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Tile – The Most Versatile Roofing Material

TileTile is the most versatile roofing material available and my personal favorite. Tile roofs have been around for hundreds of years. Tile roofs in Europe have lasted generations and in the Caribbean have survived hurricanes.
If you want to change the look of your home, tile can provide you many options that give almost instant and dramatic results.
Here are just a few of the options available to you:

  • For a Mediterranean look, choose a beautiful rounded barrel
  • For an old world look, choose a boosted Barcelona or cap & pan
  • For a wood shake look, choose a flat shake
  • For a slate look, choose a smooth flat

 

A professional roofing company can show you the many options available to you and design a roofing system for your home that increases it’s value and gives your home a facelift.
For more information go to  http://www.KirkeyRoofing.com or visit our design center located in Englewood, FL.

Call us at 941-474-2113 or click here to schedule an appointment with our Roofing Specialist to discuss your tile roofing options.

Tile Roof Repair Video

Another Great Video from the Kirkey Roofing Team. Be sure to contact us for all your roofing needs. We service Englewood ,Nokomis ,Osprey ,Sarasota ,Venice, Longboat Key, Siesta Key, Boca Grande, and Bradenton.Contact us today for your tile roof repair needs.

Mold – How Can a Little Water be Hazardous to Your Health?

MoldI was watching an episode of the television show Mystery Diagnosis recently.  In this episode a woman suddenly became severely fatigued and ill.  She then developed pneumonia type symptoms.  I was very interested when the cause of her illness was revealed to be mold.

Her lungs contained high amounts of toxic mold, including Stachybotrys.  This woman was hospitalized and nearly died!  An investigation in her home revealed that a common wall with her neighbor was covered in this mold due to a water leak.  The spores released into the air from this mold outbreak caused permanent damage to the woman’s lungs.

The family on Mystery Diagnosis had no idea that they had a serious health risk in their home.  Mold spores exist on many building materials, add a little water and it’s the perfect recipe for thriving mold.

Not all molds are this toxic, but an annual inspection of your roof and your home could not only save you money by catching problems early, but it just may preserve your health as well.

Just as this family was unaware of water damage and mold, many of our roofing clients in the Sarasota area are unaware that they have roof problems until the damage to their home is severe.  Many times when a client calls us about a roof leak that just developed, we find many more leaks that they never knew existed.

I have seen too many cases where a client cuts the life of their roof in half because they never had an annual roof inspection and didn’t know the true condition of their home.

Conversation With Shoddy Contractors

Shoddy ContractorsLet’s face it.  Shoddy contractors never tell you the truth.  If they did, the conversation would go something like this….

“Hello, Mrs. Smith, I’m Bob Liar from Shoddy Roofing Inc.  We don’t have General Liability insurance, so if we damage your property during the roofing process or forget to protect you from a sudden rain, the costs of the damage will be on you.”

“We also don’t carry Worker’s Compensation on all of our employees.  Sure I can show you a Worker’s Comp certificate for my company, but it only covers the office staff.  All of my roofer’s are sub-contractors and have worker’s comp exemptions.  That means that if one of them gets injured on your property, they’ll probably end up suing you for their medical expenses and lost wages.  Let’s hope they don’t get a back injury which is pretty much a guaranteed lifetime disability.”

“We don’t get a permit unless you are on a major thoroughfare.  They’re just too expensive and those pesky inspectors will fail us for the shortcuts we take to avoid the costly expense of installing our roofs to the building code.”

“Don’t worry about if we pay our bills or not.  We don’t worry about it.  We just jump from supplier to supplier.  When one cuts us off, there is always another looking for our business.  Right now we are buying all of our materials from Tampa instead of Sarasota, so your job may take a little longer to complete.  We don’t worry about paying our bills, because we know that the material suppliers and sub-contractors will just come after you for the payments anyway.  Right now four of our previous customers are in foreclosure because they just don’t have the money to pay the suppliers after they gave us all their money.”

