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Why Choose Asphalt Shingles

shingle roof

How much does an asphalt shingle roof cost?

When it comes time to replace the roof on your home, there are a lot of factors to consider. The first is the budget of course.  Because a new roof is expensive, that cost can determine how fancy you get or is just the basic good enough, like asphalt shingles. Even with asphalt shingles though, there are different grades which can range in pricing, which is what we’re going to discuss today. 

There are three types of asphalt shingles, each has a difference that affects the cost, durability, and the appearance.  Those three types of asphalt shingles and approximate pricing are: 

  • Three Tab Asphalt Shingles: These can range in pricing ranges between $90 and $100 per square foot. This is the  asphalt shingles on most homes. With cutouts (the tabs) gives them a distinguished look along the lower edge, giving them the appearance of separate pieces after installed. These are also referred to as composition shingles.
  • Architectural Asphalt Shingles: A 30 year warranty brand of these shingles cost around $450 per square foot. These asphalt shingles do not have any cutouts as the 3-tab asphalt shingles, but the lower portion is laminated with another asphalt layer that creates a contoured, dimensional appearance. The asphalt sealant bonds the multiple layers and reinforces their waterproof capability. With architectural asphalt shingles, you can expect a ROI up to 6% value add to your home market worth. 
  • Synthetic Asphalt Shingles: At a cost of $950 per square foot, these are a luxury type of asphalt shingle made of synthetic materials. They replicate other stylish roofing material like cedar shakes or natural slate at a lower cost than the original materials. Installation is more expensive because it is more extensive labor, but compared to installing a real slate roof, it is ten times less. 

What is the difference between architectural shingles and asphalt shingles?

Architectural Vs. 3-tab Shingles: Is Cheaper Better?

All across the country and here in Texas, asphalt shingles are the roofing material. The cost factor and the easy-to-install factor are key reasons, plus, they  look good when professionally installed. This big player in the roofing industry has 2 significant ways it is manufactured. Three-Tab, the basic everyday asphalt shingle, and the Architectural style.

  • The three-tab asphalt shingles can be easily identified by cutouts, aka the tabs, along the lower edge, making each shingle look like there are three shingles.
  • The architectural asphalt shingles do not have any  cutouts; however the lower portion is laminated with an extra layer of asphalt to create a contoured and dimensional appearance, hence the “architectural” name.

What type of roof shingles are best?

It can depend on what you’re looking to get from your roofing material choice and where you live. In Texas, asphalt shingles are a popular choice because they are comparatively lightweight, cheap, and installation is easy. 

Faux slate shingles are a composite material that looks like real slate but cost a fraction of the real slate. Lightweight like asphalt shingles, so no extra structural support is needed like slate roof. However, it is slippery when iced over or wet.

Metal roofing is available in a variety of metals like aluminum, copper, and steel, even alloy strips. A variety of shapes and textures, it can be more expensive,  especially the copper.  If the greenish patina is your desire, this would be the better choice. 

Are thicker shingles better?

No, not anymore.  Once upon a time in the land of roofing contractors,  thicker was considered better, but today,  would compare shingles by weight, the heavier the shingle the better. Lighter shingles that is no longer a deciding factor in selecting an asphalt shingle product. 

Why the change?  Almost 100% of all asphalt shingles have a fiberglass matt and fiberglass withstands the elements better than asphalt shingles of yesteryear. The fibers are flexible, lighter, and thinner, but still durable and stronger. The fiberglass asphalt shingles of today come with a fire rating of “Class A”, meaning they do not burn. Additionally, they do not absorb water which keeps the asphalt shingles light.

How many years do asphalt shingles last?

With asphalt shingles, you can expect a lifespan of 25 years if they are installed by a professional that is certified with the manufacturer of the shingle and the homeowner follows recommended maintenance and upkeep. At an average cost of $150 per square, this is the best bang for the buck in roofing. 

shingle roofing system

What is the average lifespan of a typical asphalt shingle roof?

Again, the quality of experience the roofing contractor has will factor in this as does the quality of the shingles and the maintenance and upkeep the homeowner practices like cleaning asphalt shingles and keep debris cleared off the roof. An average lifespan for the basic, typical asphalt shingle roof is 12 to 15 years. 

Is it OK to put new shingles over old? Most contractors will decline the request to install a new asphalt shingle roof over an existing roof. Why? Because of possible problems later. Should you have a warranty issue, the shingle manufacturer will usually decline the warranty because of that extra layer of shingles. Should you have to file a claim on your homeowners, the adjuster will recommend the claim be denied. 

Then there is the factor of the weight of the shingles on the structure. Depending on the age and the stability of the structure, it may not be able to hold up the weight of what is basically 2 roofs. So, yes, while it may save you money not having the old roof torn off, it could cost you later. Call (512) 677-6817 today for shingle installation in Georgetown, TX.

How do I know if my flat roof needs replacing?

replacing a flat roof

What is the best material for a flat roof? and What are flat roofs called?

With the weather in the Hill Country area of Texas, a flat roof takes a beating. Days of hot sun then days of hard rain and hailstones followed by days of ice and snow. Over a year, a roof can experience every type of weather a person an image. So, as the owner of a commercial structure with a flat roof, you need to know what to look for in the way of roof repairs and roof replacement. 

