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We solicited 4 bids from different roofing companies and ReNew Home Designs offered the most competitive bid. They offered price matching which was a nice surprise! Their financing options were also very competitive, we ended up financing our project through them. Jared was the rep that came out to give us our quote, he was very knowledgeable and went above and beyond. Unlike 2 other companies that came out, Jared went into both of our attics to assess whether we would need any of the wood sheets replaced. While he was up there, he made his way through the insulation to replace our burned-out light bulbs. He even helped us push our vehicle out of the garage so that he could gain access to our garage attic, and then he pushed it back in. He was just a genuine person, he did not feel “salesy” like the other reps that came out. The company overall was very responsive and kept us posted on any delays that were caused by inclement weather. On installation day 6-7 men arrived at exactly 8:30 and went to work non-stop until about 3:00 pm. They spread tarp around the entire perimeter of our home ensuring that they would catch all debris from our old roof. Everyone was very respectful and upbeat, they seemed to be a great team. From the time of our estimate to the completion of the project, only 2 weeks passed. This is probably unusually fast, but given that we did our roof in January the company was very flexible with our immediate needs. When I had questions, the other companies had me chase them down for answers. ReNew Home Designs was prompt to respond from the beginning to the end. That to me is huge, I doubt that I’ll have issues with my new roof, but if I do, at least I know that I can get a hold of them. Following installation, we received a call from the VP, Justin, to ensure we were satisfied. We recommend ReNew Home Designs for your roofing needs. We will eventually need new windows for our home, ReNew will definitely be the first call that we make.
Renew Homes representative was in our neighborhood knocking on doors to see if anyone was interested in any of their services. We were in the market for a new roof and we spoke with the representative and he set up an appointment for a salesman to visit. The appointment was scheduled for the next week. Matthias was our salesman, he was prompt and professional. Mathias gave us their sales pitch and offered to survey our roof. He even inspected in both our attics so that he could note any damaged wood. Matthias was so good in his sales pitch we agreed to have them replace our roof the same night. Once the job was scheduled Renew homes kept in contact with us informing us of the schedule date while watching the weather reports. On the morning of scheduled replacement it rained for about 30-40 minutes. The workers had removed some of the shingles before the rained. The workers assured us that they had covered everything and they did. After the rain stopped they continued to work replacing our roof that day. They did a great job and cleaned after themselves. I highly recommend ReNew Homes for any home improvement projects. I will certainly use them in the future for our up coming window replacements.
The staff at ReNew Home Designs recently did a superb job replacing my old roof, gutters, downspouts, and guards. Their staff arrived on time and courteously answered all my questions. Taking a break only for lunch, they completed the roof tear-off; replaced several sheets of rotted plywood on the roof and rotted wood near the chimney; and completed the new roof in one day. Additional staff replaced the gutters, downspouts, and guards in a couple of hours a few days later. In both cases, the staff cleaned up all litter before leaving my yard. The superior GAF installation materials and procedures not only created a water-tight barrier for my home, but also enhanced its curb–appeal. As an extremely pleased customer, I give ReNew Home Designs the highest possible rating for its roof replacement work. Cheryl Alexander, Derwood, MD, 20855 April 27, 2017
We couldn't be happier with our new ReNew roof. Spent the extra $ for the 50 year architectural shingle & glad we did. I'm in construction & know a bit about roofing. From start to finish it was a pleasure doing business with everyone involved. Justin took the time to address all our concerns & questions. Taffy was pleasant, helpful & right on top of scheduling our delivery & installation. I was very impressed with the work that was done by Jose & his crew. They were all friendly, efficient & did a great job of cleaning up. Highly recommend!
Once again we turned to Starcom and once again, we believe we worked with the best company of its kind in Maryland. The quality of their work is second to none and the level of trust they have built with us over the years is through the roof (no pun intended).We used Starcom for an addition and kitchen/family room rennovations in the past and each time they leave our house we have smiles on our faces. We have recommended Starcom to our friends and each time they have thanked us. Once again, thank you Bob. Elliot City, MA • Monday, November 17th
ReNew replaced our roof which was over 25 years old with new shingles that carry a 50 year materials and labor warranty. The sales representative, office personnel, and work crew were all very professional and courteous. The materials arrived as scheduled and the work crew was on time. They stayed until the job was completed, including a good effort at cleaning up all the debris that came off the roof (10 hours). While we have found a few nails that were missed by the crew's magnet, we are happy with our new roof. It looks great.
