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Westchase Roofing Recognized by Owens Corning for Award-Winning Service

Westchase Roofing recently walked away with two awards at the 2017 Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor Awards. In its first year as a platinum preferred contractor, Westchase Roofing showed its commitment to excellence and service and was honored with the Bright Star Award and the Platinum Warranty Registrations award. Westchase Roofing was also nominated for the Stewardship award.

The Bright Star Award recognizes the performance of a platinum preferred contractor and focuses on business growth, industry involvement, and education, among other things. The Bright Star Award is given to 12 platinum preferred contractors nationwide and Westchase Roofing is proud to be honored among them.

The Platinum Warranty Registrations award highlights phenomenal sales in the area of warranty protection. Westchase Roofing is one of the top 5 providers of the Owens Corning Platinum Protection warranty in the country and the number one provider in the southeast region, which includes Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Indiana, West Virginia, Georgia, and Michigan. Their commitment to protecting their clients continues to push them to excel in this area and the team hopes to win this award again next year.

Thank You, Owens Corning!

The team at Westchase Roofing would like to thank Owens Corning for a great experience at the Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor Conference. Held at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, it was truly a rockstar conference and awards ceremony. Brian Chambers, President of Roofing and Asphalt, and Gunner Smith, Vice President of Sales, led an amazing series of trainings and events. With many of the top nationwide roofing companies participating, the weekend was full of learning, networking, and, well, fun!

“I can’t say enough good things about Owens Corning. They stand by you.” Bruce Sarik, Operations Manager at Westchase Roofing, said of the event. With information about the trade as well as the business and legal side of being a contractor, Owens Corning trainings illustrated the company’s commitment to supporting its Platinum Preferred Contractors and to helping them succeed in their business endeavors.

Westchase Roofing founder Oz Taysun attended the event with Bruce. Both men appreciated the quality information and entertainment provided by Owens Corning. After a stellar first year as an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, Westchase Roofing is looking toward the future. The team is aiming to provide all of their clients with award-winning service as they shoot for the System Champion award and a repeat of their Platinum Warranty Registrations award.  

The Platinum Preferred Contractor Designation

Only 1% of roofing contractors are Owens Corning Platinum Preferred and Westchase Roofing is excited to be counted among them. An invitation-only designation with stringent requirements, the Platinum Preferred moniker is hard to come by. In addition, to maintain the designation, roofing contractors must face an annual inspection that is scheduled randomly. Westchase Roofing recently underwent a work inspection and was pleased to pass with flying marks. “We do things right, and we go above and beyond,” noted Bruce, highlighting the philosophy that drives the work at Westchase Roofing.

When you hire Westchase Roofing, you know you’re getting quality work. The team has undergone numerous trainings, including those on the Owens Corning Total Protection Roofing System, and is driven to provide the best service to their clients. This is clear not only from their growing award shelf but by the reviews left by happy clients on their GuildQuality page.

If you’d liked to learn more about the work that Westchase Roofing does, you can check out the team’s contractor profile on Owens Corning site or request a quote through the Westchase Roofing website.

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Why We Exclusively Install the Owens Corning Total Protection Roofing System

When you like a product, you’ll probably buy one and continue to buy from that brand until something better comes along. There’s no real commitment, it just makes life easier when you buy the same brand of dish detergent or granola bars.

But what about when you love something? When you find a product that truly solves a problem for you or fills a need? Well, you’re likely to tell your friends about and share the love. After all, when something helps us or makes our lives easier, we generally want to help others by sharing that information. That’s how we at Westchase Roofing feel about the Owens Corning Total Protection Roofing System. We love it so much we want to shout it from… well… the rooftops.

Why We Exclusively Install the Owens Corning Total Protection Roofing System

Owens Corning has been manufacturing roofing shingles since 1977. Previously, the company had invented fiberglass, a key component of insulation. Upon acquiring a shingle company, Owens Corning began producing fiberglass-reinforced asphalt shingles, adding longevity to the functional shingles. Now, fiberglass reinforced shingles are used across the world.

