Most people take their roof for granted until their home’s interior sustains damage from leaks. By then the roof deck and structure are typically rotted as it takes time for a leak to saturate the layers of sheathing and insulation before it’s noticed inside the home. Efficient roof maintenance extends its life, gives the homeowner full value and protects other components of the structure. Miami roofers and homeowners face unique maintenance challenges associated with South Florida’s sub-tropical climate. Hurricanes, a long rainy season and the sun’s intense UV radiation take a toll on Miami roofing systems. Different systems require their own periodic maintenance regimens and require an expert local roofing contractor to properly perform the work.
Most leaks occur at detail areas due to poor workmanship and can be repaired. When the material itself fails the roof is usually beyond practical repair and replacement options should be explored. A reputable roofing professional can help decide whether to repair or replace.
Fiberglass shingles, concrete and clay tile, metal roofing and various flat roof systems are the most common residential systems available in the Miami roofing market. When contemplating your replacement options it can be helpful to check the websites of roofing companies, manufacturers and roof related search engines. When deciding on a roof tile selection a drive through almost any Miami neighborhood provides a convenient, giant sample of a myriad of variations.
Today Miami residents are more aware of the benefits of energy efficient assemblies which cut cooling costs and extend the life of the roof while featuring ventilated, insulated and reflective characteristics. Rising oil prices have also made efficient systems such as metal roofing and liquid applied roofing more competitively priced with conventional roofs made largely from petroleum byproducts.
Warranties offered by manufacturers only cover the materials applied to your roof. Manufacturers’ warranties are sales tools, like car battery or tire warranties, they are exaggerated to boost sales. Lifetime shingles that usually last 25-30 years are a great example. They want you to file a claim. Then they pro-rate in their favor towards a new roof – with their shingles! Manufacturers’ warranties are necessary in the extremely rare case of defective materials. The important warranty for residents is from their contractor.
One should always get three or four estimates before hiring a roofer. Search online for contractor complaints and reviews and verify licenses at miami-dade.gov and myfloridalicense.com. Obtain and verify liability and workers comp insurance certificates. Study each proposal for accuracy of the work description. Prices for an insulated flat roof over the Florida Room, so common in the area, can vary considerably when different systems are used. Compare the warranties of each contractor along with price and terms. A down payment shouldn’t be more than a third of the contract price. Insist the contractor pulls a permit and don’t ever make final payment until the roof passes inspection.