Central Florida is well...a unique place. From the unique flora and fauna to the ubiquitous and somewhat notorious "Florida Man," we have our share of oddities in the Sunshine State. The fact that we live in such an amazing and interesting location means that we also face certain challenges. Storm damage in Central Florida can be brutal. Choosing the right materials for your roof is a must when installing, re-doing, or making repairs. Today we take a look at a few different materials that are popular in our area and how the right roofing contractor can help you make your Florida home look and function at its best.
By far the most popular material used in roofing today are asphalt shingles. Shingles are usually the most affordable option. They also last a long time and look nice on most houses. Houses with sloped roofs look especially attractive when covered in shingles. While shingles are prone to storm damage, they usually hold up fairly well in inclement weather. Another advantage to choosing shingles is that if one or two are damaged or fall off during a storm, you don't need to replace the entire roof. It is totally possible to replace individual damaged asphalt shingles as needed.
Red-tile roofs are often found on Spanish or Mediterranean-style homes. The beautiful color of red-tile roofs really bring out the best in these style homes and look amazing with stucco siding. Larger, ranch-style homes can also be outfitted with tile roofs completely changing their look in the process. While tile often gets a bad reputation for being easily damaged, it is actually quite resilient. The shape and construction of tiles allow for much greater wind resistance than other materials.
In addition, consumers are no longer limited to clay or slate tiles. Synthetic tiles look every bit as attractive but often come at a fraction of the cost. That, coupled with lower maintenance, repair, and replacement costs create a real win for the homeowner and helps the environment, too.
Whatever your choice of materials, tile is so strong that a properly installed tile roof can withstand winds of more than 150 miles per hour.
Metal is an attractive and versatile material when it comes to roofing. In addition to being affordable to install, metal roofing can actually save homeowners additional money on energy costs. As we noted here, metal roofs reflect more sunlight than asphalt or tile roofs. Metal roofs that are painted using special colors and coatings (these are often referred to as "low-glare" roofs) will reflect even more harmful UV rays. The result is a cooler house and a lower energy bill when the weather is hot. In other words...all year round in our neck of the woods.
While mostly found on commercial buildings, flat roofs have been incorporated nicely into contemporary residential architecture plans in the last few years. Gravel is an excellent choice for covering flat roofs and protecting your structure from critter damage. A TPO (or thermoplastic polyolefin) roof is another excellent choice if you're looking for durability. TPO is not really a plastic as its name suggests but rather a blend of different types of rubber. This substance forms a membrane over the roof that is ultra-strong and made to last.
No matter what material you decide on for your next roof, Nations Roofing & Construction LLC has you covered. We work with all brands and products. Please give us a call today at 813-485-4440 to schedule your free consultation.
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.