4 Things That Say You Need a New Roof

need a new roofIt’s always wise to be prepared for anything and that includes being prepared to install a new roof when your old one starts to tell you it’s time to go. Here are some of the most common signs of roof trouble, according to Good Housekeeping. As soon as you see any of these signs, you know it won’t be long before you’ll need to toss your old one for a roof replacement:

  1. Worn shingles. Daily exposure to the elements is the reason these shingles go bad. However, this doesn’t happen until after many, many years. So the sight of cracked, broken or curling shingles says a lot about your roof’s age. Any roof beyond 15 years needs to be inspected, no matter how well built it is.
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3 Things You Should Ask Before Hiring Roofers

hiring roofersThis winter is a busy time for roofers in Jacksonville. If you need a brand new roof, you’re going to have to go through the usual route: do your research, ask for referrals from people you trust, and when the round of interviews begin, you will need to verify the authenticity of the roofing crew’s references and licensing. With the basics out of the way, here are 3 things you should ask about before you shake your hands and make a deal, according to Money:

3 Reasons to Stop Putting off Your Roof Inspection

roof inspectionIt goes without saying that your roof is the most important part of your home, yet it’s also the most vulnerable. Protecting you and your family from the harshest of elements is a tough job, and eventually, wear and tear may leave your roof in need of replacement. According to Home Advisor, the lifespan of your roof should stretch to about 20 to 25 years– but that’s with the inclusion of proper maintenance. In order to maintain the integrity of your roof, it pays to schedule an inspection after incidences of severe weather. This serves to help monitor any issues and catch problem areas before they begin to wreak havoc. And if the damages to your roof are extensive, you’ll know it’s time to contact the best roofers in Jacksonville for a roof restoration or replacement.

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A Brief Guide To Different Types Of Roofing Material

types of roofThere are many different types of roofing materials from exotic options such as custom-made tiles to cedar shakes. However, not all of the different roofing options are commonly used in Jacksonville and surrounding areas because they aren’t ideal in our weather and climatic conditions.

At StormForce, we have extensive experience in roofing in this part of the state. With this experience, we often recommend one or more different types of roofing materials for our commercial and residential customers. Understanding a bit about each roofing type can help you to determine the option that is best for your specific home or commercial building.
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Lower Homeowners Insurance Costs Through Wind Mitigation

wind mitigationOne of the great things about living in Florida, and specifically in Jacksonville, is the beautiful year round weather. However, if you have been here more than a season or two you recognize that wind damage from tropical storms and hurricanes can cause considerable havoc to your roof, and you have probably wondered if there is anything you can do to give yourself some protection and lower windstorm insurance costs.

At StormForce of Jacksonville we recommend all of our roofing customers consider having a wind mitigation inspection. Not only can this help you to protect your home but, by putting the suggestions into place, you can actually save considerably on your homeowners insurance costs that can really add up over a lifetime in this area.
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The Purpose And Application Of Roof Flashing

roof flashingThere are a lot of different components to a roofing system, and for those not working in this industry it can be a bit complicated to sit down and have a conversation with a roofing contractor.

One of the roofing components we typically recommend to change with new roofs and roof repairs is the flashing. Since most people aren’t aware of what flashing is, what it does, and how it is applied, we thought it might help to provide some basics.
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How Important Is Attic Ventilation?

attic ventilationAs roofing contractors, our job is actually more than just providing external waterproofing to the roof of your home or commercial building. In fact, the choice of attic ventilation, and the volume of air brought into and out of the attic has a very large impact on the energy efficiency of your home.

The Basics of Ventilation

Attic ventilation, at first glance, may seem to be counterintuitive. After all, how can allowing a stream of cold air into your attic in the winter actually be a good thing? Even more perplexing is the idea of allowing hot air into the attic in the summer, that be a good thing either, can it?

In reality, this exchange of air from the exterior of the home through the attic vents, or soffit vents, is important to keep the attic at a constant temperature level. In the heat of the Florida summers, the outdoor air is still cooler than the superheated air trapped in the attic, and the vents bring in that cooler outside air and force the superheated air outside.
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Easiest Way to Pay for a Roof Replacement in Jacksonville

If a person needs to pay for a roof replacement in Jacksonville, they have a plethora of different contractors to choose from. What the property owner needs to do before making any decisions is assess each of the roofing contractors in the area to try to determine which one is the best choice out there. The initial step is going to the website that belongs to the roofing contractor and finding out whether they are licensed and do they have a real physical business address. In addition, the company should have Workers Comp and General Liability coverage. After the individual has identified the firms that have been offering roof replacement that meet these criteria, the property owner will need to look for feedback posted by former customers who dealt with the contractor.
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Simplest Way to Find a Great Roofing Contractor in Jacksonville

screening roofing contractorIf a property owner wants to find the best roofing contractor in Jacksonville, the very first step is going on the Internet and writing down the names of all the licensed roofing contractors in and around Jacksonville. After the individual has collected the names of all the roofing contractors, they should visit the website belonging to the contractors and find out which companies are rated BBB A+. Once the individual has gathered the names of all the roofing contractors, the next step is to double check whether the contractor is licensed. A property owner cannot hire a roofing contractor if they are not licensed or their property insurance will not cover them if they tried to file a claim in the future. Now that the property owner knows, which of these roofing contractors are licensed and which, are not, the next step is to start reviewing each of the contractors in detail.
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