The Roof Doctor is the leading home roofing contractor in our local area because we use only the best products for our customers. We choose GAF asphalt shingles for our projects because they are some of the toughest shingles around. The Advanced Protection® Technology in the shingles greatly improves weather resistance, granule adhesion, and flexibility. In addition, GAF shingles are simply beautiful. Here are some of the ways they can enhance your home:
Flat roofs provide excellent benefits to a building’s aesthetics and energy efficiency. If you are a homeowner or commercial building owner with a flat roof, however, then you need to be prepared. Flat roofs face their own challenges and problems throughout the roof’s service life. The Roof Doctor, the top choice for roofing services in our area, provides tips on how to prevent flat roof problems: Continue reading “Important Tips to Prevent Problems with Your Flat Roof” »
Currently, there are two options for homeowners who want a new roof: a roof tear-off or re-roofing. Re-roofing involves the roofing company placing new shingles over the ones you currently have. A roof tear off, on the other hand, involves completely removing the old roof shingles and installing a new roofing system. Today, we will explain which option is the best for your home: Continue reading “Roof Tear-Off vs. Re-Roofing: Which One Makes More Sense?” »
Your choice of roof materials is important because it will affect your new roof’s life span, durability, performance, and appearance. The Roof Doctor, the leading roofer in our area, recommends doing your research about the features and benefits of various materials. To help you make your decision, we will explain the various factors that you need to consider: Continue reading “Important Factors to Consider When Choosing a Roof Material” »
At the Roof Doctor, we know that your roof is more than just the structure that protects you and your home from the elements. It’s also an aesthetic structure in its own right, and it actually contributes to around 30% of your home’s frontage and curb appeal. Our team offers complete home roofing services that will help you create a more beautiful home. Read on to learn more. Continue reading “The Roof Doctor: How Your Roof Creates a Better Home” »
Your roofing isn’t just responsible for protecting your home; it contributes to your property’s frontage and overall curb appeal as well. When it’s time for your roofing to undergo repair or maintenance, the company that you should hire should be competent, experienced, and trusted by the local community. The Roof Doctor is that company and we offer complete and quality roofing services to prove it.
Bad roofing contractors can become your worst nightmare. These shady characters can cheat you out of thousands of dollars and give legitimate industry professionals a bad reputation.
How can you spot bad roofing contractors?
The next time you’re in need of roof repairs, look for the following signs that show a contractor’s true colors.
Got a Question? They Don’t Want to Hear It.
The roofer shows up and gives you their pitch. They outline what they believe is wrong with your roof and how they would fix it. When you try to ask a question, they answer vaguely. They don’t take your concerns seriously and they tell you not to worry, they’ve got it all under control.
They could be in a hurry, but still — you deserve to get all your questions answered! Bad roofing contractors don’t want to hear your questions. They might not know the answers, and that may reveal that they aren’t quite as “experienced” as they led you to believe.
Suddenly You Have Lots of Extra Problems They Offer to Fix
You can tell if you’ve stumbled across a bad roofing contractor when your otherwise solid roof (that just needs a couple of repairs) suddenly has major problems, according to them. You may not be a roofing expert, but you can tell when someone is trying to pad their bill at your expense.
If they can’t show you physical proof of a problem with your home, don’t take a roofer at their word. They may be trying to charge you to repair imaginary issues.
You Try to Get in Touch and They’re Nowhere to Be Found
When you try to contact your contractor, you reach their voicemail. You’ve tried text and email too, but you can’t seem to get in touch with them.
It’s scary when your roofing contractor suddenly disappears, especially if they’ve already collected part of their pay. Beware of any contractor that doesn’t return calls promptly — bad roofing contractors don’t prioritize client communication, but good ones do.
They Promise You Paperwork … Later
You’ve asked them for proof of their license and insurance, but they always seem to forget their copy. If you’re having a hard time finding physical proof that they are state licensed and they seem to be avoiding the issue, you may want to try a new company.
What You Should Remember
Anyone can give you a deal. Not everyone can deliver superior workmanship. Bad roofing contractors don’t care about you, but we do. Call the Roof Doctor today for reliable, quality roof repair and replacement services.
A roof replacement is a major project — think about the financial commitment! It’s not a home renovation you should assign to any old contractor in the phone book. A roof replacement takes careful planning and consideration.
It also helps if you avoid six potentially disastrous mistakes.
1. Continually Delaying the Project
Yes, you need a roof replacement, but can’t it wait another couple of months? This is what you’re thinking as you weed through contractor profiles and try to fit appointments into your busy schedule.
The problem with delaying your roof replacement is this: Eventually, your old roof is going to give out. Whether it’s in the form of a leak, mold or decay, there may be serious consequences for not replacing it when it’s time. This means repair costs go up, and the project becomes even more complex.
2. Going with the Contractor Who Can Start the Earliest
On the other hand, it’s not all about timeline. You shouldn’t pick a contractor based on their availability. In fact, that may be the worst way to choose.
A contractor with no other clients is always suspect. The most reputable contractors have plenty of work coming their way. They will make time in the schedule for new clients, but be careful if a “professional” roofer can start immediately.
3. Choosing Company Based on Price Alone
Here’s another no-no: price-based contractor selection. This works when you’re shopping for outlet deals for clothes, but it’s not a good way to pick a roofer.
