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How to hire the best roofing contractor

When deciding on your next roofing project there are a couple of things you must keep in mind apart from roofing specifications. When making big decisions be sure to do your own homework on which contractor will be a risky hire, and which company will be the best fit for you based on reviews and past experience. Regardless of how big or small a job may be here are a few key points to remember when determining who you will trust your home with.

What is a risky hire?

While roofing is one of the most dangerous jobs in the construction trade, there are laws around hiring people to work on your home.

If the contractor you bring to your home has minimal or no workers’ compensation coverage or insurance, you run the chance of being liable if any of the workers get hurt while working on your home. The last thing you want to di is to have to pay for your roofer’s medical bills.

It’s no surprise that companies who don’t prioritize liability coverage also don’t prioritize safety hence having this coverage is both the right thing to do and required by law.

Anyone willing to break the law and put their own staff at risk, shows the limited business experience they may have and it might be best to choose another contractor to avoid headaches.

A common warning sign is a constant ask for more money and lack of communication during the roofing process. 

Believe it or not, it takes a well trained team to properly execute a full roofing job.

A common warning sign is if the company does not have references or a trusted website. Also be on the lookout for recent online google reviews. These are just a few things that can bring peace of mind, when doing your own due diligence or research.

Another thing that has potential to be a bad hire, could be what most people know as “jack of all trades”. While they may be knowledgeable in many fields, nothing can replace years of experience installing thousands of roofs like a local and reputable contractor.

Keep in mind that a manufacturer in most cases won’t even consider their work to be any higher quality than if you did the roof yourself and therefore you won’t get much guarantee on your shingle product.

Make the right hire the first time with a community backed contractor. 

They say a sign of an expert is the ability to explain complex situations in simple terms and for that reason, we have simplified work contracts and clear estimates that allows you to understand the processes and steps on your home project.

Choose the contractor that can prove they have the insurance and workers’ compensation needed. You don’t want to be caught in an instance where there is an emergency on your property and there is no liability.

At Boss Roofing we are factory trained to inspect and install shingles. Once we help you determine the right shingle for your home, our manufacturer-certified installers will make sure that your install qualifies for the best coverage in the industry.

We also take our initial job site setup and final cleanup extremely seriously. One piece of equipment that we frequently use is our mobile dumpster. This mobile trash catcher allows us to reach many areas inaccessible to traditional dump trailers and bins without damaging the property. Thanks to its large soft tires, once in position, we lift up the bin to safely catch material directly off the roof. We then move the debris and safely dispose of it. Because we specialize in roofing we only invest in the best tools and equipment for the job. We do our very best for you!

In conclusion avoid unwanteds headaches with risky hires, and make the right choice with an experienced and established roofing company like Boss Roofing.

Call Boss Roofing for your next roofing job.

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Preparing for a Roof Replacement

After deciding to replace or repair your roof here are helpfull tips to keep in mind before the job has begun.

Tips to make the roofing install easier on you:

Vehicles – If possible park your vehicles away from areas prone to falling debris. Keep in mind that it may be difficult to move your vehicles out of the garage once the job has started.

 

Scattered Items – Clear away any toys or big items if possible from your lawn. Roofers must be able access your roof from each of the four corners in order to safely get on your roof. If an item is too big too move we will protect it using a large tarp over the area.

 

Spotlights or Sprinklers – Point out any permanently mounted spotlights, or buried sprinkler systems to your roof consultant in order to let the crew know where to be extra careful.

 

Fresh cut grass makes debris cleanup easier. For example, when using a rolling magnet, it is smoother to glide across the lawn making it seamless to pick up any metal debris.

 

Access Check – If you are planning on being absent, make sure to let your roofing consultant know how to enter locked gates or areas near your home that may be needed to access.

 

Large pets – Keep your pet safe by taking it for walks, instead of letting it loose into the back of the house. In order to avoid any accidents, maintain the pet within a secure area.

 

House preparation – Roofers will not need access to your home, they will be making noise on the roof. Please plan accordingly if you have little ones, scared pets or elderly family. Last but not least, make sure that anything breakable is safe away from ceiling walls, in case of heavy vibrations.

