The Best Roofs for Florida Homes

Being one of the first things people see when they look at your home, your roof is an important factor in your home’s curb appeal. An old, dilapidated roof can decrease your home’s value by thousands of dollars. Even worse, an improperly installed or ill-maintained roof can leave your home open to infiltration of water, and if not repaired even structural damage.

Roofs in Florida have the extra requirement of being algae-resistant. Officials added this requirement due to the frequent occurrence of algae buildup on roofs, especially those near coastal areas, and the extensive damage this causes. (more…)

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How to Prepare Your Roof for Hurricane Season

Hurricane SeasonHurricane season is in full swing, and we’ve already had over 10 named storms in the Atlantic this year. When a hurricane is headed your way (and they always are in Florida) it’s important to prepare for possible roof damage. Follow these tips to minimize damage and get a head start on repairs to your roof during a hurricane:

  • Check your insurance policy

Before a storm hits, discover how much insurance coverage you have for hurricane damage. If you don’t understand your policy documents, call your insurance agent right away and they should be able to explain everything to you. One of the most important pieces of information to gather is your deductible for storm damage since that’s the amount that you will have to pay out of pocket before your insurance coverage picks up the tab.
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Material Used for Roofs in Florida

Roofs in FloridaYour roof makes a big statement about your home and its value. As one of a home’s most expensive and visible features, you want a roof that is sturdy, stable, and attractive. Florida’s hot, humid climate poses unique challenges for roofers, as some roofing materials just can’t stand up to the blazing sun or hurricane-force winds. Roofing materials must meet strict standards set forth by the Florida Building Code, including the unique requirement that all roofing materials be algae-resistant. The most popular materials used for roofs in Florida are:

  • Shingles

Shingles stand strong as the most popular roofing material in Florida. Known for their durability and affordability, shingles can withstand brutal temperatures and high winds. As long as they are installed correctly, shingles can tolerate winds of 150+ mph, are waterproof, and receive up to a Class A fire rating. If you choose shingles for your roofing project, opt for asphalt, fiberglass, or laminate. Consider installing lifetime premium shingles (if money is not an obstacle). Avoid 3-tab shingles as they are too flimsy for Florida’s high winds and heavy rain, especially considering high-quality laminate shingles cost only a little more. Most shingles will last 15-20 years. (more…)

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Which Roof Type Best Supports Solar Panels?

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Decided to get solar panels and if you should get a new roof first? Many people choose to
get a new roof before solar panel installation. Whether you’re considering adding a solar
panel system to a commercial building or a residence, it’s easier than ever to install solar
panels on a roof.
Depending on the type of roof you have will determine how your solar panels are installed,
as each roof type requires a specific solar panel installation process.

See the below popular 4 roof types to learn more.

Shingle

Asphalt shingle roofs last between 15 and 30 years. Solar panels are attached using panel
mounts, the roof is sealed, and flashing is added to prevent water leaks.

Tile

Slate, clay, and concrete tile roofs last between 30 and 40 years. Tiles must be removed to
install solar panels on a tile roof, which are either replaced or modified to accommodate
the panels.

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Why Are Shingles the Most Popular Roofing Material?

shingles roof floridaAsphalt shingles are by and large the most popular roofing material in the great state of Florida. Even with several other roofing materials readily available on the market, asphalt shingles still reign supreme. But why? There are lots of reasons shingles are viewed as the best roofing material in most applications, including:

1. Affordability

Asphalt shingles have long been the gold standard for roofing application and are widely available nationwide, so their cost is lower than all other roofing materials. While the cost of different types of asphalt shingle roofing can vary greatly, it’s hard to beat them overall in terms of cost-effectiveness.

2. Versatility

Asphalt shingles can be used in almost any roofing application and design. They are easily cut into any shape to cover all the creases and dips of your roof seamlessly.

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Can You Add More Than One Layer to a Flat Roof?

If your roof is having problems, you have two options: rip off your existing roof and install a new one or lay your new roof down on top of your old roof. In some cases, it’s best to add another layer to your flat roof, but not always. Here’s what you should know. 

What Is a Flat Roof?

A flat roof actually isn’t entirely flat, but it’s close. A “flat roof” is installed on a very subtle angle so that it appears flat but actually contains a slight slope. This slope allows rainwater to drain off the roof. It is for this reason that a flat roof is also often known as a low-slope roof. 

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How Does Construction Differ with a Flat Roof?

How much thought do you give to the roof over your head? Probably not much, but the roof used to build your home influences how it handles rain water, snow, wind, and many other outside factors. Make sure you understand how construction differs with a flat roof so that you can make the best informed decision. 

What Is a Flat Roof?

A flat roof actually isn’t entirely flat, but it’s close. A “flat roof” is installed on a very subtle angle so that it appears flat but actually contains a slight slope. This slope allows rainwater to drain off the roof. It is for this reason that a flat roof is also often known as a low-slope roof. 

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The Best Flat Roofing Materials

While flat roofs are becoming more popular among homeowners, they have long been preferred for industrial buildings. A flat roof gives you a place to put rooftop AC units and other building elements. A flat roof is also easier to access for maintenance on these systems.

But what material is used for flat roofs? You might think that shingles are inappropriate, but they are one of your more affordable options. However, there are many more durable and easier to maintain options.

PVC Membrane

This is the most commonly used roofing material for flat industrial roofs. It is durable, lasting up to 30 years, with little to no maintenance required. PVC membranes are also lighter weight and more flexible, making it useful for complex applications.

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Commercial Roof Vs. Residential Roof: How Are They Different?

Even though you might be able to find a roofer that does both, there are very big differences between commercial roofing and residential roofing. Depending on which service you need, it is important to make sure that you hire a contractor with a clear understanding of the differences in pitch, materials, and installation. Here’s what you need to know.

Differences in Pitch

Homes are designed to be aesthetically pleasing, not just functional. That’s one reason why they require so much regular maintenance. Because homes come in so many different shapes and sizes, so too do roofs. Most residential roofs are very steep, while commercial roofs are mostly flat or very nearly so. Commercial roofs need to be flat to accommodate equipment and the like.

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Causes of Commercial Roof Leaks

Commercial roof leaks are much more complex than residential roofing. While damage can certainly cause leaking in commercial roofs as well, there could be some other causes of frequent roof leaks on your commercial property. Here are some of the most common causes of roof leaks on commercial buildings.

Poor or no drainage

When your commercial roof was first installed, the contractors should have considered adequate drainage of the roof. Your roof is going to get a lot of water, especially during the rainy season. To eliminate leaks and expensive repairs, drainage systems must be installed. If your original contractor didn’t do their job properly or if the drain has become worn or damaged, it could cause leaks.

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