What Every New Homeowner Needs to Know About Their Roof

Many residential roofers have been asked over the years what’s the best way to care for a roof in Palm Harbor.  We’ve found that many of these questions come from new homeowners.  To help both first-time and experienced homeowners, we put together what are the key things to know about your roof.  Keep reading and find out how this information can affect both you and your wallet.

What’s the Condition?

The first thing you should check with the roof is if there is any visible physical damage.  You shouldn’t climb on top of your home, but you can contact some Palm Harbor residential roofers to make a thorough inspection for you. They’ll look for everything including:

  • Damaged and worn shingles
  • Holes or exposed gaps water can enter
  • Damage to the gutters, soffits, and flashing
  • Mold and algae growth

After your residential roofers finish their inspection, they will tell you what the problems are and possible solutions.  Neglecting to make even minor repairs could end up creating thousands of dollars worth of other problems.  A leak can lead to water damage for ceilings and walls inside the house, or even mold growth.  Early prevention can save you and your wallet many headaches later on.

What Does Insurance Cover?

Knowing what your homeowner’s insurance covers is a very important thing that should never be overlooked.  When making repairs, contact your insurance agent to find out what building materials are promoted underneath your policy.  Using a material that is different than suggested may change your premium costs.  The last thing anyone needs to is to be caught off guard when their next bill comes in the mail.

Contact an Expert

To get the best idea on what to do with your roof, contact Done Rite.  Their team of residential roofers has been helping out residents of Palm Harbor for over 15 years.  Every job site they work on is treated as if they were working on their own homes.  This mentality provides each customer with the highest quality of craftsmanship and care.  Done Rite will cover everything from minor repairs to total installation and replacement.  If you’re not sure what has to be completed, call them today at 727-771-8747.

The Three Most Common Roof Problems

The roof is often the most overlooked area of the home despite being one of the most important.  Any roofing company in Tampa would be able to tell you that preventative maintenance is hugely important if you want to avoid larger, costlier repairs later on.  While some signs of wear and tear are fairly obvious, others are less so.

Educating yourself and learning what warning signs to look for are the first steps in keeping up on repairs.  Grab a pair of binoculars and observe your roof from the ground.  Once you identify problems you can contact an expert to help you fix them.  Listed below are some of the most common issues that can present themselves.

  • Cracked, dry, loose, or missing shingles. This is perhaps the most common problem you can find.  UV rays from the sun can deteriorate shingles over time.  Wind, water, foliage, and debris can also cause similar problems over extended periods of time.  Shingle issues can also be cause by wildlife, insects and otherwise, as well as ventilation problems in the attic.  If you suspect any problems, you should get into contact with a Tampa roofing company and have them perform a full inspection.
  • Old or damaged flashing. Flashing is material used around vents or other openings as a sealant.  After years of being exposed to the elements, flashing can easily deteriorate.  This provides a chance for moisture buildup and other forms of damage.
  • The gutters. Nobody likes dealing with their gutters, but unfortunately they are hotspots for mold and mildew.  Without regular cleaning, buildup in the gutters can seep into the underside of the roof, causing huge headaches down the road.  If you have large amounts of mildew or mold in your neglected gutters, a Tampa roofing company will be able to assess the damage and provide recommended repairs.

Contact Done Rite Roofing

If you have noticed the above problems or any other questionable conditions on your roof, contact Done Rite Roofing right away.  With over 15 years of experience in the area, Done Rite is made up of well-seasoned workers who can get the job done right the first time.  From small repairs to brand new roofs, Done Rite can do it all while providing several options for financing your project.  Fast, efficient, and great at cleaning up a job site, Done Rite is your go to roofing company in the Tampa Bay area. Give them a call at 727-771-8747.

Green Building Tips and Tricks

Many Tampa residents are wary about green building construction simply because they believe they are going to have to sacrifice modern comforts for the sake of being environmentally friendly. Luckily, with the right construction company helping you, you will be able to feel perfectly comfortable at home, all the while knowing that you are doing your part to help save our environment. When starting an environmentally conscious project, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Indoor Air Quality

Improving the air you and your family breathe every day is crucial. Not only will it help everyone be healthier, but you will be releasing fewer toxins into the air. What are some easy ways to accomplish this?

  • Change the air filters at least once a month
  • Use low VOC paints
  • Replace your chemical cleaners with biodegradable, environmentally friendly cleaners

Lighting

As a green building company, we know that many Tampa homeowners don’t realize just how much their lighting choices can affect the world around them. Making the switch from fluorescents or CFL lights to LEDs instead will not only save you money, but it will help our planet too. LED lights use much, much less energy than other traditional options, last longer and even produce a better quality light.

Appliances

Whether you are building a new home or just updating your existing one, a key component of green building is choosing the right appliances. Making sure they have a high enough SEER rating will allow you to be confident that your Tampa home is as energy efficient as possible. Not only will this save you money on your monthly electric bills, but you will also be helping to reduce the amount of energy we use.

Heating and Cooling

Here in Tampa, keeping our homes cool enough is sometimes a difficult job when you are trying to save energy. An easy green building tip is to install a programmable thermostat, so you know your AC is only working when people are home. You can have it automatically turn off when you leave in the morning, and then turn back on 30 minutes before you get home at night, to ensure you are walking in to a perfectly cooled home. While ceiling fans will not actually change the temperature of a room, they will circulate the cool air, making you feel cooler; this is a great way to cool down without touching the thermostat.

Call Greaves for Your Green Building Needs

Greaves Construction is your go-to choice if you are looking to start a green building project. No matter if you are designing a new home and you want to make sure it is energy efficient or if you are just looking to update your old appliances and save some money each month, Greaves will be able to help you. To get started on your project, call them today at 813-985-2739.