Frequently Asked Questions

The primary difference between a conventional asphalt roofing system and a white roofing system is the material used and its reflective properties:

  1. Material: • Conventional Asphalt Roofing: Typically made of dark-colored asphalt or rolls, which can absorb and retain heat. • White Roofing System: Utilizes materials that are highly reflective and have a light-colored or white surface to reflect sunlight.
  2. Reflectivity: • Conventional Asphalt Roofing: Absorbs a significant amount of solar heat, which can lead to higher indoor temperatures and increased cooling costs. • White Roofing System: Reflects a large portion of sunlight, reducing heat absorption and keeping the building cooler, while potentially lowering energy bills.
  3. Energy Efficiency: • Conventional Asphalt Roofing: Generally, less energy-efficient because it contributes to the urban heat island effect and can increase cooling demand. • White Roofing System: Offers better energy efficiency by reducing heat gain, decreasing the need for air conditioning, and mitigating heat island effects.
  4. Environmental Impact: • Conventional Asphalt Roofing: May contribute to higher energy consumption and urban heat island effects, impacting the environment negatively. • White Roofing System: Tends to have a lower environmental impact due to its energy-saving properties and heat-reflecting abilities.
  5. Longevity: • Conventional Asphalt Roofing: Typically lasts around 20-30 years, depending on maintenance and climate conditions. • White Roofing System: Can have a longer lifespan, often exceeding 30 years, thanks to reduced heat stress on the roofing material.

 

Additional comparisons and considerations may be 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
  • Enviromental benefits – ecofriendly incentives
  • Government incentives or grants
  • Toxicity or odor of application
  • Business operations or temporary shutdown

The brief list of comparisons contributes a detrimental role to the overall building’s performance and longevity. As the new global initiative demonstrated through every country highlights the importance of renewable energy, recycled roofing products have an immense role to play.

If the possibility and options are available to reduce heating and cooling expenses, while saving money on a new roofing system, this is a direct circulation of expenses saved for the building owner.

Ultimately, the choice between the two roofing systems depends on factors such as climate, energy efficiency goals, and personal preferences. White roofing systems are often preferred in hot climates to reduce cooling costs and environmental impact, while conventional asphalt roofing may be more common in cooler regions.

Although Austin Roofing America specializes in all types of different roofing systems and applications, our vision and goal is to provide the most effective suitable option depending on the buildings architecture, design, and location.

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The amount of money a building owner can save by switching to a white rubber roof depends on several factors, including the size of the building, local climate, energy costs, and the condition of the existing roof.

Here are some potential ways in which savings can be realized:

  1. Energy Savings: White rubber roofs reflect more sunlight and heat, reducing the building’s cooling load. This can lead to lower electricity bills for air conditioning during hot months.
  2. Extended Roof Lifespan: White rubber roofs tend to experience less thermal stress and can have a longer lifespan compared to darker roofing materials. This means potential savings on roof replacement or maintenance costs over time.
  3. Rebates and Incentives: In some areas, there may be government or utility incentives for installing cool or reflective roofing systems, which can help offset initial installation costs.
  4. Reduced Urban Heat Island Effect: Using a white rubber roof can contribute to a cooler urban environment, potentially reducing the overall demand for energy and associated costs within the city.
  5. Improved Comfort: Building occupants may experience increased comfort due to lower indoor temperatures, potentially reducing the need for additional cooling equipment or energy use.

 

Additional considerations are the overall cost of material and time of installation. A single ply white roofing system has the ability to cover a larger surface area in a one-time application in comparison to a conventional roofing system which requires a layering approach resulting in less material required. While covering a larger square footage surface area in one time application, most conventional asphalt roofing systems entail an installation of layer after layer while waiting on the previous layer to properly cure or dry before the following application.

Reflective nature of the product. White roofing systems can reduce up to ninety degrees of heat transmitted through the building on a hot summer day. While conventional roofing systems reply on loose stone or granules to absorb the heat and u,v rays, white roofing systems naturally reflective the u.v rays. If your roofing system is reflecting the u.v rays opposed to absorbing the heat transmitted through the u.v rays, this is a direct savings on your buildings air conditioning expenses. In addition, reducing the air condition usages, thus in return also reduces the overall workload of the air conditioning units, reducing the mechanical expenses of the air conditioning units while improving the lifespan of each unit.

To determine the specific amount of money that can be saved, it’s essential to conduct a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis that considers all relevant factors. Factors such as the size of the building, its location, energy prices, and the cost of the roofing project will vary from case to case. It’s advisable for building owners to consult with our in-house representatives to assess the potential savings and return on investment for their particular situation.

