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What are the different types of roof flashing?

roof flashing

What does flashing on a roof look like?

There are many components to a residential roof besides the roofing shingles we see, and roof flashing is one of those components, and important one. What is it and is roof flashing necessary? Roof flashing is typically a flat, thin metal, most commonly aluminum, but it also is available in copper or steel.

A roof with flashing is a must if you want security in knowing your roof won’t leak. Roof flashing is found around areas that are prone for leaks like around the chimney, skylight, and vents or other vulnerable areas of a roof. Roof flashing and gutters work together as well to keep water flowing off the roof, out and away from the home. It is also installed where walls meet inside the home and the roof has different levels or pitches.

Water and roofs don’t always get along which is one reason roof flashing is so important. Major weather events are a threat to roofs and without roof flashing, the water can enter your home in the way of a leak at walls, around the chimney or skylight, or around any pipes and vents protruding from your roof.

There are four types of roof flashing, each having an important role in keeping rain from coming into your home and flow off and away from your home, working with the gutter system. Some homes only need one or two of these roof flashing types, and some homes need all four:

  • The Drip Edge Roof Flashing: Along the eaves you’ll find drip edge flashing. This prevents water from a gutter that is overfilled from seeping up under the roof edge and shingles. Without drip edge roof flashing, rain could get under the last shingle or enter under the shingles from a sideway direction. Without drip edge roof flashing, the first damage will be the fascia board, causing it to rot and mold forms and spreads.  The next thing damaged is the roof deck and  then the drywalls inside your home.
  • The Valley Roof Flashing: Your roofing contractor will install a felt underlayment over the roof decking, then the roof flashing is installed, followed by the shingles or other roofing material. The valleys are where the two parts of a roof meet, forming a valley.  Roof valleys are a key area for shingles to erode without roof flashing, then the roof leaks happen. With roof flashing in the V or W part of a roof, the water runs off to the drip edge roof flashing, into the gutter and away from the house.
  • The Vent Pipe Roof Flashing: This roof flashing is a special type that fits tightly around pipes that come through the roof top. These vents create a weak point for a roof and without roof flashing snugly fit over the round pipes flange, roof leaks start round these protruding areas.
  • The Step Roof Flashing: Any chimney or skylight should have roof flashing installed around it so that water moves past it and to the gutter. Step roof flashing is a scale-type arrangement of roof flashing pieces overlapping tightly with each other, slipped under each layer of shingles in the ascending direction.

Does flashing go over or under shingles?

The type of flashing, as described above, will determine how the roof flashing is installed.  For step flashing, it is installed before any siding, allowing the siding to cover the roof flashing. If this is a new roof or roof repair job, the siding is removed then replaced with the step roof flashing. The step roof flashing should extend eight to fourteen inches above the shingles.

Roof flashing around a chimney is typically installed beneath the shingles then secured with roofing cement to the chimney. Using roofing caulk, seal the intention so the counter flashing is securely hung.

Roof flashing around the plumbing vent is placed so that the flashing rests on top of the shingles and under the rubber boot around the vent. Use a sealant to hold the roof flashing in place. Then new shingles should be placed over the roof flashing and roofing cement applied under the shingles before nailing.

How do you fix roof flashing?

Often when you have a roof leak, the roof flashing is leaking and can often be an easy fix. For roof flashing that has corroded spots or small holes, patch any holes with the same type of flashing that is three-fourth inch diameter and plug the holes with roofing cement.

Using sandpaper, go around the hole to rough the roof flashing and then wipe clean with dry rage. With roofing cement, go over any holes and patches.

Of the roof flashing is bad, replace it after removing a few shingles. Once the new flashing is in place, replace the shingles.  These types of roof flashing repairs are best done by a roofing contractor.

Do roofers replace flashing?

Yes, and in many cases, as described above, when the flashing is missing or severely damaged, it is best to hire a roofing contractor to do the roof flashing replacement.

vent with flashing

Are there roof flashing alternatives?

We mentioned in the start of this article that roof flashing is typically thin strips of aluminum, copper, or steel material. Because of metal theft, the market is seeing an increase in lead free roof flashing that many homeowners and roofing contractors are choosing.

Lead alternatives are rolls of products made from a modified bitumen type of material that is placed around a metal grid that gives it structural support. The grid makes it rigid yet keeps it malleable and the bitumen gives a standard roof flashing appearance. Call 817-349-0016 today for your roof flashing needs in Fort Worth, TX.

How Long Do Asphalt Shingles Last?

asphalt shingle roof close up

Traditional lasting roofing

Most of the homes across the country have asphalt shingled roofs. Asphalt shingles are popular for many reasons, with both pros and cons of asphalt shingles spelled out, asphalt shingle installation is still the most popular roofing material today.  

The pros of having asphalt shingle roofing: 

  • Cost:  Asphalt shingle installation is popular because of the cost. It is the least expensive roofing materials you can get for your home. 
  • Fire resistance: The fire resistance that asphalt shingles offers keeps any fires from spreading fast. 
  • Moisture resistance: Asphalt shingles are moisture resistance, minimizing the growth of algae, lichen, and mold. 
  • Variety: Asphalt shingles come in a wide choice of  colors, sizes, and styles that will blend with the aesthetics of any architecture styled home. 
  • Installation easy: The process of asphalt shingle installation is one of the easiest in the roofing industry. A qualified roofing contractor is always best, but a DIY hand homeowner can do their own asphalt shingle installation if desired. 
  • Minimal maintenance: Asphalt shingles require minimal maintenance and are easy to repair and replace when they become damaged. 

