5 Things To Look For When Choosing a Roofing Contractor

5 Things To Look For When Choosing a Roofing Contractor

A new roof is a major expense that a homeowner should see as a long-term investment. The quality of the job is very important, and choosing the right contractor to handle the project is going to provide the best result. Use the following guidelines to start narrowing the selection of roofers based on the most important factors.

Choose a Roofer Local to the Area

An expert that is familiar with the location is going to understand the typical weather conditions and climate. This ensures that the type of roof recommended and installed will be suited to handle adverse conditions so that you do not have to worry over the integrity of protection.

Experience

A handyman or general contractor may not have the relevant industry experience necessary to handle roofing work. Rather than get overwhelmed with dozens of contractors willing to take on the job, do the research to find someone with at least 3 years of experience. Don’t be afraid to ask questions until you feel confident with the reputation and knowledge of a specific contractor.

Recommendations

Everyone has a roof over their home, so why not start your search with a few personal recommendations? Ask around to find out the names of professionals your friends and family have worked with previously, especially if they were given great service.

Testimonials

The Internet has provided business professionals an opportunity to advertise their services to a wide audience of potential clients. Check out the customer testimonials to get an honest review of positive and negative experiences others have reported. Some may be featured on the site of the roofer, but don’t forget to check out review sites for an unbiased opinion.

Warranty

Manufacturers that create the materials used in roofing offer warranties that will come in handy if there is ever an issue. Homeowners need to be aware of the protection they have on their finished product by reviewing the warranty with the contractor ahead of time.

It is important to feel confident in the skill and knowledge of any roofing contractor you are interested in hiring for a replacement installation. Always verify that they are licensed, insured, and able to provide the peace of mind provided by an exceptional product. We are happy to take on the responsibility of providing our roofing services to any local client. Take a moment to fill out the contact form so that we can schedule a consultation visit to your home.

The Beginners Guide To Asphalt Shingles

The Beginners Guide To Asphalt Shingles

It’s no secret that asphalt shingles are incredible popular in home applications. Compared to wood shakes, slate, tile, and other roofing materials, it stands up as the most favorable option on the market. The material itself is economical, easy to install, and comes in many different styles to match any home.

Base Materials

Fiberglass is one of only two asphalt shingle variations, with the other being traditional organic material. It is created with a base mat of woven fiberglass that is coated with waterproof asphalt. Ceramic granules cover the top layer for added protection against ultraviolet rays. Less asphalt is used to give this product superior durability and strength because of the fiberglass mat. The benefit is a thinner and lighter roofing material that has a longer warranty than the organic option.

Organic mat shingles make use of recycled felt paper that is saturated with asphalt for an element of waterproofing. Adhesive asphalt coats the outer layer to embed ceramic granules to the surface. The increase in actual asphalt used in composition makes organic shingles more expensive, heavy, and thick in comparison. They are less environmentally friendly due to the asphalt content and they can warp over time as they absorb moisture.

Shingle Types

Shingle TypeThe measurement of these materials is a standard 12 x 36 inches, regardless if they are architectural or three-tab shingles. The architectural shingles featured a laminated layer in the bottom portion and are completely uniform to provide a dimensional, contoured look once applied. Special sealant bonds the layers together and improves the capability of waterproofing as reinforcement. They are susceptible to damage from wind-driven rain so it is not recommended to use in a low-sloping roof design.

Three-tab shingles feature cutouts along the lower edge to create the appearance of separate pieces when in reality it is only one. The results of this style do appear flat, but they are more economical and popular than the architectural option.

Style and Color

Asphalt shingles have truly come a long way from their traditional style, with current options that are designed to mimic other roofing materials. Shapes vary from scalloped-edges to the square appearance of a Colonial style home. There are more options than ever to create a unique looking roof with the benefits of asphalt shingles.

Color variations fit any style of home, with tones ranging from shades of blue to neutral grays. Rather than feature a solid, flat color there are more options that mix different tones in a single shingle. There is even the option to select a weathered look that features the charm of a vintage home with the durability of a new structure. Additional style benefits include the introduction of cool-roof technology to resist heat and boost the effort to save energy.

Durability and Cost

Durability and CostThe guarantee of life when using asphalt shingles ranges between 15 and 30 years depending on environmental factors in the area of application. Long summers with exceptionally high temperatures will cause a roof to wear down much faster than in a relatively cool climate. Sudden temperature spikes are very harmful to asphalt because it can cause tiny cracks that can grow into bigger problems.

Shingle life can be increased when used in a steep roof pitch that allows for fast water draining. The less moisture and ice can remain on the surface of a roof, the longer it can hold up against potentially destructive conditions. Subtropical areas that are often damp create susceptibility to developing fungus and algae on the surface. It is possible to use shingles that are resistant to algae if this is a concern so that damage and discoloration is less likely, but the materials will come at a higher cost.

