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Have you ever had a regretful experience with a contractor who did work on your home? Hopefully not—but those of you who have, know that it is very upsetting. Here are a few tips on how to find the right roofing contractor for your home:Roofer

  1. License and Insurance- Always make sure that the company you’re working with is licensed and insured. A reputable company will provide proof of license and insurance documents upon request. It is equally important that all of these are up to date. For example, our documents are posted here on our website for you to view.
  2. Pricing- Don’t choose your contractor just because the price is unbeatable. Any company that has overhead and proper insurance, has to price accordingly to cover these costs. You get what you pay for and you may end up paying more later if the job isn’t done correctly.
  3. Job Details- Always make sure that you receive a written estimate before work is started. The estimate should list all job details and pricing for you to sign off on. At ONEWAY ROOFING, every customer receives a FREE estimate.
  4. Research- Always do your research when choosing a Roofer. Make sure they have multiple worthy reviews and have satisfactory ratings with the Better Business Bureau.

Your money and time is valuable, so don’t give it to a company who doesn’t think so.

At ONEWAY ROOFING, our goal is to achieve peace of mind for all of our customers. Part of that mission is helping you understand the steps to maintain your roof. Roof maintenance tips aren’t always just about the simple routine inspections. Here are a couple things to watch out for during the upkeep of your roof.mike roof photo

Roof maintenance is absolutely necessary. By upkeeping your roof, you can prevent major costs down the road. When performing maintenance checks, it is important to make sure that you check for cracked, missing, loose or damaged tiles and shingles. Your gutters should also be cleaned regularly. In Florida we experience a heavy amount of rainfall. As a result, a lot of debris is trapped in this area.

Gutters are a vital part of your roof. If the issue is not assessed, the water can back up and eventually cause mold, mildew and other roof related issues. Since we do experience rainfall all year round, branches and rubbish might fall onto your roof. It is a good idea to just remove any of this to avoid things like unwanted growth and moisture.

Keeping your roof clean is another way to help your roof last longer. Pressure washing is an option but should only be done by a professional and someone who is experienced in the roofing industry. Pressure washing your roof can cause damage and even force water underneath the shingles if the process is not done properly. Some cleaning solutions can also cause damage to the roof and even run off into the grass and kill plant life! Walking on a wet roof can also be very dangerous. Remember, safety always comes first!

 

-Colleen, ONEWAY ROOFING

For more info on roofing maintenance, visit our website: www.onewayroof.com or email info@onewayroof.com

Are you in need of a roof repair or replacement but can’t afford it? We’ve got you covered! Some of the expenses in life can’t be bought at the drop of a dime. However, with the financing options that we offer 721through the FRSA Credit Union, you’ll be able to purchase your new roof when you want to.

ONEWAY ROOFING is a Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal contractor and together we can provide you with your ideal roof by offering you special financing options. FRSA offers a personal loan for roofing costs of up to $15,000. This amount covers most medium sized shingle roofs or small tile roofs. The term of the loan is from 12 to 60 months.

Applying for your loan is easy and FRSA requires only a few things. You’ll need:entrepreneur-696976_1280

  1. A written estimate- ONEWAY ROOFING will provide one to you for free.
  2. Proof of income- Two of your most recent pay stubs will do. Other forms of income may be acceptable as well.
  3. $25 Application fee made payable to the FRSA.
  4. After you receive your estimate from ONEWAY ROOFING, you can fax this information to (407) 671-7014 and fill out your loan application at the following link https://frsacu.org/loanapp.php.

If you are approved, CONGRATULATIONS! Your check will be issued to you by the FRSA Credit Union. For more information about financing with FRSA, you can visit https://frsacu.org/.

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

Tile Roof Replacement February 2016

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.

Areas of South Florida such as Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, and Boynton Beach are replete with neighborhoods with picky Homeowners Associations and tile roofs that get dirty. Dirty tile roofs and picky HOA’s a good combination do not make.

The “dirt” most homeowner’s see on their tile is actually algae. Because concrete tiles are porous, they absorb water and create a nice area for algae to take root. Slopes of the roof that get the least amount of sun get even more algae growth.

south florida roof maintanenceMany of our clients ask what we recommend for keeping their roof clean and keeping their HOA off their backs. We always recommend avoiding high-pressure washing methods. Tile roofs have many areas that water penetrates beyond the tile. A 3000psi jet of water that shoots into a crevice in your roof can cause damage by literally tearing or slicing right through the underlayment. With the underlayment damaged, your home becomes highly susceptible to roof leaks. Damaged roof tiles are another common issue after a roof cleaning. Because roof tiles are typically only supported by the tile below it, it is important to only step on the lower third of a tile. Always make sure you hire a professional to clean your roof and make sure they use methods that will not cost you more money in the long run.

There are options in roofing materials to avoid the algae buildup on tile roofs. When buying a new tile roof, avoid the “combed” flat tiles shown in the picture. These tiles have grooves that run through the surface of the tile, creating even more surface area and places for algae to grow. The other option is to select a clay tile roof. Although more expensive, clay tile is naturally algae resistant.

In South Florida, concrete tile roofs are extremely common, and in some areas such as Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, and Wellington, tile roofs dominate the landscape. When a client calls our office with a tile roof leak, one of the first questions I like to ask is how long has the leak been noticeable from the inside of the home. The most common response is “I’m not sure, I just noticed it”.

south florida tile roof repairThis makes a lot of sense, since most people don’t walk around their home, staring at the ceiling. Typically, when water has entered the attic in sufficient quantity to soak through insulation and drywall, more significant damage has already occurred to the roof structure. This photo shows the level of plywood and truss rot in an attic we recently repaired. The roof leak seemed small because, from inside the living room, the area of drywall that visibly showed water damage was less than one square foot.

Although nearly every repair we perform on a tile roof show evidence inside the home, there is very rarely any sign of tile damage on top of the roof. This is because the concrete tile is not actually performing the role of a water barrier. On a tile roof, what truly protects the home from water is the underlayment.

south florida roof repair tileThe proper way to repair a tile roof leak such as the one pictured is to remove the tile over the leak and the areas surrounding it. Then, we remove the damaged underlayment to expose the damaged wood below. After cutting out and replacing the damaged wood, new underlayment is installed, using the best materials possible to ensure that the repair outlasts the rest of the roofing system. This is the more costly way to make repairs, but it’s the right way.

Frequently, homeowners will get low bids from a roofer, who plans to remove the tile and apply some roofing cement over the damaged underlayment and replace the tiles. I like to call this approach the band aid approach to repairs. What happens when you stick a band aid on a severe cut? It usually holds back the flow for a few minutes until it gets wet and falls off…

When it comes to a leaking tile roof, be sure to hire an expert that will perform the work the right way, from the beginning. A cheap repair often becomes much more expensive when it doesn’t last and causes damage drywall and wood damage that must be repaired a second time when your roof leaks again.


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