Westchase Roofing Tampa Roofers Fourth of July Safety Tips

Fourth of July Safety Tips for a Fun Holiday

From fireworks and hotdogs to impromptu history lessons, the Fourth of July is a great time to enjoy the company of our friends, families, and neighbors as we celebrate the birth of a nation. The holiday celebrates the day when the thirteen colonies declared their independence from England while in the midst of the Revolutionary War. It was not an easy decision or task and the colonists fought hard for the freedoms we are afforded today, from the well-remembered (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams…) to the forgotten.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

As we recognize the Fourth, whether at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, in your backyard, or on the water, here are some Fourth of July safety tips to help you and your loved ones celebrate responsibly.

Fourth of July Sun Safety

If you’re planning on spending the day outside, make sure to apply sunscreen liberally. Also, reapply! Read your specific sunscreen and follow its directions. Generally, sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours or if you’ve been swimming or sweating. Consider grabbing a Rays cap to reduce your sun exposure or relaxing under an umbrella if possible. Many of us tend to stay out in the sun longer when we’re wearing sunscreen, which is actually one of the negatives of sunscreen. Sunscreen is meant to block UV rays when you’re exposed to them, it is not meant to encourage extra time under the sun. Make sure you take a break so you don’t overheat or get heat stroke.

Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. The heat and the sun can do a number on our bodies. If you’re having a beer or two, make sure to drink plenty of water as well. Drinking while dehydrated can intensify the effects of alcohol.

Fourth of July Road Safety

The Fourth of July is the worst holiday for drunk driving accidents. If you’re planning on drinking, make sure you have a safe ride home or make plans to stay at a friend’s. If you’re driving, stay focused on the road. If you see someone driving who appears to be drunk, don’t try to engage with them. Instead, have someone in your vehicle get their information and call 911 with information regarding their license plate, the make and model of their car, and the direction in which they are heading. Pull over if you need to and avoid any interaction with a driver that seems impaired.

Fourth of July Firework Safety

Every year there are unfortunate firework accidents. Last year, an estimated 11,000 sought emergency care for firework-related injuries. If you’re planning on lighting a fuse this holiday, make sure to read the directions for any fireworks and to follow safety precautions.

  • Leave the fireworks to the adults. Children and teens should not be responsible for lighting any fireworks.
  • Wear protection. Cover your eyes with goggles and don’t have any body parts over the firework as you light it.
  • Keep some water nearby in case of a fire.
  • Light fireworks away from buildings and trees. Find a flat surface, preferably paved.

However you’re celebrating, stay safe and enjoy the many different events being offered throughout Tampa. From everyone at Westchase Roofing, have a fun and safe Fourth of July!

Westchase Roofing Owens Corning Total Protection Roofing System

Why We Exclusively Install the Owens Corning Total Protection Roofing System

When you like a product, you’ll probably buy one and continue to buy from that brand until something better comes along. There’s no real commitment, it just makes life easier when you buy the same brand of dish detergent or granola bars.

But what about when you love something? When you find a product that truly solves a problem for you or fills a need? Well, you’re likely to tell your friends about and share the love. After all, when something helps us or makes our lives easier, we generally want to help others by sharing that information. That’s how we at Westchase Roofing feel about the Owens Corning Total Protection Roofing System. We love it so much we want to shout it from… well… the rooftops.

Why We Exclusively Install the Owens Corning Total Protection Roofing System

Owens Corning has been manufacturing roofing shingles since 1977. Previously, the company had invented fiberglass, a key component of insulation. Upon acquiring a shingle company, Owens Corning began producing fiberglass-reinforced asphalt shingles, adding longevity to the functional shingles. Now, fiberglass reinforced shingles are used across the world.

This history of innovating and making things better prompted Owens Corning to devise the Total Protection Roofing System. Utilizing the same problem-solving skills and a forward-thinking mentality, the engineers at Owens Corning have deconstructed the idea of what a roof is into three components and then focused on creating the best products to address each of the needs.

We’ve found that this method has created a roofing system that protects homes and addresses the needs of most homeowners. As roofers, we’ve looked around and found nothing else that was comparable in quality, thus our commitment to exclusively installing the Owens Corning Total Protection Roofing System for our clients.

Components of the Owens Corning Total Protection Roofing System

The different parts of the Owens Corning Total Protection Roofing System aim to do three things: seal, defend, and breathe.

Seal

Florida is wet and that’s an understatement. To keep the water out of your home, you need a waterproof barrier that keeps water out of the places where it tends to collect and provides an extra layer of leak protection. Water barriers and underlayment are two components that can keep your home dry and increase the longevity of your roof.

Defend

Your roof must defend your home from the elements, from strong winds to rain and hail. High-quality fiberglass and asphalt shingles not only serve to defend your home, but they can also help it be more energy-efficient.

Breathe

In Florida, mold can be a common roofing problem. A roof that can breathe properly can protect your roof from mold infestation and help prolong the life of your roof. Intake and exhaust vents help your roof breathe.

