How South Florida Weather Brutalizes Your Flat Roof

January 9, 2021

Buildings rely on the roof to maintain the structural integrity of the space. In most cases, building owners and homeowners alike take preventative steps to protect their roofs from Florida’s extreme storms. However, something as seemingly harmless as a hot summer day can damage a flat roof. We recommend you keep an eye out for these three potential problems because you reside in South Florida.

Roof Blistering 

A roof that allows water to penetrate through is an issue that needs to be dealt with swiftly. Florida’s high temperatures combined with precipitation water and humidity can gradually lift the felt off a roof.  Higher temperatures eventually lead to roof blistering, which we can repair if we catch it in the early stages. If blisters are left unattended, they could damage the roof beyond repair. Garabar recommends that you inspect your roof for blistering once a month. Roof blistering typically takes the form of small holes or craters on the surface of your roof. The sun is more intense in communities near the beach like Delray Beach, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, and Palm Beach, so monitoring is essential.

Moisture Damage

Florida roofs are no stranger to moisture. It is vital to keep a close eye on your roof’s moisture build-up. If water is allowed to collect for too long, mold and fungus can grow. If left in the South Florida heat, the mold and fungus can spread at an increased rate, which can lead to potential health problems and compromise your roof’s draining capacity.  Be sure to do a personal inspection once a month in your attic and crawl space to ensure that your roof is not enabling mold and fungus growth.

Thermal Cycle Issues

During the summer, various weather conditions affect your roof. Flat-style roofs tend to expand and contract as the conditions fluctuate, which can lead to water leaks. An excellent way to prevent this kind of damage is to apply breathable PVC material to help your roof withstand the condensation and thermal cycles.

Flat roofs, just like any, should have regular inspections. If you suspect any of these issues are occurring, contact Garabar Roofing today. Most roofing problems become worse with time or result in a full roof replacement. Garabar offers free assessments. Get yours today by calling [xyz-ics snippet= “Phone-Number-1”].

How Florida Homeowners Prepare Their Homes For Hurricanes The Easy Way

January 8, 2021

Florida homeowners know that hurricane impact-rated windows and doors have become essential. Many here have already invested in new windows and doors. Even our seasonal residents (lovingly referred to as snowbirds) have heard the chatter. There are many advantages associated with having impact windows and doors. However, many have yet to take action.

Our snowbirds travel back to their other homes each year. At the beginning of almost every South Florida summer, HOA’s, neighbors, family, and friends encourage our part-time Floridians to take precautions. Florida has High-Velocity Hurricane Zones (HVHZ), so it’s wise to prepare for a potential hurricane threat while away.

However, many part-timers feel that either the expense is unaffordable or don’t have a company they can trust to do the job properly for a fair and reasonable price.

Even worse, some folks still aren’t aware of the many other benefits that an investment in impact-resistant windows and doors will return. These perks can be especially beneficial for our seasonal residents. And Snowbirds can leave for months without worrying about their property while away.

Extreme Weather Protection 

Impact windows and doors provide a protective shield for your home year-round. Would you like to rest easy when hurricane season comes around? Garabar recommends this home improvement because it’s an intelligent thing to do! We can help you keep your home safe. 

Our windows and doors must go through several tests from multiple agencies to ensure their durability. The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS) rigorously test hurricane impact windows for missile-type projectiles. Garabar’s hurricane-rated impact-resistant windows and doors must pass stringent Miami-Dade Testing and meet strict Florida Building Code.

The first of the two tests include shooting ten projectiles out of a cannon at the window. That is followed by firing a nine-pound piece of lumber at multiple points on the glass. The second test uses a machine that simulates varying degrees of pressure against the glass. For each material to pass the test, the hole from the projectile is less than five inches and does not let anything larger than a three-inch sphere pass through. All of the products that we offer homeowners pass these tests.

Home Invasion Prevention

Home invasions are a frequent concern for those who split their time between two different states. Studies show that an intruder or burglar enters a home every 20.9 seconds in the United States. That statistic can be alarming for those who only reside at a property half the year. While impact windows and doors’ primary purpose is to protect your home from extreme weather conditions. As a bonus, they are also nearly impossible for intruders to compromise.

