Common Mistakes Homeowners Make With Roof Replacement

Common Mistakes Homeowners Make With Roof Replacement

Common Mistakes Homeowners Make With Roof Replacement

Homeowners often make the mistake of thinking that all roofing companies are the same. This couldn’t be further from the truth! When looking for a roofing contractor, it’s essential to do your research to find one that is reputable and has a good track record. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of common mistakes homeowners make with a roof replacement—avoid these errors to ensure a successful roof replacement project.

Not Getting Multiple Estimates

One of the most common mistakes homeowners make when replacing their roofs is not getting multiple estimates from different contractors. It’s essential to get at least three estimates to compare prices and services and understand what a fair price for the work should be. This will also allow you to meet with different contractors and get a feel for their personalities and how they do business.

Not Checking References

Another mistake homeowners often make is not checking references when hiring a roofing contractor. You should always ask for references from previous clients and follow up by calling or emailing those references to ask about their experience working with the contractor. Also, check online reviews—this can give you valuable insights into what it’s like to work with a particular company.

Not Asking About Warranties

When hiring someone to work on your home, it’s essential to ask about warranties—this is especially true when you’re dealing with something as crucial as your roof. Find out what kind of warranty is offered on the materials and the labor, and make sure you understand the terms before signing anything. In most cases, you should be able to get at least a ten-year warranty on materials and labor.

Not Understanding Your Insurance Policy

Your homeowner’s insurance policy likely covers roof replacement in the event of damage from a covered peril (such as hail or wind). However, there may be some limits on what your policy will pay for—for example, if your roof is old and needs to be replaced due to general wear and tear, it’s unlikely that your insurance will cover the cost. Before starting your roof replacement project, read through your policy carefully so that you understand what is and isn’t covered.

Failing to Prepare Your Home & Yard

Another common mistake homeowners make failing to prepare their home & yard before the roofing crew arrives. This includes moving vehicles out of the driveway, removing lawn decorations/furniture, and trimming any trees or bushes that are close to the house. It’s also important to let your neighbors know about the project so they can plan accordingly—no one wants construction workers in their yard first thing in the morning! By avoiding these common mistakes, you’ll be well on your way to having a successful roof replacement experience. Remember: do your research, ask lots of questions, and take the time to prepare both your home & yard before work begins

Working with a Contractor

When you’ve selected the contractor you want to work with, there are several steps you should take to ensure everything runs smoothly. First and foremost, be sure to get all your agreements in writing—this includes the scope of work, payment terms, materials being used, and estimated timeline for completion. It’s also a good idea to set up regular check-ins with your contractor so that you can stay up-to-date of any issues or delays that may arise.

Understanding Your Materials

Another vital element of replacing your roof is understanding the materials used. Be sure to ask questions about product quality and what types of protective coatings may be applied once the project is complete. Generally speaking, it’s always better to go with higher-quality materials, resulting in a longer-lasting roof and fewer problems.

Budgeting & Financing Considerations

If budget is a concern, consider whether financing might be an option for you—many contractors offer low-interest payment plans which allow homeowners to break up their payments over several months or years. When budgeting for your roof replacement project, you’ll need to factor in any interest charges associated with these plans.

Dealing with Unforeseen Issues

The roofing installation process isn’t always smooth sailing—additional materials may be needed or unforeseen problems arising during the project. In these cases, it’s essential to be clear and direct with your contractor about any issues. This will help ensure you receive the quality of work you’re expecting and minimize delays in the project’s timeline. Finally, remember to use a written contract from start to finish. Not only does this ensure everyone is on the same page regarding expectations, but it can also serve as a legal document if any disputes arise.

If you are looking for an Orlando roofing contractor, contact Heart of Florida Roofing

What Should My Roof Estimate Include?

What Should My Roof Estimate Include?

Shopping around for your roof replacement can be an overwhelming experience. Especially when you start getting estimates thrown at you. 

What should be in it? What shouldn’t be in it? Does it cover everything your roof needs? 

Most homeowners don’t know what to look for or if they’re being taken advantage of when it comes to their roof estimate. Because understanding what’s in your estimate is a crucial part of your replacement, we’re going to break it down for you.

The team at Heart of Florida Roofing has replaced hundreds of roofs in the Orlando area. We go over your estimate line by line with you to ensure you know exactly what you’re paying for. 

Your estimate should be as specific as possible with a line item list of everything that is going to be done during your roof replacement. You’ll have a line item list of how many roof layers will be torn off, how the contractor is going to protect your property, and much more. 

By the end of this article, you’ll know what to look for when you sit down with your contractor to go over the proposal. And at the very end, we’re going to give you a free checklist to help you spot a great roofing contractor when getting estimates for your replacement. 

How is labor factored into your roof estimate?

Every line item in your estimate has labor factored into it. For example, the shingle’s price on your proposal will be the cost of the material and the labor it takes to install them. 

Every contractor’s labor costs are going to be different, but the materials are going to cost the same in a given area.

How many layers will be torn off your old roof

One of the first things that should be on your replacement estimate is how many layers of the old roof the contractor will tear off. Just be warned, if your contractor only includes one layer but there are two that need to be torn off, your final cost will be higher than the original estimate. 

If this happens then I can guarantee your contractor didn’t check for multiple layers or they wanted to keep the cost down to beat out other proposals. To prevent this, it’s absolutely crucial to hire a reputable local contractor for your roof replacement. 

How your contractor will protect your property during your roof replacement

One of the main jobs of your contractor is to protect your property. In your roof estimate, your contractor should have a line item list of what they’ll use and how much it’ll cost to protect your property. 

For example, your roofing contractor should include what it costs to cover everything in your attic as well as the landscaping and foliage you have around your home. And if you have a swimming pool, the estimate should have something on there about covering the pool with a new tarp that’s fresh out of the wrapper. 

