How to know whether to repair, patch, or replace your roof

When an asphalt roof ages, dark spots, stains, and fade marks will appear on the surface. From a distance, the roof will look a bit unkempt, and every patch will be highly visible. Dark spots and streaks will appear when a roof receives little to no sunlight throughout the year. It is actually a form of mildew that discolors the roof and changes its appearance. Stains and fade marks are signs of wear and tear, and they could actually weaken the roof as time progresses. If you notice any of these issues on your roof, there may be an underlying problem that needs attention.

Roof Patch or Full Restoration?

Each day you walk by your home, you see the signs of a failing roof. You may be wondering if you need a roof repair or a roof replacement. To make things simple, you should always get the service that will fully restore the condition of your roof. If you hire a specialist for your Jacksonville roof repairs, the restoration will last for many years to come. If you’re on a tight budget, however, quick fixes such as a roof patch and a roof repair may be the most affordable option.

Assessments and Roof Examinations

By getting a roof replacement, you can solve every transparent and hidden problem at once. If every customer made this decision, service calls would be simpler and inspections would be quick and easy. If your shingles are still in good shape, you may not need a total roof overhaul. After a complete roof inspection, the customer will know if they need a few repairs or a brand new roof. The pros at Quality Discount Roofing will examine your roof thoroughly when you request an on-site estimate. They will check your roof for holes, soft spots, rotting wood, and damaged areas that may collapse unexpectedly.

Getting Assistance from the Experts

Jacksonville roof repairs are reasonably priced — and you can preserve your personal funds if you qualify for home improvement financing. There is no need to deal with that annoying leak or those unsightly shingle stains for another day. Let the pros at Quality Discount Roofing give you an assessment so you can determine whether or not you need roof patches or a new roof. They will even guide you through the inspection process so you can assess your own roof and receive an estimate faster.

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What to Look for in The Roof When Buying A Home

Home buyers have many things to consider. Most people examine the size of bedrooms and the functionality of the kitchen, but often ignore structural issues that could potentially cost thousands of dollars in a short period of time. Below are some things to look for in a roof when you are buying a house. If you are unsure about the safety and structure of the home’s roof, contact Quality Discount Roofing for an inspection.

Do A Visual Inspection

Before purchasing a home, do a visual inspection to determine if there are any glaring defects. Some things you should look for in a Florida roof are:

  • Loose Or Missing Shingles

  • Curled Shingles

  • Rust Spots

  • Cracked Caulk

  • Worn Rubber Around The Base Of Vent Pipes

  • Piles Of Moss

If you see any of the above issues, consider obtaining a roof inspection to determine if there is damage to the roof or to see if you need a new roof. This is information you need before you buy your new house.

Check the Gutters

Check the gutters on the home for signs of asphalt shingle grains. This a gritty material that may be present in the gutters if the shingles are older and worn, which may mean it is time for a new roof.

Look for Signs of Leaks

When looking at any Florida roof, it is important to be sure there are no signs of water leaks. During the rainy season, a leaking roof can spell big trouble for homeowners. Even a small water leak can ruin furniture, damage the interior of the home and encourage mold growth. Some signs of leaks include:

  • Dark spots on indoor ceilings

  • Wet spots around fireplaces

  • Gaps around the chimney on the roof

  • Peeling or flaking paint around overhangs

If you are purchasing a new home or if you are concerned about the soundness of your existing roof, contact Quality Discount Roofing for an inspection and estimate. We have extensive experience working with Florida homeowners and can help you improve the efficiency of your roof, which will save you money over the course of the year. Making the decision to obtain a roof inspection will put your mind at ease, knowing your family will be safe and sound inside your home.

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How To Hire a Great Roofer

Here are some tips for hiring that perfect contractor:

Check Credentials

The State of Florida requires that contractors have a license for most kinds of new roof construction. Always ask to see a license so you can write down the number and check it out with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. At Quality Discount Roofing, we proudly post our license number on the company website.

Ask About Insurance

Any good contractor will be insured against injury and property damage. Accidents happen to even the most safety-conscious of companies. Ask if the contractor carries insurance, what kind of insurance it is, and ask to see proof. You’re not being rude. You’re just being thorough. If you have a project, such as a roof patch, that will be covered by your homeowner’s insurance, ask if the contractor accepts insurance payments. Many contractors are willing to go above and beyond in helping homeowners submit insurance payment requests and in dealing with the adjusters.

Choose an Established Company

While there are a lot of contractors who invest in big marketing campaigns or may go door-to-door offering discounted services, you can’t be certain of their reputation. Before signing any agreements, look the company up to see how long they’ve been in business and what previous customers have to say about them. If a contractor has been around for a long time, you can reasonably expect it to continue being around for the duration of your roof replacement project.

Get a Contract

Speaking of agreements, insist on creating a contract for the project, even if it’s just for a roof patch after a storm. Documentation can protect both you and the contractor later on. Make sure to include:

•  The specifics of the project

•  What is being done

•  The agreed price

•  Project length

You and the contractor should sign it to affirm that you each agreed to the project terms. 

With these simple steps, you can confidently select a contractor for those Jacksonville roof repairs or a new roof. If you are looking for a well-established team to quickly complete your project, consider the professionals at Quality Discount Roofing. We’re happy to help with any need, big or small.

