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Why would you put a metal roof on a house?

raindrops on a corrugated metal roof

Is metal roofing right for you?

Metal roof installation for homes in Texas is becoming more common every year. Gone are the days that metal roofing was only thought to be for barns and sheds out in the country. If your home is needing a new roof, you may be asking yourself, “Will a metal roof look good on my house?” For what they cost, it’s understandable you want to make sure it’s going to look good. 

Rest assured, the metal roof you’re picturing on an old barn is not the same metal roof installation you’ll have on your home. Contrary to common mistaken belief, the wide range of metal roof finishes and styles will match your home’s architecture beautifully. Some of the options for metal roof installation include: 

  • Metal shakes to match the wood shakes of country or rustic architecture
  • Metal tile, a great alternative to clay tile
  • Architectural shingles 
  • Traditional Standing Seam Metal Roofing

These different styles are also available in different types of metal, each of them having advantages and disadvantages you’ll want to consider as you choose your metal roof installation material. Bearing this in mind, what are the types of metal roof? There is a wide range of metal types and with an understanding of the differences, the wide range in pricing will be understandable too. The different types of metal and their features for metal roof installation include: 

Aluminum Metal Roofing 

The longest-lasting metal for roofing with a reflective pigment that maintains coolness inside the home by reflecting radiant heat, making it a popular choice in Texas. This helps reduce utility costs by reducing air conditioning usage. Aluminum roofing comes in shingles and tiles with shingles lasting up to 40 years or longer and having strong resistance to leaking and rusting, being able to hold up to hurricane-level winds and other severe weather conditions. 

Copper Metal Roofing 

A beautiful metal that will develop a patina over time to a beautiful green and is fire resistant, providing a long lifespan of 60 years or longer.

Corrugated Metal Roofing

The repeated rippled or wavy pattern throughout makes this a unique style for any metal roof installation. This metal roof has a longer life expectancy than many kinds of plain metal roof and it holds up better under harsh weather conditions. This is the least expensive type of metal roofing, is thin, lightweight, and easy to install, even on top of existing roofing. Those three features help keep costs low. The downside to this metal roofing is its vulnerability to leaking and rusting. 

Metal Slate Roofing

Metal slate roofing or stone-coated steel roofing is different than natural slate roofing in both weight and cost. Natural slate roofing is heavier and more expensive to have installed because of the weight. A home new to natural slate roofing needs an engineer report prior to assure the structure can maintain its weight. With the aesthetic diversity this metal roofing offers, you can have the look of traditional clay or slate shingles for just a fraction of what real clay or slate cost. 

Standing Seam Metal Roofing

Standing seam metal roofing has superior longevity, up to three times longer than a non-metal roof. This material is available all across the country, making it easy to obtain, and with the interlocking seams of the metal panels, it becomes a durable and strong roofing material. It’s available in copper, painted aluminum, galvalume steel, galvanized steel, or zinc, and it’s ideal for areas prone to hailstorms along with being fire resistant. 

Steel Metal Roofing

A steel metal roof installation will provide a cracking, eroding, and shrink resistant roofing material, giving you up to a 30-year lifespan. An energy-efficient and recyclable material, this is a popular choice, even though it can be more expensive. 

Tin Metal Roofing

Tin metal roofing is chemically bonded to steel metal by heating the steel and a plating process saturates it with tin. This combination rapidly vibrates and becomes interlocked, creating a bond that is crack resistant and durable, with a life expectancy of 40 years or longer. 

Zinc Metal Roofing 

Zinc metal roofing has been around for over 100 years and is an easily foldable material that is popular for designing a unique roof that is still durable and strong. Resistant to cracking and eroding, it is a strong material in harsh weather. It’s also an eco-friendly material that is 100% recyclable with a low toxicity level. 

What are the parts of a metal roof called?

A metal roof installation will provide you with strong and long-lasting protection for your home. Even in the toughest environment, a metal roof properly installed and maintained will last up to 70 years or longer depending on the type of metal you choose. Some key components to a metal roof are as follows: 

  • Metal Panels: The most obvious part of a metal roof installation is the metal. Available in different types of metal which should be selected based on the weather conditions typical of your area. 
  • Fasteners & Clips: There is a wide selection of fasteners and clips depending on the type of metal chosen. The fasteners can be concealed or exposed bolts, cleats, clips, nails, and screws. The clips are what anchor the metal to the substrate by securing to each other in a fixed or floating manner. 
  • Underlayment: This is a crucial component to a metal roof installation because of the protection it provides against extreme temperatures, ice, moisture, and more. 
  • Sealant: Another important protection component that ensures dirt, water, wind, or other matter is kept out of small areas. A significant component for waterproofing. 
  • Trim: This provides the finished look of a metal roof installation. 
  • Closures: These are crucial elements to a metal roof installation for keeping animals and insects out of the attic and providing ventilation too. 

Other important components to any roof installation regardless of the materials are: 

  • Decking 
  • Soffit 
  • Valley 
  • Pitch 
  • Eave 
  • Ridge 
  • Fascia 
  • Flashing 
  • Hip 
  • Gable 
  • Drip Edge

What do you put under a metal roof?

Using an experienced, professional roofing contractor that knows how to install metal roofing, will use the most common, traditional material of underlayment that is non-perforated, asphalt-impregnated felt. There are other types of felt underlayment that are inorganic or organic reinforced. 

How much does a metal roof cost in Texas?

The pricing varies based on the metal chosen, the size of the roof, and any special issues with the roofing. Metal shingles can cost upward of $15,000 and copper metal roof installation can cost up to $48,000 and corrugated steel up to $19,500. 

Is a standing seam metal roof worth it?

