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Our goal is to provide you with an excellent experience resulting in the increased value of your home and your enjoyment of it for years to come. For over two decades our family has partnered with Florida homeowners to tackle their home improvement and roofing contractor needs quickly and efficiently with the utmost in personal service, professional workmanship and quality materials.

We approach your home as an entire working system with a keen understanding of its valuable role in your family’s quality of life.

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We are not only the Jacksonville roofing and roof replacement experts, we're also the home improvement gurus! Our home construction expertise means better results and a better value for you. For example, our free roof inspection may reveal previous storm damage that could be covered by your insurance. And our state-of-the-art , roofing, siding, insulation and ventilation solutions will not only reduce your energy bill, but they may also qualify for the Energy Tax Credit. Our home improvement offerings include quality skylights, seamless gutters, chimneys, siding, stucco, painting, flashing and more. And unlike many home construction companies, all work is performed by our qualified staff and is unconditionally guaranteed.

 

 


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Sep 21, 2017

Washing your Roof

Jared: You're In the House!  All right, we have Kevin on the line.

Kevin: I've got a question about washing the roof. I’ve been told by somebody - a painting contractor was painting my neighbor’s house - and he said, “Yeah, you should wash the roof. Pressure wash the roof down or whatever, because it builds up.” I’ve never heard of that one before. I mean…

Jared: Sure. What type of roof is it? Is it a shingle roof, tile…?

Kevin: Yes, it’s shingle.

Jared: Shingle. Yeah, as for shingles you should never pressure wash. They have little granules on them and those granules are there for a reason and if you pressure wash the shingles, then all of those little granules are going to come off.

Kevin: That’s what I thought.

Jared: Yeah. Now it is a good idea to clean the roof. Understand that the reason why the roof gets dirty here in Florida is that there is fungus and algae that is growing on the roof. That is a plant system and it has a -- when it grows -- it actually has a root system that will go down into the asphalt and cause damage. So, cleaning a roof is a good idea, I just don’t want you to pressure wash it. There’s a chemical cleaning system that most local cleaners do, so I’d much rather you have a professional use a chemical cleaning system as opposed to a pressure washer. Now a lot of times they will use a pressure washer just as forced water. They’re using a tip on it, which doesn’t have a lot of pressure. They’re keeping it back and minimum of 18 inches so that you’re not actually using enough force to actually force the granules off of the roof.

Ken: Yeah, it gets a lot of water on there and you have a good span, so I think 2 feet to 2-1/2 feet away after you’ve sprayed it with some bleach, with some trisodium phosphate and that sort of thing in it and let it sit on there for 30 minutes and then wash it off.

Kevin: Okay. I’ve seen people cleaning the roof and all, but it’s like “Why the heck do I want to wash the granules off?”

Jared: You don’t. Cleaning it is a good idea, pressure washing is not.  Thanks, Kevin, for your call!

Sep 21, 2017

The Calm After the Storm: 10 Tipa ro awxuew Your Homes Exterior

As we move into the holiday season, Floridians look forward to cooler days and less rain. Ending November 30th, we are glad that the rainy hurricane season is almost behind us. After months of typical FL weather and the heavy winds and downpour Hurricane Irma brought, we – and our homes – may be a little worse for wear as we approach the holidays. Your roof and home exterior are the first lines of defense against extreme weather. Here are some tips to see if your home has taken on storm damage.

  1. Look for loose and fallen shingles on and around your roof and yard. Even now, damaged shingles loosened by past storms may still be coming off.
  2. See if your roof’s existing shingles appear cracked, curled, or “bare”. Asphalt shingles that have taken a beating from heat, sun, hail and water, may be lifted, worn and missing their granule coating.
  3. Look for dislodged trim or flashing around the edge and intersections of your roof. This can lead to water intrusion, wood rot and mold infestation.
  4. Rust in your roof flashing is another indication that deterioration has taken place. Gaps and pinhole leaks in flashing and other roofing materials will result in water penetration and damage to your home. Keep in mind that evidence of rust can be found on metal surfaces or staining on siding and trim and seen while standing safely on firm ground. For everyone’s safety, leave climbing up on your roof to the professionals.
  5. Look at the wood trim on siding or stucco finishes, window and door framing, fascia and roof decking, if possible. Wood rot or deterioration is cause for further inspection and repair.
  6. Search your home’s exterior closely for dents around window mullions. Mullions are the vertical dividers between the sections of your windows, and are where visible dents may result from hailstone impact. The presence of dents or splatter marks on any exterior home surface is a sure indicator of potential damage.
  7. Look for cracks, chips or discoloration on the surface of your siding or stucco; this reflects wear or damage and may compromise the envelope of your home. Wind-driven rain, “splash back” and fast-running water will erode anything it comes into contact with, including exterior surfaces such as wood, stucco and paint, as well as soil and foundation materials supporting your home. Loss of siding materials and structural erosion can lead to pervasive water intrusion and create the potential for structural cracking, wood rot, mold, infestation and other costly problems.
  8. Next, go inside your house and carefully look at walls and ceilings for any sign of water leaks. Check for small yellow stains, bubbling or flaking popcorn and for peeling paint or wallpaper, moist or discolored drywall or carpeting, and staining along baseboards. Small leaks and subsequent water damage may not be apparent for weeks or months after the storm.
  9. Mold and wood-decaying fungi usually develop in moist, warm areas or enclosed spaces with little or no ventilation. Be sure to look closely in the attic at walls and framing, including behind insulation and duct work. Use caution; inhaling or touching mold or mold spores can cause allergic reactions and health problems.
  10. Finally, call a licensed contractor to perform a thorough inspection for possible storm damage. Only a trusted professional has the experience necessary to spot all the signs of aging and storm-related damage to your home’s exterior.

