How to Conduct A Roof Inspection During Storm Season

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The National Roofing & Contractors Association suggests that homeowners hire a licensed contractor to perform a thorough inspection of their roofs each year. However, when major storms are hitting the area, roof damage can escalate quickly.
While annual inspections are the ideal scenario, it can also be costly, and many homeowners choose to conduct a roof inspection themselves after storms to cut costs. If you opt for the do-it-yourself route, there are a few key things that you should know.

Be Smart!

If you even have the slightest doubt about your ability on a ladder or your roof, then please don’t take any chances. Saving a few dollars is not worth the risk of a fall, call a professional!

Clean it up

First thing’s first, if you want to get a good idea of the condition of your roof, it has to be clean. Remove any debris and thoroughly clean your gutters before you even get started with the inspection. Debris includes fallen leaves, branches, dirt and anything at all that should not be up there. To save time, inspect your gutters as you clean them. Look for holes or leaks as well as any weak areas that may cause problems in the future. Take care of any problems right away.

It’s all About the Shingles

Curling, lifting, bucking or blistered shingles can signal a need for roof replacement. Blistering often looks like a shingle has been raised up from the flat shingle bed. Curling might happen on the ends, or on the corners. Buckling can look like a crack in the shingle, or it might be a small lift or bubble if water has gotten underneath it.
If it looks like it’s damaged, it’s damaged. Don’t play around with your shingles. If in doubt, replace them. A damaged shingle can quickly dislodge or disintegrate and allow water into your home. A leak in your roof is a homeowner’s worst nightmare.

The Chimney is Key

The chimney is most often the first area of the roof that will show signs of a problem. If there are issues with the shingles around your chimney it is a sure indication that the remaining shingles will follow. Take a good look at the mortar around your chimney and repair any damaged or worn areas before they become a problem.

When to Call an Expert

For any signs of serious damage, hire an expert –  If you see any problems with your roof, don’t hesitate to call someone who can take a better look for you. Roof replacement services like Westchase Roofing Company get very busy during the wetter months, and that can mean a long waiting period depending on what area of the country you are living. Keep the time of year in mind and adjust accordingly.

To get a quote for a roof replacement now, call Westchase Roofing Company.

Be aware of your area’s storm seasons. A nasty storm can turn small problems into big ones overnight.  If you know that bad weather is coming, and you don’t have time to hire a contractor to do the full repair job required, then at least have them provide a temporary fix to prevent water from getting into your home.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Roofing Materials and Maintenance

At Westchase Roofing, we encourage our customers to ask questions. Understanding your new roof or any repairs that need to be done can help you protect your investment. To aid you in your quest for roofing knowledge, we’ve compiled a list of some of the questions we’re often asked.

Previously, we covered frequently asked questions about roofing repairs and selecting a roofing a contractor. This post will cover questions about roofing materials and roof maintenance. If you find your question didn’t make one of our lists, please reach out to us! We’d love to hear from you.

Roofing Materials: Frequently Asked Questions

What roofing materials do you use?

We are proud to carry Owens Corning asphalt shingles. In fact, we’re Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractors. We appreciate the research and development that Owens Corning puts into its trusted products. Not only do we trust their shingles and roofing systems, but we like how they look, too.

How long do the materials last?

The lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof depends on climate and care. We expect most roofs to last about 15 years. The Florida sun, combined with harsh storms and humidity, can place additional stress on a roof. To get the most out of your roof, make sure to properly maintain it.
Are the materials covered by a warranty?
Owens Corning asphalt roofing shingles are covered by a warranty. Plus, because of Westchase Roofing’s Platinum Preferred Contractor status, we are able to offer our customers additional warranties above and beyond the scope of the standard Owens Corning warranty.

Why do you use asphalt shingles?

We’ve found that asphalt shingles have a good lifespan and are competitively priced for their quality. In addition, they perform well in the Tampa Bay climate.

Owens Corning has done a great job making asphalt shingles that are resilient and stylish. They have multiple colors and styles to choose from to ensure that your new roof matches the personality of your home.

To learn more about the variety of Owens Corning asphalt shingles that we carry, call us to set up a free estimate.

Roof Maintenance: Frequently Asked Questions

Wait, you mean I have to maintain my roof?

