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)>

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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.

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How We Put Safety First When Installing Your Roof

At Westchase Roofing, we not only strive to provide high-quality workmanship and customer service for each and every one of our clients, we also work hard to ensure that all of our worksites are safe. Here’s how we put safety first when installing your roof—and why it matters when choosing a Tampa roofing contractor.

The Crew

Throughout the state, many contractors rely on the work of subcontractors to meet their obligations to their clients. While this may allow those contractors to have multiple simultaneous projects, it comes at a cost.

For us, the biggest concern hiring subcontractors raises is ensuring that the quality of their work is in line with our expectations. Rather than hiring out for jobs, we maintain our own crew so we can be certain that everyone is on the same page. This allows us to ensure our strict quality standards are being met and that everyone has received the appropriate training for their tasks. For homeowners, this means that you have the peace of mind of knowing that the company you hired to replace your roof is the one completing it. We enjoy building relationships with our clients and look forward to not only helping you get started with the process of choosing your new shingles but also being by your side when you get a glimpse of your finished roof.

Training

Roofing is no easy task. In addition to working with power tools at a height, there’s a need to know about different types of roofs and the best way to safeguard them. Roofing goes beyond shingles. While shingles are the most recognizable part of a roof and the one visible to the eye, there’s plenty going on underneath that a contractor must be knowledgeable about to build a structurally sound roof that will stand the test of time.

As part of the licensing test roofers undergo, their knowledge of roof installation is evaluated. That’s the bare minimum knowledge that a roofer must have. However, thanks to Owens Corning, we’ve received additional training to help ensure that we provide our clients with a roof that will truly protect their homes.

The Owens Corning Total Protection Roofing System, which we recently covered in a Roofing Basics blog post, is a system of components aimed to not just cover your home but to protect and defend it against anything the Florida weather wants to throw at it. Our team is skilled in installing this roof system and helping clients choose the components that are best suited for their homes.

Experience

When a contractor has been around for a while, there’s evidence of their work. While you can take our word about our experience—Westchase Roofing has proudly served the Tampa area for 10 years—why not take that of our clients?

Because we focus on cultivating one-on-one relationships with our clients, we are extremely grateful when they take the time to recognize our hard work in a positive online review. You can read more about our work at GuildQuality or Angie’s List. We know that online reviews matter and we hope that you can glimpse our experience and our work ethic in the positive things our clients say about us.

You can also view our testimonials on our website or visit our about us page to learn more about us.

Attention to Detail

Overcommitting oneself can lead to rushing a project, and when you work on top of a house, any type of rushing about can increase the chances of an injury or of shoddy workmanship.

Our aim has always been to treat our clients like family. Part of that goal is ensuring that we provide every home with the attention it deserves. To ensure that we aren’t thinking about our simultaneous projects and other tasks we need to complete, we focus on one home at a time and crafting the highest quality roof possible to protect its occupants and contents from the Florida climate.

As roofers, we care about our work and each home we work on. We understand how important our client’s homes are to them and we are committed to providing the top-notch service they deserve.

Licensing

Florida law requires that all roofing contractors pass a licensing exam. This helps regulate who is legally allowed to work on roofs in Florida and helps protects Florida homeowners. In addition, contractors may apply to become certified. This certification attests to the fact that they are licensed and that they carry the state-mandated insurance.

When hiring a roofing contractor, you can check if they’re licensed on the My Florida License website. If a roofer doesn’t show up in your search, it’s time to look at another candidate.

Westchase Roofing is a certified roofing contractor with the appropriate licenses to assist residents of Hillsborough County.

Insurance

In addition to licensing, roofing contractors must carry insurance. For a business such as ours, Florida law requires liability insurance, property damage insurance, and workman’s compensation.

Having insurance is three-fold. It protects our business, it protects our employees, and it protects our client’s homes.

As a certified Tampa roofing contractor with the state of Florida, our insurance coverage has been verified with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. We keep our policies up to date and renew our certifications as required by law. We want to serve the Tampa area for years to come and cut no corners when it comes to protecting our business, our crew, and our clients.

Protecting Your Investment

At Westchase, we know how important your home is to you. We want to help you protect it—not only by replacing your roof with a high-quality asphalt shingle roofing system but by ensuring that all work done on your house enhances it. We take care to preserve the integrity of your home and landscaping as much as possible while ensuring we have the space we need to install the roof you’ve chosen.

Checking that your roofing contractor—or anyone else you hire to work on your home, for that matter—has the appropriate licenses and insurance coverage required by law is one way to verify that your home is protected should anything happen. Beyond that, it’s important to assess a contractor’s qualifications and experience to safeguard against shoddy workmanship which could lead to problems in the future.

At Westchase Roofing, safety goes beyond protecting our crew and your home while we work. With extended warranties available thanks to our Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor status, you can help ensure your new roof is safe for many years to come. Together with a homeowner’s insurance policy, an extended warranty can help provide you peace of mind regardless of what tomorrow’s weather brings.

We want to give homeowners every assurance that they’ve made the right choice by selecting Westchase Roofing for their roof replacement. If you’d like to learn more about our safety practices and the measures we take when on-site to provide top-notch service, contact us today for a free quote.

For more information on vetting a Tampa roofing contractor, check out this post.

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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.