5 Warning Signs That Your Roof Needs Repair

  • By proadAccountId-387275
  • 13 Sep, 2017

For those who know what to look for, there are signs that a home’s roof needs attention before there’s standing water in the living room. By the time problems become obvious, they are often serious, extensive, and expensive to fix. On the other hand, by identifying problems early and taking appropriate action, damage can often be minimized and the scope and cost of repairs contained. In fact, early intervention can be the difference between a simple repair and a complete roof replacement.

 

Here are five early-warning signs to keep watch for. If you notice any of them, contact a professional roofing contractor for further advice.

 

1. Age of roof

 

In Florida, even roofs warranted for 20 or 25 years may last for only 10 or 12, given the harshness of our sunshine. If your asphalt shingle roof is more than 25 years old, examination is unnecessary. The roof has satisfied its warranty and given you more than it owed you. It’s past time to replace it.

 

When buying an existing home, find out the age of the roof so you know how many years it may have left. Any asphalt roof in Florida that’s more than 10 years old should be inspected annually to make sure it’s still sound.

 

2. Inside problems

 

Look first at your roof first from the inside. Go into the attic. Check under the eaves for light coming through and for stains or streaks indicating leaks. Look and feel around for water. If the insulation is damp, water is getting in.

 

When you’re done in the attic, check the ceiling and high up on the walls for bubbles or discoloration. They’re not coming from nowhere! Water is getting in somehow, even if you couldn’t find it in the attic. A professional roofing contractor will know how to find it.

 

3.Examine the shingles

 

Shingles should lie flat against the roof. Cupped, missing or torn shingles not only expose the roof to water damage and rot, but also make nearby shingles more susceptible to being damaged or blown away. The weaker, more damaged shingles are, the further damaged they will soon become, so replace them immediately. And while you’re at it, check the gutters and under the downspouts for mineral granules from the shingles. If granules are washing off the shingles, it’s a sure sign that the roof’s useful days are coming to an end.

 

4. Check seals and flashing

 

A roof is more than just the shingles. It is also metal flashing and rubber seals that surround and seal the joints between the roof and vents, skylights, and chimneys, and also the valleys in the roof where sections meet. Where flashing is rusted or missing or seals torn or cracked, there will be leaks. If caught early, inexpensive repairs to flashing or seals may be the only repairs needed.

 

5. Plant life

 

Moss may have its place around a house, but growing from your roof is not one of them. The presence of moss indicates moisture in a roof, and that indicates rot is taking place beneath the shingles. At the very least, that section of shingles will have to come up, and the rotten plywood or boards beneath it replaced. And if your roof is at the point where it has started to sag, then you have even more serious structural damage that must be addressed in the interests of personal safety.

 

For high quality home roofing inspection and repair in the Jacksonville area, contact BRC Roofing & Construction .


By proadAccountId-387275 13 Sep, 2017

When the hurricane season in Florida is just about to start, you do not just sit and wait for “D-day.” The best thing is to ensure that you protect your roof against strong wind and flying debris.

Beware the Power in a Storm

The amount of energy that an average hurricane releases is 200 times more than all the electric power generated worldwide, says Christopher Landsea, an expert meteorologist working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Not all the energy will come flying across homes in Jacksonville, but there would be disaster should just a small percentage of it hit any weak roof. For example, the 2004 four hurricanes in Florida caused $45 billion in damages.

Protect Roof for the High Wind Season

Because a hurricane is a tremendous display of natural power, your roof needs strong protection. Surveys done in 2004 to 2005 show that 95 percent of American residents who file home insurance compensation claims do so because their houses have roof damages. Any roof damage might cause future disasters including mold growth and water damage.

Roof Protection Guide

To protect roofs against the tropical storm or high wind, here’s what you can do:

 
• Shingles: The installation of new asphalt shingles is a foolproof roof protection against high winds of up to 150 mph. Roof experts agree that an old roof will only withstand the winds whose speed is 50 to 60 mph. Additionally, you need to strengthen your shingles with 6-inch nails for more effectiveness and protection. The strongest winds can lift shingles fastened with 4-inch nails sometimes lift the 4-nailed shingles.