A roof isn’t a “set it and forget it” kind of thing. It’s protects everything in your home—including your family. To ensure your roof lasts as long as possible, it’s important to regularly inspect your roof and clear it of any debris. Regularly cleaning your gutters and trimming back any branches that hang over your roof can also extend its life.

How frequently should I inspect my roof?

You should plan on inspecting your roof twice yearly and after any major storms. A simple way to remember when to check your roof is to plan to do it with the seasons. While Florida’s seasonal changes aren’t always clear, plan to check on the first day of spring (March 20th) and the first day of fall (September 20th).

What does a roof inspection entail?

When inspecting your roof, keep any eye out for signs of wear or damage. You can do a simple inspection from the ground, however, for a more in-depth look at what’s happening on top of your home, you’ll need to grab a ladder. Check for soft spots, torn shingles, and debris. Clear away any gutter obstructions. Trim back any limbs or branches that may fall during a storm or that are too close to your roof.

If you’re ready to investigate your roofing options or believe you are need of roofing repairs, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Frequently Asked Questions About Roof Replacement and Contractors

When it comes to commonly asked roofing questions, we have you covered.

To make it easier for you to find the answer to your question, we’ve broken up queries into four different categories: Roof Replacement, Selecting a Roofing Contractor, Materials, and Maintenance. Today, we’ll be covering roof replacement and contractor selection.

Your home is precious and we understand the value of knowledge when it comes to investing in a new roof. Selecting the right contractor for the job can be hard. We hope these questions help you as try to determine if you need to repair or replace your roof.

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Roof Replacement: Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a roof typically last?

The lifespan of a roof depends on several factors, including construction materials, climate, and maintenance. While we can’t do too much about our lovely Florida climate, selecting the right materials and properly maintaining your roof can lengthen the lifespan of your roof.

An asphalt shingle roof that is expertly applied can last from 15 to 20 years.

At Westchase Roofing, we use Owens Corning asphalt shingles. Owens Corning warranties their roofing shingles for 5-10 years. If your roof is applied by an Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor, you have the ability to warranty your roof for 15 to 50 years.

When is the right time to replace a roof?

If you’re researching new roofs, chances are, it’s the right time to invest in your roof.

A roof is a fundamental part of your home. If your roof is damaged, your home is at risk for leaks, water damage, mildew, mold, and more. If not fixed in a timely manner, the problem could worsen, leaving you with a larger bill at the end.

Rather than waiting until the “right time,” take the cues from your roof.

If your roof is clearly damaged, call a contractor for a quote. They’ll be able to tell you the extent of damage and estimate the cost of replacement.

If you have an older roof that is showing signs of wear and tear from years of good service, a consultation with a Tampa roofing company can let you know if it’s time to replace it or if it still has a couple of years left.

How will I know if I need to repair or replace my roof?

Common signs of roof damage include torn or missing shingles, soft spots, water damage, leaks, and more roof debris than normal.

How much does roof replacement cost?

Several factors go into determining the cost of a replacement. The type of shingles you select and the size and shape of the roof determine the costs of supplies and labor. For an estimate that is geared at your unique property, it’s important to schedule a quote with a Tampa roofing contractor.

Selecting a Roofing Contractor: Frequently Asked Questions

Do you provide a free consultation?

We understand that homeowners have many choices when it comes to contractors. That’s why we set ourselves above the pack by providing excellent customer service. This includes meeting with you to provide you with an estimate.

What can a homeowner expect from Westchase Roofing?

We appreciate how important our customers’ homes are. That’s why we treat all of our customers like family. We want to provide you with the best service possible. We believe that Owens Corning asphalt shingles coupled with our roofing expertise and quality service can provide homeowners with a positive experience during what can be a trying time.

To ensure you get our full attention, we only work on one roof at a time. No subcontractors or shoddy labor—100% of our attention is focused on the roof we are doing at the moment.

How much experience does Westchase Roofing having?

Westchase Roofing is proud to report that we have over 40 years of roofing experience. We chose to focus on roofing because we enjoy helping people with their homes and appreciate the complexity and importance of a roof.

Do you have any special certifications?

