What to Know About: Roofing »
Find out the questions to ask a roofing contractor and what's involved in repairing and replacing your home's roof.
Find out the questions to ask a roofing contractor and what's involved in repairing and replacing your home's roof.
Since solar installations are powered by the sun, they are typically installed on the roof of a home. Below are some facts to cons…
Roofers, roofing contractors, and roofing companies are similar in that they all focused on the care of your roof, but they differ…
I'm in the same boat as the rest of the reviews on this page, I've been waiting since March 12,2012 and now they won't answer my calls. I've spoken with the owner on a couple of occasions, and have been cussed like a dog. I want a roof they have my 4700.00 I want my roof.... They don't deserve any stars at all.
DON'T USE THEM!!!!!! EVER!!!!! I didn't want to give them any stars at all, but there is no option for zero or less stars. Like many others, I knew better than to trust a company that wasn't local, but many of the people around me were getting their roofs replaced at no cost,due to the damages that we all sustained in several storms in the late spring of 2011. My insurance adjuster came out and agreed that there was hail damage and sent me a check a week or so later. I was pressured by Casey Cook (who was the one that I talked to regarding the roof and my gutters), to sign the check over to them so that I could be first on the list to get my roof on by the first part of the year (2012). I signed that check on 11.18.11 and from there on, I was screwed. I was told that due to weather, it had to be pushed back. I got a letter in March that due to the major storms we had been having, that it was going to take longer to get to me becuase of a shortage in roofing materials, etc. I was finally given a start date of June 4th, but due to rain that day, I was understanding when I was told it would have to be postponed. Just before the end of June, they brought a starter set of roofing materials and left it on my back deck. I have NOT been able to get anywhere with them since. I have been promised by Nick (the owner) that I was next on the list since July....let's just say I hope he has some good burn cream (liar, liar, pants on fire). It has now been a year and I still don't have a roof. I'm at my wits end on what to do now. I am looking into my steps to file a small claims suit against them, but with 2 offices, I'm not sure how that is going to work. I tried going to the web site that was listed in the first part of this page, but it is still under construction. I would like to hear back from anyone else that is in the same boat with me and discuss our options together. Thanks for listening.
On 04/23/2012 Nick Evans, Brooke Madden, and two other people, all wearing Inspector Roofing shirts came by my house in Trezevant, TN and asked my father if he had any roof damage from the last storm that passed through the area. He said he did have a leak in an upstairs room but did not know if it was from the storm. Nick Evans said that they could check at no cost and that if there was storm damage they could negotiate with the insurance company on his behalf and that he would waive half of the deductible if he signed up with Inspector Roofing for the repair. They said they did find extensive hail damage and scheduled a claim and a meeting with my father’s insurance company. They met with the insurance adjuster at my father’s house on 04/26/2012, settled on the damages, and made a check in the amount for damages minus the deductible. The insurance adjuster printed a check out right in his truck. I am said to say that the representative from Inspector roofing (Chris Gammons) pressured my father into signing the check and that he would send it to my fathers bank. I protested and told him I would make him a copy of the check and my father would send the check to the bank for endorsement. Somehow, while my father was negotiating the deductible (so I would fix the interior damages and Inspector Roofing would do the roof for the amount on the check) Chris Gammons switched the check and left my father the copy. They have not given him a date and refuse to answer calls. The couple of times I managed to call them on someone else's phone so they would answer, they would not give me a date or a reason as to why, since they had the entire amount already why they could not at least show some good faith and produce the materials for the roof. On all contacts, they just keep saying and I quote &quot;It will be three weeks until we can give you a date that we can start&quot;. Today's date is 08/23/2012. This is unreasonable and just plain bad business. In addition, I contacted Executive Director of the Board for Licensing Contractors and gave her the license number that is on the contract and she responded that they have no such business in their records. I believe these people are criminals. If this company comes by your house, I suggest you call the police. If you have been ripped off by these people visit this site I built http://inpectorroofing.webs.com/ to see how we can bring them to justice
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.