Should You Install an HVAC Unit on Your Commercial Property's Roof?

Should You Install an HVAC Unit on Your Commercial Property’s Roof?

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.


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 had 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.


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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Quality Discount Roofing, LLC. Earns Esteemed 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award

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 was 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 workflow 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 in Angie’s List is that we are connecting even more consumers to high-quality service professionals,” Hicks said. “And that’s good for everyone.”

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Spring is Time to Check your Roof

Spring is Time to Check your Roof

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 catches 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.

How to Maintain an EPDM Roof

How to Maintain an EPDM Roof


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 to 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.


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, weighing 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.

My Roof is Leaking. Now what?

My Roof is Leaking. Now what?

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 to 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.

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4 Ways to Prepare Your Roof for Hurricane Season

4 Ways to Prepare Your Roof for Hurricane Season

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 mainframe 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 rainwater 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 by 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.

Is Your Skylight Letting in More Than Sunshine?

Is Your Skylight Letting in More Than Sunshine?

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 a 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 Jacksonville, (904) 396-5000.

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Finance The Roof You Want

Finance The Roof You Want

Delayed gratification builds character but I want what I want and I want it NOW! After all, I’m an adult, I work hard and it’s about time to not sacrifice. Sound familiar? When it comes to roofs, why settle for what fits your cash budget, when you CAN afford the roof you really want by financing?

In the same way that financing allows you to afford a nicer car by paying monthly, financing can do the same for your roof. Keep your cash for emergencies. This is a fast-paced world and stuff happens. Let Quality Discount Roofing install that beautiful, long-lasting roof you really want, via financing.

It’s hard to beat the feeling of satisfaction and success, occurring at the same time. The right financing can give you that feeling because it allows you to have what you want, now.  Shorten the timetable on your long-term projects. While roofing is not a long-term job, because we complete most jobs in a day or two, it often takes a long time to save the money required.

If you have not been saving for your new roof you are not alone, most people don’t. Unfortunately, when your insurance company calls for a life expectancy certificate, they are looking to determine when you need a new roof. If they decide your roof must be replaced by a certain date or your policy will be canceled, you must replace that roof. Yes, they can and many do that. Try to get insurance elsewhere,

and you’ll quickly learn that your lack of a good roof was shared, as other insurance companies tell you the same thing. Manageable monthly payments via financing will feel a lot better than that deflating feeling that often comes with a large cash outlay.

Contact Quality Discount Roofing today and inquire about our easy roof financing option! (904) 396-5000

Is It Time for A New Roof On Your Porch?

Is It Time for A New Roof On Your Porch?

Most homeowners focus on the main roof of their homes, but porch roofs need special attention because of the important purpose they serve. Porch roofs withstand wind and water damage throughout the year and often provide shelter for outdoor relaxation and recreation.

For residents in the Jacksonville, Florida, area, wind and water exposure are year-round weather elements that residential roofing must stand up to. Several factors figure into determining if your porch roof needs reroofing.

Major considerations when determining if it is time for a new porch roof include the age of the roof and the material, the condition of the roof valleys, the condition of the shingles, interior inspection, and proper drainage.

A roof typically lasts between 20 and 25 years when kept in good repair and maintenance. Valleys account for the most leakages and buildup of gutter debris. They need to be kept well shingled. Once they are broken or falling apart, a new roofing system is required. Shingles that are dried out, curled or broken need to be replaced and are clear indicators a replacement is needed.

Gutters should be checked for debris and if there are pieces of shingles found, it means the shingles are becoming weak and breaking apart – another sign of needing to reroof. An interior inspection can also detect when a roof is in need of repair or replacement. If rays of sunlight are visible through the ceiling, it means leaks are present and repair is necessary. Left untended, an ongoing breakdown in materials will lead to the need for a completely new roof.

Climate is a big factor affecting the lifespan of a roof. The heavier rainfall and higher winds experienced in Jacksonville can easily reduce the lifespan of a roof by five years. Dark streaks or trails on the underside of porches are signs that leaks are present, and possibly mold, too.

Porch roofs that provide shelter for outdoor activities need to be checked for structural integrity to make sure people are safe when underneath them. Concave spots point to unseen leaks where rotting wood may be present, with the potential for collapse.

Contact Quality Discount Roofing today at (904) 396-5000 to discuss all your residential roofing needs in the Jacksonville, Florida, area. Our professional roofing consultants are available to do an on-site check of your porch roof and provide a free estimate.

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How Hurricanes And Severe Storms Impact Roofs

How Hurricanes And Severe Storms Impact Roofs




Living in the Jacksonville area does not come without weather considerations. Hurricanes and severe storms are not uncommon, and keeping your roof safe from storm damage is key.

There are preventative actions to avoid impacts. But should a storm damage your roof, quick action is required to ensure safety for family members, to arrange for repairs and, if needed, an entirely new roofing system.

The professionals at Quality Discount Roofing in Jacksonville are at the ready to quickly respond to all your roofing repair concerns and needs. From inspections to assess damage to the need for a full replacement roof, you can rely on us to provide the level of service you require. We work on flat, tile and shingle roofs.

The best plan, of course, is to avoid damage, to begin with. Many steps can be done by homeowners during a few hours once a year. Check for loose, curled or missing shingles or tiles. A well-maintained roof will hold up to severe weather better than one not in good repair. Heavy storms and hurricanes can be accompanied by winds in excess of 150 mph, which can not only rip off shingles and tiles through an uplift effect but can even tear off the underlying roof deck.

Check the attic for gaps that allow water, light or wind to enter. Examine trusses and rafters to ensure the roof deck is properly secured. Easy safety measures include applying roofing cement under shingle tabs, running a bead of adhesive between the rafter and deck, and applying roofing cement to roof edges where shingles are exposed.

Adding hurricane clips or safety straps that secure your roof to your home walls, are inexpensive but often difficult to install and may require a professional roofing consultant. They are well worth the effort and cost though because such preventative steps will often lower your home insurance premiums by as much as $1,500 to $4,500 on a $150,000 home.

Following severe storms, inspect your home and roof from the exterior for any visible signs of damage, such as missing shingles or tiles, gutters and drainage issues, valleys, exhaust pipes and metal work around a chimney. Inspect the home interior for any sign of leaks on walls or in the attic.

Should your home be damaged by a tree collapse or your roof be compromised by storm damage, you may need to evacuate the home until it can be stabilized by professionals. In the event of a roofing emergency, inhabitants should leave the home and call their insurer and a professional roofer. Once on site, the roofers may need to install a temporary covering while repairs are made and determine if it is safe for the owners to re-enter.

If your roof has been subject to severe storm or hurricane conditions, contact our roofing experts at Quality Discount Roofing in Jacksonville for an inspection for damage or a free estimate on repair. Phone us at (904) 396-5000 today to arrange a visit.

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