We are proud to be Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractors. Not only do we work with their premium asphalt shingles, but we are in top 1% of roofing contractors nationwide. In addition, we are fully licensed and insured.

If you didn’t find the answer to your question, let us know. We’d love to speak with you and help you move forward to protect your home.

Hurricane Matthew Checklist

Hurricane Matthew Checklist: How to Prepare for Landfall

Because of Hurricane Matthew, Hurricane warnings have been issued for the majority of Florida’s Atlantic Coast. This is the second major hurricane in the Atlantic this year. Hurricane Matthew is wreaking havoc as it passes through the Bahamas as a Category 3 hurricane, as of early Thursday, October 6. Hurricane Matthew has strengthened to a Category 4 hurricane as it leaves the Bahamas and is expected to strike eastern Florida late night on Thursday, October 6, and the early morning on Friday, October 7.

Schools across Florida are closed in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew. Mandatory evacuations are already underway for beachside residents in Brevard County, and more could be issued as the Hurricane approaches.

Hurricane Matthew has the potential to devastate eastern Florida with projected winds of up to 110 – 140 mph, according to The Weather Channel, so it is essential for residents in hurricane-warning areas to know how to protect their family, and home and property, from damage if Matthew indeed makes landfall.

“Having a plan in place could mean the difference between life and death,” Gov. Rick Scott told reporters earlier this week. Below is the latest press conference featuring Scott.

Here is a Hurricane Matthew Checklist for residents in hurricane-warning areas can prepare for landfall:

Stock Up on Food and Water

Families in the path of Hurricane Matthew absolutely should visit their grocery store and stock up on canned goods and non-perishables such as beans, chili, soups, crackers, cookies, and peanut butter. Have enough food for each member of your family for at least three days, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s guidelines.

Bottled water is also a must. DHS recommends that you should stock at least one gallon per person per three days for cooking, drinking, and personal hygiene.

Locate Your Disaster Supply Kit

The importance of a stocked first-aid kit with all the necessary medical supplies cannot be overstated. Be sure to keep your emergency kit close at hand, along with a flashlight, radio, and extra batteries in the case of a power outage or quick evacuation, advises the DHS.

Make Sure You Have Gas in the Tank

The last thing you want to see is your car’s empty gas tank, if you need to quickly evacuate your home. Fill up at your local gas station so that your car has a full tank of gas in the case of an emergency. You should also make sure your car’s tires are in proper working condition, as a blown tire could also cause a snag in evacuation plans.

Know Your Evacuation Route

If you received the alert to evacuate, would you know how to get to your posted evacuation route? Be sure to review where your evacuation route is and the quickest way to get there from your home, in the case of an emergency.

You can find your evacuation zone and route on the Florida Division of Emergency Management website. Everyone in your family should understand the evacuation plan and be ready to leave quickly.

Prepare Your Home For Heavy Rain and Winds

Secure any items in your yard that could be picked up by the wind, such as lawn furniture, to prevent them from potentially careening into your or your neighbor’s home.

Clean gutters make a major difference in ensuring that your home does not get flooded from the heavy rainfall. Take the time to clear out your gutters and downspouts of leaves and debris, advises Consumer Affairs.

Lastly, make sure that all of your home’s windows are covered, as flying glass from broken windows can seriously injure you and your family. Boarding up windows with plywood, or installing permanent storm shutters, are two options for safely covering your windows, according to the DHS.

Take Photos of Your Property

If your home sustains damage from Hurricane Matthew, you will need all of the proof when filing your claim with the insurance company.

Take several wide-angle photos of your property, leaving no major details out of the picture, to show the condition of the property before the hurricane hit. This includes the interior and exterior of your home, your garage, and any other buildings or parked vehicles on your property.

After the Hurricane

Sometimes, despite your due diligence in protecting your home it might need a new roof.

Consider contacting knowledgeable Tampa Roofers. Our team is ready to help you.

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Q & A: Steep-Slope Asphalt Roofing & Shingles

Architectural home design trends keep changing, and more and more homeowners’ are investing in steep-slope asphalt roofing and shingles or Mansard designs. Mansard designs with steep-slopes over a maximum slope  of 45 degrees, or 12 inches per foot, require special applications. Using normal application methods to apply asphalt shingles can cause application problems due to limitations. Even if you’re a handyman, this is one job that’s best left for an asphalt roofing professional.

