Thursday, July 13, 2017

Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Roofing Contractor

When it comes to your home and finances there is no such thing as being overprotective and this includes those times when you need to find reliable roofing contractors. Take these simple to steps to protect your home and avoid costly mistakes.

The roofing industry is the number one source of claims for fraud and abuse so never assume that the roofing contractor you are interviewing has a current roofing license. Always ask to see the paperwork so you can be confident they are suitably qualified. Businesses without licenses can and do disappear and if there is a problem with your roof you will be out of pocket for the repair expenses.  Any roofing contractor worth working with will be licensed and insured.

While you are checking the licenses, you should also verify that the contractor is certified to install the material you are using for your roof. For example, in the state of Utah, a roofing company requires a shingle license to install a pitched roof.  This is not the case for all states however it is important that if it is required in your state that your contractor is properly licensed.

Roof repair can be a dangerous business so liability insurance is a must if you want to ensure that accidents caused by the roofing contractor and their staff cannot come back and hurt you financially. Check that the contractor has a current insurance policy as well as what it covers and for how much. It is also a good idea to check the contractors' workers' compensation coverage.

Ensure a lien waiver is in place before work starts. Once the work is complete and you have paid the contractor the lien waiver protects you against suppliers requesting payment out of your pocket because the roofing contractor failed to pay them.

Even though it may make you a little uncomfortable to get all the above documents signed, sealed and verified the peace of mind is worth it as it can potentially save you thousands of dollars in the long run.

Learn more about Home Pro Roofing and their vast line of custom roofing options installed by professional roofing contractors including: asphalt shingle roofing, metal roofing, roof repair, and new roof installation at www.homeproroofingmi.com.  To contact one of our roofing contractors call 810.225.9080 today.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Roofing Contractors Choose Metal over Asphalt

Roofing contractors usually have two choices when roofing Michigan roofs; Metal or Shingles. There are numerous other materials on the market but these are the two most widely used and installed.  Many times roofers will choose metal roofing over shingling for both commercial and residential use when cost is not the main factor.

Your homes roof is a significant part of the house it is your homes caption. No matter how beautiful your home is if the roof is worn out and looks tired your home becomes an eye sore.  The roof is the most exposed part of the house.  It is the surface that gets hit with the harsh weather before any other area of the home.   It protects your loved ones and treasured belongings from the rain, snow, sun, sleet, and other harsh weather conditions.

If you notice that your roof has a leak or is damaged it may be time to think about a new roof.  In some cases roof repairs are costly and it makes more sense not to waste money on repairs when a new roof is inevitable.  The roof decking may have rotted, the tar paper worn or the shingling cracked.
With the harsh weather that our roofs see roofing contractors take their time when recommending suitable materials that will be both affordable and durable for your roof.  Most people nowadays live in their homes for more than a few years so they want their roof to be and stay strong.  This is why for many families roofing contractors recommend metal roofing when it is without a doubt that a roof needs to be replaced and not repaired.

Choose Metal Roofing over Asphalt Shingling
  • Longevity
When it comes to weather resistance, metal roofs receive double thumbs up because they can withstand any kind of weather. Although the life span of a roof is about 60 years, it has been said that metal roofs made from copper and Zinc in UK last over a 100 years due to proper care and maintenance.
  • Good For the Environment
Metal roofs can be recycled over and over again. As a matter of fact, these kinds of roofs are made from recyclable content. It keeps the temperature in the house cool by reflecting the heat that comes upon it which makes it one of the most energy efficient roofing materials. You can make money by selling it off.
  1. It is light in weight.
This is one of the lightest weights that can be used as a roofing material. Although there are different types of metal roofing materials with different weights, roofing contractors believe that steel roofing materials can weigh between 100 pounds to 250 pounds per square while aluminum roofing materials can weigh about 50 pounds per square. Asphalt shingles are quite heavy. They can range from about 200 pounds per square to 500 pounds per square for high-quality laminated and textured shingles.
  • Durable
Roofing contractors would pick metal roofs over asphalt shingling any day because metal roofs are stronger during turbulent weather conditions unlike asphalt shingling. There are insurance companies that give a discount price to home buyers with metal roofs. The discount can be as high as 30% in premium if you have a metal roof that is weather resistant.
  • Warranty
The manufacturers of these kinds of roof offer warranties for as long as 50 years which is very unlikely to happen with asphalt shingling.
Although asphalt shingling have their own good purposes, metal roofs are better although they are costlier. Don’t try to cut cost when trying to buy your roof but think about what you need.

