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DID YOU KNOW THAT THE TILE DOESN’T REALLY WATER PROOF YOUR BUILDING?

 

 

 

did you know that the tile doesn’t really water proof your building?

 

Going to chat about Tile roofing since its so prevalent in our area:

 

Did you know that the tile doesn’t really water proof your building? Its basically there to look pretty, insulate and protect the actual waterproofing (the rolled roofing or membrane) from the suns damaging effects. There’s a love hate relationship with tile roofing for some due to the maintenance required. Old school has led most to pressure clean when dirty. But what you don’t realize is when you pressure clean you are removing the clear coat sealer the manufactures applies. By removing this you are opening the pours of the concrete allowing dirt and mold spores in. And then you’ll find yourself needing this cleaning every year. For those that have already done this its most likely too late for what I’m proposing unless its a relatively new roof and the clear coat hasn’t been removed too long ago.

I simply tell my new tile roof clients DON’T pressure clean until you’re prepared to immediately reseal it. Mostly likely you won’t need to even worry about it for the first 5 or 6 years due to the clear coat doing its job. But just like the clear coat on a car it breaks down over time and the viscosity will increase causing dirt to stick rather then allowing the rain to wash it away. But you still shouldn’t need to reseal just yet but then again you really don’t want to strip the clear coat off either. The solution these days is to have it foamed cleaned. They use cleaners that are not harmful to your plants and animals and they can do it without walking on the roof (which very often breaks tile). Most offer a two year guarantee on the mold coming back.

Its important to know when the clear coat is just past its useful life where you will at that point pressure clean it to prep for a resealing of the tile. I tell my clients you’ll know when it keeps getting dirty too often. Remember the dirt will start to stick as the clear coat breaks down.

So the moral of this story is you really should prevent people from walking on a  tile roof. You need to reseal your tile to keep it acting new and looking fresh. You shouldn’t pressure clean until you will be immediately resealing it and there is a new way and product available to keep your tile roof clean and looking new.

Johna Cray

Regional Director, Rhino Roofs

 

Let the Right Local Roofing Company Put a Quality Roof Over Your Head

 

Hiring the best local roofing company doesn’t have to be overwhelming. By knowing the right questions to ask, you can be sure you’re paying for quality work that will last for a long time to come. Let Roofs by Rhino take care of all of your roofing needs! Give us a call today (772)-446-1139

 

Shingle, Tile and Metal Roof Options

 

Shingle, Tile and Metal Roof Options

Sloped roofs primarily have three options to choose from. Shingle being the least expensive, tile and metal being most comparable. There are also options and upgrades available within those three choices. But metal by far has the most choices to be made. The choices need to be based on design/ appearance, strength and longevity.

There are multiple manufactures producing multiple styles with multiple up lift pressures and finally two ways that it is mechanically installed.

Lets start with the mechanical installation being either an exposed fastener or concealed fastener system. This is a very important question to ask and know. The exposed fasteners have proven to fail way before the panel itself. These systems tend to be of galvanized metal and not aluminum making them susceptible to corrosion. But more importantly the exposed screw/fastener comes with a rubber ring that it designed to seal the screw as it is set to the metal. That rubber casket just doesn’t do well in our many hot days and dries out, cracks and eventually splits causing leaks. This system is usually called 5 V crimp and is the least expensive of them all. Also some systems that are designed to look like tile can use exposed fasteners.

So this leaves us with what we call a concealed fastener system. Meaning the screws are installed below or covered by the panel itself. When installed this way it allows the screw to basically secure the panel but not be part of the waterproofing because the panel will actually do this.

Without getting into every possible scenario I’ll finish up with the difference between mechanically seamed panel vs a snap-lock system. The mechanically seamed will provide the higher wind up lift pressure thus providing more protection during our high wind related incidences. But if you have a flat roof attached to the slope area you must consider the snap-lock for its ease in being opened when the flat roof needs to be replaced. Everyone knows that flat roofs don’t last as long unless you have a tapered insulation system installed and even then it will not last as long as the aluminum panels. The snap-lock allows the panels to be removed without being damaged and the panel will need to be removed if the flat roof meets the sloped directly.

One other disadvantage to the mechanically seamed is when it is actually seamed it creates a tighter fit. If your roof has any discrepancies in the decking it will show in some cases. The snap-lock systems allows for less tension. The appearance of your metal roof will definitely depend on your wood deck that it is installed to. Older homes have older wood decks that may have become con caved over the years but some homes settle more then others and this should be considered when thinking about a metal roof. Also when considering a metal roof you want to certified metal roof installer, not everyone has the know- hows when it comes to installing metal roofing.  All in all Metal roofs has one of the highest uplift pressures and longevity in today’s roofs systems and is a great roofing option for Florida weather.

Johna Cray
Regional Director, Rhino Roofs

Let the Right Local Roofing Company Put a Quality Roof Over Your Head

Hiring the best local roofing company doesn’t have to be overwhelming. By knowing the right questions to ask, you can be sure you’re paying for quality work that will last for a long time to come. Let Roofs by Rhino take care of all of your roofing needs! Give us a call today (772)-446-1139

Tips for Hiring a local Roofing Contractor

 

It’s important to do research before hiring a local roofing company. Keep reading for 5 key tips for hiring a local roofing company.

When the national average for a roof replacement is over $7,000, it pays to do your homework. Hiring the wrong company could not only break the bank, but it could also do serious damage to your house.

When looking for a local roofing company to hire, asking the right questions can help you vet out the company that’s best for your needs and budget.

To help you get started, let’s look at 5 key tips for hiring a local roofing company.

1. Make Sure They Have Insurance

The only roofing company you want to work with is one who has insurance. This not only protects you in case an accident happens, but it also protects the roofing company as well.

Ask the roofers if they have both worker’s compensation and liability insurance. It’s also a good idea to ask to see proof of insurance.

Companies who try to skip out on getting insurance may also try to cut corners in their work. You want to work with someone who cares about you and their reputation.

2. Read the reviews

The best way to learn how a company works is from customers who have been there, done that. Past clients can give valuable insight into the quality of work and level of customer service.

Get online and check out testimonials on the roofing company’s website. Also, read through reviews on sites like Google and Yelp. Finally, you always want to check with the Better Business Bureau to make sure they’re in good standing.

3. Cheap is not always the best

Roofs aren’t cheap, so it’s tempting to go with the company that offers the lowest quote. But remember, you usually get what you pay for so think twice before deciding solely on price.

Make sure the roofing company backs up its price with a quality job. If you end up getting shoddy work, it could cost you more in repairs down the road.

Also, ask what type of materials the company uses. Quality materials are just as important as the work used to install it.

4. Get to know the contractor

Before you sign any contract, ask your local roofing company who will do the actual work. You always want to make sure you’re comfortable with their policies.

Many roofers have their own employees and do their own training. This helps ensure they have the same quality of work across the board.

Others will sub-contract work out to other roofing companies. While this might save money, depending on who does the work might mean the quality of work isn’t up to high standards.

5. Ask About Warranties

Once you find a local roofing company, always make sure you get warranties on the work.

Warranties will protect you against defects in roofing materials and workmanship. If something should go wrong with the roof, this will help save you a lot of money from repairs and new materials.

Let the Right Local Roofing Company Put a Quality Roof Over Your Head

Hiring the best local roofing company doesn’t have to be overwhelming. By knowing the right questions to ask, you can be sure you’re paying for quality work that will last for a long time to come. Let Roofs by Rhino take care of all of your roofing needs! Give us a call today (772)-446-1139

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