04 Dec 2017

Over time, the seasons come and go, causing weakening and eroding of most shingle types. For most homeowners, a typical roof can last between 15 and 25 years after installation*. Asphalt shingles will probably last about 20 years before needing replacement. Inevitably, a roof repair or total replacement will be necessary. A roofing project is dependent upon many factors, including the type of material needed (shingles, tiles or flat roof) the geography of where the home is located, and the availability of companies to perform the work. Roofing projects can be scheduled for any season, the only prohibiting factors are freezing conditions or rain. The best scenario is when a homeowner has planned ahead to have roof work done and is not making a quick decision due to a festering problem that has become worse.

In the winter, especially in Florida, the milder weather may be ideal for a roof replacement. This is normally a drier season so rain is not in the forecast. Some roofers will appreciate the cooler weather and may be experiencing a slow down in requests. Most shingle manufacturers do not recommend installing below 40 degrees due to adhesion issues. In other parts of the country, winter is not an ideal time for roofing projects.

Spring is a time for opening up the windows and doors, sprucing up the landscaping and taking note of repairs that may have gone unnoticed in the winter months. Investigate any water spots in the ceiling or walls, this is usually the first evidence of a roof issue. This busy time for home improvement may affect the demand for roofing expertise and materials. Start your inquiry process and schedule for your needs early in the season, before summer heat sets in. Don’t be surprised if you are competing with others seeking quotes and specific time frames.

Summer’s extreme temperatures make it uncomfortable to work for long hours outdoors. Shingle installation must be done carefully to avoid damage. Shingles need time to settle and the high heat of summer may soften the asphalt component, making them susceptible to scuffs or tearing during installation.  Late summer is often when roofing requests have ramped up. Plan ahead, roofing service requests tend to start increasing in the second half of the year.

Autumn brings cooler air and preparations for the holidays. Many homeowners like to schedule major renovation work before the new year or before freezing temperatures set in. Fall temperatures are ideal for shingle installation, allowing the seal to take hold as it should. Nationally, this is one of the busiest seasons for roofing contractors.

If you need a roof inspection, maintenance, repair or a replacement, Handyman Roofing is the local authority in the Tampa Bay Area. We are licensed by the state of Florida and fully insured.  Contact us about our services or to request a free estimate.

 

*Actual roof warranty terms are dependent upon products and systems installed. Actual warranty ranges may vary and are explained in plain language before your project starts.

04 Dec 2017

While most homeowners are more concerned with their roof’s longevity and dependability than overall aesthetics. There are places around the world where the roof is an important ornamental piece of architecture. Here are our top picks for famous roofs around the world.

Domed Roofs of Santorini, Greece

The famous iconic churches with indigo domed roofs are in Oia and Fira on the island of Santorini, Greece. The striking color combination of white and blue is thought to reflect the colors of the Greek flag which was banned for 400 years during Ottoman rule. The dome shape roof allows strong winds or storm surges to pass over without creating structural pressure.

Much of the construction incorporates the surrounding mountainside. The walls are made of lightweight stone called pumice. The pumice provides maximum air-flow to cool for summer and insulate for winter. Local volcanic ash is used to create the white-washed colors of these unique buildings.

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal in Agra, India is an incredible complex of five major structures surrounding the center which is actually a mausoleum. It took 22 years to build, completed in 1653 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, as a memorial. The name was derived from the Shah’s deceased wife, Mumtaz Mahal, meaning “Crown Palace”.

The main tomb’s domed roof is made up of many types of white marble bricks from as far away as China, Tibet, Arabia and Afghanistan. Up to 28 different varieties of semi-precious and precious gems were used for the decorative inlay work. More than 1,000 elephants were employed to transport the construction materials.

Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is an architectural icon due to its unique roof structure. The shell-type design is made up of over a million individual tiles, imported from Sweden. The roof structure is a series of precast concrete panels with a concrete, rib-shaped understructure. During the early design years, the project was one of the earliest cases of structural analysis by computer. The design team went through twelve different takes on the roof shells to find the optimal, workable form. The shells were finally created as sections of a sphere allowing the varying length of arches and segments to be placed next to each other, forming a sphere-like illusion. Designed by Jorn Utzon, the Sydney Opera House formally opened in late 1973, after a 13 year construction.

Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall

One of the newest iconic structures in the category of ‘green roofs’, is the Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall in Fukuoka, Japan. This amazing architectural wonder is situated in the middle of a busy, high-tech city. The building is a combination of commercial and open green space featuring 15 green terraced steps that can be explored like a park with walking paths, gardens and reflection pools. The designer is Emilio Ambasz, a specialist in ecological architecture.

Photo credits:

Santorini Photo: By Rambling Traveler (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Taj Mahal Photo: By Rajesnewdelhi (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Sydney Opera House Photo: By John Hill (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Fukouaka Prefectural Internal Hall Photo: By Pontafon (Photo created by Pontafon) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

04 Dec 2017

Get ready for the holidays with outdoor decorations and lights! Here are a few tips when hanging holiday decorations. A little advance planning will ensure you get the decorating done efficiently, lights hanging the way you want, and without damage to your roof.

•   Have a design plan. On paper, sketch a diagram of the house with the lines and angles where you want lights to hang. Often, homeowners outline front of the home, following the roof line and gables. Incorporating lights around doors, posts or windows also adds to a high impact display.

•   Avoid overloading circuits. Locate electrical outlets and get an idea of the circuit you are using and the max wattage.  Most household circuits are 15 or 20 amps. Know what your circuit limits are ahead of time and plan accordingly to avoid any outbreaks of fire.  You’ll also want to measure how many feet of power cord will be needed, connecting from the power source to the roof line.  Use newer, high quality UL listed power cords and timer devices that are made for outdoor use. Avoid frayed or damaged wires, as well as bad bulbs. Always test light strings while on the ground to make sure they are working properly

•   Use clips. Avoid roof damage by hanging lights with clips. For gutters, the clips usually attach over the lip and face down. For shingled roofs, clips tuck in under the shingle, opposite the way you would hang on a gutter. Never hang lights directly from shingles. If you have a metal roof, magnetic clips are an easy way to hang lights. We recommend attaching clips to the light strings while on the ground. Patiently take light strings up the ladder and attach to the roof line one at a time.  Be consistent in placement of clips and pull the light strings slightly taut for the best presentation.

•   Secure inflatables. If you are putting an inflatable on the roof, ensure stability with a 50lb. sand bag attached as an anchor. Larger inflatables can be installed with a wooden frame platform for the display to sit on. Tie a rope with a weighted anchor to the platform and drape down the other side of the roof.  On windy days, always turn inflatables off or remove them to reduce risk of injury.

•   Take your time. The less time you have to spend on the roof, the less risk for injury. Always have a helper on the ground when installing any kind of display on your roof. That includes installations for lights, inflatables or mounted decorations.

With a little advance planning, you can easily create a holiday display that will project warm wishes to everyone who passes by. Have fun with the creative possibilities!

04 Dec 2017

Prevention is always better than cure, and when it comes to your roof, preventative maintenance is the single best thing you can do to keep your roof in good shape, stop leaks, and save money in the long run. Here’s a look at the top causes for roof leaks, and the best preventative measures you can take to stop them.

Excess Debris

Excess debris consisting of sticks, pine needles, and leaves can trap water against the roof and allow it to seep in by capillary action. Gutters can become clogged with debris build up, which can slow water flowing off the roof, giving it time to soak through.

Keep your roof free of debris by trimming overhanging trees regularly. Make sure to perform regular gutter cleanings by removing debris and flushing the gutter to check for proper flow.

Flashing

Flashing is a strip of metal used to stop water from penetrating the junction of a roof with another surface, such as a chimney or a skylight. Leaks are common around chimneys and skylights because over time the flashing sections may slide out of place due to missing nails or caulk drying and cracking over time. Improper installation is usually a culprit.

Regular roof inspections will discover poor flashing. Replacing flashing should resolve any issues.

Holes

The removal of TV antennas or other rooftop installations can leave behind small holes. The remaining holes can lead to small leaks and eventual greater issues.

