Located in the center of Florida, Orlando is only a couple of hours from practically anywhere you’d care to journey in the glorious sunshine state. Day trip destinations can easily run a gamut of family fun and adventure.
The beach is a popular choice and SeaWorld is always worth the trip. Shopping? No problem! With eleven malls, we have that covered. You can add music and museums to the list. And, what about all these theme parks? If we started listing them, we’d be here awhile, wouldn’t we?
It’s not all sunshine and lollipops around here though. Our rainy season can mean a storm every day (or so it seems) and include hurricanes. Certainly not the kind of day to hit the theme parks, but you can still be riding it out on the home front nonetheless. Is your roof ready to ride those storms out with you?
In addition to storms and all they can entail, Orlando’s relative humidity level hovers in the 70 to 80 percent range year round. Humans adapt. Our building materials are subject to storm damage and our subtropical climate can cause issues we may not even be aware of for quite some time.
The best way to stay on top of things is to schedule a periodic roof inspection. That way any issues are sought out in the early stages and repair cost can be minimal. Not only will your cost grow as things worsen, but eventual structural damage is certain if problems are not addressed.
In the event of an emergency situation due to storm damage, a roofing professional will give you the priority status necessary to get your problem under wraps as quickly as possible.
Eventually, roofs have to be replaced. No one looks forward to it, but a responsible homeowner is willing to take the financial hit. It ensures that their family’s home is the safest possible dwelling that it can be.
Some signs that it may be time to replace your roof are:
- Leaking: Short of sudden storm damage, once a leak is discovered inside your home, it has most likely been ongoing long enough that extensive damage may exist. That’s a sobering thought. Leakage left unchecked for an extended period of time leads to structural damage. Not to mention that while slowly enroute to your ceiling, water is penetrating the roofing system, decking and insulation.
- Wind damage: Short of being ripped loose completely, shingles that have suffered wind damage often go unnoticed. While they are exposed to high winds, moving shingles can loosen nails and cause damage to the granules on the shingle surface that will eventually allow leakage.
- Exposed nails and missing granules: Whether due to the loosening of shingles in high winds or normal rusting that can be hastened by this climate, exposed nails allow small leaks to form. Missing granules on the shingle surface allows for more extensive UV penetration and also affects the water repelling process when raining. If these issues are not addressed, over time major damage can occur.
- Cracked or curling shingles: Both of these situations would indicate it is definitely time to replace your roof.
- No chimney cricket: If on a downhill slope, your chimney should have a chimney cricket installed in the flashing around it. If not, moisture is likely to accumulate causing rusted flashing, wood rot, mold and leaks.
- Hail damage: The larger the hailstone the greater the threat of severe damage to a roof, especially if the shingles are asphalt. Hail damage is often not visible to the untrained eye. It is best to schedule an inspection after a severe hailstorm though and not just let the “inspector” guy knocking at the door “because he happened to be in the neighborhood” get up on your roof.
What are you envisioning for your new roof? Basic black is still an option, but it is far from the only color choice! In addition, roofing materials, themselves, come in a wide array of choices. Traditional asphalt shingles, tiles, concrete, metal… The possibilities could boggle the mind!
…In a good way.
Asphalt shingles have always been one of the most popular roofing materials on the market. They are affordable and come in an array of colors. Their life span varies depending on the actual shingle chosen. The 3-tab asphalt shingles are rated for wind speeds up to 60-70 mph. Architectural shingles are better rated for high wind (up to 110 mph) resistance.
Clay and concrete tiles
They cost more than asphalt shingles, but clay and concrete tiles have been used in Florida for over 100 years! They are energy efficient, durable, long lasting, and have great curb appeal. If they are installed properly, clay or concrete tiles can be your home’s best defense against heavy rain and strong winds.
Because high wind resistance can mean a lot when you live in Orlando, metal roofs are rated to withstand winds up to 120 mph! They can be strikingly beautiful. Other appealing facts, they are low maintenance, energy efficient, durable, and resistant to all types of Florida weather.
Standing seam metal roofs
Standing seam metal roofs are another very attractive roofing option. They are very effective at keeping water out because the raised seams remain above the water line as it runs down the roof. This is true even during the torrential rains of a hurricane! Another plus? Standing seam metal roofs can also better withstand the weight of tree limbs and storm debris.
