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Roofing Tips

Here is some general information about roofing and some tips to help you because we want you to find the right roofer - even if it isn't us!

Because you DON'T want your roof to look like this!

What causes roofs to leak or need replacement?

Roofs have many enemies including:

Sun: Heat and the ultraviolet light cause deterioration of the roof over time.  Sun damage is usually worse on south and west facing sides of the building.

Rain: Rainwater can work its way under roofing materials over time.  Water can rot boards, cause the growth of mold or mildew, and can eventually cause damage to other systems such as electrical or insulation.

Wind: High winds can lift shingles, tiles and other roofing materials exposing roofs to rain and other elements.

Trees and Leaves: Overhanging branches can damage roofs by lifting or scratching roof coverings.  Falling branches can damage or even puncture roofs.  Leaves covering roofs can help retain moisture and encourage rot.

Shingle/Tile or Flashing Deterioration:
Sometimes shingles and flashing can come loose, get old and wear out in areas where shingles or flashing lift, deteriorate or come loose causing leaks and allowing water damage to spread.

Moss and Algae: Moss and algae cause rot and deterioration.  You can help avoid the growth of moss and algae by keeping trees and bushes well trimmed away from buildings to avoid shaded areas and damp areas that promote moss growth. 

Insects: Insects like termites and other wood burrowing bugs can cause serious damage to your roof.

Renovation Roofing is happy to help you avoid these "enemies" and to repair areas which have already been damaged.  Consider a roof maintenance program to help keep your roof in tip top shape! 



Tips on finding a good contractor:

The National Roofing Contractor's Association (NRCA) suggests that you follow these tips when choosing a contractor: 

*** Make sure that they have a permanent place of business, tax identification number, telephone number, and a business license

*** Make sure that the contractor is licensed and in good standing. Call the State Contractor's Board - 1800-321-2752 they can provide the most up to date information

*** If you have any concerns, ask to see proof of insurance, liability coverage, and workers' compensation insurance

*** Look for a company with a proven track record and client references.  Don't hesitate to call references provided

*** Find out if your contractor is licensed or approved to work with the roofing system you are using

*** Call the Better Business Bureau and find out the rating of any contractor you are considering using.  You can review Renovation Roofing's rating with the BBB here:

*** Think carefully about the lowest bid.  Go with your gut feeling, if you think it sounds too low it probably is.  Some less scrupulous contractors provide lower bids, but are often unlicesnsed, unisured and often don't provide the quality work you are looking for. 

*** Also be sure that you are comparing two similar quotes.  Some contractor's bids come in much lower because they are not including all of the necessary materials and work.  If you don't think everything necessary is included ask a professional to review the bid for you - they can tell you if anything is missing.  In the end, bids which appear lower, but don't include all of the materials necessary often end up being much more costly than anticipated.

*** Ask "Who will being doing the work on my roof?" Make sure that the company you choose will not be subcontracting your job out to others.

Why is it important to choose a licensed contractor?

Unlicensed contractors circumvent payrolls, licensing fees, city, country, state, and workers comp fees.  They don't pay unemployment, social security and federal taxes.  They frequently bid just lower than a licensed contractor's price, but don't have any of the licensed contractors benefits or safety nets.

If you work with a unlicensed contractor you risk:

Someone gets hurt on your property?      You Pay!

If property turns up missing?                    You Pay!

If supplies are not paid for?                      You Pay!

If there are damages on the property?     You Pay!

If the roof leaks later?                               You Pay!

Code enforcement?       Must be licensed to pull permit!

If the work turns out shoddy?                  You can't collect!

Warranty work?                                        May not cover!

Licensed contractors are required to have bond insurance, workers compension insurance, and liability insurance.  Licensed contactors provide peace of mind and protection for your home and belongings.  Choosing a licensed contractor protects you and the laborers who work on your home or business.

With a licensed contractor:

Someone gets hurt?    Has Worker's Comp Insurance!

If property turns up missing?         Is bonded!

If supplies are not paid for?           Gives lien release!  

Damages to the property?             Has liability insurance!

If the roof leaks later?                   Under Warranty!

Code enforcement shows up?        Can pull permit!

Is a certified installer so you can avoid shoddy work!

Warranties are transferable
even if you sell the property the warranty is still valid.
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