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How Long Does Roofing Work Take

If you’re due to have work done on your roof, one of your first questions is undoubtedly, “How long will it take?” Even with a very professional roofing contractor, roofing work is still loud and a bit disruptive from your daily routine. Knowing in advance how long the roofing work will go on will help you to prepare to get through the day or make plans to go somewhere else.

The short answer for the length of time roofing work takes is that it depends. There are a variety of factors that determine the length of time it will take the roofing contractors to finish roof work on your roof, including what kind of roof work you need, your specific roofing needs, and external factors like weather.

Types of Roofing Work

Varying roofing work takes varying amounts of time. A roof repair or partial roof replacement can take a few hours. If you want to be out of the way for a roof repair, you can simply go to work for the day or go shopping for a few hours and come back home after you’ve received a call that the work is finished. On the other hand, if you’d like to stay home throughout the work, you can do so without missing a full day at work. On the other hand, a full roof replacement can take 1-2 days if the weather permits. Roof inspections take very little time and are the least disruptive forms of roofing work.

Consider Your Roof (Old and New)

Do you have a larger home, with a larger roof? If so, a roof replacement, or even roof repairs, might take a little longer than that of a smaller home. A tiered roof replacement or repair can also take longer than simpler roof designs. When it comes to roof replacements, consider both the size of your home and the materials of the new roof. Materials play into the length of time that the project might take, as well. There’s a distinct difference in time between installing a metal roof and a roof with spanish tiles.

Weather

Inclement weather can be the bane of a roofer’s existence. Rain and snow can all delay roofing projects and double the time of a 1-2 day project. Your roofing contractors will ensure that your home is protected with a tarp in the event that it rains halfway through a roof repair or replacement.

The problem with trying to avoid weather delays is that it’s difficult to accurately predict weather that far in advance. Many homeowners prefer to have roof work done in summer, as it’s dryer and there are fewer chances of rainy days. Because of this, it can be difficult to have any flexibility when it comes to scheduling your roofing project. With winter roofing projects, you have more flexibility in scheduling, but you may have more issues with snow or freezing rain. Texas winters tend to be mild and dry, but there are exceptions to the rule.

When you have an upcoming roofing project, ask your roofing contractor how long jobs like this typically take and what they do in the event of inclement weather. Make sure to explain your project thoroughly, whether it’s a repair or replacement, and take into consideration the size of your roof and materials. At First Texas Roofing, we might not be able to predict everything, but we can guarantee that the work will be done as efficiently and carefully as possible and to your highest satisfaction. Contact us today for a free quote.

What to Expect When Living Through a Roofing Job

Living through a roofing project in Keller, Texas might be easier than you think….with the right roofing company.

In all the stress of roofing replacement or repair, one of the concerns that many homeowners have is “how are we going to live through all the construction?” The right roofing company who knows exactly what they’re doing will make it as easy as possible to live through, but it is still construction work and things can feel a little chaotic for a short time. If you’ve never lived through a roofing job before, don’t be afraid to ask roofing companies what to expect from the experience. Here are a few questions that homeowners ask most often about living through a roofing job.

How Long Does it Take?

The length of the job depends on the work required and the roofing company performing the work. Certain repairs may take only hours, whereas roofing replacements are typically finished in 1-5 days. If you hire an expert with experience and someone who knows the area, they’ll be able to work more efficiently…and with less mess. Before hiring, ask any roofing companies you consider how long jobs similar to yours take to complete.

Can I Stay at Home?

Many homeowners prefer to leave for a hotel or stay with family while roofing work is going on, just to avoid all the noise. However, not everyone can afford to do so or feels comfortable leaving their home. You can live in your house through a roof replacement. Keep an eye on children and pets to make sure they stay inside and out of the way of the workers. If your pet is agitated by the work but you aren’t able to leave home, it’s recommended that you keep them confined to one room. If you do leave the house during the work, make sure the roofing company has a number at which they can reach you in case of emergency or questions.

How Much Mess Will There Be?

With any construction work, there will be mess. Especially if this is a roof repair or replacement, you can expect some debris. The right roofing company can minimize the mess and will make sure to clean up afterward, so you won’t have to live with it for long. In the meantime, you’ll want to clear any storage out of the attic and cover up your stuff. Putting something under the vents in your home to catch the debris, like tarp or a trash bag, is also advisable.

What Else Can I Expect?

