How Long Will Your Florida Home's Roof Last?

  • 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 13 Dec, 2017

The roof plays a vital role in keeping your home in good shape and keeping your family dry, warm and safe. Most responsible homeowners recognize this and take steps to have their roofs repaired or replaced as soon as they discover serious problems, or when recognize that their old shingles have reached the end of their useful lives. However, many homeowners make the mistake of hiring sub-par roofing companies that make mistakes or cut corners, and these homeowners end up paying the price in a shoddy project that needs to be fixed. Here are three common mistakes roofing companies make and how you can spot—and avoid—them with your roofing project.

Lack of or Insufficient Contractor Insurance

Most roofing companies will be happy to show you the warranty on the shingles they install, but that’s only half of the protection story. You also need to know that you’ll be protected should something go wrong during the roofing project. For example, if a worker falls off your roof and injures himself, or if an accident causes a broken window or hole in your roof, who will be responsible paying for the medical treatment or damage? If your roofing company does not have proper contractor’s insurance, the person stuck with the bill could be you.

Reputable roofing contractors carry an appropriate amount of insurance to protect themselves and their customers against mishaps. They will also be happy to provide documentation to prove they are insured. If you have doubts about the documentation you receive, call the insurance provider and confirm that the company you’re thinking of hiring is sufficiently covered.

Covering Old Shingles

Tearing off the old shingles before installing new ones is always the best way to go. If your contractor simply covers old shingles with new ones, they may not see problems that exist under the shingles. If these issues are not dealt with properly, you could have leaks and other problems even when you have a brand new roof on your home. Covering old shingles can also create pockets where moisture and dirt can collect and compromise the integrity of your roof. A quality roofing contractor will always remove all the old shingles and roofing materials before installing new.

Poor Ventilation

Proper ventilation in your home is essential to expelling heat buildup in your attic. Inadequate ventilation can damage roofing materials and encourage mold growth, while proper ventilation will keep heating and cooling costs down and enable you to maintain a comfortable temperature in the home. When you have a new roof installed, the contractor should check the ventilation system, ensure that it is performing up to standards, and be prepared to recommend and install additional ventilation if it’s called for.

Having a quality roof on your home is important to your family’s safety, comfort, and financial security. If you would like to work with a reputable Jacksonville roofer who will ensure you have the best roof possible, contact BRC Roofing .

By proadAccountId-387275 28 Nov, 2017

Though the roof is one of the most important parts of your house and is essential in keeping your family safe and comfortable, many homeowners don’t pay much attention to it until something goes wrong. Keeping up on roof maintenance is important, though, to prolong its life and to identify problems early, before they necessitate major repairs to the roof itself or result in damage inside the home. Here are four tips for maintaining your home’s roof.

Clean the Gutters

Clogged gutters can lead to water overflow that can lead not only to roof damage, but also to damage to your siding and even the foundation of your home. Make sure you clean out clogged gutters on a regular basis and especially after a storm. Consider having gutter guards installed if you don’t already have them, and have the gutters cleaned professionally if you can’t perform the work effectively on your own.

Keep an Eye Out for Damage

Due to its location, it can be difficult to spot damage to your roof until it’s too late. There are, however, some telltale signs that something may be wrong with your roof. You just have to know what to look for. Sagging roof lines, moss growth on the shingles, mold growth inside your home, water stains on ceilings or interior walls, and higher than usual utility bills are all red flags that your roof could be damaged. Even if you don’t see these warning signs, you should still occasionally get on a ladder to visually inspect your roof, especially after a big storm.

Trim Back Trees

Trees that have grown too close to your roof can present a big problem, especially if branches are sagging or dying. A strong gust of wind or rain storm can easily cause these branches to damage your roof and cost you thousands of dollars. Trim back any branches that are hanging over or close to your roof to prevent them from causing damage.

Schedule a Roof Inspection

If you do suspect you have roof damage or if you just want a professional to take a look at your aging roof, you should schedule a roof inspection. This will give you peace of mind if your roof is in good shape or allow you to make decisions early should your roof need repair or replacement.

Keeping your roof in good shape is as easy as cleaning the gutters, doing some trimming, and staying alert to possible signs of damage. When you practice good roof maintenance, you can ensure it will keep your home safe and your family comfortable for years to come.

Please reach out to us for roof inspection, repair or replacement in the areas of Jacksonville, Fruit Cove, Mandarin, Neptune Beach, or Ponte Vedra.

