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How to choose a residential roofing contractor

How to choose a residential roofing contractor

When it comes time to choose a residential roofing contractor, you have to take several factors into consideration.

 

The roof of your home is a very important part of your home and the structure of your roof affects the entire integrity of your home. Your roof protects your most valuable assets and requires a residential roofing contractor that you can trust. Buying a new roof or repairing your roof are both important and costly investments. Before spending money take your time to evaluate roofing contractors in your area. You should insist on a professional roofing contractor that is reputable. Below is a few tips to help you choose a residential roofing contractor that will not only get the job done, but will get the job done right.


Reputation Matters


You should spend some time doing research on local roofing contractors in your area. Search for online roofing reviews, ask your neighbours who they recommend, and check with the better business bureau. You should be leary of a roofing contractor that doesn’t have customer testimonials. When you come across bad or negative reviews be sure to give the roofing contractor the benefit of the doubt and READ. Some customers may be unhappy about something not pertaining to the work the contractor performed and could leave negative review due to this.


Choose Local


While there are plenty of great Florida roofing contractors, you should always try to remain local to where your home is located. Check for a contractor that isn’t just operating locally at this time but has a permanent place of business in the area. The last thing you want is a company that operates elsewhere or that just vanishes after installing your roof and when the roof starts leaking they’re nowhere to be found.


Insist on Licensing and Insurance


Never hire an unlicensed roofing contractor. You must insist when you choose a residential roofing contractor that the roofer is fully licensed and insured. An unlicensed contractor can mess up your roof or cause structural damage to your home with no repercussion and you will end up footing the bill. Same goes for insurance! Make sure the residential roofing contractor that you choose has worker’s compensation and liability insurance. If a worker gets hurt while working on your roof, the contractor should have insurance to cover this.


Remember that price isn’t everything


Roofing work is not like buying a new shirt or even a car. Never choose a roofing company based on the price. Any reputable roofing contractor with overhead and proper insurance has to establish pricing to cover these costs. Low and cheap bids drive down the market. Just like they say “If it looks too good to be true, it probably is”. Roofing work is unfortunately a costly investment but when done right, a new roofing system installed by a quality contractor can last a lifetime. Shop around for different prices and options, but realize that the neighbour who roofs on the side or the guys operating out of a pickup truck will always do it cheaper – but you get what you pay for!


Always do your homework when it’s time to choose a residential roofing contractor for your next roofing project. Whether you’re installing a new roof, making a simple or complex roof repair, or needing a roof maintenance plan you should always look for the roofing contractor you can trust.


Contact Florida Southern Roofing today for a free no obligation roofing estimate! We would love to come show you why we are the Sarasota roofing contractor you can trust!

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Ways to tell you need a new roof

Ways to tell you need a new roof

How often do you look at your roof, really?

 

While arguably one of the most important parts of your home, the roof is usually an afterthought to most home owners. When you see a dreaded brown spot on your ceiling it generally means your roof is leaking and chances are some damage has occurred. Can your roof just be repaired or is it time to replace your roof? What determines if you can get away with a roof repair or does your home need a total roof replacement? Below is 5 ways to tell you need a new roof.

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Roof Maintenance Tips For Sarasota Property Managers

Roof Maintenance Tips For Sarasota Property Managers

The roof can be one of your properties biggest investments, and yet they’re so easily neglected.

 

Roofs receive a lot of beating that tends to go ignored. Extreme weather, accidents, and lack of maintenance can affect the life of your properties roof and left ignored can lead to the need for a total roof replacement.

 

A roof that is well maintained is a great way to ensure that your property remains worry free. Below you will find a few tips for roof maintenance tips for Sarasota property managers.


Florida Climate

 

Managing a property in Florida, a property manager may not consider the climate in Florida when it comes to the roof on their property. While we don’t necessarily receive snow or big hail, we’re still not immune to some of natures harshest weather. As a Sarasota Property Manager you must take into consideration the climate in which your building resides. From summer storms (including hurricane season) to what feels like year round heat, the climate in Florida will affect the life of your properties roof.

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Florida Southern Roofing Re-Hires Cindi Bass as Business Development Director

We here at Florida Southern Roofing have some fantastic news we would like to share with everyone!

 

Florida Southern Roofing has re-hired Cindi Bass, our previous Marketing Coordinator, as our “Business Development Director”.

 

We’re excited to welcome Cindi back to our team. Cindi Bass has had a 16 year career so far in the community association industry, being with Florida Southern Roofing from 1999-2008 as our Marketing Coordinator. Now, 7 years later, Cindi’s career has come full circle as she has come back home to the Florida Southern Roofing team. Cindi’s friendly, inviting nature creates trust with current and prospective clients. She works closely with board members, property managers, and other current and potential clients. Her consistent follow through builds the confidence needed to ensure that Florida Southern Roofing’s commitment to client satisfaction is guaranteed.