Age

A properly maintained roof can last for decades, but even with the best care, there will come a time when a roof needs to be replaced. Exposure to the intense Florida sun and temperature fluctuations can accelerate deterioration and may cause roofing materials to become brittle and crack over time.

Don’t wait until you have an emergency situation on your hands, pay attention to smaller issues indicative of roof aging and know when to make the right call for a roof replacement. Slight curling of shingles, dark spots, cracked sealant, blistering paint, and rising electric bills are just a few signs to look out for.

At Handyman Roofing we have been doing roof repairs and replacements since 1978 in Florida.  We specialize in Shingle, Tile and Flat Roofs. We are state licensed and insured. Contact us and we will provide you with a free estimate on a repair or replacement today.

04 Dec 2017

Having solar panels installed on your roof is a cost-effective and eco-friendly way to seek out clean energy for your home, especially for Florida homeowners. Even if you have the most advanced solar panel technology installed, you can be in for serious problems if the condition of your roof is not taken into account. Before you cost yourself money and headaches, make sure that your roof is in the best condition possible to have the panels installed.

1. Get a Roof Inspection.

This step is crucial to make sure that there are not any pre-existing problems with your roof. Even if you may not be able to spot a leak from inside your house, there could be other damage to your roof that you may not know about.

Solar panels are a long-term commitment, and you want to make sure your roof is in the best shape possible before installation. Any elements of wear or tear can advance quickly under the weight of solar panels and lead to long term problems with sagging, dry rot, and a host of other issues. An experienced roofing contractor can inspect your roofand let you know whether it’s ready to install solar panels.

2. Consider Upgrading Your Roof.

If you install new solar panels on an old roof, you could be in for a disaster. If you have reliable solar panels installed, you can expect them to last around 20 years before they need replacing. If you have less than that amount of life left in your current roof, then you might find yourself paying extra down the line to have your roof upgraded and the solar panels removed.

Save money in the long run by matching up the life of your roof with the life of your solar panels. If you’re unsure of the age of your roof, consult with a roofing professional to help pinpoint the age based on roofing materials and how long you’ve lived in the home.

3. Check Out Your Contractor.

If you do not hire an experienced contractor for your solar panel installation, you could be in for an unpleasant surprise. Your roof needs to be treated with care during the installation process so that you do not end up with unexpected damage. A responsible contractor will exercise caution while installing the panels on your roof and will know how to avoid damaging it in the process.

4. Be Prepared for the Cost of Maintenance.

When you make plans to have solar panels installed, you should anticipate having to get inspections and general maintenance done regularly. If you let pools of water or debris accumulate under the solar panels, you could be inhibiting your energy efficiency and wearing down your roof faster than it should be deteriorating. To protect your investment in solar panels, factor routine maintenance of your roof and panels into your budget in advance.

With a little advance planning, you can enjoy the benefits of solar panel technology for years to come. Ready to get started? Contact Handyman Roofing for a roof inspection and start prepping your roof today.

04 Dec 2017

When spring comes around, thoughts turn to landscaping, gardening and exterior home improvement projects like staining the deck and painting trim. With all of this emphasis on the ground and sides of the house, the roof often gets neglected. This very important part of your home benefits greatly from a seasonal inspection to make sure everything is okay. Taking care of small issues is much easier than dealing with big problems. We’ve put together a few tips on spring cleaning your Florida roof to keep it in tip-top shape.

Spring cleaning roof tips for Florida homeowners

1.       Start early in the season.

Early spring is the best, and most comfortable, time to inspect your home’s roof. This way, you will avoid the extreme heat of the summer.

2.       Clean gutters and downspouts.

Between birds, squirrels and the weather, gutters can collect a large amount of leaves, twigs and other debris. If debris gets clogged up in the downspouts, rain water can overflow causing structural damage to the roof. Gutters that are full of water are heavy, which can cause them to pull away from the roof and fall off. After unclogging the downspouts, rinse out the gutters with a garden hose.

3.       Inspect shingles, pipes and chimneys.

Check for loose, buckling or missing shingles. Inspect around pipes, flashing and chimneys for loose or missing pieces.