By proadAccountId-387275 22 Nov, 2017

Whether you need a roof repair or are ready for an entire roof replacement, it’s vital that you choose a good roofing contractor to perform the work. The roofing industry has experienced a deterioration in quality due to “storm chasers” and other unscrupulous companies that take advantage of customers. However, there are also plenty of reputable and professional roofers in the Jacksonville area. You just have to know what to look for. Here is an easy checklist that will help you identify a professional roofer who will perform quality work on your home.

1. Proof of Insurance

Does the roofing company have commercial liability insurance? This is necessary to cover costs that can pile up during the project and also covers any damage done to your home during the roof replacement process. Ask to see a certificate of insurance when you get a bid. If you are still unsure, call the insurance provider to make sure it’s valid.

  2. Experience in the Industry

Most of the best roofing contractors in Jacksonville have been in the business for years and have the experience and knowledge necessary to perform quality work. Ask how long the company has been in business and how long their main employees have been in the industry. It should be a red flag if everyone on the team is brand new to roofing.

3. References

It’s always a good idea to speak to the roofing contractor’s past clients. Ask for contact information for a few of his more recent clients, as well as some who had their roof repaired or replaced three to six months previously. This will give you a good idea of the company’s customer service and quality of work, and the timeliness of their response to issues.

4. Warranty

When a roofing company talks about a “warranty,” make sure you know what they are referring to. Most manufacturers warrant their products, but this usually only covers defects in the shingles. Your roofing company should also have a contractor’s warranty that covers their installation methods and will further protect you if something goes wrong.

5. Sub-Contractors

Many roofing contractors use sub-contractors to perform the majority of the work, especially during their busy seasons. While this may help them get work done more quickly, it can also affect quality. Ask your roofing company if the work will be performed by their in-house team or if you they plan to use sub-contractors. If they are subbing out work, you might want to meet with those who will actually do the work as well.

The roof of your home is important to the comfort and safety of your family as well as the value of your house. Choosing the right roofing contractor to perform repairs or a replacement ensures your project will be completed in a timely manner and that you won’t have quality issues down the road.

We would be honored to be considered for your roofing project in the Jacksonville area. Please visit our website .

By proadAccountId-387275 26 Oct, 2017

Assessing commercial roof issues is easier said than done, which is why enlisting the assistance of an industry expert is a must.

That said, keeping an eye on the following five common issues with commercial roofs can clue you in to problems so that you can reach out to a professional before they become more serious.

1.   Poor Installation and Repairs

Sub-par installation will almost certainly end up causing problems. It might not happen immediately, but it will happen. Faulty installation of any type of roof system increases the odds of leaks – which, aside from interfering with operations within the building, frequently result in structural problems that are expensive and time-consuming to repair.

Improper repairs are an equally important issue. A superficial repair that fails to correct an underlying problem can mask damage that will get worse with time. Whether you’re installing a new roof or repairing an existing one, be discerning when it comes to choosing a roofing company.

2.   Common Problems Arise Over Time

A properly installed commercial roof will last for years if it is properly maintained. That said, problems do arise, and the older the roof, the more likely they will occur. No roofing material is completely, permanently impervious to the Florida sun. Eventually, seams may split and membrane materials may blister, tear, or erode. HVAC systems and other equipment or structures that are installed or replaced on the roof may result in holes or other damage, or might interfere with proper drainage. That leads us to the next point:

3.   No Roof Maintenance

Too few roof issues are detected when they can still easily -- and cheaply – be corrected. Your building maintenance routine should include roof annual inspections to look for leaks, cracks, missing flashing, problems with gutters, downspouts and drains, broken or torn shingles or tiles, etc. If you lack roof access or your maintenance personnel don’t have sufficient expertise, have a professional take the reins to conduct your annual roof inspection.

4.   Ponding Water

Water that sits in one place instead of being drained rapidly off the roof will often penetrate minor holes or cracks and cause structural or operational problems in the building. If the area of ponding water is large enough, the weight of the water may cause structural overloading and lead to roof collapse. The National Roofing Contractors Association has classified “undesirable” ponding water “as standing for more than 48 hours.” Shorter time spans also cause problems in many cases.

5.   Weather Hazards

Many roof problems are exacerbated by extreme weather conditions. In Jacksonville, the harsh sun with its powerful UV rays works to weaken most materials over time. High humidity can also cause problems in some roof structures that are not adequately ventilated, leading to mildew, rot, or rust.

