Tadlock Roofing http://tadlockroofing.com When Trust Counts! Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:58:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://tadlockroofing.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/cropped-Tadlock_Favicon5-32x32.png Tadlock Roofing http://tadlockroofing.com 32 32 We Need to Get Prepared for Another Active Hurricane Season http://tadlockroofing.com/we-need-to-get-prepared-for-another-active-hurricane-season/ http://tadlockroofing.com/we-need-to-get-prepared-for-another-active-hurricane-season/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:42:25 +0000 http://tadlockroofing.com/?p=13788 Read more]]> Last year, I wrote a column about the impact of Hurricane Hermine in Tallahassee, and how the storm served as a reminder to many that you never know when your city will be affected. Now that the 2017 hurricane season is upon us, I feel compelled to reiterate the importance of preparing your homes and families for the possibility of a hurricane or severe storm.

Hurricane season began June 1 and ends November 30, and while we have been fortunate that no major storms have made landfall yet, we still have many months of hurricane season to get through. Though it isn’t certain that your home will face the brunt of a major hurricane, at the very least, most Florida cities can expect heavy winds and rains associated with the season.

That’s why it is important to get someone out to inspect your roof and identify any problems before any rough weather begins. You will also need to look at any siding problems, clogged gutters and untrimmed trees that will make your home more vulnerable to storm damage.

While we are prepared to work overtime for families who do experience storm damage, and are humbled that so many trust us in their time of need, we don’t wish to only focus on providing exceptional service in the aftermath of a storm. Whether you’re in the market for a roof replacement, or just need some minor repairs, we can help you make sure your roof is ready to protect your family during whatever rough weather we experience this season.

It is our mission as a roofing company to be a resource to homeowners in every way possible, both through our services and the education we can provide. If you’re not sure how to prepare your home and roof this hurricane season, you can refer to our helpful blogs for tips and advice.

And, of course, you can give us a call at any of our five Florida locations to speak with one of our expert roofing professionals. No matter what, we’ve got you covered with protection before and support after any storm.

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The Big Scoop Brings Out the Community in Pensacola http://tadlockroofing.com/the-big-scoop-brings-out-the-community-in-pensacola/ http://tadlockroofing.com/the-big-scoop-brings-out-the-community-in-pensacola/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:29:14 +0000 http://tadlockroofing.com/?p=13781 Read more]]> With the recent opening of our new Pensacola branch, we’ve had the opportunity to get involved in some of the city’s wonderful community events. In May, Tadlock Roofing was honored to be a sponsor for The Big Scoop, benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida.

The event took place in Seville Square, where guests were treated to an assortment of all-you-can-eat ice cream, frozen yogurt, iced coffee and root beer floats from vendors such as Damian’s Wholesale Ice Cream, Mrs. Jones Cold Brew and TCBY Bayou Boulevard. Guests also enjoyed a visit from Kazoo of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos and Big Scoop! With sweet treats, games and activities for people of all ages, the fundraiser proved enjoyable for the entire community.

The event was a natural for Pensacola Branch Manager David Bryan Andrews, who is active in Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and attended the event with his own little brother, Lewis. Proceeds from The Big Scoop will be used to benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida.

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Finding Purpose After Loss http://tadlockroofing.com/finding-purpose-after-loss/ http://tadlockroofing.com/finding-purpose-after-loss/#respond Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:23:12 +0000 http://tadlockroofing.com/?p=13749 Read more]]>

Michelle Smith, Tampa

Everyone enjoys fireworks on the 4th of July, but for Michelle Smith, the annual tradition holds some very special meaning. We had the pleasure of meeting the Tampa resident when we replaced her roof and made other upgrades and improvements to her roofing system earlier this year, and were inspired by her story.

Last year, Michelle tragically lost her husband, Jack, to a rare form of leukemia. After meeting at work, the couple dated for two years and chose the 4th of July as their wedding day. It would be perfect, they said, because they’d be able to enjoy the fireworks. Jack and Michelle were married for 24 years and had three children and two grandchildren.

Now, every time the Smith family sees a fireworks show, they are reminded of Jack and their incredible memories of the man who loved his family and served his country as a U.S. Marine.

As they continue to cope with the unexpected loss of their family patriarch, the Smiths have found purpose by working to help prevent other families from experiencing the same heartbreak. Michelle is dedicated to raising awareness about leukemia and other forms of blood cancer through her involvement with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

While participating in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s 2016 “Light the Night” walk, Michelle, along with her family and friends, raised more than $8,000 in memory of her late husband. They were honored as the top fundraising team.

