roof inspections are recommended.  You should also have a roof inspection after any significant weather event like hailstorms and high winds. 

How Much Should I Pay for My Roof Repair?

Roof with broken tiles

What Damages a Roof?

When hailstorms, hard rains, and high winds come through Houston, roof repairs and replacements are soon to follow. Roof replacements are needed more often after severe weather, but when possible, a homeowner hopes for just a roof repair, as roof repair costs are much less and there is less work to be done. But how does a roofing contractor know when is it better to repair or replace a roof?

You, your roofing contractor, and possibly an insurance adjuster if there is storm damage, should consider the following things in determining if roof replacement or roof repair cost is the most feasible.

How old is the roof? 

There are several variables to consider with a 3-tab asphalt shingle roof, as this roofing’s life expectancy maxes out at 20 years. A top-quality architectural asphalt shingle will give you up to 40 years of life expectancy. If any of the following are apparent, regardless of how much less roof repair costs are, you need a roof replacement: 

  • Blistered, buckling, or curling shingles
  • Bald shingles
  • Missing shingles
  • Sagging roofing
  • Moss covered roofing
  • Gutters filled with asphalt granules

How long do you plan on live in the house? 

If this is the place you’re planning to call home for a while and it is suitable to get roof repair go with that option as it does in fact cost less. However, if you’re considering placing your home on the market soon, new roofing will get more attention from buyers and buyers will be willing to pay a higher dollar. Experts say that you’ll get up to 60% or more back on your investment with a new roof! However, this brings up another commonly asked question – can you repair part of a roof?

The big question is – what is your budget able to afford? 

For many of us, getting a roof replacement isn’t affordable, so if that is the issue, and repairs will suffice, the roof repair cost is much less and doable for those on a tight budget. 

Another final consideration usually brings up the question of “is roof repair covered by insurance?” Yes, most homeowners’ insurance policies will cover a roof repair. Cost is a factor for insurance companies, and if they feel the roof repair will suffice, they will pay for only roof repair. 

However, if they deem the roof a total write-off and you choose only to have it repaired, note they will not pay for another new roof later. Another consideration to make – insurance companies may not pay for roof replacement later if you choose the less expensive option of a roof repair now. 

Okay, you know you need to decide whether to get roof repair, as the cost of replacement is an unexpected expense. So, will a roof repair suffice? Let’s review the pros and cons of the possible answers to this question: 

  • Patch Roof Repair 

A patch roof repair will be the cheapest option and it is a good option for a relatively new roof. If you and the roofing contractor are confident about the condition of the entire roof, and the repair will look as if it isn’t a repair, then, by all means, go with the roof repair. The cost of a new roof can be avoided without any concern of backlash and problems, so that is the better option. 

However, if the roof is aged enough that the shingle colors have changed because of the sun exposure, a patch may be too obvious, and you likely will lose some curb appeal to your home. Taking the cheaper roof repair cost option may not be worthwhile. 

  • Partial Re-roof vs Complete Re-roof

Another possible option when the damage is on one side is partial re-roofing just that area. This type of roof repair cost will be less than an entire re-roofing, but a bit more than just a patch job. The roof repair won’t be as obvious and any color differences in the shingles aren’t going to be as noticeable. 

How much does it cost to repair roof shingles? 

The roof repair cost will vary on several factors, such as the size and type of repair needed, and rates vary between contractors and from city to city. On average, a roof repair cost will typically range from $400 up to $1,600 for a 10-foot by 10-foot square area.

How much does it cost to repair an entire roof?

Okay, so what if the insurance company is only going to pay for roof repair? The cost could exceed what they pay, which can be pricey. The average cost nationally is between $370 and $1,600. For smaller roof repairs, the cost is commonly as small as $150 though it can go up to $400, with the labor being $75 per hour plus materials on average.

Your next question is, can you do the repair yourself, or can a handyman repair my roof and save me some money? Yes, it is your home, we can’t tell you what you can’t do. However, safety should be your main concern as you’ll be climbing a ladder to heights you’re likely not accustomed to, as well as carrying materials and tools. Your next concern should be the insurance company and whether it is you or a handyman doing the work. The insurance company may require that regardless of the roof repair cost, the work be done by a professional contractor that is certified and licensed. You’ll want to verify this with your insurance policy and the company. 

