Is Flat Roof Repair Worth It?

Welcome back to the Orlando Group blog. Today, we will be talking about flat roof repair! Flat roofs are one of the most common forms of roofing in the United States. This roof option is popular for many commercial buildings because it can cut costs when it comes to the square footage of roof that is on top of these buildings. Sometimes they will be located on some residential houses, in which case they will just be a small portion of the house rather than the entire roof being covered in a flat surface. 

While a flat roof usually doesn’t last as long as a regular slanted roof, it can be great for homeowners simply because minor repairs and leaks can be repaired with ease. While it can be easy for repair, never forget that Orlando Group has you covered for all of your local roofer needs in Dallas. Contact us for any issues that you have!

Locate The Leak

This may sound easier than it actually is because water can travel quite far underneath the flat roof material before it can find a seam where it will enter. The first thing that you should do is locate and measure the leak on the underside of the roof before you actually go up top to look for the leak. Doing so will help you narrow down where the potential point where it could be. If it is not where you exactly measured than you can follow the slight slope to figure out where it may have come in at. 

When looking for the leak make sure to look for rips, bubbles, or worn spots that may have caused this leak. If you see a bubble or a worn spot it may seem like it is still holding together, but it usually is not. These locations could have extremely small holes that you can’t see, so make sure to repair these spots as well.

After Locating The Leak

Once you locate the leak, we recommend that you contact your local roofer in Dallas. It may seem like an easy enough repair, but you also may be under warranty. If this is the case, then you can just sit back and let them do all the work. If it was under warranty but you decided to repair it yourself, you could potentially void that warranty, which will lead to more costly repairs in the future. Having your local roofer repair it will be far more cost-efficient and easier for you in the long run. 

If you do decide to repair it yourself, you will need to get a few items from your local hardware store. There are quite few tools involved in the process, but usually, you can get a roof repair kit that comes with everything that you need to begin. This should come with thorough instructions on how to repair the leak by yourself.

Roof Repair Versus Replacement

Once you have noticed a leak, it can often cause a lot of headaches. Even if you do patch the roof up, you will more than likely need to do a complete replacement within six months to a year following the leak. This is because when you repair your roof, the structure of the material that was put down on the roof can end up being a lot less effective than before it was repaired. This will cause it to tear easier and easier until you get a full replacement. 

It is also recommended that if the place that is causing the leak is too big (bigger than your hand) then you may want to go ahead and replace it as it can cause a lot more issues than it is worth. While it may seem better to do it all yourself, it can sometimes be easier to simply replace it. Before you found the leak, the water could have been doing structural damage to your roof that will lead to bigger issues in the future.

Flat Roofing At It’s Best

You don’t wont to wait when it comes to leaks through your roof so for all of your flat roofing needs, contact us today! Your local roofers in Dallas can help you repair or replace your roof in no time at all. Call us and we will give you a quote and get to work on your roof as soon as possible. 

 

The Pros And Cons Of Flat Roof’s

Welcome back to the Orlando Group blog! We have reached our final blog in our series about the pros and cons of each type of roof that we provide. If you would like to see the rest, go here. Our blog will continually be updated in the coming months with more information about roofing, so bookmark our blog page so you can see more local tips every month from your local roofers in Dallas.

For our final one, we will be taking a look at flat roofing, the materials that you can use for it, and what would make it a good choice for you. It is important to note that these can only be used for specific houses that were designed with it in mind. If your house was built without a flat roof area, then it may not be worth the extra cost that you will incur to redo the structure of the roof, but if you absolutely love the look of it, then you definitely can. Without further ado, here is our pros and cons list of Flat Roofs.

Pros

Types Of Material

There is a wide variety of materials that can be used to make the roof the way that you want. 

  • Single Ply- Makes repairs simple, is lightweight, and will only begin to leak if you have an extreme rip or tear in the material.
  • Built Up Roofing (BUR) – Offers great protection against weather, is easy to remove layers if need be, and is low maintenance.
  • Modified Bituman Roofing (MBR) – Can be recycled if you decide you need a replacement, is extremely durable, is simple to install, saving money on labor costs.

These are the three main types of flat roofing, and each can be made from different materials within those categories. Depending on the material, getting a flat roof will allow you to pick and choose what you want out of your roof. This is great because you will not have to worry about having a small number of options when it comes to your roofing.

