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.

04 Dec 2017

Looking to tackle some do-it-yourself roof repair this season? Remember, it’s a long way to the ground and the landing comes quick. Here are tips for staying safe on the roof.

Roof Safety Basics

Wear good shoes. Leave the sneakers and sandals inside, they won’t be up to the task. You’ll want a good pair of rubber-soled work boots with no worn-down thread. This will prevent any slipping and sliding.
Use a sturdy ladder that is level with the ground and has proper booties. Make sure the ladder is tall enough. Most houses require a 24-foot ladder for single story and 28-foot ladder for two stories.
Secure yourself with a roof safety harness. If the roof is higher than 10 ft, consider a roofing hardness to ensure safety.
Clear the Area

Block off work area below the roof and mark the ground beneath to let people know you’ll be working above.
Clearly identify and keep away from hazards such as powerlines and roof pitches.
Keep the roof swept clear of dirt and debris
Have a Buddy

Never work on a roof by yourself. Have a spotter for getting items up and down or use a bucket system for simple supply transporting.
Watch the Weather

Shingles damage easily and may not lie or seal properly in extreme heat or cold.
Wet roofs are slippery and dangerous. Avoid working on the roof during or immediately after rain.
Watch out for wind. It doesn’t take much to create an unsafe situation.
Use Caution

Slate and tile roofs are not only easy to damage walking on them, they pose a falling risk if a tile breaks or comes out.
Secure power tools with short lengths of rope, and familiarize yourself with their safe operation.
Know When to Call the Professionals

If you don’t feel confident tackling the job, leave the work to the professionals.  Handyman Roofing specializes in emergency roof repairs in the Tampa Bay area. With over 35 years of experience, roof safety is our number one priority. Call for fast, friendly service. If you need us, we’ll be there.

04 Dec 2017

During hurricane season, it’s important you take steps to protect your home from damage, and you can start by safeguarding your roof. Although you might feel tempted to overlook the importance of preparing your roof for hurricane season, doing so will put you in more danger than you realize. As long as you follow the right process and prepare for the worst of Tampa weather, you can significantly reduce your odds of receiving hurricane damage. If you don’t know where to start, the following information will point you down the right path.

Trim Your Trees

The powerful winds that come with a hurricane can blow down trees and branches, and the falling debris can harm your roof. Trimming your trees before a hurricane strikes will go a long way to reduce the threat to which you are exposed. When you cut or trim a tree, ensure that you take safety precautions.

Clean Your Gutters

As time goes on, Tampa weather can cause leaves and branches to build up and clog your gutters, and you won’t always notice the problem right away. However, the heavy rainfall of a hurricane can cause your gutters to overflow, and this situation can make your roof leak. Using a ladder and pair of gloves, remove anything that could block the flow of water.

Replace Damaged or Missing Shingles

When you experience a hurricane, the wind can remove weak or damaged shingles without much effort, and the exposed area will make it much easier for the hurricane to cause additional damage to your roof. You will need to get some extra shingles and a set of tools to find and replace problem spots.

Tie Your Roof Down

No matter how strong your roof might be, it won’t be able to withstand the full force of a powerful hurricane on its own. Unless you take steps to prevent this issue from occurring, you can lose your roof before you know it. You can avoid danger by going to the hardware store and buying supplies that will allow you to tie your roof down. Doing so will make it much stronger, and you will have peace of mind once you complete the project.

Get a Roof Inspection

When preparing your roof for hurricane season is at the front of your mind, getting a roof inspection is one of the most critical things that you can do. A roof inspection will ensure that your home is ready for any Tampa weather that you might encounter. While it could cost a little more up front, getting hurricane roof protection is an investment that will offer impressive returns.

At Handyman Roofing, we have over 35 years of experience performing Tampa roofing inspections for our customers. To learn more about our roofing inspection process, please contact us.

04 Dec 2017

Last weekend Hurricane Irma made her way up the Florida peninsula, bringing heavy rain, high wind gusts, power outages, roof damage, and a sense of uneasiness with her. While Tampa Bay was spared the potential catastrophe of what could have been, we know there is still a long road of recovery ahead of us.  The team at Handyman Roofing sincerely hope that you and your loved ones were able to stay safe throughout Hurricane Irma and continue to do so as you work on cleaning up and repairing any damage inside and outside your home.