How much does it cost to repair a rusted roof?

While a metal roof is awesome in many ways, they do need some maintenance and upkeep from time to time. Depending on the type of metal roofing you have, with exposed fasteners, over time, they may corrode and rust. The roof repair cost for that can start around $500 and go up to $2,500 or more with the materials needed costing half of those amounts, the rest being labor. 

man repairing roof

What About Temporary Roof Repair?

The cost of roofing is expensive, and sometimes we need to make temporary roof repairs until the contractor and insurance company arrive and do their inspections. So, what is a temporary roof repair? How do you repair a leaky roof?

If the roof leak is because of a few shingles coming loose, you can put them back and use roofing cement under them. Then, nail them into place. If there is an actual hole, you’ll need to use a plastic tarp, some 2×4 lumber, and nails or screws to cover up the area.

Spread the tarp over the hole and nail or screw 2×4 lumber on all four sides of the hole to hold the tarp in place. And remember, this is only a temporary roof repair. The cost will be minimal but it will only suffice until you can get a proper roof repair.

Whether you need a roof repair or a roof replacement, you can count on us to treat you right! Give us a call at 281-300-4363 to get started.

What are metal roof shingles?

close-up of dark gray metal shingles

A Unique Roofing Alternative

With the wild, unprecedented snow here in Texas in recent memory, followed up by the usual spring storms that bring us hailstones, a new roof may be in order for you. But before you go with basic asphalt shingle roofing, take a look at metal roof shingles

While the snowstorm of 2021 was unusual for most of Texas, we are accustomed to the spring storms. With that type of weather, we get the hailstones, high winds, and our summers can beat a roof down to nothing. We need the best in roofing here in The Lone Star State.

Are metal roof shingles good?

Asphalt shingles are a good roofing material, and so are metal roof shingles. But which one is best, or does it depend on your needs? Which is better: a metal roof or shingles? Take a look at the differences between metal shingles vs asphalt shingles: 

  • Finish Options: Both asphalt roof shingles and metal roof shingles offer a variety of colors, and from the traditional look that each is known for to styles mimicking shakes, slate, tile, and wood shakes, there are plenty of choices. They both offer scalloped edges that match the Victorian look and a terra cotta style for the Mediterranean home. Add to that the wide range of colors and finishes, it is an even score between the two roofing materials. 
  • Durability: Metal roof shingles have stronger durability and can withstand up to almost anything that Mother Nature sends out. They usually come with a longer warranty, up to 50 years, but the average lifespan is 70 years or longer. 
  • Cost Factor: Are metal shingles expensive? Without a doubt, metal roof shingles will cost more out of the gate. Asphalt shingle roofing averages around $200 per 100 square feet for installation. Metal roof shingles can cost up to $900 per 100 square feet. However, metal roofing can often save money in the long run, so keep this in mind.
  • Eco-Friendly: Because metal roof shingles are made mostly of recycled material that can be recycled over and over, they are the more sustainable choice. When it comes to energy efficiency, metal roof shingles have a reflective quality that blocks heat transmission from the interior. With a specialized paint coating that is available for metal roof shingles, your cooling costs are reduced even more. 
  • Easier Installation and Repair: For the roofing pros, asphalt roof shingles can be installed within one day in most cases. Metal roof shingles require specialized skills and tools and can take longer to install. The same is to be said of any repairs too. Asphalt roof shingles can be repaired easier than metal roof shingles. Getting metal roof shingle repairs should always be done by a roofing contractor that is experienced in metal roofing. 

Can you walk on a metal shingle roof?

Yes, you can walk on metal roof shingles the day they are installed and keep walking on them 50 years later!  Asphalt roof shingles get damaged with repeated foot traffic.

