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)
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
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.
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
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.
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 .
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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 .
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.
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 dryhome.com
. 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. AngiesList.com 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.