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As a General Contractor, our projects range from total rebuilds to small remodels, however roofing remains the busiest facet of our business. With the number of hurricanes, hail, and wind storms in Florida every year, most roofs don't live up to their full life expectancy. At Divici, we understand that roofing is a commodity, so we look at it as an art.
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Asphalt shingles have been used on roofs for over 100 years. They were created right here in the United States in 1903. Shingles consist of asphalt/fiberglass matting with granules laminated on top.
These roofing systems typically last between 15-25 years in Florida. However, some manufacturers provide warranties up to 50 years.
Shingled roofing systems are easily damaged by high-velocity Wind events over 60 mph and also easily damaged by hail over 1 inch in diameter.
There are many manufacturers to choose from with shingles, but we recommend Owens Corning, GAF, or Certainteed. IKO is a good economical option if you are on a tight budget.
There are a few different options for flat roofs. Pictured here is a thermoplastic polyolefin or "TPO" roof system. This is the best option for commercial flat roofs in Florida. It consists of roof insulation or ISO boards fastened to the base of the roof and the TPO heat-welded over top. TPO is typically white and light reflective.
For most residential roofs and for a more economical option for commercial roofs, modified bitumen is recommended. This is also known as "torch-down" roofing. It consists of a base sheet and a cap sheet. Modified bitumen is like a rolled roofing version of an asphalt shingle.
There are typically two different types of residential metal roofing: Standing Seam and Exposed Fastener. A galvanized metal roof can help you save on your electric bills because it is a light reflective material.
Standing seam metal roofs have hidden clips that protect their fasteners from being exposed to the elements. Standing seam metal roofs are meant to last forever if installed correctly and with the correct materials for Florida's salty air.
Exposed fastener metal roofs have exposed fasteners to the elements. These metal roofs are a more economical option but after about 15-20 years all of the fasteners will need to be replaced.
Tile comes in all shapes and sizes. Tile can be made of a wide variety of materials including clay, concrete, slate, wood shake, and even some more modern composite materials. Tile roofs are not necessarily less vulnerable to high-velocity wind events or hurricanes, they are made more for their aesthetic and luxurious appeal.
Ceramic tiles are known for their fireproofing abilities and to some extent their durability. They exclusively used in Southwestern and Spanish-style homes but now they are almost everywhere. They come in different shapes, sizes, and colors which makes them ideal for a wide range of homes.
Composite tile roofing is a multi-layered tile that comprises acrylic, metal, and stone. The demand for such tiles is soaring as the need for a more natural appearance continues to increase. Composite tiles look similar to slate and clay tiles but are lighter than stone and concrete tiles. This makes them suitable for roofs with the required reinforcement for heavy roofing materials.
Concrete tiles can be a good alternative to ceramic tiles as they are less prone to breakage and look similar to ceramic tiles. Concrete tiles are made from a mixture of cement, sand, and water. The result is a tile that is very heavy, easy to install, and less expensive than slate tiles. The only downside is that their weight creates the need for reinforcement in some roofs.
Slate Tiles have been around for centuries primarily due to their longevity and pleasant colors. They can last up to 100 years. They also have a unique color variation that adds a pleasant look to a building. Slate tiles are expensive and difficult to install which is one of the reasons that homeowners prefer to avoid them. Finding an experienced roofer to install the slate tiles will also be a problem. However, the classic look you get from these tiles is priceless
Metal tiles are similar to metal roofs in that they share most of the advantages. These include longevity, very few leaks, and durability. The upside to using metal tiles as opposed to metal roofs is that metal tiles have more styles to choose from.
Nowadays, metal tiles can be fabricated to look like slate tiles, clay tiles, and several other roofing tiles. They are then applied an acrylic coating to protect and enhance the look. Such tiles are suitable for homeowners who are not looking to add reinforcements to their roof decks. This is because metal tiles are lighter than concrete tiles but thicker than asphalt shingles.