Westchase Roofing Signs of Storm Damage

Top 7 Signs of Storm Damage to Your Roof

Your roof is designed to protect your home from rain and wind, but even the best roof will be vulnerable to storm damage eventually. Especially in states like Florida with stormy summers and devastating hurricane seasons, it’s important to be able to spot signs of storm damage to your roof so that you can make repairs as quickly as possible.

When Should I Inspect My Roof for Storm Damage?

No one’s saying that you need to inspect your roof every time that it rains. However, it’s a good idea to check for damage after a hurricane, once before storm season starts in early June, and again after the storm season ends in late November. The sooner you fix minor problems, the less likely they are to become major issues later on.

Roof Safety

If you choose to inspect your roof yourself, you’ll need to take the proper safety precautions to reduce your risk of injury.

  • Never conduct a roof inspection alone.
  • Never walk on a wet roof.
  • Never leave a ladder unattended.
  • Keep at least 3 points of contact with the ladder at all times.
  • If the storm damage includes hazards like downed power lines, do not attempt to access the area.

Don’t walk on the roof at all if you can help it. Instead, stay on the ladder and inspect the shingles from there. Not only is walking up there dangerous, but you may also do unnecessary damage to your shingles.

Assessing the Damage

The next time you inspect your roof, look for these 7 signs of storm damage so that you can save money on repairs and protect your home.

1. Damaged/Missing Shingles 

High winds can cause your shingles to curl, crack, or fall off completely, creating gaps where water can get in and damage your home. The shingles on the edges and ridge lines of your roof are the most vulnerable to this type of damage, so these are the areas you’ll want to check first.

Wind can cause damage in other ways, too. Flying debris like tree branches and outdoor furniture can destroy shingles and put holes in your roof. However, not all shingle damage is this obvious. Something as small as a few loose nails in your shingles may lead to costly repairs down the road. This is why it’s a good idea to have your roof inspected professionally every few years.

2. Hail Damage

The sound of hail hitting your roof is hard to ignore, but the damage it causes can also be hard to spot. Hail damage can appear as round dimples in your shingles, or it can be as subtle as a few patches of missing granules. If shingles cracked by hail aren’t fixed, water can start to seep in through these small gaps.

3. Problems in the Attic

If you can’t climb up to your roof, the next best thing is to check your attic for signs of storm damage. Here, you’ll want to look for light shining through holes, water stains, and wet insulation.

Before you call a roofer, make sure that the water in your attic isn’t actually coming from your pipes. If that’s the case, you’ll want to call a plumber instead.

4. Water Damage on Walls & Ceilings 

Discoloration on your walls and ceilings is a common sign of water damage caused by a leaky roof. If you notice a musty smell in your home the first few days after a storm, this could be a sign that mold has developed as well.

While you may be tempted to treat any stains or mold right away, the best thing to do is treat the source of the leak first. If you try to remove a stain before you fix the roof, it will just come back and all of your work will be for nothing.

5. Leaky/Clogged Gutters

Another good way to check for roof problems without having to touch a ladder is to inspect your gutters. It only takes a quick look to identify leaks, dents, rust, and bending.

The next time it rains, observe your gutter to make sure it’s not clogged. A clogged gutter may seem like a minor inconvenience, but it can cause serious roof damage over time. After all, the purpose of a gutter is to direct water away from your roof – one clogged with debris after a storm can’t do that effectively. Water that’s left to sit on your roof will cause your shingles to sag, weaken, and crack.

6. Chimney Damage

Chimneys aren’t as common here in Florida as they are up north, but if you do have one, there are signs of damage you’ll want to check for after a major storm.

Start your inspection indoors by checking the moulding around your fireplace for water stains. Then, inspect the chimney itself. Can you see a gap between the chimney and the roof? This gap is allowing water to enter your home. To fix it, you’ll likely need to replace the flashing, which is what seals the joint.

7. High Energy Bills

If you don’t notice physical damage, you might notice the damage a roof problem does to your wallet. Cracks and holes in your roof can cause air to seep out, making your AC or heat work harder than it needs to. Fixing it can help lower your energy costs and keep your home more comfortable year round.

Protect Your Home with a Brand New Roof

Don’t want to be worrying about the condition of your roof every time lightning strikes? When repairs aren’t enough, you need a brand new roofing system installed by the skilled contractors at Westchase Roofing in Tampa, Florida.

The strong asphalt shingle roofing systems we install are guaranteed to protect your home from the unpredictable Florida weather for many years to come. And with a wide variety of shingle styles and colors available, your home is guaranteed to look great, too! Contact Westchase Roofing today to learn more about our installation and replacement services and to request a free quote.

