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When Do I Need Soffit Repair?

Keeping your roof at its best may be a little more in-depth than you thought. Your roofing system is made up of many parts, not only the top. Your soffit plays a huge role in your roofing systems health, keeping your home ventilated while protecting it from different issues such as bugs, UV damage, water damage and more. To keep your home and roof at their best, it is just as important to check out your soffit when you get the chance. They may require repair. How can you tell? Look out for the following signs of issues and what they may represent.

Soffit

Keeping Your Soffit At Their Best Will Ensure Your Roof Stays Healthy.

Signs Of Damage

  • Warping and Discoloration – Warping of the boards and discoloration may be caused by a few factors, including UV rays and water damage. If you notice any slight issues such as these, getting service can prevent excessive damage.
  • Cracks Along Your Soffit – As with any part of your roof, any missing paint or cracks in the material leave your roof open to further damage. Keep an eye out for paint chips and subtle cracks.
  • Poor Attic Ventilation – Your soffit actually helps with the way your home stays ventilated, allowing for a good flow of air while helping your property retain conditioned air. If your attic air is stale or not flowing well, you may need new soffit.
  • Critters and Pests – Invasive species, such as bugs, squirrels or rats, can try to make their home in your home, damaging the structure and allowing more pests in. Quality soffit can prevent this from happening.

Remember your soffit plays a big role in keeping your roof healthy and protected against water and pest damage. If you notice any of the signs above, getting service should be your next step. At B & W Roofing and Construction, we are always available to assist you and provide you with expert roofing repairs for your needs. To get started, give us a call today at (210) 610-8558 for your soffit repair in San Antonio, TX.

The Benefits of Synthetic Slate Roofing

Synthetic roofing is a relatively new invention in the roofing world, but it is so beneficial. Synthetic roofing is manufactured products that replicate premium, heavy, and expensive roofing systems like wood, slate, and tile. Synthetic roofing are much lighter, eco- friendly, and made out of rubber. One type of synthetic roofing is synthetic slate roofing.

Here are some benefits of synthetic slate roofing:

Lighter

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Natural slate is made from stone, with one slab of it weighing up to one ton per square foot on your roof. If your roof’s foundation cannot support the weight of natural slate, synthetic slate is significantly lighter, weighing about half as much as real slate.

More Affordable

Real slate is extremely expensive, which is why it is considered a premium roofing type. When roofs are made from natural products or last for 100 years like slate does, they cost more as installation and production cost more. Synthetic slate is made from rubber, a man made substance, where real slate is natural and can eventually run out.

Exact Match

If on of your slate tiles ever breaks and you have to repair it, you can never get an exact match as the stone was created by the earth and the mineral deposits formed a certain way. With synthetic slate, manufacturers can manipulate mineral deposits replicas to look a certain way so you can always get an exact match.

If you are interested in getting synthetic slate roofing for your home in San Antonio, TX, contact B & W Roofing and Construction at (210) 610-8558 today.

Keep Your Tile Roof At Its Best

Tile Roof

Keep Your Tile Roof Healthy with Regular Maintenance.

A tile roof is a beautiful addition to any home. It increases curb appeal and gives quality protection against damage. However, just as with any roofing material, it requires regular maintenance to stay in top shape. Having regular inspections can ensure your defenses are always ready for the next storm, but there are also some things you can do to keep your system healthy. We’ve compiled a small list of maintenance you can complete your tile roof. 

Tile Roof Maintenance

Keeping Tiles Clean – While these roofing materials are a beautiful addition to any home, one issue that you have to be careful of is algae growth. The best way to prevent this is by cleaning the tiles regularly. To do this, you may choose to use a pressure washer or handwash them. Using a pressure washer is efficient but you must be careful to aim the water indirectly at the tiles. If you handwash them, you can use a towel and simple solution of mild dish detergent and water.

Remove Debris – Debris can damage your tiles and allow water to collect along the surface, making it a hospitable environment for algae. It can then collect in your gutters, clogging them and preventing water from being carried away. Take care to remove any plant materials and debris that had been thrown onto your roofing system to prevent this from happening. Check your gutters for clogs and leaves, removing these as well.

Inspection and Repair – Finally, have a professional inspect and repair your tile roof. A roofer can identify any damaged tiles and hidden issues with your roof. From there they can replace broken tiles and repair any structural damage, restoring your roofing systems defenses and preventing further damage to your home.

B & W Roofing and Construction is always available to provide quality residential and commercial roofing services for you in San Antonio, TX. Call us at (210) 610-8558 today and get started on your tile roofing repair!

Lookout For These Roofing Problems When Buying a Home

Buying a new home can be a daunting task no matter what position you are in. There are so many things to look for, rules, regulations, it is overwhelming just writing about it. With all of those things to worry about, we are going to throw another one at you; roofing. When you are buying a home, whether it is 2 years or 20 years old, the roof is something you need to be paying attention to. This is because, homeowners often don’t have inspections done and look past roofing problems, especially when the house is soon not going to be their problem anymore.

