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What qualifies as a roof repair emergency?

damaged shingle roofing

Keeping Your Roof in Shape

If you have noticed several neighbors getting a new roof, maybe it’s time to have your roof inspected. It doesn’t necessarily mean a good salesperson has canvassed the neighborhood selling roofing jobs. Or you can wait and take a chance of not needing emergency roof repair. Your home, your choice. 

Is a roof leak an emergency?

Any roof leak needs to be addressed, but not every roof leak is an emergency. Emergency roof repair is needed when the daily routine of your household is interrupted by rain pouring into your home. If the roof leak is caused by a tree sitting on top of your home or your roof is partially missing, that is an emergency roof repair. 

A tiny to small roof leak where you’re able to go about the normal activities should be addressed and repaired sooner than later, but it isn’t a cause for calling a contractor for an emergency roof repair. 

How do you handle an emergency roof repair?

The first essential step is to evacuate the house if the leak is from a tree on the roof or the roof is partially gone. Once everyone is safe, take the following steps for a temporary emergency roof repair: 

Minimize Water Damage 

You need to minimize any more water damage to your home’s interior, including electronics, furnishings, and personal belongings. Move everything you can out from under the leak and then place a plastic tarp on the floor with a bucket on that. This will collect the water. Next, if the ceiling is bulging, poke a hole in the center. This will allow any built up water to drain out and keep from causing more damage to the ceiling. 

Determine the Location of the Damage

It is never recommended for homeowners to climb up on the roof to locate a leak. The structure may not be stable. However, if you can gain access to the attic, with a flashlight, look for water dripping from the joists and decking, moisture on the insulation, etc. Follow the dripping water backward to determine where it is coming from. Typically roof leaks are not where the water is dripping. Use chalk to circle the area and then measure from the closest outer wall to the leak. This will help you locate the leak on the roof. 

Apply a Tarp 

From inside the attic, stretch a plastic tarp over the damaged area. Secure it in place with 2×4 boards and nails. If you can safely get on the roof, the following steps will walk you through how to put an emergency tarp on a roof: 

Once you’re on the roof, measure from the same exterior wall to the damaged area. Place a plastic tarp over the damage and position 2×4 boards in a square around the damage and nail or screw into place. This is only meant for a temporary emergency roof repair – never plan for that to be “the” repair.

If you haven’t already, call a roofing contractor that offers emergency roof repair service. Explain the damage you’ve found and the steps you have taken. Then call your homeowner’s insurance company and file a roof damage claim. 

How can I cover a hole in my roof?

As a homeowner, it is beneficial for you to know how to temporarily fix a leaking roof until the roofing contractor arrives. If the leak isn’t considered an emergency roof repair, but there is a definite leak, you can take these steps to stop any further leaking: 

  1. After you have secured your ladder to your house and safety equipment on, get on the roof and locate the damaged area. You can use the same measuring steps described above from the exterior wall to the damage. 
  2. Remove the old roofing shingles using a pry bar.
  3. Remove any remaining nails.
  4. If the decking has any damage, remove it. 
  5. Measuring the damaged area, cut a piece of plywood to be 2” larger all the way around 
  6. Cut 2 x 4 boards to create a square frame around the damage.
  7. Attach the cut piece of plywood to roof joists with galvanized nails 
  8. Apply tar paper over the plywood.
  9. Frame the plywood with the 2×4 boards. 

Should the time come that you need emergency roof repair, you need to know how to get emergency roof repair after storm damage. Making a connection with a roofer when you don’t have an emergency will help you going forward. Do this by scheduling annual roofing inspections. They will learn your home’s roof and structure and you can establish a relationship with them. With that relationship in place, when you do have an emergency roof repair, they’ll put you to the top of the list. 

How much is an emergency roof repair?

Emergency roof repair charges by most roofing contractors can reach a total of $400. They typically charge by the hour, anywhere from $45 to $75 per hour, with most minor roof leaks taking under 3 hours. 

worker installing asphalt shingles

Topping Off The Roof 

Is a permit needed to do an emergency roof repair? In the Fort Worth, Texas area, roofing jobs do not require a building permit. The only time a roofing job would require a permit is if the roof was a new build or expanding on an existing structure.

Top Signs Your Roof Needs to be Repaired

roof with damaged and missing shingles

Do I need to repair my roof?

