How to Save Money on Replacing a New Roof

Roof replacement is one of the most expensive home repairs you’ll ever have. Begin by picking up a copy of your local re-roofing regulations before considering any cost-saving tips. Many localities now require upgrades to keep your roof in place during severe weather. This means higher costs for modern technology, including extra hardware and better water barriers.
  1. Select a new roof contractor with trained installers and a history of successful roof installations.
  2. Replace roof during economic downturns or during the “off-season.” During these times, roofers often offer discount prices to keep employees working.
  3. Select quality materials for the re-roofing operation. Inexpensive materials might cost less in the short term. But they will also have a shorter roof life, and you’ll wind up paying for another repair sooner than you’d like.
  4. Reuse roof flashing and metal work in good condition. Not all the old roofing materials need replacement. Ask the installer if reuse roofing materials if possible.
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How to Limit Your Roofs Vulnerability to Hail Damage

How to Limit Your Roofs Vulnerability to Hail Damage Avoiding Roof ReplacementTampa is a hail-prone area, your roof will likely need to be replaced more often compared to homeowners in less stormy areas, according to insurance industry data.Tampa is top state for hail storms, consider these when you choose materials
image credit: National Weather Service

image credit: National Weather Service

to upgrade, replace, or repair your home’s exterior components:
  • Look for roofing materials that are proven to withstand hail storms.
  • Choose materials rated for the wind speed in your area.
  • Use an experienced contractor — proper new roof installation ensures the roof will withstand high winds.
Money-saving tip: Ask your insurance agent if you qualify for a homeowners insurance discount for using storm-resistant building materials for your roof replacement. 

Preparing a Roof for Rainy Season

In Tampa Florida, we are subject to heavy storms that can potentially damage or ruin your home without the proper precautions. Learn how to prepare your roof for the rainy season in order to keep your repair costs down.preparing roof for leaks image credit: WikiHowGet your roof ready for the rains. Inspect your roof twice per year to avoid costly problems that can escalate into tremendous cost. Look for cracks along the ridge of your roof and where your shingles fold over to form the cap. Inspect the valleys of your roof (the area of your roof with a downward slope). Make sure that the sheet metal does not have any holes or rusty spots. Make sure that you do not have any missing, loose or curled shingles. Replace any in shingles in poor condition to avoid moisture leaks inside your home that can weaken your wall and/or ceilings.Take a look at your gutters to make sure that they drain well and don’t cause water to back up. Also make sure that there are not a lot of little granules collecting in there. Granules in your gutter are a sign that your roof’s coating needs to be resealed.roof gutters image credit: WikiHowIf you have any questions or concerns, call JBC Builders Roofers to come inspect your roof! Click here to read about us.

Roofing Types

Researching Roofing types? American Roofing Industries has a great article explaining roofing types. Here are a few listed here, feel free to check out their website for more roofing types.

Roofing: TPO Membrane :

Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) membranes are one of the most popular commercial roofing systems. These single ply membranes are created by using a reinforced fabric and rubber together. The sheets are heat welded together creating one continuous sheet that covers your roof. Since this product is lightweight, TPO can be used as a recover option. There is no aggregate surfacing on this product, so maintenance is easy. This product has a great reflectivity value and is considered a green roofing option.

Roofing Modified Bitumen:

Modified Bitumen was developed to increase the serviceability of conventional roofing asphalt. It is created blending synthetic rubberized polymers with asphalt. This new blend increased the product’s elasticity, resistance to brittleness at colder temperatures, and greater flow resistance at hotter temperatures. The result is a membrane that combined the multi-layer benefits of built up roofs with the installation advantages of a single-ply membrane. This system offers an excellent cold weather flexibility, lightweight membrane (can be used as a recover), no aggregate surfacing (maintenance and repairs are easier to conduct), and high tensile strength.

Roofing Wood Shingles and Shakes:

Wood shingles and shakes are made from western red cedar. Shakes are heavier than shingles. They are split rather than sawn which gives them a rougher appearance than shingles.


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New roofing cost

New roofing cost

Replacing your existing roof carries a significant cost, and it can’t be put off once it becomes necessary. The urgency to install a new roof doesn’t mean hire the first roofing contractor you speak to. Here’s some insights into cost of replacing a roof.

How roofers charge

While it’s possible to replace your own roof, it’s not always a good idea – without the right tools and enough experience, there’s a high likelihood you’ll make a mistake, which could reduce the lifespan of your roof and the integrity of you home. Reliable roofing companies charge for their work using what are known as “squares.” One ten foot-by-ten foot patch of roof makes a square, meaning the average roof has between 22 and 26 squares to be replaced.

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5 Reasons To Inspect Your Roof

5 Reasons your should have your roof inspected

1. Dryness. Your roof is sustaining damage from the sun’s rays. Heat and ultraviolet rays damage a roof more than imagined.

2. El Nino. Roofs should be prepared to sustain heavy rains. Having your roof inspected now, prevents emergency costs later.

3. Peace of Mind. Like having your car tuned up or your teeth checked, you always feel better when a professional takes a close look at your roof. A licensed roofing company can give you calcification about your concerns.

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Fixing a Leaking Roof

Fixing a Leaking Roof

The most common roof leaks are from:

  • Plumbing vent boots
  • Roof vents
  • Walls and dormers
  • Small holes

While these roof leaks may produce small amounts of damage on the exterior, the leak may be causing more damage to the structure of the home. It’s important to have a consultation with a reliable roofing company before starting to repair your roof yourself. A roofing contractor can assess the leak and offer trustworthy feedback.

JBC Builders & Roofers is a reliable roofing contractor in Tampa FL with over 40+ years. JBC Builders & Roofers is a family operated business who stands behind their companies values, customer support and quality craftsmanship.

Metal Roofing

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is an option when replacing a roof. It is ideal for homes that have either a flat or steep roofline or it offers durability. When you are choosing between metal roofing and other types, it’s important to be aware of what you are paying for.

Before buying a metal roof, contact JBC Builders & Roofers who have over 40+ year experience who is a trusted roofing company in Tampa FL. JBC Builders & Roofers can guide you through the process. Some of the topics we’ll discuss surrounding metal roofing systems and the advantages or disadvantages that you can expect:

Metal Roofing Types

One of the main benefits surrounding metal roofing is the amount of options that you have to choose from. Tin, zinc, aluminum, copper and galvanized steel are all metal roofing options that you can select from. This allows you to customize your roof based on the durability, style and price that you are looking to obtain. Most other roofing options do not offer so much variety.

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