There are a few things that can be expected and prepared for. Large delivery trucks will probably need extra room in your driveway to deliver materials. Contractors should be informed of the location of your breaker box and whether or not you have something like an evaporative cooler. Noise will be unavoidable and pretty constant throughout the process. But there are other aspects you can’t prepare for. Rainy days will mean that work may need to be halted and the process will be lengthened. Accidents may happen, but if your roofing company is insured, they can resolve any of the damage at no cost to you. Ask your roofing company what you can expect from the project, but keep in mind that you may also need to expect the unexpected.

First Texas Roofing has 15 years of experience performing roof repairs and replacements in Keller, Texas, and we’re committed to making it as comfortable a process for you as possible. We do this every day, so we know what it entails and we’re happy to answer any questions you may have on the subject. Call us at (817) 821-0323 or contact us online for more information or a free quote.

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How to Prevent Roof Leaks This Winter

Rain, sleet, snow, and hail: you can expect all of these things to some degree in winter. But even if you manage to stay out of each storm this season, your roof is bound to take a beating. It’s easy for roof leaks to appear this season, and that could cause problems for the whole house. Not only does it weaken the surface of the roof, but leaky roofs can lead to moldy attics, electrical problems, and damage to the structural integrity of the house. Read More

5 Shocking and Unexpected Dangers of a Bad Roof

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A little leak could lead to a big problem. Call your Fort Worth roofing company before it gets any worse.
Sometimes, we can take our roof for granted. It’s just always there, protecting our homes from the weather and pests of the outdoors. It’s hard to imagine life without it. So when we first notice a tiny leak or faint watermarks in the ceiling, it might not seem like a big deal. It’s just something that will need to be fixed later. Life gets busy, and later gets pushed further and further back. Meanwhile, that little roofing problem? It’s growing.

A little leak or a slight sag could be more dangerous than you realize, and it can lead to issues that could affect your entire home. In fact, if problems with your roof go untreated, it might eventually mean having to leave your home. Here are some of the most shocking dangers that could come from a damaged roof.

1. Asbestos

Asbestos is a term used for six naturally occurring minerals composed of microscopic “fibrils.” Because asbestos is resistant to fire, chemical and thermal degradation, asbestos cement was a popular roofing material in the 20th century. The cement was used for shingles in the United States going as far back as the 1920s. However, today asbestos is known for something other than its resistance to chemicals: it is the “silent killer” of thousands of construction workers. It can take years and often decades for asbestos symptoms to manifest, and when they do, they can lead to serious illness like mesothelioma and lung cancer.

If asbestos cement was used in the shingles of your roof, your family could be breathing it in right now.

Unless the asbestos material is damaged, the use of asbestos cement in roofs is not necessarily dangerous. It’s only in the instance of damage that asbestos releases fibrils into the air and thus becomes a health hazard. However, this means that if asbestos is one of the materials that makes up your roof, you need to take extra care to ensure that it’s not damaged. It may be safer, in the long run, to replace the roof with a less harmful material.

2. Electrical Shortages

Have you ever looked up at your ceiling and noticed a patch of discoloration or a bulge? That’s likely water damage caused by a leak in the ceiling. The leak itself may be small, but the effects of water damage can be severe, especially if the water comes into contact with any electrical wiring, such as the room’s lighting or a ceiling fan.

Electrical shortage in your home caused by water damage could leave your home without power until the problem is resolved. It’s also a dangerous fire hazard. It’s better to stop before things get to that point. If you have water damage, turn off all electricity in the area and call your electrician to examine the wiring. After that, call your local roofing company to fix or replace the leaky roof that caused the damage in the first place.

3. Slips and Falls

A leak in the roof may cause a puddle to form on the floor of your home. Depending on the flooring material and the color of the floor, the puddle might not be immediately obvious, especially if you’re not expecting it in your home. The prospect of slipping and falling on the floor isn’t pleasant for anyone, but this can be especially dangerous if you have active children running through the house or anyone elderly living in the home. It can also be particularly dangerous for residents with impaired vision.

If you notice a leak, call a roofing company immediately. Until the roof is fixed, place a bucket or something similar under the leak to collect water so that it won’t pool on the floor, and your family members will know to steer clear of it.

4. Mold and Mildew

This is another reason to take leaky roofs seriously. Water damage from a leaky roof could seep into the insulation of the home or the HVAC system, where the damp environment could cause mold and mildew to grow. Once mold grows, it spreads and filters through the vents of your home, where the whole family could breathe it in without realizing it. It can also attack the wood framing or ceiling tiles of your home. The most common mold you’ll find as a result of leaky roofs is black mold.