When last year’s walk came to a close, Michelle was overcome with emotion as fireworks lit the sky. A sign, Michelle said, that Jack was still with her.

Before Jack passed away, the Smith family routinely spent time traveling, attending Tampa Bay Buccaneers football games and enjoying one another’s company. Though Jack is no longer with them, the family is able to keep his memory alive by participating in some of his favorite activities, including boating and fishing.

Still adjusting to life without Jack, Michelle said she feels comfort in knowing that in their last days together Jack was surrounded by love and he loved the family deeply in return.

“Life is short, love with all you have every day,” Michelle said. “There is nothing more important than the people in your life knowing every day how much you love them.”

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6 Tips for Filing Your Homeowners Insurance Claim http://tadlockroofing.com/6-tips-for-filing-your-homeowners-insurance-claim/ http://tadlockroofing.com/6-tips-for-filing-your-homeowners-insurance-claim/#respond Tue, 06 Jun 2017 15:47:56 +0000 http://tadlockroofing.com/?p=13494 Read more]]>

A storm moved through and damaged your roof. Now you have to contact your insurance provider, maybe for the first time. Homeowners insurance is complicated, and calling your insurance company to make a claim can seem intimidating.

Here are six tips from the Insurance Information Institute to help you get through filing your insurance claim and get your damage repaired as quickly and smoothly as possible:

Review Your Policy

You should have your policy somewhere in your house. Find it, review it and keep it readily available through the entire process. It will clarify the responsibilities of both you and your provider.

Call Your Insurance Agent or Provider Immediately

Time is money. Not only do you want to file your claim quickly so repairs can begin as soon as possible, you also want to ensure that you’re filing your claim within any time limits your provider may have set.

Ask Questions

Ask your insurance agent or provider plenty of questions, even if you know the answers: Am I covered in this scenario? Does my claim exceed my deductible? How long will it take to process my claim? Will I need to obtain estimates for repairs?

Substantiate the Damage

Avoid throwing out damaged items or debris, take video or photos of the damage and inventory any damaged personal items. Provide this information to your adjuster because your insurance company will likely use his or her report to approve your claim.

Keep Your Receipts and Take Notes

Leave a paper trail. There may be out-of-pocket expenses eligible for reimbursement. If you buy materials from the hardware story for a quick fix, temporarily stay at a hotel or replace damaged personal items, those are all expenses your insurance provider may cover. Take notes throughout the process to help you stay organized.

Fill Out the Paperwork

Once your claim is submitted, you have to fill out paperwork. Your insurance provider is required to send the paperwork within a specified time period. Promptly complete it and return it to them as soon as possible, so you can hopefully have your claim approved and get repairs started.

If your roof was damaged in a storm and you are ready to make repairs, request a free estimate from Tadlock Roofing.

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How to Protect Yourself from Roofing Scams http://tadlockroofing.com/how-to-protect-yourself-from-roofing-scams/ http://tadlockroofing.com/how-to-protect-yourself-from-roofing-scams/#respond Tue, 02 May 2017 12:33:18 +0000 http://tadlockroofing.com/?p=13106 Read more]]> When a storm blows through town and rips roofs off of housetops, it’s prime time for scammers to try and rip you off, too. Be wary of contractors who show up at your door unannounced after a big storm moves through, and make sure you’re prepared to protect yourself against roofing scams.It could end up saving you a lot of money, time and embarrassment.

What are roofing scams and how can I avoid them?

Roofing and contractor scams are real, and could potentially cost you thousands. Scammers may show up after a big storm and claim that your roof is damaged, when it isn’t. Even if you actually do have a damaged roof, they may claim to fix it and request a large sum of cash, up front, without actually ever making any repairs.

Homeowners should also watch out for roofing contractors who may seem a little too eager and offer to take care of a job dealing with an insurance company or claims adjuster directly. Once they get their pay from the insurance company, they might take the money and run. It’s best to contact your insurance agent before assigning benefits directly to the contractor.

The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud has several tips to avoid roofing scams, which include using established local contractors, requesting to see a contractor’s state and/or local licenses, and not paying with cash in advance.

Steps you can take to choose the right contractor

Whether it’s storm season or the holiday season, if you are in need of roofing repair or installation, check out our entry on ten questions you should ask to make sure you choose the right roofing contractor. Here are just a few to get your started:

  1. Is the company properly licensed for the job?
  2. Does the company carry liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance?
  3. Are there more than three testimonials or references you can check?