This history of innovating and making things better prompted Owens Corning to devise the Total Protection Roofing System. Utilizing the same problem-solving skills and a forward-thinking mentality, the engineers at Owens Corning have deconstructed the idea of what a roof is into three components and then focused on creating the best products to address each of the needs.

We’ve found that this method has created a roofing system that protects homes and addresses the needs of most homeowners. As roofers, we’ve looked around and found nothing else that was comparable in quality, thus our commitment to exclusively installing the Owens Corning Total Protection Roofing System for our clients.

Components of the Owens Corning Total Protection Roofing System

The different parts of the Owens Corning Total Protection Roofing System aim to do three things: seal, defend, and breathe.

Seal

Florida is wet and that’s an understatement. To keep the water out of your home, you need a waterproof barrier that keeps water out of the places where it tends to collect and provides an extra layer of leak protection. Water barriers and underlayment are two components that can keep your home dry and increase the longevity of your roof.

Defend

Your roof must defend your home from the elements, from strong winds to rain and hail. High-quality fiberglass and asphalt shingles not only serve to defend your home, but they can also help it be more energy-efficient.

Breathe

In Florida, mold can be a common roofing problem. A roof that can breathe properly can protect your roof from mold infestation and help prolong the life of your roof. Intake and exhaust vents help your roof breathe.

By focusing on the different tasks a roof must accomplish, Owens Corning has created a roofing system that can offer maximum protection for your home at a great value. Combined with expert installation by a vetted Tampa roofing company, your home will truly be protected.

Have Your Roof Installed by Experts

Westchase Roofing Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor

As an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, we’re exclusively trained in the installation of the company’s Total Protection Roofing System.

With quality products and a history of innovation, Owens Corning has earned its place in history—and on our homes. By focusing exclusively on their products, Westchase Roofing aims to protect homes in the Tampa area by providing a combination of expert installation and top-notch roofing products.

Ready to learn more about how the Total Protection Roofing System can protect your investment? We’d be glad to talk to you! Call us today to schedule a free quote for a new roof.

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Why Tile Shingles are More Expensive Than Asphalt Shingles

Replacing your roof is a big endeavor. It’s understandable that a homeowner would want to know more about their options, from roofing materials to contractors. To make your decision easier, we’ve researched why tile shingles are 2-3 times more expensive than asphalt shingles. (If you’d like more information on choosing shingles, check out our Ultimate Guide to Roofing Shingles.)

The simplest answer to why tile shingles are more expensive than asphalt shingles is that tile shingles are more expensive to manufacture and ship. Not only are they heavy, but they’re fragile, too, and require care when manufacturing, transporting, installing, and replacing. In addition, other factors compound the initial costs of materials to make a tile roof a more costly expenditure.

Size and Slope of Roof

To begin with, all roofing quotes will depend on the size of your roof and the slope of your roof. A larger roof will require more materials and labor for the perfect installation. A steep roof may require special installation methods to ensure the right fit. These factors will affect the cost of any roofing materials and installation. Beyond these concerns, however, tile roofing shingles are still double or triple the cost of asphalt shingles.

Additional Expenses

Tiles are often made from clay or concrete. This means they can be pretty heavy, especially when compared to asphalt shingles. In regards to installation, a homeowner opting for a new tile roof will likely need to reinforce their roof. Most homes aren’t built to hold heavy tiles and will require a structural engineer as well as additional materials. This can add up to $2,000 or more to the cost of installation—a number that isn’t always taken into account with a quote that only covers labor and tile costs.

Maintenance Costs

Tiles are long lasting—but the underlayment is not. While tile roofers will gladly tell you that their roofs can last for up to 50 years under normal conditions, they don’t frequently mention the underlayment or the fact that Florida weather isn’t quite “normal.”

To ensure your roof stays leak-free and strong, the underlayment beneath a tile roof should be replaced once every ten years. That means hiring a professional to carefully remove your tiles, replace the underlayment, and resecure your tiles. In addition, it’s important to note that while tile will not usually be affected by the heat, high winds, and heavy storms can have an effect on tiles, specifically when palm fronds lash.

