The Great Miami Hurricane of 1926 destroyed or damaged literally every building downtown; destruction was so widespread that south Florida was thrown into the depression era three years earlier than the rest of the nation. Despite it all, the city came back beautifully!
Over the next two decades, more than 800 buildings of varied architectural styles filled a square mile of South Beach. Now known worldwide as the Miami Art Deco District, it is the largest collection of art deco architecture in the world. A visual testament to Miami’s resiliency and determination to rise from the rubble.
We have weathered many a hurricane here in Miami. And, our tropical climate is apt to produce a thunderstorm (complete with wind and hail) at the drop of a hat only to have the sun beating down relentlessly minutes later.
Florida’s tropical climate can sure do a number on your roof.
Whether it be due to hail and high winds, heavy rains, or the root cause of the damage was traced to Florida’s high humidity, roof repair is not something you want to put off. The problem will only become worse with time.
Scheduling a periodic inspection of your roof can catch many issues before they have a chance to become a problem. Whether or not you are seeing signs of damage, contact a roofing professional to assess your roof and offer solutions rather than attempting the job yourself.
In an emergency situation, a roofing professional will get your home under wraps as quickly as possible.
The biggest indicator that a roof replacement is necessary is leakage. Once a leak is discovered inside your home, it has most likely been going on for some time. That’s a sobering thought because an unaddressed leak over an extended period of time leads to structural damage. As the leak progresses, water is penetrating the roofing system, decking and insulation enroute to the ceiling where the problem is usually discovered.
There can be many contributors to a leak forming in your roof.
- Wind damage: Short of being ripped loose completely, shingles that have suffered wind damage can be hard to spot. If exposed to high winds, moving shingles can cause nails to loosen and damage the granules on the shingles surface that will ultimately allow leakage.
- Exposed nails and missing granules: Whether due to the loosening of shingles in high winds or rusting due to age, exposed nails allow small leaks to form. Missing granules on the shingle surface can be caused by hail damage. If not addressed, over time major damage can occur.
- Cracked or curling shingles: Both of these situations would indicate roof replacement is necessary.
- No chimney cricket: If your chimney is on a downhill slope and you do not have a chimney cricket installed in your flashing around the chimney, moisture is likely to accumulate causing rusted flashing, mold, wood rot and leaks.
- Hail damage: Large hailstones can cause severe damage to a roof, especially if the shingles are asphalt. The damage may not be visible to the untrained eye, it is best to schedule an inspection after a severe hailstorm.
It used to be that there was not much available to the homeowner other than basic black in the way of shingles. Today, however, that is no longer the case! There is an array of choices available for consumers; both, in colors and materials used.
Asphalt shingles, one of the most popular roofing materials on the market today, are affordable, long lasting, and come in many colors. Architectural shingles may be more suited for Miami. They’re a bit more expensive, but they are rated for high wind (up to 110 mph) resistance more so than the 3-tab asphalt shingles which are rated for wind speeds up to 60-70 mph.
Clay and concrete tiles
Also known as Spanish style, clay and concrete tiles have been used in Florida for more than 100 years. They are energy efficient, durable, long lasting, and have great curb appeal. If installed properly, clay or concrete tiles can be your home’s best defense against strong winds and heavy rain. They do crack easily, however, walking on your roof as little as possible is advised.
Not only are they beautiful, metal roofs are rated to withstand winds up to 120 mph! That means a lot to homeowners in the Miami area. They are energy efficient, durable, low maintenance, and stand up to our humid weather.
Standing seam metal roofs
In addition to being attractive, this roof style is very effective at keeping water out. The raised seams remain above the water line as it runs down the roof, even during the torrential rains of a hurricane! The heavy material also better withstands the weight of any tree limbs or storm debris.
Business owners, let one of our team of experts help you make an informed decision regarding a major roof repair or replacing the roof all together. We’ll walk you through the process every step of the way. The roofing material you choose now will continue to provide you with peace of mind years from now.
Built up systems
Suggested for use in warmer climates and often used on low-slope roofs, built up roofing (BUR) has a life expectancy of 15-30 years. The BUR technique includes layering materials. Built up roofs are extremely water resistant and are not adversely affected by ultraviolet rays. Due to the aggregate layer (which is often fiberglass) on top, these roofs are also fire resistant.