The cons of asphalt shingle roofing: 

  • Vulnerability to weather: Here in Texas, asphalt shingle roof installation may be popular because of the weather. They are easy to break, crack, and come off during the hailstorms and wind storms we have. The hot Texas sun does a number on asphalt shingles too, causing them fade, contract and expand with the temperature changes too. With their ease of being replaced though, this can be overlooked by most homeowners as the pros outweigh this con. 
  • Warm temperature installations: Asphalt installation must be done in warm weather. Installing in cold weather will put the shingles at risk of getting damaged. 
  • Environmentally unfriendly: The manufacturing of asphalt shingles emits harmful greenhouse gas emissions and uses a lot of energy. An asphalt shingle installation creates a lot of waste with the old shingles being removed and taken to the landfills.  

How are asphalt shingles installed?

When your home needs a roof replacement, nothing can replace that of a professional roofing contractor doing the job. With each contractor you call ask them “Do you know how do you put asphalt shingles on a roof? What is your experience, do you have recent references with asphalt roof installation?” 

 However, if you’ve chosen to go with an asphalt shingle installation, you can find many sources of how-to on the internet. Here, we offer the basic process and steps that you can use to go along with the videos: 

  1. Safety first:  While doing your asphalt shingle installation, remember you’re going to be working at a height you’re not accustomed. The risk of falling should be a main concern. 
  2. Roof deck preparation. Before your asphalt shingle installation begins, you need to prepare the decking, making sure it is clean and smooth. Check the roof trusses, repairing or replacing any that may need it so that your new asphalt shingles will have a proper base.  
  3. Start at the bottom. With an asphalt shingle installation, you’ll start working on the bottom row first, creating the drip edge along the eave. This is clean and sharp edge that provides protection for the lower edge from water damage caused by water backing up.
  4. Ice dam protection. The roof of your home needs protection from ice dams and this is done by installing a thin, self-adhering membrane over the drip edge. This is a good time to make sure your attic has proper vapor barrier and adequate attic insulation, two of the key components of preventing ice dams. 
  5. Underlayment roof protection. Next, you’ll install the roof underlayment, typically a felt material that is a backup the asphalt shingles water-shedding.  
  6. The joints and valleys. Most roof leak occur where it can penetrate the asphalt shingle installation. These are areas where you need to install metal flashing for added water-shedding protection that directs the water to run downslope. 
  7. The shingles. Now is time for the asphalt shingle installation. Starting at the bottom, you’ll overlap the shingles as you work across the roof and then up the slope. 
  8. Caps for the hip and ridge. When the asphalt shingle installation part is complete, you’ll need to install them on the hip and ridge by straddling the ridge with the shingle to create a water shed. 

Should old shingles be removed?

It will depend on the stability of your home’s structure, and if the roofing contractor you hire to do your asphalt shingle installation says it is okay, then yes. While this will save you some money with less labor tearing off the old shingles, it won’t help the roof with energy efficiency and waterproofing. 

Can new asphalt shingles be installed over old shingles?

As we answered above, yes, if the roofing contractor is sure the structure of our home can hold the weight of two sets of asphalts shingles. Also, you need to keep in mind, asphalt shingles are designed to lay flat, and if they are bridging over dips, gaps, or humps, they won’t be able to lay flat. If you decide to sell the house later, the inspector won’t be able to do a thorough roof inspection of the decking. A big factor in a re-roofing asphalt roof installation, the warranty may be voided on the new shingles. 

brick house and shingle roof

When should asphalt shingles be replaced?   

An Asphalt shingle longevity is between 20 to 30 years. At that point, you should have a roof inspection to look for any of the following: 

  • Curling Shingles
  • Missing Shingles
  • Gutters fille with granules
  • Algae, lichen, moss on shingles
  • Sagging roof
  • Light coming through attic

If your roof has any of these things going, it is time to get a quote on an asphalt shingle installation or replacement. If the budget has room, you may consider getting a quote for Asphalt shingles vs metal roofing. Why consider Metal roofing? 

It is an overwhelming choice when it comes to roofing materials, with asphalt shingle installation being the most common and popular choice. Metal roofing is coming on strong though, and for a several good reasons: 

  • Metal is available in various colors and styles
  • Metal is durable, yet lightweight, making working with it easy
  • Metal roofing is more energy efficient when installed properly with insulation
  • Metal roofing has a longer lifespan, up to 70 years or longer

Asphalt shingle installation is a common and popular choice. It has been around for years, giving a homeowner the protection they need for the most important investment they own. Call 817-349-0016 today!

Roof Restoration vs Roof Replacement

asphalt shingle roof

Making the best choice for your roof

When it comes to the roof on your home, the importance of it is obvious. The roof is what protects everyone and everything inside your home. Without a good roof, everything would be destroyed and eventually, the walls would crumble. In addition to being the structural support for your home, when you need roof replacement, you get the following benefits: 

  • Weather Protection: On a hot summer day or a cold winter evening, isn’t it great to come into a climate controlled environment? That is what a roof provides your home – a controlled environment. Roof inspections, roof maintenance, and roof replacements are important to have this comfort and protection from ice, rain, snow, wind, and more. 
  • Insulation: With a good solid roof on your home that is insulated keeps your energy bills lower and the comfort zone you are accustomed to having. When you have leaks in the roof, repairs or roof replacement are important to keeping that comfortable level and energy savings.
  • Secure Value:  A house without a roof isn’t going to be worth as much as a house with a roof, and when your house needs a roof replacement, you’re not only providing your home protection, but your increasing the value.  When placing your home on the market, a good roof is a key factor for most prospective home buyers. 

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

Don’t wait until there is water pouring into your home through the ceiling before asking yourself, “Should I repair or replace my roof?”. Now, while everything is dry and happy, check for these     signs you need a roof replacement: 

  • Shingle edges are curled, cupped shingle tabs
  • Bald spots, missing granules, or abundance of granules in gutters or around the house
  • Broken, cracked, or missing shingles
  • Your roof is 20 years old or older
  • The roof looks old, tired, and worn
  • New roofs are showing up in the neighborhood
  • Algae, dark streaks, mildew, moss on the roof     

Can you patch a roof instead of replacing it?

