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23 November 2015
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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...
FSR
23 November 2015
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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?   Things don’t stay new forever though,...
FSR
23 November 2015
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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 c...
FSR
23 November 2015
Blog
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 an...
FSR
23 November 2015
Blog
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 ...
FSR
23 November 2015
Blog
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 y...
FSR
23 November 2015
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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 con...
FSR
23 November 2015
Blog
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 you...

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.

How old is your roof?

The age of your roofing system is a huge factor when it comes to ways to tell you need a new roof. Most roofing contractors agree that an asphalt shingle roof for example will need replaced in around 15 years in Florida, give or take. With the Florida sun and rain storms, shingle roofs just don’t stand up compared to tile or metal. This is not to say that a shingle roof can’t last 30 years, especially with the shingles currently available. Unfortunately, an old roof that is constantly leaking and needing repairs is a bad mix and generally points to the need for a shingle roof replacement.

Follow your neighbours lead

While one neighbour replacing their roof may just be a neighbour looking for something new, pay attention to the homes in your neighbourhood. If a few or a bunch of your neighbours are replacing their roofs, it may be a way to tell you need a new roof. Homes in the same neighbourhood are often times built similarly, and built at the same time. If you have 5 neighbours replacing their shingle roofs, chances are yours may be getting close to the end of it’s life as well. This is also a good way to determine roof age if you’re a new home-owner and are unsure of the age of your roof.

Check your gutters

In the event that you have the most common roofing system in Florida, shingles, you should check your gutters regularly (and with other roofing systems too!). Gutters should be inspected regularly for debris and to make sure they’re draining properly. Clogged gutters can lead to bigger issues in the future. If you notice shingle granules in the gutters it could be a way to tell you need a new roof. Shingles toward the end of their life will start to lose more granules.

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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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Get a roof inspection

The first tip to prepare your roof for hurricane season is to get a roof inspection by a qualified roofing contractor. While there is a few ways to manually inspect your roof yourself that we will discuss later, a qualified roofing contractor has the knowledge and experience to find any weak areas on the roof, and give you a detailed report including life expectancy and estimates for repairs. A detailed roof inspection should include the full report, pictures of your home, and and an estimate for any repairs. Feel free to discuss the inspection report with your roofing contractor and go over ways to secure your roof in the event of a hurricane.

Learn about Roof Tie-Downs

Consider installing roof tie-downs, otherwise known as “hurricane straps” on your roof. Not every roof will need tie-downs but it’s a good idea to discuss them with your Sarasota roofing contractor. Tie-Downs help to brace your roof in very high winds and severe storms such as hurricanes. To prepare your roof for hurricane season, it may be a good idea to invest in hurricane straps if your home needs them.
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Trim your trees

This tip to prepare your roof for hurricane season is also a good practice for your roof any time of the year. Trees that hang over your roof and near your home can be dangerous in a hurricane. When winds pick up, tree limbs can too. Trees are susceptible to disease and it doesn’t take a lot for a diseased limb to snap. If a tree limb falls on your roof it can cause severe damage to your roof and allow water to intrude your home, cause electrical issues, or even hurt someone inside the home where the limb hits. Trees can also cause debris to build up on the roof, especially in the valleys. Leaves, pine needles, sticks, and other debris can form a pile of mulch on your roof. When “mulch” gets wet, it stays wet. This can cause the shingles underneath to deteriorate, and worse, the roofing structure to rot. Trimming back your trees on your Florida roof will ensure that throughout the year you will keep your roof clean and also help your prepare for hurricane season.

Clean your gutters and drainage systems

It’s easy to neglect your gutters and drainage systems throughout the year. In the event of a hurricane or major storm, it’s imperative that you take the time to clean them out prior to a storm. Clear all leaves and debris from gutters and drainage systems. Make sure all down spouts and gutters are clear of debris so that rain water can flow through them. If there is a storm and a build up of debris in your gutter, water not flowing freely can back up and intrude your home. Clean out the eaves of your roof of any debris as well to prevent build up.
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Get out the binoculars

