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How to find the best roofing services near you

How to Find the Best Roofing Services Near You

Are you a homeowner in any of these communities that needs the best roofing services, repairs or replacement in Southwest Florida? 

Florida’s Extreme Weather

Unfortunately, these same areas are prime targets for Florida’s extreme weather events. Most recently, Hurricane Ian made landfall on Florida’s southwest coast in late September of 2022. The devastating weather toppled trees, upended roads, gutted storefronts and swept away the coastal cities of Fort Myers and Naples. 

Florida’s frequent storm activity can put a limit on the lifetime of roofing systems, for both residential and commercial roofs. St. Petersburg, Fort Myers, Tampa and Clearwater are high-risk areas for hurricanes, tornadoes and hail. It’s no wonder people are often searching for roof repair contractors near them in Pinellas County.

Thunderstorm Damages

Just as predictable as the beautiful sunsets along the southwest coastline of Florida, so too, are the severe thunderstorms that frequently develop. Fueled by the warm waters of the Gulf, thunderheads can develop along a line that extends from Largo to the south, north to Pinellas Park, and St. Petersburg. The storms routinely can be seen in the afternoons and into the evening hours. Common hazards include 60-mile-per-hour wind gusts and hail that damages vehicles, roofs, siding and trees. Locations impacted included St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Largo, Pinellas Park, Seminole, Gulfport, St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island, Kenneth City and South Pasadena.


Shingle Roof Repair From Hail Damage

Hailstorms are one of the leading causes of shingle roof leaks. Hailstones can range in size from a speck to golf ball-size, or even baseball size. However, it’s not the size but the speed at which stones hit your roof that does damage. Hailstones fall from the sky at anywhere from 20 to 100 miles per hour, according to the National Severe Storms Laboratory. When a hailstone collides with your home it can cause a variety of damages. Hail damage can be detected by examining your roof from up close as well as from your lawn. Signs of hail damage can include:

  • Dents in gutters, flashing, vents, or plumbing boots.
  • Hail impact indents on shingles, indicated by loss of granules and discoloration.
  • Cracked or dented shingles.
  • Granules in the gutters and downspouts.

Granules help protect your shingles from the damaging effects of ultraviolet rays. Without them, your roof shingles’ days of offering protection are numbered. Hail can also crack shingles or break them entirely. If you see this kind of damage, it’s important to call on a professional roofer, such as Classic Roofing & Repair. Our two offices in Fort Myers and Tampa are located near you.

Hurricane Wind Damage to Shingles

High winds can lift and curl asphalt shingles, leaving the roof deck vulnerable to moisture penetrations, water damage and hazardous mold growth. Wind gusts as low as 40 miles per hour, especially in humid weather, can tear shingles from the roof deck and create leaks that are difficult to trace to their source, which means they are difficult to repair. This is why residential homeowners and commercial building owners should enlist the help of a roofing contractor to conduct inspections and assess the need for asphalt roof repairs in Fort Myers, Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater following a high wind event such as Hurricane Ian.

For an extreme weather event to qualify as a hurricane, wind speeds must reach a minimum of 74 miles per hour, and a category 5 can exceed 150 miles per hour. Given that winds of 40 miles per hour routinely tear shingles, hurricane damage to asphalt roofs is to be expected in Florida.

Protecting commercial buildings and homes following a hurricane calls for emergency roof repairs to secure leaks and promptly replace shingles. Once the roof deck is stabilized and can prevent water damage, an experienced roofing company can guide you through the most cost-effective way to repair the roof shingle wind damage.

Supply Chain Issues and Storm Damage

Hurricane Ian’s property damage toll is shaping up to be second only to Katrina’s in terms of historic monetary damages. Ian’s damages are currently estimated at $60 billion. But that estimate doesn’t include the larger economic damage from the storm, including the disruption to the already strained United States supply chain. These supply chain issues extend to the roofing, construction and appliance industries. It can be difficult to obtain roofing materials, especially for certain specialty items, such as slate. The solar industry has also been hard hit by a lack of raw materials to complete solar roofing systems, including glass, computer chips, batteries, copper and other materials.

Fortunately, during the 20 years Classic Roofing & Construction has been in business, we’ve partnered with market leaders in roofing material suppliers. Even with all the damages from Ian and supply chain slowdowns, our team continues providing superior roofing services to our clients in St. Petersburg, Fort Myers, Clearwater, and Tampa. 

One of our suppliers is GAF, which sells the most popular asphalt shingle in the U.S. More homes and businesses in the U.S. are protected by a GAF roof than any other roofing product on the market.

The team at Classic Roofing says that the backlogs in the supply chain orders that were common at the end of the Covid lockdown have subsided. The team can now order a wide variety of roofing products and have them delivered to the job site on time, keeping installation schedules on track. The only issue of late is that certain popular colors may not be immediately available.  But delays on those popular colors typically only amount to a few days at most. 

In terms of our past performance, the team at Classic Roofing & Construction has an A+ BBB rating, Five Stars on Facebook, Five Stars on Google Reviews, Five Stars on ReviewBuzz, Five Stars on Yelp, and Five Stars on Angie’s list. 

Classic Roofing & Construction initial services include:

  • Free roofing estimates.
  • An in-house team of highly trained full-time craftsmen certified through the GAF Training Academy, with no subcontractors employed.
  • Easy financing for both traditional and solar roofing installations.
  • Industry-leading 50-year warranty on roofing materials and 25-year warranty on workmanship.
  • Award-winning service and installation.
  • Roof-integrated solar shingles.

As you search for the best roofing services, we hope you’ll consider Classic Roofing & Construction, your local neighborhood roofing company. We are locally owned and we use our expert team of craftsmen to repair or replace roof systems. 

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