Standing seam metal roof installation will cost more than a conventional asphalt shingle roofing system, but it will last three times longer. This means you’ll replace an asphalt shingle roof three times during the lifespan of one standing seam metal roof installation. Because of that, though it may be more expensive at the outset, you will typically save a lot of money in the long run, making it well worth it.

red corrugated metal roof

Topping Off This Roofing Article

So, if a metal roof installation doesn’t have to look like old barn roofing, is there a metal roof that looks like shingles? Absolutely! In fact, today, stamped metal roofing can encompass not only a traditional shingle look, but it can be stamped to look like clay or concrete tiles, slate tile, and even wood shakes. Your metal roofing contractor can provide you with examples of the different types of metal roofing available.

And once you have chosen your metal roof style and type, what is the best color for a metal roof? Here in Texas, where we have more hot sunny days than we do cloudy cold days, choosing a color that reflects the sun is recommended. The lighter colors of beige, light blue, green, or bronze are the most popular choices for UV reflectiveness.

Are tile roofs better than shingles?

Black tile roof.

The Popularity of Tile Roofing

Many historic homes in the area have tile roofing, a popular design element in the mid-19th century. Today, many newer homes along with home rebuilds after teardowns are choosing roof tiles over asphalt shingles. Why? To keep the architectural design cohesive in most cases, and because many believe that roof tiles are superior to other choices in roofing materials. So, is a tile roof better than shingle roofing?

The roof on your home is a major component, so when choosing to have a new roof installed, it is important, it isn’t a light decision that you can take back to the return department. Two popular choices today are asphalt shingles, probably the most popular of all, and roof tiles, for that historic look.

Shingles Vs Roof Tiles

Outside of appearance though, which is the better option? There are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Asphalt Shingle Roofing 

Asphalt shingles are comprised of several small slates that are overlapping and are made from a variety of materials: asphalt, copper, fiberglass, and wood. Most of the roof shingles you see today are asphalt and fiberglass combined. 

Asphalt roof shingles are a straightforward and easy installation. They are easy to maintain, come in a variety of colors and designs, and have a lifespan up to 30 years. When it comes to cost, asphalt is less expensive than roof tiles. 

  • Roof Tiles 

Roof tiles are similar to the asphalt shingles, yet different. Roof tiles are typically made of clay or concrete, not fiberglass. Roof tiles are sealed to the roof, improving the durability of the material and the protection of the home. 

Roof tiles have different styles that can range from a Mediterranean architect style to a Southwest style. Installation of this type of roof is more complicated than an asphalt shingle roof, making the cost more expensive, but the lifespan is up to 40 years or longer. 

Taking this basic information of both roof shingles and roof tiles, we can’t determine one better than the other. Both have benefits. Both have drawbacks. It is a matter of personal taste and budget. Roof tiles are longer lasting though more expensive, but will maintain their resale value longer. If a house has not had a tile roof before, an engineering report will be needed to determine the structure’s integrity because roof tiles are heavier. 

Is tile roof more expensive?

Definitely, and for good reason. The material is much heavier than asphalt shingles, meaning it will require more labor and time to install. These both affect the bottom line for a roofing contractor. If the existing home hasn’t had roof tiles before, it will likely need reinforcement to hold the weight of roof tiles. 

Roofing and siding both are typically quoted in squares, roof tiles will cost between $120 and $250 a square and if structural support is needed, that cost will typically run between $465 and $665 a square. The tear-off of the existing roof will be the same cost regardless of what roofing material is being installed, which is around $1,000 depending on the size of the roof. 

What is the lifespan of a tile roof?

The biggest advantage that roof tiles offer a homeowner is the lifespan. Chances are that the current homeowner that has roof tiles installed will never need to re-roof the home again with a lifespan of 50 years. Looking at homes and other structures throughout Europe where roof tiles have been the norm, many have had the same roof tiles for centuries. 

How long does a tile roof last?

When do tile roofs need to be replaced? Regardless of what type of roof material you have installed on your home, it will vary in durability and price, but roof tiles are the most durable, as well as the most expensive. They are also more environmentally friendly and weather resistant.

  • Clay Roof Tiles: the more popular choice in southern coastal areas and more expensive. Durability and wind resistance are key bonus to this roofing material.. 
  • Concrete Roof Tiles: Heavier than the aforementioned clay roof tiles and more durable with a lifespan up to 50 years or longer. 

Roof tiles of any material have an exceptionally long lifespan when they have been installed properly and maintained properly. The factors that can affect their lifespan include: 

  • Hailstones
  • High Winds
  • Hurricane winds
  • Inadequate Roof Ventilation
  • Poor Maintenance and Upkeep
  • Overhanging Trees 
  • Poor Installation
  • Loose, Missing Flashings
  • Poor Quality or Insufficient Roof Cement 
  • The Underlayment

How do you clean a tile roof?

Because the roof is exposed to the elements and weather, it takes a beating, and it will get dirty and stained. With roof tile, knowing how to clean it properly is important to get that 50 year lifespan we’ve talked about. 

While a pressure wash is tempting, it can also be damaging, and it really isn’t necessary on roof tile. This material cleans easier than asphalt and a soft pressure of 60psi is sufficient to get a tile roof clean and looking good. The standard 4000psi will do more damage than good. Add an algaecide to the soap and water, and you’ll keep the algae off for at least 12 months.

Can you walk on a tile roof?

With utmost care, yes, walking on roof tiles is possible. You shouldn’t wear any heavy shoes like boots – only a soft soled shoe. Place your steps on the bottom of each tile, this is where they are supported by the tile below it and keep your weight evenly distributed across the tile. 

Can tile roofs be repaired?

Yes, if you have a broken or cracked roof tile, simply pop the damaged tile up with care and replace it with a new tile. Secure it down with an adhesive, not nails. It is best to let a professional that is experienced in working with tile roofs make repairs instead of trying to attempt this yourself. 

Red tile roof.

