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Roofing Basics: From Shingles to Roof Decks

Your roof is an integral part of your home. It helps keep you and your family dry and warm as it protects you from the elements. And while it’s providing cover every day, it’s probably not something that you think about unless it’s time to replace it. If you’re thinking about replacing your roof, you’ll find you have many options. You’ll also learn that not all contractors or roofing shingles are created equally! In this post, we wanted to share some roofing basics with you so you can understand the various components that go into a roof and why they matter.  Then, as you meet with contractors, you’ll be better able to understand some roofing basics and lingo and what components of your roof they intend to replace.

Roofing Basics: Components

If you were to think of your home as a cake, you might consider the roof the icing on the cake because it goes on top. However, a roof isn’t just shingles. There are multiple layers and components that make up a roof, and each has an important role to play in protecting your home. It’s more like a cake in itself with a supportive  We’ll start with the visible layer, the shingles, and work our way down.

Shingles

Most Florida homes have visible shingles thanks to pitched roofs. Because of the lovely rains we get in our corner of the U.S., flat roofs aren’t too practical. The pitch allows water to drain rather than pool. Depending on the pitch of your roof, your shingles will be more or less visible from your walkway or the road, making them an important aspect of a home’s curb appeal. Shingles truly add to the beauty of a home. Shingles that are coordinated well with the color and style of the home help to enhance the visual appearance of a home—all while protecting it from wind and rain.

Purpose

The main purpose of shingles to protect. Shingles keep water away from the wooden components of your roof. Shingles also stop wind from entering the home or damaging other roof components. In order to do this well, shingles must be aligned and installed properly.

Types

There are many different types of shingles and each has its own pros and cons.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used shingles. They range in price depending on style and are made from fiberglass and asphalt. Depending on the manufacturer and style, asphalt shingles may be ENERGY STAR rated. (This Owens Corning brochure highlights their ENERGY STAR rated shingles.) By selecting an ENERGY STAR rated asphalt shingle, you can save on cooling costs during the hot Florida summers. Asphalt shingles can stand up to the Florida elements and can last upwards of thirty years. Plus, they come in many different styles and colors.

Wooden Shingles

With their unique, natural look, wooden shingles have always been popular. They are generally pricier than asphalt shingles and are not fire retardant. In addition, coloring of the wooden shingles may change due to direct sunlight or exposure to water.

Tile Shingles

There are multiple types of tile shingles, including clay and concrete. Price varies by material, however, most tile shingles are more expensive than asphalt shingles and cost more to install. Tile shingles are long-lasting in general and can help provide a specific look for your home. In Florida, clay roofs have always been popular because of their Spanish style.

Metal

Metal shingles or tiles are long-lasting, however, they may not be the best fit for the Florida sunshine. Because metal conducts heat—which we have plenty of—it could eventually be disastrous for your electric bill. While unique and beautiful, it’s important to consider our climate when picking a roofing shingle.

Slate

Made from stone, slate shingles are naturally waterproof and durable. However, they are pricey and in addition to being installed by a professional, they must be maintained by a professional as stepping on them improperly could break them.

Underlayment

Underneath your chosen shingles there should be a layer of underlayment. Made from felt or a synthetic material, the underlayment helps create an additional water barrier to protect the wooden components of the roof and the home in general.

Roof Deck

The roof deck is what everything is attached to. Sitting on top of the trusses and joists, it is usually made from wood and must be strong enough to support your chosen shingles. The sheathing, usually made from plywood, is the top part which covers the joists and provides the anchor point for the underlayment. Because it is generally made from wood in residential properties, keeping the roof deck dry and free of moisture is important for protecting your home.

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The Total Protection Roofing System

Westchase Roofing is proud to be an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor. We serve the Tampa area and exclusively install Owens Corning asphalt shingles and their patented Total Protection Roofing System.

The Total Protection Roofing System is comprised of three components that aim to seal out water, to defend against the elements, and to provide ventilation.

To seal out water, the Total Protection Roofing System relies on WeatherLock, a self-sealing water barrier that provides additional waterproofing and an underlayment. As an innovator in the roofing sector, Owens Corning continues to create products that are long-lasting and high quality to protect their customers’ homes. Their underlayment products are no exception. With two top-of-class synthetic roof underlayments and one fiberglass-reinforced felt, customers can choose a reliable product that works best for their home and budget.

