Commercial and Residential Roofing Contractor Key West
At Key West Roofing all of our work is backed by our craftsmanship, which insures that you are getting expert roof repairs, installation, and maintenance every time we work on your roof. Our roofing company have years of Commercial and Residential Roofing Repair experience and has developed a name as one of the area’s top roofers. We understand the importance of having a fully functional roof and we hope to serve you, so contact us as soon as possible if you notice any leaks or areas that require immediate attention. Key West Fl is known for excessive winds caused by hurricanes which can cause roof damage and emergency roofing repair emergencies. Give us a call today for an estimate.
How to Choose a Roofing Contractor
Choosing a good roofing company
Selecting the right roofer to avoid problems and selecting a properly certified and high quality roofing contractor is a difficult task for the consumer who is unfamiliar with the roofing industry. Roofing in the Florida Keys area is an unregulated industry but is starting to receive attention for inspections by Osha and the Key West authorities due to some not so qualified roofer taking advantage of residents after resent hurricanes. It is important to select certified roofers who will be in business to honor their warranty in the future preferably local resident roofer. There are a large number of roofing contractors who are not certified and have both low quality installations and poor workmanship. The average start-up business is usually closed within a few years, and may be out of business when potential roofing problem could arise.
RECOGNIZING THE SIGNS OF A ROOF PROBLEM
It’s probably been a while since you’ve had your roof inspected, you first need to identify and fix any major problems.
Signs of serious problems may be apparent even from inside your house or commercial property. Water can stain a ceiling and show where the leak is generally at, which can be caused by a crack or hole in the roof. You should understand that even the smallest leak can be a sign of a big problem. So, if the building has signs of mold or odors inside, this may indicate a roof leak resulting in water leaking in. While internal water damage maybe a sign of trouble above, it’s important to visually inspect the roof itself to find the problem that can likely turn worse over time.
Depending on the slope of the roof and access, inspections sometimes can be done by the owner, but in some cases, it makes sense to hire a professional roofing contractor to make sure the job is done correctly. Even when you are hiring a professional, reviewing the problems may help you to understand the importance of the need for action.
Questions that can help you select a Professional Roofing Contractor
How long has the roofing company been in business..?
An well-known company will most likely be around should any problems arise.
Does the company have a permanent business office address, phone, and email..?
Does the company supply a written contract and estimate..?
All job requirements and prices should be supplied in writing. Most established roofing companies with a financial stability usually do not require a deposit.
Check to see if the company is a member of the Better Business Bureau.
Is the roofing company you’re researching registered with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and do they have liability insurance?
An established company should be in good standing and at least liability insurance.
Check to see if the roofing contractor is part of local and national industry associations.
Look for a roofing business who is a certified installer of the products they offer.
Certified contractors can offer stronger warranties on the type of products they install and follow installation guidelines.
Roofing Businesses That Offers Emergency Service.
A contractor who offers emergency service will be able to address the problem quickly
Ask for references from previous customers.
A reputable company should have a long list of satisfied customers.
Look for established, licensed or bonded professionals.
Obtain several bids for services.
Ask for references that specifically include other commercial buildings in your area.
Ask to see certificates of insurance.
Again, Make sure the bid clearly defines the work that will be done
If your new roof is being installed on a preexisting house or commercial building, make sure all decks are covered from any damaged that may accrue from removing the preexisting material as part of the contract.
Receive in writing the warranty. Confirm what is and is not covered. Keep copies of your warranty of work performed to assist in your finale inspections.
A maintained roof is absolutely necessary to protect your building or business that it is conducted within it. Maintenance can result in huge of savings when compared to the cost of damage from an undetected leak or roof failure.
Know if Your Shingle Roof needs to be Replaced or Repaired
- Curling or Clawing Shingles
Curling or clawing shingles come from both aging and excessive heat. Curled or clawing shingles are susceptible to wind uplift. Shingles will break easily and have lose edges.
2. Missing shingles and Bare Spots
Poorly placed downspouts, can cause a waterfall effect that washes away shingles over time. An aging roof system can also cause bare spots and a loss shingles. When the shingle is lost the shingle begins to harden from heat and sun exposure. Shingle loss on a roof and shingle decay and can become an entry point for water.
Broken Damaged Shingles
3. Broken or Missing Shingles
Broken singles weaken a roofs ability to shed water and can be an entry point of water. Two common causes of damaged shingles are excessive wind and damage.
