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4 Smart Features for Your Dream Bathroom

All you need for a functioning bathroom is a working sink, toilet and shower/bath, but that’s just existing—it’s time to live a little!Here are some fantastic design features to include in your next bathroom remodeling project, courtesy of the Kitchen & Bathroom Design Team at Universal Contracting. Drawer organizers – ...

4 Must-Do’s for Hiring an Orlando Roof Contractor

A roofing contractor that you can trust is a prized possession. You’ll be putting one of the most crucial parts of your home in their hands, so be sure you’re working with the right people. If you’ve got an upcoming roofing project or you feel it’s time for an inspection, consider these ...

Choosing a Ridge Vent Material

In the house hosts review features and benefits of various ridge vent materials. Max: I’m getting ready to re-roof my home soon and now I’m beginning to wonder about ridge vents for attic ventilation. My roof already has a slot in place up there for a ridge vent, but there are ...

A Father's Heart, a Growing Family

Universal company president, Jared Mellick, wears many hats. You may know him as a business owner, a leader, a mentor or a roofing expert. He is all these things and more. However, one of the most important roles Jared fills is the role of a father. From a large family ...

2nd Annual Customer Appreciation Festival - Part II

Thanks to all who attended the 2016 Customer Appreciation Festival last Saturday! It was fun in spite of the rain, and we are so glad folks were able to join us to celebrate with family and friends. It was nice meeting our customers and their families and having a fun ...

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 ...

CFRSA Charity Golf

Get in the Swing and register now to join us at Eagle Creek Golf Club on Saturday, April 30th at 8:30am with a Shotgun start for the Annual CFRSA Golf Tournament! Open to the public, there will be plenty of games, drinks and a great time to be had with friends old ...

In the House & DIY Smart Home Security

Last spring we blogged about a great DIYer project, changing your entry door handleset and locks. This year the trend is smart home security. In January we attend the International Builders Show and toured the Kwikset booth. One of the products that caught our attention was Kevo Plus. Kevo is ...

Cedar Shakes 101

At Universal Roof & Contracting, we use a variety of quality roofing materials to match the needs and style of your specific home, whether it's a metal roofing system, fiber cement shingles or the material we're talking about here, cedar shakes. Cedar shakes differ from shingles in appearance with a ...

5 Ways to Save Some Stress Before a Kitchen Remodel

A kitchen remodel can be a complex process with multiple parts in motion at almost all times. And it might be a little unnerving to think about it all happening, right in the middle of your home! Fortunately, the Design Team at Universal Contracting has some stress-saving tips if you’re ...

Community Works, Building Homes with Habitat

...the righteous give and do not hold back. Proverbs 21:26 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 circumstances of those around us. From food donations to veteran benefit ...

How to Decide Between a Roof Repair or Replacement

Your home is probably your biggest investment. Chief among its components is your roof. If installed by qualified roofing contractors with quality materials, a roof can last for decades. However, even in the best of conditions your roof will, at some point, need repairs. It could even be worn or ...

3 Budget-Saving Tips for a Bathroom Remodel

How to get the bathroom you want and still stay within your budget? It’s a challenge but not impossible. Check out these simple tips for transforming your bathroom while keeping an eye on your bottom line: 1.)    Make a list of priorities. Do you want that luxury solid stone vanity ...

4 Signs Your Roof May Need Replacing

Are you wondering when your old or shabby-looking roof will need to be replaced? Maybe it’s time to have it checked out before the next hurricane season. Check out some signifiers that say "It’s New Roof Time." Is your roof reaching the 25-year mark? If your roof is old enough ...

4 Dreamy Kitchen Features the You Will Adore

Do you ever dream of a new kitchen with super-smart features? Who doesn’t? Having every single culinary contraption at your fingertips is a significant part of achieving the ultimate dream kitchen. If you’re pining for a kitchen remodel or just want to open yourself up to the possibilities...here are four ...

Hardwood Flooring Over Tile?

On In the House with Ken & Jared, Jared answers a text question from Polly in Astatula about installing her hardwood flooring. Listen every Saturday morning to expert advice from the owners of Universal Roof & Contracting. Today’s text question is, “Can hardwood floors be placed over porcelain tile or ...

2nd Annual Customer Appreciation Festival - April 2nd!

This April, all month long, we will be expressing our Appreciation to you, our customers! With automation and focused customer service company-wide, we are working together to serve everyone we meet with a true spirit of excellence! And to have some fun with our extended family, we are throwing you ...

4 Reasons to Consider a Metal Roof

With increasing popularity in Florida, metal roofs are proving themselves to be a formidable contender among roofing materials. Here are some facts about metal roofs that reveal why more homeowners are choosing a metal roofing system. Longevity – Metal roofing materials are very durable and hold up to the heat ...

3 Spectacular Storage Solutions for your Kitchen

  Do you struggle with storage in your kitchen? We’ve all been there. Sometimes, life hands you more things than you put away! If you’re bumping up against a wall to make sure everything in your kitchen has a home, a kitchen remodel might be in the cards for you. ...

Block Home Addition: Worth the Cost?

Ever thought about adding some more square footage to your home? There are many important factors to consider before you start drawing up plans to make sure you get your money’s worth. Follow along as Ken and Jared help this In the House listener who is considering an addition on ...

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