While it’s advisable to compare quotes from at least a few local contractors, you should ultimately focus on quality. Who has the best proven track record of success? Who has the best references? Who offers the best long-term warranty?
4. Overlooking Permitting Procedures
An experienced, licensed roofer should take care of the permitting process for your new roof. Still, you should know your responsibility when it comes to this.
If you don’t get the right permits before building a new roof, the city may instruct you to remove it or it may issue a fine. You might have trouble convincing your homeowner’s insurance company to continue insuring your property. A permit is a must for your roof-replacement project.
5. Ordering Materials from Different Suppliers
It’s incredibly important to make sure your roofer orders materials from the same supplier. Otherwise, you could wind up with a multicolored roof.
GAF-certified companies like the Roof Doctor get their high-quality shingles all in one batch, ensuring a beautiful finished product.
6. Signing a Contract Without Reading It
Never sign any contract, especially a roof replacement contract, without reading the fine print! Your contract should include a price and all the details of your payment responsibilities. This is information you need to know before you commit to one contractor.
You can depend on the Roof Doctor to make your roof replacement experience memorable … in a good way. We’ll help you steer clear of these mistakes, and we’ll deliver a gorgeous roof that exceeds your expectations! Call us today to get your free quote.
Your first cooling bill of the summer can be a shock. It happens every year — Utah’s relentless summer sun surprises you and your utility budget with its intensity, and once again, you’re setting your air conditioning to full blast.
Companies like Rocky Mountain Power institute tiered pricing during the summer that reward consumers for using less energy. The less you use, the less you pay per kilowatt hour. But if you have an outdated, uninsulated roof, your cooling system isn’t functioning as efficiently as it could, and your cooling bill won’t do you any favors.
What Does Your Roof Have to Do with It?
Does your roof really have a strong influence on your summer cooling bill? You bet!
A poorly insulated roof lets in too much heat during the summer, causing your HVAC to work overtime. That means higher energy costs, and it also means your cooling system will likely wear out much faster than it should.
If your roof doesn’t have enough ventilation, heat gets trapped in the attic. This in turn heats up the whole house and triggers your cooling system to turn on.
It’s a vicious cycle, because the lack of ventilation also traps moisture in the attic. This moisture drips onto the insulation and makes it even less effective than it already is, not to mention how it cultivates rot and mold.
Lowering your energy bills starts with looking at all the areas in the home where energy loss is prevalent. If your roof wasn’t installed correctly or is aging beyond its useful life, chances are it’s one of the main areas to focus on.
Planning for a New Roof? Here’s What You Want.
If it’s time for a roof replacement, make sure you choose one that’s made of energy-efficient materials. Try to find a roof that’s endorsed by Energy Star. This means the material will reflect the sun’s rays enough to lower the surface temperature. You have options — you can choose asphalt shingles, metal, slate or tile.
You also should make proper ventilation a major priority. Talk to your roofing contractor about the ventilation for your aging roof. They will be able to assess if new vents should be added during construction after assessing the airflow within the attic.
Finally, you want insulation with a high R-value. This means the material is resistant to heat transfer. When the exterior roof heats up from the sun’s rays, it won’t spread to your home’s interior.
Time it Right for the Greatest Benefit
If you’re planning a roof replacement this spring, why not schedule an installation before summer heats up? You’ll save money on your cooling bill and you will know for sure you’re not wasting energy needlessly. Talk to the Roof Doctor today and get a free quote for your home!
The cost of a metal roof is likely higher than traditional asphalt shingles, but you know it’s an investment worth making. Metal roofs last longer, they’re easier to care for and they significantly increase your home’s value.
Still, you need to know the price before you make the decision to switch to metal roofing. What does your metal roofing contractor take into consideration when they’re writing up a quote?
1. Home Size and Roof Slope
It’s obvious — the bigger the roof, the more expensive the materials. In general, roofs with a steeper slope are more expensive to re-roof than flat ones, simply because the contractor needs their expert crew on the job and more equipment to make sure it’s carried out safely. It also takes longer, adding hours to the total bill.
2. Home Shape
For metal roofs, the architectural shape of your home can cause the price to go up. If there are lots of angles, dormers and skylights to cut around, it complicates the job and adds to the cost.
3. Type of Metal Roof You Choose
Just as with shingles, there is more than one type of metal roof. While steel or aluminum shingles can cost between $265 and $375 per 100 square feet, a standing seam metal roof could run $400 to $600 for the same square footage. There are pros and cons to each type — make sure you research your options before making your decision, and don’t base it on price alone.
4. Extent of Labor Needed
Metal roofing is surprisingly lightweight. In some cases, you can install it over an existing asphalt roof. This reduces the number of hours of labor needed, which can affect the price. On the other hand, your roofing contractor will factor in the cost of a tear-off if you need the shingles, flashing and underlayment of your old roof removed and disposed.
5. Where You Live
Depending on where you live, metal roofing material costs vary greatly. This is due to the fact that it may be more expensive to ship different types of metal roofing to your location, and it may be harder to find a contractor certified to complete the installation.
Remember the Savings
Overall, metal roofing is one of the most cost-effective material options. It costs less to insure a home with metal roofing. It can make your home more energy-efficient, reducing your energy bills. It can ensure you never have to worry about another roof replacement again. The cost of a metal roof is easily justified when you assess its longevity and durability.
Contact the Roof Doctor today for your personalized quote.