Require a Professional for Routine Tasks

While heavy, tile shingles are fragile. Just walking across a tile roof could cause shingles to break unless you know how to do it properly. Maintenance tasks like cleaning gutters or replacing a tile will need to be handled by a professional to avoid breakage.

Tiles manufactured from man-made materials are not as durable as clay or slate tiles. While still relatively new, many have failed to live up to the promise made by their 50-year warranties, leaving too many homeowners with wrecked roofs and empty pockets.

Tile shingles have a distinctive style and are particularly popular in warmer climes. However, they are also cost-prohibitive. While many tile roofers laud the longevity of their shingles, they fail to mention the additional costs of reinforcement, a structural engineer, or frequent underlayment replacement. When included, these costs make a tile roof an even more expensive investment.

For homeowners who are looking for a more economical option that can still provide a distinctive look, asphalt shingles may be the way to. As an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, Westchase Roofing offers beautiful asphalt shingle options and premiere service to the Tampa area. We believe asphalt shingles are perfect for dealing with Florida weather and that they will help you protect your biggest investment—your home. If you’re ready for a quote, give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Spotting a Roofing Storm Chaser In Their Natural Habitat

In Florida, we’re no strangers to high winds, thunder and lightning, rain, or even hail. Add to that sunshine and high heat and you have a recipe for roof damage. If you’ve experienced roof damage, it’s important to get a quote for a reputable, local roofing company. So what happens when someone just happens to knock on your door offering to take a look at your roof damage after a storm?

Unfortunately, there’s a good chance that it’s a scam.

Here are some easy ways to spot whether you’re dealing with a roofing storm chaser.

1. They Ask For Money Up Front

After a quick look around of your roof, your uninvited guest informs you that you have damage from the recent storm that passed through your area. And they can fix it! Hooray!

But not so fast. They want cash to get started.

Any contractor that asks for cash up front is probably not a legitimate contractor. Don’t sign anything or hand over a check. Instead, thank them for their time and let them know you’ll be in touch if you decide you need their services.

Once they’re gone from your property, you can evaluate what just happened and research whether it was a legitimate roofing contractor that stopped. Chances are, if they are asking for cash after just stopping by out of the blue, they aren’t.

2. They Lack a License

Whenever someone comes to your door claiming to be someone, you should ask for their work license or another form of ID. Roofers should be licensed to work in your area and properly insured. Make sure any documents you are shown are for your area and that they are recent.

Even if documents are presented when they give you a quote after stopping by unannounced, don’t just hire them out of convenience. While some legitimate, local roofing contractors may knock on a couple of doors because they happen to be in the neighborhood fixing someone’s roof, someone with papers may still be a scammer. Check online for more information about the company and call another company for a quote.

Never sign a contract with a roofing company that is not licensed or insured or who has failed to show you evidence that they are licensed or insured.

3. Their Trucks Have Out-of-State Plates

The vehicles used by a door knocker can be telling. If a roofing contractor comes a-knocking and they have out of state plates, think twice before hiring them and be sure to do your homework. Any contractor who has worked in the area should have their vehicles registered in Florida. Storm chasers from out of state, however, may not.

4. They Want You to Sign—And Fast

If after taking a quick look at your roof, a door-knocking roof contractor comes down, writes down a quick quote, and asks you to sign a vague work agreement—don’t.

Having roof work done is an investment. Don’t commit to working with someone who pressures you into signing something without allowing you to ask questions or look for other quotes. Getting locked into a contract with a storm chaser could mean you may end up paying too much for shoddy work.

5. They Offer to Speak to Your Insurer For You

If a company offers to speak to your insurer or tells you that they will cover your insurance deductible, let them know you aren’t interested at this moment and close the door.

A reputable roofing company understands how insurance works—and so do scammers. Don’t let a roofing storm chaser try to finagle their way into insurance proceedings. Rather, call the insurance company yourself and arrange for an adjuster to take a look at the damage to determine if your policy will cover your roof.

