The Best Roof Repair or Installation Experience
Hail damage or damage resulting from bad weather are common issues, issues that can be seemingly small but, when left unfixed, could start costing more by the minute! Acting fast by calling an Austin roofing company will save you money in the long run. We even work with your insurance claims!
At 21st, we know that proper roofing is extremely important for your Texas home! Whether you want a residential or commercial roof repaired, installed or upgraded, you deserve fair prices and friendly service from professionals that are passionate about home improvement.
You next roof project is just around the corner - read why we we’re the best group in town to help you out.
The most important result people want from a company that is working on something as important as their roof is that a high-quality job is completed. We know that quality isn’t just about treating a job as if it was being done on our own home - it’s also about using the best materials available. The type of roofing materials are very important to ensuring you get a top-notch job - that way your investment is going to turn into amazing results. Talk to us today about which materials will be best suited for your Austin home.
We don’t just bring in good prices and friendly workers as part of our project package, we also bring in all our years of experience. A project that may seem simple at first could end up with plenty of unexpected needs - that’s where we come in! We know that every job is different and though there are plenty of base rules and regulation we follow to make sure you get an excellent roof, we’re also ready to conquer unique circumstances.
Yes, free estimates are key to making sure your next roofing project doesn’t get out of control and become something you can’t afford. We value the time and amount that you, the customer, will be putting towards making your home a better place. Because of this, we go out of our way to give you an estimate that is competitive with other companies, covers the entire project, and is attached to our unmatched service.
Signs That You Need a Roofing Repair
You don’t need to go up on top off the roof to check for signs of roof repair. Nope. In fact, there are plenty of signs on the inside that you need a roofing repair. In this article, we’ll explore those and tell you how to check to see if you need some roofing repairs.
To check for damage to your roof, you will want to look at the weakest part of your ceilings – that’s usually near the skylights if you have them. You’ll also want to check your attic. It’s the least travelled room in your house, most likely, and it bears the brunt of bad weather.
Grab a flashlight and look around
Walk around the inside of your home with lights on and a flashlight in your hand. Check ceilings and walls for discoloration. Make a pointed note to look in on the inside closets too. Pay attention to inside the water heater closet, over tubs, sinks, your stove, etc. Why? These areas may have vent pipes that go up to the roof. The ventilation they have may be sealed with mastic or tar and be one of the most common sources of a roof leak.
Look around the chimney
Your chimney has a metal flashing that can often leak. Seals will usually need to be resealed every few years over the life of your roof. Skylights are also a frequent source of leaks and the rubber gasket between the lens and the skylight frame only lasts about ten years.
Things you’re looking for specifically
- Leaks or seepage – the best time to check your attic for seepage is after a heavy rain or snow storm.
- Ceiling stains or paint blistering – if it appears in the interior walls and ceiling, then your roof is probably damaged. Damaged roofs will also produce yellow, brown or orange interior stains. This means water has found its way inside.
- Mold – mold that appears on the surface of your ceilings or walls can indicate a roof in need of repairs. Sometimes, you only know if mold is around if you have allergy-like symptoms well past allergy season. Mold can wreak havoc on your health so pay attention to the signs and realize that roofing repairs might do the trick.
- High Utility bills – a high utility bill can be sign that your roof needs some attention. If you’ve noticed sudden spike in heating or cooling costs, it could be your roof to blame.
If you suspect that you need a roofing repair, call us at 512-219-0342 for more information.
Types of Roofing Material
Materials like thatch and mud make up roofs in other countries. In the United States, we have more solid roofing materials. In this article, we’ll go over some of the most common roofing materials you’ll see here.
This is probably the most common roofing material in America today. They are one of the least-expensive options and are available in a more than a dozen colors. Asphalt shingles are usually guaranteed for 20 – 30 years, making them an excellent value. The standard three-tab shingles are what cover most homes. For variety, you could use a thicker variant called an architectural shingle. They’re twice as thick and the layers are staggered to give them a heavier, more substantial look. They resemble slate in some colors and wood shake in others. They’re only a little more expensive than the three-tab asphalt shingle and they have a 30 year guarantee. All in all asphalt is a great roofing material.
Wood Shingles and Shakes
This roofing material can be purchased in cedar, redwood, southern pine and other woods with cedar costing the most. There’s a great variety in this roofing material. Cut by machine, wood shingles so they look smoother than the hand-cut wood shakes. Wood shingles and shakes have Class C fire ratings if they have them at all so you should check with your city’s building codes before you use this roofing material. You can buy Class A wood shingles with fire-resistant treatment for an additional cost.
Clay and Concrete Tiles
Clay tiles are heavy and require an additional roof framing. However, they are non-combustible and very durable. They can last more than 50 years. Clay roofing tiles come in lighter colors than some of other roofing materials. This means they adhere to cool roofing standards. They can reflect more than 50% of the sun’s solar energy.