Don’t wait; problems caught early can save a homeowner thousands of dollars on potential repairs! Even minor damage that goes unattended can leave your home vulnerable and lead to expensive major repairs. Now is the time, in the “calm after the storm” to discover and correct damage that may have occurred during this year’s hurricane season.

Call upon the professionals at Universal Roof & Contracting.  Since 1993, we have been helping our Florida community recover from severe weather. Our experienced estimators are specially trained to detect storm damage. During our Free Severe Weather Home Evaluation, our experts will scrutinize your roof and entire home exterior. We will help you detect vulnerable areas that can leave you unprotected against water intrusion, wood rot and mold infestation.  Many roofing companies follow the storms, but Universal Roof & Contracting is committed to securing Florida homes here in our own community. We will help you restore and fortify your roof and home exterior before and after the storm, advising you every step of the way.  Call (407) 295-7403 now or contact us on line to schedule your Free Severe Weather Home Evaluation.

Sep 14, 2017

Do you have roof damage after a hurricane? Here are your first steps.

Hurricane Irma took its toll and emotions run high after a large storm, and sometimes it is difficult to think clearly. It is best if you know the exact steps you need to take after a storm before you have roof damage. 

 

Write down the steps you should take somewhere you can access them. Keep a paper version and save an electronic version of this process. You may not have access to a computer or the internet after inclement weather. Make a list of important phone numbers, and the order you should call each person.

 

Read your policy to make sure you have adequate coverage. For example, your insurance company may provide prorated coverage on a roof more than 10-years-old.

Step 1: Start today

Do you have a home inventory? If not, today is the best day to make one. Go room to room and document the brand, year and price paid for all of your major appliances, electronics and other personal items. Store this inventory somewhere in the cloud so you can access it even if your laptop is destroyed after a storm or something happens to your phone.

 

Then, take a video of your home, your property and most importantly, your roof. Replacing or fixing a damaged roof can be expensive. It is best if the insurance company knows exactly what your roof looked like before and after the storm.

There are other steps you could take today like adding reinforcements or uprgarding your shingles. 

Step 2: Safety is paramount

Before you assess damage, check on the safety of others around you. Make sure no one is in need of immediate assistance or emergency care. Make sure you do not use matches until after the gas company confirms the area is safe. If the storm was especially severe, try to avoid using your cell phone unless it is an emergency. Tune into local news to be aware of any additional issues like more flooding headed your way.

 

Then, scan your property for any hazards like downed electric lines. Never put yourself in unnecessarily risky situations. The last thing you want is any injuries after the storm while trying to clean the area. The American Red Cross provides a checklist to make sure you take all the right precautions. 

Step 3: Examine the roof

Look for the obvious first. Are there any large holes? Seek out any leaks and catch the water with a bucket to prevent excessive water damage within the home. Next, from the ground look for any dents or cracks in the shingles. Also, check the gutters for excessive amounts granules.

 

Start with a document of some type to keep track of all your observations.

 

Write down the date of the storm. Find and save news articles documenting the storm if it is needed for proof in the future.

 

Use your smartphone to take pictures and videos of the damage. Later, you can compare the current video after storm damage with the previous videos and pictures.

Step 4: Report the damage

The insurance company needs to know about the damage quickly after the storm. Depending on the size of the affected area, there may be some wait times between filing your claim and receiving contact from the company, but don’t file twice. Send photos of the problems, and the company should send an adjustor to the area.

Step 5: Contact a contractor

Let us help you get your life back after the chaos settles down. We can put a roof over your head - literally. Everything else will begin falling back into place over several weeks.

 

Did you know certain roofs hold up better in hurricane weather? As you rebuild consider ways to improve your home to withstand future high winds, rain and hail. For example, multiple slopes such as a hip roof perform better than gable roofs. Ask us how you can upgrade your roof by giving us a call at 407-295-7403.

 

Severe damage is never an ideal circumstance, but don’t worry it is possible to get everything back in working order.