How to understand Roofing Warranties

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.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt Shingles are Top of the Line

Why we only use Asphalt Shingles at Westchase Roofing

There’s a reason most residences are roofed with asphalt shingles. Asphalt roofing systems have proven to be durable, reliable, and effective. Some roofing systems, like the Owens Corning™ Total Roofing System®, have even become customer favorites. That’s why we pride ourselves on installing the highest-quality asphalt roofing systems in the Tampa Bay area.


What’s On Top Of Your House Matters

A good roof should protect your home from the elements, keeping water and precipitation out, while allowing for attic ventilation. A great roof will even help reduce your energy costs.


The most basic function of a roof is to keep your house dry. A roof leak can result in mold, damaged drywall and possessions, and mildew. A roof also guards your house against rodents and pests and protects you and your family from poor weather conditions like strong winds, hail, and the Florida favorite, hurricanes.


In the Tampa Bay area, you’ll see that most single-residence homes have pitched roofs, mainly in a gable or mono-pitch style. This helps with water drainage—which is especially important in Florida with our lovely afternoon showers.


In addition to the style of roof or the roof shape, the actual covering on the roof is extremely important. While a pitched roof can promote water drainage, the specific covering can assist with keeping water out, reducing heating and cooling costs, and providing durability.


Owens Corning™ has been manufacturing asphalt shingles for over 70 years. With manufacturing factories in the U.S. and a focus on research and development, they’re committed to providing the highest quality shingles to homeowners across the nation.


Asphalt Shingles Offer Maximum Protection

As a roof covering, asphalt shingles have proven to offer the most protection for homeowners across the country. Shingles can:


  • Reflect sunlight to keep your home cooler,
  • Guard against wind damage,
  • Slow the spread of a fire (this is for fiberglass asphalt shingles such as Owens Corning™), and
  • Protect your home for twenty years or more.


The Owens Corning™ Total Protection Roofing System® utilizes three layers of multiple components to create a specialized, protective covering for your home.


The first layer works to seal your home with a water barrier, protecting it from rot and mold. The second layer includes three different types of shingles: starter shingles, patented Owens Corning™ asphalt shingles, and hip and ridge shingles. Each shingle type is designed for a particular function. For example, starter shingles protect against blow-offs whereas hip and ridge shingles are designed to cover roof peaks and protect against wind damage and water accumulation. Placed on different parts of the roof, these shingles not only provide the protection your home needs, but also function as a visual design element. A beautiful roof adds value to your home.


The third layer in an Owens Corning™ Total Protection Roofing System® is all about breathability. Intake vents and exhaust vents on your roof can help provide ventilation for your home, lowering your heating and cooling costs.


While other roofs may inadvertently hold in water or be easily damaged by the strong Florida winds (not to mention the beautiful but corrosive salt air!), asphalt shingles have proven to be the best choice for Tampa Bay homeowners.


Owens Corning™ Can Protect Your Investment

Your house is an investment. At Westchase Roofing, we understand your house is even more than that—it’s a home. That’s why we believe it’s important to use the best roofing materials. After extensive research, we found Owens Corning™ asphalt shingles to be the best roofing materials for the Tampa Bay area.


Owens Corning™ has not only cornered the roofing market, they practically invented it. As a company, they’re dedicated to innovation and quality. They test their products and are always striving to meet the needs of American homeowners—much like us.


Owen Corning’s™ commitment to quality materials and manufacturing is clear in their products. Plus, they stand by their roofing system with extensive warranties. As an Owens Corning™ Platinum Preferred Contractor, we’re able to provide our clients with lifetime warranties. Our specialized training with the Owens Corning™ Total Roofing System® means we have the knowledge and skills to install a gorgeous, durable roof that will add value to your home and protect your most important investment—your family.




Owens Corning Shingles Keep You Covered and Protected

We only use Owens Corning™ for a reason

At Westchase Roofing, we’re proud to carry Owens Corning™ asphalt shingles. We don’t take roofing lightly. When looking for a shingle provider, we did our research. We found Owens Corning™ shingles to be perfect for Florida roofing needs—from torrential rains to baking sunshine, Owens Corning™ shingles protect your home and your investment.

What you put on your roof matters. It can help protect your home—most likely your largest investment—from leaks and mold. It can also help reduce heating and cooling costs. When you’re ready to invest in a new roofing system, one that will last you for decades, it’s time to consider Owens Corning.