Let’s start with the most basic question, “Are flat roofs really flat?”, and the answer to that is no, they are not.  For engineering purpose, a structure has to have some slant or slope for drainage, or a flat roof would simply cave in at some point. 

Typically flat roofs are made of large, single sheets of BUR, EPDM, Modified BUR, PVC, or TPO in large sheets the installed in various ways and fastened to the roof substrate by different methods. While you can’t keep a flat roof from aging or developing leaks simply because you know what type of material the roof is, being educated and informed of different types of a flat roof material will help you make the best decision when it comes to repairs and replacing your current roof. 

Here, we offer a brief summary of these flat roof materials: 

  • Bur or Build Up Flat Roof: Installed on commercial structures for over 100 years and still used with confidence today. Made with layers or stacks of roofing felt and melted hot tar then after 2 to 4 layers/stacks, topped with loose crushed stone or gravel. 
  • Modified Bitumen Flat Roof: Similar to the BUR described above, using 3’ wide rolls of  asphalt, but only 2 layers/stacks on top of the base sheet then a cap sheet to top it off. This is installed with either hot tar or an adhesive of cold applied solvent. It may be installed with an open flame that torches it to the substrate and newer versions of this flat roof material is a peel and stick product. 
  • EPDM Rubber Flat Roof: This flat roof material is installed by weighing it down with large river stone or by gluing it down. Typically installed as a black roofing over a flat roofing boards made of fibers or insulation board or fiber board.
  • Spray Polyurethane Foam Flat Roof: A layer of high density polyurethane foam is sprayed on then a waterproof coating that is an elastomeric material in either a gray or white color. .
  • Thermoplastic membranes PVC or TPO Flat Roof: Single layers of gray or white material is adhered in a method similar to how the EPDM rubber is installed. Sometimes, it is mechanically attached using plates and screws.  

Do flat roofs always leak?

The most common reason that a flat roof leaks is because you hired an inexperienced roofing contractor. The next reason is budget. When you combine those 2 things together, you’re going to have a leaking roof. 

Another cause of a leaking flat roof is having the wrong type of material on the roof. A flat roof with EPDM material cannot be repaired using roofing tar. An inexperienced roofing contractor will likely try this because they don’t know how to work with EPDM roofing. 

A third reason a flat roof is likely to leak, again, relate this to an inexperienced roofing contractor and a tight budget: Lack of roof flashing. Flashing is a must around roof protrusions and roof transitions on commercial and residential roofing. Without flashing, a flat roof is prone to leak. The roof protrusions we’re talking about are: 

  • Chimneys
  • HVAC system
  • Vent pipes
  • Skylights

Perhaps the biggest leak cause for a flat roof is poor drainage.  A flat roof has some slant or slope, it is engineeringly required. It also needs drainage and if that drainage isn’t sufficient or becomes clogged, then the water will pond and seep into the membrane. From there, a leaking flat roof is just a matter of time. 

This also relates to a flat roof with overhang, because without that overhang, while a professionally installed flat roof material will encourage water to flow toward the drain, the overhang assist and assures this happens. 

flat roof just installed

How long do flat roofs last?

Flat roofing experts tell us that A professionally installed and maintained flat roof can have a life expectancy up to 40 years. The different materials and what type of climate can affect this time frame, and most important is the maintenance and upkeep of the flat roof. The more regiment the maintenance and upkeep, the longer a flat roof will last. Call (512) 677-6817 today for your flat roofing needs in Georgetown, TX.

Why gutter installation is important

white gutter system along home

Gutters as water damage defense

Have you just moved into your house and as you look at it from the street, you’re thinking it needs something?  Then you realize it doesn’t have any gutters, maybe that’s what is missing!  So, instead of having a professional gutter installation job done, you’re asking yourself, “Can I install gutters myself?”, and save some money. 

The gutters on your homer are an important part of protecting your home from the elements. A DIY gutter installation is possible, but remember, it is important to follow the gutter installation instructions. If the gutter installation isn’t done right, the gutters can’t do their job of transporting water safely from the roof and your home out and away. 

Just how do you attach gutters? Here are the basics to the gutter installation process.  You’ll find exact instructions with the gutter materials or online. Some home improvement stores offer free classes on basic home improvement projects too. 

  • Get Accurate Roof Measurements: This is a must so that you purchase enough of the right gutter materials. Measure the entire length of the roof all the way around your home unless the gutter installation instructions you’re using suggest you don’t need gutters on all sides. Include on downspout for every 40 feet of gutter run.
  • Mark the Downward Slope: Your gutter installation will need to have a gradual downward slope but look as if they are level. That downward slope is what allows the water to move to the downspout without pooling in the gutter runs. Mark the fascia with chalk every 10 feet and hang the gutter run in drops of one-fourth, one-half, and three-fourth inches toward the downspouts. 
  • Attach the Downspouts: Take the downspout outlets and trace them with the chalk on the facia where they are to be attached. Cut the outlet shape using tin snips and attach the outlet carefully in that area, sealing with the waterproof silicone sealant. 
  • Cut Your Gutters: Using the slope you’ve marked, mount the gutter runs. Use a hacksaw to trim down if needed. 
  • Mount the Supports: Perhaps the most important part of a gutter installation are the supports. Attach the gutter brackets to the fascia by drilling a one-eight inch pilot hole at the downward slope you marked earlier.  Next, with 2 inch long, one-fourth inch stainless secure the  brackets in place to the fascia.  Now, lay the gutter runs into the brackets.
  • Attach the Downspouts: With all the gutter runs in place, screw the downspouts to the attached gutter outlets with the end pointing directly toward the desired drainage area. This area should be where your driveway, garden, and lawn aren’t flooded. 

