Why should you REroof?
This is the first of 8 “REs” of Florida Contractors, which can also be downloaded for FREE from our eBook library.
Historically there have only been two reasons you might need to REroof in Florida:
- Your roof has reached its useful life and is leaking repeatedly
- You simply want to change or upgrade your roof for aesthetic reasons
Nowadays Floridians have a 3rd reason to REroof…our insurance companies are demanding roof replacement on any roof that is older than 15 years! That’s right, only 15 year old roofs! WHY?
They are simply protecting themselves. You see, insurance companies know that 15 year old roofs are not installed to current code requirements. They are claiming that your roof could blow off in a wind event (e.g. Hurricane Charley in 2004) if it is not installed to current code.
You will need to do the math on whether REroofing is financially feasible. If your carrier is giving you grief about the age of your roof, let us know. We will try to REason with them!
Types of REroofing
Should you decide that REroofing is inevitable for you, be sure to talk with trustworthy professionals before making any final decisions! EVERY kind of roof system has good, better and best versions. Believe me!
Whether it’s shingle roofing, tile, metal, flat or slate, you can flat believe that your choices are many! We can help you decide what is best for you.
Just some very quick pointers on the types of REroofing…
Shingle types and designations have changed frequently through the past few years. You will want to make sure to use a shingle that is at least rated for 110 MPH wind speeds. Don’t accept anything less!
Tile is THE most confusing and spec driven roofing system on the market today. There are literally about 80-90 ways of installing a tile roof in Florida. Ask lots of questions and deal with a contractor that has good common sense. Let your Spidey Senses take over and if it doesn’t seem just right, walk away!
Metal roofing is by far the most REliable roofing system out there. It shouldn’t be too confusing, but keep this in mind…there are essentially TWO types of metal roofing:
- Metal that is installed with exposed top-side fasteners
- Metal “standing seam” that is installed with concealed clips
If you can afford the added cost, concealed fastening is by far the best!
NOTE: With any of the above roofs, the use of a self-adhered peel and stick membrane (direct to deck) is the only way to go!
“Dos” and “Dont’s” of REroofing
One of the most important “DOs” in REroofing is to find someone you can rely on for honest and valuable roofing information.
The biggest DON’T for REroofing is to never, ever hire based on the cheapest price! There is always a reason why they are cheap and it is usually not a good one. When it comes to roofing, you get what you pay for.
For more information, be sure to check out one of our other eBooks (which you will also have free access to, should you decide to download 8 REs of Florida Contractors): The Dos and Don’ts of Hiring a Roofing Contractor!
If you’ve been searching for a commercial roofing company in Florida (especially in the Naples area) to repair or replace your roof, please download our free eBook → to learn more about the services we provide or call (800) 372-1851 to schedule an appointment.
Raise the roof!