Westchase Roofing Online Roofing Contractor Ratings Matter

Why Online Roofing Contractor Ratings Matter

Picking a Tampa roofing contractor to work on your home isn’t the easiest task. Not only do you need to choose someone that has the requisite skills for the job but you also want to find someone you trust. Online ratings have made it easier to choose a contractor that has repeatedly shown the quality of their work and their character. Here are some great reasons why online roofing contractor ratings matter, as well as some information on where to look for reviews.

Save Time Thanks to Feedback

If you run a Google search for a contractor, you’ll likely be overwhelmed by your options. Many places are lucky to have numerous contractors serving their areas. Rather than playing roulette with your options or scientifically selecting a contractor through a fun game of eeny-meeny-miny-moe, online reviews allow you to create a curated list of qualified contractors from whom you can get quotes. As a time-saving tactic, reviews are great for providing a qualitative basis for selecting which contractors you want to speak to without resorting to games of chance or just calling the first name that pops up.

Take the Guesswork Out of Hiring

When it comes to big decisions, we tend to ask our friends or family for their input. Even for a minor issue like a leaky faucet, we may hit up Facebook and ask for a recommendation on a good local plumber. It’s a bit different, however, when the job you’re looking to have done is larger in scope.

Because roofs are replaced infrequently, you may not have many friends who’ve worked with a Tampa roofing contractor recently. Online reviews stand in the stead of those friendly recommendations, allowing you to read about experiences others have had with area contractors and providing you with information regarding what you can expect. This can help ease some of your fears, especially when you’re hiring someone for a job for the first time.

Provide Insight Into the Quality of Their Work

When you’re looking for a product, it’s nice to be able to see it in person and get a feel for the quality. Similarly, when shopping online, the best product listings have descriptions and images that help you imagine yourself owning said item. Reviews can add to this feeling by sharing an intimate look at how other consumers felt about the product or a service. That sharing of real-life experience is invaluable for contractors.

A roofing contractor will be at your home for a few days installing your new roof. After that, you’ll have a reminder of their work for a decade or two (and possibly longer). Shoddy workmanship and poor customer service are not things you want to deal with when it comes to your home. Gleaning insight from online reviews can help you make a choice that helps you add value to your home—not detract from it.

Highlights the Character of Those Involved

Who you hire matters. Not all companies share the same values or the same quality of craftsmanship. Often, this comes down to the character of those running the company and doing the work.

Online reviewers have no problem sharing whether or not they liked a contractor. These comments can help paint a picture of the character of said contractors.

Imagine a contractor that’s repeatedly touted as being short with his clients or whose clients are left feeling cheated. That’s certainly not someone many people would feel comfortable hiring for an important job such as replacing a roof.

Alternatively, think of the positive ways character can shine through in a review. A contractor of good character will often have reviews sharing that they are honest, forthright, hardworking, timely, consistent, considerate, etc. These keywords help provide homeowners with knowledge they wouldn’t typically be able to get until after they’ve already signed a contract.

Introduces You to Companies You May Not Have Found Otherwise

Google is a great tool. Unfortunately, many of us never make past the first page of search results. In addition, the first several results (especially when you’re searching for something like “Tampa roofing contractor”) are generally ads. If you consistently pick the first couple results, however, you may be missing out.

Checking reviews for contractors can introduce you to companies that may not show up at the top of the search results but who better meet your criteria. You can see actual comments from individuals in your area who have first-hand experience working with roofing contractors—rather than an algorithm’s output of what it believes you want to see.

Which Reviews to Trust

Not all reviews are created equally. We’ve all seen those Amazon reviews by a confused commenter who disparages an item they haven’t received or who complains about circumstances that don’t have anything to do with the product. There are certainly times when reviewers take to the web because they are outraged, and often they are justified. It’s frequently harder to get those individuals with positive experiences to share them, however, more companies are finding ways to encourage their clients to do so.

When you are looking at reviews, one of the most important things to check is the relevance of the review. Is the reviewer commenting on things that are relevant to the company and that are within the company’s control? For example, when it comes to roofing reviews, a contractor can’t control weather that may delay a job, but they can certainly control how they handle the situation, how they communicate with their clients, and how prepared they are each day.

Reviews worthy of your trust should deal with the contractor’s character and work. Their purview should be limited to their personal experience with the contractor and hopefully provide useful insights into what it is like to work with them.

Where to Look for Roofing Contractor Reviews

To find quality roofing contractor reviews, check one of the following sites.

  • GuildQuality: GuildQuality allows users to rate contractors on various metrics and provides the info to the contractors so they can improve.
  • Angie’s List: One of the first companies to allow contractor reviews, Angie’s List is still popular with homeowners.
  • Google: If you run a search for a business on Google, you’ll see their Google Review and comments left by their previous customers or clients.
  • Yellow Pages: The iconic company has a web presence that allows consumers to leave reviews of companies.
  • Roofing Supplies Companies: Some roofing companies, such as Owens Corning, provide homeowners with information about area contractors.