For residential properties, which is the better choice between metal shingle vs standing seam? Metal roofs are the smart choice because of their long life expectancy. They are durable in all types of weather and energy-efficient. With metal roofing, there are two types to choose from: 

Standing Seam 

This is the most readily available metal roofing and the most common. Stand seam metal roofing comes in continuous lengths and has interlocking panels using hidden fasteners. This creates an appealing appearance for most homeowners that want a modern and sleek curb appeal. This type of metal roofing will fluctuate with the temperatures, making it a weather-resistant roof. With some sun resistance, it can reduce energy consumption in the summer.

Metal Roof Shingles 

With some common features of the standing seam metal roof, this style has proven itself in weather resistance. From heavy rains and high winds, but still has a more residential appearance with the shingle styling. A wide choice of colors and styles, including mimic of asphalt shingles and other types of shingles including slate and wood.

Do they make steel shingles?

Metal roof shingles are made from the most common alloys and metals, from aluminum or G-90 galvanized steel to copper or zinc. The determining factor in the exact material used is often the homeowner’s budget. 

home with metal roof shingles

Closing Advice – Know Your Roofing Contractor! 

You want to choose a roofing contractor that knows metal roof shingle products and how to install a metal shingle roof. With an experienced roofing contractor, they will have contacts on where to buy metal shingles to get the best price for the homeowner. 

Always ask for recent references, especially for ones that have had metal roof shingles installed. Ask for their credentials too like licenses and insurance. Getting a quote in writing that includes the timeline they expect the job to follow is recommended as well, as it would be no matter what type of roofing material you were having installed.

How Do You Maintain a Metal Roof?

worker on a metal roof

The Importance of Maintainance

Homeowners across the country are considering metal roof installation when it comes time to replace their current roof or when building new homes. Why – is a metal roof cost-effective? Well, upfront, no. A metal roof installation is going to cost three times more than an asphalt shingle roof installation. So, what are the perks of having a metal roof? 

Benefits of Metal Roofing

While metal roof installation has traditionally been for commercial structures, the following benefits have caught the attention of many home builders and homeowners. 

  1. Long Lifespan

The number one benefit that attracts homeowners and commercial property owners to metal roof installation is the lifespan. You can expect 25 years minimum on average, and sometimes up to 50 years depending on the climate and the maintenance your roof receives. So, how often should a metal roof be replaced? The soonest you would have to consider replacing your metal roofing is around 25 years after a metal roof installation, and that would be without you keeping up with the recommended maintenance for the roof.

2. Light Weight 

Metal roofing is generally lighter than many other roofing materials like concrete tile roofing. Compare 150 pounds psi compared to 900 pounds psi; this is much easier on a structure and a metal roof installation can be completed faster in most cases.

3. Minimum Roof Pitch

A metal roof installation is ideal for a low-slope roof of about three inches.

4. Maximum Shedding

For homes that have to sit through heavy ice, rain, and snow, a metal roof installation is a great choice. It’s naturally hard and slippery, making it ideal as it helps these things slide right off. Additionally, darker metals absorb the sun and make the ice and snow melt faster. 

5. Energy Efficiency 

A common question about metal roof installation is, “Do metal roofs make a house hotter?” And the answer is no! It will help minimize those monthly utility expenses up to 30%. Metal is reflective, great for areas where summers are hot as they bounce sunlight away. The emissivity of metal roofing allows it to cool down quickly after the sun goes down, which also helps keep the house cool. 

6. Environment Friendly 

A metal roof installation can be done using recycled materials, and at the end of its lifespan, it can be recycled again. This eliminates adding to the landfills. Alternatively, asphalt shingles add approximately 20 billion pounds to landfills each year. 

7. Fungus and Moss Proof

A metal roof installation will be resistant to fungus, mildew, and moss; these are things that can rot asphalt and wood roofing much faster. It is also insect resistant.  

8. Fire Resistant Roof

Most metal roof installations are Class A Assembly-Rated. This means the covering and the underlying materials offer an extra layer of fire protection. 

9. Lower Insurance Rates

A metal roof could save you a little bit on your homeowner’s insurance due to the fire-resistant factor. While considering a metal roof installation, call your insurance agent and ask how much it will save you. This could offset the initial upfront expense.

Does a metal roof attract lightning?