When you’ve completed your gutter installation, go around and using the waterproof sealant at all the seams to ensure a waterproof gutter installation job. 

Do you install gutters under drip edge?

Because water will follow the drip edge line, the gutter installation with drip edge should be underneath so that it is projected outward. This capillary action will ultimately drip into the gutter run and with the slight slope of the gutter run, the water flows to the down spouts. 

Why does water leak behind my gutters?

If you notice after your gutter installation that water is leaking behind the gutters, review your gutter installation work. Did you install the gutters behind the drip edge? If so, you’ll need to remove and reposition them, and reseal any gutter run joints. If you leave the gutter installation as it is, the water will eventually damage the fascia, rotting the wood, and you’ll have bigger problems. 

How do you seal a gutter joint?

Part of a DIY homeowner gutter installation job will include gutter installation and repair.  When you find a leak at gutter the gutter joints, or you need to any repair to the fascia, you want to use a good waterproof sealant. There are many on the market, be sure to choose one that is clear and easy to use, like in a tube where you can simply squeeze it into the cracks or holes your repairing. 

brown gutter system

Do roofers install gutters?

Yes, and if you’re getting a new roof, having the gutter installation done at the same time is standard procedure. Yes, there are gutter companies and all they do are gutter installations, but they can’t do roofing. If you’re not getting a new roof and just need gutter installation, then use a gutter company. 

If you decide to do your own gutter installation, be sure to review the instructions and watch several videos first. Use all safety recommendations like properly placed and secured ladder, safety belt or harness, and never do this job alone. Having a second person there will prove to be invaluable. Call (512) 677-6817 today for your gutter installation in Georgetown, TX.

Do metal roofs require maintenance?

metal roofing system

Can I pressure wash a metal roof?

When your commercial building needs roofing, the budget is the first concern followed by how quick. The next concern is what kind of roofing material, which is determined by budget, climate, and environment. A popular choice many commercial structure owners are considering is metal roofing

Some owners of commercial structures aren’t completely sold on metal roofing, so the following questions we have provided helpful answers. For more detail on the pros and cons of metal roofing, choosing a metal roofing company with a reputation of experience can be a great source of information. 

Sometimes, a company needs to watch the budget, and having commercial metal roofing is one expense many owners will skip having it done. However, that isn’t the best thing for the longevity of metal roofing, so, cleaning your own metal roofing is possible. 

Using a pressure washer set on light strength with hot water. If the roof has easy access, use a detergent with a light pressure wash. Depending on the type of metal roofing you have, there are some factors to have in mind: 

  • Flat metal roofing with a slight slope allows making it walkable with extreme caution.
  • Metal roofing with a moderately high pitch should be cleaned from a ladder. Spraying a chemical product with the low-pressure cleaner. Because of the slope, do not walk on this metal roofing. 

How do you maintain a metal roof?

 Metal roofing maintenance is minimal which is a strong attraction for anyone on the fence on choosing metal roofing. It is important for it to be correctly installed and for regular inspection and maintenance to be performed. Any sign of an issue or problem found during an inspection shouldn’t be overlooked. Keeping maintenance current includes repairs. The maintenance steps should include the following steps: 

    • Cleaning any algae, dirt, mildew, and stains off your metal roofing will extend the lifespan and the curb appeal. 
    • Gutters and drains collect debris, leaves, and sticks, as well as attract small critters and insects. These collect and clog the drain, causing water pooling which can facilitate corrosion. Annual cleaning will prevent this from happening.  
    • When the “dead spots” and valleys are dirty and cluttered, your metal roofing becomes aged, ugly, and unappealing. Tree branches and leaves left on metal roofing will scratch and stain, shortening the lifespan of your metal roofing. 

How often do metal roofs need to be painted?

On average, metal roofing should be repainted every ten years or so, but the manufacturer brand and type of paint may require more frequent. With each annual inspection, the roofing contractor should advise you if it is time for your metal roofing to be repainted. 

All metal roofing types can be repainted, but you should not have it painted for the first six months. It takes metal roofing time to weather and the paint will adhere better and last longer by waiting. 

How often should you replace the screws on a metal roof?

Metal roofing is known as an incredibly durable roof, but that doesn’t mean it won’t need repairs and touch-ups from time to time. Because it is exposed to the elements 24/7/365, it will weather, and some components will need attention from time to time. 

Metal roofing contracts and expands with the temperature. This causes the metal panels to shift, resulting in the screw holes to stretch and the screws come loose or pop out. 

Annual inspections by professional roofing contractor will find these loose or missing screws, and you should do your own monthly inspections as well to find these issues. Replace the screws as needed, using gaskets and sealant to secure their fit and protect from water leaks. Most metal roofing screws will give you 10 years before they need replacing. 

