Westchase Roofing What Goes Into a Roofing Quote

What Goes Into a Roofing Quote? What You Need to Know

We covered roofing quotes two years ago in a blog post, but we wanted to address what goes into a roofing quote again because it can often be confusing for homeowners. This time, we’ll go a little more in-depth in order to help you determine whether you’re getting a good quote and to answer more of your roofing quote related questions. And please, if you think of questions that we haven’t answered in this post, feel free to contact us for the answers.

When Should I Get a Roofing Quote?

If you’ve noticed that your roof isn’t looking its best—maybe it’s experience sagging, is missing shingles, has numerous “bald” shingles, or is dotted with torn shingles—it may be time to consider a new roof. A couple of torn or missing shingles may be remedied through a simple repair, however, when your roof is old, it’s often necessary to replace more than just the shingles. Depending on the age and the wear to your roof, you may need a new roofing system, new underlayment, or new shingles. The best way to determine this, of course, is to have a skilled roofing contractor out to look at your roof. (Please note, anyone that looks at your roof should be a licensed and insured roofing contractor. A general contractor is not a roofer.)

This is a great time to get a roofing quote so that you can make plans to protect your home and have a new roof installed if necessary.

If you live in an area where most of the houses were built around the same time and you see that many of your neighbors are having new roofs installed, it’s worth having your roof checked out too. Roofs do have a lifespan and this lifespan can be affected by adverse weather in addition to the wear and tear of time.

What Goes Into a Roofing Quote?

A roofing quote is an estimate that a skilled roofing contractor provides to help you understand the potential cost of a new roof. Such an estimate will provide the cost of supplies, labor, and permits.

Supplies

Your supply costs will vary depending on how much of your roof must be replaced, the size of your roof, and if your roof requires any special components (for example, because of particular angles). If you need an entirely new roof, your roofing quote should include lumber, underlayment, shingles, nails, and vents and eaves.

If your home doesn’t need new sheathing, primary supply costs will be plywood, underlayment, and shingles.

Lumber and plywood are not static costs and do change with time. Shingle costs will vary depending on which Owens Corning asphalt shingles you choose. Owens Corning features shingles in different styles and colors, and they do their best to offer homeowners high-quality products at different price points to ensure that there is something for everyone.

Labor

When considering labor costs, we take into account how many crewmembers will be working on your roof and how long it will take them to remove your old roof, install the new rood, and do any cleanup. Some contractors have cleanup as a separate cost, so be sure to inquire whether it’s included. Because we specialize in asphalt shingles and the Owens Corning Total Protection Roofing System, we are able to more accurately assess our labor costs than companies that don’t specialize.

Permits

Depending on the size of your roof, a permit may be required for a roof replacement. If the size of your home requires such a permit, this should be reflected on your roofing quote.

Will My Roofing Quote Change?

At Westchase Roofing, our quotes are for work contracted within 30 days from the quote date. Because of changing supply costs, we must limit how long our quotes are good for and offer homeowners a new quote once that period has passed. The new quote will reflect any changes in material pricing.

Costs of supplies may change because of shortages or increased demand. This is often the case with lumber, which can undergo fluctuations in price throughout the year.

At Westchase Roofing, your quote is guaranteed for 30 days. Keep in mind, however, that a quote is an estimate. If further work needs to be completed, we’ll let you know and keep you apprised of the costs. We want to be transparent with you so that you feel comfortable in your choice and that you are ultimately pleased with your new roof.

Ready to Get a Roofing Quote?

If you believe you need a new roof or want to plan ahead for a new roof, a roofing quote is a great start. You’ll be able to learn a little bit about a contractor, the materials they work with, and what they charge.

Remember, not all quotes are created equally. We try to be as informative as possible, however, not every contractor is so open. When seeking multiple quotes, you may find some contractors will offer extremely low quotes, some will fall in the middle, and others may fall on the higher end. To help you differentiate between quotes, be sure to read our blog posts on vetting contractors and on why online ratings matter. You can also rely on some good old common sense—if one quote is well below the rest, then it is probably too good to be true.