Roof reinforcement:  Florida residents know all too well the risks caused by the lifting of shingles during hurricane season. The removal of shingles can lead to water penetration and flooding. The application of adhesive on loose shingles and using pressure to fix the shingles firmly on the underside is helpful. A roof expert should perform the shingle strengthening exercise 2-4 weeks before the onset of high winds for the adhesive to cure in time.

Roof strapping:  Strapping down the roof is an adequate protection for your home and the family. The reinforced roof will also protect against the flying debris. Your roofer will use strapping in form of metal strips to attach the roof to the wooden or metal roof foundation and wall firmly.

New Roof:  Sometimes a professional assessment may show that the roof is so old that it will cause headaches so often that only a new roof will give you peace of mind.

 

Seek Help

If you need contractors skilled in stormproof techniques, roof inspection, installation, maintenance, restoration, repair, and roof replacement, call BRC Roofing and Construction, (904) 288-0431. You can also visit our website http://www.brcroof.com/ to fill out our online form for your free quote.
By proadAccountId-387275 13 Sep, 2017

For those who know what to look for, there are signs that a home’s roof needs attention before there’s standing water in the living room. By the time problems become obvious, they are often serious, extensive, and expensive to fix. On the other hand, by identifying problems early and taking appropriate action, damage can often be minimized and the scope and cost of repairs contained. In fact, early intervention can be the difference between a simple repair and a complete roof replacement.

 

Here are five early-warning signs to keep watch for. If you notice any of them, contact a professional roofing contractor for further advice.

 

1. Age of roof

 

In Florida, even roofs warranted for 20 or 25 years may last for only 10 or 12, given the harshness of our sunshine. If your asphalt shingle roof is more than 25 years old, examination is unnecessary. The roof has satisfied its warranty and given you more than it owed you. It’s past time to replace it.

 

When buying an existing home, find out the age of the roof so you know how many years it may have left. Any asphalt roof in Florida that’s more than 10 years old should be inspected annually to make sure it’s still sound.

 

2. Inside problems

 

Look first at your roof first from the inside. Go into the attic. Check under the eaves for light coming through and for stains or streaks indicating leaks. Look and feel around for water. If the insulation is damp, water is getting in.

 

When you’re done in the attic, check the ceiling and high up on the walls for bubbles or discoloration. They’re not coming from nowhere! Water is getting in somehow, even if you couldn’t find it in the attic. A professional roofing contractor will know how to find it.

 

3.Examine the shingles

 

Shingles should lie flat against the roof. Cupped, missing or torn shingles not only expose the roof to water damage and rot, but also make nearby shingles more susceptible to being damaged or blown away. The weaker, more damaged shingles are, the further damaged they will soon become, so replace them immediately. And while you’re at it, check the gutters and under the downspouts for mineral granules from the shingles. If granules are washing off the shingles, it’s a sure sign that the roof’s useful days are coming to an end.

 

4. Check seals and flashing

 

A roof is more than just the shingles. It is also metal flashing and rubber seals that surround and seal the joints between the roof and vents, skylights, and chimneys, and also the valleys in the roof where sections meet. Where flashing is rusted or missing or seals torn or cracked, there will be leaks. If caught early, inexpensive repairs to flashing or seals may be the only repairs needed.

 

5. Plant life

 

Moss may have its place around a house, but growing from your roof is not one of them. The presence of moss indicates moisture in a roof, and that indicates rot is taking place beneath the shingles. At the very least, that section of shingles will have to come up, and the rotten plywood or boards beneath it replaced. And if your roof is at the point where it has started to sag, then you have even more serious structural damage that must be addressed in the interests of personal safety.

 

For high quality home roofing inspection and repair in the Jacksonville area, contact BRC Roofing & Construction .


By proadAccountId-387275 06 Sep, 2017

To be honest, your home's roof is not the most glamorous or interesting thing in the world. Most of the time, we don't even notice our roofs – unless there's a sudden leak or some other major (or minor) catastrophe.