For more helpful tips on roofing, on check out the rest of our blog.

If you would like to request an estimate or have questions about your roof, fill out the form for a free estimate on our website, email us at office@tadlockroofing.com, or call us toll-free today at 855-964-7663.

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Why Company Expansion is Important to our Mission http://tadlockroofing.com/why-company-expansion-is-important-to-our-mission/ Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:17:42 +0000 http://tadlockroofing.com/?p=12770 Read more]]>

I love Tallahassee. I have lived here most of my life, and I am grateful to have grown up in such a wonderful community. Much of my family is from here, too, including my grandfather who was known back in the day as the community barber.

Tallahassee is where I started in the construction business that exposed me to roofing and presented my first opportunity to manage the production side of a roofing company. That led to the amazing opportunity to launch Tadlock Roofing in 1980 and begin a commitment to serve local homeowners and businesses for 37 years and counting.

Tallahassee is also where I made a much more important commitment – to my wonderful wife, Pamela, whom I married later that year. Together, we have built this business and raised an amazing family that includes seven children. We have tried to live with integrity, understanding and compassion, which I hope is evident by the work we do and how we treat our customers.

But as much as I love Tallahassee and everything it means to my family and me, I was very excited to expand our business footprint into other areas of Florida. In the past five years, we have opened fully staffed branches in Panama City, Jacksonville, Tampa and most recently Pensacola. The driving force behind this expansion has always been my devotion to my faith in Jesus Christ and fulfilling a promise to grow his Kingdom. I know from experience you can only make a difference in people’s lives and your community by leading by example and treating others with compassion, respect and forgiveness. My hope is that by expanding our company throughout Florida we will make a difference in our employees’ lives, the communities we serve and the industry as a whole.

Replacing your roof is a huge decision and significant investment, and we believe you deserve to be well educated about that decision and work with a team that you can trust.

It is our goal to raise the level of integrity in the roofing industry throughout the state by hiring qualified and experienced salespeople, installers and support staff, raising the bar for safety practices and providing educational resources for our customers. And we are doing that every day.

As we have moved into each market, we’ve learned that there are some outstanding roofing companies out there, but there are others that are looking to take advantage of homeowners who simply don’t know any better. We are trying to fix that. We want every homeowner to fully understand their options and have confidence that everything from a small repair to a complete re-roof will be done with the best materials by qualified installers in a manner that matches their expectations.

Getting a new roof will protect your home for decades to come. And I promise that if you place your trust in Tadlock Roofing, we will stand behind our work every step of the way.

Thank you for helping our dreams come true.

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Tax Refund Ideas: How About a New Roof? http://tadlockroofing.com/tax-refund-ideas-how-about-a-new-roof/ Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:46:50 +0000 http://tadlockroofing.com/?p=12751 Read more]]> If you are fortunate enough to receive an income tax refund, it may be tempting to splurge on something that is less than necessary. But, if you truly want to get the most from your money, you should consider investing it in your home—particularly your roof.

Though a roof replacement, or re-roof, will vary in price depending on the size of your home and the roofing materials used, the typical shingle re-roof can cost a Florida homeowner between $10,000 to $20,000. While it’s unlikely that your tax refund will be able to completely cover the cost of a re-roof, it can be a helpful contribution.

If you’re not quite ready for a brand-new roof, tax refund season is still the perfect time to tackle smaller roofing projects as well. Whether your roof has visible damage you’re interested in taking preventative measures to ensure your roofing system functions properly, using your tax refund will allow you to work on roof improvements without as much impact on your monthly budget.

Roof Replacement and Repairs

Due to Florida’s hot and humid climate, the lifespan of your roof may not be quite as long as the national average, leaving you in need of a re-roof sooner than you’d think. With proper maintenance and care a roof can last anywhere from 15 to 25 years, but if you suspect that your roof might be overdue for a replacement, now’s the time to do it.

Repairing a section of your roof, replacing shingles or applying coating to a metal roof system are also ideal projects to tackle during this time of year. Using your refund to make necessary repairs as soon as possible will help prevent more damage from occurring and extend the lifespan of your roof.

Roof Preventative Maintenance Program

By using a portion of your tax refund for routine roof maintenance, you won’t have to wait for a ceiling stain to appear or your roof to spring a leak before you can identify a major problem.

Routine maintenance plans, such as our Roof Preventative Maintenance Program, provide homeowners with an array of services, including shingle and flat roof inspections, clearing of loose debris, gutter inspections and draining, and minor flashing repairs.

