When it comes to a new roof, the choices for homeowners are wide and varied. Gone is the single choice of a three-tab shingle. Today you can choose from not only the three-tab but also dimensional shingles, luxury and designer shingles, and lifetime shingles. There are synthetic slate shingles, wood shakes, and metal shingles. Mid-Miami Roofing installs them all.
There’s no denying that a new roof for your home is a financial investment. The decision to have one installed should be approached with knowledge and consideration.
What should you look for in a qualified roofing contractor?
- Does the contractor have current Ohio Worker’s Compensation and General Liability insurance? Ask for the certificates.
- How long has the contractor been in business? Do your research and make sure you are dealing with a company that has roots in the community and will be around to deal with any problems that could arise. Use the Better Business Bureau as a resource. Ask the contractor for references.
- Does the estimator seem knowledgeable? Be sure you have all your questions answered and know exactly what materials and work are included in your estimate.
- How will your old roof be disposed of? Make sure the contractor has a plan in place to protect your landscaping during the roofing process and a plan to clean up all nails and trash at the end of the job.
- What kind of warranty will your roof have? Be sure you’ve been given enough options for choosing a shingle type that will give you the warranty that best suits your needs as a homeowner.
Why is Mid-Miami Roofing your qualified contractor of choice?
- We are a certified contractor for the following manufacturers:
- We also install Owens Corning, Atlas, IKO shingles and HardiPlank Siding
- We offer homeowners a 12-year workmanship warranty with their new roof which is transferable should you sell your home in that period. This is an addition to the manufacturer’s material warranty.
- We are fully insured with Ohio Worker’s Compensation and General Liability Insurance.
- We have been in business over 30 years serving the Greater Cincinnati area.
- We are accredited by the Better Business Bureau and a member of The Chamber of Commerce.
CAN YOU SPEAK HOUSE?
Your roof has a language all its own. As a homeowner you should familiarize yourself with the names of the different parts of your roof to understand what work is being done and to better know what questions to ask a contractor.
The following terms and definitions are provided for your reference.
- Decking – the surface to which roofing materials are applied, usually plywood or OSB.
- Dormer – a framed window unit projecting through the sloping plane of a roof.
- Drip Edge – an L-shaped strip, usually metal, installed along roof edges to allow water run- off to drip clear of the deck, eaves, and siding.
- Eave – the horizontal lower edge of a sloped roof.
- Fascia – a flat board, band, or face located at a cornice’s outer edge.
- Flashing – pieces of metal used to prevent the seepage of water around any intersection or projection in a roof system such as vent pipes, chimneys, valleys, and joints at vertical walls.
- Gable – the upper portion of a sidewall that comes to a triangular point at the ridge of a sloping roof.
- Hip Roof – a type of roof containing sloping planes of the same pitch on each of four sides; contains no gables.
- Ice & Water Shield Membrane – a self-adhering waterproofing shingle underlayment designed to protect against water infiltration due to ice dams or wind-driven rain.
- Rake – the inclined edge of a sloped roof over a wall from the eave to the ridge.
- Ridge – the top edge of two intersecting sloping roof surfaces.
- Saddle – a relatively small raised substrate or structure constructed to channel surface water to drains or off the roof.
- Soffit – the finished underside of the eaves.
- Soil Pipe – a vent pipe that penetrates the roof.
- Starter Shingles – asphalt roofing applied at the eaves that provides protection by filling in the spaces under the cutouts and joints of the first course of shingles.
- Underlayment – a layer of asphalt saturated felt which is laid down on a bare deck before shingles are installed.
- Valley – the angle formed at the intersection of two sloping roof surfaces.