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What to do if your Insurance Company Will Only Pay for Half of Your Roof

It happens all of the time, and we get how frustrating it is. Storm damage or hail damage rips up your roof, and you need a replacement.

An insurance adjuster comes out…and he tells you that the insurance agency is only going to replace half of your roof. What’s going on? What should you do? Are you doomed to have a leaky roof?

There are a few things going on here.

It’s possible you don’t need a full roof replacement.

Often, storm damage or hail damage takes out a single roof slope instead of the entire roof. If that’s the case, the shingles on that single slope usually need to be replaced—and that is all.

Many homeowners aren’t satisfied with that answer because it can be difficult to provide an exact color match to the shingles that are on the roof. Your roof may already be 15 years old by this point, and the manufacturer might not make shingles in that specific color any more.  Additionally, shingles fade over the years. Homeowners feel that this gives their home a “patchwork” look that devalues it.

This may or may not be true. People generally don’t stand, stare, and try to decide whether the exact shades of black or grey match up on a roof. They tend to pay more attention to what it looks like on the inside, and whether or not the siding looks nice. Given the replacement would all happen on one slope and the color shift would happen on another it would be difficult to notice a change in the first place. More often than not we can usually get a “close enough” color that won’t make a big difference.

In any case, unless you have a specific clause in your policy, the insurance company is only really required to fix “damage,” which means fixing your roof with a like material.  They are not concerned with the shingles being an exact match.  Similarly, they aren’t required to pay for roof upgrades, and they aren’t required to pay for damage to your roof that wasn’t caused by a weather related activity.

You can choose to pay for upgrades and additional repairs on your own because it is unlikely that your insurance company will budge. It’s worth understanding this when you buy your homeowner’s policy, and if you’re worried about this happening in the future you might speak to your agent about taking on coverage which might prevent this from being an issue in the future.

It’s possible the adjuster didn’t understand the extent of the damage.

Adjusters can be good at what they do, but they are not roofers. We can walk with the adjuster and point out the full extent of the work that must be done.

If the storm damage has created a problem that really does require a full roof replacement then we can help the adjuster understand this, and the adjuster will occasionally re-evaluate the claim in your favor. Getting us out there for an estimate can be helpful, even if you feel like the insurance company won’t pay for everything you want done.

However, we don’t want you to have unrealistic expectations. Experienced adjusters are usually quite accurate in their assessments. They use satellite photographs and a couple of different computer programs to assess the prices at industry standard.

The insurance adjuster’s report will, in fact, often act as a limiter on our bid—and the bid of every other roofer that you might call. At that point, you just want to go with the highest quality and most trustworthy roofer that you can find (obviously we hope you’ll choose us) because going to multiple roofers won’t influence the insurance company’s decision.

Some roofers won’t tell you that your insurance company will pay you only for those items outlined in their adjustment.  Any additional work that you wish the insurance company to pay for must be approved prior to the roof installation.    We will be honest with you and inform you in advance for any additional repairs that you will be responsible for.

We will help you navigate the insurance process to get you the best deal that we can. But at the end of the day, you’re going to have to fix the roof one way or another—we advise you not to delay moving forward with getting a new roof simply because you’re not getting everything you want from your homeowner’s policy.

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What is Felt Underlayment and should we use 15# or 30#?
Roofing felt, or felt underlayment, is a tar impregnated paper (also called tar paper). It provides an extra layer of protection for your roof. It is water resistant which is important on stormy days when the wind might drive rain beneath your shingles. Felt also keeps your shingles from sticking to your roof deck so that your shingles can be more easily removed the next time they need to be replaced.

Often, our customers are very concerned about roofing felt, to the point that they don’t want to replace their roof with us unless they are assured that we use 30# felt instead of 15# felt. There are certainly times when it is going to be appropriate to use 30# felt, but most roofs only require 15# felt. We use 30# felt only when the roof pitch is 10/12 or greater. The 30# felt is stronger than 15# felt and when crew are walking on the steeper roofs it is less likely to tear.

Underlayment is not free.
Replacing the felt underlayment with 30# represents an added expense and is generally not warranted.
There are roofers who will tell you otherwise, of course. However, these same roofers are probably marking up their prices in other ways to make up the difference.

