Life-Time Roof Systems
Over the past 15 years there have been significant changes to building and roofing codes that have caused manufacturers to improve the quality of their products and roofing contractors to rethink the best way to install your new roof system. The Wind Mitigation Act of 2007 set forth clear standards for manufacturers and roofing contractors they must adhere too to help drive down the cost of homeowners insurance in Florida and extend the life expectancy of a new roof.
The wind rating of your average shingle roof before 2007 was 70 to 80 mph, today it is 130mph. The life expectancy of your average shingle roof before 2007 was approximately 15 years today a new shingle roof should last 30 years or more.
The focus today is on installing a better roof system that includes hurricane straps, re-nailing the decking, better underlayment, stronger longer lasting shingles, tiles, and coverings. Roofing contractors have to be better trained and certified on the proper installation of these new roof systems, the crews have to be experience and the contractor has to have the financial stability to implement all these improvements.
Manufacturers have selected a hand full of roofing contractors in the greater Tampa Bay area to train and certify on the installation of their Life-Time-Roof Systems. The manufacturers such as GAF offer a 25 year Golden Pledge Warranty thru Certified Roofing Contractors like Albright Roofing & Contracting that guarantees and protects your roof for 25 years and longer.
Authorized Certified Roofing Contractors must meet the following standards to install Life-Time Roof Systems
- * Must be trained and certified
- * Must have been in business for over 10 years
- * Must undergo rigorous financial review
- * Must establish a proven track record of quality installation over 10 year period.
- * Must be in good standing with a triple AAA rating from Better Business
Roof concerns go beyond the roofing material
When we evaluate the condition of your roof, our primary concern will be the roofing shingles or other finished roofing material. However, before deciding whether roof repair or new roof installation is right for you, there are some other areas of the roof that should also be inspected by a professional roofing contractor.
Make sure that your roofer also inspects the following elements:
- Gutters and downspouts: Basements can flood and exterior details can be damaged if gutters and downspouts don't move water off the roof and away from the house foundation. Prevent this problem by making sure your gutters are free of clogs, your downspouts are connected securely, and any long gutter runs are pitched properly to minimize overflows.
- Roof flashing: We will always check the flashing around chimneys, vent stacks and skylights, as well as step and valley flashing.
- Skylights: During a roof inspection, it's also smart to inspect the glazing seals between the skylight glass and the aluminum glazing bars. Leaks in these areas can often be repaired with a special sealant.
- Roof ventilation: Soffit vents and ridge vents rarely require maintenance or repair, but gable vents can give insects and rodents access to your attic if they are not properly screened. These vents may need to be inspected from inside your attic as well as from the house exterior.
Start by identifying your roofing needs
Over time, all roofs wear out and will eventually need to be replaced. If you wait too long to repair or replace the roof, you can end up with leaks and expensive damage. On the other hand, replacing the roof too soon is a waste of money. It's important to be aware of the common roofing problems and which ones should be dealt with right away so you can get the best value out of your hard-earned money.
The professionals at Albright Roofing & Contracting can assess the condition of your roof and determine any early signs of roof failure. We'll help you catch the signs early when the cost of repairs is still low. Contact us today for a free estimate in FL, including Hillsborough & Greater Pinellas County and surrounding areas.