By focusing on the different tasks a roof must accomplish, Owens Corning has created a roofing system that can offer maximum protection for your home at a great value. Combined with expert installation by a vetted Tampa roofing company, your home will truly be protected.

Have Your Roof Installed by Experts

Westchase Roofing Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor

As an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, we’re exclusively trained in the installation of the company’s Total Protection Roofing System.

With quality products and a history of innovation, Owens Corning has earned its place in history—and on our homes. By focusing exclusively on their products, Westchase Roofing aims to protect homes in the Tampa area by providing a combination of expert installation and top-notch roofing products.

Ready to learn more about how the Total Protection Roofing System can protect your investment? We’d be glad to talk to you! Call us today to schedule a free quote for a new roof.

Westchase Roofing Tile Shingles Are More Expensive

Why Tile Shingles are More Expensive Than Asphalt Shingles

Replacing your roof is a big endeavor. It’s understandable that a homeowner would want to know more about their options, from roofing materials to contractors. To make your decision easier, we’ve researched why tile shingles are 2-3 times more expensive than asphalt shingles. (If you’d like more information on choosing shingles, check out our Ultimate Guide to Roofing Shingles.)

The simplest answer to why tile shingles are more expensive than asphalt shingles is that tile shingles are more expensive to manufacture and ship. Not only are they heavy, but they’re fragile, too, and require care when manufacturing, transporting, installing, and replacing. In addition, other factors compound the initial costs of materials to make a tile roof a more costly expenditure.

Size and Slope of Roof

To begin with, all roofing quotes will depend on the size of your roof and the slope of your roof. A larger roof will require more materials and labor for the perfect installation. A steep roof may require special installation methods to ensure the right fit. These factors will affect the cost of any roofing materials and installation. Beyond these concerns, however, tile roofing shingles are still double or triple the cost of asphalt shingles.

Additional Expenses

Tiles are often made from clay or concrete. This means they can be pretty heavy, especially when compared to asphalt shingles. In regards to installation, a homeowner opting for a new tile roof will likely need to reinforce their roof. Most homes aren’t built to hold heavy tiles and will require a structural engineer as well as additional materials. This can add up to $2,000 or more to the cost of installation—a number that isn’t always taken into account with a quote that only covers labor and tile costs.

Maintenance Costs

Tiles are long lasting—but the underlayment is not. While tile roofers will gladly tell you that their roofs can last for up to 50 years under normal conditions, they don’t frequently mention the underlayment or the fact that Florida weather isn’t quite “normal.”

To ensure your roof stays leak-free and strong, the underlayment beneath a tile roof should be replaced once every ten years. That means hiring a professional to carefully remove your tiles, replace the underlayment, and resecure your tiles. In addition, it’s important to note that while tile will not usually be affected by the heat, high winds, and heavy storms can have an effect on tiles, specifically when palm fronds lash.

Require a Professional for Routine Tasks

While heavy, tile shingles are fragile. Just walking across a tile roof could cause shingles to break unless you know how to do it properly. Maintenance tasks like cleaning gutters or replacing a tile will need to be handled by a professional to avoid breakage.

Tiles manufactured from man-made materials are not as durable as clay or slate tiles. While still relatively new, many have failed to live up to the promise made by their 50-year warranties, leaving too many homeowners with wrecked roofs and empty pockets.

Tile shingles have a distinctive style and are particularly popular in warmer climes. However, they are also cost-prohibitive. While many tile roofers laud the longevity of their shingles, they fail to mention the additional costs of reinforcement, a structural engineer, or frequent underlayment replacement. When included, these costs make a tile roof an even more expensive investment.

For homeowners who are looking for a more economical option that can still provide a distinctive look, asphalt shingles may be the way to. As an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, Westchase Roofing offers beautiful asphalt shingle options and premiere service to the Tampa area. We believe asphalt shingles are perfect for dealing with Florida weather and that they will help you protect your biggest investment—your home. If you’re ready for a quote, give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you.

Westchase Roofing Spotting Storm Chasers

Spotting a Roofing Storm Chaser In Their Natural Habitat

In Florida, we’re no strangers to high winds, thunder and lightning, rain, or even hail. Add to that sunshine and high heat and you have a recipe for roof damage. If you’ve experienced roof damage, it’s important to get a quote for a reputable, local roofing company. So what happens when someone just happens to knock on your door offering to take a look at your roof damage after a storm?

Unfortunately, there’s a good chance that it’s a scam.

Here are some easy ways to spot whether you’re dealing with a roofing storm chaser.

1. They Ask For Money Up Front

After a quick look around of your roof, your uninvited guest informs you that you have damage from the recent storm that passed through your area. And they can fix it! Hooray!

But not so fast. They want cash to get started.

Any contractor that asks for cash up front is probably not a legitimate contractor. Don’t sign anything or hand over a check. Instead, thank them for their time and let them know you’ll be in touch if you decide you need their services.

