27
April
2017

Cost Effective & Quality Roofing Shingles

Cost Effective & Quality Roofing Shingles
Many homeowners are fearful of their roof system and the costs that are associated with repairs and re-roofing. Hail storms and other acts of Mother Nature often leaves North Texans with a hole in the pocket book and a serious headache. To help you get the best roofing system at a cost effective price, we’ve created a guide to roofing costs.

The first rule of thumb when calculating the costs of a roofing project is to consider the size, slope, flashing, ventilation, underlayment and accessories, and complexity of the project. A steep slope is more dangerous, requires more roofing equipment, longer labor hours, etc. Thus, it is more expensive.

Every roof type has a specific shape—triangle, rectangle, square, or trapezoid. You can calculate your roof’s area, pitch, and slope before contact a roofing contractor to get an estimate for yourself. Once you look at the shape and size of the roof, the next factor to consider is the cost of materials.

The type of roofing shingle you choose plays a significant role in the overall cost. And, while metal roofing is increasing in popularity, it’s not the most cost effective choice. Though, that might be an investment you’re willing to make.

Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material, seen on about 70 percent of homes in the United States. The main reason for this is the affordability factor. Asphalt shingles are easy to install, are cheaper to repair, and, thus, are incredible cost effective. However, metal roofing is becoming more popular based on its energy efficiency and cooling abilities—two factors that make a compelling case against the North Texas sun.

The cost of roofing material often wins on energy efficiency when compared. Every homeowner has a different budget and list of roofing material must-haves, but in general, most will choose a material that gives good curb appeal without breaking the bank.

To give you a visual on pricing, here’s a comparison between asphalt and metal roofing costs. Asphalt costs about $90 for every 100 square feet for three-tab shingles, while steel or aluminum costs about $265 to $375 for every 100 square feet. This is a very general comparison and is not exclusive to North Texas or Joe Hall Roofing prices, but it’s a generic comparison spanning costs across the U.S.

When looking at costs, it’s important to ask why prices would vary so drastically. In this case, the reason is longevity. While asphalt roofing shingles are durable, they still need to be replaced between two and four times in its lifetime. This requires additional replacement and maintenance costs.

Metal roofing lasts much longer with much less maintenance required. In fact, metal roofing can last 50 years or more. And, it is energy efficient, often saving homeowners up to 40 percent on energy costs. So while asphalt has a cheaper up front cost, it could all even out in the long run.

At Joe Hall Roofing, we work with manufacturers to provide homeowners with high quality, durable roofing materials, whether you choose asphalt, metal, wood shakes, or tile shakes. Find the roofing material that fits your needs and rest assure that it will keep you safe and look great.

13
April
2017

Energy Efficient Roofing Materials for Commercial Structures

Energy Efficient Roofing Materials for Commercial Structures
Commercial properties are transitioning toward more energy efficient roofing systems. With electricity bills climbing as North Texas summer approaches, there’s nothing better than going green and saving money. At Joe Hall Roofing, we use materials from trusted manufacturers to keep your commercial structure safe and secure for lasting results.

A green roof uses recycled products, has storm water management systems, considers air quality, and is extremely durable. There are several different system choices included in our commercial division including solar or photovoltaic rooftop solutions, white, reflective roofing, and more.

With reflective roofing surfaces, properly insulated roofs, and daylighting options, the rooftop is the perfect location as an energy efficient platform. There are numerous ways to improve energy efficiency in your building. Highly insulated roof systems are a cost effective method. Rising energy costs make the investment of insulation well worth it.

In addition to insulating the roof, cool reflective roofs are rising in popularity as a way to conserve energy. Reflective roofs not only reduce cooling costs, but they reduce peak electric consumption and a cost effective method, and require minimal maintenance.

The economical choice to install a cool reflective roof is proven to save energy in warm climates, like we have here in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. The only limitation to reflective roofing systems is that they may cause a glare into windows and increase interior heat loads.

