Top Googled Questions About Roofing

Screen_Shot_2014-07-02_at_4.15.14_PMBefore taking the time to Google any questions you have about roofing, refer to the information below. Our experts have compiled some of the most commonly asked and top Googled questions homeowners have about roofing paired along with the answers you are searching for.
  • What are the benefits of metal roofing? How do I know if I need a new roof?

    • There are many obvious signs that your roof has a problem. For example, if you notice things like a large amount of missing shingle, a sagging roof, water damage or leaking from the ceiling, you need to call in your local roofing specialists. However, there are other signs you need to diligently check on to make sure your roof is in good shape that are not as obvious. These signs are  shingles that appear to be brittle and deterioration or leaking around chimneys, vents, pipes and flashing details.

    • Here in Jacksonville, metal roofing is becoming more and more popular amongst homeowners. If you are considering investing in a metal roof, you can expect a significantly longer lifespan compared to traditional asphalt roofs, durability against winds up to 140 MPH, a reduction in your energy bill since metal roofs reflect solar heat and an overall environmentally friendly product.

  • What do I do if my roof is leaking?

    • If you discover a leak in your roof, you must act fast to help minimize secondary damages. The first step you need to take is contacting your local roofer to have them come out for a thorough inspection. While waiting for an expert to come and inspect the state of your roof, check for areas of standing or pooling water, clean out your gutters and downspouts, and repair or patch the leak for a temporary fix. If your roof is old and you do not take these steps, your roof damage will only get worse.

  • What areas of my roof are prone to water damage?

    • Air vents

    • Pipe boots

    • Flashing

    • Gas vents

    • Around chimneys

    • Any change in elevation

    • Dead and low slope valleys

    • Anywhere there is an excessive buildup of leaves

    • Ridge vents

    • Turbines

    • Exhaust fans

    • Solar water elements for pools

  • Do I need roofing repair or roofing replacement?

    • Homeowners often question whether or not their roof needs to be replaced or just needs to be repaired. Your roof only needs a repair if you need shingle repair and replacement, you need a fix to a leak or any other minor issues. Chances are, your roof needs to be replaced if a tree has fallen on the roof, there is a significant amount of missing shingles and hail, mold or age have begun to take a toll on your roof’s well being. Roof replacements are oftentimes the result of sudden, inclement weather which homes in Florida are very prone to. You can also expect to invest in a new roof because of your insurance company. Now more than ever, insurance companies are requiring roofs over 8 years old to be placed. If you as the homeowner refuses, you risk getting dropped from your insurance.

  • How long does a shingle roof last for?

    • It depends on what shingle roof you are asking about. A 3 tab asphalt roof’s life expectancy is 20-25 years where as a laminated architectural shingle roof’s life expectancy is 30-50 years.

  • My roof is damaged and needs to be attended to. How do I file an insurance claim?

    • Contact your roofer to inspect and analyze the damage.

    • Decide if you would like your roofer to represent you in the claims process. If you do decide to move forward in the claims process with your roofer, you will then need to contact your insurances’ claims department and let them know who you have arranged to represent your case.

    • Next, explain the storm damage to the insurance company and the approximate date of loss. Inform them that your roofing contractor has already examined the property and confirmed the damage. A claim number will be issued to you for you and your roofing contractor representative.

    • An insurance adjuster will be scheduled to come and examine your property damage. Your roofer will be present at that time to thoroughly discuss the damage that occurred and guarantee that everything necessary to get your property back to its original condition is included. Often times, the insurance adjuster may inadvertently miss damage or not be able to take photos that accurately represent the damage.

    • Finally, when you are ready to begin repairs, you will have to meet your deductible.

Do you still have questions about your roof? You may benefit from personally speaking to one of our roofing professionals and we can answer the questions you have that are unique to your roof and your home. Contact us today to set up a free consultation.

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