 

Kids Safety – It is best practice to keep your children inside the home until the roof replacement is fully cleaned up and complete.

 

Be a good neighbor – It’s a good idea to inform your neighbors about the roof replacement. It gives them a heads up regarding the noise and movement that will be happening in the neighborhood.

 

Congratulations! Now you have a better understanding on how to prepare for your roof replacement!

Should I Stay Home During My Roof Replacement?

Here is a short list of things to keep in mind if you plan on staying inside your home during your roof replacement.

  1. Roof Replacement can be a noisy process

Children and elderly family members may be sensitive to loud noise you may want to plan accordingly. Pets also may be uneasy of loud noises, in order to avoid them running away, please secure them in the best and safest way possible.

  1. When you leave your home, be sure to look out for falling debris

A lot of debris can fall to the ground when the roof is being torn off. Please be extra cautious when entering or leaving your home. Roof workers, often cannot see beyond the edge of the roof while they work. If you have any questions, contact your roofing consultant right away.

  1. Landscape and Foliage

We strive to protect your lawn, patio, and flowerbeds. We ensure that a tarp is attached from the roof edge to the ground, in order to cover your pool or foliage area.

  1. Use of your parking space

Parking in your own driveway on the start day, can be a burden to yourself. Since many contractors park their vehicle, materials, and tools on the driveway. You might end up in a bad spot, or not be able to easily leave your driveway. So, if you are planning on staying home, you will need to find a safe place to park your vehicle away from falling debris.

The Key Takeaway

Although it may be best to remain at home while your roof is being replaced. In case you are planning on leaving your home, please use caution and voice any concerns you may have with your roofing consultant.

Will My Property Get Damaged During a Roof Replacement?

Roof replacements are no small job. Therefore, use a contractor that will put their years of experience to work, in order to avoid damage.

These are some options you should discuss with your contractor in order to minimize damage to your property, during the roof installation.

 

Landscape

Tarps are a common method used to protect your lawn and flower beds, the most common way is by attaching a tarp at an angle from your roof to the ground.  That way, any debris or material will slide down and away from your foliage.

 

Vehicles

Paved areas are the best place for contractors to park their cars. You can communicate this to your contractor. However, professional contractors will be careful to protect your property. Paved surfaces like your driveway can prevent lawn damage. This will ensure that your sprinkler systems and septic tanks as well as power lines are protected.

 

You can also take additional precautions. Here are 3 tips you can keep in mind.

  1. Protect Your Attic

A plastic cover or tarp can be used to protect your attic ceiling. This will catch any debris and make cleanup easy.

  1. Clearing up the area around your patio and deck

An additional step may be to ensure that everything is cleared out and moved from your deck and patio

If you require assistance contact your roofing consultant.

Plywood is commonly used as a means to cover windows where heavy falling debris is prone to happen.

  1. Preparing Your Landscape

Experts recommend trimming a low hanging tree over the any home. Additionally, it is a good idea to trim the grass one day before work starts. This will make cleanup easier but also our magnet nail and staple roller is able to be passed along in low grass to pickup all metal debris.

The bottom line

Roof replacements can be a significant investment, in protecting your home. You don’t want to cause additional damage to your home, since that could increase the cost of repairs. This investment, should be made with the intention of minimizing the damage to your property. Before you start, communicate your concerns with your roofing consultant. It is important to have a discussion about all the protection procedures involved. This is a sign that a skilled and professional roofing contractor has the needed experience. Once you have done all the research, you can now relax and let your beautiful new roof get installed. We hope that you enjoy your new roof for many more years!

What Are the Pros and Cons of Doing a Full Roof Replacement Vs Roof Repair?

Will I need a full roof replacement or a partial repair?

This question is frequently asked by homeowners after an inspection has been completed. Truth be told, there are many factors that can influence the answer. For example, what is the extent of damage your roof has sustained? What is the age of the roof? What material was used in your previous install?