No, that is more of an old wife’s tale than truth. If anything, a metal roof installation will keep you and your family safer than other roofing materials.  Metal is an electrical conductor, and it is non-combustible. If you live in an area where there is a lot of lighting, you should have a lightning protection system to keep a consistent connection between the ground and the sky. Even if you choose another type of roofing material, areas with frequent lighting strikes should have one anyway. 

Do metal roofs leak?

If your metal roof is leaking, you should ideally have the roofing contractor that performed your metal roof installation come to make repairs and adjustments as a warranty call. A metal roof will only leak if it is installed poorly and the metal panels were allowed to move in the wind or shift due to temperature. This could cause screws and fasteners to loosen, which could lead to leaks around the screws and where the metal panels meet.

Can you paint a metal roof? 

You can, by following complete instructions on the process starting with cleaning and prepping the metal. Now you know the answer to “can a metal roof be painted? But should a metal roof be painted? It’s a personal choice, but keep in mind that once you paint it, it will need repainting every three to five years. You should only use paint made for metal and door use and you should also take the time to clean and prep as recommended so the paint won’t stick. 

worker using an electric drill on a metal roof

Making a Decision

At this point, you may be asking – which is better, a metal roof or shingles? Cost-wise, the asphalt shingle installation will be cheaper. A metal roof installation has a high upfront cost for the material and the installation. However, for its long-term lifespan, a metal roof is your better material because it can last twice as long as an asphalt shingle roof. 

It is recommended to check with local governing about metal roofing installation, especially if your home is within a property owners association. As popular as metal roofing has become in the past few years, not all cities or POA are on board with this concept. 

How To Repair Roof Flashing Leak

roof flashing along brick

Keeping your roof at its best

Houston, Texas can have some beautiful weather and it can have torrential rains. It is during those torrential rains you find out if your roof is waterproof or not. When you discover a leak, it isn’t always because of a hole in the roofing material. Sometimes, it is the roof flashing. Repairing the roof flashing is the easiest part to repair too! 

While the leak may be small because of loose or missing roof flashing, leak repair is usually pretty easy.  You simply reattach the loose flashing or replace it. If you aren’t able to climb up on the roof yourself, you can have it done by an experienced professional roofing contractor. How much does it cost to repair flashing on a roof?

There are different types of flashing, so it will depend on which roof flashing repair is needed. Then it depends on how much flashing needs to be replaced or if the existing flashing is there and can be reattached. 

Is flashing part of the roof, what is flashing on the roof exactly anyway?

Yes, and it is a very critical part of the roof in different areas of the roof.  Roof flashing directs water away from specific areas of the roof. When these specific areas have loose or missing roof flashing, repair is needed immediate to protect the roof from the vulnerability of leaking.

Roof flashing comes in aluminum, copper, galvanized steel, and stainless steel, making it easy to match the architectural style of any home. Roof flashing is installed in critical areas of a roof like these: 

  • Front walls and side walls where the roof surface and walls are joined
  • Roof valleys, the low points where two roof angles slope and join
  • Roof protrusions like skylights and vents
  • Roof edges like the eaves and rakes

There are eight common roof flashing, repair, or replacement of these is essential to the protection of the roof: 

  • Continuous Flashing – Also referred to as apron flashing, this long and single piece of metal flashing carries water down the roofing shingles. As the roof contracts and expands, continuous flashing flexes with expansion joints that are installed along the long strips. 
  • Base Flashing – This flashing comes in two pieces and is placed around chimneys so that water always meets up with the flashing and redirects it off the roof. Because this flashing is made with 2 pieces, it contracts and expands with the roof.  
  • Counter Flashing – This flashing is installed either on top of the base flashing or opposite of the base flashing and completes the base flashing. 
  • Step Flashing – A rectangle shaped flashing that is in a  90 degrees bend from the middle and is installed in several layers between the shingles to redirect water away from where the roofing and the wall meet. 
  • Skylight Flashing – This is installed around the skylight, as the name suggests.
  • Valley Flashing –  This metal flashing is installed in the valleys where two roof slopes meet to keep the water redirected and prevent any water damage.
  • Drip Edges – This metal flashing is installed along the roof edge to keep water drained off the roof  and into the gutters.  
  • Kickout Flashing – This flashing closes up the space between the step flashing and gutter runs, keeping the water flowing into the gutter. 