Learn more about Home Pro Roofing and their vast line of custom roofing options installed by professional roofing contractors including: asphalt shingle roofing, metal roofing, roof repair, and new roof installation at www.homeproroofingmi.com.  To contact one of our roofing contractors call 810.225.9080 today.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Today’s Asphalt Shingles

Have you been researching roofing products?  Are you trying to find out how to get quality shingles without wasting money on a warranty that might not make a difference? Is it quality of the shingling even important? If the roofing is installed correctly does it really make a difference if you pay to the roofing contractor to install ten year shingles over twenty five year ones?

One of the most popular options in roofing is asphalt shingles.  They are popular for a number of reasons including that they are inexpensive, long lasting, fire retardant, and are available in a number of colors and styles.

Some shingling can be purchased with a warranty of thirty years.  This means they are guaranteed to withstand the weather and protect your roof for thirty plus years.  Shingles are no longer only produced in one simple three tab style. Now shingling composition is composed of heavier, thicker granules and produced to replicate slate or wood shingles.  Shingles are now classier than the more traditional predecessor.

Shingle roofing is most often chosen by homeowners because it is less expensive than all other roofing materials to purchase and install.  It is also easily replicated and repaired if damage from inclement weather happens to damage it.   Unlike wood shingles that are thin and rot quickly or metal that is four times the cost.  These benefits, along with the optional dimensional styles allow asphalt shingles to be chosen over other roofing materials more often.

Roofing contractors like working with asphalt shingles not only because of their durability but because the material itself is lightweight and easy to manipulate when working with it.   It is most often chosen by homeowners because of its longevity and stylish design options.  Whatever you choose when looking into a new roof be sure to work with a professional roofing contractor to ensure the best quality roof you can afford.

Learn more about Home Pro Roofing and their vast line of custom roofing options installed by professional roofing contractors including: asphalt shingle roofing, metal roofing, roof repair, and new roof installation at www.homeproroofingmi.com.  To contact one of our roofing contractors call 810.225.9080 today.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Will Tesla’s Solar Roof Change the Residential Solar Market?

