Metal Roofing – Best Warranty in the Roofing Business… Or is it??!

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Here at West Coast Florida Enterprises we have witnessed first-hand, and heard of many other instances of, Metal Roof Premature Degradation. This degradation has been with (3) types of metal;

  1. Galvanized
  2. Galvalume
  3. and Aluminum

Typically it occurs on painted metal surfaces, as opposed to non-painted mil-finished metals.

We have been investigating the concerns and have had our finger on the pulse of the issue industry wide for some time. In our findings it has been revealed that ALL manufacturers’ warranties have a suggested maintenance plan written within the warranty language that requires the owner to “Sweet Water Rinse” the roofing and edges of the roof on an annual basis. This is something that we have never been specifically informed of by a manufacturer, and are convinced that the owners of the projects have also not been formally informed.

Some of the things we are seeing range from simple surface corrosion, to pitted/peeling paint surfaces, to rust or complete corrosion through the metal. Most of the concerns are at the edge of the roof; the fascia, eave and soffit areas. The problems are worse closer to the salt water! Anyhow, ALL metal roof warranties are essentially void within1/2 mile of the beach or other salt water body. Even some of those outside the 1/2 mile zone can be waived of any warranty rights if the annual Sweet Water Rinse is not performed.

As to this rinse…Sweet Water Rinse is nothing more than a tap water or fresh water rinse! No Chemicals or additives. One could argue, especially in Florida, that the rains we get so frequently would constitute as a “Fresh Water Rinse”. While this statement is TRUE of the topside main surface of the metal roof, the areas that have the biggest issues are at the eave and fascia/soffit lines.

Many times, the rain is unable to directly rinse these areas. In fact, some of the warranties specifically point out these areas as…

“Areas sheltered from periodic washing by natural rainfall such as underside eaves and soffits”.

The warranties also specifically state that the owner MUST keep record of said cleanings. In a nutshell… If you ever have degradation of your roof prematurely, the manufacturer could “wring their hands” of any responsibility if you are unable to produce documentation of annual cleanings!

To each of our clients: don’t worry, we’ll make sure to lovingly rinse your roofs with sweet, delicious water from the islands of Fiji. Not really. 😉 Seriously though, we’ll continue to maintain your roof in alignment with each manufacturer’s warranty, provided we know about its stipulations!

Making a Positive Impact in the Life of a Condo Manager

Hey there! Just wanted to let you know that I posted a new article on my blog at

In it, I talk about how general contractors can make a big impact in the lives of those we serve, whether they’re condo managers, the whole condo association management company, and even the residents.

When you touch on the key points I mention, it’s amazing the transformation that takes place. ↓Check it out by clicking the photo below.↓

Making an Impact in the Lives of Condo Association Management Companies

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The 8 “REs” of Florida Contractors

Roof leaking? Concrete cracking? Siding needing to be replaced? Don’t know who to turn to?

The 8 "REs" of Florida Contractors

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Whether you’re a manager for a commercial building or a condo complex in Southwest Florida, at one time or another you’ve probably been faced with the task of hiring a contractor to fix the problems with your building.

If you haven’t yet, consider yourself lucky. But just give it time! 🙂 LOL

Dealing with the headaches of managing a building can be frustrating. On top of that, when you have to narrow down the field to one reliable, competent, contractor from a sea of contractors on Google, it only compounds your frustration.

8 Criteria for Choosing a Contractor in Southwest Florida

Here is how you can alleviate some of the stress of choosing a contractor for your building’s exterior needs.

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REsolve Moisture Intrusion with Water Leak Detection

Water leak detection company - Waterproofing

This is the fifth of 8 “REs” of Florida Contractors, which can also be downloaded for FREE from our eBook library.

We LOVE to solve problems!

I wish everyone could understand the complex issues that we get to REsolve on a daily basis. Just like for every action, there is a REaction…for every exterior building problem there is a REsolution. (Not quite as catchy, but you get the idea.) You just need to find someone with the knack for solving it!

For example:

The 8 REs of Florida ContractorsSometimes we are asked to REsolve moisture intrusion. All too often a building owner will defer these types of issues to an engineering firm or a water leak detection company.  Guess who those guys call? US!

Let us know when you have moisture intrusion and I guarantee you our team of experts will find the source and REsolve the problem!

We may sound like a broken record, but WE ARE SW Florida’s premier problem solvers! If you have a problem that needs to be REsolved, please don’t hesitate to call (239) 433-9777.

Download a copy of our free eBook to learn additional ways we can REsolve your exterior building problems in Southwest Florida.→

REmoval & REplacement of Sidewalks, Railings, Brick Pavers, and More

Sidewalk replacement with Sand Pavers

This is the fourth of 8 “REs” of Florida Contractors, which can also be downloaded for FREE from our eBook library.

Sometimes REstoring something just isn’t in the cards and REmoving/REplacing is your only option. Isn’t it amazing how almost anything exterior degrades over time, especially here in Southwest Florida?!

The weather here even takes it’s toll on all things metal and concrete.

Are you experiencing issues with exterior metal or concrete items? In the last few years we have been doing a lot of REmoving and REplacing of items such as:

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Concrete Restoration & Repair of Decks, Expansion Joints, & Walls

Concrete injection at base of wall and floor

This is the third of 8 “REs” of Florida Contractors, which can also be downloaded for FREE from our eBook library.


Whether it’s for safety reasons, raising your property value, or just beautifying your home or office, a little concrete restoration may be necessary. Some of the most common projects we are hired to restore include:


Concrete Deck Repair at Condo Complex in SWFLA well-built deck will last for decades. However, if your deck is rotting or missing fasteners, or if it moves when you walk on it, it may be dangerous.

There are many reasons decks may need to be restored. It may have been built by an inexperienced do-it-yourselfer, not inspected when it was built, or is more than 15 years old (building codes were different back then!)

These decks are all susceptible to serious problems. Every year, people are severely injured, even killed, when decks like these collapse. This can often happen during parties or gatherings when the deck is over-filled with guests.

The good news? Most deck fixes are quick and affordable. Just make sure you hire a professional so it will be a solid fix that will last for years to come!

Expansion Joints

Leaking concrete expansion joints can also be restored by urethane grout injection. But a more popular method is the use of an oakum product.

After the joint is thoroughly cleaned, a pre-soaked oakum material is packed into the joint and then spritzed with water to activate it. The joint is then injected with urethane and the bottom is sealed with an aesthetic urethane sealant.
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Concrete Slab, Crack, & Wall Repair in Southwest Florida

Seawall in Need of Concrete Repair

This is the second of 8 “REs” of Florida Contractors, which can also be downloaded for FREE from our eBook library.

Concrete is an excellent building material, but it is not perfect. Every commercial building or condominium in Southwest Florida has some sort of concrete structure in place.

Sea Wall Dock RepairsFrom the foundation slab, to walls, plaza deck, stem walls, seawalls, sidewalks, and much more, you don’t have to look very far to find concrete in south Florida.

Unfortunately, you also don’t have to look far to find concrete that is in need of REpair. There are several common problems in concrete that may jeopardize its integrity or, at the very least, make it cosmetically unappealing. Here are just a few:

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