Tampa’s a great place to call home. We’re known for beautiful beaches, theme parks and three pro sports teams. We’re home to Florida’s oldest restaurant, the Columbia and Bayshore Boulevard has earned the title of the longest continuous sidewalk in the world.
Tampa Bay is also hailed as the lightning capital of the world.
We get the lightning, don’t we? And, while we’re on the subject, wind, storms, and tornadoes can wreak havoc on a pretty regular basis.Add to that the sun beating down and the hot, muggy days when the humidity seems so thick you could cut it…
If you’re a homeowner, no matter how awesome living in Tampa is overall, the climate sure doesn’t bode well for your roof.
Whether it be due to hail, high winds and heavy rains or the root cause of the damage was traced to Florida’s notoriously high humidity, any necessary roof repair is not something you want to put off. The problem will only grow worse with time.
Prevention is a key factor in roof maintenance. Scheduling a periodic inspection of your roof would catch many issues before they have a chance to become a problem. If you are seeing signs of possible damage, contact a roofing professional to assess your roof and offer solutions rather than attempting the job yourself.
Should an emergency situation arise, a roofing professional will get your problem under wraps in no time
There are times when repair is not the best option and a roof replacement is necessary. Several major factors play a part in whether or not it is time to replace your roof. A few of the major indicators are:
- Leakage: Once a leak is discovered inside your home, it has most likely been going on for some time. That is a daunting thought because leakage over an extended period leads to structural damage. In the meantime, water is penetrating the roofing system, decking and insulation enroute to the ceiling where the problem is usually discovered.
- Wind damage: Short of being ripped loose completely, shingles that have suffered wind damage can be hard to spot. If exposed to high winds, moving shingles can cause the loosening of nails and damage to granules on the shingles surface that will ultimately allow leakage.
- Exposed nails and missing granules: Whether due to the loosening of shingles in high winds or rusting due to age, exposed nails allow small leaks to form. Missing granules on the shingle surface can be caused by hail damage. If not addressed, over time major damage can occur.
- Cracked or curling shingles: Both of these situations would indicate roof replacement is necessary.
- No chimney cricket: If your chimney is on a downhill slope and you do not have a chimney cricket installed in your flashing around the chimney, moisture is likely to accumulate causing rusted flashing, mold, wood rot and leaks.
- Hail damage: Large hailstones can cause severe damage to a roof, especially if the shingles are asphalt. The damage may not be visible to the untrained eye, it is best to schedule an inspection after a severe hailstorm.
It used to be that roofs were pretty standard. There was not much available to the homeowner other than basic black in the way of shingles. Today, however, that is no longer the case! There are an array of choices available for consumers. Both, in color choice and materials used.
Asphalt shingles remain one of the most popular roofing materials on the market today. They are affordable, long lasting, and come in an array of colors. Architectural shingles are rated for high wind (up to 110 mph) resistance more so than the 3-tab asphalt shingles which are rated for wind speeds up to 60-70 mph.
Clay and concrete tiles
Although, more costly than asphalt shingles, clay and concrete tiles have been used in Florida for more than 100 years! Beside the facts that they are energy efficient, durable, long lasting, and have great curb appeal, if installed properly, clay or concrete tiles can be your home’s best defense against strong winds and heavy rain.
Not only are they beautiful, metal roofs are rated to withstand winds up to 120 mph! That means a lot to residents in the Tampa Bay area. They are also energy efficient, durable, low maintenance and weather resistant. That includes all our sunny, humid weather!
Standing seam metal roofs
In addition to being attractive, standing seam metal roofs are very effective at keeping water out. The raised seams remain above the water line as it runs down the roof, even during the torrential rains of a hurricane! The heavy material can also better withstand the weight of any tree limbs or storm debris tossed your way.
Business owners have a lot on their minds and we’ll wager the roof of your business is not often something you’re thinking about. Let us help you make an informed decision regarding major roof repair or replacing the roof all together. We’ll walk you through the process every step of the way.. The roofing material you choose now will have a lasting effect on your peace of mind years down the road.
Built up systems
Often used on low-slope roofs, built up roofing (BUR) has a life expectancy of 15-30 years and fares better in warmer climates. The technique includes layering materials. Built up roofs are extremely water resistant and are not adversely affected by ultraviolet rays. Due to the aggregate layer (which is often fiberglass) on top, these roofs are also fire resistant.
The initial cost of installation is expensive, one reason being because it is time consuming. Once the job is completed, however, additional upkeep is minimal.
Modified roofing systems
Designed for low-slope roofs, the modified roofing system is similar to the BUR system and was first used in the 1960’s. Most often described as a step up from the tar and gravel roof, modified roofing systems incorporate using membranes as the base material that adhere to the roof surface..
Cold applied systems
Both built up and modified roofing systems can be applied using a “cold system.” This means that the material used to adhere to the surface of the building can be done without “mopping” the surface with hot asphalt or a like material. When using a cold applied roofing system, there are no toxic fumes released during installation.
Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) is a reflective, single-ply roofing membrane that 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
We’ll just put it out there at the beginning. Metal roof systems can be expensive averaging between $5 and $12 per foot. But, when comparing cost to the lifetime expectation of 30 to 40 years that knowledge gets a little easier to swallow. The building structure, form and roof pitch are important things to consider when choosing a metal roof system. Other factors for consideration are the climate zone and meeting local code requirements.
Common choices for metal roof systems are steel, aluminum, copper and zinc. 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 expert staff will help you with all these considerations to determine which metal roof system will work best for your business.
Coating systems and urethane systems
Roof coating and urethane systems actually adhere to your roof surface becoming the first layer of protection between your building and the elements. They are cost effective and energy efficient.
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 does well in ponding water situations and has very little erosion.
Urethane systems are the most impact resistant. A urethane roof coating stays cleaner and is resistant to ponding water. Urethane systems also do well as “cool roofs” because they can be white.
Roof maintenance & inspections
Rather than waiting until there is a problem and there is no option but repair or replace, consider setting up a maintenance schedule of your choosing to have your roof inspected at regular intervals. 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
Replacing your roof is a major expense whether it be for your home or business. We want to make that experience as easy for you as possible. You will find answers to some common questions regarding roof installation below. If you have others, please, contact us! Our staff will be happy to answer them for you.
How much will a new roof cost?
That, of course, will depend on roof size, shape, and slope. In addition, of course, the material you choose for your new roof is a large factor in determining final costs. Also, it depends 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?
The answer is more than likely yes. An exception to that answer would be if there were 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 roofs can be replaced in one day. If it’s a job that 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?
Most manufacturers provide material warranties within a range of 5 to 50 years, depending on the product. In addition, we are happy to provide our customers with our own guarantee of workmanship.
Are you going to make a mess of my property?
Roofing can get messy in the interim, 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?
All debris is taken to the landfill and disposed of properly.