Learn something you didn’t know before? Well, don’t keep it to yourself! Make sure to share this information with loved ones in the area so they don’t get taken in by a sub-par contractor or, even worse, a scammer.

If you feel you have sustained damage due to a storm, call a reputable roofing company to provide you with a quote. A local Tampa roofing company that understands the value of community and hard work can ensure you get the quality work you deserve for your home. Don’t hesitate, contact us for a free estimate today.

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What Goes Into a Roofing Quote?

When you’re trying to decide if it’s time to replace your roof or choose a contractor for the job, you may start to wonder what goes into a roofing quote. Calling different Tampa roofing contractors may provide you with a wide range of prices, but how can you tell which is providing you the best, accurate information so you can make an informed choice?

Roofing Quote Basics

Your roofing quote should contain information about labor, supplies, and permits. Plus, it should provide you with an idea of how long your new roof will take to install.

Labor

Estimated labor costs may include the time it takes to remove your old roof, install your new roof, and clean up. Alternatively, clean up costs may be priced separately. A knowledgeable contractor will be to provide an estimate on how long the job will take and will inform you of any additional costs if necessary.

Supplies

Supply costs should include information about the shingles and other components of the roofing system. A contractor will measure your roof to know exactly how much you need and will note any special angles or coverings needed. Some roofing contractors who carry different types of shingles may use an average number until you decide which shingles you want. If you have yet to select your shingles, be sure to ask how much the cost may vary depending on your choice.

One of the components of a roof that many people don’t think about is the lumber to support the roof. Currently, the cost of lumber is on the rise, increasing the cost of a new roof. In addition, your supply costs will include a new underlayment, nails, any necessary vents and eaves, as well as any special components your particular roof may need. If you are unsure of what is included under materials or supplies, ask your contractor to explain. A good contractor will be able to clearly fill you in on the different parts necessary to get your new roof up.

Permits

In Tampa, a permit is required for any roof replacement over a certain size. If your home requires it, your quote should include information about the cost of the permit.

What Your Roofing Quote Won’t Include

Your roofing quote probably won’t indicate the kind of business you’re dealing with. To get a better idea of how a contractor stacks up, make sure to visit their website and read their testimonials. Check for reviews and pay attention to how a potential contractor treats you.

A roofing quote is an estimate. Unexpected issues may arise during a job that may need to be addressed, however, a skilled roofing contractor will be able to provide you with information on how best to move forward to ensure your home is protected.

Requesting a Quote From Westchase Roofing

At Westchase Roofing, we pride ourselves on our hard work and excellent customer service. We understand that a new roof is an important investment, so we give each home we work on our undivided attention.

When you request a quote from Westchase Roofing, we’ll not only provide you with the information you need to make an informed choice, but you’ll also get a sense of who we are and why we do what we do.

If it’s time to start thinking about replacing your roof, don’t hesitate. Request a quote from a dedicate Tampa roofing contractor and explore your options. Getting a new roof doesn’t have to be painful or frustrating. With a dedicated team and excellent Owens Corning shingles, Westchase Roofing can replace your roof and add value to your home.

An Ultimate Guide to Roofing Shingles — Which Is The Right Choice for Your Home?

If you’re planning on a new set of shingles on your roof, there are a few different types that you can choose from and each benefits and drawbacks. Depending on what type you choose, you might be looking at different looks, lifespans and weather-readiness. Here are some things to consider before you make your final decision.

Shingle Material & Look

If you’re looking to buy and install a new set of shingles on your home, it’s important to choose one for the aesthetic, insulation, ventilation, and value they add to your home. Depending on your neighborhood and local weather, some types of shingles will be better for you than others, such a metal, wood, solar or asphalt shingles. Here’s a quick guide to help you choose the best option for your roof.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt Shingles

One of the most common types of shingles are asphalt or fiberglass, which are made from fiberglass and then pressed onto a mix of ceramic and asphalt. They are among the most commonly used type of shingles for a number of reasons:

  • Great Pricing — they are typically much less expensive, especially in regions where roofs must be replaced more often
  • Asphalt Shingle Warranty — because of the affordable cost and availability, they can come with great warranties
  • Best Ventilation — they hold up better on roofs that have poor ventilation

In Florida, where annual storms can tear off shingles made of even the heaviest materials, asphalt shingles are a practical and popular choice. They are much less likely than tile or metal shingles to cause additional property damage to your home, or surrounding homes and vehicles if dislodged.  

