Metro Detroit Roofing Pros
Asking Detroit Roofing customers what the qualities are that they look for in a roofing company provides a vast amount of answers. Most customers are looking for precision, quality, and affordability in their roofing company; a company that can get the job done right! We have all heard horror stories of people who have paid contractors and they don’t show up. Or even worse, the contractor shows up but does a poor job leaving the homeowner with a real mess. When you are working with our company, we are putting our decades of experience to work for you. Whether you are buying a new house or repairing one you currently live in, the roof is one of the main components for the home and must be maintained. A roof adds curb appeal to the building and also a layer of protection against the elements. We want to ensure you are happy and your new roof not only looks great, but shields the elements and keeps the inside dry.
When a roof begins to leak, it is not one of the home repairs that can be put off. Ignoring or avoiding a bad roof is a major problem that can lead to a massive amount of damage down the road. It is not uncommon as a roof begins to age that the shingles will crack, curl or even blow away. Neglecting these common occurrences can costs thousands of dollars in the long run. Storms that include hail and falling branches wreak havoc on a roof and can cause water damage to pour inside. High winds and all of the elements can really take a toll on an older roof, which is why it is important to replace the roof every so many years. When these warning signs begin to appear it is time to call the best Detroit roofing contractors. It is easy to see that are roof in this shape is at the end of its life expectancy. It is not unusual to see roofs that have survived way past their life expectancy, these homes could have interior damage and the replacement will probably involve laying new sheets on the roof and extensive labor.
There are many roofing selections on the market that can make a home look sensational. Not only is the aesthetic factor one to consider, but the performance. Asphalt shingles are by far the most commonly used of all roofing materials, because of their great look and their economical price. Metal roofs have also become a popular choice in those looking for great decorative options. While some contractors push brands and styles, we allow the customer to choose what fits into their budget and overall desired look for their home. We understand all of the questions that are running through your mind, like how long is this going to take, what if it rains, and many others. We will try to answer your questions and put your mind at east about the installation process.
One of the main questions we receive is how much a new roof is going to cost. There is no one answer, as different products, as well as the size of the home affect the cost. In general, roofing is sold by the square. A square equals a 100 foot area, or a squared area. To figure how much roofing your home will need, we simply take the overall length of the area and times it by the width and add a few squares for waste products. If your home is around 2,500 sq. ft. you will need around 35 squares of shingles, including waste. The different roofing types will also come into play, but this is a general idea.
Ask any Detroit roofers and they will tell you that the labor is the most intensive part of the process. As professional contractors, we want to ensure that we take pride in every shingle that is laid. We know that there is a family who is going to depend on this roof for years to come. Contractors who do poor work and leave the roofs less than perfect, will only cause major problems for the family down the road. No one wants to pay for a roof only to have major repairs a few years later. We pride ourselves on being the Detroit roofing company that will ensure our customers are happy, before we end the job. We understand how frustrating this expense can be and for some, and many have to save for a new roof. Many people have to take out equity to finance their roof and they want the best bang for their buck. We can even work with insurance companies, in the event of a natural disaster, to help get the home in top shape again. We do roofing and siding, so we are able to take care of most of your exterior needs. We take into consideration the homeowner and those living inside the home and work our best to get the job done quickly and efficiently.
We are often asked about layering shingles, as a cheaper option to tearing off old layers. Many people want to try to save money by not doing a tear off and just adding a new layer on top. If there is only one layer of shingles on the roof, layering may be an option, but we don’t recommend it. If there are more than two layers, we will not be able to layer. There are strict bulling codes and they require the roof to be stripped down to the very sheathing and inspected when there is more than one layer of shingles in place. Local roofers know that most roofs are sturdy and can hold the two layers. It is always best to do a complete tear off and re-do. The reason for this is the weight of the shingles is extreme. The heavy weight from the shingles can cause structural problems and can add a great deal of stress to the rafters.
