Roof Replacement During Covid19 Crisis

Aging shinglesIt can be difficult to determine if roof replacement is wise during this Covid19 crisis. While our quarantine directives are still in effect for most, some  companies like American Roofing and Sheet Metal are offering specials that would not be possible under normal business operations. Our CEO will do anything to maintain his current workforce and keep the firm’s roofing teams working. This translates into hefty savings to homeowners who take advantage of this offer. We are also employing the newest technologies to keep our staff and clients safe, including the use of drones whenever possible.

Affordable roof replacement with 0% financing during Covid19 Crisis

For those that are still working, albeit remotely, you may be the ideal candidate to finance a brand new roof with zero percent financing. We can give you some options for saving money on the total cost of the roof and for making payments to minimize your cash outlay. However, roof replacement during this pandemic is not wise for everyone. If you lost your job due to the corona virus, you may want to wait until you return to work. Not only do you want to maintain your current savings, it will not be possible to gain financing for a new roof without a job.

Covid19 partnerships help our community

American Roofing and Sheet Metal is trying to keep our residential roofing teams booked solidly for the next three months. For homeowners who book by May 31, even if you do not schedule your installation until June or July, we are offering our lowest roofing prices in years. We partnered with our vendors and suppliers to be able to give homeowners prices that are affordable and customer service that is safe. This is a service to our community with these incredible partnerships. So, if your shingle roof or flat roof is over 12 years old, you may want to schedule roof replacement this spring.

Drones help us social distance

After you decide that roof replacement is wise during this covid19 crisis, we use drones to assess roof condition, make measurements and keep a safe distance from homeowners. We offer virtual estimates, socially distant evaluations and can drop off samples for your review so we never have to be in the same room. Health and safety for you and our staff is our primary concern. Plus, savings that everyone can use during this crisis is a great benefit. Call 813.884.1815 to find out how much you can save on a new roof before hurricane season.

 

 

Springtime roof leak prevention tips

roof replacement wood repairWe all have more time at home due to the coronavirus, so let’s get productive and make sure our roof is in good condition for the springtime rain and the tropical storms of summer. Here are some roof leak prevention tips.

Remove Debris

Start by checking out your roof for branches, leaves and debris in the gutters and downspouts and around the soffit and fascia. Clear out the gutters and remove mold or mildew as well. This helps prevent roof leaks caused by gutters backing up due to blockages.

Note Roof Damage

Once you’ve cleaned the roof and gutters, check for damage such as missing sand granules on asphalt shingles, cracks in tile or flat roof coatings or rust on metal panels. Look for stains that might indicate leaking under the roof, popped up nails or loose flashing. Note any gaps, damaged seals, wood rot, missing mortar or bricks, cracks and peeling paint. Cracks in flashing around balconies and chimneys can be a sign of leaks you can prevent.

Make Repairs For Roof Leak Prevention

Call American Roofing and Sheet Metal at 813.884.1815 to make necessary roofing repairs to prevent roof leaks prior to the strong tropical storms and possible hurricane force winds of summer. We can reinforce your roof to meet the hurricane guidelines in Tampa Bay. If we find that roof replacement is the only way to protect your home, we offer zero percent financing options.

How long should a flat roof last?

flat roof residential LutzFlat roofs for both homes and commercial buildings last longer than they once did. While flat roofs in the past could only withstand Florida’s sun for 10 years, new technologies have helped stretch durability. A flat roof lasts up to 20 years in some cases.

Instead of traditional tar and gravel flat roofs, we now have many choices. We can choose rubber membranes, rolled tar, and multi layer systems which drastically extend flat roof life. Whether we install torchdown systems or single ply rubber systems, attention to quality workmanship makes all the difference. Our teams are specially trained to maintain the highest levels of quality installation. We evaluate the slope of the roof, plan for superior flashing and coach home and business owners on preventative maintenance of their new roofs.

 

Most commercial building owners opt for plain white flat roofs. They reflect the sun best and are most economical. Flat roofs come in many colors, however. Homeowners can have flat roofs match the color of their home’s walls, shingles or tile roof, or any design factor they want.

