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10 Tips for Inspecting Your Roof After a Hurricane

As the proverbial dust settles after the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, now is the time to pick up the pieces and carry on.

Hurricanes hit with incredible force and hold no mercy for those in their way. And chances are, your home is now in need of inspection and repair.

Let’s take a look at ten tips for inspecting your roof after a hurricane.

Tip 1: Clear All Debris as Soon as Possible

It can be easy to put off inspecting your roof after a hurricane. The time. The effort. The hassle. The money.

First and foremost, you need to make sure that those you love are safe before you start surveying the damage.

But the longer you allow branches, leaves, and other debris to rest on top of your roof, the more chance there’ll be for damage. Lying debris harbors moisture underneath that can quickly turn to mildew, mold, and rot.

The debris can hide significant issues like missing shingles or holes that could lead to expensive water damage inside your home during the next rain.

You’ll want to clear all debris from your roof as soon as possible to prevent any further damage.

Tip 2: Watch For Popped Nails

When you examine your roof after a hurricane, check for any nails that may have popped up during the hurricane. The wind, rain and relentless pressure on your roof can eventually drive nails to the surface.

In addition to looking on the roof, inspect around your yard and driveway for nails. These could do damage to lawn equipment, vehicles, or children. Use a metal detector if needed to avoid this hazard and protect your family.

It can be hard to know what to do to keep your roof safe during storm season. There are a few excellent measures you can take in the future to prevent nail popping during a hurricane.

For instance, there are specially designed nails to protect roofs during hurricane season. These nails offer great preventative measures to help your roof survive the intense impact of hurricanes.

Tip 3: Check Your Attic

An indirect, yet just as important, task to remember when inspecting your roof after a hurricane, is to thoroughly examine your attic for water spots or leaks.

You’ll want to check your attic’s insulation, especially in the corners and crevices where pools of water can easily lurk just outside of view. Look for wet spots, potential leaks or any other damage.

When water spots are forming on your ceiling, your attic is likely where it started. This is because the water has to go through your attic from the roof to get to your ceiling.

Water in the attic may lead to mold and mildew problems down the road. So if there’s even a small leak, it needs to be addressed immediately.

Tip 4: Watch for Water Pooling In Your Fixtures

When you inspect your roof after a hurricane, always closely examine your light fixtures, especially ones that are connected to exhaust fans. If your flashings are damaged, water could begin pooling in through your fans or other ceiling fixtures.

The flashing are a protective piece of metal that goes around the pipes that protrude from your roof. These pipes allow heat to escape from your home. You also have these exhaust pipes coming out from your stove fan and your bathroom exhaust.

When the flashing cracks, water may pool on the stove or in a fixture.

Fixtures that are not attached to fans may also collect water because water moves toward the lowest places in your home.

Check each ceiling fixture to ensure no water is getting through.

The dangers of water collecting around your fixtures include:

  • Electrical fires
  • Collapsing pieces of your ceiling
  • Electrocution
  • Mold, mildew and eventual rot
  • Signs that there’s a much bigger leak you haven’t found yet

You don’t want to ignore even the slightest of dampness surrounding your fixtures. Take note and get it fixed immediately.

Tip 5: Inspect Your Gutters And Leaf Guards

When you inspect your roof after a hurricane, check for any fragments or shingle granules gathering in your gutters. Look for any dents on your gutters or any other damage. If gutters are pulling away from the roof, have them refastened to avoid a bigger repair project down the road.

After you’ve cleared all the visible obstructions from the gutters, check the flow by running water from your hose at the highest point towards the downspout. If the flow out the downspout is slower than the pressure from the hose, there’s a blockage to be cleared.

It’s also a good idea to periodically check the downspout for any delayed trickling. This indicates that something is caught and needs to be removed.

Word of caution: gutters can conduct electricity, so if there are any downed trees or collapsed power lines, be sure to wait until these are cleared away or contact a professional.

Tip 6: Examine Your Shingles

When you examine your roof after a hurricane, look for rifts or more obvious cracks between the shingles and the metal flashing. Note any missing or broken shingles.

From the road, you may see dark spots that indicate your shingle got whipped up by the wind and were broken. In these cases, your roof may only be protected by a thin layer of roof underlayment fabric. This fabric only provides you with short-term protection once exposed.

Your roof needs immediate attention if you’re seeing these dark spots. They’re a solid sign that things can go downhill fast.

If you’re examining your shingles from the ground with binoculars, these spots may be difficult to see. Check for pockmarks up close. Pockmarks are caused by hail and fast-moving debris that leave craters in the shingles.