Does a roof need flashing?

Yes, without the different flashing listed, like chimney flashing, roof repairs would almost be pointless because the water would still be able to seep under the shingle or other roofing material. From there it would get to the roof decking and underlayment, creating water damage.

metal roof flashing

If you have gutters, is roof flashing necessary?

Absolutely! It is just as important at the asphalt shingle you see on the roof, if not more important.  For your roof to have the ultimate amount of protection, roof flashing is necessary and when needed, roof flashing repairs are necessary. 

Without roof flashing chimneys, dormers, roof gables, and skylights would eventually start leaking, sooner than later.  Because water finds the least resistance to follow, it will work its up under the shingles. When chimney flashing roof repairs are needed, there are different types of roofing shingle around the chimney: 

  • Continuous flashing installed along the chimney bottom
  • Step flashing installed along the sides
  • Cap flashing installed to lap over the flashing

Even if all your shingles are firmly in place, if a storm has loosened any of the flashing, that flashing repair on roof is just as important as replacing any missing shingles. If you’re selling your home or changing homeowner’s insurance companies, an inspection will be performed on the roof as well as the entire structure. If there is any loose or missing roof flashing, repairs and replacements will need to be completed before the inspection passes. Need help with your roof flashing in Houston, TX? Call 281-300-4363 today!

How much does it cost to put a new roof on a house?

What is roofing installation?

Houston, Texas where the sun shines bright and hot, the temperatures get humid and moist, and there are days they rain doesn’t stop, so it seems. All of that put together can cause a roof to age fast, making a roof installation needed more frequent than other states see.  

A new roof installation is the process of replacing the existing roofing shingles, or other roofing material, with new materials.  It is not a job for the faint and weak, because while it may look ‘simple’, it is truly hard  physical work. 

A roofing contractor and roofing laborer are exposed to the elements the entire time they are doing a roof installation. Hot blister sun, bone chilling winds, and they can’t have a fear of heights because, well, their job require the work at various heights. 

 The physical fitness of each contractor or laborer must be top notch simply to get the materials from the ground, up the ladder, and to the roof. Then there is the balancing while walking on a roof, while carrying bundles of shingles and their tools. 

When getting quotes for a roof installation, if they seem high, consider these facts we just mentioned. Would you want, or are you able, to do what a roofing contractor and laborer do every day? You have to factor in their expense for liability insurance a well because this job has its risks to the worker and the property they are working on. 

Do I need a new roof?

As a homeowner, watching out for potential issues and problems is an absolute must, especially for major things like the roof. If you ignore certain indicators and signs, you could be dealing with a nightmare instead of a small issue. With that being said, here are 5 signs that you may need a new roof installation: 

1. Regular Leaking

Yeah, seems silly, almost stupid, as you read those two words, but amazingly, there are homeowners that will ignore a small roof leak. Yes, it is obvious if you have a major leak it has to be addressed then, but there are tiny leaks that if they aren’t addressed, become a big leak. From a small pin hole leak that isn’t going to do a lot of damage, it can become a larger hole that you can’t ignore. Some definite signs that you may have a small leak are: 

  • Water stains on ceilings or walls
  • Dripping water sounds
  • Mildew ad mold growing on ceilings and walls
  • High humidity level inside the house
  • A musty odor inside

2. Shingle Color Inconsistent

A roof creates your home’s personality with its own personality.  A healthy roof is rich in color that flows across the entire house. When it is looking blotchy, inconsistent, and losing its color uniformity, it is aging and wearing out.  A drastic change in color and the age of the roof, 15 to 20 years old, are an indication it is time for a new roof installation. 

3. Curling and Missing Shingles

As asphalt shingles age, they begin to deteriorate, and the edges begin to curl. Once you notice this on more than one or two shingles, it is to start planning for a new roof installation to take place soon. Missing shingles are leaving your roof at risk of UV ray and water damage.