In Closing – Deciding What Roof Tile is Best

Concrete roof tiles are superior to clay roof tiles in most ways. Concrete roof tiles are a great alternative to ceramic roof tiles because they don’t break as easily and still have an appearance similar to ceramic roof tiles. The mixture of cement, sand, and water makes for a heavy duty roof tile that is less expensive and more durable. If you’re interested in roof tiles for your home, reach out to Accent Roofing & Construction at 214-295-5500.

How to Deal with Storm Damage to Your Roof

storm damaged roof

What are the effects of a storm?

Homeowners in Texas are used to the weather changing with the wind, so-to-speak. Sometimes that wind is a light breeze, sometimes it is hurricane or tornado speed, and full of hailstone. So after that wind has died down, we walk around our homes and look for possible storm damage. If there isn’t any, we go on about our day. 

What many homeowners don’t realize is that storm damage isn’t always obvious to the naked eye. Especially the untrained, naked eye. There are homeowners that still aren’t sure what can storm cause damage or what is storm damage for sure. It is for those homeowners, we offer this article, answering some questions and providing descriptions that can help the identify storm damage or know when to have an expert inspect their roof for storm damage. 

Why the roof in particular? Because that is what is protecting your home. Your home without a roof, your family and belongings would not be protected from the elements. The roof is the first layer of defense against Mother Nature’s storm wraths here in Texas. It also take the sun’s UV rays beating down on it every day and gets the hard gusts of winds. With all that happening, it sometimes doesn’t take much more to cause storm damage, and that damage is not always visible. 

Every region of the country will have different effects from the various types of storms that come their way.  The  storm damage we will feel or see immediately is large amounts of rainfall, high, strong winds, and storm surges. 

These things can destroy bridges, buildings, damaged and downed power lines, flood roadways, and leave people stranded. In Texas, our usual storm upset are from hailstones and high winds, and both of these can leave behind  storm damage to roofs.  

What is wind damage to a roof?

It is typical that the thunderstorms in Texas to include hailstones, strong winds, and generate a tornado, or several tornadoes. All of this can cause storm damage to a home, especially the hail and strong winds to the roof.

 The winds that cause the most storm damage are referred to as “straight line winds” and are typically clocked between 50 mph to 60 mph, and can reach 100 mph. Another type of winds are those caused by tornadoes and are from the downdrafts that come with severe thunderstorms. 

For homes with asphalt shingled roofs, the most common roofing material in Texas, windstorm damage can include roof damages that include any of the following: 

  • Cracked, curled, dented, loosened, missing, or torn shingles. 
  • Asphalt granule loss.
  • Chimney damaged includes damaged, loose, and missing bricks, missing chimney cap, and/or leaning chimney.
  • Fascia, soffits, and ridge vents damaged, loose, or missing.
  • Gutters bent, loose, sagging, or missing.

What if you’ve never noticed these things after a storm has rolled through?  There are some things that could indicate either storm damage, or your roof has reached its end-of-life and it is time to get a new roof. 

Things like water stains on the ceilings or walls inside your home. Is the paint or wallpaper turning brown or yellow, maybe the paint is cracking in areas? This could be from wind damage to the roof or some other issues.  A professional roof inspection will determine if it is storm damage, and the insurance adjuster will determine if it is old or recent storm damage or homeowner neglect. 

Are your gutters leaking or sagging, are downspouts broken?  These are things that can be storm damage related or aging. In the attic, do you see water stains on the underside of the decking? Is there moisture on the insulation, or signs of mildew or mold?  

Are your energy bills higher than normal recently? This could be because the air conditioning or heating is escaping through the attic because of either aging roof or storm damage. These are indicators of either storm damage or poor ventilation.  Both of these are things a professional roofing contractor that offers storm damage services can confirm.

Is storm damage covered by insurance?

Maybe, if your homeowner’s insurance has storm damage coverage, which most do, but it should be assumed.  Review your policy once a year and any concerns or questions should be addressed now, before you need them.  

Usually homeowner’s insurance covers storm damage, but there are limits. The adjust will inspect your roof and other areas that could be damaged by storms. They will determine if there is any issue with homeowner maintenance and upkeep that allowed the damage to be severe. 

damaged shingles

Is storm damage an act of God?

Severe weather events like hailstorms, heavy rains, high winds, and earthquakes are considered to be acts of God. The resulting storm damage to your home, vehicles, and surroundings are considered to be the results of those acts of God. 

If lighting strikes your home and starts a fire, that is an act of God and would be covered under your homeowner’s insurance.  If poor electrical wiring causes you home to catch on fire, that is not an act of God and may not be covered under your homeowner’s insurance. 

So, after a storm has ripped your roof off or caused significant damage, understandably, you’ll need a new roof. If the insurance adjuster deems that any leaks are due to homeowner neglect, they may agree you need a new roof but decline any claim.  So, just how often do you need a new roof?

The average lifespan of a basic asphalt shingle roof is between 12 years and 15 years, if there isn’t any basic homeowner upkeep like have it cleaned, keeping trees cut back, making any minor repairs.  With the best maintenance and upkeep, your asphalt shingle roofing could give you up to 20 years lifespan. Call 214-295-5500 today for your storm damage roof repair in Dallas, TX.

What is the coolest roofing material?

cool roofing system

Does your commercial building need a new roof?

Then you’ve found the right article to decide what sort of roofing you want on your building and we’re going to talk about getting a cool roof. Yes, a cool roof is something that you’re going to appreciate during the hot Texas summer.  

Why, is cool roof cheap? No, that’s not the reason why. With a cool roof, benefits are numerous and when maintained as recommended, you won’t need to worry about a new roof for a long time! What kind of benefits does a cool roof offer? 