If pockmarks are the extent of the damage, they aren’t of immediate concern. But they will significantly reduce the life of your roof.

It’s likely that, even in the mildest of storms, some shingle replacement will be necessary. Be sure to take note of the extent of the damage before pursuing services to fix this.

Tip 7: Check for Leaks and Current or Potential Water Damage

Remember that the source of the leak may not be where the water actually ends up. Be sure to thoroughly examine all areas of your roof, walls, and ceiling.

Use a flashlight and closely examine your walls for water stains, as well as your ceiling. Be on the lookout for signs of moisture behind your walls that you may not be able to see.

This may come in the form of a damp feeling around the base of your walls or black mold beginning to creep out and across the paint.

If you have water in your walls, you may have a bigger problem on your hands than just a roof. But getting the roof fixed will at least stop further water from entering the home.

Run an industrial de-humidifier if you have one to get the indoor moisture levels down so that your home isn’t hospitable to mold, mildew, and creatures who like wet, rotting wood.

Tip 8: Investigate the Area Around Your Chimney and/or Skylights

When you check your roof after a hurricane, be sure to closely examine your chimney and skylights, if you have any. These are prime spots for water damage, mold, and mildew to begin building up.

Also, be sure to take note of any areas where you roof comes to a “V” where water may be pooling.

Chimneys and skylights will also have flashings and other barriers that prevent leaking. These may have been damaged during the storm, so be sure to check them out.

Tip 9: Monitor Your Ceilings For Several Weeks Afterwards

Even though the worst is over, issues could creep up over the next few weeks. If your roof and ceiling appear to be fine upon inspection, there still could be unseen damage that may crop up later.

Continue to monitor your roof, gutters, attic, ceiling fixtures and ceiling for several weeks following the hurricane. Issues may come to light, and you want to be able to remedy the situation as soon as possible to avoid further damage.

Tip 10: Write It Off

Most of us don’t really care for tax season. But you might as well get the most out of the time, energy and money it took to repair your roof after a hurricane. You can write off hurricane damage for that year’s taxes.

This can mean significant savings on the tax bill or even a large refund to help you recoup some of what you’ve lost.

So keep up with how much you spend on repairs and document everything.

Protecting Your Roof After a Hurricane

The stress of a hurricane is about as much as many people can bear. And you don’t have to add to the stress by putting off inspecting your roof until the damage is extreme.

If you’re looking for help in repairing your roof after Hurricanes Irma, check us out at Westchase Roofing.

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Asphalt Roofing Stands Up To The Florida Elements

Tampanians know Florida weather is full of surprises. It can be a bright and sunny 80 degrees and a high-wind thunderstorm—all in one day. And while this can ruin beach plans, Florida’s “unique” weather patterns don’t have to cause damage to your home.

Wind, water, and sun can wear down and cause damage to many roofing systems. In Florida, we have plenty of each, which means it’s important that homeowners choose a roofing option that can keep out as much Florida weather as possible.

Protecting your home from the Florida elements can be as simple as choosing Owens Corning asphalt shingles.

How Owens Corning Asphalt Roofing Protect Your Home

Homeowners have plenty of options when it comes to covering their homes. Owens Corning knows this. That’s why they’re always innovating and providing the best quality products for homeowners. One of the ways they’ve catered to homeowners across the country is to create asphalt shingles with various wind resistance and weather protecting qualities.

High winds can blow shingles loose, leaving your roof open to leaks and other damage. A shingle’s sealant can help it withstand higher winds and last longer. Owens Corning tests their shingles to see how much wind they can withstand and shares this information with homeowners so they can choose the most appropriate shingles for their area. Currently, Devonshire, Duration Premium COOL, Duration Designer, and Duration shingles have a wind resistance rating of 130 mph. Berkshire and Oakridge shingles have a wind resistance rating of 110/130 mph.

Surenail® Technology, which is available on Duration Premium COOL, Duration Designer, and Duration shingles, helps Owens Corning shingles last even longer. The fabric strip on the nailing area helps shingles grip together better, increasing their wind resistance and their ability to protect your roof.

Still water on a roof and water that worms its way under shingles can cause significant damage and lead to leaks or mold. To protect against this, the Total Protection Roofing system utilizes a waterproof barrier and an underlayment to block out water. Specially shaped shingles also help manage the flow of water away from your roof. Combined with routine gutter maintenance, you can wave water damage goodbye.

Years of innovation have allowed Owens Corning to make the best asphalt shingles for homeowners—and they continue to work hard to make them even better. We’re proud to exclusively carry Owens Corning products and to help our clients choose the best Owens Corning asphalt shingles for their home.

