Asphalt & Shingle Roofing

Austin’s Most Popular Roofing Material

Our Unique Skills Makes Us Perfect for Any Roofing Project

In Austin, home structures are all unique and every roof is designed differently. Although they may appear the same, your roof and your neighbor’s roof are different. From a flat to a pitch roof, our experience has given us the knowledge to determine what type of roof and materials will be best suited for homes in Austin, Pflugerville & Round Rock.

With Over 15 Years in the roofing industry, we have gained the skills necessary to repair and replace several different roof types.

Asphalt Shingles: What you need to know about Spray Foam Insulation

Asphalt Shingles are great and most of the time considered to be the best option, but don’t ruin your Asphalt Roof with Spray Foam Insulation.

Aurum Roofing Tips: 

The damages to your asphalt shingles may outweigh the actual benefits spray foam could bring to your home.  Before you consider having your attic sprayed with foam insulation, you should first know these 3 facts. It may save you from having to replace your roof.  Spray foam Kills your Roof!

Fact #1: When installing spray foam, it is always recommended to seal your attic completely of any air ventilations (including ALL Roofing attic exhaust ventilations and soffit Vent).  No air should go in, or out.

Pro Tip: When installing spray foam attic insulation, all venting is completely cancelled. This damages your asphalt roof so you should understand this and be fully aware.  Not all asphalt shingle manufacturers are spray foam certified and most shingle manufacturers void their warranty when spray foam is sprayed beneath their shingles as most shingle manufacturers need attic ventilation to help adhere their shingles to each other.  If you are familiar with asphalt shingles, you know that they all come with a pre manufactured adhesive seal and this seal is critical as it is what allows the next shingle to seal to the existing one. If the shingles do not seal, this leads to roofing wind damages or missing shingles since the roof isn’t fully sealed.  Because spray foam absorbs and rejects the sun’s heat at the same time, and no ventilation is there to help cool down your shingles, it pretty much “bakes” your asphalt roof. We like to compare it to placing a slice of bologna over a hot skillet. The slice obviously doesn’t last long laying flat and begins to curl with the heat.  The same concept applies to your shingles. When they curl, the seal breaks, causing your roof to become very vulnerable to high winds. 

What to do: Before installing spray foam, make sure your existing shingles/manufacturer is capable of withstanding spray foam insulation on non ventilated attics.  If they are not certified shingles, don’t install spray foam! You may find yourself having to replace your asphalt roof lot earlier than expected. Since we get extreme heat in the summer months, it is not worth the risk without first making sure as we all know roofs are not cheap. This is very critical! We have seen people replace a perfectly good roof in as little as 2-3 years due damages spray foam causes their shingles. Don’t waste your hard earned dollars!

Fact #2: Spray foam is sprayed directly on the underside of your asphalt shingles and onto the plywood decking. 

Pro Tip: It is very common for spray foam insulation installers to spray over damaged plywood decking caused from a roof leak as the damaged plywood gets sprayed over.  It is very tough to notice your roof leak, until it is too late. The foam and plywood absorb most of the moisture from the roof leak since it has nowhere to escape.  This in turn causes mold and mildew. 

What to do:  Before installing spray foam, make sure to have your spray foam installers do a thorough plywood decking inspection.  Have them look for any existing roof leaks in your attic. You can tell if you have a roof leak by looking at the plywood.  The underside usually gets water marks or water stains and/or gets soft. There may also be “sponginess” to the plywood. However; not all roof leaks are noticeable as sometimes the water never makes it to your ceilings.   That’s why it is very important that you check all your plywood decking. If your roof does have any of these roof leak signs, be sure to have these leaks addressed before applying spray foam. Just because you can’t see the roof leak doesn’t mean it isn’t there.  The last thing you want is to get blind sided by a costly roof repair.

Fact #3: Are the few spray foam certified asphalt shingle manufacturers the best in the market?

Pro Tip:  Absolutely not!  They may be the only ones willing to take on this risk.   There are actually better materials out there with a higher wind resistance rating, fireproof rating and even a higher hail impact resistance rating that are not spray foam approved.  

Conclusion: Spray foam is a revolutionary technology that has huge potential on saving energy however; it seals off your attic completely, providing no ventilation.  Ventilation is key for longevity of your asphalt shingles. Without adequate ventilation your roof’s expiration date will come a lot sooner than expected. Before installing spray foam insulation ask yourself: How old is my existing roof?  If it is old and damaged enough to replace it, then go ahead and move forward with your spray foam install.  Just make sure the next shingles you install are spray foam certified. If you just had a new roof installed (within the last 5 years or so), make sure the shingles that are there now are spray foam certified.  If they are not, don’t do it! You will find yourself with unnecessary roofing problems and having to replace your roof. On average, a new roof costs about twice the amount of what spray foam costs. Want more details?  Watch our informative 17 minute (Think Before Foam) Spray Foam Kills your Asphalt Roof-YouTube Video Here!  We take you on 2 roofs, a new home (3 years) with spray foam insulation and a 3 year old roof without spray foam insulation.  We show you first hand the damages spray foam brings to asphalt roofs. We also talk about how you or someone you know with spray foam insulation may qualify for a brand new roof 100% free! Give us a call to learn more.  

Fiberglass Asphalt Shingle is the most common type of roof found in our region on residential homes. These types of shingles are composed of fiberglass and asphalt and come in a variety of styles, colors and options to choose from. Majority of our brands available are made to support a 25 – 50 years manufacturer warranty. There are also a variety of different protection options available such as wind resistance from 60-150 MPH winds, algae resistant, Energy Star Qualified, and guaranteed color protection, etc. All our shingles are installed using 6 nails instead of 4 for a more secure fit. 

An experienced and certified roofer will gladly sit down with you to walk through your options and what best fits your home and budget. We are a locally owned Pflugerville based roofing company with an amazing 5 star rating track record that serves all of the Austin, Round Rock, Central Texas Metro Area.

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