Lee County
(239) 549-7663 (ROOF) 

Collier County
(239) 775-7663 (ROOF) 
 

Charlotte County
(941) 743-7663 (ROOF)

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(239) 549-1377

Q: I recently had a wind mitigation report done. Why are you suggesting I do one after my new roof??

A: Today the roofing industry and the insurance business are more closely correlated than ever before.  After all the damages that were paid in the hurricane years it is no doubt the insurer’s wanted to know more about what was going on the roofs of home’s they insure.  You want a new wind mitigation report done after your new roof goes on as it will show four main upgrades that have been completed that will all be favorable when it comes time to figuring your insurance premium.  Your plywood gets re nailed to the trusses by today’s standard.  Your mitigation will also document that your roof falls under the latest code for installation.  We will use a secondary water barrier and your shingle will have a wind rating.  Make sure to use a local reputable roofing contractor like Roof Smart who knows about all these upgrades so you can take advantage of any possible insurance credits you can get.

Q. What size gutter do you install??

A. Roof Smart specializes in 6 " seamless gutter installation. We can install them with or without replacing your roof. All gutters are custom and are made seamless on site from our mobile gutter machine, and we also install custom inside and outside miters.

Q: I am planning a tile re-roof. What are my choices in a tile re-roof. What is the best way to make my selection??

A: Check the history of your home. If your shingle roof is the second roof and the home was originally built for tile then it is usually no problem to go back with tile. The only way to know for sure and for permitting will be to have an engineer inspect your roof. On a rare occasion some structures have a shingle roof that was built for tile. This would be no problem to go tile. If you still want the tile look but meet none of these criteria ask your knowledgeable Roof Smart representative about our metal specialty products that look like tile. You can install them on any structure without any approval. They also come with excellent wind ratings and product warranties up to the 50 years and come in a variety of popular colors.

Q: I find the “limited lifetime warranty” confusing. What can I expect from my manufacturer’s warranty and what does it really mean??

A: It is confusing and there is a lot of fine print in the warranties however there is a lot of good that came from the this new generation of material warranties.  In the beginning of 2011 a major shingle manufacturer came up with limited lifetime shingles and within a month’s time almost every major competitor changed their warranties and followed suit.  Keep in mind all warranties are prorated and the value drops over time as the product ages.  The typical proration period used is 30 years but you will have at least some protection.   For as long as you have your roof.  The good that came out of these changes is that there is no proration period for the first ten years and it also covers 100% of the labor in case of a material defect.  Labor was never covered in the past.    Remember that these warranties only cover product defects and workmanship is never covered.  Always use a local reputable contractor like Roof Smart with a strong company warranty to cover you against anything that could go wrong.

Q: I only have one layer of shingles on my house. Can I do a go-over to save money??

A: Shingle roof overs can be done according to our building code however there are many reasons why you will probably be better off with a tear off and replacement.  If your roof does not lay completely flat the second roof will have a very poor appearance.  Almost every reroof we do has at least some decking repairs that need to be done and you never get a chance to inspect this situation with a go-over.  Some customers believe they will get extra insulation from 2 roofs.  The fact is 2 layers of asphalt is more of an additional heat buildup and creates no additional insulation.  A leak in a double roof is extremely hard to find and repair as they can travel along way before showing up on your ceiling.  It is also getting to the point where only limited insurance companies will insure your home with a double roof.  Beware of contractors who try to talk you into doing a double roof as they may not have the equipment to do the job the right way.

Q: I have a shingle roof now but I want to go with a tile roof. Can I put a tile roof on my house??

A: Check the history of your home. If your shingle roof is the second roof and the home was originally built for tile then it is usually no problem to go back with tile. When a home is built for tile then it is usually no problem to go back with tile.  On a rare occasion some structures have a shingle roof that was built for tile. This would be no problem to go tile. If you still want that tile look but meet none of these criteria ask your knowledgeable Roof Smart representative about our metal specialty products that look like tile. You can install them on any structure without the weight. They also come with excellent wind ratings and product warranties up to the 50 years and come in a variety of popular colors. The only way to know for sure is to have a certified engineer check your roof.

Q: I want to do a tile re-roof, however on my old roof, broken tiles have been an issue. I worry every time someone needs to go on the roof. Will I still have this problem with my new tile roof??

A: Several things have changed with the new tile and installation methods we use today will help this common problem. The tile we get today are thicker and stronger with additional strengthening ribs that fall under a scrutiny of lab tests and industry standards that were nonexistent years ago. This will result in less breakage for years to come. A common instillation practice on normal slope roofs is to use expandable foam adhesive under each tile. The bond is very strong and it has a little give or cushion under each tile. An older tile method was cement and had no give and the bond would easily separate with foot traffic followed by breakage. Be sure to select a reputable contractor like Roof Smart who has knowledge and experience with today’s tile and instillation methods.

Q: I want to replace my old shingle roof with a new metal roof. Will it be noisy in a rain storm??

A: A lot has changed since we heard about “rain on the old tin roof” Many older structures with metal roofs had little to no insulation between your ceiling and the roof. Several structures were also built with split sheathing standing on an open porch. You could look up and actually see the bottom side of the metal panels between the spaces in the wood decking.  Yes, all of these would produce a lot of noise during rain. Today our demand for energy efficiency has most attics well insulated and most decking is solid instead of spaced. The underlayment we use on all metal roofs has somewhat of a cushioned surface and also cuts down on noise and vibration.

Q:I was going to replace my roof last year but I didn’t have enough money, now its rainy season and I have leaks and can’t wait any longer. What do you do if it rains during the course of my job??

A: Remember this is your home and not a construction site.  It is our complete responsibility to you to keep you 100% leak free during and after your roof is installed.  We take several precautions to ensure a leak free situation.  When you see us show up to start your project you will notice several large tarps that we use to protect your plants, pool cages and property in general.  They also serve as a quick cover up for the sudden showers that can pop up.  You will also notice that if rain is imminent we will take sections of the roof off at a time and cover up as we go.  The underlayment that we use today is also a complete weather seal before your shingles go down so you are water tight while we wait for your inspection so we can install your shingles.  Always use a local reputable contractor like Roof Smart that will supply you with the proper insurance documentation prior to the start of your job.

Q: My neighbor’s roof has black streaks and is all discolored, what causes that??

A: It is mildew that forms in our damp climate on any porous surface.  All shingles shipped to Florida should be fungus-resistant and all contractors here in Florida should be using only fungus resistant shingles.  However some non-fungus resistant shingles make their way here and some contractors seek out this kind of bargain in order to save a couple of bucks.  For example, during the 2004 to 2006 hurricane years we were short on products and contractors and both came from all over the country to make quick money and be gone.  You would not even know that you got an inferior product until a couple of years later and your contractor was long gone.  Always use a local reputable contractor like Roof Smart to ensure the job gets done right with the right products for our climate.

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