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By godwingreen47953225, Mar 12 2015 04:47PM

There are many reasons you should consider membership with the NCFRSA.

The NCFRSA helps you achieve a competitive advantage and offers programs, products, and services to improve your business and promote professionalism. NCFRSA:

Provides solutions

Disseminates essential information

Educates and trains the industry’s professionals

Expands professionalism

Builds a better roofing community

By godwingreen47953225, Mar 12 2015 04:39PM

Buying a new roof system is an important investment. Before you spend your money, spend some time learning how to evaluate the roofing contractor who may be doing the work. North Central Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractor’s Association (NCFRSA) wants to assist you in getting the kind of results you expect—a quality roof system at a fair price. You should insist on working with an NCFRSA-member professional roofing contractor.

All roofing contractors are not alike, and NCFRSA recommends you prequalify roofing contractors so the job done right the first time. The following guidelines will help in your decision:

- Check for a permanent place of business, telephone number, tax identification number and, where required, a business license.

- Insist on seeing copies of the contractor’s liability insurance coverage and workers’ compensation certificates. Make sure the coverages are in effect through the duration of the job. (Note: U.S. workers’ compensation laws vary by state. Consult your state’s laws to determine workers’ compensation insurance requirements.)

- Look for a company with a proven track record that readily offers client references and a list of completed projects. Call these clients to find out whether they were satisfied.

- Check to see if the contractor is properly licensed and/or bonded. Call your state’s licensing board for your state’s specific requirements (where applicable).

- Insist on a written proposal and examine it for complete descriptions of the work and specifications, including approximate start and completion dates and payment procedures.

- Check to see whether the contractor is a member of any local, state, regional or national roofing industry associations, such as NCFRSA.

- Call your local Better Business Bureau to check for any complaints that may have been filed.

- Have the contractor explain his or her project supervision and quality-control procedures. Request the name of the person who will be in charge, how many workers will be required, and the estimated time of completion.

- Carefully read and understand any roofing warranty offered and watch for provisions that would void it. - - Keep a healthy skepticism about the lowest bid. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Remember, price is only one criterion for selecting a roofing contractor.

- Professionalism and quality workmanship also should weigh heavily in your decision.

NCFRSA, a nonprofit trade association, is one of the construction industry’s most respected organizations and the voice and leading authority in the roofing industry for information, education, technology, and advocacy.

This website allows roofing consumers to search for roofing contractors in north central Florida. It also provides a wide range of information and services to help building owners and homeowners make informed decisions about replacing and maintaining their roof systems. This information can be obtained from various links on this website.

By godwingreen47953225, Mar 12 2015 04:36PM

The issue of attic ventilation and the amount of ventilation necessary is controversial. Based on research conducted to date, the strongest case for ventilating asphalt shingle roof assemblies with outside air exists for residences located in cold climates and where snow accumulations persist on roofs for extended periods of time. Under those conditions, ventilation has been shown to be a valuable strategy for removing excess moisture from attics, thus preventing ice dam formation and condensation that can damage roof sheathing.

It has also been shown that ventilation with outside air reduces average attic air temperatures in summer. Research has not verified a significant effect of attic ventilation on the average roof surface temperature. In fact, research results indicate ventilation has less effect on average roof surface temperature than the facing direction of a roof surface or roofing material color.

Some sources available to homeowners suggest attic ventilation is necessary with asphalt shingle roof systems. Asphalt shingle manufacturers’ warranties, for example, may make coverage conditional on meeting their minimum ventilation requirements. Homeowners should consult manufacturers for specific ventilation requirements when selecting an asphalt shingle product.

By guest, Mar 12 2015 04:29PM

The North Central Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractor’s Association (NCFRSA) is pleased to provide you with this information as part of our ongoing effort to educate home and building owners about roofing and roofing contractors.

We hope this information will make you a more knowledgeable consumer and, when the time comes, a smart roof system buyer.

A new roof system is a big investment. We want to help you get a quality roof system at a fair price from a professional roofing contractor.

Roof system components

All steep-slope roof systems (i.e., roofs with slopes of 25 percent or more) have five basic components:

1. Roof covering: shingles, tile, slate or metal and underlayment that protect the sheathing from weather.

2. Sheathing: boards or sheet material that are fastened to roof rafters to cover a house or building.

3. Roof structure: rafters and trusses constructed to support the sheathing.

4. Flashing: sheet metal or other material installed into a roof system’s various joints and valleys to prevent water seepage.

5. Drainage: a roof system’s design features, such as shape, slope and layout that affect its ability to shed water.

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