“Sure we went out of business a few years ago, but Florida is so nice, they let us start up again under a slightly different name.  We really never stopped working.  We just had our customers make the checks out to our owner.  The Better Business Bureau still gives us an A rating because they don’t know about that little problem.”

“We’re so cheap, a lot  less than the reputable roofers in town.  We can do this because we use poor materials, take shortcuts, and we really don’t care if your roof lasts without problems.  We only have a P.O. Box and cell phone, so if you have a problem down the road, we’ll probably be at a different P.O. Box anyway.  We can also be so cheap because we pay our guys with cash.  That way we avoid payroll taxes and income taxes.  I guess if I’m willing to put one over on Uncle Sam, I have no reason not to put one over on you too.”

Now a word from Kirkey Roofing……Luckily, as a homeowner, you have a choice and information readily available to you.  Stay tuned for my next blog with tips on how you can really check out who you’re trusting with your home, your finances, and your peace of mind.

Springing Forward: Time for a Roof Inspection

Roof InspectionDaylight Savings time is a good time to remind yourself to do three things:

  1. Change the time on your clocks.  (If you’re like me, you always have to think “ok is it springing forward and falling back or falling forward and springing back”?  “I guess springing back doesn’t make sense, so it must be springing forward”.)
  2. Change the batteries in your smoke detectors, and
  3. Schedule a roof inspection.

In Florida, we get pounded by torrential downpours of rain in the summer, the rainy season.  But many of you don’t realize that the lighter, less frequent rains in the winter and spring can do a lot of damage to your home.

If you think about it, even a tiny pinhole in your roof will allow water to intrude.  But for water to be noticeable inside your living area, it must soak through your plywood deck, saturate the insulation in your attic and finally soak through your ceiling or wall.  A leak may be damaging your home, well out of your sight.

A professional roofer will be sure to inspect your attic to look for signs of leaks or damage.  Many times, where there is water, there is mold, mildew, or insect infestation.  Mold needs water to grow and termites and carpenter ants are attracted to moist, rotting wood, caused by roof leaks.

Roof repairs can be expensive if neglected and can ultimately shorten the life of your roof.  The key to minimizing maintenance costs and extending the life of your roof is regular inspections to catch problems early. A roof inspection is the cheapest preventative to roof repairs.

Even though we all lost an hour of sleep during daylight savings time, we can’t be caught asleep when it comes to protecting our families and our homes.  Don’t forget your smoke detectors or your roof!

Kirkey Roofing Has the Best Customers

kirkey-roofing-best-customers-300x238Kirkey Roofing has the world’s best clients.  Living and working in Sarasota, Florida provides a unique opportunity to meet people from all over the country from many different backgrounds.  We meet interesting people with intriguing stories everyday.  The United States is called the melting pot, but I think Florida is the melting pot within the melting pot.

Last fall, Kirkey Roofing kicked off our Flat Roscoe contest.  Roscoe is our roof dog mascot.  We mailed a flyer with Roscoe’s picture to our clients and asked them to send us a picture of themselves with Roscoe in front of their home or at their favorite spot.  Each month we draw a winner from the entries submitted to enjoy a dinner for two at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.

There is always a lot of excitement in our office when we receive an entry.  We receive the entries by email, by mail, and in person.  Over the past year, our customers have submitted really clever entries and they never fail to brighten our day.

We look forward to the beginning of every month, when we draw a new winner from the fish bowl in our design center and we can’t wait to deliver the gift card to the lucky winner.  We’re going to keep this contest going until everyone of our awesome customers wins a gift card and gets to enjoy a delicious meal at Ruth’s Chris.

Thank you to all of our customers for brightening our days and bringing huge smiles to our faces.  Thank you for trusting us with the safety and security of your homes and allowing the opportunity to get to know you.

We   Kirkey Roofing loves their customers Our Customers!

