Should You Maintain or Replace Your Roof?

Roof Replacement Contractors in Austin

How can you tell if your roof needs to be replaced or just repaired? When do consistent roof leaks become telling?

The materials that were used to construct your roof has a lot to do with the lifespan of your roof. Usually, you can expect a shingle roof to last around 20 years (depending on the quality of the shingles), while a foam roof, if its maintained regularly can have a lifespan of up to 50 years.

However, we have some additional factors that come into play in the Southwest. Natural aging is mainly caused by the heat and intense sun. The southern side of your roof will generally have the greatest wear and tear. Weather extremes, pollution, tree branches, improper drainage, hail and wind can also affect premature aging of a roof. The best way to put off replacing your roof is to regularly maintain the materials and fix any damage as soon as it happens.

You may, however, be wondering if your roof needs to be replaced. If so, here are 10 things to look for that might give you a clue that a new roof is needed.

Is the roof deck sagging?

Do you see any dark spots?

Is there any consistent leaking or water damage?

Can you see light through your roof?

Is there any materials missing (shingles, tiles, etc.)?

Can you see sections that are cracked or torn? If you have a shingle roof, are there granules in the gutter?

When you check the flashing around vents , pipes and chimneys, are they in good shape?

Are you getting the proper drainage off your roof?

Have you found any mold, rot or moisture?

Do you have proper ventilation for your attic space and appliances?

Roof Installation ContractorsIf you have seen many of these issues with your roof, then you might want to seriously consider the expenses involved. If the expense for repairs is $2500, and the repairs will last 5 years, then it will need to be done again, if not more. You’ll need to compare these costs to the amount of a new roof that could last up to 20 or 30 years. It may make more sense to invest in a new roof now and save a lot of money in future repair expenses.

The other thing you need to be aware of is that putting off a roof replacement can add even more expenses. Bad maintenance can allow moisture to get in to the membrane and cause damage to your insulation and roof decking. If you have to replace these, along with your roof materials, it will be a much more costly proposition.

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If its been some time since your last professional roof inspection, you should have it done on a regular basis. A professional, experienced roofing contractor can see things on your roof that you may miss and give you advice as to its remaining lifespan.

This will allow you to make an informed, educated decision regarding the future of your roof. Its better to get all the info you need and do the job right the first time, as it will cost less in the long run.

Armadillo Roofing & Exteriors (512) 333-7663 is a roof installation contractor and roof replacement contractor. We provide commercial roof repair, commercial roof installation and residential roof installation services to Austin, Texas and the surrounding area cities.


Commercial Roof Installation

Roofing: Which System Is Right For You?

When choosing a roofing system, a property owner has to know how sturdy the roof structure is and how much weight it can bear. Especially if you’re thinking about ceramic or concrete tiles, which are much heavier than the other materials you could use. You also need to know the pitch and size of the roof to select the right materials. Once you understand these 2 things, then you can choose your material. Here are the main choices you have for a roofing system:.

Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles have three tabs and usually have a repetitive pattern from one property to the next, but you can get them in a wide range of colors. Architectural or laminated shingles have two layers of material bonded together, with random notches taken out, which exposes the bottom layer. It gives the roof a 3D look with different high and low tabs. Due to the double bond layer, dimensional shingles give more protection and impact resistance from the elements – some grades can withstand winds up to 120 mph. They also last longer – as long as 40 years in some cases as opposed to the the average 20 years for single layer shingles.

Metal Roofing
Why are more and more property owners choosing metal over other more traditional roofing systems? Because they’re more durable, easier to maintain and save a lot of money on utility costs and property insurance. But maybe the biggest reason is the beauty of a metal roof that is hard to compare. There’s a wide array of striking colors, sleek panel profiles and great looking trim components, which allow a property owner to express themselves in many ways through the property’s appearance. Wherever you live or whatever the lifestyle, there’s a metal roof that fits your property.

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Tile Roofing
You can choose clay, teracotta and concrete as the tile choices most common throughout the south and southwest for roofing. They hold up great to extreme weather conditions and are very impact resistant to debris and hail. Your roof also stays cooler in heat as air can circulate up and under the tiles for ventilation. Also, since there are so many styles and colors to choose from, they’re very attractive from an architectural standpoint. The one thing you have to factor in, however, is your roofing and frame structures ability to handle the weight.

Foam Roofing
Foam is used mostly on flat roofs, but because of the way it adapts and flows when its applied, it can be used on just about any kind of roof. Its very low maintenance and long-lasting. With routine care every 10 years or so, it can last as long as 50 years. Foam is also very light in weight, a lot more so than other traditional roofing systems. It is also very durable, resists impact well and is extremely energy efficient, which can produce utility savings of 30% or more when comparing it to other materials.

Single Ply Roofing
Austin Commercial RoofingOne of the faster growing applications for flat roofs is single ply. These white-colored roofing systems are highly reflective and very energy efficient. Its widely used, especially in the Southwestern part of the US. Most manufacturers of single ply materials offer between 10 and 30 year warranties. You can also get creative with the insulation thats installed underneath the membrane, sometimes with R factors of 30 or more.