After all, it’s not free for us to buy any of the materials that are going on your roof. And any roofer is quoting you labor plus materials when they’re quoting you anything at all. We all also have to make a profit so that we can stay in business!

Roofers who tell you that using 30# felt underlayment is “free” may also feel justified in cutting corners with their materials. Get a few quotes. You’ll probably find that there’s not that much variation in the pricing. If you get a price that’s too-good-to-be-true and “includes everything” then you need to ask yourself what you’re giving up to pay so little. Remember, you can have it fast, you can have it cheap, or you can have quality. And you only get to pick two.

Ultimately, it’s your decision between 15 # and 30# felt. Here are a few more thoughts before you make that decision.

What’s your insurance company’s stance?
Your insurance company may be willing to pay for 30# underlayment replacement as a part of your total roof replacement. They may even insist on it. At that point, there’s no problem! The underlayment’s paid for, and you don’t have to worry about it.

But if your insurance company is not feeling as generous then you have to decide whether you’re willing and able to make up the difference yourself. Keep in mind that we’ll be putting roofing nails through the new felt just as soon as we affix the shingles to your roof. We won’t tear it up more than necessary but it’s not going to be this pristine, 100% water-tight barrier for very long. You might want to save your money for other things.

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The roof is the most important part of your house. It’s no accident that people talk about “having a roof over one’s head,” when they talk about buying a house!

But people can also get very nervous when they start trying to deal with their roof. So we roofing professionals hear a lot of the same questions and concerns every day. We thought we’d share these common questions and concerns here, so that we could walk you through them one by one.

After all, we want you to feel confident and well-informed about your roof!

What is the difference in cost between a metal roof and a composition shingles roof?

We won’t flinch from the truth. Metal roofing costs far more than a composite shingles roof. A metal roof will cost anywhere from $350 to $1100 per square foot, whereas a composite shingles roof will generally only cost $120 to $140 per square foot.

But as we explained in this blog post, metal roofing comes with some significant benefits that can make it a better value than composite shingles roofing. Metal roofs last longer, need less maintenance, and are energy efficient. Thus, choosing to invest in a metal roof now might just help you save a great deal of money later.

Metal roofing may not be right for every homeowner, but we encourage you not to dismiss it out of hand based on the price alone.

How soon can you get to our estimate?

In general, we are able to make an estimate approximately 24 to 48 hours after you call to set up an estimation appointment.

How much will it cost to repair our roof?

Unfortunately, there’s no quick and easy way to answer this question. Purchasing a new roof or a roof repair isn’t like purchasing a couch, which is why we don’t just list a fixed price list online.

The cost of your roof repair will depend on a number of factors. The size and slope of your roof will play a role in the repair cost. As you’ve already seen, roofing material plays a big role too.

We also would need to look at the extent of the existing damage. Some damage can be repaired by replacing a few shingles. Other damage can’t be repaired unless you replace the whole roof. Damage to other structures, such as your chimney, can also have an impact on price.

You can’t really get anywhere by trying to speculate. It’s best to just call us for an estimate so that you know exactly what you’re dealing with. Fortunately, many roof repairs are covered by insurance, and you can hand our estimate to an insurance assessor. Ultimately, the specific price might be the insurance company’s problem, not yours.

How much will it cost to get a brand new roof?

Again, it depends. The size of your roof, the slope of your roof, and your chosen roofing materials will all play a role in the cost. Your best bet will always be to call us for an estimate.

Do you take credit cards?

Absolutely! Many people choose to pay for their roof repair or replacement this way.

What’s the difference between 3-tab shingles and dimensional shingles?

You’re probably familiar with 3-tab shingles, because they’re the “default” roofing material. A 3 tab shingle just contains a flat layer over a thinner base mat. You can certainly opt for them—they aren’t on thousands of roofs because they don’t work, after all.

However, there are some real advantages to choosing dimensional shingles instead. A dimensional shingle places multiple layers of material over a thicker mat. This creates a three-dimensional look which really contributes to your overall curb appeal. How? The three-dimensional shingles do a better job of hiding imperfections, and they give your home a more textured, high-quality appearance overall.

Appearance isn’t the only reason to consider dimensional shingles, however. They’re actually better shingles. They last much longer than 3-tab shingles. A 3-tab shingle roof lasts about 20 years. A dimensional shingle roof can last up to 30 years. They’re also rated for winds of up to 120 miles per hour. This is important here in Austin, since we regularly experience severe thunderstorms that generate high winds.