How Westchase Roofing Stacks Up

At Westchase Roofing, we do our best to provide our clients with high-quality service. In addition to maintaining our own crew of qualified roofers, we offer best-in-class customer service. We focus on one job at a time in order to deliver the top-notch craftsmanship we’re known for. Westchase Roofing is fully licensed and insured and we stay on top of the best practices for roofing. We enjoy learning about our craft and continually improving our skill sets.

We are pleased that our hard work has been recognized by both GuildQuality and Owens Corning.

Westchase Roofing was named a GuildMaster Award Winner in 2017 by GuildQuality. (We wrote about the experience and why GuildQuality matters in this blog post.) We’ve also received 50 consecutive positive reviews thanks to our amazing clients.

As an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, Westchase Roofing strives to provide the best service to our clients, in addition to the high-quality Owens Corning asphalt shingles we install. In 2017, we were awarded the Bright Star award and the Platinum Warranty Registrations award at the Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor Conference. We strive every day to live up to those awards and to have a repeat performance at this year’s conference.

If you’re looking for a Tampa roofing contractor, we hope you’ll consider Westchase Roofing, where we treat our clients like family. Schedule a free quote today to learn more about our work and how we help protect your most important investment—your home.

 

Westchase Roofing Tampa New Year New Roof

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.

 

 

Westchase Roofing Service Tampa Selecting the Asphalt Shingles that are Right f or You

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.

Westchase Roofing Superior Roofing Warranty

Superior Roofing Warranty with a Platinum Preferred Contractor

When you’re considering replacing your roof, there are a lot of factors to keep in mind. Not only do you need to find a reputable roof contractor, but you’ll also need to consider what roofing materials you’d like and what color you’d like your roof to be. Shingles now come in various styles and colors, which is great for those who want to customize their home from top to bottom. However, one thing that may get overlooked when perusing samples and evaluating quotes is the roofing warranty offered by the shingle manufacturer or the contractor.

Typical Roofing Warranties

A new roof is a large investment. It’s often one of the largest investments a homeowner will make. Ensuring you have a good warranty on the labor and materials used on your roof is a necessity.

Typical roofing warranties offer limited protection for an average of 5 to 10 years. These warranties generally cover the materials used and may not always cover labor. There are often restrictions based on who installs or repairs your roof and how damage was sustained. Just like an insurance policy is full of fine print, so is the typical warranty disclaimer. Before signing on the dotted line, be sure to grab your magnifying glass and make sure you are truly covered and adequately protected.

Owens Corning Platinum Protection Roofing System Warranty

If you’re not one for “adequate” protection, the Owens Corning Platinum Protection Roofing System Warranty goes beyond the often limiting warranty restrictions of other manufacturers and provides homeowners peace of mind. It is truly a superior roofing warranty.

With an extended warranty length (15-50 years depending on your chosen shingles and other factors) and a workmanship coverage of at least 20 years, you will truly be protected. Combined with your homeowner’s insurance policy, your roof will be protected under most circumstances. That’s a relief more homeowners need!

A Platinum Protection Roofing System Warranty clearly states the warranty limits for each shingle type so homeowners will always know what protections they are entitled to.

There are two important conditions homeowners need to meet in order to be able to purchase the Owens Corning Platinum Protection Roofing System Warranty. This warranty is only available for homeowners who opt to install the Owens Corning Total Protection Roofing System. In addition, your roofing system must be installed by an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Roofing Contractor such as Westchase Roofing.

Choose A Superior Roofing Warranty!

At Westchase Roofing, we can’t recommend Owens Corning asphalt shingles enough. To better serve our clients, we’ve even undergone special training with the Owens Corning Total Protection Roofing System and exclusively work with Owens Corning products. We value quality labor and quality materials. That’s why we always offer our clients the Owens Corning Platinum Protection Roofing System Warranty. The added protection of a superior warranty can help you sleep more easily under your new roof and help ensure it will be a while before you need to pay to replace it.

If you’re ready to learn more about our warranties and the other protections we offer our clients, contact us for a quote today.

