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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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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.

 

 

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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.

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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.

 

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