What kind of attic ventilation should I use?

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. There are a lot of different ways to handle attic ventilation, and different methods are better for different roof sizes and shapes.

With that being said, ridge vents are very effective, so long as your horizontal roof ridge is long enough to support them. This is because ridge vents don’t have any moving (breakable) parts to worry about. Ridge vents are also capable of ventilating the entire underside of your roof, which means you’ll always get enough airflow to protect your home.

But don’t worry if your horizontal roof ridge just isn’t long enough.  Mostly, you want to be sure that the system you choose has equal intake and exhaust capabilities. Any other kind of system is ineffective, and ineffective attic ventilation can cause all kinds of problems. You also want to be sure that you’re not trying to mix-and-match various ventilation methods. You actually short-circuit the effectiveness of your roof vents when you do this, reducing the overall air flow even though you’ve added more vents!

They told me my roof was a 20 year roof. Why did it wear out after 15 years?

Keep in mind that saying, “You have a 20 year warranty on this roof” or “this roof typically lasts about 20 years,” is not the same as saying “your roof will last for 20 years.” There are plenty of variables that impact the lifespan of any roof.

For example, failing to maintain the roof well enough can certainly lower the lifespan of that roof. Moss or algae can be devastating to a roof, and many people don’t even notice it until the damage is already being done.

Poor maintenance isn’t the only problem that can reduce a roof’s lifespan, however. Simple exposure to the elements, such as harsh weather or UV rays, can easily take its toll.

The original workmanship on the roof can also play a role. Not all roofers are created equal, and some just don’t do a very good job installing the roof! Workmanship plays an especially big role when it comes to attic ventilation. If the roof isn’t ventilated well enough the roof can start to sag and deteriorate. Sadly, you, as the homeowner, aren’t necessarily going to be expert enough to catch this problem until the visible damage is done. You shouldn’t be expected to—you need a roofer who is going to treat you right and do it the first time. The same goes for misplaced flashing, which impacts your roof’s ability to shed water.

Finally, the roofing material makes a big difference. A dimensional shingle will last longer than a 3-tab shingle, and a metal roof will last longer than both of them. But this isn’t just about choosing the “best” roofing material. It’s about choosing the best roofing material for your home. The slope of your roof can have an impact on how well different materials perform, which is why it’s so vital to consult roofing experts before making decisions about materials.

 

 

 

How many days will it take to replace my roof?

Often, it will take 1 to 2 days, weather permitting. Please keep in mind that we need clear, dry weather to do our work, and Mother Nature has been known to put a dent in our plans before! Weather can stretch out the project considerably, so be prepared.

Larger roofs will of course take longer: work usually proceeds at a rate of roughly 1500 square feet per day.

My roof is leaking. Should I replace it?

A leak does not always require a full roof replacement. Sometimes, the issue isn’t even the roof itself! “Roof leaks” are often caused by problems with the flashing, and fixing that is far less expensive and time consuming than replacing the entire roof.

Replacement isn’t always the answer even when the roof has the problem. Sometimes we just need to re-shingle a small portion of your roof. That’s good news for you!

We just can’t tell you what your specific situation will require until we come out and give you an estimate. We have to find the leak first. We have to figure out the cause of the leak and assess the extent of the damage. That’s the only way we can make a good recommendation for your home.

How do you know your roof needs to be replaced?

There are a lot of signs. These include:

  • Curling shingles
  • Blistered shingles
  • Your roof is buckling
  • Your roof is sagging
  • You see granules in your gutter

As mentioned above, a leaking roof or water stains on your ceiling are also sometimes a sign of a roof in need of replacement, but not always.

The central question is always the same: can the roof continue to shed water effectively enough to do its job?

Should we use 15# or 30# felt underlayment?

Felt underlayment adds some additional water resistance to your roof. Thicker underlayment means that you get better water protection and a longer lifespan for your roof. We won’t usually rip out any underlayment that is already there (it’s neither necessary nor cost effective) but if we’re building a brand new roof from the ground up we’ll usually recommend 30# underlayment.

Where is my roof most likely to leak?

Most roof leaks aren’t roof leaks at all. They’re problems with the flashing. So you could say that the roof is most likely to leak anywhere that flashing can be found.

