Austin Roofing and Installation
The summer time is the best time to get your roofing installation done by an independent contractor or company. Whether it be for a new roof or repairing an old one. Heat from the sun generates a more cohesive bonding of the shingles together, giving a smooth, polished finish. A great look with strong decking and underlying membrane make a roof resilient in any whether especially winter.
Cold weather can cause cracking if proper roofing adhesives, flashing and sheathing are not applied correctly and firmly. Ice can damage shingles and weaken bonding and other forms of bad weather as well such as rain, sleet or hail. Even excess amounts of snow can cause roofing damage and even cave ins. Yikes!
But with our Company's special roofing technique and quality adhesive bonding material for multiple different types of shingling and fascia edging you'll have nothing to worry about with our top of the line service and expertise.
We specialize in creating quality ventilation in the attic areas of houses which help provide increase stability for shingles in times of excess heat. Proper ventilation also depends on roof angle and shape of every house as well as the type of roof. Asphalt shingles are best for slopes of a one to three ratio in the metric system.
There are several types of roofs that can affect ventilation style and how many openings in the roofing are required. Flat roofs which are of course parallel to the ground.
Cathedral roofs where the attic meets at the top like a triangle.
Gable roof which have windows protruding from the house on the second floor that require larger ventilation openings.
Lastly mansard roofs and asymmetrical roofs where each side of the roof multiple faces at different angles.
No matter the type of roof you have, our expert contractors can give a no hassle evaluation, where we assess both the condition of your roof and ratios needed for your particular house design followed by top notch service.
Roof Inspection - To identify a roof that's due for service, once a year you should examine your roof. Getting up and standing on top of the roof isn't even necessary fortunately; A good angle where you can see the entire roof is fine for instance from the street or driveway depending on the design of your house – maybe even someone else's lawn can provide a great inspection angle. You'll want to watch out for shingles that are cracking, missing, folded and otherwise out of sorts; metal flashing has potential to rust and moss growth and discoloring can occur under shingles which may result in peeling.
Be aware of trees that hang anywhere around five to six feet of your roof. Strong winds can cause trees that aren't even near your house to bump and scrape shingles which could result in extra costs from a contractor. Such as the erosion of layering, displacing shingles and puncturing roofing materials potentially. Trim all trees back. Also inspection from within the house is very effective. If there are any water damage spots on ceilings and walls is a definite indication that a roof is leaking from the outside and in need of immediate repair.
Roofing repairs - Minor problems can be handled with shingle repair or resurfacing. If the design of your house isn't too steep ( usually described as 25%, or 3-in-12 or or perhaps larger), and if you're willing to take the task on yourself, then these repairs can be done by yourself. Just make sure to be extremely careful. However simple repairs in a spot or two can be done for relatively cheap by a professional contractor or company.
For asphalt roofing shingles as described above, the easiest indication of a roof needing to be repaired or replaced is the presence of granules in gutters. These grains cover the top of asphalt shingles and give them color as well as prevent sun and hail damage. They come loose with time and wash off sometimes ending up in your gutter.
The age of an Austin roof is critical if you want to determine if replacement jobs by an Austin contractor or company is necessary. Most roofs in Austin, Texas are going to be asphalt shingles, which can be expected to last for about 20 years. Asphalt shingles are much better for winter temperatures. In warmer, southern geographies such as Austin, asphalt shingle life drops considerably to that of 10 to 12 years so its good not to wait for too long. Other roofing types, such as wood and metal shingles, have much lengthier lifespans.
Roofing Estimate - When you have decided that your roof needs to be replaced, there's a choice to decipher if your existing roof needs to be stripped off or layered over. For asphalt shingles in quality condition, they can be layered over once, but a roof with two pre-established layers must be removed completely in order for a new roof to be installed as well as other roofing materials that existed before with the previous installation. To strip off and throw away an existing roofing job, the price usually depends on the type of roof structure, its grade of steepness and difficulty of work.
Its definitely cheaper to layer over an original layer of roofing without paying to strip off old shingles. Leaving an old roof means leaving old flashing and ventilation, which may be a point of vulnerability in a roofing system. New flashing and ventilation that come with a clean installation ensure good, quality protection for your home and are worth the extra cost usually.
Another thing you should consider is roofing materials and how they are priced. Materials for roof contracting are sold by square footage, a measurement meaning 100 feet in the shape of a square. An average two-story, maybe 2 to 3000-square-foot house with a 1:3 ratio pitch roof needs about 1,500 square feet of roofing, or you could say hence the name... 15 squares. When calculating, add 10% to 15% for disposal of old materials.
Also remember different brands of asphalt shingles come with cooling granules and metal roofing come with appropriated color coats that minimize energy costs which could qualify for a federal tax credit of up to $1,500. Check with the manufacturer of your shingle brand to see if they offer a certification that can be used to obtain a credit or discount with contractor or company in use.
Call us now to get your free evaluation at no extra cost!