Installation can be time consuming and expensive, but once the job is completed additional upkeep is minimal.
Modified roofing systems
Similar to the BUR system and first used in the 1960’s, the modified roofing system is designed for low-slope roofs. Often described as a step up from the tar and gravel roof, modified roofing systems incorporate using a membrane as the base material that adheres to the roof surface.
Cold applied systems
Both built up and modified roofing systems can be applied using a “cold system.” This means that the material used to adhere to the surface of the building can be done without “mopping” the surface with hot asphalt or a like material. When using a cold applied roofing system, there are no toxic fumes released during installation.
Perfect for Miami’s climate, thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) is a reflective, single-ply roofing membrane that is recommended for areas where the cooling system is used more frequently than the heating system. The exposed white surface reflects UV rays making this choice energy efficient.
Metal roof system
We’ll just put it out there now, averaging between $5 to $12 per foot, metal roof systems can be expensive. But, when comparing the cost to the 30 to 40 year life expectancy, the initial cost gets a little easier to digest. The building structure, form and roof pitch are important things to consider when choosing a metal roof system. Other factors for consideration are the climate zone and it is wise to check local code requirements.
Common choices for metal roof systems are:
- Galvanized or coated steel is the actual material used for ultimate protection.
- Aluminum, which is often painted for added resilience.
- Copper roofs are durable and have a long life span.
- Zinc offers the best corrosion resistance and produces a low-gloss look.
Our knowledgeable staff will help you with all these considerations to determine which metal roof system will work best for your business.
Coating systems and urethane systems
Roof coating and urethane systems actually adhere to your roof surface becoming the first layer of protection between your building and the elements. They are both cost effective and energy efficient.
Acrylic coating is water based and easy to work with. Acrylic coatings are resistant to UV rays, but, being water based, do not perform well in “ponding” situations. Silicone roof coating is an option that is recommended for ponding water situations as it has very little erosion.
Urethane systems are the most impact resistant. A urethane roof coating stays cleaner and is resistant to ponding water. Urethane systems make good “cool roofs” because they can be white.
Roof maintenance & inspections
Rather than waiting until there is a problem and there is no option but a costly repair or replacing your roof all together, consider setting up a maintenance schedule of your choosing to have your roof inspected at regular intervals. Our roofing maintenance programs consist of an inspection, a full report of findings (including photographs), and rapid restoration of any identified problems.
Frequently asked questions
Replacing your roof is a major expense whether it be for your home or business. We want to make that experience as stress free for you as possible. You will find answers to some commonly asked questions regarding roof installation below.
If you have others, please, don’t hesitate to contact us! Our staff will be happy to answer them for you.
How much will a new roof cost?
That, of course, will depend on several things. Roof size, shape, and slope will be taken into consideration. In addition, of course, the material you choose for your new roof is a large factor in determining final costs. Cost can also depend on things like whether or not there are multiple layers of shingles to be removed,
We will be glad to work with you to estimate your final cost free of charge.
Can you install a new roof over the existing roof?
The answer is more than likely yes. But if there are multiple layers of shingles beneath the ones you can see on the surface a tear off will probably be the better choice. Even if there are not multiple layers, a tear off may be necessary due to damage.
Again, our free estimate will lay out all the specific information you need to know.
How long will it take to have my new roof installed?
Most residential (and some commercial) roofs can be replaced in one day. If it’s a job that will take longer, rest assured that in addition to leaving a clean work area, your home will be weather proofed for the night before we call it a day.
What types of warranties are provided?
Depending on the product, most manufacturers provide material warranties that range between 5 to 50 years. In addition, we proudly provide our customers with our own guarantee of workmanship.
Are you going to make a mess of my property?
Roofing can get messy, but we do our utmost to protect your shrubs, landscaping and the surrounding yard throughout the process. At the end of the work day, we ascertain that all debris is collected and the work area is cleaned up before we leave your property.
What happens to the old roof debris?
All debris will be collected and is taken to the landfill for proper disposal.