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Is Storm Damage Covered by Insurance?

After a heavy storm there is usually a sense of relief that the storm is over and you can now move on with your life with clear skies. Unfortunately that feeling of relief disappears when you discover your house has encountered storm damage. When that happens, a whole other set of fears and questions can come to mind like, “Can I claim for storm damage?” Depending on the damage, most storm damage is covered by your homeowner’s insurance. Standard insurance will cover most damage related to ice and hail, snow, lighting, and wind. When these catastrophes happen, storm damage repair will be needed. But don’t worry! We are here to ease your fears and help.

How Do You Know If Your Roof Is Damaged?

missing shingles from roof

If shingles are missing from your roof, call us for fast repairs!

There are a few ways to assess the condition of your roof after a storm. If you believe your roof may have been damaged, you can do a quick check yourself by looking inside the attic for signs of a leak. You can also take a quick walk around your home to inspect the roof for visible damage such as missing shingles or damage fascia. Hail damage can cause cracks, dents, dimples or wrinkles in the roofing material. Know that damage is not always visible from the ground. We recommend having a thorough inspection done by a professional to ensure there are now minute cracks or tears that need to be repaired.

Types of Damage

There are several different kinds of roof damage that can arise. One type of severe damage, that needs immediate repairs, is a roof leak. Some signs of a leaking roof can include stains on the ceilings and walls of your home or dripping water in the attic. Shingles can become damaged caused them to break or curl. Strong winds can cause them to rip or break off from your roof entirely. There also might be missing granules, a necessary coating on asphalt shingles that prevents leaks. Some other damage to be aware of is damaged flashing. Flashing is the thin piece of material that prevents water from leaking. When the flashing is broken, water can leak in your chimney, skylight, or roof valleys.

Storm Damage Clean Up

After a storm, you will need clean up the area around your home and see if any other problems that could have occurred from the storm. If the storm was flooding you will need to see if there is excess debris in the surrounding area. Excess debris can go in the drains. Storm drain cleaning can be necessary if there is an overflow of debris clogging the drains.

Contact Insurance Agent

roofer inspecting a roof

We will do a thorough inspection to determine what repairs are needed on your roof

Once you realize that you have sustained storm damage, call your insurance agent. Go over all of the damage that occurred and see what is covered and what isn’t. Record all of the damage, what needs to repaired, and what needs to be replaced. If there are any items you bought for the storm damage make sure you keep all of your documentation and receipts.

How To Report and File An Insurance Claim

  • Find out what’s covered by your insurance company
  • Contact us for an inspection
  • Get a report with details on the damage
  • File for claim with inspection information and photos of damage
  • Start repairs!

Roof Repair

Once you assess the damage and started the claims process, you will need to have your roof repaired to stop more damage from occurring. Once we’ve determined the repairs needed and quote you the cost, we will start with storm damage clean up to get your roof cleared of debris and broken roofing materials. Then we can tarp areas that are susceptible to leaks and begin replacing shingles or tiles with new materials. If the area around your home is flooded, you may also need professional storm drain cleaning to remove extra debris and prevent damage to your yard.

How Much Does It Cost To Repair The Roof?

Depending on the amount of damage to your roof, repairs can cost between a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. We will do an inspection to figure out how much damage there is to fix. You’ll be able to use the details of the inspection as part of your insurance claim which can cover most, if not all, of the repair costs.

Should I Replace or Repair My Roof?

If the roof has sustained damage that encompasses the entire roof a roof replacement may be required in order to ensure that your roof is completed protected from leaks and other damage.

Is Replacing A Roof Covered By Insurance?

Insurance does cover replacement costs if a roof is severely damaged due to storms, hail, debris, etc. It is important to get a detailed report of the damage to ensure that the costs are completely covered.

Does A New Roof Help Sell a House?

Yes. It can increase the value of your home by 15%-40%. The aesthetically pleasing look of the new roof will make home buyers more likely to buy your home, which increases its value.

