Saturday, November 20, 2021

Brevard County Re-Roofing

 It's been a while from my last blog entry, doesn't see much action anyway, but I thought, what the heck, let's see what happens.

I rehired one of my former foreman as crew leader, with 4 other guys, we have a great, efficient crew. We have been doing mostly single story, single family homes. We will leave the big two or more story jobs for the other roofers with the large crews.

Melbourne Beach Florida

Certainteed Landmark shingles with Flintlastic SA modified bitumen  on the cricket, both in the Weathered Wood color

We removed the shingles, re-nailed the plywood with 8d ring shank nails, and installed a self-adhesive shingle underlayment. The shingles were installed with 6 Stainless Steel ring shank roofing nails per shingle. With the perimeter shingles set in flashing cement and the Starter strip on the eaves and gables, this roof is nearly indestructible.

I actually installed the original roof in 1988 or 89. This December anniversary puts us in our 42nd year!

J.K. Behan General Roofing Contractor, Inc

1450 Maple Ave

Melbourne, FL 32935

Established 1980

I feel thankful to all my customers for giving me a decent living, I always try to do my best. 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Melbourne Beach roofing

It has been a few months since my last blog, time flies!

Not that I get much response from these, I like to put it out there in internet cyberspace.

This is from our last job in Melbourne Beach, The amount of wood work can be directly related to the double layer of shingles on this 40 year old home. It had the original roof and one additional layer of shingles. It leaked so badly, the eaves were all damaged. We also replaced the original fascia and soffit with new white fascia and soffit. B E A Utiful...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Replace a damaged roof in Melbourne Florida

The rainy season is now over, we have some time to make repairs and replace those damaged roofs from Hurricane Irma.
Self Adhesive shingle underlayment
this Modified Bitumen  material quailifies as a Secondary Waterproofing Barrier
Certainteed Landmark Silver Birch shingles are Energy Star rated
the courses are straight as an arrow, nails are installed per specs

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Dog Days of August

146.8 F on the roof surface at 11 am, heat index was 106 this day
this is the result of poor flashing details at the dormer valleys
This job in North Melbourne was hot hot hot. It was the original roof from 1988 or so. The loose granules made this 6/12 a bit difficult. The guys all wear Cougar Paws, so that helped

Monday, June 26, 2017

Re-roofing in Florida's rainy season

when roofing in Florida during the rainy season (if you are in doubt when that is... right now, you are in it!) you Better have some plastic ready to go quick. A roll of plastic may cost $100 (for 6 mil), that is the cheapest insurance you can buy. We may precut the piece to length before it even threatens rain, Not too long ago, a roofer in Orlando got caught with his pants down (no plastic), 6PM news loved showing the videos of the collapsed ceilings, angry customers, very preventable with a little fore thought

once the self-adhesive modified bitumen shingle underlayment is installed, we can relax, this stuff is awesome

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Matching the flat roof to the shingles

Flat roof , Off Ridge Vents, and Skylight

new .032 aluminum flashings

Brick chimney rehab

after cleaning two wet coats of sealer applied to brick

add a cricket, really, it is called a saddle!

install new .032 aluminum flashing and a counter flashing

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Satellite Beach Re-roof

Looking East early in the AM, not too hot yet. but it's coming

Once the hand rails and toe boards are up, the roof is easy, well, almost easy!
This customer got the Energy Star shingles, still eligible for a tax credit in 2016,
new Impact Resistant skylights,

Friday, November 20, 2015

Re-roof Melbourne FL 32904

Mojave Tan

Off Ridge Vents offer good ventilation on a hip roof

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Roofing Logistics 101: protect your work area

New pavers in the driveway

Tarps and Plywood

What is the old adage? - An ounce of prevention means a happy customer!

no muss, no fuss

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

J K Behan Roofing has been hard at it

I can't believe it was last November when I posted the last blog!
 we've worked 6 days a week, I haven't taken a vacation since Christmas break.
ready to install 1/2" plywood over existing 1x12 for a solid roof deck

Certainteed Roll vent

adding nails to the roof to wall connections (straps)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

1x12 decking upgrades

 Notice the large gaps between the boards, although 1x12 is a good structural decking, it does not make a good subtrate for shingles. The nails in the shingles can fall in the gaps, leaving a nice hole for leaks. The boards can also twist and cup, popping the nails, again, a new entry point for water.

Preparation is key. We always clean right to the 1x12 so we can fasten into the trusses. Some of my competitors will leave the old felt or underlayments and fasten the new plywood without regard to position on the trusses

Ready for plywood

new plywood fastened to code

Resisto shingle underlayment is warrantied on plywood, but will have no warranty on 1x's

New Certainteed Landmark Pro Shingles in the Silver Birch color. They are Energy Star rated. stainless steel nails, especially in the shingle over type ridge vent is the best installation for Indialantic's salty atmosphere

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Roofing in Melbourne

Getting set up on a job

Access made easy with the high lift truck

Whether it is pavers or concrete, we can protect your driveway
Having the right equipment makes the job easier, we also use a 12 ft dump trailer, a 45 foot conveyor, and many other job specific tools for almost any roofing job

Monday, August 18, 2014

Cupola Repairs

Or "Don't let the Rain Come In "

Water was entering through this large cupola on a local golf course clunhouse

this is what we found when we removed one of the louvers, the metal diverters had failed. Cause of this event? most likely electrolysis between dissimilar metals (copper and steel)
we removed the old diverters, installed a self adhesive flashing tape to separate new aluminum diverters and the existing copper pans

New custom made .032 aluminum diverters installed

louvers installed and caulked

Friday, August 1, 2014

How do you know when to replace your roof?

The answer to that question is multifaceted. Leaks in the roof, age of the roof, and cost is a big factor.
Leaks in the eaves can damage plywood, fascia, soffit, and trusses.

no leaks in the house, plenty at the edges

this type of leak is caused by improper application (workmanship)

 Leaks in the home can do similar wood damage and also create serious health issues with possible mold growth. Repairs to older roofs can be difficult and that would be part of the equation

Do you think they waited too long?

this looks right into the kitchen

about three days of wood work
another issue that we can look at in the next blog will be: Should I wait for a storm to blow off my roof so the insurance company will pay for it?  DUH