Other than that, the location of a roof leak is not very easy to predict. In fact, finding leaks can be one of the biggest challenges in roof repair, since the leak rarely appears indoors at the same spot as its origin point outdoors.

What is roof flashing, anyway?

Roof flashing is a piece of aluminum or galvanized steel which is placed over each roof joint. This apparatus keeps water from seeping in through these joints. If you happen to have a chimney you might easily step outside and pick out the rim of metal around the entire thing. That’s flashing!

What are all these black stains on my roof?

You’re looking at dead roof algae.  You probably have live roof algae, too. Algae are incredibly destructive. They literally eat asphalt roof shingles for breakfast! It’s important to take steps to remove this stuff right away.

Is it necessary to remove all of the felt underlayment when replacing or repairing a roof?

Roofing felt creates an additional layer of water resistance, but it’s usually not necessary to pull it up and replace it when you replace the roof. Doing so would just increase the length of time that it takes to fix the roof, and it’s going to increase your expenses, too. The old felt has holes in it because roofing nails punctured it the last time your roof was put on. Nails will puncture any new felt, too. The roofing material on top of the felt is going to play a much bigger role in determining the efficacy and lifespan of your new roof.

What should you do when your insurance company will only pay for half of your roof replacement?

We understand that this is really frustrating and stressful. However, this may not be a problem to begin with. We may only need to repair a portion of your roof, after all.

Our estimate can also help you navigate the claims process. There is paperwork we can submit to the insurance company which might help if you really do need a full roof replacement. However, if you need a replacement you need a replacement, no matter what the insurance company ultimately says or does.

Got more questions? Are you ready to get your estimate?

Call Longhorn Roofing today! We’ll be glad to help you out.

 

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With the exception of metal roofs, all roofs will eventually need to be replaced. Shingles go missing, flashing gets bent, and felt becomes exposed. Even the most durable shingles will inevitably become degraded by the harsh elements. Unfortunately, determining whether or not you should repair your roof or replace it isn’t always a cut-and-dry decision. And with such a big expense on the line, you want to make the right choice.

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Read on to learn what constitutes a repairable roof and a roof in need of replacement. Using a few simple guidelines, the right choice will easily become clear.

Quality of Installation

The integrity of your roof’s installation contributes hugely to its overall longevity. A poorly installed roof may only achieve a fraction of the expected lifetime of its materials. For example, some roofers may “over nail” certain shingles during installation; this means that the roofer applied too much pressure with their nail gun, forcing roofing nails all the way through the shingle, failing to secure it properly.

In this scenario, the only thing holding the shingles together is their adhesive coating, which is by no means intended to hold a roof together on its own. If, upon inspection, your roof appears to have been over nailed, it’s only a matter of time before large clusters of shingles begin to loosen. Circumstances can vary, but this usually calls for a total replacement.

Granule Loss

Each of the shingles on your roof is composed of a fiberglass base, a layer of asphalt, and a coating of granules. These granules improve visual appearance, reflect sunlight, and protect the shingle. But as your roof ages they begin to loosen and wear off. Hailstorms, fallen branches, and other extreme weather can hasten the process. You may have noticed loose bits of dark, sandy grit on your driveway or sidewalk; that’s one of the major signs of granule loss.

If your roof has lost over 50% of its shingle granules, then it’s probably time to do a complete roof replacement. Roofs with over 50% of their granules intact may still have some life in them, depending on levels of additional wear and damage.

Shingle and Flashing Damage

Missing shingles and bent flashing are normal signs of wear and tear. The key to understanding whether or not they call for repair or replacement has to do with frequency and severity.

The most important thing you can do to avoid severe damage that necessitates replacement is to repair any minor roof damage as soon as possible. When properly installed and cared for, your roof should last for at least the length that its materials are rated for – barring extreme conditions.

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Shingle loss usually only requires roof replacement under circumstances where shingles have failed to bind to one another. This often happens with 3-tab shingles, resulting in a “zippering” effect where losing one shingle causes several more to follow.

Use your own knowledge along with these simple signs of wear to determine whether your roof should be repaired or replaced. If you still need help weighing your options, a local certified roofer can help you further.