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Cool Roofing
We wear light colored clothing during summer months because they reflect the heat and sunlight. Buildings and homes work the same way. If your roof is darkly colored, it will be hotter than if it had light coloration.

“Cool Roof” is referring to materials used that reflect the sun’s energy away from the roof’s surface. On low-slope roofs, the colors used are mainly bright white, but a lot of non-white colors are beginning to become available for roofs that are more sloped. They also have high emissivity levels, which allows them to emit infrared energy. As an example, metal roofs usually have low emissivity, so its not considered as a cool material.

Roof temps can be lowered as much as 100 degrees with a cool roof, which, of course, reduces the heat thats transferred down into the building or home below. This will reduce utility costs, make it more comfortable, lower maintenance expenses, increase the roofs lifespan, and lower contributions to urban heat islands and smog.

LEED Certified Roofs
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.Its internationally recognized as a certification for green buildings. There are a lot of new roofing materials coming available that are considered “green”. One example is the new solar roof shingles that you’re seeing on the market. Synthetic shingles, shingles made from recycled plastic and rubber from items like plastic bottles and tires, are mixed with wood waste. they are lighter in weight than other materials, long lasting, fire resistant and UV resistant. They can have a lifespan as long as 50 years. Other natural and recycled products are now being used by roof material manufacturers, like slate, wood fiber and clay, which are eco-roofing products. Before making a choice on “green” roofing products, consumers should keep apprised of the market because new products are coming available every month.

Armadillo Roofing & Exteriors has been serving the greater Austin area for over 15 years. When you need a professional, experienced and trustworthy commercial roof repair contractor for your next commercial roofing project, give us a call at (512) 333-7663.


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Commercial Roof Repair, Commercial Roof Replacement and Commercial Metal Roof Restoration for the Austin Area

Commercial Roof Repair

Need commercial roof repair? At Armadillo Roofing we offer customers affordable commercial roof repair options.

Commercial Roof Installation

Modified Bitumen, White Membrane, Metal or Green Roofing Systems, we can install the highest quality roof on your commercial building.

Commercial Metal Roof Repair

We'll keep your property's Metal Roofing System in top-notch condition with our extensive experience and expertise with Commercial Metal Roofing Systems.

Commercial Metal Roof Restoration

Let us show you how you can save a lot of money, as much as 30-40%, by restoring your commercial metal roof instead of replacing it.

About Us

I’m Mark Franz, the owner of Armadillo Roofing & Exteriors.

I’m proud to say no one can beat our quality and experience in commercial roof repair, commercial roof installation, commercial roof replacement, commercial metal roof repair and commercial metal roof restoration in Austin, Texas.

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Whether you’re looking for commercial roof installation, commercial roof repair, commercial roof maintenance, commercial metal roof repair or commercial metal roof restoration, we here at Armadillo Roofing have you covered.

With Commercial Roofing we are experienced in Modified Bitumen, White Membrane, Metal, Tile, Shingle, Green and all Flat Roofing systems.

You can save a lot of money, as much as 30-40% over a replacement, by taking advantage of our commercial metal roof restoration services.

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Here at Armadillo Roofing, nothing is more important than taking care of the most important asset we have – our satisfied customers.

We take pride in the number of 5 star reviews you will find online that our customers have posted.

We will always deliver on our promise to ensure the finest quality materials and craftsmanship, stressing integrity and rewarding excellence. We are craftsmen who take pride in the roofing services we provide to our customers, both commercial and residential.

Our commitment is to deliver “Quality Craftsmanship at an Affordable Price,” and we have been doing just that for well over a decade now in Austin and the surrounding areas.

“Thanks for taking care of us in a professional manner. It was a pleasure to deal with someone who actually did what he said he would do. Look forward to seeing you soon. Thanks again.”

Mike McCoy – Mission Mortgage

“Thanks for a job well done. I look forward to working with you in the future. Let me know if you need any references on your future jobs. I’d be glad to be of help. Take Care.”

Mike Wilson – Central Texas Development Assessments, Inc.,

“Thank you again for your hard work. You did an amazing job on our building’s roof system and I would certainly recommend Armadillo to anyone needing your services.”

A.W. Armstrong – Kestrel Management Services, LLC

“Armadillo Roofing replaced our old roof with a beautiful new one. David managed the entire process to the detail. He was there during the work and walked the roof with me after it was finished. Quality, friendly and trustworthy best describes our experience with Mark and David at Armadillo.”

Lisa Y. – Austin

“We had an amazing experience with Armadillo Roofing and can’t say enough positive things about them. They replaced our entire roof in time to put our house on the market.”

Court C. – Cedar Park

“A hail storm left us with roof damage. Armadillo was referred to us and we couldn’t be happier. David was onsite at the start and finish of each phase to ensure everything was done properly. Mark is engaged and responsive anytime we had questions. They do great work! I would recommend Armadillo to anyone.”

Danny W. – Austin