GAF President’s Club: the Best of the Best

Hiring a roofing contractor is an act of trust. You’re putting the long-term protection of your home into the hands of someone you may have just met. That can be nerve-wracking, unless you’ve done your research. Here are three things to look for that can help you choose a roofing contractor with confidence:


  1. Reviews: Always check consumer reviews. That’s where you’ll get first-hand insights into how easy the contractor was to work with, how well the crew cleaned up after the work was done, and the perceived value of the overall project.


  1. Certifications: Many manufacturers offer certification programs to installers who are most familiar with the installation of their products. To qualify for certification, a roofer will likely have to have a minimum number of years in the business, be properly insured, licensed where required, and maintain good standing with the Better Business Bureau. These certified contractors can usually offer you enhanced warranties that are backed by the manufacturer. For example, GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, offers the Master Elite® Contractor designation to less than 2% of all roofing contractors. Only Master Elite Contractors® can offer the GAF Golden Pledge® Limited Warranty* with up to 30 years of Workmanship coverage.

Best of the Best Level

  1. The Best of the Best: If the GAF Master Elite® badge identifies a rare breed, the GAF Master Elite®President’s Club Award Winner badge takes it one step further. Less than half of Master Elite® contractors qualify for President’s Club status, and they do that by demonstrating excellence in three key areas: Performance, Reliability, and Service. The badge says that over the course of the prior year, the company installed a minimum number of complete GAF roofing systems that qualify for GAF’s highest warranties while maintaining consistently excellent customer reviews. If you’re looking for experience and excellence in residential roofing, no other designation means as much. Call us at 813.884.1815 or learn more at

Remember you can always find contractors certified by GAF** at the GAF Contractor Locator. Check under “Certifications and Awards” for individual details such as GAF Master Elite® President’s Club and find American Roofing and Sheet Metal as 2 Star Winners in 2023 for our services in 2022. 

*Definition of Lifetime: The word “Lifetime” means as long as you, the original owner(s) [or the second owner(s) if coverage was properly transferred during the Smart Choice Protection Period], own the property where the shingles and/or accessories are installed. The Lifetime warranty is applicable only to shingles and accessories installed on a single-family detached residence owned by individuals. For any other type of owner or building, such as a corporation, governmental entity, religious entity, condominium or homeowner association, school, apartment building, office building, or multi-use structure, the length of the warranty is 40 years. See the GAF Shingle & Accessory Limited Warranty, GAF Roofing System Limited Warranty and GAF Golden Pledge Limited Warranty for complete coverage and restrictions.

**Contractors enrolled in GAF certification programs are not employees or agents of GAF, and GAF does not control or otherwise supervise these independent businesses. Contractors may receive benefits, such as loyalty rewards points and discounts on marketing tools from GAF for participating in the program and offering GAF enhanced warranties, which require the use of a minimum amount of GAF products.

Tips to determine if you should replace a shingle roof with a metal roof.

high slope roof replacementWe are often asked by homeowners and property managers whether or not they should replace a shingle roof with metal. Or replace metal roofs with shingles. While shingle roofs typically last 20 years in the Tampa Bay Area, metal roofing systems can last 40 years easily. Shingles come in a wider variety of colors than metal roofing. Both shingle and metal roofs are available in different shapes to match the style of your home or property.

Our sales managers can help you look at the styles, budget and durability that you require. Metal roofing materials today area feature salt water resistance, ideal for waterfront communities. Metal roofs are even available in shapes which resemble barrel tiles. Shingle roofs offer economical alternatives for homeowners who may be planning to sell their house in the near future.

For an evaluation of your roof situation, call Your Tampa Bay Roofer, American Roofing and Sheet Metal at 813.884.1815


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What to know before installing solar panels on your roof.

ideal for solar panelsSolar power is gaining popularity, and demand will continue to grow as the economical and environmental advantages become more evident. In Tampa Bay solar panels are often used in swimming pool heating systems. Before installing solar panels on your roof, evaluate the condition of your roof.

Age of Roof

Unless your roof is just a few years old, consider repairing or replacing it before having solar panel systems installed. Not only do they add to the weight on the roof, they change the way the water flows. Installation itself affects the waterproof membrane of roofs approaching the end of their useful life. Shingle roofing can be especially susceptible.

Solar Panels and Warranties

Solar systems for both electricity and pool heaters can last 20 or more years. If your roof is not capable of maintaining its integrity for this same length of time, you could be paying to have your solar panels installed, removed and installed again. The ideal scenario is to install your panels shortly after you replace your roof so that the warranty periods synchronize.

Evaluate Roof Condition

Call American Roofing and Sheet Metal to have a professional evaluation of your roofing system. Prior to spending tens of thousands of dollars to convert to solar power, ensure your roof will serve you well and protect your house while providing a suitable foundation for your solar panels. Both roof replacement and solar power systems will add value to your home, and we can help you select the best roof for your style and budget. We provide options ranging from all shapes and colors of designer shingles to metal roofing styles which are trending heavily.

Call 813.884.1815 for a professional evaluation.

Your roof may be the most important element in your house.

