Protect Your Roof during Hurricane Season!

Baton down the hatches! The 2020 hurricane season officially starts today, June 1, and has leading experts predicting above-normal probability for major hurricanes and storms making landfall in the U.S. Meteorologists from Colorado State University, one of the nation’s top hurricane forecasters, predicts 16 tropical storms will form, of which eight will become hurricanes. In an average season, 12 tropical storms, six of which are hurricanes, are typical.

The dire predictions compound potential issues for homeowners already stressed and sheltering in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. Experts are urging homeowners to proactively line-up defenses and be ready for heightened storm activity, before the home improvement center and retailer rush that occurs when hurricane and tropical storm forecasts threaten regionally.

It’s also wise to prioritize home improvement projects now that will strengthen and better protect your home over the long run. Choosing stronger materials, making sure projects meet or exceed codes and standards, and investing in improvements designed to maximize performance and reliability can improve the chances of riding out storms unscathed. Also, once major storm activity hits, the demand for contractor services for repairs and replacements spikes, so being proactive early and taking preventative action now may prevent major headaches and long delay times down the line.

Case in point is the roofing industry. Spring is already a popular time for re-roofing projects and experts say for hurricane-prone areas, working closely together with your contractor to select the most resilient options possible to best fortify your roof is a smart move. That includes choosing materials like metal roofing that can better withstand hail, driving rain and extreme winds including F-2 tornado force winds of up to 140 mph. Since roofs take the brunt of monster storms, an investment in a higher quality roof can help save homes from sustaining major damage and will hold up better over time.

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Other measures to take well in advance of the hurricane season:

  • Be ready to protect openings: Permanent shutters are the best protection. If window replacement is in order this spring, consider impact resistant versions. A lower-cost approach is to put up plywood panels. Use 1/2 inch marine plywood cut to fit each window. Remember to mark which board fits which window. Pre-drill holes every 18 inches for screws. Especially with social distancing measures in place, get materials and work to complete this step long before the storm. Brace doors and jambs, including garage doors, or replace with those that meet current wind and impact resistant standards and codes.
  • Survey your landscape: In hurricanes, any object can become a dangerous projectile. Trim branches away from the home and take down/dispose of loose limbs, remove weakened and dying trees, clear patios and yards of barbecues, heavy planter pots, furniture and other moveable objects.
  • Re-evaluate improvement projects: Work with your contractor to determine the best and most protective materials and installation measures that you can afford to help improve your home’s resiliency. Do your research and make sure codes, standards and quality materials meant to stand up to extreme conditions are being followed and used.
  • Get an independent evaluation: Getting a check-up from a certified building inspector or structural engineer can be a good investment. For the roof, check hurricane anchors and straps, make sure the appropriate number of attachments and fasteners have been used, that roof trusses have adequate bracing and panels are properly attached, and soffits, flashing and existing material are in good shape. There are many ways to work safely with home improvement experts while sheltering in place to ensure projects move forward without delay.
  • Check your insurance coverage: Now is an ideal time to do an insurance check-up to make sure your home and car coverage are adequate.
  • Stock up: Since shortages of various items are increasingly common these days, stock up early on items such as batteries, flashlights, a battery-operated radio, fully charged back up cell phone chargers, first aid kits, nonperishable food (don’t forget pet food) and medicine. Consider designating a “safe room” in your home, stocking it with snacks, water, emergency kit supplies and bedding.
  • Have a plan: Make sure family members know how to turn off gas, electricity and water. Disconnect propane at the tank. Have a plan for where to meet and how to communicate if family members get separated and cell coverage is unavailable. Consider how to protect and care for pets as part of the planning process. Know your emergency shelters and how to contact disaster information resources in your area. Create a written list of emergency contact information in case cell phones are unavailable or not working and keep with preparedness kit supplies.

 Schedule your FREE roof inspection today!

