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Roof damage and how to deal with it

Most of the time, damage to your roof is really out of your – or anyone’s control. Today, we’re going to discuss what some of the most common forms of roof damage are and what some of the things are up front and along the way that you can do to at the very least – mitigate the chances of your roof becoming damaged. 

Here are some common forms of roof damage and how you can help your own cause. Let’s jump right in!

Weather damage

Whether it’s hail, ice, snow, or wind – the elements can most certainly do a number on your roof. Especially in places like Tampa, FL where our roofs are exposed to some pretty strong elements – if you know a major storm is headed your way – do a quick walk around your home to check your roof prior to the storm and then a second one once it’s passed. You’ll want to look for:

  • Missing/damaged shingles
  • Curling on the edges of shingles
  • Damaged chimneys
  • Any sagging and or pooling water
  • Damaged flashing

Any surface that gets pounded by thousands of tiny ice pellets, or has to deal with windcreep underneath its shingles – is likely going to be only to take only so much before there’s some sort of damage. 

What do I do?

The most important thing you can do right off the bat is to call a professional or the company who installed the roof. Document the damage, schedule an inspection and get an idea of what you need in order to pay for the repairs. Then we 100% advise to file an insurance claim. You have homeowners insurance for a reason. 

Next you’ll want to compare some estimates. We definitely recommend getting a few as well – as this’ll insure you get the best deal and help make sure you’re not getting scammed by either party. Once your funding is secured, it’ll then be time to schedule your repairs and get it fixed. Getting your roof repaired as soon as possible is important. Letting it linger could lead to even more, potentially even more costly damage. 

Hopefully you found today’s blog helpful! If you have roof damage, be sure to reach out to a professional as soon as possible. Until then – Good luck!

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Metal roofs and hurricanes

If you live in the Tampa, FL area like we do, you know that things like Hurricanes always need to be on the mind. And as we head into peak hurricane season here at the end of the month, you’re going to want to make sure that you have a roof on your home that puts your mind at ease and does the best possible job of protecting you and the things that are important to you. 

Today, we’re going to talk about why you’ll want a metal roof on your home when hurricane season hits. Let’s jump right in!

Zoning codes for high-velo hurricanes

After Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the state set out to tighten their building codes when it came to the designation of what High-velocity hurricane zones are and some of these included product regulations. Now only three counties in Florida are designated as high velocity zones, but metal roofs not only meet codes and protect your home, but even if you’re not in one of these zones, they’ll be helpful in terms of protecting against high winds and the like. 


The biggest concern during a hurricane is often the debris that gets ripped about as a result of the exceedingly high wins. Things like storm windows are a huge asset to protect the interior of your home, but debris can really do a number on shingle roof systems and clay/ceramic systems as well. Metal roofs have what we call a Class 4 rating – meaning that they rarely show any signs of fracture. Yeah, you might get a dent here and there and certainly some scrapes – but it sure beats hunks of your roof and home ending up a mile down the road. 

Wind driven rain

Hurricanes dump a ton of water in the places they impact – and that water can create extreme dangers to homes – and not just in terms of flooding like we saw with Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. We’re talking standing water on roofs, or it seeping into cracks and crevices on top of your home. This water can cause leaks, but just as concerning it can drop down into places and form mold and other damage that can be hazardous to your health well after the storm has come and gone. Metal roofs keep your home better insulated and specifically due to their design, won’t allow for water to seep in or build up in any one particular place. 

So if you’re looking for the best possible protection about the next big storm headed your way, you should certainly consider a metal roof for your home. If you have any questions or any needs for metal roof clips and components, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Until then – good luck!

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All about standing seam hip roofs

When shopping for a metal roof, there’s plenty of makes and models to sift through in order to identify the one that’s the best fit for you and your home. Today however, we’re going to talk about one solution in particular – the standing seam hip roof. 

Standing seam hip roofs are one of the most durable, longest lasting and aesthetically pleasing models of roof and there’s plenty for you to know. So let’s jump right in.

