Tampa Roofing Installation and Repair Buying Guide
Whether you’re considering selling your home or just looking to make your home more comfortable and attractive, replacing your roof is one of your best renovation options. According to the 2016 Cost vs. Value Report, replacing your roof is one of the best upgrades you can make to your home, with an expected ROI 71.7%. Depending on the type of roofing you choose (and whether or not you choose to add solar features), that ROI might increase, as prospective homebuyers are more likely to pay a premium for features like stylish metal roofing, long-lasting slate or clay tile roofing, or eco-friendly solar panels.
A new roof can also provide an added level of thermal insulation to your home, easing the burden on your HVAC system (and your wallet), and keeping your home cool and comfortable throughout the year. Roofing systems like clay tiles are particularly effective at standing up to hot weather and harsh UV rays as they are created under intense heat in a kiln. Rubber roofing is another great option because of its natural ability to conduct heat. Whichever system you end up choosing, and the options are plentiful–asphalt shingles, cedar shake, foam, metal, and rubber roofing, and more–make sure you take your local climate into account to ensure you get the maximum durability and lifespan from your roof.
Tampa Climate and your Roof
Residents of Tampa enjoy 246 sunny days a year. The Tampa Bay area has a humid subtropical climate with hot, humid summers and frequent thunderstorms. Winters are mild with freezing temperatures occurring every 2–3 years. The Tampa Bay area experiences a significant summer wet season, with nearly two-thirds of the annual precipitation (47 inches annually) falling from June through September. Tampa’s proximity to two large bodies of water, Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico makes the area very humid.
Considering Tampa’s year-round warm weather and propensity for severe weather, you’ll want a roofing system that provides excellent protection against heavy rainfall, while also providing the best insulation possible to keep your home cool during hot Tampa summers. One great option might be a foam roof. When sprayed on a roof deck, foam roofing creates a seamless roof, leaving no room for air to escape or water to leak.
Enhance Your New Tampa Roof with a Solar Energy System
With year-round sunshine, Tampa is a prime location for solar systems. Installing solar panels or solar shingles on your new roof can help reduce, and possibly eliminate your monthly energy bill, all while helping you to lead a more sustainable life. Now is also a great time to invest in solar as prices have plummeted 70% since 1998. The average residential solar system in Florida costs between $15,000-25,000. Factor the price of running your home with fossil-fuel based energy over the next 25 years, and you’ll find that a solar energy system provides a considerable return on your investment.
If the start-up cost of a solar energy system is still overwhelming, there may be some rebates and incentives available to make your system more affordable. For instance, you can receive a federal tax credit for your solar system–up to 30% of the cost of your system with no maximum. These credits expire on December 31, 2016 so you have to act quickly. Work with a licensed solar installer to ensure that you maximize all available rebates and incentives to get your system at the best price possible.
Roofing Permitting Process in Tampa Bay
The City of Tampa’s Construction Services Division provides a one-stop shop for all construction permit and inspection needs. The division reviews construction plans, issues permits, and performs inspections to ensure building projects are built safely and in compliance with state and local codes and regulations. Through an online portal, residents can apply for permits, schedule inspections, check the status of projects in real time, and pay fees. A construction permit can be obtained for re-roofing, re-covering, or repair where the roof installation is 500 square feet or less. If the roof project is greater than 500 square feet, a construction permit, along with an owner permit affidavit (if the owner is applying) must be completed.
You can also contact the city with questions regarding permitting at:
Tampa Municipal Office Building
306 East Jackson Street
Tampa, Florida 33602