Safety is a major concern when it comes to inspecting your roof yourself. This is why it’s important to hire a professional roofing contractor to do the work. However, there is a few ways you can inspect your roof yourself to locate any issues and then discuss with your roofing contractor. Get up close and personal with your roof using a ladder, but for your own safety there is no need to get up there and walk around. Not only is it unsafe for you, but it’s better for your roof not to walk on it! Instead, pull out some binoculars and work your way around the house noting any problem areas you find. Here’s what to look for when inspecting your roof:

Missing, warped, or broken shingles
Rust spots on flashing
Cracked or worn boots around pipes
Popped up nails that can quickly be hammered down
Shingles that are curling or buckling
Excessive amounts of shingle granules in your gutters (This can signal that your shingles have reached their maximum life)

Not all roof inspections have to be done on the outside. Look for issues indoors as well to pinpoint any issues before they get worse. There are many unforeseen dangers of a leaking roof that you should be aware of. Check for spots and stains on the ceiling, paint that is peeling, damp stains (check if it’s still damp or an old moisture spot) on wood, rafters or wet attic insulation. When in your attic ensure that you can not see daylight!

It’s important that your home is ready for hurricane season, and a major part of your home is your roof. All too often, homeowners neglect to take care of their roof before it’s too late. What could be a simple repair can turn into a costly repair and could lessen the life of your roof. While metal roofing and tile is built to last longer than shingle roofing, shingle roofs that are well maintained can protect your home for many years. Even a metal or tile roof needs to be maintained, regardless of life expectancy. Hiring a licensed roofing contractor to inspect and maintain your roof is a great way to ensure the integrity of your roof, and subsequently your home. If your roof has reached it’s maximum life, it’s important to get ahead of the game and start budgeting to replace the roof.

Florida Southern Roofing would be happy to assist you during Hurricane Season and help you ensure your roof is ready for any potential storm. We can come out and give you a FREE roofing estimate for any repairs or to replace your roof. We also offer inspection and maintenance services for your roof. With over 40 years in roofing, we are your trusted Sarasota roofing contractor.

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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:

Black mold in a homeowners roof

Firstly one of the more serious dangers of a leaking roof: Mold. Mold spreads quickly through the structure of the home, into the HVAC system and subsequently through the home through the vents. Once mold has made it into the HVAC system of a home it can then get into the carpeting, your furniture, and even your clothes. Black mold is the most common mold caused from water intrusion, it is more than just an aesthetic problem; it can actually make you and your family very sick. According to HGTV the most common health concerns are respiratory related. Chronic coughing and sneezing, irritation to the eyes, mucus membranes of the nose and throat, rashes, chronic fatigue and persistent headaches can all be symptomatic of black mold exposure.

Fire Hazard

Is your electrical wiring present in your attic or through your ceiling? This could pose a fire hazard if your roof is leaking. Wires can short out due to water and cause a fire in your home. It is recommended you turn off the electricity to these areas and contact an electrician as soon as possible as well as a roofing contractor to address the root of the problem; the roof leak. Any water in your attic or ceiling poses a threat to the integrity of your home, especially if electrical wiring is exposed to the water.

Slipping and Falling

Another one of the dangers of a leaking roof is for commercial building owners and property managers, mostly. Water from roof leaks can pool on the floor where people could end up slipping. This can be a serious risk for a commercial building that sees a lot of traffic daily. As a homeowner, you or your loved ones may slip and fall when a roof begins leaking in your home and you don’t catch it in time. Not only will you be facing a bill for the roof leak, but unforeseen medical charges may become an issue as well.

Structural Roof Damage

The structural damage that can occur with even a small roof leak is a major concern for homeowners and property managers. Letting a little problem turn into a bigger problem can mean huge problems with your homes structural integrity. Water travels and can find its way under the roof decking. Over time the water will then intrude the roof decking. It can then seep through a wall and then run down the framing. The wood will get soaked and begin to rot and lose it’s strength. The roof will begin to sag and the water will also begin to weaken the foundation. You can also face expensive wood framing repairs if water leaks down into ceiling joists and walls. The ceiling itself can even cave in and cause a huge mess, potentially hurt someone in your home, and will in the long run cost a lot more to fix. Fixing the roof leak early and not letting it get to this stage will save you lots of money in the long run.

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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.

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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.

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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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