Westchase Roofing Tampa Roofers Fourth of July Safety Tips

Fourth of July Safety Tips for a Fun Holiday

From fireworks and hotdogs to impromptu history lessons, the Fourth of July is a great time to enjoy the company of our friends, families, and neighbors as we celebrate the birth of a nation. The holiday celebrates the day when the thirteen colonies declared their independence from England while in the midst of the Revolutionary War. It was not an easy decision or task and the colonists fought hard for the freedoms we are afforded today, from the well-remembered (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams…) to the forgotten.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

As we recognize the Fourth, whether at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, in your backyard, or on the water, here are some Fourth of July safety tips to help you and your loved ones celebrate responsibly.

Fourth of July Sun Safety

If you’re planning on spending the day outside, make sure to apply sunscreen liberally. Also, reapply! Read your specific sunscreen and follow its directions. Generally, sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours or if you’ve been swimming or sweating. Consider grabbing a Rays cap to reduce your sun exposure or relaxing under an umbrella if possible. Many of us tend to stay out in the sun longer when we’re wearing sunscreen, which is actually one of the negatives of sunscreen. Sunscreen is meant to block UV rays when you’re exposed to them, it is not meant to encourage extra time under the sun. Make sure you take a break so you don’t overheat or get heat stroke.

Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. The heat and the sun can do a number on our bodies. If you’re having a beer or two, make sure to drink plenty of water as well. Drinking while dehydrated can intensify the effects of alcohol.

Fourth of July Road Safety

The Fourth of July is the worst holiday for drunk driving accidents. If you’re planning on drinking, make sure you have a safe ride home or make plans to stay at a friend’s. If you’re driving, stay focused on the road. If you see someone driving who appears to be drunk, don’t try to engage with them. Instead, have someone in your vehicle get their information and call 911 with information regarding their license plate, the make and model of their car, and the direction in which they are heading. Pull over if you need to and avoid any interaction with a driver that seems impaired.

Fourth of July Firework Safety

Every year there are unfortunate firework accidents. Last year, an estimated 11,000 sought emergency care for firework-related injuries. If you’re planning on lighting a fuse this holiday, make sure to read the directions for any fireworks and to follow safety precautions.

  • Leave the fireworks to the adults. Children and teens should not be responsible for lighting any fireworks.
  • Wear protection. Cover your eyes with goggles and don’t have any body parts over the firework as you light it.
  • Keep some water nearby in case of a fire.
  • Light fireworks away from buildings and trees. Find a flat surface, preferably paved.

However you’re celebrating, stay safe and enjoy the many different events being offered throughout Tampa. From everyone at Westchase Roofing, have a fun and safe Fourth of July!

Westchase Roofing Total Protection Roofing System

How the Total Protection Roofing System Provides Maximum Protection

Westchase Roofing is proud to be an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor. We know that they strive to produce and innovate high-quality products that are able to protect our clients’ homes from the harsh Florida elements. That’s why we always recommend the Owens Corning Total Protection Roofing System. With three layers to seal your roof, protect it from the elements, and allow your home to breathe, the Total Protection Roofing System ensures you’re, well, protected.

The Total Protection Roofing System Seals Out Florida Rain

The Tampa area sees its fair share of rain. A good roof should include a sealing layer to keep water out of your home. The Total Protection Roofing System uses an underlayment and an ice and water barrier to prevent rot, mold, and water damage.

Owens Corning WeatherLock Ice & Water Barriers prevent wind-blown water that is common during a storm from sneaking beneath your shingles and damaging your roof. Always an innovator, Owens Corning offers multiple underlayment products featuring different technologies. Deck Defense Roof Underlayment is made from synthetic materials and has a surface coating to prevent the types of tears that may cause leaks. Fiberglas Reinforced Felt Underlayment is strengthened so it will not rip or pull away from fasteners. ProArmor Synthetic Roof Underlayment is a water repelling and is slip resistant. It’s made for use only under asphalt shingles, one of Owens Corning specialties.

The Total Protection Roofing System Defends Against the Florida Heat and Storms

Shingles often come to mind when thinking about a roof, but in reality, they are just one component—though they are the most visible component. As the last line of defense between your belongings and the weather, shingles serve to protect everything beneath them. It’s a big job and Owens Corning has guaranteed that they are up to the task.

With a variety of asphalt shingles engineered to last—and to look good—Owens Corning Total Protection Roofing System allows homeowners to select a color and style that reflects their personal aesthetic and adds value to their home.

All asphalt shingles are not created equally. As the creators of fiberglass and the first company to create a composite asphalt shingle including fiberglass, Owens Corning has a leg up on the competition. They also understand that a shingle is not just a shingle. To properly do its job, specialized shingles are necessary to create the most protective roof. As part of the Total Protection Roofing System, starter shingles, regular shingles, and hip and ridge shingles are utilized to ensure your roof not only remains leak-free but looks good, too.

