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Top Eco-Friendly Roofing Options

Top Eco-Friendly Roofing Options

Currently, many people are now looking for eco-friendly choices when it comes to their home. Specifically, in roofing, individuals are now looking for more energy-efficient, environmentally friendly and affordable material.

Do such roofs exist? Read more to learn about all the green choices you have for your roof:

Slate Tile Roof

Known for its natural components and durability, clay and slate tiles have quite a history and are still widely used today. More durable than any other materials, clay and slate tiles can last up to 100 years. These tiles can be found in lighter colors, other than the red clay tiles. The greenest option from this bunch is the salvaged tile, which is made of usable tiles from landfills.

Although slate tile roofing can be expensive, it is an elegant and great choice if you’re going for the Spanish-style or traditional look for your home.

Asphalt Shingle Roofing

If you’re looking for an attractive and affordable green deal, then this one’s definitely for you. Today’s shingles come with an increased life-span. They can last around 30 years with proper maintenance.

As asphalt is one of the most recyclable materials in the world, it will not degrade as much over time and can ensure durability for your roof. Asphalt is also known to withstand hurricane conditions such as extreme temperature and high-force winds. This is critical, especially down here in South Florida.

Whether you’re worried about hurricane season, saving money, or going green, this choice has it all!

Standing-Seam Metal Roof

Going for a metal roof is definitely a great choice if you want something that reflects light while still having a classy look. Standing-seam metal roofs are known to be 100 percent recyclable and a great investment for anyone, not just those looking to go green.

Depending on your circumstances, metal roofs may be a greater advantage and may save you money in the long run.

Wood Shake Roof

Installing biodegradable and completely natural wood shingles are a great option if you’re into the native and organic look. With various shades of reds, ambers, golds, and browns, this roof will give your home an exotic look, while still staying green. The wood-inspired roofs are usually known to be resistant to moisture, UV rays, and insect damage. They are a lot more adaptable to weather conditions than any other roofing materials that may be more susceptible to the elements.

Wood shingles are also known to be natural insulators which allow better cooling temperatures during the summer, and warmth during the winter.

With the green movement on the rise, more and more homeowners are searching for eco-friendly solutions. When it comes to your roof, it is important to make the correct choice based on your preferences and financial capabilities. Although some options tend to reach a higher price range, it is at times a great investment and worth the buy.

Whether you need a new roof installation or maintenance for your home, Aastro Roofing has a dedicated team that can help. Contact us now.

Don’t Be Fooled by Tile Underlayment_ Is Installation Done Properly

Don’t Be Fooled by Tile Underlayment: Is Installation Done Properly?

It is important that when getting tile underlayment installation done in your own home, that you know the process well. Some companies will claim to convince you that they are experts in tile underlayment, as they rely on the fact that you wouldn’t be able to know the difference between a good job and a bad one. After all, you’re hiring them because you’re not an expert.

Yet, even if you’re not a professional in the field, you can always have at least a few indicators that the installation of tile underlayment is done correctly:

Proper Tools

What’s a successful job without its tools? Before doing anything, make sure that the roofing expert brings a ladder, a utility knife, corrosion-resistant nails, a hammer, a carpenter’s level, a tape measure, and a chalk line. It is also very important to have the manufacturer’s guidelines for the preferred underlayment you chose. This will be ideal, as you should install the tile roofs quickly after the underlayment installation.

The Process

To start, the roofing underlayment should be unrolled in the same length to reach the roof where the segments meet. With the utility knife, the underlayment should be cut. It should then be nailed to the sheathing with the corrosion-resistant nails so that it is great enough to infiltrate at least 3 to 4 inches into the sheathing. The nails should be spaced 12 inches apart along the external edge of the underlayment.

Horizontally 5 feet of the underlayment should be unrolled so that one long edge is even with the bottom edge of the roof. Using the carpenter’s level, the underlayment should be arranged so that is properly square and level. Secure the bottom edge with the same nails as mentioned in the previous step. The nails should be spaced 24 inches apart. The top edge, however, should be secured with nails separate of 36 inches.

Continue unrolling the underlayment and adjust accordingly. The adding of underlayment should be continued until the row is finished, and so forth. When getting to the last length, it should be folded at least 6 inches over the peak. It is critical to secure that edge on the opposing side of the roof, with nails separated 12 inches apart before finally sealing.

Hiring Experts

It is very important to constantly be on the lookout that things are done properly on your roof. Individuals hired for roofing services may at times miss something or skip a step. Although this work is indeed done on the roof of your home, it wouldn’t hurt checking up on them whenever possible.

