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A simple roof inspection can be completed with a pair of binoculars. Learn what to look for.
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Our association hired Roofs R Us after receiving a referral from one of our board members. Generally, we use vendors that our management company recommends, but we chose Roofs R Us after hearing numerous positive reviews of their work and after interviewing the owner in person. We were so impressed with what we heard and from the owners presentation and the pricing he offered, that we felt confident that Roofs R Us was our best option.We were not disappointed. In fact, the project went even better that we had hoped. We had a very short time frame in which to have the roofs completed - due to the fact that we needed to have the work done at the end of the summer and beginning of the fall. Matt worked with our time constraints by putting together two teams of workers who completed two roofs per day and taking only 5 days to complete a total of 10 roofs. Truly impressive.In addition, reviewed our remaining roofs for any needed repairs.
We had a hail storm in August 2013 and I contacted 3 contractors to come out & look at my roof. The first company was an out of town, hard pressured storm chaser, the next one poked around and didn’t take any pictures or notes & one was Sela Roofing, the clear choice for our roof replacement. Working with VJ was great! He was very professional and knowledgeable and he provided before and after pictures on his tablet so we could actually visualize how the color would look on our house. Our driveway is fairly new so our request to not have a dumpster sitting on it for days was noted & and the roofers did a great job cleaning up during & after the job was completed. Sela is the one-stop-shop with a great reputation! Very pleasant experience. “Just say SELA”!
Sela made it very easy to have ther roof replaced on my house that was damaged by hail. Their representatives are very professional and their workers are very polite and friendly. They came out the same day that i was having my house inspected by the insurance company and we had all the details settled for the roof replacement the same day. A couple of weeks later, the installers showed up and amaizingly finished the roof on the house and garage in the same day. It was really nice because both myself and my wife were at work so we didnt have to hear pounding all day. I am the third person in my family to use Sela for contracting work and all of us have been very satisfied. I would definately recommend them to my friends!!
When it came time for us to get our roof replaced we gladly went with SELA after checking out another local company. We found SELA to be professional, responsive and very willing to work with us on OUR timeline. The actual work done was completed in less than a day and appropriate care was taken to be sure there was no damage to any plants or other parts of the home. The shingle choices given were of a high quality and we feel confident that we will enjoy many, many years of satisfaction with our new roof. I was also pleased that after the work was done they handled all the communication with our insurance provider. They also checked back with us to be sure we were satisfied. I would rate the entire process as a 5 out of 5.
We have used Sela a couple of times in the past and have always been very happy with their work. Initially, we had Sela install gutters and that was great. A couple years later, we had them install 6 new windows on our home, greatly improving upon the previous windows and making a vast improvement to the exterior of our home. But I must say, our latest experience with Sela exceeded the standards set in our previous dealings. From the initial meeting with Marshall, to getting the job done, to the follow up visit - we couldn't be happier. The work is top notch, the people have been great to deal with - and you can bet that when we need other work done, we WILL be contacting Sela again. Thank you!!!
Sela Roofing & Remodeling company just replaced our roof on 5/4/2015. We would like to share our experience with others: when we contacted roofing companies in twin cities. we got 8 company's estimates. very competitive. We chose Sela Roofing company because the Sale rep did excellent job explaining everything we should know, providing us with good discount and best shingle with 50 year warranty. Then Sela sent an excellent team working on our roof to do the job. The job completed in one day with our very satisfaction. Also the team cleaned up all work around house nicely. We are so happy we hired Sela to do the roof replacement. Teddy and Susan
I am not one for posting reviews but I would like to comment on how impressed my wife and I were with the work Sela did on our roof. We received bids from 3 contractors and selected Sela not because they were the cheapest, but because they were competitive and listened to us. We have never done a project like this and Pat guided us through every step, making sure we were comfortable and sharing his knowledge for quality work. The roofing crew did a great job, were very contentious and finished with an unbelievable clean-up! I would not hesitate to tell any family of friends to make Sela your first call for any roofing project!!
We just want to express our gratitude to SELA for doing such a quality job on our roof and for treating us so fairly. The roof looks great, no flaws, but in addition we subsequently asked for some consideration on some minor landscape issues and SELA responded in a most generous and thorough way. That was unexpected, but we thank you very much for that and it is a reflection of how your company values and treats their customers. Word of mouth is still the most convincing advertising and SELA has earned that distinction. Very pleased with you people and our roof. Jim & Julie (south of the river)
We needed someone to to several jobs before we would be able to sell our home. i contacted Sela and was very impressed with how i was treated from the start. I mainly dealt with Carey Lifson and was treated with the utmost in respect. He was kind and responsive and followed through everytime I called. The other contractors that were sent to my home were amazingly professional, prompt and considerate. I would totally recommend Sela for any job. We had them replace the outside trim around a slider, paint all the exterior trim, install a gutter and repair and refinish all the interior window sahes.
Sela roofing proved very professional from planning to clean up. Our new cedar shake roof is gorgeous and the chimney work came out perfect! We were also impressed by the hard work and quality that went into our roof replacement and new gutters. Those new gutters with Sela's gutter guards performed flawlessly during the foot of rainfall received over the second week of June. The explanations and advice on each aspect of our job, especially the insulation improvements were greatly appreciated. We have already highly recommended you to our friends considering roof work. Thanks, Sela!
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.