Wood Shingles

Wood Shingles

Shingles that are made of wood are not as common as asphalt, mostly because they are one of the most expensive materials to use, but are still popular for their visual and natural appeal. All the different types of wood allows for a range of color, style, and material benefits. They also come with some good benefits:

  • Breathable Shingles — they breathe more than most other types of shingles
  • Eco-friendly Shingles — Shingled made from recycled or reclaimed wood can be eco-friendly, though the same can’t be said for newly-produced wood shingles
  • Add Value — the great visual appearance helps boost the value of your home but these singles are expensive

However, wood shingles are more difficult than most other materials. This usually results in longer and more expensive installation, and more potential issues due to the difficulty involved. They can last as long as 50 years but are not usually as durable.

Metal Shingles

Metal Shingles

Metal roofing also have different types of material such as aluminum, steel, and copper to give a variety of visual appeal—especially copper. They usually come in the form of corrugated sheets as well as more typical-looking shingles, though they are more expensive. Some of the benefits include:

  • Maximum Durability — the most durable material you can use against wind, but may be less effective at preventing water damage
  • Shingles with Style — can have a very unique and appealing aesthetic depending on the type of metal you choose
  • Recyclable Your Shingles — you can use recycled metal to save on cost and recycle old shingles

As far as drawbacks, they can be more expensive and loud in heavy rains. Depending on the type of metal or shingle style you choose, they won’t be the most visually appealing either. The basic corrugated sheets for example are only really good for secondary roofing, such as a garage or barn.

Solar Shingles

Solar Shingles

You’ve probably heard about solar panel roofs that are a relatively new craze, but now you can also get solar shingles. They blend in with the rest of your roof’s material and are made to look like normal shingles in size and appearance. They don’t generate as much power as solar panel roofs but look much nicer. Here are some other pros and cons:

  • Expensive to Install — they cost a lot to buy and install but you can save or even earn money through tax breaks and selling excess energy back to the electrical grid
  • A Great Power Source — they can generate as much as 100 watts per shingle
  • Environmentally-friendly — they help your home run on renewable and green energy

Wood and solar shingle on the other hand, are rather expensive to purchase even with government incentives, and are also expensive to install. whereas metal shingles don’t prevent against water damage. Asphalt shingles definitely seen to offer the most benefit when it comes to aesthetics, insulation, ventilation, and value for your money.

So what you choose depends on a number of factors: Do you want to pay for shingles that are more durable but are more expensive? Do you want to pay less? Do you want shingles more for how they look? Do you want environmentally friendly shingles? Prioritize these factors and that will help you narrow down the choices.

Hurricane Considerations for Shingles

Living in Florida, unfortunately, means dealing with hurricane season. This means there are a number of things to keep in mind when choosing your shingle style that you wouldn’t have to consider anywhere else. Here are some tips to consider:

  • Replacement — hurricane-force winds means that replacing your shingles are inevitable, so more expensive styles might not be viable
  • Damage — choosing heavier, bulkier shingles means the hurricane-force winds could cause more damage to your own home
  • Wind resistance — recent studies and research has led to more wind-resistant shingle designs that you can purchase and have installed

Hurricane-proofing can only go so far, so it is important that you do your due diligence and research the best ways to protect your roof during hurricane season.

Shingle Maintenance

Different shingles will have different needs. You should research these needs beforehand so that you can maintain them properly. The last thing you want is to miss early signs that your roof might start leaking or have other serious issues. Make sure you know how your roof will respond to the following:

  • Placement — how likely are to start missing, buckling, curling, or being knocked out of alignment?
  • Algae/mold — how easily can algae, mold or mildew grow on or among the shingles?
  • Damage — if there was hail, heavy wind, or falling debris what could you expect?
  • Maintenance — how often should they be washed or inspected?