Solar has been on an amazing growth trajectory. As we approach the milestone of 2 million homes with solar power, we need something more beautiful to reach the mass market. Enter the Tesla solar roof. Tesla’s solar roof has redefined the popular conception of what residential solar can be. In an industry that has done very little product-level innovation, Tesla’s new product is a radical reimagining that has left consumers in awe. Industry wonks have tried to make sense of Tesla’s solar roof by digging into the numbers and converting dollars per watt to dollars per square foot. But in the mind of the customer, Tesla’s solar roof will be the definition of next-generation solar -- whether it makes economic sense or not. Elon Musk’s initiative has captured a latent yearning on the part of customers for a tailor-made design that integrates with their homes and the way they live. As the CEO and founder of SunTegra, a competing solar shingle and tile company, I’ve seen first-hand that the next generation of solar customers want a low-profile, more integrated solution that blends in with their home. Until now, the customer challenge has been awareness. Most homeowners didn’t know that alternatives to conventional rack-mounted systems even existed. Thanks to Elon Musk and his ability to capture the media’s attention, this is no longer a problem. To achieve broader market adoption, solar roofs will have to be competitive, available when a roof needs replacing, and easy to install. Is the Tesla solar roof price​d competitively? As the founder of a company that already manufactures and sells solar roofing products, I was very interested in deconstructing the economics of Tesla’s solar roof product relative to conventional rack-mounted solar and other solar shingle products that already exist on the market. Here is what I found. Based on Tesla’s online calculator and released information, the company has pegged the installed price of its solar tiles at $42 per square foot. By estimating the output and size of their solar tile, I have calculated that $42 per square foot translates to an installed price of approximately $3.50 per watt for just the active solar panel area. Today, the average price for conventional solar with a premium all-black solar panel is about $3.25 per watt -- making Tesla competitive with a higher-cost system. Of course, the competitiveness of the price truly depends on when the customer will receive the product and whether Tesla can earn a reasonable profit. I expect Tesla’s pricing will have to be higher longer-term. Another thing to remember is that the solar portion of the roof is only part of the equation. If you buy the Tesla solar tile, you still need to buy the non-solar glass tiles for the rest of your roof. Based on information released by Tesla, the installed price for the non-solar glass tiles is approximately $11 per square foot. This installed cost is expensive if compared to high-volume common roofing materials -- $3 per square foot for asphalt shingles and $7 per square foot for concrete tiles -- but is similar to lower-volume, high-end roofing materials such as ceramic or clay tiles, standing seam metal and slate. Based on these roofing costs and Tesla’s published aggressive pricing, Tesla’s total roof solution requires a premium for the most common types of roofing materials, but is economic for high-end roofing materials. In comparison, the SunTegra solar roof solution offers a lower premium for more common roofing materials compared to conventional solar, but is less economic than the Tesla roof for high-end roofing materials. Although high-end roofing products represent a smaller portion of existing housing stock, they likely overlap quite well with Tesla’s high-end target customer, who is also shopping for the latest Tesla electric car. From a business perspective, it makes sense that Tesla is doubling down on its loyal customer base. When will the Tesla solar roof be available in volume? In order to really change the market, the Tesla solar roof product will have to be made available in high volume. If history is a guide, Tesla has a habit of hyping products before they are ready to scale. Many in the industry believe the same will be true for Tesla’s solar roof. Tesla likes to dangle the beta to generate interest, and then deliver the final product behind schedule. There are two factors that lead me to believe that high-volume rollout of Tesla’s solar roof will take several years. The first factor is practicality. Tesla’s solar roof is still in development and has likely had limited field testing. A solar tile roof, as it is contemplating, requires many electrical connections and needs to reliably function as a roofing material. The product and installation methods need to be developed and regulatory issues have to be addressed before high volume can occur. From experience, I know this takes time. The second reason is cost. As I alluded to above, my own estimate is that Tesla’s initial pricing is closer to the actual cost and that the company will have to charge a higher premium to make a profit. That leads me to believe that its strategy will initially focus on low-volume test customers that will be forgiving as Tesla works out the kinks. Will competitors fill the gap? If in fact Tesla has created market demand without a product to deliver scale, there may be an opening for companies like SunTegra. (Others are making the same argument in the pages of GTM.) The residential solar industry has flattened out and needs new products to energize sales. If Tesla’s solar roof initiative is successful, other solar retailers such as Sunrun, Sunnova and Vivint will be looking for product partners that can help them compete. Tesla’s solar roof initiative won’t transform the solar market overnight, but it has helped redefine what residential solar can be. I believe the market will follow suit. Welcome to the solar mass market. Original Source: https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/will-teslas-solar-roof-change-the-solar-market Original Date: May 31, 2017 Original Author: Oliver Koehler

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Questions to Ask to Find The Right Roof Contractor

Do you need a new roof? Maybe your roof is leaking badly, or the shingles are even falling off. Whatever is wrong, you have decided it’s finally time to hire a new roof contractor, but now you are unsure of who to hire. Choosing a new roof contractor can be an overwhelming task, but if you ask the right questions, you can feel confident in your decision.
Are you licensed and insured? Don’t hire any new roof contractor who is not both licensed and insured. And don’t just take their word for it; confirm it yourself. You can verify insurance coverage by calling the insurance company. A new roof contractor should have both worker’s compensation and liability insurance to protect you from injuries to workers or any damage to the home that may occur during the duration of the job.
What do you offer in terms of a warranty? Even though today’s shingles style lasts longer than the older styles, a warranty is something every new roof contractor should offer. The longer the better, but what’s most important it to double check that the warranty you discussed is included in your written contract. You need to know what is covered and for how long.
Are you local? When you hire a new roof contractor, you want to hire someone that has an excellent reputation in YOUR community. This should be a company who can provide local references, people you can call and confirm were happy with the work they had done. Locally owned and operated is also important because you want to trust that you can find them if any problems arise.
Can you provide a written estimate upfront? Hiring a new roof contractor can be pricey, and that is somewhat to be expected, but what you don’t want is to hire a company assuming it will be one price, only to find out later the price has tripled. Your new roof contractor needs to provide you with an honest estimate upfront that they put in writing for your wallet’s protection. And make sure the writing isn’t vague. The contract should be very detailed so you know exactly what you’re getting.
How long have you been in business? It’s good to know how many jobs a new roof contractor has completed, so you can feel confident in their level of experience. Experts agree anywhere from 10-15 years is a good range. You just want to make sure this is an established company with jobs under their belt.
How important is safety to you? Your new roof contractor should strictly adhere to OSHA standards.
What roofing options do you offer? You want options when it comes to roofing solutions, so make sure to find out what is available to you. A new roof contractor should have multiple packages, from simple asphalt shingles to an upgraded metal roof.
A new roof can increase your home’s value, and it will certainly keep you safe, but what’s most important is to find a new roof contractor who is a trustworthy professional, so don’t forget to be thorough in your questioning before you sign any contracts.
Learn more about Home Pro Roofing and their vast line of custom roofing options installed by professional roofing contractors including: asphalt shingle roofing, metal roofing, roof repair, and new roof installation at www.homeproroofingmi.com.  To contact one of our roofing contractors call 810.225.9080 today.

