Roofing Frequently Asked Questions

How can I be sure I need a new roof in Austin:

Look for the following problems:

  • Missing, cracked or curling shingles
  • Leakage in attic after a heavy rain
  • Peeling wallpaper or stains on drywall
  • Musty smell inside of house
  • Blistered or peeling paint
  • Shingle, siding, sheathing or fascia decay or rot

What can I do if I see mildew on my roof?

There are mildew cleaners especially for residential roofs and commercial roofs that can be applied with a sprayer. They’re available in most home improvement stores and shouldn’t damage your roof in any way.

How often do my gutters need to be cleaned?

It depends on how many trees you have around your house. You should figure on at least cleaning gutters once in the summer and twice in the fall.

How long does it take to replace a roof?

A roofing job is a labor intensive project; however, how long a roof replacement will take will depend on a few factors. A simple shingling job (with no tear-off of the old shingles) can be done in a couple of days. If a tear-off is involved (or replacement of decking, fascia or other woodwork), a roofing job can take several days to two weeks, depending on the number of square feet of roof that needs work. For commercial roofs, figure on 1500 square feet per day for a built-up roof, and 2000-4000 square feet per day for a single-ply roof. We don’t cut corners, but we do know that close project management and careful planning can make a roofing job go much more efficiently and quickly.

Is it OK for me to replace missing or damaged tiles or shingles myself, without calling a roofing contractor?

Replacing an individual tile or shingle can be a tricky job. We know, though, that sometimes you don’t have a choice. For composition shingles, roofing cement can be used to secure a torn or curled-up shingle; stabilize the repaired shingle with nails or a heavy board until the cement completely dries. Replacing a shingle can be done by lifting (carefully) the shingle above the shingle that’s missing, then griming and placing the new shingle into its spot while being sure it doesn’t catch on any edges.