6 Steps to Maintain Your Asphalt Roof

  • By proadAccountId-351455
  • 10 Nov, 2016

There's a reason why "At least we have a roof over our heads” is a popular expression. A good, sturdy roof means safety and comfort for you and your family. On the other hand, a roof that’s not doing its job can cause costly damage to the home and its contents.

Asphalt shingles are by far the most popular type of roofing in the United States. They’re economical, long-lasting, and they do a great job keeping the roof weather-tight. But they also cover hundreds or thousands of square feet on a house and they’re exposed to strong sun, wind and hail over the course of many years. Of course, things can go wrong over time.

You can minimize problems with your asphalt roof by inspecting it for signs of wear or damage with this six-step program. If you spot problems promptly, you can have them repaired before any further damage occurs to the home. You’ll save a lot of money and aggravation and keep your home safe, dry and comfortable.

1. Inspect Indoors

Start your roof inspection inside the house by examining your ceiling. If you see dark areas on ceilings, damp spots near a fireplace or wood stove chimney, peeling paint near roof overhangs, or water stains on pipes that vent your furnace or water heater through the roof, you may have roof leaks.

2. Examine Shingles

After every major storm and at least once a year, inspect the asphalt shingles themselves. Using binoculars to view the roof from the ground, look for shingles that are missing, torn, or shifted out of place. Look also for shingles that are warped, curled, or lifting at the bottom edge. Any of these problems could allow water to get to the roof’s underlayment during the next hard storm, causing leaks and rot.

3. Check Flashing

Flashing is narrow strips of metal or vinyl around skylights, chimneys, and attic vents. Make sure the flashing is all in place and that caulking around its edges is intact and not cracked. If you have steel flashing, look for signs of rust as well.

4. Inspect Boots

Check to see if the rubber boots around vent pipes are cracked or torn, and that caulking around them is sound too. If the boots are beginning to deteriorate, it's time to replace them.

5. Look for Moss and Lichen

If you find clumps of lichen or moss or any other plants growing on your roof, it might mean that the roof is suffering from major decay. Have the roof inspected by an expert. Moss killer is usually applied in the fall, and moss swept off the roof in the spring.

6. Schedule Professional Inspection

There’s a lot you can’t see from the ground, so it’s recommended that homeowners have their roof inspected annually by a roofing professional. In the Jacksonville, Florida, area, Quality Discount Roofing is your trusted friend in the roofing business.

By proadAccountId-351455 23 Jun, 2017

If your roof skylight is leaking, it can be very frustrating. It is even worse if your home suffered major damage during a hurricane, which is a frequent problem here in Florida. It is nice to be able to enjoy the sky without rain pouring down into your living room.


Professional contractors help you and your family get skylight leaks and other roofing problems quickly solved. Quality Discount Roofing is a company that likes to take care of its customers. Many people own older homes that need regular maintenance. Our roofers repair skylights or completely replace a roof.

Unfortunately, leaking skylights are more common than they should be. Sometimes the skylights and the flashing around them are improperly installed to begin with. Sometimes flashing becomes corroded or is damaged by storm debris or even hail.

 

Sometimes water dripping from a skylight isn’t caused by leak at all. Instead, condensation may be forming where there isn’t enough insulation around a skylight.

 

When faced with water dripping from your skylight, the first step is contacting a roofer, who will inspect the roof above and below the skylight and make obvious repairs. If those don’t work, you may need to call someone to replace the flashing around the skylight.

 

For any roofing problem, call Quality Discount Roofing in Jacksonvillle, (904) 396-5000.

 

By proadAccountId-351455 23 Jun, 2017

Your house is one of your major investments, so protecting it from hurricanes is most likely among your top priorities. The energy in hurricanes is enough to detach the roof of your house from the main frame and cause other serious damage. Here are some precautions to protect your house during Florida’s hurricane season.