What to Consider Before You Hire a Roofing Contractor

If you are looking for a roofing contractor, you want to make sure to avoid scams and shoddy work. This can be easier said than done, so how should you go about hiring a roofing contractor? Start by considering the following list of helpful tips:
Referrals – Get local referrals. You want to choose a roofing contractor that is locally owned and operated, one that has an established reputation in your area. When you choose a roofing contractor who is well known in your community, you are less likely to be scammed.  Check Better Business Bureau ratings, and look for manufacturer designations, too!
Insurance – Any roofing contractor you hire should have both worker’s compensation and liability insurance. This is a non negotiable. And they should be able to provide a copy of their insurance so you can verify its validity, which you absolutely should take the time to do. You don’t want to end up financially responsible for the hospital bills of an injured worker, or the property damage a worker caused, either. Bottom line is you want to know you’re covered if anything happens on the job, so give their insurance company a call to put your mind at ease.
Licensing – While most states require licensing for roofing contractors, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t inquire whether or not a company is licensed. It’s another good idea to verify the company is licensed, so make sure to ask for a copy allowing you to double check that it is up to date. And it’s also not a bad idea to research the specific licensing requirements for a roofing contractor in your area.
Communication – You want to hire a roofing contractor that answers your calls, provides you with documentation that you ask for, follows up with you, addresses your concerns, and answers your questions. Communication is paramount to every business, and you shouldn’t hire any roofing contractor incapable of effective communication.
Material options – Your roofing contractor should offer you multiple options, and they should offer more than just asphalt shingling packages. You want a company that will work with you to determine which roofing solution works best for your needs and budget.
Estimates – Make sure your roofing contractor gives you an exact price upfront, one that the company puts in writing.
Warranties – Your roofing contractor should offer an extensive warranty. Don’t settle for anything below average.
Price – You want to get the best roofing contractor for your money, and who doesn’t love a deal? But don’t let price be the only thing you take into consideration because in the end, you might actually pay more if you have to have shoddy work fixed by another roofing contractor later on.
This list is just a starting place, so don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions before you select a roofing contractor. It can be difficult to find someone committed to professionalism, safety, and quality workmanship, but if you want to protect your home and your wallet, make sure the roofing contractor you hire crosses off all of your checkpoints.
Learn more about Home Pro Roofing and their vast line of custom roofing options installed by professional roofing contractors including: asphalt shingle roofing, metal roofing, roof repair, and new roof installation at www.homeproroofingmi.com.  To contact one of our roofing contractors call 810.225.9080 today.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Increase Your Roofs Lifetime With Metal Roofing

There are a lot of different roofing materials that you can choose from when you are considering having your roof redone. This can be a very important decision as the roof is what is responsible for protecting your home and its contents from the elements. When your roof is damaged or needs to be replaced, water can get in and cause severe damage to your home. One of these options is metal roofing, which is becoming a popular choice in recent years. If you are interested in this type of roof, you will need to find a metal roofing contractor that can complete the job correctly.
You may be wondering why anyone would want a metal roof. There are actually quite a few benefits that metal roofing has to offer its owner. One of the most important benefits is the life expectancy of metal roofing in comparison to other roofing types. Metal is resistant to a lot of issues that other materials have such as rot, mildew, fire, and insects. Warranties for this type of roofing can vary between 20 and 50 years. Keep in mind that if you choose a variety with a painted finish, you will only really get a warrant of about 30 years. These types of roofs will typically last for as long as you own the home.
Metal roofing is a lightweight option that is also very easy to install. A metal roofing contractor can install these shingle sections very quickly, which can be a great benefit in case a storm is coming while you are getting your roof installed. Time is crucial when your house is that exposed and metal roofing can often shorten the installation process by a few days. Since it is lightweight, you also do not have to worry about other steps of the roof installation process like building additional supports to hold up the roof. This can save both time and money on the process.
Lastly, metal roofing is an energy efficient option. The metal material will reflect the heat that comes from the sun, which will reduce the heat in your house. This can save you a lot of money when summer hits and you are always running the air conditioner. Everyone is all about energy efficiency these days and metal roofing can be a green option for you to consider.
You should know that metal roofing is one of the most expensive roofing options on the market. What you should consider is that while you are spending more money upfront to get this type of roofing installed, you will save a lot of money in the long-term. Metal is a highly durable material as well as a material that is very low-maintenance. If you are going to spend a fortune on getting your roof done, you want to make sure that it lasts for as long as you live in the house. A metal roofing contractor can help you look at metal roofing and see what your options are with this material.
Home Pro Roofing contractors offer a variety of roofing services throughout Brighton, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Fenton and Commerce Township, including installation of shingle roofs, metal roofing and roof repairs.  You will find them at http://www.homeproroofingmi.com today.