Metal tiles roof

How do you stop a metal roof from leaking?

The best metal roofing leak prevention is to stop a leak before it happens. However, if your metal roofing develops a leak, follow these steps: 

  • Locate the Leaks: This is usually the puncture holes or the seams.  
  • Remove the Screws: Remove any loose screws with a nail bar and replace them along with replacing any that are missing. Use aluminum nails that are 1-1/2 inch long and hammer them in 
  • Seal the Gaps: Remove old caulk and clean areas where gaps are found and then apply a single layer of metal-roofing base coat. Next, apply a glass-membrane fabric in preparation of the next step.  
  • Apply Roof Cement: Once all the screws needing replacement are in place, and you have located all the loose seams, cleaned the areas, it is time to apply urethane cement.

To ensure a quieter metal roofing setup, ask the roofing contractor their methods and options of install the roofing. A main point to cover is if they install metal roofing without plywood for decking. You should request a decking so that you can have metal roofing with insulation installed.  These are two factors that will make your metal roofing quieter, which even in a commercial environment is a plus. Call (512) 677-6817 today for your metal roofing needs in Georgetown, TX.

Are wood shake roofs good?

wood shingle roof

Natural looking, durable protection

Different areas and regions of the country have common architectural styles, including the roofing material.  The far east coast, like Maine and New Hampshire, the wood shingle roof is commonplace. However, more people in other areas of the country are realizing the natural beauty of this roofing material. Even more, they are realizing that this beautiful material also provides a unique design in part of Texas because it isn’t as commonplace! 

Back in the 1970s, in Texas, homeowners’ associations across the state decreed that every house was to have a wood shingle roof. This is where aesthetics triumphed over good sense and safety. Then sparks meeting a wood shingle roof became too commonplace. With over $10 million dollars of fire damaged and destroyed homes in a 2 year span, the state government saw fit to step in and in 1979, the end to deed restrictions requiring wood shingles for roof on every home came to an end. 

There is no doubt that building codes are established with the intention to protect homes and reduce strain on the government budget from fire protection and service. So, how is it that wood shingles installation legal now in Texas? What changed to allow the aesthetics of wood shingle roofing to rule again? 

To counter the legal ban of wood shingle roofing, the manufacturers of wood shingle roof material upped their game with  applying better fire retardant chemicals. Apparently, they have been successful in convincing the insurance industry and the state of Texas they are now were applied to help reduce fire risk of wood shingles houses now. 

What is the difference between wood shingles and wood shakes?

When it comes to wood shingles vs wood shakes, is there that much difference? Cedar shakes and cedar shingles are manufactured different, so yes, there is a good amount of difference. Take a look: 

  • Appearance – Cedar wood shingle roof material is uniformly smooth. Cedar shakes are rugged, thicker, and no two pieces are the same.  
  • Durability – Cedar shakes being thicker make them more durable, thus they last longer than cedar shingles. Because they are rougher and thicker, they don’t lay flat when installed. When installed, an experienced roofer will install felt paper in between the rows of shakes to provide protection from rain being blown under them. 
  • Variations – Cedar wood shingle roof material is available in different grades with Grade 1 being the premium, Grade 2 is primarily used for re-roofing, and Grade 3 is the lower end. Cedar shakes are only a high-quality wood product that comes in three types: 
  • Tapersawn 
  • Medium-split and Resawn
  • Heavy split and Resawn 

Are wood shingles expensive?

The 18-inch wood shingle roofing material is known as “perfection” in the roofing industry, while the 24-inch is known as “royal”. Wood shingle roofing material range in pricing from $6.50 per square foot  to $10.50 per square foot installed. Wood shakes are more expensive with pricing ranging between $7.50 per square foot to $12.50 per square foot installed.  When you compare either of these to asphalt shingle roofing, wood shingle roof or wood shake roofing is the more expensive of the three. 

How long do wood shingle roofs last?

The lifespan of asphalt and wood shingle roofing can be tricky based on a few different factors. The quality of the material, the quality of the installation, and the diligence taken for maintenance like cleaning and tree limb. A chemically treated wood shingle roof or wood shake roof material can give you up to thirty years life expectancy. 

How do you maintain a wood shake roof?

It is pretty much basic homeowner smarts!  Keep overhanging tree branches trimmed back so they don’t drop leaves and pine needles on the roof.  Keep the gutter system and the keyways cleaned on a regular basis, and make sure the attic has  adequate and proper year-round ventilation.  

Close up of wood shingle roofing

Can you walk on wood shake roof?

A cedar shake roof of high-quality material is flexible, resilient, and tough, but it isn’t made to bear a lot of foot traffic. Too much walking on this roofing material will damage it, causing it to crack and/or split. If there is a reason you must walk on the roof, never attempt while it is wet, then wear roof cleats. These cleats will make indentation, but the natural properties will rebound and look normal again. 

Knowing what you know now about wood shingle roof material, are you asking yourself why anyone would want this type of roofing?  A few reasons are: 

  • The Aesthetics – nothing looks better than a natural woof roof on some architectural styles. 
  • The Longevity – while tricky, when you have the high quality material installed by the experienced roofing contractor, you’ll get the same 20 years or longer lifespan.
  • The Durability – When wood shingle roof material is treated properly, it is insect resistant. 
  • Impact and Wind Resistance – Can withstand winds up to 245 mph. 
  • The ROI – Wood shingle roof will increase your property value and curb appeal. 