Asphalt shingles are the least expensive in terms of installation cost because it is the easiest material to apply. Finding a decent price may require multiple estimates because the labor fees can vary greatly from contractor to contractor. The materials themselves generally cost a little above or below $1 for each square foot, with an average equaling $100 for every 100 square feet.

If you are in the process of considering a new roof, give us a call to get an estimate on asphalt shingles exclusive to the style of your choosing. We are more than happy to provide multiple options for you to compare before making a decision. Follow my blog with Bloglovin

4 Summer Projects for The Exterior of Your Home

4 Summer Projects for The Exterior of Your Home

Early summer is the best time to start planning small outdoor projects to get ready for the seasons of nice weather. Maintenance is important to anyone that cares about the appearance and value of their home exterior. Take advantage of the sunny weather by getting down to business taking care of the necessary chores you’ve been avoiding the rest of the year.

Every home has different features, but you can easily complete some of these tasks without a major time commitment. Begin with the quick fixes to shorten the list before committing to the major home improvement projects.

Clean the Gutters

Clean the GuttersLeaves, sticks, and other outdoor debris gradually accumulates in the gutters between cleanings. The longer these materials are allowed to sit, the easier it is for them to cause surface stains. The pollination cycle of spring also deposits materials that stubbornly cling to the gutter surfaces. Give them a thorough scrub to remove the pollen and stain discoloration for the next few months.

Wash Your Siding

The great thing about equipping the home with a high-quality siding is the minimal maintenance required for upkeep. Using a siding cleaner, work your way from the bottom up to scrub away any dirt, mildew, or mold on the surface. Although these substances do not cause aggressive wear, the integrity of siding will decrease from continuous exposure.

Repair and Clean Your Deck

Maintaining an outdoor deck is a smart way to make sure that your investment is not a waste. Put in a little work by clearing out any debris lingering between the floorboards. Ignoring such a minor detail allows the moisture to linger and potentially lead to rotting. Sweep the surface of the deck so that it is easy to check for splintering areas, water damage, and rotting of any boards. If you notice that any nails are sticking up, use a hammer to secure them into place. Check the rails to ensure that they are tight and also make sure the bolts securing the deck to the house are still holding strong. The final step is to use deck cleaner and then apply a special deck sealer to protect the surface until next year.

Clean your Outdoor furniture

The durable materials of outdoor furniture are able to easily withstand constant weather exposure without much consideration. Remove any built up grime and dirt to get a good look at the quality of existing paint or stain. Freshen up the furniture with a suitable non-toxic paint if it appears faded or lackluster.

If you need any help with outdoor maintenance projects or you are considering a new addition for the home, fill out our contact form to receive an estimate.

Asphalt Roofing Shingle Comparison

Asphalt Roofing Shingle Comparison

Choosing an asphalt shingle doesn’t have to be complicated if you understand the key features to compare. It’s understandable that every manufacturer is going to market their product as the best, which is why we have simplified the information so that you can reach a conclusion based on your own roofing project. Styles we cover include the architectural laminates, key-cut or tri-laminate, and 3 tab offerings from each major manufacturer.

There is so much to consider about the quality of a roofing shingle, aside from the basic aesthetic appeal. Performance against local weather conditions, wind rating, warranty, and life expectancy are a few of the key factors we recommend evaluating to narrow down your final decision.

CertainTeed

The home owners association includes the Presidential series as their top choice for shingles. Consumers feel confident with the assurance provided by upgraded warranties and the reputation of such a popular roofing brand name.

CERTAINTEED SHINGLE LINE UP

CT 20 3 Tab Shingles Click here to view CT 20 Brochure

  • 20 year limited lifetime warranty/3 years non-prorated
  • 60 mph wind rating
  • Class A fire rating
  • 3 bundles per square
  • 196 lbs per square w
  • True roof life 8-15 years w/ maintenance

Landmark Architectural Laminate Shingles Click here to view Landmark Brochure

  • 50 year limited lifetime warranty/10 years non-prorated
  • 110 mph wind rating. 130 mph w/ 6 nails
  • Class A fire rating
  • 3 bundles per square
  • 240 lbs per square w
  • True roof life 17-25 years w/ maintenance

Presidential TL Tri-Laminate Shingles Click here to view Presidential Brochure

  • 50 year limited lifetime warranty/10 years non-prorated
  • 110 mph wind rating; 130 mph available
  • Class A fire rating
  • 5 bundles per square
  • 480 lbs per square w/ new advance technology fiberglass mat
  • True roof life 25-40 years w/ maintenance

GAF

This top seller in the roofing industry has earned such prestigious awards as Contractors Choice and Womens Choice for their high performance materials. A 2011 release of advanced mat technology that featured a 50 year limited lifetime warranty made waves within the industry and forced other manufacturers to follow suit.

