A professional roofer is the link between a dry and cozy home or a potentially moldy, damp and problematic property. Whether it’s for a new build, an add-on or running repairs, a roofing contractor should be able to assess what is needed and implement all requirements without delay or undue expense.
A professional roofing contractor will ensure all safety standards are adhered to, in terms of both the physical work required and CDC recommended guidelines.
Any reputable company would never recommend that a client inspects his own roof; or carries out any repairs. A roof can be a dangerous place, particularly in bad weather, which is when the damage is most likely to have occurred. The six months of hurricane season in Florida, from June to November, sees the most severe havoc and all external and internal roof repairs should be left to people trained to deal with any harm caused.
The OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970) states that roofers may be exposed to danger from falls both off roofs and from ladders, as well as accidents including power tools, extreme temperatures, noise and other factors. Employers are obliged to provide adequate safety equipment such as a PFAS (personal fall arrest system) together with regular and comprehensive training in safety methods.
How Long Does a Roof Last?
Well, that depends on the material. Let us explain…
In Florida, tile is the most popular choice for residential homes, and a new tile roof can be expected to last between 25-30 years.
A clay tile roof is also a recommended option, as it has numerous advantages such as being:
- Fire resistant
- Impact and wind resistant
- Low maintenance
Another option is a shingle roofing system, which can be expected to last for approximately15 years in Florida. These are cost-effective and the shape and size can be customized to suit clients’ requirements.
A flat tile roof comprises either cement or asphalt tiles and can last for many years with regular maintenance.
Metal roofing is well suited to the Florida climate and can last for up to 15 to 50 years. Metal roofing is especially eco-friendly as it can be recycled time and again. Metal roofing is certainly gaining in popularity among South Florida homeowners. However, it’s not the most inexpensive option, making it a second choice to tile roofing systems.
When is the Best Time to Install A New Roof?
Regardless of the type of roof you want to install, any roofing contractor would prefer to work in optimum weather conditions. This is not necessarily for his personal convenience, but the tiles themselves react to weather extremes. That makes the cooler, less rainy months the best time to work on a roof in South Florida.
How To Choose a Roofing Contractor
Choosing the right roofing company can be daunting. Searching the web, reading reviews, talking to friends and relatives, the whole process can be quite time consuming. To make sure you’re choosing the right roofing contractor, look for the following things:
- Appropriate state licensing
- Written estimate
- Appropriate insurance coverage
- Compliance with safety standards
- Disposal policy of old materials
- Regular staff training
- Track record and business ethic
- Number and type of referrals and recommendations
Aabco Roofing, which has been fixing and installing roofs in South Florida for over 30 years. We like to think that we are the perfect example of a roofing company that can be relied on to provide an excellent level of service.
If you’re looking for a new roof and you need a roofing contractor, call Aabco Roofing today at 954-426-8500.