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Roofing Tips

1) Hire ONLY state licensed and insured contractors! 

Tips for Hiring a Florida Roofing Contractor:

The contractors that you consider should be licensed and insured by some firm. Verification can be done by contacting at 850-487-1395 (the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation in Tallahassee) or the local building departments. You may also check online at www.myfloridalicense.com or www.floridaroof.com.

2) Experience is Key!

Make sure the experience of the contractor you choose is in the region of the state you are having work completed in. South Florida has so many codes different than most of the state that you want to make sure the contractor is competent in the guidelines as well as his craftsmanship to be compliant.

3) Never be rushed or pressured into a decision.

Always be confident and comfortable in all of your decisions, whether it is the contractor you hire or the product(s) you choose for your project.   If they only accept cash, that is a sign they are most likely unlicensed and uninsured.  

4) Metal Roofs-

For the Eco-conscious consumers, a metal roof is a great way to go! The longevity of the roof and energy-savings will deeply diminish your carbon footprint.

5) Roof Maintenance-

A new roof, older roof; or a new home owner....roof maintenance is a great option to extend the life of your roof. Get an initial survey to analyze your roof's conditions and develop a detailed and specific maintenance program.

Maintenance can help save the "nickel and dime" expenses of a roof! Click here to get your roof maintenance program https://​www.dmausa.net/roof-maintenance


Common Roof Questions & Answers

WHAT IS THE LIFE EXPECTANCY OF A TILE ROOF BY INSURANCE STANDARDS? 

Approximately 18 to 25 years

WHAT IS THE LIFE EXPECTANCY OF A SHINGLE ROOF BY INSURANCE STANDARDS? 

Approximately 15 to 18 years

WHAT IS THE LIFE EXPECTANCY OF A FLAT ROOF BY INSURANCE STANDARDS? 

Approximately 10-12 years

(For any roofs older than 25 years (shingle or other type) or 50 years (tile, slate, clay, concrete, or metal) will require documentation showing at least 3 years remaining useful life. A Florida-licensed inspector (A licensed General, Roofing, Residential or  Building Contractor/ a Building Code Inspector/Florida Licensed home inspector) must conduct an inspection of the roof to check for any visible signs of damage or deterioration. When a roof has less than 3 years of remaining useful life, the homeowner must provide proof of a full-roof replacement to the inspector before any policy is written on the home. The inspector will complete a Roof Inspection Form life this ROOF INSPECTION FORM verifying the roof is in good condition.)

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE A ROOF LEAK?

HOME INTERIOR

STAINS OR DAMPNESS:

Look for any visual water spots/stains on ceilings/walls as well as bubbles in the paint.

MOLD:

Look for any signs of mold or mildew that may indicate moisture is entering the home.


HOME EXTERIOR

ROOF SHINGLES:

Look for any missing, torn, cracked, curling or damaged shingles.

ROOF TILES:

Look for any missing, cracked or damaged tiles.

ROOF FLASHING: 

Look for any cracks in the caulking or missing pieces that may allow water to seep in.

GUTTERS:

Are any section of the gutters drooping? Does the gutter overflow when it rains?

FASCIA (Fascia is used to create a barrier between the edge of the roof and the outside):

Are there any dark stains or rotted wood in the fascia?

SOFFIT (A soffit extends from the side of the structure to the edge of the eave):

Are there any dark stains or rotted wood in the soffit ?  

PLANTS/VEGETATION: 

Are there plants/vegetation growing on any part of your roof?

HOW LONG SHOULD I WAIT TO FIX A SMALL ROOF LEAK?

Small leaks eventually turn into large leaks.  Leaving a leak will cost you more in the long run.  Have a licensed roofer inspect at the first sign of water intrusion in order to save you money.  

HOW CAN I PREVENT ROOF LEAKS?

1- Clean gutters regularly.

2- Trim tree branches so they do not cover or touch the roof.

3- Periodically have a roof professional inspect the roof.  

4- Roof maintenance is essential especially on any flat roof.  .  


WHAT IS YOUR ROOF QUESTION? 


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