What Does Roof Restoration Include?

metal commerical roofing

What Is Commercial Roofing?

Roofing on a commercial or industrial structure is typically large and that makes it vulnerable to the environment and weather. It also means it needs to be maintained so that it doesn’t need replacing, which is expensive.  Fortunately, there is the option with roof restoration, which can correct some issues and problems on a roof, extending its lifespan and save money. 

Can you resurface a roof?

Yes, resurfacing a commercial roof is done by rebuilding the roof from the bottom up, like a bituminous roofing system, which isn’t like a membrane roof system. Traditionally, a commercial roof has several layers of a  loose aggregate. Replacing a roof like this can be expensive, especially if the contractor takes the old roofing off to the substrate. A roof restoration or resurfacing is less expensive and time consuming. 

What is involved in roof restoration?

Commercial roofing typically have a life expectancy of two decades. During that time, the flat roof of a commercial structure may require some repairs and a roof restoration is one of the best course of actions that will sustain a commercial roof between roof replacements. 

Roof restoration is a process that includes cleaning the existing roof and then recoating and restoring with a highly-engineered roof coating product to the existing roof. Roof restoration will make the existing roof like-new and will extend the 20 year life expectancy by another 15 years while providing minor repairs of small cracks and leaks. 

A commercial roofing contractor will have the ability to apply a matching roof restoration product that for any commercial roofing material, including: 

  • Built-Up
  • EPDM
  • PVC
  • TPO
  • Select SPF roofing

Is roof restoration worth it?

When you’re trying to decide roof restoration vs replacement, it is always best to check with your accountant. Yes, the accountant can provide you an answer from a financial standpoint regarding your taxes as to which is the better option: Roof restoration or roof replacement. 

Again, asking your accountant or CPA is recommended, but here are 5 reasons that roof restoration may be your better choice: 

1. Roof Restoration Costs Less

A complete roof replacement is expensive, especially if the existing roof needs to be removed before the new roof is installed. The cost can vary from $18 per square foot and up to $25 per square foot, depending on the type of roofing system installed. A roof restoration doesn’t take as much labor or materials and on the high end of cost, up to $10 per square foot.

2. Roof Restoration Extends The Existing Roof Life

A commercial roof has an average lifespan of 20 years. A roof restoration could give it another 15 years, allowing you to defer a complete roof replacement so that future expenditure plans can be made for the capital budget. A savings account so-to-speak.

3. Restoration is Sustainable

Each year, the landfills have millions to tons of roofing waste dumped. A roof restoration is reusing the existing roof, thus making it an environmentally friendly way to secure the safety of your building. Additionally, a roof restoration job will make the structure more energy efficient and in some cases, you may be eligible for tax credit with ENERGY STAR or LEED.

4. Roof Restoration and Tax Benefits

A roof restoration is a maintenance expenditure, and a roof replacement is a capital expense. This is where your accountant or CPA can advise the best option. Maintenance will have less tax when you take the current deduction instead of capitalizing the expense of roof replacement and depreciation. A commercial roof is depreciated on a 39-year schedule, so with the average of 20 years life expectancy, a roof restoration could help you get to that 39 year mark. 

5. Roof Restoration Minimizes Prevent Catastrophic Loss

When a deteriorating roof is ignored, the problem is still present and growing. The longer you wait to address the problem, the greater chance of possible damage to more roofing and the structure, as well as the contents of your building. Wait too long, a roof replacement will be your only option and leaving the structure, your customers, employees, and all thing related to your business at risk. 

How long does roof restoration take?

It depends on the size of the structure, but a roof restoration can usually be completed in 1 day, 2 at the most.  A total roof replacement can take up to a week or more and will be more disruptive to business during the entire process.

What is the best roof coating for restoration?

Most roofing contractors recommend, and commercial building owners choose a silicone roof coating. This roof restoration product offers a strong level of UV protection that extends the roof life and helps with the energy expenses. It is also ponding water resistant, making it slow to erode or become brittle or hard.

What is the cheapest way to redo a roof?

A commercial roof replacement cost is dependent on the material and the size of the roof.  An average price range per square foot would be along these lines: 

  • Silicone roof coating:  Between $1.90 up to $2.60
  • Single-ply roofing: Between $3 up to $5
  • Built-up bituminous flat roofing: Between $11.50 up to $14.50
  • Metal roofing: Between $7 up to $12

Accessibility, warranty, and other factors can affect the cost of roof restoration, roof repair, or roof replacement.  

How much does a full roof restoration cost?

It will depend on the size of the roof, but a 10,000 square foot commercial roof to be re-roofed can cost $42,000 or more.  A roof restoration for that same size roof will cost between one-third and one-half that much. 

industrial roofing restoration

How do you know when to do roof restoration? 

There are four basic indications when your commercial structure needs roof restoration. When a monthly inspection by your maintenance team finds any of the following: 

  • Blisters and bubbles in the roofing membrane indicate a high level of moisture and heat. 
  • Pooled and ponding water or any leaks inside the building. 
  • The roof isn’t draining in spite of the drains being clear of obstruction. 
  • Damaged or missing flashing on the roof and around any penetrations.

If your commercial roof is in need of restoration, give us a call at (877) 406-7663.

How long should a commercial flat roof last?

view from above of a commercial flat roof

The Importance of a Strong Roof

The Biloxi and Gulfport areas of Mississippi experience a range of weather, from hot summer sun to springtime hail storms and high winds to winter’s ice and snow. Therefore, a commercial roof replacement must be with a material that can withstand these multiple weather conditions. In the past couple of years, seeing each of these weather events in one week has become almost normal! 

What is the most common type of commercial roof?

EPDM is currently the most popular choice in commercial roof replacements. It is low cost and has a proven history of resilient strength and durability in all types of weather. Made from synthetic rubber that is composed of natural gas and oil, it is ideal where there is a constant bombardment of UV rays that are known to damage a flat roof. 