About AJ Wells Roofing Contractors, Inc

AJ Wells Roofing Contractors, Inc. is a general contractor and leading roofing business headquartered out of Jacksonville, FL, serving homeowners throughout Northeast Florida since 2003. Owner and CEO Arthur J. Wells founded the family-owned and operated company, leading a highly seasoned team of roofing experts and technicians who specialize in insurance restoration, re-roofing projects to replace old roofs, and roofs repairs resulting from a loss occurrence. The main office is located at 5651 Colcord Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32211. To find out more, visit www.ajwellsroofing.com or call 904 553-0069.

Storm Season: Picking the Best Roofer

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The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic may have weakened economies and put populations at a standstill around the world, but it’s no match for North Florida’s hurricane season. No matter what’s happening on the ground, Mother Nature has her own plans, and if your roof is not ready for the season, then now’s the time to take action.

Florida is tough on roofs, period. From the excessive rainy weather to the beating Florida sun and high year-round temperatures, the elements in Florida make roof maintenance a must. Throw in a stray hurricane or three per season, and you better have the right roofing company on speed dial. Let’s take a look at how to make sure your roof is ready to weather the storm and what to look for when you choose the right roofer for your needs.

You’ve got extra drinking water, lots of flashlight batteries, and a sufficient supply of gas for the genny. But how’s your roof doing? It’s a sitting duck for high winds, so getting it ready for big storms to roll by is important. 

The Roofer You Choose Can

  • Inspecting your roof's structure and materials for potential weaknesses and small issues that can be made worse when a tropical storm or hurricane hit home. Fixing the minor stuff before the weatherman tells you it's getting serious makes sense, and a good roofer will recommend it. - Recommending a roof replacement when necessary. All the patching in the world will do no good if the roof's bones aren't there. Whether from previous storm damage, age, or just general disrepair, roofs aren't made to last forever. - Battening down the hatches. If time has run out and you have little time left for repairs before the worst of the weather hits, choose a roofer who can apply some creative tactics to keep minimize additional damage to your roof until things settle back down again.
  • Recommending a roof replacement when necessary. All the patching in the world will do no good if the roof's bones aren't there. Whether from previous storm damage, age, or just general disrepair, roofs aren't made to last forever.
  • Battening down the hatches. If time has run out and you have little time left for repairs before the worst of the weather hits, choose a roofer who can apply some creative tactics to keep minimize additional damage to your roof until things settle back down again.

“Homeowners should always have an expert conduct a quick inspection on their roof to see if the home has sustained any damage from a fierce storm.”

Arthur J. Wells, Owner and CEO of AJ Wells Roofing & Construction

Selecting the Best Roofer

Then choosing a roofer, remember not all are made from the same stuff, despite their fancy truck or flashy business cards. A top-notch roofer is one that is licensed, bonded, and fully insured. In terms of insurance, he should carry both liability and worker’s compensation insurance. Ask for proof, and then call the carrier of the roofer’s insurance to make sure the policy is in force.

In general, going local is the best idea. Lots of companies can dispatch a roofer to your location, but when you go local, you’re usually going with a roofer who has built up a reputation that he wants to protect. Is that company offering a 5-year warranty on a new roof really going to be around if you need to enforce it? Your local roofer likely will, since he’s been there for a while.

Money talks, but not always. Price shouldn’t be the only factor you take into consideration when hiring a contractor for a roofing job. An unestablished roofer with an untested reputation may be cheaper, but do you want to rely on his word that he knows what he’s doing?

No matter who you hire for your roofing work, be sure to get everything in writing. Do not pay for work until it is complete and you’re satisfied with the work. Discuss payment terms prior to the commencement of work, and be sure that both of you are comfortable with them.

For work done after the big storms, beware of storm chasing roofers that just “happen to be” in your neighborhood. Scams prevail in the aftermath of every hurricane, and sometimes dishonesty too. Don’t be a victim.

And remember. The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 to November 30, so even if you dodge one storm or two early on, there’s months of potential calamitous weather ahead. Get with your roofer to make sure your roof is up to the challenge.

 Schedule your FREE roof inspection today!