Since it is not as simple as choosing fruit from the local grocery store, it requires careful planning, research, and confidence in your contractor. The contractor you choose must be able to make great repairs and offer a guarantee against future leaks in the area they are repairing. This is crucial when it comes to protecting your home as well as your money. Note that we will not provide a warranty on the repairs if we are unable to do so.

There are ways to ease your burden. Learn more about roof replacements and roof repair.

Roof Repairs

If you catch the problem early enough, roof repairs can be a great option. A roof repair is often the best option. If it’s caught in time, it’s almost always better. If your roofing materials are still in good condition and there is a leak, we recommend a repair. This will fix the leak and any other issues that could be causing you problems in the future. We will ensure that your roof is in good condition when we leave your house.

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons to roof repairs so you can make an informed decision.

The pros

  • Low cost: A roof repair costs less than a full replacement. This option is ideal if you have a fixed budget to complete repairs.
  • It takes less time. You can have your roof fixed in a matter of days. You can also expect minimal mess, which makes it easier to clean up, and reduces costs.
  • Functionality is important – roof repairs are the best way to increase the longevity and durability of your roof. This can add years to your roof, and help prevent costly leak repairs down the line.
  • It’s an easy way to improve the aesthetics of your roof without spending too much.

The Cons

  • Higher costs per square – because the area to be repaired is smaller, it will cost more. Repairs are typically slower because we have to tie into an older roof.
  • It can be hard to find the right replacement parts, especially for shingles. It can be difficult to find the perfect match if your property or home is older, therefore making it more difficult to match your color.
  • Higher probability of undetected damage- Since the roof isn’t being replaced entirely, it is possible that other areas are failing that you don’t know about. Which in turn will leave you calling contractor once more for additional repairs if the damage becomes more severe.

Roof Replacements

Roof replacements may be complete or partial depending on the extent and severity of the damage. These are the pros and cons.

The pros

  • You will get a high return on your investment – You will have peace of mind knowing that you invested in a home appreciating renovation.
  • It can improve the appearance of your home – There are many options available today. You have the option to choose from the most current design, color and style, which will add curb appeal and value to your home.
  • The roof replacement will increase the property’s value – If you are planning to sell your property or home soon, this will make your property more attractive.
  • It’s easy to find reliable contractors – professional certified contractors can provide roof replacements. 

The Cons

  • It takes longer – Roof replacements can take up 14 days to plan, obtain permits, schedule, and if there you have an event coming up, you may have to plan accordingly.
  • Noise and fallout can cause distress – constant banging over a prolonged period of time can be disruptive for those living in the house. This is especially true if you have children or pets, as well as elderly members.
  • Roof replacements can be expensive. This is due to the high costs of labor, materials and the time required to complete the project professionally and efficiently. 

Which one is right for you?

Roof repairs can be a temporary fix for a leaky roof, but a roof replacement is possible if the roof has sustained severe damage.

It is worth noting, however, that roof replacement may be the best option if there are frequent leaks. Roof replacement is a viable, long-term option. Experts recommend it as a good investment that will give you peace of mind and a sturdy roof that is leak-proof for a longer time.

Roof replacements are now done with the most modern techniques, tools and equipment. They are also of higher quality than those done in the past. 

The Key Takeaway

You can now make an informed decision on which option you want to choose by reviewing all of the pros and cons. Get in touch with a professional contractor to inspect your roof sooner than later!

An experienced contractor can help you find the best option within your budget.

 

Have more questions? Give Boss Roofing a call at 815-590-2677

Can I Install a New Roof Over An Existing One?

If you are looking to replace your roof but don’t know if your roof can be repaired, we will gladly answer all your questions.

Although many believe it is better to have your entire roofing shingles removed and replaced from scratch. You can still have your roof installed on top of the old one. Many homeowners choose to do this, particularly if their old roof supports the structural integrity below. Before you make the decision to replace your roof, there are some important things that you need to consider.

