Residential and Commercial Roofing Pros
Universal Homes Contracting is a full service roofing company based in Naples, Florida that serves the entire state of Oklahoma. We specialize in residential and commercial roof installations, re-roofing, and roof repairs. We have installed hundreds of residential and commercial roofs in Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, and Missouri with hundreds of satisfied clients around the country.
Our roofers are professionals that have years of experience and we put customer service at the top of our priorities. We go beyond the basics with our great customer service insuring our customers’ satisfaction and their roofs long term performance. We pride ourselves on being the best roofing contractor that builds a long-term relationship with our clients. We realize knowing how to build a successful relationship with our clients is just as important as knowing how to build a quality roof. Our dedication to customer satisfaction has been the key to our success.
Hail Exposure and Damage
The process of detecting and evaluating hail damage is subjective at best, and often everyone involved will offer a different assessment. Damage can range from large, highly visible dents and tears to almost undetectable indentations or invisible granule damage. However, even small amounts of damage can harm the surfacing material, leading to deterioration of the shingles months later. Normally, if a shingle indicates outward damage, the underlying components may be compromised and affected to some degree. On damaged roofs, the hail impact may affect the embedment of the granular surfacing in the asphalt top coating. This loosens the granules, potentially allowing the granules to separate from the coating layer and wash off the roof. Without the granule surfacing, the asphalt top coating is exposed to ultraviolet radiation from ordinary sunlight and will eventually deteriorate, exposing the fiberglass substrate and creating the potential for a leak.
On severe hail damage, the fiberglass substrate may be physically broken further, compromising the weather integrity of the shingle. Without visible damage there is no real way to be sure how much damage shingles have encountered. Outward damage may not appear until months or years later. In accordance with the terms of the Limited Warranty, there is no coverage for damage caused by hail. However, should the shingles be damaged by hail, there is continuing coverage for manufacturing defects. There is a definite distinction between a manufacturing defect and damage caused by hail. When evaluating hail damage, look for the following conditions:
- Tears in the Shingle – Tears are normally worse on reproofs due to the irregular surface support. The main areas showing damage usually include hips, ridges, sides of dragon’s teeth, and butt edges of shingles.
- Indentations in the Shingle – Indentations will be either round or half-moon shaped. Some damage may not be visible and will require you to feel for any indentations, or to break the bonds of the shingle and feel the backside for any irregularities.
- Excessive Granule Loss – May be an indicator of possible damage. Check gutters or the ground around the house for loose granules. Accelerated granule loss will significantly reduce the life of the shingle.
Other Collateral Damage:
- Broken skylights
- Broken windows
- Tree or shrub damage
- Car dents
Hailstones vary in size, shape and hardness. They can create a random pattern of dents or depressions consisting of various sizes, shapes and depths. If you keep in mind the typical random pattern of hail damage when evaluating a damaged roof, you should be able to assess the situation properly. If you have any further questions regarding hail damage, contact your homeowner’s insurance company.
This is a great diagram of a typical residential roof from GAF, which is one of our primary residential roofing materials brands that Universal Homes Contracting uses.
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Commercial Roofing Projects
Universal Homes Contracting has done many commercial roofing projects throughout the state of Florida, Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri. This includes apartment buildings with shingles, to flat roof TPO, EPDM and PVC roofing systems.
TPO Roofing Contractors in Florida
TPO membranes are single-ply roof membranes manufactured from ethylene propylene rubber. TPO is an elastomeric membrane that accepts roofing motion along with the damaging thermal shock.TPO roofs are resistant against ozone, algae, eco-friendly and safe to setup. TPO (Thermoplastic Olefin) is a single ply roofing membrane is commonly in use on residential and commercial buildings. In newer construction TPO roofing is a preferred method. The TPO roofing membrane is usually installed with mechanical fasteners that place down on the edge of the sheet and are secured with the membrane and in to the roofs decking. Seam strengths are reportedly three to four times those of EPDM’s adhesive and tape seams.
Universal Homes Contracting specializes in the application of single-ply membrane roofing systems. There are three different varieties of the single-ply roofing systems that are widely used among commercial roofing contractors in Florida. Those three include EPDM, the PVC and the TPO. Below you will find a brief description of each roofing system. Included with their composition and benefits, we will provide you the basic information for each roofing systems. If you are in Florida, Universal Homes Contracting is your single-ply membrane roofing contractor. Feel free to call us today for a free, comprehensive roofing proposal.
Our Single-Ply Membrane Roofing Systems Include:
TPO: Thermoplascit Polyolefin
Single-Ply Membrane Roofing Systems TPO, Thermoplascit Polyolefin Roofing in Florida
TPO or thermoplastic polyolefin is a blend of polypropylene and ethylene-propylene polymers. TPOs are considered to be the innovative future in the commercial roofing industry. The TPO in short combines the attributes of the EPDM and the PVC to include long-term weathering resistance, cold weather flexibility, tear resistance, puncture resistance, and chemical resistance. Like PVC membranes, TPOs will not cure after exposure to natures elements. TPOs may or may not be reinforced and may also be designed in a variety of colors, and come in thicknesses ranging from 40 – 100 mils.
This is from the EPDM Roofing Association:
EPDM is an extremely durable synthetic rubber roofing membrane (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) widely used in low-slope buildings in the United States and worldwide. Its two primary ingredients, ethylene and propylene, are derived from oil and natural gas. EPDM is available in both black and white, and is sold a broad variety of widths, ranging from 7.5 feet to fifty feet, and in two thicknesses, 45 and 60 mils. EPDM can be installed either fully adhered, mechanically attached or ballasted, with the seams of the roofing system sealed with liquid adhesives or specially formulated tape.
Single-Ply Membrane Roofing Systems EPDM, Elastomeric Polymer Roofing in Florida
EPDM is an elastomeric polymer that has been synthesized from ethylene, propylene, and a small amount diene monomer. An EPDM membrane is a cured material and is classified as a “thermoset”. This is simply defined as such that the polymers molecular structure is “set” as a result of heating during the manufacturing process. EPDM sheets are available in a variety of colors, and range in thickness from 30 – 90 mils. EPDM membranes can be installed using one of three methods: ballasted with large stones, fully adhered with an approved adhesive, and mechanically attached to the roof deck.
Single-Ply Membrane Roofing Systems PVC, Polyvinyl Chloride Roofing in Florida
PVC or polyvinyl chloride is produced by the polymerization of vinyl chloride monomer. PVC membranes can be non-reinforced or reinforced with glass fibers or polyester fabric. They come in thicknesses ranging from 45 – 96 mils. PVC membranes can be installed by mechanically attaching the membrane to the roof deck. They are then fully adhered with an approved adhesive, stone ballasted, and paver ballasted. PVC membranes do not cure after exposure to the elements therefore remains heat weldable throughout the lifetime of the roof.