Whether you are looking to improve the aesthetics of your home or repair a worn-out roof, there are some basic steps that you can take before a roofing project is started. These steps should help ensure your roof will last for many years to come.
Licensing is Essential
A certified roofing contractor must meet the proper licensing requirements in the State of Florida and Broward County to operate a commercial roofing company in the area, and to install a roof. The government sets the rules that include proof of adequate insurance and necessary workers’ compensation, as well as liability coverage. Most states require that contractors be licensed in order to work on, repair, and install roofs. A business license will allow a contractor to legally operate a roofing company in Davie Florida.
Check the Insurance
All of the insurance policies and other documents that are involved in your contract with your contractor must be read carefully. Check your contract for specific terms that will cover the repair and replacement of your roof. If any part of your agreement requires inspections to verify work performed or is a matter of liability, your Florida contractor will need to provide documents to your insurance company or the appropriate enforcement authorities.
Local Building Codes
Before the roofer begins work on your home or commercial building, check the local building codes to make sure your contractor complies with the rules of Florida. Make sure your contractor has received approval to work from your local building code enforcement office and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Once all of these steps are completed, your contractor will need to obtain a license and certificate from the state.
Pull the Permits
There should be a building permit displayed prominently in the area that shows the contractor is approved to work on this specific project. Before beginning any roof work, it is important that the contractor obtain a permit from the appropriate government agency for the region where he or she plans to work. These permits must be obtained in person or by mail in some areas. If you are not familiar with the local permitting process, it may be in your best interest to hire a qualified local roofer to assist you. Some governments may ask the roofer to review the project before it is started so you can make sure that all permits have been obtained and are in proper order. Even if you know the process well, it is still wise to have a roofer check over the entire roof prior to starting any work.
It is strongly recommended that you hire a contractor with a Florida roofing license and certification, especially if you want to have your roof inspected. This will ensure that the roofer is qualified, experienced and reputable. Also, having a roofer to inspect your roof before you start work will allow you to see the damage and repairs if any are needed. If you are not satisfied with the results, you will have someone you trust on your side to handle the repair and/or replacement of your roof.
If you do not feel comfortable hiring a contractor for roof repairs or have doubts about the quality of work the roofer provides, you can ask your local inspector. After your roofer has inspected the roof, they will be able to recommend the most cost-effective option for your specific roof type and condition.
You’ve decided you need a new roof. Several contractors have given you estimates. How do you know which is right for you? It is important to understand exactly what the contractor is proposing when making a decision on your roof replacement. There are usually several products/services included in most re-roofing quotes.
The biggest-ticket item on a roof replacement estimate is often the actual roofing material. The estimate will list the manufacturer and type of shingles the contractor intends to use. It will also show the style of shingle. Architectural or dimensional shingles are the most popular. They create more interest and often mimic the look of other roofing materials such as slate or tile. It may include color choice or options if the design was part of the initial discussion. The estimate will also indicate the length of the manufacturer’s warranty for that type of roof, as well as the specific stipulations for the warranty.
If your roof has chimneys, dormers, and vertical walls that the roof runs into, then you will see flashing on your estimate. Flashing prevents water from seeping behind and under shingles, causing water damage to the structure. Poorly installed flashing can be a serious issue to the long-term health of your roof, so if you do not see metal edging in areas where your new roof meets other types of material then you will want to contact another roofing contractor to inspect the new work immediately.
Flashing is usually thin sheets of aluminum or galvanized steel. Many professional roofers will fashion their own from sheet metal. Flashing is installed over joints in the roof & wall construction. Possible areas are valleys, chimneys, dormers, windows, pipes, skylights, porches, decks and edges.
New flashing is often installed with a new roof. If flashing deteriorates or comes loose, it can cause severe damage to your home. It is important to make sure it is installed properly to avoid unnecessary damage.