Roof Types

 Standing Seam Metal Roof

The primary characterization of a standing seam metal roof is the raised interlocking seams between panels that allows water to run off without seeping between the panels. Metal roofing hold a number of other advantages. They are very resistant to fire, water, wind and hail. They are energy efficient in that they will readily reflect the sun, thereby saving on cooling costs. They are also low maintenance. They can be easily installed on top of existing roofing such as asphalt or coal and tar, saving on removal and dumping costs. Metal roofing Houston is often used for large buildings due to its strength to weight ratio. Painted metal roofs can also shed snow and ice quite easily making it particularly useful in colder climates. Metal is also easily recycled and the recycling process is very efficient. Finally, a metal roof such as a standing seam metal roof is very durable often with a lifespan three times that of an asphalt shingle roof.

Gable Roof

A gable roof has the triangle shape common to many roofs. The shape of the gable is determined by the underlying structure used, often due to climactic factors, and aesthetic reasons. The use of gable style roofing has a long history with many variations found in modern architecture. Advantages include ease of installation which in turn tends to make it a cost effective choice. It does not require the more complex structure of a hip roof, for example. It also tends to get a lot of style points due to the many possible variations. Living space underneath a gable roof is more easily optimized than some other roof types.
Unfortunately gable roofs have some distinct disadvantages. They are a bad roof type to have in high wind conditions such as a hurricane. The shape of a gable roof resembles that of an airfoil, the more so with a shallower slope, and wind moving across it will try to lift it similar to the wing of an airplane. This is mitigated somewhat by a steeper angle roof which will “stall” the wind and prevent the airfoil effect. Overall the gable roof is a very popular choice used in many architectural designs.

Corrugated Roofing

Corrugated metal roofing can be made from a variety of materials including plastic and fiberglass but is most commonly made of metal. Reasons for corrugation include increase of strength in the roofing sheet and aesthetics. Corrugated roofing materials tend to have a good strength to weight ratio while staying quite flexible. Non-metal roofing can be used to let light shine through. Fiberglass corrugated roofing does carry some disadvantages. It does not insulate very well against heat or cold. Because of its thin light nature it can be very loud in rain. It can also rip off more easily in high winds than heavier types of roofing. Ultimately, while corrugation of roofing sheets does offer some benefits, the larger part of associated advantages and disadvantages lie with the type of material from which the corrugated roofing is made.

Hip Roof

A hip roof is a roof type where all sides of the roof slope down toward the walls. On a square building a hip roof will look like a gently sloping pyramid. The advantages of a hip roof include the ability to put eaves troughs on all sides thereby sparing the walls some weather wear and tear. A distinct plus for the hip roof is that it stands up much better against wind storms such as hurricanes because it does not produce the ‘air foil’ effect that the more conventional gable roof can in very windy conditions. In the U.S. some windstorm insurance companies will give premium discounts to customers who can prove they have a hip roof. A hip roof is also self-bracing not needing the additional wind-bracing that a gable roof does. A possible disadvantage of the hip roof is the smaller amount of living space right below it. However, the advantages of a hip roof tend to outweigh the disadvantages. Variations of the hip roof include the Mansard, the Gablet and the half-hip roof.

A Roof Overhead

A Roof Overhead

Protection From Mother Natures Whims

Your rooftop is one of a structure’s most important parts. It not only shields its occupants from  Mother Nature’s elements, it additionally  allows  them to have the comforts of heat and air conditioning.  Nonetheless, similar to any major structural part, the roof will overtime develop problems that begin to negate it’s ability the protect inhabitants and the property depending on it.  When these issues come up with the roof come up, a Houston roofing contractor can  help by inspecting and correcting any problems discovered.

The Roof Must be Properly Installed

One of the common issues that many property owners experience is an improperly installed or repaired roof. This can happen when a property owner tries to make the required repairs themselves or use a contractor without the appropriate knowledge and experience.  If the deck is not properly installed  and the shingles are not appropriately set out, the roof will have problems sooner rather than later. In the case of a metal roof expert installation is a must. There is no room for error.

Over Time The Roof Can Become Unreliable

In the event that a rooftop is nearing the end of its serviceable lifespan or needs repairs, water can find its way under shingles and through damaged flashing  or any area of the roof in disrepair. When leaks are not discovered and not repaired quickly  the property could develop structural damage and or a serious mold problem.  Since some property owners are not prepared to have their roof properly repaired, they either just disregard the roof until it needs broad repairs or replacement and then try to repair it themselves, which usually leads to need for more drastic repairs later. Mother Nature is relentless and wear and tear of time on the roof are issues that should never be ignored. For the duration of the life of the roof, minor support and repairs will be required. Common sense demands property owners should have the roof  inspection on an annual basis. Texas Metal Roof Contractors offers a Free Annual Inspection Program to Commercial Property Owners and Home Owners alike in the Houston Metro Area.  To take advantage of this program all you need to do is give us a call at (713)222-7663

 

Hail Storms Damage Automobiles

Dealing With Car Damage From Hail Storms

Your car has been damaged in a recent hail storm.  Your sheet metal is dented and your windshield is cracked.  What options do you have? If you go through insurance, are you required to repair all of the damage on your car? Or can you simply fix the glass and live with the hail dents? Let’s find out what you options are. When your car is damaged and you file an insurance claim, the adjuster is required to write you an estimate for all of the visible damage on your car. This includes the sheet metal, glass, damaged trim, and all accessories you carry coverage for. This original estimate is called the Estimate of Record. Typically, after your vehicle inspection, you are provided a printed Estimate of Record and a check to pay for all of the listed damages. If you dispute the amount of the Estimate of Record, please read my article entitled

Obtaining Your Insurance Estimate

No matter what the insurance company tells you, all of the repair decisions regarding your car are your decision. Do you want to use Bob’s Auto Repair but the adjuster suggests Johnny’s Garage? You are well within your rights to reject Johnny’s and stick with Bob’s. Do you want to repair only the windshield and leave the hail dents on the sheet metal? Well, that is also within your rights as well. There are a few catches but the choice is still yours.