Before considering installing any new roof, you should do your research. We’ve complied this question and answer article to help you become a asphalt expert.

Why do most homeowners use asphalt shingles?

Asphalt shingles have grown in popularity throughout the U.S., covering over 5 million homes each year. They are so popular that manufacturers make over 12.5 billion square feet to cover these 5 million homes. Part of the products popularity comes from the fact that they are:

  • High quality
  • Durable
  • Versatile
  • Affordable

Everyday homeowners have endless options to match any type of architectural design when it comes to shape, color and texture and achieve their desired look.

Why are asphalt shingles considered to be beneficial?

In Florida there are many storms with very high winds and rain water. Asphalt roofing systems can prevail in these extreme weather conditions where other roofing materials just don’t hold up. Asphalt shingles are affordable with a greater life expectancy, providing more value to homeowners. Not only are asphalt shingles easy to apply, but it’s also a great option if you want to avoid regular maintenance and spend less time and money repairing your damaged roof. What’s even better is, since they are considered to be fire-resistant and wind-resistant they are absolutely perfect for any Florida property owner.

How many types of asphalt shingles are there?

There are four types of asphalt shingles, strip, laminated, interlocking, and large format shingles.

  • Strip Asphalt Shingles: Ideal for achieving lighting or shadowing textures or effects.
  • Laminated Asphalt Shingles: Customize a 3-dimensional roof design with visual depth.
  • Interlocking Asphalt Shingles: For greater wind resistance. Choose from a variety of sizes and shapes for any design you dream of.
  • Large Format Asphalt Shingles: Although large format only come in either rectangular or hexagonal shapes, they are one of the heavier types of asphalt shingles and you can still create a custom design.

How can I tell if my roof or shingles need to be replaced?

If your home is more than 20 years old it very likely it’s time for your home’s asphalt shingles or entire roof may need to be replaced. Weather conditions over a 20-year period can have long-term effects that may not always be visible to the human eye. You can start by inspecting your roofs underside for any potential leaking. Unfortunately, you would have to crawl up into the attic, which may not be the safest idea. Another good way to tell is to call an experienced roofer. They will inspect your roof and look for missing, cracked or curled shingles.

The good news is, that if your roof or shingles do require replacement, asphalt shingles provide ease of application, meaning they can be applied over your existing roof in most cases, depending mostly on the number of layers your roof currently has.

We do appreciate that when a roofing emergency arises, there are plenty of people who need answers right away, that’s where Westchase Roofing comes in. Our experienced and qualified roofers are just a call away with a free estimate. Get the help you need when you need it.

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Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor in Tampa

Why Owens Corning Still Inspires Trust

If you’re looking to replace your roof, you may have tried to investigate different asphalt shingle manufacturers and products. Or perhaps you’ve noticed that some roofing companies only carry one manufacturer’s brand.

While we can’t answer for other companies’ choices in the products they carry, we can say there’s a reason Westchase Roofing Services carries only Owens Corning asphalt shingles—because they’re the best at what they do. The quality of Owens Corning asphalt shingles means we can place our focus on providing the best service possible, rather than worrying about the quality of building materials.

Owens Corning has been making shingles for over 50 years. Before the company became involved with manufacturing and selling roofing supplies, they were known for innovations in insulation and fiberglass. Their ubiquitous Pink Panther logo graces the aisles of hardware stores. Here’s a little more info about the company’s history of excellence.

History of Owens Corning Roofing and Shingles

Owens Corning was formed in 1938 when Owens-Illinois and Corning Glass joined forces. Before their union, both companies functioned as innovators. One notable invention that continues to be popular in construction, whether in the hull of boats, bathtubs, or in insulation, is fiberglass.

In 1965, Owens Corning got into the roofing game when they began putting their Fiberglas (yes, the brand name for Owens Corning fiberglass is Fiberglas) on the back of the shingles in place of felt. Now, fiberglass asphalt shingles are industry standard.

Another innovation, Owens Corning’s SureNail Technology, helps to protect roofs from wind damage. By reinforcing the nailing the area, SureNail Technology makes it easier for shingles to adhere together and keep out winds. In Florida, this is a necessity.

