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The Benefits of Visiting Our Showroom

The majority of our potential clients will initiate their contact with us by sending an email or calling us on the phone, and requesting a free in-home consultation. While we in no way discourage this, I would humbly suggest that the better route to take would be to first stop by our Showroom. We are open from 8:30 to 5:30 Monday through Friday, and from 10:00 to 3:00 on Saturday, which should accommodate almost any schedule.

The reason I see it most beneficial to visit our Showroom before making an in-home consultation appointment is, by visiting, you will have the opportunity to meet with multiple members of our staff, from design, to pricing, to production. Even potentially the installers who will be working on your job, the bookkeeper who can answer any questions related to financing, and the marketing team who will gift you with a promotional item or two! We might be having an employee’s birthday party and invite you in for a slice of ice cream cake. You will have an inside view into our company culture instead of one stranger appearing on your doorstep.

Sometimes a walk-in client will be greeted by one of our designers, begin a discussion about their project, and come to a technical question that that individual is not an expert on. We can easily grab the nearby expert, and answer your question for you right there. Have a question about how long your project will take to start? Ask our production department, who know their schedules better than anyone. You can even meet the owner and shake his hand. I think you are beginning to get my point.

Additionally, we have thousands of product samples here that will inspire you. You will have a much better direction of which samples you would like brought out to your home during the in-home consultation. You can even borrow some to take home with you!

I would sincerely suggest visiting us here, developing a rapport with a design consultant, and then making an appointment for him/her to meet with you at your home to proceed further. By visiting us you will have a much clearer picture of whether or not our company is a good fit for you. Call 596-777-6633 to make an appointment to come visit, or walk-ins are always welcome!

When to Repair or Replace Your Roof + FREE Gutter Guards

Leaks, renovations, and old age: no matter what the motivation, there never seems to be a convenient time to deal with roofing issues. So how do you know when you should simply repair your roof or invest in a whole new one?

The first, and most important, factor is age. The lifespan of roofing materials vary widely, so it’s good to know what you’re dealing with first.

Asphalt: The most common shingles in roofing, these materials typically last 15 to 20 years. New, high-quality shingles sometimes claim a lifespan up to 40 years.

Wood: Made of western red cedar, cypress, pine and redwood trees, these shingles can last for 15 years or more, depending on the quality and the type of the wood.

Slate: They may be expensive, but slate roofs can last up to 100 years.

Concrete and Clay: These heavy materials are very durable and can last up to 200 years.

Metals: Metal roofs have long been used on commercial properties but are now also being used on contemporary residences, too. Metal roofs can last for centuries.

The second factor to consider is the type of issue you are having. Many roof leaks can be repaired for the short term without having to replace the entire roof. Leaks often occur when there are problems with the flashing, the thin, continuous pieces of sheet metal or other impervious material installed to prevent the passage of water into a structure from an angle or joint. You’ll usually see this when two parts of a roof join together, where the roof meets the chimney or where the roof meets a plumbing vent. If you’re finding that there is extensive damage from moisture to the roofing layer or any interior surfaces, you should probably consider a full replacement.

Another factor to consider is the shape of your shingles. If you’re missing a few shingles, or a handful are damaged, you can replace them. If more than 30 percent of your roof has torn, split, curled or missing shingles, it’s time to add a new roof. You’ll sometimes see this suddenly after a bad hailstorm.

Lastly, if your home recently survived a major catastrophe, such as a tornado or hurricane, you might very well need a new roof. You’ll usually damage beyond what you can usually see.

Your best bet is to call reputable roofing professional. They will do a thorough inspection and give you options of what you can do to repair your roof and compare those to the cost and benefits of total or partial replacement.

SPRING SPECIAL! Our back room is full of a bunch of extra gutter guard material. So with every new roof, we are giving away FREE gutter protection. The metal mesh is great for allowing rain to get in, but stopping pesky leafs, sticks, debris and rodents in their tracks. Call us for this special offer: (586) 777-6633. While supplies last.

Roof Replacement | and Why We No Longer Do Roof Repairs

Many people ask us: “Do you do Roofing?”  And the answer is YES!!!  But there are stipulations.

We do not do Roof Repairs, only Full Roof Replacements.