What are they?

A hip roof is a model of roof where all sides slope downwards to meet up with the walls. The ‘hips’ of the wall are external angles where two sides meet. People like them largely because they create more gentle slopes and it allows for the addition of gables or dormer windows. 

Be sure however, to not confuse them with gable roofs. Those have a roof with two sides and a downward angle to the walls however the walls enclose the ends of the roofs. Gables actually make up the space in-between. Hip roofs are a little bit more complex – and you’ll need to have rafters or trusses. 

And in other good news for the folks down here in Tampa, Florida, hip roofs are self-bracing, meaning they’re much better suited to hurricane prone areas and other extreme weather events. While their complexity might be a little bit more complex up front, they’re well worth their cost once you consider the protection they provide. 

Standing seam roofs

Metal standing seam roofs are vertical panels that run the entire length of a given roof. Most of the time they’re simply snapped together or ‘seamed’ that joins them and makes them water-tight. Their most distinguishing characteristic is that you can see the raised, vertical seams where panels connect. These roofs are often blended with hip roofs, to provide stellar protection from the elements and extreme durability. 

If you’re looking to add on a durable, long lasting metal roof to your home, standing seam hip roofs might be for you. To learn more, contact your local roofing professional. And trust us when we tell you yes – they’ll be a slightly higher investment up front, but they’ll be well worth it in the long run. Until then, good luck!

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Getting to know your metal roof clips: Expansion and Contraction Clips

Metal roof clips are some of the most important components of your roofing system – but they’re also one of the most overlooked. Choosing the right kind of metal roof clip is essential towards ensuring that you get the most out of metal roof.

In the next few months, we’re going to be discussing the different kinds of metal roof clips on the market – what they do and why they’re useful. This month, we’ll be starting off with expansion and contraction clips. Let’s jump right in!

What is it?

Expansion and contraction clips are fastened to the deck of a home and has a moveable, sliding piece that attaches to a metal roof panel before seaming occurs. This is important because it allows thermal movement – which all metal roofing systems need. They also have a secondary identification – and you’ll find that some pros refer to them as ‘butterfly clips.’

When do you use it?

Expansion and contraction clips are used in roofing systems that have some sort of mechanical seaming. Every metal roofing system gets warm and cold and with that ongoing cooling and heating – comes expansion and contraction – just like anything else in your home. Long story, short – your panels wouldn’t be able to expand and contract without these clips and it could cause rupturing in the seaming as well as warping and other defects.

What should you consider?

While expansion and contraction clips are incredible assets to have and in some cases – required assets; the truth is they’re on the more expensive end of the cost spectrum for metal roof clips. This is particularly true when compared to fixed clips. In addition – these clips aren’t always assembled when they’re purchased – so every piece has to be put together by hand. This can add to labor costs and must be considered. However – the flexibility – literally and figuratively that the clips afford homeowners – is certainly worth the additional expense if said home owner can afford it.

In the coming months we’ll be covering a variety of metal roof clips – including Fixed Clips, Floating clips, Batten Clips and the like. If you’re unsure of which clip to use for your next big roofing project, give our team a call and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Until then – good luck!

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Should you move on from your asphalt roof?

Whether you’re investing in a metal roof or not, any time you’re considering replacing a roof is a time where you’ll have a lot on your plate! Not only do you need to choose the right material, but you’ll have to plan the project out, figure our how you’ll pay for it, find a good contractor and make sure it fits into the lives of everyone in your household.

That being said – what needs to be done needs to be done and when it comes time to do so – you might be considering replacing your asphalt roof. There are many reasons to transition from more traditional roofing materials into newer, more durable materials like metal roofing panels – and that’s what we’re going to be discussing today.

Here are some of the reasons you should consider trading in your asphalt roof and upgrading to metal. Let’s jump right in!

