You’re a homeowner and determined your home’s roof needs fixing or needs to be improved with a replacement roof. You’re all set to get moving. What’s the optimal way to get a high quality roofer who will accomplish a good job? What could you look for in a roof contractor or contractor to obtain this work? Carr
When homeowners choose to repair a roof or replace that roof with asphalt during the cold winter months, they’re often plagued by worries that their family will freeze before the job is completed. In the same vein, those starting a roofing job in the sweltering summer months worry that they’ll be facing heat stroke. These concerns are perfectly normal and common among many homeowners looking for roofing fixes or roof replacement contractors.
CarrMy home suffered damage from a severe hail storm this year. It broke out our two street facing windows and our upstairs window. It totaled the exterior of our cars and even destroyed the rosebushes my wife had tried to keep alive through the summer. And the hail damaged roof? The roof was wrecked, even I could tell that and I am no roofing expert.My doorbell was ringing almost before the rain had stopped. It was an "Invasion of the Roofing Guys." I talked to no less than five on the first day. So who do you choose? They all pretty much say the same thing. Some guys seem more professional than others, some were very pushy and applied a lot of pressure for me to sign a "no obligation" contract. I felt like I was in over my head. Who was going to rip me off the least? That was the pessimistic thought that kept coming back to me.I eventually picked a roofing contractor that seemed like a decent kind of guy. He talked to me about his family and he convinced me he was on my side. I have a pretty good BS detector and even though I thought he was a little too pushy, overall he seemed trustworthy. He had testimonials from other home owners whose roof installations he had done. He seemed knowledgeable. Based on my limited knowledge, I felt like he was the best guy to go with out of the many I had talked to. So I didn't take the time to call any of his referrals and I signed a contract. Things started well. We got the paperwork done and he received his first check and went to work. A large group of workers descended on my house and had the roof stripped before 10:00 am on the first day. By the morning of the second day it was done and they were gone. I was amazed at how fast the job went. Right away, I saw some things that bothered me. They left nails in the yard and a pile of shingles for me to remove. I felt like full cleanup would include nails but I let it slide. I'm sure they assumed the shingles were mine so I would want the extras. I didn't need them, and how was I to dispose of them? But the roof itself just didn't look exceptional; it bowed in some areas and had some uneven spots. Basically, it looked like a poorly done job.The roofing company also contracted to repair the windows. Once they had my check they were far more difficult to reach than before. The windows finally got done 2 months later. Then we had problems with the final payment. Somehow it worked out that I owed him more money. I refused to pay and they eventually faded away. So I would give my roofer experience 4 out of 10. I'm sure others have had much better and much worse experiences.Here is some key points that I learned that I hope will help you when you need your roof replaced:1. Get a local roofing company to examine your house before you call your insurance company. 2. Get at least two quotes from local roofing contractors. Unless your live in a very rural area, there should be no shortage of roofers to contact. Make sure you get referrals from them. 3. Follow up on these referrals and talk to their customers about the job they did. 4. Be careful what you sign. The "no obligation" contract may be more than what you are told. 5. Make sure the quotes spell out exactly what will be done. If not, you won't be able to compare an apples to apples quotes. Be sure it includes cleanup and haul-off. 6. Contact your insurance company and schedule an appointment with the adjuster. 7. If you have found someone that you feel comfortable with, I would suggest you have the roofing contractor on hand when the insurance adjuster is there. 8. Do not pay for the entire job in advance. Make sure everything is completed per the contract before you make your final payment. 9. And finally - to repeat - take your time, use a local roofer and ask for references. Next time I will take my time to find someone I am totally comfortable with. Always ask questions. Make sure your contract spells out exactly what will be done. Find a roofer who takes the time to make the job clear to you before he collects the check, or your sign a contract. Take it from me, the little bit of extra time it takes up front will pay in a satisfactory job and peace of mind later.
Understanding Your Roof Replacement EstimateA roof shingles estimate helps us to estimate the number of shingles to order when laying a new roof. Either a professional roofing estimator or a contractor will let you know the number and quantity of roofing shingles that you need for a given job after taking relevant measurements of your roof. There are several methods to do this. Here we will explore the more common methods.First, let's understand how the shingles are packaged and sold. Shingles are sold in bundles. For example take the 3-tab shingles packed in bundles. Three of these bundles will generally cover one roofing square. Roofing Square is the term used in roofing industry to denote 100 square feet. The shingles are packaged in plastic or paper and can easily be transported by one person. The shingles that weigh more may be packed with less shingles per roofing square. So, you will need more bundles per roof square. The roof shingles estimate will help us to find out how many of the shingles or bundles you need to cover the roofing area. You could use two methods to do this. The measurement method is one and the other is the sheet-count method. In the measurement method either you or someone else has to climb the roof and measure every plane where the roofing shingles will go. Suppose you have a rectangular roof then it is easy to measure the length and width and just multiply both to get the required area.For sloping roofs and other shapes it is a little more difficult to arrive at the area in straightforward way. You need to adopt indirect estimation methods. First measure the floor area making suitable provision for overhang. Next, for slopes you have different area multipliers. These numbers when multiplied with the floor area gives an estimate of the roofing area. There are 3 different slope multipliers depending on whether your roof is low, medium or a steep roof.The sheet count method on the other hand uses a simpler technique than actual roof measurement. It uses sheet panels which are of standard 4 * 8 measures. The roof is simply sheathed with these sheets and then you count the number of sheets needed to cover the roof. In some parts of the roof the panels will have to be cut to accommodate the shape of the roof. To arrive at the roof area, add up the full panels and what's remaining after the cuts on the remaining panels. This is much quicker and simpler method to arrive at the area of an irregular roof. Also, with the sheet method, all you have to do count the number of panels and you can order the bundles of shingles based on that number of panels. This is a simple and easy way to arrive at the area. It may be a crude method but is very effective and fast.Another method that has been frequently used and works for homes with old roofs is to simply count the number of shingles on your roof. Just count the number of rows from eaves to ridge. Also, count the number of tabs from edges to eaves. Each tab is one foot in length. The exposed area of each course is 5 inches. Multiplying the numbers gives you the area of shingles needed.