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Why EPDM Roofing Systems Have Become A Thing of The Past

Why EPDM Roofing Systems Have Become A Thing of The Past

In the past, many commercial and industrial buildings used what is commonly referred to as “rubber roofs” or EPDM systems. Over the past few years it has lost it’s appeal especially in the Dallas and Austin areas.  roof-austin-texas

EPDM or ethylene propylene diene terpolymer, is a black rubber material that is adhered to the roof and sometimes balasted or fastened to the roof edges. It is a synthetic rubber and comes in two states: a solid, dry sheeting material (vulcanized) and a more flexible semi-solid material (non-vulcanized.) While it was very popular in it’s day, the EPDM system has lost momentum as a quality roofing material over the past few years.

One of the largest reason EPDM has lost it’s appeal is because of energy efficiency. While the black roofs might be good for melting snow, that’s not something we have to deal with much in Dallas or Austin.  Instead, we get to deal with heat. With temperatures reaching well into triple digits for weeks in the summer you don’t want to add to the stress on your cooling system.

Black roofs have been shown to adversely affect the heat in urban areas. In other words, the roofs trap heat in the air and in the building causing rising temperatures. Because of this many large cities have initiated programs to combat this problem. One of the main concerns are these older rubber roofs.

To combat the problem of “urban heat island” affect, many cities are mandating roofs be either replaced with a cooler white roof or coated with a white coating. With many of the tax credits you can receive it’s no wonder many clients tear off older EPDM systems to take advantage of these programs.

Another reason EPDM systems are a thing of the past is the constant maintenance that must be done to keep these roofs water tight. Because of the high temperatures, the material can crack and pull away from the seams. This leads to leaks on your roof.

Lone Star Roofing tries to steer clients away from these types of roofs because we know they aren’t a good investment for our area. If you do have an EPDM system and are considering a new roof, we can help you pick what is right for your situation.

For a free consultation click the link below and we will call you right back or call us at 512-920-3747.


What Makes Lone Star Roofing The Top Industrial Roofing Contractors in the Southwest

What Makes Lone Star Roofing The Top Industrial Roofing Contractors in the Southwest

Industrial roofing, like many other markets, is very competitive. It’s often a race to keep up with the latest roofing technology yet still offer clients a great price on their roofs. However, when you need industrial roofing contractors you want the best roofers in the Southwest. Lone Star Roofing believes you don’t need to look any further.  commercial-roofing-austin-texas-1

Because of the size of the building and other factors, the roofing needs of an industrial building is different from a residential building. So your industrial roofing contractor needs to understand and cater to those needs. Lone Star Roofing has over thirty years experience in industrial and commercial roofs. We understand the particular needs of these kinds of buildings and are able to offer many options to our clients.

We can install several different roofing systems including:

  • Metal roofs
  • Single ply systems
  • Modified bituman
  • Tar and gravel
  • Built up systems

as well as repairs and roof coatings.

When you contact us, one of our highly trained inspectors will come to look at your roof for a free consultation. After the inspection, we can then sit with you to discuss options for your roof. Because we are experienced contractors who work directly with many of the roofing manufacturers we may be able to offer products at a lower price than expected.

Lone Star Roofing develops a detailed plan for every job we do. This way we save time and money while on your roof. The plan allows us to work more efficiently and safely.

We keep up with the ever changing technology of industrial roofing. Many roofing systems such as single ply, are constantly being improved. Our crews are trained by the manufacturers on installation and repair services so the job is done right the first time.

Another reason Lone Star Roofing is the top industrial roofing contractor is we want to help you save money. Because many of our roofs qualify for Energy Star tax credits, we can help you select a roof that works for you. Although they might be a  little more expensive, they will save you money over time with lower cooling costs.

Lone Star Roofing is the top industrial roofing contractors in the Southwest and we’d love to prove it to you. For more information please click the link below for a free consultation and we will call you right back or call us at 512-920-3747.