Most of Texas got off to an unusual beginning of the year in 2021 with a snowstorm. Then spring came in with its usual hail and high winds, followed by the hot Texas sun baking our roofs. With all of that, it only makes sense to check and see whether roof repair is needed, folks.

If you aren’t sure when to repair a roof, we recommend doing it before you end up with a major leak. If you wait, then it comes down to a roof repair versus replacement, and you may not have much choice but to get a new roof. In some cases, a DIY-oriented homeowner that isn’t afraid of heights can do their own roof repairs. Not sure how to repair a small hole in the roof? Follow these steps: 

Step One: Fill either 3/8 inch or 1/2 inch nail holes with roofing cement or silicone caulk.  

Step Two: For larger holes, or if there are several holes in a single area, you’ll need to cut sheet metal that is larger than the hole or area itself. 

Step Three: Lift the shingles around the area and spread roofing cement liberally over the holes. 

Step Four: Place the sheet metal over the roofing cement so that it covers the nail holes. 

Step Five: Spread caulk over the sides of the sheet metal then press the shingles down on top of the sheet metal. 

How to Repair Roof Shingles

Doing your own roof repair for broken, cracked, or curled shingles can save you a lot of money and hassle from the insurance company. Just use a caulking gun and dab some roofing sealant under the corner, and then weigh it down with a heavy item like a brick for 24 hours. This will allow the roofing sealant to dry. Boom! You just did your own roof repair. 

Roof repair can sometimes require replacing a destroyed or missing shingle, which can be done in five steps: 

  • Slip a pry bar under the broken, cracked, curled, or damaged shingle.
  • Press down until the roofing nails pop up.
  • Spread roofing cement under the shingle above and on the underside of the new shingle.
  • Slide the new shingle up under the one above, aligning it with the ones on each side, and press hard.
  • Nail roofing nails along the top of the new shingle.
  • Spread roofing cement over the nail heads then lower the shingle down on top of the new shingle.
  • Place a heavy item like a brick on top of the shingle above and the new shingle. Leave for 24 hours to set and cure. 

Knowing how to repair a roof leak when it’s raining is important because you won’t always be able to get a roofing contractor during severe weather events. For a roof repair emergency, take the following steps for a temporary roof repair: 

  • First, get a plastic tarp that will cover the entire affected and damaged area, and just beyond about two to three feet all the way around. 
  • Next, nail the edges of the tarp down then cover the nails with roofing cement. 
  • Inside your home, find where the water is coming in and place a bucket under it.
  • Place a tarp under the bucket, and then poke a hole in any bulging ceiling. This will allow any accumulated water out and keep it from spreading to the rest of the ceiling. 
  • In the attic, find the leak and spread roofing cement around the hole, then place a piece of plywood over the hole, nailing it in place. After that, spread roofing cement over the edges and over the nail holes. 

Keep in mind this is only a temporary roof repair fix until your insurance adjuster or your roofing contractor inspects the damage, provides a written roof repair estimate, and you can make roof repairs as needed. 

How to Repair a Sagging Roof

If the roof on your home is sagging, it can be because of broken rafters or trusses, and the extent of the damage could be more than a homeowner DIY roof repair project. Getting up on a roof is dangerous and best left to the professionals.  However, if it is just a small section and you’re comfortable with heights, the following steps will get your sagging roof repaired: 

STEP 1: Identify and inspect the damage

Look at your roof from the street level and then from the attic. Check the roof trusses for breaks, cracks, and rot. 

STEP 2: Drill holes in a steel “L” channel.

This roof repair is to get the roof rafter or truss back to the original condition, and a steel “L” channel is the best way to strengthen it to that point. Get a “L” channel that is 1.5 inches by 1.5 inches and minimum 2 feet long. Drill four evenly spaced holes of  ⅜-inch in the base of the “L” channel and four evenly spaced holes on the side . 

STEP 3: Remove chips and splinters of wood.

Remove any wood fragments from the rafter or truss so the alignment isn’t affected. 

STEP 4: Mount the steel “L” channel on the rafter and fasten

Mount the “L” channel over the damaged part with lag bolts of ⅜-inch by 2-inch size and place the carriage bolts & washers in the drilled side holes of the “L” channel.

STEP 5: Measure the gap between the ”L” channel and rafter

Take a ⅜ inch by 1½ inch lag bolt that is 2 inches longer than the gap between the rafter bottom and the “L” channel.

