Frequently Asked Questions

Are metal roofs more noisy than shingle roofs?

While it may be true that metal roofs on buildings like garages and pole barns intensify the sound of falling rain, this is primarily caused by the lack of a roof deck, insulation, and underlayment. On a residential home, layers of building materials between the metal roof and the living area reduce the noise significantly, making metal roofs as quiet as any other roofing material when it rains. 

Can I clean my shingle roof?

Due to the fragile nature of shingle roofs, most experts agree that cleaning a shingle roof is a task best left to the roofing professionals.

While pressure cleaning a shingle roof may easily remove algae and moss, it will also blast away a few roof shingles in the process. Pressure cleaning weakens the remaining shingles and could turn into a dangerous situation for someone not trained with roof safety. The act also voids your warranty and could end up costing you more money in the long run. The risk of personal safety and roof damage is too great. We recommend contacting a professional to have your shingle roof chemically cleaned under low pressure.

It’s also important to note that most shingle roofs installed in Florida are anti-fungal and algae resistant. Shingle roofs made up of algae resistant shingles are typically covered under warranty and should go through a warranty inspection process.

Can I clean my tile roof?

A regular tile roof cleaning is a great way of ensuring the ideal condition of your tile roof. Not only does a regular cleaning extend roof longevity, but it adds aesthetic value and can save you money by addressing minor damages before they grow into greater problems. A healthy roof is a strong roof.

Tile roof manufacturers recommend utilizing a low pressure system for cleaning tile roofs. Often homeowners make the mistake of using high pressure cleaning methods, which will remove the factory finish, void your warranty, and increase the frequency of cleanings. Due to the sensitive nature of tile roofs – and risk of damage if done incorrectly – we recommend tile roofs be chemically cleaned under low pressure and should be done by a tile roof cleaning professional. Hiring a tile roof cleaning professional will save you time, money, and a headache in the long run.

How soon can you repair my roof?

During the Tampa Bay rainy season we get extremely busy and are often asked how long roof repairs in Tampa take or how soon we can do the work. We will always perform the work as soon as possible!  If we do get backed up we will do a temporary patch to stop the water intrusion until we can perform the actual work.  If you see signs of any roof leak do not wait until it rains, get it fixed right away.

Your roof is one of your greatest assets in your home. Even the smallest leak can cause considerable damage to your home. It’s important to correct roofing damage quickly and we have a team ready to deliver the best roofing turnaround time to protect your home. Contact us today to inquire about how our team of professionals can provide you with superior service.

Do you offer roof financing options?

If you’re in need of a new roof or a roof repair, we offer convenient financing options, subject to approved credit.

Contact us today for a free estimate for your roofing repair or replacement needs. We provide customers with first rate, high quality products in an affordable package that fits your budget.

Do you tarp roofs?

We are asked if we tarp roofs occasionally, and the answer is Yes, when necessary we install a temporary roof tarp.

Our team of Handyman Roofing contractors have the proven experience and skills to ensure the service you receive is dependable, efficient and prompt. Contact us today for a free estimate and with any temporary roof repair tarp questions!

Can you do a temporary / emergency roof repair?

Yes, in some emergency instances, when we are unable to begin the work right away, we will perform a temporary roof repair to help prevent any further water intrusion. Call us now for your emergency roof repair!

If you notice an area in your roof sagging you should call us immediately. A depression in your roof means there is a very good chance there is rotted wood in that area causing the sag in the roof and it should be checked immediately.

Our team of contractors at Handyman Roofing is well-versed in roofing problems such as depressions in your roof. Contact us today for a free estimate!

What does it mean when the fascia and or soffit is rotted?

The most likely cause for rotted soffit or fascia is a roof leak around the perimeter of the roof.  A roof inspection should be completed  immediately, before more damage is done.

Getting the soffit and fascia on your roof inspected is easy when you contact Handyman Roofing. Our qualified team of Tampa Bay roofing professionals can provide you with a free estimate to solve your roof problems and are experienced to know how to repair soffit and fascia on your roof.

Contact us today to find out how Handyman Roofing can help you solve your soffit and fascia problems!

What does it mean when my shingles are sticking up?

There can be several causes for roofing shingles to stick up. If the roof is newer, the shingle that is sticking up should be resealed before a leak occurs.  On older roofs this can be a sign of aging and drying out and should be checked by a professional.

Our professional Tampa Bay roofing team at Handyman Roofing can help diagnose your problem with your roofing shingles quickly and develop a solution that fits your budget with a first-rate product. Contact us today for a free estimate!

How long will it take to replace my roof? 

One-Two day.