As with any major home expense, be sure to choose the right contractor. Ask the right questions to be sure your roofer is competent and has a history of happy clients. Call American Roofing and Sheet Metal at 813.884.1815 for an estimate on the best flat roof for your home or business.

What is the best time of the year to replace your roof?

rotted wood replacementWe all know that President’s Day is a great day to buy new furniture, a new car or even mattresses, right? Advertisements feature our favorite Presidents touting the incredible sales in our blessed country. But, does this belief hold true for the best time of the year to replace your roof?

Our team at American Roofing and Sheet Metal works efficiently throughout the year. However, with little rainfall January through May, we can work even more efficiently with no rain delays. In summer, we contend with daily rain storms and potential hurricanes. By fall, we often address storm damage and roof repairs due to leaks. Consider scheduling your roof replacement in April, the driest time of year, to achieve the best price, fastest installation and a wide variety of options in stock.

Call 813.884.1815 today to replace your roof in the next three months. We book up quickly and can schedule your new shingle roof, metal roof or flat roof for our next open week. Our president, Albert Docobo, wishes you a happy Presidents’ Day. Whether you are off today or working like we are, remember how amazing America is and how fortunate we all are to have gainful employment, safe solid homes and our freedom.

 

Is it smart to have your roof cleaned?

Tampa shingle roofIn Tampa Bay, our spring rains are coming, and consistent moisture often creates a moldy, stained look on roofs. But, is it smart to have your roof cleaned if you have stains or algae on your roof  cement tile or shingles? The pros and cons of cleaning your roof depends on the age and condition of the roof as well as the qualification of the roof cleaner.

It is smart to keep a roof free of debris and mold. However, on a shingle roof already more than 10 years old, a high pressure cleaning can loosen granules, lift shingles and possibly damage the underlayment which provides water protection. Damage to the waterproof barrier is also a risk when cleaning tile roofs, too.

Roof Cleaning

Mildew and fungus can increase shingle deterioration and wood rot, but cleaning a roof yourself could possibly void your warranty. Check with a professional roof cleaner for the best method of cleaning while maintaining the integrity of the roof.

If you are not sure of the age of your roof, and it has algae staining and losing granules, it could also be a sign that you need roof repair or replacement. Warm, humid weather makes algae staining more likely, especially on the north side of a house, but it could also be a sign of old shingles which do not include a stain-resistant additive.

Clean or Replace?

It is always better to replace an aging roof before it actually begins to leak. It is less expensive because there will be less damaged wood to replace. Plus, there will have been no damage to your attic or interior which must be disclosed when you sell your home.

Call us at 813.884.1815 to determine the age and condition of your house and whether or not it’s time for you to consider a roof replacement.

 

Your roof condition impacts house sale value

 

flat roof home for saleYou are ready to sell your house, but is your roof ready? The condition of your roof directly affects  the value of your home and the ease of the sale. Here’s why roof condition impacts house sale value:

  1. Buyers will determine the amount they will offer based on the age of the roof. Air conditioning system and the condition of the kitchen and master bath also affect offer price. These are the most important elements of a home’s value to buyers so that they can determine what might be needed to replace in the future.
  2. Home inspections focus on the age and condition of the roof. While most shingle roofs are expected to last 20 years, in the Florida sun and heat, it is usually closer to 15 years. Home inspectors will assess roof condition and try to estimate the number of years left on the roof.
  3. Buyers’ insurance companies require a 4-Point Inspection to determine the estimated life remaining on a roof. The inspection covers HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning), Electrical wiring and plumbing connections and fixtures, too. As long as a roof has five to seven years’ life remaining, the house will normally pass the 4-Point Inspection.
  4. Appraisers look at the age and condition of the roof to compare it to other properties sold. They will discount a house’s value if the roof is 13 years or older if it’s shingle. Tile and metal roofing have a longer life expectancy, so their value is not discounted unless the roof is over 25 years. The age and roof condition impacts house sale value accordingly.

Maximize Home Value

American Roofing and Sheet Metal wants you to maximize the proceeds you net when you sell your home. Call 813.884.1815 to identify problems before buyers and inspectors do. We can help with repair or replacement so that you will get the top price in 2020.