Water damage

Whether your roof is leaking from ice or from rain, metal roofs insure that you probably won’t ever have to deal with water damage again. Over time, asphalt tiles wear and warp, exposing the underbelly of your roof to the elements. Snow, ice and rain can seep underneath and create plenty of problems. Because metal roofs offer panels instead of shingles, this is something you’ll never have to worry about again.

Roof damage

When shingles begin to dislodge on your home, it’s a telltale sign of two things: Either it’s poor workmanship and the roof was installed improperly OR it’s that your roof is old and brittle. There’s also a third potential cause for shingles detaching from a roof is that the sun is generating too much heat on your shingles and due to inadequate ventilation – the shingles dry out quickly and become succeptable to damage. Regardless of those issues – it’s probably time for a new roof.

Metal roof systems – conversely – don’t deal with these issues. They maintain hot and cold air and don’t warp over time. They’re built tough and do a much better job of resisting the elements.

Mold, rot and decay

When it comes to asphalt roofs – you’ll always have to deal with mold, rot and decay. Not only can this damage your roof, but it also looks bad as well. Over time, these things can build up and can cause all sorts of issues ranging from warping shingles to deeply diminishing your home’s curb appeal. On top of it all – the cost to clean the shingles is expensive and frankly, not worth it.

With metal roofing systems, it’s next to impossible for molds and funguses and other materials to grow into and on your panels. That’s not to say you won’t see some deterioration. Particularly in warm weather areas – roof color can fade a bit if the sun is intense enough. However, if installed properly, roofs should maintain their overall appearance for a long, long time.

If you’re looking at the possibility of moving on from your asphalt roof, it’s important that you take your time, do your homework and hire the right contractor. And if you need materials, don’t forget about us! Until then – good luck and hopefully these tips will help make your decision a little bit easier!

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What’s so great about copper roofing?

In recent years, copper roofing has come into vogue with both contractors and home owners alike. It’s hard to blame them- not only does it look great and last a long time, but it can also be formed into different profiles to fit the needs of your home.

If you’re considering copper roofing for your next home remodel, give this blog a read as today we’ll be exploring the pros and cons of this type of metal roof and what it can do for you. Let’s jump right in.

The pros

Just like with most styles of metal roofs, copper roofs come with a whole swath of advantages. The first of which is the aesthetic that they bring to a home. Depending on the option of the person you’re talking to, copper is considered one of the most attractive options on the market. Adding it as a roofing material significantly enhances its curb appeal and value.

The second advantage is its versatility. Whether its shingles or tiles or even custom shapes – copper can be formed any way you’d like it to be. It makes it a uniquely useful product, specifically with regards to finding a good fit for one-of-a-kind roofs that present interesting building challenges. IN addition, copper is a substantially lighter metal relative to others – meaning it puts less stress on your home – especially during times where it’s carrying excess weight due to snow, protracted rainfall, etc.

The final key advantage for a copper roof is its lifespan and performance. There’s a reason church’s and other big buildings use copper as their roofing material of choice. It keeps out mildew and extreme weather. It doesn’t catch fire and in some cases, can last decades with minimal upkeep. In addition, it’s also good at reflecting light as opposed to absorbing it – which helps the house improve its energy efficiency by lowering heating and cooling costs.

The cons

The only meaningful drawback to owning a copper roof is the up-front cost – which is significant. Copper is a premium material that comes loaded with all of the benefits we listed above. It’s also best installed by a quality roofing professional – which will also add to the cost. That being said, if you’re thinking of staying in your home long-term, a copper room should be seen as a large, one-time investment. Once it’s installed, you rarely if ever need to worry about maintenance and you won’t be stuck in some sort of roof replacement cycle that applies to people who use asphalt shingles and the like.


Hopefully this blog can give you better insight into the pros and cons of purchasing and installing a copper roof. If you need help with metal roof clips or other installation materials – call or have you contractor give us a call today! Good luck!


