Roof Decking Replacement in Jacksonville FL

Checking to see if your roof’s decking and rafters are water soaked is not a simple process. Decking is the structural integrity of the roof, and 95% of residential homes in Florida have decking and rafters that are made of wood. In order to complete this process, an expert at A.J. Wells Roofing & Construction has to:

Remove the Roof

If there is any damage to your roof that needs repair, an inspection of the roof must be completed. Florida Building Code R908.3 states, “New roof coverings shall not be installed without first removing all existing layers of roof coverings where the existing roof or roof covering is water soaked or has deteriorated to the point that the existing roof or roof covering is not adequate as a base for additional roofing.” Roofers legally cannot attach any new materials to a damaged substrate. At A.J. Wells Roofing & Construction, we pride ourselves on fixing the root cause of the problem and not just the symptoms. When damage is done to the roof, we take a look to make sure the decking is intact. If damage is done to the decking, we inspect the rafters. We follow that investigative process until the full extent of the damage is identified. Whether it is merely shingle replacement or repairing water damaged walls, we get the whole job done, not just the parts that are convenient for us. Many roofing companies will quote a set price before assessing the decking. Once they open the roof up and realize there is much more damage than they factored into the quote, they end up cutting corners in order to make up for the shortage. Because each roof is case by case, A.J. Wells Roofing & Construction is always honest and upfront with homeowners about pricing. Quotes for wood decking damage are always “TBD” until a proper assessment has been made.

Replace Any Damaged Wood Decking

A roof’s decking must be structurally stable to attach all Florida approved roofing materials, so if the wood decking and rafters are water soaked, all roof decking will need replacing. OSB swells and deteriorates quickly with very little water. On the other hand, plywood decking undergoes delamination, where the individual plys in plywood decking begins to separate. Lastly, 1×4, 1×6, and 1×8 board decking (more common in older homes) splits and has knots. With so many varieties of decking, replacing the decking is a much larger task to tackle than an ordinary exterior roof replacement, so you’ll want to choose a qualified company to complete the project.

For more information on your home’s structural integrity, call A.J. Wells Roofing & Construction to get your free quote. This is an issue you do not want to wait replacing. Call Today at (904) 553-0069 or visit us at