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Spotting Roof Leaks

Roof leaks are not always easy to spot. Sometimes a leak could be present long before any damage is obvious.

These can result from flashings that have become loose, a segment of the roof becoming impaired or improperly installed shingles. 

Here are a few things to look for:

  • Stains running down the side of the wall can be a telltale sign of a roof leak. While the fix may be easy, finding the leak is often the most challenging part.
  • Water spots on the ceiling could mean the roof is leaking, but not necessarily. These spots could be caused by condensation, plumbing, or windows. If the spots darken or grow when it rains, it is most likely a roof leak.
  • When your gutters are suddenly filled with granules, it could be a sign your shingles are deteriorating and need to be replaced.
  • If you notice your roof is suddenly missing shingles, you may have a pest problem. Nearby tree branches provide spry animals a chance to scurry across the roof and dislodge shingles, so trimming these branches back is a good idea.

Regular maintenance check-ups can prevent damage and costly repairs. Contact Apachee to schedule an appointment today at 850-893-3470!

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Vacation Tips

Vacations should be a time to relax and forget about the little worries in life.

Sometimes, it can be hard to let go and fully rest and unwind. One of the best things you can do to ease your mind is to leave your home in a state you will be happy to return to – and one which won’t stick you with an energy bill that will have you saying, “weren’t we gone for three weeks??”

  • During the hot summer months (unless there are pets in the home) either turn off the central air or leave it at 85 degrees.
  • Winter can be a bit trickier. Keep the thermostat at 50 to avoid the risk of pipes freezing.
  • Any appliance plugged in is using electricity. Unplug any unnecessary appliances and electronics, including smaller items such as coffee pots, cell phone chargers, and lamps.
  • To prevent a home from looking abandoned and particularly appealing to burglars, some people choose to leave a few select lamps on. This is a good safety idea but will drain your power. Invest in a cheap timed light, which will assist in giving the appearance that someone is home.
  • Lower blinds! Close curtains! This is not only a good tip for going on vacation, but for everyday energy conservation.
  • If it’s worth the effort for you, this can even be an opportunity to clean and air out your fridge. Empty it of all contents, unplug and leave the door open. Place a box of baking soda inside to draw out moisture and prevent mold.

Ease your mind while on vacation by putting these tips into practice. Putting a little bit of thought and effort before leaving can make a big difference while being away! Making sure your roof is in good shape is critical to keeping your home energy efficient and your family is safe. Schedule an appointment with Apachee today!

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How to Keep Your Home Cool in the Summer

You’re hot.

No, really, we mean it.

But beating that heat can cost you some big bucks on your next utility bill.

Oh…did you think we were talking about something else?

The summer months in Florida are great for swimming, exploring, and enjoying friends and family. Unfortunately, the high temperatures can be a significant financial strain due to near-constant air conditioning use. Here are some ways you can keep your cool:

  1. Close those blinds! Up to 30 percent of unwanted heat comes from your windows. Shades and curtains can lower your indoor temperature up to 20 degrees.
  2. Dehumidify both your house and yourself. A dehumidifier removes moisture from the air, which will leave you feeling dry and cool. Dress yourself in light, breathable fabrics such as cotton, and use the same strategy for your bedsheets.
  3. If you can’t handle the heat, don’t use the kitchen. You know that wave of heat bursting out of the oven when you’re just trying to retrieve the casserole? That can have an affect not only on your face but also on the internal temperature of the house. Opt instead for using an outside grill, microwave, or crockpot. If you’ve never tried caramelizing onions in the slow cooker, we need to have a talk.
  4. Get a big fan. No, not the kind who wants autographs and demands selfies from awkward angles. Grab that pedestal fan from the back of your closet and plug that bad boy in. Pro tip: place a few frozen water bottles in front of the fan for an ultra-chill experience.
  5. Make sure your ceiling fan is spinning in the right direction. At the base of your ceiling fan you will find a switch which changes the direction of the blades. Counter-clockwise forces air down and makes you feel cooler. Clockwise circulates the air through the room and does not blow directly on you or your guests.
  6. Unplug appliances that aren’t in use. You’ll reduce heat output and save money. Consider taking advantage of the heat and instead of using your clothes dryer, hang your laundry outside.
  7. Keep in mind, the first thing the sun reaches is your roof. It’s critical to have proper ventilation, like ridge vents and soffit vents, under the edge of your roof. Consider replacing your roof with a cooler colored one. Or for a less intensive fix, a flat roof can be sealed with a cooler sealant to help reflect the sun.