Well, we have good news and bad news for you in regard to patching and repair your roof or getting a roof replacement.  The bad news: your house will need a roof replacement at some point. The good news: more often than not, unless there is severe damage or the roof is old, roof repair is an option.  

When it comes to roof replacement vs roof restoration, which is the better option? Financially, A complete roof replacement is more expensive than roof repair or roof restoration, and it takes longer to complete. However, if you have severe enough damage that it is irreversible, roof replacement is the better option and will improve or maintain your property value. 

What are the pros and cons of a roof replacement?

There isn’t one simple answer to this question, and it isn’t the same for your home as it was for your friend or your neighbor. Getting a professional roofing contractor to inspect and advise is the best thing you can do when you’re not sure what you need.  

The Pros 

  • Longer lifespan
  • No repairs in the immediate future

The Cons 

  • The immediate cost

How are roofs replaced?

When you have a roof replacement done, the old shingles are torn off down to the decking. Then repairs are made if needed, replacing the underlayment or felt paper to protect the roof  from possible damage from the elements. Then the roofing material is installed – this is the part you see from the street. 

asphalt shingle roofing system

Will home insurance pay for a roof replacement?

Oh this is a popular and dreaded question. Yes. No. Maybe. When you have experienced roof damage and need roof replacement, you’ll need to call your insurance company and file a claim. They will send an adjuster out to inspect the roof. If possible, have your roofing contractor there at the same to assure that the adjuster sees all the damage and consequences are explained by the contractor.

The majority of homeowner’s insurance policies do provide coverage for roof replacement – If the damage is from a natural  act like hail or wind, or from an accidental event. What homeowner’s insurance policies are not going pay roof replacement claim is for a roof that is old or has been neglected.

If you suspect your roof is needing attention, or you know for sure, call a professional, reliable roofing contractor for an inspection and estimate. Choose one that is established, local, is insured and has the experience to know how to roof replacement installation correctly.  

If you can file a claim on your homeowner’s insurance, that’s great, but if not, not getting roof repair or roof replacement isn’t the answer. Your home is an important part of your life and one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make. Ignoring repairs or the need for roof replacement is only going to create more problems. Considering roof replacement or restoration? Call 817-349-0016 today!

Can Roof Leaks Be Fixed?

emergency roof repair

Can Roof Leaks Be Fixed?

Believe it or not, roof leaks are certainly a reason to be worried. Emergency roof repair is necessary for such instances where you are experiencing roof leaks. If your roof is leaking during a storm, it may be tempting to try to get on the roof and fix it yourself or to try to get a team of roofers out straightaway. Unfortunately, that is not how roofs are meant to be dealt with. It is only safe and advisable for the roof leak to be fixed when the weather is nice and dry outside. Moreover, the roofing materials necessary for the repair will only be able to dry properly when the weather is optimal.

How Do I Temporarily Fix My Roof?

If you need to temporarily fix your roof until a professional roofing company arrives to assist, you will need a sturdy ladder, a roofing tarp, roofing nails, and a hammer. It is important to note that roofs are dangerous places. It is high off the ground, and you do have the propensity to fall. That is why it is always advisable to use roofing contractors in such instances. While you are awaiting a professional roofing company, you can place a tarp over the area of the roof that needs repairs and hammer it into place using roof nails and your hammer. 

How Do I Stop My Roof from Leaking Inside?

If you have a leak inside your home, you’ll be pleased to discover that there are things that you can ostensibly do to prevent the leak from getting worse. For example, once you have found the leak, you can make a temporary leak patch. You can compose the patch from some plywood or shingle and some roofing tar. With a putty knife, you can spread the tar into the leaking hole on the inside of your roof. You will then be able to place the shingle or plywood onto the tar and spread more of the tar around the edges of your patch.

What is the Best Sealant for Roofs?

Are you wondering what the best sealant for roofs is? In that case, it is important to be aware that the best sealants on the market can be reviewed according to the roof type. Please read over the following bullet points to discover more.

  • For metal roofs: urethane or oxime-cure silicone that is non-corrosive and polyether sealants work quite well.
  • For polyurethane foam: urethane, oxime-cure silicone or polyether sealants are recommended.

What is Roof Sealer?

If you have never heard of roof sealants, it will be important for you to educate yourself. As a matter of fact, roof sealants provide an extra layer of protection from the elements. Sealants are especially important for flat roofs. That is because flat roofs tend to collect water, and roof sealants assist in protecting the roof from deteriorating caused by ponding water. A roof sealant can also be applied to a sloped roof as it ages in order to extend the life and prevent leaks.

How to Make Emergency Roof Repair

There are a number of ways to conduct your emergency roof repair. It is important to remember that the most qualified individuals to ascend your roof and repair it are those employed by a professional roofing company. Roofing companies will have insurance and be able to ascertain the current condition of your roof. If the problem is extremely minimal, like a few missing roof shingles, then the fix will be very simple. You can smooth the shingles back down or shift them back into place. You can then nail them or staple them over the exposed area. At that point you can speak with a professional roofing company to ascertain what other repairs are necessary.

Emergency Roof Repair Services

Emergency roof repairs services are especially necessary for situations where there is a roof leak or if a natural disaster has occurred. Storm damages that have occurred as a result of a broken tree limb, high-speed winds, or hail may be covered by your insurance provider. It will depend on the written policy pertaining to the homeowner’s insurance. If there is a clause in the insurance that doesn’t cover storm damages, it will be important for you to review the terms of your contract.

