Roofing Do’s and Don’ts

checklist-153371_1280Fact: A roof replacement is a major home improvement. That is why it’s important as a homeowner to do your homework and spend time researching every aspect of the project: from the roofing material, to the color, and most importantly, the Jacksonville roofing company completing the work.

We’ve put together a helpful list of do’s and don’ts to guide you through the decision-making process.

Do consider different material options. You don’t have to replace your existing roof with the exact same roofing material. Work with your contractor to discuss the best options for your region and budget.
Do consider style and appearance – A roof can last between 20 and 30 years, so it’s important to pick one that you like and has great curb appeal.
Do request a detailed estimate – Make sure that the estimate provided to you includes materials, time and labor as well as a projected start and finish date.
Don’t add a layer of roofing on top of your existing roofing without checking your roof’s structure and condition, understanding the requirements of the new material. Though you can often add a second layer of asphalt-shingles directly on top of one existing layer, additional layers will add significantly to the weight of your roof. The structure must be able to handle the weight.
Do check roofing contractor references – Find out what other people are saying. Take the time to read online reviews, ask around town and request customer testimonials from your contractor to ensure that they are the best company for the job.
Do make sure materials are what you paid for – Inspect materials when they are delivered to your jobsite to ensure that they are the new, high quality materials you requested.  Confirm that you are getting what you paid for.

If you haven’t replaced a roof before, you’re likely to have a number of questions. Contact ACrownRoofing, your Jacksonville roofing company, for questions, concerns and an estimate on a new roofing system for your home.

Choosing a New Roof for Your Home

house-634358_1920When it comes to household updates you’re accustomed to picking out paint colors and choosing tile patterns. But choosing how you want your roof to look? That’s a new one for many. Whether you’re building a home from scratch or choosing a new roof for an existing home, there are number of considerations when selecting the best roof.

Often, style or aesthetic comes to mind first. What do you prefer the roof look like and how would it best match the style of your homes exterior – be that siding, brick or stone? Your finishing options include anything from asphalt, wood and composite shingles, to slate, concrete and clay tiles. But even more important that the look of your roof, are the quality and types of materials used, as well as installation and product costs. Naturally you have a budget that you need to be conscious of as well.

Costs include the prices of the materials, as well as labor, but there are other areas that need to be factored in. Is there an existing room on the home that needs to be torn off and does the supporting structure need repairs?

When designing your roofs look, keep in mind that not every roofing material can be used on every roof type. Just because you think clay tiles look best, doesn’t mean that’s the right choice for the roofs layout.

When it’s time to start considering a new roof, contact your roofing contractor in Jacksonville, FL, A Crown Roofing. Our experienced team will help you choose the right roofing system that’s best for your home.

Checklist for Roof Spring Cleaning

1We’ve nearly survived another winter season. For those of us in warmer climates, that probably doesn’t seem as much of a victory as it does to those in the coldest, snowiest parts of the country. Not matter where you are though, spring is on the horizon. And who amongst us isn’t looking forward to sunshine and warmer weather?!

As the saying goes, while April showers brings May flowers, the wear and tear on your roof after another winter can leave your roof and gutters vulnerable. Plan ahead with three tips to follow to ensure you’re not facing a leaky roof and major repairs this year.

  • Clean and thoroughly inspect your gutters and drainage.
  • Inspect the roof, checking for loose material, surface decay and the overall integrity (curling, deteriorating, missing pieces) of the shingles.
  • Inspect skylights and interior ceilings for signs of mold, stains or water marks.

After your walkthrough, should you have any concerns about the quality of your roof, it’s best to leave the repairs and replacement to the professionals. Taking care of the issue ahead of time will save you the headache of additional home repairs from a leaky roof. When your roof is in need of repair, call on the Jacksonville roofing company, A Crown Roofing.

Roofing Myths Debunked

1When it comes to protecting your home, the roof is the first line of defense. It’s your homes protection again sunlight, wind, rain, snow and ice. Unfortunately, however, unlike regular maintenance to the rest of your home, your roof isn’t afforded the same treatment. It’s often not thought about until there is a problem, like a leak. As you know, at that point the damage is done and major repairs, which can be costly, or a completely new roof, are required.

If you’re lucky, you may only need to replace a roof once or twice in your lifetime.  But the decision you make about the type and quality of those roofs has enormous impact on your homes structure as well as heating/air conditioning costs. Making poor decisions on such an important protective barrier can lead to moisture problems, either inside walls or above ceilings, and structural damage.