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Photo by Brian Talbot

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Metal roofing is a significant investment in your home. The necessary materials and installation are markedly higher in cost than those needed for conventional roofs, but the cost to benefit ratio is quite favorable. Actually, if you take into consideration the long-term benefits, metal roofing won’t seem quite so expensive.

Read on to learn five of the biggest benefits of metal roofing and how they can pay you dividends over the life of your home.

Longevity, Durability, and Low Maintenance

The most obvious benefit of metal roofing is its ability to stand the test of time. Many metal roofs have served their purpose for several decades with no problem whatsoever; especially those constructed with standing seams rather than exposed fasteners (screw down roofs).

Plus, most homeowners are able to enjoy their metal roofs for years without having to perform any maintenance. Longevity alone is valuable, but when it’s combined with zero maintenance, it makes for a hard deal to beat.

Tax Benefits

Many homeowners are unaware of the tax benefit behind metal roofs. Since most metal roofing is Energy Star rated, there are federal tax credits that can be applied to your return during the year you decide to install a new metal roof – 10% of your new roof’s cost (excluding labor), up to $500.

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Be sure to check your region’s local tax code for additional savings. Some localities have instituted tax credits that can be taken advantage of in addition to the federal discount mentioned above.

Energy Efficiency

Metal roofing reflects a large percentage of the sun’s rays, meaning it keeps your home cooler. This is the reason for the Energy Star rating and federal tax credit. Roofing that reflects light and radiates heat improves energy efficiency by cooling one very important part of your home: the attic.

Your attic acts as an insulating layer of air between the outside world and the rest of your home. When it gets overheated, your home will be much more difficult to cool. And most attics are packed with HVAC ductwork, which is intended to transport cold air from your AC unit to the rest of your home. A hot attic will make your HVAC unit work far harder than it should have to.

Increased Home Value

According to the National Association of Realtors, installing a high quality, visually appealing roof to your home can raise its value by 5%. For a $225,000 home, that would translate to roughly $11,000!

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Although a new roof with conventional shingles will still raise the value of your home, it will wear out eventually. A new metal roof with 50+ years of life brings inherent value to your home that isn’t likely to wear out or require replacement. Knowing that you’re adding permanent value to your home with a metal roof takes away some of the initial sticker shock.

Potential Home Insurance Savings

The tough, durable nature of metal roofing isn’t just beneficial for reducing maintenance and increasing longevity. It’s also good for an insurance discount. Insurance companies consider metal roofing, as well as some types of specialty shingles, to be impact resistant, with hail damage being the main area of concern. As a result, installing a metal roof can often get you a discount on your insurance rate.

However, there is one small detail to keep in mind. Some insurance companies will remove coverage for roof damage if you accept the discount. If you don’t live in an area that experiences severe hail storms, this might not be much of a problem. Further, if you don’t mind a few dings in your metal roof, it still isn’t much of a problem (It takes a lot of force to render a metal roof dysfunctional).

In the long run, metal roofing can easily pay for itself with its rugged durability, energy efficiency, tax discount potential, and inherent long-term value. So don’t rule it just because if its expense. The next time your home is due for a new roof, find out if metal is the right choice for you.

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When you gaze out at layer after layer of insulation in your attic, extra ventilation is probably the last thing you think you need. After all, why would you spend so much time and money filling an attic with insulation only to turn around and let outside air in on purpose? Actually, there are several good reasons to ventilate your attic, regardless of your climate. In fact, proper attic ventilation pays off in hot weather as well as cool.

old_atticPhoto by Jamie Beverly 

If you’re curious about how ventilating your attic can save you money, extend the life of your Austin home’s roof, and ensure the integrity of your home, read on to learn more.

Saving Shingles

During the summer months in Austin, your roof gets some harsh treatment. The sun beats down on it every day, baking its shingles and heating up your attic. Attics with improper ventilation get especially hot, upwards of 160° in many cases. As the temperature in your attic climbs, your shingles get baked from the inside out. The combination of relentless summer rays and scorching attic temperatures practically fries your shingles, loosening their adhesive layer and causing them to lose their shape and protective ceramic granules.

Properly ventilated attics handle hot conditions much better. It only takes a little strategically placed ventilation to save your shingles and give them years of extra life.

