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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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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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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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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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