Emergency Roof Leak Repair

Water damage can be devastating for the integrity of a roof and home. Water must penetrate many different layers of your roof, including your underlayment, in order to come through your attic and ceiling. During that time, you could easily have mold and mildew growing in your house. If you have water damage, it will be important for you to mediate the damage with a water damage restoration company.

emergency roof repair

Emergency Roof Repair

When you need emergency roof repairs, please be sure to consult with a professional roofing company. Both your home and your roof are important, and should be treated with integrity.

When you need emergency roof repair in Fort Worth, TX, you can rely on McStay Quality Roofing to get the job done right. Please reach out to us as soon as possible at our phone number, 817-349-0016.

What is Roof Restoration?

Flat roof covering works with roofing felt

Learn More About A Roof Restoration

Your roofing system will react differently from outside climate changes and daily wear, that’s why a yearly inspection is typically required to see how your roof is holding up. As time passes, you may need a repair here or there. In fact, there are many ways that you can save your roofing system before a full-on replacement is necessary. Roofs are expected to last around two decades when they are of the flat roof variety so repairs and restorations are typically the courses of action to take to sustain your roof before time catches up to it. It’s important to get in touch with a professional roofer in order to determine the condition of your roof and find the best remedy to take before larger solutions are inevitably given. Until then, here is some general information regarding roof restorations that may prove useful to you.

What does roof restoration mean?

Roof restoration involves the process of cleaning, recoating and restoring existing roofing materials with a layer or coating of a roofing product. As commercial roofing systems last about 20 years a roof coating can extend its life by 10-15 years. What’s more, they provide for minor repairs in themselves with situations like light wear or leaks.

What is involved in roof restoration?

Roof restoration involves the process of applying highly-engineered roof coating products on existing roof decks to restore it to like-new conditions. There are products out that can match with PVC, EPDM, TPO, built-up, MOD-BIT and even some SPF roofing. Essentially, no matter the roofing material that you may have there will be a roof coating out there that can help restore it.

When to do a Roof Restoration

Roof Restoration vs Replacement

If damages to a roof are minimal or confined to small areas, a roof restoration is the best option to partake in. With larger or extensive areas, or if the roof is already near the end of its natural lifespan, a replacement is more recommended. Since replacements involve tearing off older roofing materials costs are higher. As a matter of fact, a roof restoration is actually considered a maintained expenditure while a replacement is a capital expense so in most cases, you’ll pay fewer taxes on maintenance. This is done by taking the current deduction vs capitalizing the expense and recovering the cost through depreciation. 

Does roof coating stop leaks?

If there are minor leaks to your roof essentially a roof coating will seal up punctures or holes. After being applied in liquid form they will expand and harden thereby filling up the opening. 

Roof Restoration Types

The main three types of roof restoration coatings out there are silicone, acrylic and aluminum yet there are many others used and available as well.

Group of worker installing tar foil on the rooftop of building.

Roof Restoration Coating

  • Acrylic Roof Coatings
  • Elastomeric Roof Coatings
  • Polyurea Roof Coatings
  • Silicone Roof Coatings
  • Aluminum Roof Coatings

How much does roof restoration cost?

The cost of roof restoration will depend on the type of roofing system yet since it requires less labor and materials in comparison to other roofing services the average in costs are typically at a cheaper range at $6-$9 per square.

How long does a roof restoration take?

Not keeping in mind other circumstances like weather or material availability, a roof restoration job will take around 2-3 days. It’s typically a fast service and won’t disrupt day-to-day life.

Is roof restoration worth it?

A roof restoration is well worth it with its cheaper costs and ability to make minor repairs and restorations. It will extend the life of the roof 10-15 years longer which can save on costs until a more costly full-on replacement needs to be made. A roof coating can be reapplied after the previous one has passed time so you can potentially have your roof last twice as long as it was initially supposed to. Of course, it’s best to speak to a professional roofer to make sure this can be done depending on your roof’s history and materials. Consider speaking to a professional about any questions or concerns you may have about your roofing system.

Get In Touch With A Professional Roofer

If your property is in need of roof restoration be sure to get into contact with your local roofing company. Only will a professional will be able to make a roof inspection to properly gauge what needs to be done with your roof. Based on your property’s specifications and diagnosis you’ll be able to determine which roofing materials and coatings will match well together. It’s important to get your roof fixed when any changes occur so it can last a long time. Make sure to have inspections done after harsh inclement weather or at least annually for better roof longevity and performance. A roof restoration is a great way to provide for property stability and renewed functions. 

If you’re interested in roof restoration in Fort Worth, TX call 817-349-0016 with McStay Quality Roofing!

How do you know when a flat roof needs replacing?

Commercial flat roofing

Maybe you have or haven’t noticed, but most commercial buildings have a flat roof. Your local grocery store, your children’s school, your bank, the post office, etc. Yes, some have a pitched roof, or a sloped roof, some even have a rounded roof for architectural impact. Most commercial buildings, however, have a flat roof. You may even notice a flat roof with a deck, like on an apartment building.

So, why do commercial buildings have a flat roof? It’s obviously not an architectural impact, rather ugly if the rest of the structure doesn’t have some sort of design about it. Commercial buildings have had flat roofs for many years because they are less expensive to install, they are cheaper and easier to maintain, and there is more useful space for the structure inside and outside with a flat roof.

What is the best material for a flat roof?

The most popular material used for flat roof covering is metal because of its durability, specifically aluminum. A flat metal roof has a lifespan of 30 to 35 years in ideal climate and environment conditions.

Metal is a reflective material, another bonus of a flat roof that lowers energy expenses because it reflects the UV rays. Typically, metal is in large sheets, but smaller sheets can be ordered for special fittings on a flat roof.

The downsize to a metal covered flat roof is when it must be replaced. When replacement is needed, it is required to remove all the old roof, regardless of what material was on it.  A metal flat roof is prone to rust, another downside. When this happens, the above-mentioned replacement is necessary.

How long do flat roofs last?