4.       Check for algae or fungus.

When an area of the roof stays damp for too long, algae and fungus can start to form. If it is not treated, it can eat through the roof and cause damage. You should also check inside the house for water damage on ceilings and walls. This can be a sign of a leaking or moldy roof.

5.       Trim tree branches.

Tree branches can scrape against the roof and cause damage to shingles or structural parts of the roof. Trimming branches prevents the roof from getting too much shade and moisture, which can result in the growth of mold or fungus.

If you are unable to inspect your roof, or feel that you need a professional opinion, give Handyman Roofing a call for a free roof inspection. We have more than 35 years of experience in providing roof inspections that identify specific concerns and prevent potential problems.

04 Dec 2017

If you’re looking to sell your home in the near future, you may have a running checklist of home projects to complete before you officially go on the market. Updating your landscape, freshening up the paint, and decluttering your living space are easy economical improvements, but what about replacing or repairing your roof?

When people are looking to buy a new home, one of the main areas of concern is the status of the home’s roof. According to Remodeling Magazine, homeowners in Florida can expect to see on average a 69.3% return on a full roof replacement and 61.7% for minor rehab. That’s a lot of capital to miss out on if you choose to ignore your roof. Of course, there are other factors that can come into play with that number. How old is your roof? Has it been properly maintained? And how’s the current housing market in your area?

The first thing you want to do before making any major decision is get a full roof inspection from a licensed roofing contractor. The inspection will reveal any potential issues with the roof and a roofing contractor can provide recommendations on whether a full roof replacement or minor repairs would suffice.

The age of your roof is also a major factor when selling a house. If your roof is nearing the end of its life, the buyer will take that expense and burden into consideration when making an offer.  If you’re unsure of the age of your roof, consult with a roofing professional to help pinpoint the age based on roofing materials and how long you’ve lived in the home.

Before selling, you should review your local housing market and what conditions similar houses in your potential price range are in. If the market is flooded with similar houses and conditions, then a new roof may be a major incentive to potential buyers. If the market is quiet, without a lot of inventory available, then the better option may be selling the house as-is and pricing your home accordingly. In the right market, selling your house as-is at a lower price point may work in your favor and could attract multiple buyers in a bidding war.

When you’re ready to sell your home, don’t hesitate to reach out to Handyman Roofing to assist you with your needs. From comprehensive roof inspections to roof repairs to full roof replacements, we’re here to make sure your roof is in the best shape possible before going on the market. Contact our team today and get started with your free estimate.

04 Dec 2017

Your home’s roof is one of its first lines of defense against the outdoor elements, which is why roof maintenance is so important. In Florida, things can get really dicey when extremely hot temperatures, high humidity and the potential for hurricane-force winds are added to the roofing equation. A roof’s materials have a lot to do with its expected useful life, energy efficiency and life cycle costs. Some of the most common roofing materials are asphalt, clay tile, concrete tile, metal, cedar and slate. Since asphalt is the most popular roofing material for American homes, it is good to evaluate its pros and cons for Florida roofing projects.

Benefits of Asphalt Roof Shingles in Florida

Easy Installation
Asphalt shingles are lightweight, rectangular-shaped and flexible. These attributes make them simple and safe to install by a qualified roofing professional. Florida roofs come in a variety of designs that contribute to the architectural detail of structures. Asphalt shingles easily adapt to standard and unconventional roof angles for beautiful results.

Color and Style Choices
As roof material manufacturing continues to improve, homeowners have an increasing number of choices when it comes to asphalt shingle color and style. While you can get high quality asphalt roof shingles in nearly any shade, it is the variety of textures and patterns that are most impressive. For instance, these shingles can be crafted to look like significantly more expensive cedar shake tiles.

Meets Industry Performance Standards
Not all asphalt shingles are manufactured equally. While low-end asphalt shingles have a tendency to lift up during high winds, premium asphalt-based roof shingles like the ones offered by our preferred manufacturer Owens Corning are made to meet industry standards for wind, impact and fire resistance. Tampa Bay roofing projects also require asphalt shingles that are treated with algaecides due to the area’s high humidity levels.

