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Manufacturers

Tampa Roofing Company is an approved applicator for most major manufacturers and has many different styles and life expectancies to choose from. Generally speaking, if you have seen it, we can install it.

Payment

At Tampa Roofing Company we never ask for a down payment on contract jobs. We want to make sure that you are happy with the work before we ask you to pay the bill. If you purchase an extremely expensive roof we may have to ask for weekly draws, but most residential roofs can be completed in less than a week. Our procedure is to ask the home owner to walk around the house, and inspect the roof and the premises. Once they are completely satisfied with the work they pay the bill.

Application

The replacement of the roof on your home is one of the largest investments you will make to protect your belongings in most peoples' lifetime. This process can be a miserable experience, but we will do everything in our power to make the inconvenience as painless and as positive an experience as possible. The following are some, but not all of the procedures we follow to make sure that happens.

Equipment

At Tampa Roofing Company we own all of our own equipment and will use our own trucks and trailers to remove all of the debris from your roof. All trash will be removed from the premises daily, and the equipment will be removed daily to give you full access every night. We will try to give you the feeling that we have never been there. It will be necessary to install a dry-in felt over night, but all debris and large equipment will be removed daily.

Tampa Roofing will never rent a dumpster, and park it in front of your garage for a couple of days during the installation of your roof. This eliminates scuffs and scrapes on your drives or sidewalks frequently caused by dumpsters.

Deck replacement

At Tampa Roofing Company we understand that when your roof is replaced, you have to place your trust in us to provide you with the best roof replacement possible. While it is important that we do not cover any deteriorated or unsecured decking, it is not always possible for you to be there and personally see the work that is done. It is also important to know that we are not charging you for work that was not done. Our crew leaders take digital pictures before and after so you can verify any and all work that was done.  

Underlayments

The most common shingle underlayment that has been used in North America for the last 100 years is 15 or 30 pound asphalt felt. These products have performed well when properly secured according to current State of Florida codes. In recent years substitutions have been made in the type of fasteners that have been used that have not performed as well as the original nails and metal tin caps that our founder Morris Swope wrote in the original Southern Standard building code. Failures from the one piece fasteners and plastic caps have caused the insurance companies to push for "peel and stick" type ice and water shield underlayment. The absurdity of this system is that in Miami in the "high winds" part of the state, you are required to install a #30 felt nailed with the old nails and tin caps per the high wind details. In Miami, you are allowed to use peel and stick, but their testing proved that the old nail and tin cap standard tested higher than most peel and stick products. You can install a peel and stick in the high wind zones, but you must install the #30 felt first nailed to the high wind standards first.

This method has always been our standard, but we have to special order and bring in the metal tin caps because they are not stocked in the Tampa Bay area because we are the only company using them. 

Flashings and detail metal

Tampa Roofing Company has a complete sheet metal shop with computerized break and shear equipment. This allows us to make a factory detail for the special areas of your house instead of purchasing a pre-made flashing which must be trimmed and formed in order to fit your house.

Valley Metals

We have the ability to form standing seam or flat metal valleys for your house. However, we have found that most people like closed weave or half woven valleys. We do not advise burying a galvanized metal valley under the shingles. We have seen many instances where the galvanized valleys will rust in 10 to 12 years.

We have been installing a commercial roofing product called modified bitumen under the closed valleys. We have been using this application since 1985, and have yet to have a leak from this application.

Warranties

The standard asphalt shingle warranty from the manufacturer is limited to the cost of the materials, and is prorated based on the life expectancy of the shingle.

The standard applicator warranty is required by code to be a full labor warranty for a one year period. Our normal guarantee is for 2 years. Most workmanship flaws will show at the first rain. However, we extend ours for 2 years. In the past some contractors have offered extended warranties for 5 to 10 years. A good rule of thumb is that there is a direct correlation between the amount of additional extended time on the warranty, and the appending departure from that company in the roofing business. Additional warranties can be purchased from both the manufacturer, and the applicator. We have found that certainnteed's "lifetime" shingle warranty is a great warranty for someone who wants the additional security of having a manufacturer's labor and material warranty.