What You Need To Know Before Hiring a Roofing Contractor in Phoenix
As a roofing contractor in Phoenix for over 15 years, I have heard my share of nightmare stories from homeowners. These horror stories range from, basic roof leak repairs to full on reroofing projects gone bad.
Summertime is when many people in the Valley of the Sun choose to hire a roofing company, with that being said, I will use this news post to provide a few tips on:
- how to hire a contractor in Phoenix
- roofing materials to consider
1. How to select a roofing contractor
Here are a few tips to help you get the most lifetime out of your roof and avoid an unpleasant roofing experience.
A roof is one of the largest home investments you will make. I will also add that a new roof is one of the few home improvement investments that delivers ROI upwards of 80% of the time. However, if a roof is installed poorly it is possible that you will not see expected ROI, your roof may not be covered under warranty and the expected lifetime can be diminished. Speaking of warranty, this is another reason for obtaining two or three quotes; not all installation or manufacture warranties are created equal.
Know the manufacturer’s warranty.
This is important for two reasons.
- To help you decide which roof type to select (see roofing material types below).
- To understand how the manufacture recommends that roof be installed. You want to be sure that the roofing contractor that you hire will be installing your new roof consistent with the manufacture’s recommendations.
Be sure that the roof is inspected for proper ventilation.
If your roof doesn’t have a minimum amount of roof or soffit vents, it should be brought to your attention – this affects the lifetime of the roof.
Check to be sure that the contractor you hire:
- is a registered contractor with a valid ROC number
- has a good BBB rating
- has good references or open source reviews (on social media sites such as: yelp, google+, Facebook, etc.)
2. Selecting the Correct Roofing Type
Okay, so you have choose the roofing contractor to install your new roof, here’s a look at the most common roofs.
Roofing Material: Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used roofing materials; mostly due to the cost. They are the most inexpensive material you can choose to complete your reroofing project. However, just because asphalt shingles are the cheapest of most roofing materials, it doesn’t mean they won’t last.
Asphalt shingles, if installed and maintained properly can last from20 to 40 years. When purchasing these shingles I advise opting to go with the ones that are rated at 30 years+. They are made up of organic materials. While this is good for environment, you may not want to buy the cheapest tier of asphalt shingles.
One more thing: you live in Phoenix, AZ, color should be considered. As I mentioned, these shingles are made up of organic composites and the Arizona sun is unforgiving. The darker shingles fade much and breakdown much faster than lighter colors.
Roofing Material: Slate and Ceramic Roofing
If you’re looking to upgrade your home’s exterior, slate may be for you. This is a roof that can give your home an upper echelon of style. Additionally, it delivers a very natural look, it is practically fire proof and the Arizona sun won’t rot it (which can’t be said for most other roofing material types). As far as maintenance, it is the easiest type of roof to maintain; the worst thing you can do is to walk on your slate roof (don’t let roofing cleaning companies walk on your roof). A well taken care of slate roof can last upwards of 100 years. Since slate comes in many colors and styles, you’re sure to find a perfect fit for your home.
Okay, so what are the downsides of a slate roof?
They can be a little pricey, especially when compared to shingle roofs; it is also more difficult to install than shingles. One other concern with slate is how heavy it is. You want to be sure that your roof is able to accommodate.
Ceramic tiles share many of the same advantages and disadvantages of slate roofs. They differ in that ceramic titles are much more fragile but they do cost less than slate.
Roofing Material: Metal Roofing
Usually this refers to any type of aluminum, steel, cooper etc. You can expect most steel roofs to be coated with a mixture of aluminum or zinc. Because of this special coating it stands up to corrosion much better than any other roofing type.
This material type boast a large selection. From seam and batten to shingles, shakes, tiles to many color and style options you have full toolbox to choose from.
You can expect to pay more for these roofing materials, compared to asphalt, but you can expect it to last two to three times as long.
The roofing installation plays a big role in the lifetime of your roof. Therefore, finding a competent licensed roofing contractor and selecting quality materials is imperative.
Proper ongoing upkeep can extend the lifetime of your roof.
This consists of keeping the valley of your roof clean including gutters. The buildup of leaves and debris will decrease the lifetime of your roof. Many people often overlook the importance of cleaning the roof’s gutters. When the gutters become clogged you can assume that water is backing up and keeping your roofing tiles/shingles moist longer than necessary. Granted, this isn’t as a big of an issue for us here in Phoenix, but it’s still important to keep your roof free of buildup and debris.
Lastly, a properly insulated and vented attic will help extend the lifetime of your roof. One more final tip: make sure that your roof is only walked on when absolutely necessary – especially if you have a tile roof.
How to select a roofing contractor and roofing material in Phoenix, AZ.
by: Juan Luis Leon Lopez, Owner of Estrella Roofing in Phoenix, AZ
Here at Estrella Roofing we strive to be the preferred roofing contractor for residential and commercial roofing. I personally facilitate each bid and/or project. I have done business this way since I began Estrella Roofing Company over six years ago. It’s this approach, and dedication to customer satisfaction that has powered much of the growth we have seen over the last three years. Contact me today for a free quote or consultation. I look forward to speaking with you.
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