Warning Signs

Owner Hesitation – If you ask the owner when the last time they had an inspection done on their roof and they kinda mumble something about a few summers ago and some useless knowledge about a gutter replacement…you should think about running or briskly walking to call an inspector out to make sure that roof is in good shape. When homeowners dance around the facts of their roof, they are probably hiding something.

Mold, missing shingles, lifting – Sometimes you can take a look at the roof from the ground and actually see a few problems. If you see any kind of mold, assume water damage until told not to be a professional. If you see missing shingles or lifting of shingles, it would be wise to ask the owner if they are willing to have those things fixed and have an inspection done. If not, that probably isn’t the home for you.

If any of these problems happen to you, you can always give us at B & W Roofing and Construction a call at (210) 610-8558 and we can send one of our roofers out to you right away.

Why You Need a Roof Inspection

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Have Your Roof Inspected By The Best.

Roofing is something people often don’t think about on a daily basis or even a monthly basis. When it comes to your roof, you may think if you don’t see a problem, that maybe there isn’t one, but that isn’t always the case. A yearly roof inspection is recommended because it is important that we check up on our roofs and make sure that nothing has been damaged or needs a quick repair. Usually, there are either no problems or minor ones like a ripped up shingle or small tears. These problems may be small at the time, but if left untreated, they can turn into bigger problems, problems that can lead to roof replacement or major roof repairs. Think of a roof inspection like a trip to the doctor, you don’t always need to go because you are sick, sometimes you just want to make sure everything is working the right way and that you are healthy. The same concept goes towards roofing and making sure that your roof is protecting you the way that it should be.

Other Reasons For a Roof Repair

Warranty – When you get a new roof, they often come with warranties attached. The thing about these though, are that you usually have to have a roof inspection at least once a year to keep it valid. It may seem like an unnecessary cost to have to worry about every year, but you will be grateful when you need a major repair and your warranty covers all of it.

Peace of Mind – When you know that your roof is up to date, it is one less thing that you have to worry about. Roof problems can be overwhelming and frustrating, so when everything is the way it is supposed to be, you can rest a little easier at night.

If you do need a roof inspection, our roofers at B & W Roofing and Construction will be able to help you with no problems. Just give us a call at (210) 610-8558 and let us get you an appointment time that works best for you.

Preparing For A Roof Claim

Roof Contractor

Roof contractors can inspect for damage and work with insurance companies.

Navigating through an insurance claim can be difficult. However, an experienced roof contractor can make the process a lot simpler. You maybe wondering what a roof claims process looks like. Here’s a basic understanding of how a roof claim works:

Contact A Roof Contractor

If you suspect roof damage, a roof contractor will be able to assess your roof for any damage and make a report of what needs repaired. Roof contractors also have experience dealing with insurance companies and adjusters. An experienced roofer will able to explain the need for certain repairs with the insurance company.

Call Your Insurance Company

It’s important to note that all policies are different, but most homeowners’ policies cover hail damage and certain types of storm damage. Make sure to look over your policy or contact your insurance agent to know for sure. You will need to set up a homeowner’ claim.

Adjuster Comes Out

After a claim has been made, the insurance company will send out an adjuster. Remember, you probably aren’t the only one dealing with roof damage. It may take awhile for an adjuster to come to your house during a busy season, but it’s better to contact the insurance company sooner than later. The adjuster will make an estimate based on his evaluation of the roof and may take the roofer’s assessment into account.

Insurance Company Finalizes Amount

The insurance company will determine the amount of money they are willing to pay for repairs and replacements. They will send you a check to pay the roof contractors to do the work.

Does your roof have storm damage? B & W Roofing and Construction would like to give your roof an assessment and the necessary repairs or replacement in San Antonio, TX. Give us a call at (210) 610-8558.

How to Prepare Your Roof to Withstand the Winter

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To Prepare Properly for the Harsh Winters Ahead, Call a Professional Today.

Weather in Texas can get crazy, as we all know. It is important that you have a roof that can withstand the winter and all that comes along with that. Whether it is snowing, hailing, raining, or windy, you need to prepare for the worst and make sure your roof is doing the same. The first thing you can do is:

Schedule an Inspection

You can call a professional roofing company like us, to come out and make sure that your roof is sound as it is. If anything needs to be repaired, it is important that you get it taken care of before the bad weather hits you. This will also save you money in the long run from having to call out for emergency services, which typically cost more because of the severity of the issue.

Look Around for Trees

If you look around your yard or your immediate neighbors’ yard and see any immediate threats like large trees or loose branches that could fall off in a wind storm and damage your roof, get them cut down or secured. During intense wind or heavy snow, these could fall down and end up on your roof, or worse, threw it.

