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Belle Isle Turns 90 in 2014

Belle Isle Turns 90 in 2014 and will be celebrating its 90th Anniversary in the Fall of 2014. Plans are now underway to make it a spectacular and exciting year for the entire community.

Once a Native American oasis, Belle Isle was founded in 1924 to protect Lake Conway and its chain of lakes. Town supporters resisted Orange County’s plan to use the lakes for drainage by forming their own municipality.

Belle Isle’s first citizens and Mayor C. H. Hoffner unanimously voted on the city’s name, which resembles the French phrase for “beautiful island.” Arthur Q. Lancaster later served as the first elected mayor.

In 1928, Belle Isle was annexed back into Orange County and records of the City of Belle Isle ceased to exist. However, residents rallied against another attempt by the County to use the lakes in 1954, and the local government was reinstated. Florida later recognized the City of Belle Isle’s charter in 1972. In the same year, City Hall was named “Dexter Hall” to recognize Mayor Ross Dexter, the first mayor to pass away while in office. Government ran continuously until the early 2000s when a council-manager form of government was ad¬opted to better serve Belle Isle residents. Since that time, the city has flourished. The establishment of a Belle Isle Police Department and an agreement to open Cornerstone Charter Academy mark Belle Isle’s largest achievements in recent years.

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    How long does each roofing material last in Central Florida Climates?

How long does each roofing material last in Central Florida Climates?

For obvious reasons, roofing durability is a concern for both owners of commercial property and homeowners. It makes perfect sense to want to know how long your roof will last, since the failure of the roof leads to the functions of a structure failing no matter how well it is built. So, it is natural that you would want to know which roofing materials stand up best against the Central Florida climates.

How Long Materials Last

The industry wide estimates of how long different roofing materials last are given below:

Asphalt Roofing shingles last 15 to 20 years
Concrete or clay tiles typically last at least 20 years
Wood shingles are good for 10 to 40 years
Metal Roofing shingles or panels last 15 to 40 years
Slate lasts for 30 to 100 years

Now, you may be wondering why there is such a huge spread in how long different classes of material last. This is because it is impossible to give an estimate that can be applied universally to even one type of roofing material. There are just too many factors that play into a roof’s durability.

Factors that Affect Your Roof’s Lifespan

You already know what our climate does to things if you live in Florida. For example, the tires you may have purchased a few years ago may be shot after 60,000 miles despite being rated to last for 75,000 miles. What you have on your roof is affected by the same heat that makes it so you can fry an egg on our blacktop roads, and the heat is just one factor. You also need to consider how well the roof is guttered, maintained, protected from UV rays, and ventilated. And, of course, the quality of [...]

Common Roofing Problems in Florida Climates and Storms

Florida’s climate is rough on roofs. That is a fact. Between the hail storms, thunderstorms, and gale force winds, roofs take a beating. There are a variety of different types of roofing problems that can results from the humid climate and storms. Summer is especially harsh with hail, flooding, extreme heat, and hurricanes. You may end up with disastrous damage, such as structural destruction, or it may just be minor, like missing or broken roof shingles. This entry will explore both types of damage.

Damage Due to Long Term Wear

When you think of roofing problems due to storms or climate, you may envision a hurricane simply blowing the roof off a home or sending a tree through the roof. Though this does happen, much more often roofing problems come from constant wear. Typically, the damage has been in progress for some time before the homeowner notices. Problems caused by the effects of humidity, rain, and constant wear from endless storms are

Pondering Water – Large puddles of water should not form or hang around your roof if it is designed properly and in good repair. Water might cause problems by lingering after a huge storm hits.
Reduced Wind Uplift Resistance, Blow offs, Billowing, and Tenting – These are all issues cause by the wind. You should call a roofing contractor immediately if you are experiencing any of these issues with your roof. They need to be fixed.
Moisture and Leaks – The most common type of climate caused damage to a roof is leaking. Roof damage repair has especially been needed after the last few storms in Orlando. Your roof’s damage resistance becomes a little bit weaker with each subsequent storm. Leaks will enter your home [...]

Looking for a Great Roofing Contractor in Orlando, FL?

Looking for a Great Roofing Contractor in Orlando, FL?

You already know you must pay attention to the details when you are buying a new car or a new house. Well, the same holds true when you are deciding on which roofing contractor in Orlando, Florida to hire. You will likely end up having a hard time in the middle of the process or possibly end up with undesirable results if you do not perform your due diligence in picking the right roofing company.

There are a number of factors you must consider when deciding on a roofing contractor. Two of these are the quality of their work and their dependability. Also, the roofer you choose should be from the Orlando area because they will be more familiar with the climate and how it can affect various roofing materials. Plus, their reputation will depend upon your satisfaction as a customer.

Get Referrals

You can narrow down your options rather quickly if you ask friends, family, or coworkers for referrals for the best roofing contractors in Orlando, FL. When you are collecting recommendations and referrals from people you trust, take the time to ask some questions, like:

How would you rate the quality of their work?
How long did the roofing project take?
How much did they cost?

This will give you a better idea of what to expect from local roofing companies.

Check out the Internet

You can find loads of information about the different roofing contractors available to you by doing some research on the Web. You will likely find the most promising companies at the top of the first page of search results when you do a local search for “Orlando roofing.”

In order to find out a bit more about [...]