STEP 6: Add two bolts at the “L”  bottom and tighten to secure the rafter

With two lag bolts along the “L” bottom tighten until flush with the steel and tighten the bolt furthest from the separation then tighten the front bolt to ¼ inch away from the “L” steel, continuing until the rafter or truss are closely fit.

STEP 7: Add additional bolts and tighten everything.

Add any needed additional bolts, drill more holes on the “L”  side, and insert carriage bolts, ensuring the nuts and washers are snuggly fit against the steel and thoroughly tight and secured in place.

STEP 8: Have a professional roofing contractor inspect the job! 

Even if you’re confident in your abilities with DIY projects, it’s important to remember you aren’t a professional. Even when you do a project yourself, having an inspection can guarantee you didn’t miss anything and your roof is safe over your head.

close-up of tools on a shingle roof

In Closing 

As a homeowner, you want your homeowner’s insurance to pay for as much as possible. So taking that into consideration, is roof repair covered by insurance? If the roof repair is due to a weather event, it will probably be covered by your homeowner’s insurance. If the roof repair is due to what the insurance adjuster deems to be neglect or normal wear and tear, then, no, you will be out-of-pocket for roof repair costs. Regardless, you can get the help you need with your roof repair by reaching out to our team at 817-349-0016.

How do you maintain a roof?

Worker inspecting a roof.

Start with the Roofing Basics

Much of Texas had winter weather a little unusual with snow and ice, leaving many without power or water for days, and even weeks. Once all that ice and snow melted, the spring storms rolled through, and we all know what that can mean for homes and the possible damage it can cause to roofs. So, as summer is in the high right now, it is time to get that roof inspection if you haven’t already. 

Why get a roof inspection?

Though it seems to not have any issues right now, there could be some damage on the roof, or under it, that you’re not seeing. The ice and snow we had during the first part of 2021 could have started some issues, and the spring storms of hail and wind could have made that worse. Now, the hot summer sun is beating down on roofs, baking those possible problems in. 

A professional roof inspection will look for things that are not visible to the untrained eye. A professional roofing contractor can determine the condition of your roof, perform a roof inspection for leaks, or identify anything that can lead to leaks if not addressed now. A roof inspection is one of the best preventive measures you can take to avoid costly roof repairs, or worse a roof replacement in the future.

What is a roof inspection?

A homeowner should know what a roof inspection entails and hire a professional roofing contractor that knows how to conduct a roof inspection. This is all in good faith of maintaining the upkeep to your home’s value. A professional roof inspection checklist will be looking for the following possible problems: 

  • Loose and missing shingles
  • Algae, moss, plant growth
  • Cracks and possible leaks 
  • Buckled, curled shingles
  • Amount of roof granules in rain gutters or on the ground
  • Drooping or sagging areas of the roof

A regular roof inspection is crucial in knowing and understanding the condition of your roof . When you are on top of things like this, you can manage the proper care, maintenance, repairs, and upkeep to give you the longest life possible of a roof. 

How often should roofs be inspected?

With a brand new roof, inspection for routine maintenance can be done after the first five years. However, if there has been any significant weather event during that first five years, a professional roof inspection is recommended. The rain, hailstones, and high winds can do more damage than you can see from the ground. 

After that fifth year, having a professional roof inspection every two years is recommended till the 10th year, then every year after that. By the 12th to 15th year, depending on the quality of the roofing materials used and the installation job, it may be time to have a new roof installed. 

When should I replace my roof?

The longer you live in your home, the better the chance you’ll need to replace the roof at some point. Some signs to watch for yourself that don’t require a roof inspection to help you figure this out: 