The Renew professionals did an outstanding job on our roof. From the first meeting to the install was done with the expertise that we expected. Though we paid more than we would have liked to but we are very happy with the job that was done. The team arrived at the specified time and completed the job, and promptly cleaned up after themselves when they were done. I would highly recommend the Renew professionals to my friends and colleagues. I also plan to utilize their services on other projects in my home in the future.
We were in need of a new roof and decided on Renew Home Designs. Justin came out and was very professional and gave us many different options. He was not pushy and listened to our questions. On the day of installation, the workers were very careful to not to damage any shrubbery or flower gardens. The quality of their workmanship was evident and it was a long day for them as the house had two layers of shingles to tear off. The color and style of the shingles made the house look really good. I would highly recommend them.
ReNew Home Design installed our new roof Friday, April 29th just in time for the rainy weekend. Our roof likes amazing! The crew arrived promptly at 7am and before 5pm that afternoon the job was completed. There was no evidence that anything took place except we now had a beautiful new roof. Justin came to our home and explained everything from start to finish with such detail and professionalism. We are so pleased with the entire experience and would be happy to recommend ReNew Home Design to anyone.
ReNew came to look at my roof after the last snowstorm. They diagnosed the leak as bad flashing around my chimney. Our estimator was very knowledgeable and we had them replace the roof. I installed roofing years and I was impressed with the workmanship of the crew. They were careful not to get any debris in our pool or damage the cover. The salesman and the foreman were on site for the installation. They did exactly what they said they would.
The type of roofer you will need will depend on whether you require a brand new roof or small repairs. You need to find a contractor with a history of excellent service in a particular roofing project.
Installation - A roofer can put a brand new roof on your home or commercial building. When this is done as part of original construction, the main contractor will probably perform the task, or may hire a specialist. This is a big project so you may want to find a company who can offer a crew to install your roof over a shorter time period.
Since this is a more involved process, it is also more expensive. Home Advisor says you should expect to pay between $4,000 to $9,000 for a roof installation. This, of course, depends on what type of material the roofer uses, the size of your roof, the code requirements of your area and even the angle - or pitch - of your roof.
Replacement - If you want to replace your current roof, you can hire a company or individual to strip your roof and install new shingles or panels. Some roofing options, such as metal tiles, can be placed on top of existing shingles and are easy enough to install that a single contractor can perform the task efficiently.
If the contractor can install the new roof without removing the old one, it is going to cost you less than a complete replacement. Installing lighter materials will also save you money because it requires fewer people and can be completed faster.
Repair - When you have a leak, it may be time to contact a local roofer. Some problems are obvious and you'll want to call a contractor quickly before damage spreads. A roofer will replace holes in your roof after severe weather or fix your gutters when they stop draining properly.
The average roof repair project will cost you a few hundred dollars. Each tasks is different and you should get a price breakdown for each roof repair project. Make sure you are charged a fair price for materials and time.
Maintenance - There are a variety of tasks that can help maintain the quality of your roofing materials. You may want to invest in sealant or coatings that prevent moisture accumulation or reflect sunlight.
A popular project these days is installing solar panels or other environmentally conscious solutions to save money and make your property greener. When pricing these options, make sure to compare how much the project costs to how much the contractor projects you should save on utilities and heating expesnes.
Inspection - If you are selling your home or business, you'll probably want to contact a roofer to inspect your property for any issues that may affect the value. Whatever your reason for inspections, a roofing expert can tell you possible causes for concerns or provide ideas for future maintenance.
Depending on your area, you may be able to find a roofing contractor who will give you a free evaluation, but you should expect to pay a couple hundred dollars for a full inspection.
Certain events demand you reach out to a roofing expert - such as when a tree crashes through your home. If, however, you're unsure a visit from a contractor is warranted, here are a few signs it's time to give your roof some attention:
The easiest way to tell if your roof needs repair or replacement is to look at it. You should be able to spot broken or missing shingles. Look for subtler signs, such as roof tiles curling or damage around corners and chimneys. Inconsistent coloring could indicate moss or water damage.
If you really want to give your roof a thorough inspection, Good Housekeeping advises property owners to check gutters for broken down granules or interiors for structural sagging.
Not Doing its Job
Your roof is supposed to protect you from environmental elements. If you find water in your home after a rainstorm or feel a draft on cold days, it may mean there are gaps in your roof panels or other problems. A good place to check is your basement or the uppermost level of your property. Try turning out the lights during the day and checking for signs of sunlight breaking through your roof.
