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How to Evaluate the Proposals of Roofing Companies

By Cassandra M Smith.

Roof Companies

Roof Companies

When replacing the roof of your home, it may take some time and effort to come to a decision as to which roofing companies you might trust to undertake such an important job. How do you decide once you have narrowed down your choices?

There are some things to consider in determining which roofing companies’ will do the best work for you. Many check with family and friends to see who they’ve used or might recommend to you. There are reviews online and other professional associations that can help you determine the quality of your roofers.

Did the roofing company give you a written copy of the estimate given? An estimate is best when in writing, and anytime you are meeting with the roofing companies do not settle for a verbal proposal. The contractor should not be considered if they cannot provide you with a written estimate.

What should your written copy of the proposal say?

You want to know what you’re choosing when you decide which estimate you will go with, protect yourself by knowing exactly what your estimate includes. Price and final cost is not the only thing an estimate should contain. The roofer should also list the specifications of the shingles being used as well as the manufacturer.

Has the roofing contractor provided courteous and prompt service?

When working with roofing companies’, often times you can determine the quality of service just by how you are treated prior to the job. A sign of a fantastic roofing company can be when the manager or even the owner contacts you in regards to questions or general information. Were all of your phone calls and questioned answered in a timely fashion? Has the company been on time to all of the appointments you’ve had? If the answer is no, these are early warning signs to beware of that company, it shows how they are likely to do business with you.

How does the company get paid?

Any company that will ask you to pay for the work before it’s been done is not a company you will want to trust. Roofing companies’ that are legitimate and honest, will not ask for your payment until the job has been completed and you are satisfied.

Is the roofing company licensed and insured?

Check with your local city or state to verify that this company is licensed. When asking a contractor if they are insured, it’s not advisable that you take their word for it. This is something that you will want to receive in written form, stated clearly in the proposal or estimate.

Is there a wide range of shingles for you to choose?

A roofer that is able to show you a variety of shingles from different manufacturers is typically a good sign. You’ll want to be able to choose the shingles for your home whether it’s color, warranty, or general design, you’ll want to find the one that’s right for you. A roofing company that only carries one brand of shingle should prompt you to second guess your contractor choice.

What is their clean-up policy and how will they protect your things?

When you come home after a long day at work and you’ve had roofing work, do you want to come home to shingles all over your yard and messy shrubs? No you do not. Obviously, it’s not possible to repair a roof without making some sort mess, there will be debris. However, a reputable company will make sure that these areas are cleaned properly and will do a final walk through with you to be sure the area is clean, and the new roof is satisfactory.

Does the roofer have a follow-up or warranty on any of their work?

A roof isn’t something that is replaced often, so you are not likely see your roofing company after the work is done. It’s important for you to know what kind of warranty or guarantee is placed on the work, it’s best to have this in the written proposal given to you. It’s comforting to know that your roofer will stand behind the work they’ve done, and in the unlikely event that there is a problem the roofing company will stand behind you.

When searching for roofing companies, it’s not always an easy task. Be sure to get your written proposal, and follow these simple steps to ensure that the work done on your home is quality work that you can trust.

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Standing Seam Roofing – Taking Metal Roofing To Another Level

By Ernest Jarquio

Standing Seam Roof

Standing Seam Roof

People might think of the roofing industry as a boring field, but it is actually a dynamic trade that has been around for quite a time. With the great advancements in roofing technology coupled with a wide array of choices, there is actually more to roofing than meets the eye. One of the great breakthroughs that make roofing exciting is the emergence of standing seam roofing.

Standing seam roofing is considered to be among the most important breakthroughs for the roofing industry within the past two decades. It is highly recommended for builders who need a durable protection that is puncture-resistant and strong enough to withstand extreme weather conditions.

The Benefits of Standing Seam Roof

What people like most about standing seam roofing is its durability. With the revolutionary sliding and concealed clip system, this type of roof can manage thermal shock. The clip system lets equivalent amounts of force to be diffused in two directions, allowing for better shock absorption. This is made possible through rigid base upon which the clips are attached to the structural members of the building. The roof panel is clipped to the upper pat to form a seam.

Standing seam roof are also lightweight.

A square foot of panel weighs merely from 1 to 1.5 pounds. This contributes to the roof’s ease in installation. They can practically be installed any time of the year. Standing seam roofs can easily be installed over an existing roof, eliminating the need to tear the previous layer off.

