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Monday, December 12, 2011

What can Hardtop Roofing do for me?

What can Hardtop Roofing do for me? 

    South F1orida has the strictest roofing requirements in the United States. Especially, in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties. There is year round tropical weather which includes alot of sun and humidity. This tropical climate can be a roofs greatest enemy. Energy efficiency and roof maintenance, are preventative measures that play such an important role in maximizing the estimated lifespan of your roof, and Hardtop Roofing can help.

    Our roofing contractors can inspect your roof and determine if any defects exist, or if the life of your roof can be extended through a simple maintenance program. We always focus on providing you with the most cost effective solution. We are roof restoration experts. If we can restore your existing roof, we will not try to sell you a new one. On the other hand, if you are looking to completely replace your roof, our roofing contractors and expert installers will make sure the job is done to perfection; with the quality you expect and deserve.
   
    Our strong focus on customer service, structural integrity, energy efficiency, and preventative maintence makes Hardtop Roofing the best choice for all of your roofing needs.

Quality Roofing Service You Can Depend On

Quality Roofing Service You Can Depend On

    Hardtop Roofing has a wealth of knowledge and experience in all areas of roofing. We are a full service roofing company specializing in all residential and commercial roofing. From roof repair, to your home or commercial property's re-roofing project, we are the professionals to call. We service all of Miami Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties. Contact Hardtop Roofing for your free estimate and/or consultation.


    Here at Hardtop Roofing we always put the client first, and we provide them with the top notch customer service they deserve. We guarantee exceptional results and a pleasurable experience. A state certified roofing contractor is present at all of our job sites supervising all work being performed, and making sure that all work is held to the highest standards in the roofing industry.


    We have a large assortment of professional equipment and run background checks on all of our roofing professionals. All of our roofing mechanics are experts in there trade and have over twenty years of experience. Our goal is to provide you with the quality you deserve, at a price you can afford.

FPL Participating Independent Contractor

   As an FPL Participating Independent Contractor here in South Florida, our roofing company can provide homeowners FPL 's “cool roof” incentives for light-colored metal roofing systems, tile roofs, and white reflective roof recovery roofing systems. We also have extensive knowledge solar power photovoltaic solar panel installations and the specific State and Federal incentives available for these renewable energy solutions.

Prevetative Maintenance


Preventative Roofing Maintenance

  Preventative roofing maintenance plays a very important role in preventing roof leaks and costly roof repairs. In Miami and Broward county our South Florida heat, and beating sunshine and rain can damage a roofs integrity. Letting your roof go without maintenance is not only dangerous for your home, but it’s also dangerous for your wallet. 

Ignoring roofing maintenance and leaks repairs long enough will cause you to need a full roof replacement much sooner that you would otherwise. Our roofing contractors can go out to your property and inspect your roof free of charge and let you know what you can do to stretch the life of your existing roofing system

Low slope roofing systems

Low Slope Roofing Systems

BUR (built up roofing)- The name says it all. The roof is built up using multiple layers normally consisting first of a 75 lb base sheet either nailed or mopped to the roof deck depending on the deck type. Second two plies of GAF Ply 4 fiberglass are hot mopped over base sheet with hot asphalt. Last but not least a mineral surface cap sheet or mineral surface modified bitumen is mopped over the fiberglass using hot asphalt. Insulation is optional, but if are installing over a concrete roof deck it is recommended to prevent blistering.

There are many different Miami-Dade County approved application methods as well as different types of material that can be used when building up a roof the one listed above is th most commonly used in Miami and Broward County for more information



Built-Up Torchdown Roofs-
Torch down roofing (or modified bitumen) is widely used for roofing on flat roofs. Its name is derived from the method of torching the bitumen sheets onto a fiberglass base during installation. The material used in the torch down process is also know as rubberized asphalt. Melting of the bitumen by torching creates a strong and consistent seal which makes torch down roofs long- lasting.