The Total Protection Roofing System Lets You and Your Home Breathe Easy

To further protect your home and your roof, air flow through the attic is necessary. Proper air flow can help moderate temperature and reduce moisture buildup, preventing mold and roof deterioration. There are two components to a well-ventilated attic, intake and exhaust. Never one to offer a one-size-fits-all solution, Owens Corning manufactures multiple VentSure intake and exhaust vents so homeowners can collaborate with their roofing contractors to determine which is best for their home and their region.

The Total Protection Roofing System works because it is a cohesive set of roofing products that when used in tandem create a long-lasting roof that will protect for decades. By focusing on the problems that homeowners encounter with roofs, Owens Corning has created a system that takes into account homeowners’ concerns and tackles them with innovative technologies and products they engineered to help homeowners rest easy.

If you’d like to learn more about what the Total Protection Roofing System can do for your home, we’d be happy to discuss it with you. Call us today or fill out our contact form to schedule a quote.

Westchase Roofing Tampa Owens Corning 100 Best Corporate Citizens List

Owens Corning Ranks on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens List

At Westchase Roofing, we pride ourselves on quality work and are committed to excellence. We exclusively use Owens Corning asphalt shingles and are honored to be an award-winning Platinum Preferred Contractor. That’s why when we heard that Owens Corning has been recognized for continuing to work hard to create a company that values corporate responsibility and sustainability, we had to share the news.

Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens List

Corporate Responsibility Magazine focuses on five most important segments of corporate responsibility (CR): “energy and the environment, risk management, governance and compliance, employee relations, and human rights.” Not only does it provide its readers with best practices and case studies, but it also publishes the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List. (You can check out the list here.)

This list focuses on the impact that public companies have. To create the list, CR Magazine looks at seven categories and ranks companies based on publicly available information. Environment, climate change, employee relations, human rights, governance, finance, and philanthropy are all ranked and a weighted average is then determined to help populate the list. Last year, Owens Corning was 43 on the list, an admirable spot. This year, however, they’ve managed to move up to number 25. In addition, the company ranked number 2 in the environment category. Wow!

“Expanding our impact through sustainability is a core value of the company,” said Chief Sustainability Officer Frank O’Brien-Bernini. “Owens Corning is especially proud to be recognized for our leadership in the environment, climate change, philanthropy, and human rights. Our top-25 ranking on the CR 100 reflects the great work of our 16,000 people around the world.”

Owens Corning believes their philanthropic work in China and India, as well as their increased reporting transparency in regards to the environment and climate change, helped them secure the higher ranking.

The Most Sustainable Headquarters List

Part of CR Magazine’s sustainability assessment is taking a look at a company’s headquarters. After all, someone who is serious about sustainability practices what they preach. They weren’t disappointed when they took a look at Owens Corning’s Toledo, Ohio, headquarters. The company made the list of Most Sustainable Corporate Headquarters for the second consecutive year. Owens Corning’s adherence to rigorous environmental standards and their acknowledgment that sustainability should be part of a company’s culture is clear in their ranking.

Congratulations, Owens Corning!

Owens Corning continues to show its commitment to being a company that cares—and that’s something we can stand behind. Congratulations, Owens Corning, on your continued success, and thank you for everything that you do to ensure your products are high quality.

If you’re investigating what type of roofing material is right for your home, look no further than Owens Corning asphalt shingles. With multiple colors and styles available as well as extended warranties, you’ll be sure you’re getting a high-quality roof from a reputable company. As an award-winning Platinum Preferred Contractor, Westchase Roofing has received extra training in the Total Protection Roofing System and is committed to values espoused by Owens Corning and their quest for excellence. To learn more about why we believe Owens Corning asphalt shingles are the best choice for your roof, call us today.

Westchase Roofing Tampa GuildQuality Award Winner

GuildQuality: Helping Contractors Nail Down Customer Satisfaction

Finding a reputable company doesn’t have to be difficult. Thanks to the Internet, consumers are able to easily share their experiences with others and to let them know when they’ve found an exceptional service. GuildQuality not only allows consumers to share their experiences through surveys and testimonials but they also provide contractors with useful information to help them better their business practices.

How GuildQuality Works

GuildQuality allows businesses to create surveys to measure how consumers view their work. Questions may include stock questions created by GuildQuality to assess things like the quality of the work and the responsiveness of the team. In addition, businesses are also able to tailor their survey questions in order to assist with data gathering around particular topics. For example, perhaps a roofer wants to know whether his clients feel that he offers enough shingle colors or was able to complete a project within a reasonable amount of time.

Survey answers can then be viewed as an aggregate to determine trends and to compare them against competitors’ data. This lets us know just what our clients think of us and allows us to better customize our service to ensure a more satisfied clientele.