The installation method they’ll use to install your new roof

The installation method, the number of nails, and how many nails are used per shingle should be included in an estimate. If your contractor doesn’t offer the hand nailing method, you may not have the installation method line item in your estimate. 

If it’s not on your estimate then it’s safe to assume your roof is going to be installed using the air nailing method. 

If rotten decking needs to be replaced

Because it’s not possible to see your roof’s decking until the old one is torn off, there should be a line item that specifies how much it’s going to cost per sheet to replace if rotten decking is found. Some contractors automatically include replacing decking in their estimates. 

When this happens you pay for the decking materials whether your contractor uses them or not. Ask your contractor how they’ll handle rotten decking when they go over your proposal with you. 

Drip edge 

Your roof estimate should mention whether a drip edge needs to be installed on the rakes (the slanting edge of a roof at the end wall of the house) and eaves (the lower edge of a roof overhanging beyond the edge of the house). 

There are certain instances where your roof doesn’t need a drip edge around the rakes, but you most definitely need it on the eaves down by the gutter. Your roof replacement estimate should include the color (if that matters to you), how much, and where drip edge needs to be installed. 

Roof system components

Your roof replacement estimate should have a line item list of the roofing system components that will be replaced. 

These are the 5 main components that should be included in your estimate:

  • Underlayment: The felt is used over the decking to provide additional protection. It needs to be specific on what size, type, and manufacturer that’s going over the decking. 
  • Ice and water shield: The waterproof membrane used to protect valleys on a roof from ice and water damage. Your estimate should be specific about the kind of material they’re going to use to waterproof the valleys. 
  • Starter shingles: Asphalt-based shingles are used to waterproof eaves and rakes. Your estimate should include the manufacturer and if they’ll be installed on both the rakes and eaves. 
  • Shingles: The top layer of your roof that is visible to the outside world. Your estimate should include the style, color, and manufacturer of the shingle you choose for your roof replacement. 
  • Ridge capping: The trim is installed at the peak where the two slopes of a roof meet. Your estimate should include what manufacturer and material will be used for the ridge capping.

 

Just be wary, one way a lot of roofing contractors keep their costs down is they’ll use a standard three-tab shingle, cut it up, and use it for ridge capping and starter shingles. Your estimate won’t include a line item for starter shingles or ridge capping if they don’t come from a specific manufacturer. 

What type of roof vent you choose

There are two types of ventilation systems, active and passive. Active ventilation means the air is pulled in from the outside and pushed out from the inside. Passive ventilation means the air in the attic is moved by natural sources, such as wind.

After choosing your ventilation system you’ll have to choose the style of vent that you see on your roof. The types of vents you can choose are:

Active:

  • Turbine vents
  • Power vents
  • Ridge vents with a baffle
  • Solar-powered vents

Passive:

  • Static or box vents 
  • Ridge vents without a baffle
  • Gable end vents

 

The style of vent you choose, the color, and the number of vents your roof needs should be included in your roof replacement estimate. 

Pipe boots and roof flashing 

To ensure your roof pipes don’t leak, a contractor places a neoprene boot (pipe boot) around the base of the penetration. Your roof estimate should include the number of penetrations and the specific kind of boot that’ll go around them.

The estimate should also include any flashing your roof needs. Flashing is metal placed anywhere the shingles butt up against something, such as a wall, chimney, or in open valleys. 

Your existing flashing can be reused to cut down the cost a little if your contractor determines that the metal is in good shape. The estimate should include where they’re going to install the flashing and the kind of metal it’s made out of. 

Dump fees and clean up

During the tear-off process of a roof replacement, there’s a lot of debris coming off your roof. This debris will then be loaded up into a dump truck to be taken to a dump of the contractor’s choice. 

Your roof estimate should not only include the labor it takes but also the cost it takes to dump the debris at a landfill. The same thing goes for the labor it takes to clean up after your replacement is completed. 

The labor and time it takes to pick up nails and missed roofing debris to ensure your property is spotless should be included in every roofing estimate. 

Your warranty 

When you invest in a roof replacement it’s important to know what your warranty options are. Your estimate should include what kind of warranties you’ll get with your roof replacement. 

It should specify what warranty you get on the materials. For example, if your new roof is registered with a manufacturer, then you qualify for an enhanced warranty. 

Your estimate should also tell you how long of a workmanship warranty your contractor is offering. The length of a workmanship warranty varies from contractor to contractor.

How long the roof estimate is good for 

Once your contractor hands over your estimate, the clock starts ticking. Your estimate should specify how long the offer is good for. 

With the fluctuation of roofing material prices, most proposals are good for 90 days. If you want to sign the proposal after 90 days, your estimate will be updated to reflect the new prices of the materials. 

Your right to recession 

In your estimate, there should be a right to recession so you can choose to back out of using a certain contractor. Maybe you feel like they rushed you into signing the contract or you learned something that made you change your mind, but, by law, you’ll have 3 days after signing to get out of your contract. 

You should always read the fine print of your estimate. Some contractors may have a clause included that if you try to back out after your 3 day right of rescission, then you’re on the hook to pay 10% of the entire contract. 

Going over your roof estimate 

The most important part of getting your roof replacement estimate is going over it with your contractor. They should sit down with you to go over each and every line item that’s in your proposal. 

Remember, it’s crucial the estimate is as specific as possible so you know exactly why your roof replacement will cost what it costs. Asking the right questions is huge when sitting down with a potential roofing contractor. 

Hiring the wrong contractor will cause you to have a bad experience and even lead to expensive problems. No one wants to put themselves in a stressful situation or spend more money after investing in a new roof. 

If you need a roof assessment in Orlando, don’t hesitate to contact us.