Handling the aftermath of a storm can be overwhelming. To deal with the storm damage and all the complications that comes with it, we can assist you with roof repairs, roof replacement, and insurance claim assistance. If you are looking for storm damage repair in Palm City and Port St. Lucie FL area call us at .

What are Roof Coatings?

A Roofer Sprays an Acrylic Coating on a Roof

Roof Coatings’ Most Valuable Function is Extending the Life of Your Current Roofing System.

The life of a commercial rooftop is simple. There’s installation, followed by many years of minor maintenance. Then comes a series of increasingly frequent repairs, until the roof is close enough to the end of its life cycle to be replaced. The end? Maybe not! Roof coatings allow thousands of business owners to extract additional value from their existing roofing system. They also come with several alluring benefits to help you save.

Today, we’ll discuss how roof coatings work, find out which types of roofs are eligible for coating,  then break down the most popular coating solutions for your consideration!

What Does a Roof Coating Do?

Roof coatings have a two part function: restoring worn roofing materials, and protecting them from further damage. When a fresh coating is applied to your rooftop, the solution fills in minor cracks and holes to stop water leaks. This is especially valuable for flat roofing systems, which chronically suffer from ponding water problems.

This extra layer of protection also defends the underlying layers from UV rays, which naturally degrade all types of roofing over time. The most popular coating materials reflect a high percentage of sunlight to both cool the building and slow the deterioration of the roof. There are some additional hazards that these coatings can tackle, but we’ll get into those later.

Roof Coating Options

There are countless roof coating products available on the commercial market. The most popular solutions are generally elastomeric roof coatings. What is an elastomeric roof coating? These products have a rubbery (or elastic) nature that allows them to expand and contract throughout the year. Your roof naturally does this with the changing of the seasons, so it’s critical your roof coating does to. This rubbery material also does a better job at absorbing impact damage from hail.

Popular Types of Coatings

  • Silicone 
  • Acrylics
  • Polyurethane
  • Asphalt

What is Silicone Roof Coating?

Special Coating Around the Base of an AC Unit

Waterproofing is Particularly Important For Roofs With Many Seams. Consider Silicone in This Case.

Silicone specializes in water-resistance, which makes it the perfect roof coating for flat roof systems that regular leak. Do all flat roofs leak? Not all flat systems leak, but enough do to make the issue a major concern among business owners. Silicone can easily take on the challenge of protecting the underlayers from water damage. 

Silicone shows very little weakening in the face of constant sunlight. Other coatings tend to chalk or become brittle under the harsh ultraviolet rays of sunlight. Not silicone! The material may start to lose it’s reflectivity over time, but it will certainly continue to provide ample waterproofing and UV ray protection for the full life of the coating.

What are Acrylic Coatings Useful For?

Next comes one of the most popular and affordable roof coatings on the market. Acrylics are a water-based solution that provide excellent water light reflection. For companies that really crave those attractive energy savings, acrylics are a great option! Installation is also very easy to accomplish within a short 24 hour period.

Acrylics are not for those who are most concerned about waterproofing. Because the material is water-based, it doesn’t function well in environments with pooling water. That being said, acrylics are certainly worth the cost of investment! One additional note: because acrylic hue can be customized easily, a coating can provide a vibrant burst of color to a faded roof. If you’re wondering “How much does it cost to paint a roof?“, that will depend on the brand, product color, and the size of your roof. In other words: ask a professional!

What Does a Polyurethane Coating Do?

Polyurethane coatings often come in a two-part system. First, an underlying is applied to act as a base. Then a second layer is applied on top with stronger resistance to UV rays and impact resistance. This durable system also provides great waterproofing benefits. Overall, polyurethane coatings provide a wide variety of benefits, though they tend to be more expensive.

What Should I Expect From a Roof Coating?

Spraying an Acrylic Roof Coating

The More Sunlight a Coating Reflects, The More Energy Savings it Provides.