Roofing: Not as Simple as You May Think

To the average homeowner, roofing is just as simple as many other home improvement projects. After all, all you have to do is take off the old one and put on the new one, right? While that may be the case with paint, roofing is far more complex than most people realize. Hence the need for licensed, professional roofers. To give you a little insight into the intricacies of roofing, let’s take a closer look at the process itself.

 

Step One: Create the Support Deck

The first thing to do when building a roof is to create a sturdy and solid support that. Without the right support deck, the roofing structure can fall apart during and after construction, making the work surface too difficult to work with. Once the support deck is constructed, it is important to inspect it to make sure there are no signs of deterioration, writing, or loose nails anywhere. If these are discovered, the necessary repairs must be made before work can continue.

 

Step Two: Apply the Felt Underlayment

Felt underlayment is then applied to the work surface to create a flat, even surface Ruth. If the roof already exists making sure that the felt underlayment is intact is part of the repair process. Without the solid underlayment, the shingles will not be able to adhere to the roof surface.

 

Step Three: Metal Work

Extensive metalwork may be required to install drip edge is in gutters around the perimeter of the roof to ensure the end result is a starting even roof. Metalwork will also reduce the risk of leaks, dents, and cracks as a result of environmental effects and pressure on the roof.

 

Step Four: Apply the Shingles

After the underlayment has been applied to the Foundation [...]

Is Your Roof Leaking? Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late!

If you are starting to hear a dripping sound, or suddenly notice a brown spot on your ceiling, that is a good indication that you have a roof leak. If finances are tight, it can be easy to say you’ll deal with it later, but the longer you put it off, the more serious the damage, and therefore, the resulting repair bill will be. If it goes too long, then you could be looking at an entire roof replacement, on top of fixing whatever interior damage the leak caused. Here’s a guide to help you determine what to look for, and what signs indicate it’s too late.

 

Signs to Watch For

 

Look for the following signs in your home to help you identify leaks or their potential to develop:

 

Brown spots on the ceiling
Water stains on the underside of the roofing deck or around the chimney
Black stains on the roofing deck—this may be an indication of mold or mildew
Bits and pieces of shingle in the yard
Rust stains on the furnace flue
Peeling paint or rotted wood around skylights
Roof granules in the downspouts

 

If you notice these in your home, make sure you employ proper safety techniques, first. Inspect the attic, and go outside to inspect the roof at ground level for signs of damage.

 

Is it Too Late?

 

If your roof is flat, it is most likely to leak because the lack of pitch, but a flat roof should last anywhere between eight and 12 years. The more layers you have, the longer it will last. While a multi-layer roof will add the overall installation cost, you may be able to get an additional seven to eight years on the life of your roof.

 

If your [...]

How To Choose Your Roofer

When it comes to roof repair or replacement, choosing the right company from the get-go can save a lot of money and stress in the long run. It may be tempting to go with a roofer based on price alone, but this could end up costing you.

 

A legitimate reason company should be willing and able to provide:

Local references from previous customers
A business license
Proof of insurance
Written manufacturer warranties

 

When choosing a roofer for your project you need to be sure you are dealing with only licensed and insured contractors. Verify the track record of anyone you are considering hiring. Ask for a list of recent customers and call them. If they are not willing to provide references, move onto another company.

 

Start by getting recommendations from friends, relatives, neighbors, and coworkers or insurance agents or claims adjusters. Be sure to check with your local Better Business Bureau and Home Builders Association to see if any complaints have been lodged against any contractor you are considering.

 

Do not be in any hurry to sign a contract with any roofer. Quality roofing companies will not push you to make a decision, and will understand and respect the fact that you are shopping around.

 

Before allowing any company to provide you with an estimate, make sure there is no charge for this service. Be sure to get a written estimate that includes any promises the contractor has made to you verbally. Take the time to go over the contract and ask for explanations of everything, before you sign it. If possible, have someone who is knowledgeable, or an attorney review the contract to be sure everything is legally solid before you sign it yourself. Make sure you have a [...]

Common Roofing Problems to Avoid

Have a roofing problem? There are various culprits that are attributed to roofing problems, and while each circumstance is different, there are a few commonalities most frequently seen in the construction industry.

Take a look at this info graphic we have created:

1. Weathering

This occurs when roofing material deteriorates due to direct exposure to weather inclemencies. Generally, inorganic roofing materials are less susceptible than organic materials, and acceleration of roofing material decay is a result of exposure to pollutants and industrial atmosphere.

2. Field of Shingles

The most common roof problem often is often due to issues with the field of shingles itself. Blowoffs, pooling water, and shrinking field membranes are all common problems attributed to leaking in the roof field.

3. Wind the Roofing

Membranes and/or an entire system that have been applied can partially rip due to vacuum winds, and uplifting pressure. To counteract the forces that are being exerted on the roof, the roofing/insulation must be fastened and secured to both the perimeter, and main roof structure.

4. Head Wall Flashing/Wall Step Flashing Head Wall

Head wall problems occur when the roof slopes down until it meets the flat face of a wall, causing rainwater to comes to a near complete stop (to pool) before continuing off the roof. In such cases, even small nicks can let water in; causing a great deal of damage, and making the origin difficult to diagnosis.

In issues pertaining to wall steps, poorly-installed or damaged flashing on a wall step can result in leaks that cause interior drips far from original leak, which are also hard to identify.

5. Design Problems

Design related problems are expensive to correct, and generally must be done while the replacement of the roofing material is underway.

Examples in [...]

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