5 Risks of Ignoring a Leaking Roof

5 Risks of Ignoring a Leaking Roof

There are many household problems that can be put off until later, but fixing a leaking roof is not one of them. In fact, it should always be prioritized no matter what the season. Here’s why.

1. Moisture Damage 

The attic, ceiling, and roofing support structures are mostly made of wood, which happens to be vulnerable to damage caused by moisture. While these components are treated for resistance to high humidity levels, they can be damaged by water coming from a leaking roof. This can result in rot that can later compromise the roof’s structure. Further issues like water stains, blistering paint, and swollen plaster can also happen if the moisture makes its way toward other parts of the house.

2. Mold
Mold thrives in warm and humid places, away from direct sunlight. A leaking roof meets all three conditions, making it the perfect environment for mold growth. Mold causes more than just its tell-tale odor and hard-to-remove stains. Its spores can trigger like allergies and respiratory problems including rhinitis, asthma, and nasal congestion. If it spreads throughout the attic, it may necessitate a premature roof replacement.

3. Electrical Hazard 
Water from a roof leak may find its way into electrical wiring, power outlets, or appliances, which can lead to shorted wiring. If you notice water dripping into these parts of your home, don’t touch the appliance or try to unplug it. Instead, turn it off from the panel, and call a local electrician as soon as possible.

4. Slipping Hazard 
Water from a leaking roof can form puddles on the floor where you least expect it, making it a slipping hazard for anyone in your home. If you have carpeting that isn’t adhered to the floor, water can make its way under the carpets and make them slippery.

5. Damage to Attic Insulation 
Most types of attic insulation form clumps when in direct contact with water. When this happens, the insulation layer forms holes that would defeat its purpose. Poor insulation can facilitate thermal transfer and allow heat to easily pass between your indoor and outdoor spaces. This results in higher indoor heating and cooling requirements, meaning higher energy bills.

Stonebridge Roofing, Waterproofing, and Exteriors are one of the leading roofing companies serving communities in Jacksonville. Give us a call at (904) 262-6636.

The Biggest Tile Roofing Mistakes That Roofers Should Avoid

The Biggest Tile Roofing Mistakes That Roofers Should Avoid

Installing a tile roof is a challenging task. Aside from working with heavier roofing materials compared to asphalt shingles and metal roofing, ceramic tiles are also more expensive. This means roofers can’t afford to make the following mistakes.

Failing to Check the Building Codes

Some Jacksonville roofers think putting up a tile roof is fine if they’ve already built one before. However, some make the mistake of not checking the building codes. If a new roof is checked, and the inspector discovers that it goes against the local building codes, the homeowner might be fined, and the roof asked to be torn down or modified.

Ignoring Manufacturer’s Specifications.

Reputable roofing experts like us know that putting up a tile roof goes beyond laying them in neat rows. Tile roofing must be installed according to the manufacturer’s specifications. Failing to follow these specifications (placing tiles too close or far, using fewer nails, etc.) can compromise the roof’s ability to perform as advertised, resulting in early repairs or even replacement.

Not Installing Flashing Over Pitch Transitions

Roofers know that flashing should be applied along places where the roof intersects with the wall, but some make the mistake of just using sealant to cover pitch transitions (the parts where the roof changes in steepness). According to our experts, pitch transitions are especially vulnerable to creating leaks so they should be covered by actual flashing strips.

Not Having Ridge Anchors

When roofers forget to add ridge anchors to secure tiles in high-ridge areas, they become more vulnerable to getting knocked off during a storm. 

Get a tile roof that can keep your home protected from the worst weather conditions. Stonebridge Roofing, Waterproofing, and Exteriors is the leading roofing company in the area. You can call us at (904) 262-6636 to request a quote.

Roofing Tips for the Summer

Roofing Tips for the Summer

The roof is undeniably a valuable aspect of any residential structure. It is easily noticed by people who drive by your home and is a key factor in boosting curb appeal. But there is more to your roof than meets the eye. This component is also largely responsible for protecting your interior belongings from harsh weather elements like hail or heat and promoting energy efficiency throughout your home. That being said, it is important to remember to take care of your roofing system, especially when the summer season is around the corner. Here are some tips from professional roofing companies:

Regularly Inspect Your Roof

Carefully inspecting the condition of your roof is one of the most essential steps of roofing maintenance. You can start by looking for common signs of water damage. These include leaks and other moisture-related issues like mold and mildew growth. If you deem it safe, you may climb a ladder to check the condition of your shingles and confirm if they have cracks or are loose or missing.

