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Asphalt Shingle Roofing Guide: Everything You Need to Know

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The most common and most affordable option for roofing is asphalt shingle roofs. This reliable and cost-efficient option has been around for a long time. Over time, asphalt shingle roofs have had modifications, so your roof can withstand more of what nature throws your way. Installing an asphalt shingle roof will keep you and your family protected for years to come.

Asphalt Shingle Roofs

When choosing to replace or install a new roof, asphalt shingle roofs are the popular choice. These roofs have many benefits, but most of all, the materials are readily available so your roofing project can begin as soon as possible. With low maintenance and a variety of colors, it’s no wonder why so many homeowners choose to install asphalt shingle roofs.

What It’s Made Of

Each shingle is made up more than just asphalt. The shingles are designed for functionality and protection. An asphalt shingle is made up of the following:

  • Fiberglass mat: At the base of every shingle is a mat made up of lightweight fiberglass.
  • Asphalt: As the name states, asphalt is then poured over top the fiberglass and is responsible for protecting your roof from moisture, especially in rainy North Central Florida.
  • Mineral Granules: Mineral granules are then added on top of the asphalt. These granules give each shingle a desired look and color.

Benefits

Asphalt roofs are the most popular choice and for good reason! These roofs:

  • Allow for endless customization with a variety of colors and styles to fit your tastes.
  • Are the most affordable option when choosing a new roof.
  • Provide flexibility when it comes to installation, maintenance, and repair.

Installation Process

two workers on roof

The installation process can be a tad invasive, but our team takes precautions to ensure that your home is safe during the installation and to minimize stress on you. Our team of roofing contractors will remove your old shingles and roofing materials, lay down protective underlayment, install new shingles, dispose of all debris, and perform post roofing inspections. Depending on the size of your roof, the process can take up to 4 days to complete.

Asphalt shingles feature a sealant strip on the shingles. When installation occurs, another shingle will be attached by the sealant strip on the edge, creating an overlap. The sun will then heat these strips, making them into the glue that bonds the adjacent shingle to each other.

Components of the Roof

Your roof contains many different components, making each project different than the last. When we install your roof, we are doing more than just installing shingles. We must also install ridge caps to each of the peaks in your roofing line. Your roof will also be covered in underlayment, that protects your home’s structure and interior from the outside heat, water, and wind.

North Central Florida Roofing

Roofing in Florida is extremely crucial, due to our extended sunshine and risk of storms. Shingles tend to have a shorter lifespan in Florida compared to other parts of the country because of our sunshine. Lighter colored shingles help to extend your roof’s life because they reflect sunlight, rather than absorb.

McFall Roofing understands that your roof will be put through a lot just by being in Florida. That is why we use shingles with 130 mph wind warranty and use stainless steel nails, making sure that your roof is prepared for all kinds of weather. We also use algae resistant shingles to preserve the brilliance and color of your new roof.

Asphalt Roof Maintenance

It’s important that you have routine maintenance done to your roof to ensure its health and extend its lifetime. We recommend that you have a roof inspection twice a year, especially after an intense tropical storm or hurricane. Damage is not always seen by the naked eye.

Another great way to prolong the life of your roof is to sign up for the McFall Roofing Maintenance Plan. In this way, you can trust that your roof is protected all year long. With roof maintenance from McFall Roofing, our team removes all of the tree debris from the roof surface and gutters at least three times a year. We will also inspect your roof each time we remove debris.

When Should I Replace My Asphalt Shingle Roof?

An asphalt shingle roof’s average lifespan is 15-20 years. If your roof is approaching that 20-year mark, it’s time to start considering installing a new roof. You can also look at your roof to determine if it’s time for new. Look for the following things to know if it’s time to replace:

  • Curling shingles
  • Visible cracks on shingles
  • Leaks inside your home
  • Roof is dull or discolored

Roof Installation, Maintenance, and Repair with McFall Roofing

McFall Residential Roofing has over 20 years of experience in the roofing industry. We handle the installation of new roofs, maintenance of your roof, and repairs in times of need. Interested in replacing your roof with an asphalt shingle roof? Contact us today to get started!

Protect Your Investment: 5 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Roof

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Your roof’s main purpose is to protect you, your family, and your home. A roof is a necessity, but it’s an investment. You can take precautions to ensure that this investment is protected and it lasts for the entirety of its useful life.

The Importance of a Well-Maintained Roof

A well-maintained roof saves you money over the course of its life because you’ll be able to know the health of your roof, no matter its age. A new roof can fall victim to common roofing problems just like an older roof. Just like with regular check-ups at the doctor or getting your car routinely serviced, your roof will receive the attention it needs with regular maintenance and will be healthy and ready to protect you and your family.

