Commercial REroofing in Florida – When is it Time to Replace the Roof?

Why should you REroof?

Commercial Reroofing in Florida

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:

  1. Your roof has reached its useful life and is leaking repeatedly
  2. 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!


Spider ManTile 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 certified roofing 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:

  1. Metal that is installed with exposed top-side fasteners
  2. 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.

The 8 REs of Florida ContractorsFor 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 Naples to repair or replace your roof, please download our free eBook → to learn more about the services we provide or call (239) 433-9777 to schedule an appointment.

Raise the roof!


5 responses to this post.

  1. 100 % agree with what you said about not hiring the cheapest company. Hiring a cheap company usually means they will cut corners on insurance, and materials. Instead you should get a few quotes from different reputable companies and compare that way


  2. I didn’t realize that people replace their roofs for reasons other than because it keeps leaking and for aesthetic purposes. It never occurred to me that roofs that are over fifteen years old don’t meet up to code standards. That would explain why many of my neighbors have been working on replacing their roofs. My neighbor told me that he wants to install a metal roof, because they seem to last a long time. Perhaps it would be a good idea for me to do the same, especially since my roof is at least thirty years old.


  3. Posted by Dennis Marshal on May 13th at 6:15 am

    There is a need to reroof every after 15 years most especially in Florida because the atmosphere there has a salt coming from the ocean that makes the iron to rust rapidly.


  4. Buy cheap and buy twice. That is certainly true when choosing a roofing company. Cheap means cutting corners – on either materials, expertise, or both. Either way, always pay for the best that you can afford.


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