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Planning for a Roof Replacement

Homeownership comes with a lot of responsibility. While setting up your domestic haven with the plushest couch and a great screen for game time can be fun, there are some tasks that are, well, not so fun. Cleaning gutters, pulling weeds, power washing… the list goes on. Plus, if the AC ever quits or something springs a leak, you’ll need to take care of it. Thankfully, many of these tasks can be planned for and even outsourced. One of the most important tasks that should be on your list is roof replacement.

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When Should I Replace My Roof?

Depending on the elements and the quality of your roof, your roof should last around 15 to 20 years. Some roofing materials last longer and others, because of sun or wind damage, may not last as long. Rather than just picking a date on the calendar and saying, “That’s 15 years, that’s when I’ll get my roof replaced”, it’s important to pay attention to the health of your roof and monitor it as it ages so you can start saving and planning ahead of time.

 

The best way to check the health of your roof is to regularly inspect it. Ensure there are no limbs hanging over your roof and look for missing or damaged shingles. Clean off any detritus and empty out gutters to ensure clogged gutters don’t damage your roof. Regular inspection and maintenance can help extend the life of your roof and provide you with a reasonable estimation of when you should look to replace it.

Not Sure if You Need a New Roof?

If you’re wondering whether you need a new roof or are trying to decide between replacing your roof or another home project, ask yourself these questions:

 

  • Is your roof leaking?
  • Is your roof noticeably sagging?
  • Does your roof have torn or missing shingles?
  • Do you find yourself sweeping up a lot of roof detritus from your driveway or sidewalks?
  • Is your roof over twenty years old?
  • Do parts of your roof look a bit smooth, like the asphalt shingles have lost their granules?
  • Are your shingles curling?
  • Are your shingles cracking?

 

If you answered yes to any of these questions or if your roof is experiencing these signs, consulting with a roofing contractor is a good idea. A Tampa roofing contractor can provide you with a quote to replace your roof and let you know how soon it should be done.

 

If you’ve noticed these signs, don’t delay. Replacing a damaged roof can help protect your home from further damage. Failing to do so can lead to leaks, mold, and other issues.

 

Planning for a Replacement Roof

Roof replacement is inevitable. Rather than putting it off and risking your home, plan for it and be prepared.

 

A new roof doesn’t just cover your valuables, it can brighten up your home and add value, too. A new roof may be more energy efficient, saving you money. Plus, with so many asphalt shingles to choose from, a new roof can be a welcome makeover.

 

To plan for a replacement roof, you’ll want to request a quote from a Tampa roof contractor. Speaking with a professional can provide you with an estimate of costs and help you become more informed about your roofing options. Some contractors, like Westchase Roofing, only work with certain materials, so you’ll want to check that out, too. For example, Westchase Roofing exclusively installs Owens Corning asphalt shingles. Why? Because we believe in the quality of Owens Corning products and only want to install the best for your clients.

 

If you’ve been thinking about having your roof looked at, don’t delay. A new roof is an important investment. Get a quote today and learn more about how a quality roof can help improve your home.

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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