Continued Excellence and Innovation

Owens Corning success has been due in part to their commitment to innovation. They aim to develop new ways to create building materials that make our homes and the buildings around us more environmentally friendly. They’ve even considered the end-of-life cycle of their products and developed a network of shingle recyclers so homeowners and contractors can responsibly get rid off old shingles.

In addition, Owens Corning continues to manufacture many of their products in the United States—something that can not be said for many manufacturers. Their commitment to running a quality organization that produces quality products is inspiring. They make it their job to think of everything—so you don’t have to.

You can tell a lot about a company by their company values and how they make them a reality. Owens Corning continues to show their dedication to quality, sustainability, and innovation not only by producing high-quality roofing supplies in the United States, but by treating their employees with respect. In fact, they were awarded the Green Cross for Safety Medal in 2014 for their “steadfast commitment to improving safety and health in the workplace and beyond.”

Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor in Tampa

At Westchase Roofing, we’re proud to carry Owens Corning asphalt shingles. Because of our dedication to excellence, we’ve undergone additional training in the Total Protection Roofing System to provide our customers with the best products and the best service.

In keeping with the Owens Corning tradition of excellence, we ensure top-notch service by treating our clients like family. We understand your home is important to you. That’s why we approach each roofing project with care.

Take advantage of superior materials and excellent service by consulting with Westchase Roofing for all your roofing needs. We can provide a free quote for your job as well as warranties on materials and labor.

Don’t wait until the next storm—call Westchase Roofing today.

Energy Efficient Roofing

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Energy Savings With Asphalt Shingles

Energy Efficient Roofing can help you save money.

Imagine how much heat the Florida sun channels at your home every day. When it’s over 90 degrees for about 5 to 6 months out of the year, that adds up in cooling costs. Sure, rainstorms and cloudy days give us a little respite, but Florida is known as the Sunshine state for a reason. Thankfully, you can deflect some of that heat with a “cool” roof.

What is Energy Efficient Roofing?

No, a cool roof is not just a super hip roof, but a cool roof that helps deflect the sun’s rays.

A cool roof is generally a lighter roof that deflects heat. Studies into energy savings have shown that lighter roofs alone can provide significant results. Partner with quality insulation to reap even more benefits.

Owens Corning Duration Premium COOL shingles are specially formulated with granules that reflect solar energy intent on heating up your home. By deflecting some of the heat, the Owens Corning Duration Premium COOL shingles are able to limit the amount of heat that is transferred into your house, which means you won’t have to crank the AC as much. That’s right, by investing in a quality cool roof, you can end up saving money.

Because Owens Corning doesn’t like to skimp on style, their COOL shingles come in four different colors, so you can find the right one that matches the personality of your home.

While the purchase of any roof is an investment into your home, investing in a cool roof also promotes sustainability and energy savings. Plus, because Owens Corning products are made from quality materials, you’ll be safe in the knowledge that your home is protected for a long time. Further protection is available if you select an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor like Westchase Roofing.

Want More Sustainability?

Owens Corning prides itself on its sustainability efforts. Not only can their Duration Premium COOL shingles help reduce your energy costs and lower your carbon footprint, but the company has also created a list of asphalt shingle recyclers. That way, you know that your old roof is being disposed of properly rather than sitting in a heap at a landfill.

In addition to the reduced costs of AC, an Owens Corning roof with an appropriate warranty and upkeep means fewer repairs. Owens Corning is in the innovation game. Their asphalt shingles with SureNail technology are made to last through wind. That means a longer lifespan. And by opting for a cool roof that is meant to reflect that vicious Florida heat, you may further be able to expand the life of your roof.

Making the Move to a New Energy Efficient Roof

When considering reroofing, think about installing a cool roof. Owens Corning Duration Premium COOL shingles are lighter in color, but still maintain all the benefits of other Owens Corning asphalt shingles.

In addition to providing wind and algae resistance, Duration Premium COOL shingles are ENERGY STAR rated. That’s right, the same rating system you trust when purchasing appliances is also used for roofs, making the right choice even easier.