Our goal is to provide Tampa-area homeowners with a realistic quote they can use for planning purposes. It will likely not be the lowest quote, and there’s a reason for that. At Westchase, we’re invested in providing high-quality work, which means maintaining our own crew and ensuring they are well trained. We don’t subcontract our work so we can always be certain that every roof is done to our exacting standards. We also only work on one roof at a time—you’ll always have our full attention, from start to finish.

To request your free quote, contact us today and experience the Westchase Roofing difference.

 

Westchase Rofing Owens Corning News

Westchase Roofing Shares the Latest Owens Corning News

We know that a roof is more than just a roof. That’s why we always take care when working on our clients’ homes. We want each of our clients to feel like family and that they have made a positive investment into their home by choosing Westchase Roofing to install their new roof. And because every single shingle is tasked with so much—water deflection and wind protection, for starters—we always use the best products.

As an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, we exclusively install Owens Corning asphalt shingles to help protect our clients’ homes. We value our relationship with Owens Corning and want to make sure that you, too, are secure in your choice when selecting a shingle. That’s why we’ll occasionally share Owens Corning news on our blog—so you can see the type of company that Owens Corning is. We feel their commitment to innovation, quality, and sustainability shines in each of their products.

Owens Corning has had a banner year, which is nothing new for the company. Here are a few of their achievements we’d like to pass on to you.

Owens Corning News: Paving the Way in Sustainability

Every year, Owens Corning releases a sustainability report. Its 12th annual report covers the strides the company made in 2017 to reach its 2020 sustainability goals and was released in May of this year.

The highlights of this year’s report include:

  • Continued success in meeting goals for operations sustainability, including the reduction of greenhouse gases and toxic air emissions
  • Recycled over 1.4 billion pounds of glass
  • Hosted a Builder Summit to encourage builders to focus on energy efficient building
  • Expanded company Healthy Living wellness initiatives

In addition, Owens Corning engineered the world’s first products that are certified as made with 100% wind-powered electricity and reduced embodied carbon (various EcoTouch® and Thermafiber® insulation products) and the first formaldehyde-free mineral wool insulation in North America (Thermafiber® sound attenuation fire blankets). Plus, the company earned the first insulation SAFETY Act Designation through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for several of its Thermafiber® fire barrier solutions.

It’s clear that Owens Corning is committed to providing sustainability solutions both internally in their processes and externally in their products. They have been recognized as more than just a producer of quality products—they also provide a good work environment for their employees.

If you’re interested, you can read the full sustainability report.

Owens Corning News: Dow Jones Sustainability World Index

With its dedication to sustainability, it’s clear why Owens Corning has once again earned a place on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World). This is the sixth year that the company has had the honor of being named the Industry Leader for the Dow Jones Sustainability Index World Building Products group.

DJSI World recognizes the Earth’s largest companies who have shown their commitment to specific long-term environmental, social, and economic criteria. This is the 9th straight year that Owens Corning has been recognized as a worldwide leader, and with its continued achievements in the sustainability sector, we can expect it will make the list again next year. Owens Corning also made the DJSI North America, which includes only North American Companies.

Owens Corning News: Innovation in Both Product and Design

Owens Corning even added a new color to their TruDefinition® Duration® Designer Colors collection series recently—Black Sable. And in its debut year, Black Sable has been named the Owens Corning 2019 Shingle Color of the Year.

“Black Sable provides a modern take on a classic color, making a sophisticated and timeless statement,” Sue Burkett, Owens Corning Roofing Strategic Marketing Manager shares. “You could say this shingle is the ‘little black dress’ for the roof because it will never go out of style.”

The Shingle Color of the Year program aims to showcase how a roof can be a design element for a home. In addition to providing protection from the elements and keeping everything you value safe, a roof can add value to your home, increase your curb appeal, and allow you to showcase your style.

