What Is a Wind Mitigation Inspection?
As a homeowner with windstorm insurance, state law entitles you to certain premium reductions, but without an inspection, you can’t get them! If you haven’t had a wind mitigation inspection at your current home, you are PROBABLY PAYING TOO MUCH FOR YOUR HONE OWNERS INSURANCE!
During a wind mitigation inspection, a certified inspector reports on the key features that may decrease the amount of damage your home suffers during a hurricane or strong windstorm. These features fall into several categories, such as exterior construction type, roof shape and construction methods, age of roof covering, door and window opening protection as well as the actual year the home was built. Another factor may be the elevation of a property and how it relates to wind speed.
Our company is proud to provide quality Wind Mitigation Inspections. We work closely with other industry leaders in educating inspectors on how to properly perform these inspections. You will receive the most detailed report that will completely satisfy the insurance carrier beyond their expectations without the hassle of an insurance carrier reinspection.
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Save Money with an Energy Star Roof!
Windows, doors and roofs make the big impact on the energy usage in your home. So just imagine your savings when you install an efficient Energy Star roof and system. You can save hundreds on air conditioning costs by decreasing your energy usage, while helping to save the environment.
Energy-saving solutions for any type of roofing—including shingle roofs, metal roofs,membrane roofs, tile roofs and commercial build-up roofs—help to reduce energy consumption in both the heat of the summer and the chill of the winter. By insulating your property and reflecting the intense Florida heat instead of absorbing it, you use less energy to heat and cool your home or office building, saving you hundreds on air conditioning and HVAC costs.
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Below are several maintenance tips that will extend the life of your roof and save you a lot of money.
Install proper ventilation and adequate insulation.
This is among the most critical, and often overlooked, factors in extending the life of your roof. Without proper ventilation, a buildup of heat and moisture in your attic can lead to roof rot and diminished insulation efficiency. In short, properly insulated attic spaces allow your roof to perform as efficiently as possible.
Keep gutters and downspouts clear
.Leaves, twigs and other debris can clog your gutter system, causing expensive water leaks in your attic and interior living spaces. If they are clogged, gutters and downspouts can’t channel water and snowmelt away from your home. You’ll also want to inspect your gutters for signs of damage.
Trim your trees.
Take a look at the trees around your home. If there are any limbs or branches hanging over your roof (or growing close), have them removed. Falling branches can lead to expensive roofing repairs.
Roof flashing consists of metal strips installed where the main body of the roof meets up with the home’s siding, chimneys or skylights. Because many roof leaks begin at these connection points, check the flashings for holes, cracks, or other signs of damage or deterioration.
Perform regular inspections
It’s a good idea to perform a routine inspection on a regular basis. Look for signs of damage on the roof surfaces, as well as in the attic and interior of your home. Small leaks or minor damage can often be repaired for little cost. Ignoring them, and allowing them to become major problems, can be a very expensive mistake.
Need A Roofing Contractor?
If you have questions about roofing maintenance, or perhaps need a professional roofing inspection to check the integrity of your roof, contact Roman Roofing Inc Our experienced roofing technicians will be happy to answer your questions and guide you in your decision to repair, replace or maintain your roof!
Why choose ENERGY STAR rated reflective roofing?
During building design and when your existing roof needs replacement are both excellent times to consider reflective roofing.
Lower your air conditioning costs and qualify for an additional incentive when you install a reflective roof product on your home. By reflecting the sun’s heat off of the roof, the product reduces the heat coming into your home – and reduces the amount of time your air conditioner runs.
A reflective roof coating is applied to roofs to help reflect more sunlight from the surface, thus reducing the amount of heat absorbed by the structure. Also known as cool roofing, these roof coatings are available in a number of colors, surfaces, and thicknesses and can make a huge difference when it comes to saving money on energy costs and usage. On top of that, they also aid in creating more comfortable indoor environments, and play a role in prolonging the life of roofs and roofing materials.
How a Reflective Roof Coating Works
Cool roof coatings work to keep your home cool in two distinct ways. The first is by solar reflectance, or the coating’s ability to reflect sunlight away as soon as it hits your structure. Instead of absorbing the sunlight and heat like a traditional roof, a cool roof reflects the light and heat away from your home, keeping your home cooler in the process. The other way that cool roofing helps to keep your home cooler is through thermal emittance. These roof coatings are now made with special materials that increase your roof’s thermal emittance level, or your roof’s ability to radiate absorbed heat back into the atmosphere instead of down into your home. It’s this potent combination of high solar reflectance and thermal emittance that make these roof coatings so effective at keeping your home cool and your energy costs and usage down.