When you add the roof coating layer on top of your existing roof, the coating will quickly work to mend the minor damage (scratches, abrasions, cracks, etc.). For maximum coating effectiveness, it’s generally recommended to stick with whites and other light colors. Now once the coating is installed, your business should start to notice better energy efficiency for your commercial HVAC system, which won’t have to work as hard to cool the building.

The coating layer starts to absorb and deflect damage that would have impacted your existing roofing system. As a result, your rooftop lasts for a considerably longer time while offering enhanced performance. Many businesses see their roofing system last for an additional ten years!

Ask for Your Roof Coating Estimate Today!

As commercial roofing experts, our professionals get a lot of questions.

  • What is the best type of roofing material for a flat roof?
  • When should I replacement my roof?
  • Is it worth getting a roof coating?

While the first two questions vary from case to case, it’s almost always worth getting a roof coating if you can. The additional lifespan and the energy savings are well worth the cost. Installing a roof coating in cold weather can be a bit of a challenge, so make sure you schedule your rooftop restoration before winter’s in full swing. Talk to one of our experts at Sunshine Roofing, LLC today. Call and ask us about roof coatings and flat roof repair in Palm City and Port St. Lucie, FL.

What To Do When Your Roof Is Leaking?

A Woman Holding a Blue Bucket Under a Roof Leak

Learn What To Do If Your Roof Is Leaking!

Roof leaks can come on faster than we anticipate, which can make it in knowing what to do. If you have come home to a surprise roof leak, know that you aren’t alone and this has happened to many, many people. So what to do when your roof is leaking? There are a couple of steps you can take in order to alleviate any structural damage or damage to your belongings until a licensed roofing contractor can come out. No matter what type of leak you have in your home–roof leak or tank water heater leaks, it’s important to call a professional to take care of it.

  • Contain the Leak: This will involve getting some sort of container, bowl, or bucket to prevent the roof leak from damaging your furniture, floors, and belongings.
  • Reduce Pressure in the Ceiling: Typically wherever the leak is located, there will be a bulge in the ceiling. This is where water is pooling and is causing the bulge. Taking something sharp and puncturing that bulge can relieve that pressure and ensure pooling water is removed.
  • Move Furniture and Belongings: If you didn’t get them to leak before it got some of your stuff wet, it’s important to move things away from the leak and into an area that will provide better ventilation.
  • Cover Furniture and Belongings: Sometimes it’s hard to move bigger pieces of furniture or belongings, so your next course of action is to cover up areas that have been affected by leaks.

Now that you know what to do when your roof is leaking, it’s time to call a roofer to take care of the roof leak. If you need roof leak repair in Palm City and Port St. Lucie, FL, please call the roofers at Sunshine Roofing, LLC at 772-260-8195.

Why Choose a Shingle Roof?

Shingle Roof On A Brick House

A Shingle Roof Can Give You Quality Defense For Your Home!

Is your home in need of a new roofing system? Driving through your neighborhood, you may notice that many neighbors have opted for a shingle roof for their home. What makes this roofing material a good choice for homes? This roofing material comes in a variety of styles, colors, and designs, allowing homeowners to get the best look and benefits for their home. Also, it is one of the less expensive options, meaning you get a great looking roof without hitting your budget too hard.

Why Do People Use Asphalt Shingles?

While being inexpensive and full of variety, a shingle roof can actually afford you a range of benefits to your home in terms of increasing its defense from damage. These can include:

  • Durability that defends against debris and hail strike
  • Leak defense for your home
  • A long-lasting material, with an expectancy of 20 years
  • Resists fire and uplift from wind
  • Easy to install, Easy to repair
  • & More

With this plethora of benefits, you can get a roofing material that meets your defense needs.  Keeping your home at its best can be difficult, especially if it experiences unexpected wear such as a failing roof or a damaged air conditioner. In these instances knowing what roofing or air conditioner company in Florida to call can make a huge difference. Need to get started with an expert roofing company today for your new shingle roof? Sunshine Roofing, LLC is always available to assist you. Give us a call today at 772-260-8195 to schedule your roofing appointment in Palm City and Port St. Lucie, FL.

