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Questions Jacksonville Homeowners Ask About Roofing

Screen_Shot_2015-02-11_at_10.10.49_AMJacksonville homeowners typically ask us very similar questions regarding their roofing. If you are in the process of researching roofing companies and services, check out these FAQs that could possibly answer a question you’ve been asking.

How much will a new roof cost me?

We offer free estimates for anyone interested in our services but the price of a new roof is based off of a variety of factors. When going through an estimate, our roofers consider aspects such as the size of the job, the manipulation of materials, the steepness of the roof, and so on. Sometimes once we get started on a job, we come across unforeseen damages that we may not have seen in the estimate so be prepared for additional costs that may come up. These modifications are called change orders in the construction world. With change orders, you’ll receive a credit for what was originally quoted and then charged the new full amount.

What are some signs that my roof has been damaged?

DSC03779From the exterior of your home, you can look for signs such as:

  • Shingles that are split, curled or blistered
  • Missing or loose tiles or shingles
  • Any broken shingles at the hip or ridge line that may have been caused by wind or storm damage
  • Any sign of exposed nails
  • Any sign of dark patches (might be an indicator of mold)
  • Rusted metal where the roof meets vertical areas of the house
  • Sagging on the roof slope or ridges
  • Any depressed area around vent pipes or other roof penetrations and eve areas may be signs of wood damage and structural damage

From the interior of your home, you can look for signs such as:

  • Obvious signs of leaking
  • Signs of water damage or tea colored stains on the ceiling board, sheetrock, drywall and plaster. Plaster is commonly found in older homes like those in Riverside, San Marco, Ortega and Avondale.

What should I do if my roof has been damaged by wind or hail?

Lifted_ShinglesAfter a storm, some damages specific to wind that you should look out for are:

  • shingles laying in your yard or on the roof
  • lifted, creased, broken or curled shingles

After a storm, some damages specific to hail that you should look out for are:

  • chips to window glazings
  • holes in window, patio and pool screens
  • indentations on gutters or the HVAC unit
  • bruised shingles
  • shingles that are spongy to the touch
  • signs of loss granulation

Also, if you notice any of the above damages to a neighbor’s roof or if you see that your neighbor is getting their roof replaced, there’s a very high chance your roof will also need some repair work or a replacement. In this event, it’s important to act fast because you may not notice the initial effects of wind and hail damage but the prolonged effects can decrease the lifespan of your roof significantly. If your roof has taken a beating from a bad storm, contact AJ Wells Roofing Contractors for an immediate inspection.

How do I file an insurance claim?

If you need to file an insurance claim on your damaged roof, the first thing you have to do is contact your insurance adjuster to make them aware of the situation. From there, make contact with your roofer. Your roofer will fully inspect your roof and identify what damage has been done and give you an understanding of what the repair process will look like. He can outline the damages, scope of work and provide you with any relatable information necessary but will not act as a licensed public adjuster. When the insurance adjuster comes out to inspect your roofer, your roofer will also be present to point out things that the adjuster may oversee and so notes can be compared to ensure your house gets the appropriate compensation for repair or replacement.

What’s the purpose of flashing?

Flashing is the material used in the knee walls and change of elevations on roofs to prevent water from seeping into the interior of the home. If flashing is not properly installed and water damage occurs, your home could be in danger of structural damage and mold.

What are my options if I have a flat roof?

Screen_Shot_2015-02-11_at_9.53.52_AMInstalling ISO boards is the best option you have to prolong the lifespan of your flat roof. An ISO board is a structural piece that adds insulation and is constructed to add slope to a flat roof. Flat roofs are notorious for their drainage issues and standing water. Standing water increases the weight of the roof which will eventually take a toll on the entire structure. By adding in ISO boards and creating a slope, you minimize the likelihood of ponding water collecting on your roof.

For any other roofing questions you may have or if you need an expert to come and inspect your roof, contact us today.



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