Space

Having a flat roof opens up both the inside and outside of your home to have a lot more space. On the inside, it will allow whatever room is directly below it to have more wall space and higher ceilings, which will allow for more storage and a room without angled walls. A flat roof will allow you to build the space that you want rather than having to fight against the sharp angles that may impede what you want to do with it. The roof itself can then be used to house things like air conditioning units and other ventilation that your house may need. It will eliminate the need to figure out other places for these items to go, freeing up more space around the home.

More Accessible

Have you ever known that you need to clean your gutters, but the sloped roof has stopped you from doing so because you are worried you might slip and fall? With a flat roof, you will never need to worry about that again. It allows you to have a much easier time when trying to clean the higher areas of your house because there is such a minor slope. No more worrying about injury.

Cons

Drainage

With a flat roof, it can be hard to drain. While there is a minor slope of about a quarter of an inch, it still doesn’t allow for as much drainage as a normal sloped roof would allow. This can cause a lot of extra weight to be put on the roof itself and potentially cause leaks.

Lifespan

Flat roofs withstand a lot of extra damage because they are not sloped in a way that allows hail or rain to hit it at an angle. That means it is taking the full brunt of any impact that may occur. While a dent or rip may be easy to repair, it will still cause you to have to fully replace the roof every 10-15 years.

Heat

Here in Dallas, we can often have really warm summers. The flat roof takes a lot more heat because its entire surface area is exposed to the sun the entire day. This means that your air conditioning costs will rise quite a bit during the summertime.

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Thank you for joining us for our final blog on roofing types! We hope that you have enjoyed this series and that it has helped you decide which roofing type is best for you. If you would like a quote for anything that you saw in these, contact us today!

The Pros and Cons Of Wooden Shingles

Hello and welcome back to our ongoing series about what roof type is right for you! Today, we will be talking about wooden shingles and why they could be a great choice to add to your home. Like anything else, one type of roof isn’t the answer for everyone’s budget or house. Luckily, your local roofer in Dallas can often help you decide what is best when you request a quote, it is great to do some research yourself. This is why we are here to give you a list of pros and cons to know what roofs are like going into a conversation with Orlando Group. 

Wooden shingles have been a tried and tested material type for thousands of years. It gives a nice homely feel to your house and it looks great on almost any home! It also has the ability to be painted and stained in a wide variety of ways so that you can give your home a custom look that will continue to impress for years and years to come.

Pros

Cost

Wooden shingles are relatively low cost because they can be produced quickly and efficiently without a lot of manufacturing time. It gives you a great look at an affordable price that will free up money for other home projects that you may be doing soon.

Aesthetic

The look of a wooden roof is why many people decide to go for them above all other roof types. It gives your home an old-timey feel while still remaining modern. They also can be painted and stained in a large variety of ways so you don’t have to be stuck with the color that you choose when it is installed. After all, when you want to redo the look of your house, you shouldn’t have to break the bank to do so. 

Insulation

Wooden shingles are one of the most energy-efficient home improvements that you can add to your house. During the summer it reflects the heat from the sun away from your house. During the winter, it retains the heat. Even though it doesn’t get too cold here in Dallas, you can rest assured that if we ever get a cold snap that you won’t be paying more for heat. 

Durability

Wooden shingles have been used for thousands of years because they have stood the test of time. When it comes to any terrible weather including hail and high winds, a wooden shingled roof is one of your best bets when it comes to protecting your house. 

Cons

Bugs

This depends on how you treat your roof, but if you don’t stain or paint the wooden shingles, you may end up getting a bug infestation that will over time result in a complete replacement. These shingles can be the perfect home for little insects because it will protect them from the elements. They can even go unnoticed for years and spread from shingle to shingle causing you to have to do a complete roof replacement. 

Water 

If you live in an area of Dallas where you have a lot of rainfall, this can cause issues with your roof. Mold, mildew, and rot can cause a lot of issues for your roof. If one shingle ends up getting infected, then it will eventually spread if not replaced as soon as possible. If your shingles are stained or painted properly then you won’t have to worry about it spreading as quickly, but it is still completely possible.

Maintenance 

While a roof is one of the parts of your home that is extremely valuable and should be checked on regularly, it is not something that you should be having to check after every single storm. Without regular maintenance done to the roof can you run into all of the issues above and more. The cost of maintenance will end up eventually offsetting how inexpensive the original cost of the roof was pretty quickly.