An effective solution to many problems on commercial roofs is to apply a special waterproof coating that seals cracks and small holes and restores the water resistance of the roofing material. Before it is applied, however, existing problems should be analyzed and repaired. Contact a roofing company with proven experience in commercial installations and maintenance before deciding if a coating is the best solution to existing problems.

For commercial roof inspection , installation, maintenance and repair in Jacksonville, Neptune Beach, Mandarin and the surrounding area, contact BRC Roofing & Construction : 904-288-0431.

By proadAccountId-387275 09 Oct, 2017

Energy efficiency is an increasingly vital focal point for homeowners, and it isn’t difficult to understand why. Many feel a responsibility to the earth and want to live in an ecologically responsible manner. Others seek the financial benefits of saving on energy expenses. For most homeowners, it’s probably a combination of the two.

The roof plays in important role in a home’s energy efficiency because there’s a lot of surface area through which heat can penetrate during warm weather and escape during cooler weather.

Adopting any or all of these three ways to upgrade your roof can benefit the environment and your wallet:

1.   Re-Roof With Energy-Efficient Roofing Materials

Dark, asphalt-shingled roofs absorb a lot of sunlight and convert it to heat energy, typically raising indoor temperature by about 20 degrees on a warm day. That means running your air conditioner a lot more often than you would otherwise need to.

If you prefer asphalt shingles for your roof, simply choosing a lighter color will reflect more light. In addition, some shingles now use different mineral granules that are more reflective than traditional coating minerals.

Beneath the shingles, a radiant barrier membrane can be installed that will reflect not light, but heat, from above.

Metal roofs do a better job reflecting light and not converting it to heat than asphalt shingles. Although they cost more to install than shingles, they are more economical in the long run, not only because of the energy savings, but also because they last longer. An additional environmental advantage of a metal roof is that they generate less solid waste, because they need replacement less than half as often as asphalt shingles.

Ceramic tiles are another good choice. They’re available in light colors, and under normal circumstances they last just about forever.

2.   Apply a Cooling Coating

If your home has a flat roof protected by a waterproof membrane, chances are it’s black. Light-colored coatings are available to improve the roof’s reflectivity and water resistance at the same time. If you’ve installed a dark metal roof, it can be painted a lighter color.

3.   Insulate Your Attic

Every attic should be insulated, and any attic that was last insulated more than 20 years ago should probably have additional insulation added, or old, compressed insulation removed and replaced with more efficient materials.  

If you’ve ever been up in your attic on a warm day, you know how tremendously hot it can get up there. So while you’re up there checking the insulation, make sure the attic is properly ventilated with soffit vents and a ridge vent, gable vents or both.

Save energy, save money, and do your part to save the environment with the right roof for your Jacksonville home. Contact BRC Roofing & Construction today: 904-288-0431.

By proadAccountId-387275 03 Oct, 2017

Thousands of people are injured each year in falls from ladders, and hundreds of those falls are fatal. This is why it is vital that you take precautions before you climb a ladder. Here are a few ladder safety tips that may help.

External Conditions

It is important to check the conditions around you before using a ladder to make sure you are safe. For one, you do not want to work when it is raining, snowing, or if the wind is too strong. You should also check for any power lines that you need to avoid. All of these conditions could make things dangerous for you. If conditions are not ideal, you may need to schedule this task for another day.

Equipment Check

Ladder safety also means making sure the equipment is in optimal condition. You do not want to use this tool if there is something wrong with it, such as missing parts. Every part of the equipment is vital one way or another, so do not climb unless you know everything is as it should be.

Know the Climbing Apparatus

It is important that you read the manual that came with the tool before using it. You need to know your climbing tool well so that you can use it safely. Most of these tools contain important information near the bottom (probably on the side) for your benefit, so be sure to read those notes before climbing.

Safe Steps

Keep safety on your mind at all times while using a ladder. Wear non-slip shoes, and make sure that every step is a firm one. Do not take additional steps until your grip is firm. Be sure not to climb until the tool is on firm and non-slippery ground. If possible, try to have someone hold the device while you use it. Do not use the ladder if you are tired, sleepy, under the influence of a drug, or dizzy. Be sure to move slowly when you are climbing because sudden movements can lead to accidents.

