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.

Three reasons to have a “New” roof inspection after one year.

Aerial view of shingle roofing

New shingle roofs installed properly can last over 20 years, so why should homeowners have a “new” roof inspection after only one year? At American Roofing and Sheet Metal we believe this annual roof inspection is essential. So, we now offer a free inspection of residential roofs one-year after installation.

This first one-year inspection helps to identify any defects in materials or workmanship before damage can occur. We also look for areas which may need resealing or caulking. Whether we use drone surveillance or have our inspectors walk every inch of the roof, this preventative maintenance re-inspection is part of our goal of exceptional customer service.

The three most important reasons to have your new roof inspected each year include:

  1. Identify problems while they are small. While damage from storms is obvious and should be dealt with immediately, smaller issues can be hidden for years and can cause major leaks and damage to occur.
  2. Protect your roof warranty. It’s crucial to identify product defects early and problems with installation and workmanship before correction costs become your problem.
  3. Be prepared for tropical storm season. The near hurricane force winds we sometimes experience in Tampa Bay can damage the best installed roofs, whether new or a few years old. Annual inspections will identify areas where shingles or flashing have come loose. Or, they may indicate areas where future storms may easily cause damage. Correction prior to storm season will protect your home.

To schedule a free estimate for a new roof, or to learn more about our re-inspection service, call 813.884.1815.