To begin a preventative maintenance plan, most reputable roofing contractors will require an initial inspection of your roof. Following the inspection, you will be advised on the optimal number of cleanings and inspections your roof requires per year, and you will pay the set price per visit for the number of visits you decide.

Whether your roof is still new or you’re just a couple years away from a re-roof, a preventative maintenance plan is an investment that will provide you with the peace of mind that your roof will be in great condition year-round.

Roof Washing Services

If you’re not ready to commit to a regular preventative maintenance plan, at minimum, you should have your roof professionally washed.

Due to Florida’s moist, tropical climate, it is common for a dark-colored blanket of algae to coat on your rooftop—creating a dingy appearance and damaging your shingles. Many homeowners elect to wash their roofs themselves, but use improper methods to do so, causing premature aging and shingle damage.

Hiring a roofing contractor for roof washing services is a spring home improvement decision that will benefit you for seasons to come. Professional roofing companies tend to take a gentler approach to washing your roof, and use an algaecide or fungicide, such as Roof-a-Cide, instead of harsh and damaging bleach. An algaecide prevents future algae growth for at least two years—providing homeowners with a cost-effective, long-term roof cleaning solution.

Let the experts at Tadlock Roofing help put your tax refund to good use. Call us today at 855-964-7663 for all of your roofing needs.

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Ceiling Stains Help Identify Roof Leaks, Other Home Repair Needs http://tadlockroofing.com/ceiling-stains-help-identify-roof-leaks-other-home-repair-needs/ http://tadlockroofing.com/ceiling-stains-help-identify-roof-leaks-other-home-repair-needs/#comments Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:06:33 +0000 http://tadlockroofing.com/?p=12640 Read more]]> There can be a number of indicators that you have a leaky roof, but one of the most obvious is the appearance of water stains on your ceiling.

While water stains are often attributed to roof leaks caused by a variety roofing issues—such as rotting, blistering, flashing, curling, buckling and missing shingles— factors unrelated to your roof may also be at the root of the problem. It is important that homeowners do not rush to repair the drywall before properly identifying the cause of the stain.

How do I know where the water leak is coming from?

If you don’t know where to start, and you don’t want to call in the wrong type of contractor, you may be able to find the source of the water stains by simply following the discoloration and narrowing down the possibilities.

Most water stains have a yellow or brown hue, and can be found on various points of your home’s ceiling. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to identify the source of a water stain by its appearance alone because the water must travel through a variety of materials before emerging on the visible surface.

However, the location of the stain will often help in determining the cause. If the stain is below a plumbing fixture or air conditioning unit, they are the likely culprits. Homeowners with chimneys may find that improper flashing has led to leaking, therefore creating water stains. In some cases, piping that needs to be replaced or repaired may be the issue.

What do I do if my roof is the cause?

The worst thing you can do is ignore the water stain, and leaking, all together. Waiting can leave your family in danger of health complications—such as eye, skin, nose, throat and lung irritation—brought on by mold growth.

If your roof really did spring a leak, don’t panic. Follow these helpful steps to mitigate the damage and call a reputable roofing contractor as soon as possible.

Your roof may be leaking for a number of reasons. One possible cause is cracked or missing chimney and vent flashing. If this is the case, your roof will either require flashing replacement or sealing with roofing tar. Another common source—one that can be easily remedied—is clogged gutters. Clearing your gutters of fallen leaves, acorns and other small debris, may stop the leaking altogether—allowing you to begin repairing the water stain.

Are water stains the only sign of a leaking roof?

You can certainly have leaks in your roof and not see any browning or spotting on your ceiling. Sometimes, leaks can make their way into your attic and into your insulation but take months to penetrate through the plywood, decking and felt before eventually permeating your ceiling. To be sure, homeowners should inspect their attics in the spring and fall to see if there is any visible leaking taking place. Utilizing a roof preventative maintenance plan will help you troubleshoot minor issues before they turn into major repairs.

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Save on Energy Costs with Improved Attic Insulation http://tadlockroofing.com/save-on-energy-costs-with-improved-attic-insulation/ http://tadlockroofing.com/save-on-energy-costs-with-improved-attic-insulation/#comments Fri, 27 Jan 2017 15:42:52 +0000 http://tadlockroofing.com/?p=12368 Read more]]> To get the maximum performance from your roof, an entire system of products must work together, including attic ventilation and insulation. With proper attic insulation, you can prevent the majority of your home’s heat from escaping through the attic in the winter and protect your living space from hot attic air in the summer. This vital step can help you prevent your heating and cooling expenses from going through the roof—literally.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling account for 50-70 percent of the energy used in the average American home, but that doesn’t mean homeowners have to be stuck paying outrageous energy bills. By having the right insulation system installed in your attic at the same time you install a new roof, you can ensure optimal performance of your roofing system and save up to 20 percent on utilities.