Concrete tiles are elegant and enduring. They are versatile and protect the homeowner. They come in so many styles, shapes and colors that they don’t even look like tiles at all. Shingle, shake and slate are just some varieties of this type of roofing material.
Slate will give your roof a beautiful, distinctive appearance. It’s very heavy, but it is non-leaching and will last for hundreds of years. Slate is easy to repair and recycle. It’s often in a dark color so it’s not recommended for high-heat locations like Central Texas, however.
Metal roofs are cool in style and temperature. These roofing materials come in steel, aluminum, and copper. They have a high percentage of recycled content. They also offer high insulation solar reflectance and they’re durable, often lasting twice as long as wood or asphalt. Metal shingles simulate traditional roofing materials. Metal is much lighter than other roofing materials and resistant to adverse weather.
This composite of concrete, clay and wood fiber is durable and fireproof. It’s shaped to look like shakes. They’re not as heavy as concrete so they don’t need the extra frame. It’s available in a variety of textures and colors and is very durable – just don’t step on them or use them in very cold temperature areas where they can crack.
21st Century offers roof replacement with composition, standing seam metal, tile and stone coated steel roofs. We will provide you with a written detailed estimate on roofing projects with styles of materials to be used.
Standard process for re-roofs:
- Remove existing shingles.
- Inspect decking for damage.
- Install new felt or synthetic underlayment.
- Replace valley metal, and PVC pipe flashings.
- Install new composition, metal, tile or stone coated steel roof system.
- Seal all projections and paint as appropriate.
- 21st Century Painting and Roofing will roll yard, sidewalks, driveway, patios and flower beds around home to make every effort to pick up loose nails and debris.
- Check heater vent pipes upon completion of your roof to make sure that they haven’t become loose in the attic or improperly placed.
Roof Leaking? Contact 21st Century for all your composition, tile and metal roof repairs. For majority of roof leaks the homeowner with have to set up an appointment for the estimator to pinpoint area or areas of leaking. Don’t forget we also fix drywall and paint. Tree damaged areas can be inspected on an anytime basis if your schedule is hectic. Don’t just place a band-aid on your roof: fix the leak properly. On major leaks sealant will not last in our climate. At 21st Century Painting & Roofing the majority of repairs consist of removal and replacement of an area of shingles and inspection or replacement of underlayments. 21st Century also seals areas necessary as “preventative maintenance.”
Homeowner Roofing Tips
- We will need access to the driveway to load materials on the roof.
- Be prepared for the noise!
- Removal of loose items from wall shelves and walls: pictures, plates, and figurines. Hammering may create vibrations that shake these items off of shelves and walls.
- Remove all items from around the house where roofing debris may fall: patio and pool furniture, potted plants, gardening equipment, and grills.
- Please check your power breakers and outside electrical outlets to make sure they are operating correctly. We will need to use power tools.
- Keep small children, guest and pets away from the work area.
21st Century Painting & Roofing has been serving the Commercial and Multi Family painting services of Austin for over 15 years. At 21st Century Painting & Roofing, we understand the needs and structure of all commercial and multi family buildings.
Commercial and multi family projects must be completed in a timely manner with minimal disturbance to your business and tenants, and we have the experience necessary to complete projects big and small. With our commercial specialization, we have become one of the leading commercial and multi family roofing contractors in Austin and Dallas / Fort Worth.
Our range of services include new construction, roof replacement, roof repairs, roof inspection, roof maintenance and warranty work on any sized building. We work with both pitched and flat roofs. 21st Century Painting & Roofing maintains and install Modified Bitumen, TPO, Fluid Applied Roof Coatings, Metal, Composition, Tile and other decorative roof products.
When it comes to roofing, people wonder which type is the best type for their home. Although we’re not in the habit of recommending one type of roof for all homes – we find that each home has different needs and there are different variables at play.
Metal roofs have many benefits
Metal roofs offer many benefits to a home especially if they are reflective. A reflective metal roof can save your home about 40% in cooling energy costs during the summer months. They can also reduce urban air temperatures by as much as 12 degrees Fahrenheit. A metal roof saves energy based on its variety of finishes. A regular and unpainted metal roof can reflect much of the solar radiation absorbed in your attic and home better than an asphalt roof can. If you pre-paint or granular coat your metal roof – this is suggested in warmer climates such as Central Texas – you can not only reflect solar energy but also cool your home by re-emitting the absorbed solar radiation back into the atmosphere.
A metal roof can reduce energy consumption
A highly reflective metal roof can reduce energy consumption and re-emit up to 90% of the absorbed solar radiation. Another important thing about metal roofs is that they are usually composed of recycled materials. That makes them environmentally responsible. The metal roof can also be installed over an asphalt roof which reduces landfill waste and promotes quick installation. It also provides extra insulation to your home. A big bonus of metal roofs is that you can get decades of maintenance-free usage from them.