The properties of impact glass prevent making an opening large enough for anyone to pass through, even if they manage to get the glass to shatter. Many people have them installed into their homes for this reason alone due to the nearly foolproof security it provides.

Impact windows and doors from Garabar offer year-long security, so you’ll never again have to board up your home. You’ll never worry about unwanted intruders again. To get started on your new impact windows and doors project today, give Garabar a call for a free quote at [xyz-ics snippet=”Phone-Number-1″]! We have trucks traveling all around Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, and beyond. We can respond faster!

So You Think It’s Time For A Roof Inspection

December 14, 2020

What to Expect & How Garabar Can Help

Even the most durable of roofs can obtain some damage right under your nose. Garabar recommends having your roof professionally inspected at least once a year and before and after a major hurricane. South Florida storms are no joke, and even a severe thunderstorm can leave damage behind that you may not realize. If left untreated, you could end up with an entire roof replacement on your hands. Garabar is here to make sure that doesn’t happen to you. We always offer free assessments and continuously serve Palm Beach, Northern Broward County, Martin County, and St. Lucie County.

Don’t know what to expect? Here is a breakdown of what Garabar offers:

1.  A full interior roof inspection by going up in the attic to ensure:

  • You have proper insulation.
  • Your ventilation is working the way it should.
  • Your home is free of moisture and mold.

2.  A full exterior inspection includes going up on the roof to check wear and tear and advising you on:

  • Potential leaks or damage left behind from a leak
  • Whether your roof has blistering
  • The condition of your roof’s shingles
  • Your roof’s ability to withstand impending weather conditions

Making the time for your roof inspection now means that you can potentially discover it before the damage is irreversible if there is an issue. This will ensure that you get the most out of the investment you put in your roof and will not be hit with unexpected problems. Always keep in mind that with the Garabar Guarantee, you can rest easy knowing that your roof is in good hands. Give us a call to schedule your free assessment today at [xyz-ics snippet=”Phone-Number-1″].

When Does My Shingle Roof Need To Be Replaced?

March 29, 2016

It can be challenging for a homeowner to determine if it’s time to replace your shingle roof without the advice of a licensed roofing contractor. Since a homeowner shouldn’t walk on their roof, there are ways to check if the shingles might need replacement from the ground.

  1. First, check for shingle roof granules in the gutters or on the ground. These protective granules will start to fall off in ever greater quantity as the shingles near their end. If you see lots of granules, it is time to call Garabar at [xyz-ics snippet=”Phone-Number-1″].
  2. Look for curled or cracked shingles. As the asphalt in the shingle becomes worn and brittle, it will start to deteriorate. Curling and cracking are signs that the shingles are deteriorating.
  3. Check for organic growth, including mold and mildew. Organic growth can cause premature deterioration of the roof. It is easy for a professional to control and even prevent minor organic growth. However, depending on the severity of the problem, it may require a re-roof.
  4. Naturally, if you see leaks inside your home, this is a clear sign of a roof problem. In this case, the roof can be repaired but may have to be replaced depending on its overall condition.

Regular Inspections Are Good Practice

Of course, implementing a solid roof maintenance plan can offer some clarity as to the remaining life of your roof. Garabar can determine when the shingles are starting to wear beyond their usable life. We can also perform repairs to keep your roof in good shape between regular inspections.

Don’t wait too long. No matter how you determine that your shingles are ready for replacement. Penetrations in the roofing system can cause slow or inconspicuous leaks that can cause significant damage. Early detection will save you money in the long run. Keeping a watchful eye on your shingle roof and replacing it when necessary will help avoid costly repairs.

To get a free no-hassle evaluation and estimate for roof replacement, give Garabar a call at [xyz-ics snippet=”Phone-Number-1″]. We work all around South Florida, including Palm Beach County, Broward County, Martin County, and St. Lucie County.

How To Reduce Energy Costs And Enjoy Natural Light

October 4, 2013

Solatube® Daylighting Systems are a cost-effective alternative to electric.