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How metal roofs keep you cool in the summer

We’re in the peak of summer and let’s just say this one has been pretty hot. Record heat waves have broken out, especially in recent weeks, all over the country. That means that keeping cool is import!

While air conditioning certainly does the lion’s share of keeping a house cool, it won’t do you any good if your home isn’t properly insulated. Hot air can leak out or in and all you get stuck with at the end of the month is a big utility bill and a warm house.

One of your primary culprits may be your existing roof

We’re sure you’ve all felt the oppressive heat of a blacktop parking lot on a hot, sunny day; and if you know how hot asphalt gets when it’s laying there then imagine how hot it gets when it’s on your roof. Simply put, asphalt and other kinds of shingled roofing systems tend to absorb hear and that causes your home to get warmer. If your air conditioner senses the air, it’ll have to work harder cool your home.

With metal roofs, that won’t happen

Metal roofs insulate your home by keeping hot air out and cold air in. That way when your home heats to 65 degrees, the air conditioner can take a break for a little while. The better of the two benefits though – is clearly the heat prevention. Metal roofs can reduce heat absorption by as much as 90%. In the summer, your average home with a metal roof is cooler by around 12 degrees.

Keeping the carbon low

For folks who are thinking about the big picture, then metal roofs are great for you. They’ll help reduce your carbon foot significantly. This is more meaningful than just a feel-good ‘check out my green credentials’ self-high-five. There’s a financial benefit, too. When there’s less carbon in the air, the atmosphere in and around your home stays cooler. When it’s easier to keep your home cool, you save money. When you can save money and help the environment, too? That’s a win for everybody.

Better air quality

One hidden benefit is not only will the air be cooler, but it’ll circulate more efficiently throughout your home. Metal roofs provide an opportunity to re-tool your ventilation – and as a result, fresh air will make its way in and around your home much easier- particularly that cold air pumping out of your air conditioning. And the faster it cycles through, the less work your air conditioner has to do.

If you’re thinking of making a metal roof a part of your future and are looking for the parts and components that make them work, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to provide a free consultation. Good luck and stay cool! It’s hot out there!

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What makes metal roofs so tough?

Metal roofs are by far the most resilient and durable forms of metal roof on the market. With the right kind of care, your metal roof could last up to 100 years – almost 4 or 5 times as long as other roofing systems.

But how do they stay this tough? What about them makes them so resilient? That’s what we’re here to answer today. Here is what helps set metal roofs apart from the rest of the pack. Let’s jump right in.


Impact resistance

When we say metal roofs can take a beating – it’s because they can literally take a beating! Hail damage and other debris are a frequent cause of insurance claims – but with metal roofs, you’re looking at mostly minor dents. It might not help the aesthetic appeal of your roof, of course; but it won’t be a big, leaky hole, either.

Corrosion resistance

When you invest in a metal roof, you won’t have to worry about your home being unnecessarily exposed to the elements. You won’t have to worry about rot, corrosion or the usual wear and tear. Whether it’s metal shingles or standing steam formats – your metal roof will keep the water out and stand strong in the face of the elements.

Wind resistance

When you live in a community like ours here in Clearwater, Florida – high winds are always on the mind – whether it’s a severe thunderstorm creeping in from the coast or hurricane-force winds from a major storm. Every form of metal roof is resistant to tear-offs and updrifts. Thanks to the interlocking fastening system with metal roof clips, the airflow is pulled down and essentially just glides right over the surface of the roof.

In a place like Florida – this can give the average homeowner a huge sense of relief and peace of mind.


Metal roofs bring with them a vast array of benefits – but their toughness and durability is almost always the reason homeowners decide to invest in them. If you’re thinking of building a roof or have a contractor signed and want to save some money – contact us today and we’ll help supply you with the best in metal roofing materials. Good luck!