Go light when painting your roof
Since dark colors absorb more solar radiation than light ones, it’s recommended that you paint your metal roof a light color. Switching to a white or light-colored metal roof can reduce energy spending up to 20 percent and makes your home about 50 or 60 degrees cooler than a more conventional dark-colored roof.
Durable and long-lasting
A metal roof will last longer and is more durable than many other types of roofing. Metal roofs have a significantly longer life span than other types of roofing. They tend to last two to three times longer than asphalt shingles, one of the most popular types of roofing. Metal roofs are malleable and can be pressed and shaped without cracking or breaking. They can last up to 60 years plus. A metal roof will offer you significant savings in roofing repair and replacement.
Recyclable and made from recyclable materials
Metal roofs are recyclable as well as made of recyclable materials. Many metal roofs contain up to 40 percent of recycled steels. The roof itself is 100 percent recyclable.
Metal roofs have many environmental benefits, not the least of which is the cost savings to you on your energy bills. We suggest you consider a metal roof when looking into your next roofing project. At 21st Century Texas, we are happy to help you decide what’s best for you. Give us a call today at 512-219-0342 and see if we can’t help you install your new roof.
The 5 Top Things to Consider When Choosing Materials
The material you pick for your roof is not a choice you take lightly. Metal is a durable material and can last a long time, but it’s also expensive. You have to weigh the cost vs. the durability for your home.
1. Consider the cost. Metal is indeed more expensive than other types of roofing materials. It can be between $150 to $600 more per 100 square feet than other materials but it also adds value to your structure and, should you decide to sell, allows you to sell for a higher price than if you had another type of roof. Even among the different metals, there are price differences; copper and stainless steel are the most expensive with aluminum being more affordable and steel alloy being the most economical of all.
2. Consider the appearance
What do you want it to look like? Steel or aluminum roofs can be painted just about any color and they can complement the look of your building. Stainless steel leaves you with a shiny finish and can look great on modern structures. Copper has a rich, natural-finish and changes color over time. You should think hard about how the different types of materials will look and work with your existing design.
3) Consider maintenance
Painted metal may need work every few years to maintain its appearance. Stainless steel and copper, so long as you don’t mind the deepening of the color, can be pretty much left alone for many years. If you don’t like the copper changing color, you’ll have to maintain it every few years to make sure it stays shiny and bright.
4) Consider the protective aspect of metal
A metal roof will offer protection against the elements for the most part. Metal roofing will not burn or support combustion making it a good roof to have in case of fire. Experience has shown that metal roofs perform best under windy conditions and tend to stay put in the case of hurricanes and tornadoes. Metal is immune to water absorption and most metal roofs will not be damaged by hail.
5) Consider the energy savings
If a metal roof is properly designed and installed, it can help you save money on your energy bill. There are metal roofs that include insulation underlaying and special reflective coatings to deflect solar radiation. If you use those types of materials in your roof, you could keep your attic cooler in summer and warmer in the winter. This will reduce your energy consumption and make your bill lighter, offsetting the price of the roof itself.
Myths About Metal Roofs
They increase the likelihood of my home getting struck by lightning
This is not true. Metal does conduct electricity but it does not attract it. Metal roofs are actually safer than other roofs during a light storm because metal isn’t combustible. Another fact about lightning is that it hardly ever strikes buildings. It’s drawn to the tallest object in an area. A tree is more likely to be hit by lightning than your home same with power lines, antennas and towers.
They are loud
Believe it or not, metal roofing is often quieter than asphalt-shingle roofs. When installed with solid sheathing, metal roofs can actually silence noise from rain, hail and bad weather better than other roofing materials do. Also, because the existing roofing material is not usually removed when installing a metal roof, this acts as a buffer for sound.
Easily damaged by hail
Very large hail stones can actually damage a metal roof. However, normal-sized hail will not. With a textured roof, minor denting is even less readily visible so a metal roof is a good choice for areas with lots of hail storms and not the other way around. Metal roofs can actually handle decades of abuse from extreme weather. Systems in usage today also have a 120-mph wind rating, which is equal to an F2 tornado. This means your metal roof is also safe from wind gusts that accompany hail storms.
Today’s metal roofs are built to last for a long time. For example, steel metal roofing has a metallic coating made of zinc or a combo of zinc and aluminum. This prevents rust from forming. It’s bonded to the steel at the factory. Paint is then applied over the coating to provide long-lasting color that a homeowner will just love.
Metal roofs are actually full of beautiful variety. It can look like shingle, clay tile, cedar or slate and it lasts 2 to 3 times longer. Metal roofs are strong and don’t deteriorate in the sun and weather conditions that Mother Nature can dish out. They are energy-efficient and metal roofing in a light color actually cools your home in summer and insulates homes in winter. Finally, their warranties are very long, lasting between 30 – 50 years.