What to Look For When Hiring a Roofing Contractor

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Protection Roof, Roof Repairs, Roof Structure | Comments Off on What to Look For When Hiring a Roofing Contractor

What to Look For When Hiring a Roofing Contractor

Everything you need to know before you hire a roofer

A new roof, whether you are building your house from scratch or renovating it is a huge investment. You cannot gamble with trusting just any roofing contractor to handle this huge investment. What are some of the things that you should look for when hiring a roofing contractor?

1.    Bids

If you have chosen to take bids for your project, do not always go to the lowest bidder. There is a high likelihood that poor quality materials will be used. There could also be sub-standard work. Sometimes, the lowest bidder can offer his services at the lowest prices because he has lower overheads or has a source where he can get quality materials at low prices.

2.    Experience

You need to know how long the contractor has been in business. An experienced contractor will have a grasp of the industry. They can borrow from their experience gained over the years to advise you accordingly and install a durable roof for you.

3.    Licensing and Insurance

It is illegal for a roofing contractor to work without a permit in most states. Inquire whether the contractor is licensed and insured. More specifically, inquire about liability and worker’s compensation. If a roofer is not insured, he is susceptible to all sorts of risks, ranging from liability for personal injury or damage to your property.

4.    References

Is the contractor ready to show you previous work? Could he even provide a list of those customers? Can you contact them? The contractor cannot give you a list of unhappy customers. If you can, contact the previous clients in person, and find out whether they were any hitches. You can check with the Better Business Bureau. You may find some unhappy customers here. Well, you will always find a few complaints. The question is, how did the company handle them?

5.    Communication

The contractor should be able to understand your needs, answer your questions and keep you up-to-date on their progress. How frequently do they communicate? What is their main mode of communication? How easy is it to reach them? What modes of communication are available? Are they transparent about all their charges? Do they have any hidden charges?

6.    Warranty

Your roofing contractor must offer a guarantee on your roofing project. The roofing manufacturer usually includes a product warranty. This does not cover installation. Get a guarantee (written) from the contractor that covers any problems with installation or defects in the materials.

7.    Personnel

The roofing contractor needs to work with a skilled workforce. Check the training or skill levels that they demand their workers to have. Inquire whether the company provides any safety training programs.

8.    Clean up

Will the roofing contractor clean up when they are done with the project? If you are renovating and they need to do roof tear-offs, is the clean-up included in the cost? You do not need hazards in your home when the project is complete.

Most importantly, ensure that everything is in writing: the contract, the scope of the project, dates for the beginning and the completion of the project, an itemized list showing the cost for materials and labor as well as the materials to be used and their specifications.

All in All

You now know what to look out for when hiring a roofing contractor. David Piterski, owner of A&H Forensic Roofing, LLC from Raleigh, NC once said „Do not settle for anyone who calls themselves a roofing contractor. Your house it too valuable for that.“ You should live by that rule. Protect your home by hiring the best roofing contractor available.

 

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Protection and appearance of the roofs

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Protection Roof, Roof Repairs, Roof Structure | Comments Off on Protection and appearance of the roofs

Protection and appearance of the roofs

The roofs on many houses may have roof windows, may be straight, saddle, with misplaced roofs, smooth or colorfully covered, depending on the taste of the owners who live under them. In the contemporary building, there are variety of solutions so that the actual production is adapted to tile models and colors. The owners of properties expect much more than just protection against the weather from the roofs. In addition to nice look, on the roof can be found a place for solar panels and photovoltaic cells.

Many families have expressed a special affinity to the modern architecture and to the appropriate roof forms and warm color tones. Producers launched the new models of tiles: modified form of roof tiles, specifically intended to cover flat roofs that protect the house in areas with heavy rainfall like the roof slope below 20 degrees.

The big problem is the dirt of the roof that is caused by moss and algae and spoils the appearance of the roof. Glazed tiles could be one of the possible solutions but in some parts do not meet the norms of the spatial plan. There are special coatings that dissolve all harmful substances from the air, which then easily can be washed out by rain. These coatings have a palette of colors, which is also diverse and includes brown, red or black through to blue and green. So you can choose a color that you prefer most.

Aluminum

The new architecture and the way of covering of the roof are in close interrelation. Roof coverings, with elegant and straight looks, are particularly suitable for covering the modern buildings.

The most popular are roof coatings of zinc, aluminum, or more recently in stainless steel. All these covers require a high level of precision during the process of connecting the individual elements and can be placed only and exclusively by trained and skilled people. In addition, expenses for these types of cover are much higher than with modern tiles, but they last much longer.

Green Roofs

Ecologically oriented family can make a roof in a completely different way. They may look for an alternative in the form of a green roof. Considering that such roofs retain rainwater, sewage drains are not big problem. Moreover, green roof has additional benefits. Thanks to the higher thermal insulation, it’s pleasantly warm during the winter under such a roof, while pleasantly cool during the summer. It must be stressful that not every roof is suitable for planting herbs.

In addition to planting herbs, it is strongly recommended to pay attention to the types of plants that are planted. The choice is pretty simple: species that are resistant and which do not require additional care are the perfect. During the winter, green roofs look a bit messy, but during the summer the offer a full range of all possible colors with colorful plants.

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