Standing seam roof is also quite easy to maintain.

The roof may perform problem-free for at least 20 years with minimal or no maintenance measures. This is so much better compared to other roofing options such as built-up roofs, which need to be maintained frequently.

Standing seam roof is also weatherproof.

It can withstand win, rain, and even snow because of the weather-tight seam that join panels together. Sealants may even be applied to these seams to further increase its protective properties. When properly installed, the roof can withstand high wind conditions, passing standards as high as UL 580 for wind uplift, as well as ratings as high as ASTM E-1592 for structural performance standard. The fire rating is high as well with a classification of Factory Mutual Class A, passing the highest standards for the industrial setting.

Standing seam roof is also very reliable.

The drainage of snow and rain is quite efficient, and thus water ponds are avoided as well as leaks and other problems that usually plague other flat roof systems. The effects of thermal movements are also prevented with the fastening system used for standing seam roof panels. The metal panels are securely locked in their places by clips within the raised seam. These clips are subtly movable, allowing the panels some room for contraction and expansion during extreme weather changes. The concealed clip also helps prevent leaks while keeping the roof attractive.

Standing seam roof is also very cost-effective.

They come with at least 20-year warranties, which is rather long compared to conventional roofing options such as single-ply and built-up systems. Because of their durability, owners can save a lot from maintenance costs.

Even if standing seam is made of metal, it can be designed to resist corrosion. To reinforce the roof’s durability, it only needs a coating of aluminum, zinc or, better yet, an alloy of aluminum and zinc. As a bonus, the protective coating may even add to the roof’s aesthetic value especially for additional coatings of organic paints with special protecting pigments. Standing seam roofing also allows for great flexibility in designing. It can be attached to both flat and steep profiles.

Another great thing about standing seam roofing, especially for those who are environmentally concerned, is that it is highly recyclable. As it is made of steel it can be recycled better than other roofing materials. It may also be reused in some cases, so standing seam roofing is a great choice for those who want to help save the planet.

The roofing industry has definitely come a long way. Standing seam roofing is one of those things that has made this industry an exciting one. So if you are choosing a good roofing material then standing seam might be the one for you.

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APEX ROOFING – Commitment to excellence.



Established in 1980, Apex roofing is a family owned business currently operated by Patrick and Teresa Davidson, along with family. There are some distinct advantages to hiring Apex Roofing for your roof needs. With just one well supervised (not subcontracted) crew, we don’t push through your roof project. Apex roofing has earned an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau year after year and the Super Service award from Angies’s List. The Super Service award is only earned by 5% of contractors. These results are attained because of good old fashioned values and a conscientious work ethic that is guided by integrity.   Roofing is not just a job…  We are dedicated to our customers and strive for the best.  We approach every home project as if it were our own


Pat Davidson started Apex Roofing shortly after graduating from High School. It was 1981 and America was in a severe recession, not a great time to start a business. Pat’s original goal was to use the proceeds from Apex Roofing to pay for his business degree and pursue a business management career. Business got better and better with each passing semester and after accomplishing his degree, Pat partnered with his brother Steve Davidson.

Steve, currently retired, was a U.S. Military Veteran and Purple Heart recipient, brought more than two decades of experience in construction and his own sense of attention to detail and integrity acquired from serving his country. Between the two of them and some great employees, (many who were family members), they guided Apex Roofing to one of the best reputations in the Detroit Metro area.

With a degree in business administration and over 30 years in the residential roofing field, my nephew Larry is a great asset to the family business. It’s very helpful and reassuring to have such an honest and thoughtful individual to help facilitate the ongoing success of our team.

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Lowe’s & Home Depot Metal Roofing Prices and Options (Lowes Roofing)

By Jeff Klaus

Lowes Roofing

Lowes Roofing

Lowe’s and Home Depot sell metal roofing, but only in select locations – mostly in northern states and in the Midwest. This is because there is not enough demand for these products in every store. Why? Well, smart guys at both of these companies did the market research and figured out that it does not make sense for them to stock metal roofing in every store. However, you can order online or at the Pro Desk, and in a couple of days your panels will be shipped to your nearest store, for pick-up.

In most of the US regions, products like asphalt shingles are much more popular than metal panels, which would not sell as well, while taking up valuable retail space. On the other hand, the weather conditions in northern states and in the Midwest create a much bigger demand for metal roof panels from homeowners and small contractors.