A good company can replace a single-family home’s roof in one-two days. This includes removing the old roof shingles and underlayment, followed by replacing both with new underlayment and shingles, followed by a thorough clean up! 

What are the signs my roof has problems? 

Perhaps the most common question we get (and any roofing company for that matter), is the question about knowing when a home’s roof has issues.

The simple answer is that the signs are obvious, the complicated answer is that the roof issues signs aren’t so obvious.

At first glance, you can see common roofing issues such as:

  • Missing shingles
  • water stains inside of the home
  • Exposed roof components that look out of place
However, there are also times where you might not see apparent roof issues such as rotting plywood, pipe collar cracks, or leaks. In this case, you have options, which lead to our next question. 

I have a roof leak, what do I do?

Perhaps you do your springtime maintenance and notice a few missing shingles or one morning you wake up and the bathroom ceiling has a leak stain.

In the case of a roofing leak, you have options. Sometimes people ask if they need a new roof because of a leak, and the answer is always it depends.

Factors such as the age of your current roof, the current warranty (if there is one), and the scop of your roof leak will ultimately determine the next steps. In either case, the first step is to always get the issue inspected by a roofing company… an honest roofing company.  Depending on the damage on your roof causing the leak – a few missing shingles or a serious problem – will then determine your appropriate actions:

  1. Sometimes a simple roof repair is an answer
  2. Calling insurance to see if your roof qualifies for a replacement
  3. A new roof

How much does a new roof cost?

In the event that it makes sense to move forward with a brand new roof, you have a few options, but the most common question we get is, “How much will a new roof cost?”

The answer varies depending on a few factors. One, the size of your roof will ultimately determine how much a new roof costs first and foremost. Roofs are measured by what is called “A Square” and this means 100 square feet.

Pricing is done per square, which includes tearing off the existing shingles, laying the new garment, followed by the asphalt shingles. The cost per square is determined by the type of shingles a homeowner selects.  shingle prices per square include:

  • Three Tab Shingles – $380 per square
  • Archinetcutual Shingles – $400 to $425 per square

Using these numbers, an average size home at about 20 square would run a homeowner anywhere from $7600 to $8000.

While this is just an estimate and assumes there are no extras needed (like replacing plywood, fixing flashing, etc) the price is determined by the size of your roof! A townhome is much cheaper than $7600 just like a larger home with a hip roof will be more.

Contact us today for a free estimate!

Do new roofs have warranties? 

Whether you just got a new roof or perhaps you have a roof that is a few years old and you are still covered by a warranty, most roofs do have warranties.

Similar to roofing prices, roofing warranties vary depending on the company that roofs your home and the type of shingles you select.

That being said, product warranties are determined by the shingle supply company like GAF or Ownes Corning. The labor warranty depends on the shingle installer, but for example, here at GoodFriend Roofing, we offer a 5 year labor warranty. 

Does a metal roof cost more?

Because metal roofing is a premium home product, you can expect your new roof to cost roughly two to three times what an asphalt shingle roof costs. However, a metal roof is comparable in price to tile roofing or cedar shake roofing. If you currently have a slate roof, you can expect your metal roof to cost less.

No matter what kind of metal roofing style you choose, you'll never have to worry about your roof again. Most come with a true 30 to 50 year warranty. Plus, your new metal roof will add to the resale value of your home, save you money on your energy bills, and give you peace of mind that you'll likely never have to re-roof again.

How much longer will a metal roof last?

You can expect a metal roof to last at least 2 to 3 times longer than a regular roof. In general terms, count on a metal roof lasting 30 to 50+ years since metal roofs can often be repainted versus replaced.

To put it in context, the average lifespan of an asphalt roof is 12 to 20 years. That lifespan can be shorter depending on the pitch of your roof and the climate in your area. Made of oil impregnated paper or fiberglass, asphalt begins to deteriorate as soon as you expose it to normal weather. A metal roof, however, will never decompose.

Other roofing materials like wood shingle, shake and tile have varying degrees of weather-related problems that lead to breakdown. Wood shingle and shake roofs often need replacement before twenty years. Concrete tile roofs can crack and warp in the freeze/thaw cycle of more northern climates.

All of the above roofing materials are well-outlasted by metal roofing, which retains its good looks and durability decade after decade after decade.

Does metal roofing attract heat or increase energy cost?

Metal roofing actually reflects much of the sun’s heat and energy. While conventional shingles absorb much of the sun’s heat, metal roofing can actually reduce cooling energy costs by as much as 20%. That’s because the coating used on modern metal roof panels incorporates special pigments that reflect the sun’s energy and release heat that is absorbed throughout the day.
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