 

“We are glad to welcome Cindi back to Florida Southern,” said Brian Wallace, president. “She has a great network of relationships in building management and construction trades, and she has earned the respect and trust of all who’ve worked with her.”

 

“It is exciting to be back at Florida Southern,” Bass said. “I feel like I’m back home! I am so glad to be working with everyone here and can’t wait to see what the future brings us as a team.”

 

See more of the official press release welcoming Cindi Bass back to Florida Southern Roofing at Tampa Bay Newswire

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5 Ways to Prepare Your Roof for Hurricane Season

5 Ways to Prepare Your Roof for Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is here and the season will run all the way through November 30th, 2015. A major hurricane, defined as a category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson Scale has not hit the US since 2005 (Hurricane Wilma in October of 2005), but we still haven’t been a stranger to a devastating storm. In 2012 for example, Hurricane Sandy was responsible for over 150 deaths and caused over $50 billion in damage. Technically speaking, Sandy was an “extra-tropical cyclone” when it hit. It doesn’t take a major hurricane to cause damage to a home, and when your roof isn’t in great shape the integrity of your home can be compromised by as little as outer bands from a tropical storm or even a heavy thunderstorm.

 

For many, the roof is an afterthought and tends to receive the least amount of TLC when preparing your home for hurricane season. Only when we notice stains on the ceiling do we wonder if there is a leak, but the roofs integrity could already be deteriorating before even seeing the first water spot on the ceiling. Below you will find 5 ways to prepare your roof for hurricane season.

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What you should know about replacing your shingle roof

What you should know about replacing your shingle roof

For most people, the roof is an afterthought — that is until it starts to leak. Only then we realize how critical that part of our home’s exterior really is. Besides keeping the home dry, the roof contributes greatly to the look of the house. When choosing roofing material, it may pay to consider all of the options. In Florida especially, Shingle Roofs are the most common type of roofs we here at Florida Southern Roofing install. Shingle Roofs are popular for the budget conscious and can really look great, and protect well when quality materials are installed by a licensed roofing contractor. While there is many roofing types, slate, composite, metal, clay tile, wood shakes, and many many more, today we are going to focus on shingle roofs and what you should know about replacing yours.

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Insurers are getting approval to use drones to inspect roofs instead of human inspectors

Insurers are getting approval to use drones to inspect roofs instead of human inspectors

American International Group, Inc. announced that the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has approved their request to replace human roof inspectors with small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

 

Every year across the US insurance inspectors inspect roofs of buildings to check for storm damage and check structures destroyed by natural disasters. The insurance company AIG announced on April 8th, 2015 was granted an exemption by the FAA to start using drones in place of human inspectors for these types of risky jobs. This follows similar exemptions for State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. and United Services Automobile Association.

 

“AIG likely won’t be able to fly the devices over neighborhood homes, at least not yet”

 

“AIG is committed to continuous improvement and innovation in providing better, faster, and safer risk and claims assessments to our customers,” said Eric Martinez, Executive Vice President, Claims and Operations, AIG. “Leveraging cutting edge technologies like UAVs can enhance our ability to assess and mitigate risks to better help our customers and their communities prepare for and rebuild after a catastrophic event.” the company said in their press release.

 

For now, the UAVs will only operate for commercial purposes, and must be flown by a human pilot. It’s very possible in the near future that residential houses will be given the exemption as well, and that buzzing you hear over your house will simply be a drone checking your roof. “Because of the guidelines, AIG likely won’t be able to fly the devices over neighborhood homes, at least not yet”, said Mark McKinnon, an attorney working for AIG.

 

AIG started work on its drone effort in 2010 and has since been testing at FAA sites over the last year.

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Unforeseen Dangers of a Leaking Roof

Unforeseen Dangers of a Leaking Roof

As your roof ages and sustains various weather damage, certain areas can become susceptible to leaks. It is important as a homeowner, property manager, or business owner to keep an eye on your roof and address any leaks or damage, sooner than later, to avoid costly repairs and other unexpected dangers of a leaking roof you may not be aware of.

 

Roof leaks can happen for many reasons; age, severe weather conditions, improper installation, and lack of maintenance and upkeep. No matter the reason, a roof leak is a serious issue that must be addressed as soon as possible to avoid these unforeseen dangers of a leaking roof:

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Cleaning your Florida roof: Roof-A-Cide

Everyone likes the feeling of owning something brand new. Whether it’s a new car, new clothes, or a new roof, having it brand new is clean and nice, right?