About AJ Wells Roofing Contractors, Inc

AJ Wells Roofing Contractors, Inc. is a general contractor and leading roofing business headquartered out of Jacksonville, FL, serving homeowners throughout Northeast Florida since 2003. Owner and CEO Arthur J. Wells founded the family-owned and operated company, leading a highly seasoned team of roofing experts and technicians who specialize in insurance restoration, re-roofing projects to replace old roofs, and roofs repairs resulting from a loss occurrence. The main office is located at 5651 Colcord Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32211. To find out more, visit www.ajwellsroofing.com or call 904 553-0069.

What to look for in the roof when you’re buying a home

Don’t let the excitement surrounding the purchase of a new home prevent you from due diligence when it comes to inspecting the home for potential hidden problems. One of the most important things that you can do when you are shopping for a home is to inspect the roof to look for missing shingles or shingles that have been patched. An unsightly or dilapidated roof is not just an eyesore that detracts from the overall curb appeal of your home; it can also be a money pit that you end up spending a lot of cash to climb out of.

Inspections, Inspections

If you are taking out a mortgage on your home, chances are good that it will go through one or more official, professional inspections prior to the approval of your loan anyway. However, you can get a good feel of whether the inspection is going to go good or bad by visually looking over the roof yourself. Look for buckled, curling, broken, cracked shingles or other roofing materials, and notice if the roof has proper ventilation, the lack of which can lead to a whirlwind of problems later.

“Homeowners should always have an expert conduct a quick inspection on their roof to see if the home has sustained any damage from a fierce storm.”

Arthur J. Wells, Owner and CEO of AJ Wells Roofing & Construction

The Roof’s History

If possible, try to find out as much as you can about the roof from the existing homeowner or real estate agent. The age of the roof is important, and if you can find out if the roof has been replaced or any other major work done on the roof, that is also a big bonus. Keep in mind that a typical roof made with asphalt shingles can last up to 25 years, perhaps slightly less in the Florida sun coupled with Florida’s often inclement weather and storm systems. It is also generally a good idea to find out if the roof has been replaced, who replaced it. Not all roofers are created equally, and if the roof replacement was a DIY job or done by an unseemly company, then you may be in a setup where you end up with a failed roof after a few years.

Roof Styles

Also consider the type of roof, since this can give you a good idea of the amount of maintenance, repair work, and other possible issues that you may encounter if you decide to go through with the purchase of the home. For instance, a home with a flat roof, may be a strong indicator that you’re going to have some major leaks on down the road. Be sure that the home that you choose has a roof that you are comfortable with and that makes sense for the area where it’s located.

Deal Breaker?

For the savvy home buyer, the roof is a critical part of the home, and if there are issues with the roof, experts might go so far as to call them deal breakers. If you have any doubt about the roof’s structure integrity, be sure to insist on your own inspection as a buyer that goes beyond the seller’s inspection or the bank’s inspection.

A.J. Wells Roofing & Construction offers free inspections to guide you in the right direction whether you need repairs, a replacement or recommendations before filing an insurance claim for storm damage.

Roof damage from a winter storm is an issue you can’t afford to put off with hurricane season around the next corner. We can help. Schedule your free roof inspection today!

About AJ Wells Roofing Contractors, Inc

AJ Wells Roofing Contractors, Inc. is a general contractor and leading roofing business headquartered out of Jacksonville, FL, serving homeowners throughout Northeast Florida since 2003. Owner and CEO Arthur J. Wells founded the family-owned and operated company, leading a highly seasoned team of roofing experts and technicians who specialize in insurance restoration, re-roofing projects to replace old roofs, and roofs repairs resulting from a loss occurrence. The main office is located at 5651 Colcord Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32211. To find out more, visit www.ajwellsroofing.com or call 904 553-0069.

Should I Repair Or Replace My Roof?

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You may have heard it said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This definitely holds true when it comes to your home’s roofing system. If you are wondering whether or not you should replace your roof, then there are several factors that come into play when weighing roof replacement versus roof repair. Keep in mind that putting off needed repairs can be a good way to save money in the short-term, but over the course of time it could end up costing more to delay repairing or replacing your roof.

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New Roof or Repairs?