Roofing Contractors Recommend Asphalt Shingles For a Popular Look

When you see any home, the most common type of roofing that you will see is shingle roofing. There is a very good reason why this is a timeless choice for homes. Actually, there are several reasons that you will see here as to why people seem to love choosing this option for their roof. When you do decide on shingle roofing for your home, you should be sure to find a trained shingle roofing contractor that can install this specific type of roofing. Each shingle roofing contractor has their own different types of materials that they offer, so you should look very closely at this before making a decision.
Asphalt shingles are the most popular variety of shingles that are used on homes today. The biggest reason for this is because it is the cheapest variety of shingles on the market. You can get varieties that look like more expensive materials for half of the price, giving you a richer look at a price that is much easier on the budget. Another bonus here is that this type of roofing can be repaired very easily, meaning that you will not have to replace an entire section of roofing in order to repair it. If you are looking for the most cost-effective roofing solution for your home, this is going to be the best option for you. There are quite a few varieties here, so you can certainly find something that you love within your budget.
These types of shingles are also incredibly easy for a shingle roofing contractor to install. This means that they can get the job done faster than with some other materials. This is crucial because when you get your roofing torn off, you are exposing your home to weather that can potentially damage it and cause a lot of problems for you down the road. This will also save you a lot of money because you will be spending a lot less on installation costs. If you are someone who is trying to reduce your carbon footprint, you will be happy to know that this type of roofing is also recyclable. When you get these shingles removed from your roof, they will recycle them into a by-product that is actually used for paving streets. You should also know that this type of roofing is incredibly durable, and it can often last around 20 years or more with the right maintenance.
Installing a new roof can be a very expensive venture. It is for this reason that you want to make sure that you are spending your money wisely. You want something that is affordable and that is durable. You also want something that is aesthetically appealing, enhancing the look of your home. What home owner doesn’t want to take pride in how their house looks? Shingle roofing has been a timeless classic for a long time when it comes to homes and these are just a few of the reasons why. If you are getting a new roof for your home, find an experienced shingle roofing contractor to get the job done.
Home Pro Roofing contractors offer a variety of roofing services throughout Brighton, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Fenton and Commerce Township, including installation of shingle roofs, metal roofing and roof repairs.  You will find them at http://www.homeproroofingmi.com today.

