As one of the very best residential roofers Miami has to offer, our re-roofs and roof repairs utilize only Miami-Dade County Approved materials. Roofer Mike Inc (RMI) strictly adheres to the Florida Building Code for High Velocity Hurricane Zones and pull permits for all work as required by the county or municipality in jurisdiction. We back our work with the strongest workmanship warranty program in the market.
South Florida is famous for beautiful beaches and its sub-tropical climate but the weather also brings intense summer sun with torrential wind and rain. Roofs are constantly tested by Mother Nature. Homeowners are eventually confronted with the decision:
Re-roof or Roof Repair?
The re-roof or roof repair question can depend on many factors.
How old is the roof? That is the #1 consideration and may be unknown. Everyone should know the age of their roof. That information can be had with a call to your local building department and request for a permit search. If the roof was done with a permit they will have a record of it unless it was done before 1992. Before Hurricane Andrew the state and municipalities were much more relaxed in their recordkeeping.
RMI offers free estimates, even after the storm, and free yearly inspections upon request to South Florida homeowners. We will do a thorough inspection to determine how much useful life it has left. Information is power and we want you to have as much information as is available to make your decisions.
Are there leaks? Leaks in the flashings of detail areas such as chimneys, skylights, valleys ,walls, crickets and protrusions are usually due to workmanship defect and can be repaired. Leaks in the field due to material failure indicate that roof repair or maintenance is less practical. Personal considerations such as the time an owner plans to stay in their home and budget can also factor into the decision.
Hire Miami Roofers for Roof Repairs
If opting for a roof repair you’ll need qualified Miami roofers to do the work. Roofing is regional. Materials, techniques, systems and codes differ from one part of the country to another and even within the state of Florida. The industry is very different in the Florida panhandle. Roofer Mike Inc (RMI) is a leak detection specialist with expertise developed from decades of South Florida experience. Our repairs are designed to outlast the roof and we back that up with a 3-year workmanship warranty.
When the choice is made to replace the roof RMI can guide you through the many replacement options available. Sometimes a customer will have a difficult time making a decision. They may have had a tile roof but thinking about going with a metal roof or maybe even shingles.
We get it, you only get one shot at this. Once it’s done you have to live with the decision. We offer an Options Summary in which we break down the options with descriptions, pricing and warranties on one page. We send it in an email with material data sheets attached and links to manufacturers’ websites. The most common residential roofing systems available are:
For decades, metal roofs were considered very expensive and were only common in commercial roofing and areas like Coconut Grove and the Keys. In recent years local fabrication shops have had Englert systems approved by Miami-Dade County. This has shortened the supply chain and lowered the cost of galvalume metal roofs to compete favorably with tile. RMI is in tune with the evolving metal roofing industry in South Florida and offers top quality installations and warranties.
Concrete and clay tile roofs have been a mainstay of the local landscape for 100 years. Tile selection is largely a matter of personal preference but there are performance features to consider. We are up to date on all the technical nuances of tile roof systems.
Underlayment selection is important as it is the waterproofing component of the roof. We recommend modified bitumen, polyester mat reinforced tile underlayment for its superior durability rather than asphalt based fibered materials, which is old technology.
Fiberglass shingles can be much more than just an economical option when Cool Roof concepts such as ventilation are incorporated into the design. Shingles are available in many colors, styles and price ranges with warranties ranging from 25 years to “limited lifetime”. We can explain the differences in shingle roof aesthetics and performance to assist in your decision.
Flat roofs are the most challenging roof replacements from a technical standpoint. Metal, tile and shingles are comparatively straightforward with the focus being on the installation according to manufacturer’s specs and the code. With flat roofs we get into the world of design. There are dozens of systems available and multiple variables within those systems. Compatibility to adjoining systems, insulation options, durability and drainage issues as well as budget are all considered in flat roof design specifications.
South Florida has gravitated towards two similar systems. RMI offers GAF Ruberoid APP/SBS modified bitumen and fiberglass cap sheet built-up roofs (BUR) depending on drainage, ponding conditions and other factors. Both of these systems feature a top layer with a white granulated surface.
Because of that white granulated surface many Miami roofers sell these systems as maintenance-free. They are not. In fact, neglected flat roofs have a predictably short life cycle. We recommend a quality roof coating on any low-slope system as soon as possible. You will be very glad you did later on.