To see more entries and the winners, visit our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/edit/?id=165921649636&sk=basic#!/pages/Englewood-FL/Kirkey-Roofing-Inc/165921649636

Enter Flat Roscoe Contest to Win Dinner For 2 at Ruth’s Chris

We’re having a great time with our Flat Roscoe Contest!  Contact us at info@KirkeyRoofing.com to receive your entry flyer.  Just submit a photo of yourself with Roscoe for your chance to win.  Testimonials and visits to our Design Center at 535 Paul Morris Drive in Englewood, FL also earn chances to win.

Certainteed Shingles are Highly Rated by Consumer Reports

LMP-SilverBirch-PGImage-300x190If you’re in the market for a shingle roof, there is no better time to purchase than right now.  You only have about 2 months before the $1,500 Federal Tax Credit for energy efficient shingles expires on December 31, 2010.

I recently reviewed the June 2009 Consumer Reports article on shingles.

I was happy to see that Consumer reports backed up what we all ready knew at Kirkey Roofing.  Certainteed Shingles are highly rated and here are some highlights:

  • Certainteed takes 3 of the top 10 spots for dimensional shingles
  • Certainteed is the only manufacturer whose 30 year shingle made the top 18
  • Certainteed took 3 of the 11 Consumer Reports recommended Shingles and best buys, the most of any manufacturer

Kirkey Roofing is a Select Shingle Master for Certainteed, which means we can offer a 25 year workmanship warranty through Certainteed.  That means that you don’t need to worry about spending one extra dime to repair your roof for 25 years.  That’s the longest warranty in the market today.   Kirkey Roofing is one of the few select contractors in the Sarasota area that are eligible to offer you this warranty.

Another great reason to select Certainteed shingles for your roof is that Certainteed offers 2 color selections for the Energy Star Rated shingles that qualify for the Federal Tax Credit without costing more money than a standard shingle.  The colors are White and Silver Birch (pictured above).  Silver Birch has been a extremely popular and looks beautiful on the roof.

For more information on Certainteed shingles go to www.certainteed.com

For more information about this report go to www.consumerreports.org or contact me at

Kirkey Roofing Inc.

(941) 474-2113

info@KirkeyRoofing.com

Construction Lien Laws: What You Need to Know

pockets-empty-300x201Florida construction lien laws put a homeowner at great risk if they don’t choose the right contractor. There are a lot of choices when it comes to Roofing Contractors in Sarasota, FL. All parties involved in the construction process such as owners, design professionals, lenders, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers have their own rights and responsibilities under the Construction Lien Law and homeowners need to know some of the risks.

Homeowners are responsible for payments to material suppliers, sub-contractors, and employees if the contractor fails to pay them, even if the homeowner has all ready paid the contractor in full.

A home can be auctioned off to pay the debt if the homeowner cannot pay. It’s important to always require a release of lien from anyone who does work on your home. A Release of Lien can work to protect a property owner from having a lien filed against the property. Request from the contractor a list of all subcontractors and suppliers who have an agreement with the contractor to provide services or materials for your property.

Homeowners should ask for proof of payment to suppliers prior to paying the contractor. Make sure that your contractor provides you with final Waiver of Lien Release from these parties before you make the final payment.

These laws were created to protect workers and suppliers due to the high rate of contractor failure in the state of FL. Choosing the right Sarasota, FL Roofing Contractor plays an enormous role in minimizing your risk.

Homeowners need to evaluate the estimates they receive from contractors carefully. If a price seems low it’s better to get more information regarding it. Desperate contractors will sometimes bid a job for a little bit more than their cost;  this is risky and greatly increases the chance that they will default on payment by not planning for indirect expenses.   Proper care should be taken to check references, qualifications and insurance when it comes to checking and evaluating Sarasota Roofing Contractors.

Only dealing with professional contractors which are thoroughly screened will protect you, your home, and your finances.

For more information and easy steps to do your own background check on a contractor, go to http://www.kirkeyroofing.com/4-easy-steps-to-do-your-own-background-check.

For more information about this article or answers to other roofing questions:

Email info@KirkeyRoofing.com or call (941) 474-2113