Owens Corning has always aimed to provide consumers with choices when it comes to shingles. From shingle styles to various colors, Owens Corning helps homeowners find the ideal shingles for their home.

Owens Corning News: New COO

As Owen Cornings continues to grow and thrive, the company recently promoted its President of Owens Corning’s Roofing, Brian Chambers, to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer of Owens Corning/a>.

We’ve had the pleasure of meeting Brian Chambers and are thrilled by his promotion, though we’ll miss him on the roofing side. Congrats, Brian!

Gunner Smith, previously the Vice President of Sales for Owens Corning Roofing, will take over as President of Owens Corning Roofing, and we look forward to continuing to work with him. Congratulations, Gunner!

Owens Corning News: 2018 Women’s Choice Award

The Women’s Choice Award aims to highlight companies, brands, products, and more that women recommend. They want to provide valuable recommendations to other women to help them in their decisionmaking process.

We are pleased that the recent survey of women nationwide named Owens Corning Roofing as a reliable, trustworthy brand. Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Women’s Choice Award, Delia Passi shared, “By carrying the Women’s Choice Award seal, brands like Owens Corning® signify their commitment to empower women to make smart buying choices, which is important because women’s spending power continues to grow. They currently control the majority of the purchasing decisions for consumer goods in the United States.”

We feel that the 2018 Womens Choice Award recognizes not only the quality of our roofing products but also the value they add for our homeowners. Thank you for this honor!

Thinking About a New Roof?

If you’re considering a new roof and aren’t sure about whether asphalt shingles are for you, contact us. We’ll explain why we exclusively install Owens Corning shingles and why we’ve done so for over 10 years.

Ready to pick out your shingles? No problem! Contact us to schedule your quote today.

Westchase Roofing Community Involvement

Westchase Roofing Installs New Roof for Local Boy Scout Troop

A roof helps provides shelter, protects our loved ones and possessions, and gives us a sense of safety—but it can do so much more. As one of the highest rated roofing companies in the Tampa area, we at Westchase Roofing understand the benefits of a high-quality roof. And we also understand what can happen when your roof is old, saggy, and falling apart.

We were recently given the opportunity to help a community group who was facing just that—an old roof that had certainly seen better days—and we are so glad we were able to donate our time for such a worthwhile cause.

Boy Scout Troop 12’s Roofing Troubles

Just north of Tampa lies Lutz, an unincorporated town of about 20,000. Straddling both Hillsborough and Pasco County, the community got its name from the man credited for bringing the railroad to town. While the original Lutz Junction was torn down over 50 years ago, the community continues to grow and prosper. For many, Lutz will only be known for its small part in the movie Edward Scissorhands. For us, though, we’re pleased to know some of the amazing residents of this area and are especially touched by the kindness and civic-mindedness of Boy Scout Troop 12.

For the past 85 years, Boy Scout Troop 12 of Lutz, FL, has been an integral part of the community. The BSA organization aims to help young Americans build a moral and ethical character and encourage citizenship, and Troop 12 certainly makes the mark.

Now, not all Boy Scout Troops are lucky enough to have a clubhouse such as the one owned by Troop 12. However, as most homeowners can attest, owning it is one thing, and maintaining it is quite another. Home maintenance, and especially roof repair or replacement, can be expensive—and so can clubhouse repairs.

Unfortunately for the troop, the two buildings they own, the main clubhouse and its storage facility, had seen better days. With saggy roofs and missing shingles, they didn’t just look old—they also presented a hazard to the young scouts. The problems didn’t stop at the shingles, either. The underlayment was also damaged. When this happens, water can get into a building and create all sorts of problems, rotting wood and creating a perfect environment for mold and mildew.

In hopes of raising enough to fix their buildings, the scouts began a mission in the community to drum up donations for two new roofs. Ultimately, two companies stepped up to the plate.

