Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between a conventional roofing system in comparison to a white roofing system?

The primary distinction between a conventional asphalt roofing system and white roofing system lies in the materials used and their reflective properties:

Conventional Asphalt Roofing: Typically consists of dark-colored asphalt or rolls, prone to heat absorption and retention. White Roofing System: Utilizes highly reflective materials with a light-colored or white surface to deflect sunlight.

Conventional Asphalt Roofing: Absorbs a considerable amount of solar heat, leading to elevated indoor temperatures and increased cooling expenses. White Roofing System: Reflects a significant portion of sunlight, reducing heat absorption and maintaining cooler indoor temperatures, potentially lowering energy bills.

Energy Efficiency:
Conventional Asphalt Roofing: Generally less energy-efficient, contributing to the urban heat island effect and heightening cooling demand. White Roofing System: Offers superior energy efficiency by curbing heat gain, lessening the reliance on air conditioning, and mitigating urban heat island effects.

Environmental Impact:
Conventional Asphalt Roofing: May elevate energy consumption and exacerbate urban heat island effects, negatively impacting the environment.
White Roofing System: Tends to have a lower environmental footprint due to its energy-saving attributes and capacity to reflect heat.

Conventional Asphalt Roofing: Typically lasts around 20-30 years, subject to maintenance and climate conditions. White Roofing System: Often boasts a longer lifespan, surpassing 30 years, owing to reduced heat stress on the roofing material.

Additionally, you should also consider the following:

  • Material and labor expenses
  • Return of investment over the lifespan of the building
  • Cost of maintenance and repairs
  • Extendibility options
  • Warranty and lifespan guarantee
  • Time of installation
  • Environmental benefits – eco-friendly incentives
  • Government incentives or grants
  • Toxicity or odor of application
  • Business operations or temporary shutdown

In the end, the decision between the two roofing systems hinges on factors like climate, energy efficiency objectives, and individual preferences. White roofing systems are frequently favored in hot climates to diminish cooling expenses and environmental repercussions, whereas conventional asphalt roofing might be more prevalent in cooler areas.

While Austin Roofing & Waterproofing excels in various roofing systems and applications, our vision and objective revolve around offering the most suitable and effective option based on the building’s architecture, design, and location.

How difficult are white rubber roofs to repair, is it expensive?

Repairing white rubber roofs shares similarities with repairing other roofing systems but requires specific knowledge and techniques. Here are key considerations:

  • Material Knowledge: Understanding the type of white rubber roofing material (e.g., EPDM, TPO, or Fluid Applied) used is essential, as different materials may necessitate distinct repair methods and materials.
  • Identification of Damage: Locating the source of a leak or damage can be challenging, as it may not always align directly with visible issues inside the building.
  • Cleaning and Preparation: Properly preparing the damaged area is critical, involving surface cleaning, debris removal, and ensuring dryness before commencing repairs.
  • Repair Materials: Utilizing compatible patching materials, adhesives, and sealants designed for rubber roofing systems is crucial.
  • Repair Technique: The repair technique varies based on the type and extent of damage, commonly involving patching small holes or tears, sealing seams, or replacing damaged sections.
  • Professional Assistance: Complex or extensive damage may necessitate the expertise of roofing technicians experienced in working with white rubber roofs.
  • Safety Considerations: Roof work entails risks, so adhering to safety precautions like using appropriate safety equipment and following guidelines is imperative.

In summary, repairing white rubber roofs is feasible, but the complexity of the repair hinges on the nature and severity of the damage. Basic repairs such as patching small holes or sealing seams can typically be handled by building owners or maintenance personnel with some roofing expertise. However, for intricate or extensive damage, it's recommended to seek guidance from our in-house professionals specializing in rubber roofing systems. Their expertise ensures that repairs are conducted correctly, mitigating the risk of further issues arising.

What is the best performing roofing system available on the market today?

As of the last knowledge update in January 2023, several popular and high-performing flat roofing systems commonly used in the industry include:

Fluid Applied Membrane Systems:

  • Single Component (Synthetic Rubber)
  • Two-ply Component (Synthetic Rubber)
  • Three-ply Component (Synthetic Rubber)
  • Single, Two or Three Component (Silicone)
  • Single, Two or Three Component (Polyurethane)
  • Single. Two or Three Component (Polyurea)

Single-Ply Membrane Systems:

  • TPO (Thermoplastic Olefin)
  • PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)
  • EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer)
  • Built-Up Roofing (BUR)
  • Modified Bitumen Roofing
  • Tar and Gravel Roofing

Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Roofing

Green Roofing Systems (Vegetative Roofing)

Metal Roofing Systems (Often used in low-slope applications)

Cool Roof Systems (Reflective Roofing)

When selecting the ‘best’ flat roofing system, it's crucial to consider several factors:

Climate: Certain roofing materials perform better in specific climates and weather conditions. For instance, reflective roofing materials are suitable for hot climates to reduce heat absorption.