Repairing white rubber roofs is generally similar in difficulty to repairing other types of roofing systems, but it does require some specific knowledge and techniques. Here are some factors to consider:

  1. Material Knowledge: It’s important to understand the type of white rubber roofing material used (typically EPDM, TPO or FLUID APPLIED) and its properties. Different materials may require different repair methods and materials.
  2. Identification of Damage: Locating the source of a leak or damage can sometimes be challenging, as the damage may not always be directly above the visible issue inside the building.
  3. Cleaning and Preparation: Properly preparing the damaged area is crucial. This often involves cleaning the surface, removing debris, and ensuring the damaged area is dry before starting the repair.
  4. Repair Materials: Repairs usually involve using compatible patching materials, adhesives, and sealants designed for rubber roofing systems.
  5. Repair Technique: The repair technique can vary depending on the type and extent of damage. Common repair methods include patching small holes or tears, sealing seams, or replacing damaged sections.
  6. Professional Assistance: Complex or extensive damage may require the expertise of our roofing technicians with experience in working with white rubber roofs.
  7. Safety Considerations: Working on a roof can be dangerous, so it’s important to take safety precautions, such as using appropriate safety equipment and following safety guidelines.

 

In summary, while white rubber roofs can be repaired, the difficulty of the repair depends on the nature and extent of the damage. Simple repairs like patching small holes or sealing seams can be done by building owners or maintenance personnel with some roofing knowledge. However, for more complex or extensive damage, it’s advisable to consult with our in-house professionals who specialize in rubber roofing systems to ensure proper repairs are conducted to prevent further issues.

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The best-performing flat roofing system on the market today can vary depending on specific project requirements, climate, budget, and other factors. However, some popular and high-performing flat roofing systems commonly used in the industry as of my last knowledge update in January 2023 include: 

1. 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)

2. 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

3. Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Roofing
4. Green Roofing Systems (Vegetative Roofing)
5. Metal Roofing Systems (Often used in low-slope applications)
6. Cool Roof Systems (Reflective Roofing)

The “best” system depends on various factors, including:

      • Climate: Some roofing materials are better suited to specific climates and weather conditions.
      • Budget: The cost of materials and installation can vary significantly.
      • Energy Efficiency: Consider the roofing system’s ability to reflect heat or insulate the building.
      • Durability: Longevity and resistance to wear and tear.
      • Maintenance: Ease of maintenance and repair.
      • Environmental Impact: Consideration of sustainability and eco-friendliness.

Austin Roofing America believes in each and every roofing system followed by the criteria of the manufactures steps and procedures. Depending on your preference of choice, our certified established teams are equipped with the proper resources and knowledge to properly execute any type of roofing system available on the market today.

For the most up-to-date information and guidance on choosing the best flat roofing system for your specific project, it is highly recommended to contact our team of in-house professionals who can assess your needs and provide recommendations based on the latest industry developments and local conditions. Additionally, building codes and regulations may influence your choice of roofing system, so it’s important to comply with local requirements.

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Whether flat roofing warranties are transferable depends on the specific terms and conditions set by the roofing manufacturer and the installation contractor. Here are some key points to consider. 

General Information:

  1. Manufacturer’s Warranty: Many roofing manufacturers offer warranties on their roofing materials. These warranties may or may not be transferable, and the transferability terms can vary between manufacturers. Some manufacturers allow warranties to be transferred to a new building owner if certain conditions are met, while others do not permit transfers.
  2. Installation Contractor’s Warranty: In addition to the manufacturer’s warranty, the installation contractor may offer their own warranty on the installation workmanship. The transferability of this warranty is based off of Austin Roofing Americas terms and conditions outlined in the proposed contractual agreement.
  3. Transfer Conditions: If a manufacturer’s warranty is transferable, it typically comes with specific conditions. These conditions may include notifying the manufacturer of the transfer within a certain timeframe, providing documentation of the original installation, and possibly paying a transfer fee.
  4. Inspection and Maintenance: Most warranties may require that the roofing system undergo regular inspections and maintenance by our in-house roofing professionals. Failure to follow these requirements could void the warranty or transferability.
  5. Local Regulations: Local building codes and regulations can also influence whether roofing warranties can be transferred. It’s essential to check with local authorities and Austin Roofing Americas recommended manufacturers for any specific requirements.
  6. New Owner’s Responsibilities: The new building owner may need to assume responsibility for any required maintenance, inspections, and documentation to maintain the warranty’s validity.

 

New Roofing Systems:

If it is a brand-new roofing system, it is the building owner’s due diligence to ensure the terms and conditions of the new roofing system are followed. Once the completion of a new roofing system is installed, a final warranty shall be issued with the proper specifications and protocol ensuring the roofing system can be transferred when the time arises.

Existing Roofing Systems:

In order to establish whether or not an existing roofing system warranty is transferrable is dependent on the following:

a) When the roofing system was installed
b) The type of warranty which was issued based on the specifications of the roofing system
c) The current condition of the current roofing system
d) Whether or not general maintenance has be implemented semi-annually since the completion of the roofing system

To determine whether a flat roofing warranty is transferable and to understand the associated terms and conditions, it’s essential to review the warranty documentation provided by our team’s final submittal. Additionally, consulting with one of our in-house representatives can provide clarity on the warranty transfer process and any requirements that need to be met.

When choosing a reputable and established roofing firm or consultant, each and every trained representative should present the information to ensure the adequate protocol is followed throughout the lifespan of the roofing system.

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