Westchase Roofing Donates Time to Install New Roofs

Gulfeagle Supply, a roofing and building supply company headquartered in Tampa, donated the supplies necessary for the project, including new shingles and sheathing. Westchase Roofing was proud to donate our time and expertise to install the new roof. For over ten years, Westchase Roofing has been installing high-quality asphalt roofs in the Tampa area. As a company, we always do our best to treat our customers like family. When helping Lutz Troop 12, that’s exactly what it felt like.

On September 7th, the Westchase Roofing Crew arrived, ready to work. After the supplies were loaded on the roof by Gulfeagle, the team stripped back the old shingles and sheathing, exposing the bare bones of the roof before installing the newly donated sheathing and shingles. Because Westchase Roofing specializes in asphalt shingle roof replacement, the team was more than up to the challenge and made quick work of the project. The new roof was completed in the afternoon and ready for an inaugural meeting.

“We try to do some community outreach. If somebody needs a little help and we can help, then we’re going to try,” said Terrell King, the operations manager for Westchase Roofing. King was one site on the 7th to supervise the job site and to meet with assistant scoutmaster Dan Romesburg about the project.

Together, Westchase Roofing and Gulfeagle Supply saved Lutz Boys Scout Troop 12  around $10,000 and helped provide them with a safe place to meet and hold events. In addition, the troop, which was very excited about their new roof, was able to witness the generosity of the community they do their best to help.

New Roof in Action

While it was installed in just one day, the new roof on the Troop 12 clubhouse will last for many, many years to come and will help protect hundreds of boys and girls who decide to become scouts. In fact, it’s already helped ring in a worthy celebration.

The new roof was thoroughly enjoyed on September 15th when the Boy Scout troop celebrated their 85th anniversary. Along with the 54 members of the scout troop, BSA alumni and community members were invited to participate in the celebrations and recall their time as scouts.

Congratulations, Troop 12 on 85 successful years as scouts and citizens! We’re so happy you’re a part of our community.

<Image: Terrell King, left, of Westchase Roofing, and assistant scoutmaster Dan Romesburg were at the site of Troop 12’s roof installation on Sept. 7. (Brian Fernandes of The Laker/Lutz News)>

Westchase Roofing Myths Tampa Roofer

Mythbusters, The Roofing Edition

Not many people spend a lot of time thinking about their roofs—except for roofers. Unfortunately, that means that there’s a lot of misinformation out there concerning roofing. Those roofing myths can lead to some pretty expensive damage if you aren’t careful. To help ease the pain, here are some common roofing myths debunked.

Roofing Myth 1: Roofing? There’s a Youtube DIY Video For That

While there are probably several DIY roofing videos out there on the web (in this day and age, what isn’t on the web?), that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to go the DIY route. Roofing is more than just a learned skilled. A knowledgeable roofer doesn’t just focus on nailing down shingles. They also check that the roof deck is safe and usable and ensure that your roof has the proper underlayments to protect your home. Roofing isn’t an easy task—or a safe one for a novice. Let a trained, licensed, and insured professional handling the job.

Roofing Myth 2: All Roofing Contractors Are Created Equally

It’s easy to find a roofing contractor on Google and to score some free quotes. Digging a little deeper, however, you’ll find that roofing contractors are not created equally. Some contractors, like Westchase Roofing, focus solely on one material (we only install asphalt shingles). Others may only do commercial roofs. Beyond that, contractors differ in how well they do their jobs and how they treat their clients. Check reviews during your vetting process to learn more about your potential contractors. We frequently receive 5-star reviews for our detail-oriented work.

Roofing Myth 3: You Gotta Pay More For the Best

Once you have a few quotes, you can pick the highest one and know you are getting the best contractor, right? Wrong. Quotes will likely run the gamut, but a high price tag is not a guarantee of quality. Your quote should include labor and supplies. Check to see what the difference is and determine what your personal threshold is.

Roofing Myth 4: Roofs Don’t Require Maintenance

Roofs aren’t a “set it and forget it” kind of thing. To extend the lifetime of your roof and to best protect your home, you’ll want to do regular inspections and maintenance.