To defend against the elements, Owens Corning relies on three shingle types: starter shingles, regular shingles, and hip and ridge shingles. Starter shingles are the first line of defense against blow-offs and water. Once affixed, shingles can be installed up the roof. Lastly, hip and ridge shingles cover corners and edges to protect areas where water might otherwise try to seep in.

It may come as a surprise, but just like you, your home needs to breathe. Proper ventilation reduces the chance of mold inside a roof and lessens roof deterioration. Ventilation essentially reduces heat and moisture buildup that can create problems for a roof’s structural elements. Just like we breathe in and out, your roof needs to bring in air via an intake vent and allow air to flow out via a ridge or back roof vent or an exhaust fan. Owens Corning understands that how your home looks matters. Most of their vents are unobtrusive, flowing seamlessly with your shingles.

As an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, we’ve received specialized training in the Total Protection Roofing System. We have extensive experience working with Owens Corning products and believe they are the highest-quality asphalt shingles.

Additional Roofing Information

For more information about roofing basics, check out the following links:

There’s plenty more useful information in our blog archives, plus we’re always happy to answer your questions so don’t hesitate to contact us.

If you’re ready for a free quote from a top-rate Tampa roofing contractor, contact us today.

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New Year, New Roof? Planning for a Roof Installation

A new roof is not an expense anyone wants to be surprised with. While inclement weather (I’m talking about you, Irma) can hasten the need for a new roof, often we can plan ahead for a roof installation.

Barring any future natural disasters, homeowners can generally take their time and shop around when seeking a roofing contractor. This helps ensure that a good roofing contractor is found and that homeowners can pick the shingles that are right for them. Shingles have a major impact on how a home looks; choosing a roofing contractor and picking your shingles shouldn’t be a rush job! In this post, we’ll be covering different aspects of planning for a roof. It’s an important decision, so you’ll find plenty of links and information to help ensure you have everything you need to get started on the process.

As always, we’re happy to speak to Tampa area residents about their roofing needs and provide a free estimate for roof replacement or installation. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us to learn more about how Westchase Roofing will treat you like family!

Do You Need a New Roof?

A loose shingle or two doesn’t mean you need an entirely new roof; however, numerous ripped or broken shingles, bald shingles, or a saggy roof can indicate it’s time to start speaking with a roofing contractor.

We’ve detailed when homeowners should start thinking about roof replacement in this post. If you don’t know how old your roof is, check for shingle damage and granule debris. Extensive shingle damage or bald shingles could signal it’s time to hire a roofing a contractor. If you have an attic, take a look inside to see if you are experiencing any water damage. If there appear to be stains, you may have a leak in your roof.

If you’ve determined that you’re not quite ready for a roof, be sure to bookmark this post so you can call it up when you need it! Also, take care to properly maintain your roof to ensure it lasts as long as possible! Once you start noticing signs of wear, come on back and start planning for that roof replacement!

Know Your Shingle Options

Homeowners have an amazing amount of options when it comes to roofing shingles. In addition to long-lasting asphalt shingles like the Owens Corning shingles we install, homeowners can have clay or tile shingles, wood shingles, metal shingles, solar shingles, and more. Ultimately, your shingles are an investment in the health of your home. While they add to the stylistic beauty of your home, they also protect it from the elements and help keep you and your family safe.

We’ve given some extensive coverage to shingle types in previous posts. We’ve also shared why we believe asphalt shingles are the best choice.

For starters, here’s our ultimate guide to roofing shingles. This post covers asphalt, wood, metal, and solar shingles, as well as various things you should keep in mind when choosing your shingles.

Costs vary across shingle types (post: Why Tile Shingles Are More Expensive Than Asphalt Shingles), though that is not necessarily due to quality. Here’s why we think asphalt shingles are top of the line. (Hint: it’s all about protection. And with the Total Protection Roofing System, you have an extra line of defense against the Florida elements.)

When you’re considering which type of shingles are the best for your home, you may want to consider:

  • The type of elements your shingles will encounter.
  • The style and color you want for your home.
  • The durability of the shingle types.
  • The quality of the warranty that accompanies the shingles and their installation.
  • The cost of the various shingles.

Here’s our latest post on selecting the asphalt shingles that are right for you and your home.

Vet All Contractors

Finding the right contractor to install your new roof can take time. We recently wrote some posts to help homeowners as they make this important decision:

Ultimately, the quality of work you get comes down to who you hire. Make sure you and your contractor are on the same page and that they have all the necessary licenses and insurance before they ever get on a ladder. This protects both you and your contractor. Never hire someone who isn’t willing to share their licenses with you or their proof of insurance!