Insulation also provides many additional benefits, including controlling moisture and air infiltration, assuring proper ventilation and conserving natural resources. However, many homeowners are unable to enjoy the full advantage from this barrier because their homes are not properly insulated. In fact, the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association estimates that 90 percent of U.S. homes are under-insulated.

To help ensure your home doesn’t fall in that category, you must understand exactly what insulation does and why it’s important, how much insulation your attic needs, and what type of insulation is the best fit for your home.

What does insulation do?

Heat always moves toward cold, which is why heat tries to escape a home in the winter, and enter a home in the summer. Rooms such as attics, basements and garages is where this air change happens most frequently. Insulation works by trapping air within tiny pockets to resist the transfer of heat, so it doesn’t move into or out of the house through your roof and doors.

How much insulation is needed?

There are a couple of factors that play into how much insulation you’ll need to add to your home. The amount of insulation recommended for you home will vary depending on the climate you live in, the age of your home and how much insulation you already have.

Insulation is rated in terms of thermal resistance, or R-value, which tells you how resistant to heat flow it is. Higher R-values mean greater insulating power.

The U.S. Department of Energy and the International Energy Conservation Code recommends that an uninsulated attic in Zone 2—which includes much of Florida—would require insulation with R-30 to R-60 values. An R-value of R-38 is recommended for most homes, and this translates to about 12 inches of insulation.

What are the types of insulation?

  • Blow-In or Loose-fill Insulation (Fiberglass or Cellulose) – This type of insulation starts out as large blocks of recycled paper materials or fiberglass insulation that is then chewed up by a machine into small pieces and sprayed into the attic. This creates a coat of insulation that covers the floor of your attic and gets into the corners and crevices that are hard to reach.

 

  • Roll or Batt Insulation (Fiberglass or Rockwool) – Batt insulation is often seen laid out in large blankets or large rolls, and has a higher R-value per inch than loose-fill. However, it may not adequately fill minor gaps in your attic, and it is not ideal for attics that do not have standard joist space or have too many obstruction or penetrations to work around.

Why should I install insulation during a re-roof?

By installing insulation at the time of a re-roof, you can avoid any disruption inside your home and ensure the best performance of your roof system. Additionally, you won’t have to worry about roof leaks that may lead to mold and mildew growth within the insulation.

Tadlock Roofing has partnered with Owens Corning to offer the Owens Corning AttiCat Expanding Blow-in Insulation System that can be quickly and easily installed in your attic at the same time that a new roof is installed.

For more information about our insulation systems, contact Tadlock Roofing today at 855-964-7663.

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Under Every Roof, There is a Story http://tadlockroofing.com/under-every-roof-there-is-a-story/ Fri, 06 Jan 2017 16:23:13 +0000 http://tadlockroofing.com/?p=12132 Read more]]>

The new year is a great time to consider what is really important to us – in work, in life and in our relationships with the people who matter most to us.  Whether or not we have written down goals or just have a renewed sense of optimism, this time of year is full of promise and hope.

At Tadlock Roofing, we are certainly feeling that optimism as we continue to grow and seek better and more efficient ways to meet the needs of our customers across north and central Florida. Over the last 35 years we have worked with thousands of homeowners, and for that we are truly grateful.

In that time, we have discovered that under every roof, there is a story. And our customers have some pretty incredible stories to tell. Some are dramatic and awe-inspiring, and some are powerful in their simplicity, but they all remind us that inside every house – and under every roof – is a family or a person that is worth knowing better. We all benefit from connecting with our neighbors and learning from their experiences. Our plan is to tell as many of these stories as we can. You can read our first set of stories on our website.

Every day, we have the opportunity to interact with many wonderful families. We meet them because of their roofing needs, but in the process of working together, we often learn more about their lives and what they consider to be most important. Although it has nothing to do with what shingle color they choose, we are always encouraged by how much we have in common and how we can be inspired by the simplest truths.

Tadlock Roofing is a roofing company, but our real calling is to provide an important form of protection for the people who live inside so they can continue to safely live out their stories.

We continue to be impressed by the character and heart of the people we work with. We think you will be, too.

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