How to Extend Your Roof’s Life

Whether you just installed a new roof or it’s nearing the end of its useful life, being proactive by carrying out these small tasks will save you money, and avoid headaches, down the road.

Clean Out Your Gutters

First, you should make sure your gutters are clear and free from any build up. Clogged gutters can lead to a multitude of problems for your roof, especially roof leaks. Water doesn’t have a proper way to drain when your gutters are clogged, causing the water to sit on top of your roof. This increase of moisture finds its way underneath your shingles, where they are unprotected, and can cause them to curl. Extra moisture can also lead to foundational problems for your roof, like plywood rot, that will ultimately lead to roof leaks and catastrophic roof damage.

Clear Debris From Your Roof

Clearing debris is important for homeowners that have a lot of trees near their home. Loose branches should be removed near your home, especially during storm season, to avoid damage to your roof or your home. But, you should also be aware of the accumulation of leaves on the top of your roof. If leaves pile up, they can retain moisture from rainfall and trap the water on top of your roof. This can lead to damage to your shingles, making them less efficient, and can cause roof leaks.

Be Aware of Moss or Algae Growth

If your roof experiences a lot of shade, you are more prone to dealing with algae growth on your roof. Algae doesn’t necessarily harm your roof, but it will cause discoloration. You should avoid trying to clean your shingles yourself because you could damage the shingles, leading to more repairs. It’s best to get your roof cleaned by professionals.

Moss, on the other hand, can be damaging to your roof. Moss contains microorganisms that can cause mold growth or bacteria. This, in turn, causes your shingles to break down, meaning replacement or repairs for you. A good way to combat this is to remove the moss before it builds up.

Get a Roof Inspection

home with roof and trees in the background

The best way to stay on top of your roof’s health is to get a roof inspection by one of our roofing professionals at least once a year. This way, you can have knowledge of problems before they become costly repairs. Some problems can go unseen by the naked eye and spread to more than one part of your roof.

Having a professional roof inspection is crucial after a storm. While physical damage is easy to spot, underlying water damage can go unnoticed. Being in North Central Florida, roofs are more susceptible to damage from hurricanes, but also the routine thunderstorms we experience year round.

Handle Problems As Soon As Possible

The best advice to extend your roof’s life is to tackle problems as quickly as possible. The biggest roofing mistake is ignoring a small problem and then it becomes a much larger problem in the future. Making small repairs or taking the time to be proactive will save you time and money down the roof. Your roof will thank you!

McFall Residential Roofing Maintenance Plan

A well-maintained roof is a roof that is ready to protect you and your family for years after it’s installed. There are steps you can take to ensure the longevity of your roof, but you can make sure that your efforts are not wasted. Signing up for McFall Residential Roofing’s Maintenance Plan will make sure that your roof is protected all year long, and for many years after that.

Some benefits include:

  • Inspections by our licensed and insured roofing contractors
  • Seasonal inspections, especially before hurricane season
  • Identify loose shingles, nails, and debris that require attention
  • Early warning of any issues around skylights, pipes, and vents
  • Receive notification of soft spots or unusual wear on individual shingles
  • Recommended inspection times throughout the year
  • Removal of seasonal debris and we’ll take it straight out to the curb

Interested in signing up? Contact us today to learn more.

More Than Just Another Roofing Company: the McFall Difference

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Installing or repairing a roof sometimes feels like a necessary evil. But a high-quality roof keeps you and your family protected and ensures that your home is more than just four walls.

That’s why at McFall Roofing we make your experience the best it can be. You deserve the best roof and the best service before, during, and after installation, because it is a necessity.

Quality Materials and Quality Service

At McFall, we pride ourselves in using only quality materials to ensure that your roof looks good and protects your home for years to come. We support the North Central FLorida community that we call home and purchase a majority of our materials locally.

Employees

We hold our team to the same standards to ensure that every job is done correctly, timely, and with excellence. We even have one of our executive level superintendents go to each site every single day we are working on your roof. Accountability is important to us and that’s why we are constantly supervising every single one of our job sites.

We’re a Family

The McFall family has been working on homes in the Gainesville, FL area for over 20 years. Our unique climate is tough on roofs and you need the local experts you can count on. Marty McFall founded McFall roofing over 20 years ago when he saw a need for high-quality residential roofing that stands up to intense weather conditions. Today, his two sons operate McFall Residential Roofing with the same commitment too quality, durability, and attention to detail.