 

How can I verify my roofing contractor is properly licensed and has insurance?

Things don’t stay new forever though, and a roof is no different. When you re-roof your home, the day it’s finished it’s a great feeling; new and clean. Whether a tile or a shingle roof, years later it will loose its “new” and “clean” look and may need to be cleaned to maintain that new feeling.

 

Many people do not realize that you can actually clean a roof. After years, your shingle or tile roof may have unsightly staining and lack that new feeling due to moisture from humidity, moss, debris, and unfortunately algae. Everybody want’s a beautiful property, and your roof is a big part of maintaining that beauty.

 

How can I verify my roofing contractor is properly licensed and has insurance?

With proper roof maintenance you can keep your roof leak free and avoid major damage in the future, but you should also consider adding roof cleaning to your yearly or bi-yearly roof maintenance plan.

 

Unfortunately, repeated roof cleaning can actually cause more damage to your roof – and high pressure pressure washing on a tile roof can sometimes cause more harm than good, breaking and cracking tiles. Florida Southern Roofing is now an authorized applicator for Roof-A-Cide.

 

 

What is Roof-A-Cide?

 

Roof-A-Cide is the only cost-effective alternative that eliminates the damage caused by repeated roof cleaning. We clean the roof once, if needed, and apply Roof-A-Cide every 2 years thereafter. Since Roof-A-Cide is non toxic, and contains no harsh chemicals, it will not damage landscaping, the roof surface or the underlying roof membrane. Roof-A-Cide is EPA Approved and safe for people, pets and plants.

 

Roof-A-Cide has been tested and approved by the largest producers of concrete tile, clay tile, and asphalt shingles:

  • Monier Life
  • U.S. Tile
  • GAF
  • Gerard
  • Allmet
  • Boral

Roof-A-Cide is totally effective in controlling and preventing algae, mold, mildew, and fungus. Proven on over 200,000 properties in the last 10 years, it has emerged as the safest, most effective means of keeping a roof clean. Roof-A-Cide is guaranteed to protect your Florida Roof against rcurring algae, mold, mildew and fungus for a period of NO LESS than 2 years.

 

If you’re interested in getting a FREE estimate for cleaning your Florida roof and applying Roof-A-Cide please contact Florida Southern Roofing at our Sarasota office or contact Florida Southern Roofing at our St. Petersburg office depending on where your home is located. We would be happy to send out a qualified roof consultant to come to your home and access your roof and give you an estimate.

 

Download our PDF Brochure for Roof-A-Cide

 

Learn more about Roof-A-Cide

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Pros and Cons of a Metal Roof System

Pros and Cons of a Metal Roof System

If a metal roof system is an option you’re considering for your home’s roof, you should look at the pros and cons of metal roofing against other common roof materials (shingles and tile).

 

Below is a closer look at some of the benefits of metal roofing systems as well as the drawbacks you may encounter when considering a metal roof for your home.


1.) Metal is Lightweight

 

Metal roofing, depending on its gauge, can weigh anywhere from .7 to 1.3 pounds per square foot. Other common roofing materials like asphalt shingles can weigh 2 to 2 ½ pounds per square foot, and tile can weigh as much as 10 pounds per square foot.


2.) Longevity

 

When considering to replace the roof on your home, longevity is a huge factor in your choice of roof material. You want something that will stand the test of time and last. Metal roofs have been found to last up to 70 years. This is much longer than traditional asphalt roofing which usually lasts from 10 to 20 years, and in the Florida sun can be much less.


3.) Fire Resistant

 

Metal Roof systems are given a Class A fire rating (which is the most resistant). Metal roofs are noncombustible, and thus are given the great rating.


4.) Energy Efficient

 

Metal Roof systems can save you a lot of money annually on energy costs. A metal roof reflects the hot Florida sun’s energy and blocks heat transmission from the roof to building members and living space. This will immensely cut back on your homes cooling costs.


5.) Additional Re-Sale Value

 

Installing metal roofing on your home can help in the long-term if you plan to sell your home. According to Metal Roofing Alliance, homeowners who replace their roofing systems with standing-seam metal show a rate of 85.9% cost recouped in the national average with up to 95.5% for homes in the Eastern states. This is a full 1 and 6% resale value gain over homes roofed with asphalt shingles.


CONS of Metal Roof Systems


1.) Cost

 

Easily the biggest drawback, and one of the only drawbacks to metal roofing, the cost of a metal roof initially is higher than other roofing systems. The trick though is if you plan to live in your home for a long time, the durability of a metal roof will keep you good for many years to come. In the lifetime of your metal roof you may replace a shingle roof 2-3 times. You will also save on seasonal maintenance.