Get a Roof Inspection

Contact a Jacksonville roof repair specialist to help you inspect your roof. A specialist has the knowledge and experience to find faults in the roof and determine whether it can handle a hurricane. The contractor will inspect the interior to determine whether the roof has been weakened by moisture and molds. He will also check for loose shingles, leaks and cracked caulk. You will then receive a detailed report after the inspection. The report may include his recommendations, life expectancy estimate and the cost of repairs.

Clean Your Gutter and Drainage Systems

The drainage system plays a major role in mitigating storm damage. A hurricane comes with rain capable of causing serious damage. You want to make sure your gutters and drainage systems are free to conduct water effectively in the event of a storm. Get rid of all the debris from the drainage systems. Ensure the gutters are clear so that the rain water can flow through them easily. You may need a roofing contractor to help you clean the gutters effectively.

Review Your Insurance Policies

You need to review your insurance policy and make sure it will cover the full cost of construction in case you lose the house in a hurricane. Make sure the insurance covers up to the cost of roofing. Some insurance companies do not cover residential roofing, so you need to check with your provider first. Apart from roofing insurance, you need to determine if you are covered against floods. Some people cover their houses against hurricanes and ignore the flood that usually follows.

Add Roof Straps

Anyone doing roofing installation and repair around Jacksonville should attach the roof to the walls with metal straps. Placing straps is required by Florida law. Straps help to strengthen the roof and make it more resistant to failure when subjected to high winds. All straps used in residential roofing should have less than a half inch gap from the truss.
You need to be well-prepared if you want to survive a hurricane. This year, the National Weather Service expects more than four hurricanes and 10 major storms . Contact Quality Discount Roofing to inspect your house and recommend the relevant repairs before as the season begins.


By proadAccountId-351455 04 May, 2017

Metal roofs are among the most used roofs. This may be due to the many benefits they offer to homeowners and commercial buildings. They are inexpensive to build as they are manufactured by recycling iron and steel. A metal roof can last for more than 50 years with minimal to no maintenance at all. However, to add more life to your metal roof, you should carry out some basic maintenance.

Inspect your roof on a regular basis

It is easy to forget the roof as we go about life. If your house is anywhere near trees, however, you may want to check the roof regularly. Leaves and debris can get stuck on your roof and gutters, causing a blockage.

After harsh weather, you also need to check your roof. Even though metal roofs are strong, sometimes they can be damaged by bad weather. Strong winds, for instance, may cause your roof to loosen. While this could be a serious problem, you can get ahead of problems by checking the roof after the storm and tightening everything you find loose.

Inspecting the roof on a regular basis helps you avoid unpleasant surprises. You can note problems as soon as they start to occur.

Use sealants

To increase the strength and durability of your roof, consider using sealants. Metals are prone to rust and corrosion. You can help prevent this by finding a suitable sealant for your roof. Adding or applying the sealant to your roof  can increase its life by protecting it from the corrosive elements.

You can also apply paint or a coating to to protect your roof and increase its durability. 

Fix holes as soon as you see them

As the roof gets exposed for a long time, it can get damaged and get holes. Here you may decide to either replace the roof or repair it. Whichever solution you choose, make sure you find an expert on metal roof repair or metal roof installation. 

One of the serious issues that occur on metal roofing is letting someone without the knowledge to work on your roof. Metal roofing should be installed and repaired by professionals who know what they are doing. Roofing experts know that when you decide to repair your roof, you should always do it with a metal similar to your roof.

Some metals don’t react well with each other and may cause chemical reactions that create corrosion.

If you are in need of any of services like metal roof repair or metal roof installation, choose Quality Discount Roofing. You can check out its website   to see some of the services and products it can offer you. 

By proadAccountId-351455 01 May, 2017

While tar and gravel have dominated the flat roofing market for a long time, commercial EPDM rubber is becoming increasingly popular. Today, rubber accounts for more than 37 percent of the flat roofing industry.

While the white color offers superior energy efficiency, black is still dominant. By painting your black rubber roof, you will give your residence a fresh look while keeping it cool. Since the white color will reflect the sun’s rays, you will save on your home’s cooling costs.

