How long should a flat roof last?

Fflat roof homelat 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.

Colored flat roof

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.

Your roof condition impacts house sale value

Roof condition affects house value

You 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.

Two signs you need to replace your shingle roof.

While a silver lining around a cloud is a good sign, when you see a “silver lining” around your shingles, beware. The shiny edge you see is a sign to replace your shingle roof.

  1. You may notice the corners look shiny. Or, possibly the edges appear silver when the sun hits them. Both scenarios are giving you notice that your home is no longer protected from rain and storms. Replace your shingle roof before leaks start. leaves in gutters may be hiding granules from shingle roofs
  2. Another sign many homeowners miss is in their gutters. While you may look and see only leaves, look deeper. Do you see granules in your gutters? Do you see granules at the bottom of your downspout? This is a sign that the shingles are no longer maintaining their integrity against the elements.

Shingle roofs are affordable and durable. Whether you go for the highest quality and shapes of designer shingles or the affordability and beauty of more standard dimensional shingles, there are many choices. When shingles wear and lose their granular surface, the hot sun of Tampa Bay can more easily penetrate your roof coating.

Call 813.884.1815 and American Roofing and Sheet Metal will give you an evaluation of your roof for free. If you decide to replace your roof, we will lock you into 2019 prices as long as your roof is scheduled for installation before March 1, 2020.