Want wood shingle roofing in Georgetown, TX? Call (512) 677-6817 today.

What Do You Do After Storm Damage?

heavy rain pouring down from passing storm

Learn More About Roof Storm Damage

If your home has been hit with roof storm damage it may be time to contact your local roofing company for assistance. Your insurance provider will most likely cover your roof depending on the policy that you have so make sure to make a claim. As roof storm damage can range it’s best to be familiar with general information in order to be better prepared. Read below to see how roof storm damage can affect you and what measures to take when damages need to be avoided or addressed.

How do I know if my roof has storm damage?

Your property may have gotten roof storm damage after a storm has passed be they from harsh winds, heavy rainfall, hail, and other inclement weather. If you notice that there are missing shingles it could be that high winds have caused loosened shingles to blow off or flying debris may have broken them. You may see exposed roof flashing in these cases. With indentions, dents, or dings a hail storm is likely to have caused distinct divots on your roofing materials. Hail can impact even metal roofing materials depending on the size of the hail ball and speed at which it fell. Finally, you may see trees scrape your roof and in some cases fall onto your roof. Perforations can form which can eventually cause leaks to form. Make sure to have trees trimmed away from your roof to avoid these issues from arising in the future.

How do I protect my roof from storm damage?

You’ll be able to protect your roof from roof storm damage by taking precautionary measures with your roof from maintenance and more. One thing to keep in mind is clearing your roof and gutters from debris, leaves, and more. With water, snow, and ice for example you’ll have a heavier load on your roof as well as a potential for water damages. As far as your gutters, if there is a clog then water won’t have a pathway of existing your roof and will accumulate on your roof. After a harsh storm or at the very least annually, you should have a professional come out to your property to conduct a roof inspection. Here you can see any hidden cracks, punctures, and leaks and have preliminary roof repair measures taken before problems inevitably worsen over time.

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How can I protect my roof?

  1. Keep Your Gutters Clean
  2. Replace Missing or Damaged Shingles Immediately
  3. Keep Nearby Branches Trimmed
  4. Have Your Roof Inspected Regularly
  5. Check Metal Areas for Rust
  6. Check for Signs of Moss, Fungus, or Algae
  7. Seal Any Cracked Mortar or Caulking Around Joints and Chimneys

What wind speed causes roof damage?

Winds that are 70-90 mph are the starting point for causing roof storm damage yet depending on the situation a 50 mph wind speed may damage a roof.

Does insurance cover water damage from roof leak?

If a leak was caused by roof storm damage and happened suddenly then it may be covered with standard homeowners’ insurance.

What are some insurance tips for after the storm?

Contact your insurance as soon as you can after roof storm damage has occurred so that an adjuster can come out to the property and start documenting the damage. Make sure that a roof inspection is done with a professional roofing company with pictures taken to support your claim.

What should you not say to an insurance adjuster?

When you are speaking to an insurance adjuster keep your answers short about your roof storm damage and don’t give any details if they aren’t specifically asked by the adjuster. Inaccurate statements from you could come back to damage your claim.

Can leaking ceiling collapse?

A leaking roof from roof storm damage can collapse depending on the severity of the condition. With a huge puncture on the roof or waterlogged beams, you can see the danger to the structural integrity of the roof. If water accumulates and pools on the ceiling then the entire ceiling could collapse. 

How do I waterproof my roof?

Depending on the type of roofing material you have you will be able to waterproof your roof. There are spray liquid coatings that you may apply to your roof so speak to a professional to see what can be done with the application. 

What causes roof damage?

Roof damages in general can be caused at large by neglect and improper installations. It’s important to have maintenance yearly as well as roof inspections are done with your property. Making sure materials are not damaged even in small areas is important as essentially problems spread to other areas of the roof. Once your roof reaches a certain age material will be more susceptible to damages such as rotting or cracking. What’s more harsh weather conditions can prey on roofing materials that are new and old so if a particularly bad storm has come around check the condition of your roof.   

Have Your Roof Storm Damage Fixed With a Qualified Roofer

Only with the help of a professional roofing company can roof storm damage be fixed in accordance with our property specifications and build. Roof storm damage can range in severity depending on the materials of your roof, the region that you live in, and other factors so a roof inspection is recommended.

Get assistance with roof storm damage in Georgetown, TX call (512) 677-6817 with Apex Roofing today!

Is Siding Really Necessary?

contractor installing new siding

Updating, Maintaining, and Improving Your Curb Appeal

What is the purpose of siding on the house, and why is siding repair so necessary?  Siding enhances your home’s curb appeal while protecting it by being the barrier between the inside of your home and the weather. It deters dirt, insects, moisture, rodents, and more. Particleboard is used to sheath a house after it is framed, and that particle board isn’t weather-resistant, even after the house wrap or tar paper is installed. These are the reasons why siding repair is so necessary when the siding on your home is damaged. 

Why get exterior siding? 

