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What Type of Roof Should I Choose for My Home

What Type of Roof Should I Choose for My Home?

August 15, 2017 Roof Replacement, Types of Roofing

Whether you are building a new home or needing a roof replacement on your current home, choosing your roof material and style is a big decision.

Many Factors Come Into Play When Choosing the Type of Roof

  • Architectural style
  • Appearance
  • Where you live…weather, building codes, HOA restrictions
  • Cost
  • Durability
  • Eco-friendly
  • Rafter/home construction…weight of roof, slope

Different types of roofs are better suited to different types of roofing materials. Factors such as the strength of the framing could limit your choices. The slope of the roof could be a factor as well.

Do you live in an area prone to ice storms, severe thunderstorms, wildfires or tornadoes? These all affect the decision in roofing material and will also affect who you choose as a roofer. You want a roofing company that has expertise in all areas of roofing.

Here is a basic rundown of different roofing materials to help make that decision a bit easier:

  1. Composite Asphalt Roofing: There are two types of asphalt shingles – 3 tab and architectural shingles. These are the most common residential roofing options. Asphalt shingles are made of either organic paper fiber mat or fiberglass infused with asphalt and coated with mineral granules. Asphalt shingles are very affordable while maintaining an attractive look and weather tightness to the home. Asphalt shingles are available in many colors while architectural shingles (a premium grade of standard asphalt shingles) have many tones in each shingle to lend a high-end look to this option. Architectural shingles are thicker than standard shingles. They are a petro-based product that can be recycled but are often found in landfills. Asphalt shingles are not as durable as other roofing materials. They are relatively moderate in weight and can be used on a fairly low-to-steeper sloped roof.
  2. Tile Roofing: Tile comes in a wide variety of colors from light to dark. There are clay tiles and concrete tiles. It can be matched to any architectural style either looking like tile or resembling other roofing materials such as wood or slate. Tile roofing is appraised higher than other roofing materials. It has the lowest life cycle cost – lasting a very long time. Clay tiles can last up to 100 years, with the average being about 50 years. Both clay and concrete are heavy and require reinforced roof framing to support them. Tile has excellent fire resistance but only fair-to-low wind resistance. It is recommended for moderate to steep roofs. Clay tile tends to be more expensive than concrete tile.
  3. Slate Roofing: Natural slate roofing is considered one of the most beautiful roofing materials. It comes is varying colors, sizes and thicknesses. When installed correctly, it should last at least 100 years, and up to 150 years. Slate is one of the most fire-resistant roofing materials and is environmentally friendly because of its longevity. Slate roof is very expensive and requires a specially trained roofer for installation, such as Broadway Roofing. It has good fire and wind resistance. Slate is very heavy so it requires a reinforced roofing structure to support it. It is recommended for very steep sloped roofs only.
  4. Wood Roofing: Wood (Cedar or Redwood) Shake roofing is an attractive roofing material that ages into a beautiful grayish-silver tone. It is durable, lasting about 10 years longer than traditional asphalt shingles. They do require maintenance to prevent moss, mold and mildew growth. Often preventatives are added to the wood at processing to avoid these problems. Wood provides natural insulation, allowing conservation of heating and cooling costs. It is fairly common in the southern part of the United States. Broadway Roofing can inspect your cedar roof for issues whenever requested. Wood shingles can be used on moderate to steep sloped roofs, and provide good wind resistance. It is moderately priced and eco-friendly.
  5. Built-up Hot Asphalt Roofing (BUR): This is a multi-layered system of reinforcement that offers more protection, reducing the risk of leaks versus a single layer system. Nothing compares to hot asphalt when it comes to making a roof water resistant. This system protects and seals up the entire roof. BURs are used on flat roofs and are more common in commercial roofing.
  6. Cold Process Applied Modified Roofing: This roofing system consists of multiple plies of reinforced sheets that are set in a cold adhesive. Similar to the BUR (above), the advantage is the ease of application. It can be applied over existing smooth-surfaced roofing systems in order to extend the existing roof. Like BURs, it is used on flat roofs and are more common in commercial roofing.
  7. EPDM Roofing (rubber): This is a flat roof roofing system, used primarily in commercial roofing. The biggest advantage of EPDM is cost, one of the most inexpensive materials around. It is easily installed and fairly durable. EPDM is not damaged by UV rays and therefore helps it hold up in sunny climates.

When you are in need of a new roof or a roof replacement, contact Broadway Roofing – we will be happy to help you decide which roofing material is best for you and your home.

How Much Should My Roof Repairs Cost

How Much Should My Roof Repairs Cost?

August 11, 2017 Roof Inspection, Roof Repair Cost

When a customer has a concern about their roof, often they put off making a call to a professional roofing company for an inspection because they are afraid of how much the roof repairs will cost.

Procrastinating your home’s roof repairs is a mistake. First and foremost, all inspections and estimates from Broadway Roofing are free. Second, the earlier a roof leak is detected, the less expensive it will be. If a roofing problem is ignored and allowed to worsen, it could result in your home needing a complete roof replacement instead of a simple repair.

A Few Factors That Will Determine Roof Repair Costs

The type of roof you have will be a big factor in repairs. Do you have a flat roof or a sloped roof? If it is sloped, is it a high or low pitch? How many valleys are there? Do you have a chimney or skylights?

The next important factor to consider is, what type of roofing material do you have? The least expensive roofing material is asphalt shingles. If you have architectural shingles, those are slightly more expensive. Tile roofs, slate roofs, cedar shake shingles and other less common roof materials are all more expensive than asphalt.

