Roofer Mike Inc (RMI) is a roofing company in Miami built on referrals by providing consistent quality and value. RMI specializes in residential re-roofs, roof repair and maintenance. With decades of South Florida experience we listen and offer options with consideration for the client’s needs.
After roofing Miami homes since ’92, Roofer Mike was licensed (CCC1327413 ) and incorporated in 2006 . Starting out as a referral driven contractor with some business cards in Miami Springs, our service area now includes all of Miami-Dade County.
Your South Florida Roof
It’s important to realize how essential a dependable roof is as the first line of defense against South Florida’s extreme weather. It’s an investment. As one of the finest roofing contractors in Miami we can protect that investment by maintaining your roof as cost effectively as possible.
Roof Repair & Maintenance
All systems eventually require roof repair and maintenance. RMI is a leak detection specialist and features maintenance applications such as elastomeric roof coatings. Unfortunately, when a roof is too old for maintenance or repairs to be practical, it must be replaced.
Roof Replacement Options
The South Florida market is unique due to its tropical climate and features its own methods and range of roof systems. We can assist you in choosing the best option and offer expert installations of shingle roofs, concrete and clay tile roofs, metal roofs and flat roofs.
Why Roofer Mike?
A referral-driven company doesn’t take shortcuts. We strictly adhere to the Florida Building Code, use only Miami-Dade County approved materials and pull permits in accordance with local building departments. RMI offers one of the strongest warranty programs in the industry with confidence in our installations. Our roof repairs outlast the existing system.
When requiring the services of a roofing company in Miami, we are happy to answer any questions. Financing options available.
Service Area includes Miami, Miami Springs, Doral, Hialeah, Miami Lakes, Miami Shores, North Miami, North Miami Beach, West Miami, South Miami, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Westchester, Kendall, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay and Homestead.
After roofing Miami homes for decades RMI offers this informational overview on factors involved as homeowners consider their options.
Many Miami residents pay little attention to the roofing system on their home until they see stains on the ceiling. Wood decking and even some structure may be completely rotten by then. Water often takes its time to penetrate the layers of materials – decking, insulation, drywall or plaster – before it is noticed.
The roof is an investment as it protects other components of the structure, its contents and inhabitants. These systems require specific maintenance regimens and qualified, local Miami roofers to do the work. Proper maintenance extends the life cycle and affords the homeowner full value for their investment.
Roof Repair or Replace?
Reputable roofing contractors can be of help deciding between a roof repair or reroof. Leaks at detail areas are usually workmanship issues and can be repaired. Improper installation of metal flashing is almost always the culprit but when materials begin to fail it’s an indication roof repairs are no longer practical.
An owner’s individual circumstances also come into play. How long they expect to stay in their home can influence the process. A seller tends to take a different approach than someone staying in their home for the foreseeable future.
When considering replacement options it’s a good idea to browse websites of manufacturers and roofing companies in Miami.
Weigh life cycle and warranty as much as aesthetics and pricing.
Metal Roofs Rock!
For decades roofing Miami style was not about metal roofs for most area residents. They were priced out of reach. However, the recent elimination of a link in the supply chain has greatly reduced prices. When factoring in expected life cycles, metal is quite competitive with tile for value.
Developed by Bethlehem Steel in ’72, Galvalume® is sheet steel coated with 45% zinc and 55% aluminum . Galvalume® standing-seam metal roofs are strong yet lightweight, energy efficient, fireproof, 100% recyclable and the most wind resistant system available in the South Florida market .
Before moving forward with standing-seam Galvalume® be sure your home is more than a half mile from salt water. From within that distance an upgrade to aluminum, stainless steel or copper is required, by Code.
Tile roofs are the foundation of roofing Miami style and they dominate the skyline for good reason. In addition to their attractiveness, tile offers a strong, durable, wind-resistant, fire-rated option for homeowners at a comparatively good value. Miami , where every style available is represented, serves as an ideal brochure for browsing tile roofs.
Most South Florida homes are designed for wind resistance with a low slope. However, this also allows water to filter through to the underlayment. In terms of performance the underlayment is the most important choice to be made when designing a tile roof system. It is the primary waterproofing component.
