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Do your research and ask the right questions

by: Kirsten Land on June 19th, 2018 about Residential Roofing

Putting a new roof on your home is a significant investment. Even if your insurance company is paying for most of the cost, you’ll still likely have to pay a deductible and invest the time and effort to go through the process. Most roofs should last eight to ten years (or more), so you want to be sure it gets done right.

When severe storms and hail damage occur in Oklahoma, it’s pretty common to see roofing companies come from surrounding states and set up a temporary office in the area. Some of them are reputable companies who simply travel to different states for work, while others are less reputable overall. Some do quality work, while others don’t.

When it comes to choosing a roofing company, it’s important to do some research and ask the right questions.

Find out what’s really included in the price

We’ve seen situations where a roofing company will offer a post-storm special that undercuts the price of every other roofer in town. But when people start asking questions about the price, it’s often not as great of a deal as it originally appeared because it doesn’t include the same materials.
For example, we install an ice and water shield with every roof because it’s an important part of keeping your roof safe in an Oklahoma winter. But many other companies will skip that step to lower the price. If you’re getting estimates from multiple companies, be sure you ask for an itemized estimate that shows everything included in the cost.

Take your time making a decision

After a hailstorm, people see their neighbors getting new roofs and are anxious to get their new roof as well. While it’s helpful to have a qualified roofer come inspect your roof relatively quickly if you suspect damage, in most cases you don’t have to rush to replace it. If there’s significant damage or visible leaks inside your home, you certainly want to take care of it quickly before damage spreads. But otherwise, take your time making a decision.

Whether you’re making a quick decision due to significant damage or have a little more time, be sure to ask plenty of questions about the process, what’s included in the estimate, and any other questions you have. A good salesperson will be forthcoming with information and answer all of your questions. If they dodge your questions, they may not be the right roofer for you.

Ask about the process for warranty issues

One of the biggest challenges that can occur with using an out-of-town company for your roof happens a couple years down the road when a problem occurs. Maybe it’s a shingle defect or an issue with how the roof was installed. Whatever it may be, you’ll want to get in touch with the company who installed the roof to process a warranty claim. But sometimes that’s hard to do if the company is no longer in your area. The local phone number they provided at time of install is out of service, and they may not have anyone in the area to come inspect your roof even if you do get in touch with their main office.

Before you sign a contract with any roofing company, whether local or from surrounding states, be sure to do your research and ask the right questions so you know what you’re getting and what will happen if a problem occurs in the future.

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During the hot summer months, we see an increase in phone calls from people who say it’s unbearably hot in the second floor of their home and their air conditioner can’t keep up. When we go out and inspect their roof, the vast majority of the time we find inadequate roof ventilation.

Roof ventilation helps air circulate through your attic to control the temperature. Air comes in through the soffits under the eaves of the house, and it exits through some type of vent on top of the roof.

There are several types of vents, including power vents, powerless vents, and turbine-style vents. Powerless vents are the round or square domes you might see on a roof, while turbine-style vents are the kind that spin. Power vents can create a challenge sometimes because they require an electrician to install and there’s no way to monitor whether or not they’re working unless you inspect the roof.

Roof ventilation is a critical aspect of any roof installation, yet it’s often overlooked by inexperienced roofing companies or people who are cutting corners on time or expense.

Here are three reasons roof ventilation matters.

Energy efficiency and temperature control

Trapped hot air in your attic is never a good thing. It can quickly increase the temperature in your home and cause your air conditioner to run nonstop and still struggle to keep up. Not only will it increase your electric bill, but it also can mean extra repairs and a shorter lifespan for your overworked air conditioner.

Damage to wood, metal, or other materials in your attic or roof

Trapped hot air also means trapped moisture, which can lead to warping of your wood frame or roof decking, rusting of nails in the shingles or frame, and rusting of metal components of ductwork or other materials in the attic. Moisture can also lead to mold or mildew in your attic that can then seep into your walls and cause allergies or illness.

Buckled shingles and premature aging of the roof

When hot air gets trapped in your roof, it can create unnecessary heat beneath your shingles and cause them to buckle or cause your overall roof to wear faster. In some cases, it may also void the warranty on your roof. Quality roofing materials come with a manufacturer’s warranty, and if an issue arises with the roof, the manufacturer will send a representative to inspect the roof. If they find inadequate ventilation, they may refuse to cover the issue because of the possibility it was caused by inadequate ventilation rather than a manufacturing defect.

While inadequate roof ventilation often causes significant heat in the second story of a home, it can impact single-story homes as well. If your air conditioner is struggling to keep up in the summer and a service company can’t identify a problem with the unit, it’s probably time to have your roof inspected for proper ventilation.

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