If there is ever inclement weather, such as strong winds, heavy rain, large hail, or extreme heat and cold there is a better chance that your shingles might have sustained damage. Understanding the limitations of your shingles and how to maintain them will be your biggest two defence mechanisms for avoiding major issues with high repair costs.

When your unsure if you require maintenance, or if you already know you need to replace your shingles but don’t know what materials to choose, get in touch with a qualified roofing company that can guide you in the right direction.

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Planning for a Roof Replacement

Homeownership comes with a lot of responsibility. While setting up your domestic haven with the plushest couch and a great screen for game time can be fun, there are some tasks that are, well, not so fun. Cleaning gutters, pulling weeds, power washing… the list goes on. Plus, if the AC ever quits or something springs a leak, you’ll need to take care of it. Thankfully, many of these tasks can be planned for and even outsourced. One of the most important tasks that should be on your list is roof replacement.

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When Should I Replace My Roof?

Depending on the elements and the quality of your roof, your roof should last around 15 to 20 years. Some roofing materials last longer and others, because of sun or wind damage, may not last as long. Rather than just picking a date on the calendar and saying, “That’s 15 years, that’s when I’ll get my roof replaced”, it’s important to pay attention to the health of your roof and monitor it as it ages so you can start saving and planning ahead of time.

 

The best way to check the health of your roof is to regularly inspect it. Ensure there are no limbs hanging over your roof and look for missing or damaged shingles. Clean off any detritus and empty out gutters to ensure clogged gutters don’t damage your roof. Regular inspection and maintenance can help extend the life of your roof and provide you with a reasonable estimation of when you should look to replace it.

Not Sure if You Need a New Roof?

If you’re wondering whether you need a new roof or are trying to decide between replacing your roof or another home project, ask yourself these questions:

 

  • Is your roof leaking?
  • Is your roof noticeably sagging?
  • Does your roof have torn or missing shingles?
  • Do you find yourself sweeping up a lot of roof detritus from your driveway or sidewalks?
  • Is your roof over twenty years old?
  • Do parts of your roof look a bit smooth, like the asphalt shingles have lost their granules?
  • Are your shingles curling?
  • Are your shingles cracking?

 

If you answered yes to any of these questions or if your roof is experiencing these signs, consulting with a roofing contractor is a good idea. A Tampa roofing contractor can provide you with a quote to replace your roof and let you know how soon it should be done.

 

If you’ve noticed these signs, don’t delay. Replacing a damaged roof can help protect your home from further damage. Failing to do so can lead to leaks, mold, and other issues.

 

Planning for a Replacement Roof

Roof replacement is inevitable. Rather than putting it off and risking your home, plan for it and be prepared.

 

A new roof doesn’t just cover your valuables, it can brighten up your home and add value, too. A new roof may be more energy efficient, saving you money. Plus, with so many asphalt shingles to choose from, a new roof can be a welcome makeover.

 

To plan for a replacement roof, you’ll want to request a quote from a Tampa roof contractor. Speaking with a professional can provide you with an estimate of costs and help you become more informed about your roofing options. Some contractors, like Westchase Roofing, only work with certain materials, so you’ll want to check that out, too. For example, Westchase Roofing exclusively installs Owens Corning asphalt shingles. Why? Because we believe in the quality of Owens Corning products and only want to install the best for your clients.

 

If you’ve been thinking about having your roof looked at, don’t delay. A new roof is an important investment. Get a quote today and learn more about how a quality roof can help improve your home.

How to Conduct A Roof Inspection During Storm Season

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The National Roofing & Contractors Association suggests that homeowners hire a licensed contractor to perform a thorough inspection of their roofs each year. However, when major storms are hitting the area, roof damage can escalate quickly.
While annual inspections are the ideal scenario, it can also be costly, and many homeowners choose to conduct a roof inspection themselves after storms to cut costs. If you opt for the do-it-yourself route, there are a few key things that you should know.

Be Smart!

If you even have the slightest doubt about your ability on a ladder or your roof, then please don’t take any chances. Saving a few dollars is not worth the risk of a fall, call a professional!