Mold and mildew can pose serious health concerns, especially if you have an allergy or asthma. Mold can cause lung infections or obstructive lung disease. It is especially dangerous for young children, as it has been linked to acute idiopathic pulmonary hemorrhage in infants. If your mold issue becomes bad enough, you may be forced to evacuate the home while it is fumigated. That’s why it is important to stop a mold issue as soon as you notice it. Talk to a mold and mildew removal expert about the best way to remove the problem, and then talk to your Fort Worth roofing company about how to prevent it in the future.

5. Deterioration of the Structural Integrity

A bad roof can also affect the whole structural integrity of the home. Leaks can weaken the wood beams that hold up the home. Water damage, if untreated, could cause the ceiling to give way. Weakened structural integrity also makes the house more susceptible to storm damage like strong winds or fallen trees.

One prevalent problem that could compromise the structure of your home is roof rot. Roof root is caused by excessive humidity and moisture in the attic without proper ventilation. Dry rot can affect the roof deck as well as the insulation of the home. Roof rot is often the underlying problem when your roof begins to leak. In the worst case scenario, roof rot could even cause the roof to collapse. That’s why a roof ventilation system is as important as ventilation for the rest of your home.

Is the roof of your home healthy? Or are there small, almost unnoticeable problems that you’ve put off fixing? To prevent damaged roofs that may cause more insidious damage to your home, you should have a roof inspection at least once a year. Fortunately, if you need work done on your roof, First Texas Roofing provides affordably priced quality roof repair designed to LAST. Even if your roof needs to be replaced completely, First Texas Roofing will ensure excellent service and durable product. We have nearly a decade of experience to vouch for us.

Don’t let your small roofing problems cause huge dangers to yourself and your family. Contact First Texas Roofing today for a free, no-obligation consultation and estimate.

How to Protect Your Roof in the Sweltering Summer

Fort Worth summers can be rough, but do you know how rough they can be on your roof?  

Texas is famous for sweltering summers that only a native Texan could love (and even then, not always). The sun beats down relentlessly as temperatures swell to the 90s and even into the 100s. August may be over, but anyone who’s lived in Fort Worth for longer than a year knows that doesn’t mean that the heat is finished with us yet. Residents know how to take precautions for themselves: crank up the AC, break out the sunglasses, and use sunscreen if you’re going to be outside for long. But what precautions are you taking for your roof?

The extremes of summer weather is often your roof’s worst enemy. It’s directly in the line of the sun’s most harmful UV rays, and, without protection, it can start to deteriorate. Hot, sunny weather isn’t the only thing to worry about in the summer. Your roof can also sustain water damage, tears, and leaks as a result of severe storms. Fortunately, there are measures you can take to protect your roof. Here are some of the dangers your roof can face in the summer and what you can do to protect it.

Damage from the Sun

Your roof may shield you from the heat and UV rays of the sun, but in doing so, it can take quite a beating. The extreme heat can erode the weatherproofing materials used to protect your roof and dry out roof tiles, making them obsolete. When the weather changes rapidly due to a storm, the roof can’t keep up and tiles may become loose. Additionally, changes in weather cause the roofing materials to expand and contract, so the more the weather changes, the more your drainage system can be pushed away from your roof.

We have sunblock to protect our skin from the worst effects of the sun, and for roofs, there’s roof coating. A reflective roof coating will reflect the sun’s rays rather than absorbing them. It can last up to 10 years before it needs another coating, but especially in the hottest days of the year, it’s important to watch your roof for obvious signs of sun damage. Do you notice any faded discoloration? Any cracks or loose tiles?

Damage from Storms

Summer storms are as brutal as the summer sun. They can take a toll on your roof, and so can the humidity that follows as a result.  Humidity can weaken and erode the materials of your roof, making it more susceptible to those heavy hitters like hail and strong winds. You also have to worry about damage from nearby trees. There might not be much you can do to prevent a tree from falling on your roof if the storm is strong enough to knock it over, but you can cut away close branches that could scrape and puncture your roof in the midst of a storm.

If your roof doesn’t have impact-resistant asphalt shingles, now may be the time to change that. They’re built to withstand heavy storms and even hail. Talk to a roofing professional about replacing the shingles on your roof, or repairing any damaged shingles. Before summer begins, your roof should be in top shape to best protect it from those severe summer storms.

Water Damage

With storms comes rain, and water damage can be the greatest threat to your roof. Untreated water damage can lead to leaks, roof rot, and weakening of your home’s structural integrity. The important thing is to stop water damage before a leak occurs by watching carefully for signs. Do you notice any curling of your roof materials? Any crumbling cement? Are your vents in working order or are they clogged? You can also see water damage from inside your home by watching for any discoloration or bulges on the ceiling.

