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It’s already that time of year again… Welcome to fall! Besides the joy this season brings, Fall is also an important time for roof maintenance. Here are some tips that you may findunnamed helpful in the upkeep of your roof.

  1. Clean Gutters– Gutter cleaning is a must, especially this time of year. It’s important to keep the debris cleared out of your gutters to ensure that water can flow through them properly. Water that continuously flows onto your roof can cause mold, cracking and other more extensive damage to both your gutters and the roof itself.
  2. Trim Trees– If your trees are trimmed back, less rubbish will fall onto your roof. Too many leaves and branches on your roof can cause moisture buildup which can lead to more roof related issues like mold.
  3. Gutter Guards– Gutter Guards are caps that  keep debris from getting in. They go over the gutters so that only water can enter. This option will save you a lot of time and possibly money in the long run.
  4. Assess Needed Repairs– If your gutters are cracked or loose, it is important to get these fixed to ensure that they are working properly. When the water does not flow correctly, it will run down the side of your home, eventually leaving unsightly staining.playing in leaves

Remember to always practice safety when you are performing tasks on or near your roof. Feel free to contact ONEWAY ROOFING with any questions or concerns about your roof. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful season!

-Colleen, ONEWAY ROOFING

For more Florida roofing related questions, visit our website: www.onewayroof.com or email info@onewayroof.com

Tile Repair As you may have noticed, we like to give you tips to help you look after your roof. ONEWAY ROOFING stands behind you to ensure that your roof is long lasting and durable for years to come. As a result, we’ve decided that we’d like to do more to protect you and prevent you from spending unnecessary money in the long run.

ONEWAY ROOFING now offers maintenance packages for a reasonable and up front price. Our new services include: gutter cleaning; fastening loose or hanging gutters; fixing or replacing broken tiles; installation of products like copper cat or rodent control boots; pressure washing; sealing your roof and more. We understand that you find maintaining your roof important. Sometimes it’s difficult to find time get it done or maybe you just want to warrant that it gets done correctly and effectively. Performing some of these tasks on your own can be risky. For example, if pressure washing is done incorrectly it could cause water to seep into cracks, leading to moisture build up inside your roof. There are many risks to thMaintenanceis process–another one being walking on the roof. This is not only dangerous to yourself but can also cause more unwanted damage to your roof itself. 

If you decide that you would like to look into our new services, feel free to give us a call and we’ll get all of your questions answered. Remember that estimates are always free if you need more extensive work done to your roof.

For more Florida roofing related questions, visit our website: www.onewayroof.com or email info@onewayroof.com
-Colleen, ONEWAY ROOFING

Florida’s climate is different from most states. In this season we are feeling the full effects of Florida’s hot and humid weather. One of our goals as Florida residents is to make sure that our home living is not affected by it. We would like to give you some insite on how these different roofing materials stand up to each other, while keeping our climate in mind.dreamstime_xl_7355225

Shingles are one of the most common types of roofing material. About 80% of the residential roofs here in america, are covered with them. They are inexpensive and add an attractive appearance to a home, which is a great combination. Asphalt shingles contain minerals that resist against algae and other staining. Over time these minerals can wear away but there is an option to have your roof clean by a professional. Shingles are a good fire resisting material with a moderate wind resistance. These type of roofs typically last around 15 to 20 years.

Concrete tiles are another type of roofing material that appeal to many homeowners.  They come in a wide variety of colors and can be made to resemble other tiles like clay or slate. This is great since it makes the reroofing process cheaper! These type of roofs can last around 25 to 30 years if they are taken care of properly. They generally require low maintenance but walking on a tile roof the right way is vital since the tiles havdreamstime_xl_5588002e the potential to crack. Just like shingles, tiles are also fire resistant and do great in warmer climates like ours. In colder climates the tiles are susceptible to shattering due to the freezing and thawing cycles.

Another type of material used for roofs is metal, which can be made to resemble other materials as well. Metal roofs have a good resistance to both fire and wind which contributes to their lifespan of up to 50 years! This material also does well with both low and steep roofs whereas the other types of roofing material are better for a steeper sloped roof. Another upside to using metal is that it absorbs little heat (about a third less than asphalt). This is great for keeping your cooling costs down. Metal is on the more expensive side of the spectrum compared to other roofing materials. However, with the lower maintenance, high resistance to damage, and long lifespan — the cost seems to pay off in the long run!

