Choosing the Perfect Roof for Your Florida Home

Choosing the Perfect Roof for Your Florida Home

April 15, 2018

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When should you replace your roof? These 5 tips will help you make the hiring process easier.

Ready to replace your roof? A new roof is a big investment, and deciding which roof is right for you requires careful consideration. With so many options available, it can be a challenge to know what the best choice is for you and your home. Here are a few things to keep in mind when making your decision:

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Quality

The best way to choose a roof that will last is to look for a brand known for its high quality and durability. Crown Roofing in Tampa Bay works with and is factory-certified by two of the most trusted roofing brands in the world: GAF and Owens Corning. GAF's award-winning shingles have kept them in business for over 100 years, while Owens Corning has been around for over 75 years. The longevity of these brands is a testament to the quality of the products they produce. Give your new roof a strong start by selecting top-notch materials from an established brand you can trust.

Function

There are basic functions everyone looks for in a roof. You want something that will stand up to the elements, with great insulation and no gaps or leaks. But today's roofs can do even more for you and your home. Many new residents are drawn to Florida because of its year-round sunny skies, but warm weather can drive up residential cooling costs. Solar-reflecting shingles are one way to beat the heat. This type of shingle can reduce your cooling bills by reflecting, rather than absorbing, heat from the sun. This keeps your house cooler in the summer and means your A/C doesn't need to work as hard. This feature is offered by Owens Corning in its Duration® Premium COOL line, and by GAF in its Timberline® Cool Series® Energy-Saving Shingles.

Style

Your personal style and the appearance of your home are huge considerations when choosing a roof. Many homes are also subject to homeowners associations with specific guidelines on how your roof should look. Luckily, manufacturers like GAF and Owens Corning produce shingles in dozens of shapes, sizes, and colors to fit your individual needs and tastes. If shingles aren't for you, alternative roofing materials, such as metal and tiles, are also available. Each type of roof can vary, particularly in durability and price. You can learn more about the benefits of each type of roof here.

Cost

The cost of a new roof is a huge consideration for many homeowners, and it can take time to find the perfect balance between cost and quality. One of the biggest factors determining the cost of your new roof is the type of material used. Shingle roofs are typically the most cost-effective option and can last up to 25 years. Other roofing materials may last longer but tend to be more expensive. Regardless of the material you choose, be cautious when comparing quotes. If the price sounds too good to be true, it probably is. In addition to the cost of raw materials, the cost of your roof installation also includes labor and covers important additional details like your roofer's liability insurance. Roofers can cut costs by passing on insurance, but the money you save in the short-term might not be worth the potential hidden costs and headaches that could come from working with an uninsured contractor. Furthermore, the price you pay for your roof should also come with a warranty – think twice about a cheaper quote that doesn't include one. If you're interested in getting a better idea of the costs you can expect for a new roof in the Tampa Bay area, use the form at the bottom of this page to get a free quote.

Contractor

Perhaps the most important factor in finding the perfect roof is finding the perfect roofing contractor! Trust and experience are key considerations when choosing a contractor. Look for a roofer that has plenty of detailed reviews of previous jobs and can provide photos to illustrate their work and demonstrate its quality. It's also important to work with a contractor who has an established business and track record in the area. Crown Roofing of Tampa has over 16 years of experience and more than 1000 satisfied customers in the Tampa Bay area – that's an experience you can trust. Learn more about the key qualities you should look for in a roofing contractor here.

Keep these tips in mind, and you will be well on your way to the ideal roof! If you're ready to talk through your Florida roofing options with a trusted professional, we're here to help. Contact us to learn more!

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Manager Joshua Manaugh holds a license in the state of Florida both as a general contractor and roofer. His career has afforded him the opportunity to manage many projects in the construction field and he has successfully rehabilitated more than a thousand residential properties in Tampa.

 

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