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.

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.


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