Other popular choices include the following: 

  • Modified Bitumen: A combination of asphalt and a polymer made from chemicals, this flexible roofing is temperature resistant and can be applied in several layers, making it an ideal material for tight budgets. Installed in a hot-mop asphalt, self-adhesive sheets, cold-applied, or torch applied, each resulting in a roof that is good in cold or hot temperatures all year long. Because it has melted seams, there is a strong bond with a high rating for fire, hail, and wind resistance. 
  • Built-Up: The oldest system for commercial roof replacement, it can be installed in layers, 3 to 5 are the normal number, the more the better the enhanced protection for climatic conditions that can be widely extreme. 

What are the problems with a flat roof?

While flat commercial roof replacements are popular, they do have problems too. There are characteristics that make them popular, and the same characteristics can make them susceptible to problems too. 

1. Exposure: Essentially this is the basis of the problems of a flat commercial roof replacement. It is going to be constantly exposed to the elements, namely the sun’s UV rays, and any other types of damage that nature or man can create. From overexposed to the sun, hailstorms, high winds, freezing rain, and wind-driven debris. There is the possibility of damage from exposure to chemicals and outside pollutants.

2. Leaks: For a flat commercial roof replacement, this is a too-common occurrence because a flat roof’s effectiveness to shed water can be lost if the roof isn’t installed correctly and proper maintenance isn’t performed. What causes flat roofs to leak? The inability to drain is the most common issue. A preventive measure for this is weekly inspections, including cleaning the drains. A clogged drain doesn’t allow the roof to drain, water builds up and seeps into the roofing material at the slightest crack. 

Why do flat roofs crack? The answer to this is one of the common problems, structural shifting and consistent UV ray exposure. Commercial buildings are prone to thermal movement as the building cools inside, the roof membrane will crack, the seams separate, and splitting occurs around the penetrations. All this leads to a leaking flat roof. 

3. Ponding Water: Innately, as we mentioned above, a flat roof can drain properly when the drains are clogged. This causes ponding, which leads to leaking. A flat commercial roof replacement is typically installed with a slight slope to assist in the draining, but it still needs ample drainage that is kept clear of any blockage. How do you stop flat roof ponding?

There are a few things you can in addition to keeping the drains cleared, starting with repairing any low spots on the roof. Having the flat roof repatched is another option and adding more drainage. Each of these is things that a professional roofing contractor can inspect and advise the best option for your structure.

4. Blisters/Punctures/Splits/Tears: A flat roof is susceptible to blistering, punctures, splitting, or tearing. From the constant UV rays blistering to the storms that roll through Mississippi causing them to split and tear, and hailstone puncturing the membrane. When you add the foot traffic that commercial structures often require on a roof, another level of damage can occur, along with dropped nails, screws, and tools. 

Other issues that flat roofing is known to have been biological growth that occurs from stagnant ponding water and shrinkage of EPDM or other synthetic roofing materials. When maintenance is neglected, these factors we’ve listed can go from small issues to big, expensive problems that require a new commercial roof replacement sooner than normal. 

How do you find a leak in a flat roof?

This is done by walking along the roof and inspecting every inch. You need to check the collars, flashing, and seams. Check any areas that have been patched and examine the roof for any low spots that could be ponding. 

What’s the best way to maintain a flat roof?

Monthly inspections by your in-house maintenance crew is recommended. They should check all aspects of the roof from the edges to the flashing, the penetrations, and the drains. Keep the drains clear of debris and keep the roof clear of any debris. Annually have a professional roofing contractor inspect the roof. 

commercial flat roof system

In Closing 

How long does a PVC roof last? When installed properly and with routine maintenance and upkeep, PVC roofing should last up to 30 years. How long should a built-up roof last? Because this is a seamless roofing material, with proper installation and routine maintenance as recommended, you can expect up to 40 years from a BUR roof. 

Is a leaking roof an emergency?

man holding a basin under a leaking hole in the ceiling

Dealing With a Leaky Roof

Biloxi, Mississippi is a beautiful area that has its share of bad weather, and that bad weather can leave commercial structures and residential properties alike in need of emergency roof repair or roof replacement. So what is an emergency roof repair exactly? 

For either a commercial or residential structure, a leaking roof would be a seemingly obvious emergency roof repair. But not every roof leak is an emergency – although they all need to be repaired. A roofing contractor measures what makes an obvious emergency roof repair an emergency with these factors: 

  • Some causes of roof leaks include a tree branch, limb, tree, or other object that has fallen or been blown onto a roof, creating a hole. With a hole, the roof is in danger of caving in, and there’s nothing to keep the elements from coming inside. 
  • Roofing shingles or other roofing materials like the flashing can be loosened or torn away. This leads to areas where the roof can start leaking as the water begins coming in. 
  • If a tarp must be temporarily installed over an area of the roof to keep more water from coming in, this is considered an emergency roof repair. Note that a tarp is a temporary repair and a more durable repair should be done.  
  • Not all emergency roof repairs are caused by trees and flying debris in a storm. A fire can burn a section of a roof and compromise the roof’s integrity. A fire can damage the roof deck, joints, and the roof material. 

What does a roof leak look like?

Evidently, if there is water is everywhere, you either have an emergency roof leak on your hands or an issue such as a busted water heater. Indicators such as where the water is standing will tell you if the problem is an issue like a leak in the water heater or a roofing emergency. There are a few things to look for to determine whether you have a roof leak. Some roof leaks are large, some are small, and they may appear very differently. A few indicators, other than an obvious sign like a hole in the roof, would be any of the following: 

1. Water Stains

A water stain may appear as a spot like a brown ring around what appears to be a puddle of water on the ceiling. A leaking ceiling isn’t always easy to identify, especially if the spot is in a dark corner or the stains are small. Once you notice these stains, check closer for discoloration, moisture, and mold. 