What is Roof Underlayment

What is Roof Underlayment?

What is Roof Underlayment? 

 

As a homeowner, you know that taking care of your roof is important. But what exactly does that involve? One part of roof care that many homeowners don’t know about is roof underlayment. So what is it, and why is it so important? Keep reading to find out!

What roof underlayment is and what it’s used for

Roof underlayment is a material used in construction to protect the roof from weather damage. It is installed between the roof deck and the shingles and acts as a barrier against wind and moisture. There are many different types of underlayment available, but the most common are made of fiberglass or asphalt. Underlayment is an important part of any roofing system and should be installed by a professional to ensure that it is properly applied. When choosing an underlayment for your home, be sure to select one that is compatible with the type of shingles you have installed.

The different types of roof underlayment available on the market

There are several different types of roof underlayment available on the market, so how do you know which one is right for you? Let’s take a look at the most common types of underlayment to help you make an informed decision.

Asphalt-Saturated Felt Underlayment 

Asphalt-saturated felt is one of the most common types of underlayment used in residential roofs.. It is made from organic materials like wood fibers that are saturated with asphalt. This type of underlayment is available in both 15# and 30# weights. The heavier the weight, the thicker the underlayment and the better it will resist tears and punctures. 

Pros: Asphalt-saturated felt is easy to work with and relatively inexpensive. It’s also effective at resisting moisture and providing an additional layer of insulation. 

Cons: Asphalt-saturated felt can be damaged by high winds, so it’s not ideal for homes in hurricane-prone areas. It’s also more susceptible to curling and wrinkling than some other types of underlayment. 

Polymeric Membrane Underlayment  

Polymeric membrane underlayment is a synthetic material that is composed of two layers—a top layer of spun-bonded polypropylene and a bottom layer of rubberized asphalt. This type of underlayment is available in both 4mm and 6mm thicknesses. 

Pros: Polymeric membrane underlayment has excellent tear resistance and can withstand high winds—up to 130 mph! It’s also very durable and resistant to curling, wrinkling, and temperature changes. 

Cons: Polymeric membrane underlayment can be more expensive than other types of underlayment, so it may not be ideal for budget-minded homeowners. It can also be difficult to install if you don’t have experience working with this type of material. 

Self-Adhesive Membrane Underlayment 

Self-adhesive membrane underlayment is composed of a synthetic rubberized asphalt core that is sandwiched between two layers of reinforced fiberglass mats. This type of underlayment has an adhesive backing that makes it easy to install—simply peel off the backing and stick it in place.! Self-adhesive membrane underlayments are available in both 4mm and 6mm thicknesses. 

Pros: Self-adhesive membrane underlayments are very easy to install—no nails or staples required! They’re also moisture resistant and resistant to wind damage, tearing, puncturing, curling, and wrinkling. 

Cons: Self-adhesive membrane underlayments can be more expensive than other types of underlayments, so they may not be ideal for budget-minded homeowners. They can also be difficult to install if you don’t have experience working with this type of material 

How to choose the right roof underlayment for your home

When choosing an underlayment for your home, there are a few factors that you will need to consider in order to make sure that you select the best possible option. 

The first factor that you need to consider is the climate in which you live. If you live in an area with high temperatures and direct sunlight, like Florida, you will want to choose an underlayment that has high resistance to UV rays such as a synthetic underlayment. If you live in an area with high humidity, you will want to choose an underlayment with high resistance to water absorption such as a felt or metal underlayment. 

The second factor that you need to consider is the type of roofing material that you will be using as not all types of roofing materials are compatible with all types of underlayments. Consult with a professional roofer before making your final decision so that they can help ensure that you choose the right option for your specific needs.

Installing roof underlayment – tips and tricks to make the job easier

 

While most people hire a professional to install their roof underlayment, there are some tips and tricks that can make the job easier if you’re considering doing it yourself. 

The first tip is to make sure that you have all of the necessary tools and materials before you start. This includes measuring tape, felt paper or another type of underlayment, cap nails, a hammer, and a utility knife. Once you have everything you need, the next step is to measure the area where you’ll be installing the underlayment. 

It’s important to cut the felt paper or other type of underlayment slightly larger than the area you’re covering. This will give you some wiggle room in case your measurements aren’t 100% accurate. Once you have the underlayment cut to size, the next step is to nail it into place. Start at one end and work your way across, making sure that each nail is driven into the sheathing for added stability. 

If you come across any obstacles like vents or skylights, simply use your utility knife to cut around them. And that’s it! You’ve successfully installed roof underlayment. 

If this seems like a daunting task, contact Heart of Florida Roofing and we can help you out.

Maintaining your roof underlayment so it lasts as long as possible

Many people don’t give much thought to their roof underlayment until it’s too late. By then, they’re dealing with leaks, water damage, and an early replacement. But what most people don’t realize is that a little bit of preventative maintenance can go a long way in prolonging the life of your roof underlayment. Here are a few tips on how to keep your roof underlayment in tip-top shape.

  1. Check for signs of wear and tear regularly. Look for cracks, holes, or any other damage. If you see any damage, make sure to repair it immediately. The last thing you want is for your roof underlayment to start leaking!
  2. Keep an eye on the weather forecast. If there is a chance of severe weather, make sure to take extra precautions. Secure any loose pieces of underlayment and remove any debris that could be blown around by high winds. 
  3. Make sure your gutters are clean and clear of debris. Gutters play an important role in keeping your roof in good condition by redirecting water away from your home. If your gutters are clogged, this can cause water to back up and seep underneath your shingles and into your home. 
  4. Get a professional inspection once a year. Even if you think your roof is in good condition, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and get a professional opinion. They will be able to spot any potential problems that you might have missed and help you come up with a plan to address them before they cause serious damage.