Roof Replacement vs. Re-roofing – The Basics

Roof replacement is a laborious task that requires patience and hard work. This includes the entire reinstallation of your roof. The process begins with the removal of your old roof. The entire roof, including the deck, is removed and then the whole process of installing a new roof begins. It doesn’t matter how many layers of shingle you have on your roof, they all need to be torn off in order to begin the new roof installation. This requires additional labor and crew members in order to complete the job quickly.

A re-roof, or the installation of a roof over an existing roof, involves the addition of another shingle layer. If the roof is in good condition, it will not be leaking after a rainstorm. It could be at the end of its useful life or even losing its functionality. This is also called an overlay, which means that no tearing-off occurs. This process can be done more than once.

What are the pros and cons of a full roof replacement vs. roof repair?

When Is It Possible To Go Over Your Old Roof i.e Reroof?

Let’s take a look at some aspects that can make reroofing possible. These are just a few:

  • When your old roof is past its useful life.
  • Your shingles’ granules may have begun to wear away due to harsh weather, but they are not yet curled.
  • If there are no roof leaks, or other underlying problems.
  • If you want to give your home a fresh look without spending too much money. It is fast, efficient, and much less expensive than replacing a roof.

When Is It Not Feasible To Go Over Your Old Roof?

Here are some factors to consider:

  • If you don’t have asphalt shingles, reroofing may not be advisable. Because shingles can only be placed over old shingles.
  • If you have already got a reroof done over your old roof, then doing it the third time may make it unsafe to live in.
  • If there is extensive damage, then going over the old roof is often not recommended. It is better to go for a full roof replacement instead.
  • Curling shingles, trapped moisture. or prior bad roof install.

 

Going over your roof – The Pros and Cons

The following pros and cons can be used to help you narrow down your options for roof replacement.

The pros

  • It is cheaper than a new roof.
  • It requires less labor and takes less time than a roof replacement.
  • This quick fix will make your home look new again in no time.
  • Increases the lifespan of your roof by up to 15-20 years

The Cons

  • It is possible to overlook roof problems beneath.
  • It makes the roof heavier.
  • Two layers trap heat and retain it, making your home more hot and prematurely deteriorating the shingles.
  • If the top layer is not properly installed, it could lead to fungal and bacterial growth.
  • The actual cost to remove both layers and then have a new roof replaced

The Key Takeaway

If you are looking to get a roof replacement. It takes a lot of planning and calculation to make sure that a roof is replaced correctly. A professional roofing contractor is the best place to start since it has all the tools necessary to make sure your roof is replaced correctly.  Here are a few tips that will save you both time and money going forward.  If you are still considering a roof replacement compared to a repair, see our other helpful article below:

What Are the Pros and Cons of Doing a Full Roof Replacement Vs Roof Repair?

Will My Insurance Company Pay for a Roof Replacement?

Roof repairs are often overlooked by homeowners. Even the most durable materials are subject to wear and tear as time passes, leaving this once neglected task to become a top priority.

Harsh weather conditions can decrease the lifespan of your roof. A single bad weather event such as hail, severe rains or strong winds can tear the roof shingles off in a single day. If nothing is done to repair within a certain time, the storm damaged roof can become exposed to further damage.

The good news is that since every homeowner must purchase insurance on their home. When disaster strikes most insurance companies will pay for the entire cost of your roof replacement or at the very minimum half of it. Boss Roofing has more than 16 years of experience as well as thousands of satisfied customers who have been able to replace roofs using their own homeowner’s insurance.

Truth be told, homeowner’s insurance does not always cover all kinds of damages. Many homeowners believe that the insurance company they have will be able to cover any damage that occurs to their property. However, this isn’t always the case.

One thing to know is that, an insurance company can deny a claim. For this reason it is important to fully understand how your policy works. In this article, you’ll find out what homeowners’ insurance may cover when it comes to roof replacements.

 

Roof Replacements That Homeowner’s Insurance Pays For

The purpose of homeowner’s insurance is to cover the cost of damages to your home if an something unexpected happens, such as a fire or burglary. Also it covers extreme weather damage like hail storms, snowstorms, and tornadoes, all of which causes different types of damage.

