Why Put On A Metal Roof?

Why put a metal roof on, instead of shingles? Shingle roofing costs have doubled every 10-12 years. Historical and projected costs for a 30 square shingle roof

  • $940 in 1976
  • $2000 in 1991
  • $7200 in 2008
  • $15,000 in 2023
  • $34,000 in 2038

A 30 square Houston metal roof with Mar Rib (Key West) style metal would cost approximately $12,000. Then you have peace of mind and no putting away for the next roof(sorry, you’ll be dead).

PLUS

Metal roofs are energy efficient. They reflect the sun and lower your energy bills.
It improves the value of your home 6%-9%.A metal roof qualifies under Florida Wind Mitigation for an insurance discount (each insurance company gives a different discount so check with your insurance company for more information).

LONGEVITY

It’s time to look at longevity. When we retire, do we need to, or can we afford to, put another roof on our home? Where are we going to get the money for the roof? I’m sorry, but it’s true – we have to look after ourselves.slider-5 If you are 40 years old today and you put on a shingle roof and continue to put on shingle roofs until you’re 70 years old, that one should last until you’re 85 years old. These roofs will cost you approximately $57,000. Now that is an outlay of $57,000 in 30 years. In other words, you have to save over $1900 per year to pay for your roofs. If you put on a metal roof today for approximately $12,000, that’s it! You now have a roof that will last. No more putting money away for a new roof. Just think of what you could do with the extra $45,000 during your retirement! OR an extra $1900 per year for holidays, vacations, etc. Wouldn’t that be nice?

DON’T FORGET

Energy Savings
Insurance Discounts
Peace of Mind

Is Do It Yourself Water Damage Restoration Right For You

So you had a home or business water damage experience, and you want to restore it yourself right? if it’s minor situation you may save some of money by doing it yourself and dodge the high risk of your insurance policy rates going Up or lessen the chance of a policy cancellation altogether.

You need to have a few basic abilities prior to tackling this job yourself, so let’s get into those abilities.

  • Be in Good physical condition (Lifting Furniture, Heavy Wet Carpet Pad/Carpet)
  • Being a good handyman or having a friend or relative to help you with remodeling skills.
  • Dry, Warm Weather, for 3 days minimum, the less humid in the outside climate the better!
  • $100.00 minimum to Rent Air Movers or Air Blowers at your local rental yard (not always available).

How to talk to insurance adjusters: (Insurers record incoming calls, Not a scare tactic)! Use the term FLOOD and not Water Damage and your on your way to a most likely denial of reimbursement costs for water damages. What you say can be held against you for possible claim denial! Your homeowners insurance does not cover damage from a flood.
If you have serious water damage you are going to need professional help, otherwise you might end up costing yourself a lot more money in the long run. Failing to completely remove all the water and moisture is setting up an ideal situation for mold growth. This will require professional technicians to complete the drying and the mold remediation of the mold that has taken hold.

Is Your Austin Family Already Suffering From The Effects Of Mold?

Many Austin homes have mold problems without even knowing it, and family members are suffering the consequences, not knowing why. Hidden leaky pipes, undetected roof leaks, condensation or faulty drain systems can result in mold growth inside of walls, under floors or carpets and inside of your HVAC system. Mold left undetected can continue to grow and create major health problems even in an immaculately clean home with no visible problems or the tell-tale musty odors. Recent Berkeley Lab, EPA Studies confirm the enormity of the public health and economic impact of dampness and mold. They estimate that the number of asthma cases alone attributable to home mold exposure is 4.6 million, at an annual cost of $3.5 Billion. In addition to Asthma, mold has been a proven cause of Allergies, Pulmonary Problems, Respiratory Problems and even certain Cancers.

Have you noticed any of these symptoms?

• Flu-like symptoms
• Diarrhea
• Headaches
• Rashes
• Hair loss
• Allergies
• Respiratory ailments
• Sinus problems
• Burning or itchy eyes
• Depression
• Memory loss
• Fatigue or Dizziness
If you or family members suffer from any of these symptoms and medical attention doesn’t seem to help, it might be a good idea to have an Austin mold inspection.

The level of danger depends on the type of mold.

Children, the elderly and anyone with immune sensitivities are the most at risk to the effects of mold. The effects can vary depending on the variety and quantity of mold present in your home. You may think that you know what to look for, but there are thousands of varieties of molds and finding the mold is not always easy. For instance, a small leak in your roof can allow enough water damage and penetration and provide a perfect environment for mold growth in the attic and inside the walls. Toxic gases and spores may be produced when certain types of mold are disturbed by changes in temperature or humidity. The results can be dangerous, for your family and for your home.

Houston Storms

Roof Damage Houston

After a significant storm your roof may sustain some damage. During an inspection your contractor may find that they need to refasten some shingles as they check the entire roof area for other issues such as damaged flashings, ventilation, siding, gutters, etc. Any problems found should be put in writing and presented to you for approval before any work.

Serious Roof Damage Houston

Normally any roof that receives more damage than shows above is an indication of extreme storms, poor installation or material failure and will require much more work than simply replacing or refastening a few shingles. In these cases your contractor can assist you in your dealings with the Insurance Company and Material Manufacturer’s Warranty.

Studies On Shingles

There have been numerous studies done on residential asphalt/fiberglass shingles over the past few decades. These studies have shown the average 30 year shingle will fail (at least in part) in the time frame of 15 to 20 years. The most common reasons for this pre-mature failure:

  • Poor Installation: With poor workmanship issues you can do very little in most cases.
  • Improper Roofing Ventilation:Roofing ventilation situations are correctable and normally at only hundreds of dollars,not thousands.
  • Lack of Routine Maintenance after Installation: Routine common maintenance in some cases can be done by the home owner themselves or a local handyman.

Best Practices

Recommended Schedule For Routine/Common Maintenance:

  • Twice per year in a wooded area.
  • Twice per year in a high wind area.
  • Once per year if neither 1 nor 2 apply to your area.
    • If your roof was installed properly, you can get away with less frequent maintenance, but your roof and gutters still collect debris throughout the year. This means routine maintenance is a very important part in achieving the full life-span of your roofing system. The company that installed your roof may offer a free annual roof inspection. If they do not find a contractor that does. Having your roof inspected and maintained on an annual basis will go a long way in sustaining the long life of your roofing system.