By tearing off the old shingles, we are able to see any rotting that is in place. If there is rotting on a roof, overtime it will continue to deteriorate and can cause leaking, even though the roof’s exterior is new. We are also able to easily spot any type of infestation from insects that may be causing damage. If this is the case, you need to be able to stop it before it becomes a larger problem that it already is. After we tear off and inspect all the old areas, we will replace any rotted sheeting and put down the moisture barrier called underlay. The best way is to always remove all the old and allow the new to be put down with fresh underlay; if this is not possible we will discuss other options.
One problem that we encounter on a regular basis is the homeowners selecting a product that is simply too heavy for their home, this happens especially in older homes. The popular laminated shingles have a large weight of around 200 lbs. per square. This extreme weight can cause structural damage, especially when you choose to not take off the old layer of shingles and layer over them. We will always be open and honest with the homeowner, even if it means it may cost more money. What may cost a little bit more up front, can honestly save you thousands in the long run.
As a residential roofing contractor, we know what a bid decision picking out the right style of roofing is. There are no two roofs that are exactly the same. Basically, there are two various styles of roofs that we deal with, flat roofs and pitched roofs. There are also many variations of each, actually 10 in all. They are:
1. Mansard Roof
4. Pyramid Roof
5. Hip Roof
6. Bonnet Roof
7. Flat Roof
8. Cross Gabled Roof
9. Arched Roof
10. Skillion Roof
While this may not mean anything to you right now, it will when it comes to the price and replacing this necessary item. Your roof will fit into one of these categories and you may even know what it is. The pricing for having a roof job will greatly depend on the style of roof. For instance, if you have a flat roof, it is not going to cost nearly as much as that of a complex Gambrel with all its different angles. We will be able to quickly identify the type of roof and quote you a price based on the materials you select. Selecting the materials is another big choice; it is one you will have to live with for the next 10-15 years or maybe longer.
There are many color sections and shingles to choose from making this costly repair difficult. Most roofers in Detroit would say the most cost effective is a black shingled roof. Black shingles, which are not dimensional, are one of the most cost effective methods in roofing. There are other popular options as well, they are:
Shingles are the most popular roofing style. They can be made with asphalt or fiberglass. They are a very durable option and nowadays it is easy to find them in economical recycled materials. They come in a wide range of colors and are very adaptable to most types of roofs. This low maintenance roofing option is easy to walk on for repairs and offers great fire protection.
The wood shake roof is very popular. They have so much character that no two roofs could ever be the same. The homeowner can choose color, width and even the thickness of the woods. They act as a natural insulation for the attic areas and air is able to circulate through the small areas in between each piece. It is not maintenance free and does require some periodic upkeep to ensure it keeps its glamorous look.
Clay roofing tile
While the clay roof is heavy and not acceptable for all houses, it is stunningly beautiful. These roofs are virtual indestructible and require no maintenance. They are common in the Southwestern parts of the United States and also in Italy, though there are a few in the Detroit area as well. It gives the home a Spanish style and a clean look that many homeowners’ are after.
Slate is one of the most expensive forms of roofing there is. People who are looking for a unique look choose this method. It has some of the same designs of the clay roof, except the slate makes shingles that are laid in sections. Though local roofers in Detroit don’t do a great deal on this type of roofing, it offers a long lifespan and the ability to detour insects and virtually no maintenance.
They were popular in the 1970’s and then fell out of style today they are back and hotter than ever. Would you believe that the average metal roof absorbs less than 34% less heat than other roofs? What this means for the homework is additional savings. Metal roofs can sit above the other roofing and there is no need to tear off other shingles in some cases. There is little upkeep on this style of roof and it is amazing how the burst of color can change the entire outside appearance. While they may cost a little more initially, they can save the homeowner thousands over the lifespan expectancy.
We know that spending money on a new roof is a serious investment and it is one that should be done without haste. Because we are so sure that you will love working with our company, we are willing to give you a free estimate and $200 off your new roof just for calling us for a quote. We have decades of experience that can be put to work for you. We know how it is to have a contractor who is less than responsible and does poor work. We want to ensure our customers have a positive experience from start to finish. We lay the facts out before the job begins so there are no surprises. We help you select the best roofing for your style of roof and your budgetary restrictions. When you need a new roof, there is no other contractor with the integrity and reputation of Detroit Roofing Pros.
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