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06/01/2015

1. Verify that the roofing contractor is registered with the Building Inspection Department in your city.

2. Verify that the roofing contractor or business is legitimate by asking for their tax identification number, a business address, business website or email address, and contact phone number.

3. Ask the roofing contractor to provide you with proof of insurance, including worker's compensation and liability coverage. Not all areas or state require roofing contractors to have insurance, but you may want to hire a person with insurance to protect yourself from lawsuits if the contractor is injured while working on your property. Check with the contractor to verify that the insurance covers the entire time-span during which the roofing project takes place.

4. Ask the roofing contractor for a list of references and past clients you can call to find out if they were satisfied with the work done on their roof.

5. Sometimes the cheapest bid isn't always the best bid. In choosing your roofing company, make sure you realize that the price isn't the most important factor. Accepting a two thousand dollar lowest bid could turn into a twenty thousand dollar headache later. Choose the roofing company that will do the job right and at a fair price.

6. Obtain a contract or detailed proposal in writing from the roofing contractor that will provide explicit information regarding the project.

7. When It Comes To Choosing A Roofing Contractor, Stability Matters!
What good is a thirty year warranty if your roofing contractor is always “traveling” and chasing storms? Or what if you hire an unstable contractor that’s going to be out of business next year? The answer is that too often you, the homeowner, get stuck with another bill.

Whenever you have a roof put on your home you want to make sure the company doing the work will be around for at least as long as your warranty.
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02/15/2015

There are many motivating factors when choosing a roofing material to purchase and build your roof with. For many, cost is an essential factor. For other homeowners, the aesthetics are very important. In this blog post, we will discuss the various types of roofing materials, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each in order to help you make an informed decision as to what roofing material to choose.

asphalt shinglesAsphalt Shingles

The most common roofing material among homeowners is asphalt.

Advantages:

  • Reasonable cost
  • Available in a variety of colors, textures and thickness
  • Often come with 20 or 30 year warranty
  • Easy to install

Disadvantages:

  • Prone to weather damage
  • Attic ventilation problems

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shim 4 roll roofingAsphalt Rolled Roofing

Rolled roofing is composed of the same material as asphalt shingles and is typically used on low-slope or flat roofs.

Advantages:

  • Excellent to use as a temporary roof
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to apply

Disadvantages:

  • Unattractive
  • Lacks durability

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metal roofingMetal Roofing

Metal roofing is very popular among homeowners due to the reasonable cost, the value it brings to a home and because it is extremely durable.

Advantages:

  • Available in various styles
  • Long life (often 40+ years)
  • Increases home value and is a better overall value
  • Light weight
  • Fire Resistant
  • Potential to reduce home insurance costs

Disadvantages:

  • Less attractive than other roofing materials
  • Costs more than asphalt

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clay tiles on a roofTile Roofing

Tile roofing is a favorite among high end homeowners. Tiles are composed of either clay or concrete.

Advantages:

  • Very attractive
  • Durable
  • Fire resistant
  • Available in a variety of styles and colors

Disadvantages:

  • Very heavy and may require structural adjustments if using to replace a roof
  • Expensive

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slate roofingSlate Roofing

Slate roofing is composed of natural slate rock and is a very durable

Advantages:

  • Beautiful
  • Fire and wind resistant
  • Eco-friendly
  • May require structural reinforcments

Disadvantages:

  • For steep roofs only
  • Very expensive

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cedar shinglesWood or Cedar Shakes

Wooden shingles and shakes are most commonly made of cedar, but can be made of cypress, redwood and other woods.

Advantages:

  • Attractive, natural appearance
  • Eco-friendly
  • Good wind resistance

Disadvantages:

  • Lacks fire resistance unless treated
  • Requires periodic maintenance