Westchase Roofing Services: Your Partner In Protection

When you choose Westchase Roofing as your roofing contractor, you’re choosing a partner. We believe in offering our clients the best customer service and high-quality workmanship. Not only does our GuildQuality rating reflect our commitment but Owens Corning itself has recognized our dedication to the best asphalt roofing practices.

Westchase Roofing is an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor. We have supplemental training in the Total Protection Roofing System and can offer our valued clients additional warranties on their asphalt roofs.

Our dedication and hard work mean you aren’t just hiring a contractor to install your roof, you’re working with a partner to protect your home.

At Westchase Roofing, we use our own crew to individually install roofs. We train each member and work together ensure that everything is done to the highest standard. Why? Because we believe that our clients are like family, and when we do something for family, we do our best.

If you’re ready to learn more about roof replacement and schedule a quote, reach out to us today.

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At Westchase Roofing, You’re Family

A house serves to shelter us from the elements, to provide us with a place to sleep, eat, and bathe, and to hold our belongings. A home, however, a home is so much more. It’s where you run with your dog in the backyard and mark your children’s heights on the door jambs after yet another growth spurt. Home is where you joyfully enter, happy to have your own private oasis from the world.

At Westchase Roofing, we understand how important your home is to you. That’s why we aren’t just about covering your house, we believe in protecting your home. And the best way we know to do that is to provide our clients with excellent service, top-notch workmanship, and the best roofing materials.

Excellent Customer Service

We know how valuable your home is, not just as an investment or property, but as a place where your family gathers and where you rest your head. We want our clients to feel assured that their homes are in good hands. To do this, we treat our clients like family. We think about the concerns they may have and do our best to address them. We keep them informed so they always know what’s going on. And to make sure they know they come first, we only work on one home at a time. Not only does this mean we can accomplish a job quickly, but it really allows us to focus on each individual roof and dedicate the time and energy to installing it.

Top-Notch Workmanship

Many roofing contractors subcontract their work. That means that the people you signed up with won’t be the people on your roof. At Westchase Roofing, we have our own crew. This allows us to really control the quality of our work. We train our team to make sure everyone works to the same high standard and understands the latest techniques and technologies for installing a beautiful roof. Our team has undergone training in Owens Corning Total Protection Roofing System and has decades of experience installing roofing.

We are lucky to have been recognized for hard work and quality results by GuildQuality and Owens Corning. We are dedicated to continuing to deliver top-notch workmanship to each of our clients.

High-Quality Roofing Materials

As an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, we help our clients choose from a variety of high-quality Owens Corning asphalt shingles. We know that Owens Corning is just as dedicated to providing homeowners with quality roofing supplies as we are to installing them. They are consistently innovating and improving their products so that they withstand more and last even longer. Plus, Owens Corning allows us to offer our clients extended warranties to protect their homes longer than traditional warranties.

Westchase Roofing currently installs Owens Corning asphalt shingles in a variety of styles and colors for homeowners in the Tampa area. We believe that asphalt shingles are a great solution for Florida roofing needs. They can withstand the high winds our storms bring in, as well as the hot summer sun we’re all familiar with.

We know that you have options when it comes to roofing contractors, and we’re ready to show you why you should choose Westchase Roofing.

To learn more about our dedication to service, check out our new about us page.

If you’re ready to schedule a quote, contact us to get the ball rolling.

Westchase Roofing How to Prepare Your House for Hurricane Irma Tampa

How to Prepare Your House for Hurricane Irma

It’s peak hurricane season and while the country is already reeling from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, a potentially catastrophic storm, is snaking her way through the Atlantic and towards Florida. Currently, no one is certain where Irma will hit, however, she does appear to be making a move towards South Florida. Regardless, it is imperative that Floridians prepare themselves for a potentially life-threatening storm.

Preparing Your Home for Hurricane Irma

In addition to restocking your emergency preparedness kit and filling up your gas tank, Florida homeowners need to take measures to protect their homes from high winds, debris, and lots of water. At the time of writing, Hurricane Irma is a category 5 storm with winds up to 185 mph. After watching the devastation and destruction wrought by Hurricane Harvey, many Florida homeowners are keen to take steps to protect their homes. Here’s what you should be looking at.

Check Your Roof and Gutters

Remove any branches and debris from your roof and clean out your gutters. Look for overhanging branches and trim them back. Identify any missing or broken shingles and nail them down if possible.

Remove Dead Tree Limbs

Identify any damaged or dead tree limbs that could possibly break and harm your house. Cut them back. Even if the tree branch is several feet from your home, remove it. High-powered winds can bring it too close for comfort.

