Let Our Roofing Experts Guide You
WDR Austin has been installing both shingle and metal roofs for years. We are familiar with the unique roofing needs of the homeowners in Austin and are ready to give you the information you need to make the right decision for your home. At WDR, we believe in quality craftsmanship and excellent customer service. That’s why the homeowners of Austin have trusted us with their shingle and metal roofing projects, no matter how big or small.
When choosing the right roofing system for your home, there’s a lot to consider. Both a shingle roof and a metal roof have pros and cons. The ideal choice of roof for your home depends on several factors. Over the years, our experiences have led us to understand which roof style works best for each neighborhood and area of Austin. Let our roofing experts guide you to a roof that will leave your home safe and secure for years to come.
The Benefits of a Shingle Roof
Asphalt shingles are the number one choice of roofing material in North America. Shingles are constantly manufactured and, therefore, readily available. This makes them a cost-effective option for your roofing project. Though they are budget friendly, shingles offer many appealing benefits to the discerning homeowner.
Shingles have been used in roofing for decades. This has allowed the manufacturers to upgrade the design and functionality of each type of shingle. A properly installed shingle roof will protect your home and withstand many environmental factors.
High Wind Resistance
You don’t have to live in the East Texas area for long to understand that winds are a factor you should consider when installing or replacing a roof. Typically, a shingled roof can withstand 110-130 mile per hour winds.
High winds can not only remove shingles completely but can cause shingles to shift making your home vulnerable to water damage. Selecting the right asphalt shingle for the high winds in our area is our specialty. We take the time to install each shingle properly to ensure they can stand the high winds and frequent hail storms common in Austin.
Class A Fire Rating
A Class A fire rating means your shingles can help protect other parts of your home from damage or destruction. Not all shingles are rated this highly but there are a wide variety of affordable shingles that fall into the Class A category. Our experienced contractors know how to install a shingle roof to meet the highest level of fire safety possible with your home.
This might not be top on your priority list but shingles provide a surprising amount of protection from outside noise. Depending on where your home is located, noise control may be something to reconsider.
Design Freedom with a Shingle Roof
There are a wide variety of shingles available to today’s homeowner. At WDR, we can help guide you through the wide selection to fit your required aesthetic. Whether you need us for a budget-friendly roof repair or a full roof replacement, we have the shingles to fit your home perfectly.
Shingles come in 3 main categories; 3 tab, architectural, and designer. Each type meets our high quality standard but only one type is right for your home.
3 Tab Shingles
The most affordable option, 3 tab shingles are available in earth tones including tan, grey, white and black. Usually accompanied with a 25 year warranty, this style of shingle is made to be extremely durable and functional.
Architectural Shingles are moderately priced with a wider aesthetic selection available. They are also longer-lasting and more durable so you may see some limited lifetime warranties with architectural shingles.
Dimensional, Designer or Premium Shingles
Available at a higher cost, specialty asphalt shingles are usually rated a grade higher than architectural shingles. If you desire a unique look for the roof of your home, designer asphalt shingles are the right choice for you.
Quality and Value
Asphalt shingles are the most cost-effective roofing system available. You aren’t substituting value for cost with the variety of asphalt shingles there are to choose from. Because asphalt shingles have been used for years and are so common, installation is easy and the cost to install is low.
The Benefits of a Metal Roof
When properly installed, a metal roof is a strong, protective barrier against the powerful storms common in the Austin area. A sturdy metal roof secures your investment against the heat, heavy rains, hail, and high winds. You also have a choice in the type of metal roofing available. There are benefits to each type of metal roof and the expert contractors at WDR can install them all!
Types of Metal Roofing
The two most common types of metal roofing available are corrugated metal roofs and standing seam metal roofs.
Corrugated Metal Roofing
Corrugated metal roofs are thinner than standing seam roofs making them less resistant to the hail storms of the East Texas area. Corrugated metal roofs also have a higher roof pitch requirement than other materials, making it unusable for a flat roof home.
Standing Seam Metal Roofing
Standing seam metal roofing can be more visually appealing while simultaneously being more protective. The panels of the standing seam system are thicker, which provides your home a higher level of protection. They can also be installed on low pitch homes.
No matter the type of metal roof, a metal roof provides excellent protection from the elements. The slick surface of a metal roof naturally forces rain, and even the occasional ice or snow, off the roof. Metal roofs reflect the heat of the sun away from your residence. It seems simple, but reflecting the sun in Texas helps lower the workload on your air conditioning system. This, in turn, helps reduce your energy costs.
Metal roofs are a smart environmental choice. Typically, a metal roof is made from recyclable materials and can itself be recycled. Because it is so long-lasting, a metal roof means less traditional roofing materials end up in a landfill. Installing a metal roof can create the perfect foundation for solar panels or water collection implements. A metal roof also helps contribute to your property’s energy efficiency.
Affordable and Long Lasting
Even though installing a metal roof requires a higher initial investment, that investment pays out in the end. Not only do metal roofs last a long time, up to 70 years, but they provide superior protection against weather and premium energy efficiency within your home. We’ve installed hundreds of metal roofs over the years and can help you choose the right one to fit your budget.
Which Roofing System is Right for You?
There are pros and cons of each roofing system so it’s important to have your home inspected by our roofing professionals. We can walk you through the best options available for your roofing project. Every home is different with different needs. Our expert team has seen it all when it comes to roof projects and can handle any roofing job.
Shingles are a tried and true, budget friendly option. Over the years, manufacturers have improved and modernized shingle design to accommodate today’s homeowners. You can rest assured that, with a properly installed shingle roof that gets regular maintenance, your home will remain safe and secure.
A metal roof provides a higher level of protection but with a higher price tag. Considering the money-saving capabilities of a metal roof, you may choose to make the upfront investment. Metal roofing requires less maintenance than a shingle roof and can easily accommodate modifications like solar panels.
Whatever your choice, WDR Austin can help. From selection to installation to maintenance, our friendly staff is there for each step ensuring you make the right roofing choice for your home. Your initial roof inspection is always free. Give us a call today and we’ll get started on your roof repair or replacement right away!