Roof underlayment is an important part of your roofing system and should be installed properly to ensure the longevity of your roof. If you are in need of a new roof or have any questions about your current roofing system, please give our team a call. We would be happy to help!

Everything You Need to Know about Flat Roofs

Everything You Need to Know about Flat Roofs

Everything You Need to Know about Flat Roofs

A flat roof is a type of roofing system that has a fairly uniform surface with a slight slope so that water can drain off. While traditional roofs are pitched and have ridges and valleys, a flat roof is level. Flat roofs are not entirely flat; there is usually a slight incline to help with drainage. 

Flat roofs became popular in Europe during the Industrial Revolution when factories and warehouses were being built. The lack of Pitch made it easier to construct the roof and also made the ceiling inside the building more usable space. Today, Flat Roofs are commonly used in commercial, industrial and institutional buildings such as schools, hospitals and office buildings. They are also appearing in an increasing number of homes, especially in modern homes in warm weather climates. 

Advantages of a Flat Roof:

  1. More Useable Space – Since there is no attic space with a flat roof, this area can be used as additional living space, a garden or play area for children. 
  2. Accessibility – It is much easier to access a flat roof than it is to access a pitched roof which makes maintenance and repairs simpler and less expensive. 
  3. Less Maintenance – Because there are no valleys or gutters on a flat roof to collect leaves and debris, they require little maintenance when compared to traditional pitched roofs. 
  4. Less Expensive – Flat roofs cost less to construct than traditional pitched roofs because they require fewer materials and labor. 
  5. Safety – Since there is no steep pitch, flat roofs are much safer to walk on than traditional pitched roofs making them ideal for entertaining or just simply enjoying the outdoors. 
  6. Increased Solar Potential – The large, unobstructed surface of a flat roof allows for easy installation of solar panels which can significantly reduce energy costs. 
  7. Improved Aesthetics – The clean lines of a flat roof can provide a sleek, modern look to any home or building. 
  8. Extended LifespanWhen properly installed and maintained, a flat roof can last up to 15-20 years longer than traditional pitched roofs.
  9. Improved Drainage – The slopes installed on a flat roof help water run off quickly which reduces the risk of leaks and ponding water on the surface of the roof.

Disadvantages of a Flat Roof

  1. Ponding Water – If your flat roof does not have proper drainage, rainwater can pool on the surface which puts immense pressure on the structure of your roof causing leaks and possible collapse. To prevent this from happening, it’s important that your flat roof be installed by experienced professionals who will take into account things like proper drainage and sloping.
  2. UV Damage – Because Flat roofs expose more surface area directly to sunlight than traditional pitched roofs do, they are more susceptible to UV damage. This might not seem like a big deal but over time this damage can cause serious problems like cracking and splitting of your roof’s membrane which will lead to leaks. Again, this highlights the importance of choosing experienced professionals when having your flat roof installed. They will be able to use high-quality materials that are resistant to UV rays to prevent this type of damage from happening. 

Installation Process

The installation process for a flat roof will vary depending on the type of roofing material you choose. For example, installing a metal roof will take significantly less time than installing a rubber roof. In general, though, the installation process for a flat roof is as follows: 

  • The first step is to remove the old roofing material. This can be done either by hand or with the help of a machine such as a power washer. Once the old material is removed, the next step is to repair any damage to the underlying structure of the roof. This may involve replacing damaged boards or repairing leaks. 
  • Once the repairs are complete, it’s time to install the new roofing material. This process will vary depending on the type of material you’ve chosen. After the new material is in place, any seams or joints will be sealed with caulking or another type of sealant. Finally, flashings will be installed around any protrusions such as vents or chimneys. 

The entire process usually takes no more than a few days to complete. However, it’s important to note that your home will be vulnerable to weather damage during this time frame. As such, it’s important to plan your roof replacement for a time when severe weather is unlikely. 

Maintenance Requirements

Once your new flat roof is installed, there are a few things you’ll need to do in order to keep it in good condition for years to come. First and foremost, you’ll need to perform regular inspections of your roof—preferably at least twice per year. During these inspections, you’ll be looking for any signs of leaks or damage such as cracks or loose flashings. If you do find any damage, it’s important to repair it as soon as possible in order to prevent further damage from occurring. 

It’s also important to keep your gutters clean and free of any debris such as leaves or twigs. Clogged gutters can cause water to back up onto your roof and lead to leaks and other problems. Finally, you should have your roof professionally inspected and cleaned at least once every few years by a qualified contractor. These inspections will identify any problems that you might not have been able to see yourself during your regular inspections—and they’ll also give you peace of mind knowing that your roof is in good condition. 

Overall, flat roofs have a lot of advantages over pitched rooftops—they’re less expensive and easier to install; they require less maintenance; they’re more fireproof, and they offer homeowners more usable space. However, there are also a few potential drawbacks that you should be aware of before making your decision—flat roofs aren’t as good at shedding rain and they could start to decompose and cause damage if leaves and other debris are not removed in a timely manner.

Is a flat roof for you?  Contact Heart of Florida Roofing and we can help you decide what roof is best for you.

 

The Importance of Proper Roof Installation

The Importance of Proper Roof Installation

The Importance of Proper Roof Installation: Why It Matters for Your Home

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home. It protects you and your family from the elements, and it plays a key role in your home’s overall appearance. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that your roof is installed properly. If it’s not, you could end up with water damage, leaks, and other problems. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of proper roof installation and why it matters for your home.

Prevent Water Damage

One of the most important reasons to ensure that your roof is installed properly is to prevent water damage. If your roof isn’t installed correctly, water can seep through gaps and cracks, causing serious damage to your home. Water damage can lead to mold growth, which can be a health hazard for you and your family. It can also cause structural damage to your home, which can be expensive to repair.

