Frequently Asked Questions About Roofing

Frequently Asked Questions About Roofing

These are commonly-asked questions about roofing from our clients.  If you have questions about roofing, please let us know and we will get you the information. Just contact us!photo of house with new roof by DUBO roofing

Q: What is a Notice of Commencement (NOC)?

Florida Statutes Chapter 713 governs construction liens, more commonly referred to as mechanic’s liens. The law provides important protections to contractors, subcontractors, suppliers as well as homeowners. For suppliers, contractors and subcontractors, the mechanic’s lien statute provides a method to assure full payment.

For homeowners, the Florida mechanic’s lien statue requires subcontractors to provide notice of possible liens. This allows owners to avoid double payment to a contractor, subcontractor, material supplier or laborer, for the same services or materials.

The key function of the Notice of commencement is to provide the lien-or and other third parties with the information they need to prepare necessary notices and related documents under Florida’s mechanic lien statutes.

Q: Do I have to file a Notice of Commencement?

Yes. A notarized NOC must be recorded with the county’s Clerk of Courts before a building permit can be assigned to the job. Building permits ensure the work is being performed by a licensed contractor. Your project will undergo inspections by the county Building Department, which helps to ensure the work is being properly performed.

Q: Do I have to terminate a Notice of Commencement?

If you plan to sell your home within a year of the initial recording, you should terminate the NOC. Otherwise, the NOC will expire in one year from the date of recording. Terminating the NOC is a simple process and our office staff is happy to assist you.

Q: How does a Roofing Warranty Work?

Most shingle manufactures say that their shingles have a 50-year or a lifetime warranty. However, this does not mean the shingle will last 50 years. In fact most will not, especially in Florida. Many roofing companies will tell homeowners they are using a “50-year shingle”  or “lifetime shingle” and implying this is the life span of the shingle. But that is not necessarily so and consumers should ask questions about these claims.

A 50-year lifetime warranty is for manufacturing defects only. This warranty typically begins to pro-rate after year 10. In other words, if the shingles start to have problems after 15 years, you will not receive the full value – the warranty will be depreciated (reduced) by 5 years. If you believe there to be a problem with the shingles themselves, then the manufacturer will inspect the roof to determine if it’s due to natural causes (such as hail, storm damage, or normal aging) or if it’s a defect in the product.

Be careful of contractors trying to sell you a “lifetime” shingle. That 50-year warranty is only for manufacturing defects and the shingle will probably only last 20-25 years.

DUBO Roofing offers extended warranties that cover material defects and workmanship defects for an extended period of time. We stand behind our work and want our customers to be completely satisfied with their roofing project.

photo showing architectural versus 3-tab shingles

The difference between Architectural Shingles (left) and 3-Tab Shingles (right). Source: Roofpedia.com

Q: What is the difference between a 3-Tab shingle and an Architectural shingle?  

A 3-Tab shingle is typically a 20 or 25-year shingle, while Architectural shingles are normally a 30, 40 or 50-year shingle. However, it is important to know that these are national averages and do not accurately represent the true lifespan of a shingle here in Florida, where the hot sun can shorten the life span of your roof. 3-Tab shingles normally only last 16-18 years in Florida, and 30-year shingle will last about 20-22 years. A 40-year shingle lasts about 28-30 years in Florida.

The biggest advantage of Architectural shingles over 3-Tab is the wind rating. 3-Tab shingles are rated for 60 mph winds, while Architectural shingles are rated for 130 mph winds. This can be a critical difference when a hurricane or strong wind storm comes through our area.

Q: How long will it take to replace my roof?

In most cases, a job takes 2-3 days to complete, depending on the size of the roof and how complicated it is (for example, how many levels of the roof, or the steepness of the roof.

Typically, removing the old roof takes about one day. Then, the local inspector must come out to make sure we have properly nailed the decking and put on underlayment. Once we get the “all clear” from the inspector, we put the shingles on. This normally takes about a day, depending upon the size of the roof.

Q: Is there an advantage to using White Shingles vs. Black Shingles on my roof?

DUBO roofing has conducted its own testing to answer this common question. We found that there is only about a 15 degree difference in temperature between the two colors, even during the hottest time of the summer.

The reason is that most shingles are asphalt based, which means they are designed to absorb heat, no matter what the color is. Remember that your roof will get dirty over time, and possibly grow algae once the mold guard goes away after 10 years. That dirt and grime will show up drastically more on a white roof than it will on a dark color.

Q: How Do You Replace A Flat Roof?

The two most common materials used for flat roofs are asphalt and PVC. The asphalt based system that we use at DUBO is called Torch Grade Modified. It normally lasts 12-13 years, but can be incredibly hot because it is black and asphalt based. PVC, or Polyvinyl chloride, is a plastic polymer that is known for its durability and low maintenance. The PVC system used by DUBO is called Duro-Last. It is designed to last about 22-25 years, and is also much cooler than the Modified roofing because it is white and plastic.

Q: What is A Pipe Boot?

A pipe boot is a kind of roof flashing that is used around the exhaust pipes that come through your roof. These pipes are for plumbing exhaust. Every home has at least one plumbing vent and most homes have several.

Q: What Kind of Pipe Boots Do You Use?

We use lead pipe boots because they are pliable enough to be shaped to the right size, but durable and, most importantly here in Florida, they do not rust. The main problem with lead pipe boots is that squirrels may chew on them to file their teeth down. This  can cause leak problems in the future.

We combat this by putting a steel mesh around the pipe boot. This deters the squirrels because their teeth catch on the holes in the mesh and thus they cannot chew on the pipe boot.

Q: Why install glass skylights instead of acrylic?

Acrylic skylights will often fog up after about five years, becoming cloudy and allowing less light in. Typical cleaners will not work on acrylic skylights. Also, they may become brittle and can even crack after about 15 years. Glass skylights are double pane gas-filled glass that are far sturdier than the acrylic skylights. They can be cleaned and are less likely to crack than acrylic skylights.



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