States where ice dams, hail damage or wild fires are common problems, are prime locations to carry metal panels, because metal roofing is excellent at preventing ice dams, stopping hail or fire. In fact, in many states where wildfires are a big problem, homeowners can get home a insurance discount if they install a metal roof.

Which metal roofing does Lowe’s and Home Depot sell

Oddly enough – Lowes roofing sells corrugated and 5-rib R-panel metal roofs made by Fabral – a well-known and respected manufacturer, which homeowners and contractors can also purchase from most roofing suppliers.

Home Depot sells the same type of 5-rib R Panel made by some “no name” brand – Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation. Honestly, I’ve never heard of them, while Fabral is a big player in the metal roofing industry.

So the primary type of metal roof that both of these stores sell is a 5-rib (R-panel profile) 29 ga steel roof panels with acrylic coating. This is an “exposed fastener system that is VERY easy to install for roofers and homeowners alike, and provides great protection from rain, snow and ice. Unlike asphalt shingles, it is a long-lasting roof covering (with proper maintenance).

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Top 10 Things To Look For in a Quality Roof Company

By Jeff Klaus

Roof Company

Roof Company

Locally Owned and Operated

Make sure the roof company has a physical presence and history in your city/ state. Often times, roofers will travel out-of-state (storm chasers) to a known hail storm area. They may not be licensed in your state to replace roofs or back up their warranties once they leave the area.

Licensed in Your State

Being licensed ensures that the roof company has met the requirements for that state to properly install your roof. Some states don’t require a roofing company to be licensed. This means that they could have just recently become a roofing company without the experience required to properly replace your roof.


Having experience in the roofing industry is crucial. They will be familiar with all of the local codes and methods of construction. This also allows roofing companies to develop long relationships with the best trades in the industry in order to provide you with the best quality job done right the first time. 10 or more years experience is a definite plus.


Most solid roof companies provide a labor warranty. Usually it’s a 1-year warranty that states if anything goes wrong on your roof due to faulty workmanship, they will fix it for free within the first year. Look for a company that has 5 year warranty or longer and beware if they don’t provide one at all.

Preferred Vendor

Some roof companies have a higher status in the industry due to their ethics, customer service and business practices. They can obtain these with manufacturers like Owens Corning, GAF as wells as others. Ask for their level of status with these suppliers. They are typically members of various roofing organizations as well.

Insurance Claim Specialist

Working smoothly with insurance companies is a must. Sometimes there are unexpected issues that arise during your project. A great roofing company will be able to ensure you get everything you need filed under your claim even if something unforeseen happens after your initial claim.

Properly Insured

A $1M General liability insurance (GL) is coverage that can protect you from a variety of claims including bodily injury, property damage, personal injury and others that can arise from business operations. Some companies have worker’s compensation or have their trades supply it. Ask to see a copy of the GL at the point of sale.

Contractor Skills

Many insurance claims require a variety of trades to complete the scope of work. Having contractor skills usually ensures that they know construction and will be able to apply that knowledge to completing the items in the insurance estimate. They also will have a long list of qualified sub contractors to do the work.


Check to see their rating on the BBB, Angie’s List and other social media sites like Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Ask to see if they have reference letters as well.


Make sure that they do not use high-pressure tactics to make you sign a contract first without the support of proper documentation mentioned above. Make sure they have a defined outline of how they go to business with you. Once they have proven this, go with your gut.

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Shingle Roofing – Plenty of Options to Explore


The Shingle roofing is pretty widespread and is recommended by architects and roof contractors to households who would like to make a long term investment in a roof. The popularity of shingles is also because of the fact that this roofing option has many designs and patterns in it that a homeowner can pick and choose from. The variety within shingles is amazing something that cannot be found in other style options. Shingles can be used for new construction projects as well as for remodeling projects. It is this flexibility that this option offers that has made it the obvious choice among several home owners.

While making a choice of shingles, you have to base your decision on several factors. As a roof is exposed to the extremities of the weather. You should take care that the material you choose to install should be strong enough to resist the abrupt changes in the weather. For instance when you use slate for shingles you can be assured that heavy snow or heavy winds will not affect the strength of the roof. This is because when shingles in slate is installed the support underneath is made strong to hold the shingles. This may take more time while installation but this will also make the roof durable and long lasting. Shingle roofing in slate is also fire resistant. This is a natural roofing option and therefore is slightly cheaper than other options.