The town or city you live may have an effect on roof repairs as well. Broadway Roofing will need to pull permits for repairs in some communities. Permits vary in cost. Some cities have a flat rate permit, while others base the permit cost on the size of the home, or size of roof repair being done.

The size and type of repair are the biggest factors in cost of roof repair. Broadway Roofing determines the price by square footage of the roof repair. The materials needed are generally sold by the square foot, so even if you need a 6-sq. ft. repair, you will be charged for 10 sq. ft. of materials. Any leftover materials, will be yours to keep for future needs.

Sometimes, there is hidden damage. This is damage that cannot be seen until our roofer remove shingles and inspects the decking underneath. If there is water damage, additional costs will likely be incurred.

Another factor of cost to be considered is any rooftop elements, for example a chimney, skylight, venting or custom roof items. These items may need to be replaced and even if they don’t need to be replaced, the roofer may need to work around them. This increases the labor costs. Flashing or roof cement around these items may be damaged and require repair as well.

Homeowners Insurance for Roof Repairs

Lastly, if you are using homeowners insurance for repairs, remember that most homeowners have a deductible to pay before insurance payments apply.

Roof Repair Home Inspection & Estimate

Be sure that when you get estimates for roof repair or roof replacement, you choose a roofing company with the expertise to do a thorough inspection and a quality roof repair. Broadway Roofing is that company.

If you need a roof repair or replacement, contact Broadway Roofing for your free roof inspection and estimate.

What Do I Do If My Roof is Damaged from A Storm

What Do I Do If My Roof is Damaged from A Storm?

August 2, 2017 Roof Inspection, Storm Damage Roof Repair

The area of North Texas sits at the low end of Tornado Alley; therefore, it is known to get many severe thunderstorms, high winds, hail, and some tornadoes every year. High winds and hail can do a lot of damage to a roof. After a strong storm, there are a few things that should be done to be sure you do not have roof damage.

What Kind of Roof Damage Can Wind or Hail Cause?

Wind and hail can cause different types of damage. Hail causes impact damage to roofs, and the bigger the hail, the more likely the roof will have damage.

Hail damage has a random pattern, causing holes, loss of granulation, cracks and breaks in tile, slate or wood roof — and the older the roof, the more likely there will be damage.

Wind damage is different. Wind will pick up the corners or perimeters of the roof, exposing the roofing felt or roof decking to rain. Sometimes it will occur throughout a storm or a little at a time, storm after storm until you notice with a leak or it blows completely off the roof. The other risk during high winds is flying debris and tree branches. Glass, sticks, etc., can blow across your roof causing scratches and gouges in the roof that may need to be repaired. Tree branches that fall onto your roof can puncture the roofing materials, or worse, the whole roof.

It is best to take care of roof damage immediately as it occurs. A roof repair is much less expensive than a roof replacement.

Perform Your Own Visual Roof Inspection

It’s a good idea to take a look at your roof after a strong storm to see if you spot any issues. It usually is not recommended that you get onto your roof; leave that to the professionals.

When you conduct a visual inspection of your roof, keep an eye out for a few things:

  • Loss of granulation
  • Broken, damaged, curling or missing shingles
  • Mold, decay or splitting of wood shake shingles
  • Cracks, tears, blisters or wrinkles on flat roofs
  • Crumbling of roofing cement – damage to flashing
  • Decay, rust, bad seams, bent or sagging gutters
  • Damage at chimney, skylights or vents

An indoor inspection is a good idea also. When inspecting the interior of your home, check for:

  • Moisture marks in ceilings of gray, yellow or brown spots
  • Peeling or bubbling paint
  • Soft, wet plaster
  • Attic moisture, including damp rafters and/or moist insulation
  • Attic rafter gaps where sunlight is getting through

Also, keep an eye on your energy costs. If you notice your cooling or heating costs increasing after a strong storm, it could mean than your heating or cooling is escaping through your roof.

How About a Professional Roof Inspection?

It is not a good idea to climb up onto your roof. If you suspect you have wind or hail damage or even if you just want it checked just in case, it is a good idea to give a professional roofer a call.  Broadway Roofing has an industry-leading 17-point roof inspection process that is thorough and will reveal any problems…even the little ones.  It is always best to catch roof leaks when they are small so that the problem can be remedied early.  Our 17-point inspection will find any problems, big or small. This inspection includes:

  • Checking for proper shingle overhangs at gutters and eves.
  • Measure for and calculate for proper attic ventilation
  • Inspect attic intake vents for blockage
  • Interior attic inspection for moisture or dry rot
  • Inspect attic insulation for proper R-valve
  • Inspect all storm collars at pipes for proper seal
  • Inspect all valleys for cracks and deterioration
  • Inspect roof for missing shingle granules
  • Check gutter and downspouts for blockage
  • Inspect fasten method used from original installation
  • Inspect flashing at all walls
  • Check for loose shingles
  • Inspect seals on shingles to help prevent wind damage
  • Inspect all pipe flashings for cracks
  • Inspect all attic vents for holes or cracks or deterioration
  • Inspect all rubber boots at top of pipes for dry rot
  • Check to see if shingles are curled, brittle or deteriorated

This process is what makes Broadway Roofing a leader in the roofing business in North Texas.

If you suspect storm damage to your roof, contact Broadway Roofing for your roof inspection.