When we hear the word solar, we immediately think of significant expense and less than pleasing aesthetics. However, Solatube® Daylighting Systems are a cheaper, easier, and better-looking way to get natural sunlight into your home.

Garabar is proud to offer professional installation of this innovative system, which reflects light into your home without the need for any electric supplementation. The Solatube® is comprised of essentially three parts; the collector, the tube, and the reflector, much like a small skylight. The tubing extends down thru your attic, and as sunlight shines into the collector, it is distributed by the reflector installed on the ceiling. The system’s flexibility allows once dark areas of the home, such as bathrooms, stairways, hallways, or windowless rooms, to get a great deal of natural light. This saves on the expense of electrical lighting, and the Solatube® does not create indoor heat like many skylights would, preventing added strain on the air conditioning unit.

The level of light, of course, depends on the amount of sunlight. However, in sunny states like Florida, this product can offer a great deal of light all year long. Installations are very cost-effective and range from $600 and $850, depending on the type of roof and location of the Solatube®. Further, the installation is quick and can be performed with minimal noise and inconvenience.

Contact us to learn more about your natural light options for your home, or give Garabar a call for a free quote at [xyz-ics snippet=”Phone-Number-1″]!

Garabar Achieves THE GAF Excellence Award

One from the archives. Garabar has maintained our top-notch reputation for many years.

Garabar received our first of many special achievement awards from GAF in 2013.  GAF is North America’s largest roofing products manufacturer and they presented us with GAF Excellence Award almost 10 years ago. We work hard, so we’re extremely proud when we get these coveted awards every year.

Also in 2012, Garabar Roofing started to receive GAF’s  Installation Excellence Award and the Training Excellence Award.

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Garabar is recognized as a GAF Master Elite Contractor

As a GAF Master Elite Certified Contractor, it means that Garabar goes through a higher screening process and training to regularly certify we were up to GAF standards (the highest in the country).

How To Save Money With New Roofing Technology

Here are a few valuable, money-saving tips for the average Florida homeowner.

As energy costs take a more significant chunk out of the average homeowner’s pocket, innovative and new roofing techniques and materials are being developed to save money. Many strained utilities and green-focused government agencies are more than willing to offer rebates on these energy-saving products, adding to the benefit. Here are some ideas to consider for your next roofing or construction project.

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Which Roof Warranty Do You Need?

Have you noticed that warranties are getting longer and longer?

Think about it – how long would you expect a roof to last in the South Florida sun? We have wind, rain, and extreme heat battering it daily. Does an unconditional 20, 30, or lifetime warranty sound plausible? Probably not.

As you consider the contractor that is right for you and the materials used on your roof, please look at the fine print. No doubt licensed contractors and material manufacturers will stand by their product for the time stated, but what are the actual terms? Use the following as a handy guide to reading your warranty:

  • What happens if the contractor goes out of business? Will the material manufacturer cover labor costs? For example, Garabar works with manufacturers whose warranties cover material and labor. Read the contract and ask questions. We all know the construction industry is volatile.
  • Are there exclusions? Most materials will have a wind rating, meaning that if a hurricane causes damage with winds more substantial than the wind rating, the warranty may not apply. Other exclusions, such as hail damage and falling objects, may void or limit your warranty. Make sure your roof is protected.
  • What are the maintenance requirements? You’ll find that most warranties require you to maintain your roof regularly – and rightly so. Like any other significant asset, a roof must be cared for to maximize its usable life.
  • Other terms. Every warranty is different, and just like any other contract, you should read your warranty thoroughly to ensure you understand what is in your agreement.

Consider What’s Best For Your Property

Decisions on your warranty can also revolve around how long you expect to keep your property. Knowing your plans for the future may help you negotiate a warranty that matches your price requirements. And finally, feel free to ask your contractor many questions.

Extra money is becoming more challenging to come by for most people. We want to help ensure you are safe with the proper warranty solution for your particular situation, whether or not you use Garabar.

Warranties are only as good as the company that stands behind them, so call Garabar today!. We have trucks traveling all around Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, and beyond, and we can be there fast!

