Garland Roofing Guide

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A few minutes outside on a local winter’s day is enough to make anyone want to escape the frigged outdoors, and hang out inside where it’s warm and safe. However, if your roof isn’t cared for properly, your home might not be the cozy sanctuary you thought it was.

What Your House Will Tell You About Its Faulty Roof
There are a few physical signs you might notice around your home, indicating that your roof might buckle. Obviously, if one of these things happens it doesn’t mean your roof is going to cave in, but if you start noticing several of these things, it might be time to call your local Garland roofing contractor.
    •    Your roof is sagging
    •    There are cracked or split wood members
    •    Your home's doors pop open by themselves
    •    Doors and windows are difficult to open
    •    You hear frequent creaking or popping sounds from your house
    •    There are bowed utility pipes or conduit attached at ceiling
    •    New or expanding ceiling and wall cracks
The 30 lb Rule

If your roof was built with modern building codes, they should be able to handle snow pile ups just fine, unless the weight exceeds 30 lbs per square foot. Older buildings might not be able to even withstand this amount of pressure.

“Dead load”
Whether it’s snow, water, leaves or additional HVAC equipment, the more weight that your roof has to support, the more likely it is to collapse. You don’t have much time to consult a Garland roofing professional before a big storm.

Drains and Downspouts Care Tips
These roof areas can easily become frozen, causing rainwater or melting snow to be unable to adequately drain from the roof. leaves can clog your gutters, also preventing the proper draining of water's weight off of your roof. Proper maintenance of your drains will help prevent your roof from collapsing or leaking.

If you haven’t been pro-active about winter roof care from the start, and you’ve noticed some of the signs above, then call us at 877-772-7581! We’re some of the best roofers in Garland and Richardson – roofing contractors you can trust!

Garland Roofing Contractor
As a favored Garland Roofing Contractor, we know that to the average person, a shingle is a shingle.  It’s simply something that goes on a roof for added protection.

In reality, there are several different types of shingles, each one uniquely fitting for a particular building situation.  If you are looking to replace your roof, here is a brief overview so you can choose the best roofing shingle for your Garland or Richardson, Texas house.

Garland Asphalt Shingle Roofing
    •    very popular since the 1950’s
    •    lightweight and inexpensive
    •    made by permeating a fiber material with asphalt
    •    relatively fireproof
    •    contains copper or zinc that fight algae growth
    •    provides quality wind protection
    •    20+ year lifespan

Garland Architectural Shingle Roofing
    •    thicker than asphalt shingles
    •    look more refined than asphalt shingles
    •    resist algae growth
    •    sometimes resemble natural materials like slate or wood
    •    not as prone to insect damage
    •    fire resistant
    •    last up to 50 years

Garland Wood Shingle Roofing
   •    usually made from cedar or pressure-treated pine
    •    smooth and uniform in appearance
    •    last 30-50 years
    •    cost more than asphalt shingles

Home Look and Resell Value - Roofing Tip
Chances are that your home, in Garland or Richardson Texas, currently has 3-tab shingles. As the name describes the shingle configuration leaves 12” wide tabs exposed with 1/4” slot lines or rain groves. Though definitely functional, the 3-tab shingle has lost much of its popularity due to the introduction of the architectural (or dimensional) shingle.

Architectural shingles are modeled after the look of wooden cedar shake shingles without the fire hazard, insect problems, rotting, and expense of a wooden shingle. Architectural shingles can also look like slate and mimic the appearance other materials.

An architectural shingle can increase the curb appeal and re-sale value of your home. Other advantages include heavier weight and thicker (reducing blow-offs), less potential for curling, and they have a textured uneven look for a clean appearance when applied over badly deteriorated roofing.

Shingles and Roof Pitch
The slope of the roof is a factor in deciding which shingles are right when re-roofing your home.  Asphalt shingles are the most adequate shingle for a medium slope roof, because they handle moisture well – anywhere from a 4/12" pitch (mild slope) to a 12/12" pitch (extreme slope).  Wood shingles are usually only used for steeper pitches (taller roofs where water runs off faster) as they are more prone to leakage.

Your roofing shingle selection, along with any other questions about Garland Roofing can be answered by your local roofing contractor -- or by calling for a FREE ROOFING QUOTE at 877-773-7581.

Often people call in trying to get a Garland roof estimate over the phone. While we can appreciate a homeowner trying to make it quick and simple, this isn’t the right way. The fact is, we can’t, and no one else either should claim to give you a proper estimate without fully inspecting your home's roof in person and any condition problems that could lead to a roof leak.

Image this Scenario
Would you expect a plumber to guess what’s wrong with your plumbing without looking at any pipes? How about an appliance repairman to fix the dishwasher from the living room? How confident would you feel in a mechanic who diagnoses the problem with your car from across the parking lot?

