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What to Look for in a Roofing Contractor

Roof replacements are a big investment. You want to make sure it's done right and is going to last as long as possible in the harsh Florida climate. Here are a few points to consider when hiring a roofing contractor. Who will be doing the roof repair or re-roof work? ...

In the House on Cleaning Your Tile Roof

Mike calls the In the House show with questions about cleaning his ten year old concrete tile roof. Jared and Brandan discuss the pros and cons of chemical cleaning solutions and pressure washing. Mike: I have a concrete tile roof about 10 years old, and some areas where it doesn't get ...

6 Ways to Prepare For Your New Roof

Believe it or not, there are ways you should prepare for your new roof installation. After all, your home will temporarily become a construction site. Check out these tips to ensure that you and your family are prepared. Clear up your driveway. We need our equipment as close to the house ...

Painting Over Wallpaper

Linda calls In the House from the South Side and wants to find out about painting over wall paper. Jared provides practical advice to help her with a potentially difficult project. Linda: Hi, I was just wondering if it is possible to paint over wallpaper. Jared: You can; I'll talk about the ...

Does a Metal Roof Provide Insulation?

Pat has an older home that is ready for a new roof. She wants to leave her interior exposed wood ceiling, but needs a good insulation solution. Pat: Hi. I bought a house as is about a year ago in Keystone Heights on the lake.  It was built in the 1960s, ...

Is it a Roof Leak or the AC Duct?

Jean has water marks around her ceiling vents.  Jared explores the possible causes and discusses the benefits of a thermal image camera. Jean: I have a family room with two air conditioning and heat vents in the ceiling, and there are water marks around where the vents come out. They're both ...

Shingle Roof or Metal Roof? It Depends.

There are a few decisions to make when considering a new roof. A big one is deciding what materials to go with for your roof: metal or asphalt shingles. Both are viable options, but there's always a situation where one is preferable. A knowledgeable Florida roofing contractor should always be ...

4 Stress-Saving Hurricane Prep Tips for your Home

We're now well into Atlantic hurricane season and as your trusted Florida roofing contractors, we want you to be as prepared as you can. Here are some tips you can follow to make sure that you and your family are safe and your home is secured against a major storm. ...

Getting the Most From Your Gutters

Are your gutters effectively protecting your home? A good rain collection system on your home’s exterior will provide a number of benefits, save you money and can be helpful to the environment. Here are some ways a well-installed gutter system will reward the prudent homeowner.   Keeping Up Appearances: Quality gutters ...

Why Are There Bumps On My Roof?

You’ve discovered bumps on your roof that seemed to develop spontaneously. How can this be? Your home was built just a few years ago. Perhaps it’s a little older. There are a couple of reasons why your roof is in such sad shape…and it all points to improper roof installation. ...

Community Works - Nathaniel's Hope

Universal Roof & Contracting, Nathaniel's Hope Sponsors, joins in the Make 'm Smile festivities this summer at Lake Eola, downtown Orlando. With a heart for people and a desire to build up our community, the Universal Roof & Contracting family has always contributed to the improvement of the lives and ...

What the Hail! How Hailstorms Impact Your Roof

While Central Florida is known for its diverse culture, resort hotels and family theme parks, it is also home to varying and extreme weather conditions. According to FSU’s Florida Climate Center, no other part of the nation has more thunderstorm activity than Florida. Hail is often a companion to the ...

The Art of Siding – Designing Your Home Exterior, Part III

Adam Takes a Ride   Adam Holodick, Exterior Siding Specialist, has been receiving specialized training since his arrival at Universal Roof & Contracting early 2014. Adam’s focused study of home exterior renovations and siding options has equipped him to lead the Universal Siding division and train our new siding estimating ...

Tools of the Trade: Generators

Josh Smith is an innovative home product enthusiast and has produced our In the House radio show for over 11 years. Josh regularly attends the annual International Builders Show, Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, Coverings, and many other industry trade shows, always keeping up with the latest in building, trends, ...

Universal Roof & Contracting’s Severe Weather Home Evaluation

Prepare Your Home for Severe Summer Weather June 1st marks the beginning of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season. Severe weather is a certainty for us in the upcoming months, and this time of year it is necessary to consider some important things you should do to prepare your family for hurricane ...

Spanish Tile Options

There are actually three different products that look like Spanish tile. Historically, when considering Spanish tile, we're going to think of clay tile. A more common tile material today is concrete. Concrete tile, over the last 50 years or so, is definitely more common than clay. We do still find ...

In the House & Skylight Replacement

Sharon calls In the House to ask Jared about replacing her acrylic skylight. Sharon: Hi. I want to replace an acrylic skylight with a glass impact rated skylight that's laminated. I know there are different manufacturers, but I'm not sure about the best way to install it – whether it's preferred ...

In the House Moves to Saturdays

In the House with Ken & Jared makes the move to Saturdays. Broadcasting live every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. for over three years, our syndicated home improvement radio show will soon be airing Saturday mornings at 8:00 a.m. 96.5FM. Sunday, April 26th will hold mixed emotions at the station as we say ...

The Real Deal - In the House Show Call-In

On In the House this weekend, Jared had a call from one of our customers.  It’s really great to get positive feedback.  We appreciate our customers so much!  Here’s what Mike had to say. Mike:    Hi, Jared, how are you today? Jared:    Good, how are you? Thank you. Mike:    Great. Hey, reason ...

Tools of the Trade: Kwikset

Kwikset DIY Project To use an old cliché, “Spring has sprung!” Every spring on In the House, we field calls, texts and email questions from our listeners regarding DIY projects that don’t break the bank. We’ve found that an ideal spring DIY project is one that: - Can be done ...

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