There are several factors that can affect a flat roof life expectancy. From the quality of the workmanship to the quality of the building materials, from the climate and the environment to the maintenance and upkeep. 

Because a flat roof does not have drainage like a pitched roof, it is prone to hold water. If the roofing material has any holes or tears, that water seeps through to the roof below the material.  Therefore, it is important to have the roof inspected regularly to patch any holes or tears. The lifespan of the following popular flat roof materials is: 

  • BUR (Built Up Roof): A BUR flat roof is the most familiar and is constructed with heated asphalt and plywood layered together. The life expectancy of BUR flat roof is fifteen to twenty years.
  • PVC: This flat roof material needs experienced and skilled labor to install the large sheets of this material correctly. Used as the main waterproofing component for flat roofs, it is hot welded to the pieces surrounding it and offers a lifespan of 30 years when maintained properly.
  • EPDM: This material is a large rubber sticker that is carefully rolled onto a flat roof. It is difficult to install because of its size and because there can’t be any air pockets. This flat roof material has a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years.
  • TPO: TPO is very much like EPDM and PVC with its durability and effectiveness. The life expectancy of TPO is seven to twenty years. 

How often do flat roofs need replacing?

There are many benefits to a commercial roof having flat roofs. With proper maintenance, including regular inspection, they should last a minimum of 50 years.  Over the past few decades, they have used several types of materials for commercial flat roofs, with the following three being the most common: 

  • EPDM – replacement averages every 25 to 30 years
  • PVC – replacement averages every 20 years or longer
  • TPO – replacement averages every 15 to 20 years

Do flat roofs leak more?

A flat roof does not shed water like a pitched roof. However, if installed properly, a flat roof should never leak if some maintenance as recommended by the builder and the roofing material manufacturer.

How do you waterproof a flat roof?

Water does not run off flat roofs as it does on sloped roofs, thus, it needs to be waterproofed, which is typically done with two applications of an elastomeric coating. This coating will also insulate whatever material is on the roof in addition to making it waterproof. 

While the building maintenance team can do this, flat roof experts recommend having it done professionally. There are certain measures that need to be taken to walk on a flat roof, a process that commercial building contractors such as roofers, HVAC and plumbers know and understand that importance. 

With that recommendation made, the steps required to apply a waterproofing material on a flat roof are: 

  1. Measure the roof then multiply the length with the width to get the square footage. This will tell you it needs how much waterproof coating for your flat roof. 
  2. Clean the flat roof surface with a broom or pressure washer to remove any dirt and dust. If a pressure washer is used, you must allow it to dry before applying the waterproofing material. 
  3. Pour one gallon of the elastomeric flat roof coating on the roof and use a paint roller, spread evenly, starting in one corner and working around the roof backward. Avoid stepping on the coating and repeat after 24 hours of waiting. 

Our flat roof is leaking what do I do? 

The first thing you need to do is call a professional contractor experienced with flat roofs. Once you have made that contact, for an emergency temporary repair, follow these steps:

  • Plastic Roof Cement: For a flat roof with EPDM single-ply, BUR or modified bitumen BUR system, create a temporary patch out of roofing fabric and plastic cement. You must clean off any loose debris and clear the damaged area of any gravel. Get the damaged area as dry as possible and then apply the cement. It should be several inches out from the damaged area using a mud knife or trowel. Next, apply the fabric and then another layer of the cement.
  • Roofing Sealant and Roof Tape: This method works for BUR, EDPM single-ply, and PVC flat roof surfaces. The damaged area must be clean and dry, then wipe down with alcohol. Next, apply either polyurethane caulking or roofing tape to the area with damage.
  • Duct tape: A PVC plastic sheeting flat roof can be quickly patched using common household duct tape.

Note that all 3 of these suggestions are for temporary repair only. You need to have a contractor with experience in a flat roof inspect the damage and the entire roof and make a permanent repair or resurface the roof.

Your commercial building is an expensive investment, the flat roof on that building is an investment for protecting that investment. Have the best flat roof material possible for your area’s climate and the environment will give you the longest lifespan and most ROI. Need a flat roof replacement in Fort Worth, TX? Call 817-349-0016 today!

How often should roofs be inspected?

damaged roof

Keep your roof at its best

When does a roof need an inspection? One example would be when you buy a house. The mortgage company will require several things from the seller and the buyer, one being an appraisal and the other is multiple inspections. This is all in addition to the financial information and records that any loan requires.

There will be an engineering inspection, plumbing inspection, and a wood-destroying insect inspection. A roof inspection when buying a house is typically included with the engineering inspection, but your insurance company may request to do a roof inspection with their own engineer.

After you have bought the house, there are a lot of responsibilities when it comes to homeownership. Besides the mortgage, insurance, taxes, and utilities, there is maintenance and preventive maintenance. Sometimes, those maintenance and preventive maintenance tasks need to be done by a professional, like a roof inspection for insurance purposes.

What is included in a roof inspection?

A roof inspection will include exterior and interior checks. Depending on what type of materials that the roof is made of will determine what a professional roofing contractor will look for. The interior portion of a roof inspection will include checking the insulation and ventilation in the attic, as well as checking for any moisture and mold. The exterior portion of a roof inspection will include the inspector to climb up on the roof to check several things, depending on if the house has shingle roofing or metal roofing.

A shingle roof inspection will include these areas that are known for these common issues:

  • Water damage – If a roof inspection finds water damage, there can be several issues that caused that. Water not draining suitably because of clogged gutters, loose flashing, damaged or missing shingles are the usual culprits.
  • Mold – A roof inspection that finds mold growing around or on the chimney or on attic insulation indicates excessive water damage.
  • Deteriorating shingles – As we stated above, loose or missing shingles is an issue that a roof inspection will note. Shingles with algae or rot will be noted as well.
  • Clogged gutters – A roof inspection will include checking the gutter system, making sure it is clear of any debris or shingle granules.

