How To Know If Your Roofers Are Reliable

bigstock-construction-carpenters-worker-50086991Having repairs done to your roof, and especially having it replaced, is a big project. It requires a lot of research, planning and most importantly, trust from the homeowners. While the roof is easy to take for granted, it is your families’ greatest barrier of protection from the outside elements. Knowing this, any repairs or replacements should be done with great expertise and care. Many roofers only agree to jobs to selfishly put your money in their pockets, not to provide you with the service and quality that you deserve. Sometimes, it can be tricky to tell the good from the bad and the ugly until you have a roofing nightmare to deal with. At AJ Wells roofing, our licensed professionals are held to the highest of standards and are Jacksonville’s true industry experts.

Before hiring any company, no matter what service they provide, it is important to make sure their credentials check out and they are who they say they are. Asking for proof of license, insurance and contact information is only the starting point, especially when it comes to something as important as the roof above your head. What about flashing detail, underlayment issues, Florida hurricane codes, insurance policies and general contracting codes? If your roofer doesn’t understand these important details, a red flag should go off in your head.

Your roofs’ flashing is a very important piece of the roofing puzzle. A roofer should be able to identify flashing issues and readily have a resolution. Repairing a roof without repairing the flashing detail is like covering up a problem with aesthetics – the root of the issue still exists. Flashing is the home’s last and most important line of defense against water damage. Your roofer should be able to recognize proper and improper conditions, make repairs, and educate you on its importance.

Underlayment is another important factor that provides the basis for a successful roof, as it acts as the strong layer between the wood decking and the shingles. Underlayment is the very first step to properly installing the shingles that in return protect the underlayment. Ultimately, if the roofer does a bad job installing the underlayment, the homeowner is left with a huge problem later on. While repairing a roof, some roofers will even ignore the rotted underlayment or rusted metal. At AJ Wells Roofing, we conduct thorough roofing inspections to fully understand each roofs situation before beginning roofing repairs or replacements and coach the homeowners on the best steps to take.

Living in Florida, safety during hurricane season is always a big concern. The Florida hurricane codes are ever-changing to make sure that residential and commercial buildings are as safe as possible and your roofing contractor should be up to date. When buildings fail during big storms, the codes have to be re-evaluated. A home that is 15 years or older won’t follow the new codes that have been established and will be much more susceptible to structural failures. It is crucial that the roofing contractors you choose understands and abides by these codes. The contractors at AJ Wells are accustomed to Florida’s hurricane and tropical storm seasons and know the best tips for preparation and always act quickly to handle repairs and secondary damages.  Along with storm damages come insurance claims, an often stressful task.  The first steps to filing a claim after damage occurs can be confusing, however, AJ Wells offers to represent you and work with the insurance companies to ensure that you get the coverage and repairs your home needs.

Oftentimes, when homeowners think that they having a roof issue, under further inspection by a professional, it turns out to be a problem that stems deeper than just roof repairs or has caused secondary damages. There are huge benefits from a roofing company that also has a general contracting license in case this happens. AJ Wells is a licensed roofing contractor as well as a licensed general contractor and therefore is equipped to fix any necessary home repairs in addition to the roof. This offers homeowners peace of mind that the root of the problem will be fixed and they will not be deceived or left with unresolved problems. A fly-by-night company might overlook or ignore these issues that are out of their expertise, leaving the issue to worsen and potentially turn a repair into a pricey replacement.

A clear understanding the necessary components of a complete roofing system, building codes, insurance claims, and general contracting has allowed AJ Wells Roofing to be Jacksonville’s trusted roofing company with over 40 years of combined roofing experience. Backed by leading industry warranties, AJ Wells is able to provide excellent service and quality products to Jacksonville residents so homeowners don’t have to stress over unstable roofs. A reliable roofing company not only provides excellent service, but peace of mind for the homeowners that their biggest investment is in good hands. For more information or to schedule a free estimate with AJ Wells, click here.

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