Cleaning Your Roof

It is important to climb onto your roof occasionally and clean up things that may have gotten stuck up there, such as, leaves, roof rot, or mold. A professional roofer can be called to help clean these up as well.

If you want to get a roof that will withstand the winter weather and have peace of mind that you won’t have any problems with your roof, call us today at (210) 610-8558 and let B & W Roofing and Construction protect you.

Three Benefits of a Metal Roof

Metal Roof

A Metal Roof Can Provide Decades of Service to Offset the Cost of Its Installation.

A metal roof can represent an excellent investment for a home or business. Though more expensive than some other roofing materials, the benefits you receive from a metal roof offset the cost over time. If you need a new or replacement roof, consider these three benefits of metal roofing.

Exceptional Durability

Few roofing materials can resist the elements and other hazards with the effectiveness of metal. The interlocking nature of metal roofing prevents penetration from water and pests, while the general resilience resists damage from hail and debris impacts. Wind can accomplish little against metal roofs, which are also non-combustible and resistant to lightning, chemicals, and wear from sunlight.

Premier Longevity

Most roofing systems have a lifespan of 20 to 30 years. Metal far outlasts these measures, and will generally persist for 70 years or longer with proper installation. When the time would come to replace a standard roof, you can count on decades of additional service from your metal roof. It’s impossible to overstate the value and savings represented in this longevity, which also averts the need for regular maintenance and repairs.

Energy Efficiency

The natural reflectivity of metal makes it an exceptionally energy efficient roofing choice. Sunlight that would otherwise heat the roof and structure becomes reflected, which leaves your structure more comfortable throughout the hottest parts of the year. This will also save work from your air conditioner, a beneficial effect that will extend that system’s life.

If you are interested in a metal roof in  San Antonio, TX, trust the experts at B&W Roofing and Construction. We remain available at (210) 610-8558 to answer any questions or schedule service.

What is EPDM and TPO Roofing?

If you’re looking for a rubber roofing material to repair or replace your commercial roof, contact B & W Roofing and Construction at (210) 610-8558 and ask someone about their services for TPO and EPDM roof membrane installations. These membranes are common roofing materials that provide commercial structures with excellent weather protection and energy efficiency.

What Do All Those Letter Mean?

While you may fully understand the benefits these roofing materials provide for your building, you may not fully understand what exactly they are or what those letters stand for. The letters stand for complex chemical bonds that make up the materials. Here is a simple breakdown of each these roofing materials.

Rolls of EPDM Rubber Roofing

EPDM Rubber Roofing Membranes Are Highly Resistant to Water.

EPDM Roofing
The chemical name for EPDM is Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer and its main ingredients are derived from oil and natural gas. The chemicals are synthesized and the result is a roofing material that is resistant to UV rays and severe weather. The much less scientific definition is that EPDM is a synthetic rubber roofing material that provides your building with excellent protection.

TPO Roofing

Workers Installing TPO Rubber Roofing Membrane

White TPO Membranes Protect Your Roof From UV Rays.

The term TPO roofing is short for Thermoplastic Polyolefin. This roofing membrane is part of the class of rubber roofing products. It is made from polypropylene and ethylene-propylene rubber. This roofing system is different from EPDM rubber roofing because it is white and it believed to provide better UV protection for your building.

Contact Our Office

If you’re interested in learning more about these two roofing systems, contact our office at (210) 610-8558. We are always happy to answer your questions.

3 Reasons for Roof Coatings

Commercial Roof CoatingAs a commercial building owner, you should be aware of the many benefits of roof coatings. B & W Roofing offers roof coatings to residents of San Antonio, TX. If you are unsure about whether or not a coating is appropriate for your existing roof, consider these 3 reasons for roof coatings on commercial properties:

Energy Efficiency

Why is it that commercial owners end up spending a fortune on energy bills each summer? The answer is lack of energy efficiency. San Antonio summers can be very hot, and combating that with air conditioning can be a tall task. Cracks and seals in your roof are allowing excess heat inside the building, requiring greater exertion from your AC unit. Coatings alleviate this pressure by absorbing the heat from the sun and thus protecting your building’s interior from the excess.

Heat Protection

We just finished talking about the ability for roof coatings to absorb heat and prevent a spike in energy bills during the summer. This roof application actually has additional benefits regarding the heat. Most damage to commercial structures is caused by UV rays from the sun. Not only is your current roof not preventing heat from your building, but it is actually being slowly damaged, through cracks, splits, and decay. A fresh coat will make your roof as good as new and prevent future damage from sun rays.

Lifespan Extension

Depending on the age of your current roof, these applications can actually save you a lot of heartache and concern. Coatings have the potential to extend a lifespan for 20 to 25 years. Yes, that’s right; 25 years. Imagine the savings you will earn by avoiding roof replacement for another quarter century. Not to mention, the environmental impact that waste prevention has on our habitat. Call (210) 610-8558 for roof coatings in San Antonio, TX.