Skylights can enhance any space – be it your bedroom or bathroom – by providing extra natural light without compromising your privacy. Sadly, they don’t last forever.
If it’s been quite some time since you got your skylight installed, it may be showing signs of wear and tear or it may just look old and unappealing. If left unaddressed, these signs can cause serious damage to your roof, forcing you to spend a small fortune in roof repairs.
But you can do something about this! Get your skylight repaired by our licensed skylight contractors.
How can you tell if it’s time to call the professionals for home skylight repair? Glad you asked. Here is a list of the most common and obvious ways to tell if your skylight needs fixing.
Can you spot any cracks in the skylight’s glass or around the insert? Cracks in or around the skylight can cause rainwater as well as all sorts of bugs to get inside your home. Call skylight repair professionals if you notice any fissures or gaps surrounding your skylight.
It’s not easy to tell whether there’s a draft getting in through a skylight, but if you notice it, you should get it checked. Because if your skylight is letting the draft in, it is also letting the cool air (courtesy of your air conditioner) out.
Do you notice condensation on and/or around your skylight? If yes, it is a clear indicator that the sealant around the skylight is damaged.
There’s probably a leak somewhere that can jeopardize the integrity of your roof if not repaired. Unless you want to replace your entire roof in the (very) near future, you need to call in the roofing professionals to have it checked and fixed.
If there’s a leak in your roof and the water is seeping through your skylight, it will result in very visible discoloration around the skylight. This can lead to heavy roof damage if not repaired as soon as possible.
Learn About Spotting a Leak Here
When rainwater starts to accumulate and drip onto the furniture or floor located below your skylight, it’s time to call in the skylight leak repair experts.
There are a lot of factors that can result in a leaking skylight, including bad weather, damaged flashing (metal surrounding the skylight), damaged roof cement, and even a bad installation job.
Even though there are no quick-fix options in the market, the best long-lasting solution is to contact a qualified and experienced roofer to repair your damaged skylight.
If you’re having problems with your skylight, call the Aastro Roofing specialists to inspect it, find the issue, and provide a solution that suits your needs.
With over 30 years of experience in roof construction, installation, and repair, we know a thing or two about providing high-quality solutions with a limited budget. Leaking or broken skylights can lead to significant damage to your home and should never be treated as DIY projects.
Smart homeowners know that good roofing keeps your home safe from a variety of weather damages. However, even a high-quality roof only goes so far when fighting the inclement weather. Without proper routine maintenance, it can sustain a lot of damage.
If you are not happy with the quality of your roofing, you should consider replacing your roof with a better and more durable one. But if you already spent a small fortune on your roofing and just want to add weatherproof tiles for your roof, here’s a list of features every weatherproof roof must have.
Whether you live in Florida or elsewhere, insulating your roof is one of the best things you can do to weatherproof it. It’s a suitable investment for any home.
Many underestimate the importance of insulating their attics as a way to weatherproof their roofs, but it can make a real difference.
Installing superlative insulation in your loft or attic area will keep the heat or cool air (depending on the weather) inside your home and away from your roof. It will keep the cooling and heating costs down while ensuring you are always comfortable inside your home regardless of the weather outside.
Once you insulate your roof, make sure you do a spot check every spring and fall to keep an eye on any gaps or cracks that could allow the outside air in. If you’re not sure how to look for the cracks in your roof, call an Aastro Roofing contractor to do a thorough assessment for free!
Most roofers choose tar paper when it comes to roof underlayment installations because it’s inexpensive and easy to put on. But that doesn’t mean it is the best option for your property.
If you are having a new roof installed, consider the waterproof peel and stick (instead of tar paper) as it is way more durable and resistant to strong winds.
Ideally, if you want a truly hurricane-proof roof, you should go with this underlayment installation all over your home.
But we understand it’s more expensive than regular tar paper, so maybe you can use the peel and stick in small sections, like around roof edges to protect against strong wind or ice buildup. It will be more affordable that way and offer you maximum protection.