But the roof is a critical component of any home. It provides protection and safety from the elements, and adds crucial stability to the structure of your home. When things go wrong with your roof, questions arise in a hurry and need to be answered.

When hiring a roofing contractor, don't be afraid to ask questions; you need all the information you can get to make an informed and appropriate decision.

Whether you're deciding on a new roof or repairs to an existing one, three important groups of questions stand out:

1. How much will it cost?

Of course, how hard your wallet's going to be hit should be on the list of questions to ask when hiring a roofer, but general questions about the total  cost of replacing or repairing your roof can omit items that may be less obvious and overlooked, and may be more costly. For example:

a. Cost of labor . How many workers will it take to do the job? Are the roofers properly licensed and/or credentialed in your state or city?

b. Cost of materials . What materials will be installed, and what quality can you expect from them?

c. Adequate insurance . Does roofer carry both liability and workers' compensation insurance that covers all  workers? This is especially important if damage occurs to your home or property during the repair or replacement of your roof, or if one of the workers is injured while on the job. If your roofing contractor doesn't have both liability and workers' compensation insurance, you  could end up footing the bill.

2. What warranties are provided?

Warranties are important to protect both you and your home. The roofing contractor should stand behind all of his/her work and be willing to fix any problems that arise due to poor workmanship. Likewise, the materials installed should be covered by a separate warranty from the manufacturer.

3. Can the roofer or contractor provide references?

Previous customers can tell you a lot about a contractor's work. Ask the prospective contractor for at least five customer references, and follow up with them. Call the references and ask questions like these:

a. Did the contractor arrive for work on time?

 

b. Did he listen carefully to the customer's concerns and questions?

 

c. Were he respectful of the customer and the customer's property?

 

d. Was the customer satisfied with the work done?

 

e. Was the final bill as quoted, or were there extras that didn’t seem justified? (Important note: sometimes costs may be higher than quoted because problems are uncovered after the work begins. These may be justified, but should be discussed with the customer so there are no surprises.)

While there are many other questions that can be asked, these will get you started. And remember to get everything  in writing.

For a roofing contractor that’s licensed, insured, and ready to work with you in Jacksonville, FL, contact BRC Roofing and Construction today: 904-288-0431.


By proadAccountId-387275 29 Aug, 2017

Florida weather presents special challenges to manufacturers and installers of roofing materials. A high proportion of sunny days (for example, Jacksonville experiences 221 sunny days per year ) and location not far from the tropics mean that roofs are exposed to high heat and intense exposure to ultraviolet rays nearly year-round. Coastal locations expose roofs to salt spray, and tropical storms and hurricanes may subject them to extremely high winds. All of these can either gradually degrade the roofing materials or catastrophically damage not only the covering but the very structure of the roof itself.

For example, wind gusts above 120 miles per hour cause sufficient damage to require reroofing in 30% to 50% of all roofs, according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management . Roof age plays a significant role in resistance to damage. Gusts in the 75-95 mph range damage 20% of roofs older than 10 years, but less than 5% of roofs less than five years old. The agency concludes that roofs older than 10 years are particularly vulnerable to hurricane damage.

In Florida, as throughout the United States, asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material, primarily because of their relatively low cost and good performance. But while many asphalt shingles are sold with warranties of 20, 25, or even 30 years, their lifespan in Florida is often much shorter. According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (IACHI), 3-tab asphalt shingles (the most common and economical style) are expected to last 10 to 12 years in Florida, while higher-quality architectural shingles have an expected lifespan of 15 to 20 years.

These figures, however, are based on historical data, and the situation has improved considerably in recent years. Since the late 1990s, manufacturers have begun introducing shingles that are better able to resist damage from high winds, and a new scale of wind resistance has been developed to reflect these improvements. Roofing shingles are now graded from Class A (resist gusts up to 60 mph) to Class H (resist gusts up to 150 mph). So even if a roof from the late 1990s happens to be in good condition (unlikely, given its age, but not impossible), it will be far more vulnerable to hurricane damage than a roof covered with newer, more wind-resistant shingles.