3-Point Tip

One of the most important lessons to remember about using a ladder is the three-point rule. The rule involves making sure that three body parts are touching the device when climbing. This could be two hands and one foot, or it could also mean two feet and one hand. The rule is meant to help keep your body stable and distribute weight as evenly as possible.

These are a few tips  that may help keep you safe while using a ladder. Be sure not to let your kids and anyone else who is not trained use your ladder.

By proadAccountId-387275 03 Oct, 2017

As a homeowner, one of the most important and costly improvements you can make to your home is getting a new roof. A new roof should last, depending on the materials used and where you live, at least 20 years, so while a good roofing job may cost a lot, it’s worth it in the long run. A bad job, on the other hand, can be a disaster for a homeowner, leading to damage inside the home and costing thousands of dollars for repairs and replacement.

At BRC Roofing, our licensed and insured roofers have seen the damage caused by poor roof installation. They have been called out countless times to repair or replace bad roofing repairs or installations done by unscrupulous contractors or unskilled do-it-yourselfers.

Some of the most common problems see are poorly laid shingles and flashing mistakes.

Flashing is a wide metal strip that is installed in locations where water runoff is concentrated, such as an inside corner between sections of roof and around chimneys and dormers. Where it is required, flashing must be secured and installed underneath new shingles for it to be effective. Unfortunately, we have seen installations where flashing was laid over the shingles, facing the wrong direction, and not sealed or secured. All of these things can dramatically reduce the life of your roof and cause serious damage to your home.

Roofers at BRC Roofing have also been called in to fix bad roof jobs stemming from poor shingle placement and installation. Many DIY roofs don't have a "starter layer" of shingles installed along the eaves for extra protection where the roof is most vulnerable. Incorrectly staggering the shingles or nailing them in the wrong spot can result in premature roofing failure. Incorrect slope is another problem we have had to address. If the pitch of the roof is too low, shingles may be the wrong type of roofing to install. The solution might be to use a different kind of roofing, or to rebuild the roof structure for a steeper slope.

If you aren't sure if your roof was installed or repaired correctly, here are some details to look for:

  • Missing drip edge. The drip edge is an angled strip of metal that extends from beneath the shingles at the bottom edge of the roof, just over the gutter. It helps water drip easily from the roof into the gutter. If it isn’t there, corners were cut on installation.
  • Shingle alignment: This is one of the easiest mistakes to spot. If three-tab shingles aren't lined up vertically by their slots, or not lined up straight along the horizontal plane, they weren't installed properly.
  • Interior damage: If you go into your attic and see water damage, call an experienced roofing company immediately. That's the most obvious sign of poor roof installation or a failing roof.

If you fear you have had a bad roofing repair, or you want to avoid one, contact BRC Roofing and Construction in Jacksonville: 904-288-0431. We know how important roof installation is to your home's overall integrity and value. We’re licensed and insured, and we guarantee our work. With a roof from BRC Roofing, you can be worry-free for years.

By proadAccountId-387275 03 Oct, 2017

One might think a metal roof catching a lot of sun would simply make the home underneath hotter, but this type of roofing comes with benefits and advantages other types don’t. Even when you’re living in a hotter and more humid region like Florida, those same positives might just be the best choice for your home.

Energy Efficient

Metal works to insulate a home by keeping out hot and cold air, as well as trapping the right temperature inside. When your house is kept cooler as a result, and your air conditioning units don’t have to work as hard, you’ll pay less. These roofs also reflect a lot of solar heat, which can lower the price of your energy bills by as much as 25% .
If you happen to be interested in solar paneling for your home, metal roofing contributes to longer-lasting panels by reducing the amount of heat they take on during regular use . Energy efficient options like these could save you hundreds of dollars, and when it comes to roofing, you won’t have to put in much effort at all.

Durability and Longevity

Metal roofing can take a lot of abuse, whether you’re in Florida or any other part of the world. It can last from 20 up to 70 years, which may end up being double the lifespan of other choices like asphalt. Metal will not break off, crack, or require the same amount of maintenance as traditional roofing. Metal can withstand winds of up to 140 miles per hour, the force of a hurricane, yet can weigh less than half  what tiles does. Because metal is noncombustible, the roof will never catch on fire; having this safety feature may also cause your insurance to be cheaper. Through heat, rain, snow, and storms, your metal roof will stay strong.