2. Dripping

If there is moisture on the wall or dripping water, you could be dealing with a leaking roof. This small of a leak may disappear as quickly as you notice it, but that doesn’t mean the leak has quit. Especially during the winter, there may be an ice dam caused by ice and snow freezing, thawing, melting, and refreezing. As it thaws, the water seeps under the shingles, and in short time you’ll have an intermittent roof leak. 

3. Exterior Walls With Spots

Once a month and after a weather event, walk around your home, checking the roof line. If you notice water spots under the eaves or where the roof and walls meet, this could be from loose or missing flashing. 

4. Green Growth

When a roof has algae, moss, or mold growing on it, typically on the shaded side of the house, this means there is moisture under the shingles. This may be more dangerous than you think because algae, moss, and mold can start eating away at the roofing. This indicates that you should check in the attic for a possible roof leak.

5. Missing Shingles or Debris In the Downspouts

Missing shingles are leaving your roof vulnerable to an emergency roof leak if not addressed. If the seams between the shingles are loose or the gutter downspouts are filled with asphalt granules and other debris, you could be dealing with the beginnings of a slow leak in the attic, inside the wall, or in the crawl space. 

Can you fix a leaking roof in the rain?

Yes, but to do a temporary emergency roof repair, you first need to know how to find a roof leak. This will require going into the attic with a flashlight. With the flashlight, look for the following: 

  • Dark spots on the insulation and roof joists. 
  • Look for mildew and mold growth and smell. 
  • Discoloring from water stains on the roofing material and roof joists. 
  • Check for condensation on all surfaces. 
  • Look for damaged insulation like dampness, holes, or stains. 

Next, turn off the flashlight off and see if there is any sunlight coming through the roofIf you see any, this means there are gaps or holes that need to be taken care of. If there is water coming through, it’s time for an emergency roof repair. 

How do I temporarily fix my roof?

As a homeowner, it is important to know how to handle an emergency roof repair because a roofing contractor isn’t always going to be available as soon as you call. With a plastic tarp, 2×4 boards, and nails or screws, you can make a temporary patch on top of the roof. 

  • Measure the area of the damage and add 2 to 3 inches. 
  • Cut the 2×4 board to fit those measurements. 
  • Stretch the plastic tarp over the hole and place the 2×4 board around the edges of the damaged area. 
  • Nail or screw the boards into the roof to hold the tarp down. 

On the inside, with a piece of plywood or roofing shingles and some 2×4 boards, cover the hole from the underside. Apply roofing tar around the edges of the damage and then plywood over that. Press them into place with the 2×4 board and nail or screw them into place. 

brown water spot on the ceiling

Final Notes

If you don’t have permanent or even temporary emergency roof repairs done, you may wonder, can a roof leak cause mold? Yes – with unattended and unrepaired roof leaks, moisture will lead to mildew, and mold will grow. It then spreads through the attic, to the ceiling, into the air vents, and throughout your home. 

Is a roof leak covered by insurance? If the emergency roof repair is caused by an unplanned event like high winds or a hailstorm, in most cases your homeowner’s insurance will pay for repair or replacement. However, if the insurance adjuster determines the roof was neglected – meaning you should have replaced it sooner – they may decline your claim. This is why it’s always important to invest in seemingly minor roof repairs and maintenance before they become much bigger issues.

What does single ply mean?

single ply roofing

What is a Single Ply Roofing System? 

Roofing a typical house is different than roofing a commercial structure, with the size of the roof being the first difference.  Most houses have sloped roofs with asphalt shingles. Most commercial structures have a flat roof have either single ply roofing or built-up roofing. 

Single-ply roofing comes in sheets of wide widths. Because of the wide widths and fewer seams that rolled roofing has, so there is less chance of separations and leaks. 

Single ply roofing can be installed with various system assembly types, each having benefits, membrane options, and more.  Those various single ply roofing types are: 

  • Ballasted: An economical choice with an easy and fast installation process, a chosen one by most single ply roofing contractors. Ideal for large open roofs.
  • Mechanically Attached:  Considered an upgrade from the ballasted system, this is a lightweight, easy maintenance single ply roofing system.
  • Fully Adhered: This single ply roofing offers a high stability with uplift protection. Ideal for commercial structures built at a high elevation or in an area with high winds.
  • Metal Retrofit: This single ply roofing system will fully encapsulate an existing metal roof that is worn out and won’t require the existing roof to be removed.

What is single ply TPO roofing?

The first sheets of TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin) single ply roofing products were introduced to the roofing industry in 1989. By the early 1990s, the fabric-reinforced sheets used in roofing commercial structures were introduced and still used today. 

TPO single ply roofing membrane consists of a single layer of synthetics with reinforcing scrim. It is manufactured in sheets that vary between 10 feet wide, 12 feet wide, or 20 feet wide. The sheets are cut at the factory, rolled up, the delivered to the job site. 

With a claim to 40% of the roofing industry, the popularity of TPO single ply roofing for commercial structures is partly because of the natural reflective surface it has for reflecting UV rays. As reported by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) TPO takes up about 40% of the commercial roofing market share.

What is the difference between TPO and PVC roofing?

The first difference is the PVC single ply roofing membrane has been around for over 30 years while TPC is the new kid on the block with only 20 years. Other differences are: 

  • The chemical formula: The chemical for PVC single ply roofing systems are plasticizers and chlorine extracted salt that keep it flexible. TPO single ply roofing does not use any plasticizer, or any other materials that can break down over time. 
  • The Cost: TPO single ply roofing is thought to be the less expensive compared to PVC single ply roofing, which by the square foot is accurate. However, with the installation costs factored in, the pricing is close to even or the PVC is sometimes cheaper. 
  • The failures and problems: TPO single ply roofing has proven to have more problems in failing to hold up, even though durability is touted with the TPO product. 

How long does an EPDM roof last?