Why Owens Corning™?

So why did we decide to only carry Owens Corning™? Our quest for quality led us to Owens Corning™ shingles—and we’re so glad it did.

Owens Corning™ was founded in 1938 and since then they’ve proven themselves a leader in roofing, insulation, and fiberglass composites. They are constantly striving to create the best materials for a more sustainable world and to provide quality customer service. These are lofty goals—especially for a company that operates in 25 different countries and has 16,000 employees!

We found that Owens Corning™ successfully delivers on their goals—consistently ranking as a top manufacturer of asphalt roofing shingles and pushing the envelope of innovation. In fact, they’re the #1 shingle brand. And, honestly, we’re not surprised.

Quality Manufacturing—Made in the USA

Owens Corning™ has revolutionized shingles. They have focused on providing roofing for sustainable, LEED-certified buildings, as well as the home of the average American family. With ongoing research and development, you know you’re getting the best with Owens Corning™ shingles.

In addition, Owens Corning™ shingles are manufactured in the United States. Owens Corning™ has 15 manufacturing plants across the U.S. that produce 9 different varieties of shingles. Their commitment to their employees in the states and to their consumers makes us proud to install their roofing systems.

Beautiful Craftsmanship and Design

Owens Corning™ not only offers quality manufacturing, but they also work hard to make your home look good. With a different variety of shingles in various shades and shapes, you’ll be sure to find a style that matches your home perfectly.

The Owens Corning™ Quality Difference

Thanks to Owens Corning™ and their push for excellence, the asphalt fiberglass composite shingle has become a modern go-to for roofing needs. Why? Because they protect your home and they last a long time. While some roofing systems need to be replaced every ten years, Owens Corning™ is committed to providing roofing that lasts a lifetime.

Owens Corning™ not only tests their products for quality—they innovate new products to ensure longevity and durability. They filed their first patent for a fiberglass shingle in 1965 and have not stopped innovating and testing to ensure that they are supplying the best roofing systems they can. How many other roofing companies can say that?

We Are an Owens Corning™ Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor

Our commitment to quality installation and excellent customer service has helped to make us an Owens Corning™ Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor. We pride ourselves on our knowledge of roof installations and our use of the best materials available. Plus, thanks to our status as an Owens Corning™ Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor, we’re able to offer our clients additional warranty protection.

As part of the Owens Corning™ Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor, we’ve received exclusive Owens Corning™ Total Protection Roofing System™ training to ensure that you not only receive a top-notch roof, but also a top-of-the-line installation.

Westchase Roofing carries different styles of Owens Corning™ shingles to meet all Tampa Bay roofing needs. Coupled with the best roofing warranty around and a knowledgeable, qualified installer, we aim to give our clients the best every time.


How Clean Gutters Protect Your Roof

How Clean Gutters Protect Your Roof

Roof Maintenance: How Clean Gutters Protect Your Roof

The average asphalt shingle roof can last from 20-30 years if it’s well-maintained. And let’s be honest, a roof is an investment that you want to last. Along with biannual roof inspections, clean gutters can help you maintain and protect your roof and add years to its life.

What Do Gutters Have to do With My Roof?

It may come as a surprise that clogged gutters can have a negative effect not just on your foundation and landscaping, but on your roof, too. However, when water can’t drain properly, it may sit too long on your roof and damage your shingles or underlying roof structure. This can be costly to repair, especially if water leaks into the house and further damages your home.

When Should I Clean My Gutters?

Gutters should be cleaned twice yearly. Plan ahead to spend time in the early spring and fall cleaning your gutters and inspecting your roof. By proactively cleaning your gutters before hurricane season, you may be able to avoid water damage later on.

We know cleaning your gutters doesn’t sound glamorous—but it is smart. Cleaning your gutters regularly can save you money on future repairs and extend the life not only of your gutters, but of your foundation, siding, and roofing as well. That seems like a pretty smart move to us.

Gutter Cleaning Tips

If you’re uncomfortable with heights, save yourself the trouble and hire someone else to do the dirty work for you. If, on the other hand, you prefer to do things yourself and are prepared to climb a ladder, these tips can make the job a little easier.

