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.

 

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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.

Know when to hire a Kissimmee roofer

Know When to Call a Kissimmee Roofer

Know When to Call a Kissimmee Roofer

Is your ceiling stained by water? Is the paint on your walls peeling? You could have a problem with your roof and may require the services of a Kissimmee roofing contractor. Kissimme roofing contractors can often come out the same day to examine your issues. You most likely have a leak if you see warping in your ceilings, flooring, or walls. Rather than risking your safety by attempting to repair the leak yourself, it is preferable to call roofers in Kissimmee to assist you. Kissimmee roofing contractors are roofing experts who have been doing this for a long time and they are well-trained as well as experienced in all aspects of roofing. Here are five signs to help you know when to call a Kissimmee roofer.

Five Signs You Should Hire a Kissimmee Roofer

Your roof gets a lot of punishment from the weather as your home’s first line of protection. Knowing the five signs of when to contact a Kissimmee roofer will help you keep your house in good shape.

  1. Shingles Are Damaged or Missing:  According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, buckling, curling, and blistering shingles signal that the roof has reached the end of its useful life. Missing shingles are a major issue that must be addressed since they expose the interior of your roof to the weather. An excessive number of shingle particles in the gutters are another indicator that it’s time to call a roofer. These tiny bumps on shingles provide added weight and UV protection; if they are removed, the shingles become exposed.
  2. Damage Caused By Flashing: The metal sheets put on the roof to prevent water from entering the residence at an angle or via a seam are flashing. One of the most common causes of roof leaks is flashing failure. It’s time to call a roofer if the flashing has been damaged and is coming away from the roof.
  3. Water Stains And Leaking: Leaks and damp spots on the ceiling are a clear indication that you should contact a roofer right once. If you only use your attic for storage, check it weekly for damp or dark spots during stormy weather and call a roofer immediately if you notice leaks or staining.
  4. Roof With Moss: The presence of a lot of moss on your roof indicates that your shingles are decaying. Moss roots engulf shingles, causing the material to deteriorate. Moss may also get in between shingles, loosening them and making them more prone to be blown away by the wind. While a small quantity of moss on the roof may be handled with chemicals, a significant infestation usually necessitates roof replacement to protect the structure best. So, it’s time to call a roofer in Kissimmee to get the job done.
  5.  Shingles are Misshaped, Damaged or Have Algae: Check to see if your shingles are misshaped, damaged, or has an algae breakout.  If any of these things are happening, you should call a Kissimmee roofer to have your roof inspected.

If you take these 5 signs into consideration, it will help you know when to call a Kissimmee roofer.

 

Roof Repairs or Roof Replacement

Roof Repairs or Roof Replacement

Roof Repairs or Roof Replacement

Roofing worries are stressful, and it’s best to act as soon as you suspect damage. However, this brings you to a critical inquiry that may not have an obvious answer: “Do I need roof repairs or a replacement?”

Roof repairs are sometimes referred to as reroofing. This option is best when you want to fix the problems and extend the service life of your roof. Conversely, a roof replacement is when your existing structure is removed, and you start over with a new roofing foundation and materials.

Reroofing is a cost-effective alternative to a roof replacement because it requires fewer materials and less labor. However, in some cases, a roof replacement is best for the safety and wellbeing of the building’s occupants. If your roof has sustained extensive damage, your insurance provider can cancel your policy or deny your coverage.

Don’t be consumed by confusion and frustration. Instead, schedule a professional roof inspection. Depending on the condition of your roof, your inspector will tell you whether you need roof repairs or roof replacement.

When to Repair Your Roof

Roof repairs fix only problem areas on your roof, not the whole surface. You benefit from little to no downtime, and you also save money. Professional roofers recommend repairs for:

Minor Roof Leaks

Leaking roofs are common, but you have to take care of them right away. Save yourself the time and trouble, and hire professionals to locate the leak first, then they can eliminate the issue from the source.

Neglecting leaks brings you other challenges. Water dripping onto the floor can go unnoticed until there’s a slip and fall incident at your home. Plus, water damage can lead to mold and mildew, which smells bad, is harmful to inhale, and contributes to poor indoor air quality (IAQ). Avoid these potential hazards by getting repairs done as soon as possible.

Cracked or Missing Roofing Materials

When water gets through, that means it was sitting on your roof surface for a while. Eventually, the water seeped through the underlayment, causing wood rot and leaks. Exposed or missing roofing materials are also an invitation for pests and outdoor debris.

Openings and tears in the roof allow hot or cold air to enter your building, as well, which makes matters worse. Eventually, you’ll notice increased utility bills since you’re overworking your HVAC system to keep indoor climates comfortable. Reroofing covers what’s exposed and lays new material in areas that have deteriorated, eliminating further issues.

When to Replace Your Roof

If your roof’s sustained extensive damage, it’s best to replace it to avoid serious consequences. For example, if your roof is so damaged it’s deemed a liability waiting to happen, you’ll have two choices: get a roof replacement to keep your coverage or keep your old roof and lose your insurance. If industry professionals confirm that repairs won’t be enough, it could be for a couple of reasons, such as:

Fallen Trees or Branches

A large, heavy tree branch can cause severe damage to your roof that makes it beyond repair. Significant storm damage like that leaves you no choice but to replace your roof to stay safe. File an insurance claim for help with the expenses and implement a replacement right away. 

Extensive Wear and Tear

The underlying damage your roof has sustained over the years can be just as bad. Roof degradation happens every day. So throughout your roof’s life, which can be over 20 years, it may be past due for a replacement. Repairs can only do so much.

Heart of Florida Roofing Handles Roof Repairs and Roof Replacements

Deciding between roof repair vs roof replacement can be tricky. But Heart of Florida Roofing is your Kissimmee roofing expert—bring all your roofing worries, questions, and concerns to us, with confidence. If you’re unsure when to repair or replace your roof, schedule a free inspection. Whether your roof requires routine maintenance, repairs, or a replacement, we’re here to serve you.