EPDM single ply roofing is made from oil-based rubber material that can be easily applied to a flat, low-slope commercial roof. The biggest issue with installing EPDM roofing is the preparation of the roof, which an experienced commercial roofing contractor will know. With a good installation job, routine maintenance and upkeep with regular inspections, a EPDM roof can last 50 years or longer. 

What is the difference between single ply roofing vs built up?

The difference is how the roofing is installed. Single ply roofing has been the standard go-to for decades on commercial structures as well as industrial, and manufacturing structures.  Built-up roofing systems are built up on the job site by installing alternating layers of asphalt or tar with scrim (supporting fabrics). Many building owners with a tight budget will choose a built up roofing over a single ply roofing because they can control the cost with the number of layers installed. 

What are the single ply roofing pros and cons?

When installing  single-ply roofing, the contractors have some choices in the adhesive they use based on the environment, material, the structure, building code compliance, and weather. Every roofing job is different and different tools are needed for these jobs. They different types of single ply roofing adhesives a contractor will chose from are: 

  • Solvent-based adhesives that is rolled onto the back of the membrane and the  substrate, then the surfaces are put together. 
  • Water-based adhesives are applied the same manner as the solvent-based, but without any solvent that causes odors with the solvent based. 
  • Spray single-ply adhesives  is new in the roofing market and is applied from a spray canister, saving time on installation. 
  • Low-rise foam canisters is a 2-part polyurethane adhesive that is mixed in the canisters  and a hose is attached. 

The adhesives have their own set of pros and cons in addition to the pros and cons that single-ply roofing systems have themselves.  

  • Adhered membranes don’t flutter because air can’t get under the membrane. Single ply roofing has a high wind uplift rating, ideal for structures on the coast lines or other areas with high winds.
  • Adhered single-ply roofing has better impact resistant when it is adhered to the cover board, then the membrane. This eliminates plates and screws being exposed and when any impact damage occurs, the mechanically attached screws and fasteners are easy to replace. .
  • Adhered single-ply roofing has a smoother finish compared to a mechanically attached roofing.
  • Adhered single ply roofing systems typically have a longer warranty. 

The cons of single ply roofing are: 

  • An adhered single ply roofing system is labor-intensive with extra fasteners sometimes required extra  adhesives for membrane and substrate.
  • Requires experienced, trained crews with specific manufacturer’s application recommendations. 
  • A water-based adhesive has limitations on transportation, storage, and usage, requiring additional time and labor with warm storage. 
  • Spray equipment for adhesives must be kept clean and in good working order to avoid clogs. 
Flat built up roof

How much does it cost to install a PVC roof?

Pricing can vary from area to area and structure to structure. An average cost to have a PVC single ply roofing installed will run between $7 per square foot to $8 per square foot. The thickness chosen will also affect the install price. Call (877) 406-7663 today for your single ply roofing in Biloxi & Gulfport, MS.

Why Choose a Tile Roof

tile roof

Is tile roof better than shingle?             

There is something about a ceramic or slate tile roof that gives a home a certain charm. While more common on historical home of grand size, we see newer built homes of grand size being topped off with tile roof. Repairs of these tile roofs can be hinderance for many. This is one reason why you’ll find tile roofs on larger homes where the mortgage encompasses the cost. 

The roof on your home is an important part of the structure’s exterior and structure. Two roofing materials that are frequently used for homes in the Mississippi area are asphalt shingles and tile. 

Both serve their purpose with an attractive look. When you compare tile roof vs shingle, though, you find they are different: 

  • Appearance: Asphalt shingles are familiar to most of us. They are flexible and with the thicker style of asphalt shingles, they create a dimension appearance, some looking like slate tiles. With a variety of colors and textures, asphalt shingles can match any home’s exterior appearance. Design of tile roofing has more versatility, with classic clay tiles installed in a “S” shape that overlap to create a repeated and rounded pattern. Clay, concrete, and metal tiles are available in a wide range of colors, patterns, and shapes.  
  • Installation: Asphalt shingle and tile roof installation will vary based on the type of tile chosen. While installing asphalt shingles is pretty basic and straightforward with the tabs overlapping one another before they are nailed and sealed. There is an underlayment of roofing installed under the asphalt shingles. Prior to tile roofing being installed, the roofing structure often takes reinforcement due to the heavy weight of tile. An underlayment is installed first then the tile is installed, a slow process. The more detailed the desired pattern, the longer the install can take. 
  • Costs: Shingles are the less expensive for the material and the installation. Sold by 100 square foot at price as low as $65 and as much as $80 per square foot with the labor adding another $50 and more per square foot.  There is the additional cost of tear-off the existing roof, the roofing felt underlayment, and other costs that bring the total cost for a 1,500 square feet to $3,4000. Tile roofing is significantly more expensive starting with the material up to $250 per square. Because of the weight, reinforcement of the existing roof may be needed which can cost an additional $10,000 and the labor for tear-off and install costing as much as  665 a square. Any additional items need can cost up to $600. The total cost of a tile roof install for a 1,500 square foot home can cost upwards of $25,000. 
  • Weight: Asphalt shingles are lightweight in comparison of other roofing materials, while tile roofing is a heavier material.
  • Climate: A common roofing material in this country, asphalt shingles are durable through many types of climates and weather. Tile roofing, however, is best suited in areas where the weather is dry and hot. 
  • Durability: When it comes to durability, a tile roof that has been well-maintained will long last past what an asphalt shingle roof will last. A tile roof has been known to last up to 100 years while shingle roofing maximum lifespan is 30 years. 
  • Maintenance: For both asphalt and tile roofing, the maintenance is similar, with a routine inspection of either, looking for cracked or missing asphalt shingles or tiles. Routine cleaning to remove dirt and moss gives both roofing materials a longer lifespan and whether you have asphalt or tile roof, repairs should be made immediately.
  • Environmentally: Asphalt shingles are manufactured starting with an asphalt base for water-resistant. The petroleum origins provides a level of sustainability heat-reflecting white color. Tile roofing contains content of many different materials, that includes natural clay. The clay is what gives them the longer lifespan and the ability to be recycled when they are torn off a roof or any broken pieces from tile roof repairs. 

