The Roofer’s Blog

South Florida Roofing: Take Care of Your Roof; Save Your Home

  I’d just eaten my Thanksgiving dinner when I came across this article “Take Care of Your Roof; Save Your Home” from TheStreet.com, which contains some common sense advice for maintaining your South Florida roof, including inspecting your roof for: checking the roof framing structure, inspecting the gutters and making sure they are fastened correctly, check the valleys of the roof for debris or leaks, etc. Of course, if you’re not comfortable checking your roof, you should contact a qualified, expert [...]

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3 Kinds of Roofing Shingles to Consider for Your Next Roofing Installation

3 Kinds of Roofing Shingles to Consider for Your Next Roofing Installation For people that aren’t roofers, shingles seem to be all the same – they think “a shingle’s a shingle.” Well, this is not exactly true. Although roofing shingles all serve the same purchase, they each possess different nuances in the way they’re manufactured, their overall durability, etc. Standard Asphalt Roofing Shingles Throughout recent history, these have been the standard type of roofing shingles, mostly because they’re cost-effective and easy to install. [...]

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How To Avoid Roof Damage: A Homeowner’s Guide

How To Avoid Roof Damage: A Homeowner’s Guide Simply put, the main secret to avoiding damage to your roof is to be proactive about the health of your roof. Being attentive to the needs of your roof is easy, you don’t have to do it all that often, and it will save you a great deal of money on repairs from professional roofing contractors. There are many things that can go wrong with your roofing system: shingles can curl or fall [...]

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Equipping Your Roof for a Hurricane

Hurricane season is almost here in Florida, and many people seem to brave the brutal winds every year, without properly protecting their roofs. Since your roof is one of the most important elements of your home, why would you take this risk? Preparing your roof for a hurricane is vital, especially when you live around the Florida coast. Here’s some things to look into: Building codes Local building codes are put in place by experienced professionals, who have seen the extreme [...]

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How to Check if a Roofer Has a License

How to Check if a Roofer Has a License Looking for the perfect roofing contractor to work on your roof, can be an overwhelming task. It’s definitely not a good idea to call the closest or cheapest one you find. A Florida roofing contractor ought to be experienced and friendly, and they also should be able to show you examples of past roofing jobs they’ve done. Perhaps the most important criteria your roofer must possess though, is a roofing license. A [...]

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The Pros and Cons of 4 Popular Roofing Materials

Here’s a quick run down of the some of the benefits and drawbacks of some of the most popular roofing materials in Florida. Composite Shingles Pros Very cost-effective proportionate to durability. Large number of brands, types and colors to choose from. Very fire-resistant. Some are made from recycled materials. Cons Has a tendency to blow away in high winds. Does not have the elegant look of tile. Clay Tile Pros Very long life expectancy. Rot, burn, and insect resistant. Requires little maintenance. Large number of brands, types and colors [...]

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Going “Green” When it Comes to Roofing Materials

Going “Green” When it Comes to Roofing Materials Are you worried you’re not doing enough to minimize your carbon footprint on the earth? Maybe you simply want to save money on your monthly energy bills…whatever the case might be, a good avenue for achieving these things is by choosing the appropriate roofing material. All in all, your roof has the ability to make or break the energy efficiency of your home, so it’s important to weigh the different aspects of [...]

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DIY Tile Roof Repair

DIY Tile Roof Repair Replacing your  broken roof tiles is a fairly easy task. Below you’ll find a common method that has been known to work quite conveniently. Things you’ll need: replacement tiles 2 flat pry bars 1. Position a pry bar under the top right tile, above the tile that is going to be replaced. Make sure that your bar is pointed so that both of the tiles above the broken one are elevated. 2.  Slide your second pry bar under the tile located [...]

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DIY Flat Roof Repair

DIY Flat Roof Repair Unless you have a great deal of experience in roofing, it’s not recommended that you fix a flat roof yourself.  If you find a leak in your flat roof, if vital that it be prepaired properly because even the smallest blister will allow water to get underneath the surface and cause a great deal of damage.  If you’re confident in your roofing skills and are up to the challenge here is an outline of how you [...]

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DIY Roofing Inspections

DIY Roofing Inspections When there’s a real problem with your roof, it’s best to hire an expert to take a look at it, but it’s always good practice for you to get up there periodically, just to see if everything is working the way it should.  After all, the damage from an ineffectively covered roof can be a major inconvenience to your family, and a great deal of money out of your pocket.  So, here are a few components you [...]

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