Go with the standard dark colored roof, it will hit 150°F on a typical Dallas summer day. A cool roof will keep the temperature down at least 50° cooler. There are two properties used to measure the coolness of a roof. Both are measure from zero to one and the higher the number, the cooler the roof. Those two properties are: 

  • Solar Reflectance
  • Thermal Emittance

Okay, so what are these benefits we keep talking about with a cool roof? Just to name a few: 

  • Reduced energy bills up to 30%
  • Indoor spaces are comfortable without using air conditioning
  • Maintenance expenses are less
  • The original roof life is extended
  • Urban Heat Island Effect is reduced
  • Less electric demand during peak times minimizes power outages
  • CO2 is lowered, alleviating air pollution and easing global warming

In overview, the cost of a cool roof for construction is about the same compared to other roofing materials, even a little more in some areas. Your extra expense will be rewarded in lower energy expenses and with government incentives and rebates, you’ll get some of that money back. A cool roof installation will ease the load on your HVAC system too.

What is a cool roof made of?

A cool roof should be made from a material that has the characteristic of reflecting the sun’s UV rays. The solar reflectance of cool roof and how it reflects sunlight is key in having a cool roof for your commercial building. Not only the UV rays you can see and feel, but the infrared and ultraviolet waves that heat a building’s interior too. 

Consider the emittance of the roofing material you chose, meaning, how long is the heat kept once the roofing has heated up. A high emittance rating releases the heat faster, thus keeping the building structure cooler. 

What color roof is the coolest?

A color for the coolest commercial roofing is either a beige, light gray, light green, and white. These colors provide the most UV-reflectiveness on those Texas hot, sunny days. Cooler colors will have less contraction and expansion, giving it a longer life. Along with choosing the right color, you need to choose a material  that has a reflectance level in the middle of zero and one. A cool roofing surface will have an emissivity of 1.0 in white for the best results. 

  • EPDM or THERMOSET ROOFING: Both are flexible in cold areas and UV resistant in warmer climates. 
  • PVC and TPO or THERMOPLASTIC ROOFING : Lightweight roofing for commercial building that are highly reflective, UV resistant, and durable weathering. 
  • GREEN ROOFING: Green roofing is a natural cool roof that has been around for decades but picking up more interest with the green movement and sustainability. 

 What color roof is most energy efficient?

For a cool roof color, choose colors of beige, light gray, or white to get the a high level of UV-reflectiveness. Lighter colors contract and expand less which helps them last longer. Of course, along with choose the right cool roof colors, follow the tips about solar reflectance and thermal emittance too. 

cool roofing system

Do Cool Roofs work?

In areas where the temperature and humidity aren’t that high, a cool roof isn’t as useful.  In areas where the summers are blistering and the humidity is as high as the temperature, yes, cool roofs work. A cool roof offer energy savings up to as much as 40% and with incentives and rebates, the cost of the cool roof installation can be minimized. Additionally, when it comes time to replace your HVAC system, with a cool roof, you can go with a smaller unit, which will use less energy, all saving you money. 

What if your commercial building doesn’t need a new roof right now, so getting a new cool roof isn’t going to happen. How can I cool my roof naturally? There are a couple of ways you can get a natural cool roof: 

If getting a cool roof means a new roof and you’re not in that position to get a cool roof, add a roof mist cooling system. Some refer to this as ad evaporative cooling system ad by setting up a low- low-tech system using a basic water hose and sprinkler head on “mist” you can cool the roof down by as much as 15 degrees!  

Or have a garden roof installed, an all-natural cool roof that will provide a stormwater runoff, provide cooling and shade for the building while protecting the original roofing. A rooftop garden will cost as much as $25 per square foot. Call 214-295-5500 today for your cool roofing system installation in Dallas, TX.

What is replaced when you get a new roof?

flat roof repair

Roof replacement process

For commercial structures, roofs vary and there are regulations and requirements to be met, especially with commercial roof replacement. Why are commercial roof replacement and building regulations more intense today than they were 10, 20, 30 years ago? Because there are more buildings per square space and more humans. So, regulations and restrictions have to keep up with the population.   

As a commercial building owner, you may have questions and with our piece today, we’re going answer some basic questions, like how do I know if my commercial roof is bad? Well, a sure indication would be there is rain coming in like a faucet turned on, but there are other things to be aware of before it gets that bad.  

We offer the following list of things that will tell you that you’re in need of either commercial roof replacement vs reroof. Reroof is the less expensive option for a commercial structure, but your roofing contractor will advise you if it is possible on your particular structure. How can you avoid the need for commercial roof replacement or reroofing?  Regular maintenance and follow through with any repairs that are needed. Indications that are telling you that commercial roof replacement is a must: 

  • Mold: This is telling you that there is water damage coming from the roof, HVAC system, or plumbing. This is a microorganism that will continue to grow because there is moisture inside your building now and ignoring t will only allow it to spread. Mold spores can cause and create health issues to your employees, guests, and vendors by compromising the indoor air quality and will keep your building feeling humid. 
  • Water Stains: A roof leak is indicated by brown and yellow spots on the ceiling which could indicate your roof has suffered storm damage. Roof leak water stains can also happen from malfunctioning HVAC equipment, excessive foot traffic on the roof, or if there is any plumbing on the roof.
  • Rainy Days and Obvious Leaking : As we mentioned earlier, if there is rain coming in from the ceiling, then there is obvious a roof leak.  This doesn’t mean a commercial roof replacement is a must though.  Your roofing contractor can advise you if a re-roofing job will be sufficient in getting the leak stopped and how long it will be before a new commercial roof replacement is a must. 

How do I know when my commercial roof needs to be replaced?