A few clues that you need to look for to know that it’s time to actually go and replace that roof and forget about repairing it all together if your roof has signs of moisture or water damage, it is a recipe for disaster because things can definitely get worse. If you are seeing signs in your home of brown spots located on your ceiling or if you’re experiencing some old, then it’s definitely time to consider a total roof replacement in blue of a repair.

Moreover, if your roof is more than 5 years old and is starting to leak, then you may have a problem related to the quality of the materials that the installer used or to the actual installation itself. If defective materials have led to your roof prematurely needing to be replaced, then it’s best to just go ahead and do the replacement using quality materials and a trusted roofer instead of pouring more money into a roof that’s destined to fail.

“Homeowners should always have an expert conduct a quick inspection on their roof to see if the home has sustained any damage from a fierce storm.”

Arthur J. Wells, Owner and CEO of AJ Wells Roofing & Construction

So what are some options to consider?

SHINGLES ONLY REPAIRS

Replacing just the shingles is one option that a lot of homeowners look at, and this strategy works sometimes to restore the beauty and the functionality of your roof without being out a lot of money. Still, prior to deciding to go the shingle replacement route and forgo a total replacement of your roof, it is a good idea to have your roofer get in there and really inspect your roof to see if the underlayment or the roof’s flashing has damage that needs to be repaired first. There’s a significant difference between just a few shingles that were lost due to a windstorm and a leak that is damaging the overall structural integrity of the roof itself.

PATCHING

Another alternative to total roof replacement is simply patching up the areas of the roof that are damaged. Some owners go this route, and there’s nothing wrong with it if as is the case with replacing shingles, the underlayment and the structure of the roof is otherwise intact. Again, have your roofer to come out and do an inspection to determine if just patching the roof in the damaged area is enough to extend its lifespan without causing any additional damage to the roof.

ROOF OVERS

A third technique that is sometimes employed when it comes to saving off roof replacement is simply roofing over the existing roof. However, this is not always a good idea because when you roof over a damaged roof you are basically essentially just covering problems that may become painfully worse as time progresses. What’s more, you will essentially have two full layers of shingles to cover up a damaged roof, and this can amount to more weight than your local building codes allow for and can even turn dangerous if the roof were to fail.

Looking to a Professional

If you suspect your roof has sustained any damage from winter storms, it is important to have it properly assessed before the next storm arrives. Roof damage, like unseen wind damage, can become larger and more costly issues when they go unrepaired. Roofs present safety challenges ​for​ ​homeowners​ who ​​try​ ​to​ ​do​ ​a​ ​self-inspection. A licensed, experienced and trustworthy roofing contractor can detect roof damage before it threatens the integrity of your home’s structure and they can do it safely. 

A.J. Wells Roofing & Construction offers free inspections to guide you in the right direction whether you need repairs, a replacement or recommendations before filing an insurance claim for storm damage.

Roof damage from a winter storm is an issue you can’t afford to put off with hurricane season around the next corner. We can help. Schedule your free roof inspection today!

About AJ Wells Roofing Contractors, Inc

AJ Wells Roofing Contractors, Inc. is a general contractor and leading roofing business headquartered out of Jacksonville, FL, serving homeowners throughout Northeast Florida since 2003. Owner and CEO Arthur J. Wells founded the family-owned and operated company, leading a highly seasoned team of roofing experts and technicians who specialize in insurance restoration, re-roofing projects to replace old roofs, and roofs repairs resulting from a loss occurrence. The main office is located at 5651 Colcord Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32211. To find out more, visit www.ajwellsroofing.com or call 904 553-0069.

February Storms Hit Northeast Florida Homes Hard: Make Sure Your Roof is Ready for the 2020 Hurricane Season

If this February’s cold fronts have taught us anything, it’s that we are susceptible to powerful windstorms even outside of hurricane season. A few weeks ago, some Northeast Florida residents experienced wind gusts as high as 76 mph as strong winter storms wreaked havoc on area homes, properties, roadways and communities leaving up to 20,000 without power. Read news article about this latest storm.

“Homeowners should always have an expert conduct a quick inspection on their roof to see if the home has sustained any damage from a fierce storm.”

