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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.

Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor in Tampa

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

Energy Efficient Roofing

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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