At Fults Roofing, we want to help our fellow Austinites learn everything they need to know about residential and commercial roofing. To make things easier, we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions from homeowners and new home builders below. If you have any other questions or want a quote for your roofing project, just give us a call at 512-383-5133 or fill out our online form. We’re always happy to help!
Do You Handle Emergency Storm and Hail Repair?
Yes, we handle emergency storm and hail repairs, and we provide temporary repairs as needed on-site during inspection, subject to a possible fee.
How Will I Know When My Roof Needs Repair?
To determine if your roof needs repair, look for large amounts of granules coming off the roof. Most roofs last between 15-25 years, depending on the type of shingles on the home.
What Are the Signs of a Failing Roof?
Signs of a failing roof include leaks, missing shingles, curled-up shingles, loss of granules, hail damage, glistening from the ground, and exposed fiberglass matting.
Why Is My Roof Stained?
Roof stains are typically caused by algae, lack of sunlight to dry out wet areas, or an old, worn-out roof.
How Long Does Roof Installation Take?
The time required for roof installation varies depending on the size, pitch, access, and type of roof being installed. Normal shingle homes should take between 1-3 days.
What Is Flashing?
Flashing is a waterproofing material used at pitch transitions, pipe penetrations, along the edge of the roof, and around the chimney.
I have a roof leak; what do I do?
If you have a roof leak, immediately place a bucket or pan in the attic where the water is coming in, and contact us as soon as possible to prevent further loss or damage.
How Much Will a New Roof Cost?
The cost of a new roof depends on the size, pitch, and materials used. Normal shingled homes range from $10,000 to $50,000. Metal, shake, tile, and flat roofs are more expensive.
What are the different types of asphalt shingles?
There are two types of asphalt shingles: 3-tab lightweight and midweight architectural.
When might I need a new roof for my multi-family building?
For multi-family buildings, roofs should be replaced every 20-25 years or when leaks occur, shingles are lost, fiberglass is exposed, or damage is caused by hail or windstorms.
What should I do to maintain the roof(s) in my multi-family home?
To maintain the roofs in your multi-family home, conduct a detailed inspection of the property, triage issues, perform regular maintenance on all vents and penetrations, and reseal areas as needed. Painting also protects metals from rusting and weathering.
Is it possible to add a roof without removing the existing roof?
On flat roofs, it is possible to add a new roof without removing the existing one if there are no more than two layers. On all other roofs, the existing roof must be removed and a fresh new one installed. If you add more than one layer of shingles, the home is not designed for that much weight, and repairs cannot be warranted.
What should I look for in choosing a roofing contractor?
When choosing a roofing contractor, use a local, reputable company, and consider getting a second opinion if something feels off.
How long will my new roof last?
Most shingle roofs last between 15-25 years, while tile roofs should last 30-50 years, flat roofs should last about 20 years, and metal roofs can last 50-70 years.
What are some signs that I should re-roof my complex?
Signs that your complex needs re-roofing include leaks, missing shingles, curled-up shingles, loss of granules, hail damage, glistening from the ground, and exposed fiberglass matting.
Does a Leaky Roof Need to Be Completely Replaced?
A leaky roof may not need to be completely replaced if a repair is possible, depending on how many layers there are, the age, and the condition of the roof.
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