Your roof’s best defense against water damage is its gutters. The drainage system is designed to collect all the water that falls on the roof during a storm and direct it away from the house. If your gutters are clogged or damaged, water will pool on your roof and weaken it. Clean your gutters regularly and if they need to be repaired, don’t hesitate to repair them. You should also call a roofing professional at the first sign of a leak to seal it up before it causes serious damage to your home.

Roofing Contractor Fraud

It’s not just the weather that your roof needs protection from–it’s people. Because of all the dangers it poses to your roof, summer is the prime time of year for roofing contractor fraud. Unfortunately, these con artists often appear after a natural disaster and take advantage of homeowners with damaged roofs. An alleged roofer may ask for a down payment before starting the work and never return to do the work after the payment is given. They may offer a “free roof inspection” and then cause extra damage to the roof, so that the insurance company will cover the repair cost. They may tell you about an extremely limited time offer to pressure you into signing a contract without looking elsewhere.

Don’t be pressured, and trust your instincts. If something sounds too good to be true, that’s probably because it is. Do your research on any roofing contractor that approaches you, no matter how sweet their deal sounds. Get quotes from multiple companies and read reviews to make sure you’re getting the best quality for your money. After all, roofing repairs can be a hassle. You want to make sure that they’re done right in the first place.

When searching for a legitimate, quality roofing company in Fort Worth, you want a company whose reputation speaks for itself. Search their ratings with the Better Business Bureau and see what their customers have to say about the quality of work they provide. You want a company who has nothing to hide because they’re proud of their service. First Texas Roofing has been in business for over 15 years and maintained a standard of excellence. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation estimate.

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Easy Ways to Spot a Trustworthy Roofing Company

If you have ever been through the roof repair or replacement process, you may have heard that finding a trustworthy roofing contractor may not be as easy as it seems. However, if you are looking for a Fort Worth roofing company, it is possible to find one that you can trust. Knowing what to look for in a roofing company is the key to ensuring you hire the right team for the job.

A Personal Touch

When you are looking trustworthy roofing contractors in Fort Worth, TX, ask yourself how visible the owner is. These questions may help guide you.

1. How easy it to talk to him or her?
2. Do you have their cell phone number or multiple ways to contact them?
3. Are they involved in reviewing your proposal and the final inspection?

Chances are, if the owner of the company makes it their business to be involved in making decisions, they are often more concerned about doing a good job. It may be a sign that they care about the quality of their work and reputation.

A Fair—Not Necessarily Cheap—Price

It is often tempting to go with the least expensive option when it comes to choosing a Fort Worth roofing company. However, a roofing company that offers good service and uses quality materials may cost more because they have experienced workers who care about the quality of their work. The roofing company you choose also doesn’t necessarily need to be the most expensive.

A Warranty

A reputable roofing company will also often guarantee their work with a warranty on their services. Also, a trustworthy company will probably be transparent with the cost of the project and avoid sales tactics that might make a client uncomfortable.

When you are looking for a Fort Worth roofing company, it is a good idea to keep these qualities of a trustworthy roofing company in mind so that your experience with your roofing contractor is a professional and pleasant one.

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Picking the Right Roofing Contractor

Picking roofers in Fort Worth, TX takes some time and research before a final decision is made. Whether you need repair or a full replacement, picking the right roofer can mean the difference between a roof that lasts and a roof that needs repairing again after the next major storm. There are some key things to look for when picking a reputable company to hire. Keeping these keynotes in mind can help you feel comfortable in your investment.

Licensing and Insurance

Roofing companies in Fort Worth that are up to snuff have the proper licensing and insurance and can provide copies for your confirmation. When you have your copy, you can confirm licenses online and prove a company’s legitimacy.

Manufacturer Designations

A great sign of a roofing company’s reputation is a manufacturer designation. Manufacturers only give out these stamps of approval for companies that meet a certain set of requirements. This designation is an easy way to tell you’re working with an experienced and professional service.

Local Referrals

Word of mouth can be the most valuable information you can get when choosing roofing companies in Forth Worth. Local referrals from trusted sources can help you pick a roofer that has an already well-known and respected reputation in the community. Talk to other homeowners you are familiar with and see what recommendations they can make for roofers in the area.

Better Business Bureau Ratings

The Better Business Bureau is a reliable source for checking and determining the legitimacy of a company. When disasters strike, rogue workers tend to come into a community and offer fast work for low costs. These ‘companies’ can often be shady groups that do low quality work for a quick buck. Choosing a well-scored company on the Better Business Bureau will help you ensure that you have a legitimate and experienced company working on your house.

Careful consideration should be taken before choosing roofers in Fort Worth, TX. With background checks and research into referrals and licensing, you can guarantee you’ll get the right work done the first time by experienced roofers.

