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Find out the questions to ask a roofing contractor and what's involved in repairing and replacing your home's roof.
332 County Road 6471Dayton, TX 77535
From Business: Raptor Home Inspections, is family-owned and operated by lead inspector Richard Wilson. All of our inspectors are members of Houston Association of Realtors and e…
4103 Rancho Vista DrPasadena, TX 77504
From Business: All Star Roofing of Pasadena has more than 46 years of experience providing Harris County with professional roofing services. We have worked on numerous projects …
Spring, TX 77389
Dennis and DJ Roofing and Construction have replaced 3 roofs for us at 3 different houses. Dennis is honest and fair with his charges. We have done …
11745 Jones RdHouston, TX 77070
After hurricane Ike we had quite a few other quotes for other roofing companies, but by and far they were they best, not just because of price, but …
10005 W Sam Houston Pkwy NHouston, TX 77064
From Business: Today, customers can really get more from John Moore. With our complete home diagnosis, service capabilities, and finance options, you can get more done by the te…
1426 Brittmoore RdHouston, TX 77043
From Business: Pedco Roofing Inc. serves the entire Houston metropolitan area. We are a reliable, locally established roofing company that stands behind our work. We offer all t…
5222 Fm 1960 Rd W Suite 214Houston, TX 77069
Find out the questions to ask a roofing contractor and what's involved in repairing and replacing your home's roof.
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Jose came out and explained the problem with my roof, and even showed me pictures. They were fast and did an honest quality job. Would highly recommend.
During our quotation, we really liked the sales member that helped us by explaining our insurance claim and verified what they were covering. He also worked with us to find something that was in our budget. They did a good job with the installation. I had a few items i wanted them to address after the install and they sent someone out to inspect and correct any issues within a day. Overall we are very happy with our roof and skylights and happy we went with Avalanche Roofing Contractors of Spring TX.
I was in need of a new roof. I recommend Spring Roofing Services. Buying a new roof is one of those stressful purchases and they made this experience painless and dare I say enjoyable. First off, the owner of the company showed less than 24 hours to quote the job. He was knowledgeable, professional and addressed all concerns and answered all questions on the spot. There company was affordable and offered top quality product for price that was reasonable. They got us on the schedule immediately and the crew showed up on time. The crew was also professional, respectful and finished in a timely manner. The crew Forman had constant communication on work progress keeping us in the loop. We were extremely pleased with the outcome. If you are needing a roof this company is the right choice and will create a pleasant experience! They even recommended other contractors that did some other work around the house.
Absolute garbage company. Unorganized and unprofessional, these incompetent people turned what was supposed to be a days-long project into a months-long one. We had them replace our roof, windowsills, fascia, and flashing and were told it’d be done in about 3 days. The “crews” they were supposed to send out ended up being one or two guys, so the work took sixty times as long. What was supposed to be a matter of days stretched to SIX MONTHS. Here’s an incomplete list of only SOME of the problems we faced.1. Scheduling conflicts. We were guaranteed a window of completion. My spouse took that time off work to be there in the house when the workers were there. They failed to complete the work. My spouse could not get more time off. I had to take time off. They failed to complete the work, again. My in-laws had to take time off to be there when I couldn’t, and they STILL failed to complete the work on time. Our entire family took personal time off to be in the home while the workers were there, and the workers utterly wasted it.2. They were unreachable 90% of the time.3. They flat-out ignored emails.4. They refused to fix noticeable problems.5. They had the audacity to ask for payment while we still had roof imperfections we wanted them to address.6. The project manager for our roof resigned/was fired and we weren’t notified. We didn’t find out until we couldn’t reach him and called to ask what was going on.7. They failed to pull a permit for the roof, causing the city of Houston to slap an unsightly sticker on our window that would have incurred a fine to remove. The supposed professional that was the project manager claimed he “didn’t know he needed a permit.” More likely, he probably hoped to pocket the money for the permit by attempting the repairs as quickly as possible, before the work could be reported.8. They expertly decided to paint our fascia after a hard freeze, and the melting ice stripped away some of the paint. It took them weeks to send someone out to fix it.9. They had to redo our windowsills because the first guy didn’t use matching wood.After our roof work was “done,” we noticed dips, where water could easily collect. Workers who worked on the roof even said they saw the dips, and the project manager (the one who conveniently “resigned”) even said it would be easy enough to fix. The company asked for ADDITIONAL money to fix the dips that shouldn’t have been there in the first place, had they done the job correctly.Overall, our experience with this company has been nothing short of a nightmare, and this entire business deserves to fail.Take your business elsewhere. We will be notifying our insurance company of this fiasco and demand they no longer recommend this terrible company to its customers.
Dennis and DJ Roofing and Construction have replaced 3 roofs for us at 3 different houses. Dennis is honest and fair with his charges. We have done business with him for over 30 years. He is the Best!!! Nancy A.
Came out and fixed my roof after receiving information on referral. Came out immediately (same day). Explained everything that needed to be done and would be done, with pictures. Excellent work and will use/recommend again.
Tripeak roofing removed my existing roof & installed a new roofing system.They are not one of those companies that try to rip everyone off after a disaster. They are from here, live here and their word is solid. I truly enjoyed dealing with Tim and his crew. They were efficient and completed the work in 2 days, the first day they worked from 7:00am that morning until 9pm the evening all in 98 degree heat, unstoppable. He used quality materials at a very good price. Tim was always on time and did what he said. His crew did a good job of cleaning up after themselves as well. I am pleased with the quality of the work and have received many compliments from my neighbors. I strongly recommend Tripeak Roofing and would not hesitate to use them in the future.
I would never use this contractor again. I have pictures of some of the poor workmanship. I strongly suggest that you obtain another contractor work to be done to your residence.
Avalanche Contractors helped us deal with our insurance company after being turned down for a hail damage claim. All our neighbors got new roofs but us. Seemed odd that the storm hit everyone's house but ours. He went up there with the adjuster and showed them the hail damaged that he had obviously overlooked. It sure makes a big difference using someone who has experience with storm claims. We are very grateful and wanted to share our experience.
This company was very professional and very fast. My roof was so bad and needed so much work. The Company fixed it all without breaking the bank. Now my roof is amazing! It looks incredible! I recommend them to everyone!!
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.