If you want a specific type of shingle, make sure the roofers you speak with have experience with them. For example, at Westchase Roofing, we only install Owens Corning asphalt shingles and the Total Protection Roofing System because we believe they offer our clients the best quality and value. As an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, we have the ability to offer our clients additional warranties. Plus, we’ve undergone extensive training with the Total Protection Roofing System to ensure our clients are always satisfied.

Get a Couple Roofing Quotes

A quote isn’t a contract, but it helps homeowners understand the general scope of the project and the projected costs. A good quote will provide you with information about labor costs and supplies. At the same time, a quote doesn’t tell you everything about a potential contractor. That’s why it’s so important to ask questions (and to know what type of questions to ask). Too many homeowners get taken in by shoddy operations. If you aren’t sure what type of questions to ask, revisit the vetting post mentioned earlier so that you can better understand a given operation and the quote they’re giving you.

To learn about what goes into a roofing quote, visit this post.

Select Your Contractor

With your quotes completed and having met a couple of contractors, you’ll be better prepared to pick the right contractor for your roofing needs.

As you compare quotes, remember that cost should not necessarily be the deciding factor. Your roof is an investment into the wellbeing of your home. You want to ensure that you have quality roofing materials and a skilled contractor to install them.

When comparing quotes, consider:

  • Highest qualifications
  • Timeline for work
  • Who will be completing the work (roofing contractor’s crew or subcontractors?)
  • Reviews
  • Cost estimate

Your decision will likely be based on a variety of factors. There’s no shame in making a pros and cons list if you are having trouble deciding between contractors. And if questions arise during the process, a high-quality roofing contractor will have no problem answering them and putting your qualms to rest.

Finalize the Details & Sign

Once you’ve picked your contractor, you’ll want to finalize the details. This includes setting a date for the job, determining how your old shingles will be disposed, finalizing your choice of shingle, and learning more about who will be completing your roof. Make sure you have a point person that you can be in touch with in case you have any questions or concerns. Read over your work contract. If there is anything you don’t understand, say something! A good roofing contractor will have no problem explaining the contract to you and ensuring that everything is to your satisfaction.

We hope this new year brings you plenty of joy and laughter. And if you happen to need a new roof, too, we’d be happy to help you make the best choice for your home—Owens Corning asphalt shingles combined with expert installation by Westchase Roofing.

 

 

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Selecting the Asphalt Shingles That Are Right For You

We love the Owens Corning Total Protection Roof System. We’ve even written about how it helps protect homes. As part of the system, homeowners are able to choose beautiful asphalt shingles that best suit their homes. Here’s what you need to know about selecting the asphalt shingles that are right for you — whether you’re concerned about aesthetics or your pocketbook.

Owens Corning Helps With Selecting the Asphalt Shingles That Are Right For You

Westchase Roofing exclusively carries Owens Corning asphalt shingles. We believe they’re a great fit for Florida homes and that they provide homeowners with a great value for a high-quality product. In addition, Owens Corning continues to innovate, ensuring that every generation of shingles is better than the last. That’s something that us perfectionists at Westchase Roofing can understand. As part of our quest to offer exceptional service to our clients, we aim to use the best materials. We believe that means Owens Corning asphalt shingles.

In addition to providing great materials, Owens Corning has made their website into a useful hub for homeowners who need to choose which shingles may work well for them. Here’s what you need to know to make the task easier.

Find Your Color

If you’re concerned about how your new shingles will look or whether they’ll match the paint you’ve recently had redone, the Owens Corning website makes choosing the right palette easy. Simply select a color blend to view shingles that meet your needs. Once you’ve picked a color, you’ll be shown a variety of shingles that contain that color, if only minimally. Clicking on a shingle will provide you with more detailed information about the shingle line and its specific qualities.

Choose Your Features

If you are concerned with wind damage, algae growth, or the color depth of your shingles, you can select shingles with superior wind resistance, StreakGuard Algae Resistance Protection, or TruDefinition Color Platform. Duration shingles are rated to withstand 130 MPH winds, have 10 years of algae resistance, and feature TruDefinition. Berkshire, the top-of-the-line shingles with gorgeous architectural details and brilliant colors, offers 15 years of algae protection.