Find Out If A Wooden Roof Is Right For You

A wooden roof isn’t for every house and isn’t for everyone, but if you have weighed the pros and cons of this roof type, then you know that your local roofer in Dallas has you covered. Orlando Group will give you a quote for your wooden roof or any roof type that you know you can trust. Contact us today!

 

The Pros and Cons Of Metal Roofing

Welcome back to Orlando Groups’ blogs. Today, we will be continuing our pros and cons series with metal roofing and why they may or may not be right for you. In a prior blog, we talked about asphalt roofing, which you can find here. Metal roofing is a completely different process and cost point than many other roofing materials, but it can also be some of the best and long-lasting if you take care of it. 

Pros of Metal Roofing

Durability

Metal roofs are often chosen because they last longer than almost any other roofing option out there. The metal on the roof can stand up to almost anything out there and still keep going. Metal can be out in any element and it won’t shrink or break when extreme weather comes to your part of town. It also is heavy enough that large gusts of wind won’t put it off, making it a good option for almost everyone.

Environmentally Friendly

Metal roofing is made from 25% recycled materials and because it lasts for so long, once it is produced, it doesn’t need to be replaced for 20+ years. This is important to note because something like asphalt shingles needs to be replaced so often and when they are, they can’t be recycled. When it needs to be replaced, metal roofing can actually be fully recycled and the steel used maintains its strength and can be repurposed into something else. 

Energy Efficient

Metal roofs are extremely reflective. When it is super sunny, it doesn’t hold that heat in like asphalt roofs would. So during the hot summer days that we often have here in Dallas, you will save on air conditioning costs. If this is paired with solid insulation when the temperature starts to drop a little bit then you will have the perfect temperature year-round for you and your family’s home.

Looks

While there are so many good reasons for you to get a metal roof, one of the reasons people simply love it is because of the way it looks. It gives your home a modern look that you love to see every time you come home. Since it is painted metal, you can change it to almost any color that you feel is suitable for your home.

Cons Of Metal Roofing

Dents

While it can hold up to almost anything that you throw at it in terms of not breaking, unfortunately, it can get dented. Just like your car in a hail storm, your house will have a similar issue. Hail is something that can sometimes be unavoidable no matter what you do. This means you may experience some denting. Luckily, these dents will not compromise the roof itself. So your house will still be protected from the elements.

Noise

Metal roofs can sometimes be very noisy depending on how much insulation your attic has. When those heavy rains or hail comes, you will probably be able to hear every drop that lands on the roof. This can be remedied for you and your family if you decide to add extra insulation to your attic before getting your roof installed. The extra insulation won’t only stop some of the noises but will save on AC costs as well.

Cost

This is one of the biggest setbacks for many people when they are deciding on a roof. It can be costly to repair your roof as is but completely replacing it can be a huge financial burden on many people. Luckily, your local roofer in Dallas will keep the cost down as much as they can, but metal roofing will still more than likely double the price of asphalt roofing.  When it comes to cost, weighing these pros and cons is hard, but it is something that you know you will have for a long time to come. You might find that your future self will thank you for taking the burden of that extra cost. 

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If you are reading this, then you are probably looking for a local roofer that can help you. Orlando Group can help you determine if metal roofing is right for your budget and your house. Contact us, your local roofer in Dallas for all of your questions and roofing needs.

The Pros And Cons Of Asphalt Roofing

Everyone knows exactly what Asphalt roofing looks like. It is the most popular modern roofing type in the United States. This is for good reason as well. It completely protects the house and is a good insulator. On top of all of that, it is relatively cheap in comparison to some other roofing types out there. Here are the pros and cons of asphalt roofing so you can decide if it is the right roof type for you.

Pros of Asphalt Roofing

Cost

This is the most important reason why asphalt roofing has become as popular as it has. Roof damage is not a cheap thing at all. When it comes to replacing an entire roof it can be quite the financial strain for many people. Asphalt roofs can help take a lot of that burden away from the consumers that have to deal with it.

Installation

If you live in an area where you might need emergency roof repairs, then this is the best way to go about it. It is easy for your local roofer in Dallas to not only repair the roof if it gets damaged but it is only a quick installation process on top of that. If you are crunched for time, which many of us are, then this is the perfect roof type for you.