Preparing your roof

The first step in the painting process is to clean the roof. Start by removing all the debris before you begin painting. Remember to seal the seams and address any leakages in your roof. Begin by removing the large stones, sticks, leaves, and branches manually before you start sweeping. After you sweep the roof, use a pressure washer, detergent, and water to clean the roof. Avoid the corrosive detergents that can harm the delicate rubber surface and increase the cost of EPDM repairs.

Working on a roof on a hot, calm day is a good idea because you need to let the clean roof dry. Inspect the roof thoroughly and identify any cracks that might cause some leakages. You can seal the cracks with liquid rubber. Avoid silicone caulk in your commercial roofing since it does not seal the seams well. If you want to avoid the leaks in the future, you should engage a professional roofing company to acquire the genuine rubber roofing products. A professional roofer  will cover all the seams and apply the tape in the right way to avoid leaks. 

Paint selection

The quality of the paint makes a huge impact on the outcome of the job. You need to find a paint that is as flexible as the rubber felt. The flexible paint is durable and resilient enough to adhere to the rubber surface. Once painted, the rubber surface will withstand the direct sunlight and all types of harsh weather. A professional roofer will choose a paint that does not react and corrode the rubber surface.. 

Applying Paint

When painting the rubber roof, you need to have a squeegee or a paint roller. You should pour the paint on the roof and spread it evenly with the roller. You must apply several coats depending on the nature of the commercial roofing surface and the quality of your paint. By leaving the paint to dry before you apply another coat, you will create another layer of protection that looks thick and sturdy. If you do not have the skills to undertake a professional painting job, engaging a professional can help to increase the durability of your EPDM roofing.

By proadAccountId-351455 18 Apr, 2017

Your home’s gutters do more than just keep water from dripping down your neck when you come through the front door. Their primary purpose is to direct water away from the building’s foundation.

Without gutters, water would fall straight off the edge of the roof, eroding the soil against the home’s foundation. This can lead to basement flooding and, if allowed to continue, can result in undermining the foundation – even causing it to collapse in extreme cases.

Downspouts are an integral component of the gutter system, and they play an essential role in directing the water away from the foundation to a place on the property where it can flow downhill without causing erosion or other damage. Nonfunctioning or improperly placed downspouts can allow standing water to accumulate, which can damage lawns; reduce the property’s appearance, utility and value; and provide a breeding area for mosquitos and other pests.

Gutter systems are subject to five common problems. By keeping an eye out for these issues and addressing them promptly if they arise, you’ll prevent flooding, maintain your property’s value, and keep your home more attractive and comfortable.

Clogged Gutters

Gutters collect leaves and other debris that can restrict or entirely shut off their flow. Cleaning them out annually is a somewhat messy job but it isn’t difficult – if your home isn’t more than one story high and you don’t mind working on a ladder. It’s easier and safer is to hire a professional roofing service to do the work, but it may have to be done annually.

A better solution is to install gutter guards or new gutters with integral guards. These prevent leaves from entering and reduce or eliminate the need for annual gutter maintenance.

Leaks  

Different types of gutters are subject to leaks for different reasons. Steel gutters may rust out and wooden ones rot. Aluminum and vinyl gutters sold in 10’ lengths won’t corrode or rot, but may leak at the joints. So-called “seamless” gutters run continuously from one corner of the roof to the next, so the only seams that might leak occur at the corners. Copper gutters are resistant to corrosion, but they have seams between sections.

Badly dented units that no longer fit well together at a seam have to be replaced. Most other minor leaks can be repaired. If the leak is in the middle of a section of gutter, a short section of gutter or flashing might be placed over the leak. Leaking seams might be refitted and refastened. Some holes and seam leaks can be fixed with caulk, epoxy, or by soldering.

Poor Downspout Placement

If water is pooling next to the home at the base of a downspout, it must be redirected. Turning the outlet 90 degrees or extending it several feet away from the house may do the trick. If not, it may be that the land all around the downspout is sloping toward the foundation, in which case the downspout is not in the right place.