4. Cluttered Gutters

When your gutter runs are fill with asphalt shingles, that means they are no longer embedded into the shingles. Now the shingles have less protection against the elements and so does your roof. Gutter cleaning isn’t just to keep the gutters clear and open, but to see if your asphalt shingles are wearing out. 

5. Age

While the age of your roof isn’t a visual cue, it is an important factor when determining you need a new roof installation. Your current shingles may have had a 30 year warranty, but they will wear out quicker. With a good roof installation job and proper roof maintenance, you can get up to 25 years with 30 year shingles. Other factors that can age a roof faster than the 20, 25, or 30 year stated warranty are: 

  • Installed over existing roofing materials.
  • Proper attic ventilation.
  • Proper routine maintenance of cleaning and keep debris off.

If you aren’t sure the age of your roof, the property appraisal will often have permit dates listed. 

Can you finance a new roof?

Okay, a new roof installation can cost as little as $4,000 and up to $10,000 or more. Not all of us have that kind of money accessible. So, what do you do?  Well roofing companies and contractors are aware of the expense for a roof installation, and there are many in the Houston Texas area that offer in-house financing. As you get quotes for your new roof installation, inquire what methods of payment they offer and if they do offer that, it will be listed. 

How often do you need a new roof?

A good quality professionally installed new roof installation in Houston Texas should last 20 years on the average. However, the climate and weather can do some damage, and that lifespan could be as little as 12 years.  This is why roof installation basics like homeowner roof maintenance is important. Keeping trees trimmed back, getting professional roof cleaning twice a year along with gutter cleaning. These are all things that will give you roof a longer life. 

roof shingled

A New Roof Installation: A Money and Time Commitment

How long does it take to install new roof? In general, and experienced roofing contractor that knows how to roof installation job done, a 3,000 square foot residential roof can usually bone completed in under one day.  The larger the house, or any unforeseen roof installation problems, could extend the job a full day, possibly two days. Need a new roof installed in Houston, TX? Call 281-300-4363 today.

What is the difference between built up roofing and modified bitumen?

modified bitumen roof

What does built up roof mean?

Flat roof structures have several choices in what type of roofing material to use. Which one can depend on the climate and environment where the structure is located, and of course, the owner’s budget has a big part of that decision too.  Many structures around the country choose to go with a built up roof system. 

A built up roof consists of layers called, is also referred to as BUR, is a flat roofing system that consists of layers, or membranes, like reinforcing fabric, tar paper, and other materials in a sequence to ensure adherence to the structure roof. Those multiple layers ‘build up’, hence the name “built up roof”. 

The built up roof system became popular in the 1970s and was called “tar and gravel” roofing. The result of the alternating layers or piles of these different materials, known as bitumen,  created a finished membrane that protected the structure in various types of climates and elements. Bitumen consist of asphalt, coal tar, and cold-applied adhesive. The gravel part of “tar and gravel” built up roof is the last layer applied and may be a crushed stone or gravel. 

How do you install a built up roof?

One thing for sure, a built up roof construction isn’t a DIY kind of job!  The built up roof is simple looking by the untrained, but rest assure, there is a reason you need a professional roofing contractor install your built up roof system. Still, curiosity is there, so we share these basics of installing a built up roof with you: 

The installation process has four steps. 

  • Base sheets are attached to the subsystem with roofing nails.
  • A layer of either an adhesive, asphalt, concrete, or tar is then applied.
  • A layer of cap sheets or gravel are applied next.
  • Then a final layer of asphalt is poured and spread over the surface.

Doesn’t sound that complicated or hard, but there is an exact to this process that is learned with experience.  Knowing how much to apply for each layer and how many layers is key to a successful built up roof installation. Another keynote to understand about a built up roof installation is the asphalt is hot and must be spread over the roof quickly and evenly. 

How much does built up roofing weight?          

The following weight values are only for a general purpose of built up roof systems. For exact dead load weight, your roofing contractor should have that information available from the manufacturer. These are important numbers that roofing contractors must consider because of the engineering calculations for what the structure can withstand is critical.

