Installing a new roof on your home or business is an investment that should be made about once every 20 years or so. Roofs do not last forever, but you can extend their life expectancy when you check for damage after storms and make minor repairs when issues arise. You can also protect your investment by purchasing a roof warranty. Are roof warranties worth it? The team from Aastro Roofing will examine the answer to this question in today’s post.
Today, there are three main types of roof warranties available for residential or commercial purchase. These include the manufacturer’s system warranty (covers defects in labor and materials), the manufacturer’s material warranty (covers defects in materials) and the contractor’s workmanship guarantee (labor and material defects covered). A commercial roof warranty is a great way to protect yourself from faulty materials or substandard workmanship. The length of each warranty differs and is as follows:
The last thing you want to have happen after buying a roof warranty, which is also known as roof insurance, is for the warranty to be voided for one reason or another. A roof warranty can wind up being voided for any of the following reasons:
What many homeowners and business owners don’t realize is that most warranties require annual or biannual roof maintenance in order to keep the warranty valid. The warranty typically specifies the type of maintenance required who can perform the maintenance.
So, how much does commercial roofing insurance cost? For the most part, two of the warranty types mentioned earlier will usually be included in the purchase cost of a new roof. Those warranties typically included are the workmanship guarantee and the manufacturer material warranty. It can be difficult to pinpoint general cost of the various types of roof warranties because they vary in length and how much coverage you want.
When looking to buy a roof warranty, you need to review the following questions before coming to a decision about the warranty:
When you have questions about the warranty for your roof, you need to speak to an experienced roofing contractor in Florida about your concerns. Call Aastro Roofing at 561-409-3280 to speak to a member of our team today. We will help you pick the warranty that best meets your needs.
It’s not easy being a homeowner. There’s almost always something to fix around the house or the to-do list never seems to end. Whatever it is, one of the most annoying problems you can run into is an issue with your roof. Today, the team from Aastro Roofing provides you with seven of the most common roof problems, so you know what to be on the lookout for when owning or renting a home for the first time.
Pooled water can easily become a major problem if you don’t rectify the situation immediately. Pooled water happens most often on buildings with flat roofs. You need to have the roof tapered in various areas to make sure water does not pool on the roof. Water can pool throughout the year, so be sure to check for puddles in corners and even in the middle of the roof. For a simple do-it-yourself roofing tip, you can remove the water with a “wet vacuum” or leaf blower.
As you might expect, leaks are common roof issues that thousands of people across Florida deal with every year. Leaks are caused by missing or broken shingles, roof flashings, broken slates, and cracked tiles. Leaks are often found near the chimney, in corners, near skylights, near pipes, and vents, near gutters, in low spots, and other areas of the roof.
As your roof ages, it can begin developing cracks and blisters. If you do not address these issues, water can enter the home, causing a lot of damage and mold growth. The types of roofs that most susceptible to cracking and blistering are those with multiple layers that have been built up over a flat surface.
A clogged gutter can cause a lot of roof problems. That’s why you should have the gutters of your home cleaned multiple times per year or have a guard installed to prevent debris from accumulating in them. Gutters that are broken, cracked, or missing can also damage your roof.
Do a lot of tree limbs hang down over your home’s roof? If so, you need to have them trimmed back to prevent damage to the roof. Tree limbs that rub against your roof shingles on a daily basis can cause them to fall off or crack apart. A tree limb that crashes onto your roof in one of Florida’s summer storms can also do a lot of damage to your roof.
There’s nothing worse than finding out your roof has damage or is failing because of a faulty installation job. You likely paid a pretty penny for that new roof, and now you have to shell out more money to fix the problem. That’s why you should only hire an experienced, trusted, and licensed roofing contractor for any and all roofing-related projects for your home or business.
Animals can cause a lot of problems for your roof. Squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, birds, and even bugs can leave behind a lot of damage to your roof. Take care of these pests before they wind up costing you too much money.
Has your roof suffered damage in a recent storm? Are you noticing a leak in your second-floor ceiling? Have the gutters on your home failed? If so, you need to call Aastro Roofing today at 561-409-3280 to schedule an appointment for service.
Even though we’re more than halfway through 2019, the team from Aastro Roofing wants to discuss the top commercial roofing trends we’ve seen this year in Florida and beyond. No matter the industry, trends come and go, and the commercial roofing industry is no different in this respect. The popular commercial roofing trends for 2019 include solar panels, silicone roofs, synthetics, and metal roofs.
One of the biggest trends we’ve seen so far is the green roof. More and more commercial buildings are going green in 2019. When a green roof is installed, it provides the property with a lot of benefits. These include helping with water runoff, reducing local temperatures, improving air quality, and providing a brick-and-mortar facility that is aesthetically pleasing.
Synthetic roofing has become a popular choice for commercial and residential roofs across the country. Synthetic roof materials replicate a natural wood-style texture and come equipped with a Class A fire rating, making it one of the safest roofing choices on the market today. Synthetic roofing material is made of rubber, which means it is very easy to maintain, in addition to serving as an aesthetic yet practical flame retardant.
Roofing that cools is another of the commercial roofing trends in 2019. What do we mean by roofing that cools? This is roofing that helps buildings absorb less heat by reflecting the sunlight away from the building. The materials used include reflective shingles, tiles, lighter-colored paint, and may even include a special coating that adds additional reflectivity.
Silicone roof coatings are exploding in popularity throughout Florida and the rest of the country in 2019. Why has this become a popular trend? For starters, many commercial properties are opting to cover their current roof with a silicone coating instead of re-roofing their building. When applied, the roofer will add two coats of silicone to the roof in an effort to create a membrane that cannot be penetrated by water or other particles.