At Joe Hall Roofing, we work with commercial building owners to install innovative roofing technology to keep your structure safe for the long run. We remain on the cutting edge of coatings technology. We understand the advances in roofing technology and keep educated in trained in bringing our customers the latest products and services to protect your roof.

Roof coatings have the potential to extend the life of your roof system for several years. With relationships with the top manufacturers of roof coating, our roof experts have the experience and knowledge to install a quality roof system.

The Joe Hall Roofing Commercial Division uses an innovative approach to roof installation. Browse our showroom and you will have the opportunity to visualize the diverse roof applications available. Certified by superior manufacturers, we are able to help you select the best commercial roof application for your property.

From new roof installations to re-roof projects, our roofing contractors have decades of experience in roofing projects ranging from only a few hundred square feet to thousands of square feet. Whether your building needs gravel, metal, single-ply, modified, or built-up roofing, we can meet your exact roofing needs.

Specializing in restoration products, we work with manufacturers to provide customers with high quality, durable products that can extend the life of your roof dramatically, while reducing energy costs and conserving energy.

24
March
2017

Dallas-Fort Worth Storms Cause Roof Damage

Dallas-Fort Worth Storms Cause Roof Damage
We’ve had a precursor to April showers this week in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. A recent storm that affected a large area of the Metroplex left major roof damage to homes and businesses from the strong wind, hail, and fallen trees.

If you’ve been affected by these storms, we want to give some advice on how to proceed to ensure you get the best repairs without a huge expense.

Take pictures. It’s overwhelming to walk outside and see your property in disarray. And we don’t take that lightly. We understand the emotional toll that a strong storm can take on homeowners, but we strongly encourage you to take initial pictures of the damage.

The first step after noticing your roof has suffered damage is to call your insurance. Keep your insurance provider in the loop as you begin the process of assessing the damage. Once your insurance knows about the damage, contact a roofing company for an inspection.

At Joe Hall Roofing, we work hard to quickly help customers after a major storm hits the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Our roofing professionals are available to look at the damage and assess your specific situation. Of course, if you have leaks or the damage is threatening the structural stability of your home, call for help immediately and leave the property.

During the inspection, a roofing contractor will look for missing, loose, or damaged shingles, flashing, and gutters. Debris needs to be removed from the roof to ensure that no tree branches or debris from tornados have pierced the roof system. Once debris is removed, a roofing professional can easily inspect the roof and determine the extent of the damage.

After an inspection, if there is damage to your roof system, we will work quickly to fix isolated problem areas or give you options if the damage is extensive.

The most important thing to remember after one of our unpredictable North Texas weather is to stay safe. During the storm, follow your city sirens and seek shelter. At Joe Hall Roofing, we have a passion for keeping North Texas homes and businesses safe and secure. Our experts work on residential and commercial properties to ensure a strong and dependable roof system is in place to withstand Mother Nature. But, you can never be too careful.

If your home or business has experienced wind, hail, or tornado damage from this week’s storms, allow us to walk you through a stress-free roofing experience. Joe Hall Roofing has built a reputation in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex of honesty in the roofing industry. Backed by five generations of Hall family members, our family is invested in North Texas and the families that reside here. We are committed to our customers and providing quality roofing services.

10
March
2017

FAQ’s About a New Roof

FAQ’s About a New Roof
Whether you’re building a new home and need a roofing contractor or have lived in your home for decades and need a roof replacement, the experts at Joe Hall Roofing are available to answer any and all of your questions.

When we visit homes to complete an initial inspection and assess your roof system, we look at your complete roof system—in the attic, on the exterior, gutters, shingles, flashing, etc. Many homeowners become overwhelmed with the details of a roof system. And rightly so; it’s very detailed and can be confusing if you’re not in the industry.

To help our customers understand more about a new roof installation process, here are some frequently asked questions and answers to help you navigate your way through this experience.

Do I really need a new roof?

Roofing shingles typically have a lifespan of about 15 to 30 years. Factors that can age shingles faster than normal include the quality of the shingles, the location of the home, the tree coverage surrounding the home, and the quality of the initial installation.