 

Stay cool this summer!

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How to Check for Asbestos in Your Home

 What is asbestos?

Asbestos refers to a group of six types of naturally occurring minerals, including:

  1. Chrysotile
  2. Crocidolite
  3. Amosite
  4. Anthophyllite
  5. Tremolite
  6. Actinolite

These minerals are made of fine, durable fibers that are resistant to heat, fire, and numerous chemicals.  Asbestos becomes a hazard when it is airborne. If your home becomes damaged, fibers may be released.

How do I know if there is asbestos in my home?

Many homes built before 1980 contain the big A in old floor tiles, ceiling tiles, roof shingles and flashing, siding, insulation (around boilers, ducts, pipes, sheeting, fireplaces), pipe cement, and joint compound used on seams between pieces of sheetrock. Newer houses can contain it as well.

 

How do I know if I have been exposed?

Asbestos are known to cause mesothelioma, a fatal cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, as well as other cancers and lung-related illnesses.

Symptoms:

  • shortness of breath
  • tightness in your chest
  • persistent dry cough
  • chest pain
  • appetite loss
  • finger clubbing (enlarged fingertips)
  • nail deformities

If exposed to Asbestos and symptoms do not show, schedule an appointment with your primary physician as soon as possible. If symptoms are showing, go straight to a specialist.

 

How to Check For Asbestos in Your Home

A visual inspection of a house is usually not sufficient because the samples of suspected fibers should be sufficiently checked at a certified laboratory for analysis. Two approved methods of analysis are Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). The American Lung Association recommends that you hire a certified professional to take any samples because a professional  can minimize exposure for you and your family.

 

For asbestos or lead removal services, we recommend using Big Bend Abatement in the Tallahassee, Florida area and surrounding counties.  Apachee Roofing DOES NOT offer these services.

 

Contact Big Bend Abatement at:

 Address: 507 Casowdun Rd, Quincy, FL 32351

Phone: (850) 875-1804

Testimonials

Why it is Important to Hire a Licensed, Professional Roofer

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO HIRE A LICENSED, PROFESSIONAL ROOFER?

You get what you pay for. By hiring an unlicensed contractor, you are giving up many of the benefits that come with choosing a licensed contractor.

Licensed contractors:

  • Know the industry – If a contractor has a license, you automatically know that they know the latest and best practices for roof installation, repair, and maintenance, including all relevant permitting rules. Bottom line: Your chances forgetting the work on your roof done right the first time are much greater!
  • Offer a contract – Licensed roofers always provide written contracts detailing the scope of the project, the materials to be purchased, and the timeline for the installation, making it easy for you to hold the roofer accountable.
  • Carry insurance – Insurance protects you against being liable for costs should a worker damage your property or become injured on the job.
  • Can get better quality materials – Professionals are experienced at buying materials. They know which materials are right for your roof and the best place to go to get the best prices.

Listen to Wayne McDaniel give his personal testimony as to why it is important to hire a professional roofer. Make sure to contact Apachee Roofing for any of your roofing needs, it’s what’s on top that counts!