As we mentioned above, it is a curb appeal factor and a protection factor. Vinyl siding is a popular choice among builders and homeowners, even though it has had a bad reputation in the early days. It was made from inferior materials that would crack and sag, and siding repair wasn’t available at the time. Today, the materials and high-tech plastic used to manufacture vinyl siding have made a vast improvement from the 1960s. Five benefits of siding that you can expect from the vinyl siding on your home are: 

1. Overall Less Expensive

Vinyl siding is less expensive than other options for siding a house, making it a popular choice. While there are professionals that install it, you can save money, and a weekend with friends, you can save another $1200 to $1500 for every 1,250 square feet.

2. Extremely Versatile

The vinyl siding today is available in a multitude of colors and textures, and various profiles that make it a versatile material that gives homeowners the finishing exterior they have envisioned. You can have a cedar shakes finish with vinyl qualities. If you have a love for Victorian scallops, vinyl siding has it. Other options available with vinyl siding is installing horizontal or vertical.

3. Durability 

Vinyl siding can withstand the elements of hailstorms and heavy wind better than other siding options. It is moisture-resistant and won’t corrode or rot over time. Many manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty with prorating for successive owners up to 50 years. Because repairing damaged siding is comfortable with vinyl siding, you won’t have to worry about filing a claim with your homeowners for the small issues. 

4. Low Maintenance

If low maintenance is a concern, vinyl siding is the way to go. It is insect resistant and pest resistant and never needs painting! 

5. Cooling and Heating Costs Cut

Insulated vinyl siding will prevent cool or heat loss that is typical of exterior walls between the wall studs or thermal bridging, as referred to in the industry.  

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How do you repair broken siding? or Can you patch siding?

These are why vinyl siding is the number one choice for many homeowners!  You don’t have to have a professional install it or do siding repair for you.  Yes, you can hire professionals for repairing damaged siding, or you can watch numerous videos on how do you repair exterior siding,  and save your money. The following are necessary steps that you can follow along with watching the videos to do your siding repair job: 

  • Clean the damaged area and around it with soap and water. 
  • Cut a patch out from a scrap of siding that is slightly larger than the damaged area. 
  • Check that the patch matches the curves of the surrounding siding, trim as needed for a perfect fit. 
  • On the back of the patch, you just cut, apply the caulk in a small bead and around the damaged hole. Position the patch and put firm but gentle pressure on the patch to secure it to the siding. 
  • Allow the caulk to dry then clean any excess caulk around the area with soap and water. 

Can you replace siding by yourself?

Absolutely!  It doesn’t take a lot of intense experience and skills to learn how to siding repair yourself. As we’ve mentioned already, you can find numerous videos online, follow the necessary steps we provided. Some big-box home improvement stores have class on vinyl siding installation and vinyl siding repair. 

siding repair

Last Few Words on Siding

How many years does siding last? Vinyl siding is the most popular choice for builders and homeowners. Why? Other than it being inexpensive, it is also a long-lasting material for a home’s exterior cladding and siding repair is easy for almost any homeowner. With little to no maintenance or cleaning, vinyl siding can last up to sixty years. With diligent inspections and maintenance, and meticulous care, you can expect a lifespan of vinyl siding for 100 years. 

The lifespan of other siding materials is not comparable to vinyl siding. Aluminum siding, wood siding, and steel siding all have a lifespan up to 40 years, while stucco siding has a life expectancy of 60 years and if installed over concrete blocks, up to 80 years. Fiber cement siding outdoes them all with a life expectancy of 100 years. 

How Long Can You Leave a Leaking Roof?

A Roofer Works on a Roof Repair

How long can you leave a leaking roof?

Once you discover a roof leak, you should get it repaired quickly. Roof leaks are serious, and often constitute an emergency roof repair. What makes roof leaks so serious? The longer they are left unchecked, the more damage it can cause. A long-term leak in the attic, for instance, can cause rafters and joists to rot, which eventually could cause the roof to sag or even collapse. Leaks will eventually seep to your ceiling, often pooling there until the water weakens the building material and breaks through it. A leak that’s reached your ceiling will cause the ceiling to turn brown, and will usually make paint bubble. Roof leaks also put your home at risk for mold growth. Mold can take less than 24 hours to develop. It is a potential health hazard, and can weaken structures. If you have a roof leak and need emergency roof repair in Georgetown, TX, you can count on Apex Roofing for fast, effective repairs on all types of roofs. Get help fast by calling (512) 677-6817.

Is a leaking roof an emergency?

Anytime you have a roof leak, it needs to be repaired quickly. If a roof leak develops while it’s raining, an emergency roof repair is definitely necessary. Roof leaks that develop when it rains often spread quickly, breaking through your ceiling and damaging the interior of your home.

What should you do if your roof is leaking?

When you discover a roof leak, you’ll want to act quickly to minimize water damage. You’ll obviously want to call a reliable roofer like Apex Roofing for an emergency roof leak repair. In the meantime, if the leak has burst through the ceiling you’ll first want to cover furniture, electronics, and other valuables to prevent water damage. Follow up by putting out buckets and towels and anything else to catch the water. A wheeled trash container is useful in this case, especially if you have a lot of water gushing from the ceiling. When the trash container is filled, it can be wheeled outside and emptied. After you’ve gotten the water contained, it’s time to get as much of your furniture or other property cleaned up. You will probably also want to call your insurance agent and file a claim if the damage appears to be serious.