You can also check your energy bill. When you feel like you pay too much for heat or cooling, roof repairs could help you cut costs.
After a Major Weather Event
You should always inspect your roof for signs of damage after a major weather event. Wind can blow shingles off your property and hail is a common cause of dents or breakage. If your home suffers from a fire, you need to check for internal structural damage.
All roof materials - even metal shingles and panels - have an expiration date. If you've had your roof for over 20 years, you should consider having a professional give it a full inspection. Problems aren't always obvious, but you can check your original contractor statements for when it's time to reevaluate the work.
After doing your research, you should talk to a roofer in person and ask specific questions before hiring him or her for your project:
What Are Your Qualifications?
The first thing you need to check for is a local address. Its easier to trust a roofer with a history in the community that proudly displays contact information. Not all states require a roofing license, but you should at least check to see if a company or contractor belongs to a national roofing organization or the local chamber of commerce. Ask about any award or certifications the company has earned in previous years.
Can I Have a Cost Report?
No matter how dependable a roofer may seem, never depend on a verbal agreement. You want to get every promise down in writing. An extensive job cost report shows you exactly what work a roofer will perform and how much each service will cost you.
Go line by line and ask about every expense. You should also check to make sure the job completely covers the necessary task, so ask about additional services the contractor could perform for water protection or extended warranty.
What Are Your Plans for Emergencies?
Roofing can be dangerous. You need to make sure that the company or contractor carries liability insurance so you are not held responsible for accidents. Ask to see the proper paperwork and inquire about safety precautions. You should also check if the roofer has contingencies for smaller emergencies, such as rain delays.
How Will You Protect My Property?
Roofing projects can lead to debris and even structural damage. You should invite a roofer to inspect your property before beginning a project so you can point out landscaping or other external features they should look out for. If the contractor doesn't seem to care about aesthetical concerns, you shouldn't expect the finished product to help your curb appeal.
What's Your Warranty?
You need to inquire about how long the work should last. A major factor in longevity will be the materials used. You should research online about how long metal or concrete shingles should perform and make sure the business's guaranteed warranty is in line with industry standards.
Can I Get a Reference?
Not only should you ask to get in contact with past clients, Time Magazine advises homeowners to visit projects currently underway to see how the contractor or company actually performs during a job. You can also go online and check out other customer reviews.
Roofing materials are made out of concrete, metal, plastic and a variety of other substances. Before you settle on material and a design, you should consider these factors:
If you live in an area prone to wildfires, you may want to avoid flammable roofing materials. You have to be aware of your risks for damage and prevent common causes of trouble in your initial buying. This doesn't disqualify all materials. For example, if you worry about moisture but want asphalt shingles, you can purchase algae-resistant versions. If you are designing a home, a pitched roof is better at preventing moisture acclimation than a flat one.
The longer you plan to live in your current home or occupy a commercial space, the more you should invest in a durable roof. The roof of your structure will be a major selling point should you decide to move.
Some roofing materials, such as metal and plastic, have a variety of available looks and designs, while clay tile is very popular for an authentic appearance. You must consider how the roof should look alongside the rest of your architecture and talk to your contractor about the aesthetic values of high-quality materials. You should also consider skylights, chimneys or other obstacles to consistent patterns when planning a design.
Once you consider your regional area, necessary durability and aesthetic appeal, you should take your needs to a roofer who can give you the most cost-efficient option that will satisfy your concerns. You should always create a budget for your roof installation or repair.
If you wish to keep visits from a professional roofer to a minimum, there are some steps you can take to maintain your roof on your own:
Perform Simple Maintenance
Water in your roof is a major cause of mold and leaks. Regularly cleaning your gutters to prevent debris build-up is a best practice. You should also check your flashing and shingle alignment for holes or cracks in the surface. When a roofer installs new materials, ask about specific maintenance you should perform.
Be Aware of Your Risks
If you have a tree near your home, you have to look out for wet leaves accumulating on your roof and the potential danger of falling branches. Homes in colder climates may suffer from freezing, so you want to make sure your roof is properly insulated and prevent heavy snows from weighing down your structure. Before any major weather event, you should inspect your home for possible weaknesses and contact a roofer to prevent trouble.
The primary solution for any possible roof damage is prevention. You can't take your property for granted. You should inspect your roof at regular intervals. Have a professional roofing contractor evaluate your structure after major incidents and well before your warranty expires.