Making Sure Your Roof Work Progresses Smoothly

If you have ever replaced your roof, you know that strict requirements go along with it. If not, here is how it works in Florida. Inspectors from your municipality check every permitted roofing job many times. This process ensures that your contractor meets all the building codes and federal requirements at various project stages.

Official inspections start after the tear-off of your old roof. The first check is called the ‘tin-tag’ inspection. An inspector checks that the contractor adequately secured the base roofing material to the concrete or wood roof deck. This check ensures maximum water and wind uplift resistance. This stage is critical because the foundation of the roofing system sets the stage for everything built above it.

The next inspection for tile roofs occurs after the contractor lays and secures another layer (tar paper) on the roof. This check is not necessary for shingle jobs. After that, another inspection occurs periodically throughout the installation of the roof materials (shingle, tile, metal, etc.). Then, of course, the final inspection happens when the job is complete. This inspection schedule often varies depending on your local building department and the municipality in which you live.

To ensure the work goes as smoothly as possible, you should verify the results of each of your various inspections. Most contractors require payment at intervals based on milestones (completed stages). These stages are often related directly to the checks mentioned above.


While the contractor may tell you he has reached a milestone, ensuring that the inspector also certifies the completion of that stage helps reinforce your peace of mind. Verifying the inspection results also helps to ensure that a contractor is not leading your astray.

If the inspection shows as failed, don’t worry, that happens quite frequently. However, you should insist that the inspection pass before paying for that particular draw. You may even want to have contractual verbiage to that effect. Bear in mind, not passing an inspection is no reflection of the contractor’s abilities. A failed progress inspection simply means that there is more work to do.

You should know that poorly performed work can result in the municipality forcing a reapplication of the roofing system. By verifying that your contractor passes each inspection, you’ll be less likely to worry about poorly performed work.

Only when the job passes the final inspection, and after your contractor cleans up and finishes your roof to your satisfaction, it is safe to pay the final balance due.

Lastly, please understand that while this is certainly not a complete guide, it provides sound advice. Follow it to avoid being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous or unlicensed contractor. We sincerely hope that this information helps you to ensure your roofing project progresses smoothly.

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Why Getting A New Roof Is A Nuisance

Any homeowner who’s been through it will tell you that living in a home during a roofing job can be more than a minor annoyance. The very nature of the roofing business and re-roofing projects necessitate noise, smell, and a general mess. There’s simply no way to avoid some of those roofing nuisances. It’s up to you to hold your contractor to the highest safety and workplace cleanliness standards. It is essential for the safety and comfort of those in and around your home.

During a roofing project, there will be noise from hammering and loud equipment outside your home. In some instances, the smell from a hot tar application is virtually unavoidable. Your contractor can minimize the disturbance; however, it is impossible to eliminate completely. A contractor who emphasizes daily cleaning and safety on the job site can mitigate the mess generated by a roofing project.

Thorough daily clean-up and safety are why Garabar uses dump trucks and not dumpsters. We take the trash and debris with us at the end of every workday. Most contractors will leave a dumpster on your property throughout the job and may even leave it onsite for days after your job completion.

Roofing requires nails, heavy materials, and other sharp metal objects to be used and installed during most project phases.

Do not enter or leave the house with workers overhead. It’s not safe because of the hazard from falling debris. Enter and leave the house only when the work has stopped. There’s no possibility of waste and roofing material raining down on you or others this way.

The second safety measure is to expect your contractor to clean up as much small and large debris as (reasonably) possible. Your contractor should pick up any metal fragments or nails that may have fallen off the roof at the end of each day. That debris can be hazardous for children and pets who play or walk in the grass or along paths.

To ensure your contractor’s compliance, you must make your clean-up expectations clear – before the work begins. You may even wish to have the contractor include a provision to this effect in the contract or scope of the job before you sign an agreement.

Your family’s safety depends on clear communication with your contractor. Insist on a clear understanding of prioritizing safety on the job. Remember, most construction is generally loud, messy, and smelly work. However, your contractor should take proper care and never compromise safety to get a job done faster.

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