 

Metal Roof

Reasons to Choose a Metal Roof

REASONS TO CHOOSE A METAL ROOF

Longevity A metal roof can last up to 70 years. Traditional asphalt roofing materials have an estimate life expectancy of 12-20 years.
Durability Some metal roofs can sustain wind gusts up to 140 miles per hour. They will also not corrode or crack, and may be impact resistant. Metal roofs do not need periodic maintenance that other roofing materials often require. However, they should be inspected periodically to make sure no repairs are required.
Safety Metal roofs will not spark and ignite into flames in the event of a wildfire or lightning strike.
Energy Efficiency Metal roofs reflect solar radiant heat, which can reduce cooling costs by 10-25%.
Environmentally friendly Metal roofs have 25-95% recycled content, but are also 100% recyclable at the end of their life as a roof. In contrast, most shingle tear-off waste ends up as part of the building-related waste stream – up to 20 billion pounds a year.
Weight (Comparing an area equal to 100 square feet)

  • Tile: 750 pounds per square
  • Concrete Tile: 900 pounds per square
  • Metal Roofing: 50-150 pounds per square

Listen to Wayne McDaniel give his personal testimony on the benefits of metal roofs. Make sure to contact Apachee Roofing for any of your roofing needs, it’s what’s on top that counts!

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Seven Hills Roof Rehab

WAYNE MCDANIEL SHARES THE JOURNEY OF THE SEVEN HILLS HEALTH AND REHABILITATION FLAT ROOF REPLACEMENT PROJECT.

Apachee Roofing estimated that it would take about three weeks to finish the job from start to finish. The crew started out by removing the two layers of roof that were currently on the building, a modified roof over the original gravel roof.

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They then replaced it with a 1 inch ISO recovery board and TPO 60mil system to finish the roof off. The original tar and gravel roof was like a magnet for the sun and would absorb all of the heat, affecting energy costs. Their new roof, white and rubberized, is considered a cool roof in Florida. Not only is it more energy efficient, but it will also improve the durability and longevity of the roof.

Seven Hills Rehabilitation reroof final touches

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Seven Hills Rehabilitation reroof final touches
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Seven Hills Rehabilitation after photo of the TPO installation reroof

 

Despite all of the rainfall in Tallahassee in December, Wayne and his team at Apachee Roofing were right on schedule with the TPO roofing installation estimate of 17-20 days.

 

Serving homeowners and commercial properties with quality service is something that the workers at Apachee Roofing live by. Residential services, especially repair, is majority of the company’s work. The company has been a family business for decades and prides itself on customer service and accountability.

It’s what’s on top that counts!

Call to schedule an estimate today at (850) 893-3470 or contact us in the form below.

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The Unthinkable Happened to a Local Family Thanks to Hurricane Hermine

It’s not often a Tallahassee resident will have to completely replace their entire roof twice in the same year.

 

Unfortunately for Justin and Courtnie Wheeles, the unthinkable happened this year thanks to Hurricane Hermine.

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In July, a storm brought a small pine tree limb through the Wheeles’ roof on Lupine Lane.  The insurance adjuster came and informed them that they’d need to replace the roof.

Justin has known Wayne for years, and Justin’s dad, an insurance adjuster, can vouch for the quality of Apachee’s work.

Justin asked Wayne to get his guys started on the replacement. Wayne gave the estimate, the insurance company approved it a few days later, and the project started rolling.

 

 

Delia helped Courtnie pick the style and color of the roof through the swatches online, and they ultimately chose the GAF architectural shingle in weathered wood.

 

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GAF weathered wood architectural shingle

 The Apachee team started on a Friday and worked diligently through the weekend to keep the project moving efficiently, finishing on Monday.

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Two weeks later, Hurricane Hermine decided to pay a visit while Justin and Courtnie were out of town.

While gone, the Wheeles received a call letting them know the rest of the tree had fallen on the house.

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Justin came back to work with the insurance adjuster for the second time and determine the plan of action. Because the roof is too steep to be tarped, Chad Swearigen, with SRT, has been helping dry out the home and coordinate the rebuild, based on recommendations from a structural engineer.

The Wheeles had planned to sell the home after the initial reroof, but now they’re going to rebuild and stay. Their second reroof will begin in a few months after they resolve the structural issues.  Justin and Courtnie are looking forward to working with Wayne and the Apachee team again!