Our Tampa Bay roofing company is standing by and ready to assist with Hurricane Irma roof repairs and replacements. After a hurricane, it may be obvious that roofing material is lost or a fallen tree has left its mark, but not all roof damage is quick to diagnose. Roofs can leak even if all the roof covering is in place because leaks, especially in heavy or rains of extended duration, can and frequently do occur around, over, and under flashings. These sorts of leaks are difficult to detect.

When assessing your hurricane roof damage, please be careful. Do not attempt to climb on the roof, as the roof may have weakened in the storm causing a dangerous situation. Evaluate the damage from ground level and call in a roofing professional to assess the roof’s structure.

Remember to document damage and take photos. As the damage is hurricane related, your insurance agent will need to assess the situation and determine if you can make a claim.

Windstorm damage is covered under standard homeowners’ policies, both for private homes and privately owned apartments, and under renters’ policies for damage to personal belongings. But there may be significant differences in deductibles and policy parameters may vary when it comes to the storm’s severity. In Florida, you may pay more – up to a 15 percent deductible – depending on your proximity to the coast.

Any rain damage to the interior and your furnishings that occurs because of a hole blown in your building will also be covered, but not if the water is rising from the ground in a flooding situation.

At Handyman Roofing we have been doing hurricane roof repairs and roof replacements since 1978 in Florida.  We’ve helped thousands of families in their hurricane recoveries over the years and are happy to assist with yours. We are state licensed and insured. Contact us today.

04 Dec 2017

The roof of your commercial property is your first line of defense in a Florida storm, which also makes it the most vulnerable. Maintaining your commercial roof can extend its lifespan and reduce unnecessary and costly expenses.

Here’s are top 5 tips for maintaining your commercial roof:

Choose the right type of commercial roofing products. Select materials that offer high performance and durability, even if it means investing a little more up front. Remember, roofing for businesses act as insulation, which helps make your property energy efficient.
Remove all debris and clutter. Debris can trap and hole water, which will promote roof deterioration at a faster rate. Routinely check pipes, skylights, pitch pans, HVAC units and other equipment for leaves, twigs, and other debris, as they are the perfect locations for gathering.
Check all gutters and drains. Routinely pour water down each drain and make sure they are open functioning properly. Clear them of debris or clogs that could lead to leaks.
Trim back any trees that hang over the roof and can cause additional debris. A rogue branch can do a lot of damage in a Florida storm, so it’s best to stay on top of regular tree maintenance.
Schedule regular roof inspections with a professional roof contractor twice a year. A regular roof inspection will review the roof’s condition and detect any issues. It’s best to schedule right before the wet season and right after.
To make sure that your commercial roof continues to function properly, please contact us for your Tampa Bay commercial roofing needs. Call now for a free estimate.

04 Dec 2017

Welcome to the Sunshine State! In the Tampa Bay area we’re thankful to have the opportunity to offer roof replacements year around. However, not all seasons are created equal when it comes to replacing a roof. So when is the best time of year to replace a roof? Let’s break it down:

Spring

Spring is an ideal time of year to replace a roof in Florida. The mild weather and temperature usually makes way for a smooth roof installation without the worry of delay due to rain or wind. However, springtime is also a busier time of year for most Florida roofing contractors and the start of the roof replacement may be pushed back depending on the roof contractor’s workload.

Summer

Summer in Florida usually means high heat, humidity, and daily rain. Summer storms tend to cause project delays, as emergency repairs will take priority over scheduled roof replacements. Our tip is to look at the beginning of the summer, before rain season kicks into high gear. This time of year is typically slower for a Florida roof contractor, which can mean faster timeline for work.

Fall

Fall is Hurricane season in Florida, which mean it’s also the busiest time of year for a roof contractor. Hurricanes cause delays, while emergency repairs will take priority. Our advice when deciding to replace your roof in Florida is to avoid Fall if at all possible.

Winter

We always recommend the winter time as the best time of year to replace your roof in Florida. With hurricane season behind us, the workload begins to slow down, which means your roof replacement will take priority. The cooler weather also allows for quick roof installations and delivery of materials.

No matter which time of year you choose to replace your roof, the team at Handyman Roofing is here to help. Contact us today for your free estimate.