Can a roof leak be fixed from the inside?

Except as an emergency roof repair, it is not advised to attempt to repair a roof leak from inside your home. While any hole you might patch from inside the attic or on the ceiling may stop the leak temporarily, the repair will only divert the water to another spot where a new leak could develop. When you have a roof leak, it means water has gotten past the shingles and underlayment and penetrated into the attic or ceiling. You’ll have to repair or replace the shingles and underlayment to completely stop the leak. 

How do I temporarily fix my roof?

If you are caught in a bind, for instance, if it is still raining, when you have a leak, you can make temporary fixes in an emergency situation. Follow the steps as outlined below:

How to make emergency roof repair

  • Minimize damage inside your home by draining leaking water from the ceiling into a bucket or trash can. Usually, you can fairly easily open a large enough hole in the ceiling using a screwdriver to let the water drain past.
  • From the attic, trace the path of the leak to the roof’s sheathing. Leaks often run down rafters until pooling on the ceiling, so you can trace back to the leak’s origin and mark the spot.
  • Once the rain has subsided, you will need to get on the roof and find the spot on the roof that you marked from inside. 
  • Once you’ve located the leak on the roof, you can now place a tarp over the damaged area. Use enough tarp to cover the section of the roof from the eave to the ridge. It’s preferable to use boards rather than nails to secure the tarp in place.

Securing a tarp over a damaged section of the roof is one of the best temporary fixes available, especially if you do not have spare shingles or materials like roofing cement available to make a patch. 

Emergency roof repair kit

In some cases, there are a few handy items to keep around to make a quick temporary emergency roof repair. Roofing cement is always handy, as you can use it to seal up loose areas of flashing around vents and chimneys. Using tools like caulk guns and trowels you can spread the cement or sealant on curled shingles and press them back down. The sealant can also be spread in between and over cracks for a temporary repair to cracked shingles. Some hardware stores may sell emergency roof repair kits with sealant as well as materials for patching your roof.

A Roofer Nails in Shingles for a Roof Repair.

Emergency roof repair near me

Whenever you need emergency roof repair in Georgetown, TX, look to the professionals at Apex Roofing. We offer a full range of roofing solutions for emergency situations. Get help today by calling (512) 677-6817.

What is commercial roofing?

commercial building

Commercial property protection from the elements

Buying a commercial property is an investment. Then when you get the interior configured and set up, the exterior landscaped and parking lot striped and ready for business. What about the roof? Like the roof on your home is an essential component, so is your structure’s commercial roofing.

Before buying the property, you had the structure inspected, including the commercial roofing. Did it need repair or replacement? What type of commercial roofing structure is best for your commercial property?

You’ve spent all this money on it so far, so you want to get the best deal for your money. You want a type of commercial roofing that will hold up to the climate and environment. It’s all about protecting your structure, the contents, the occupants, and the most return of investment.

What are the different types of commercial roofs?

Here, we are going to describe four types of commercial roofing. A brief explanation is included with the description to help determine which is the best type of commercial roofing is best for your commercial structure:

  • Metal Roofing Material: Conventional roofing doesn’t work for most commercial structures. They don’t provide the durability need for long lifespans. Metal roofing material is the best solution. Within the metal roofing material category, commercial properties are well-suited with corrugated roofs, standing seam metal roofs, and some other options.
  • Single-Ply Membranes Materials: A commercial structure with a flat roof is best suited with a single-ply membrane material that provides waterproofing. It is easy and fast to install by professional commercial roofing contractors. his structure can be quickly and easily installed by a professional.
  • Modified Bitumen Material: Modified Bitumen is used in many commercial structures. The asphalt material is durable, long-lasting, and waterproof. A professional commercial roofing contractor must do repairs or replacements.
  • Built-Up Roofing Material: This type of commercial roofing is widely used in all climates. It offers layers asphalt that makes it durable, waterproofed, and will withstand the test of time.

What is the most durable roofing material?

Using natural gas and oil, synthetic rubber is composed to create a popular commercial roofing material: EPDM rubber roofing. This roofing material offers a durable roof cover at a low cost, which contributes to its popularity.

EPDM stands for “ethylene propylene diene monomer,” and the chemical compound has an elasticity that accounts for is flexibility. The toughness of the material accounts for the durability makes it resistant to constant ultraviolet light and the damaging rays of the sun. Combining all of these reasons leads to the popularity of this material for commercial roofing.

Why are commercial building roofs flat?

Most commercial roofing is flat for several reasons:

  • Less expensive installation
  • Easy maintenance
  • Provides more efficient interior and exterior space

Flat commercial roofing is less expensive because it has less area to cover roofs cost less for several reasons. There is less surface area to cover, and they are easier to install, taking less labor.  Maintenance is less expensive because of less labor in caring for them, spotting issues and potential problems are easier to find and repair.

One strategy of commercial property owners for choosing flat commercial roofing is the operating costs are less, starting with the air conditioning unit. They can be installed on the roof instead of the ground, eliminating vandalism. Flat commercial roofing is ideal for solar panels to be installed, which help with energy costs, another money-saving feature. A flat roof is becoming more popular as building owners are discovering that flat commercial roofing is ideal for a rooftop garden. These are placed where the commercial roof beams can support the weight, determined after an engineering inspection.

flat roofing system

How long should a commercial roof last?