Other improvements in asphalt shingles include the availability of lighter-colored and more reflective mineral granules, which reduce damage from UV rays and keep the roof cooler, so that the asphalt itself is less prone to melting and dropping granules. (By keeping the roof cooler, lighter-colored shingles also keep the house cooler, and energy usage on air conditioning is minimized.)

The IACHI estimates that metal roofs in Florida typically last 17 to 20 years, but a website called Roofing Calculator says 50 years isn’t out of the question. Aluminum and zinc roofs are rated for wind resistance of either 110 mph or 160 mph. Metal roofs also have the virtues of being highly resistant to impact damage and requiring little maintenance, making them a good option for Florida homeowners.

IACHI also gives Florida longevity estimates for slate roofs (50+ years) and wood shakes (25 years). If properly installed, both can have excellent wind resistance. Slate, however, is expensive and vulnerable to impact damage (for example, from a fallen tree limb), while wood shakes require a high level of maintenance against rot and other environmental damage if they are to achieve their lifespan potential.

One more option for Florida homeowners is clay tiles. These commonly carry a 30-year warranty, but lifespans of 50-100 years are common. Salt spray and UV exposure don’t touch them and, if properly installed, they resist wind damage well, holding up easily to winds of 100 mph and above. Like slate, however, they are vulnerable to impact damage, and they can not be walked on without danger of cracking.

To learn more about your roofing options in Jacksonville and for help selecting the most appropriate type for your home, style, and budget, contact BRC Roofing & Construction .

By proadAccountId-387275 23 Aug, 2017

Choosing the right roof color is as important as the type of roofing shingles you choose. People may think that color is not that important, but it has significant implications to how much you enjoy your house. It is something you might have to live with for a long time.


With every shingle type you choose, there are different colors and shades available. First, there are some different factors to consider that may determine the appropriate color for your house. The factors include, climate your neighborhood, and style and color of your house.

Here are some tips and important factors to consider while choosing the right roof color .

The Climate


The shingle color of your roof can affect the temperature in your home. Dark colors absorb heat, and light colors reflect it. This means that if you live in an area where it is cold most of the time, you may want to choose shingles of a darker color. By absorbing heat, the dark colors can help keep your home warm and melt snow on your roof.

In areas where it is hot, choose shingles of a lighter color. As the shingles reflect the heat away from your home, your house can have a cool and comfortable environment.


Your neighborhood


Before roofing your home, consult with your neighborhood to make sure the color you choose doesn’t violate any neighborhood regulations. What you want to accomplish is a roof that helps you to blend in with your neighbors.

Make sure you don’t get an exact duplicate of your neighbor’s roof unless that is acceptable. Also, you don’t want your roof to be the awkward one among your neighbors. Look around to find what color can work well to blend in.

The style of your home


With every home plan, there are the ideal colors that work with the design. Make sure the roof color you choose works well with your house design. You can look around or browse on the internet to find houses similar to yours to find which color looks good on that design.

Complement the color of siding and shutters
The color of your roof should coordinate with the other elements in your home. The color of the siding and shutters should complement the color of the roof.


Resale value of your home


If you plan to sell your home in the future, be very careful while choosing the color of your roof . Make sure you choose a color that almost everybody can like. The color also takes a large part of your home’s appearance, so make sure it is attractive for almost everybody.

Many homes are hard to sell just because their roofs' color is not appealing to many potential buyers. Don’t make the same mistake.

By lemaster 02 May, 2017
BRC Roofing and Construction, Inc. is proud of our designation as a GAF Master Elite™ roofing company. Not only does this designation place us among the top 3% of all roofing companies in North America, it also lets us offer exclusive benefits to homeowners.

Let us share what it takes to become a GAF Master Elite contractor and the benefits of hiring us for your roofing needs.

GAF Master Elite Requirements

To qualify as a GAF Master Elite contractor, we first had to have the following:

  1. Proper contractor license– Contractor licenses are different from businesses and have their own requirements. We have to pass an exam administered by the State of Florida Construction Program before we receive our license from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

  2. Proper insurance– A reputable roofer has a general liability insurance and workers’ compensation. The former covers accidental property damage while the latter covers worksite injuries. General liability insurance is also a requirement for the contractor license.