Flat Roof Systems

In the commercial roofing industry, there are a ton of roof materials to choose from. However, one of the most popular roofing systems on the market in terms of longevity, durability, and affordability is a flat roof. Flat roof systems are really easy to maintain and are able to last up to 25 years if they installed correctly and serviced annually. If you are interested in flat roof systems for your Palm City and Port St. Lucie, FL business, contact the roofers at Sunshine Roofing, LLC! We can be reached at 772-260-8195 if you are interested in more information about this particular commercial roofing material.

What is the Best Material for a Flat Roof?

Flat Roof Systems

There is a Wide Variety of Flat Roof Systems To Choose From, So Which One is the Best?

When it comes to flat roofing materials, there are a lot of options to choose from. But the question that we always get asked is which is the best material for a flat roof? Honestly, this is all going to depend on a number of factors, such as personal preference, weather conditions, environmental conditions, and even cost. Nevertheless, there does tend to be a few flat roofing system options that are continually called the best flat roof material to choose.

  • EPMD Roofing: No matter what type of climate you live in, EPDM is able to stand up to whatever is thrown its way. Hail, a ton of sun, or rain isn’t able to weather this roof, making it a very durable roofing choice. Another reason it is so great for all types of climates is that it comes in black and white. This is great if you want to save money on air conditioning costs or if you want to keep your commercial property warmer. This flat roof system can last up to 30 years, so you don’t have to worry about a roof replacement anytime soon.
  • PVC Roofing: Are you concerned that when it rains, your roof will have ponding water? One of the best flat roof systems for this type of concern is PVC roofing. The PVC membrane is water resistance, so the chance of water ponding will not happen. In addition to water resistance, it is also resistant to severe weather because of how thick the roof membrane is. If you are looking to reduce your carbon footprint, you are in luck! PVC is completely recyclable, so once it has reached its 20-year lifespan, it is able to be recycled!
  • TPO Roofing: Our buildings tend to move ever so slightly over time, which isn’t a huge deal, but can sometimes affect the roof. Fortunately, one of the best flat roof system, TPO roofing, is extremely flexible, so it alters based on the movement of the building. Other great things about TPO are really durable so if you are ever concerned about damages like tears or punctures, don’t be! Not only is it resistant to those types of damages, but you never have to worry about debris, algae, or dirt, because it is also resistant to those, as well. With TPO you will get a sturdy roof that offers great energy efficiency.

If you need more information on these flat roof systems for your commercial building, feel free to call us!

Are There Issues with Flat Roofs?

With any type of commercial roof, you will have your issues. So what are some common problems with flat roof systems? When flat roofs become punctured or tear, water and moisture can get underneath the roof material. This can cause leaks, which can damage your roof and your building. Another thing to be wary of is pooling water. If there isn’t a place for the water to run off the flat roof, it will stay on the flat roof. This is another way that commercial roofs can produce leaks and other problems down the road. Because your flat roof is out in the sun all day, it can develop a thing called “alligatoring” which means that the surface of the roof material is bubbling up or blistering due to constant sun exposure. While these things might sound scary, when you have a licensed and professional roofer, they are able to deal with these types of situations head-on and come up with the best solution.

Call Us for Flat Roofing Services!

If flat roof systems are something you think would work well with your particular needs, as well as with your building, please call Sunshine Roofing, LLC! We are able to offer a wide range of flat roof systems in Palm City and Port St. Lucie, FL, so dial 772-260-8195 in order to get in touch with one of our roofers today!

Signs That Your Roof Has Storm Damage

Roof Storm Damage

Our Team Can Quickly Identify Roof Storm Damage and Make the Necessary Repairs.