In a lot of cases, commercial roofing issues require repair. However, there are times that commercial roof replacement is the only option, and those times are: 

  1. Roof Membrane Damaged:  A roofing contractor can inspect the roofing membrane and tell how much damage has been sustained. If there is balding on the membrane or 25% or more wind damage, the roof is in a vulnerable state for more damage from future rain. A commercial roof replacement will be the only option.  
  2. Roof Deck Wear and Tear: The roof decking is a key component to any roof and when it has sustained any damage, the roof is in a compromised situation and a commercial roof replacement will be needed. 
  3. Water Infiltration: A roof inspection will include checking the building’s interior. Any sign of water damage on the ceiling or walls are typical indicators that your commercial roof isn’t protecting your property or employees from elemental damage. This is often cause by a bad roofing membrane and the inability for the roofing to protect the structure from water. 
  4. Poor Insulation: Finally, if your commercial roof replacement and insulation have both weakened or aged it is time to have commercial roof replacement and new insulation installed.

Does a new commercial roof increase property value?

Any time you can make a property improvement, it is adding to your investment, and a new commercial roof replacement is one of those improvements.  It will give you a long-term ROI with saving on the utilities, and should you decide to sell the structure later, potential buyers will be more willing to pay top dollar for the property. 

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How long does a 30 year commercial roof really last?

Typically, a residential or commercial roof replacement will give you up to 15 years of lifespan. In an area where the climate changes from one extreme to another, a 30–year roof will give you up to 12 years of lifespan.  

These lifespans can be longer with proper maintenance and upkeep , but there are something that will affect a commercial roof, requiring a new roof replacement sooner. Among those things are: 

  • UV Damage: The sun is out more than it isn’t, and those UV rays are one of the biggest factors that affect commercial roof replacements. 
  • Granule Loss: This is commonly known for residential roofing with asphalt roofs, but commercial roof have granule topping too and when heavy rain, hailstorm, and high winds can turn the granules or gravel loose on a commercial roof just like asphalt shingles on a residential roof. 

What if you need a new commercial roof replacement in the winter, is that possible? Yes, commercial roof replacement in winter is possible, depending on the temperature. This is something that your roofing contractor can advise you.  There are extra precautions and commercial roof replacement assistance they can implement that will protect your property, employees, guests, and vendors, while still providing you quality work. Call 214-295-5500 today for your roof replacement needs.

Which is better slate or tile roof?

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Slate vs tile

Asphalt shingles is the most common roofing material across the country, but what about slate or tile roofing? Both tile and slate roof are making a comeback, so to speak, for many high-end homes, but why? If you’re considering tile or slate roof, why and what made you decide which is better? 

Today, we’re going to focus on slate roofing and what makes builders and homeowners choose a slate roof over other options, starting with the key question, what are the benefits of a slate roof?  While a slate roof isn’t for every home, but those who choose slate roof the benefits are few, but powerful: 

  • A Unique Beauty: A slate roof has an immediate and unique beauty that is classic, classy, and rustic all at the same time. 
  • A Durable Material: When a slate roof is installed, cared for, and maintained properly, it can have a lifespan of 150 years or more. 
  • Ultimate Protection: A slate roof is fireproof, fugus, mold, and water resistant.  
  • Eco-friendly: Slate is a natural material and is recyclable. 

Like anything else though, slate roof has its cons and downfalls too. These are things that need to be considered before making the investment: 

  • Expensive: Slate roof will give you sticker shock and that alone sends most people reconsidering slate roof or shingles that looks like a slate roof. 
  • Heavy: Slate roof tiles are extremely heavy, weighing as much as 15 pounds per square foot. Roofing contractors installing a slate roof will require the homeowner to have an engineering inspection to confirm the structure can hold the weight or if extra reinforcement will be needed.  
  • Fragile: A slate roof has a tough appearance, but in reality, it is a fragile material. Slate roof fixings for even a tree branch can do extensive damage and finding matching slate tiles to replace the damage can be difficult, even impossible. 
  • Installation –Slate roof installation requires a roofing contractor with expertise in working with slate to have it installed properly. A contractor that hasn’t worked with slate before can leave your roof subjective to big problems later. Additionally, the fragileness and weight of the slate makes this a labor-intensive job and will take longer than an asphalt roof. 

Why is Slate expensive?

Slate is a natural materials, but producing it for a slate roof, is all by hand. Arriving in blocks from the quarry, pieces are split off in 8”x8’x4’ slabs and inspected. Then it is hand saw into 2-inch slabs, split into small pieces by hand to a 3/16” inch or 1/4” thickness. Next holes are either drilled or punched where nails are used for a slate roof installation. Shipping the slate tiles is expensive from that point due to the weight. 

Does slate break easily?

Slate, the natural metamorphic rock has somewhat weak bonds in between the layers. That weakness allows the slate planes to split. As a slate roof, it is a durable material, although a tree branch can crack one.  When not in slate roof format, individual slate tiles will crack. 

Is slate tile waterproof?

A slate roof is one of the most beautiful and finest materials for a home. It is an all-natural material that is fireproof and waterproof, two of the most important features of a slate roof. A simple yet elegant material that is beautiful, effective, and ingenious that is protective on many levels. 

Can you walk on a slate roof?

Yes, homeowners are recommended to do routine inspections of their roof to check for aging issues and damages. However, when it comes to a slate roof, this should be left to a professional that has experience working with slate roofs. Anytime you have another contractor scheduled to service your satellite dish or other roof time service, confirm they have experience working on a slate roof. Why the extra care with a slate roof? 

  • First: A slate roof is durable, but it is also easily damaged. Damage to a slate roof can be expensive to repair.  
  • Second: A slate roof is not any different than other pitched roofs. A pitched slate roof is exceptionally dangerous and with its fragility, walking on a slate roof, is additionally dangerous. 
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Do they install slate roof without felt?

A correctly installed slate roof should have 30-pound organic roofing felt installed. The purpose for the felt is a layer of protection from the elements. Sometimes the felt has been known to disintegrate over time, which should not be any concern. 