  3. A proven local reputation– When contractors become GAF Master Elite contractors, they become GAF’s face for homeowners in that particular area. So a good standing with the local community is important for GAF. We can proudly say that our 22-plus years of service to residents of Jacksonville and nearby areas can speak for itself.

  4. Commitment to ongoing training– As GAF continues to innovate with new products, standards, and work processes, we have to keep up. Hence, the need to be at the ready when GAF informs us of a new product.

What’s in It for You

When you hire a GAF Master Elite contractor, it’s your guarantee that the finished roof complies with the high standards of GAF. You get the full benefit of a superior roofing system designed for long-term performance, with exclusive materials only available through GAF Master Elite contractors.

Plus, you also benefit from the amazing warranty coverage. When you choose GAF’s Golden Pledge® Limited Warranty to protect your roof – another GAF Master Elite exclusive – you get a 50-year coverage on the roofing materials, an unheard-of 25-year workmanship coverage, and additional coverage on accessories and reinstallation costs.

BRC Roofing and Construction, Inc. serves Jacksonville, FL and nearby areas. To know more about our roofing services, call us today at (904) 288-0431 or fill out our contact form for your free, no-obligation quote.

By lemaster 02 May, 2017

Since your roof faces different elements throughout the year, it’s important that you keep them in good shape. If in case your roof endures storm damage, immediate action is necessary. Unless you want the problem to persist and cause you more inconvenience, follow these recommendations from the expert in roof repairs, BRC Roofing:

1. Control the Spread of Water

Congested gutters and missing shingles are often the culprits of your roof collapsing. Control the spread of water by collecting it in containers so it doesn’t seep into your flooring and cause more damage. These can help prevent costlier water damage issues. Once you call us for storm damage assistance, rest assured that we’ll cover all the bases to prevent moisture-related issues.

2. Don’t Panic

You need to keep a cool head when handling emergency roofing issues. Panicking during an emergency roof problem will do no good. It’s best to call a residential and commercial roofing expert like us to have your roof inspected. We have years of experience handling different types of emergency roofing issues.

3. Cover Your Furnishings and Other Valuables

Don’t let your furnishings and belongings remain exposed if there are leaks. Cover them with plastic sheets to save them from water damage. When we arrive at your home, we’ll make sure to check the source of leaks and conduct the necessary repairs.

4. Find Where the Leak Is Coming From

Leaks don’t straightly flow downward from the source. For a thorough inspection of your residential roofing system, trust BRC Roofing. We can locate the source of leaks and recommend the necessary solutions to fix the issue.

The unexpected can happen anytime, but this doesn’t mean you can’t do anything if it does happen. Let BRC Roofing help you with your emergency roofing needs. Call us today at (904) 288-0431 to learn more about our services. We serve Jacksonville and the nearby FL areas.

By lemaster 02 May, 2017
Business owners care about what people think about their business. They pay attention to what customers say about their service, and, in turn, they respond accordingly. However, the services or products are not the only things that are on top of a business owner’s mind. The entire appearance of their business place is as just important. This is where your local roofing company, BRC Roofing, comes in.

Some businesses spend thousands every month to keep their business place as attractive as possible, and they usually place a lot of consideration on the roof. They hire contractors to check the structure of their commercial roof so everything is well. When it comes to commercial roof replacement for your shop or building, you can never go wrong with TAMKO® building products from BRC Roofing. Here are reasons you should trust this brand.

Energy-Efficient Roofing

With energy prices on the rise, business owners are becoming more cautious of how they use energy in their shops or workplace. If you want a commercial roof replacement that qualifies as energy-efficient, TAMKO should be on your list. TAMKO offers roofing products listed by ENERGY STAR® and the Cool Roof Rating Council for their energy-saving properties. Talk to your roofer for a solution that meets your needs.

High-Quality Additional Products

With building products from TAMKO, you won’t have any trouble keeping your commercial roof long-lasting. TAMKO offers base and cap sheets to protect your newly installed roof from the elements, so it remains in prime condition for a long time. We can also assist you in case you need repairs.