Old shingles needing replacementIs your roof functional or cosmetic? Yes!

Depending on the style of your house, the roof can represent from one-third to one-half the surface area seen from the street. It’s a major component of your curb appeal. If it is aging, stained and dull in color, your house will look tired and unmaintained. A new roof represents both a safer house, as we enter hurricane season, and a whole new look with regard to style and color.

Roof Age

Asphalt shingle roofs are the most popular in Tampa Bay. Beautiful, economical and durable for the first 15 years,  most shingles rated for a 20+ year useful life don’t last that long in Florida’s sun. Insurance companies now require shingle roofs to be under 20 years to pass a 4-point inspection. Tile, concrete and metal roofs offer longer life spans, so insurance companies extend their guidelines accordingly. If your shingle roof is over 15 years and you are thinking of selling, consider getting it inspected or replaced prior to selling. We offer free estimates at 813.884.1815.

Roof Condition

Losing granules and staining can point to a potential leak. Check your fascia and soffits for soft wood or cracking. Rotted wood will be replaced with fresh plywood with a roof replacement. Both the roofing system and the soffit should be free of rot. Fresh flashing around vents and chimney openings can be both aesthetic and functional. Our teams scour the house for any potential openings or soft spots to be repaired. As a roofer in the top 2% of roofers nationwide, our customer service satisfaction outcomes are our best qualifications for your new roof installation.

Colors and Shapes

white shingle roofThe 2021 trend is to contrast the sides of your house with the roof, so if you have a light-colored stucco, paint or brick, consider a dark roof for contrast. We stock shingles in color combinations and shapes to meet any style.  Light or white roofs give a tropical feeling to a house, and they help to reflect sunlight. We have shingles the color of terra cotta as well as metal roofing that looks like barrel tile. There are shingles shaped and colored like slate or wood shake, so the possibilities are endless. Our skilled team will help you pick the shingles, metal roofing or flat roof to match your house, your personality and your budget.




Signs indicating your roof needs replacement

Signs indicating your roof needs replacement.shingles need replacement

  1. Old roofing – Traditional three-tab and dimensional asphalt shingles have a 20-year service life in Florida. If a roof is over 15 years your home may not pass a 4-point insurance inspection. Most inspections require a remaining service life of five to seven years to pass a real estate home inspection and a 4-point insurance report. Plus, you will need a wind mitigation report to gain insurance, too.
  2. Missing, cracked, or curled shingles – If most of your roof is in this condition, your shingles are old and the roof needs a replacement. With Florida tropical storms, missing or curled shingles open our roof to possible water intrusion.
  3. Granules in the gutters – A few loose granules shouldn’t be a cause for alarm. However, alot of granules collecting in the gutters mean the granules are washing away in the rainwater runoff. The signifies worn shingles in need replacement.
  4. Damaged flashing or soffits/fascia – Flashing over penetrations such as chimneys, skylights, and roof valleys provides protection. Also, rotted or splintered soffits and fascia indicate water intrusion and therefore your roof may require a full replacement. Leaks can often begin on the edges, so peeling paint or soft wood are good indicators of a potential leak.

Some issues or roof leaks can be repaired, but if you have more than one of these conditions listed above, it may be smarter to do a roof replacement. It will help you generate a higher value if you are planning to sell. Plus, it is a great relief to know your house is safe even in the tropical storms of spring and summer. If you are unsure, call us at 813.884.1815 for a professional evaluation and estimate.

We are an award-winning roofer which prides itself on customer satisfaction and high quality workmanship. We offer shingles of many different shapes and colors, so we are sure to offer a style that matches you.


Protect your roof during hurricane season.


hurricane damage to shinglesOur “cone of uncertainty” extends not only for the next few days, but for the next four months in Tampa Bay. It’s important to protect your roof during hurricane season. Trim trees away from your roof, and clean out gutters so the water does not back up under shingles or tiles. Hurricane season officially lasts until November 30.

Assess Roof Condition During Hurricane Season

If you have doubts as to whether or not your roof will withstand another tropical storm, call us. You can avoid damage to the inside of your home if you replace bad sections of your roof or replace the roof before our rainiest days of the year arrive. If your shingles are shiny, metal roofing is rusting or your roof looks wavy, we can help protect your most valued belongings.

Maintain Your Roof During Hurricane Season

We have maintenance programs which give you peace of mind. We will inspect your roof annually, make suggestions, and find problem spots before they cause damage. Small roof issues are easier to repair than when they are allowed to grow into major leaks not detected for weeks or months.

Trust Us As Your Roofing Partner

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We earn awards for our level of customer service year after year. We strive for 100% customer satisfaction with each and ever job. We are a master elite contractor. What does that mean to you? It means American Roofing and Sheet Metal is among the top 2% of roofers in the country, and we’re right here in Tampa Bay. Our trucks go from Pinellas to Hillsborough County each day. Let us help you protect your roof during hurricane season. We install and repair metal roofs, shingle roofs and flat roofs. Call 813.884.1815 to have us assess your roof for leaks, preventative maintenance programs or a new roof replacement.






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