Ease of Accessibility

Metal roofing is easy for contractors to install, particularly because it comes in larger slabs than shingles or tiles; being lightweight also makes it easy to transport. It isn’t prone to leaking, so the installation process should be fairly straightforward. The right metal roofing can cover an existing roof, too, saving money and manpower in the process.

Though the price is higher than other traditional materials, a metal roof can save you several costs and improve your home in ways one wouldn’t expect. Be sure to weigh all the pros and cons before making a decision, but metal roofing benefits can end up easily outweighing the drawbacks. You can request a free quote from BRC Roofing and Construction  to find out your options today.

By proadAccountId-387275 26 Sep, 2017

The type of roof you choose for your home says a lot about you. A roof takes up a huge percentage of the exterior look of your home, so you should choose a roof wisely. There are many different factors that may affect the type of roof you choose. The area where you live is one of these factors. Different geographical locations require different types of roof. The location also affects how well a roof works for you.

There are some guidelines you can follow that can lead you to choose the best roofing material for your home. These guidelines are cost, efficiency, durability and design.


As noted above, the type of roof you choose takes a huge part of your home’s exterior appearance. That means you should choose wisely depending on the design of your home. Do some research in your area or online to look for houses with the same design as yours. Look at the roofs on those houses and consider choosing one that pleases you.

The roofing material you choose should go well with the design of your home. Make sure that even the roof color complements the rest of your home.


The type of roof you choose for your home can determine how much energy you use in your home. This is why energy-efficient roofing systems were developed. It is a good way to conserve the environment by recycling materials used to make the roof. An energy-efficient roof can save money on power bills.


Among the many factors that you should consider while choosing a roof is its durability. Before you buy your new roof, you should have a guarantee that it will live for a long time. Buy a roof that can last for more than 20 years. It should also be strong enough to withstand any type of weather. Pay close attention to the warranty you get for your new roof .

Roof Cost

Finally, consider the cost of roof materials and labor. The cost of the roof  should be reasonable and within your budget. However, even if the roof is expensive it should offer you a good service for a long time and be worth its dollar value. But still, try to get a good deal when purchasing roofing materials. Go for a roof that offers the best services, lasts longer, and comes with a good warranty. You should have peace of mind that in case the roof gets damaged, you can be compensated.

By proadAccountId-387275 26 Sep, 2017

One of the first things you want to do after a storm hits your neighborhood, once you’ve made sure your family is safe, is to assess the condition of your property. It’s easy to see tree limbs that have come down or damage to siding or other parts of the house.

However, it’s not so simple to determine whether your roof was affected by high winds, lightning, heavy rains or hail. There are some steps you can take yourself to determine whether you’ve experienced roof damage. At other times, it’s a good idea to call in the experts from a roofing company.

Your roof can experience wind damage in several different ways, according to . When tree limbs break and fall onto the roof, they can puncture shingles and the underlying material. Other debris can also blow across the roof or become lodged under the roofing material itself, resulting in leaks. Wind can also cause a shingle to peel back or dislodge, particularly along the edge or corner of the roof. If the wind damage is severe enough, or several events occur over a short period of time, you might start finding the shingles on the ground after storms.

Hail causes some serious problems as well. Shingles in particular can be dented or even stripped away by large hailstones. The size, weight and even the shape of hailstones have an impact on how much damage they do to roofing materials. Roof damage is exacerbated when a shingle is torn or stripped away, allowing water to enter and damage your home.

Looking for storm damage to your roof primarily requires you to stay on the ground. suggests you tour your yard to look for shingle and gutter debris, fascia that may have come loose from the edge of the roof or metal flashing from around a chimney. While you can’t get a complete view of the roof from the ground, you will likely be able to see extensive damage to various parts of it or to the gutters.

Once you’ve done an exterior inspection, it’s a good idea to take a look inside to ensure there are no signs of a leaking roof. Although these problems often aren’t evident as quickly as outside damage is, indoor signs can help you determine whether you need roof repair or replacement. Some of the signs which show you may have a leaking roof include a wet or damp attic, moisture marks or stains on walls and ceilings or even an unexpected jump in your monthly electric use.

If you think you’ve had some roof damage, whether it’s due to wind, hail or other causes, it’s time to call in a roofing expert. These experts have the equipment and expertise to get up on the roof safely in order to determine what kind of damage has been done. After a storm has left your area, call a roofing contractor to help get your roof back into prime condition.

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