Reflective Roof Coating and Energy Savings
What kind of energy costs and usage savings are we talking about here? Significant ones. It’s important to realize that the amount of benefits you get from your reflective coating will vary depending on the shape of your home, the coating you choose, how energy efficient your home already is, your local climate, and whether you use air conditioning or not. However, if you live in a hot climate that experiences warm temperatures and sunny days for a substantial portion of the year, you can expect energy savings of up to 70%. If not, your energy savings from applying a reflective roof coating could range anywhere from 20% to 70% when itýs all said and done.
Shopping for a Reflective Roof Coating
The most important decision you’re going to make when shopping for cool roof coatings is the color. Reflective coatings come in white, a variety of darker colors, and in high reflection coatings. What you decide on here can make a huge difference. White coatings are by far the most effective, and reflect anywhere from 50% to 90% of the sunlight and heat that hit your roof. Highly reflective coatings, which most often resemble a paintable aluminum coating, come in second with reflectance levels in the 60% to 70% range. And if you decide to choose looks over performance, colored coatings significantly reduce the reflectivity ratings to 15% to 35% (which is still better than no coating at all). When you make your decision, keep in mind also that if your new roof coating reflects enough light and heat (65% for flat roofs and 25% for sloped roofs), it will also qualify as an Energy Star rated roof and will earn you tax breaks on top of the high energy savings.
Application and Other Improvements
These coatings can be applied on your own, you can hire a professional to do the job for you, or you can look for roofing materials that have reflective coatings already baked onto the surface. And if you’re serious about improving the energy efficiency of your home, talk to an energy auditor or general contractor about other modifications you can make to improve your efficiency ratings. Improving traditional insulation in your attic, installing reflective attic insulation, and improving attic ventilation are all smart steps to take, along with applying reflective coatings, in order to get maximum energy efficiency out of your home.
A high-performance roof can be a powerful asset in reducing energy consumption by becoming an energy efficient roof – a Cool Roof. When used with appropriate insulation on low-sloped or flat roofs, a high-emissivity Duro-Last Cool Zone reflective roofing system can:
Florida and Coastal Areas Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Homeowners How vulnerable is my tile roof in a hurricane?Materials, age of the roof, and installation determine how well a roof may stand up to hurricane-force winds. Of all roof materials installed in the past 15 years for steep slope applications, the best performing have been metal and concrete tile. Additionally, concrete roof tiles have been tested and proven to withstand wind speeds in excess of 125 miles per hour in full-scale wind testing.How can I protect my tile roof?When roof tile break free it is typically because of the impact of flying debris dislodging screws, nails or adhesive. Little can be done to avoid this type of damage, however; prior to hurricane season have your roof inspected by a licensed roofing contractor to determine all tiles are properly secured.What happens to my tile roof should parts of it become exposed?Many homeowners think displaced roof tiles create large-scale problems. But, in the absence of obvious leaks, missing roof tiles might not constitute an immediate problem thanks to the protective underlayment, which is applied to your roof deck prior to the installation of tile. For safety and insurance purposes have a licensed roofing contractor evaluate your roof for the risk of damage.How do I protect my tile roof while I wait for new tile installation?Have a licensed roofing contractor do emergency repairs. Or if you cannot get a roofing contractor and have a leaking roof call FEMA at 800-621-FEMA (3362).How long can a tile roof withstand the elements with some tiles missing?The longevity of your roof will in all likelihood depend on the type and condition of your underlayment. A roofing profes-sional will need to assess the damage to make a determination.Where can I obtain replacement tiles to repair minor roof damage?. Distributors sometimes work directly for consumers for replacement tiles or color matching needs.Manufacturers make roof tile, and supply tiles to distributors for supply needs of contractors. Do’s and Don’ts•Do maintain current photographs of your home and roof prior to any hurricane. Take photographs of any damage you may experience after a storm for your records.•Do have your roof inspected to assess its general condition and potential longevity.•Do contact your insurance company and FEMA if your roof is damaged in a hurricane.•Do hire a licensed roofing contractor to repair or install your roof tile.•Do not attempt to repair or install roof tiles yourself