Tips for Safely Decorating Your Roof for the Holidays Westchase Roofing is thankful to be serving the Tampa area, helping homeowners with new roof installations year round. We hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are looking forward to the “winter” holidays. While we generally don’t have to worry about snow or ice damage to our roofs and homes, there’s another kind of seasonal damage that can harm the integrity of your roof—decorations. Every year, big box stores and hardware shops stock bigger and bigger decorations for homeowners to deck their homes with, from inflatables and projectors to a myriad of lighting options and figures. However you choose to decorate and spread some cheer, here are some tips for safely decorating your roof for the holidays. 5 Tips for Safely Decorating Your Roof Think Ahead Before climbing on the ladder, know what you’ll be hanging and where. Have your supplies ready and your lights untangled. Check for any broken bulbs or worn wires before stringing your lights. Never use lights that look damaged or have exposed wiring. You don’t want to create a fire hazard. Use the Right Equipment Ensure that any decorations you use are meant to be displayed outside. This includes extension cords, which should specifically state they can be used outside. Find a grounded outlet that you will be using to plug in your lights and check that it can handle the lights you want to use. If you live in an older home with older wiring, you may want to opt for simpler lights. No one wants to seek out the fuse box because the holiday lights have overwhelmed the circuit! If you’re planning on a large display, try to utilize different outlets. Get Help Having someone hold the ladder steady or pass you items as you need them is a big help. This can make the experience safer and limit your trips up and down the ladder. Be clear on what you need and the best way they can help you to save yourself some hassle. Take Your Time Being on a ladder means you need your balance. Take your time and don’t try to rush throwing up the lights. It’s not worth risking your safety! Wear appropriate shoes and don’t allow yourself to become distracted. Don’t Puncture Shingles Your shingles help protect your home from wind and moisture. Putting holes in them for the sake of holiday decorations is unwise. When considering how to place your decorations, look for unobtrusive methods that don’t put holes in your shingles or otherwise damage your roofing elements. That means you’ll need to skip the staple gun, hammer, or drill. One popular way to do this is to use clips that can attach to gutters or shingles. A roof anchor can help you install decoration on your roof, however, we recommend you minimize any wear on your roof and place large decorations like inflatables or plastic structures on the ground. If you want the look of lights covering your roof, consider a projector. There are different color lights and designs that can give the look of everything from red and green lights to falling snowflakes—all without damaging your shingles or putting your home at risk. With fewer sunlight hours, holiday lights truly brighten the season and bring joy. Make sure to follow these tips for safely decorating your roof for the holidays so that joy lasts. However you plan to decorate your home, we hope you enjoy the time spent doing it as well as the results. If, when up on that ladder, you find your roof isn’t in as good of condition as you though, don’t fret. Give Westchase Roofing a call for a free replacement quote. We can help you determine whether it’s time for a new roof and show you the latest asphalt shingle offerings from our roofing partner, Owens Corning. Visit our website to learn more. Westchase Roofing Tampa Tips for Safely Decorating Your Roof

Tips for Safely Decorating Your Roof for the Holidays

Tips for Safely Decorating Your Roof for the Holidays

Westchase Roofing is thankful to be serving the Tampa area, helping homeowners with new roof installations year round. We hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are looking forward to the “winter” holidays. While we generally don’t have to worry about snow or ice damage to our roofs and homes, there’s another kind of seasonal damage that can harm the integrity of your roof—decorations.

Every year, big box stores and hardware shops stock bigger and bigger decorations for homeowners to deck their homes with, from inflatables and projectors to a myriad of lighting options and figures. However you choose to decorate and spread some cheer, here are some tips for safely decorating your roof for the holidays.

5 Tips for Safely Decorating Your Roof

1. Think Ahead

Before climbing on the ladder, know what you’ll be hanging and where. Have your supplies ready and your lights untangled. Check for any broken bulbs or worn wires before stringing your lights. Never use lights that look damaged or have exposed wiring. You don’t want to create a fire hazard.

2. Use the Right Equipment

Ensure that any decorations you use are meant to be displayed outside. This includes extension cords, which should specifically state they can be used outside. Find a grounded outlet that you will be using to plug in your lights and check that it can handle the lights you want to use. If you live in an older home with older wiring, you may want to opt for simpler lights. No one wants to seek out the fuse box because the holiday lights have overwhelmed the circuit! If you’re planning on a large display, try to utilize different outlets.

3. Get Help

Having someone hold the ladder steady or pass you items as you need them is a big help. This can make the experience safer and limit your trips up and down the ladder. Be clear on what you need and the best way they can help you to save yourself some hassle.

4. Take Your Time

Being on a ladder means you need your balance. Take your time and don’t try to rush throwing up the lights. It’s not worth risking your safety! Wear appropriate shoes and don’t allow yourself to become distracted.

5. Don’t Puncture Shingles

Your shingles help protect your home from wind and moisture. Putting holes in them for the sake of holiday decorations is unwise. When considering how to place your decorations, look for unobtrusive methods that don’t put holes in your shingles or otherwise damage your roofing elements. That means you’ll need to skip the staple gun, hammer, or drill. One popular way to do this is to use clips that can attach to gutters or shingles. A roof anchor can help you install decoration on your roof, however, we recommend you minimize any wear on your roof and place large decorations like inflatables or plastic structures on the ground.

If you want the look of lights covering your roof, consider a projector. There are different color lights and designs that can give the look of everything from red and green lights to falling snowflakes—all without damaging your shingles or putting your home at risk.

With fewer sunlight hours, holiday lights truly brighten the season and bring joy. Make sure to follow these tips for safely decorating your roof for the holidays so that joy lasts. However you plan to decorate your home, we hope you enjoy the time spent doing it as well as the results.

If, when up on that ladder, you find your roof isn’t in as good of condition as you though, don’t fret. Give Westchase Roofing a call for a free replacement quote. We can help you determine whether it’s time for a new roof and show you the latest asphalt shingle offerings from our roofing partner, Owens Corning. Visit our website to learn more.