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How to Enhance the Look of Your Home with Asphalt Shingles

If you’re looking to boost the value of your home, replacing your roof is a great way to do it. A new roof doesn’t just provide better protection from leaks and storm damage — it’s also an opportunity to enhance the beauty of your home. Asphalt shingles are one of the most aesthetically pleasing roofing options you can install. They’re also one of the most durable, so you’ll be able to enjoy them for many years to come. Here’s what you need to know about asphalt shingles in Tampa.

The Difference a New Roof Makes

The roof is often the first thing you notice about a house. When it looks good, it can make the entire house look good. The opposite is true, too. An old roof that’s in poor shape or a roof that’s just plain ugly can make your home unappealing, even if your lawn is perfectly manicured and your interior looks like something out of a magazine.

For home buyers, curb appeal is everything. A stylish new roof will make your home easier to sell and can provide a significant return on your investment.

Why Asphalt?

Asphalt shingles have come a long way in the last few decades. Higher quality materials and improved installation methods have extended their lifespan, and new design innovations have made a wider range of colors and styles available. Combining functionality, beauty, and affordability all in one, it’s easy to see why asphalt shingles are the most popular type of roofing.

Pick the Right Color

Compared with metal, clay, and slate, asphalt shingles have the greatest variety of color options. Choose carefully — your new shingles are an investment that you (and your neighbors) will have to live with for quite some time!

Here are some factors you’ll want to consider when deciding on the right color for your asphalt shingles:

  • Your Personality: For the most part, it’s a matter of personal taste. Are you the sleek and modern type that prefers a gray or black roof, or the cozy and rustic type who would rather have brown or red? You can get all of the expert style advice in the world, but if you don’t like it, you don’t like it.
  • Natural Light: Always test color samples in natural light before making a decision. That color you loved at the hardware store is going to look completely different in the afternoon sun.
  • Distance: The subtle details that you love about the shingle sample in your hand may not be visible from the street. Make sure you know how your new shingles will look from a distance.
  • Climate: Dark colors absorb heat, while light colors reflect it. In a hot climate like Florida, installing a lighter-colored roof can help improve your home’s energy efficiency.
  • Your Neighborhood: You want your home to be unique, but you don’t want it to stand out for the wrong reasons – it can make selling your house unnecessarily hard. Be mindful of the homes around you. You don’t have to match them exactly, but you do want to harmonize with them.

What Color Shingles Go Best With My House?

Of course, the most important factor you’ll need to consider is the color and style of your home’s exterior. If you aren’t sure where to begin, the following suggestions may help.

  • Red Brick: For red brick homes, dark shingle colors like black, dark brown, and gray tend to pair best.
  • White: If your home is white, we’ve got good news — any color you choose will look amazing! Your home is essentially a blank canvas. So whether you want to go monochrome with grey or black or add a pop of color, you really can’t go wrong.
  • Cream/Light Brown: Traditional grey, brown, or black shingles, are all safe options, but a light beige or cream house may also pair well with an exciting blue roof.
  • Brown/Wood: For brown homes, it’s best to stick with natural colors like grey, green, or a different shade of brown.

You’ll also want to consider any exterior accents your home may have, such as shutters, molding, or decorative brickwork. And remember, these are suggestions, not rules. Every home is unique. A light-colored roof can look fantastic with the right red brick exterior. Experiment, and compare as many samples as you can!

Select a Style for Asphalt Shingles in Tampa

In addition to color, you can also customize the style of your new asphalt shingles to get the look you’re after. There are three styles that you can choose from.

3-Tab Shingles

The most basic of the three style options, 3-tab asphalt shingles are flat and evenly spaced. Their uniform pattern doesn’t allow for much variety, but it is the most affordable style available.

Dimensional/Architectural/Laminate Shingles

By far the most popular shingle style, dimensional shingles are probably what you picture when you think of a shingled roof. They’re layered on top of each other to create a more organic textured appearance. Dimensional shingles don’t just look better – they perform better, too. Because they’re made up of multiple layers, they’re more robust and tend to come with longer warranties.

Luxury Shingles

As you might have guessed, luxury shingles are going to be on the more expensive side. But you get what you pay for – max durability and a greater variety of designs. Luxury asphalt shingles are often designed to mimic the appearance of costlier roofing materials like slate or cedar.

They’re made up of even more layers than dimensional shingles, so while they’re more protective, they’re also heavier. Make sure your home can handle it!

Professionally Installed Asphalt Shingles in Tampa

Picking out the perfect color and style of asphalt shingles to enhance your home’s look can be a challenge, but installing your new roof doesn’t have to be. With the professional installation services from Westchase Roofing Services in Tampa, Florida, you can have the best looking and longest lasting asphalt roof in the neighborhood. We’re an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor and work exclusively with Owens Corning asphalt shingles in Tampa. To learn more about our services or to request a free quote, fill out the quick contact form on our website. We look forward to working with you!

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)>