Two options exist to address this problem. The downspout might be moved to a different corner of the house, but this could require re-pitching the gutters to flow in a different direction. The other option is to extend the downspout into an underground pipe or hose to lead runoff to a distant part of your property that slopes away from the home.

Missing Gutters or Accessories  

A missing downspout or section of gutter is an obvious problem that should be remedied right away. If your home was built without gutters, they should be added. It will enhance the value of your home and protect it from water damage.

Damaged Gutters

Gutters can be damaged by falling tree limbs, improper use of a ladder, improper installation, or rot in the fascia boards that allows fasteners to pull out. Downspouts are often damaged by careless use of a lawn mower and other minor accidents. Any such problems are easily recognized. Some are easy for the homeowner to repair; others are a job for professionals.

Quality Discount Roofing offers gutter installation and repair services in Jacksonville, Florida. Contact us to install gutters on new or existing homes, replace missing gutters, repair leaks, inspect for clogs, install leaf guards, and everything else to do with keeping your home dry from the top down. Call 904-396-5000.

By proadAccountId-351455 11 Apr, 2017

When a home’s roof leaks, it’s usually discovered at the most inopportune time. That’s just logical, because a leak is far more likely to make itself known when it is pouring buckets than on a nice sunny day.

Your first move will almost certainly be to place buckets and towels under the drips, and to mop up whatever’s wet. Next, call a roofer who offers emergency service. And call your insurance company.

When the roofer arrives, they’ll probably go into the attic (if you have one) to find the source of the leak. They probably can’t fix the leak until it stops raining, but finding the leak from the inside gives them a good idea of where the repair will be needed. And they’ll likely spread a tarp over the roof to prevent more water from entering. That’s about all they can do at the moment.

Before the roofer arrives, though, follow these steps to minimize damage to your home.

Drain Water From the Ceiling

Where there’s a drip in the ceiling, water is pooling above. To prevent that pool from spreading and saturating even more of the ceiling material, poke a hole in the ceiling at the spot of the drip. Place a bucket underneath it to collect the runoff.

Get Up to the Attic

It is not a good idea to go onto the roof during a storm, but you should go into the attic and do everything you can to prevent the water from leaking down to the floors below. If you can find the leak, you may be able to capture it with buckets, but you’ll have to go back up periodically to check and possibly empty them. It might be possible to lay down a tarp under the drip and create a channel to make the water flow into a hose, which you lead down from the attic and into a sink or out through a window.

Get up on the Roof (Maybe)

When the weather clears, and if you feel comfortable working at heights, you can go onto the roof and place a temporary patch or lay a tarp over the damaged area. (Working on roofs and using ladders present significant hazards. Please read this article first and exhibit due caution.) If you have a peaked roof, drape the tarp over the ridge so that water can’t run under the top edge of the tarp. This is definitely a temporary measure meant only to minimize further damage until you can get a permanent repair done by a professional.

Prevent Problems in the First Place

The best way to handle a roof leak is to prevent it from occurring. Inspect your roof twice a year to ensure that it is in good condition. Any time that you notice loose or missing shingles, call a professional roofer to repair it. Do it right away, because leaks will occur at the worst possible time – when it’s raining.

A roof leak needn’t be a disaster. Keep a cool head, do what you can minimize damage while the rain continues, and call Quality Discount Roofing in Jacksonville for prompt, professional roof inspection and repairs: 904-396-5000.

By proadAccountId-351455 08 Mar, 2017

EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) is a synthetic rubber that’s commonly used as a roofing material for flat roofs. If you own a commercial building, chances are good that your roof is EPDM. Sold in rolls, EPDM is an attractive choice for installation on commercial buildings because it is water-impermeable, durable, lightweight and cost-effective.

Some people believe – wrongly – that EPDM roofing is unreliable. This undeserved reputation probably comes from building owners who neglect to perform basic maintenance. Yes, like almost every other part of a building, it does require some maintenance: not a lot, but not something you can totally ignore either, or problems will likely get worse , causing leaks and other complications. But if you follow these procedures, your EPDM roofing will protect your building faithfully for years.