Clean it up

First thing’s first, if you want to get a good idea of the condition of your roof, it has to be clean. Remove any debris and thoroughly clean your gutters before you even get started with the inspection. Debris includes fallen leaves, branches, dirt and anything at all that should not be up there. To save time, inspect your gutters as you clean them. Look for holes or leaks as well as any weak areas that may cause problems in the future. Take care of any problems right away.

It’s all About the Shingles

Curling, lifting, bucking or blistered shingles can signal a need for roof replacement. Blistering often looks like a shingle has been raised up from the flat shingle bed. Curling might happen on the ends, or on the corners. Buckling can look like a crack in the shingle, or it might be a small lift or bubble if water has gotten underneath it.
If it looks like it’s damaged, it’s damaged. Don’t play around with your shingles. If in doubt, replace them. A damaged shingle can quickly dislodge or disintegrate and allow water into your home. A leak in your roof is a homeowner’s worst nightmare.

The Chimney is Key

The chimney is most often the first area of the roof that will show signs of a problem. If there are issues with the shingles around your chimney it is a sure indication that the remaining shingles will follow. Take a good look at the mortar around your chimney and repair any damaged or worn areas before they become a problem.

When to Call an Expert

For any signs of serious damage, hire an expert –  If you see any problems with your roof, don’t hesitate to call someone who can take a better look for you. Roof replacement services like Westchase Roofing Company get very busy during the wetter months, and that can mean a long waiting period depending on what area of the country you are living. Keep the time of year in mind and adjust accordingly.

To get a quote for a roof replacement now, call Westchase Roofing Company.

Be aware of your area’s storm seasons. A nasty storm can turn small problems into big ones overnight.  If you know that bad weather is coming, and you don’t have time to hire a contractor to do the full repair job required, then at least have them provide a temporary fix to prevent water from getting into your home.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Roofing Materials and Maintenance

At Westchase Roofing, we encourage our customers to ask questions. Understanding your new roof or any repairs that need to be done can help you protect your investment. To aid you in your quest for roofing knowledge, we’ve compiled a list of some of the questions we’re often asked.

Previously, we covered frequently asked questions about roofing repairs and selecting a roofing a contractor. This post will cover questions about roofing materials and roof maintenance. If you find your question didn’t make one of our lists, please reach out to us! We’d love to hear from you.

Roofing Materials: Frequently Asked Questions

What roofing materials do you use?

We are proud to carry Owens Corning asphalt shingles. In fact, we’re Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractors. We appreciate the research and development that Owens Corning puts into its trusted products. Not only do we trust their shingles and roofing systems, but we like how they look, too.

How long do the materials last?

The lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof depends on climate and care. We expect most roofs to last about 15 years. The Florida sun, combined with harsh storms and humidity, can place additional stress on a roof. To get the most out of your roof, make sure to properly maintain it.
Are the materials covered by a warranty?
Owens Corning asphalt roofing shingles are covered by a warranty. Plus, because of Westchase Roofing’s Platinum Preferred Contractor status, we are able to offer our customers additional warranties above and beyond the scope of the standard Owens Corning warranty.

Why do you use asphalt shingles?

We’ve found that asphalt shingles have a good lifespan and are competitively priced for their quality. In addition, they perform well in the Tampa Bay climate.

Owens Corning has done a great job making asphalt shingles that are resilient and stylish. They have multiple colors and styles to choose from to ensure that your new roof matches the personality of your home.

To learn more about the variety of Owens Corning asphalt shingles that we carry, call us to set up a free estimate.

Roof Maintenance: Frequently Asked Questions

Wait, you mean I have to maintain my roof?

A roof isn’t a “set it and forget it” kind of thing. It’s protects everything in your home—including your family. To ensure your roof lasts as long as possible, it’s important to regularly inspect your roof and clear it of any debris. Regularly cleaning your gutters and trimming back any branches that hang over your roof can also extend its life.

How frequently should I inspect my roof?