Major storms can sometimes appear out of nowhere to perform significant damage to a roof. As a general rule, you should always schedule a roofing inspection to follow a significant weather event. If you don’t, storm damage that you’ve suffered can leave your roof highly vulnerable to the next round of hail, severe winds, or heavy rainfall. Pay attention for the following signs of roof storm damage, and call a trusted roofer should you need repair.

Water Stains

A water stain on your ceiling indicates the presence of a roof leak. If the leak has made it to your ceiling, then it has already traveled through your roof, decking, insulation, and attic. To prevent even more damage, make sure to call for repair.

Granules in the Gutters

Your roofing granules serve to protect your shingles from the sun and impacts. A particularly heavy round of rainfall can strip these granules and send them to your gutters, however. If you ever check your gutters and find an abundance of roofing granules, you may need an entirely new roof.

Missing or Damaged Shingles

Shingles that have gone absent from high winds will clearly need replacement. Shingles battered by hail, or lifted and creased from wind gusts, will also need replacement. You should always make sure to keep an eye on the condition of your shingles, as damage or wear will make your home vulnerable to leaks.

At Sunshine Roofing, LLC, we serve as the local experts for the repair of roof storm damage in Palm City and Port St. Lucie, FL. The next time you need service, repairs, or replacement of your roof, give us a call at .

Keep Your Tile Roof At Its Best

Tile Roof

If Not Taken Care Of Regularly, Tile Roofing Can Begin to Weather And Fall Into Disrepair.

When it comes to roofing materials, tile roofing is a beautiful choice for residential properties. However, unlike many other roofing options, this roofing system needs regular maintenance to stay in peak condition. If ignored, your tile roof can grow mold, algae, and quickly fall into disrepair. At Sunshine Roofing, LLC, we have compiled a few tips on how to keep your tiles in great shape. Follow our short list in order to extend the life of your roof!

Tile Roof Maintenance Tips

  • Get Regular Maintenance & Inspection – Roofers can provide thorough service to help keep your roof at its best. Inspection and maintenance can find issues quickly before your tiles or roof become severely damaged, protecting your home. Small cracks can be repaired easily to fortify your tiles. While it may be tempting to complete inspection yourself, remember that tile roofing is delicate. It is better to have a roofing contractor inspect it to minimize the potential damage.
  • Clean Your Tiles And Remove Debris – When you get a chance, clean your roof! While beautiful, tile roofing is susceptible to algae and mold growth due to water. Debris that collects on your roof can allow water to pool and wear the tiles, making it hospitable to mold and algae. Prevent this by removing tree limbs and debris. Wipe down your tiles to halt growth with a mild detergent water mixture and a damp cloth.
  • Repair Should Be Completed Quickly – Are you missing tiles on your roof. have you found broken pieces of materials on the ground around your roof? These issues should be taken care of as quickly as possible. When you have damaged materials it can leave your roof open to water and further damage. Repair can restore your defenses.

Sunshine Roofing, LLC is your source for expert roofing services in Palm City and Port St. Lucie, FL for your home or commercial property. Does your tile roof need repair? Call us at 772-260-8195 today!

Effective Roof Leak Location

When your home has a roof leak, it may feel like a losing battle trying to find the damage from the outside. While you know that you need a quick repair, the damage may seem to disappear or to go away unless it’s currently raining or wet outside. Luckily there are some tricks to easy roof leak location for quicker repair.

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Water Doesn’t Run Uphill

While that may seem like an elementary fact, it’s seldom applied when looking for a roof leak. If your inside leak is displaying damages that are halfway down the length of your roof, then you know that the leak is not lower than that point. Therefore, you can rule out any location lower than your inside damage site.

Water leaks Don’t Mean Material Damage

Well, not always. In some cases, the shingles, wood, or tile is actually intact while the roof’s underlayment is actually the culprit, damaged by wear, movement, or animals. You can check your underlayment by running water in small sections on your roof. While it may seem tedious, you will definitely uncover an underlayment leak using this method.

