Hurricane Irma roof repairs

Hurricane Irma left many in need of roof repairs.

Thousands of homes in Southwest Florida were damaged by Hurricane Irma. And with that volume of damage, it’s taking time to get through all the roof repairs needed.

According to the Naples Daily News:

Collier County typically issues 140 roofing permits a month, said Jamie French, deputy director of growth management.

In January, roofers pulled 1,548 permits.

“That’s a 1,000 percent increase over what’s typical,” French said. “That shows that our reputable, local guys are taking in as much work as they can handle.

“When there’s that much work, there is going to be a shortage of qualified skilled labor.”

Whenever there is a shortage of labor, expect prices to increase, French said.

Lee County faces the same crunch. In December 2016, roofers pulled 198 permits. In the December after Irma, 1,174 were issued.

With wait times, prices and uncertainty over how much insurers will cover, it can be a headache for homeowners trying to rebuild.

Linda Davis, who has lived in the Vineyards community in North Naples since 2001, had to shuffle through several companies before finding one she trusted.

One roofer asked for a deposit before anyone would come out to even give an estimate.

It’s certainly a busy time. But David Bange Roofing stands ready to help its customers.

As a local, family owned and operated Fort Lauderdale roofing company, we’ve worked hard to raise the bar for quality and professionalism in Southern Florida’s roofing industry. Our dedicated staff genuinely respects your time, your property, and your neighborhood. You’ll notice the difference in everything we do, from our professional appearance and proactive communication to the way we clean-up the work site daily and follow-up with you after the job.

The many referrals and letters of appreciation we receive from satisfied customers is all the proof we need. Our mission is to be the most reliable South Florida roofing company. Providing people throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Dade counties, as well as the sunny Florida Keys, with the highest quality workmanship and service.