GAF SHINGLE LINE UP click here for GAF’s Full Line Brochure

Royal Sovereign 3 Tab Shingles

  • 25 year limited warranty/3 years non-prorated
  • 60 mph limited wind warranty
  • Class A fire rating
  • 3 bundles per square
  • 225 lbs per square
  • True roof life 8-15 years w/ maintenance

Timberline HD Architectural Laminate Shingles

  • 50 year limited lifetime warranty/10 years non-prorated
  • 110 mph wind rating; 130 mph w/ 6 nails
  • Class A fire rating
  • 3 bundles per square
  • 210 lbs per square w/ new advance technology fiberglass mat
  • True roof life 17-25 years w/ maintenance

Grand Canyon Heavyweight Key-Cut Shingles

  • 50 year limited lifetime warranty/10 years non-prorated
  • 110 mph wind rating; 130 mph available
  • Class A fire rating
  • 5 bundles per square
  • 450 lbs per square w/ new advance technology fiberglass mat
  • True roof life 25-35 years w/ maintenance

IKO

Since the establishment in 1951, this manufacturer has grown from popularity in multiple states to a strong global presence. Among the broad variety of roofing products are the shingles that measure 10% larger than traditional options.  Click Here for IKO’s Guide to Asphalt Shingles.

Marathon 3 Tab Shingles Click Here for Marathon Brochure

  • 20 year limited lifetime warranty/3 years non-prorated
  • 60 mph wind rating
  • Class A fire rating
  • 3 bundles per square
  • True roof life 8-15 years w/ maintenance

Cambridge AR Shingles Architectural Laminate Shingles Click Here for Cambridge Brochure

  • 50 year limited lifetime warranty/15 years non-prorated
  • 110 mph wind rating; 130 mph available
  • Class A fire rating
  • 3 bundles per square
  • 240 lbs per square w
  • True roof life 17-25 years w/ maintenance

Armourshake Heavey Weight Shingles

  • 50 year limited lifetime warranty/15 years non-prorated
  • 110 mph wind rating; 130 mph available
  • Class A fire rating
  • 5 bundles per square
  • True roof life 25-40 years w/ maintenance

Malarkey

Popular in the Northwestern United States, the Portland based company specializes in algae resistant shingles. The rubberized and SBS modified shingles provide protection against extreme weather conditions that would damage less durable products.

MALARKEY SHINGLE LINE UP

Dura-Seal 20 3 Tab Shingles Click here for Dura-Seal Brochure

  • 20 year limited lifetime warranty
  • 60 mph wind rating
  • Class A fire rating
  • 3 bundles per square
  • 200 lbs per square w
  • True roof life 8-15 years w/ maintenance

Legacy SBS Architectural Laminate Shingles Click here for Legacy Brochure

  • 50 year limited lifetime warranty/20 year scotchguard
  • 110 mph wind rating, 130 mph available
  • Class A fire rating
  • 3 bundles per square
  • 275 lbs per square w
  • True roof life 17-25 years w/ maintenance

Owens Corning

Ease of installation is the major advantage of choosing the unique Surenail Technology offered by Owens Corning. Their reputation was built on offering high quality fiberglass shingles that are well-insulated and reliable.

OWENS CORNING SHINGLE LINE UP

Supreme 3 Tab Shingles Click here for Owens Corning Supreme Shingles Brochure

  • 25 year limited lifetime/5 years non-prorated warranty
  • 60 mph wind rating
  • Class A fire rating
  • 3 bundles per square
  • 180 lbs per square w
  • True roof life 8-15 years w/ maintenance

Duration Architectural Laminate Shingles Click here for Owens Corning Duration Shingles

  • 50 year limited lifetime warranty/10 years non-prorated
  • 110 mph wind rating
  • Class A fire rating
  • 4 bundles per square
  • 260 lbs per square w
  • True roof life 17-25 years w/ maintenance

Woodmoor Heavyweight Shingles Click Here for Owens Corning Woodmoor Brochure

  • 50 year limited lifetime warranty/10 years non-prorated
  • 110 mph wind rating; 130 mph available
  • Class A fire rating
  • 6 bundles per square
  • 450 lbs per square w/ new advance technology fiberglass mat
  • True roof life 25-40 years w/ maintenance

Get in touch with us through the contact form if you would like more assistance comparing the products offered by the most popular roofing manufacturers. We would be happy to provide personal recommendations of solutions that meet the requirements of your residential roof style.