There May be More Than One

As with any type of home repair, there could be more than one origination point. Hail, wind, and even normal wear can cause multiple small leaks that act like one large leak. Once yo9u locate your first leak point, ensure careful examination of the nearby areas to keep from missing secondary damages.

The Sunshine Roofing, LLC experts can deliver exceptional roof leak detection throughout Palm City and Port St. Lucie, FL area to ensure your roof system is always performing at its best. Call us today to learn about all of our roofing services, or to schedule your roof leak location appointment.

Roof Inspection Checkpoints

Your roof was a costly investment, and keep it in good condition is the key to long material life. Typically, roofers suggest that you perform a roof inspection before Spring and Winter, and after particularly severe weather. Completing a quick check of your roofing system can identify problems, eliminate future costly repairs, and even keep your energy costs down. Below are the main checkpoints that your personal roof inspection should cover.

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Materials

When performing your roof inspection, first check the roofing materials for damage and weakness. This may be in the form of dented, torn, or otherwise damaged material, or even altogether missing tiles, shingles, or shakes. Also inspect your material for signs of wear that could include fading, loose asphalt bits, and thinning, and can lead to costly problems down the road.

Secondary Components

Possibly just as important as your roofing materials are the components that keep your roof system in proper order. Gutters, flashing, and soffit and fascia boards provide substantial protection to your roof system with jobs like water and debris diversion. Check your gutters for dents and separation throughout the system that can cause backups, as well as rust and weathering that can lead to holes and separation from the soffit. Soffit and fascia should also be checked for signs of wear including dents and fading and should be inspected for separation from your home that can let water and debris into your attic. Flashing should be inspected for proper sealing to prevent water leaks throughout your home.

Outside Forces

One of the most common causes of roof damage is debris impact caused by tree branches and other yard products. Inspect your trees and decor to ensure that nothing is hanging over or close to your roof. This will prevent limb falling and damaging your material or structure during high winds. Also, perform a quick check in your attic to ensure that your roof’s underlayment is still going strong. Look for signs of damage like water spots, mold, and mildew, as well as signs of animal nesting.

Completing these simple tasks will go a long way to make sure that you enjoy maximum life and protection from your roofing system. If you find that your roof needs repair, call the Sunshine Roofing, LLC team at 772-260-8195 for quick, affordable service throughout Palm City and Port St. Lucie, FL. We can bring your roof back to great.

Choose the Best Single Ply Roofing Membrane for Your Roof

There are many different kinds of flat roofing materials that can provide a wide range of benefits for your business. One type of roofing material that has grown in popularity over the past few decades is the single ply roofing membrane. Roofing membranes can be installed directly on top of your aging roofing materials and provide excellent protection. If you need to update the condition of your flat roofing, call the office of Sunshine Roofing, LLC and inquire about the single ply roofing materials we provide.

Which Single Ply Roofing Membrane is Right?

We offer professional installation and repair services for three different single ply roofing membranes. Here is some information to help you decide which single ply roofing membrane is the right choice for your building.

Single Ply Roofing Membrane Installed on a Flat Commercial Roof

You Can Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Building With a Single Ply Roofing Membrane.

PVC Roofing Membrane
This is the most popular flat roofing material. It is a very strong material that can withstand a wide variety of severe weather. The heat welded seams protect your roof against water seeping into the roofing materials. PVC roofing membranes also provide energy efficient benefits for your building.

EPDM Roofing Membrane
These roofing materials are made from rubber compounds that are resistant to water damage, which protect your roof against leaks. Installing an EPDM roofing membrane is slightly less expensive than a PVC roof installation, but the seams are not as strong. Also, EPDM roofing materials do not typically provide the same level of energy efficient benefits.

TPO Roofing Membrane
It is said that TPO roofing membranes combine the best qualities of PVC and EPDM roofing materials. A TPO roof installation costs about the same as a rubber roofing membrane, but it provides the same protection and energy efficient benefits as a PVC roof.

If you are interested in installing a single ply roofing membrane in Palm City and Port St. Lucie, FL, call our office at 772-260-8195.