How to Be Prepared for Roof Storm Damage

Seasoned Floridians know that they can expect severe storms, high winds, and hurricanes for the next several months, but newer Florida residents may not realize just how important it is to be prepared for storm damage. While you might install hurricane shutters or screens to protect your home from flying objects, it is important to be prepared to also protect your family from hazards from above.

Check your insurance coverage, inventories, and policy restrictions

Some homeowners’ insurance policies specifically exclude certain types of storm damage. You need to make sure that any roof damage will be covered by your policy, as well as any interior damage to the home that results from the open roof. If you’re not sure what your policy covers, check with your agent. You also need to make sure that your home inventories are up to date in case items are damaged by the open roof. Know where your policy is located and keep it in a fireproof and waterproof box or safe.

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Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Make Roof Repairs

Did you use a “quick fix” to stop some roof leaks? If so, you need to take action quickly to get your roof repaired. You really shouldn’t put off roof repairs at any time of year, but especially not at this time of the year. If you have had evidence of leaks in your ceiling, you need to contact us right away for roof inspection and repair. Here are some reasons not to wait.

Timing is everything

If you’re new to Florida, you might not realize how the seasons run here. From June to the end of November, there is endless potential for rains, and it is also hurricane season. Although there is not necessarily a severely damaging hurricane every year, severe storms do happen, and sometimes without much warning. If you don’t get your roof repaired now, you are certain to have big problems later.

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Why You Shouldn’t Put Off Spring Repairs

Living in Florida, fall and winter are very mild and usually fairly dry. Spring and summer are times when you can expect storms every day, some of which can become quite severe and cause a significant amount of damage. Before summer really gets underway, it’s a good idea to make a few spring repairs around your home to minimize potential damage when storms arrive. Here are some of the things you should do and why you shouldn’t put them off.

Caulking

Your doors and windows are prime targets for water to seep through and cause damage. Gaps in the seal of doors and windows can also cause cooled air to escape or warm air to come into the home, both of which can raise cooling costs and energy usage. Caulking is very inexpensive, takes only a few minutes, and should be done at least once a year, before storms arrive.

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Benefits and Advantages of a Metal Roof

A metal roof can be a major expense, but it can also be a very wise investment. When you are needing to replace your roof anyway, replacing it with a metal roof could have several benefits and advantages. Here’s why a metal roof might be right for your home.

Reflects Light and Heat

A metal roof will reflect light and heat, even if you paint it. This reflection means that the inside of your home will be up to 25 percent cooler in the spring, summer, and early fall than if you were to use another type of roofing system. 

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How to Choose a Roofing Contractor

Roofing contractors are not hard to find. If you live in an urban or suburban area, you have probably seen at least one yard sign for roofing contractors in your neighborhood or city. While hiring a small-time contractor might work out, there are many reasons you should hire an experienced professional with a reputable company. Here is what you should look for in a roofing contractor.

Experience and Training

A good roofing contractor will have many years of experience. Even if they have newer employees, these employees should be well trained and supervised by more experienced team members. Look at how long the roofing contractor has been in business and how many years of experience the main contractor has in the business.

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Top Benefits of Asphalt Roofing

The most popular roofing material for decades has been asphalt shingles, and there are many good reasons for its popularity. If you are wondering about whether or not you should go with a different material for your new roof, here are some of the top benefits of asphalt shingles.

Cost Effective

Asphalt shingles are the least expensive of roofing materials. Because they are also easy to install, you will pay the least amount in labor costs with asphalt shingles. Repairs are also less expensive because most defects can be repaired with only a shingle or two.

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Making Sure Your Roofing Contractor Doesn’t Cut Corners

Most people shop around before settling on a roofing contractor. But no matter how many referrals you get or how many good reviews they have, you still need to be diligent when working with a roofing contractor. Not all contractors are as honest and straight-forward as we are.

Fly-by-night roofing contractors tend to try to cut a lot of corners. They do whatever they can to get the job done in such a way that they make the most money possible. This could mean charging you for supplies that are not actually used on your roof. It may also entail your roofing contractor leaving out steps so that they don’t have to do as much work, but still get paid for the full job.

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Why You Should Get a Roof Inspection After Buying a House

When you go through the process of buying a house, there are a lot of different inspections and appraisals that are needed before closing. These inspections are meant to make sure that there are no hidden surprises after the purchase is complete and you actually move in, but they are not a substitute for having your roof inspected.

Most home inspections that home buyers order do check the roof. But these are not roofing contractors, and they may not be able to really say how old the roof is or whether or not it will need to be replaced soon. The inspectors and appraisers look for damage, wear, and obvious problems, but they don’t really do an in-depth roof inspection.

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Getting a Trustworthy Roofing Contractor to Find Leaks

It is very important to find roof leaks as soon as possible. If you are seeing signs of roof leaks in your home, you’ll need an experienced and trustworthy roofing contractor to locate and repair the leaks as soon as possible. If you don’t, water damage could occur on your ceiling, walls, or your belongings. 

It is unfortunate, but there are a lot of roofing contractors out there just looking to make a quick buck off of someone who may not know much about roofs. When you ask these contractors about hard to find leaks in your roof, most of them will simply shrug and blow you off. If they do acknowledge that you have some unidentified leaks, they will probably just try to get you to replace the whole roof so that they don’t have to go through the process of finding roof leaks.

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How to Make Your Roof Last Longer

Installing a new roof can be expensive, and you don’t want to have to do it any sooner than necessary. The average roof lasts about 25 to 30 years, depending on the type of roof you have. If you have a basic shingle roof, you can expect to replace your roof every 20 to 25 years. 

However, if you do not maintain your roof, it will not last those entire two decades. Instead, your roof could start showing significant wear and need to be replaced sooner rather than later. If you don’t want that to happen, follow these tips for maintaining your roof and making it last longer.

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