How to Ensure Your Roofer Uses Quality Materials
Using the right roofing material for your home can improve its curb appeal as well as protect your home's first line of defense in severe weather. Your choice of roofing shingles can help your home stand out or blend in with your surroundings.
When getting quotes from roofing companies, you will find that the prices from each will vary. Part of this variation in price is based on the supplier from which the roofing company gets their materials. The higher quality the roofing material, the higher the quote will be. Sometimes paying a little more can go a long way. The design, ability to protect, and quality of engineering of your roofing shingle will be factors in your choice.
According to hgtv.com, when choosing roofing materials, consider the following questions:
When doing a full replacement of your roof, it is always better to strip it down
to the sheathing so the roofer can check for mold, rot, water damage, and insect damage. This also prevents the roofer from double-layering the shingles and causing it to overstress the rafters or supports of your home from the weight. Checking the manufacturer's warranty of the roofing materials to make sure it covers the overstress of rafters and other structural parts of the home is a good way to check the quality of the material.
Most full coverage warranties cover defective materials and most material warranties offer prorated coverage. However, most to all warranties do not cover wind damage over 85 mph or faulty installation. To protect yourself from faulty installation, ask for a labor warranty and save all receipts and invoices.
Checking the fire rating of the material being used is another way to verify the quality of the material being used. You want to get material that has a Class A fire rating. This is the highest rated material in fire safety.
Here are some of the most popular choices for roofing materials along with the pros and cons for their use and the estimated cost and life span of that product:
ASPHALT SHINGLES: Asphalt is the most popular shingle used. It is light-weight, easy to install and the most budget friendly. these shingles can be reinforced with fiberglass or organic materials (cellulose). There are two types of asphalt shingles. Laminated asphalt shingles look like slate or wood shakes. Three tab asphalt shingles are single layer, flatter/thinner, but perform poorly in past tests.
Pros: Asphalt comes in a variety of colors, is widely available is one of the least expensive materials.
Cons: Asphalt has a shorter life span, doesn't provide as much insulation as other materials available and the quality can vary.
Cost and life span: Homeowners will pay from $70 to $120 a square and if maintained, will last 20 to 25 years.
CLAY AND CONCRETE TILES: These tiles add texture and style to a roof. Flat, ribbed or scalloped clay tiles are durable but also very heavy and must be professionally installed. concrete tiles are less expensive but also have heavy weight.
Pros: Concrete and clay ties are long lasting, non-combustible, and concrete tiles are energy efficient.
Cons: Clay and concrete tires are expensive, heavy and most often require additional framing.
Cost and Life Span: Prices start around $300 to $500 a square and, if maintained will last 40 to 50 years.
METAL ROOFING: Metal roofs are resistant to severe weather and are available in two types, panels and shingles. They come in aluminum, copper, stainless steel and zinc.
Pros: Metal roofing is durable, longer-lasting and has high solar reflectance.
This allows your home to stay cooler in the summer.
Cons: Metal roofing can be expensive. this type of roofing can be noisy during rainstorms and can dent easily.
Cost and Life Span: Prices start around $100 to $300 a square and can last 40 to 75 years.
SLATE: Beautiful and with a distinctive appearance, slate colors include black, green, grey, red and purple. Fake slate is produced in plastic/polymer, clay and rubber, or asphalt. This material is much more slippery than real slate and may crack upon impact.
Pros: Slate is durable, fire-resistant and can be recycled.
Cons: Slate is heavy, usually requires extra framing and needs to be professionally installed. Imported slate quality can vary.
Cost and Life Span: Prices start at $600 a square and up. It can last from 50 to 100 years or more.
WOOD SHINGLES AND SHAKE: This is an extremely popular choice because homeowners love the look and the shingles weather to a pretty shade of gray.
Wood shakes are handmade and a bit rougher- looking than wood shingles which are machine-made.
Pros: these shingles offer a rustic look and are usually made from cedar, redwood and southern pine.
Cons: In some areas fire codes prohibit use. These can mold, split or rot in wet climates.
Cost and Life Span: Prices start at $100 to $150 a square and last around 25 to 30 years.
SYNTHETIC ROOFING PRODUCTS: These include rubber, plastic, and polymer roofing which can give you the color, look and texture of natural materials like slate and wood.
Pros: Synthetic roofing products are designed to be strong and easy to maintain and are fire-resistant. They are often not as fragile, heavy, or expensive as natural products.
Cons: Some of theses products can absorb water, the quality varies and are not as time-tested as other materials.
Cost and Life Span: Prices start about $300 a square and are warrantied for up to 50 years: The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) suggests you look at full-size samples of the synthetic product and the manufacturers' brochures.
Also, look for installations that have been in place at least 10 years to see the wear characteristics for your area.
Finding the type of shingle that your budget will allow is step one. Researching the supplier's warranties for that product would be step Two. The cheapest quotes may not always be the best quote, because they are partially based on material cost and quality.
Joye Roofing offers a variety of materials and prices to fit any homeowners's needs. They offer a free roof inspection and are 5-star rated on Facebook and Google My Business.
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What is the best way to choose a roofing company in Columbia?
Roofing companies in Columbia seem to fall into several categories. Many of the companies found in a Google search are construction companies who do roofing. These companies primarily do construction and remodeling. Some roofers are siding and gutter companies or window replacement companies who also do roofing repair or replacement. There are roofing companies that are satellite branches to construction companies based in other cities. Many of these companies do both commercial and residential roofing.
The number of years the company has been in business varies greatly. Then there are the locally-owned and operated roofing companies, like Joye Roofing, which are family owned who have been in business for many years.
Another difference found in researching roofing companies was the way they assess their customers' needs. Some companies will offer a free estimate before doing any work. Other companies will go even further and offer a free roof inspection. Some companies show warranties for their work, others do not.
Some companies offer multiple business ratings and recommendations. Others may show photographs of their work along with past customers' recommendations. Some companies show that they are fully licensed, bonded, and insured, others do not show this information.
Below are some of the roofing companies found for the Columbia area along with some basic information about each.
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Derek Joye has been roofing homes and businesses in the Midlands for over 20 years.