Roofing Myth 5: The Warranty That Comes With the Shingles is Enough

The warranty that comes with your shingles may cover materials and not labor. Or maybe it only covers materials under particular situations. While that may seem like enough, it’s important to check your homeowner’s policy to see what they cover and to compare the additional warranties offered by your contractor.

As an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Roofing Contractor, Westchase Roofing offers several additional warranties to help homeowners protect their investment. You can learn more about the warranties in this post.

Roofing Myth 6: All Asphalt Shingles Are the Same

To the untrained eye, asphalt shingles may all appear alike. However, a quick glance through Owens Corning’s shingle specs and you’ll find that different shingles are made to withstand different weather conditions. Don’t worry, though! With Westchase Roofing, you don’t have to dig through all the specs alone. We’ll help you identify the best Owens Corning asphalt shingles for your home and style.

Roofing Myth 7: I Can Just Cover the Old Shingles with New Ones

Covering your old shingles with new ones may seem like a good fix, but it doesn’t take care of the problem. If you have an old roof, your shingles need to be removed completely. A new roof deck or underlayment may be necessary depending on their condition. New shingles can then be applied to help protect against wind and rain.

Roofing Myth 8: A Roof Replacement Takes Too Long

Westchase Roofing works quickly and safely, giving all of our attention to the job at hand. Our crew commits to doing one home at a time to ensure that your job is completed as soon as possible. If the weather cooperates, this can be as little as one or two days! We never subcontract our work, so you can rest assured that our top-notch team will be the ones on site to install your new roof.

The Westchase Roofing Crew is always happy to answer your questions. Contact us to learn more about what we do or for a free quote!

Westchase Roofing Resources National Roofing Week

Important Roofing Resources for National Roofing Week

National Roofing Week is upon us (June 3rd to the 9th), and like many homeowners, we imagine you may not have heard. Started by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), National Roofing Week is all about—you guessed it—roofing.

To celebrate, we want to share some resources we’ve created to help our community. Part of the goal of National Roofing Week is to highlight the important role our roofs play and to stress the importance of doing one’s due diligence when looking for a reputable Tampa roofing contractor. In addition, it’s a great time to recognize our hard-working crew and to share how we’re committed to installing high-quality asphalt roofs here in the Tampa area.

Roof Inspection Resources

Roofs require maintenance, and that starts with biannual roof inspections. Consider doing a roof inspection before storm season and a roof inspection after storm season. This can help you prepare your roof for a storm and assess any resulting damage. A roof inspection may also be necessary after a particularly brutal storm or if you spy some telltale signs of roof damage such as water damage, a sagging roof, or torn shingles.

If you haven’t inspected your roof lately, it’s a good time to get up there and check for debris and wear and to clear out your gutters. If you’re concerned that your roof is showing its age, whether because of torn or bald shingles or sagging, give us a call for a free quote. We’d be happy to talk to you about roof replacement and to give you the information you need to make the best choice for you and your home.

Roofing 101

A roof is more than just the shingles. Whether you need to replace some shingles, replace all your shingles, or replace your entire roof will depend on its age and the damage that it has encountered. Here’s what you need to know about roofing in general, from what a roof entails to how to prepare your roof for a storm.

Vetting a Roofing Contractor

Who you choose to install your roof matters. Rather than just relying on Google, check out our resources regarding vetting a roofing company, online roofing company ratings, and contractor certifications. Knowing what to look for can save you time—and money!

Big Thanks to Our Crew

The Westchase Roofing crew has been working hard for ten happy years! We’re proud of the work we’ve done and are looking forward to the next ten years. Our crew is committed to providing great customer service and to giving each home and each roof the attention they deserve. We are thankful for each of our crew members and the dedication they show daily. Each of our crew members shares our company’s goals and that truly makes them an invaluable part of our team. Together, we work hard to ensure that each of our clients feels like they are receiving the top-notch service they deserve.

We hope these resources come in handy, whether you’re wondering how to inspect your roof or whether you need a new one. And if it is time to consider a new roof, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free quote.