Your home gutters help redirect water so it doesn’t accumulate in the lower levels and cause damage to your property. If gutters aren’t maintained regularly, they can get clogged and give rise to various issues, especially if you live in an area with many trees.
Consider installing gutter guards to keep leaves, dirt, and other debris away from the gutters and let the water flow freely. If you are thinking of rain proofing your home, gutter guards are kind of non-negotiable.
As South Florida natives ourselves, we know the weather here is full of surprises. It can be bright and sunny one moment and a high-wind thunderstorm the next. But Florida’s moody weather patterns don’t have to cause damage to your roofing.
It’s a wise idea to weatherproof your property before the next storm hits. And according to the National Hurricane Center, Florida is in for some heavy rainfall and powerful storms this year.
When you hire Aastro Roofing, you are not just hiring a technician – you are working with a partner to keep your home and your family safe. Our locally based crew is well trained and licensed to ensure every roofing job is done to the highest possible standard.
Imagine this totally believable scenario: a wind storm hits your town and blows a few shingles off your roof to the high heavens. An enterprising individual who’s making the rounds of the neighborhood looking for an easy job notices your damaged roof and offers to fix it for a very attractive price. This is why you should never get unlicensed roofing work.
You agree because a penny saved is a penny earned. So, he takes care of your roof in the dreaded Florida heat and leaves. Everything sounds great, right?
Actually, no. The man was an unlicensed “worker” who has now put you at the risk of some pretty unsavory possibilities. Here’s why you should never hire an unlicensed roofing contractor regardless of how genuinely nice and thoughtful they seem:
In many states, including Florida, you can face fines of up to $5,000 if the authorities find out you knowingly hired an unlicensed roofer.
Furthermore, you may not be allowed to sue the repairman for any damages caused by their workmanship. The only thing you’d be able to do is to file a civil lawsuit that could drag on for years and you might never get your money back.
On the other hand, if you work with a licensed roofing company like Aastro Roofing, you can easily call the company’s licensing agency to help you in case there is a dispute. As long as your roofer is licensed, it’s guaranteed that you’ll be able to recover any monetary losses caused by a poor roofing job.
This is pretty straightforward. If a roofer doesn’t have the necessary license, it’s possible that they may have never learned the skills to repair a roof. Poor workmanship on your roof can create bigger problems than missing shingles.
For example, the worker may have deliberately overlooked leaks to get the job done as soon as possible. This means you will be forced to spend a small fortune on expensive roof repairs in the future.
An unlicensed roofer simply doesn’t have the same incentive to do a quality job because it’s more convenient for them to get away with providing poor work and minimal service. Why? Because as we mentioned above, you have limited legal options against them.
This is just how it is.
The majority of roofing parts manufacturers offer warranties but all of these warranties require that the roofing contractor follows proper procedure. If you hire an unlicensed technician, the manufacturer will have grounds to refuse to cover the costs of any replacements you request.
Nearly all unlicensed repair workers don’t have insurance because insurance companies generally ask for a license first.
Since workers’ compensation and liability insurance is expensive, most unlicensed contractors don’t carry it. So, if the roofer has an accident on your property, you’ll likely be held responsible for paying for their medical bills.
Also, if the unlicensed roofing technician damages your roof and refuses to repair it, you’ll have to pay for those damages out of your own pocket.
When it comes to home improvement and maintenance, the cheapest options are not always the safest options.
Hiring a licensed Aastro Roofing contractor may cost you a bit more, but it will be a long-term investment that will eventually save you a lot of time and hassle. Our licensed contractors have put in the time to obtain the proper permits and licenses after passing the licensure test from authorized government offices.
Since one mistake on our part can result in the loss of our license, we take responsibility if something goes wrong.
You can trust the Aastro Roofing experts to stay with you until your home maintenance project is completed and you are satisfied. Contact us at (786) 870-4735 to contact our A+ rated roofers in Florida.
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.
There is so much to take care of when owning a business and many people forget that it’s not just the daily operations of the company. For example, caring for the company headquarter’s infrastructure is just as important as finding the right people to fill your job openings. Why? If you don’t take care of the building, your company won’t have a nice place to do business. Let’s take a look at the reasons why it’s important to keep your commercial roof clean in today’s post from Aastro Roofing.