A metal roof inspection will be looking for areas of concern for leaks, as well as the following areas:

  • Loose seams – Because metal roofs contract and expand with the weather, the screws that are used to install them can be come loosened and the seams to separate. When left unattended, condensation can build up on the underlying structure and create water damage.
  • Damaged or Loose flashing – A metal roof inspection will look for damaged or loose flashing. Water can seep into those areas and begin corroding the underside.  
  • Rust – A metal roof inspection will look for any rust. Rust eats holes into metal roofing, allowing water to leak in, and over time, the metal roof panels will fall apart.

How long does a roof inspection take?

The time it takes to complete a roof inspection will depend on the size of the house being an inspection. A house with multiple levels, additions, or wings can take longer than a basic “box” style house.  The average time is anywhere from 45 minutes to several hours.

Who can do a roof inspection?

Anyone with a ladder and isn’t afraid of heights can inspect a roof, but that doesn’t make them a roofing professional. If you need a roof inspection, you should call a roofing contractor that is certified, insured, licensed, and preferably has experience with recommendations and strong reputation.  Be careful in hiring a company that has left a flyer on your door without doing your homework to check them out.

missing shingles

How do you inspect a roof?

You can do a basic roof inspection, using the following checklist:

1. The Exterior:

Using binoculars and a ladder, get even with the roof and look at the overall roof. The following facets could indicate potential problems:

  • Blistered, bubbled, curled, or split shingles.
  • Loose or missing shingles.
  • Exposed nails.
  • Dark patches.
  • Accumulated granules in the gutters.
  • Sagging in the middle or along the ridges.
  • Broken or weak shingles where ridges meet.
  • Rust metal along the valleys.
  • Loose flashing around the chimney, HVAC vents, or plumbing vents.
  • Check the gutters for breaks, loose, or sags.

2. The Interior:

  • With a flashlight, look for leaks in the attic, indicated by dark stains or wet areas on the rafters, the decking, around the chimney, HVAC pipes, plumbing vent pipes, skylights, and valleys.
  • If you push a sharp object through any dark spots, you currently have a leak.
  • Turn off the flashlight and look for any light coming through cracks or pinpoints.  
  • Check for sagging between rafters.

Are roof inspections free?

This price will vary from city to city, state to state and the size of the house being inspected. Some roofing contractors offer free roof inspections, and some will offer free roof inspection with the purchase of a roofing job.

Your home is an important investment, and the roof should be in the best shape possible. It not only is protecting you, your family, and the contents but it keeps the walls up too! Take care of your roof with regular roof inspections, and it will take care of you! Call 817-349-0016 today for a roof inspection from McStay Quality Roofing in Fort Worth, TX!

What Should You Do If A Roof Is Storm Damaged?

Roof with Damage

What Causes Roof Damage?

If your roof is damaged as a result of a storm, there is no reason to fret.  In most cases, roof repair can be performed without zapping your budget.  If the storm was particularly strong, roof replacement might be your best option.  However, most people do not know what they should do after storm damage.  Below, we identify the causes of roof damage, explain how to tell if there is roof storm damage and the best way to proceed. 

Storm conditions have the potential to cause extensive roof damage.  However, in some cases, it is the power of the storm’s wind that uplifts items that eventually collide with the roof, causing significant damage.  In some cases, the sheer strength of the wind itself will lift shingles right of the roof.  Sustained winds are especially likely to compromise the perimeter of the roof.  If your shingles are not properly installed with the right adhesive seals, the damage stemming from a powerful storm will likely be quite severe. 

When shingles are torn off the roof, they will leave the underlayment, roof deck or prior shingles exposed to nature’s wrath.  In other cases, strong winds can lead to shingles that lift and subsequently curl.  Once shingles are removed or compromised due to storm conditions, it is that much easier for water to move below and cause roof leaks.  Furthermore, hail has the potential to put pockmarks and dent in shingles, dislodging the granules meant to protect against storms.

How do You Know if Your Roof is Damaged?

If you are still wondering “Is there storm damage to my roof?” you are not alone.  This is the top concern of people throughout the greater Fort Worth, TX area after a powerful storm passes through.  Unless you get up on a ladder to check out the integrity of your roof after the storm has passed, there will be no way to know the extent of storm damage roof shingles, if leak repair is necessary or if you need a full replacement.

However, it is possible to perform a superficial scan from the ground level.  Walk around your home’s perimeter while keeping your eyes on the roof.  If you notice curled shingles, shingles around the ground level of your home, a compromised chimney, damaged gutters or any other obvious forms of damage, your roof will require either repair or replacement.  However, there is only so much you can see from the ground level.  It is better to have a roofing professional climb a ladder to inspect the integrity of your roof in a truly comprehensive manner after the storm has passed.  Additional signs of new roof storm damage every homeowner should know include cracked shingles, split seams, torn flashing and even portions that are blown right off the structure.

What do You do After a Storm?

Now that the storm is over, it is time to take a look for damage as detailed above.  There is a good chance a powerful storm will either require repair or replacement so don’t assume your Fort Worth, TX home is perfectly fine just because it is still standing.  Here’s how to proceed after the storm:

  • Perform a superficial scan for noticeable damage
  • Call your insurance agent to determine if you should file a claim
  • Hire a professional roofer to perform an in-depth inspection on top of the roof
  • Obtain an estimate for roof repair/replacement
  • Determine when roof repair/replacement will be necessary
  • Decide on the repair/replacement materials
  • Let the experienced roofers perform the repair/replacement on your behalf

The best roofers in the business are willing to sit down with you to explain the importance of the necessary repairs/replacement.  This is your opportunity to pick the roofer’s brain, ask questions and have your concerns addressed.  From the optimal roofing materials to safeguard your home to financing options, warranties and scheduling, the roofer you select should be 100% clear about every aspect of this project.