Solar roof tiles and shingles are making the rounds in 2019 as popular commercial roof styles. Gone are the days of installing bulky solar panels on your company’s roof. Now, there are sleek shingles and tiles available that double as solar panels. They tend to blend in more with your roof and overall building design than traditional solar panels, ensuring you can harness the power of the sun without turning your roof into an eyesore.
Metal roofing continues to explode in popularity for various reasons. For one, metal roofing materials are a sound investment for people who plan to remain in their homes for 20 or more years. Even though metal roofing costs more than asphalt, it is well worth it if you aren’t going to move anytime soon. Types of commercial roofing with metal most often come with a Class A fire rating, making it nearly fireproof.
The trend that was popular in years past was roofing with dark colors. Nowadays, commercial property owners are choosing colors that are lighter in hue, such as green and blue. Grey, white, and beige have also become popular roof colors. Why go with lighter colors? Roofing that is made of lighter colors will be more energy-efficient, due in large part to lighter colors having a greater degree of solar reflectivity.
Do you have questions about the roof on your commercial property? It’s time to call the experienced and trusted team from Aastro Roofing at 561-409-3280 to schedule an appointment. We can answer all of your commercial roofing questions and alleviate any concerns.
Damage to a commercial roof can cost you tens of thousands of dollars in repairs. When water begins leaking into your building, you need to rectify the situation immediately or wind up facing serious problems. When water and moisture are present, mold and mildew are not too far behind. Commercial roof damage might not always be easy to spot, but if you recognize any of the signs described below, you need to contact an experienced commercial roofer immediately.
The ceilings on the top floor of your commercial building will have damage if your roof has water problems. The issue here is that the damage to the roof will be extensive if your interior ceilings are discolored, soft, or have collapsed. Other common problems with your ceilings include chipped or peeling paint, bowing and sagging.
If you are up on the roof of your commercial building checking for damage, be on the lookout for missing shingles and gaps in the seams. The shingles of a roof are the very first layer of water protection, and as a result, they both serve as the most important barriers to moisture and debris. You need to keep an eye on the singles often and check them after each storm. You should also be on the lookout for gaps in seams of the roof. If you come across either of these issues, have them rectified immediately.
When you walk into work each morning, do you get overwhelmed by the smell of mold or mildew? If so, you likely have commercial roof water damage. This smell will not go away without professional remediation. Even if you find and fix a leak in your commercial roof, the mold and mildew will still need to be removed by a mold remediation expert.
If you have found pooling or ponding water on your roof, remove it quickly. Use either a leaf blower or a wet vacuum to take care of the puddles. Next, you need to call an experienced roofer to fix the issue. Water pools and ponds on a roof when it is too flat. You will need to add pitch to the roof in order to avoid this from happening again.
A roof will only last so long. It will age just like all other construction materials. As a commercial building owner, you need to check for the signs of aging in your roof. It’s not hard to spot an older roof. For starters, it will be faded. Simply look at the roof on your home or other businesses to disseminate between the colors. The edges of the shingles will be curled, and there will be bald spots where granules used to be on the shingles. If you know the age of your commercial roof and it is closing in on 20 years, it’s time to start looking into your options.
If you have encountered any of the signs discussed today, you need to have your roof repaired. The experienced and trusted team from Aastro Roofing can handle your commercial roof water damage repair project. Simply call our office at 561-409-3280 to schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.
Solar panels have been popping up on homes and businesses all over the country for the past decade-plus, and Florida is no exception. As far as homes go, instead of installing the panels on their roof, homeowners are installing them elsewhere on their property. Businesses are using solar panels and having them installed on parking lot roof decks, the roof of their building, and even going so far as to set up solar panel farms within their commercial locations. Solar panels bring a lot of benefits, which is why you should be using them at your home or business. Let’s explore the reasons why in today’s post form Aastro Roofing.
Solar panels, unlike conventional sources of power, have a greatly reduced negative impact on the environment. These panels are natural and use the sun to create power. Close to 68 percent of all the electricity consumed is created using fossil fuels, which creates numerous harmful emissions for the environment. Some harmful emissions include the following:
Installing solar panels for your home can be a strong investment down the road. You might not be ready to sell your home now, but when you are, it could very well net you more than what you ever expected. For example, a study conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that people are willing to pay $15,000 or more extra for a home with a solar panel system installed.
There are no movable parts on solar panels, which means that the likelihood that they will suffer damage is very low. You also don’t have to perform a lot of maintenance on the panels to ensure that they work properly. The panels go through extensive testing to make sure that they can withstand inclement weather like torrential rainstorms, strong winds, and heavy snow. The majority of solar panel systems come with 30-year warranties.
After a couple of years, you will be able to reduce your electric bills for your home when using solar panels. You might not be able to generate 100 percent of the power used in your home with the system, but it will still significantly reduce your electric bills each month for the lifespan of the system.
Whether you realize it or not, having solar panels installed on your home helps to improve the economy and create jobs. How? The solar industry has twice as many employees as the coal industry. As of 2015, there were more than 250,000 solar jobs across the country and that number continues to increase. To take it one step further, close to 10-percent of all solar jobs are held by veterans.
Is your home or business ready to go solar at? Do you want to lower your electric bill? If so, it’s time to discuss your solar roof installation options. Call the experienced and trusted team from Aastro Roofing at 561-409-3280 to schedule a consultation. We can answer all of your solar panel installation questions.