Up On The Roof

Plan to inspect your roof at four times each year  to spot small problems before they become big ones. Observe standard safety precautions for fall prevention .

You won't be able to inspect the roof until its clean. Sweep off all dirt off and wash the roof with water. Apply a rubber roof cleaner to remove stains that might hide flaws.

Walk slowly over the entire roof looking for cracks, tears, separating seams, blistering, “alligatoring” (a scaly appearance) and other damage. This shouldn’t be a casual stroll. Moving just a few feet per second at most, it should take some time, and you should be systematic about covering every square inch of the roof in a down-and-back pattern like mowing your lawn. Carefully inspect joints around vents and chimneys and locations where hardware is attached on or through the roofing. When you spot areas of concern, mark them with a marking pen or chalk, or take and record measurements from prominent features so you can find them again.

Repair

If you find any flaws, head to the hardware store to pick up EPDM repair materials: a tub, tube, or bucket of sealant and perhaps a few square yards of EPDM membrane. There are also patch kits available that have everything you need. Use the sealant to seal cracks, and apply new membrane over larger damaged areas, coating the underside liberally with sealant. If roofing is peeling back at a seam, place sealant under the material and apply firm pressure, weighting it down with a brick or something similar until the adhesive sets. Repairs are not difficult: just follow the directions on the sealant or contained in the kit.

Working on a roof isn’t everyone’s idea of fun, and larger problems require professional skills and tools. For work on your Jacksonville commercial building’s EPDM roof, contact Quality Discount Roofing : 904-396-5000.

By proadAccountId-351455 22 Feb, 2017

Spring is the perfect time to check your roof for damage that may have occurred during the winter and to prepare it to protect your home through the summer. 

Clear Your Gutters

Gutters do more than keep water from dripping down your neck when you use the front door. By channeling rainwater into the downspouts, they move it away from the foundation. This is no small issue, for if rain pours directly off the edge of the roof down to the ground, it can undermine the home’s foundation or slab, causing really expensive structural damage. It can also cause flooding if you have a basement. Additionally, without gutters, much more water will run down the siding and windows than they’d be exposed to through normal blowing rain, and this can cause rot and mold in the walls of your home. 

For all these reasons, you should check your gutters and downspouts and make sure they’re not clogged with leaves or other debris. If you’re comfortable working on a ladder and know how to do it safely , get up there and clear out the junk. Wear heavy work gloves. A garden trowel is also helpful if you’ve got a lot of gunk to clean out. 

When you’re up on the ladder, inspect the gutters and downspouts to make sure they’re securely fastened and free of damage. If yours need work, this might be a good opportunity to replace them with a gutter system with a cap, like the LeafLock system . These catch and channel water like traditional gutters but prevent leaves from entering. They never need to be cleaned, allowing you to avoid the chore of cleaning your gutters in the future. 

The Roof Itself

After the gutters, it’s time to inspect the roof. If your roof is flat or low-pitched, get up on it and inspect it carefully. If the roof is steep, it’s best to have a roofer perform the inspection. 

Look for missing or damaged shingles or tiles and cracks in the sealant around vents, chimneys and roof-mounted hardware, and check flashing around vents, chimneys, and skylights to make sure it’s intact and in place. 

Next, look for biological problems. Fungus and algae are unsightly and can spread beneath shingles, eventually causing damage to the roof’s underlayment. A power washer will remove the buildup, then follow it up with a chemical treatment to kill what remains. Nests of birds and insects should be removed. If those are occupied wasp or hornet nests, be careful: there’s nowhere to run when you’re up on the roof! 

Are any tree branches touching the roof or growing close to it? Cut them back. They provide a highway for insects to enter your home, and they could damage the roof in a windstorm. 

Time to Call a Pro?

With these simple steps, most asphalt and fiberglass roofs will last 20 years or more. But the day comes eventually when every roof needs professional repairs or replacement. 