A slate roof can be a beautiful addition to any home, adding a touch of character and style to a plain architecture or enhance an already beautiful, styled home. With routine care and maintenance, a slate roof with give a home protection for many years to come. Call 214-295-5500 today for slate roofing installation in Dallas, TX.

Is a Leaking Roof an Emergency?

emergency roof repair

Is a Leaking Roof an Emergency?

Do you have a roof leak? If so, it is imperative for you to contact a professional roofing company right away. It’s essential for you to take roof leaks seriously since there needs to be serious roofing malfunctions in order for a leak to develop. Even if the leak is relatively small, it’s still cause to call in the pros. That’s because when water damage occurs, mold and mildew are never far behind. These fungi emit spores, which can sicken you and the inhabitants of your household.

How Do You Repair an Emergency Roof?

Emergency roof repair is very effective and efficient when you are dealing with a roof leak. The first thing that you can do is safely and responsibly locate a tarp which you can affix to your roof. You can do this with a tarp, a ladder, and roofing nails (depending on the prevailing roofing material of your roof. If your roof is leaking on the inside, you will need to put a bucket or pail underneath the leak and catch any water that is falling. Additionally, if a bubble has formed on your ceiling, you will want to pop it to alleviate any strain that is occurring on your architectural elements due to the weight of the water.

How Do I Temporarily Fix a Leaky Roof?

If you need to temporarily fix your leaky roof while you await the expert attention of a professional roofing company, there are steps that you can take. Please review the following checklist to discover more.

  • The first thing you will want to do is to locate a professional roofing company in your area. This process is fairly simple. Using your smart phone or computer, simply type “emergency roof repair near me” into your preferred search engine. At that time, you will be able to select a roofing company with appropriate credentials.
  • While you waiting for them to arrive, you can minimize the water damage by placing a bucket underneath the leak.
  • If you have the appropriate safety equipment and ladder, you can place a tarp over the roof leak until help arrives.
  • It’s always important to leave roofing procedures to the professionals because they will have the insurance and expertise to manifest the best possible outcome.

How Do I Stop My Roof From Leaking Inside?

Is your roof leaking from inside? If so, let’s review some basics. In order to fix your roof from the inside, you will want to enter your attic and review the damage from inside a secure location. You will want to clear the insulation from the wet ceiling wall and dry off any water that is existing in the area. In order to accomplish this task, you can put a small piece of plywood across the joists of your ceiling. You will need a bucket or pot available to catch any water that is falling.

What Can I Put On My Roof to Stop a Leak?

As mentioned previously, it is imperative that you consult with a professional roofing company when it pertains to any and all emergency roof repairs. Nonetheless, there are instructions available through the world wide web pertaining to items that will help alleviate roof leaks. For example, it is recommended that a generous amount of roof cement be applied to the underside of the shingle. The edge and the corners will need to be secured. After enough roofing cement has been applied, you will need to press firmly to set. The weather will alway be an important consideration when it comes to roofing. For example, shingles are more pliable in warm weather than in cold weather.

How to Make Emergency Roof Repair

As alluded to previously, there are several things that you will need for an emergency roof repair. A tarp, roofing nails, a bucket, and roofing cement are all considered vital for emergency roof repairs. Silicone or caulk are also used for such roof repairs. It will be important to move as fast as possible to alleviate any further water damage from roof leaks.

Emergency Roof Leak Repair

Many roofing companies in your area will have different areas of expertise. For instance, some roofing companies only administer repairs for commercial buildings versus residential ones. In order to discover more about the capabilities of roofing companies in your area, please be sure to reach out and ask questions. 

Emergency Roof Repair in Rain

Unfortunately, it is not possible to conduct an emergency roof repair in the rain. Before any roof repairs can be administered, the weather must be dry and hopefully sunny. In the meantime, please be sure to mitigate water damage until a professional can be summoned.

Emergency Roof Repair Services

If a tree has fallen on your roof or lightning has struck your chimney, you will be pleased to find that many insurance companies offer financial compensation for such damages. In order to discover more about your possible financial compensation, please be sure to read the terms of your insurance policy.

When you need great emergency roof repair in Dallas, TX, you can trust us to do the right thing. You can always reach out to us at 214-295-5500.

How do you stop a flat roof from leaking?

flat roof with water ponding

Can a flat roof be repaired?

Commercial structures are typically large, spanning as long as football field, or longer, and much wider. They are often manufacturing or warehouse facilities (think Amazon) and with those business types means there is machinery and merchandise inside. Because flat roofing is common, there are special considerations for the materials used for the roofing, the maintenance, and repairs. When one gets a leak in their flat roofing, it generates concern and worry like finding the flat roof leak causes and getting the flat roof leak fix done promptly. 

If a facility manager or owner of a commercial structure with flat roofing chooses to replace the roof, they find that the cost is significant and could lead to interruption to business. Instead of replacing the flat roofing, repairs are possible, usually with a silicone coating. This will make it waterproof and extend the lifespan of the original flat roofing material. Commercial flat roofing repair provides an inexpensive, quick, and true solution to roof leaks. 

How do you find a leak in a flat roof?

Locating a leak on flat roofing will depend on what type of flat roofing material is present. A built-up flat roofing material that is covered with gravel will give you a  challenge while a singly-ply flat roofing membrane makes it easier.  Here are steps to follow in finding a leak on flat roofing surfaces: 

  • CLEAR DEBRIS FROM FLAT ROOFING SURFACE: Removing any debris is key in finding damage that is causing the leak. This will require walking the roof surface, so wearing appropriate footwear and following all safety precautions is recommended. After clearing debris, check for blisters, bubbles, cracks, punctures, splits, and tears. For a gravel-covered flat roofing surface, any missing gravel is a strong indication of possible leaking. 
  • CHECK COLLARS, FLASHING, AND SEAMS: Checking the collars and flashing are necessary because of the protection they provide a roof. If they are bent, loose, or missing, the roof leak could be around the edges or penetrations. You may need to sweep gravel away from these areas to check for the collars and flashings. Single-ply roofing materials are seamed and can come loose, allowing water seepage. These are areas where flat roofing leaks are possible. If there is any gaps or separations, you have found the problem. 
  • EXAMINE THE PATCHING: If there has been previous patches on flat roofing, there is always possibility of it leaking again.  After there has been several patches, are large patches, new flat roofing replacement is the best option. 
  • LOW SPOTS: Flat roofing is not completely flat, there is always some slope to the surface. When a leak is discovered, an inspection of the roof may find a low spot where water is pooling and that can begin degrading the roofing material, thus a leak starts.

