A roof inspection is essential hurricane season preparation on our vulnerable First Coast. Our seasoned inspectors will spot undiscovered leaks, potential problem areas, and any other threats to the integrity of your protection in a storm. Most consumer experts advise homeowners to schedule a roof assessment annually. Some homeowners find it a good idea to schedule it once before hurricane season, and once after.
Here are the details about these warning signs which can be uncovered during roof inspection:
Loose and Missing Shingles
While this can be a sign of a bad installation of the current roof, the wind is a powerful factor in dislodging shingles. We spot this frequently after hurricane season. A roof inspection is critical in spotting wind or workmanship issues.
Curling and Buckling
A roof buckles because the original installers poorly affixed the felt, the layer below the shingles. Also, homes settle and if the felt loosens, the outside buckles. Curling means the shake is absorbing water. The useful life of your roof has ended.
This is the sheet metal trim where the roof meets a vent, skylight or chimney. Flashing damage is often the result of poor original installation. Also, settling of the house will pull the flashing loose.
Blisters and Rot
Blisters are also a sure sign of moisture in the shingles; it’s time for a replacement roof. Rot means the roof mat is taking on water. That roof has to go.
Water Damage and Moisture in the Attic or Building Crawlspace
By the time you see ceiling stains, you have a very big issue. Roof inspection turns up water damage you can’t see, such as leaks around flashing. Inspectors look for moist insulation, damp sheetrock, and wet wood.
Algae can be a sign your roof is not shedding water properly and is remaining moist.
Roof inspection sometimes turns up the presence of grit or granules in your gutters or at the bottom of a downspout. As asphalt shingle ages, wind can scour off the granules that coat most styles of the shingle. It means your roof is losing a layer of protection. As it seldom happens over an entire roof, roof repair of the worn section may be the answer, and an inspector can give you an estimate of this, or any other repair resulting from his examination.
An asphalt roof has several advantages as a material that you will not find in other materials. There is a reason why it is one of the most popular kinds of roofs throughout the entire nation. If you already have this kind of roof, or you are interested in getting one, we are happy to put our expertise to work on your roof.
he materials behind an asphalt roof, which line the structures of so many everywhere, are brilliant in their simplicity and effectiveness. It starts with composite material at its base, which resembles a piece of cardboard; or, another popular base is fiberglass. This base is flattened and then readied for a most vital feature that is then added to the manufacturing process – tar. This tar is mostly what seals so many rooftops from the weather. The nature of the material is ruggedly protected from the elements while being pliable and flexible enough to work into tight areas. To further harden the shell of an asphalt roof, gravel is added to the still hot tar. Not only does this strengthen against tougher elements such as hail, but it also moderates the temperature. Black tar on hot summer rooftops would be extreme, and the lighter in color gravel, as well as its physical properties, relief that from being a problem.
Reasons Behind the Popularity of An Asphalt Roof:
- Commonality: The simple fact that this material is so popular is, in part, why it is a convenient choice for homeowners. The material is plentiful. The overlapping system in which it is applied to your home is an effective way to thoroughly ensure a tightly sealed system. We see enough hail throughout the year here in the northeastern portion of Florida, so when a ball of hail may dent a single shingle, it is a cost-effective and easy fix.
- Affordability: Because this is such a popular material, you save money when you choose to go with an asphalt roof. Additionally, asphalt shingles are much more affordable than slate or clay tiles.
- Pitch: The greater the pitch of a rooftop, the more it can withstand the challenges of gravity. Think about it: imagine a fast-flying ball of hail screaming toward your house. A flat roof allows that force to smack squarely on the top, but a sloped roof encounters less velocity at an angle. That is true across the board – even gravity’s pull on the structure is less at an angle, and the lightweight shingles of an asphalt roof handles pitch very well.
Attic insulation makes an enormous difference in the smooth functioning of your residential or commercial property and, more to the point, saves you money on your bottom line month after month, year after year. In Florida, we all spend a significant percentage of our utility cost on cooling our home, but to heat our home during our chilly winter costs more per hour than cooling our homes during summer.