-Colleen, ONEWAY ROOFING

For more Florida roofing related questions, visit our website: www.onewayroof.com or email info@onewayroof.com

Your roof is one of the most important pieces of your home and damages to it can cause everything under it to suffer. We would like to help you maintain its foundation and durability by introducing you to a process called Roof Coating!

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In Florida, your roof takes on a ton because of the harsh sunlight and almost constant rain. The sunlight exposure causes your roof to become oxidized and results in chemical breakdown which weakens the roof. Rain and moisture can also cause corrosion over time.109705b

Roof Coating can be done at anytime and can transform an old roof into a newer looking roof for a smaller cost. With the cost being reasonable for this application, the cost for your electric bill in the summer will reduce itself as well. The coating is designed to allow your roof to reflect more of the harmful rays rather than absorbing the heat, causing your a/c to put out less energy. This is a second layer that will act both as ultra violet and water proof.

For your advantage, we use Roof Masters of Palm Beach for this process. Roof Masters is a Chemical Roof and Pressure Cleaning business that serves areas of Palm Beach and Martin Counties. They are the oldest Chem-Wash company in the southeast and have been in business since 1998 with 18 years of experience. Here at ONEWAY ROOFING we are dedicated to serving our customers and we would only recommend the best.

-Colleen, ONEWAY ROOFING

For more Florida roofing related questions, visit our website: www.onewayroof.com or email info@onewayroof.com

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Are you due for a roof replacement but unsure about what questions to ask? We understand that you expect your new roof to be completed at the highest of standards. When you hire a roofer it is essential to ask specific questions to ensure that your new roof is completed to be durable and longlasting. Here are seven necessary questions to ask that will guarantee you have selected the ideal roofing company.7 Questions You Should Ask Your Roofer

  • Are you licensed? – Always be sure that the roofer you are working with has a license that is up to date. Each company should have their license number handy for customers if desired. For example, our license number is CCC1329311. Any other roofing company should have a similar format.
  • Do you have workman’s comp insurance? – Workman’s compensation insurance covers the company’s employees. If an employee is hurt on a jobsite this comes into play. Some companies will take their chances with this because of the high prices. It is important to avoid companies that do this. An injured employee can potentially sue a homeowner if they do not have this protection. You can view a copy of our workman’s compensation insurance on our website at the following link: http://onewayroof.com/aboutus/licensed-and-insured/
  • Do you have general liability insurance? – General liability insurance covers your property. If there is major accident that causes damage to your home and the company does not have general liability insurance, then you are simply responsible for all damages. ONEWAY ROOFING does carry GL insurance and you can view our certificate at the link above.
  • Do you provide a written estimate? Is it important to be given a detailed estimate before signing a contract for your roof. This estimate should include the cost of anything that could arise in the process of removing the original roof and replacing it with the new one. At ONERoofer PhotoWAY, each customer is given a FREE written estimate that includes the details and total price for their new roof.
  • Will you remove my old roof? – Without the removal of the old roofing materials, the condition underneath is left unknown. By overlaying an old roof with new roofing materials, this serves as a temporary fix and can be cheaper. However, this can be detrimental later on. The plywood underneath could potentially contain moisture. Over time this moisture leads to excess mold and even termites that can destroy the entire structure of your roof. For these reasons, we always remove old materials before putting on a new roof.
  • What will you do in the case of inclimate weather during a job? – Especially in a place like Florida where it rains a lot, we have to make sure that we are extra aware. It is crucial that moisture stays away while your roof is in the process of being replaced. If it does happen to rain, our roofers use tarps to cover any and all exposed sections of the roof.
  • What is the cost of plywood? – You may have noticed that moisture is a main issue, especially in Florida. If pieces of plywood are rotten, the company should replace them and ensure that you have a sound decking before moving forward in the process. If we find rotten or moldy pieces of plywood, we remove and replace up to 5 sheets and any additional are $75 per sheet. This includes labor costs, material fees, waste fees, and tearing off fees.

Are you tired of trying to clean your roof with short term effects? Let us introduce you to a product called ‘COPPER CAT’. No more pressure washing and or using chemicals to keep your roof clean. ‘COPPER CAT’ will do the work for you!

