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Every day we talk to people who have two pressing concerns regarding their roofs. Florida weather can be challenging, with intense heat, frequent rain, and the occasional tropical storm or (thankfully rare) hurricane. When homeowners talk to Sarasota roofing contractors, they most often want to ask:
Pressing Concern #1: How much longer should my roof last?
Pressing Concern #2: How can I extend the life of my roof?
We’re here to answer those questions (and many others you may have). Take a look around the site, and hopefully, you’ll get to know us. Give us a call or complete any of the contact forms to get in touch with one of our Roofing Specialists.
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First, Know Who You’re Talking To
Sonshine Roofing has been serving Florida since 1987, and has served more than 4,300 clients in Sarasota County, Charlotte County, Manatee County and the surrounding region. Our specialty is maximizing a roof’s useful service life. Whenever possible, we focus on making the repairs that will keep the roof doing its job. If the time has come that repairs are no longer cost-effective, then we can replace the roof.
During all of our years in the roofing business, we’ve occasionally heard about Sarasota roofers and others who do a “roof inspection” and almost always report that the roof needs to be replaced. This seems to be especially true of those who haven’t been in business very long.
If we haven’t learned anything else in 50 years, we’ve learned that superior customer service and honesty with clients are the only way to stay in business. When you ask us to inspect your roof, we’ll tell you the flat-out truth and give you our best recommendation based on our professional experience. We’d be more than pleased to have you look through our client referrals.
How Long Has the Roof Been Leaking?
People often don’t realize that roof leaks are not always visible. By the time a water stain or damage is apparent, the roof may have been leaking for years. When the homeowner first spots water coming in, it’s understandable to begin to quickly search “Sarasota roofing,” to find someone to come out immediately.
Please consider these two points.
#1: Invisible Leaks
According to the National Roofing Contractor Association, it’s possible for a leak to remain hidden for as long as 13 years before it’s apparent there’s a problem. The real problem is not the water leaking into the upstairs hall.
The more serious problem has to do with long-term moisture and dampness. Wood and other construction materials will have absorbed moisture and sustained damage. The moisture also causes mold and mildew to take root and spread. Mold spores can spread throughout the building in the air conditioning ducts. Some types of mold are harmful and cause respiratory problems, which is especially dangerous for children and ill or older people.
Manufacturers offer long-term warranties on materials and workmanship, but 97% of all claims are denied. Defective materials are seldom the cause of roof failures.
#2: Remain Calm
If a storm caused sudden roof damage and left a hole in the roof, that needs to be covered immediately. However, in most cases, the leak has been there for years but was just now discovered. An experienced roofer will know how to mitigate the damage until the full extent of the problem has been determined. Remain calm and make a decision once you have all of the facts.
To learn more, take a look at our blog post, 9 Warning Signs of Roof Leaks. You’ll find descriptions and pictures that we hope you find useful.
Is it Time to Repair or Replace the Roof?
It will take a thorough and professional examination of the roof and attic to understand the problem. When considering whether or not a proposed repair is cost effective, you also have to look at the continuing cost of further interior damage or, in the case of a business, downtime.
Some of the factors to consider when deciding on whether it’s best to repair or replace the roof include…
- The age of the roof
- The cost of the repair, including replacement of any broken, loose, or slid concrete tiles and flashing
- The extent of any previous repairs
- Whether or not algae or mold is visible on the roof or in the attic
- The length of time you plan to live in the home
- The cost of the investment in a new roof.
Are You Ready to Talk to a Roofing Consultant?
Would You Like to Double the Useful Life of Your Roof?
That would definitely save you money in the long run! Proactive roof inspections are cost effective. The longer an invisible leak remains undetected, the more damage it will cause and the more expensive the fix will be. Small leaks act like undetected cancer, eating away at your home.
The best way to add years to the life of your roof is to have two roof inspections per year. This is the recommendation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA). If money is tight, it’s especially important to ensure you maximize your roof’s useful service life.
To perform a preliminary inspection yourself, you would want to look for:
- Curling, blistering, or missing shingles
- Broken or missing tiles
- Signs of wear or loose material around chimneys, pipes, or anything penetrating the roof
A professional inspector will be able to walk on the roof without causing further damage and look for many possible warning signs. The specialist will have the necessary experience to find the source of those small leaks and know how to fix the roof.
Remember, a lot of damage can occur if a leak continues undetected for up to 13 years. Roof sheathing, wood, insulation, and drywall can all be severely damaged, and mold and mildew will spread. Regular inspections and repairs to any small problem can dramatically extend the life of your roof, saving you a substantial sum of money over time.
Join Our Roof Care Club
Members of Sonshine Roofing’s Roof Care Club are offered many benefits, including:
- An annual roof inspection
- Priority service following a storm
- A discount on any future repairs
- Free gutter cleaning
- Much more…
A Roof Care Club Membership will give you peace of mind knowing that whatever weather Florida may have in store, you are better prepared to deal with it.
Of course, the most important benefit of all is that you are not only saving money but maximizing the service life of your roof.
To learn more about the benefits of a Roof Care Club Membership and to schedule your roof care inspection, contact us at 941-866-4320. Find out how valuable a Roof Care Club Membership could be to you.
In addition to one of our most popular blog posts, 9 Warning Signs of Roof Leaks, you may also be interested in:
- Don’t Wait for Storm Damage: Get the Wheels of Roof Repair in Motion Now
- 5 Things You Need to Know About Your Roof
- How to Make Your Roof Last
- 5 Things You Need to Know About Tile Roof Repair
- 5 Things to Ask Your Sarasota Roofing Contractor
There are also other blog posts not mentioned above that you may find useful.
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How Sonshine Roofing Can Help You
About Sonshine Roofing
Amos Borntreger, the Founder and President of Sonshine Roofing, is a Florida roofing contractor with a mission to:
- Have a positive impact on the well-being of all clients and colleagues
- Create the best investment strategies for our clients
- Ensure that each client is satisfied with our service for a lifetime
- Teach and inspire our colleagues to work with excellence, and how to excel in craftsmanship and service
- Create a positive and rewarding work atmosphere
Amos is the third generation in his family to work in construction. Sonshine Roofing has over 50 years of experience in roofing and has been in Sarasota since 1987.
His father originally taught him the importance of using quality installation methods, skills, and care. Everything Amos learned from his father has always been taught to his staff and installers, and he continues to do so. The ultimate goal is always to provide each client with quality service and long-term value.
The bottom line
You will have a hard time finding another Sarasota roofing contractor who is more determined than Sonshine Roofing to protect both you and your roof, one of your greatest investments. Unlike some roofing contractors, we are not interested in only meeting the minimum requirements of the Building Code when installing your new roof. We are committed to always using best practices and proper materials to maximize the useful service life of your roof. We have built our reputation by always providing superior quality. Contact us today!