Tile underlayment can get expensive if you do not hire the correct roofing experts. If you do not know what a successful underlayment installation looks like, you may have issues such as misplacement and an unstable roof on the long-term. This will then cause you to spend more money on repairs.

Whether it is a tile installation, roof maintenance, or roofing repairs, you should always hire the right people. This is why Aastro roofing experts are here to help. We are dedicated to extraordinary and efficient work at all times. Contact us now to learn more.

Rooftop Solar Panels

Rooftop Solar Panels: A Do or a Don’t?

Although quite costly, determining whether solar panels should be installed on your roof, can come down to a few different factors. It can be a smart long-term investment, or you may not see any returns.

Whether you’re a new homeowner, or simply want to know more about saving more money when it comes to your roof, it is important to know all the facts before making a decision.

Here, at Aastro Roofing, we are experts in the field. We want to help guide you. Here’s what you should consider:

How much are you paying for electricity?

Your electricity bill may very well be the determining factor on whether you install solar panels. It may be a good idea to do a little math to figure out exactly how much you are saving. The electricity company charges per kilowatt-hour (kWh), which varies depending on where you live. In some areas, you can pay as little as eight cents per kWh, and in some 20 cents or even more.

Basically, solar panels would be most beneficial for homeowners with high electricity bills. When you choose solar panels, you replace standard power in your home, to a mini power plant that is installed on your roof. This drastically changes the amount of money you will spend on electricity bills every month.

How much does the solar panel system cost?

Installation prices will usually vary depending on the company you choose, and the equipment used. If you opt for cheaper solar panels, you may believe that it is saving you money, but it is better to invest in higher-quality equipment for the long-run.

It is important to familiarize yourself with all the solar panel options out there and to choose the one that fits best with your needs or financial standing. There are also ways to reduce the prices of these installations. You may be eligible for governmental incentives, such as the solar tax credit. These rebates or advantages were established in order to encourage customers to go solar.

Is your home a good candidate?

Although it would be great if every home was ideal for solar panels, not all are. To maximize what your solar panels can do, you will typically need to have a roof that is facing south. If your roof is facing west, or south-west, for example, it may still be reaping some of the benefits, but not to its greatest potential. Your roof should also normally be unshaded during sunlight hours.

How are you financing your solar panel system?

In either case that you choose to buy or lease the solar panels, it will have a great impact on your home’s long-term value. If you have a stable financial situation with enough to make a purchase in cash, you will be able to save the most money. While solar leases or agreements require zero money down, they come with a compromise–the total savings will be similar to 10 to 30 percent of your electricity bill.

Choosing to go solar is not an easy decision, and it is important to consider all the factors before going all in. If you do decide that this is the right option for you, make sure that you are applying for potential benefits or rebates in order to reduce costs.

If you’re looking for a dedicated team of roofing experts for all your needs, contact us now. Whether you need a new roof, repairs or maintenance services, we have your back.

Fire Suppression and your roof.

Fire Suppression and Your Roof: What’s the Deal?

With wildfires continuously happening in parts of California today, it’s only natural to talk about fire suppression. There are many possible causes of fire such as lightning strikes, unexpected fire from neighboring lots, or even arson. Your home is not just your biggest investment, it is your most valuable one. You have to make sure that your home is where you and your family feel safest.

Fire suppression is always better than having to put out the fire. Luckily, you can always take necessary precautions by making your roof fireproof:

Fire Resistant Roofing

Fire resistant roofing is a good choice if you don’t want to invest too much money on roofing, and still get the job done. You can even choose from a variety of roofing shingles to see which one will best suit your budget and style.

Note, however, that the quality and price are always based on the kind of fire it can handle. There are resistant shingles that can only resist mild fire exposure, but there are also those that can withstand even the most severe fires. The most resistant ones typically contain fiberglass which can withstand the harshest fire conditions like asphalt shingles.

External Sprinkler System

This is rather costly and you end up spending more, rather than focusing on choosing better fire-resistant roofing. In an external sprinkler system, there are sprinklers installed on parts of your roof, including the lawn. It is more expensive, as it requires the installation of an entire system.

There is also an added hassle, as standard external sprinkler systems must be turned on manually. This might not be best if you tend to panic in stressful situations. With an external sprinkler system, your roof will not exactly be fire resistant but will help with fire suppression.

