Increase your Home Value

Have you been thinking about what you can do to increase your home value? In recent years research has shown that installing a new roof is one of the best ways to increase property values. It can also cut cooling costs while improving your curb appeal. Below are 4 reasons to install a new roof:

1. Improved resale value. A new roof can increase your home value by almost $12,000.
2. Immediate Appearance Upgrade. Perspective buyers will be drawn to a new roof vs. an old one. A roof is one of the most visible features of a house.
3. Warranty. As opposed to new landscaping or an additional bathroom, new roof installations come with year’s worth of warranty.
4. Avoid Building Inspection Issues. A roof in poor condition or in need of repairs will stop a home sale in the drop of a hat.

Although a roof is a big investment, it is also a smart one. The professional team at Whitrock Associates is here to help guide you in the right direction. With years of experience we have become to go-to roofing contractor in Destin, Fort Walton Beach and the surrounding areas. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation.

Roofs during Hurricane Season

As we have seen in recent weeks, hurricanes are a reality for Florida. Every year, storms on the Gulf can potentially turn into tropical storms or hurricanes. What does this mean for your roof?

During hurricane seasons you want to ensure your roof will be able to withstand the wind and rain that comes with a hurricane.

  • Nail or caulk shingles that are loose and will come off easily during a storm.
  • If you have a metal roof, be sure to check for rust or anchoring that has come loose throughout the year.
  • Install hurricane straps; you will need to hire a licensed contractor for this project. Hurricane straps will strengthen the wood to wood and wood to concrete connections.
  • Install an additional water barrier.

Whitrock Associates Inc II is your leading roofing repair company in Northwest Florida. We pride ourselves on our professionalism, customer service and knowledge. For more information on our roofing repair services, or how you can improve your roof for this hurricane season, please gives us a call today at 850-862-7900!

Roof Repair After A Storm

Hurricane season began back in June. Although we have not had a visit from a hurricane, we have had episodes of severe thunderstorms, tornado warnings, and strong winds. It is important to know how to assess, fix, and maintain your roof after a storm. Here are some things that you should add to your checklist after a storm:

Assess the damage on your roof. Check the gutters, windows and roofing accessories. Inspecting the area around your house is also helpful in case there is debris indicating unnoticed damages.
Check for leaks. Leaks can lead to pooling which can lead to your ceiling collapsing and severe water damage. Also check for water spots in your attic and ceilings.
Call a professional roofing contractor that you can trust. The professional roof contractors at Whitrock Associates are reliable and can help you fix the damages efficiently.
Be sure to call your homeowner’s insurance company. Calling them even before a storm happens would be a good idea. Go over exactly what damages are covered in your insurance.

If you are already dealing with damages from normal wear and tear or from a surprise thunderstorm, call the professional roof contractors at Whitrock Associates.

Let our professionals take care of your roof repairs.

The Importance of Professional Roof Maintenance

There are plenty of opportunities for mother nature to wreak havoc on your roof. Daily abuse from natural elements slowly add up and eventually lead to costly repairs and replacements. Below are some things to try to maintain and look out for to elongate the life of your roof:

  • Clean the gutters. Rainy, windy, stormy days can result in debris clogging the gutters, which can lead to pooling water. The water could potentially lead to roof collapse.
  • Check for signs of damages. Missing, damaged, or curling shingles are obvious signs that you are in need of roof repair. If you have a metal roof, keep an eye out for rust. Taking care of little issues will help elongate the life of your roof and save you money.
  • Look out for any signs of mold, fungus, algae, or any dampness. Leaks only get worse not better. Catching these signs will get you ahead of potential damages.
  • Trim and maintain branches that may be hanging over your roof. Proper and consistent maintenance will prevent damages and keep critters away.

Keep up and be consistent with maintenance! Doing so will help you prevent and identify issues sooner. If you need reliable and excellent roof repair, call the professional roof contractors at Whitrock Associates.

Flat Roof Installation and Repair

Whitrock Associates are the flat roof installation experts in Okaloosa County, Walton County, and Escambia County.
Flat roofs are popular on commercial buildings although they can also be installed on more modern residential homes. One of the characteristics of this type of roof is that flat roofs have none to very little slope.
There are several different options when it comes to flat roofing. Read more about the different flat roofs below.

Flat Roofing Materials

EPDM Rubber roof – EPDM Rubber roof is very lightweight and flexible roof. A popular option for Whitrock Associates customers.
Asphalt Roof – Asphalt roof is usually very affordable and has a very long lifespan. This roof can take years of wear and can fit most sized roofs.
Felt Roof – Felt roof is also a low cost option for flat roofs. This roof is proven to last and fits virtually any size roof.

If your building or home needs a new flat roof, contact the professionals at Whitrock Associates to get your free estimate today!

How Long Does a Roof Last?

Your home’s roof is one of the most important aspects of your home. Your roof protects your home from UV rays, rain, and wind. Learn more about the factors that influence your roof’s lifespan and how you can help increase its longevity.