So, what is a more energy efficient home worth to you? If you could recoup your investment for adequate to superior attic insulation over the course of a few years, would that be worth it to you? Remember, this return is a matter of only a few years, yet the return is something you would see throughout your time spent on your home.
Because we live in Florida, we may forget how beneficial complete attic insulation is to our home because it is affiliated with heating homes, when we often think of costs for cooling our homes. But just because we don’t see snowstorms doesn’t mean we are not often cold. We can fairly reliably count on cool weather to filter in by November. Toward the end of the month, it may be getting time to turn on that heating. Now, it may not always stay cold, but we will see cold spells throughout the winter, sometimes through March and even into April. That is a good 5 to 6 months of cold spells where we may want to turn on the heat. Since we use this feature enough throughout half the year, you might as well have effective and efficient attic insulation for your home.
Heat rises, of course, so greater insulation will keep maintain heat in your home and keep it from escaping through your roof deck. A couple of hundred dollars on your attic insulation can save you thousands throughout the life of your home.
How we make attic insulation easy during installation:
- Convenience: People absolutely love our simple, sensible yet trailblazing method of installation. While working on your roof, topside, we are able to fill in your attic from the top down, and not the other way around. Going from the bottom up, through the house and then awkwardly hauling through the small pull-down stairway is a hassle and a mess. The old method may lead fiberglass traces throughout your living quarters, and if you get that on your skin once, you never forget it. It embeds itself within the skin’s surface, causing you to feel itchy with not satisfaction until it is dislodged. This can take a few days – after a shower or two – and is a general nuisance.
- Cost-effective: If you hire us for other roof work, this is a cost-effective and efficient way to get two services done at once.
Roof vents are an essential yet often underappreciated aspect to the operations of one’s roof. It is one of the main reasons why we often refer to your overhead structure as a roofing “system,” because there are many parts that make it work the way it should. This function is often the most active feature to your roof is made of a different material from the rest of your home, and we are the professionals to properly take care of this vital performance.
It is easy to overlook the necessary function roof vents perform for your home: they are a location of your house that you rarely if ever visit, and if they are doing their job, then there is no reason to think about them. But are they doing their job to their fullest? Are your home’s vents in decent condition, and could there be other vents that do this job more efficiently? Before you answer those questions, it is important to understand why roof vents are there to begin with.
How essential are roof vents?
- 150 degrees: If you are like us, you have a bit of a weather-geek inside of you. You see the temperatures in northeast Florida and throughout the rest of the south. During the summer it is usually at least in the mid-90s, but you know the real temperature varies in different environments. The heat on the highway that your car’s air-conditioning struggles against versus your lunch break underneath a tree at a picnic table are quite different. And, of course, let’s not forget about the humidity. Your roof faces this heat every single day for nearly six months. As seasoned roofing technicians for many, many years, we know the vital role that roof vents play. Attics routinely meet and exceed temperatures of 150 degrees throughout the summer months, but improved ventilation can handily decrease those numbers and relieve your hard-working air-conditioning system.
- Shingle relief: Asphalt shingles are designed and expected to withstand these mightily hot temperatures. However, what is good for one aspect of your roof is good for the rest, and a less steamy attic is a relief to your home’s shingles. It is simple: an overheated roof deck is more liable to occur with hotter attics, increasing stress on those rugged shingles. Instead of lasting 10 to 15 years, an asphalt shingle roof may last longer with a more gently-cooled attic made possible via improved roof vents.
- Moisture: Despite the effective use of vapor barriers to keep water from entering the attic through vents, moisture is a ubiquitous feature to life everywhere, especially Jacksonville and our surrounding communities. Bathroom exhaust fans, ceiling light fixtures, access panels, and fold-down attic stairway are all other factors that can and often do allow moisture in. Of course, you can imagine what extreme heat and increased moisture can yield to that buffer zone between you and the elements – the attic – mildew, and mold.