How Hiring The Right Industrial Roofing Contractors Can Save You Money and Time

How Hiring The Right Industrial Roofing Contractors Can Save You Money and Time

As a business owner you know that time and money go hand in hand. You don’t want to spend either when you don’t have to. But when it comes to the roof over your building, hiring the right industrial roofing contractor can save you both.  roof-austin-tpo

Industrial roofing is a specialized segment of the roofing market. As you probably know an industrial roof needs a different kind of care than your residence. That care is best provided by qualified roofing contractors. Lone Star Roofing would like to prove that we can save you time and money if you hire us for your next repair or installation.

Lone Star Roofing offers free no strings attached consultations. One of our highly trained inspectors will come out to examine your roof. We can then discuss your needs for your roof. Don’t worry, we have options for just about any situation. Plus we offer free maintenance advice.

When you hire us to repair or install your roof, we develop a plan that we follow from start to finish. This plan allows us to work efficiently and that saves you time.

Lone Star Roofing works directly with many manufactures which means we can offer products at a lower price than other industrial roofing contractors. We can offer you products which will help you qualify for Energy Star tax credits. These products will also help you save money over time and potentially pay for the cost of the roof.

If a problem arises after the installation or repair,  be assured we will come out for free to examine the problem and fix it.

If you’d like the advantages of hiring an experienced industrial roofing contractors who will help you save time and money, look no further than Lone Star Roofing. We will develop a plan from start to finish to minimize the time we spend on your roof and do the job right the first time. With Energy Star products and free maintenance advice, your roof will not only save you money but could last much longer.

For more information about how we can help you save money, click the link below to schedule your free consultation and we will call you right back or call us at 519-920-3747.


What Are EDPM Systems

What Are EDPM Systems

When you are looking for a new roof for your building, you will find a lot of terms thrown around that you might not understand. Lone Star Roofing believes that every client should be as informed as possible about what kind of roofing system they are putting over their investment.   roof-austin-tpo

One of the most popular industrial roofs are EPDM systems. This roofing systems is a compound that is manufactured from ethylene, propylene and diene monomer. It gives the membranes a high degree of weathering and UV resistance plus and low temperature flexibility.

EPDM systems come in two colors. The standard black roof is often called a rubber roof. Another highly reflective white layer can be added during manufacturing that can help cut energy costs.

EPDM can be installed in three ways. The ballasted system is a very cheap and easy way to install the roofing system. After the membrane is laid down, it is held down by smooth pebbles or concrete pavers. For mechanically attached systems, panels are attached through the membrane or at the side laps. It can be non-reinfoced or scrim (fabric) reinforced. For EDPM systems to be fully adhered, the membrane must be fully attached to the insulation by mechanical fasteners, stress plates or adhesives.

EDPM systems are weather and wind resistant. They can easily handle hail, heavy rains and debris. Because there are no organic materials used, you will not have to worry about material decay because of condensation or water seepage into the membrane.

All roofing systems need regular maintenance although some need more than others. Regular roof examinations can be key to spotting problems before they arise. EDPM systems for the most part only require regular maintenance, however, here in Texas the membranes do tend to dry out and crack more frequently.

Some coating can be used on and EDPM system such as acrylic, however, always consult the manufacturer to ensure compatibility.

Although the EDPM system has a proven track record, Lone Star Roofing believes that it isn’t always the best system for our area. If you have questions about EDPM systems, please click the link below for a free consultation and we will call you right back. Or give us a call at 512-920-3747.


Who Are The Best Austin Roofing Contractors For Metal Roofing

Who Are The Best Austin Roofing Contractors For Metal Roofing

Although it has been deemed a liability in the past in some places, metal roofing has had an upsurge in popularity over the last few years. While older metal roofs can leak where the nails have been driven in next to the seams, newer materials and installation procedures can solve that problem easily. This is especially important when you have a commercial or industrial building.  metal-roof-austin-commercial

When you need a roof to last for years, metal roofs are a great option. Even though older roofs can have issues with leakage, no one can argue about how long a metal roof can last.

If you are considering a metal roof, you want someone who knows what they are doing. But how do you know the Austin roofing contractor you’ve contacted is qualified to install a new metal roof?

Well, a little bit of research is required to know who the best Austin roofing contractors are for metal roofing.  If you go on the internet, you can find rating sites such as Google or Yelp that give reviews. The good part is that these are easy to find. The bad part is that those are public sites where anyone can post a review, even if they haven’t actually hired the company they are reviewing.