Prevent Leaks

Another reason to make sure that your roof is installed properly is to prevent leaks. Leaks can occur for a number of reasons, but one of the most common is improper installation. If your roof isn’t installed correctly, it can allow water to seep through, which can cause significant damage to your home. Leaks can also lead to mold growth, which can be a health hazard for you and your family.

High Energy Bills

Perhaps the most annoying problem with an improperly installed roof, is that it can also lead to high energy bills. That’s because gaps in the roof can allow heat and air conditioning to escape, making it harder to maintain a comfortable temperature inside the house. In addition, drafts can make it difficult to keep doors and windows closed, leading to even more energy loss. Thankfully, there are a few things that homeowners can do to address this problem. First, they can check for gaps around the perimeter of the roof and seal any that they find. Second, they can add insulation to the attic to help reduce heat loss. By taking these simple steps, homeowners can minimize the energy loss caused by a poorly installed roof.

Hire a Professional for Your Roof Installation

When it comes to roof installation, it is important to hire a professional for quality workmanship and to ensure your roof is installed properly. While many people believe that they can save money by installing the roof themselves, this is usually not the case. roofing professionals have the experience and expertise to install roofs quickly and efficiently, without compromising on quality. In addition, roofing professionals have access to the best materials and equipment, which means that they can install roofs that will last for years to come. As a result, hiring a professional for roof installation is the best way to ensure quality workmanship and a long-lasting roof. Here are some tips to make sure you hire the best roofing contractor for your roof installation.

Roof Tear Off

What is a Roof Tear Off?

What is a Roof Tear Off?

Are you finally ready to replace your leaky roof? If so, your roof proposal should include a line item list of everything that’s going into your roof replacement. But are you confused by the line item that says “old roof tear-off”? 

Your roofing contractor should go over the roof tear-off process with you, but we will also break it down for you here.  Before we get to the steps it takes to tear off your old roof you need to know what a roof tear off is. 

What is a roof tear off? 

When you invest in a roof replacement, the old roof will need to be torn off. What this means is that your roofing contractor will go section by section removing old roofing materials and tearing off your old shingles from the roof’s decking. 

The tear-off process is crucial to the replacement process. But what does the process look like? 

The 3 steps to tear off your old roof

The tear-off process of your roof replacement looks like complete chaos, but it’s controlled chaos. In this controlled chaos, a roofing contractor protects your property, tears off your old roof, and deals with your roof’s old nails. 

1. Protecting your property 

One of the main jobs of a roofing contractor is protecting your property anytime they’re on your roof. It’s especially true when you’re getting your roof replaced. 

After your contractor decides where the access point is, they’ll begin unrolling protective tarps from the gutter down to the ground. These tarps cover all the landscaping and foliage that surrounds the roofline around the base of your home. 

They do this to ensure all the roofing debris that’s coming off your roof gets into the dump trailer or down to the dump tarp and not in your bushes or yard. Once they ensure your property is protected, they’ll begin the actual tear-off process. 

2. Tearing off your old roof 

To tear off an old roof, a roofing contractor uses a tool called a “tear-off” fork. They use these forks because they easily slide under the shingles and lift them right up. 

Starting on the end furthest away from the dump trailer, they’ll start using the forks to tear-off your old roof by sections. While one crew is going from section to section tearing off, another crew is making sure the torn off materials end up in the dump trailer or the tarped landing zone in your yard. 

Your roofing contractor should always try to control where the roofing debris goes during the tear-off process of your roof replacement. 

3. Dealing with your roof’s old nails 

After the shingles are removed, something has to be done with your roof’s old nails from your roof’s decking. If it’s an exposed ceiling or exposed overhang, your contractor will pull the nails out. 

If it’s plywood, they’ll knock the nails down to ensure they’re hammered down straight and flush into the decking. This ensures none of the old nail heads are sticking up and they’re out of the way for your new roof to be installed. 

What they’re really doing when knocking the nails down is testing the integrity of your roof decking. If the decking can handle the nails being knocked down, then it can handle your new roof. But if the decking’s integrity is compromised then your contractor will have to replace it before installing your new roof.   

After the old roof is torn off, the deck is clean, and one last visual inspection is performed to ensure the nails are knocked down, your new roof is ready to be installed. 

The rest of the roof replacement process 

When you invest in a quality roof replacement, the tear-off process lays the groundwork for proper roof installation.   While tearing off your old roof may seem like a small step, it’s actually a crucial piece of the entire replacement process. 

The other steps of the process are just as important and some are more important. That’s why you need to know the entire roof replacement process.   Luckily, we already broke it down.  Check out this article on the 8-step process to replace your roof to know what to expect on the day of your roof replacement. 

If you’re ready for a new roof or just need a roof inspection, contact us today!  Heart of Florida is your Orlando and Kissimmee roofing expert.

 

Replace Your Roof

8-Step Process to Replace Your Roof

8-Step Process to Replace Your Roof

The day of your roof replacement has finally arrived. You’re going to get a new roof that’s going to give you peace of mind for years. But did your contractor walk you through what takes place when you replace your roof? 

The team at Heart of Florida Roofing has been replacing roofs in the Orlando and Kissimmee areas for years. Some contractors will cut corners or not pay attention to the details that roof installation requires. The exact steps to install a roof will vary from contractor to contractor. But you’ll find the process is pretty routine among reputable roofing contractors. 

Below you’ll find the steps your roofing contractor takes to replace your roof. 

1. Roofing materials will get delivered to your home 

The first step to your roof replacement is getting all the roofing materials delivered to your home. Usually, a roofing contractor will have them delivered the afternoon before or the morning of your replacement. 

Your roofing material delivery will depend on the size of your roof and the type of roof to be installed. When they’re delivered they should be kept in a dry area near the roof access point. 