  • Age: When it comes to roofing, if it isn’t a copper roof, age is not a thing of beauty. Your own roof inspection once a month or so and a professional roof inspection once every two to three years will keep this from sneaking up on you. A 15-year-old roof is probably ripe for replacement.
  • Inside Inspection: With a flashlight, take a trip to the attic with the flashlight off, are there beams of sunlight coming through the rafters? Do you see any sign of leaks like moisture on the insulation, stains on the underdecking? If you do, call a professional roofing contractor to do a roof inspection and get a few quotes for a new roof. 
  • Shingle Issues: Examine the shingles for bends, cracks, or other damage. If you see any, a professional roof inspection is needed. 
  • Wind Damage: Wind damage isn’t always visible, but you need to keep an eye for it and if you suspect you have wind damage, get a professional roof inspection. 
  • Flashing: This is the metal strips around the chimneys, dormers, skylights, and vents. If it is bent, broken, loose, or missing, your roof is set up for leaks. Call a professional roofing for a roof inspection. The flashing may simply need replacing, or there may be more problems there than you think. 
  • Exposed Nails: As you wear protective eyewear and gloves, inspect your roof for nail popups and missing nails. These mean the shingles are free to the wind and need to be replaced sooner rather than later. 
  • Roof Rot: This is serious and needs attention immediately. This means that water has already penetrated where it shouldn’t, and roof replacement is the minimum work you’ll need. The underdecking, the rafters, and more could be water damaged. 
  • Roof Growths: A roof is typically not for growing things, although there are “green roofs”. But with the everyday roof – nope, if uou have any algae, lichen, moss, or other things growing on your roof, you need to improve the attic ventilation, improve the attic insulation, and get a new roof. You may notice this as discoloration and dark streaks on your roof. 
  • Keeping Up with Jones: Yes, this is the one time you need to keep up with the Jones. If your neighbors are getting new roofs, especially if you have all been through a particular stormy event, then you should get a roof inspection for the same thing. 
Chalk circling damage on a roof.

Closing Words of Advice

We’ve mentioned roof maintenance a few times, but how do you maintain a roof? It isn’t all that hard really – just staying on a routine is the biggest thing. In order to maintain a roof, start with monthly general inspections by you. Does anything look out of place? After that, you can have professional roofing inspections done seasonally. These will keep your roof healthy and give it a long life! If it’s time for you to schedule your roof inspection, contact the McStay Quality Roofing team at 817-349-0016 today!

How Do I Know I Need a Roof Replacement?

Roof being replaced

Identifying roof replacement needs

Spring has wound down already here in Texas, and the hot summer got an early start. Did your roof survive the spring storms or is a roof replacement in your future?  Maybe you’re not sure and you’re asking, “How do I know when my roof needs to be replaced?”, and that’s what we’re going to cover in this piece today. 

More homeowners than you may think wait until they can star gaze through a hole in their roof before they decide it is time for a roof replacement. The problem with waiting until it has gotten that bad, a lot of other damage could be happening. So, before you can find the big dipper gazing at the stars through your roof, here are the indications that your home needs a roof replacement and repair: 

1. Age

An asphalt shingle roof will last up to 20 years, maybe 25 years if the weather is kind. Another factor that can make a roof age faster is if it was installed over the old roof. Yes, it can save money having a new roof replacement installed over an existing roof, but that also keeps the new roof from getting proper ventilation. Poor ventilation makes a roof age faster. 

2. Buckling and Curling

No, this isn’t a new hair style. When the shingles on your roof are buckling and curling, you need a new roof replacement. The slopes on a roof are getting direct UV rays all day, every day. The sun is brutal on a roof and will age the shingles fast, look what it does to your skin!  Buckled and curled shingles is an indication you need a roof replacement, the sooner the better. 

3. The Valleys

Most roofs have valleys, where two different roof angles meet. If there are missing shingles in the valleys of your roof, you need a roof replacement. The valleys are essential for snow and water to flow to the gutters, in the downspouts, and out away from your home. 

4. Shingles Missing 

Missing shingles anywhere on your roof is an indication that a roof replacement is needed.  are another sign your roof could be failing. 

5. Chimney flashing

The flashing around your chimney isn’t just décor, it serves an important job in keeping the rain from leaking in around the chimney and into your home.  If it is bent, loose, or missing, roof repair could be all you need. However, it could be an indicator that you need roof replacement. Have a professional roofing contractor inspect your roof and give you their experienced advice. 

6. Asphalt Granules in the Gutters

Check your gutters to see if they need cleaning and if you notice a lot of asphalt shingles too, then your roof is losing its usefulness and a roof replacement is needed.

7. Seeing Daylight 

Take a trip up in the attic and if you can see daylight through the decking, you need a new roof replacement. 

What is replaced when you get a new roof?