 

Qualifications

With over 20 years of experience, McFall Roofing is more than qualified to tackle your roofing problems. We hold three active state licenses: General Contracting (License CGC026008), CBC 1257446, and Roofing (License CCC056862).

We have also earned CertainTEED Shingle Master Select status, the highest echelon of roofing certifications. Having your roof installed by a CertainTEED Shingle Master Select certified company means:

  • We are uniquely qualified to offer a 25-year warranty on labor, protecting your home for the life of the roof.
  • We have successfully completed a series of specialized training courses and programs.
  • McFall Roofing contractors hold unparalleled knowledge and expertise in residential roofing.

Emphasis on the Customer

Replacing your roof is a big job that you want to be prepared for. McFall Roofing goes to great lengths to make sure that you are comfortable during installation and to minimize the impact on your home.

While replacing your roof is a big deal, our experts have done it a hundred times and know how to help prepare your home so you do not experience any discomfort during the job. We conduct a detailed walk-through of each home before any work is started. At this stage, our team members will advise you about measures to protect your belongings during installation, such as removing pictures from the walls.

Additionally, our job sites are always clean and we use preventative practices to make sure no harm comes to your home or your property. All of our dumpsters are on scissor lifts which minimizes the impact on your lawn. We also clean up the outside of your home each and every day to protect your landscaping.

Our promise to you is that we will not receive final payment until you are satisfied. We pride ourselves in being Gainesville’s top choice in roofing.

Choose McFall Residential Roofing for All Your Roofing Needs

As you can see, McFall Roofing is not just another roofing company. We are a family serving the Gainesville community. We take every step possible to make the process of replacing your roof the best it can be.

Contact us today to get started on repairing your current roof or installing a new one. We are here to help and here to serve you.

Seven Advantages of a Metal Roof

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When choosing to add a new roof to your home, it’s important to consider what type of roof you want. Metal roofs are a great option and offer many advantages.

Types of Metal Roofs

First, let’s discuss what types of metal roofs you can have. Metal roofs can be made with aluminum, galvanized steel, copper, tin, or zinc. The two most popular types of metal roofs are made using either aluminum or galvanized steel. Aluminum is lightweight, resistant to corrosion, and ideal for coastal locations. Galvanized steel comes in any style and is a strong, cost efficient option. You can choose from many different colors when it comes to metal roofs, allowing for even more customization.

The Advantages

Now that you know what types of metal roofs are available, you should know what benefits metal roofs can provide for you and your home.

Longer Lifespan

Metal roofs are known for their long lifespan. While many roofs using asphalt shingles last 12-20 years, metal roofs can last between 40-70 years. This can mean you’ll only need one roof in your lifetime, which saves money and reduces stress on you to replace your roof.

Durability

Metal roofs are known to be extremely durable. These roofs can withstand up to 140 mph winds, which is important to Floridians during hurricane season. Metal roofs won’t corrode or crack in most environments. If you live in a coastal area where salt is prominent, consider looking into a rust resistant metal roof like aluminum. Metal roofs can also resist impact from debris.

Less Maintenance

Compared to roofs with shingles, metal roofs require less frequent maintenance. You may need to have them pressure washed and inspected, but you won’t need to replace loose and fallen shingles.

Fire Resistant

Sleep with peace of mind knowing that metal roofs are fire resistant. This means you don’t need to worry about lightening igniting your roof in the middle of a Florida thunderstorm!

Energy Efficient

Another advantage of metal roofs is that they are energy efficient. Metal panels reflect solar heat instead of absorbing it like many asphalt roofs, meaning that you save money on air conditioning costs. You can save up to 40% in air conditioning costs with metal roofs, which is a relief in the middle of a Florida summer!

Environmentally Friendly

Metal roofs are also extremely environmentally friendly. Most metal roofs contain anywhere from 25% to 95% recycled materials. And here’s the best part: metal roofs are 100% recyclable! You are helping the environment and making your house look its best!

Speedy & Easy Installation

Lastly, metal roofs don’t require a long and drawn-out installation process. If you are looking for a quick turnaround time for your new roof, metal roofing is the best option. Metal roofs require lightweight panels that can be quickly and easily inserted by roofing contractors.

A New Metal Roof with McFall Residential Roofing

A metal roof offers many different benefits. While there are many considerations when deciding on a new roof, metal roofs can save you money and reduce stress down the road. If you are interested, contact McFall Residential Roofing for a consultation. Our team of experienced roofing contractors will help you decide on the perfect roof for your home.