Monday, March 27, 2017

5 Benefits of Hiring a Roofing Contractor

Fixing your roof yourself is always a difficult and dangerous task to perform on your own which is why many homeowners, building owners, and facility managers rely on roofing contractors whenever there is something wrong with their roofs. Roofing contractors usually come on site and run through a number of diagnostic measures to determine the causes of the problem. Installation, design issues, and value engineering are the most common problems that roofing contractors find. Hiring roofing contractors to install your roof in the first place is one way to ensure that it is properly installed and issues won’t occur.  In this way, all the problems that might occur after the roof is installed could be avoided. Therefore, to point out such important benefits of hiring a roofing contractor to our readers, in this post, we have compiled an informative list of “5 Benefits of Hiring a Roofing Contractor”.
  1. Increases the Property Value: Intuitively, installing a new roof on a home or a property would increase its overall value if the owner plans to rent or sell it in the future. Because a new roof is one of the many essential features that make a property more appealing to prospective buyers.  Moreover, once you get a new roof installed, you must acquire the legal documentation as a proof for prospective buyers that shows the date of installment and the name of the roofing contractor who installed it.
  2. Design Support: Hiring professional roofing contractors means that not only are they going to efficiently install a completely new roof but they are also going to provide you the all-important design support. Design issues, which are one of the many reasons roofing contractors are called after the installation of the roof, are eliminated right from the installation of the roof.
  3. Faster Service: Roofing contractors are professionals who install and repair new and old roofs day in and day out, therefore, they are trained to do the job quickly and much more efficiently. For many small to medium size homes, the job of installing a new roof would be completed by professional roofing contractors within a day or two with optimum efficiency.
  4. Cost Savings: Hiring roofing contractors to solve issues in an already installed roof always proves to be expensive. This is because of the unexpected amount of work that has to be completed by them. But getting a new roof installed by roofing contractors is almost always going to be very cost effective. It would also help you save considerably since the installation of a completely new roof means that there would be fewer roofing issues afterward.
  5. High-Quality Workmanship: As mentioned earlier, roofing contractors solve roofing issues and install new roofs on a regular basis, thus, they develop a high-quality workmanship of their skills and trade. They have a great many ideas to eliminate various roofing issues and are always happy to suggest the best and appropriate roofing installations that make your property look great.
Home Pro Roofing contractors offer a variety of roofing services throughout Brighton, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Fenton and Commerce Township, including installation of shingle roofs, metal roofing and roof repairs.  You will find them at http://www.homeproroofingmi.com today.


How to choose a professional roof installer

When you are in the market for a new roof or roof repair it is vital you choose the proper skilled worker which is why it’s important to know how to tell a legitimate roofing contractor from a fly by night person. Thanks to this handy list we make it super easy to determine whether the roofing contractor you are considering hiring is a good choice or not.
  • Licensed – A good roofing contracting will be able to furnish the proper licenses for their work. Each area has their own requirements when it comes to contractors and a legitimate contractor will have the proper licenses for their business.
  • Insured – A good roofing contractor will be fully insured to protect not only themselves and their employees but also to protect their clients should anything happen out of the ordinary.
  • References – When you are trying to decide on which roofing contractor to hire be sure to not only ask for previous clients but also call and talk to those clients, ask the important questions that way you can be sure that your job will be done properly by a professional. Besides just simply calling and talking to previous clients (if you are able to) go look at the roofing contractors work.
  • Business Time Frame – How long as the potential roofing contractor been in business? It might take a little more consideration because those who have been in business longer will have more references as well as experience. While it is true all businesses begin somewhere just remember that the newer businesses will need a little more consideration to ensure you are getting good quality service.
  • Warranty – Ask your potential roofing contractor if their work comes with any type of warranty. A good contractor who does quality work will have no problems backing their work for a specified amount of time.
  • Contracts – Is your potential roofing contractor willing to put into writing what will be covered in the price on paper? Get signed contracts spelling out everything from price, materials, what’s included, and any warranty this will help cover you in case anything happens or just as a safety net.
  • Communication – There isn’t many things more annoying than trying to pay someone for a service and they don’t communicate with you. If you run across a contractor who won’t return calls in a timely manner or can’t communicate easily it might be time to find another roofing contractor.
Roofing contractors can be found pretty much anywhere the real task is finding a quality roofing contractor who is professional and willing to put the work into the job to ensure a high quality job that you will be satisfied with.
Home Pro Roofing contractors offer a variety of roofing services throughout Brighton, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Fenton and Commerce Township, including installation of shingle roofs, metal roofing and roof repairs.  You will find them at http://www.homeproroofingmi.com today.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Installing A Complimentary Roof To Your Home

The exterior features of your home are super important to curb appeal.  Your homes roof contributes to forty percent of the overall look of your home.  When you are having a new roof installed it is important that you choose a wisely.  It is important to have a roof that protect the home for the long term and enhances the aesthetic value as well. 

As a homeowner it is important to understand that a sound roof is the key to protecting your investment.  Proper roofing maintenance is crucial to ensure the longevity of your new roof.  Roofing contracts suggest regular roofing maintenance including: removing waste from gutters, repairing missing shingles, fixing leaks as they occur and regular checks to ensure a proper seal around flashing and roofing vents. 