Before making such an important decision, here are some myths about roofing you should understand.

  1. Myth: Your roof does not need an annual inspection.
    Fact: It’s a good idea to survey the state of your roof annually, if not more frequently.
  2. Myth: You’ll save money by fixing problem areas after the damage is already done.
    Fact: You will save money by taking care of repairs before the roof leaks.
  3. Myth: Damaged shingled roofs can be fixed by covering the existing layer with new shingles.
    Fact: That method does not work! In fact, it will only create further damages in the future.
  4. Myth: Attic insulation saves energy and helps roof performance.
    Fact: Adding more than the required insulation can block ventilation openings at the soffits and eaves and might trap moisture, leading to mold issues.

Tip: Take good care of your roof and fix any issues before they become major problems. Contact your Jacksonville roofing company, A Crown Roofing, for all of your residential roofing needs.

Superior Quality with GAF Roofing

1When only the best roofing materials in the industry will do for your home, GAF roofing system is what you seek. While many reputable companies provide quality roofing products, GAF roofing shingles are some of the best available in the industry, hands down.

GAF is the biggest manufacturer of both residential and commercial roofing in America. Founded in 1886, GAF provides roofing that is affordable, well-made and safe.

If you’re considering a GAR roofing system, first you should know that while the cost isn’t exorbitant, they are not inexpensive either. Quality materials that will withstand the elements and conditions your roof does require well-made shingles. GAF roofing systems don’t skimp on quality in order to be the cheapest option. If you’re bargain shopping for the cheapest price, a GAF roofing system won’t be included in those quotes.

Quality is important when it comes to residential roofing, and you are paying for quality when you purchase GAF roofing shingles. When you choose a low roofing cost over quality, you end up losing money in the long run when you need to repair shingles or replace the entire roof. Roof repair can be expensive, especially when low-quality shingles begin to leak and damage the interior of your home.

Interested in GAF roofing system Jacksonville, FL? Call us today and we’ll gladly come out and give you a quote and show you the many style options and price ranges available. Also keep in mind, GAF roofing shingles come with a lifetime warranty and non-prorated coverage for the first 10 years.

Roof Snow Removal Tips

1In Jacksonville and the surrounding areas, we needn’t worry about winter roof snow removal. We’re pretty thankful for that. But, for a large portion of the country, snow removal is an important roof maintenance precaution that helps to prevent major roofing damage and issues.

Mother Nature can really bear down and beat up on a roof, especially an aging one. To ensure there aren’t any collapses, and to prevent major ice and snow damage that can be a costly fix in the spring, it’s important to remove some of the heavy snow from your roof over the next few months. Precautionary steps now can eliminate costly fixes or the need for a new roof later.

Clearing the snow off of your roof from the gutters or eaves upwards of three to four feet after each winter storm can help prevent ice dams from forming. Remember to never use a ladder in snowy and icy conditions. This can be extremely dangerous.

Snow Removal Tips:

*Don’t use mechanical snow removal equipment or sharp tools, such as picks, to remove snow.
*Use plastic rather than metal shovels.
*Remove snow starting at the ridge and moving toward the eave for gable and sloped roofs whenever possible.
*Try to buy a rake with a roller or bumper.
*Avoid contact with power lines and never push snow onto power lines.
*Remove as much snow from the overhang before you start raking.
*Never throw salt on your roof.

Taking these cautionary steps will help to prevent a roof collapse and prevent ice damage. While roof snow removal does not 100% eliminate the odds of ice dams, it immensely improves your chances. When snow isn’t an issue but you’re in need of a Jacksonville roofing company, call on the pros at A Crown Roofing.

What to Look for in a Roofing Contractor

1A new roof is a big investment, which is why you don’t want to let just anyone handle the job. Before you hire a roofing company to replace your roof or repair the current one, it’s important to do a little research and know what questions you should ask of them before you hire them for the job. The next time you’re in need of a roofing contractor use this checklist to determine their reliability.

  • Are they licensed?
  • Do they have liability insurance?
  • Do they carry workers compensation insurance?
  • Who performs the work; company owner, employees, subcontractors?
  • Verify whether there will be workers on the job every day until completed.
  • Do they have a procedure in case of bad weather during the project?
  • Do they have a warranty on installation and workmanship? If so, what’s the duration?
  • Does the contract specify materials and brands to be used? Make sure it does and that these products carry warranties.
  • Make sure cleanup is included in the bid, including gutters and ground areas.
  • Is the contractor’s bid significantly lower than others? Be careful – quality may be an issue.