3 ply Built up Roofing with Smooth-Surface2.33 pounds per square foot
4 ply Built up Roofing Membrane with Gravel-Surface6.3 pounds per square foot
4 ply Built up Roofing Membrane with Smooth-Surface2.58 pounds per square foot

How do you repair a built up roof?         

For an asphalt based built up roof with gravel, repairs can be made using the following steps: 

  • Clean the surface needing repair. This is critical in order for the next steps to adhere and provide the protection you need. This includes removing the gravel which can be done with the flat side of a pry bar to scrape the gravel away, going in one direction, for a six inch diameter around the area to be repaired. 
  • Once the gravel is thoroughly removed, brush the area clean of any dirt and dust. 
  • Prime the surface with a liquid asphalt primer using a brush or roller. Allow the primer to flash off so there isn’t any excess on the surface.
  • Cut 2 patches of fabric larger than the area being repaired. One patch should be at least 4 inches larger all the way around and the second patch 6 inches larger all the way around. 
  • With a trowel, spread the asphalt flashing cement to the area needing repair, keeping it uniform in thickness and spreading 4 to 6 inches out around the area being repaired. 
  • Now place the four inch piece of fabric and imbed it into the cement with the trowel.
  • Using the trowel, apply an additional layer of the asphalt flashing cement over that patch, extending past the 4-inch patch you just installed and spread out past the are the 6″ patch will take to ensure the 4-inch patch is well covered in all directions. 
  • Apply your finishing coat of asphalt mastic over that last patch and then reset the gravel your cleaned off earlier so the repair area is concealed, and you have a uniform appearance with the entire roof. 

A flat roof is typical of most commercial buildings because of the many benefits it offers a large size building. They are often a built up roof that is created by alternating a layers or stacks of bitumen as we have discussed earlier. Another option for a built up roof system is the modified-bitumen roof, which is comprised of asphalt and plastic, or sometimes rubber polymers. This method is a safer application with some benefits that the traditional built up roof system doesn’t offer like flexibility, redundancy, and UV resistance.

flat roof with bitumen

What are the built up roof pros and cons?

For a large commercial or industrial structure, built-up roofing and waterproofing are necessary. A flat built up roof is cost-efficient in construction, and post-construction it provides a larger area for HVAC system and more.  The pros of a built up roof are: 

  • Multiple layers of protection create the needed watertight barrier that will last for years.
  • Inexpensive to build and maintain. 
  • Tolerates the harsh elements of the weather year round.
  • Exceptionally resistant to the UV rays, transferring that to lower cooling and heating expense.
  • A built up roof system provides a high ROI for up to 40 years.

Need help with your built up roof in Houston, TX? Call 281-300-4363 today!

What Does a Commercial Roof Consultant Do?

flat roofing system

What is a commercial roof consultant?

Never mind what is a commercial roof consultant, but why do you need a commercial roof consultant? When you own or manage a commercial property, there are many concerns involved. Not only from a financial perspective, but safety for employees, guests, and visitors as well as the environment. With all the different commercial roofing materials on the market, it can be difficult to know which is the better choice for your building. That is where a commercial roof consultant comes into the picture. 

The roofing industry, commercial or residential, isn’t blind to the lack of ethics this industry is known to have because of a few bad seeds. A commercial roof consultant is professional in the commercial roofing industry that can be trusted. They are a person that commercial building owner or manager can depend on to provide expert advice. 

What does a roof consultant do?

The advice a commercial roof consulting provides covers all facets of commercial roofing. Commercial roof restoration and roof replacement projects have many different components and factors that a commercial roof consultant must be familiar with and able to provide valuable advice. 

Hiring a General Contractor doesn’t mean that every job under their watch will be completed with 100% success, including the roof. Having a commercial roof contractor is a way to be educated and informed on every aspect of the roof, especially in areas that may be unknown. 

Some elements that a commercial roofing consultant will cover with the owner or manager of a commercial structure include:

  • The Total Cost
  • The Materials Used
  • The Installation of the Roof
  • The Equipment Used for Installation

A commercial roof consultant will answer a building owner or manger questions like the following: 

What is the best material to use for flat roofs?