How can I Tell When my Roof was Replaced?

In some cases, damage resulting from a storm makes it clear the roof was recently replaced or replaced at some point in the past.  However, there is no concrete way to tell exactly when your roof was replaced unless the prior owner explicitly states the replacement date.  There is nothing wrong with asking the prior owner when the roof was last replaced or if there is any roof damage by storm.  Certain counties mandate the use of a building permit when a new roof is installed.  If you can find the building permit through the building department, you might be able to pinpoint the exact date the roofing permit was provided.  If the roofer you are currently working with replaced the roof in the past, ask for a copy of the receipt of workmanship.  When in doubt, rely on a home inspector or roofing company to provide an estimate of the roof’s installation date.

Rain on a Roof

Is Roof Damage Covered by Insurance?

In some situations, homeowners insurance covers roof damage.  However, the cause of the damage ultimately determines if roof damage insurance claims prove successful.  It is possible your homeowners insurance will help cover a portion of the repairs if a tree falls on the roof or if hail compromises the roof.  To be more specific, the dwelling coverage of your homeowners insurance policy usually protects the home structure, including the roof, against perils/causes of damage.  Examples of such perils include hail damage, wind and fire.  It is also important to note the contents of your home beneath your roof are covered through personal property coverage.  If the roof of a shed or other building next to your home is damaged, it might be covered through other structures protection within the overarching homeowners insurance policy as long as the damage results from a peril covered by the policy. Need help with your roof storm damage in Fort Worth, TX? Call 817-349-0016 for McStay Quality Roofing!

What Is the Best Type of Roof Shingles?

Contractor Installing 3-Tab Asphalt Roof Shingles

Residential Roofing Options to Pick From

If you are considering updating your residential roof, you’ll find there are several materials to choose from. Between asphalt shingles, clay tiles, and metal sheeting, it can be difficult to know what is the best option for you. Generally speaking, asphalt shingles have been a tried and true roofing material for several decades now. They are reliable, come in a variety of colors and styles, and they are inexpensive. What’s not to love about them? To discuss asphalt roof shingles in Fort Worth, TX, call McStay Quality Roofing. Dial 817-349-0016 to get started. 

Row of Asphalt Roof Shingles Being Installed

What is an Asphalt Shingle Roof?

More importantly, we suppose the question should be what are asphalt roof shingles made of? There are actually several variations of asphalt shingles and they are fiberglass, architectural, and 3-tab. Fiberglass shingles are what they sound like. A base of glass fiber is weaved together and several coatings of reflective asphalt minerals that also help to make it waterproof. Architectural shingles are similar but slightly different in comparison. While also typically a fiberglass shingle, architectural shingles are cut and shaped in different sizes, giving a more unique and special quality to a roof. The tiles themselves are also thicker, providing added protection. And then there are 3-tab shingles. They are the cheapest option of any asphalt shingle, usually coming in a long sheet of fiberglass and asphalt granules. While they are still reliable, they are slowly moving out of favor for options like fiberglass and architectural shingles. Owens Corning brand is actually a great option for all three and McStay Quality Roofing works with this specific manufacturer.

Asphalt Roof Shingles Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Inexpensive: Possibly one of the biggest draws to this roofing material is the expense. Asphalt shingles, of any variation, are generally inexpensive to purchase, store, move, and install.
  • Ease of Installation: As mentioned, this material is incredibly easy to install. It comes standard on most new homes, so roofing contractors have to know how to efficiently and expertly install them – and most of them do.
  • UV Reflection: A great thing about a lot of newer shingles is that they can be manufactured with incredibly reflective granules that can make your roof more energy-efficient.
  • Life-Expectancy: When well-maintained, an asphalt shingle roof can last between 20-25 years. This is great for homeowners who want a new roof but maybe don’t intend to stay in the home for more than a few years.

Cons

  • Granules: Though the UV granules can be a major advantage, the granules themselves can often seem like a disadvantage. Hard impacts from hail, overhanging tree branches and other items can knock the granules off, making your roof less effective. 
  • Extreme Temperatures: All variations of asphalt shingles do not do well under extreme weather conditions. If you live in an area where the temperature goes from hot to cold drastically, then you’ll see shingles shrinking, cracking, breaking, and blistering. 
  • Moisture: Regardless of installation, water and moisture is a big threat to this roofing material. It can easily slip between shingles causing mold and mildew growth. Then if there are those drastic weather changes, the shingles can curl and bend, allowing more water in. The result is shingles that deteriorate faster than they should.
  • Life-Expectancy: While the life-expectancy can be an advantage for some, for others it isn’t. Most homeowners do want to stay in their houses longer than a few years, so a roof that will only last 20-years may not be a great investment.

Asphalt Roof Shingles vs Metal

Of course, the one thing most homeowners want to know is which is better: asphalt shingles or metal roof? The answer is both easy and complicated at the same time.

Choosing a residential roofing structure is dependant on several things including your environment, your budget, your concerns, and many more. If you live in an area with drastic temperature changes and little to no hail, then a metal roof may be the better investment for you. The material will be able to withstand the temperature changes without breaking and becoming damaged. 