Joe Hall Roofing works with high quality shingles that have a long lifespan. We recommend routine inspections at least twice a year to ensure that unpredictable North Texas weather hasn’t damaged your roof system. When doing these inspections, we suggest homeowners look for visible cracks, missing shingles, broken or damaged shingles, evidence of leaking on your ceilings, missing flashing, loss of the asphalt granulation, etc.

Once your roof reaches a certain age, typically around 15 years old, we recommend a professional roofing company inspect your roof. A roofing expert can spot damage that an untrained eye looking from the ground might miss.

If your roof is older and you notice any of these problems during your inspection, you might need a new roof. You might not really need a new roof if the installation was done properly using high quality shingles. If the shingles are old and decaying, it’s actually more cost effective to replace the entire roof.

How much does a new roof cost?

If you do need to replace the entire roof, there are several factors that determine the cost of the roof system. The brand, material, and grade of roofing shingle you select as well as the size, slope, and shape of your roof will determine the cost.

One of the most detrimental decisions you can make is to choose a contractor based on cost alone. While price is a major factor in choosing a roofing company, it’s not the most important factor. Don’t sacrifice quality for cheap prices. In fact, if you choose the cheapest price, it could actually cost you more in the long run, if the installation and materials aren’t of the highest quality.

What roof shingle should I get?

Once you find a roofing company to work with, you have to decide on the roofing material to use. This comes down to your personal preference, your budget, and your structural support. Some roofing materials, like tiles, are heavier and have structural support requirements. If your roof system cannot handle that load, you can rule that out immediately. Next, look at the different materials that are within your budget. Finally, choose the most aesthetically appealing shingle in your budget.

24
February
2017

Costly Results of Insufficient Roof Ventilation

Costly Results of Insufficient Roof Ventilation
A home’s ventilation system serves an important purpose. During the winter, it keeps the attic dry and in the summer it keeps the attic cool using intake and exhaust. This protects the beams and keeps roofing materials from becoming damaged.

While North Texas doesn’t have an expected freeze each winter, it’s wise to be prepared for winter weather to preserve your roof system. During winter, even in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, humid air from your home makes its way into your attic. This humid air is most likely to get through spaces in walls and ceilings with bypasses for electrical and plumbing systems.

If the roof attic is not properly ventilated, when the warm air reaches the cold air, condensation forms on the rafters, decking, beams, and other materials and can result in harmful structural damage. The moisture will soak into the wood and make them swell, which over time, causes the wood to warp. Other possible effects include rotting of the roof decking, water damage to your ceiling through the insulation, and the development of ice dams.

Ice dams occur in the winter when the heat builds up in attics with inadequate insulation. This heat builds as the sun appears and melts snow on the roof. The melted snow gets into the shingles, collects at the gutters and eaves, then refreezes and causes shingles to warp. The damage is only multiplied as the process of ice refreezing and melting repeats.

In the summer, heat accumulates within the attic, reaching temperatures well over 100 degrees, even if it’s less than 90 degrees outside. If roof ventilation is poor, and moisture mixes with these extreme North Texas summer temperatures, it will negatively affect your roof shingles, decreasing the lifespan of your roof materials. Another negative side effect of poor roof ventilation during the summer is the hot air flow back into your home. This means that your appliances, air conditioner, refrigerator, etc., have to work that much harder and cost you more than necessary in energy bills.

Proper roof ventilation requires a very particular pattern of air movement. Air flow is vital inside the attic to facilitate an exchange process. The ventilation system must be proportionate for the dimensions of the attic to ensure continuous air flow in and out of the attic. A fan or wind-assisted exhaust vents, as well as other mechanical and natural vents are options.

Both residential and commercial properties require proper ventilation systems to control the air flow in and out of the building. In the winter a vent releases hot, moist air to regulate indoor air temperature and humidity. When the proper ventilation is missing, the damage can be extensive and require costly repairs.

Have a professional contractor come inspect your ventilation system in the winter and summer to ensure that your roof system is working properly.

About Joe Hall Roofing

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