Roofing Process in Florida | Print |


The main goal of a roof is to protect your home from water and other elements. While no two roofs are identical and there are variables in the installation process, there are a few basic steps common to all roofing projects.

  1. The first and perhaps the most important step is choosing a contractor. Make sure the contractor is licensed and insured. Your roof is a major investment and you want the job done right the first time. You should feel confident as well as comfortable with your choice.

  2. Choose the type of roof you want, whether it is shingle, metal, or tile. Discuss your options with the contractor and weigh pros and cons of each type.

  3. The foundation of the roof will be inspected to insure it is sound and in good condition. Any damaged wood will be repaired or replaced.

  4. Felt underlayment is the next "layer" in the roofing process and should be uniform and smooth. If not applied properly, the shingles will not lay properly.

  5. Metal work. Chimneys, vents, and skylights should be flashed and counterflashed to keep water out. A metal drip edge is installed around all perimeter edges, and properly mitered corners and proper lapping is a detail that should not be overlooked.

  6. Shingle Application. There is more to the installation than hammering a nail through a shingle. Attention to detail is important and cannot be overemphasized. A starter row should be installed, chalk lines should be used to insure straight lines, and shingling the valleys properly is a must. Ridges and hips are capped to prevent water from entering where adjacent roof angles meet. All these factors combine to make your roof impervious to water.

  7. Cleanup. Once the job is complete, a final inspection and cleanup is done.

Amherst Roofing will be happy to provide an initial consultation to discuss the entire roofing process with you. Call us today for a free estimate at 239-594-1133.