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A brand new roof made with quality materials and handled with superior craftsmanship can outlive many of us in good conditions. Living in central Florida, however, means far from perfect weather conditions. Despite many bright and sunny days during the year, severe storms and hurricanes are normal and threaten the lifespan of any roof.
Though a roof replacement may not be the most glamorous home improvement project, it is arguably the most important to address. If you’ve recently had a roof inspection that recommended a replacement, you should promptly start getting estimates from reputable roofing companies.
One of the top considerations for homeowners or building owners when replacing a roof is the total cost of the project. Getting bids from several licensed roofing companies is the first step, but cost alone shouldn’t be the determining factor.
More important than the cost of the project is the reputation and credibility of the roofing company. Make sure you hire professionals who are licensed, insured, and experienced.
Single roofs are among the most affordable options for new roof options. They are very common and popular due to their affordability, but are the least attractive and tend to have a short lifespan than some other materials.
Metal roofs are becoming more and more prevalent as style and texture options have increased in recent years. Though metal roofs are expensive, they are known for extreme durability and longevity. Even with the added expense, metal will be a cost-effective solution for the long-run and you’ll probably never have to replace your roof again! Metal typically outperforms other materials when it comes to hurricane winds
As you probably have seen, tile roofs are very common in Florida due to their ability to withstand strong winds and have one of the lowest life-cycle costs of any other type of roof. Tile comes in all colors, making it easy to match to your current landscaping and house color.
Composite shingles are another expensive but reliable and enduring roofing material. These shingles are composed of recycled materials and hold up to heavy rain and other weather quite well.
Choosing a reputable company is just as important as choosing to get a new roof installed. At the very least, any roofer you hire should be licensed, bonded, and insured, as you don’t want to be in a situation where the job is left unfinished and you have nowhere to turn. Ask any contractor you hire to see proof of insurance.
Whether you ask a friend or family for a referral or find a company online, there are a few things you should consider before making a decision.