Take Outdoor Furniture In

High winds can turn patio furniture into dangerous projectiles. Anything that can be moved should be moved to ensure it doesn’t become airborne and damage your house.

Cover Your Windows

If you have storm shutters, use them. If not, a trip to your local hardware store may be in order. You’ll want to look for ⅝” exterior grade or marine plywood. Measure your windows and either have the store cut the plywood to size for you or cut it at home. You’ll want the plywood to be larger than the windows by 8 inches on all sides. You’ll also want to cover any glass doors.

Reinforce Your Garage Door

If your garage door is not made from steel, it may not be able to withstand the high winds of a hurricane. You can reinforce your garage door with a grid of 2-by-4s or with a wind retrofit kit.

Check Your Insurance Coverage

Your insurance policy should state what it covers, what you need to make a claim, and when you should start the claims process. You should also check your roof warranty to see what type of damage may be covered. Your insurance policy and your roof warranty should be stored in a safe, dry place with your other important papers, such as your deed, your birth certificate, etc. You’ll want to take these documents with you if you need to evacuate. Make it easy on yourself by keeping them stored safely in portable, plastic file carrier next to your emergency preparedness kit. (Don’t have an emergency kit? Check here to learn what should be in it.)

Use Sandbags if You Live in Flood Zone

Homeowners in areas that tend to flood can use sandbags around their doors to keep water from coming in. Hillsborough County has three pickup points for residents.

Evacuate if Necessary

We all love our homes, ultimately, however, your life is worth more than your home. If your area is being evacuated, follow the advice of your city or county officials. Remember to take your important papers and your emergency kit with you.

Hurricane Irma is bringing a lot of fear with her. It’s important to use that as an impetus to prepare for the worst. We hope you weather this and every other storm safely.

Westchase Roofing Storm Season Roof Maintenance

Keeping Your Roof in Good Shape Throughout Storm Season

Storm season in Florida can be pretty unpredictable. While some storm seasons carry with them gale force winds, others are more of a breeze. However, we won’t be able to classify the season until it’s over, which means we all need to be prepared just in case. An often overlooked area during storm prep is the roof of one’s home.

That’s right, once your gorgeous asphalt roof is in place, it’s necessary to do some maintenance tasks to ensure it lasts and is ready to withstand a storm. Here are some tasks to complete to help you maintain your roof throughout storm season and hopefully lengthen its lifespan.

Check for Overhanging Branches

Palm fronds and other branches that reach across your roof could potentially damage your roof during a storm. Trimming back any foliage, especially dead or damaged branches, can help save you trouble later on. As well as stocking up on your essentials before a storm hits, take a moment to survey your home and take note of any problem trees that need attention. Trim that back or hire a tree service if necessary to remove large branches or dead trees.

Remove Debris

Fallen limbs, leaves, and other debris on your roof can damage your shingles. Storm winds can further abrade your roof by blowing the debris around. Sweeping debris off your roof can protect your roof and lengthen its lifespan. In addition, it provides you with an opportunity to inspect your roof for any damaged or loosened shingles that could be further damaged during a storm. Loosened shingles should be resecured and damaged shingles will need to be replaced. Keep an eye out for other types of damage like sagging spots or bald shingles that may indicate it’s time to get a new roof.

Clear Your Gutters

When gutters get clogged, water can get backed up and ruin your roof, causing it to leak or to experience water damage. Clogged gutters can also lead to water stains on your siding, cracked foundations, and more.

Gutters help you control the path rainwater takes to get off your roof. When they’re clogged, they’re of no use. Once you’ve removed any debris from your roof that could get stuck in your gutters, take a moment to inspect your gutters. If they have leaves or other debris stuck in them, carefully remove them. If you have an issue with your downspout, you may need to use your hose to force the clog out. (Doityourself.com has some more tips for this, though you can also call a gutter service.)

Your roof is an investment in your home. Maintaining your roof helps lengthen its lifespan and ensures that it is adequately protecting your home from the elements. Doing so regularly also provides you an opportunity to spot problems before it’s too late. Consider inspecting it regularly, like it at the start and end of storm season, to help make it part of your routine.

Need a New Roof?

If your roof has taken a beating and you believe you may need to replace it, call Westchase Roofing for a free quote. We offer numerous asphalt roofing choices to help homeowners select the shingles that help bring out the best in their homes.

As an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, Westchase Roofing provides premium service to the Tampa area and additional warranties to help protect you and your home. We carry quality Owens Corning products to ensure every home gets the star treatment it deserves. We’re dedicated to helping Tampa homeowners make the right choice for their homes.

If you think you need a new roof, don’t delay, make an appointment today.

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