Is tile roof more expensive?

A roof tile with installation  can cost up to $32,000 depending on the size of the house and the type of tile used. Asphalt shingle roofing for a home of 1500 square feet can cost as much as $1,600 per square foot. When it comes to the durability and lifespan, the ROI is higher with tile roofing. How long does a tile roof last for?  Choosing a clay tile or concrete tile roofing will give your roof a lifespan up to 100 years or longer with minimal maintenance and tile roof repair required. 

Can you repair tile roof?

Yes, tile roof repair is possible. A small crack or hole tile roof repair is done with a plastic roofing cement. A broken or cracked roof tile will need to be replaced using an adhesive instead of nails to hold the tile in place. 

tile roofing system

What is the lifespan of a tile roof?

A proper installed and well-maintained tile roof with tile roof repairs made promptly, can have a life more than 50 years. The climate and weather events can shorten the life of any roofing option regardless of the material used. 

With the beauty of a tile roof can give a home, do tile roofs need gutters? Yes, a gutter installation is to redirect water out and away from the foundation of our home, regardless of the roofing materials. What about the durability of a tile roof, can you walk on a tile roof?  Roofing experts recommend avoiding walking a tile roof. Every time a tile roof is walked on, it puts stress on the tile pieces and cause cracks or loosen the tile, leading to possible a leaking roof. Call (877) 406-7663 today for your tile roofing needs in Biloxi & Gulfport, MS.

What is slate roofing made of?

slate roof closeup

Is slate hard or soft rock?

Your home is an investment that you should protect with the best materials you can, including the roof. With that in mind, when you’re considering a new roof, give slate roof some thought.  Slate roofs are a unique addition to any home, but there are slate roof details about a slate roof installation you should review, and questions answered first. 

It is important to know the material you choose for your roof is durable enough to protect your home, so is a slate roof going to be durable? As a metamorphic rock that is developed from shale that has experienced intense heat or pressure below the surface of earth and is made of parallel foliated plates. 

As a rock, slate can be broken evenly and smoothly along its cleavage. On the Mohs scale where minerals and rocks are measured on a scale of 1 to 10, slate measures at 5.5 and has the ability to scratch glass or steel. This confirms that a slate roof or tiles will make a durable a protection for your home. 

How long does a slate roof last?

You’ll get little argument from a homeowner with a slate roof that it adds a unique beauty. While a slate roof is thought to be virtually indestructible, with most hard slate roofs having been around for hundreds of years, the average lifespan of soft slate roofs is between 70 and 80 years. 

With most hard slate roofs being colored slate and soft slate roof being black, while there are some slate roof that are colored and soft and some hard slate roofs are black. An experienced roofing contractor can usually tap on a slate roof, regardless the color and determine whether it is a hard or soft slate roof. 

How do you maintain a slate roof?

Foot traffic should be minimal at best while keeping regular maintenance of a slate roof. Certain duties to be performed with a slate roof include chimney sweeps and painters, it should be required for them to hook their ladders over the roof ridge and any walking be done on ladders so that their weight is better distributed over the slate roof. Any walking on a slate roof should be done while wearing soft soled shoes and to step only on the lower middle of the slate unit.

Any experienced contractor will take regards to the initial cost of a slate roof and be considerate to follow these requirements when performing their duties. When possible, for the safety of the slate roof, contractors and maintenance personnel should do their survey of the work to be done by binoculars or a cherry picker. 

Completed slate roof

Can you patch a slate roof?

In the case of broken, cracked, misaligned, or missing slates on a slate roof, or any delamination or failed flashings like loose or misaligned elements, pin holes, or open seams, or clogged downspouts repairs should be done accordingly by an experienced slater. They will know the proper means and process to correct, repair, or replace any slate shingles or tile as needed. 

If you are wondering what are the benefits of a slate roof that should convince you to consider this materials, we offer you the following information. However, like any type of roofing material you may choose, a slate roof has disadvantages which you should consider before going with a slate roof install: 

  • Heavy: A home that hasn’t has a slate roof  may need to be reinforced and this can be determined with an engineering report. Slate roofing materials on the average  weighs  800-1,500 pounds per square compared to asphalt shingles that weigh  just over 400 pounds per square.  
  • Expensive: A slate roof is one of the most expensive you can have, which can be an investment due to the long life span it offers up to 100 years or longer. If you aren’t planning to be in the home for more than 10 years, it may not be worth the expense. 
  • Foot traffic: While a slate roof is very durable, foot traffic should be avoided when possible, which can make having your gutters or roof clean a costly endeavor because the contractor will have to use special equipment and techniques.
  • Specialized installer:  A slate roof can’t be installed by any roofing contractor. There is equipment and techniques required for a slate roof to be installed correctly. 

The benefits of a slate roof can far outweigh these disadvantages:

  • Energy-efficiency:  A slate roof is very energy-efficient because of its density. It keeps the home cooler during hot summer because it prevents hot air out of the attic. During the winter, the density of a slate roof will keep the warm air inside where its needed. 
  • Fire resistant:  Slate is a natural material, and this makes a slate roof fire resistant. 
  • Environmental: Because it is naturally-occurring material, a slate roof will require extraordinarily little processing, making it friendly for the environment. When slate roof is removed, the material can be used for other purposes, making it a recyclable material. 
  • Long lifespan: With proper care, a slate roof can give you a life span up to 100 years, maybe longer. Low maintenance: Beyond routine inspections and occasional professional washing, a slate roof has little maintenance requirement.

Need expert slate roofing installation in Biloxi & Gulfport, MS? ECO Roofing is the local roofing company for you. Call us today at (877) 406-7663.

Why are metal roofs better?