Most commercial structures have a flat or low sloped roof. Flat roofs are known to leak and need constant repairs, so before dropping a big part of the company’s budget, this is a common question. Still, because of the flexibility a flat roof offer, they are still a primary architectural choice.  

So, choosing the flat roof material that is right for a building’s flat roof is important to the lifespan of the roof. No commercial building owner wants to have to replace the roof again any time soon! 

Fortunately, there is a wide choice of roofing material options and a commercial roof consultant will review these with their client. The consultant will advise which ones would be the best based on the size of the building, the budget, and the climate where the building is situated. The following are the most common choices: 

Single Layer Membrane Roof

By far, more commercial roofing consultants recommend this roof membrane the most  because of the advanced technologies they offer. Common names in the industry are elastomeric and plastomeric, single-ply roofing material with several categories, each having a set of benefits for different commercial buildings. Those categories are: 

  • Chlorosulfonated Polyethylene Sheet and Chlorinated polyethylene 
  • EPD (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer)
  • Neoprene (polychloroprene)
  • Polymer-modified bitumens
  • PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)

EPDM is the highly popular single-ply membrane commercial roofing material and is referred to as a “rubber” roof. This material is also popular in residential roofing today. 

BUR – Built-Up Roofing

A traditional commercial roofing material that  solves several problems for flat and low-pitched roofing. Used for over a century and still popular today because of its durability and longevity. 

BUR installation process is the layering and overlapping layers of roofing felt that is impregnated and embedded with asphalt in bitumen.

Installed with a hot mop soaked in coal-tar pitch to blend deeply with bitumen roofing felt. This mixture creates a shiny roofing membrane and strong monolithic membrane. A compressed stone granule is installed after the five layers of felt are installed protect it against the elements and UV rays.

Modified Bitumen Roofing 

Like the BUR roofing, modified bitumen has been around since the 19th century and in the 1960s a replacement technology was developed. Using BUR technology with multiple layers of roofing and cap sheets made of polymer that increase the life span and material’s strength.

This type of roofing can be installed in different manner and a commercial roofing consultant will review the pros and cons of each with the building owner, suggesting which is the better choice for their particular building. Among those different installation processes are: 

  • Cold application
  • Hot application
  • Self-Adhered application
  • Torch application

Among the advice and information that a commercial roofing consultant includes is the benefit of the polymer. With the polymer added into these roofing sheets, the elasticity and flexibility are increased and ideal for cold regions. 

What is the longest lasting roofing material?

In the commercial roofing industry, most commercial roof consultants and roofers will recommend a PVC membrane. The ease of installing it is only overshadowed by its longevity up to 30 years. There are several commercial roofing contractors that only work with this longest-lasting flat roofing material.

How long do rubber roofs last?

Commercial rubber roofing today can last fifty years or longer because it is made differently than in years past.  The sun’s UV and the ultraviolet rays aren’t as harmful to the rubber roof as before and they withstand hail and high winds better too. 

What is the useful life of a commercial roof?

With the aid of a professional commercial roof consultant and experienced commercial roofing, you can get up to 40 years life out of your commercial roof.  This also requires proper maintenance and upkeep by the property owner with any repairs made promptly. 

flat roof with water damage

What is the difference between commercial roof consultant vs roofer?

If your commercial building needs simple repairs from weather issues or normal wear and tear, a professional roofing contractor is the right choice. They can make repairs, apply patches, install flashings, and recoat your roof if needed.  They can also install a full new roof if you already know what you need and want. 

If you’re looking for help in choosing a commercial roofing material that  is less likely to leak as it ages and can provide the best energy efficiency for the tenants, a commercial roof consultant would be the better choice. A commercial roof consultant will usually work with a set of roofing contractors and will guide you in working with the best one. 

If you aren’t sure how to find a commercial roof consultant, using the internet is one of the best tools we have available today. You can also ask the General Contractor you’re working with and other owners of commercial structures. Call 281-300-4363 today for your commercial roof consultant needs in Houston, TX.