Roofing Contractor Red Flag
As bad as all these examples sound, homeowners accept their equivalent all the time! When a roofing company sends a roofing contractor out to provide an estimate, some disreputable roofers will look up at the roof, talk to the homeowner and provide a price quote. Without stepping foot on the roof, it’s very unlikely that they’re able to provide an accurate quote.

Each home is different. There are different things on your roof that provide function to your home that must be accounted for. In addition there are many different types of shingles that you can put on your roof. If you haven’t put a roof on a home in the last few years, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how many material options there are today and the different performances they are able to provide.

Just like tiling your kitchen is measured in tile and square footage, so too the cost dependent on roofing a home is dependent on square footage and an industry measurement known as a “roofing square.”
Whenever you’re having a roof replacement (or even a roof repair) done make sure that the roofers take the time to really examine your roof before providing their quote. You’ll end up with a more detailed estimate for the work involved, and will have the confidence that this roofing company will provide the best quality of roof possible for the money.

Contact Garland Residential Roofing
Need a proposal, or quote for a roof repair or roof installation? Simply contact us:
• By Phone: Call 877-772-7581
• Online: Submit a request for a free roof estimate.

As a local Garland roofing contractor we can help you go Green and save on your cooling / heating bills with radiant barrier roofing. Radiant barriers are installed in homes primarily to reduce summer heat gain, which helps lower cooling costs.

Our radiant barriers consist of a highly reflective material that reflects (or more technically, re-emits) radiant heat rather than absorbing it. They don't, however, reduce heat conduction like thermal insulation materials.

How Radiant Barrier Works
Heat travels from a warm area to a cool area by a combination of conduction, convection, and radiation. Heat flows by conduction from a hotter location within a material or assembly to a colder location. Radiant heat travels in a straight line away from any surface and heats anything solid that absorbs the incident energy.

When the sun heats your home's roof, it's primarily the sun's radiant energy that makes the roof hot. A large portion of this heat travels by conduction through the roofing materials to the attic side of the roof. The hot roof material then radiates its gained heat energy onto the cooler attic surfaces, including the air ducts and the attic floor. A radiant barrier reduces the radiant heat transfer from the underside of the roof to the other surfaces in the attic.

Radiant barriers are most effective in hot Texas climates, especially when cooling air ducts are located in the attic. Some studies show that radiant barriers can lower cooling costs between 5%–10% when used in a warm, sunny climate like Garland and Richardson. The reduced heat gain may even allow for a smaller air conditioning system. But in cool climates, it's usually more cost effective to install more than the minimum recommended level of insulation rather than a radiant barrier.

Types of Radiant Barriers
Radiant barriers come in a variety of forms, including reflective foil, reflective metal roof shingles, reflective laminated roof sheathing, and even reflective chips, which can be applied over loose-fill insulation. The reflective material, usually aluminum, is applied to one or both sides of a number of substrate materials. Substrate materials include craft paper, plastic films, cardboard, oriented strand board, and air infiltration barrier material. Some products are fiber-reinforced to increase the durability and ease of handling.

Also, radiant barriers can be combined with many types of standard home insulation materials. These combinations are called reflective insulation systems. In these combinations, radiant barriers can also act as the insulation's facing material.

Call Garland Residential Roofing today for your FREE ROOFING QUOTE at 877-772-7581.

As Garland, Texas' preferred residential roofing contractor, we get asked questions from residents in the Garland and Richardson areas all the time. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions:

How do you handle payment?
We’ll give you a free written estimate. When you hire us, we’ll collect a 50% retainer to buy materials and you can pay the balance upon completion. If you have an insurance claim, your insurance company will write out a first check to cover the materials. When the job is complete, they will mail a second check to pay off the balance.

What if my insurance check is co-endorsed to my mortgage company?
You’ll need to contact your mortgage company and ask them for instructions to get their signature. Often, you’ll need to mail the check to them unless you have a branch office in your city. Once you receive the check back, deposit it in your checking or savings account. Your bank may want to hold funds for several days until the check clears.

Will you help me with my insurance claim?
Yes. We work with all of the major insurance companies. In fact, many of the local insurance agents call us first when their clients need roof repair. You can trust Garland Residential Roofing to work with your adjuster until you get every dollar you need to get your home back in shape.

Do you do more than roofs?
Absolutely! We handle all types of repair: fences, gutters, painting, windows, skylights, ventilation, insulation, chimney caps, siding and more. If you need help getting your home back in shape, pick up the phone and call us for a free estimate.

Do you accept Credit Cards?
Yes, we do accept all major credit cards. If you would like to use your credit card, just let us know in advance.

Garland Residential Roofing contractors is a locally owned and operated roof repair company serving our neighbors for trustworthy roofing done right! Call us today for a FREE QUOTE at 877-772-7581.