Fits A Large Variety Of Roof Types

This is another reason why so many people use this roof type. As architecture moved into the modern era, we saw a lot of roofs start to change shape. The slope may have been the same, but the sharp angles and lines of the roof started to ship away from the classic triangle shape. Any professional roofer is able to adjust asphalt roofing material to accompany these shapes in a way that will look beautiful and protect the house in the way that you need.

Cons of Asphalt Roofing

Damage

While asphalt roof material is relatively durable when it comes to minor issues like heavy rain and wind, it can be easily damaged by hail storms. If it is damaged by a storm, then sometimes water can get trapped underneath and cause the asphalt to curl or crack.

Heat

If you live in an area with extreme heat, then it can cause the shingles to crack and the color to fade. This will cause issues with water damage and it may make your house look worn down by the elements.

Not Environmentally Friendly

The way in which asphalt shingles are created is not environmentally friendly in comparison to things like clay tile shingles. The manufacturing of these shingles releases a lot of emissions and greenhouse gases because it is a semi-solid form of petroleum.

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If you are reading this, then you are probably looking for a local roofer that can help you. Orlando Group can help you determine if asphalt shingles are right for your budget and your house. Contact us, your local roofer in Dallas for all of your questions and roofing needs.

Pros and Cons of Clay Tile Roofing

Clay tile roofing is one of the greatest roofing materials out there. It has been tried and trusted throughout the world for centuries. Archeologists all over the world have found thousands of artifacts that are made out of clay. This proves that they can stand the test of not only time but also harsh conditions. This is why you know that you can trust that installing this on your roof will be a purchase that will last. While it may seem like it is the best choice, it may not be the right choice for you. This is why the Orlando Group blog is here to help you weigh the pros and cons of Clay tile roofing.

Pros Of Clay Tile Roofing

Energy Efficient

This is perhaps one of the most important points when it comes to Dallas roofing. Clay tiles allow air to flow appropriately through the roof rather than getting trapped in the air pockets of the roof. This means that on those hot days, it will stay much cooler because air can travel through rather than holding it in. It will allow you to save money on AC and stay cooler overall.

Durability

The durability of clay tiles is second to none. It can stand up to freezing, fire, heavy rains, and high winds. Unless you have golf ball-sized hail on a regular basis then you can be almost guaranteed that your roof will stay the same for years and years to come.

Low Maintenance

Sometimes you won’t be able to help what the weather does. If a piece does break because of the weather, it is easy to fix. When the roof is installed, all the pieces are installed individually. So that means you can replace it piece by piece rather than having to repair a complete section. It is important to note that you shouldn’t replace it yourself because it needs to be lined up properly to remain watertight.

Naturally Made

It is always an important thing to think of your environmental impact when moving through your daily life. Luckily, with clay tiles, you don’t have to worry about the materials being used as being bad for the environment. Clay tiles are made from 100% natural materials and not man-made materials. When it comes time to replace any of the pieces on your roof, you won’t have to worry about what is getting thrown away because it can be reused. 

 

Cons Of Clay Tile Roofing

Cost

While your trusted Orlando Group roofers will keep the cost as low as possible for you, it still will cost a bit more than asphalt roofing. It can cost anywhere from two to three times the cost of other types of roofing which can be hard to swallow for many consumers. 

Installation

When it comes to installing clay tiles it can often be a lot harder to install than other types of roofs. This is for a couple of various reasons. One is that the tiles have to be laid down perfectly. If they are not laid down in a precise manner then it can put weight unevenly distributed on your roof which could cause issues down the line. The second is that the tiles need to be watertight. If any water can seep into the roof then it will cause problems overall. This is why you need to contact your local roofer in Dallas to install clay tiles rather than do it yourself.

Weight

When it comes to clay tiles that can be extremely heavy in comparison to other types of roofing. For instance, it can weigh up to 850 pounds per square foot. This means that some houses simply aren’t built for it. If you have a house that wasn’t built for it then you may have to spend even more money to reinforce your house to withstand the weight of the clay tiles.

Contact Us

If you are reading this, then you are probably looking for a local roofer that can help you. Orlando Group can help you determine if clay tiles are the right roof for your budget and your house. Contact us, your local roofer in Dallas for all of your questions and roofing needs.