What causes flat roof leaks? and Do flat roofs always leak?

Commercial flat roofing allows more interior space and convenient area for installing the HVAC units. However, flat roofing has its problem, with leaks being one.

  • Drainage: Poor drainage is a  common cause of flat roofing leaks. There is a slope to flat roofing, but it is slight and proper drainage is important.  
  • Flashing and Membrane: Maintenance of flat roofing structures is important.  Monthly inspections can catch a potential problem before it becomes a major disaster. 
  • Age: Regardless of your diligent efforts of inspections and maintenance, a flat roofing will age and with age, leaking can begin. 

No, flat roofing does not always leak. If it is installed properly and regular inspections and maintenance are kept on routine as recommended, there should never be a leak.  When flat roof leaks in heavy rain, it is usually poor workmanship with the installation, the inspections did not find issues and have repairs made, or maintenance has not been performed.

roof drainage on flat roof

How do you waterproof a flat roof?

Commercial structures, waterproof flat roofing isn’t a one-size-fits-all method. Most of these roofs are custom-installed and unique characteristics. If you have the need to waterproof your commercial structure flat roofing, we recommend using a commercial roofing contractor with experience in working with the type of roofing material on your building. 

Based on the type of material, embedded gravel, EPDM, BUR, metal, or modified bitumen one of the following will be recommended by the contractor:

  • Reinforced polyurethane liquid that is cold when applied by either roller or sprayed 
  • APP or SBS or bitumen sheets applied by torch-down method
  • Rolled or sprayed on cold rubberized liquid 
  • Single-ply PVC or TPO, fully-adhered membrane sheets

Okay, you are in charges of a commercial structure with flat roofing.  The flat roof is leaking, “what do I do?”, you’re asking. In America, the common materials for flat roofing are one of the following: 

  • EPDM
  • Modified bitumen 
  • BUR 
  • TPO 
  • PVC 

A small leak or temporary repair can be done by your building management or maintenance team with a plastic tarp, 2×4 boards, screws, and roofing tar.  Stretch the tarp over the leak on the rooftop. Spread roofing tar over the edges of the tarp and then screw the 2×4 boards on each edge. 

From the inside of the building, place a container under the leak with a tarp under it. If you can reach the ceiling, poke a hole in any bubble so that the water can drain out. Call 214-295-5500 today for your flat roofing needs in Dallas, TX.

Are Synthetic Shingles Good?

shingle roofing system

What’s that up on the rooftop looking good and protecting the house below?

Why it is synthetic shingles! What is a synthetic roof? A state-of-the-art engineered product that is doing the same thing that asphalt, cedar shake, and composite shingles have been doing for years. So, what’s all the excitement about, are synthetic shingles of good quality? 

Synthetic shingles have the appearance of other shingles that many homeowners want, like cedar shake, clay tile, or slate. When it comes to the pros and cons of synthetic shingles though, it is hard to find the downsides:

  • Aesthetically: When you want clay tile, cedar shakes, or slate on your rooftop but your budget reminds you that you can’t afford that, synthetic shingles look just as good for a fraction of the cost. Where clay tile and slate require additional support on a steep slope, synthetic shingles do not. Where slate has to be quarried and is fragile, making shipping and installation expenses, synthetic does not. 
  • Where cedar shake roofing attracts insects with its natural, rustic charm, and isn’t fire resistant,  synthetic shingles doesn’t attract insects, they are fire-resistant and waterproof. They are elegant with high-end authenticity appearance of their counterparts in a wide authentic color palette, expanding the option of color blending. 
  • Durable: Clay tile cracks and slate tile splits. Synthetic shingles do not do either of these things. They are impact-resistant, insect resistant, lightweight, and impervious to temperature changes. Class A rated and wind-resistant, insurance companies love synthetic shingles. The color fading resistance and UV ray resistance make homeowners love that they won’t need to re-roof as often and the maintenance-free aspect is great. 
  • Eco-friendly: A synthetic shingle roof will outlive the homeowner and with the worldwide concerns of going green and recycling, that make a big bonus for synthetic shingling. Where they lack in being made from post-consumer material, their end of life value is 100% recyclable.
  • Cost-Effective: Pricing varies synthetic shingles, but the cost is typically a fraction of what their natural counterparts cost to have installed. With the addition that they have an estimated lifespan of fifty years, their install cost makes them more cost-effective. 

What are composite shingles?

Is there a difference between composite shingles vs synthetic shingles? No, both composite shingles and synthetic shingles contain a blend of numerous commonly used roofing materials like asphalt,  fiberglass, and recycled paper products. Composite or synthetic shingles are fire and water resistant, and some manufacturers of this type of shingle make them algae and mold resistant.  When composite or synthetic shingles are damaged, individual shingles can be replaced  instead of an entire section of the roof. They do not crack, peel, split, or warp and the color choices are almost endless. 

What is the difference between asphalt shingles and composition shingles?

Composition is defined by Merriam Webster as “the way in which something is put together or arranged”, so this would mean that asphalt shingles is the same as  and composition shingles because both are composed of different materials.  Composition is a term to describe asphalt shingles, which are composite product of either cellulose mat or a fiberglass mat with asphalt and minerals added to the mat. 

