As the old joke goes: what time is it when an elephant sits on your fence? Well, it's time to get a new fence of course! Sometimes you just know that something needs to be replaced. When your car won't start, it needs to go to the mechanic. When your computer flashes the dreaded "blue screen of death," it's time to contact a computer repair person. When rain is pouring into your living room, you can safely assume that it's time for a new roof. But what are the other signs that your roof may need replacement? Today we take a look at 5 signs that may indicate you need a new roof and why you may want to find yourself a licensed roofing contractor in Central Florida as soon as you can.
1. Your Roof is 20 Years Old or More
Oh to be 20 years old again! I'd bet that most people reading this would jump at the chance to go back and relive their 20s. Unfortunately, turning 20 years old is not a joyous event for a roof once your roof hits the big 2 - 0, it is nearing the end of its life.
2. Cracked or Missing Shingles
While a few cracked or missing shingles doesn't necessarily spell disaster for your roof, it is a good sign that you at least need to get it inspected by a professional. Storms can cause shingles to crack or fall off the roof in specific spots. Why not have your roofing contractor conduct a thorough inspection of your roof after the storm hits?
3. Daylight Shining Through Roof Boards
It may not be rain coming through your roof, it may be sunlight tips you off. Any roof in good condition should not have light visibly coming into the house. Even if it is a tiny amount, any light shining through your roof is cause for concern. Don't wait until after it rains to have your roof inspected. If you can see daylight, you will get rain in your home.
4. Your Neighbors are Replacing Their Roofs
While we here at Nations Roofing wish to promote financial responsibility and certainly don't recommend "keeping up with the Joneses," this concept may actually be a good thing when it comes to roof maintenance. This is because most homes in a given area are built at around the same time. Since most roofs last for about 20 years, it stands to reason that most will need to be replaced at around the same time as well. If you notice that all the homes in your area are getting their roofs replaced, chances are that yours is due for replacement as well.
5. Moss and Other Growth
Moss should not be growing on your roof! I repeat: moss should not be growing on your roof! If you discover any type of plant life growing on your roof, please have your roof inspected by a professional as soon as possible. Moss can cause a considerable amount of damage to shingles, and can even put holes in roofing boards if allowed to grow undisturbed.
Give Us a Call!
Don't wait until rain is pouring into your home. Give us a call today at 813-485-4440 to schedule a free roofing consultation. We would love to have the chance to earn your business and ensure that your roof remains in excellent condition.
You're in business to make money. You're good at what you do. You try and minimize costs and maximize profits. After all, you wouldn't be a good businessperson if you didn't. While cutting costs is part of your job, doing so in the wrong places can ultimately lead to disaster. It may be tempting to forgo preventative roofing maintenance. It's a cost that doesn't yield immediate results and it can seem pointless at times. Hey...if there's no water coming through the roof when it rains, what's the point?
While roofing maintenance projects may not seem like an important expenditure, failure to properly maintain your commercial building's roof can have a terribly detrimental impact on your budget in the future. This is especially true for roof maintenance in central Florida, where storms can cause severe damage to commercial roofs. Having a plan for preventative roof maintenance is not only necessary from a safety standpoint, it WILL save you money in the long run!
Ask the Expert
In a recent interview with Buildings Magazine, Cushman and Wakefield's Senior Director of Reliability Engineering David Auton was quoted as saying:
“Run to fail or repair easily costs somewhere between three and 10 times as much as a good maintenance program. When the equipment does fail, the actual repair costs are exorbitant, and you typically didn’t plan for them so there’s a financial issue."
You may have heard of commercial property company Cushman and Wakefield. They did over 8 billion dollars worth of business last year.
Auton went on to say:
“The equipment also usually doesn’t live to its expected life, so you’re having to do capital replacement sooner than if you had maintained it well to begin with. You’re also not getting productivity. If a piece of critical equipment fails, are you just going to send everybody home for a few days while you find the parts to fix it? You’re not helping your company by having all these unexpected severe events.”
That's an excellent point...
Think About It...
You depend on your car and it needs to be reliable. Regular maintenance services like oil changes and tire rotations are absolutely vital to keep your car running smoothly. Think about what would happen to your car if you didn't change your oil for example. Your engine would cease to function and you would be stranded without a ride! The roof of your building is similar. If you devise and abide by a regular preventative maintenance plan, you will keep your roof intact and your employees dry when it rains.
In 2005, the United States Department of Energy (DoE) enacted a roof maintenance program for multiple buildings that they occupy around the country. As of the date of this writing, the DoE has saved over $7 million in construction costs, increased the average remaining life of their roofs by 25 percent, and eliminated $46 million in deferred maintenance costs. I would say that's a resounding success!
A Roofer Who Can Help
If you are looking for a commercial roofing contractor who can help you develop a preventative maintenance plan for your building, look no further than Nations Roofing. We would be happy to speak with you about your needs as soon as possible. Please give us a call today at (813) 485-4440 and let us know how we can help!