When you have your commercial roof cleaned regularly, it can discover roof damage before it’s too late. This is one of the most important roofing tips out there. When there is damage to the roof, your maintenance team will be able to find the trouble spots when debris is removed and the roof is cleaned regularly. An unclean roof will wind up hiding potential problem spots.
A business owner should do everything possible to reduce fire hazards for their employees and their clients. One way to reduce fire hazards is with commercial roof cleaning. Does your business use or store combustible materials? Are you in an area of Florida prone to wildfires? If you answered yes to either of these questions, it’s important to keep the roof clean. Cleaning your roof removes possible combustible items, making your building less likely to experience a fire.
The biggest enemy of a roof is moisture. The best way to get rid of moisture on your roof is by removing the debris that can hold water. This includes debris from trees, twigs, paper, and other items. You should also remove these items so that water does not pool on the roof, which can make it heavy and lead to a leak. When there is too much water present on the roof and it is not removed, the roof can wind up developing rust. Commercial roof maintenance makes it easy to remove debris from your company’s roof.
Another great reason why you should consider commercial roof cleaning is that it can help improve the performance of the roof and extend its life. How does a roof perform? When your roof is clean of debris and other items, it can help your building increase its energy efficiency as the HVAC units might not have to run as often. When you have a clean roof, it reduces the potential for damage, which also extends the life of the roof.
Do you operate a restaurant? If so, the roof likely needs to meet certain codes from the health department, especially if there is an exhaust fan present. If an exhaust fan is blocked it can lead to a fire, pushing smoke into the restaurant. While that is just one example, no matter the industry, you need your company’s brick-and-mortar location (or locations) to conform with regulations, compliance protocols, and any other regulatory policies. While keeping your roof in check is just one aspect of the overall compliance “picture,” it’s a pretty important aspect to consider.
If your commercial roof has not been cleaned as of late you need to schedule a cleaning immediately. Call the experienced and trusted team from Aastro Roofing today to schedule an appointment for commercial roof cleaning services. Call our office at 561-409-3280 to schedule your appointment today!
If you own commercial property, you will likely want to do everything possible to protect your investment. One such way is to make sure that the roof is in good shape. Check for missing shingles and that the roof is repaired as soon as possible after a storm leaves behind damage. Another way to make sure the roof is in good shape is to apply commercial roof coating to extend its life. Here are the benefits of commercial roof coating and its effects on different types of commercial roofing.
The easy answer to the question posed above is yes, commercial roof coating actually extends the life of your roof. The best way to explain roof coating is that it is an additional layer of protection for your roof from the elements. Roof coating not only helps protect the roof from the harmful rays of the sun, it also lowers the temperature of the building and reflects heat away from the building.
Roof coating can help lower your company’s energy costs. How? Basically, since the coating helps reflect the rays of the sun off the building, it lessens the amount of time your air conditioning units have to run. This will lead to a lower energy bill each month. The heat from the sun will not be absorbed into the building, making it easier to cool it off during the height of summer.
The biggest advantage of installing commercial flat roof coating is that it can be used with all types of materials and roofing products. This means that roof coating works well with any of the following roofing options:
You should always check the warranty of your roof before having commercial roof coating installed on your company’s roof deck as some products can void a warranty. Are you installing a brand new roof on your business? If so, your best bet might be reflective coating shingles for your new roof. The bottom line here is that roof coating has the same effect on every type of commercial roof material: it works to prolong the life of the roof so you don’t have to worry about replacing the entire roof too often.
Another benefit of commercial metal roof coating is that it can prevent the need for early replacement of your roof. Has your roof been suffering from minor damage that can be fixed? Does it have small leaks? If so, you can apply roof coating to these areas after they have been repaired to add an extra layer of protection.
Do you have questions about installing roof coating to your company’s roof? If so, it’s time to speak to the experienced commercial roof coating contractors from Aastro Roofing about your project. Call our office at 561-409-3280 to schedule a consultation.