 

‘COPPER CAT’ is a double-sided copper strip that uses the natural process of water interacting with copper to release ions that prevent the growth of algae, moss, mold etc. ‘COPPER CAT’ works on all types of roofs including asphalt, shingle, tile, cedar, slate etc. This product is also 20 times stronger than Zinc strips that are used for the same purpose.copper cat pic

 

Algae harms your roof by slowly consuming the limestone in the asphalt shingles, ultimately weakening the shingles. Algae also produces a dark pigment on your roof. As this pigment accumulates on shingles, the roof becomes less reflective and absorbs more sunlight, which is transferred into the house as heat, raising your cooling costs

 

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Algae often thrive on asphalt shingles because one of their key ingredients is limestone. The limestone is composed primarily of calcium carbonate, which is what the algae feeds on. Paired with moisture from rain or humidity the perfect living environment for algae is created. Algae is likely only the first step of your problem. It colonizes and leads to fungus and together they form lichens. Moss then follows and eventually other vegetation can develop. None of these are covered by your manufacturer’s warranty. At that point it is past time for a new roof.

 

Some roofs come with a manufacturer’s warranty against algae staining. Algae resistance provisions of asphalt roof shingle warranties are very limited in coverage and scope. Shingle manufacturers provide a limited, pro-rated AR, or Algae Resistant Warranty. It does not provide any warranty protection against lichens, moss, mildew, or other vegetation which could cause premature shingle failure. Shingle manufacturer’s warranties only cover algae that is botanically described as “Blue-Green” algae or Cyanobacteria Gloeocapsa Magma. No other algae types are covered.

 

Pressure washing is often a cleaning method that people use to remove growth from their roof. This method is not long term effective and can cause damage. The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturer’s Association and all shingle manufacturers recommend not pressure washing your roof. You may see a manufacturer state, “What NOT to do! Do not power wash.” Why? High pressure washing systems are likely to damage asphalt roofing. It may dislodge granules, which can then lead to premature shingle failure. It is also only a temporary solution and discoloration will likely occur again.

 

It is vital to keep your roof in its best condition. COPPER CAT is a long term effective product and will keep your roof beautiful for years to come.

 

Any ONEWAY ROOFING Customer who chooses Copper Cat to be installed during their re-roof is entitled to $250.00 off their roof replacement! Just use coupon code BLOGCAT2015 when you place your order with us.  

 

For more Florida roofing related questions, visit our website: www.onewayroof.com or email info@onewayroof.com

 

-Colleen, ONEWAY ROOFING

 

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Tropical Storm Andrea

This morning brought the first wave of thunderstorms and winds from Tropical Storm Andrea. Areas hit with heavy winds and tornado warnings include Boca Raton, Wellington, Jupiter Farms, and many other areas of Palm Beach County. Fortunately, aside from a few areas affected with more severe winds, Tropical Storm Andrea didn’t pack a huge punch other than heavy rains.

Hurricane Season

The first named storm of the season brings the reality of the Florida Hurricane Season to life for many. During this time, homeowners tend to notice that small leaks in their roof will continue to worsen. For many houses in the West Palm Beach area, new leaks and water damage tend to show up with wind driven rains and heavy downpours. Roof repairs and roof replacements get more challenging to complete during the storm season, as most roofing work cannot be done until the roof is dry. We always recommend our clients have a pre-storm inspection to ensure their roof is in good condition to weather the storms.

 Roof Inspection

In a standard hurricane preparedness inspection, we comb across the roof to identify potential leaks and areas where strong winds and rain could remove portions of the roof. Things we look for include:

– Loose roof tiles that can become missiles in heavy winds

– Shingles that are missing

– Shingles that have lost their adhesive seal, allowing them to easily tear off in winds

– Flashing areas, crickets and other susceptible areas for visible damage

– Flat roof issues such as separating seams and heavy deterioration of the roofing membrane

As Tropical Storm Andrea dumps water across Florida, let it be a reminder that more rain and wind is inevitable. Often, by performing routine maintenance and inspections of roof systems, you can eliminate or minimize damage to the rest of the system and your home. Since your roof protects your family and almost everything you own, it’s a good idea to be proactive!


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