If the time has arrived that your home needs a roof replacement, this doesn’t mean you do not need to know how to replace a roof yourself. However, knowing what is involved in a roof replacement will make you an informed consumer and homeowner. The following are things you should expect to happen: 

  • The tear off: You may be tempted with your roof replacement to tell the roofing contractor not to tear off the old shingles in order to save some money. Think twice about this and then review number 1 listed above. Leaving the existing shingles will cause your new roof to age faster and you’ll be doing this again before you’re ready. A proper roof replacement should include the existing shingles being removed down to the decking. 
  • The decking: The roofing contractor should inspect the roof decking for any needed repairs or replacement. Make sure this is in your written quote. If they install your roof replacement over bad roof decking, it isn’t going to last long.
  • The underlayment: A total roof replacement also includes the underlayment, the roofing felt, being replaced. This is the water barrier that helps make the decking water-resistant. 
  • New flashing: The chimney, skylights, valleys, and other protrusions in the roof are susceptible to leaks and water damage from water runoff. A new roof replacement should include new flashing in these areas. 
  • Drip edging, Ice dam: A roof replacement should include new metal drip edging all around the roof edge, and an ice dam, the layer of waterproof material that prevents melted ice from backing up under the shingles.
new shingle roof

Can you patch a roof instead of replacing it? 

You got a few quotes on a roof replacement, but you’re still asking yourself, “Should I repair and replace my roof?”. That is a common question for anyone looking at spending hundreds, even thousands of dollars and completely understandable.

So, when it comes to determining if you need roof replacement vs repair doing the job needed, yes, in many cases, you can have the roof patched and repairs made. As you have roofing contractors inspect your roof and provide you estimates, have them provide estimates for  both patch & repair jobs and a roof replacement. An honest roofing contractor will tell you if patch & repair is sufficient or if roof replacement is the only way they would recommend. There are cases where the existing roof is in bad enough shape that roof replacement is the best way, maybe the only way to approach this. 

Do gutters have to be removed when replacing a roof?

This is something the roofing contractor will need to determine when they inspect the job and provide you an estimate.  It is possible for your roof replacement to be done and leave the  gutters installed, depending on how the gutters were installed. If your gutters are as old as the roof or your roof replacement is because of storm damage, you should have the gutters replaced at the same time the roof replacement is scheduled. Call 817-349-0016 today for your roof replacement in Fort Worth, TX.

What is a Single Ply Roofing System?

single ply roofing system

Choosing single ply roofing

Most commercial, industrial, and institutional structures typically have a single ply roofing system, like EPDM, TPO, or PVC. Others large structures with expansive roof sizes have a built up roofing system. Is one better than the other when comparing single ply roofing vs built up? 

It depends on the climate and environment of where the structure is located and if there is a specific goal to achieve with the roofing.  A single ply roofing membrane is made from sheets of synthetics, like rubber,  that are either ballasted or chemically adhered. This creates a protective layer on to a commercial, industrial, or institutional structure. 

Two main types of material for single ply roofing is EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) or TPO (Thermoplastic polyolefin). They each have a different  chemical makeup and how they are installed, and each have a different type of energy efficiency.

The built-up roofing system has been used for more than 100 years and commonly called a tar & gravel roof because of the layers of tar with a fabric and the final layer is gravel. 

What is EPDM roofing?

EPDM single ply roofing material is an exceedingly durable synthetic rubber used as a roofing membrane on large structures like commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings. EPDM single ply roofing is available in different thicknesses and widths, in black or white. The durability and the price point of EPDM are two reasons it is a popular choice for these types of structures. 

Is EPDM roofing any good?

Yes, this single ply roofing material is ideal for structures with flat roofing due to the natural properties it is created from. Once EPDM is installed, it becomes resistant to any blistering, cracking, and rot, giving the owner and maintenance crew less to worry about when it comes to building upkeep. 

What is single ply TPO roofing?

TPO is a single-ply roofing membrane that consists of a synthetic and scrim layer.  The synthetics keeps the roofing membrane flexible while the scrim is a reinforcement to keep it durable and strong. Available in 10 foot, 12 foot, and 20 foot wide sheets that are delivered in a roll to the job site. Once installed, TPO has a UV reflective surface, ideal for buildings where summers are hot. 

How long does single ply roofing last?

EPDM single ply roofing material has a lifespan up to 30 years or longer when properly maintained. It is resistant to punctures and thermal shock which contribute to its long life. TPO single ply roofing can last up to 20 years before any failure is expected, which is typically the seams have weakened and begin to separate. 