2. Moving your vehicles out of the way 

When your contractor arrives at your home they’ll make sure all the vehicles are moved out of your driveway or garage. If the vehicle in the garage won’t be used during your replacement then it’s not necessary to move. 

Your contractor does this so you can come and go as you please. They don’t want to block you or your family from going about your business as usual. 

It also protects your vehicles from any stray debris that could fall from your roof. You don’t want your windshield cracked by falling roof debris. 

3. Setting up protection for your property

The next step of your roof replacement is preparing your property for the roof tear-off. For example, they’ll start tarping the ground for the dump zone and set up tarps to cover your shrubbery and landscaping. 

This is where your contractor takes all the necessary steps to ensure they protect your property during your roof replacement. 

4. Your old roof will be torn off

After your contractor covers everything, they’ll begin tearing off your old roof in sections. They’ll start on the furthest corner of your roof away from your driveway so that they’re always moving towards the dump trailer and new materials. 

After a section is torn off, some of the installers will stay behind to begin installing your new roof while the others continue tearing off. This saves time and means less traffic on your roof.  

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5. Your gutters will be cleaned out

As soon as a section is torn off and cleaned up, your gutters will be cleaned out as well. Any roofing debris from the tear-off, leaves and other possible blockages will be removed from your gutters. 

Getting your gutters cleaned out isn’t just something that happens during a roof replacement, it should also be done periodically through annual roof maintenance.  

6. Your contractor starts installing your roofing materials  

After the tear-off and making sure your gutters are cleaned out, your contractor is ready to install your new roof. They’ll systematically work their way around the house following the sections that are torn off.

Once a section is torn off, they’ll lay the underlayment and install the drip edge. Depending on the weather, they’ll then start installing your starter shingles and shingles using the installation method of your choosing. 

When they’re done with the shingles, they’ll put on all the ridge capping. One of the very last things your contractor will install is all the vents that are needed for your roof’s ventilation system. 

Be aware, that the life of your roof not only depends on the installer’s workmanship but the quality of the roofing materials as well. You should always invest in quality roofing materials to get the most out of your roof replacement.

7. Cleaning up after the replacement  

After your new roof has been installed, your contractor is ready to begin the cleanup process. They’ll blow off your roof so that all the leftover debris gets down on the dump tarps.

They’ll also blow out your gutters and downspouts to clear them of any roofing debris. After they get off your roof, they’ll spend a couple of hours on the ground. 

This is when they’ll roll up all the tarps, get their tools, and make sure everything on the ground is cleaned up. To ensure they get all the nails, they’ll go all over your property with a strong magnet. After they leave, it should be like they weren’t there at all. 

8. Inspecting their workmanship

After your roof has been replaced and your property has been cleaned up, your contractor will double-check the finished product. They’ll get on your roof, take a look around, and make sure the quality of the roof matches the high standards you expect when investing in a roof replacement. 

They’ll double-check the areas that are known to leak frequently (around penetrations, skylights, chimneys, etc.) and make sure they’re properly protected. No matter the contractor you hire, they should always inspect their workmanship to ensure your roof is properly installed and all local codes have been followed. 

Ready to hire a roofing contractor?

Now that you know the process to replace your roof, you’re probably wondering how long it’ll take. That answer varies from roof to roof. Factors like the weather and roof accessibility determine how long it’ll take to replace your roof. But remember you can’t put speed over quality.

To ensure you get a high-quality roof replacement, you need to hire a great roofing contractor. 

If you’re in Orlando or Kissimmee and looking for a professional roofing contractor, don’t hesitate to contact us to start the journey of replacing your roof today. 

 

10 Things Every Contractor Should Look for During a Roof Inspection

10 Things Every Contractor Should Look for During a Roof Inspection

10 Things Every Contractor Should Look for During a Roof Inspection

Is your roof starting to leak? Are you starting to stress out and worry? We understand anytime you have a problem with your roof it’s a huge headache. But the truth is, you don’t know how bad it is until you call a roofing contractor to inspect your roof.  It could be simple repairs or you could need a full roof replacement. Whatever it is, Heart of Florida Roofing is here to help.  We inspect your roof with the high attention to detail it requires. When you work with us, you’ll never worry about your roof again.  To begin your journey to repair your leak or replace the roof, you’ll need a roof inspection. A roof inspection is when a roofing contractor checks the condition of your entire roof.  We’ll check your roof penetrations, your attic’s ventilation, and more.

To educate you further, here are the 10 things your roofing contractor looks for during a roof inspection.   

1. Your attic’s ventilation

The first thing your roofing contractor should look at when they arrive at your home is your attic. They look up there to ensure it’s properly ventilated so your attic can breathe. 

If your attic isn’t properly ventilated, your roof is going to have problems. The trapped cold and hot air will drastically shorten your roof’s life span. 

It can’t be overstated how crucial adequate attic ventilation is to your roof investment. 

2. Are there any visible roof leaks or interior water stains?

This one is pretty obvious, but your roofing contractor will look for any leaks that are leaving water stains on your ceiling. Once they know you have a leak, they’ll start searching for what’s causing it. 

Once they find it, they’ll do repairs or if the problem is extensive they’ll recommend a replacement. 

3.  How many layers does your roof have 

When your contractor first gets on your roof, they’ll check to see how many layers your roof has. If the problem is deemed bad enough and would need a roof replacement, then your roof and any extra layers will need to be torn off. 

If there’s more than one layer, then your roof replacement estimate will include the number of layers that need to be torn off. 

4. The condition of your roof’s decking

When your contractor gets on your roof, they’ll take notice of your roof’s decking. They’ll test if it’s spongy or if it’s solid underneath their feet. 

They’ll also check to see if the nails in your decking are still holding firm. Be aware, that your contractor can’t always tell if your decking is bad just by walking on it. 