A trained roofing professional can help you make an informed decision regarding major roof repair or if there is a need to replace the roof on your business all together. We’ll take one step at a time to assure you understand the process from start to finish. We know the roofing material you choose now will have a lasting effect on your peace of mind years down the road.
Built up systems
Built up roofing (BUR) is often used on low-slope roofs and has a life expectancy of 15-30 years. It is best used in warmer climates. This roofing technique includes the layering of materials. Built up roofs are extremely water resistant and are not affected by UV rays. These roofs are also fire resistant due to the aggregate layer (often fiberglass) on top.
BURs are more expensive to install, partly due to the fact that it is a time consuming process. But upon completion, the additional upkeep is minimal.
Modified roofing systems
Often described as a step up from the tar and gravel roof, modified roofing systems incorporate use membranes as the base material. It adheres directly to the roof surface. First used in the 1960s this method is now tried and true. It is similar to the BUR system and is designed for low-slope roofs.
Cold applied systems
Either the BUR or modified roofing systems can be installed using a “cold system.” When using a cold applied roofing system, there are no toxic fumes released during installation because there is no need to “mop” the surface with hot asphalt or a like material to adhere the membrane to the roof surface.
Perfect for our subtropical climate, thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) is a single-ply, reflective roofing membrane. It is recommended for areas where the cooling system is used more frequently than the heating system. The exposed white surface reflects UV rays making this choice energy efficient.
Metal roof systems
Averaging between $5 and $12 per foot, metal roof systems can get expensive. However, when comparing to their longevity of 30 to 40 years, things tend to even out a bit. Your building’s structure, form and roof pitch are always things to consider when choosing a metal roof system. Climate should also be considered and checking into local code requirements would be a good idea.
Steel, aluminum, copper and zinc are common choices for metal roof systems. Galvanized or coated steel is the actual material used for ultimate protection. Aluminum is often painted for added resilience. Copper roofs are durable and have a long life span. Zinc offers the best corrosion resistance and produces a low-gloss look.
Our skilled staff will guide you through every decision. You will feel confident that you have chosen the metal roof system best suited for your business.
Coating systems and urethane systems
Cost effective and energy efficient, roof coating and urethane systems adhere themselves to your roof surface becoming the first layer of protection against the elements. They are energy efficient and cost effective.
Acrylic coating is water based and easy to work with. Acrylic coatings are resistant to UV rays, but do not perform well in “ponding” situations. Silicone roof coating is an option that is recommended if ponding water situations occur. Silicone roof coatings have very little erosion.
Urethane systems are the most impact resistant. A urethane roof coating stays cleaner and is also resistant to ponding water. Urethane systems make good “cool roofs” because they can be white.
Roof maintenance & inspections
Don’t wait until there is definite evidence of a problem resulting in a major repair or replace scenario come to life. Instead, consider setting up a customized maintenance schedule to have your roof inspected periodically. Our roofing maintenance programs consist of an inspection, a full report of findings (including photographs), and rapid restoration of any identified problems.
Frequently asked questions
Whether it be for your home or business, replacing your roof is a major expense. We want to make it as easy for you as possible. You will find answers to some commonly asked questions below. If you have others, please, contact us! We will confidently answer your questions and address any concerns.
How much will a new roof cost?
Some determining factors there, of course, will have to do with your roof size, shape, and slope. In addition,the material you choose for your new roof is a determining factor. Final cost will also depend on things like whether or not there are multiple layers of shingles to be removed. We will be glad to work with you to estimate your final cost free of charge.
Can you install a new roof over the existing roof?
Possibly. A quick inspection will determine if there are multiple layers of shingles beneath the ones you can see on the surface. Even if there are not multiple layers, a tear off may be necessary due to damage. Again, our free estimate will lay out all the specific information you need to know.
How long will it take to have my new roof installed?
Most residential roofing jobs are completed in one day. If it will take longer, rest assured that in addition to leaving a clean work area, your home will be weather proofed for the night before we call it a day.
What types of warranties are provided?
Warranties do vary. Most manufacturers provide material warranties ranging from 5 to 50 years, depending on the product. We proudly provide our customers with our own guarantee of workmanship.
Are you going to make a mess of my property?
It can get messy while the job is in progress, but we do our utmost to protect shrubs, landscaping and the surrounding yard throughout the process. At the end of the work day, we ascertain that all debris is collected and the work area is cleaned up before we leave your property.
What happens to the old roof debris?
We make sure all debris is collected from your property. It is then taken to the landfill and disposed of properly.