Is TPO better than EPDM?

There are single ply roofing benefits to both EPDM and TPO with both single ply roofing pros and cons to account for their popularity.  

EPDM single ply roofing offers these advantages: 

  • The Cost: In general, EPDM is an inexpensive single ply roofing material that is ideal for low-sloping roof surfaces. 
  • Eco-Friendly: Available in black or white, both offering energy reduction in different ways.  The black absorbs the UV rays and ease the heating cost of the structure. The white reflects the UV rays, easing the cost of cooling the structure. Both are suitable for a rooftop garden and solar panels, being durable and lightweight, flexible and 100% recyclable. 
  • Fire-Resistant: EPDM single ply roofing is a fire-resistant material and slows fire spreading down too. 
  • Long-Lasting: As stated above, when correctly installed, EPDM single ply roofing can last up to 30 years with proper maintenance and upkeep. It is impervious to radiation and UV damage, wind resistant and holds up to 3” hail without damage.  
  • Lower Energy Costs: An EPDM single ply roofing works well with polyiso insulation and with the white color, it is an excellent source for energy efficiency in warm climates.   With additional coating, the energy efficiency and reflectiveness increase, and with various thickness choices, you can choose the best for budget purpose.

EPDM single ply roofing offers these disadvantages: 

  • Installation Cost: While the EPDM material itself is cost effective, when installed by  fully adhered or mechanically attached, can make EPDM installation cost higher than the TPO single ply roofing.
  • Fragile: When installed on a structure in the wrong environment, it can be a fragile single ply roofing material. As a non-reinforced material, it punctures easily and shrinks as it ages. EPDM require routine professional maintenance every two years to get the full life expectancy.  
  • Not Aesthetic: EPDM single ply roofing is an ugly black rubber and if visible from other structures, it can be distractive to the building’s architectural style. Acrylic coating can be applied to chance the color but will need recoating every 2 years minimum. 

TPO single ply roofing offers these advantages: 

  • The Cost:  The cost for TPO single ply roofing installation is an impactful advantage over EPDM or PVC. 
  • Flexibility: TPO single ply roofing is practical for both commercial and residential properties and comes is various colors that can meet the architectural aesthetics desired. TPO is UV resistant in all available colors of black, light gray, and white. It is a flexible material that building settling and shifting won’t affect it like it will EPDM single ply roofing with thermal contracting and expanding.  
  • Easy Maintenance: TPO single ply roofing is resistant to mold growth, punctures, tears, and dirt accumulation. or settling in the building. Algae and mildew growth are unlikely, saving you cost for pressure washing. 
  • Easy Installation: Because TPO single ply roofing material is lightweight wide sheets, installation is easier for the contractor, requiring less labor. The less labor lowers the expense of having TPO single ply roofing installed. The installation can be completed with adhesives, direct fastening, or heat welded. 
  • Energy Savings: The reflective nature of TPO single ply roofing material is one of the main reasons building owners choose it. Meets Energy Star requirements of the EPA and the Cool Roof Rating Council features this single ply roofing material for structures in warmer climates to help with keeping a structure cooler in the summer. 

TPO single ply roofing offers these disadvantages: 

  • Too New: TPO single ply roofing is still too new that there is no test of time for comparison to EPDM. The current research does confirm it is durable, cost effective, and so far proves to be long lasting. 
  • Quality Varies: Each manufacturer of TPO single ply roofing  produces a different quality, some superior over others. It is recommended to check several out for comparison before choosing  TPO roofing membrane installation. 
  • Thickness Disparity: The thicker TPO single ply roofing doesn’t necessarily make it more durable or a better quality. The research is still determining the thickness disparity and its value, but at this time, it is given a 20 year life expectancy when maintained. 
  • Lamination: A TPO single ply roofing material’s uppermost part is laminated which creates a weak point and spurs cracking, shrinkage, and basic deterioration over time. 
  • Seams: With TPO single ply roofing being sold in rolls of small-width, there are more seams, typically every 6 to 8 feet. This allows contracting and expanding of the temperature to cause the seams to loosen and pull apart. 
black flat roof

How much does single ply roofing cost?

For any building owner, the final cost is the biggest decision with overtime savings being next.  Regardless of the type of single ply roofing material you choose the average cost to roof a 20,000 square foot commercial building can be as low as $3.50 and up to $7.50 per square foot. Call 817-349-0016 today for single ply roofing in Fort Worth, TX.