Though this might seem strange, the answer is quite simple.  Because we offer a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty on all of our work, if we were to complete a roof repair, we would then be held accountable for any problems with that roof down the line.  This has happened to us in the past, and the customer took us to court over it, saying that our inadequate repair was the cause of their roof’s demise. The judge ruled that “if you touch it, you own it” and we had to replace their entire roof for free.

We now only do full roof replacements, so we can dive all the way in, address all issues with ventilation and whatnot, and walk away knowing there wont be any problems for 20 years.  We would love to replace your entire roof for you, but unfortunately cannot complete any repairs.

Call us to find out more! (586) 777-6633

 

Price of Roofing Materials Scheduled to Increase 10-13% in February 2013

We just received three letters from different roofing material suppliers explaining the imminent price increases that are scheduled for this coming February.  If you need a new roof, we would suggest placing an order sometime in December or January.

 
 
Here I compiled the three letters and highlighted the important text.  Roof leaks can be a HUGE problem – stop putting it off and replace your roof today – We offer roofing packages with a 30-year Warranty so you will never have to replace it again (until you move, that is!)  We also offer Financing, so you don’t need to have all the money up front.  Call us today to discuss (586) 777-6633!

 

Tips about Roofing and Attic Ventilation

The most common problem with roofs installed today is poor ventilation.

Ventilation is the single biggest indicator of how long your new roof is going to last.  I’ve seen 50-year shingles fail after only 8 years, and conversely I’ve seen 25-year shingles last well past their warranty period.The key to achieving longevity with your new roof is to create a “Balanced Ventilation System”.  A balanced ventilation system means that the amount of exhaust ventilation is equal to the amount of intake ventilation.  Most roofers today understand that you need to have exhaust ventilation to allow hot, moist air that accumulates in the attic to be expelled.  However, most roofers today do not fully understand that it takes equal or greater intake to truly flush out the hot air.

 

A well-ventilated attic not only prolongs the life of your roof, but also helps reduce utility costs and make the home more comfortable.  The ideal ventilation system will provide a constant flow of cool, dry air along the entire underside of the roof decking.  Think about the old Hawaiian Punch cans that you used to have to punch two holes in for the juice to pour out.  What happened if you only punched one hole in the can?  You would have a huge mess, because the juice would not pour out smoothly.  The second hole was necessary to allow air to enter the can at the same rate as the juice poured out.  The same principle applies to roof ventilation.  You can have plenty of exhaust ventilation (ridge vents or can/box vents), but if they are not matched with an equal or greater amount of intake, they are of little use.  Today’s building codes require a minimum of 1 square foot of N.F.A. (Net Free Area) per every 300 square feet of attic floor space.  It is O.K. to exceed minimum code requirements, as long as you can balance the exhaust with equal or greater intake.

For Example: a 1200 square foot attic would require a minimum of 4 square feet of N.F.A.  To achieve balance, you would want to have 2 square feet of exhaust and 2 square feet of intake.  This is now an exact science, so when choosing a company to replace your roof, make sure they have a good understanding of roof ventilation and the math involved.

There are several factors that can “short-circuit” your ventilation system.  You must take into account any gable vents on the home , as they may actually disrupt the flow of air from your intake vents to your exhaust vents.  Some homes do not have overhangs, thereby making intake ventilation more of a challenge.  However, experienced roofers can create adequate intake even on homes without any overhangs at all.

Keep the following basic rules, and common mistakes in mind when interviewing a contractor for your roof replacement:

  • How long has the company been in business? (96% of roofing companies fail or change their name within the first 5 years)
  • Is the company licensed and insured?
  • Are they providing any additional coverage other than the manufacturer’s limited warranty?
  • How do they plan to achieve a balanced ventilation system?
  • You should never combine 2 different types of exhaust ventilation (ridge and can vents) on the same home.
  • When using a ridge vent for exhaust , all gable vents should be blocked off from the inside to prevent a short-circuit.
  • The best performing ridge vents will have an external baffle to deflect wind driven rain and snow, and create better airflow.

The key thing to remember is that while exhaust ventilation, such as ridge or can vents, are important, just as important, but more often overlooked, is intake ventilation.  Exhaust ventilation is of no use if it is not matched by an equal or greater amount of intake.

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