Missing Shingles

Windstorms can cause you to lose shingles, which can lead to serious water damage if not addressed immediately. As the shingles blow off it may take the tar seals along with it. Based on the severity of damage, certain insurance companies will pay for an entire roof replacement, while others will cover just a quick patch job. When there is an expert roofer involved, they can assist in determining whether the damage is critical enough for the insurance claim to justify a claim.

Hail Damage

A lot of roofing repair demands are linked to hail damages. Hailstorms can cause severe damages to roof materials. The impact of hailstones can cause cracks or bruises to asphalt shingles, cause gutters to fail and cause damage to things like chimneys and skylights which can lead to water damage to your home.

How Do You Know if You Have Hail Damage on Your Roof?

3 common signs of hail damage include, bruising, cracking and missing asphalt granules. You may also want to check any shingle that has black substrate exposed. If you are able to spot any of these, it could mean that your roof has been compromised.

One of the best ways to be certain in what state your roof is after a storm, is to have a professional roofing company involved. Since hail tends to fall in random patterns, it may only affect a few houses in your neighborhood. All the while, it is better to play it safe and call your trusted roofing contractor for a free inspection.

Snow and Ice

Ice and snow can also affect your roof’s condition. In the winter months, the weight of ice and snow will put stress on your roof, if the weight is greater than that of the roofs load capacity, your roof could fall down or even collapse.

Additionally, rainwater will naturally flow towards the bottom of your roof, and then form massive ice blocks when temperatures drop below freezing temperature. Snow and ice build up can create barriers that block the water from draining effectively, causing moisture damage.

Furthermore, if melted snow or rain does not drain off the roof, the water may get underneath the shingles and cause damage. If this happens continuously with no proper attention, it could result in bigger issues. A trusted professional can assist you in identifying problems and determine whether your insurance policy will be able to cover the cost of replacing or repairing your roof.

 

Other Common Roof Replacement Claims the Insurance Will Pay For

Besides roof damage, there could also be damage to your gutters and flashing due to severe winds. One thing to know is that, the flashings main purpose is to protect the structure of the roof; however, harsh winds could tear these flashings off and leave your home exposed to more damage. In these instances, your homeowner’s insurance can cover these type of damages.

Another roofing repair claim that the insurance company will pay for is when branches or trees fall onto your roof as a result of  severe weather. This can result in missing shingles or create huge holes on your roof. Based on the severity, you may replace the entire roof or only a part of it. When damage to your roof is not severe, it is possible that the insurance company will simply just patch the damaged area or pay a portion of the repair.

Roof Replacements That Homeowner’s Insurance Won’t Pay For

Although homeowners’ insurance can be very useful when needed. It also must be said that insurance does not cover all types of damages that may occur. For instance, roof leaks are covered in specific situations. Most insurance companies take care of leaks that are caused by a risk that is covered in the policy. In addition, the leak must have occurred suddenly and did not accumulate over time but you may or may not be able to get insurance to cover your home with that kind of damage.

The condition of the roof, could be a deciding factor in determining if your insurance will accept your roof replacement claim. In general, insurance companies will decline your claim when the roof is between 15 and 20 years old.  Unless your roof was well-kept and passed the inspection criteria, other companies may pay you the actual cash value of the roof. That means, if the roof has only some minor damage and has past the 20-year mark, you’ll get what your roof is worth at the end of 20 years’ depreciation.

If damage is caused by pests such as squirrels, that may not qualify for severe or adverse impact on your home, therefore your insurance provider might deny your claim. In any case, you must talk to a roofing company because there may be certain exceptions.

Will My Homeowner’s Insurance Pay for My Roof Replacement?

At the end of the day, you wont know whether your homeowner’s insurance policy will cover the cost of replacing your roof until you consult with an experienced roofing professional.

After an experienced contractor inspects your roof, take into consideration of the things that your insurance can and wont be able to pay for the replacement.

Boss Roofing Experts appreciate each and every one of our clients, and we listen to their concerns. Are you in need of a contractor to check your roof for damage, or need a better explanation of what your homeowner’s insurance would cover

Call us today at 815-590-2677

We’re here to help you!