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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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.

 

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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.