If you’re ready to invest in a new roof, it’s important to get a quote and learn more about a roofing company. At Westchase Roofing, we’re happy to speak to potential clients about the benefits of an Owens Corning Total Roof Protection System and provide a quote based on your unique home. Why? Because we believe in the product.

Contact us today to learn more about cool roofs from an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor. Let Westchase Roofing treat you like family.

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Storm Damage | How-to Choose The ‘Right’ Roofing Contractor for Your Roof Repair or Replacement

It’s not uncommon for thunderstorms to happen in Tampa between the months of June and September. This is the time when the area is its most humid and experiences the a majority of its rainfall. In the aftermath, the damage can be both devastating and costly for homeowners. High winds can cause shingles to lift up or blow away or your vent pipes to corrode. This will leave your roof deck exposed and allow water can get into the interior of your roof.

When damage like this occurs, it may be hard to tell if your roof requires repair or replacement, this is where an experienced professional comes in very handy. They are able to assess the damage, necessary and provide you with all the details you need to make the right decisions about your required repairs. Before you call a professional, you should understand the characteristics of a great one. Here’s a checklist to help you hire the right one.

Choose The Right Person to Handle Roof Damage

Most homeowners don’t want to just hire anyone who calls themselves a roofer. They much prefer someone who is professional, seasoned, and who has the experience to get the job done right.

Below is a great checklist to help you get started:

  • Find a contractor with a physical address nearby, try using Google
  • Make sure your chosen professional has a business that is established
  • Check out customer testimonials and/or reviews left by other homeowners

Don’t call anyone just yet! You’ll want to read the next section first.

The Cost

Pricing the repair may be quite challenging, since you probably don’t  work in the industry. To get the most accurate quote here’s what you need to do:

  • Report the damage to your insurance company for damage and cost assessment
  • Avoid hiring a contractors that only do ‘work-on-the-side’ jobs, this can cost you more in the long run
  • Get multiple quotes, the lowest price doesn’t mean the job will be done right

Once you’ve contacted your insurance company, met with an adjuster, assessed the actual damage to your roof, and gathered a few quotes, it will be time to contact professionals to start asking the important questions you need to know.

Ask The Right Questions

Now that you have a few professionals picked out and a rough idea of the cost of the damage, you almost have all you need. Now it’s time to contact the companies you are considering hiring to book some home visits for your estimate. You need to be sure to ask the right questions, so we’ve prepared a checklist of most frequently asked questions below.

  • What type of roof repair/replacement do you specialize in?
  • Do you provide me with a written, itemized estimate for the repair of my roof?
  • Is your team experienced and properly licensed?
  • Is your company properly insured, just in case of any unexpected problems on the job?
  • What type of warranty do you offer and will you provide me with a certificate upon completion?
  • Do you offer a workmanship guarantee?
  • How long will my entire roofing project take from start to finish?
  • What type of roofing products do you use?
  • What type of roofing system will I require for my replacement and how much will it cost?

Be prepared when the next storm hits by utilizing this checklist to to hire your roofing expert. You can easily find the best company to perfectly suit your needs and your budget, so long as you are sure to ask the right questions. Don’t let it cost you more in the long run, get it done right the first time!

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How Hard Did that Storm Hit? Assessing Damage to Your Roof

Tampa is no stranger to heavy rains, thunderstorms or even the occasional hurricane. You want to be sure that your home is protected from the elements, and your roof is your first line of defense. If the roof fails, the rest of your home could me more susceptible to serious and expensive damage.

Protect yourself from more expensive problems by making sure your roof is in top condition after every major weather event. Use the safety tips and the checklists we’ve provided below to find out if your roof has serious problems that need to be repaired.

Safety First

Before checking for damage, keep these safety tips in mind

Wait for inclement weather to pass completely before performing an inspection
If you have lost power, watch carefully for downed power lines while inspecting
Do not attempt to climb onto the roof without a spotter

Home Interior Checklist

Even before you leave your home after a storm hits, you can check for any damage that might be visible from the inside. Perform a thorough check of all of the following…

  • Windows: sky-facing windows such as skylights are one of the most vulnerable areas in your home to water damage, and it can invite damage into the other parts of your roof. Check all around the edges of your skylights for evidence of water or water damage. Cracked glass can let in moisture as well.
  • Ceilings: When water escapes through your roof because of damage, it will typically pool around light fixtures and other places on your ceiling where weight is being applied. Check closely around lights, ceiling fans and other hanging items for any evidence that water is pooling above them.
  • Attic: If you have an accessible attic, this is where water damage is most easily visible. Make sure you closely check the interior insulation and padding (if accessible) for any water staining. Depending on the color and manufacture, water damage should show very clearly as dark streaks.