If Your Car Is Financed

The biggest catch is going to depend on how the insurance company writes the check to you.  Does your insurance check have your name and the bank’s name listed? If so, you may find it a bit difficult to repair only your windshield. This is due to the fact that the bank technically still owns your car. They own your car until you make your final payment and have the title transferred into your name only. Until then, the bank always has a legal right to the vehicle. Stop making your payments and you’ll see what I mean.

You Have Clear Title

On the other hand, if your insurance check lists your name only, then you’re in luck.  You have complete control over how your repairs will be handled. You can choose to have all or part of your damaged repairs. And as mentioned before, you can choose any repair facility you want. Some of you may have received an insurance check with only your name listed even though you still make payments to the bank.  Don’t worry.  This happens often.  The insurance company often does not have all loan information in their systems.  It is up to you to advise them to list the bank or to keep the check with only your name listed.  Please read the article entitled Why Is the Bank Listed on My Check for more details about this.

Fixing My Glass

Now that you have your estimate and insurance check, you can begin coordinating your repairs. We’ve already established that you only want to fix your windshield. If there was rain along with or after the hail storm, you’re going to have to deal with the water damage to the interior of your car. This should be the first thing you deal with. If water or moisture is allowed to stay in the car for any length of time you will also have the cost mold removal to deal with. Make sure to try to go straight to a water damage restoration company and get the interior dried out and cleaned. After your car is dried out and your intention is to only fix the glass , I recommend going straight to the glass company and avoiding the body shop all together. Make sure to try to go straight to a water damage restoration company and get the interior dried out and cleaned. Then you can get the windshield taken care of. The body shop will likely want to charge a 25% mark up on the cost of fixing your glass. This is so they will make money too since glass repair techs are typically mobile and will come out to the shop, repair the windshield, and bill the shop for the repairs. Once the shop adds their 25% markup, they are essentially making money for something you can do on your own. Call the glass company, make an appointment and have them come to your home or place of employment.  Save the 25% for your own pocket. The main glass companies are Safelite and Speedy Auto Glass. There are many other glass vendors but these are two of the most common ones. When you call their 800 number, they will ask you for the year/make/model of your car and provide you a quote for the repairs. They will also ask you where they can meet you to complete the repairs.  As mentioned, they are mobile and can fix your car in your drive way or in the parking lot of your office. Just make sure to give them enough room to work and possibly setup a tent to keep any rain out.

What If the Glass Company Quotes Me More Than My Estimate

This is always a possibility.  The insurance company’s estimate uses prices that are updated once per month.  When large storms occur, the price of car parts, including windshields, often increases. Make sure to keep your receipt. Call the insurance company and let them know you have a supplement. A supplement is an increase in the cost of repairs. Supplements can be anything from an difference in windshield costs or additional repair time needed on a fender. The insurance company will ask you for a copy of the windshield receipt. Once received, they should issue you a second check for the difference in cost. If you chose not to use the glass company listed on your insurance estimate, they may not pay you for the difference. Make sure you take this into consideration before deciding to use a company outside of the insurance recommendation.

Cleaning Up Sewage

Not for Amateurs

If you need sewage cleanup don’t delay, call a professional water damage restoration company. Sewage damage is a serious situation and not something you want to try to cleanup yourself unless you have the proper knowledge, training, and proper tools and cleaning agents to deal with it. Not handling any water damage issue properly can lead to serious health risk down the road, but sewage cleanup is really a serious matter and if not handled properly can have more serious consequences than any other type water damage.

Causes Of Sewage Damage

In most cases, sewage damage is caused by backed up sewer lines. While professionals can handle the sewage cleanup you need to understand that the source of the problem also needs to be taken care of. If you have any type of sewage cleanup you need to make sure that the area is cleaned up properly, but you also need to make sure that the cause of the problem is completely fixed.

Sewage Cleanup – What You Need To Do

As we mentioned earlier, sewage damage to your property is serious. The best thing to do is stay out of the area and call us at ATEX Water Damage Restoration. Sewage and contaminated water from any source can lead to serious health issues and is something you should not take lightly. Make sure that you call us right away and stay out of the contaminated area until we arrive. Do not do the following:

  • Do NOT try to removed contaminated items in the area that are damaged with sewage.
  • Do NOT enter the area and try to clean up the sewage damage yourself.
  • Do NOT delay in calling a professional water damage restoration company.
  • Do NOT take sewage cleanup lightly! There are serious potential health risk.

What you need to do now:

Call us right away at (512) 410-5349. We are experts in water damage cleanup in Austin TX. and we know how to handle sewage cleanup. When you’re faced with any kind of water damage restoration needs in Austin TX, or the surrounding areas, give us call right away. One key to dealing with water damage successfully is time. The longer you wait to deal with sewage cleanup, or any water damage issue, the higher the chances of serious secondary damage being done. There is no good reason to try handle sewage clean up or water damage yourself when ATEX Water Damage Restoration in Austin, TX is on call 24/7 to handle any problem that you have.