The Floridian’s Guide to Hurricane Prep

Ways to Prep Your Home for Hurricane Season

Whether you are new to Florida or are a lifelong local, we all face the same annual concern: hurricanes.

From June to November, checking the news for severe weather updates becomes a part of our daily routine. And it’s no wonder—we’ve had record seasons for hurricane development in the last few years, with 30 storms developing around the world and 12 of them hitting the United States last year alone.

Every year, hurricanes wreak havoc on people’s homes, and shut down entire cities. It is estimated that hurricane winds and storm flooding account for over $45 billion in damages to homes each year, and that number has been steadily on the rise for decades. 

There are all sorts of damages that can be sustained during a storm, from broken windows, to flooding, to one of the most common storm expenses: roof damages.

Hurricane Threats to Your Home

During even a low-level hurricane, severe wind and rain can damage shingles, pull off flashing, and pull up the lower layers of a roofing system, leading to leaks or even total collapse. And that’s assuming just the wind is affecting your roof!

During a hurricane, storm winds can pick up debris, which can further batter your roof. Plus, with hurricanes repeatedly blowing through each year, your roof is likely subjected to ongoing damage that grows worse with each storm. If left unchecked, this constant degradation of your roof’s integrity could lead to severe damage over time. 

As a general rule, shingled roofs last about 15 years, tiled roofs last about 20 years, and metal roofs last about 30 years.

However, these estimates are calculated without the consideration of several hurricanes a year! If we are hit with a hurricane at any given time, it could cause damages to your roof (that may not even be visible!) which would significantly shorten the lifespan of your roof. 

Things You Can Do 

Make sure any trees on your property are not in danger of falling. 

At Proformance Roofing, we do everything from roof repairs to new roof construction, but no one wants to deal with a tree through their living room! If you have a tree that looks old, sickly, or that you have been warned could be a hurricane hazard, don’t wait to have it removed. It may seem like an expensive process, but it’s going to cost less than a new roof and living room tree removal!

Clear away potential debris from your property. 

Have your trees trimmed, clear out small pots and lawn ornaments that could potentially be swept up in the wind, and generally “batten down the hatches” so to speak.

Assess your roof for any pre existing damage. 

If you have a spot of mildew on your ceiling, or a leak in your garage, or even notice that you have a few loose shingles, don’t wait until a hurricane blows through to call us!

Small indicators like this may be signs of larger problems in your roof, whether you are in need of new shingles or the underlying structure of your roof is compromised. If you notice that your roof has any damages, weak-points, or is compromised in any way, act sooner rather than later to repair the problems. A small repair may save you from a big roof-replacement if you act proactively and prepare your home for the onslaught of storms!

How Proformance Can Help

If you know that your roof is in need of a little TLC, or even if you just want to make sure your roof is ready for hurricane season, we are here for you  With our help, you’ll have everything you need to make sure your home is prepped for this hurricane season.

Debunking 5 Common Roofing Myths and FAQs

Debunking 5 Common Roofing Myths and FAQs

Here at Proformance Roofing, we don’t just take pride in the quality of our work – we also hang our hat on education. 

We want our customers to feel confident, comfortable and well-informed.

So, today, we’ll be debunking five of the most common roofing myths and FAQs with the help of our Proformance PRO and an Average Joe to give you the correct (and the horribly misguided) answers.

1. Anybody can do this, right? It’s nothing more than a high-flying DIY job. 

Joe: Absolutely. A little elbow grease, some YouTube videos and a thrift-store tarp are all you really need to buy some time! It’s like baking, you just follow the instructions and hope it looks pretty. 

PRO: I can appreciate the can-do attitude, but the consequences of an amateur roofing job could be drastic. Small mistakes, shortcuts, and ignoring tiny nuances in weather-proofing your roof could lead to insanely expensive repairs. Have you ever seen that show about botched plastic surgery? We’re talking about the same thing with a botched roof; trust experienced roofers to get things done the right way, the first time. 

2. Can I slap new shingles on top of an old roof to give it some extra shelf life?

Joe: Can you? More like, why aren’t you?! A good roof is like a beautiful mosaic, layered with the shingles of our fathers and forefathers before them. 