Buckling Shingles Roof
4. Buckling Shingles
Buckling shingles are visible that usually run vertically on a roof slope. Buckled shingles are highly susceptible to wind and can be torn off easily. Poorly installed underlayment is a common causes of buckling shingles.
5. Damaged Flashing
Flashing under and around skylights, and eaves and chimneys are all subject to separation, The flashing can lift and separate due to contraction. Expansion will cause fasteners to become loose and the flashing to lift allowing water to enter.
If you see some of the signs mentioned you may need to have your roof repaired or replaced by a certified roofing company. A leaky roof is not always immediately noticed on the inside but it can damage insulation and decks causing replacement costs that can really hurt your pocket. Call a professional roofing contractor before your problems become worse.
How to Handle a Roofing Emergency Disaster
When Your Roof Suffers from Hurricane Storm Damage
As a homeowner you never when your home will be hit by Mother Nature and damaging weather. You need to have a clear understanding of the steps that should be taken when the roof of your home or commercial property has been damaged. Windstorms, severe rainstorms and hurricanes can all cause damage to a house or commercial roof.
1. Inspecting and Accessing the Damage to Your Roof.
The first step after severe weather is to assess the damage. Assessments can help you find and evaluate your needs with your or contractor and avoid unforeseen costs.
When looking at your residential or commercial roof to identify damaged areas estimate the general square foot area that has been damaged. Write down the amount of the damage, and look carefully to see if there are areas with missing shingles.
Document the areas that are exposed. Check for exposed plywood and tarpaper. Look at the color of the shingles and the shade, even look for exposed Tarpaper. If you’ve had your roof repaired before the packaging will have the shingle color stamped on the end of the packaging.
2. Making Temporary Fixes.
Repairing a damaged roof
If the roof is damaged in an area above a living space, the interior can be damaged by leaking water. Be sure to place a bucket or garbage can to prevent further interior damage. Some damage may need to be waterproofed immediately.
3. Contacting your insurance company.
Contact your insurance company. After making sure the damage is large enough to be covered through home insurance, it may be more suitable to hire a company directly for any repairs rather than running it through your insurance provider. In times of natural disaster, such as a hurricane, or when large residential areas are hit by a storm or other severe weather, it can be beneficial to use your homeowner’s insurance as contractors can become busy.
4. Contacting a reliable Roofing Contractor to repair the roof.
If you decide to hire a private roofing contractor, always hire a professional certified business. Avoid roofing companies who are in the area because of a natural disaster as stated previously. Traveling contractors who follow storms have no reputation to uphold and may provide substandard workmanship. Hire a properly qualified locally known contractor.
Homeowners in the Florida Keys can request a free estimate or visit the Quality Roofing phone number at the top of the page for more information about shingle roof repairs performed by Quality Roofing.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
The best way to avoid roof-related problems and strengthen weather resistance is through regular care and preventive maintenance. Proper maintenance also prolongs the life of a roof and in many instances will allow for “repair” instead of “replacement” when a problem is identified. The frequency of inspections for routine maintenance depends on several factors, including the age of the roof, recent weather events, rooftop foot traffic, and conditions identified during previous inspections. That said, scheduling inspections every 6 months (fall and spring) is an effective way to make sure they are not sidetracked by the press of other important business.
Keep This in Mind:
All inspectors should develop a repair plan for the items that indicate signs of problems described above.
After a severe windstorm or hurricanes, inspect your roof for damage, as repeated storms can reduce the strength of the roof. Even if the roof survived a storm, it may have been damaged or weakened enough to fail during the next storm, or the one after that.
Inspectors should look for signs of previous leaks or other problems to make sure that repairs have stayed intact.
Remove any loose debris
A clean roof eliminates materials that have may hold moisture, which can speed up the deterioration of the roofing materials.
Prevent branches from accumulating on the roof and clogging drains and gutters.
Check gutters for leaves and other debris that will prevent proper drainage.
If located in a hurricane area, make sure the gutters include straps.
Make sure rooftop vents are well sealed. Seal any gaps.
After a hurricane contact your insurer and have the roof inspected even if you are not aware of any damage.
Speaking with a professional roofing contractor may be helpful with any concerns after a severe storm or hurricane. A good maintenance check or review of the roof should be completed even if you’re not sure of any damage just for a peace of mind. The roofing inspector can also help to determine the health of the roof, estimate the remaining life of the roof and help you develop a maintenance plan.
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