Although it is slightly more expensive, the roofing torch down method is generally regarded as preferable to the alternative method of roofing used for flat roof involving the use of tar and gravel. There are no noxious fumes associated with torch down roofing installation, and torch down roofs are regarded as more durable and resistant. The high quality resins that are combined with the modified bitumen in torch down roofing installation also help to provide protection from UV rays that could otherwise provide damaging. 


Single Ply roofing
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Unlike built-up roofing, single ply roofs are just that – one layer of roofing material as a waterproofing membrane and a weathering surface. Single ply roofing membranes are much thinner and lighter than built-up roofs. Single ply roofing is used in both residential and commercial roofing.
 
  Single ply roofs are typically installed either in fully adhered (glued to the insulation or fiber board bellow it) or mechanically attached to the roof deck with corrosion resistant fasteners and barbed plates.
Most common single ply roofing systems today are EPDM Rubber roofing and TPO roofing systems (thermoplastic polyolefin).

Steep Slope Roofing Systems For Residential Roofing

Choosing the right roofing system

Steep Slope Roofing Systems
 
There are a number of things to consider when selecting a new roof system. Of course, cost and durability head the list, but aesthetics and architectural style are important too. The following roofing products commonly are used for steep-slope structures.

Asphalt shingles- possess an overwhelming share of the U.S. steep-slope roofing market. Asphalt shingles are reinforced with fiberglass materials
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Fiberglass shingles consist of a fiberglass mat, top-and-bottom layers of asphalt, and mineral granules.
Asphalt shingles fire resistances, like most other roofing materials, are categorized by Class A, B or C. Class A signifies the most fire-resistant; Classes B and C denote less fire resistance. Generally, most fiberglass shingles have Class A fire ratings, and most organic shingles have Class C ratings.
  A shingle’s reinforcement has little effect on its appearance. Fiberglass products are available in laminated (architectural) grades that offer a textured appearance. Zinc or copper-coated ceramic granules also can be applied to fiberglass products to protect against algae attack, a common problem in South Florida. Asphalt shingles also are available in a variety of colors.
  Regardless of their reinforcing type and appearance, asphalt shingles’ physical characteristics vary significantly. When installing asphalt shingles, NRCA recommends use of shingles that comply with American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards. ASTM D 3462 for fiberglass shingles. These standards govern the composition and physical properties of asphalt shingles; not all asphalt shingles on the market comply with these standards. If a shingle product complies with one of these standards, it is typically noted in the manufacturer’s product literature and on the package wrapper.

Tile Roofing System- Clay or concrete tile is a durable roofing material. Mission and Spanish-style round-topped tiles are used widely in South Florida, and flat styles also are available to create French and English looks. Tile is available in a variety of colors and finishes. Tile is heavy. If you are replacing another type of roof system with tile, you will need to verify that the structure can support the load.


Metal Roofing System- Metal, primarily thought of as a low-slope roofing material, has been found to be a roofing alternative for home and building owners with steep-slope roofs. There are two types of metal roofing products: panels and shingles. Numerous metal panel shapes and configurations exist. Metal shingles typically are intended to simulate traditional roof coverings, such as wood shakes, shingles and tile. Apart from metal roofing’s longevity, metal shingles are relatively lightweight, have a greater resistance to adverse weather and can be aesthetically pleasing. Some have Class A fire ratings.
  Synthetic roofing products simulate various traditional roof coverings, such as slate and wood shingles and shakes. However, they do not necessarily have the same properties.
  Before making a buying decision, NRCA recommends that you look at full-size samples of a proposed product, as well as manufacturers’ brochures. It also is a good idea to visit a building that is roofed with a particular product.


Steep Slope Roofing System Breakdown
All steep-slope roof systems (i.e.  roofs with slopes of 25 percent or more) have five basic components:
  1. Roof covering: shingles, tile, slate or metal and underlayment that protect the sheathing from weather.
  2. Sheathing: boards or sheet material that are fastened to roof rafters to cover a house or building.
  3. Roof structure: rafters and trusses constructed to support the sheathing.
  4. Flashing: sheet metal or other material installed into a roof system’s various joints and valleys to prevent water seepage.
  5. Drainage: a roof system’s design features, such as shape, slope and layout that affect its ability to shed water.