Preserving Insulation

As ventilation protects shingles in the summer, it also protects attic insulation in the winter. When you run the appliances in your home – washer, dryer, stove, and so on – they produce vapors that rise to your attic. In an under-ventilated attic, these vapors will condensate and drip onto your attic’s wooden framing and insulation.

Damp insulation can cause a multitude of problems, the foremost of which are insulation deterioration and reduced energy efficiency. Mold is a risk too.

Proper ventilation allows vapors to escape without condensing and creating moisture, thus ensuring that your attic stays clean and dry.

Energy Efficiency

Lastly, a poorly ventilated attic can cause your home to consume more energy by working against its HVAC system. As noted earlier, super heated air can easily build up in an attic during the summer months. As this scorching mass of air grows hotter, it will eventually start to permeate the living space of your home, the space you’re paying to keep cool. What’s more, the duct work in your attic will be in direct contact with blazing hot air, robbing it of its ability to transport cold air to the rest of your home.

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An attic with improper ventilation creates a vicious cycle in which your HVAC unit can’t get ahead, meaning it will run harder, longer, and more often.

Keeping your attic ventilated will eliminate the problem, saving you money and keeping you cool.

Types of Ventilation

Attic ventilation is typically implemented by creating openings under the eaves, in the soffits, and at the topside of the roof near its ridges. As hot air builds up, it exits through the uppermost openings and creates suction that pulls in cool air from below.

There are many different types of upper roof vents available, including ridgevents, slantbacks, mushroom vents (electric or solar, with or without fan), and turtle vents. Most houses today utilize one or more of these types of ventilation and are also equipped with rectangular soffit or continuous soffit vents to allow cooler air into the attic from below.

A properly ventilated attic will save money and keep your home cool and dry for many years to come.

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Are you having a roof leaking emergency? Don’t panic. There are a few simple steps you can take while you await Longhorn Roofing’s rescue!

You may need to summon your inner Do-It-Yourselfer but we’re confident you can. A small leak can quickly turn into multiple big leaks that call for an emergency roof repair. You don’t want to turn into one of those frantic Looney Tunes characters, running from one end of the house to the other, stretching yourself thin trying to plug all the holes with all your appendages, and catching the falling rain with the pot and pan set you got for your wedding. Okay, so that scenario is rather entertaining, but fortunately quite unlikely.

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Calling us to repair your leaky roof is much easier!

Saying that, we can definitely help you prevent a leak… or leaks… from getting out of control. So, here goes, some easy tips for managing an emergency roof leak:

1. Turn off the electricity

For starters – is the leaking rainwater headed in the direction of any electrical outlets or appliances? Go to your breaker box first and shut off the electricity. Okay, now you can deal with the leak.

2. Catch and drain the rain

The water has to go somewhere… make sure it doesn’t absorb into your walls or drywall. Placing a bucket in the attic can collect much of this pesky rain water. If things get really crazy, and you see that part of your ceiling is sagging, you can even poke a hole in it to drain the water in a controlled fashion.

While placing a tarp on your roof is a sure fired way to prevent water damage, it is also extremely dangerous to do, especially during a storm!

3. Protect your stuff

Do you have valuable belongings, or carpet or hardwood floors that are in danger of water damage? Place a blanket or tarp over them!

4. Call the Emergency Roof Repair Experts!

Call Longhorn Roofing at 512-478-2500 for emergency roof repairs. We also do new roof installation in the case of extreme water damage.

We don’t recommend you climb up onto your roof, especially during a storm, but some may find this option suits them: shingles can be replaced, and patches can be installed. Just make sure you know exactly what you’re doing if you go this route.

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Welcome to Longhorn Roofing’s blog! We’ll share the best tips, tricks, and info regarding roof repair and installation with the needs of Central Texans in mind. Come here for fresh insights on everything from making your home as energy efficient as possible to diagnosing roof problems.

Today we want to share a really great infographic comparing dark versus light colored roofs. Many people do not realize their choice of roof color can have a big impact on their lives and wallets. There is certainly more to it than simply choosing which color makes your house look best. Color can make a big difference to your bottom line by keeping your home cooler in the summer which in turn lowers your energy bill. It also impacts the environment and outside city temperature.

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Infographic courtesy of DallasRoofing(dot)com

If you need help deciding which roof color is best for your home or business we can help. Our Austin roofing experts are happy to bring out sample colors to you and discuss the pros and cons of different shingle types and colors.