In order to get an accurate estimate, make sure proposals are broken down into separate line items. For roof replacement, important items include:
type of roof covering
manufacturer of tiles or shingles
type of underlayment
ventilation and flashing if applicable
Does the estimate include cost of pulling permit?
Who pays if there is damage to landscape or other parts of the property?
Insist on approximate start and completion dates.
What specifically does the warranty cover?
Who will be in charge of the project?
How many workers will your Florida roofer use?
Once you have established the specs for your roof replacement or roof repair, have qualified contractors bid on the same specs. The cheapest contractor isn't always the best value. Check references.
Commercial roofing requires larger scale equipment and makes use of different surfaces than residential roofs. Commercial roofers need to deal with HVAC equipment and access doors that residential roofers do not face. Learn answers to commercial roofing frequently asked questions.
My Roof is Leaking. What Alternatives Should I Discuss with a Florida Licensed & Insured Roofer?
A professional Florida Roofing Contractor will advise you on whether it makes sense to:
patch the roof
re-cover the roof - also called reroof
replace the roofing system.
Patching is usually appropriate if the roofing system is mostly intact. Reroof is sometimes an option - but if there has already been a reroof, many building code requirements will forbid a second reroof. Discuss the options with a licensed and insured Florida Roofing Contractor.
What are the Pros and Cons of the Different Types of Roofing Material available in Florida?
Florida weather is very tough on roofs. Quality material and workmanship with warranty pays.
Asphalt Shingles are the least expensive per square (a square is 100 square feet.)
Wood Shingles and shakes cost a little more and typically have longer life spans. If not treated with fire retardant treatment, wood shingles and shakes have Class C fire ratings or no fire rating.
Clay tiles are typically more expensive per roofing per square than Asphalt or Wood Shingles but even more durable and heavier.
Various types of Slate Roofing are often the most expensive and most durable alternative. Projected life spans run as high as 100 years. Not only is slate roofing material more expensive but application requires greater skill and costs more.
Metal roofs run a range of prices. Life spans also range depending on variables. Aluminum, coated steels and copper roofs are becoming more popular. Metal roofs are very light - an advantage. Research by the Florida Solar Energy Center in 1985 showed that metal absorbed 34 percent less heat than asphalt shingles, and homeowners switching to metal roofing reported saving up to 20 percent on their energy bills.
Concrete shingles and other roof products made from concrete like concrete panels and lightweight tiles are expensive but have long life span.
Why Should I Hire Only a Licensed & Insured Florida Roofing Contractor?
Damage or injury caused by non-licensed roofers can result in denial of coverage. And roof installation, maintenance and repair are dangerous. OSHA reports that 115,000 injuries occur due to falls in construction each year. Workers Compensation due to these falls runs about $718 million.Roofing Contractors bear the brunt of many of those injuries.
Make sure not to hire an uninsured Florida roofer - you don't want to be liable. Bonding can cover various property damage claims caused by a Florida Roofer. Talk to your Insurance Agent about what you need to require from your Florida Roofing contractor.