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?

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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 Does a Green Roof Do?

Flat White Roof

What is a green roof made of?

Before we answer that question, let’s answer the question most people still have: “What is a green roof?” A green roof is when the roof of a structure has had a garden built and planted on it with a waterproof membrane under it. The green roof garden may have flowers and shrubbery, or it may be a vegetable garden where the habitats of the building can get fresh food. Under the waterproof membrane, there is a drainage and irrigation system installed so that the water doesn’t accumulate and weigh on the structure. 

Green roofs are installed on rooftops that are flat or have a slightly sloped, and have three primary categories: 

  • Extensive: Contains a shallow medium of six inches or less, creating a limited roof load with limited plant variety. Minimal watering is required, and the green roof is usually not accessible.
  • Intensive: Contains added level of soil with a deeper medium, even at several feet, with a more disparate selection in plants and small trees. 
  • Semi-intensive: This is a combination of the first two. 

The elemental composition of a green roof contains of the following: 

  • Vegetation
  • Growing medium
  • Filter membrane
  • Drainage layer
  • Waterproof and root repellant layer
  • Roofing membrane support
  • Thermal insulation
  • Vapor control layer
  • Structural support

Can you put a green roof on an existing building?

Yes, in many cases, installing a green roof on an existing structure is sometimes preferred by the installing contractor. Green vegetative roofs are popping up in big and small cities, providing beauty and more.  It is recommended to use the services of a professional that knows how to install a green roof because of the details involved in doing it correctly. 

The weight limitations of a roof will depend on which type of green roof is the best option, extensive or intensive, and if it can be retrofitted. There is the need to choose the right type of roof membrane, drainage, and insulation that are often learned by experience.      

How do you maintain a green roof?

Like a typical garden, a green roof garden has some required maintenance, especially during the first season or two, as it takes root and develops. How much maintenance is determined by how which type of green roof garden you plant: Extensive or Intensive. In general, the seven things that will need human interactions are: 

  1. Unwanted plants weeded out.
  2. Keep the drainage clean and clear.
  3. Biannually, add compost 
  4. Unwanted plants weeded out again. 
  5. Water only if needed. 
  6. Treat for disease and pests as needed.
  7. Keep a detailed log of maintenance performed. 

Why get a green roof?, Is green roof good?

A green roof adds beauty to an area often neglected. A green roof also provides many benefits to the building and the area around it, which we have summarized here: 

  • Economically Beneficial: The upfront cost is expensive to install a green roof, but the economic benefits that follow are many, starting with the increased R-value for the roofing system. With this extra layer of insulation, the internal temperature is lower, easing the workload of the HVAC system, using less electricity. 
  • Stormwater Management Improved: A green roof provides help in controlling stormwater runoff and retention. 
  • Urban Heat Island Effect Reduced and Air Quality Improved: A garden roof can help lower the temperature around the building, helping to reduce the urban heat island temperature. 
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduced: With reduced cooling loads, the greenhouse gas emissions from HVAC equipment is reduced.
  • Roof Life Extended: A green roof can extend the existing roof’s life expectancy by protecting it from UV rays and extreme temperatures.

Do green roofs leak?

A green roof will not create any leaks when installed by a professional. A green roof will extend the life of the existing membrane because of the thick protective layer it provides against mechanical damage, extreme fluctuation in temperature, and intense UV rays.

reflective metal roof

Sold on A Green Roof Yet? 

So, we know a green roof is more costly to install, and it will require maintenance. Just how long does a green roof last for that extra cost and manpower? In Europe, where a green roof is more commonplace than here in America, they have been known to last 30 years up to 50 years. What are the pros and cons of having a green roof?

 The Pros:

  • Environmentally good
  • Lowers energy costs 
  • Little maintenance
  • Longer lifespan

The Cons:

  • The initial installation cost of a green roof is higher than a traditional roof
  • A green roof is heavier and may require additional structural support

Overall, it is worth considering having a green roof installed. A structural engineering report is recommended by roofing experts no matter how new the building.  Then making sure you commit others to help with the maintenance and upkeep so that the burden doesn’t fall on one person. Once they see the beauty and fruits of their labor, more people may join in with the green roof upkeep. Call 817-349-0016 today for your green roof installation in Fort Worth, TX.