Inform Yourself About Roofing
Ensure you need a new roof
We have been the second or third contractor to be called for a roof estimate many times and have had home owners tell us the previous contractors have led them to believe that they are in need of a roof. Too many times to count they will have 5, 10 or even 20 years left on their roof. Just because a roof is not new does not mean it needs to be replaced.
Asphalt vs. Metal
Quality asphalt and metal products with proper installation will last 30 years or longer. Many companies that do one or another may use specific examples of each one to scare a potential customer into choosing their proposal. The asphalt shingle roofing that we are installing actually comes with longer warranties than our metal roofing does with a 50 year vs. a 40 year warranty. A quality metal roof that is installed properly has the potential to far exceed the longevity of an asphalt shingle roof, but this comes at a price.
We use quality shingles with superior warranties. CertainTeed’s base line shingle is a heavier and thicker shingle than most other company’s base line shingles. With this thicker shingle you get thicker fiberglass matting, which is what gives the shingle its strength. It also gives you more asphalt, which combine with the matting give it more longevity. Other shingles, especially from big box stores, may dilute their shingles so they can cut costs to try to save you money. This only creates lower quality.
Quality metals from quality suppliers alongside the best labor is essential to this roofing system, without one of them the system will not last. The best installation of a metal roof is when there is a tear off and it is installed on top of only the underlayment and the decking. This will require any siding to be removed, altered and reinstalled at roof/wall junctions for the installation of new flashings. When a metal roof is installed over the top of a layer or many layers of roofing issues may arise.
Fully trained crews. We focus only on roofing to provide a superior product. You wouldn’t have a plumber do your electrical so don’t have a gutter company or sider install your roof.
The Deck cannot have gaps greater than one quarter of an inch. Nail lines can line up with these gaps and will not secure the shingles correctly and cause shingles to blow off and in the end result in premature roof failure.
Ice and water shield underlayment must be installed 24” past the interior wall when going up a roof. In Wisconsin our climate is harsh and the ice that build up on the eves of your house can cause leaks. Make sure you have the correct underlayment to catch the water before it comes into your house. The lack of use of ice and water shield may cause consistent leaking, mold and roof replacement.
Attic ventilation is needed to release the moisture that builds up in our attics. Moist air leaves our living spaces and transfer to our attics. In the winter this can create frost and ice buildup in our attics and in the summer this can cause rotting and mold issues in severe cases. Homes are usually built with the ventilation that they require, but optimizing ventilation is the best.
On many re-roof’s the old flashings may not be in working order with the wear and tear of being used and re-used again. Many old flashings are galvanized steel and will rust out before the life expectancy of the roof if re-used. Many new flashings are thin gage aluminum and cannot withstand the re-use of them. Several flashings are just inadequate and require caulking or tar to keep water tight. A good and proper roofing system should require little to no caulk or tar to keep them water tight. Caulk and tar break down over a short period of time, especially if they are exposed to the elements. When a roof is flashed correctly the system, as a whole, should last the life expectancy of the roof with little to no maintenance. Many companies will not address these issues because it requires more work and is not as profitable
If a company doesn’t have enough insurance, or none at all, the home owner becomes the contractor in the event of an injury and may be liable for the incident. Protect yourself!
There are many companies who try to dazzle potential customers with sales strategies and warranties. When given a warranty you have to look at the company that is issuing it. Knowing that a warranty is only as good as the company presenting it should tell you it’s value, whether it is a labor warranty or a material warranty. We have been in business since 1985 and have run into nearly everything imaginable. We have worked with different suppliers and several products to narrow down what we believe to be the best avenue for our customers and ourselves.
To properly fix a leak you cannot do repairs with a caulk gun or a bucket of tar. This may slow the leak or temporarily stop it but is not the correct fix. We repair roof leaks and issues the right way so that customers can trust when it comes time to do full re-roof projects.
The best materials, installation and warranties because roofing is all we do!