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Residential Metal Roofing

Homeowners and insurance companies are tired of roof damages and insurance claims. It’s not a win for either side, and for the homeowner, it can be a major disruption to the household while roof repairs are done, or a new roof installed. This has made many homeowners to consider a metal roof for their home and insurance companies are loving it! 

A metal roof is referred to as a forever roof, thus making it a better roofing choices for home. A few reasons why are: 

  • Durable, Long-Lasting: Asphalt shingle roofing is the more common and traditional choice for homeowners. However, we are all noticing a metal roof has proven to have more durability, giving it a longer lifespan.  In fact, a lifespan that extends for 60 years or more when coated or more than 100 years if it is a copper or zinc metal roof. A metal roof can withstand hail, ice, rain, snow, and UV rays longer than an asphalt roof. 
  • Fungus, Moss Proof: Unlike asphalt, a metal roof is 100% resistant to fungus, mildew, mold, and moss. 
  • Critter, Insect Proof: Where critters, insects, and rodents can get through an asphalt roof, they can’t with a metal roof!
  • Fire Resistant: A metal roof is fire-retardant with most high-end metal roofs rated Class A fire retardancy. If your home is in an area that is a wildfire prone zone, your insurance company will love a metal roof, even enough to give you some discount for that upgrade, as much as 35% with some companies. 
  • Sustainability: A metal roof is a sustainable material, lasting up to three times longer than an asphalt roof. This means it won’t need replacing as often and when it does need replace, metal is recyclable. The metal used on a metal roof is 30% recycled material too! 
  • Withstand Hail: Most metal roofs are rated with a class-4 hail impact-rating against hail-stone up to 2 inch diameter. Some metal roof manufacturers offer warranty to their hail impact rating. 

What are the disadvantages of a metal roof?

Even with these advantages and benefits, a metal roof has one big disadvantage: the cost of installing the metal roof. The upfront cost is a lot more than an asphalt roof, but once it is installed, with proper maintenance and upkeep, you won’t be replacing it again in 20-25 years. 

Do metal roofs make house hotter?

Nope, that is a myth and probably because metal roofing is misunderstood, or bit understood at all. A resin coated metal roof coated can achieve solar reflectance index over 70 compared to the solar reflectance index of 25 for asphalt cool roofs. Because it reflects most of solar radiance, it helps keep the surface cooler and limit how much heat is absorbed and transfers inside your home. 

An additional point here is the thermal emissivity that a metal roof offers. The day’s solar radiant heat is released into the atmosphere quickly with the sunsetting. A metal roof will cool down faster than an asphalt roof. 

What is the best metal roof for a house?

Based on the aspects of a metal roof for a residential structure, the best metal would be any of the following: 

  • Aluminum
  • Copper
  • Galvalume
  • Stainless steel

Before choosing a metal for your roof, you need to consider the following factors: 

  • Your budget
  • The climate where you live
  • The weight of the metal roof on your structure
  • Sustainability and recyclability
  • Maintenance
  • Metal material  availability

What is the best material for a metal roof?

When it comes to metal roofing, there is a wide range of metal that is covered. From different materials, metal roof is created, like aluminum copper, stainless steel, steel, and zinc alloy. Each of these differ in appearance, durability, price, and more. The two most common and recommended materials for a residential metal roof are steel and aluminum: 

  • Steel: A heavier and sturdier metal than aluminum, best for areas that are hail prone. 
  • Aluminum: Lightweight and soft, best for coastal areas because it doesn’t rust. 

What gauge metal roofing is best for houses?

With metal, the smaller the number, the heavier the metal gauge. So a 26 gauge corrugated metal roof would be light gauge and less expensive choice.  A 24 gauge in standing seam metal roof installation would be the better choice for hardier and heavier metal. 

What is the best color of metal roof for energy savings?

The color a metal roof is a definite influence on the energy of your home. So you want to choose a color that will contribute to the money saving aspect each month. As with clothing, lighter colors will reflect the UV rays and the heat they create, while dark colors absorb and hold the heat. Depending on the climate where your home is situated, choose the light or dark aspect for your metal roof installation. 

Can I put a metal roof over shingles?

In most cases yes, a metal roof can be installed over your existing shingled roof. This will save you money because the roof doesn’t have to do a tear-off of old roofing material. However, the roofing contractor will perform an inspection of your current roofing and the structure. IF they find that installing a metal roof over the existing isn’t safe or could void the manufacturer warranty on the metal, they may advise you differently. 

metal roofing system

Does a metal roof lower your insurance?

When you take a homeowner’s insurance policy out, the insurer will inspect your home. Factors they consider is the roof age and type of material, along with what it will cost to replace the roof as well as the entire house. Roofing materials that can get you up to 35% cheaper rates are concrete shingles, slate, tile, and metal roof materials. Call (877) 406-7663 today for metal roofing in Biloxi & Gulfport, MS.

What is a roof flashing?

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Is roof flashing necessary?

The roofing shingles are important, but without roof flashing, those shingles are almost worthless. Now, before you get excited about what you paid for that new roof, read on to see roof flashing explained. 

Roof flashing is the thin metal strips you see around the chimney, valleys, and vents. Flashing a roof is the process of installing a waterproof material in roof valleys, at the roof joints, along the roof edges, and any roof penetration or other gaps. 

Yes, roof flashing is necessary because roof flashing prevents roof leaks and water damage. Roof flashing is a form of protection and has become a standard construction practice for commercial, industrial, and residential structures.

Without roof flashing, the rain and snow would get under the shingles in those areas and on to the decking, the attic, and well, you can see where this going, right? So a roof with flashing is as essential as the roofing shingles themselves. 

What are the different types of roof flashing?

Today’s roof flashing comes in a wide variety of materials that are affordable and effective in doing the job it needs to do. Prior to the variety of manufactured roof flashing products, builders and carpenters would find creative ways to keep water from penetrating through the roof. One way was to construct staggered steps on the chimney back and sides. Another method was to install birch bark where you see the typical metal roof flashing used today.