Arthur J. Wells, Owner and CEO of AJ Wells Roofing & Construction

There are a few months left before the 2020 hurricane season officially starts. Now is the recommended time to assess any roof damage or vulnerabilities caused by this last winter storm in order to ensure your roof is weather-ready for the next one.

Looking Back

While it is frustrating to think about hurricanes during the five months of reprieve, a look back at last year’s storms reminds us about the importance of staying diligent in our preparations in order to keep our families protected year-round. Recent winter storms have done their fair share of damage, some residents just beginning to circumvent the insurance claims process. If last year was any indication, we know hurricane season can bring much bigger storms with stronger winds and greater damage our way. 

“It is also a good idea to hire a contractor that has the aptitude and trade knowledge to put your roof back together the right way and get your home back up to par.”

Arthur J. Wells, Owner and CEO of AJ Wells Roofing & Construction

According to NOAA, 2019 marked the fourth consecutive above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. Last year there were 18 named storms, including six hurricanes of which three were major storms of Cat 3, 4 or 5. Luckily, Dorian stayed 90 miles off the First Coast, but it still caused area property damage from its heavy rains and winds.

The list of names for the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Looking Ahead

Stay in front of the storms in your home’s maintenance and upkeep, especially as it pertains to your roof. According to NOAA, right now is the time for families and communities to become weather-ready and prepare for the season ahead of us.

If you were hit hard by February winds, falling branches, power lines and debris, a roof inspection is recommended to assess, repair and restore your home. A quick roof inspection will help you to identify any recent damage or vulnerabilities caused by these recent winter storms. It is important to deal with repairs before the next storm occurrence. When roof damage is left unaddressed, the next storm can compound your property damage and quickly change your need for a small repair to a full roof replacement. This is the difference of thousands of dollars.

“It is also a good idea to hire a contractor that has the aptitude and trade knowledge to put your roof back together the right way and get your home back up to par.”

Arthur J. Wells, Owner and CEO of AJ Wells Roofing & Construction

The roofer will make sure that your roof:

  • New signs of leaks and/or water damage on your ceiling
  • Tree limbs, branches and/or debris on your roof
  • Missing or creased shingles

Looking to a Professional

If you suspect your roof has sustained any damage from winter storms, it is important to have it properly assessed before the next storm arrives. Roof damage, like unseen wind damage, can become larger and more costly issues when they go unrepaired. Roofs present safety challenges ​for​ ​homeowners​ who ​​try​ ​to​ ​do​ ​a​ ​self-inspection. A licensed, experienced and trustworthy roofing contractor can detect roof damage before it threatens the integrity of your home’s structure and they can do it safely. 

A.J. Wells Roofing & Construction offers free inspections to guide you in the right direction whether you need repairs, a replacement or recommendations before filing an insurance claim for storm damage.

“If you have experienced a storm this winter and haven’t had your roof inspected, give us a call at 904 553-0069. We have the most qualified, trustworthy, trained and knowledgeable staff in storm restoration, and we can help.”

Arthur J. Wells, Owner and CEO of AJ Wells Roofing & Construction

Roof damage from a winter storm is an issue you can’t afford to put off with hurricane season around the next corner. We can help. Schedule your free roof inspection today!

About AJ Wells Roofing Contractors, Inc

AJ Wells Roofing Contractors, Inc. is a general contractor and leading roofing business headquartered out of Jacksonville, FL, serving homeowners throughout Northeast Florida since 2003. Owner and CEO Arthur J. Wells founded the family-owned and operated company, leading a highly seasoned team of roofing experts and technicians who specialize in insurance restoration, re-roofing projects to replace old roofs, and roofs repairs resulting from a loss occurrence. The main office is located at 5651 Colcord Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32211. To find out more, visit www.ajwellsroofing.com or call 904 553-0069.

Article References

NOAA: Active 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season Comes to an End:

https://www.noaa.gov/media-release/active-2019-atlantic-hurricane-season-comes-to-end

National Weather Service: Hurricane Safety Tips and Resources

https://www.weather.gov/safety/hurricane

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