Westchase Roofing Crew Instead of Subcontractors

The Importance of Having a Crew Instead of Subcontractors

Too often homeowners sign a contract with a roofing company only to learn later that the professionals they spoke with won’t be the actual people installing their roof. Rather, they end up with subcontractors crawling all over their home.  At Westchase Roofing, we value quality labor. That’s why never use subcontractors.

Why We Don’t Use Subcontractors

Our contracts are a promise. When we commit to replacing a client’s roof, we’re also committing to providing the expert knowledge and unparalleled customer service we’re known for. Hiring subcontractors does not always allow for the same level of workmanship or training that having one’s own crew does.

Maintaining our own crews allows us to:

1. Control the quality of the work.

When a company subcontracts work to someone else, they are relying on the expertise of the subcontractors. While there are probably plenty of excellent subcontractors, allowing someone to complete the work you said you would do takes away some of the control. We like to ensure that all of our workmanship is top quality. After all, it’s part of the reason we’re an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor. By using our own crews, we can guarantee that our work will meet the highest standards.

2. Invest in our crews.

Maintaining a crew isn’t easy. It’s important to ensure that everyone is trained to our exacting standards and that everyone works well together. In addition, we require all of our crewmembers to model good customer service skills. Our crews represent our company. Rather than expecting subcontractors to do a comparable job, we are constantly investing in our crews so that they are able to best serve our clients.

3. Establish and maintain a relationship with our clients.

Having work done on your home can be stressful. For many people, their home is their refuge. That’s why we want to ensure that all our clients are treated like family. By using our own teams which have been trained in our service expectations, we know that homeowners are treated with the respect and care they deserve.

4. Ensure proper licensing and insurance.

When you vet a contractor, one thing you should always do is check that they are properly licensed and insured to do the work they are promising to do. When a company uses subcontractors, there is no guarantee that they will be licensed and insured. Plus, because your agreement is technically with the contractors and not the subcontractors, any legal issues that arise because of the completed (or uncompleted) work can get murky and confusing. Westchase Roofing is licensed and insured. In addition, because all of the individuals involved in our business are our employees and not subcontractors, they are covered under our liability insurance. There will never be a question of whether the person on your roof is properly trained, licensed, or insured when you hire Westchase Roofing.

Our Commitment to Service

We take our business seriously, from the high-quality products we use to the trained crewmembers who we continue to invest in. Subcontracting work is antithetical to our core business values. Instead, we focus on nurturing our relationships with our staff to create an environment that promotes growth and a good work ethic.

This and everything we do all comes back to our goal to provide our clients with excellent service. Your home is an investment. For many of our clients, it’s their biggest investment. We respect the importance of your home and want to help you keep it protected. That’s why we’ll always treat you like family.

If you want to learn more about our commitment to service and what that means for your roof, schedule a quote today.

Westchase Roofing Metal Roof Costs More Than Asphalt

2x the Cost of Asphalt: Are Metal Roofs Really a Good Value?

There is no shortage of options when it comes to choosing roofing materials. If you’re trying to decide which materials to invest in for your roof, it’s important to consider several factors, including price, lifetime, and aesthetic. To learn more about different shingle types, check out our Ultimate Guide to Roofing Shingles. In this article, we’ll be discussing some of the differences between metal roofs and asphalt shingles and why a metal roof costs two times more than an asphalt roof.

Price of a Metal Roof

The cost of roofing materials is a common concern for homeowners seeking a replacement roof. Depending on the material you choose, the price can vary vastly. For a metal roof, costs vary depending on the type of metal used, however, one thing is clear: metal roofing cost at least 2 times as much as asphalt roofing and often more.

Steel roofing tiles range in price from $3.50 a square foot for inexpensive steel to $14.00 a square foot for copper. And that’s just the material cost. Adding labor doubles the cost of many of the tiles. If your roof requires cuts for a sunroof or chimney, dormers, sidewalls, or cut up angles, then it will be more expensive than a plain slope roof as it will require more labor and specialty pieces.

In addition to the materials, a metal roof takes longer to install, increasing the cost of labor.

Asphalt shingles continue to be a popular choice with savvy homeowners because it remains inexpensive and is quickly installed by knowledgeable roofers.