While roof flashing is the less popular component of a roof, it is equally important as the roofing material, whether you choose asphalt, ceramic tile, metal, wood shingles, or any other type of roofing material. Fortunately, you can choose from a variety of roof flashing material that will blend in with the roofing material and match your home’s architectural exterior. The four most popular roof flashing materials are: 

  • Galvanized Steel: This roof flashing is usually paired with metal roofing, a natural choice that matches the metal roofing system. The galvanized steel roof flashing has a zinc coating that keeps it is less susceptible from corrosion and moisture. 
  • Aluminum: This roof flashing is a durable, flexible, and inexpensive materials compared to other roof flashing materials. Because it is flexibility, it is easily fabricated to fit around those hard-to-fit areas like the chimney, roof valleys, and base flashing. It is recommended apply a finish to aluminum roof flashing to fight off corrosion should it have any contact with cement, concrete, or wood.  Only choose this roof flashing when working with professional roofing contractor that is experienced in working with this material to ensure you won’t have an issue with roof flashing is leaking. .
  • Copper: Nobody can deny that cooper is an eye-catching material no matter where it used. The green patina it gets when exposed to the elements just adds the beauty of your home’s architectural style. 
  • Lead: Lead is a durable roof flashing material and one of the oldest ones around. It is a soft material that makes it flexible to work with those hard-to-fit areas yet is strong protector against water and temperature changes. It has an expected lifespan of 200 years or more. 

How do you flash a roof, does roof flashing go under shingles? 

It depends on what part of the roof you’re install the roof flashing.  A headwall is the level intersection where the roof meets a wall. The roof flashing at this point should be installed extending up behind the exterior wall and over the roofing material. Some builders for aesthetics, will add a layer of shingles over the headwall roof flashing so that it blends with the rest of the roof.

Then there is the sidewall is an intersection between a wall and a sloping roof portion. The vertical portion of the sidewall roof flashing should be installed extending up behind the exterior wall covering, with the exception of brick walls. Then there is step roof flashing, short pieces of roof flashing that installed alternating and overlapping the roof shingles.

Roof flashing is installed with an adhesive using a caulking gun, applying a generous amount along the back of the roof flashing. Repositioning the roof flashing, aligning the cuts at the lower edge, and pressing into place.

flashing along fascia

How do you seal roof flashing?

To seal roof flashing, you will find masonry caulk that is designed just for roof flashing. It is applied at the roof flashing and chimney joints and is used to seal the seam between the chimney cap and step flashing.  You can also use a silicone caulking compound or urethane roofing cement to seal around the chimney cap and step flashing. 

When you have a roof leak, it isn’t always through the shingles. A leak could be the roof or flashing, where the flashing as came loose, is missing, or wasn’t installed right with proper sealing. Any time you have a roof leak, it is recommended to have professional roofing contractor inspect your roof. If it is nothing more than loose flashing, many contractor will reattach it at no charge. Call (877) 406-7663 today.

Architectural Shingles vs Asphalt Shingles

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What is the difference between architectural shingles and asphalt shingles?

Your getting quotes on new roofing for your home and the contractors have asked you if you wanted to upgrade to architectural shingles. Unless you’ve had a new roof installed recently, or you’re in the roofing business, you may not know there is a distinction between Architectural shingles vs asphalt shingles

We’re going to discuss What are architectural shingles and answer some commonly asked questions, explaining why more people are upgrading to architectural shingles.

When you invest in a new roof, you expect it to last for several years. After all, this isn’t something you change every month or every season. So, it is imperative to choose a material that is right for your home, something that you won’t tire of before it is time to replace your roof again. 

Asphalt shingles are referred to as 3-tab shingles, and both asphalt shingles and architectural shingles are both made of asphalt with similar composition. Both asphalt 3-tab and the architectural shingles come in a variety of colors, styles, and textures. They both have the same physical composition, asphalt and adhesive with granules or the outer layer and a backing of fiberglass. 

The key differences between the three-tab asphalt shingles and architectural shingles is the amount of material used to manufacture, which is what determines the overall quality of both. Essentially, the architectural shingles offer more substance over the 3-tab asphalt shingles and are as much as fifty percent heavier.  

The weight of this difference of the architectural shingle starts with the base mat, making it the stronger and sturdier roofing material. The adhesive of architectural shingles is also stronger with more granules on the outer surface. The asphalt of architectural shingles is made of a better quality of asphalt. 

Why are architectural shingles better?

In addition to the heavier weight, better quality granules and adhesive, the things that make architectural shingles better include the following: 

  • Aesthetics: The appearance of 3-tab asphalt shingles and architectural shingles is a key focus for homeowners looking at both. Where the 3-tab asphalt shingles are flat with the shape and size of the tab uniform.  Architectural shingles are often described as dimensional shingles because of the dimensional look a roof has once they are installed. Each individual architectural shingle is made of several layers that create that dimensional appearance. They can be made to look like cedar shakes but have a longer lifespan or look like slate for a fraction of the cost and add to the curb appeal to match a home’s architectural style. 
  • Wind Rating: The wind resistance rating between these two shingles is different with the architectural shingle being the strong with a rating up to 120 mph versus the 60 mph of a 3-tab asphalt shingle. 
  • Lifespan: The durability and high-quality of composition, architectural shingles provide a lifespan up to 20 years versus the 15 years of the asphalt shingles. 
  • Warranty: You can judge the warranties of both the asphalt and architectural shingles that come with these shingles are reflective of their overall value. With a shorter lifespan, the 3-tab asphalt shingles have shorter warranties, typically up to 30 years. The architectural shingles are better made, thus have a better warranty up to 50 years. 
  • Cost: When it comes to the cost of asphalt versus architectural shingle roofing, the asphalt is the less expensive, but the replacement is 10 to 15 years sooner. So with the architectural shingle, you get a better ROI. 

