Residential Roofing Lakeland – A Primer

Residential roofing decisions are rarely easy for homeowners. Since typical roof systems are said to last 30 years, deciding to re-roof is rarely something a homeowner must do twice. Therefore, being a newbie to residential roofing nuances is not unusual – and does not have to be overwhelming. Just consider the following.

Think Specialist Roofer First


Beware contractors who promote their roofing services – but also advertise other construction services like home improvement projects, general property repairs or roof replacements. For a home roof project, it is advisable to go with a specialist roofer, or a contractor focused only on roofing. The benefits:

  • A generalist roofing contractor usually does not have expertise or experience with advanced roofing installation practices, compared with a specialist roofing contractor.
  • Specialist roofing contractors invest in people, support infrastructure, equipment and safety measures needed for roofing projects, whether roof repairs or new re-roofing projects.
  • Specialist roofers tend to be able to complete projects faster, with a higher quality of service. After all, if roofs are your core business, you must protect the reputation of that specific service.
  • Attention: Generalist contractors might prefer to do multiple projects on a home property at once – both to boost their business and reduce the costs for travel and time for set-up at different locations.

Choosing a Specialist Residential Roofer

When choosing a specialist residential roofing contractor, most homeowners will consider as a priority quality, or price. Many will say they want a little of both. Still, when selecting a roofing contractor, it is very important to do get at least a little background on the company.

First and foremost, are they licensed and bonded? If not, you put yourself at significant risk should something go wrong. Understand that a re-roofing job very often involves inspecting the wood deck below the old roofing materials, wood planks and support beams that may have rotted over the years and could collapse with weight. What if a worker falls through the deck? What if anything else in your home is broken during the work?

Ensuring they are licensed and bonded means peace of mind. Also, search online for ratings from past customers. Yelp and Angie’s List are two solid places to gain intelligence.

Things to Consider in a Residential Roofing Project

With a roofing contractor signed up, next comes key decisions about your home’s roofing project. Here is a list to ask the contractor:

  • Roofing System Selection. What types of roofing materials can they install? Different roofers work with different vendors, and many of them offer quite a selection of roofing types, styles and colors. There are even “cool roof” residential roofing materials that bounce away ultraviolet rays (UV rays) and help keep the home underneath cooler in sunshine-heavy regions.
  • Timing. How long will the de-roof and re-roof take? This will depend on the roof material selected. Classic asphalt tiles can be installed in 2 or 3 days. Tile roof systems can take a week or more.
  • Pre-Project Preparation. What should you do to protect your property while all the commotion happens up top? For instance, not all garages have a ceiling, which would capture debris and dust that falls as nails are hammered from above. If you have a car in there, or anything else of value, get them out of the garage or carefully cover them with a tarp.
  • Clean-Up Procedures. Will they clean up the site after each working day? You don’t want errant nails or sharp metal roofing materials laying around waiting for kids.

What’s Important for Most for Residential Roofing

Each property is different, as is the desires and needs of individual property owners. But there are a few things that most homeowners wish for in a new residential roofing project.

  • Durability. A roof system that will last as long as possible. Also, one not prone to too many damages, such as from airborne tree branches in strong winds that are typical to the Lakeland Fl region.
  • Longevity. Average roof materials promote a 30-year lifespan. Some roof systems, like metal roofs, are estimated to last up to 70 years.
  • Value. Metal roofing materials and installation costs can be double that of other roofing types. However, see above: a metal roof can last more than twice as long.
  • Appearance. Will the new roof be pleasing to the eye from the ground? Will it boost the home’s value?
  • Safety. Will the new roof remain safely secured to the structure? In areas of very strong winds, like in Polk County or the Greater Tampa Bay region, this could be vitally important.

Summary of Residential Roofing Tips & Tricks

Deciding to engage a residential roofing project is a big decision for any homeowner – but easier if you’re well-armed with information before initiating the work. It shouldn’t take a lot of legwork to identify a solid roofing contractor, nor to ask the right questions during consultation about the project.

Residential roofing differs from commercial roofing in many ways. First, home roofs often have steep slopes and angles where roof elements meet. Commercial roofs are almost always flat, and can’t be seen from the ground so durability and (hopefully) energy savings inside are paramount. For residential roofing, you can get a durable roof covering, with benefits like energy savings – all the while adding a beautiful element of the overall view of your home from the street.

All in all, new residential roofing projects add value to a home property. Homeowners today have a myriad of choices in terms of the roofing material, especially in terms of texture and colors. Don’t be intimidated by the process. Most homeowners are thrilled with the final result.