Storm Season: Picking the Best Roofer

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.

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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.

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