Most of the time they have to check its condition of it after the shingles are torn off. 

5. Your roof vents

No matter what kind of vent you have on your roof they need to be inspected. 

For example, If you have gable, soffit, or ridge vents they’ll need to be checked for obstructions. If your home has a gas appliance, they’ll check to see if the expansion and contraction of the metal has pulled the fasteners out of the gas vent.  

6. Your roof shingles 

Just behind adequate attic ventilation, proper roof installation is the second most crucial thing to your roof investment. If your shingles were not installed correctly, you won’t get the full lifespan out of them. 

During your roof inspection, they’ll look for nails driven in sideways causing little bumps in your roof or nails that hit cracks and backed out. They’ll also notice more obvious signs like if the shingles are missing, loose, cracked, blistering, or buckling. 

It’s important to know when you should replace your roof. Read our article on when you should replace your roof so you know when the time is right for you. 

7. Your roof’s Penetrations and Skylights

A roof penetration is anything sticking out through your roof. When your roofing contractor inspects your roof they’ll check all the penetrations and, if you have them, skylights to ensure they’re staying leak-free. 

For example, your roof pipes will have neoprene pipe boots that keep water from running down into your home. Those become cracked over time and, if not caught, can cause a leak. 

To ensure your roof stays leak-free it’s important to get your roof checked out from time to time. 

8. Your chimney

Yes, your chimney is a roof penetration but there are multiple things a roofing contractor inspects that merit its own section. They’ll check the flashing, the condition of the mortar, and the condition of the chimney cap. 

If you have anything growing out of the mortar then your chimney is starting to get moisture into it. Just be aware, that your roofing contractor can diagnose and repair a problem but some chimney repairs require you to call an actual chimney company. 

9. Your roof flashing

When your contractor inspects your roof they’ll check all of your roof flashing. Roof flashing is metal placed anywhere your shingles butt up against something, such as a wall, chimney, or in open valleys. 

They’ll make sure it isn’t rusted and that the integrity of the metal will still hold up to the elements and keep your home dry. 

10. Your gutters 

Your roofing contractor should always inspect your gutters and downspouts. 

First, they’ll check the integrity of both of them by making sure there are no cracks or open seams. Then they’ll look for any blockages or restricted flow that could cause debris or vegetation to get backed up.

They’ll also look for standing water. If your gutters have standing water then the gutter is tilted in the wrong direction. It’s crucial to get your gutters cleaned out as part of regular roof maintenance. 

Hire a reputable roofing contractor

Now that you know what a contractor looks for during a roof inspection, you’re ready to call a local reputable roofing contractor. When you hire a reputable contractor they’ll give you an honest assessment of your roof. 

The team at Heart of Florida Roofing has taken care of countless clients in the Orlando area.. Our thorough inspection ensures we don’t miss anything during your roof inspection. 

Contact us today to schedule your roof inspection.

 

The Ultimate Guide to Shingle Roofing Everything You Need to Know

The Ultimate Guide to Shingle Roofs: Everything You Need to Know

The Ultimate Guide to Shingle Roofs: Everything You Need to Know

If you are in the market for a new roof, there is a good chance that you will consider installing a shingle roof. Shingle roofs are one of the most popular types of roofs in Florida, and for good reason – they are affordable, durable, and easy to maintain. In this guide, we will discuss everything you need to know about shingle roofs including the benefits, potential downfalls, how long they last and the cost.

Benefits of Shingle Roofs

Shingle roofs are a type of roofing that is made up of individual tiles or slabs that are overlapping. They are typically made from asphalt, ceramic, concrete, metal, slate, or wood. Shingle roofs are popular because they are easy to install and repair, and they offer a variety of benefits. For example, shingle roofs can last for 20-30 years, depending on the material. They are also fire resistant and can reflect heat away from your home, which can help to keep your energy bills low. In addition, shingle roofs are available in a wide range of colors and styles to match any home. If you are thinking about installing a new roof, a shingle roof may be the best option for you.

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Longevity of a Shingle Roofs

Shingle roofs are one of the most popular types of roofs for both residential and commercial properties. They are relatively easy to install and provide a high level of protection from the elements. But how long do shingle roofs last? And what is the cost to install them?

Shingle roofs are typically made from asphalt or fiberglass, and they can last anywhere from 20 to 50 years. The exact lifespan will depend on the quality of the materials used and the climate in which the roof is located. For example, in areas with high temperatures and intense sunlight, shingles can degrade more quickly. In contrast, shingles in cooler climates tend to last longer. As a general rule, however, you can expect a shingle roof to last at least two decades.

Typical Installation Cost for a Shingle Roof

The cost to install a shingle roof will vary depending on the size and pitch of the roof, as well as the type of shingles used. For a typical home, the cost to install an asphalt shingle roof can range from $10,000 to $18,000. If you opt for higher-end materials, such as fiberglass or slate, the cost can increase to $20,000 or more.

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Potential Downfalls of Installing a Shingle Roof

While shingle roofs are a popular choice for many homeowners, they do have some potential drawbacks. For one thing, shingles are prone to wind damage, and if the wind is strong enough, it can cause the shingles to come loose and fly off the roof. In addition, shingle roofs tend to be more expensive than other types of roofs, and they also require more maintenance. The nails that hold the shingles in place can loosen over time, and the shingles themselves can become cracked or worn down. As a result, it’s important to have a qualified roofer inspect your shingle roof on a regular basis to ensure that it is in good condition.