When you want an accurate portrayal of a company it is best to go the Better Business Bureau.  The BBB gathers data from companies, investigates complaints, and gives each company a rating that consumers can view.

Lone Star Roofing is proud of its A+ rating from the BBB. We’ve worked hard for thirty years to provide excellent service to the Austin and Dallas areas. We know not all Austin roofing contractors are the same and we strive to be the best.  So if you are considering a metal roof on your commercial building, give us a call. We can give you the advice you need to make the best decision for you and your company.

Please click below to schedule your free consultation and we will call you right back, or call us at 512-920-3747.


What Services Do Roofing Contractors Provide

What Services Do Roofing Contractors Provide

Lone Star Roofing is one of the top roofing contractors in the Austin and Dallas areas. With over thirty years of experience we have the knowledge and training to handle an installation on any kind of roof. However, installations aren’t all we do. We also offer many other services such as roof coating systems, emergency repairs, and maintenance. If you are looking for roofing contractors, let Lone Star Roofing prove we are on top.  commercial-roofing-austin-texas-1

Roofing maintenance

Even though most roofing materials are durable, over time water, chemicals and light begin to deteriorate many composites. Depending on the materials used on the roof, water can begin to pool or seep into cracks leading to leaks. If they aren’t caught in time, these leaks can damage insulation and decking that holds the rest of the roof together.

With regular inspections, trained roofing contractors can spot trouble before it becomes a problem. Regular maintenance such as checking for any cracks, inspecting the seals on duct work and checking for storm damage can save you a lot of future headaches. If problems are found, a repair can be done before the roof begins to leak.

But inspections and maintenance must be done on a regular basis. Changes in the roofing material often show gradually and some issues can’t be spotted unless conditions are right. Lone Star Roofing can schedule regular maintenance checks on your roof and advise you on how to extend it’s life.

Roof coating systems

Roof coatings are materials that are placed over an existing roof that can help extend its life. Most roof coating systems perform more than one function. First, they seal any leaks. Because the coating is seamless, it means that water isn’t able to penetrate. Secondly, roof coating systems protect the roof from further damage. Some roof coatings such as reflective aluminum and white roofs help reflect sunlight and keep your building cooler. Other roof coatings such as ceramic can add strength and durability to thin roofing materials such as single ply. Roof coatings will deteriorate over time; however, they can be reapplied.

Roof coatings need to be matched with the type of roof already installed. Professional roofing contractors have who training and experience will know what products to use on your roof. Some coating systems will not work well with some materials so caution is always needed.

Depending on the type of roof coating it can be sprayed or even painted on. Roof coatings are more than just paint. They are specifically formulated compounds that provide various functions on a roof.

Emergency services

It would be easier if emergencies such as storms, high winds and torrential rains could be scheduled around our busy lives. However, we know that sometimes the unexpected happens. Any time an emergency repair is needed, call Lone Star Roofing immediately to initiate your roof repair. For emergency services we are available 24 hours a day.

One of the most devastating emergencies are storms. High winds can tear off sheet metal and improperly anchored single ply systems. Heavy rains can cause roofing materials to become saturated. Hail and debris can tear materials allowing water to leak into the building. Even snow poses a problem to industrial roofs. The weight of heavy snow and ice can cause structural damage.

Once you call Lone Star Roofing we will inspect the damage and work with you and your insurance company to repair the damage. We will also inspect the rest of your roof to see if any other potential issues could arise.

Free consultations

We don’t want you to feel pressured about your roof even though it is important to keep it in good working order. That’s why Lone Star Roofing offers a free no strings attached consultation. Our inspector will examine your roof and look for areas that are in need of repairs, maintenance and other potential issues. We can then offer you options based on your needs.

We won’t offer you a “special of the month.”  Instead, we will listen to your concerns, budget and future plans and help you decide what option will be best for your situation.

Roofing repair

Roofing repairs can be either easy or difficult. Depending on the roof type and materials used, a repair could take a few hours or a few weeks.

Many leaks happen because the material begins to deteriorate over time, roofing material was improperly installed or the roof was damaged. Catching a leak early is the best way to keep your building dry. Although regular maintenance can catch many issues, some may appear suddenly especially after heavy storms.