Flat commercial roofing made with traditional materials has an expected life span between 10 years up to 25 years. Key to the longevity of commercial roofing is by your maintenance team every month and professional commercial roof inspection. Each month with the maintenance team inspection, a through commercial roof cleaning can help extend the lifespan of a roof.

How do you install roofing? 

Installing commercial roofing is different from one structure to the next because of the type of material chosen and the installation method.  On popular commercial roofing system is a Spray Foam roof because of the ease to install:

Spray Foam

This is the simplest of commercial roofing installations and is done in a three-plus step process, starting with a power wash that removes all debris. Once the roof is clean, the spray foam is applied directly, which can be time-consuming if there are many protrusions, like commercial roof fans, plumbing vents, HVAC systems, etc.  After the spray foam is installed, an acrylic or silicone coating is applied to reflect the UV rays and protects the foam.

A commercial structure is an investment that needs to be protected by the best commercial roofing possible. Budget is always an issue, but the practicality of the roof and its durability are key factors as well. Choosing the right commercial roofing material will determine the ROI you can expect. Get started on your commercial roofing in Georgetown, TX when you call Apex Roofing at (512) 677-6817 today.

How messy is window replacement?

double pain window installation

Is it better to replace windows or siding first?

Well, to answer how messy window replacement is, we’ll say it depends on the condition of the existing windows and their condition. Another factor to this is if you’re replacing like-for-like windows, or are you get larger sized window replacement? Are you getting new siding with your window replacement, how many windows are you replacing?

If possible, have the window replacement done at the same time as the siding replacement. There are some industry experts who will tell you either can be first, but most of them will tell you if you have to choose between one or the other, window replacement should be done first. While doing siding and window replacement separately can be done with no extra cost, chances are a contractor will charge you more for siding replacement first.

Most contractors say when they are doing siding replacement and window replacement at the same time, they do the window replacement first. This allows them to get the windows precisely placed and capped, a protective covering, before the siding replacement. Why does it matter? 

  • Window Capping: If your siding replacement is your first choice, the existing window capping could be damaged and must be replaced then to avoid further damage to your home. Then when you have the window replacement done, new capping will be needed again, meaning you’ve paid for capping twice. 
  • Moisture Barrier: Another potential problem you could be faced with by doing the siding first is the moisture barrier. A moisture barrier is placed around the windows before the window replacement is done. A moisture barrier is also installed before the siding replacement. If the siding replacement is done first, some of it will need to be removed when the window replacement is done so the moisture barrier can be installed.

Should I replace all windows at once?

Getting replacement windows and doors is not a small expense or project. You need to be ready financially, mentally, physically. But then, asking if window replacement one-by-one or all at once is better, the general answer is “It depends.” No home, no window replacement project is the same in materials, size, or style, and the number of windows.

The ultimate decision is usually the homeowner’s budget. When door and window replacement is needed, the budget may only afford one at a time, starting the worst one first. If your finances allow it though, replacing several or all at once is the best option for both aesthetics and energy efficiency. 

What is the best time of year to replace Windows?

This depends on you and your contractor’s schedule. An experienced, reliable window replacement contractor will have the equipment, manpower, and tools to get the job done professionally and quickly. You should not expect to handle a hole in your house without being protected from the cold. Another concern that gives many people thought about having window replacement installed is the adhesives and caulking.  

Late spring and summer months are popular times for door and window replacement, and because of that, you could have scheduling conflicts. As far as comfort while the work is being done, winter is better and easier to deal with keeping warm than keeping cool in the summer.

Spring and summer bring rain and storms, another factor to consider. Window install appointments have to work around that, but get on the schedule as soon as possible, even if the date is a month or two out is always recommended.

How long does it take to replace one window?

Again, it can depend on many factors, but the average time for one window replacement can take up to one hour. A professional window replacement company can do 15 windows in a day if there are no extenuating situations.

Replaced window open

What are the best replacement windows?

Another question that is answered with “it depends”.  They base the factors involved with this question on what you are looking for and what you can afford. Each has unique features they offer with a product from replacement windows without frame to replacement windows with blinds, the choices are many! The following is a list of three window manufacturers that are considered the top of the industry for a variety of reasons:

  • Andersen Windows: A top marketer and manufacturer for window replacement, and cheaper than the competitors! They sell new construction and replacement lines in both casement and double-hung styles, in clad, composite, vinyl, or wood. Choose windows that are argon or gas-filled glass to give you the highest efficiency and low-emissivity.
  • Pella Windows: A top marketer and manufacturer with casement and double-hung styles that also come in clad, vinyl, or wood, and aluminum construction. Custom sizes and special orders are available.
  • Preservation Windows: This manufacturer offers an upgraded tackle and block balance, making their windows more durable with easier operation. They offer stained glass and wide range in exterior colors. Because of their BetterView screens, more light comes through than other windows offer.

With this information, we hope you have concerns and questions answered that enable you to make the best choice in window replacement for your budget and your home. Want to get started on window replacement in Georgetown, TX? Call the experts at Apex Roofing today by dialling (512) 677-6817.