Once they’re gone from your property, you can evaluate what just happened and research whether it was a legitimate roofing contractor that stopped. Chances are, if they are asking for cash after just stopping by out of the blue, they aren’t.

2. They Lack a License

Whenever someone comes to your door claiming to be someone, you should ask for their work license or another form of ID. Roofers should be licensed to work in your area and properly insured. Make sure any documents you are shown are for your area and that they are recent.

Even if documents are presented when they give you a quote after stopping by unannounced, don’t just hire them out of convenience. While some legitimate, local roofing contractors may knock on a couple of doors because they happen to be in the neighborhood fixing someone’s roof, someone with papers may still be a scammer. Check online for more information about the company and call another company for a quote.

Never sign a contract with a roofing company that is not licensed or insured or who has failed to show you evidence that they are licensed or insured.

3. Their Trucks Have Out-of-State Plates

The vehicles used by a door knocker can be telling. If a roofing contractor comes a-knocking and they have out of state plates, think twice before hiring them and be sure to do your homework. Any contractor who has worked in the area should have their vehicles registered in Florida. Storm chasers from out of state, however, may not.

4. They Want You to Sign—And Fast

If after taking a quick look at your roof, a door-knocking roof contractor comes down, writes down a quick quote, and asks you to sign a vague work agreement—don’t.

Having roof work done is an investment. Don’t commit to working with someone who pressures you into signing something without allowing you to ask questions or look for other quotes. Getting locked into a contract with a storm chaser could mean you may end up paying too much for shoddy work.

5. They Offer to Speak to Your Insurer For You

If a company offers to speak to your insurer or tells you that they will cover your insurance deductible, let them know you aren’t interested at this moment and close the door.

A reputable roofing company understands how insurance works—and so do scammers. Don’t let a roofing storm chaser try to finagle their way into insurance proceedings. Rather, call the insurance company yourself and arrange for an adjuster to take a look at the damage to determine if your policy will cover your roof.

Learn something you didn’t know before? Well, don’t keep it to yourself! Make sure to share this information with loved ones in the area so they don’t get taken in by a sub-par contractor or, even worse, a scammer.

If you feel you have sustained damage due to a storm, call a reputable roofing company to provide you with a quote. A local Tampa roofing company that understands the value of community and hard work can ensure you get the quality work you deserve for your home. Don’t hesitate, contact us for a free estimate today.

Westchase Roofing What Goes Into a Roofing Quote

What Goes Into a Roofing Quote?

When you’re trying to decide if it’s time to replace your roof or choose a contractor for the job, you may start to wonder what goes into a roofing quote. Calling different Tampa roofing contractors may provide you with a wide range of prices, but how can you tell which is providing you the best, accurate information so you can make an informed choice?

Roofing Quote Basics

Your roofing quote should contain information about labor, supplies, and permits. Plus, it should provide you with an idea of how long your new roof will take to install.

Labor

Estimated labor costs may include the time it takes to remove your old roof, install your new roof, and clean up. Alternatively, clean up costs may be priced separately. A knowledgeable contractor will be to provide an estimate on how long the job will take and will inform you of any additional costs if necessary.

Supplies

Supply costs should include information about the shingles and other components of the roofing system. A contractor will measure your roof to know exactly how much you need and will note any special angles or coverings needed. Some roofing contractors who carry different types of shingles may use an average number until you decide which shingles you want. If you have yet to select your shingles, be sure to ask how much the cost may vary depending on your choice.

One of the components of a roof that many people don’t think about is the lumber to support the roof. Currently, the cost of lumber is on the rise, increasing the cost of a new roof. In addition, your supply costs will include a new underlayment, nails, any necessary vents and eaves, as well as any special components your particular roof may need. If you are unsure of what is included under materials or supplies, ask your contractor to explain. A good contractor will be able to clearly fill you in on the different parts necessary to get your new roof up.

Permits

In Tampa, a permit is required for any roof replacement over a certain size. If your home requires it, your quote should include information about the cost of the permit.

What Your Roofing Quote Won’t Include

Your roofing quote probably won’t indicate the kind of business you’re dealing with. To get a better idea of how a contractor stacks up, make sure to visit their website and read their testimonials. Check for reviews and pay attention to how a potential contractor treats you.

A roofing quote is an estimate. Unexpected issues may arise during a job that may need to be addressed, however, a skilled roofing contractor will be able to provide you with information on how best to move forward to ensure your home is protected.

Requesting a Quote From Westchase Roofing

At Westchase Roofing, we pride ourselves on our hard work and excellent customer service. We understand that a new roof is an important investment, so we give each home we work on our undivided attention.

When you request a quote from Westchase Roofing, we’ll not only provide you with the information you need to make an informed choice, but you’ll also get a sense of who we are and why we do what we do.

If it’s time to start thinking about replacing your roof, don’t hesitate. Request a quote from a dedicate Tampa roofing contractor and explore your options. Getting a new roof doesn’t have to be painful or frustrating. With a dedicated team and excellent Owens Corning shingles, Westchase Roofing can replace your roof and add value to your home.