2017 Roofing Trends

Are you going to require to talk to a roofing contractor sometime in the near future? Perhaps, you are building a new home and want to have as many eco-friendly elements as possible and have decided that should extend to the roofing materials you use. If this you, then be sure to talk to your roofing contractor about some of the latest and greatest trends.

For many years, one had very few choices in the types of shingles used in their home. One could use a high-end product such as cedar shingles or slate or more common items like asphalt shingles. And while most roofing contractors will tell you there is nothing wrong with items such as three tab asphalt shingles, today’s homeowners are now offered a wider selection of choices. If you are going to be having a new roof, then take a few minutes to peruse these new trends then talk to your roofing contractor about they can be used for your roofing needs.

Roofing Trends in 2017

Composition Shingles- Also known as architectural shingles, these are similar to traditional asphalt shingles. However, they differ in that; they do better in high winds. They are available in a wide array of colors, so they can add a lot of curb appeal, making them practical as well as providing you a way to personalize the look of your home.

Metal Roofing – Talk to any roofing contractor, and they will tell that this product has been around for years, and is likely to continue to be used. Because they last for many years and require little to no maintenance, metal roofing is an excellent choice for any home. Then, when you consider the fact that metal roofing is lightweight, does not stress your structure, and that it helps maintain heating and cooling for your home, you can’t go wrong.

Solar Shingles – Also a green friendly choice, using solar shingles gives one the look of traditional asphalt shingles while at the same time are designed to harness the sun’s energy and light your home. They are made by adding special solar cells to the shingle; the shingles are used in conjunction with traditional asphalt shingles. However, talk to your roofing contractor about installation, as it is often necessary to have an electrician come in to get some of the elements from your home connected with the shingles.

Recycled Products – Cedar and other wood shingles may look amazing, but they can be pricey and require a fair amount of maintenance. However, you can now opt for shingles that are made from recycled vinyl, cellulose fibers, and other recycled materials. These shingles are designed to hold up against 100mph winds, have a Class 4 impact rating, a Class A fire rating and refreeze and thawing resistant. If you are looking for an all -around great choice in shingles, then talk to your roofing contractor about these items.

Your roofing contractor is a knowledgeable resource for deciding what type of roof to have in your home or office. Be sure to talk to them and get their input before making a decision. After all, you want your roof to last for years!

MISTAKES HOMEOWNERS MAKE

There are many decisions you’ll make in your lifetime as a homeowners. Most of these decisions revolve around your property and you must be careful not to be a victim of a decision you’d have otherwise avoided. From roofing repairs to purchasing and replacing your existing roof, you need to involve a roofing professional to stay safe and avoid costly problems in the future.

Homeowners are always falling prey to roofing scams and other decisions that were aimed at saving money but things never worked as planned. Here are some of the mistakes you might make especially when purchasing a new roof.

  • Installing the roofing system yourself

The first and most important thing you need to understand is that purchasing and installing a new roof involves so many decisions, some of which you can’t make by yourself. So you’ve just purchased your roofing material from a home improvement store where you’ve been told you can go ahead and install the new roof yourself and you’re excited to do it. This is very wrong. Installing a new roof requires someone who is licensed and skilled in the roofing industry.

Don’t even imagine getting help from a family member or friend who knows nothing about installing a new roof. Installing a new roof involves roof ventilation requirements, structural installation concerns and safety issues which, if not handled by a professional, might go wrong.

  • Hiring a roofing contractor that want to start right away

It’s possible for a roofing contractor to start the project right away especially when it’s off-season. However, it is important to do some research on the company. Find out their experience in roof installation, how long they have been in business and their safety record. Also check if they’re licensed and insured.

  • Not asking about warranties

You should forget asking about roofing warranties. As a matter of fact, a reliable and reputable roofing contractor should be using roofing materials from manufacturers that warranty their roofing products from defects. It doesn’t end there. The contractor should also present to you a warranty for workmanship that guarantees the quality of work.

  • Shopping for price only

Of course you’re working with a budget and you don’t want to spend anything extra from your pocket. After doing your research and receiving estimates, compare the prices before making your decision. If any of the prices appear to be too low from the others, don’t hurry to close the deal. Take time and find out if the bid includes all the services and roofing materials. A high price also doesn’t necessarily mean quality service. Find out if there are any hidden costs, the quality of materials being used and the cost of installing and removing the roof. In other words, find out why the estimate is too high or too low.

  • Agreeing to a ‘must act now’ deal

Probably you’ve encountered a salesperson who tried forcing you to decide or lose the deal. This cuts across many other industries. If you come across any roofing company that tries to entice or force you to take the deal because they’re offering a low price or a discount, be wary. The decision of purchasing and installing a roofing system shouldn’t be made in a hurry. Always take your time researching on different companies, comparing quotes, and deciding the type of roofing material you want for your home.

TWO THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN A ROOFING CONTRACTOR

You started well by asking your family members and friends for recommendations on someone that can help installing your new roof or making repairs on your existing roof. However, having some roof repair or installation knowledge is not a guarantee that the person is trustworthy and reliable. The roofer should provide a license and there’s none, don’t hesitate to put them off. Experience is another factor that’s very key to quality service delivery.

There are things you should look for in anyone claiming to be a roofing contractor. They will help you get the job done properly without any problems. Who wants to have a shoddily installed or repaired roof? The structural integrity of your roof shouldn’t be compromised whatsoever. Here are some of the things you must find out before hiring a roofer.

  • What is the reputation of the contractor?

You must understand that roofing companies are different from each other. You should do your own research and choose a contractor based on their expertise as well as the positive feed backs and reviews from satisfied clients. This could be either by word of mouth, their website or even social media outlets. Reputation is very important.

  • Is the roofing contractor licensed?

When you hire a licensed roofer, you’ll have a peace of mind. You need to hire someone who has successfully completed stringent testing in the roofing industry as far as installing and repairing roofing systems is concerned.

The roofer must also demonstrate his expertise in all areas of commercial and residential roofing including roofing materials, roofing safety, and roofing operations. Someone who is licensed understands clearly the industry rules and regulations and is updated on the installation techniques and procedures. Working with a licensed contractor makes it possible for you to pursue them according to the law in case of poor workmanship.