Westchase Roofing Roof Leak

Top 8 Causes of Roof Leaks You Should Know About

Small roof leaks might not seem like a big deal, but it can lead to bigger (and more expensive) problems like mold, roof and ceiling damage, and even rotted framing. Finding the exact cause of a roof leak isn’t always easy, especially for an untrained eye. Keep this list of the 8 most common causes of roof leaks handy so that you can narrow down the culprits and patch up the problem before it gets out of hand.

Broken/Missing Shingles

One of the most common causes of roof leaks is broken or missing shingles. You might find shingles in your yard after a heavy storm or notice patches of discoloration on your roof where they’ve fallen off. Cracked shingles are trickier to spot, and may require a professional roof inspection.

How to Prevent This: Stay on top of roof maintenance. Replace any shingles that are missing or cracked before they can cause a leak.

Poor Attic Ventilation

If you notice that your ceiling starts to drip when the temperature changes, not when it rains, then your roof may not be damaged at all — the problem might be coming from your attic. Nestled right between the warm outside air and cool indoor temperatures, condensation can build up quickly in a poorly ventilated attic.

How to Prevent This: Make sure your attic is well-ventilated so that moist air can escape. It should also be well-insulated to prevent cool air from leaking in.

Walking On Your Roof Incorrectly

Your roof is more fragile than it looks. Stepping in the wrong place can break a brittle seal or damage asphalt shingles, both of which can leave your roof vulnerable to leaks.

How to Prevent This: If you can help it, don’t walk on your roof at all. If your son’s rocket toy gets stuck up there, try knocking it down with a long pole or stick before you try to walk over to it. If you need something fixed, call a professional roofer to come do it for you.

Debris

You really can’t miss a giant tree limb or patio chair on your roof, but debris damage isn’t always that obvious. Leaves, twigs, and pine needles that fall from nearby trees can also cause roof leaks by clogging your gutters and causing water to build up on your roof.

How to Prevent This: If you have tree branches hanging over your house, have them trimmed by a professional arborist. If you know that a major storm is on the way, move your outdoor furniture into the garage so that it can’t do any damage to your property.

Damaged Flashing

This is one of the hardest causes to spot, so if none of the other items on this list match your situation, you might be looking at damaged flashing.

Flashing, typically made from sheet metal, is used to create a watertight seal between your roof and your chimney, skylights, or any other fixtures. But if your flashing wasn’t properly installed or damaged by severe weather, that seal can break. Even the smallest opening can let in a great deal of water over time.

How to Prevent This: Have your roof inspected annually. If you replace your shingles, it’s a good idea to have your flashing replaced at the same time.

Improperly Installed Skylights

If the leak is coming from your skylight, there’s a good chance that it wasn’t properly installed. Especially if the leaking skylight is brand new, chances are it wasn’t fitted correctly or poor flashing techniques were used.

But before you climb up on the roof to look for damage, make sure that the problem isn’t actually condensation. If you have a skylight in your bathroom or kitchen, the steam from a hot shower or a boiling stove pot will condense and form water droplets when it reaches the cool glass of the skylight.

How to Prevent This: Make sure your skylights are installed by a professional roofing contractor. If condensation is the problem, make sure the room is well-ventilated and consider using a dehumidifier to reduce the amount of moisture in the air.

Severe Weather

When strong winds and heavy rain roll in, it can take a serious toll on your home. Not only can severe weather lead to many of the problems listed above (missing shingles, debris, and damaged flashing), but the storm itself can be a direct cause of roof leaks. The wind can lift your shingles just enough so that the rain can slip underneath and into your home.

How to Prevent This: You can’t stop mother nature, but you can prepare for her. Before storm season starts, have your roof inspected and repair any problems so that they aren’t made worse by bad weather.

Old Age

No roof lasts forever. Eventually, your roof will become old and worn. Most shingles will start to crack and curl at the edges after a few decades. If your old roof is leaking, it’s time to invest in a replacement.

How to Prevent This: There’s not much you can do to prolong the life of your roof aside from staying up to date on repairs. However, if you’re building a new home or replacing your current roof, you have the opportunity to significantly increase its lifespan by picking a durable roofing material from the start.

Long-Lasting Asphalt Shingle Roofs in Tampa, FL

By keeping up with maintenance tasks and being able to spot the source of roof leaks, you can extend the life of your roof and save money on major home repairs. But when it is time to say goodbye to your old roof, investing in a new asphalt shingle roof will provide your home with the protection it needs for many years to come.

The experienced technicians at Westchase Roofing in Tampa, FL, install your roof right the first time so that you don’t have to worry about fixing leaks and other problems. We install the best asphalt shingle roofing systems available and customize it to complement your home. Call us today to request a quote!

 

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.

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.

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

Tips for Safely Decorating Your Roof for the Holidays

Tips for Safely Decorating Your Roof for the Holidays

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

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

5 Tips for Safely Decorating Your Roof

1. Think Ahead

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

2. Use the Right Equipment

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

3. Get Help

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

4. Take Your Time

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

5. Don’t Puncture Shingles

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

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

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

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