Five Ways to Increase Your Roof and Attic’s Efficiency

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Tips & Tricks to Keeping Your Florida Home Cool

Are you tired of paying high costs for your electric bills? Are you tired of Googling, “Ways to cool down my home?” Or, are you just looking to make your home more efficient? Having an energy efficient roof and attic may help solve some of these problems. Not only could you see a decrease in energy costs, but you could also expect your roof to last longer when it’s cooler and efficient. So, how do you keep your home efficient and cool? We recommend five techniques to increase your roof and attic’s efficiency.

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Hail Damage Repair to Condominium Community in Gainesville, FL

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Many Gainesville residents have found themselves in need of roof repair since the hailstorms that passed through last spring. In Florida as of May 2011, insurers must pay to replace an entire roof if more than 25 percent of the existing roof is damaged. If you suspect your roof is damaged you should call McFall Roofing for a free at home estimate. If there is indeed enough damage you can then call your home insurance company and place a claim repair the hail damage to your roof.

McFall Builders is beginning work on Timberway Village condominiums in northwest Gainesville to repair roof damage due to hailstorms that passed through the area last spring. McFall Roofing obtains all of the necessary permits prior to the beginning work. The job will begin by removing all of the old asphalt roof shingles, underlying felt paper, roofing nails and staples. Once the old roof covering has been removed the underlying plywood decking can be inspected for structural damage. Any damaged plywood will be removed and new plywood decking along with the existing decking will be re-nailed in with 8d galvanized ring shank nails per Florida Building Code.

In order to increase the lifetime of the roof, a synthetic underlayment will be applied to the decking instead of the previously used felt paper. Synthetic underlayments have a manufacturers warranty, providing additional coverage that traditional felt roofing paper lacks. In addition, a peel and stick underlayment will be applied to all penetrations, valleys and transitions. Once the basement layer of the roof is done a lifetime, architectural algae-resistant shingle will be installed. These shingles offer a 70 mph wind resistant warranty. All labor that is done to repair the hail damage to the roof is backed by a 10-year warranty and the shingles are backed by a lifetime-limited warranty.

As work continues with this project we will provide updates and pictures showing the progress of the work. If you need any additional information about how to repair hail damage to a roof, fill out our free estimate form.

Hail Damage in Lake City & Gainesville, FL

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Hail Damage

Rough weather bringing hail damage swept through the Gulf Coast region from eastern Texas to Florida throughout Saturday March 24, 2013 and on into Sunday.  Large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes were reported throughout the area.

The storm brought hail sweeping across Florida from Lake City to St.Augustine Beach. An estimated 22,300 house were hit by the hailstorm. The maximum hail stone measured was 2.75”

If you suspect your home may have been damaged in Lake City or Gainesville, FL by hail. For an inspection of hail damage to your home call McFall Residential Roofing. Also read over our post What to  do if Your Roof has Wind or Hail Damage.

Does Your Roof have Wind Damage or Hail Damage?

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Wind Damage & Haile Damage

It is common for large storms to sweep across the Ocala, Gainesville, & Lake City area. These large storms bring heavy rains, strong winds and even hail. Wind damage and hail damage to your roof is covered under your homeowners and business owner’s property insurance policy.

If you were around during the hailstorm and have an idea of the size that fell, it will give you a basis for what kind of roof hail or wind damage to expect.

Less Than 1 Inch: Hail smaller than an inch, or about the size of a quarter, may inflict damage to asphalt roofing. Most often though a hail damaged roof at this size can be more difficult to identify. You may require the assistance of a trained roofing inspector to accurately identify any hail damage.

1 Inch – 2 Inch: Hail size between 1 and 2 inches, or between quarter and egg size, usually damage will be more easily found on the asphalt shingles themselves as well as any soft metal on the roof.

Greater Than 2 Inches: Hail greater than 2 inches will almost guarantee some level of hail damage to an asphalt roof. If this is the case, contact your preferred roofing contractor for a full assessment of damages and notify your insurance company.

Roofs & Insurance

Most of the time insurance companies do the right thing. Some times they don’t.

Common strategies to deny claims have include:

  • Sending out an engineer who writes a report that says there is no or little damage.
  • Agreeing to pay for only a portion of the roof. Florida law requires that if 25% or more of the roof is damaged, then the insurance company must pay to replace the entire roof.
  • Saying that the roof has deteriorated because of age when, in fact, the roof never leaked until a severe wind or hail storm. Most shingle roofs in Florida should last at least 20 years.
  • Saying that the problems are due to installation, design or construction errors.

Don’t be afraid to consider litigating these issues, even against some of the largest of insurance companies. After a storm has passed through, it’s always a good idea to get a trusted, licensed, and reputable roofing company out to your home to assess your roof for wind damage, hail damage, or any other storm damage.

 

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