For high-quality roofing services and gutter installation and repairs in Jacksonville, contact Quality Discount Roofing . We’ll be glad to come out and inspect your roof for free and give you a no-obligation quote. Call 904-396-5000.

By proadAccountId-351455 22 Feb, 2017

Quality Discount Roofing has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016.

This achievement is particularly significant as Angie’s List experienced unprecedented member growth in 2016. More than 1.6 million consumers, many of whom were eager to quickly hire highly qualified service pros, joined Angie’s List after the company added a new, free membership tier.

“Companies that can meet higher demands without missing a beat in their exemplary performance standards truly do stand apart from their peers,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Only a fraction of the roofing companies in Jacksonville were able to do it.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2016 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. The SSA winners must also be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Jimmy Soderlund Trustee/ Manager, said, “We introduced a continuous improvement program, where we continue to make changes in our operation that improves our work flow and the customer’s experience. One of the keys to our success is the knowledge our estimators bring to the customer education process. We will continue to make improvements to please our valued customers and build on the success we are achieving, pleasing Angie’s List Customers and others”.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For more than 21 years, Angie’s List restricted access to its verified reviews to consumers who paid membership fees. When the company removed that barrier, some companies worried that the new, non-paying members would not be as engaged as members of the past. Experience has shown, however, that these newly added members are just as engaged – across all age groups – as prior members. Also, because the company continues to adhere to its review verification process, there has been no degradation of review quality.

“The biggest change at Angie’s List is that we are connecting even more consumers to high quality service professionals,” Hicks said. “And that’s good for everyone.”

By proadAccountId-351455 20 Feb, 2017

Many commercial buildings have their heating-ventilating-air conditioning (HVAC) equipment mounted on the roof. This is an attractive option in many respects, especially if the roof is flat. There’s usually plenty of unused space up there, so it saves what might be scarce square footage in the basement or at ground level. It places the equipment out of reach of vandals and tampering. And it’s often a good way to get equipment noise away from areas of business activity where it might be unwelcome.

There are also potential problems with roof-mounted HVAC, but they can be overcome through attention to the following issues.

Access

Is access to the roof easy? Will HVAC installers be able to bring the unit up to the roof via stairs or an elevator? If not, they’ve have to use a crane (or a helicopter!), which will add to the cost of installation.

You don’t want maintenance personnel carrying tools up and down ladders, so access must also be convenient for regular servicing. If you need to add stair access, you’ll have to make modifications to the roof itself, so consult with a roofing company before you make commitments.

Weight

HVAC systems are heavy. Have an engineer confirm that your roof structure is capable of supporting it, and have them engineer a solution to increase the strength of the structure if necessary. Aside from the safety issue, you’ll probably need to do this to obtain a building permit for the installation.

Mounting Issues

What is the roofing material? Can the equipment be placed on it without damaging it? When the installers drive screws to install mounting hardware, how will they seal the holes to keep out the elements?

According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety , balance is a concern for all HVAC units. All units vibrate to some extent, so they must be solidly anchored to the roof. Installers must understand the nature of the roof structure in order to install proper anchors in the right locations. Done poorly, vibration from an HVAC unit can cause fasteners to loosen and pull out from their positions, causing damage to the roofing material and structure and allowing rain to penetrate.

Most HVAC technicians are skilled and knowledgeable about their craft, but they are not roofing experts, according to Ask A Roofer . When you have an HVAC company inspect the roof for a potential installation, have a roofer attend to consult with them. Most HVAC companies will welcome the professional input, helping them ensure that the installation won’t cause problems for the building owner. The roofer should also consult during the installation itself, and may work alongside the HVAC installers to take care of issues as they arise.

If you’re considering installing, repairing or replacing commercial roof-mounted HVAC in the Jacksonville area, contact Quality Discount Roofing  at 904-396-5000. Our experts will evaluate your roof for suitability, maker installation recommendations, and work with your mechanical systems installer to make sure your HVAC system and your roof work together to keep your building secure and comfortable.

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