What to Do When Your Roof Leaks

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Imagine waking up on any normal weekday and starting your morning routine. Just then, you see it- a puddle of water in the middle of the hallway. You start going through the checks, not wanting to admit that your roof may be leaking. “The dog? Spilt water?” But then, a drop of water falls from the ceiling and lands right in the center of this puddle.

First things first, don’t panic. In times like this, it is best to keep a clear head and walk through the following steps once a roof leak has been discovered:

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Minimize the Damage. Immediately do what you can to protect the interior of your house. Mop up the existing puddle and then find a large bucket or container to place under the dripping water. Any furniture or electronic equipment surrounding the area of the leak should be moved away or covered with plastic.

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Beware of Bubbles. If the leak has begun to pool in the ceiling, it will create a bubble or bulge. It is best to release the built up pressure before it bring your entire ceiling down. Use the tip of a screwdriver or a knife to puncture the bubble and allow the water to drain out.

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Find the Source. Many leaks come from the following areas:

    • Where roof covering is damaged or missing
    • Where flashing around chimneys, vents, or other protrusions is corroded or pulled up
    • Where nails have come loose and left behind holes
    • Clogged gutters

For safety reasons, Gulf Western Roofing does not recommend that any homeowner attempt to get on their roof themselves. However, you can try to do an inspection from the ground to see if any damages are clearly visible. Having this information will be helpful when you call in a professional. If you believe that your gutters are clogged, we’ve created a how-to article for cleaning them, which can be found here.

Keep in mind that your roof may not always be the source of a leak. Damaged internal pipes have a tendency to cause leaks as well. An honest and trained professional roofer like Gulf Western Roofing will be able to tell exactly what the source of your leak is.

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Call in the Professionals. Before attempting to fix any roof leaks yourself please stop and read this article to learn why DIY is not good for your roof. As stated before, Gulf Western Roofing will be able to verify the exact cause of the leak. We will then take the necessary steps to handle it properly, giving you the peace of mind that your roof was repaired correctly.

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When you see or hear the telltale drip of water from your ceiling, don’t panic. Call on the experience of Gulf Western Roofing for your Florida roof repair. We are locally owned and operated, serving our customers with integrity since 1999!

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Which Shingle is Right for Me?

Your roof is something you tend not to think about until you need a new one- but choosing a new roof is a very important process, one that can come with many advantages or disadvantages. Most homeowners are unaware of the many types of roofs that they have to choose from. We invite you to take a journey with us to explore the many shingle options that are available. Shingles can be made of asphalt, wood, metal, slate, or even concrete tile.


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Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most common, mainly due to their relatively long lifespan, ease of installation, and inexpensive price. It offers three profile options and multiple color selections, creating an attractive look to enhance the curb appeal of your home. Although asphalt shingles are the most affordable option, they are also more susceptible to wind damage, and may decay in extreme weather instances such as hail. If you’re considering asphalt shingles, keep in mind that our Central Florida Division Manager, Keith Reece, has almost 15 years of experience in the roofing industry and has installed well over 1,500 shingle roofs.

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Wood Shingles

If you’re looking for a more natural, country-like feel with a lot of character, consider a wooden shingle roof, like the one seen in the 1970’s television series, The Waltons. Compared to asphalt shingle, wooden shingles are much more durable, and with proper maintenance, could last up to 50 years! They are also very easy to install and repair. On the other hand, wood shingle roofs are very susceptible to outdoor elements. Wood shingles are more likely to suffer from degradation by moisture, which may lead to mold and mildew; also, for clear reasons, they also have a very poor fire rating. Consequently, you do not see many wood shingles in the state of Florida.


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Metal Shingles

A relatively new shingle that is slowly increasing in popularity is the metal shingle roof. In contrast to wood shingles, metal shingles are highly fire resistant and require little maintenance. They will not rot or develop mildew, and they have the potential to last 25-100 years. Metal shingles also provides energy savings during the summer months due to their ability to reflect heat. Due to its material makeup and popularity, metal shingles are typically higher in cost and harder to find. If metal shingles are not installed properly you can have an acoustic issue in the building. Properly installed shingles will provide you with a quiet, peaceful environment.

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Slate Shingles

Consider this, the Cathedral at Notre Dame in Paris was completed in 1160 and although the Cathedral has seen many wars, revolutions, fires and renovations, some of the original roof still remains. Slate shingles, like the ones seen on the Notre Dame Cathedral, provide the benefits of being waterproof, frost resistant, and fire resistant. However, slate shingles are justifiably heavier than other shingles. As a result, it’s important to ensure that the structure of your home is capable of handling the extra weight. Although this is the most expensive roof option, slate shingles are known for their aesthetic beauty and durability. With any roof covering, there exist multiple options to be considered, which is why it is always important to do your homework before making a decision. If you are interested in a slate alternative, synthetic slate shingles provide the same protection as a regular slate shingle, but with less weight and cost.

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Concrete Tile Shingles

Because tiles are not flexible, they cannot be considered shingles in the traditional sense, but they can be applied in a similar manner. Like slate shingles, concrete tiles are aesthetically appealing, and incredibly durable, but also come with added weight and cost. With proper care and maintenance, concrete tiles have the potential to last up to 80 years. However, when tiles do get damaged, the cost to fix them can be extremely pricey.
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No matter which shingle option you choose, it is important to understand the advantages and disadvantages each option brings. While some options may bring cost savings up front, others may last longer and provide more savings in the long run. Always consult with an experienced contractor who can walk you through each of the available options in order to help you make the best possible decision.

