Clearwater, FL Homes Find New Roof Codes Break the Bank

Monday October 1,2007 – Clearwater Florida homeowners will see roof prices for their homes sky rocket. Anyone putting a new roof on a Clearwater home or condo (association) may have to break open your piggy bank to pay for your new roof since new Florida House Bill 7057 goes into effect tomorrow.

The bill had great intentions and was designed to make Clearwater Florida homes safer and more secure in hurricanes. The end result is that all homes getting new roofs after October need added materials, reinforcement and labor which will add anywhere from 15% to 50% to the cost of a new roof for your Clearwater home. Most agree it will be closer to 30% on average.

I met with local expert, Matt Cetta, Owner and CEO of Metro Roofing and asked him to give our readers the straight scoop on these new law changes that were just passed focusing on Hurricane Mitigation retro-fitting of roofs in Florida.

Matt Cetta, who is also Certified with the My Safe Florida Program, explained the effects of the new law on home owners are that,

Homes assessed under $300,000 they will be required to have their new roof re-nailed to new code requirements and use a new waterproofing membrane which may increase the price of replacing their roof by an additional 15–30%. 

Homes that are assessed for $300,000 and greater will now require gable braces and truss straps which will increase the cost to replace these roofs by 30–50%.”

Also Matt reminds us “that if you’ve had a recent quote, realize that the new cost will be hire by maybe 50%.” 

Interview with Matt Cetta, Owner of Metro Roofing

Metro Roofing – Clearwater-Beach, FL 33767 – Roofing Company Video

If you have any additional questions feel free to call Matt Cetta of Metro Roofing at (727)-787–7663 or email him at

Matt has graciously offered the readers of Sandbars to Sunsets a free Video Roof Inspection so just call Matt and let him know you read his offer here. We highly recommend Matt and his team of roofing professionals.

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  1. Good article on the roof info.

    I lived in South Florida for Hurricane Andrew. It was determined that the code wasn’t the problem it was actually building to the code.

    The old Florida Cracker houses built in the ’20s with stood quite a few storms.

  2. Hey Rob – thanks for visiting me at my “work in progress”. My best friend lived through Hurricane Andrew and I hope I never have to live through that.

    Interesting point about “actually building to code” was the problem.

    Hope to see you back to enjoy another sunset.

  3. Cyndee – Good information for Florida homeowners. Making sure everything is done to code is very important. I have never been in a hurricane before only on the out-skirts of one when I lived in Texas.

  4. Great post on new Florida roofing law! Not all roofers are licensed general contractors which means that those roofers who aren’t would have to hire someone else to do the work. That could delay a job and make it even more expensive.
    Will this cause a possible increase in unlicensed activity because people are not going to want to spend this kind of money.Will homeowner’s neglect replacing already much needed roofs and ultimately increasing a home’s liability. Instead of replacing a 10 -15 year roof, wait 20–25 years?
    Are we appeasing the insurance companies?

  5. Excellent (and timely) information on the new codes for Clearwater FL homes. As painful as the new standards may seem, Tampa Bay homeowners may be grateful one day that they made the upgrades.

  6. Well being from Boston Ma we do experience your typical hurricane from time to time but fortunately we do not get hit as much as Florida does or i’m sure they would be revising the Roofing code laws up here as well.

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