Shingles in Fiberglass And Asphalt are Pretty New Trends

Shingles in fiberglass and asphalt are pretty new trends and they are fast catching up. Many offices and commercial complexes are equipped with shingle roofing in fiberglass. When laid in the form of a composition these shingles tend to last long. Composition shingle roofing also works out to be very cheap. Regardless of the type of material you think will best suit your needs, you should always take the professional assistance of a roofing contractor before you get shingles installed for your roof. Consulting a roofing contractor is very important because there are some technical details about a roof that you may be unaware of. Once the installation is done it is very hard to reverse the whole process. Therefore to be safe than sorry it is always advisable to take the help of a service provider. Who will guide you correctly while getting shingles installed.

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6 Things You Need to Know About Roofing Estimate

Roofing Estimate

Roofing Estimate

Roofing estimate are needed to give you an idea on the amount of money that is needed to repair your roof or replace it when it is damaged. We all know that roof damages and wear are inevitable, and at a certain point, you’ll need to have it repaired.

The problem may get worse if you do not find solution immediately. A worsened roofing problem may cause you to spend more than the amount that you have prepared. To avoid more problems, you must have the right information on the things you need to do.

Below Are Some Tips to Help You Get a Good And Accurate Estimate for Your Roof.

  1. It is of great importance that you do your research well on roofing contractors. You can either use the phone book yellow pages in your home to search for top contractors or you can also search for the answers on the Internet. You might have some relatives who had their roofs done recently. And You can ask them if they can recommend a particular company to you.
  2. Call each of these roofing contractors and ask them the exact price that they usually charge. They will also give you a run down on particular things that they will do to address the problem with your roof.
  3. Don’t be reluctant to ask questions like how much it will cost. How long it will take them to finish the roof repair or replacement. And how they came up with such roofing estimates. You can ask for a breakdown so you can compare prices with other contractors. This will help you get the best deals and save money.
  4. Look for a company that is reliable and can finish the project on time. Choose the one that uses the best materials and applies the latest technology when it comes to repairing and replacing roofs. Through this, you’ll know that you’re getting your money’s worth and that your roof will surely last for a long time.
  5. Ask contractors if they can possibly lower the roofing estimate. And if they can help you work with the budget that you have.
  6. Examine these estimation costs before finally settling on one company. Think of the pros and cons before you say yes to a particular contractor.

The Prices for roofing Estimates

The prices for roofing estimates may vary depending on the company that you’ll hire. They also depend on the extent of the work that needs to be accomplished. You need to make sure that you get the services of people who are known in the industry for delivering quality services in terms of repairing and replacing roofs. So, keep these tips in mind to get the best deals in town.



Seven Things to Check Before Hiring a Roofing Company

By Antoinette Ayana



Repairing or replacing a roof is a big job that needs to be done right. After all, your house depends on a sturdy, quality roof to protect it from the elements. Any leaks resulting from poor workmanship can lead to a disaster inside your home. Don’t take chances. Check roofers thoroughly before hiring them.

Licensed and Insured

At the bare minimum, a reputable local roofing companies needs to carry the right amount and type of insurance. Liability and worker’s compensation are especially important. If a worker is injured on the job, the company needs to cover medical costs.

Quality Craftsmanship

To check the quality of work done by a particular company, ask which homes they’ve worked on in your area. Take a look at some of these locations to inspect the quality of the roof. In addition, ask for references. Call a few and ask about the work completed. It’s also a good idea to check the company’s rating with the Better Business Bureau or similar consumer protection organizations.

Strong Materials

Your roof needs to hold up well against the elements, including powerful winds, hail, high heat, and heavy, wet snow. Find out what materials each potential roofing company plans to install on your roof.

Good Communication With Local Roofing Companies

When you talk to prospective local roofing companies, how well do they communicate with you? Do they answer your questions in detail? It’s important to have excellent communication throughout the entire roofing process to ensure everyone is on the same page.

Knowledgeable Staff

Find out what training your roofers have received. Check how many years the roofing company has been in business. Is the company experienced in the type of roof you want? How many roofs have they installed, repaired, or replaced? Is the staff able to offer sound recommendations based on experience? You’ll want to hire a knowledgeable team that knows what they’re doing and will communicate with you clearly.