 

Metal roofs offer many advantages over almost every other type of roofing material. Metal Roofing Systems are much more durable and long-lasting than asphalt shingles. They are easier to install and actually cheaper than heavier clay and slate tiles. Metal roofing stands up to almost any weather condition you can think of including heavy rain, beating sun, high winds, snow, hail, and even earthquakes. Metal is resistant to fire and is impervious to collapse if the house does end up catching fire, increasing the likelihood that a homes occupants can escape in time safely.

 

Whether you choose a Metal Roofing system or another material, Contact Florida Southern Roofing and SheetMetal, Inc – your trusted metal roofing contractor in Sarasota, FL.

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Undercover sting targeting unlicensed contractors in Bradenton, FL yields 11 arrests

Undercover sting targeting unlicensed contractors in Bradenton, FL yields 11 arrests

According to The Bradenton Herald, The Florida Division of Insurance Fraud, the Department of Business & Professional Regulation, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, Holmes Police Department and Manatee County Code Enforcement teamed up and over the course of a three day sting operation arrested 11 unlicensed contractors. They were arrested for working as an unlicensed contractor and working without workers’ compensation insurance. All 11 were also fined by code enforcement and they were issued a cease and desist order.

 

When hiring a roofing contractor in Bradenton, you should always verify the contractors licensing information before starting any work. While you’re at it, check to see if there is any complaints at the BBB for the company you’re looking to hire. Always verify the company you choose to contract with also has Worker’s Compensation Insurance. If you hire a company that doesn’t offer worker’s comp and an employee gets injured on your property you might find yourself being held responsible for the injury. Don’t take that chance!

 

If you would like to verify the licensing for any roofing contractor in Bradenton, or any contractor in any city in Florida, you can check www.myfloridalicense.com. Florida Southern Roofing’s license number is: CCC-054787, for the record.

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7 Things You Should Ask Your Sarasota Roofing Contractor

7 Things You Should Ask Your Sarasota Roofing Contractor

Whether you have experience dealing with Sarasota roofing contractors or not, when starting a new roof replacement project or repair project it’s important to ask the right questions. While roofing is not rocket science, it can be daunting to find the right roofing contractor for the job. You don’t want to choose a contractor who just meets the minimum standards. Below is 7 things you should ask your Sarasota roofing contractor before starting your next roofing project.


1.) Do I need to replace or is a repair possible?

 

Sadly, many Sarasota Roofing Contractors will pitch you a roof replacement when in fact your roof can just be repaired or a smaller sections replaced instead of the entire roof. Knowing the severity of the issues along with key information like roof age & roof type will lead you in a direction to know if repair is possible before replacement. A 20 year old shingle roof with several leaks in different areas will probably need replaced, but a 10 year old shingle with a few leaks over the garage may just need repaired or a smaller section replaced. Talk to your Sarasota roofing contractor about the details of the leaks & issues and find out if a repair is available instead of replacing the entire roof.


2.) Do you have references?

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Metal Roofing Myths Uncovered

Metal Roofing is becoming more popular in Florida, and has many advantages over traditional roofing materials. While your neighbor may replace the roof of their home many times, a high-quality metal roofing system will likely be the last roof that you will ever need.

 

However, there is several misconceptions about metal roofing and many myths involved. Florida Southern Roofing wants you to be prepared with knowledge about the roofing systems available for your home – and we want you to be confident when choosing to install a metal roof in Florida.

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Repair vs Replace? It pays to know what you want

Repair vs Replace? It pays to know what you want

So your roof is leaking, it needs to be repaired right? Maybe or maybe not. Do you know the age of your roof? What type of roofing system does your home have? There is a lot of points to consider when it comes to either repairing or replacing a roof, and knowing what you want and need beforehand will give you a head start in getting an appropriate estimate.

 

Choosing whether to repair leaks and issues with your existing roof or to invest in a new one can be a hard decision. Today’s economy is uncertain.. Most homeowners have the tendency to just patch up a leak and make do with what they have in hopes that it will solve their roofing problems, at least for a little while. However, when you’re thinking about roofing, that might not be the best idea. If your roof has needed several repairs over the years, is leaking on a large scale, is exposed to strong sunlight (we are in Florida after all!), or is more than 15 years old (Shingle roofs in particular), replacement is likely the best option. Advanced new roofing materials are energy-efficient and will keep you protected better than the roofing material your roof probably currently has, and will also save you money on bills in the future.

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