8 Iconic Roofs in Austin, Texas

  • By Christine Bowen
  • 18 Aug, 2016

Let's go on a tour of my favorite roofs in Austin

Radha Madhav Dham is surreal with elegant beauty

The Frost Building who's story is as cool as it's roof

The Hindu Temple & Community Center has amazingly intricate detail

The UT Clock Tower is a classic & timeless beauty

           Not a man-made roof but it is one of the prettiest in the Austin area ~Thanks Mother Nature

St. Mary's Cathedral is a Gothic masterpiece

             The Cavender House - A garden for a roof  is fun & functional ~ Not to mention ooh soo Austin

I am proud that this roof is the center of Austin The Capitol Building

I hope you enjoyed this tour with me.   If you have any pictures of  Austin roofs that you think are amazing please post them on our Facebook page.  www.Facebook.com/AustinRoofingAndConstruction

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By Christine Bowen 08 Nov, 2016
Hello Austin. The Best Time of the Year for many of us is around the corner however we still have community members in need. Housing costs and cost of living are going up in our beautiful city leaving some community members with out the funds to do much needed home repairs. Repairs to keep their homes from falling apart.

All of us know that Austinites are getting pushed out of their fair city due to rising property taxes and utilities.

How can a roofing company help? We can give away a free roof. How can you help? You can nominate a friend or family member in need. Nominations for our Free Roof for Christmas give away opened November 1st. They will stay open until December 1s 2016. Nominate a freind or a family member today at https://www.austinroofingandconstruction.com/free-roof
By Christine Bowen 26 Oct, 2016

The funniest thing I have heard in this industry came from our Hardie Siding rep, Mike.  Over lunch he said he only wants to work with real construction companies not a  "Chuck in a Truck".  The term still makes me giggle.  If you're not familiar with the term it refers to someone who slaps a magnet onto the door of their truck and calls themselves a contractor. 

Thing about Chuck is that he seems nice and he doesn't cost that much.  Most likely Chuck is a good guy.  However there is an association built up strong here in Texas because sometimes Chuck isn't a nice guy after all. 

It’s hard to know who you can trust! The Roofing Contractors Association of Texas was developed for 2 main reasons.   One is to provide training, licensing and continuing education to local roofing companies. The second reason is to push for legislation requiring registration & licensing for roofing companies.  We currently have licensing requirements for plumbers, electricians, HVAC techs, realtors, tow truck drivers but not for most of the home-building trades?

This article by KXAN is a few years old but I think it is still very relevant to Travis County.

RCAT takes the pressure off of you by verifying that a contractor has met the standards of a true professional roofing contractor.  For a Roofing company to be eligible the company must be domiciled in the  state of Texas for at least three continuous years & carry insurances such as General Liability and Workman's Compensation.  After a thorough credit and background check, the owner must pass the business and safety knowledge exam including residential and commercial roofing exams.  The licensed roofing company is then required eight hours of continuing education each year to maintain their license.


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By Christine Bowen 24 Aug, 2016

All roofing projects are different. Your neighbor and you may have similar homes but the details can be widely different.   Dimensions and pitch vary by home plan & one roof could be more worn or weather damaged due to height and placement on property.  Also you might want to add special features to your roof replacement such as ridge vent, solar panels (always popular in Austin) or architectural shingles and voila you've got a unique roofing project.

Get Quotes From Trusted Local Roofing Companies

The best way to find out the price of your new roof is to get a few quotes.  Most of our local roofing companies will give Free Estimates.  Note prices that are considerably lower as they may be cutting some corners (like drip edge).  Today is the day of the internet review, do your research and ask your friends and family what they know about the local roofers.  Hail damage is a constant with storms in Central Texas, thousands of roofs each year are replaced by the homeowner's insurance policies.  So ask the roofer to look for signs of wind & hail damage while they are inspecting.

How a Roofing Project is Estimated

The dimensions of your roof are the first consideration.  A roof is measured in "squares".  100 Sq. Ft. = 1 Square.  Measure the perimeter of the outside of your home, now look at your roof overhangs (eaves & gables) how much do they hang over? If it is 1 foot on each side then increase your lengths &/ width by 2 feet.  W x L = sub-total measurement.  Next is the pitch there are simple tools to help find the pitch.  Each pitch will increase the amount of materials needed differently see this chart for multiplication factors for each pitch -

2/12 pitch = 1.01            5/12 pitch = 1.08            10/12 pitch = 1.30               16/12 pitch = 1.67

3/12 pitch = 1.03           6/12 pitch = 1.12             12/12 pitch = 1.41               18/12 pitch = 1.80

4/12 pitch = 1.05           8/12 pitch = 1.20             14/12 pitch = 1.54

Sub total x pitch factor = Sub-sub total                      Sub-sub total x 1.1 (waste factor) = Total materials to be ordered                                                                                                           (remember to divide this  last number by 100 to = Squares)

 * The steeper the pitch the more expensive the roof will be as safety precautions increase with the pitch*

Materials - This is the fun part!  There is no shortage of shingle options, tile or metal options.  Colors and textures change the look and curb appeal of your home.  50 year warranties are also available and they increase the value of your home.  Call local suppliers and ask them the price per square for the materials you like. 

The age of the home matters and here's why.  There are materials all around and under your roof; Examples are fascia, decking & soffit.  These break down over time and the best time to replace them is when you are replacing your roof.  Decking is unseen until the roof covering is pulled up. 

2 stories or 1?  Like the pitch, the second story on your project will increase the safety concerns of the job and therefore the price.

The style of the roof is also very important.  An easy A frame house will have straight forward installation with minimal "special cuts" being made to the material.  A roof that has many architectural intricacies increases "special cuts" made to the material increasing material waste and labor time.  These roofs are referred to in the industry as "Cut Up".

Regional pricing is a real thing in roofing.  The good news is you live in Texas, one of the least expensive regions, GO TEXAN!

Disposal is also needed when tearing off an old roof for replacement requiring dump trailers and a trip or 2 to the local recycling facility or dump.

By Christine Bowen 18 Aug, 2016
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