At Gulf Western Roofing, we are eager to answer any questions you may have. Mike Wheatley, our State Operations Manager, has over 40 years of experience in the construction industry and has been serving the residential and commercial roofing industry in the State of Florida for the past 25 years. Let us put that expertise to work for you. Give us a call today to make the first step to a brand new roof.

Top Ten Mistakes in Purchasing a New Roof

A roof that’s installed with modern materials and methods and then properly maintained will give you many years of hassle-free service. However, if you live in an older home or one that has been damaged by storm or neglect, it may be time to consider installing an entirely new roof.

But as with so many other large purchases, buying a new roof can be a costly and frustrating experience- especially if you don’t avoid making some of the missteps as so many other homeowners have. To help you avoid doing that, we’ve compiled this list of the ten most common mistakes made when purchasing a new roof.

  1. Shopping price only

The price of a new roof will vary depending on the size and location of your home. If you shop around for prices and find that a particular company is well below the average, there may be a reason. In short, cost alone doesn’t determine value; professionalism and quality workmanship should weigh just as heavily in any roof-buying decision.

  1. Buying from the company that can start the soonest

A company that is too quick to respond may not yet have enough business. There’s nothing wrong with being new to an area, but there may be other reasons the company is idle.

  1. Falling for any high-pressure tactics

As with any large purchase, buying under pressure is a bad idea. No matter how good the deal if you ’just sign now,’ don’t buy a roof from a company that insists you sign a contract before you’re ready. You should always demand the right to examine the contract at your leisure.

  1. Signing the contract just because you like the salesperson

Even though you may feel a certain comfort level with a certain salesperson, that shouldn’t drive your roof-buying decision. Remember, sales people are hired for their people skills; most of the time their job is to say to you whatever they need in order to get you to buy.

  1. Forgetting that a deal seemingly too good to be true probably is

While there are legitimate reasons a roofing contractor might offer steep discounts, be wary of those who are too inexpensive. If you’re offered a super bargain, make sure the contractor is using certified, code-approved, and legally obtained materials. Be sure there’s a warranty offered. Ask about hidden costs such as removal of your existing roof, etc. And be sure to ask about references.

  1. Purchasing based on warranty alone

The length of a roof warranty should not be the sole criterion for selecting a roofing contractor. The warranty alone does not necessarily provide assurance of satisfactory roof performance.

  1. Using contractors with no office staff

There’s nothing wrong with using a small mom-and-pop contractor, of course. But roofing properly is a large undertaking, so all other things being equal, a large support staff makes the process that much smoother.

  1. Mistaking advertising for quality

While it may be impressive that a contractor has put down money for an expensive and slick ad campaign, it’s more important that they can perform the work in a quality and professional manner.

  1. Hiring a friend to do the work

Unless your friend is a licensed and insured roofing contractor, this is a really bad idea. Even if your friend is known as a ‘handyman,’ has he ever installed a complete roof? Does he know which areas of the roof are prone to leaks? Does he know how to properly vent a roof? And most importantly, does he offer a warranty?

  1. Doing the work yourself

In spite of the fact that the big-box home improvement centers will try to convince you this is a snap, don’t believe them. On top of the issues we’ve already discussed, there are the obvious safety concerns; ask yourself whether saving a few thousand dollars is worth risking your health or your life. Professional roof contractors are trained in all aspects of installation and safety; even if cutting costs is very important to you, this is the one area in which you should absolutely never skimp.

 

If your home is ready for a new roof, or even if you suspect it may be, don’t fall victim to these, or any other mistakes. Instead, give one of Gulf Western Roofing’s knowledgeable representatives a call. We’ll always tell you the truth about your roof!

Importance of Roof Maintenance

Home ownership is one of the most expensive investments you will make in your lifetime. Why not take care of your home so that it lasts you longer? Your roof protects your family and most of your other assets.

In order to restore your roofing system to its optimal performance, it’s necessary to have a maintenance strategy in place. Studies have shown that a roof that is not regularly maintained will only last about half of its expected service life. Gulf Western Roofing and Sheet Metal’s Roof Assurance Maintenance Program (RAMP) was developed to help thousands of homeowners extend the life of their roof while preventing costly repairs or re-roofs. Having a scheduled maintenance plan in place to inspect the condition of your roof and act at the first sign of deterioration is vital to extending the life of your roof and saving money.

Our RAMP is an exclusive, low-cost solution to many long-term problems that can arise on your roof. Homeowners have the choice between the red, white, and blue key level options. Each level provides a bi-annual inspection of the interior and exterior of the home. After each inspection, the homeowner will be given access to their own online portal where they’ll find photos and a report of the inspection. Should any damages be found, the cost of the maintenance program will apply toward the cost of repairing the damages.

Along with what’s included in the maintenance package of their choice, homeowners can also select from an à la carte menu which includes roof pressure cleaning as well as a roof treatment of Roof-A-Cide® or Nansulate® Crystal, which both provide your roof with exclusive algae-free warranties. Can you imagine not having to pressure clean your roof for years?

As a premier member of our RAMP, you are considered a priority customer, meaning in the event of a storm, your call will take precedence. And if you decide to move before the program’s expiration date, the program will stay with the home and be transferred to the new homeowner. Our RAMP can even be given as a gift to your friends and family members to maintain their homes!

To learn more about the benefits of RAMP and what’s included in each package, visit http://gulfwesternroofing.com/wordpress/maintenance/