Many residents don’t give their South Florida roof much thought until they see those telltale stains on the ceiling. By then the damage to sheathing and structure can be extensive. Under certain conditions a roof leak can cause considerable damage long before it’s noticed inside the home. If a roof repair or replacement is not done right away the damage can extend to other areas. Timely cost efficient maintenance ensures roof integrity, extends its life cycle and gives the owner full value for their roofing dollar.
Roof Repair & Maintenance
All roof systems present their own maintenance challenges and require a local expert to address them. Almost all systems, over time, will require roof repair(s). If still under warranty, a reputable roofing company would make the necessary repairs on their own work, free of charge, when workmanship defect is the cause. When the warranty is expired at least three companies should be called to provide estimates.
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Most leaks are due to improper installation of metal flashings and can be repaired. Other causes include falling tree branches, flying debris, lightning strikes, even stray bullets. AC technicians, fumigators and the cable guy can also cause damage. A clay tile roof, for example, breaks easily when walked on incorrectly. When leaks occur due to material failure, the roof is near the end of its useful life and re-roof options should be considered. A reputable roofing professional can help decide whether you should repair or replace.
Roof Replacement Options
The American roofing industry is regional in nature. The South Florida market is unique due to its tropical climate and features its own methodology and range of roof replacement options. Fiberglass shingle roofs, clay and concrete tile roofs, metal roofs and various low slope applications are the most common residential systems available. Browsing the websites of roofing companies, materials manufacturers and related search engines is helpful when exploring your replacement options.
Energy Efficient Roofing
Due to rising energy costs, South Florida roofs are becoming more energy efficient. Efficient assemblies are an effective way to reduce cooling costs.
Choosing a Roofing Company in South Florida
Obtain at least three estimates before hiring a roofing company. Search for contractor complaints at miamidade.gov. Verify licensing at myfloridalicense.com and read customer reviews from organizations such as the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List. Obtain and verify liability insurance certificates from the contractor’s carrier or agent. Read the scope of work description in each proposal carefully to ensure they accurately describe the work and materials used. Prices for an insulated flat roof, for example, can vary greatly when different systems are used. Compare the workmanship warranties offered by each roofing contractor as well as the contract price and payment terms. Make sure the contractor pulls the applicable permits per the local code and don’t ever make the last payment until the job has passed final inspection.
Roof warranties offered by manufacturers only cover materials. Manufacturers’ warranties are actually sales tools. Like car batteries or tire warranties, they are overstated to stimulate sales. Limited Lifetime Warranty shingles that usually last 20-25 years are a good example. The manufacturer wants you to file a claim. They then pro-rate the value and apply a modest deduction towards the cost of a new roof – with their shingles! A manufacturer’s warranty is a good idea in the rare case of defective materials but, the more important warranty for homeowners is from their roofing contractor.
Hopefully, this information will be of assistance when requiring the services of a roofing company on your South Florida roof.
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