You and your family live and work under the roof of your home. It’s important that it’s crafted well, with reliable materials that offer a warranty. Once you’ve chosen a roofing company, be sure to get a written contract which includes the scope of the project, the materials to be used and their specifications, the dates for beginning and completion of the job and an itemized list of cost for all materials and labor. If you’re in Florida and are looking for an honest, reliable roofer, call the Jacksonville roofing company at A Crown Roofing.

Fall Rain Gutter Cleaning & Maintenance

GAF_Timberline_HD_Slate_2_Shown_For_ColorFall is the time of year to get your house in order before winter arrives and that includes good, old-fashioned gutter cleaning. It’s not a pretty job, and one you probably put off doing as much as possible. But, for the safety and condition of your gutters and roof, it’s a dirty job that needs to be done.

To do the job properly gutters and downspouts must be clear of leaves and debris. If you live in an area with dense trees, it is especially important they are decluttered. Here are some helpful tips to get the job done quickly, easily and most of all, safely!

First, choose a sturdy ladder and place it on a firm, level base. Wear non-slip shoes and never lean over the edge or work near power lines. As for supplies, wear heavy work gloves to protect your hands from sharp metals and screws. It’s also helpful to have a bucket for collecting debris and a drop cloth to protect areas under the gutters (and as a catch-all for any fallen leaves and sticks).

1.) Rake the leaves and debris off of the roof so the next heavy rain doesn’t wash it down into the gutters, filling them up again.

2.) Scoop out loose debris using a narrow garden trowel and into a bucket.

3.) Once cleared, hose out the gutters with a high-pressure nozzle garden house. Scrub away any encrusted dirt as necessary.

4.) Test and clear obstructed drain pipes. If water doesn’t drain freely try flushing them out with a hose or plumbers’ auger.

Follow these easy instructions and your gutters will be ready for the coming winter months. While you’re on the ladder or sweeping the roof, keep any eye out for any roofing issues and inconstancies. If you think there might be an issue, give the Jacksonville roofers at A Crown Roofing a call. We’ll be happy to come out and inspect the conditions and make any needed repairs.

Insurance Claims on Your Roofing

GAF_Timberline_HD_Charcoal_Shown_For_ColorAre you dealing with damaged roofing after an intense weather event? Do you need help figuring out if you qualify for a new roof? The team at A Crown Roofing, your roofing company in Jacksonville, Florida, is here to help you. Our business provides you with free inspection services to see if you qualify for a new roof. We also work with your insurance company to make the process a lot easier.

When you call our licensed, bonded, and insured company to your location, we will come to your location to inspect for damage. If we see anything that can’t wait, we will even do emergency repairs. After the damage has been assessed, you’ll have to get a claim number from your insurance company. The adjusters will take a look at your roof with one of our staff members and provide you with an estimate. We work with the adjuster to make sure everything is accounted for and will start scheduling your repairs. It’s that easy!

Contact us today and request roofing services from our business. Not only do we server Jacksonville, our team work in Orange Park, St. Augustine, Green Cover Springs, Hilliard, Callahan, and even Gainesville. We are confident that you’ll be pleased with our roofing services.

New Roofing for Old Homes

Residential Completed ProjectWhether you live in Riverside or are located in an older home in Jacksonville Beach, it’s important to pay close attention to the roof on your home. Our team has done some a bit of research and we have put together this list to help you keep an eye on your roofing. Take a look at this list and see if any of these issues are affecting your home:

Curling and Buckling Shingles – When you look up at your roof, do you see curled shingles? This could be a sign that you need new roofing. This generally happens when your shingles are past their life expectancy or when your roof is defective.

Roof Age – This is generally the best way to know when it’s time to replace your roof. If you live in an older home, it’s likely the roof has been replaced before. Check your records to see when your roof was last report. If it’s been more than 20 years, it’s likely you need a replacement.

Discoloration – When you see dark spots or odd discoloration on your roof, this is a sign that you need a repair or replacement. It’s important to contact a roofer as soon as possible, because these problems only get worse with time.

For more than 15 years, our crew has been providing dependable roofing services throughout the community. Hire us when you are seeking a Jacksonville roofing company and we will provide you with unparalleled repair and replacement services.