TAMKO is a name that you can trust for your commercial roofing needs. Make sure you only let professionals like us install TAMKO products on your property. This way, you can achieve strong warranties for your system.

Call us today at (904) 288-0431 to learn more about our TAMKO products. We are happy to serve Jacksonville and nearby FL areas.

By lemaster 02 May, 2017
Your roofing system helps protect your home from the extreme elements that may harm it. Each roof is a combination of different components that work together. Along with its different parts, your choice in material and roof type also affects the performance and aesthetics of your roof. BRC Roofing, expert in residential and commercial roofing in Jacksonville, FL, discusses the different factors that make up a roof.

Parts

Underneath the shingles on your roof is a complex system of layers that ensures excellent protection for your home. The decking, also called the sheathing, is the core surface where everything is laid on by roofers. Common materials include plywood, OSB, and metal decking. The underlayment is a waterproof sheet of protective material. Although its material varies, it’s most commonly paper. The drip edge prevents water build up by guiding it into your gutters. Meanwhile, the flashing prevents water from pooling in the vulnerable areas of your system, such as the valleys and hips.

Materials

Different materials offer various benefits for your home. Asphalt shingles, one of the most popular roofing materials, is favored by most homeowners for its excellent durability and low cost. Meanwhile, slate roofing provides a sophisticated look along with high durability and a service life of up to 100 years. Metal roofing, with its low-maintenance and environmentally friendly features, is another excellent choice.

BRC Roofing and Construction is proud to be a certified GAF® Master Elite™ roofing contractor. This allows us to provide high-quality residential roofing in Jacksonville, from top brands and back it with their superior warranties.

Types

The roofing material you can use is dependent on the roof type that you have. For instance, gable roofs easily shed water, making them ideal for areas frequented by rain. Contractors can cover this roofing type with almost any material. Meanwhile, a hip roof features an equal slope on all four sides. This is perfect for areas that experience strong winds. For hip roofs, metal, tile and shingles are excellent choices.

Slope

Roof slope is an important factor in its design. This affects the interior volume, drainage, the style, and the material you can use. There are two kinds of slopes in roofing: low and steep slopes. Steep slope roofing is more visually appealing and has a longer service life. BRC Roofing is certified by CertainTeed®, which means we can provide their excellent roofing systems for both low and steep slopes. This includes their built-up and modified bitumen systems.

For a superior-performing roof, turn to BRC Roofing. Our expert team have proper training to handle any roofing concern, from a replacement to roof repairs in Jacksonville. Call us today at (904) 288-0431 to learn more about our products and services. You can also fill out our contact form for a free quote.

By lemaster 02 May, 2017
To ensure the success of a roofing project, careful planning and hiring the right contractor is important. With the increase in roofing scams, however, finding the right one can be challenging. BRC Roofing and Construction, trusted roofer in Jacksonville, FL, discusses avoiding roofing scams by ensuring the legitimacy of your roofing contractor.

What Are Roofing Scams?

These are contractors who go door-to-door, offering services at considerably lower prices. The offers may look tempting. However, once you pay them with the cash that they require up-front, they do not deliver their promised services. Other scams include leaving a card by the front door. Be wary of these tactics to avoid being scammed.

How Can I Be Sure My Contractor is Legit?

One way to ensure the legitimacy of a roofing contractor is by checking their background from reputable sites. The Better Business Bureau is an excellent resource to check a company’s standing. BRC Roofing has maintained an excellent standing with the BBB. Our commitment to customer satisfaction has made us a premier roofing company in Jacksonville, FL.

A roofing contractor needs to have proper license and insurance. This guarantees your safety and the quality of their workmanship. Be wary of new roofers who cannot stand behind their work. Choosing a roofing company that has been in the industry for years gives a guarantee that they would be able to finish the job efficiently and that they could stand up for their work. BRC Roofing is a fully insured and licensed company. With over 22 years of experience, we can ensure a proper installation.

For a quality roofing project, turn to BRC Roofing. We can provide industry-leading materials and superior warranties for your Jacksonville roofing. Call us today at (904) 288-0431 to learn more about our different products and services. You can also fill out our contact form to request a quote.

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