Do Not Put Off Roof Repairs

Putting off needed roof repairs to save money is actually counterproductive. If the small issue on your roof is left untreated for a long time, it will only lead to bigger problems that can be more costly and frustrating in the long run. Ask local roofers to provide assistance to make sure that your roof is working in optimal condition.

Update Your Old Roof

The typical lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof is 15 to 30 years, and that depends on how well it was taken care of during its entire service life. Having a new roof installed is a big investment and opens up new opportunities for your home. For example, if you wish to update your roof to make it more modern and eco-friendly, you may opt for a standing seam metal roof.

Ready to give your home an upgrade? Stonebridge Roofing, Waterproofing, and Exteriors is here to assist you. We offer professional and superior quality exterior remodeling services, such as roof replacement and maintenance, and waterproofing and concrete restoration to residential owners in Florida. Call our team at (904) 262-6636 to start a conversation with one of our specialists.

Going Green With CertainTeed® Roofing Products

Going Green With CertainTeed® Roofing Products

As consumers grow more environmentally conscious, the roofing industry has developed and utilized technologies that can improve the sustainability and eco-friendly features of their products. This is why CertainTeed® continues to manufacture green roofing choices for their residential and commercial customers. 

CertainTeed® and Green Building Standards

CertainTeed leads the environmental stewardship movement in the home improvement field. It recycles the majority of internal waste produced during the manufacturing process and develops it into brand-new products particularly designed to improve energy efficiency and reduce harmful power plant emissions and the ecological footprint of homes and businesses. 

In addition, CertainTeed encourages homeowners and contractors to reuse their old roofing systems that have completed their service life. The company’s patented products, namely Solaris™ shingle series and CoolStar® commercial products, are created with solar reflective surfaces to reduce heat absorption and help keep the interior of properties cool. 

CertainTeed Green Roofing Facts

Along with the guiding principles of resource efficiency and the promotion of energy-efficient building materials and processes, CertainTeed also gives emphasis on the well-being of the consumers. Here are several important facts about the company:

  • CertainTeed roofing products are manufactured with recycled content, including slag, stone granules, corrugated mixed paper, and sludge, meaning that landfill waste and carbon emissions are significantly reduced.
  • 250,000 tons per year of slag, stone granules, corrugated mixed paper, and sludge from landfills are, in fact, recycled into roofing materials by CertainTeed.
  • Because of the effort to lessen landfill waste, carbon dioxide emissions from the extraction and processing of raw materials are also greatly reduced.
  • Other recycled content is used to construct roads and make packaging materials, such as paper and corrugated rolls.

Stonebridge Roofing, Waterproofing, and Exteriors is a roof replacement company that promotes green awareness by using CertainTeed-manufactured products. We strive to deliver superior quality products and practices to our customers, no matter how big or small the roofing project is. 

For your roofing needs, make sure to contact us. You may give our team a call at (904) 262-6636 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation.

What to Do When Your New Roof Begins Leaking

What to Do When Your New Roof Begins Leaking

We understand how disheartening it is to find that the new roof you spent a significant amount on is already leaking. However, you don’t have to worry so much because your roofers will likely be more than happy to help with this problem. Just make sure you call them as soon as you discover the issue.

Stay Calm and Assess the Damage

It’s best to stay calm in this kind of situation. Getting all worked up and mad at your roofer won’t get your roof fixed faster. Try to examine how the problem has affected your interior. Gather as much information as you can about the leak and its location. While this doesn’t mean going up to the roof, you can assess the damage by observing the underside of the roof deck or inside your attic.

Set a Realistic Timeframe 

A reputable contractor will accomplish the roof repair promptly, usually within a week. Keep in mind that most roofers are professionals who will want to stand behind their work and repair your roof. Give your roofer a realistic time frame like a week to fix the problem. However, if it’s expected to rain in the next few days, then it’s fine to ask them to come sooner.

What if Your Roofer Disappears?

This can only happen if you’ve hired an unreliable contractor, one that’s not from your area. If this does happen, remember to stay calm, and you can still hire another pro to take care of your roof. Most roof leaks aren’t leaking from the roof itself. The common causes of roof leaks are issues with the flashing or the piece of metal around roof penetrations.

Before hiring a roofer, make sure to do your research, and read reviews. You may also ask for recommendations from your neighbors, family, and friends.

At Stonebridge Roofing, Waterproofing and Exteriors, we are committed to doing the job right the first time. With over 30 years of experience, we offer only the best services. We specialize in home exterior waterproofing, roofing, and exterior renovations. Call us at (904) 262-6636, or fill out our contact form to get a free quote.

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