Prevention

For those who are less inclined to invest, the only best way to have a fire-proof roof is really prevention. Focus on your landscaping. Always make sure they are neat and tidy. Clear out branches or shrubs at least a hundred feet near your home. Also, make sure that flammable materials, as well as airborne combustible particles, are kept at a distance from the property. This will cost you virtually nothing, but it may definitely help in keeping your property free from danger.

All of these options are good, even perfect if done altogether. However, if you’re going to invest in your home and are still maintaining a budget, the best choice is really prevention and a fire-resistant roof!

There are many options and classes of fire-proof roofing to choose from. You are never out of options when it comes to choosing one that suits your designed home aesthetic. You don’t have to invest in another more expensive system because your roofing is enough to starve the flames and keep your home safe.

Need a contractor? Aastro Roofing is available 24/7 to answer any of your pressing concerns. We will help you choose the perfect style and design for your new roof. We even offer roofing packages which include tile roof tune-up and roof maintenance! Get started now.

5 Questions You Should Ask When Getting a Roofing Estimate

5 Questions You Should Ask When Getting a Roofing Estimate

Most roofing companies offer “free estimates” as a marketing gimmick. Yes, these estimates are free, but they’re usually more of a sales pitch than anything else. The roofing company will come out, throw around industry terms, try their best to appeal to your emotional side, and then claim you need to replace your entire roof.

At Aastro Roofing, that’s not the way we operate. We’re community driven and have been helping South Florida homeowners for over thirty years. So, when it comes to the ever popular “free roofing estimate,” we want you to know what questions to ask, in order to get the most from your roofers.

Find the top inquiries to mention, when dealing with roofers:

Are You Licensed?

This one is a no-brainer. You only want to use a licensed and insured roofing company. We’ll get to the insured part in just a second, but for now, let’s focus on making sure your roofers are licensed.

There is no shortage of opportunistic companies in Florida and other states that are prone to seriously harsh weather (hurricanes, snowstorms, tornadoes, even bomb cyclones). After a major storm, roofers will suddenly appear everywhere, offering free estimates and discounted services.

While their offers are tempting, they’re only able to offer these discounts because they’re not licensed. They’re just a bunch of people in a truck with some supplies. These are NOT the professionals you want working on your roof. In fact, they’re not even professionals.

Make sure your roofing company is licensed in your state and, if required by law, your county. Make sure they don’t have any violations against their license. This is going to save you a lot of headaches down the road.  

Are You Insured?

After finding out if your roofer is licensed or not, it’s time to learn whether they’re insured. Again, many discount roofers are able to offer attractive prices because they don’t carry insurance. This will save you a little bit of money up front, but can cost thousands if they make mistakes or hurt themselves on your property.

There are two main types of insurance any roofing company should carry: general liability and workers’ compensation. General liability insurance protects your home and property from any errors, mistakes, or accidents that the roofers may make. Workers’ compensation protects you from being sued if any workers are injured while working on your roof.

Do You Have References?

After figuring out whether your roofing company is a legitimate business or not, it’s time to research the quality of their work. Ask for their references. If they do good work, they’ll have no shortage of happy homeowners to direct your way. If they don’t, well, they’re not going to have any references.

You should also search the roofers online and read any company reviews. How many stars do they have on Yelp? How highly rated are they on Home Advisor? What does the BBB say? These reviews will help you get a more complete picture of the company and its employees.

Do You Use Subcontractors?

Speaking of employees, you’re going to want to ask whether the roofing company uses their own employees or subcontractors.

Now using subcontractors on its own isn’t a bad thing, but you’ll want to inspect them the same way you inspected the roofing company. Make sure that anyone who’s working on your roof is licensed, insured, and does quality work. This is going to save you both stress and money down the road. We’ve seen nightmare scenarios where a reasonably priced roof repair turns into something much, much more expensive.

Do You Offer Warranties?

First and foremost, any roofing company you use should offer a warranty on their work. The length varies company by company, but if they don’t offer a warranty then you’re going to want to end the conversation right there.

The products used in any roofing job (tiles, shingles, etc.) are another story. Most of these are covered under a manufacturer’s warranty, which can last for as long as twenty-five years. While your potential roofing company itself may not be able to cover products, they’ll be able to let you know how long the specific manufacturer’s warranty is.

Make sure to ask your roofers these questions when getting a residential roofing estimate and you’ll be in good shape. If you want to ask us these questions (and we highly suggest you do!), just give us a call at 561-409-3280 and we’ll take care of the rest.