Why a Flat Roof is Perfect for Commercial Buildings

Flat roofs are common on commercial buildings because they are less expensive to install, easy to maintain and they allow the more efficient use of space both inside and outside.

Flat roofs cost less for several reasons. There is less surface area to cover than on a pitched roof, and flat roofs are easier to install, which saves on labor costs.

Maintenance costs less for flat roofs because they are easier to get to and walk around on than a pitched roof. That also makes it easier to spot leaks or other problems. When it’s time to repair or replace a flat roof, the project often can be completed in a day, depending, of course, on the size.

Strategic business owners who choose a roof with a flat design have opportunities to lower operating costs in multiple ways. For example, since this roof’s foundation isn’t sloped, air conditioning units can be placed above a property instead of on the ground. This installation strategy for AC units can prevent vandalism and accidents in risky neighborhoods and communities. If a commercial roof is large enough,

other items can be installed on the flat foundation as well, such as solar panels.

Extra roof space can also be used for projects like rooftop gardens. Flat roofs also allow for a more efficient use of top-floor space in buildings.

To appreciate all the maintenance and functional benefits that a flat roof offers, you must select a proper roofing solution that suits your needs and situation. Flat roofs made with traditional materials last anywhere from 10 to 20 years. Roofs made with newer – although more expensive materials – can last up to 25 years.

A traditional built-up roof is made from layers of hot tar and gravel. Gravel is fire-resistant, and the gravel is more attractive when seen from nearby windows.

A modified bitumen roof is assembled with the peel-and-stick material is easy to install and can be coated with a light-colored material to reflect heat from the sun.

Rubber membrane is a great solution for businesses that are located in severe weather zones. This commercial roof material doesn’t tear or scuff easily during storms. Also, whenever leaks develop on the foundation, they can be repaired fairly quickly.

When you’re planning a new flat roof, call Quality Discount Roofing in Jacksonville, 904-396-5000, or visit our website for more information.

Cool Roofs Versus Green Roofs

Black asphalt shingles used to be the norm for roofing in many areas of the country. Those days are (thankfully) long gone, and for years, even conventional asphalt and fiberglass shingles have been available in a range of colors, enabling homeowners to color-coordinate their homes and making neighborhoods a lot more interesting.

More recently, we’ve entered an era where new alternatives are available. Of these, “cool roofs” and “green roofs” may be particularly appealing to Florida homeowners. According to Roofing Contractor, both reduce the heat that enters the home on a daily basis. Both also offer environmental benefits and help reduce energy consumption, but in most other ways they are very different.

Be Cool

A “cool roof” limits the amount of heat that enters the house via the roof, and enhances the home’s ability to radiate heat out from the interior. The primary feature of a cool roof is a light-colored roofing shingle or other covering. Light colors reflect light, while dark colors absorb it and convert it to heat, so all by themselves, light-colored shingles will keep a home cooler. But shingles that are designed specifically for energy savings have special materials in the mineral granules that enhance reflectivity further.

Beneath the shingles is a sheet material called underlayment. Conventional underlayments tend to trap heat inside the house, but cool-roof underlayments are specially engineered to allow heat to penetrate them and escape to the outside.

Be Green

A “green roof” is one that is covered, in whole or in part, with living plants. It is both literally and figuratively green. The plants on a green roof use sunlight for photosynthesis instead of reflecting or absorbing, which keeps the roof cooler. They also remove toxins from the air, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Of course, you can’t grow a garden on a high-pitched roof. Green roofs have to be flat. Because soil must be kept moist to keep plants healthy, a special waterproof membrane is required to prevent leakage. Other features, including a root barrier, drainage, and irrigation systems may also be part of the installation.

A Glaring Problem

One problem associated with cool roofs is glare. The light they reflect has to go somewhere, and that could be into a neighbor’s window. So while it’s keeping your home cool, it might be warming up the rest of the neighborhood.Green roofs don’t have that problem, because grass, flowers, and foliage aren’t highly reflective.

Carry That Weight

A cool roof weighs the same as any conventional roof. If you’re replacing a conventional asphalt shingle roof with a cool roof, there will be no problems with structural strength.

On the other hand, with several inches of moist topsoil spread across a flat surface, plus irrigation systems and the weight of the plants themselves, green roofs weigh a lot. Many existing roofs will not be able to support them without structural enhancements. For new construction, however, the roof can be engineered from the start to support the additional weight.


Sunlight eventually breaks down most materials. Because cool roofs reflect more light than dark roofs, they last longer. They’re not immune to this breakdown, however, and like other roofing shingle systems, eventually, they need to be replaced. But between replacement – a matter of decades – they’re virtually maintenance-free.

The soil and plants on a green roof protect the surface of the roof itself from sunlight, so that sunlight damage isn’t a factor. On the other hand, green roofs have constant ongoing maintenance costs. Taking care of the plants requires irrigation, fertilizer and other resources – especially manpower.

When you’re ready for a cool roof on your Jacksonville-area home, call the experts at Quality Discount Roofing: 904-396-5000. Our team can survey your home, formulate a plan and complete the project quickly. In just a few months, you’ll see a difference in energy usage and comfort around the home.

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

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 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

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?

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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