Here's a great resource for homeowners put out by the National Roofing Contractors Association. There's a lot of great advice for homeowners so we wanted to be sure to highlight it below:
Roof system components
All steep-slope roof systems (i.e., roofs with slopes of 25 percent or more) have five basic components:
- Roof covering: shingles, tile, slate or metal and underlayment that protect the sheathing from weather.
- Sheathing: boards or sheet material that are fastened to roof rafters to cover a house or building.
- Roof structure: rafters and trusses constructed to support the sheathing.
- Flashing: sheet metal or other material installed into a roof system's various joints and valleys to prevent water seepage.
- Drainage: a roof system's design features, such as shape, slope and layout that affect its ability to shed water.
Choosing a roof system
There are a number of things to consider when selecting a new roof system. Of course, cost and durability head the list, but aesthetics and architectural style are important, too. The right roof system for your home or building is one that balances these five considerations. The following roofing products commonly are used for steep-slope structures. Read More...
Here's another warning about roofing scams. This one is targeting mobile home parks.
The sheriff's office has tips for anyone having any work done on their home - manufactured or not:
- If you have an existing warranty, contact the number on your paperwork to confirm that you are dealing with the company who holds the warranty.
- Get multiple estimates.
- Before signing anything, always ensure a state-licensed contractor is doing the work.
- Verify licenser and check complaints with the Better Business Bureau.
- Request the contractor's certificate of insurance for workers' compensation and general liability coverage.
- NEVER give final payment until the work is complete.
- Never let anyone you don't know come into your home to sign papers or use the restroom.
- Conduct your business outside if you can.
With today's economy there are a lot of "new" roofers competing out there for your business. New roofing companies are popping up left and right. The problem is most of them will not be in business 2-3 years from now. The dropout rate of failed roofing businesses is staggering. Do you really want to trust your roof to a company or individual who is not going to be around when you have trouble with your roof down the road?
Sure, you can save yourself a few bucks today by going with one of the new, inexperienced roofing companies. However, making that decision is a double-edge sword. Not only are you not getting someone who is going to stand behind the roof's warranty, but you are also almost guaranteeing yourself that you'll be back searching for a new roofing company in 5 years time. Why? Because you are choosing to accept lower quality workmanship and materials to save a buck today. Read More...
In this month's Roofing Contractor magazine (Nov. 2009), there is a great article about maintaining one's flat roof in a proactive versus reactive way. It even shows how being a reactive roof owner, that is, waiting to deal with one's roof after the problems have made their way INSIDE your house or building, can cost you nearly double AND shorten your roof life by almost half: Read More...