With proper maintenance, quality roofing materials and proper installation by a professional roofing contractor your homes new shingle roof can last upwards of twenty plus years.  When installing a new roof there are two options for homeowners: one is to install a new roof over the old one or tear off the old roofing and replace it entirely.  No matter what you choose it is a chance to update and change the exterior look of your home. 
When you are considering a new roof there are a number of roofing materials to consider.  The most popular choice for homes here in the north are asphalt shingles and metal roofing but other materials including wood, tile and slate are also available.  Asphalt shingles are a relatively light and flexible option in roofing.  A fiberglass mat is covered in asphalt and then coated with colored mineral granules.  This helps to provide protection from damage from the sun’s rays. 

Asphalt shingles also come in a number of styles including a standard three tab shingle, dimensional shingling and artisan crafted shingles.  Homeowners should consider the architectural style of the home before becoming set on a certain style.  It is important to look at your homes specific roof in regards to the surface area to be covered as well as the pitch and angle of the roof.  These factors will all help you determine what style shingle is best for the overall appearance of your home. 

Another consideration is the color of the roof.  The roofs coloring should enhance and compliment the home’s exterior palette.  It should create a balance between the colors within the environment.  For instance a brick or stone home that already has a lot of dimension should opt for a subtle roof to enhance an already busy exterior element.
Home Pro Roofing contractors offer a variety of roofing services throughout Brighton, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Fenton and Commerce Township, including installation of shingle roofs, metal roofing and roof repairs.  You will find them at http://www.homeproroofingmi.com today.
There are many deciding factors when choosing a new roof for your new or current home. A few of these not only look pleasing, but also too are cost, weight, and installation necessities. If building a home from scratch or choosing a roof for an existing home there are many of materials that you can choose from ranging from asphalt, wood, and even composite shingles such as slate, concrete, and clay tiles. Many people are most concerned with style but it is not the only important factor to include. A few other key points are shown below:
The Square
A term that roofing contractors use instead of talking in "square feet” they use is called squares. A square is the basic unit for measuring and is 100 square feet in a given area. For example if a home is 2,500 square feet it would consist of approximately 2,000 square feet of roofing area or by using this new term about 20 squares.
Cost
There are many of factors that will affect what the general cost of a roof will be. The beginning point would be the price on materials. Another factor that would affect cost would be the condition of the existing roof if has one at all. If remodeling a current home and the old materials have to be stripped off sometimes repairs need to be made to the supporting structure. The physical shape of the roof will also contribute to the cost. A house with no breaks in its planes like chimneys, skylights, intersecting rooflines or other structural enhancements will cost less than the house with the additions.
Materials
When deciding on materials, unfortunately not every kind can be used on each roof. Roofs with a flat or low slope may require different materials than one with a steeper pitch. Slate and tile can be very heavy and some homes will not have a structure that will be able to sustain them. Be sure to talk with your designer and get estimates for the job at hand. The most frequently used roof material is asphalt shingles. This is most likely because they are the least expensive choice and does not require as much skill to install. There are two configurations of these to choose from; the standard type and the laminated products. The standard cost half as much but the laminated are more appealing with a texture appearance.
Another choice of material is wood. Through history wood was the main choice and still a good option however fire codes sometime will forbid it. They are typically made form cedar, redwood, or southern pine and have life expectancy in 25- year range but are on pricier side, about double of asphalt shingles. Metal roofs made from aluminum, steel, copper- and- asphalt, and lead are among the most strong and yet very expensive of roof choices. A common style on Spanish Colonial and Mission styles use tile and cement which again is very durable, very heavy, and again a costly decision. Lastly, slate is a great choice and is not all the same and it will outlast the fasteners that hold it in place but will come at a very high price starting $800 a square.
Making a Choice
In most cases, if as person is doing a remodel on the home, the current roof material is the deciding factor of a roofs replacement. If wanting to decide a different material than the existing, keep in mind not only cost but color, weight, durability, texture or each option as well as what other homes in the area have chosen similar to yours.
Installation Notes
After making a decision on material, in most cases you will also need flashing. Flashing is a very important part of any exterior work on both a roof and siding. Flashing is made from metal or plastic film. It is installed in strips to areas where the materials are connected. The main reason for flashing is to keep structure watertight since water is most likely to leak through cracks wear the materials meet just a word of caution when using a contractor who relies on tar for joints.
Home Pro Roofing contractors offer a variety of roofing services throughout Brighton, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Fenton and Commerce Township, including installation of shingle roofs, metal roofing and roof repairs.  You will find them at http://www.homeproroofingmi.com today.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Spring Renovations: Metal Roofing