Budget: The cost of materials and installation varies, so it's essential to align the roofing system with your budget constraints.

Energy Efficiency: Evaluate the roofing system's ability to reflect heat or provide insulation, which can impact energy costs and comfort levels inside the building.

Durability: Consider the longevity and resistance to wear and tear of the roofing materials, ensuring they can withstand local weather conditions and maintain structural integrity over time.

Maintenance: Assess the ease of maintenance and repair requirements associated with the roofing system to minimize long-term upkeep costs.

Environmental Impact: Take into account the sustainability and eco-friendliness of the roofing materials, considering factors such as recyclability and energy efficiency.

Austin Roofing & Waterproofing strictly observes manufacturers' specifications and procedures for every roofing system. Depending on your preferred roofing choice, our certified and experienced teams are equipped with the necessary resources and expertise to execute any type of roofing system available on the market today.

For the most current information and expert guidance on selecting the optimal flat roofing system for your unique project, we strongly advise reaching out to our team of in-house professionals. Our experts can evaluate your requirements and offer recommendations based on the latest advancements in the industry and local conditions. Additionally, it's crucial to consider building codes and regulations, as they may impact your roofing system selection. Compliance with local requirements ensures the safety and legality of your roofing project.

Are warranties transferrable if I choose to sell my property?

Whether flat roofing warranties are transferable depends on the specific terms and conditions established by both the roofing manufacturer and the installation contractor. Here are some essential points to consider:

Manufacturer’s Warranty: Roofing manufacturers often provide warranties on their materials, which may or may not be transferable. Transferability terms vary between manufacturers. Some allow warranties to transfer to new building owners under specific conditions, while others do not permit transfers.

Installation Contractor’s Warranty: In addition to the manufacturer’s warranty, the installation contractor may offer a warranty on workmanship. The transferability of this warranty is subject to Austin Roofing & Waterproofing’s terms and conditions outlined in the contractual agreement.

Transfer Conditions: If a manufacturer’s warranty is transferable, it typically has specific conditions. These may include notifying the manufacturer within a certain timeframe, providing documentation of the original installation, and possibly paying a transfer fee.

Inspection and Maintenance: Most warranties require regular inspections and maintenance by our in-house roofing professionals. Failure to comply could void the warranty or its transferability.

Local Regulations: Local building codes and regulations can affect the transferability of roofing warranties. It's important to check with local authorities and recommended manufacturers for specific requirements.

New Owner’s Responsibilities: The new building owner may need to take on responsibilities such as maintenance, inspections, and documentation to uphold the warranty's validity.

New Roofing Systems

If a brand-new roofing system is installed, it is the responsibility of the building owner to ensure that the terms and conditions of the new roofing system are adhered to. Following the completion of the new roofing system installation, a final warranty will be issued, detailing the specifications and protocols necessary for the transfer of the warranty when needed.

Existing Roofing Systems

In order to determine whether an existing roofing system warranty is transferable, several factors need to be considered, including:

  • When the roofing system was installed: The transferability of the warranty may depend on the timeframe since the installation of the roofing system. Some warranties may have transfer limitations based on the age of the system.
  • The type of warranty issued based on the specifications of the roofing system: Different types of warranties may have varying transferability terms. For instance, manufacturer warranties and contractor warranties may have different transfer conditions.
  • The current condition of the roofing system: The warranty transferability may be contingent upon the current condition of the roofing system. Damage or neglect to the system could affect transfer eligibility.
  • Whether or not general maintenance has been implemented semi-annually since the completion of the roofing system: Regular maintenance is often a requirement for maintaining warranty validity and transferability. Failure to conduct scheduled maintenance may impact the transferability of the warranty.

To establish the transferability of a flat roofing warranty and to comprehend the associated terms and conditions, it's crucial to review the warranty documentation provided by our team's final submittal. Additionally, consulting with one of our in-house representatives can offer clarity on the warranty transfer process and any prerequisites that must be fulfilled. This personalized consultation ensures that all relevant details are understood and that the transfer process is executed smoothly.

When selecting a roofing company or consultant, it's essential that every representative communicate the necessary information to ensure proper protocols are maintained throughout the duration of the roofing system's lifespan.

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