Signs indicating your roof needs replacement

damaged shinglesSigns indicating your roof needs 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.shingles losing granules identified by silver edges mean it's time to replace your shingle roof

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.

Brand new shingle roof to protect your home.

Roof Replacement During Covid19 Crisis

old shingles with damageIt 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.

 

 

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

We 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?rain forecast tampa

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?

In 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.

 

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.