How to Maintain a Shingle Roof

As any homeowner knows, a roof is one of the most important components of a house. It helps to protect against the elements and can play a significant role in energy efficiency. When it comes to roofs, shingles are one of the most popular choices. They are relatively inexpensive and easy to install, and they come in a wide variety of colors and styles. However, shingles also require regular maintenance in order to stay in good condition. Here are a few tips for maintaining your shingle roof:

First, inspect your roof regularly for signs of damage. Look for missing or damaged shingles, as well as any cracks or gaps. If you notice any problems, make sure to have them fixed as soon as possible.

Second, keep your gutters clean and free of debris. Clogged gutters can cause water to back up under your shingles, leading to premature wear and tear.

Third, trim trees and bushes around your home. Overhanging branches can cause damage to your roof if they fall during a storm.

By following these simple tips, you can help to ensure that your shingle roof will provide long-lasting protection for your home.

FAQs about Shingle Roofs

Shingle roofs are made of overlapping strips of material, usually asphalt, that provide a water-resistant barrier. Shingle roofs are easy to install and repair, and they come in a wide range of colors and styles. Plus, shingles have a relatively long lifespan, typically lasting 20-30 years. However, like all types of roofs, shingles require some occasional maintenance to keep them looking their best. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about shingle roofs:

Q: How often do I need to have my shingle roof inspected?

A: Most experts recommend having your shingle roof inspected at least once a year. This helps to identify any potential problems, such as missing or damaged shingles.

Q: What type of maintenance does a shingle roof require?

A: The most important thing you can do for your shingle roof is to keep it clean. Periodically remove any debris, such as leaves or branches, that may have accumulated on the roof. You should also have your gutters cleaned out regularly to prevent them from becoming clogged and causing water damage. In addition, you may need to have your shingles replaced every 20-30 years, depending on the type of shingles you have.

Q: What are the benefits of having a shingle roof?

A: Shingle roofs are popular because they are easy to install and repair, and they come in a wide variety of colors and styles. Plus, shingles have a relatively long lifespan, typically lasting 20-30 years.

Q: Are there any drawbacks to having a shingle roof?

A: One potential drawback of shingle roofs is that they are prone to wind damage. If the wind is strong enough, it can cause the shingles to come loose and fly off the roof. In addition, shingles can also be damaged by hail and falling branches.

As you can see, shingle roofs are a popular choice for many homeowners. If you’re thinking about installing a shingle roof on your home, be sure to keep the above information in mind.

Have more questions about shingle roofing? Contact us today.

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How to Prepare for a Kissimmee Roof Replacement

How to Prepare for a Kissimmee Roof Replacement

Kissimmee roof replacement is one of the best options you can make on your property. As you prepare for new roof installation, some home preparations can ensure the job goes smoothly. Here are some tips for preparing your home for roof replacement before the roofing company arrives.

Kissimmee Roof Replacement Tips

Remove all wall decorations

You may have noticed vibrations during the construction process due to heavy machinery and hammering. Especially, in deck repair and construction, these vibrations are high, which is nothing out of the ordinary. These vibrations also affect the walls of the house, if you have any decoration items like a mirror, framed photos, painting, or anything similar hanging on the walls, remove them before they fall off and get damaged. Removing decorative light fixtures and chandeliers from the ceiling and walls are also a safe option.

Relocate your car

Leaving access to the parking area will help the roofing company to park vehicles and save your vehicle from damages. When roofers come to your home, they will need to load and unload tools, shingles, etc. It will be more efficient if they can have access right next to your home. By keeping your car away from the worksite, you can save the car from any potential accidental damages and scratches.

Protect your kids and pets

Just like other site constructions, Kissimmee roof replacement can also be overwhelming and hazardous for your young kids and pets. Loud noises coming from the construction site can make them anxious. Keep your kids and pets inside your home away from the construction site and warn them not to go to certain areas with danger.

If your kids or pets are extremely anxious, it might be best to have them stay at a neighbor, friend, or family member’s house until the work is complete or at least until the workers are gone for the day.

Clear out patio and yard

Clearing out your patio and yard before a Kissimmee roof replacement is essential. Remove all kid’s toys like cars and bicycles, furniture, lawn ornaments, and potted plants so the roofer can work smoothly and efficiently. Make sure to put everything away from that area to prevent any damage to these objects.

Trim grass and trees

Professional roofers try to keep your home safe and clean, but at certain times during the roof replacement, there will be construction material falling around your home. Cutting your grass short and trimming trees as well as bushes will help you to clean it all out easily.

If trees are overhanging near the roof, it is better to cut and trim them so the workers can have open and safe access to the whole roof.

Remove any antennas and dishes

If you have any satellite dishes or antennas installed on your roof, carefully remove them yourself or contact your satellite provider to remove them before the roof replacement. Some roofers will remove your antennas or dishes before starting construction work so be sure to check with your professional roofing company first. 

If you want your Kissimmee roof replacement to go as smoothly as possible, follow these tips. It will keep you and your belongings undamaged and speed up the construction process. Here are a few answers to the most common questions about roof replacement.

What is included in a Kissimmee roof replacement?

  • Removing the old roof
  • Preparing the roofing surface
  • Installing new roof
  • Final cleanup and inspections

Should I stay home during roof replacement?

It is up to you if you want to stay home or not during the roof replacement process. You should keep the following factors in mind while staying at home during roof replacement:

  • If you have never been home during construction, you may don’t realize how loud the roof replacement can be. It is tough to stay at home with the constant banging on your roof.
  • You need to consider your kids and your pets. They can be more affected by the noise, than adults
  • When you hire a roofing company to take care of the roof replacement, you are trusting that they have complete knowledge of their job. You will need to stay indoors when they are removing the old roof to avoid being hit by falling material.  

You can certainly stay at your home during replacement. Be aware of all factors and what is going on inside and outside your home during the replacement process. 

Hopefully, these tips will help you prepare for a Kissimmee roof replacement.   If you have any questions, be sure to contact Heart of Florida Roofing.