If you are looking for roofing contractors for repairs, keep Lone Star Roofing in mind. We are the roofing specialists in Dallas and Austin and can repair many different roof types.

Roof installation

Even if a roof is properly maintained, it will need to be replaced at some point.

There are several reasons to install a new roof. Sometimes the roofing materials are unable to be repaired or sealed because of deterioration or age. Other clients install a new roof so that they can qualify for Energy Star tax credits and potentially save money over time with a heat reflective white roof.

Lone Star Roofing works directly with many of the top roofing material manufacturers to provide our clients with the highest quality products and the lowest possible price. When you hire us, we develop an individual plan so that the work can be done quickly and efficiently. This leads us to spending less time on your roof.

We are also local and that means we’ve seen how the Texas weather can affect different kinds of roofing materials. We won’t advise using a product that doesn’t work well in the hot summer months such as the traditional rubber roof. Instead, we can advise our clients on products that can save them money over time and immediate tax credits.

So when you are looking for roofing contractors that do more than just repair and install roofs, call Lone Star Roofing. We have the experience, knowledge and training to keep your building dry. For a no cost consultation click the link below and we will call you right back. Or call us at 512-920-3747.


Find BBB Accredited Austin Roofing Contractor

Find BBB Accredited Austin Roofing Contractor

When you need your commercial roof repaired you want it done quickly and professionally. You don’t have time to mess around with people who don’t know what they are doing or preform a sloppy job. The problem is, not every roofing contractor is qualified to work on commercial roofs and not every one is honest enough to admit it. roof-austin-texas-commercial-1

The most reliable place to research roofing contractors is the Better Business Bureau. The BBB is a 100 year old organization that strives to provide a standard for ethical business practices and monitors for compliance. It provides a place for reviews that consumers can trust.

The BBB researches companies and investigates complaints against them to prove the validity of claims. If they find problems they assist both the company and the customer on fixing the problem through litigation. The BBB also provides consumers with a rating system (A+ to F) that grades the business on things such as integrity and performance.

Businesses can apply for accreditation through the BBB. Any applicants must comply with the BBB Code of Business practices which encourages trust, transparency, honesty, honoring promises, privacy and integrity.  But even though a business is accredited, it doesn’t mean the business is endorsed by the BBB. So still be cautious when hiring an Austin roofing contractor.

Consumers can view information on businesses through the BBB website. The information includes address, date of establishment, phone numbers and the number of complaints filed and whether they are closed. Other things such as whether the business is accredited with the BBB is also available.

If you are looking for  Austin roofing contractor, the BBB is a great place to start. Luckily you don’t have to look far. Lone Star Roofing has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. We’ve been in business for over thirty years and do our best to give our clients the service and product they expect. We offer free consultations and can even give potential clients advice on how to extend the life of their roof at no charge.

So if you are looking for a commercial roofing contractor in Austin, look no further than Lone Star Roofing. Please click the link below to schedule your free consultation and we will call you right back or call us at 512-920-3747.


Reviews and Ratings of the Top Austin Roofing Contractors

Reviews and Ratings of the Top Austin Roofing Contractors

When you need a roof repair or are considering a new installation, there are many things to be concerned about. On the top of that list is price, reliability, knowledge, and availability. But how do you know who the top Austin roofing contractors are?  austin-texas-roof-tpo-1

One of the first things people will tell you to do is check out reviews and ratings. You can find these on Google and Yelp. These and other websites allow the general public to post opinions on the services of various businesses. Reviews can be done using “stars” and “smileys,” or they may be detailed descriptions posted onto websites. They can help other future customers decide whether they want to use the services provided.

The good thing is that these review sites are easy to find. Review sites are usually very easy to use and many people now use them to report on their experiences. This can be a very good thing, but review sites do have disadvantages. For one, review sites are open to the public and so anyone–even someone who has never used the services of the company they are reporting on–can post a review. This can often lead to a wrong first impression of a company for readers. Secondly, someone with a grudge can post scathing entries, trying to ruin the reputation of a business.

When it comes to the top Austin roofing contractors, the best place to look is the Better Business Bureau. The BBB collects information about the business and investigates complaints. Data is compiled into a rating system that can be viewed by the public.

