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.

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

Learn 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.

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