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Why Metal Roofing is the Best Option for Your Home

Metal roofs, while certainly not new to the roofing market, have been experiencing a huge surge of popularity in recent years. While they were once made of simple tin panels, Fort Worth roofers have, in recent years, began offering more substantial metal roofing experiences, which have been altered to provide the best experience possible for the modern home. While shingles, tile and other materials certainly have their benefits, they simply can’t beat metal materials, and here’s why:

Durability

Metal roofing in Fort Worth is the most durable option available for any home, and offers a longer lifespan than even the modern slate roof. They last almost 200% longer than the average asphalt shingle roof, and are typically expected to last even longer than the rest of the house they happen to be protecting. This means you’ll spend less of your future cash on roof replacements in the coming years, and won’t need to worry about emergencies and leaks around every turn.

Efficiency

Metal roofs are also the most efficient options for homeowners in the Fort Worth area. Their metallic surfaces are perfect for deflecting sunlight, which helps to keep homes’ interiors cooler. This means that you won’t be spending as much on monthly bills, and can keep a greener, more clean-running house overall.

Style

While metal roofs once came with a single, outdated style, they can now accurately mimic practically any other roofing material. This means you can have all the benefits of a metal roof, while enjoying the style of an asphalt roof, a tile roof, or any other style you might prefer. They also come in a wider variety of colors, ensuring you’ll find your ideal match.

Metal roofs boast superiority in this fields and many, many more. Speaking to your Fort Worth roofers about these materials can help you learn even more about how they’ll benefit your home, and get you on the fast track to installing one of your very own.

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3 Things to Keep in Mind During a Roofing Emergency

Roofing problems never happen at an opportune moment. While small leaks are manageable for most homeowners with the help of a roofing contractor in Fort Worth, TX, there are real emergencies such as tornado damage that can result in catastrophic damages that require some real work. While it’s always best to trust the professionals with repairing the damages, there are a few things you can do as a homeowner to ensure everything goes according to plan, and that your home is getting the care it requires.

Call the Pros First

Never, ever try to take care of the damage yourself before calling in your roofing contractors in Fort Worth. Working on a damaged roof without the proper safety equipment can be extremely dangerous, and could result in serious injury. Calling your contractor should always be your first step. This helps to ensure you’re on the fast track to get the safe, professional help your home needs.

Take Care of the Interior

If the damage you’ve experienced with your home has resulted in a serious leak, then you may want to consider moving your rugs, furniture and other interior belongings into another room until the issue can be fixed. Covering the carpet with a tarp or other water resistant layer can be helpful with mitigating water damage as well.

Beware of Storm Chasers

Unfortunately, there are plenty of contractors out there known as “storm chasers.” These contractors follow storms around, and offer their emergency services to homeowners for outrageous prices. These “professionals” don’t always have the equipment or skills to get the job done, meaning you could be facing some serious challenges down the road if you accept the help. Get in touch with your normal contractor for the best possible results.

Taking care of your roofing emergency with the help of your roofing contractor in Fort Worth, TX, is the best way to get your house’s operations back on track, and to prevent any resulting problems later on.

Roof Repair Done Right

There’s a right and a wrong way to do roof repair…

…and the wrong way can be COSTLY.

When your roof leaks it can be hard to enjoy yourself in your home. If it rains, you worry about water coming into your home and damaging your furniture or carpeting. Even when it isn’t raining you are dreading the next spell of inclement weather.

When you call for roof repair in Forth Worth, Texas, you want a quality company that will painlessly fix your roof.

A company that has been working in your area for a number of years is one thing to look for. The roofing company will be able to provide you with a list of customer testimonials from people that live nearby. A quality company will have a long list of satisfied customers.Someone from the company should come out and give you a competitive quote on the work that needs to be done. The quote should be an honest estimate of how much the work will cost and when it can be completed.

A company that does roof repair in Fort Worth should be licensed and bonded in Fort Worth. Its trained work crew will be familiar with all types of emergency repairs and will be able to work with a variety of roofing materials. If a new roof is needed, the owner of the company can go over the advantages of different types of roofs, from shingles to metal roofing. If only repairs are needed, the company should be able to help with any reimbursements from your homeowner’s policy.

By working with a company that has all of these qualities, you stand a great chance of having the work done right. A trained work crew should be able to repair a roof in a reasonable time frame and eliminate all leaks. This will protect your home and everything in it from water damage. You will have peace of mind the next time it storms.

Having your roof repaired can be a relatively painless project if you pick the right company for roof repair in Forth Worth. The company can ensure you stay safe and dry when it rains.