PRO: Joe, WHAT?! You one hundred percent cannot fix a roof by adding new shingles to the existing roof. Sure, it’s allowed in the building codes of some areas, but it’s a practice that will most definitely lead to thousands of dollars in damages down the line. Fixing a roof means fixing a roof, repairing all the proper elements and not plugging holes like Bugs Bunny sticking his fingers in a crumbling dam. 

3. I’m totally fine until my roof leaks.

Joe: Brother, you’re fine until your roof leaks twice. Double thumbs-up.

PRO: … no. Just, no, Joe. A leak is merely one (significant) sign of roof damage. You could be dealing with an entire encyclopedia of problems with much smaller signs. Get your roof checked once a year to make sure that it’s truly up to standards.

4. Once a year? This is a brand new roof! There’s no way it needs inspection.

Joe: First of all, a new roof? Those things lose half their value the MOMENT you drive off the lot. Only suckers buy new roofs. 

PRO: Yikes. Well, once again, please take Joe’s advice with a fat grain of salt. (Which is to say, don’t listen to him at all.) New roofs are not invulnerable and there could be serious issues lurking beneath the surface. Once a year. 

5. Roof repair is an expensive luxury and can be put on the financial backburner. 

Joe: Deny, deny, deny – Average Joe’s Patented Approach to Blissful Livin’.

PRO: Hey, I get it. Numbers can be scary, especially when dealing with something as vital as the roof over your head. But those numbers don’t get any better by ignoring them. The longer you push off repairs, the more you’re going to shell out (either in construction costs or in property damage). Don’t forget, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of repairs.

So how can Proformance help me out here?

PRO: I’m taking this one solo, Joe. 

Your first move is to schedule an inspection with Proformance – we’re here to help with any and every roofing need. We’ll keep those nasty little myths from sneaking up on you (and your wallet) with honest and experienced Pros here to cover you.

How To Match Siding To Roofing

Matching Siding with roofing

When choosing materials for a new home construction or renovation project, the exterior of a home deserves just as much attention as the inside. Your home’s “first impression” is a combination of landscaping, architectural design, and exterior color/material choice. Wanting your home to look its best can make the process of matching your siding to your roofing when choosing materials feel overwhelming. Don’t worry, though. There are a few simple rules you can keep in mind that will help the task seem more manageable and help you to choose the best option for your and your home.

Home Style

Is your home built in a historic style? What about ultra-modern? If your home’s architectural style has easily recognizable characteristics, those can help inform your choice in roof and siding. A more modern aesthetic evokes more monochromatic color schemes–maybe stay away from material like faux-brick or bright colors for the siding, and keep both siding and roof colors neutral. A Victorian home, however, would mesh quite well with color choices like mustard or eggplant.

Existing Features

If you’re doing a renovation rather than constructing a new home, there may be existing exterior features to consider. For example, you may love the idea of a dark slate roof paired with a rich eggplant siding, but if your house already has pink shutters that won’t work out very well. Depending on the features themselves, you may be able to easily alter or remove them in light of your roof/siding choices. Shutters and doors can be painted, after all. Or you can simply take these features into account when choosing your roofing and siding so they can be worked around.

Design Goals

Your personal design goals when it comes to your home’s exterior are important as well. Are you planning on reselling your home in the future? Then you probably want to take design cues from the rest of the neighborhood to help you choose something that fits in with the local flavor. If you prefer to let your freak flag fly and want your home to reflect your personal tastes, then bolder choices may be called for.

Color Theory

Once you’ve taken all these factors into account, then you should have a fairly good idea of the direction your exterior choices are heading. Moving forward you should be able to make some great choices by keeping in mind some simple rules of color theory. Specifically, choosing a roofing and siding in the same color family. You want the two to be visually separate, but not so different that the contrast seems garish. Choose a warm or cool palette, and stay within it.

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to matching your exterior siding and roofing. What matter most is that you’re pleased with the outcome. Keeping this few key points in mind when planning which material you will use can help you better define your design plan to ensure you love the end result.

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