For many decades the 30-90 hot-mop system was the predominant tile roof underlayment. Miami roofers, including this one, wanted a more durable system. Along came today’s self-adhered, synthetic underlayment. After over ten years on the market it has developed into the superior alternative to an old technology.
Shingle roofs dominate the United States but in South Florida, not so much. They’re just not ideally suited for our subtropical climate. However, when incorporated into a system featuring light colored shingles with well-designed attic ventilation they become a real option. In terms of value, they can compare favorably with the more expensive systems.
Aside from high end designer shingles, when considering shingle roofs there are basically two alternatives, 3-tab or “dimensional”.
3-tabs are generally a budget system with a max life of 15-20 years. Dimensional shingles, however, are a more viable option. Added thickness gives dimensional shingles a considerably longer life cycle, 20-30 years, as well as much more wind resistance.
Most 3-tabs are warranted for up to 60mph. GAF Timberline HDZ dimensional shingles, my personal preference, are covered up to 130mph. Consider that Timberlines additional cost is about $.20/sq. ft. and more attractive – the decision is easy.
The most technically challenging replacements are flat roofs. The aforementioned systems are rather straightforward, in comparison, with the execution of client preferences according to manufacturer’s specs and the Code. With flat, or low-slope, roofs we get into the wonderful world of design. Compatibility to connected systems, insulation configurations, drainage and durability are all considered in design specifications. There are literally dozens of low-slope systems available but this market has generally settled on two types of BUR (Built-up Roof) – fiberglass and modified bitumen.
Mineral Surface Cap Sheet vs Ruberoid
Most fiberglass BURs consist of multiple layers of fiberglass sheets with a white mineral surfaced cap sheet as the top layer, with or without insulation. A modified BUR is constructed in much the same way except the cap is a white granulated APP/SBS modified bitumen membrane, also referred to as “rubber”, “modified” or Ruberoid, the trade name for GAF’s modified products. What is the difference? Both are embedded with white granules. Cap sheet is made from fiberglass fibers and asphalt while Ruberoid is asphalt modified with polymers over a polyester mat. They look the same but, when it comes to roofing materials, you really do get what you pay for. Ruberoid costs about twice as much. One must also pay attention to the other layers, base sheets and ply sheets, which can vary greatly as well.
Mineral surfaced cap sheet is sufficient for any low-slope system if the homeowner follows the advise we give everyone – apply a quality roof coating in the first three years. You can double the life of the roof. That’s good math.
Flat Roof Maintenance
Sloped systems really just need to be kept clean, free of debris and trees trimmed to prevent contact. Flat roofs, however, benefit greatly from a maintenance regimen which includes an elastomeric roof coating application. A quality coating, applied within the first few years after installation will greatly extend the life cycle of a low-slope system. Coatings also cool the interior and cut cooling costs while reducing wear and tear on AC equipment. They can be cleaned and renewed with a single coat every ten years or so – indefinitely. Neglected flat roofs are ready to be torn off after 15-20 years while a maintained system is barely broken in.
Energy Efficient Roofing Trends
Today’s homeowners are more aware of the energy efficiency of their homes. Increasingly, today’s roofing systems, materials and designs are incorporating Cool Roof concepts like ventilation, insulation and reflectivity.
Vetting Roofing Contractors
Search “roofing contractors miami” to see a long list of companies and paid directories. Search your municipality for a more local result. Also look online for feedback on each contractor considered by entering “company name reviews”. Verify licenses with the DPBR at myfloridalicense.com. Always collect at least three or four estimates before hiring a roofing company in Miami. Don’t pay more than 10% down before the permit and split the rest into at least two progress payments. Along with price and terms, also compare workmanship warranties. Study each proposal for accuracy and scope of work details. Prices for flat roofs, in particular, can vary greatly when different systems are specified.
Always insist the contractor pulls a permit. If they are hesitant or resist pulling a permit there may be something wrong with their licensing or insurance. Building departments check a contractor’s credentials for each permit but the homeowner has the right to see insurance and workers comp certificates for the company as well as all subcontractors. To ensure the work is done to Code, permits are worth the cost and inconvenience . One more thing – never, and I mean never, make final payment before passing Final Inspection.
by Michael Slattery – Roofing Miami for decades