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Educated Roofing Systems: The Best Choices for Austin Texas

Your house is in need of repair and, from the looks of it, your roof is going to expect a little tender love and care. Whether you are a new homeowner or have lived in your home for decades, it is easy to get lost in the lingo and modern jargon that evolves in the face of advances in home care and roofing materials. (Yes, roofing construction has changed as modern building project become more complex!)

Terms may get thrown around like confetti at a party but that does not mean that you have to fret or get anxious. For example, the phrase “educated roofing systems” simply means that your contractor wants to assemble parts and components that interact with one another so that they weatherproof, and sometimes insulate, the roof surface of your building. Contractors that specialize in educated roofing systems Austin Texas will know what materials to use for both residential and commercial building projects.

Roofing systems and materials can generally be divided into two generic classifications: supplies for a low slope roof and supplies for a steep slope roof. To separate these categories a little bit further, low slope roofing includes any type of roof membrane or weather proofing material that is installed on slopes less than or equal to 14 degrees. Steep slope roofing includes any materials that are installed on slopes exceeding 14 degrees.

Low Slope Roofing

There are five generic classifications inside of the general “low slope” category. These include:

  • Built-up roof (BUR) membranes
  • Metal panel roof systems for low-slope applications
  • Polymer-modified bitumen sheet membranes
  • Single-ply membranes
    • Thermoplastic membranes (e.g., PVC, TPO)
    • Thermoset membranes (e.g., EPDM)
  • Spray polyurethane foam-based (SPF) roof systems

Most low slope roof membranes will have three principal components. They will have a waterproofing layer which keeps water from entering the roof assembly, a reinforcement layer which adds strength and puncture resistance, and surfacing which protects the waterproofing layer and the reinforcement from sunlight and weather. Some surfaces will have other benefits such as fire resistance, hail resistance and increased solar reflectivity.

Steep Slope Roofing

There are six generic categories that fall under the umbrella of “steep slope” roofing. They include:

  • Asphalt shingles
  • Clay tile and concrete tile
  • Metal roof systems for steep-slope applications
  • Slate
  • Wood shakes and wood shingles
  • Synthetic

Many contractors will know what sort of educated roofing system would be best for Austin Texas. Steep slopes are typically composed of individual pieces that are installed in a shingle fashion. This roofing system typically consists of a roof deck which is the structural substrate, the underlayment which provides temporary protection until the roof covering is installed, and the actual roof covering which is the external water shedding material.

Educated roofing systems in Austin Texas are important. Excellent contractors will ensure that you have the right system for your home and roof.

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