How Often Should My Roof Be Inspected?

No matter what type of roof you own, it is recommended that you have your roof inspected formally twice each year, then again informally after each incident of strong wind or heavy rain, such as a tropical storm or hurricane.

You may want to do the informal inspections and one of the yearly inspections yourself to save some cash, but at least once each year, you need to hire a professional roofing contractor to conduct a full, comprehensive inspection of your roof and structure.

What will a qualified roofing contractor, like Shon Boswell Contracting Services in Tampa Bay, look for during a roofing inspection? Well, the following items will be assessed: (more…)

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Maintaining a Metal Roof

If you’ve made the choice to go with a metal roof for your home or business, you’ll want to do everything you can to keep your investment in great shape! Metal roofs are some of the most expensive roofs out there, but luckily, maintenance is fairly easy. The old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is very true with metal roofs; preventative maintenance tasks are much easier to handle than repairing a roof that’s already damaged.

At least once each year, you’ll need to hire a professional to climb up onto your roof and do an inspection. While you can do this inspection yourself, many people fall off of their roofs each year, causing injuries and even death! Don’t risk seriously hurting yourself when you have qualified metal roofers like those at Shon Boswell Contracting Services in Tampa Bay available to help out. (more…)

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The Best Roofs for Florida Homes

Being one of the first things people see when they look at your home, your roof is an important factor in your home’s curb appeal. An old, dilapidated roof can decrease your home’s value by thousands of dollars. Even worse, an improperly installed or ill-maintained roof can leave your home open to infiltration of water, and if not repaired even structural damage.

Roofs in Florida have the extra requirement of being algae-resistant. Officials added this requirement due to the frequent occurrence of algae buildup on roofs, especially those near coastal areas, and the extensive damage this causes. (more…)

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How to Budget for a Roof

Your roof is one of the most expensive (and important) parts of your home. It protects you, your family, and all your belongings from the Earth’s harsh elements. So, it’s no wonder that roof damage is considered an urgent situation that requires immediate repair.

A new roof can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000 on average. The two biggest factors are the cost of your new roof is your home’s square footage and the roofing material you choose. If you have a very large home and choose an expensive roofing material, you could spend over $20,000 for a new roof.

Budgeting for your new roof can seem difficult since it’s such a large amount of money, but we have a few tips to make saving more manageable: (more…)

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How to Maintain Your Roof Shingles

Roof ShinglesAsphalt shingles are the most popular and affordable roofing material available today. Asphalt shingles are durable, come in a rainbow of colors, and fit the aesthetic of most architectural styles. They are also great insulators and make homes more energy-efficient.

Although asphalt shingles are low maintenance, they still require some care to keep them in their best condition. 

Inspect your roof

Do a visual inspection of your shingles and roofing structure at least monthly, if not more often . Pay special attention to any areas that look discolored or sunken in, or where shingles are missing. These are signs of water damage and may indicate the location of a leak inside your home. (more…)

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How to Prepare Your Roof for Hurricane Season

Hurricane SeasonHurricane season is in full swing, and we’ve already had over 10 named storms in the Atlantic this year. When a hurricane is headed your way (and they always are in Florida) it’s important to prepare for possible roof damage. Follow these tips to minimize damage and get a head start on repairs to your roof during a hurricane:

  • Check your insurance policy

Before a storm hits, discover how much insurance coverage you have for hurricane damage. If you don’t understand your policy documents, call your insurance agent right away and they should be able to explain everything to you. One of the most important pieces of information to gather is your deductible for storm damage since that’s the amount that you will have to pay out of pocket before your insurance coverage picks up the tab.
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Choosing the Right Roof Repair Company in Florida

Right Roof Repair CompanyHiring a roofing contractor can be stressful, especially if you don’t know what to look for. Roofing repairs are expensive, and mistakes can cost you thousands of extra dollars and extensive damage to your home. Don’t fall victim to unlicensed and disreputable contractors just because they offer a cheap price. Follow these tips to choose the best roof repair company for your project:

  • Licensed, bonded, and insured

All roofing contractors in Florida must be licensed to work in their respective counties. In Pinellas County, the Contractor Licensing Department handles the licensing of all contractors, including roofing contractors. Anyone doing roofing work here should have a license issued by Pinellas County. One requirement of receiving a contractor’s license in Pinellas County is posting a $5000 surety bond and taking out business liability insurance. If you’re considering hiring a roofing repair company and they cannot produce proof of a license, bond, and insurance, move on to the next candidate. (more…)

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Material Used for Roofs in Florida

Roofs in FloridaYour roof makes a big statement about your home and its value. As one of a home’s most expensive and visible features, you want a roof that is sturdy, stable, and attractive. Florida’s hot, humid climate poses unique challenges for roofers, as some roofing materials just can’t stand up to the blazing sun or hurricane-force winds. Roofing materials must meet strict standards set forth by the Florida Building Code, including the unique requirement that all roofing materials be algae-resistant. The most popular materials used for roofs in Florida are:

  • Shingles

Shingles stand strong as the most popular roofing material in Florida. Known for their durability and affordability, shingles can withstand brutal temperatures and high winds. As long as they are installed correctly, shingles can tolerate winds of 150+ mph, are waterproof, and receive up to a Class A fire rating. If you choose shingles for your roofing project, opt for asphalt, fiberglass, or laminate. Consider installing lifetime premium shingles (if money is not an obstacle). Avoid 3-tab shingles as they are too flimsy for Florida’s high winds and heavy rain, especially considering high-quality laminate shingles cost only a little more. Most shingles will last 15-20 years. (more…)

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Which Roof Type Best Supports Solar Panels?

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Decided to get solar panels and if you should get a new roof first? Many people choose to
get a new roof before solar panel installation. Whether you’re considering adding a solar
panel system to a commercial building or a residence, it’s easier than ever to install solar
panels on a roof.
Depending on the type of roof you have will determine how your solar panels are installed,
as each roof type requires a specific solar panel installation process.

See the below popular 4 roof types to learn more.

Shingle

Asphalt shingle roofs last between 15 and 30 years. Solar panels are attached using panel
mounts, the roof is sealed, and flashing is added to prevent water leaks.

Tile

Slate, clay, and concrete tile roofs last between 30 and 40 years. Tiles must be removed to
install solar panels on a tile roof, which are either replaced or modified to accommodate
the panels.

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Tips on Maintaining a Flat Roof

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Flat roofs are common here in Florida on both residential and commercial properties. While part of our love affair with the flat roof is aesthetic only, there are some functional reasons for having a flat roof too. They offer extra living space, more interior living space, are easier to house large appliances like an HVAC system or solar panels, and cost less than a traditional pitched roof. Repairs can also be cheaper since getting on a flat roof is much safer than a pitched roof and flat roof materials are generally inexpensive. However, flat roofs require special maintenance to keep them in their best shape.

  • Inspect it

Crawl up on your roof at least three times per year or more often to inspect the flat roof. Suppose you don’t feel comfortable checking it out; set up a preventative inspection schedule with a local licensed roofer for your roof type. Address all issues found in inspection immediately.

  • Keep it clean

Keep all debris, including limbs and other tree waste, off of your flat roof. If there are trees nearby, consider trimming them back. Flat roofs allow debris to collect more quickly than pitched roofs, but they’re also easier to clean since you can walk on them.

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