  • Make sure you have everything you need before getting started. You’ll want to have a scooping implement like a small trowel, a tarp, and a ladder. Some sunglasses or other protective eyewear wouldn’t hurt either.
  • Wear protective clothing like a long sleeve shirt and gloves to keep your skin safe. You may encounter mold, dirt, shingle grit, debris, and insects (and possibly a bird’s nest) when cleaning your gutters. We’ve even seen small plants growing in gutters.
  • Ensure you have a stable ladder and that you’re comfortable standing on it. An extendable ladder with extra supports on the bottom is ideal.
  • Keep a tarp near the bottom of the ladder to dump the gunk from the gutter in. This way, you won’t mess with your lawn and you can periodically drag the tarp to reposition it, keeping all your gutter muck in one place.
  • Flush the gutters with your hose when done to be certain you removed everything. This will also help you determine if there are any leaks in your gutters.

Your roof is an investment. Ensure its longevity by regularly checking for issues and cleaning your gutters. Surveying your roof after major storms, as well as at the beginning of spring and fall, can help you spot any issues before they grow larger. Cleaning your gutters twice yearly can reduce your risk of water damage and help your roof last longer—seems like a pretty good deal to us.

If you’ve already noticed issues with your roof such as torn or damaged shingles, sagging, or leaks, consult with a qualified Corning Owens Platinum Preferred Contractor to evaluate the extent of damage.

Westchase Roofing has undergone specialized training in asphalt shingles to provide unparalleled customer service to homeowners in the Tampa area. We understand the unique needs of Florida homeowners and can help you choose the right roof for your needs. If you’re concerned about the state of your roof, don’t hesitate to call and request a quote.

How Long Does an Asphalt Roof Last

How Long Does an Asphalt Roof Last?

Roofing Basics: How Long Does an Asphalt Roof Last?

There’s a reason the expression “having a roof over your head” has come to signify the importance of shelter and protection. A good roof protects your home and your family, keeping you dry and sheltering you from wind, rain, and in Florida, more rain. A roof is an integral part of a home and is an important component of a suitable structure. Replacing a roof is an investment in the life of your home and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be done as frequently as most people think.

Typical Lifespan of an Asphalt Roof is 20 Years

How long does an asphalt roof last? Asphalt shingles have an expected average lifetime of around 20 years. However, if you’ve opted for Owens Corning™ asphalt shingles, your roof may last longer. In fact, Owens Corning™ believes its asphalt shingles and total roofing system can protect your home for up to fifty years if properly maintained. Typical warranties cover a new roof for 5-10 years. A preferred protection roofing system warranty—which can only be sold by an Owens Corning™ Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor—can cover your roof for up to 50 years.


Factors that can affect the lifetime of your roof include:

  • Whether it has been maintained,
  • Where you live,
  • Material used, and
  • Instances of severe weather.


In Florida, the life of your roof may be affected by heat, wind, hurricanes and storms, and humidity. To ensure you get the most of your roof, you’ll want to maintain it.

Lengthen the Life of Your Roof with Preventative Maintenance

The best way to extend the life of your roof is with regular preventative maintenance. Grab a pen and mark on your calendar two dates, one in the beginning of fall and the other at the start of spring, to check your roof for damage and to clean your gutters.


What to look for:

  • Moss – Grab the power washer and clean the mossy area. Don’t use the highest setting, just enough to get rid of the moss.
  • Leaves and debris – Sweep any detritus off the roof.
  • Limbs reaching over the roof – Cut away any branches or limbs that may cause damage to your roof.
  • Jammed gutters – Clean out gutters so water has a clear path off the roof.


While you’re there, keep an eye out for signs that you need repairs or a new roof.

When to Get a New Roof

There are a few signs that you should consider investing in a new roof. If you experience any of the following, considering calling a highly trained Tampa roofing specialist to provide you with more information.


Keep an eye out for:

  • Cracked or missing shingles
  • Loose roofing materials that accumulate after a storm
  • Detached gutters
  • Algae growth
  • Areas that appear to be sagging
  • Water stains or leaks inside the home


Some of these issues may be easily fixed with small repairs, however, others are clear signs of the need for a new roof. It’s important to consult with a Tampa roofing company if you’re experiencing some of these symptoms in order to prevent unnecessary damage to your home.


When the time is right, protect your home with a roof from an Owens Corning™ Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor. Westchase Roofing specialists have undergone specialized Owens Corning™ training in order to provide homeowners with the best asphalt shingle total protection roofing system. Get a quote and learn more about how Westchase Roofing can not only protect your home, but make it more beautiful, too. For most homeowners, their home is their largest investment. Preventative maintenance can help you protect your investment and allow you to rest easy.


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