Home Exterior Checklist

  • Shingles: Shingles need to be properly in place to protect your roof. If any have been blown off, ripped or dislodged by the weather, they will need to be replaced before the roof can function properly. This is an immediate concern.
  • Vents: Numerous vents typically regulate and move air within your attic. If any of these are bent or crushed, your roof may not be getting the airflow it needs to deal with normal moisture. Mark any damaged vents so that they can be replaced.
  • Gutters: Gutters are another very important part of a functional roof. When doing your outdoor inspection, check around all sides of the home for downed downspouts and gutters that have been wrenched out of their seals. Repairing all broken gutters is important to maintaining the integrity of your roof.

Your First Steps

If you’ve spotted roof damage, you need to react quickly.

  1. Cover anywhere water can enter with a sturdy waterproof tarp
  2. Replace damaged vent covers and reapply sealant where it may be lacking
  3. Let a professional handle necessary roof repairs.
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How To Understand Roofing Warranties

Too often homeowners put off roof repairs because they think it will be too expensive. Unfortunately, this can lead to more damage and increase the cost of repair. Rather than delaying necessary repairs, consider looking into your warranty or insurance coverage to see if your roof is still covered.

What Does a Roofing Warranty Cover?

If you’re lucky, your roof was installed with a warranty. How To Understand Roofing Warranties: Some roofing shingle manufacturers offer warranties on their products, while some companies offer warranties on their labor.

At Westchase Roofing, we use Owens Corning asphalt shingles because we believe they’re the best. Plus, they offer a good value to our customers. Owens Corning works hard to innovate. They want to ensure their products remain top of the line. As part of their commitment to quality, they offer a warranty

Owens Corning warranties cover wind damage and algae resistance as well as material defects. Some warranties even cover workmanship. And because Westchase Roofing is an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, we’re also able to offer longer warranties through Owens Corning. If you’d like to learn more about the warranties Owens Corning offers, we’d be happy to discuss them with you.

If you’re unsure about what your roofing warranty may cover, you may want to look over any documents you received when you first bought your house or when you last had your roof worked on.

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Roofs?

If you’re wondering whether your homeowners insurance policy covers your roof, the short answer is yes*. Note the asterisk, however. Homeowners insurance covers particular types of damage to your roof, but it doesn’t cover roof damage caused by neglect or old age. If you’re curious about your particular policy, we advise you go over it with a fine-tooth comb and note what types of damages are covered and how they should be reported.

Generally, most homeowners insurance policies cover acts of nature that cause damage to a roof. In Florida, storms and wind are frequent causes of roof damage. Depending on the age of your roof, however, your insurance policy may only cover some of your repair expenses. Many policies will cover all roof repairs due to damage from an act of nature as long as the roof is under ten years old. Once it is a bit older, some policies depreciate the value of the roof and will only pay for a portion of the repair costs.

In addition, water damage isn’t covered by all policies, especially if it is caused by a leak that would’ve been avoided with preventable maintenance. Check your specific policy for more information or speak with your insurance agent—preferably, before there’s a problem.

Getting a Quote for Your Insurer

In order to determine how much damage has been done to your roof, it’s important to get a repair quote from a reputable Tampa roofing company. Neglecting a damaged roof can compound issues and make it more difficult for your roof to be repaired. At the first signs of damage or aging, call a Tampa roofing company and speak with a skilled representative so you can get the knowledge you need to make an informed choice.

Even if you discover your repairs are not covered under a warranty or insurance, it is still important to protect your home. An honest Tampa roofing company will let you know what needs to be done, how soon it needs to be done, and how much it will cost.

Your roof is an integral part of your biggest investment—your home. Make sure you’re covered and request a quote from a Tampa roofing company today.

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