As you may already know, there are several different roofing materials available for your home. At Whitrock Associates, we have several different roofing materials to choose from for your home. Each material has a different lifespan. Deciding on which material is best for your home really depends on your home’s location, style, and your budget.

Roofing Material Lifespans

Asphalt Shingles – This option is the least expensive of all roofing materials. With an asphalt roof you can get up to 20 years of use.

Metal roof – Metal roofs can come in a variety of materials range from tin to steel. Metal roofs give a modern look to any home and they last up to 60 years.

Flat roof – Modern flat roofs usually can last up to 20 – 25 years when properly installed and maintained. The flat roofs come in several materials but the most commonly used in Florida is the Rubber membrane, EPDM.

Need assistance deciding what roofing material is best for your home? Contact our staff for more information on products and services today!

What to Look for in a Roof when Buying a New Home

When looking for a new home, homebuyers look for functionality in the kitchen and good size rooms. Often times, structural issues can be overlooked when you are looking for the perfect home. One of the most common functionalities of a home that is overlooked is the roof.

Home Roofing Red Flags

Before purchasing a home, do a visual inspection of the roof to determine if there are any defects. Below are some of the things you should look out for in a Northwest Florida roof:
– curling shingles
– rust spots
– loose or missing shingles
– water leakage
Any of the above issues can be a sign of larger problems later on. You may want to consider getting a roof inspection to see if there is damage to the roof. Our roofing company has extensive knowledge working in the Northwest Florida area and can help you improve the efficiency of your roof. If you have roofing questions or would like a roof inspection, contact our staff today!

Roofing FAQ

How do you know if you need a new roof installed?
There are a few factors that indicate that your home needs a new roof. For example, you may notice curling or missing shingles, leaks in your attic, rotting wood, water stains on walls and ceilings, or even chimney leaks.

What will a new roofing system cost?
There is no set price for a new roofing system. They can range widely depending on different roofing materials, shape and slope of roof, and contractor pricing. Contact our experts to get a price quote for your home.

How long will it take to install a new roof?
The average time spent on installing a new roof can range between one to three days. The length of time can also depend on the structure of your home. For example, a 1,000 square foot home can take about a day in comparison to a two story home, which can take up to two days.

What if I decide to do a re-roof?
When it comes to roofing, you can either do a complete tear-off of your existing roof system or cover the existing roof. Covering the existing roof is referred to as re-roofing and requires the work of installing a new roof on top of the existing roof. Re-roofing can actually save you money because you do not have to remove the existing roof. Although, you may still want to consider a new roof installation because re-roofing does not offer the same level of quality that a new roof would provide.

Are you ready to get started on your new roofing project? Contact our experienced staff today for more information on our services and roofing installation.

Why Local Roofers Are the Better Choice

Roofing materials these days are built to last. But even with a roof supplies with longevity, there comes a time where there will be repairs or even replacements required on your roof. Therefore, it is important to hire local roofing contractors to solve any problems that may arise through out the life of your roof.

Local Roofing is always better

Experience – Local roofers have the necessary experience to give you the best advice on your roof based on your location. Local roofers know the right materials to use and take in consideration external elements such as weather and other outside elements.

Trust – Local roofers have more of a reputation and often times are recommended by a friend or family member. Choosing a local roofing contractor gives customers the peace of mind knowing that you can stop by their office at anytime to get any questions answered.

Cost – When you hire locally, the roofing company you choose will be able to start and complete the project as soon as possible. In choosing a local company, you could potentially end up paying less for roofing services because of easy accessibility.

When looking for a roofing company, look no further than Whitrock Associates. Whether you need shingle roofing repair or a new roof installation, you can trust the experts at Whitrock Associates to get the job done. Contact us today or give us a call at 850- 862-7900 for a free estimate!

Roofing Contractor Winter Roofing Tips

Just because it does not snow in Northwest Florida, doesn’t mean you should neglect your roof. Even in mild climates like the ones we experience here along the Panhandle, can cause a lot of wear and tear to your roof. Harsh winds and heavy rain are all elements that could turn minor roofing problems into more serious ones. So before the harsh winter months begin, call your roofing contractor at Whitrock Associates. Below are just a few of our tips to look out for when preparing for winter.

Repair Loose ShinglesDamaged shingles are a major vulnerability that could lead to potential leaks in your roof. The most common problems with shingles is simply due to old age or perhaps certain shingles are aging prematurely due to a not properly ventilated roof. This kind of damage can lead to leaks in your home. If you happen to notice a leak, call your roofer at Whitrock Associates to repair those trouble spots.

Clean your Gutters – Remove all leaves, dirt, and any other debris and keep it clear out of your gutter before winter begins. Gutters that have not been properly cleaned will inhibit water from draining during rain showers. Gutters can be expensive to repair so it is best to keep them clean.

Check Flashing – Flashing that is loose or improperly sealed can very quickly become a source of potential water damage. A roofing contractor from Whitrock Associates could inspect your roof to make sure that the flashing is secure especially in areas like chimneys, skylights, and drains.

Need help preparing your roof for winter? Call the professionals at Whitrock Associates for assistance today.

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