Roof Wood Replacement in Jacksonville FL

In recent years, many cities and homeowners associations have prohibited wood shake roofs because they are not fire safe. Even if this is not the case in your area, wood roofs need to be replaced about every 20 years.

Many people are now choosing to replace their wood shake roofs with fire safe choices:

  • Asphalt or fiberglass shingles are relatively lightweight and typically last anywhere from 10 to 30 years. However, they are usually less aesthetically pleasing and darker colors can increase the temperature in your attic space.
  • Metal roofs weigh less than asphalt or fiberglass shingles. Metal roofs are fireproof, because steel does not burn. In addition, most consider metal roofs to be an aesthetically pleasing choice, similar to wood shake roofs. It has also been estimated that metal roofs can withstand winds up to 120 mph.
  • Concrete and clay tiles are the heaviest roofing materials, so it may be necessary to consult an engineer before replacing a roof with these tiles. With age, these tiles can break or become brittle, causing the roofing surface to discolor or deteriorate. Concrete tiles are not waterproof and can absorb about 15% of their weight in water. When considering reroofing with these materials, it is important to note that the tiles are installed over a plywood and roofing felt foundation. Periodically, all of the tiles may have to be removed to install new felt. This option may not be suitable for an older home.


When choosing roofing materials for a structure, it is vital that your roofing contractor considers the building’s weight limitations. In cases of new construction, it is best to “load the roof” by placing all of the roofing materials in stacks on the roof before the stucco and drywall are installed. If this is not done, the stucco and drywall can be expected to crack dramatically. This cracking can also be expected when installing a heavier roof on an older home.

Contact us for a free roof inspection or an estimate for your next roofing project. We work on both commercial and residential properties, and are supported by a well-established team of experienced contractors, offering more than 40 years of combined roofing experience. Have peace of mind that your home is in great hands with our firm.