Focus on Your Style

If you’re replacing your roof and know which style of shingle you want, you can click on the line name and see the shingle features and colorways. For example, let’s say you like the look of slightly rounded shingles. Clicking on the Devonshire name will take you to a page that provides information specific to Devonshire shingles. Devonshire shingles come in 4 colorways and feature StreakGuard, Owens Corning’s trademarked algae protection, which is great for Florida homes.

Pick Your Price Point

Asphalt shingles are a good value in general, however, they do come in multiple price points. On the Owens Corning site, dollar signs ($) demarcate the various price points of the shingles. Supreme ($) shingles provide homeowners with a great deal, as do Oakridge ($$) shingles. Duration ($$$-$$$$), Devonshire ($$$$), and Berkshire ($$$$$) have added protections and elements that make them slightly more expensive. However, as with all Owens Corning asphalt shingles, you are getting high-quality, innovative materials meant to last.

Warranty Concerns

All of Owens Corning products come with a warranty. If you are concerned about the specifics of a warranty, visit this blog post to learn what is covered.

Westchase Roofing is an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, which means we’ve had specialized training in the Total Protection Roofing System — and we can offer our clients additional warranties to ensure their roofs are protected. To learn more, check out this post.

Need Help?

You don’t have to try to choose shingles by yourself. A knowledgeable Westchase Roofing crew member would be happy to talk to you about the high-quality Owens Corning asphalt shingles we install and help you pick the system that is perfect for your home. Schedule a quote today to get started.

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Asphalt Roofing Stands Up To The Florida Elements

Tampanians know Florida weather is full of surprises. It can be a bright and sunny 80 degrees and a high-wind thunderstorm—all in one day. And while this can ruin beach plans, Florida’s “unique” weather patterns don’t have to cause damage to your home.

Wind, water, and sun can wear down and cause damage to many asphalt roofing systems. In Florida, we have plenty of each, which means it’s important that homeowners choose a roofing option that can keep out as much Florida weather as possible.

Protecting your home from the Florida elements can be as simple as choosing Owens Corning asphalt shingles.

How Owens Corning Asphalt Roofing Protect Your Home

Homeowners have plenty of options when it comes to covering their homes. Owens Corning knows this. That’s why they’re always innovating and providing the best quality products for homeowners. One of the ways they’ve catered to homeowners across the country is to create asphalt shingles with various wind resistance and weather protecting qualities.

High winds can blow shingles loose, leaving your roof open to leaks and other damage. A shingle’s sealant can help it withstand higher winds and last longer. Owens Corning tests their shingles to see how much wind they can withstand and shares this information with homeowners so they can choose the most appropriate shingles for their area. Currently, Devonshire, Duration Premium COOL, Duration Designer, and Duration shingles have a wind resistance rating of 130 mph. Berkshire and Oakridge shingles have a wind resistance rating of 110/130 mph.

Surenail® Technology, which is available on Duration Premium COOL, Duration Designer, and Duration shingles, helps Owens Corning shingles last even longer. The fabric strip on the nailing area helps shingles grip together better, increasing their wind resistance and their ability to protect your roof.

Still water on a roof and water that worms its way under shingles can cause significant damage and lead to leaks or mold. To protect against this, the Total Protection Roofing system utilizes a waterproof barrier and an underlayment to block out water. Specially shaped shingles also help manage the flow of water away from your roof. Combined with routine gutter maintenance, you can wave water damage goodbye.

Years of innovation have allowed Owens Corning to make the best asphalt shingles for homeowners—and they continue to work hard to make them even better. We’re proud to exclusively carry Owens Corning products and to help our clients choose the best Owens Corning asphalt shingles for their home.

Westchase Roofing Services: Your Partner In Protection

When you choose Westchase Roofing as your roofing contractor, you’re choosing a partner. We believe in offering our clients the best customer service and high-quality workmanship. Not only does our GuildQuality rating reflect our commitment but Owens Corning itself has recognized our dedication to the best asphalt roofing practices.

Westchase Roofing is an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor. We have supplemental training in the Total Protection Roofing System and can offer our valued clients additional warranties on their asphalt roofs.

Our dedication and hard work mean you aren’t just hiring a contractor to install your roof, you’re working with a partner to protect your home.

At Westchase Roofing, we use our own crew to individually install roofs. We train each member and work together ensure that everything is done to the highest standard. Why? Because we believe that our clients are like family, and when we do something for family, we do our best.

If you’re ready to learn more about roof replacement and schedule a quote, reach out to us today.

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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.