Just about every homeowner who has experienced storm damage in central Florida can tell you how terrible it is. Weathering storms can be a scary ordeal, and damage to your home is something no one wants to deal with. To make matters worse, heavy storms also seem to bring scam artists out of the woodwork. We here at Nations Roofing would hate to see anyone get taken for a ride by these unsavory characters. In an effort to help you avoid being swindled, today we take a look at how you can identify and avoid scam artists looking to make a quick and dirty buck.
Where's Your License?
Never, and we mean never, hire a roofing contractor who is not licensed and insured. Always ask for a copy of their most recent Certificate of Insurance and review this document to ensure that it provides enough coverage if claims are made or other issues occur.
Can I Quote You on That?
All roofs are different. While some may appear fairly similar, every roof has its own unique characteristics and idiosyncrasies. A reputable roofer would not dare to give you a quote for fixing storm damage without thoroughly inspecting it and analyzing it first. If you are contacted by someone who tells you that they can provide you an accurate quote without physically inspecting your roof first, chances are they intend to try and raise their prices during, or after, the job is finished.
For the Record...
Professional roofing companies will always recognize that safety is paramount. Reputable companies like ours will be happy to provide you with documentation relating to our Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) records. Companies like ours also provide routine safety training to our employees. Don't be afraid to ask a potential contractor about what kind of training they provide to their employees and how often they provide it.
Talk to Me
The two most common complaints roofing contractors receive is that they don't communicate well or enough and they don't hold themselves accountable when mistakes are made. A good contractor will tell you without ambiguity when unexpected issues arise. They will also be physically present on the site of the work being done at all times or, at least part of the time, if they have enough subordinates to serve as site supervisors. Beware the contractor who you never see at your house when work is being completed.
Can You Do the Job Now?
A dishonorable contractor may tell you that they can finish the job in a timely manner, but subsequently lack the time, materials, and workers to do so. A quick Internet search will certainly yield testimonials from past clients. Be careful if you see any reviews that mention taking a lot longer than expected to finish the job. It's a good idea to state in no uncertain terms that you want the work to your house finished by a certain date, and insist that this date be placed into your contract. The last thing you want is to hire a contractor who can't complete their work on time.
Find the right roofing contractor
Finding the right contractor after a storm can be stressful. The process can be even more stressful if you don't find the right contractor and end up hiring a scam artist. By doing a bit of research and asking the right questions, you can avoid disaster and hire the right company for the job.
If you're looking for a solid and dependable roofing company, look no further than Nations Roofing. Give us a call today at (813) 485-4440 and let us know what we can do for you!
Everyone enjoys watching squirrels scamper and scurry around the yard. After all, what's not to like? Squirrels are cute and entertaining to observe going about their business. While it may be fun to have them around, squirrels can also cause major damage to the various parts of your roof. Since a squirrel's teeth and claws are constantly growing, they need to chew on wood and other materials to keep them from getting too long. Your house and roof are perfect for completing this task, and any damage done may necessitate the need for a professional roofing contractor to make repairs. In addition to damage caused by biting and scratching, squirrels may leave urine and feces in your attic or other parts of the house if they are able to make a hole big enough to get through and gain access...yuck!
Preventing damage to roofs and squirrels
So...what can we do to stop our furry little friends from damaging our roofs in a humane and responsible way? First and foremost, we recommend that you have your trees trimmed on a regular basis. Squirrels are excellent jumpers and can cover incredible distances between tree branches and structures. Branches should be trimmed back so that they are at least ten feet away from your roof. We also recommend that you keep any bird feeders as far as possible from your roof. Bird feeders are an easy source of food for squirrels and will attract several if you aren't careful about proper placement.
If you've noticed that squirrels have already taken a liking to your roof, you can apply a repellent such as capsaicin to the areas that the squirrels are frequenting. Capsaicin is the active ingredient in pepper spray and is sold in the form of an animal repellent in most hardware stores. The pungent and unpleasant odor from this spray may be enough to drive away any unwanted guests. Another option is to use a sonic repellent device that emits a high-pitched sound to keep squirrels away. Fortunately for us, these noise that these devices make are too high in pitch for humans to hear so you will not be annoyed as well.
It is a good idea to check your roof and walls periodically for holes that squirrels could potentially use to get into your home. It is also a good idea to go into your attic from time to time and look for any bite or claw marks, missing insulation, or other damage that may have been caused by squirrels. Always remember to take a flashlight and a dust mask with you when doing so.
After the Fact: Roof Inspection
Too late for prevention? Squirrels have chewed and scratched up your roof and made your attic their new home. What should you do? First and foremost, call an exterminator or other animal specialist and have them removed from inside your house. Any repair work will be accomplished for nothing if there are squirrels living inside your actual home. Once this is done, give us a call at (813) 485-4440 to set up an free roof inspection. We will be happy to come out and let you know how we can help repair the damage, and what can be done to prevent additional damage in the future. Don't let your furry friends become your worst enemies!