Written Guarantee

Be sure to get a written guarantee. You’ll need to be protected in the event of any problems with the installation or materials. The guarantee should be clearly specified as part of the contract you sign with the company. Have the roofing representative fully explain the agreement, and read it over carefully before signing to make sure it matches what you’ve been promised.

Ongoing and Post-job Cleanup

The job can take several days, or in some cases weeks, to complete. Ask about end-of-day and end-of-job cleanup efforts. It’s important that the area is livable, safe, and clean throughout the project. At the end of the job, you’ll also want a clean site to go with your brand new roof.

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Top Ten Questions to Ask When Buying a New Certainteed Roofing

By Laura A Hipshire

Certainteed Roofing

Certainteed Roofing

If your current residential or commercial roof is significantly damaged or deteriorating, it’s probably time to look into getting it replaced. A new roof is a sizeable purchase, one that requires a good deal of consideration and research. There are some do’s and don’ts if you are considering a new roof installation, so here are a few questions to keep handy when the situation arises:

  • Is the roofing contractor licensed, insured, certified, and bonded? If so ask to see a copy of such licenses and certifications, and make sure they are all current and up to date.
  • Do they offer affordable payment and pricing plans? For example, do they take payments and/or offer low or no-interest loans?
  • Do they offer a wide variety of styles and colors to choose from? Look for flat roofs, metal roofs, and recyclable or “green” options.
  • How long do their new roofs last? Do they offer a no-leak guarantee, money back guarantee, or lifetime warranty?
  • Is there a business owner that is available to talk to, who can answer your questions?
  • Are they experienced at both residential and commercial roofing installations?
  • What is their estimated timeline to finish the project?
  • Do they have customer testimonials and/or references they can provide?
  • Offer free roofing inspections?
  • Do they have samples to show you?

Reputable Certainted Roofing Company

Any good, reputable certainted roofing company should be able to answer these questions and more to your satisfaction. Your home or business is a precious asset you need to protect, and your roof is an integral part of that asset. You don’t have to make a snap decision when mulling over your options for a new roof replacement, take your time and explore what’s out there so you can choose the very best roofing contractor to do the job.

Make sure the roofing company uses GAF and CertainTeed materials and industry approved products. In cases such as these, it is wise to hire a professional roofing company that is experienced in all facets of roofing maintenance, repairs, and replacement. Don’t leave the roof on your house or business to chance by allowing an amateur to do the job. You will have peace of mind if you have your new roof professionally installed.

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Roofing – Hiring a Good Roofing Companies

By Andrew Stratton

Roofing Companies Near Me

Roofing Companies Near Me

When damage occurs, a homeowner must decide whether to do repairs or replace the entire top of the house. The judgment usually has to do with how old it is and how extensive the damage is. A younger construction can usually be repaired much more easily. If the construction is over fifteen years old, it might be time for a full replacement. Either way, the first order of business is to find a good roofing contractor. This is easier said than done, however.

The best way to go about finding a good roofing company is to get a referral from people you know and trust. Don’t necessarily take other companies’ word for it. Some of them have special deals in place that allow them to get kick backs and money for referring business. Go with your friends and family when looking for recommendations. Even with those recommendations, don’t be afraid to shop around. Get a few quotes on the job you want done and you’ll be less likely to be fleeced. Included in a good quote should be not only the cost of the job, but how long it will take to do.

Roofing Companies Licenses

Reputation and longevity is everything in the roofing business. Unfortunately, the contracting racket is filled with shysters and fly-by-night companies that are just around long enough to make a buck or two before leaving. A shoddy reputation means little to them because they are on to the next town with a new name before anyone can catch on. So stick with companies that have a lot of experience and have been in the area a long time.

Check to make sure whichever roofing company you hire is up to date on all of their licenses and is ready to obtain any special permits they might need to complete the job. In a residential neighborhood this might not apply, but it almost certainly will if you’re building in a commercial district.

Most importantly, make sure everything is written up in a contract before any work begins. It’s better to have everything you want in writing so that if problems arise you can refer back to that contract as needed. The contract should be a signed record of everything to do with the job. That includes an outline of the job, the price agreed upon, and the designated time frame. Make sure you include anything else you consider important in the contract. If the company doesn’t want to go that route, find someone else.