Lone Star Roofing is proud of its A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. We’ve worked hard in the Austin and Dallas areas to give our clients the best service and roofing products possible. With 30 year’s experience, we can handle any roofing situation including installation, repairs, covering, and emergency services. Our installers are trained by the manufacturers to be able to properly install the products we deliver. And because we are local, we understand how the roofing materials react with the ever-changing Texas weather.

So if you are looking for the top roofing contractors in Austin, don’t bother with the review sites. Go straight to our ratings at the BBB.

Please click the link below to schedule your free consultation and we will call you right back, or call us at 512-920-3747.


What Are The Benefits of Single Ply Roofing Systems

What Are The Benefits of Single Ply Roofing Systems

When considering a new roof on your commercial building, many contractors will toss around material names and terms that are difficult to understand. This can lead to confusion when the building owner goes to choose a roofing system. Lone Star Roofing believes that an informed customer can make a better decision for their business. roof-austin-tpo

Single ply systems are one of the most popular roofing options. This roofing system is relatively easy to install, economical, and incredibly flexible so it’s a great option for all sorts of buildings, especially those with unusual roofs. The single ply membrane is a mixture of materials that is produced by the manufacturer in large sheets or rolls which are then adhered to the roof with fasteners. The edges of the sheets must be sealed but once the job is done, you’ll have a very effective roof.

One of the biggest advantages of a single ply system is its flexibility, but it has other features as well. If you need the roof to be fire retardant, chemicals can be added to the membrane during manufacturing to make it so. Other features are available as well.

Another reason single ply systems are popular is because they are cleaner. No more hot tar kettle as with the bitumen roofing system. Single ply roofing systems can even help you lower your cooling costs–a very important factor in the long, hot, Texas summers–by reflecting UV rays back out into the atmosphere. This helps you save money by using less electricity.

Single ply systems come in two major categories: Thermoplastics and Thermosets. Thermoplastics are compounds that can use heat for sealing or repairs without being chemically changed. Thermosets on the other hand must use adhesives for sealing as heat will change the chemical composition. EDPM is a thermoset. TPO and PVC are thermoplastics. When hypalon is installed it is a thermoplastic, and as the material ages it becomes a thermoset.

Lone Star Roofing knows that single ply roofing systems are a great option for many buildings, which is why we are experts in installing them. With its flexibility, ease of installation and ability to save you money, it’s a great choice. If you would like to know more, please click the link below to schedule your free consultation and we will call you right back, or call us at 512-920-3747.


What You Need To Know Before You Hire an Austin Roofing Contractor

What You Need To Know Before You Hire an Austin Roofing Contractor

The roof on your commercial building, just like everything else, will at some point need repairs or need to be replaced. While many roofing materials last several years, nothing lasts a lifetime. When it comes time to hire an Austin roofing contractor, you need to know a few things.  roof-austin-texas

You need to know if the contractor is reliable

A reliable contractor is going to be there when he is scheduled and is going to carry through until the end of the job. He isn’t going to leave you holding the short end of the stick.

You need to know if the contractor is knowledgeable

Commercial roofing isn’t a job that most general contractors have experience in. Because of the variety of materials and the complicated material layering system, even patching a small leak can be difficult. And because not all materials work well with each other, it is important to know not only what roofing system you have but how to use the correct materials to repair it.

Where are they located?

While where a contractor is located might not be important to some, when you need a leak fixed quickly you don’t want to wait a week to get it patched. Local contractors know the area, have roots in the community, and are much easier to contact when a repair isn’t right. In fact, after storms, many so called contractors will give quotes that low ball local contractors. Most of the work isn’t done correctly and you will have to call someone later to finish the job.

Lastly, you need to have options

Many contractors will try to squeeze you into their “special of the month.” This means that no matter your situation, they only have one option. And that’s a very poor choice for you because every roofing situation is different.

If you are looking for a reliable, knowledgeable, Austin roofing contractor with lots of options to repair, coat or install a new roof, look no further than Lone Star Roofing. We are based in Austin and Dallas and have 30 years of experience. We can repair or install several different roofing systems because our crews have been trained by the manufacturers.

Click the link below to schedule your free consultation and we will call you right back, or call us at 512-920-3747.