Residential Roof Replacement

How to Tell If Its Time for Roof Replacement

Even the best of roof materials fail eventually, regardless of how well you maintain them. Roof replacement is probably the last thing that you want to deal with, and yet you need to monitor your roof closely for any signs that it’s nearing its end. In ideal circumstances, your roof gets replaced prior to starting to fail and results in water damage, but also not until after you got the most out of your investment. Keep reading to learn crucial warning signs that our own roofing contractors watch out for.

These signs are indications that a shingle roof is nearing the end of its functional lifespan:

Residential Roof Replacement

Roof Has Hit Its Anticipated Life Expectancy

How long a roof lasts frequently depends on the kinds and caliber of roofing materials used. When maintained properly, an asphalt shingle roof might last for more than two decades. However, an asphalt shingle roof with multiple layers of shingles isn’t going to last so long.

Shingles Gone Missing

Do you look up to your roof and see shingles that are missing? Fortunately, this issue can often be addressed with economical repairs if you aren’t missing out on too many shingles overall. If the valleys of the roof are missing shingles, then you might need a totally new roof though. Valleys are some of the most susceptible areas to lakes. They’re also the hardest parts to patch.

Gutter Granules

Check out your gutters. Do they have gritty granules that came from your shingles? This is often an indication of a roof that’s ready to fail. Asphalt shingles have a tendency to lose more surface granules as they get to the end of the expected lifecycle. You might also notice your roof has inconsistent coloring. This can be a sign of granules wearing off.

Buckling/Curling Shingles

If you see curling or buckling shingles, then the roof has probably gotten to a point of needing to be replaced. Your shingles have gotten too weathered to be able to protect your home appropriately. They might let leaks into your home.


A sagging roof is one of the more troubling signs you can ever see. This can happen with issues in your roof deck and possibly even the home’s foundation, rather than the actual roofing materials. Still, this is a serious sign that there is a danger for your home.

Commercial Roof Replacement

Commercial Roof ReplacementFlat commercial roofs can withstand decades of use if they are properly maintained. Then again, even the highest-quality metal roof or EPDM membrane is going to need eventual replacement. These are frequent warning indicators that a commercial roof needs repairs or replacement:

Moisture That Is Trapped

If you notice bubbles in the EPDM coating, then your roof might have water issues. You’ll need a new roofing system if moisture invades the insulation or deck and gets trapped in between layers of the roofing.

Rips Or Tears

A flat roof will sometimes develop rips or tears in the seams or the actual roof membrane. Flat roof repair can be possible when the damage is rather isolated and the rest of the roof is still in great shape. Extensive damage might mean you’re going to be better off with a whole new roof though.


Alligatoring is when roof damage looks visually like an alligator hide and has thousands of cracks. UV damage and changes in temperature over time result in alligatoring. This almost always requires a new roof system to be put into place.

Armadillo Roofing & Exteriors (512) 333-7663 provides roof replacement and roof installation to Austin, Texas and the surrounding communities. When you need help with replacing your roof, whether residential or commercial, give us a call. Also if you need a metal roof replaced, check out our sister site –

Roof Replacement Cost

Factors That Affect the Cost of a New Roof

Your Roof Will Eventually Need to be Replaced

Replacing a roof is one of the biggest and most costly project a homeowner can take on.

Roofing companies look at a lot of variables to determine the price of a new roof, including its size, pitch, accessibility and cost of materials. Because of this, prices for a new roof can vary drastically.

The average cost of a new roof can be as low as $5,000 for a basic asphalt shingle roof — the most commonly used roofing material in the country — to $25,000 or more for higher-end roof types, like tile or slate The average price, however, from around the country is $12,000 to replace an architectural shingle roof.

Calls to contractors show that prices can vary from $5,500 to $12,000 to tear off and replace a roof with basic shingles in 2018. Prices can also vary greatly depending on where you live.

Here are the main factors:

Roof Size
A roof’s size is the largest cost factor.

Roofers charge per roofing square. A 10-by-10-foot (100 square feet) area is equal to one roofing square. So, a 3000 sq. ft roof is equal to 30 squares.

Pitch of the Roof
Another variable in pricing is the pitch of the roof, or the slope. Some roofs have a high pitch, while others have a low pitch or no pitch at all — all factors which affect the cost of the roofing estimate.

Roof Replacement ContractorsA roof with a pitch of about a 7:12 ratio — the first number represents the height and the second the length — or higher isn’t walkable and will probably require more safety harnesses and equipment. A 7:12 roof, as an example, means that for every 12 inches it runs horizontally, the roof rises 7 inches vertically.

A roof of 7:12 or greater is a pretty steep roof, and roof replacement contractors will charge more to work on this type of roof. The work goes more slowly with a steep roof. You can’t stack materials on the roof, and crew members will need to wear harnesses. Because of these difficulties and because the roofing company will pay more in insurance costs, their quote is adjusted accordingly.

Accessibility to the Roof
Can the roofer get a truck in close to the house? Can they back the truck up against the house? If not, they’ll have to carry the materials to and from the trucks. That will cause more costs for the roofing contractor and will make the project more expensive. Tearing off a heavier roof can also increase labor costs.

Type of Roofing Material
It costs from $1.50 – $4 a square foot to remove and replace the roof or $1,800 to $8,600 for a typical 1,700-2,100 square foot ranch-style home, with a gentle slope, on average. The cost and labor for an asphalt roof for a 1,200-square-foot house in larger markets across the country ranges between $4,500 and $7,000. Asphalt is the most affordable roofing option, followed by wood, metal, tile and slate.

The cost per square foot for a wood shingle roof is between $7.37 and $9.77. That equates to about $1,474 to $1,854 per 200 square feet, which is two squares.

Materials for a metal roof can cost upwards of $1,900 per 100 square feet. The price can be twice as much for a metal roof compared to asphalt shingles, and as much as four or five times more for slate.

While a good asphalt shingles may last 20 or more years, metal, tile, and slate may last 30 or more years, which can play a role in determining the type of roof you ultimately choose.

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Other roofing cost factors

  • Water damage can also factor in to the final expense of a roofing project. Usually, you won’t find water damage until after the roofer has removed the roofing materials and the deck is exposed. If there’s significant water damage, it can change the project from a roof repair to a roof replacement.
  • Another factor that can affect the price is whether your home has chimneys or skylights, or other protrusions. They will increase the cost and scope of the project, as your roofing contractor will need to work around them. The cost of repairing flashing around a chimney can range from $200 to $500, while repairing it around the skylight can average between $300 and $500.
  • You might be able to save some money by overlaying an existing roof, instead of replacing it. But doing this can lower the lifespan of the new roof and could void warranties you’d have on labor and materials.

If you need a quote to replace your roof from a reliable, experienced roof replacement contractor in the Austin area, Armadillo Roofing & Exteriors is your answer. We’ve been providing quality roofing services to the Austin area since 2001. Give us a call at (512) 333-7663.

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“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

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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