Affordable
The price that you will pay for the materials and labor of an asphalt roof in Florida is much less than what you can expect to pay for one that is made from materials such as clay or concrete tiles. These materials are heavier, and they require specialized training to install professionally.

Cons of Asphalt Shingles for Florida Roofs

Less Energy Efficient Than Other Materials
When you’re considering the best roofing shingles for energy efficiency in Florida, materials other than asphalt may offer more benefits. Asphalt shingles absorb a lot more heat than metal or clay tiles, which can increase the temperature inside of a home by as much as 20%. Modern attic ventilation can help mitigate this issue with asphalt roofs.

Shorter Lifespan Than Other Roofing Materials
There is a reason why many Tampa Bay roofing projects utilize clay tiles instead of asphalt shingles. Clay tiles are naturally more durable than asphalt shingles. A high-quality asphalt shingle roof can last up to 30 years, but a clay tile roof can last a century with proper maintenance.

Not a True Green Building Material
While asphalt shingles are a cost-effective option for many homeowners, they aren’t currently the best roofing shingles for the environment. Asphalt shingles are made from petroleum products, which increases the industry’s dependence on fossil fuels. Recycling programs exist in some areas for end-of-life asphalt shingles, but most of these discarded building materials end up in landfills.

Lose Aesthetic Appeal in Extreme Heat
One of the decided benefits of using architectural asphalt roof shingles is how great they look for the money. However, the extreme heat of Florida summers can cause them to lose their good looks faster than usual. Extreme heat causes asphalt shingles to lose their color and crack due to continuous expansion and contraction.

If you are considering a new roof or need roof repairs in Central Florida, give the experts at Handyman Roofing a contact us for a free consultation.

04 Dec 2017

Handyman Roofing was honored to recently be a part of Owens Corning’s Roof Deployment Project. The project is designed to show this country’s gratitude to our soldiers by donating roofing materials and labor. We were able to help a local Tampa Bay military family with a new roof.

 

The Roof Deployment Project is available throughout the country for Owens Corning™ Platinum Preferred Contractors. For more information on the Project, or to find out how you can get involved, visit RoofDeploymentProject.com.

04 Dec 2017

Those who reside in sunny Florida enjoy incredible weather, beautiful surroundings and an abundance of fun activities, but the area’s hot temperatures can become a real problem. You might find it uncomfortably warm inside of your Florida home during several months of the year, and that’s not always the fault of the air conditioner. In fact, indoor temperatures may be too warm because your home isn’t equipped with an energy efficient roof. For Florida homeowners, a cool roof that works to reflect the rays of the sun is always the best option.

Improve Your Roof Today

Here at Handyman Roofing, we can make your home cooler and more comfortable with these tips that use energy efficient roofing options and materials.

1. Ditch That Black Roof

Many roofs are made up of dark-colored shingles, and this type of roofing absorbs the heat. Your home’s roof temperature may reach up to 175 degrees on a hot summer day, and all of that extra heat filters right down into your living area. However, a light-colored roof will reflect light and heat away from your home so that it will naturally feel cooler inside. We can install a new roof with lighter colors, or it may be possible to apply a special cool coating to your existing roof. Either option allows you to save money on your energy bills.

2. Consider Tile Roofing

This energy efficient roofing option is absolutely perfect for the Florida climate because it naturally reflects sunlight and absorbs moisture. You’ll save money on your energy bills with this cool roof, and it will also increase your property value. Creative folks will enjoy the many different shapes and colors that we have for you to choose from because it allows you to create a truly unique roof.

3. Get the Right Roofing Insulation

You won’t end up with an energy efficient roof if it doesn’t come with the proper roofing insulation. A well-insulated roof can save you money by greatly reducing your need for air conditioning. Our roofing specialists will choose the best insulation based on your roof type.

Choose an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor

Here at Handyman Roofing, we’re proud of the fact that Owens Corning recommends us as a preferred roofing contractor in the Tampa Bay area. Our well-trained roof installers are professional and friendly, and we’re available to take care of any type of roofing need. Contact us today for a free estimate.