The Survey

In order to ensure that homeowners are able to take the survey in a way that works for them, GuildQuality reaches out via email, phone, and mail. Questions use the popular Likert scale that asks respondents to answer whether they strongly agree, agree, are neutral, disagree, or strongly disagree. GuildQuality then uploads the answers to their portal where the business team can view it. Customer contact data is only used to gather the initial survey responses and several security measures are in place to protect it.

The Results

The results of the survey are posted on the individual company’s page and are visible to consumers researching their services. Testimonials and ratings are also visible. This can help consumers narrow down their prospective contractors and determine who they should call for a quote. By providing real data gathered from real customers, GuildQuality helps cut through some of the confusion when it comes to hiring a contractor.

For businesses, the results can be an invaluable tool for evaluating one’s service and improving. Most businesses nowadays rely on consumer feedback to tailor their services, inventory, and even marketing. After all, the better they can serve their customers, the more likely those customers will come back or refer their friends and family.

Check Out Our GuildQuality Rating!

Westchase Roofing is proud to be a 2017 Guildmaster Award winner. The award “gives special recognition to the companies that demonstrate an ability to deliver a consistently superior customer experience.” In addition to the two awards we recently received at the Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor Conference, the Guildmaster Award further highlights our commitment to our clients.

We believe in providing excellent service to our clients and we do our best to treat them like family. That shines through in our GuildQuality feedback. Over half of our clients in the last 8 months have taken time out of their busy schedules to let us know how well we did and we appreciate all of their feedback.

As we continue working with GuildQuality, we are aiming to achieve a feedback rating of 100%. That means ensuring that our clients are pleased with every aspect of our service. We are always ready to listen.

If you’re considering a new roof, feel free to browse our GuildQuality profile before contacting us for a quote. It’s a useful way to see what others are saying about our great work! Once you’re ready, give us a call and we’ll schedule a free quote.

Westchase Roofing Owens Corning Award Winning Service Tampa Roofers

Westchase Roofing Recognized by Owens Corning for Award-Winning Service

Westchase Roofing recently walked away with two awards at the 2017 Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor Awards. In its first year as a platinum preferred contractor, Westchase Roofing showed its commitment to excellence and service and was honored with the Bright Star Award and the Platinum Warranty Registrations award. Westchase Roofing was also nominated for the Stewardship award.

The Bright Star Award recognizes the performance of a platinum preferred contractor and focuses on business growth, industry involvement, and education, among other things. The Bright Star Award is given to 12 platinum preferred contractors nationwide and Westchase Roofing is proud to be honored among them.

The Platinum Warranty Registrations award highlights phenomenal sales in the area of warranty protection. Westchase Roofing is one of the top 5 providers of the Owens Corning Platinum Protection warranty in the country and the number one provider in the southeast region, which includes Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Indiana, West Virginia, Georgia, and Michigan. Their commitment to protecting their clients continues to push them to excel in this area and the team hopes to win this award again next year.

Thank You, Owens Corning!

The team at Westchase Roofing would like to thank Owens Corning for a great experience at the Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor Conference. Held at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, it was truly a rockstar conference and awards ceremony. Brian Chambers, President of Roofing and Asphalt, and Gunner Smith, Vice President of Sales, led an amazing series of trainings and events. With many of the top nationwide roofing companies participating, the weekend was full of learning, networking, and, well, fun!

“I can’t say enough good things about Owens Corning. They stand by you.” Bruce Sarik, Operations Manager at Westchase Roofing, said of the event. With information about the trade as well as the business and legal side of being a contractor, Owens Corning trainings illustrated the company’s commitment to supporting its Platinum Preferred Contractors and to helping them succeed in their business endeavors.

Westchase Roofing founder Oz Taysun attended the event with Bruce. Both men appreciated the quality information and entertainment provided by Owens Corning. After a stellar first year as an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, Westchase Roofing is looking toward the future. The team is aiming to provide all of their clients with award-winning service as they shoot for the System Champion award and a repeat of their Platinum Warranty Registrations award.  

The Platinum Preferred Contractor Designation

Only 1% of roofing contractors are Owens Corning Platinum Preferred and Westchase Roofing is excited to be counted among them. An invitation-only designation with stringent requirements, the Platinum Preferred moniker is hard to come by. In addition, to maintain the designation, roofing contractors must face an annual inspection that is scheduled randomly. Westchase Roofing recently underwent a work inspection and was pleased to pass with flying marks. “We do things right, and we go above and beyond,” noted Bruce, highlighting the philosophy that drives the work at Westchase Roofing.

When you hire Westchase Roofing, you know you’re getting quality work. The team has undergone numerous trainings, including those on the Owens Corning Total Protection Roofing System, and is driven to provide the best service to their clients. This is clear not only from their growing award shelf but by the reviews left by happy clients on their GuildQuality page.

If you’d liked to learn more about the work that Westchase Roofing does, you can check out the team’s contractor profile on Owens Corning site or request a quote through the Westchase Roofing website.

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