How to Install Timberline Roofing Shingles for Your Miami Commercial Building
09 Jul 2013
Timberline roofing shingles are a popular choice for many Miami commercial roofing projects and for good reason. They are exceptionally durable, come in a wide range of colors and even have lifetime warranties on some of their shingle models. In addition they do a great job of reflecting the sun’s heat which in Miami means significantly lower energy bills, a feature any commercial property owner can appreciate.
If you are contemplating installing Timberline shingles then you should understand the process that your roofer will follow for best results. Here is a quick rundown:
- If your structure is new construction then your roof should be nice and clean. If you are reroofing all of the shingles and underlying material should be stripped and the roof inspected for holes, leaks and protrusions. This is also a good time to determine if you have sufficient ventilation and if not…add it.
- Roof deck protection is the second step in the installation. This material comes in a variety of grades but at a minimum it provides a layer of protection from wind driven rain. It also allows the shingles to “sit flatter” reducing the risk of shingles being blown off.
- Leak barriers are optional but in Miami where heavy rain is not a sometime thing but a regular feature of summer, installing this material is highly recommended. This roll on material is applied at eaves, valleys, rakes and around flashing, the most common points of leaks.
- Starter shingle strips are precut and have adhesive backs. These are used at the edge of the roofline and provide a base upon which to apply the balance of the shingles. These starter strips offer superior protection against wind and wind driven rain.
- Time for the shingles. If you are looking to maximize your energy saving benefit consider selecting shingles from the “Cool Line” collection which carries an Energy Star rating.
- Finishing off requires installing flashing where necessary and putting on the “cap shingles” on the crown of the roof.
Timberline shingles are a great product as evidenced by their popularity but just as important is the craftsmanship of the roofing company you select to do the job. Commercial properties can present challenges that do not exist on residential projects. Make certain your roofer has the experience to complete your new roof professionally and on time.
Miami is a great place to live but the summer weather can really play havoc with roofs. Investing now in a quality commercial roof will pay you back both in energy savings and the elimination/minimization of interior damage resulting from leaks. It’s just a smart business decision.