You should plan on inspecting your roof twice yearly and after any major storms. A simple way to remember when to check your roof is to plan to do it with the seasons. While Florida’s seasonal changes aren’t always clear, plan to check on the first day of spring (March 20th) and the first day of fall (September 20th).

What does a roof inspection entail?

When inspecting your roof, keep any eye out for signs of wear or damage. You can do a simple inspection from the ground, however, for a more in-depth look at what’s happening on top of your home, you’ll need to grab a ladder. Check for soft spots, torn shingles, and debris. Clear away any gutter obstructions. Trim back any limbs or branches that may fall during a storm or that are too close to your roof.

If you’re ready to investigate your roofing options or believe you are need of roofing repairs, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Frequently Asked Questions About Roof Replacement and Contractors

When it comes to commonly asked roofing questions, we have you covered.

To make it easier for you to find the answer to your question, we’ve broken up queries into four different categories: Roof Replacement, Selecting a Roofing Contractor, Materials, and Maintenance. Today, we’ll be covering roof replacement and contractor selection.

Your home is precious and we understand the value of knowledge when it comes to investing in a new roof. Selecting the right contractor for the job can be hard. We hope these questions help you as try to determine if you need to repair or replace your roof.

Frequently Asked Questions About Roof Contractors

Roof Replacement: Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a roof typically last?

The lifespan of a roof depends on several factors, including construction materials, climate, and maintenance. While we can’t do too much about our lovely Florida climate, selecting the right materials and properly maintaining your roof can lengthen the lifespan of your roof.

An asphalt shingle roof that is expertly applied can last from 15 to 20 years.

At Westchase Roofing, we use Owens Corning asphalt shingles. Owens Corning warranties their roofing shingles for 5-10 years. If your roof is applied by an Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor, you have the ability to warranty your roof for 15 to 50 years.

When is the right time to replace a roof?

If you’re researching new roofs, chances are, it’s the right time to invest in your roof.

A roof is a fundamental part of your home. If your roof is damaged, your home is at risk for leaks, water damage, mildew, mold, and more. If not fixed in a timely manner, the problem could worsen, leaving you with a larger bill at the end.

Rather than waiting until the “right time,” take the cues from your roof.

If your roof is clearly damaged, call a contractor for a quote. They’ll be able to tell you the extent of damage and estimate the cost of replacement.

If you have an older roof that is showing signs of wear and tear from years of good service, a consultation with a Tampa roofing company can let you know if it’s time to replace it or if it still has a couple of years left.

How will I know if I need to repair or replace my roof?

Common signs of roof damage include torn or missing shingles, soft spots, water damage, leaks, and more roof debris than normal.

How much does roof replacement cost?

Several factors go into determining the cost of a replacement. The type of shingles you select and the size and shape of the roof determine the costs of supplies and labor. For an estimate that is geared at your unique property, it’s important to schedule a quote with a Tampa roofing contractor.

Selecting a Roofing Contractor: Frequently Asked Questions

Do you provide a free consultation?

We understand that homeowners have many choices when it comes to contractors. That’s why we set ourselves above the pack by providing excellent customer service. This includes meeting with you to provide you with an estimate.

What can a homeowner expect from Westchase Roofing?

We appreciate how important our customers’ homes are. That’s why we treat all of our customers like family. We want to provide you with the best service possible. We believe that Owens Corning asphalt shingles coupled with our roofing expertise and quality service can provide homeowners with a positive experience during what can be a trying time.

To ensure you get our full attention, we only work on one roof at a time. No subcontractors or shoddy labor—100% of our attention is focused on the roof we are doing at the moment.

How much experience does Westchase Roofing having?

Westchase Roofing is proud to report that we have over 40 years of roofing experience. We chose to focus on roofing because we enjoy helping people with their homes and appreciate the complexity and importance of a roof.

Do you have any special certifications?

We are proud to be Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractors. Not only do we work with their premium asphalt shingles, but we are in top 1% of roofing contractors nationwide. In addition, we are fully licensed and insured.

If you didn’t find the answer to your question, let us know. We’d love to speak with you and help you move forward to protect your home.