Are architectural shingles harder to install?        

While 2-dimensional asphalt shingles won’t have the same look as good as 3-dimesional architectural shingles, making them the first choice for most homeowners. Contractors prefer the 3-dimensional architectural shingles over the 2-dimensional asphalt shingles because they are easier to install. Knowing how to install architectural shingles is typically a focus for most roofing contractors.

How long do architectural shingles last?

Architectural shingles are made of a high-quality composition, making them durable and able to withstand heat, ice, rain, snow, and wind. With proper maintenance, they ca have a lifespan up to 20 years or longer, based on the climate. 

shingles for your roof

Are architectural shingles worth it?

Yes, especially if you’re looking to update your home’s architectural styling. The extra cost of architectural shingles can run between $15 and $20 per square foot, depending on where you’re located and how well you maintain the roof. However, architectural shingles are not as expensive as clay or slate but can be designed to look the same. 

Why get architectural shingles? Made of a high-quality materials, architectural shingles will add a level of beauty to your home’s roof. They have a mat base made of fiberglass and ceramic coated minerals, making them a water-resistant asphalt. 

Because they are available in a wide range of colors, styles, and textures, three dimensional shingles can look like clay or slate, adding to the list of reasons why homeowners are more frequently for their homes. Another benefit of architectural shingles, they are fire retardant and being thicker and heavier, they are stronger against the wind and other natural elements. Call (877) 406-7663 today for your shingle roofing in Biloxi & Gulfport, MS.

What does a green roof do?

rooftop deck and garden

What does green roofing mean?

We when speak of green roofing today, we aren’t necessarily talking about the color. Whether the roof is green, red, or some other color, isn’t the topic of this piece.  Green roofing is referring to a roof top with a garden. A green roofing system has been around decades before it was referred to as a “system”, as it was a normal way of housing in Europe and parts of the United States. 

Green roofing is the process of adding to an existing roof a way to grow vegetation on purpose, not algae, but plant life you can consume or simply enjoy. The plants are sometimes modular, or they’ll have drainage layers, and they’ll always have root repellent and waterproofing so that the structure is safe and  can be damaged.

There are two green roofing options: extensive and intensive, each having a different utilization of the vegetation planted. The extensive green roofing supports up to twenty-five pounds and the intensive green roofing can hold as much as 150 pounds. 

What do you need for a green roof?

The construction of green roofing will depend on various circumstances that can affect the difficult level. For a typical home, getting a professional evaluation of the endeavor to determine the structural capacity to hold green roofing is recommended. 

There are five fundamental elements to green roofing. In some cases, one layer of green roofing can achieve more than one function. The elements concerning green roofing are: 

  1. A waterproof membrane
  2. A root barrier
  3. A drainage system
  4. The growth medium
  5. The plants

How green are green roofs?

Green roofing development is the creation of a contained green space on the top of a structure made by humans, separate from the ground as in the standard garden. Green roofing provides a range of private and public benefits and has been successful in other countries for decades, even centuries. 

Do green roofs really work?

Green roofing technology provide the homeowner or commercial structure owner a proven ROI and opportunities for substantial economic, environmental, and social benefits. This is in particular an improvement in cities where the “urban island” heat element is prevalent. The green roofing benefits that can be expected are: 

  • AESTHETIC IMPROVED: Urban green roofing has been promoted as an effortless and efficient strategy for beautifying the environment around buildings while increasing opportunity of investments. 
  • WASTE DIVERSION: Green roofing and waterproofing diverts contributions to landfills by extending the life of waterproofing membranes, thus reducing waste and recycling materials used in the growing medium. It also extends the life of HVAC systems by requiring less use for climate control. 
  • STORMWATER MANAGEMENT: Green roofing stores water in the substrate for the plants to use, as much as 70% of summer precipitation and up to 40% of winter precipitation. 
  • BALANCE URBAN HEAT ISLAND: Horizontal and vertical surface growing plants provide coolness from the daily dew and evaporation during the summer, thereby reducing the UHI (Urban Heat Island) effect. The UV rays are converted to energy as they are absorbed by the green roofing vegetation and reduces dust and particulate distribution throughout the city, minimizing smog production. 
  • AIR QUALITY IMPROVED: Green roofing captures airborne pollutants, atmospheric deposition, and filters noxious gases while reducing the demand on power plants.
  • ENERGY EFFICENCY: Green roofing provide energy efficiency with natural insulation, reducing the amount of energy to moderate the temperature inside a home or building.
  • ROOFING MEMBRANE DURABILITY increased: Green roofing decreases waterproofing membrane being exposed to temperature fluctuating that cause splitting and tearing along with UV radiation.
  • FIRE RETARDATION: Green roofing has a lower heat load.
  • NOISE REDUCTION: Green roofing provides an excellent noise reduction. 
rooftop garden

 Do green roofs need maintenance?

Extensive green roofing will require some maintenance such as weed removal and fertilizing. It is recommended to inspect your green roofing 4 to 5 times a year to check for weeds and the drainage system, removing anything that could be blocking the drains. 

If you’re considering green roofing, congratulations! You’re probably wondering with the expense of installing, how long does a green roof last? Well, in Europe, where green roofing has been commonplace for more than 60 years and they are still growing. So, will it be worth the efforts, financial, and time? 

Absolutely!  If your green roofing is made of vegetables, imagine the savings on food costs in addition to the savings on the energy bills. Even on a commercial structure, green roofing with vegetables can serve as a community project, maybe donating the vegetables to a local soup kitchen or handing them to homeless on the street where soup kitchens can’t accept unpackaged foods.  

Green roofing is an excellent place for employees to get some fresh air on those stress-filled days.  Fresh air, peaceful and relaxing, even if they are pulling weeds or plucking tomatoes, it is all part of getting back to nature. Call (877) 406-7663 today!