How long do composite shingles last?

Composite shingles are an affordable roofing shingle, making them a popular choice in the way of asphalt shingles that contain a cellulose or fiberglass mat for reinforcement. When the time comes for a new roof, every homeowner should review the different options and question the longevity of each roofing material type available to them. 

When you choose composite shingles based on being inexpensive, you need to keep in mind this will likely mean a shorter lifespan too. Typically, like anything else, the more expensive roofing shingles are, the longer they will last. 

With routine cleaning, inspections, maintenance, and repairs completed as needed, you may get a longer lifespan than the estimated 20 years for an asphalt composite shingle roof. A high quality premium brand composite shingle could give you 50 years.

shingle roof

What are the longest lasting roof shingles?

Laminated shingles are today’s market as the longest-lasting when compared to the various shingles on the market. They are thicker and have a bigger exposure, a refined asphalt type of shingle that is available in two categories: 

  • Dimensional shingles – the look of architectural shingles
  • Luxury shingles – the look of shakes or slate shingles

Let’s discuss if knowing how to install synthetic shingles is a concern when choosing what type of roofing material is right for you.  The answer to that is there isn’t any need for concern. Synthetic shingle installation isn’t any different than basic asphalt installation. While you can choose synthetic shingles that look like the cedar shake, clay, or slate tiles, they are easier and faster to install.  This gives you that look that you desire at a much less expensive cost. Want synthetic shingles? Call 214-295-5500 today!

What is the Best Residential Roofing Material?

standing seam metal roofing

Choosing the Right Materials

They have been a rarity until the past few years but standing seam metal roofs are becoming a trend in the residential roofing market. Why? Standing seam metal roof installation has become requested more frequently than other roofing materials for people are planning to stay in their homes forever. While a standing seam metal roof can be expensive, the benefits far outweigh the concern of costs, and those reasons are: 

  • A standing seam metal roof will last50 years or longer – a lifetime investment for your home. 
  • A standing seam metal roof is durable, rigid, and rugged – hail resistant and wind resistant.  
  • A standing seam metal roof won’t crack, rot, or warp – UV resistant. 
  • A standing seam metal roof is safer in a fire – a bonus for your homeowner’s insurance. 
  • A standing seam metal roof is energy-efficient – ROI with lower energy bills. 
  • A standing seam metal roof is low maintenance – corrosion-resistant needs little to no maintenance.

What is a standing seam metal roof?

The description of a standing seam metal roofing is a metal panel roofing system with concealed fasteners. The flat part of the panels has two vertical legs on each side, also referred to as raised seams, thus the “standing seam” part of the roofing material.  With those two standing seams, the professional installation of a standing seam metal roof will hide the fastening process by hiding the clips to the decking or directly attach to the decking with a flange. 

standing seam metal

Why is standing seam metal roof so expensive?

When a professional roofer installs a reliable standing seam metal roof, it is going to be more durable and longer-lasting than the basic asphalt roofing or any other common type of residential roofing. While its lighter weight than asphalt shingles, there are thicker metal panels, which cost more because standing seam metal roofs are more durable, longer-lasting, and more resistant to things than asphalt shingle, like hailstorms and UV rays. 

What are the disadvantages of a metal roof?

Whether it is roofing a new home or replacing an existing roof, homeowners should give standing seam metal roof some consideration when choosing the roofing material. Metal roofing is available in many different types of metal, each attractive and matches any architectural style you have: 

  • Aluminum
  • Copper
  • Galvanized Steel
  • Tin
  • Zinc

However, standing seam metal roof isn’t without disadvantages and drawbacks, nothing is going to be 100% perfectly ideal, no matter how good of quality the material. Among standing seam metal roof, the disadvantages are: 

  • Affordability: Standing seam metal roof or any metal roofing will cost up to three times more than asphalt, cedar, or other roofing materials. However, when it comes to long life, a standing seam metal roof will outlive other roofing materials. 
  • Noisy: If standing seam metal roof is poorly installed, they can be loud during rain or hailstorms. However, by having the roofing contractor add more insulation during the installation process will quieten the roof. It will also make it more expensive, but well worth that extra cost.  Again, the longevity of a metal roof will repay that extra cost. 
  • Contraction and expansion: Standing seam metal roofs are large panels between the legs or raised seams. Those panels will contract and expand with the temperature. If the standing seam metal roof hasn’t been installed with the fasteners correctly, that movement will loosen the fasteners and require tightening or replacing the fasteners. 
  • Color match inconsistent:  When repairs are required for standing seam metal roof, it can be challenging to match the new panel color with the existing panels. 
  • Performance: Standing seam metal roof can accumulate water anywhere on the roof if the installation was not done correctly or if low-grade metal was used. With metal roofing, you get what you pay for, so get the best you can afford in metal thickness and professional installation. 

Can you walk on a standing seam metal roof?

Yes, when it comes to metal roofing vs. asphalt shingles or any other type of roofing material, standing seam metal roofs are safer and stronger to walk on, with the proper footwear. Metal roofing can be slick, walking on them in the ice, rain, or snow is not advised unless an absolute emergency. 

Is standing seam metal roof worth it?

For a home that you’re planning on living forever, or for many years, yes, a standing seam metal roof is well worth the extra cost of an asphalt single, or any other type of roofing material. The benefits are numerous, and the most significant benefit is the long lifespan it provides. For a house that you plan to sell within 20 years or less, no, a standing seam metal roof would not be worthwhile. 

interior of a standing seam metal roof

In Closing

As we’ve mentioned, a standing seam metal roof is worth the extra cost for a home you plan to call forever. You want to choose a roofing contractor that will install the material correctly, using the best material you can afford, and a contractor that knows how to repair a standing seam metal roof as well as install the roof.