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How to prepare for a roof replacement

The period of time where a roof is getting installed can be a little hectic and messy around your home. Things are flying off the roof, people are in and out, you’ll see dumpsters, trucks and all sorts of other craziness. In order to cope, you’ll need to be prepared. Doing so, will make the entire process that much easier on you, your family and the workers.

This week, we’re going to discuss four things you should do before your roof is going to be replaced. Let’s jump right in!

If you have kids, particularly young ones

Then you’ll want to make sure you go over what’s going to be happening! Roof replacement can be noisy, hectic and a little dangerous for kids – so be sure that you sit them down and explain to them what’s going to be happening, what is expected of them and what you need them to be aware of for their own safety. And while it might pain them temporarily, it’s probably a good idea to keep all play indoors.


You might want to consider sending your pets on a temporary ‘vacation’ during the roof install. There will be so many noises and new people around that the entire experience can stress out pets perhaps more than anyone. So if the in-laws or friends can take your pets for a day, it’s probably best that you try to make that accommodation. If they can’t, then we’d suggest perhaps a doggy daycare.

Be mindful of where you’re parking

You might be giggling a little bit, but you’d be surprised at the number of horror stories you’d hear about people who had stuff thrown and or had fallen on their cars because of where they parked them. Not only do you need to worry about the safety of your car, but you also need to take the rest of your home into consideration. Leave the driveway open for your contactors so they can park dumpsters, trucks and other equipment. That way, you won’t have people driving all over your lawn and damaging other areas of your property.

Secure the outdoors

If you have deck furniture – store it away for a few days. If you have nice potted plants, find them a new home for a week. Clear out any obstructions so that workers can get to the areas of your home they need to get to. And that’s just before the roof is done. Once it’s complete, make sure you do another walkthrough around your property to check for loose debris, nails or anything else that could cause a problem. Most companies are great about cleanup, but inevitably something could have been left behind. Don’t let it cost you!

Should you have any questions about metal roof clips, components or parts, give us a call today for a free consultation. Hopefully, your install will go off without a hitch! Good luck!

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The financial benefits of owning a metal roof

While different kinds of roofs provide a wide range of benefits depending on the makeup of your house, at the end of the day – choosing a roof is ultimately a financial decision. When it comes to metal roofs – that decision can be a little more expensive up front, but certainly saves you a lot of money over the long haul.

Here are some of the financial benefits of investing in a metal roof and what kind of value that investment will provide you with as the years roll by. Let’s jump right in!

Increased home value

Metal roofs are more durable, they’re more weather resistant, they’re easier to maintain and they’ll last a lot longer than other roofing systems. To put it simply – that is a huge benefit for a potential buyer – but  benefit that comes at a cost to them as well. Homes with metal roofs are inherently more valuable and if you’re looking to put your house on the market in the coming months, you should account for your roof in your home’s overall value.

Most studies have shown that on average- a metal roof can add up to about 65% of it’s cost to a home’s overall value. That’s nothing to sneeze at!

Dramatically reduced maintenance

As we pointed out above, one of the major benefits of having metal roof is that you won’t encounter many to any of the usual roof maintenance headaches you’d have using other roofing systems. Things like leaks, frying and other issues don’t happen with metal roofs. And that’s not just from a functionality standpoint, either. Metal roofs also can take a real beating and still maintain their stellar appearance.

Month to month

Metal roofs provide a sort of financial ripple effect throughout the rest of your budget – and that fact remains one of the reason they’ve become so popular. The area you’re likely to see the biggest difference is in your energy bill. Metal roofs seal much better, making it easier to keep both cold and warm air inside your home – meaning that your HVAC system won’t have to work nearly as hard to keep your home at the desired temperature. Less work, means less money.


Metal roofs are truly an investment. From their long-standing durability, reduced maintenance costs and month-to-month benefits that they provide, they’re certainly more than worth their steep cost up front. That money will soon be recouped.

To learn more about whether a metal roof is for you or to find out more about our systems, metal roof clips and other roofing products, feel free to give us a call today for a free consultation. Good luck!

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