Spring is the time many homeowners begin to consider all of the renovations that they hope to accomplish during the warm summer months.  If you are thinking about a new roof consider metal roofing.  In this installment on roofing for your home we will look into the advantages and disadvantages of metal roofing.   
There are so many ways that metal roofing outweighs other conventional roofing materials from the expected life expectancy to fire resistance.
  • Life Expectancy: When metal roofing is installed correctly by a professional roofing contractor should last as long as the house does.  Metal roofing installed properly seals out the water and endures high winds that other conventional roofing fails to do.  Metal roofing is also resistant to mildew, mold, fire, rot and insect infestation.  Most metal roofing suppliers will warranty their product for anywhere between twenty to fifty years.  The paint finish on a metal roof is most often under warranty for upwards of thirty years.
  • Weight: The weight of a metal roof ranges between fifty to one hundred and fifty pounds per square foot. It is possible that your metal roof can be installed right over your old shingle roof without the roofing material being taken off or additional support being added.
  • Installation: Metal roofing comes in multiple shingle sections or as large wide panels which make for easy installation by professional roofing contractors.  The process of installing a metal roof usually takes about two days less than it takes to install other conventional roofing materials.
  • Fire Resistance: Metal roofing has a class A fire resistance rating because metal is a non-combustible material. 
  • Conduction: Metal reflects heat from the sun minimizing the amount of heat that enters or exits the house. Metal roofing is perfect for cooling the house in the summer while keeping heat in during the winter.
  • Roof Pitch: Even roofs with the slightest roof pitch can be installed with metal roofing and still not present a potential for leaking.  The minimum pitch should be three inches of rise per twelve horizontal inches.
  • Maximum Shedding: Metal roofing is designed to interlock which makes it resistant to rain and snow accumulation.  The hard, slippery surface allows the snow and rain to gently flow off the surface.
The drawbacks of metal roofing hardly outweigh the benefits but should be considered before investing in a new roof.  It is important to look into drawbacks such as cost, noise, denting and care. 
Home Pro Roofing contractors offer a variety of roofing services throughout Brighton, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Fenton and Commerce Township, including installation of shingle roofs, metal roofing and roof repairs.  You will find them at http://www.homeproroofingmi.com today.

Asphalt Verse Metal: Which Is Better For Your Homes Roof

There are a number of materials available for homeowners to use when installing a new roof.  From asphalt to synthetic there are a number of reasons for choosing one roofing material over another.  In this installment on roofing we will explore a number of universal materials that are popular within the industry along with the pros and cons of installation. 

Asphalt Shingling  

Asphalt is the most commonly used material in roofing.  Roofing contractors choose asphalt shingles more often over other types of materials in new roof installation for a number of reasons.  Roofing contractors prefer asphalt shingles mainly because they are economical and easy to install.

Pros:  Asphalt shingles are available in a number of colors to choose from.  They are a widely available material that is inexpensive, easy to install and repair.

Cons: One of the disadvantages with using asphalt shingles is that they often have a shorter lifespan then other roofing counterparts.  The lifespan of asphalt shingles can range from ten years to twenty five years before it is necessary to consider replacement. 

Home Styles:  Another major advantage of asphalt shingles is that they are appropriate to use on many different architectural home styles. 

Cost and Life Span:  Asphalt shingling is one of the least expensive materials to install in roofing ranging from seventy to one hundred and twenty square feet.  With proper installation and maintained properly asphalt shingle roofs can last up to twenty five years.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is the second most popular roofing material due to its life expectancy and durability.  Roofs constructed using metal is more tolerant of extreme weather conditions.  Roofs made out of metal come in either panels or shingles.  They are made from metals such as aluminum, copper, stainless steel and zinc. 

Pros: Metal roofing stands the test of time.  It is outlasts both asphalt shingling and wood while offering high solar reflective qualities. 

Cons: The biggest thing metal roofing has going against it happens to be its cost.  Metal roofing can be more than double the cost of asphalt.

Cost and Life Span:  Metal roofing between one hundred and three hundred dollars per square foot although some styles have been known to cost upwards of eight hundred bucks per square foot.  The best thing about installing a metal roof is that they can last upwards of forty to seventy five years.

There are many types of materials to choose from in roofing however asphalt and metal are the most common materials seen on homes in the north. 

Home Pro Roofing contractors offer a variety of roofing services throughout Brighton, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Fenton and Commerce Township, including installation of shingle roofs, metal roofing and roof repairs.  You will find them at http://www.homeproroofingmi.com today.