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ROOFING MIAMI STYLE

The Miami residential roofing industry is the subject of this informational overview for South Florida homeowners. “Roofer Mike” discusses the factors involved when residents are considering options and dealing with roofers.  

 Some Miami area residents pay little attention to their home’s roofing system until leak stains can be seen on the ceiling. By that time the decking and structure may be completely rotted. It usually takes time for water to penetrate the layers of decking and roof materials before it can be seen inside.

The roof should be treated as an investment. It protects the other components of the structure, its contents and inhabitants.  These systems require their own specific maintenance regimens and qualified, local Miami roofers to do the work. Proper maintenance extends their life cycle and affords the homeowner full value for their investment.

ROOF REPAIR OR REPLACE?

Usually leaks occur at detail areas caused by substandard workmanship and are repairable. The improper installation of metal flashings are almost always the culprit. However, when a roof’s materials begin to fail it is an indication the roof is beyond practical repair. A reputable roofing company can assist in deciding on a roof repair or replacement.

A homeowner’s individual circumstances also come into play. For example, how long an owner expects to stay at their current address can influence the process as much as financial considerations. Shingle roofs, tile roofs, metal roofs and various flat roof systems are the most prevalent residential roofing systems available to local residents. When considering replacement options it is advisable to browse the websites of roofing companies and manufacturers.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Today, homeowners are much more aware of the energy efficiency of their homes. Efficient systems reduce cooling and AC maintenance costs while extending the life span of the roof. Cool Roof concepts such as ventilation, insulation and reflectivity are increasingly being incorporated into today’s roof designs. Rising oil prices have also made efficient systems such as liquid applied roofing (Sealoflex, GACO) more competitive with conventional systems produced from petroleum byproducts.

A typical liquid roof is incorporates multiple layers of roof coating with a synthetic membrane  to create monolithic roof system with no seams, Liquid applied systems are also eco-friendly and renewable which, over time, more than offsets their higher initial cost,  They allow for the restoration of the existing roof and avoid tear-off costs. Periodic maintenance approximately every 10 years , usually a light pressure wash and single-coat application, can be performed indefinitely  for a virtually permanent system. “Cool” roofs also increase reflectivity, reducing the carbon footprint, while enhancing  the waterproofing characteristics of the building without placing an additional burden to landfills.

CHOOSING A ROOFING CONTRACTOR

Typing “roofing miami” into your browser’s search bar will yield a long list of area roofing contractors and paid directories. Substitute “miami” with your own municipality for a more local result. Also search online for feedback from other homeowners on each roofing company being considered. Searching the name of the company along with “reviews” will show most of their online reviews. Verify licenses at www.myfloridalicense.com. Always collect at least three or four estimates before hiring a roofer. Along with price and terms, also compare workmanship warranties. Study each proposal for accuracy and scope of work details. Prices for a flat roof, in particular, can vary greatly when different systems are specified.

Always insist the contractor pulls a permit. If a contractor is hesitant or resists pulling a permit there may be something wrong with their licensing or insurance. Building departments always check contractor credentials for each permit but the homeowner has the right to see general liability insurance and workers compensation insurance certificates for the company as well as all subcontractors. As a percentage, permits are worth the cost and inconvenience to ensure the work is done to Code. One more thing – never, ever make final payment until the roof has passed Final Inspection.

by Michael Slattery

Roofer Mike - Michael Slattery

 

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