That being said, if you live in an area with heavy rain and hail-fall, then an asphalt shingle roof may be the better investment. While metal can withstand impacts, it can become dented and dinged and the repairs to remove them can be costly. Most asphalt shingles, like architectural and impact-resistant shingles, are actually designed to handle those impacts.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long do asphalt roof shingles last?
    • Generally speaking, asphalt shingles can last between 20-25 years. That is taking into consideration regular temperatures, consistent maintenance, and non-threatening damages or elements. Without at least a yearly inspection, homeowners can see the life-expectancy significantly decrease.
  • Are asphalt roofs good?
    • They are actually very good. There have been new innovations that are proving to be more efficient than asphalt shingle roofing, but that doesn’t discredit the tried and true reliability of this material. Plus, there are several advances in the way of asphalt shingles that make them more durable, while still maintaining the affordability.
  • Are architectural shingles worth it?
    • It depends on what your needs are. Architectural shingles could be a great investment for those in areas with more rain or hail since the shingles themselves are thicker. If you don’t need protection from those things, they may not be the best investment.
  • Are metal roofs better than shingles?
    • Which is better will depend on your needs and your location. Areas that are prone to hail or extreme weather conditions may benefit from a metal roof but will find the need to repair dents and dings. Those repairs can be costly, which can make a metal roof seem less of a good financial investment.
Architectural Asphalt Roof Shingles

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When you need any kind of residential roofing job completed, rely on McStay Quality Roofing. Call 817-349-0016 for help with asphalt roof shingles in Fort Worth, TX.

What Do Green Roofs Do?

Green Roof System On Public Building

Where Are Green Roofs Used?

In many cases, a green roof system may be utilized for both residential, slanted roofs, and for commercial, flat roofs. It stands to be noted that there are two generally recognized types of green roofs, which differ in cost, depth of growing medium, plant types, and the amount of accessibility or use. Extensive green roofs are simpler, lighter weight systems that are most commonly seen in residential buildings. The concept of the extensive green roof is built with the provision that there is no need for any human interaction or intervention. The plants used in extensive green roofs are hardy, weather-resistant, and rugged.  By contrast, intensive roofs are commonly used for public areas, such as commercial buildings where people can walk along and participate in plant growth. The plants utilized for intensive green roof applications are more varied.

How Long Does a Green Roof Last?

General estimates for the length of a green roof life range from thirty to fifty years. Interested customers should note that when a green roof is installed, it protects the roof membrane, which can extend the life of a roof by two or three times beyond its typical lifespan. In Europe, where builders have incorporated the green roof into the landscape, they have been building green roofs since the 1960s.

Are Green Roofs Cost Effective?

According to certain studies, results suggest that green roofs are not cost-effective on a private cost basis, however, multi-family and commercial building green roofs are competitive when social benefits are included. It is important to note that there is a wide range of other factors and benefits that lend green roofs to being an excellent roofing choice determinant on positive environmental impact and overall longevity.

What Are the Advantages of a Green Roof?

A Green roof has a wealth of advantages that are worthy of consideration. With increased population growth and urbanization, there is a growing necessity to recover important green space. The installation of green roofs is one of the critical ways that human beings can positively impact the environment. Green roofs provide numerous environmental, economic and social benefits. For business patrons to be able to walk across a commercial roof and smell flowers and enjoy nature has a certain appeal. For some, the necessary migration of stormwater runoff is one of the primary benefits of a green roof. Speedy runoff from a roof can exacerbate flooding, increase erosion and could result in raw sewage being dumped into sewers. Many prospective clients are aware of these problems and invest in green roofs as a suitable roofing alternative.

What Are the Two Types of Green Roofs?

As previously discussed, there are two different types of green roofs. Realistically, the two different types of green roofs can be separated into three different types: intensive, semi-intensive, and extensive. Extensive roofs are described as thin, lightweight roof systems that only have a depth of approximately six to twenty centimeters deep. Semi-intensive green roofs have a slightly deeper thickness, while intensive green roofs are recognized to have a thickness of twenty to one hundred centimeters. Intensive green roofs can support a wonderful variety of plants due to their accommodations, with plant options ranging from shrubs to small trees.

How Does A Green Roof Help the Environment?

Green roofs help reduce stormwater runoff. During heavy or continuous rain, runoff can easily overwhelm the surrounding built-up stormwater infrastructure. This excess of stormwater runoff can potentially damage waterways and influence the fish habitat. Plants growing on a green roof help retain rainwater. This rainwater is returned to plants, which return a portion of this water to the atmosphere through the process of evaporation. This results in the portion of stormwater that does run off the roof being cleaner, and healthier for the environment.

Green Roof for Building

It is important for homeowners to consider the possible causes of a water leak for their green roof. Essentially, the underlayment or underlying roof membrane can eventually deteriorate. For commercial buildings, which do endure a certain measure of wear and tear, this can be especially problematic. Nonetheless, the international community of roofer and enterprising architects agree that green roofs comprise a dazzling streamlining of environmentally friendly roofing alternatives. Rooftop gardens on top of commercial buildings provide a special benefit for businesses that conduct international relations and business deals, as a view of the skyscrapers from the vantage of a garden is uncommon and particularly extraordinary.

Green Roof vs Cool Roof

What primarily benefits the property owner will primarily benefit the roof. One of the things that are most important to consider is whether or not a cool roof would be more beneficial. Please consider the following bulleted list to determine what the benefits are of a cool roof.

  • Cost benefits. The cost to install a cool roof is not necessarily different from the cost of installing a non-cool roof, making cool roofs exceptionally cost-effective.
  • Energy savings. Cool roofs achieve the greatest amount of cooling savings in hot climates. Commercial property owners will see the maximum amount of energy savings once a non-cool roof is transformed into a cool roof alternative.
  • Moisture control. It is important to consider that moisture will always affect a roof, even a cool roof. In warm, humid environments, mold and algae can grow. Thus, in this case, a cool roof does not necessarily stand apart from a green roof.
Green Roof System on Residential Property

Green Roof Benefits

Green roofs provide a bevy of important benefits for residential and commercial property owners. Green roofs provide a rainwater buffer in addition to purifying the air. Such roofs reduce the surrounding ambient temperature and regulate the indoor temperature. It can save energy and green roofs encourage biodiversity in the city. There are many aesthetic, economic, ecological and societal benefits to green roofs.

If you think you need a green roof system in Fort Worth, TX, call McStay Quality Roofing at 817-349-0016 to speak with our staff about making an appointment for your green roof system today!