Aesthetic

Inexpensive metal roofs often attempt to mimic the look of stone or clay roofs without the added weight of those materials. More expensive roofs like those made from aluminum or copper clearly display their metal aesthetic with straight smooth lines, reflective surfaces, and distinctive colors. There are plenty of metal styles to choose from as well as paint colors to embellish with. Similarly, asphalt shingles come in a variety of styles and colors to help homeowners express their vision.

Noise

Rain hitting a metal roof has a distinctive sound. If you are sensitive to particular noises or are disturbed by hearing the rain or hail hit your roof, a metal roof may not be the best choice. Insulation may dampen some of the noise, but installation will cost extra and will not guarantee that it will be enough to dampen the noise.

Asphalt shingles installed with Owens Corning Total Roofing System do not suffer from the same noise issue.

Maintenance: Increased Metal Roof Costs

Metal roofs are advertised as lasting up to 50 years, however, some of the components used to fasten or decorate the roof will not last that long. That means there will be a need to hire a professional to replace old fasteners and warped panels. In addition, for painted metal roofs, expect to have the roof repainted and resealed. Because these are not DIY projects due to the size of the roofing panels and the availability of materials, it will be necessary to hire a professional. Depending on how long it takes to repair or replace components, this can add significant cost to the price of the roof.

At Westchase Roofing, we exclusively carry Owens Corning asphalt shingles and are proudly designated an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor. We believe that asphalt shingles are a great investment for Tampa homes. Not only are they affordable, but they look great, too. If you’d like to learn more about the Owens Corning total roofing system and how it can protect your home, call today to schedule a quote.

Home Renovations: How-To Sell Your Home In a Jiffy

If you plan on selling your home at any point in the future, you might be thinking of trying to do some renovations to help sell it. There are a lot of renovations you can do, but some will help boost its resale value more than others. If you want to get the most bang for your buck, here are some home renovation projects to prioritize.

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Kitchen Makeover

If you ask most people who deal with evaluating, selling or renovating homes, most will tell you that the kitchen is the most important room for helping or hurting a home’s value. So for your kitchen renovation project, you can upgrade or clean up the following:

  • Cabinets — new material, layout, extra cabinets for more space, lighting, etc.
  • Appliances — new oven, fridge, microwave, etc
  • Counters — new tops, change the color, quality material, etc
  • Lighting — upgrade the lighting throughout the kitchen so everything is illuminated properly

You don’t have to renovate everything in the kitchen, just whatever parts are old, worn, or out of date for style and functionality.

Separate Apartment or Guest Suite

Another way to greatly increase the value of your home is by building a separate living suite within your residence so it can be rented out. If you go this route, make sure the new suite includes:

  • Kitchen — oven, fridge and cabinets are necessary
  • Bathroom — with toilet, sink and shower
  • Bedroom/living room — make it bachelor apartment style or add a separate bedroom

The most common way is by converting the basement into its own apartment-style suite, but depending on the layout or size of your home you can also convert part of your main or even second floor as well.

Three Piece Bathroom

Whether or not you renovate your home for a separate suite, you can also increase the value of your home by improving the bathrooms. Specifically, by adding another three-piece bathroom that has a toilet, sink, and shower.

If you don’t have the space for a very large bathroom, you can always get creative — use a small stand-up shower and fit your bathroom under your stairs, or convert a closet, or use space from your basement.

Roof Replacement

The biggest increase to the ‘curb value’ of your home is renovating the roof. More specifically, nothing ruins the curb appeal of a home than a shoddy and worn roof with gaps in the tile. If you look to replace your roof, there are different types of materials and styles to consider:

  • Asphalt shingles — the most common type because they are cheap, durable, and when installed properly can look good too
  • Wooden shingles — expensive, not as durable and difficult to install, but eco-friendly and looks great so they can add more value
  • Metal — the most durable and can be cheap, but generally look awful for a home
  • Solar shingles — help generate your own electricity for your home, but very high up-front cost

If you do choose to renovate your roof, it’s worth paying extra for a professional roofer to do the job for you to make sure it’s done right and looks great to get the most boost in value for your home.