Monthly Archives: February 2012

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT WARRANTY TO PROTECT YOUR NEW ROOF

In light of the recent warranty changes in the roofing industry I thought our home owners could use a little help understanding the new warranty system. Pre 2011 we used to refer to shingles as 30, 40 or 50 year (lifetime) shingles. As of 2011 the entire roofing industry shifted to a new warranty system called limited lifetime shingles. Now all laminated asphalt shingles are covered by a limited 50 year warranty.

Its important to understand what this warranty means for you the consumer, and just as important to know what it does not mean. When the change was first made many roofing contractors were out selling the new lifetime warranty, “a supposed 50 year warranty” that would cover your roof forever. Unfortunately there are going to be many disappointed home owners that realize the falsehood of those claims if they try to process a warranty claim 20 years into the roofs life. They will discover that their warranties value began to depreciate 10 years after the roof was installed. Let’s take a look at what roofing warranties do and do not include so you can make an informed choice on the coverage of your roof.

There are a few things you need to consider when choosing a roofing warranty. 1)How long does the warranty cover my roof 2) What is the time period the warranty covers my roof with 100% (non-prorated) coverage 3) What components of the roofing system does the warranty cover?. 4) Is the warranty transferable if you decide to sell your home and if so is there a fee involved?

In the warranty world there are two categories 1) The manufacturer’s warranty 2) The workmanship warranty.

The Workmanship Warranty: This warranty is provided by the roofing contractor you have hired and gurauntees proper installation of the roofing system. Every roofing contractor can offer different types of workmanship warranties ranging from 5-50 years depending on the type of material they install on your roof. The longer the workmanship warranty the longer your roof is protected from workmanship errors that might occur during installation. In the state of Washington every roofing contractor is held by state law to guarantee their work with a 5 year labor/workmanship warranty. That is important for homeowners to know.  Some roofers offer extended workmanship warranties at an additional cost. Discuss with your potential roofing contractor what type of labor warranties they offer. Be sure to check how long the contractor has been in business, so you know they have been around long enough to have a history of honoring their warranties. (Please see how to safely hire a roofing contractor).

Standard Material Warranty: A standard material warranty is basic protection for your roofing system provided by the manufacturer.

Includes:

-10 years of 100% non pro-rated coverage/50 year limited lifetime shingle on material and manufacturing defects.

– A GAF certified contractor is not required to install your roof to obtain this warranty.

-The cost of labor to replace shingles.

-Does not include:

tear-off costs, roof accessories, dump fees, does provide a manufacturer labor warranty, factory inspection.

Systems Plus Warranty: The Systems Plus Weather Stopper Warranty is a “complete roofing system”  upgraded warranty provided by the manufacturer.

-Includes

-50 years of 100% non pro-rated coverage on material and manufacturing defects.

-2 year manufacturer backed workmanship warranty guaranteeing proper installation.

-tear-off & labor to replace shingles.

-Requires the use of GAF shingles and 3 GAF system components.

-A GAF certified roofing contractor must perform the installation to qualify for this warranty.

Does not include: dump fees, factory inspection.

Golden Pledge  Warranty: This is the highest level of roofing warranty available in the industry today.

-Includes:

-50 years of 100% non pro-rated coverage on material and manufacturing defects.

-25 year manufacturer backed workmanship warranty guaranteeing proper installation.

-tear-off, dump fees, and labor to replace shingles.

-Requires the use of GAF shingles and all GAF roofing system components.

-Requires special application and extra materials.

-A GAF certified Master Elite contractor must perform the installation to qualify for this warranty

-Exclusive 40 point factory inspection by GAF representative.

Other roofing manufacturers have very similar warranty programs, but this will give you an idea of the choices you have when deciding on the type of warranty you choose to protect your investment of a new roof system.

From a contractor and homeowners’ perspective I highly recommend investing a little more money up front, and saving thousands of dollars in the years to come by upgrading your roof warranty.

Chase Construction NW Inc providing quality roofing services to Puyallup, Tacoma, Seattle and surrounding area for over a decade.

Chase NW Inc. Roofing: The Advantages Of A Metal Roof System

Metal Roof Installation By Chase Construction North West Inc Medina, Lake Washington

Choosing the type of roofing material that will protect your family and home from the elements is very important. One question every homeowner will face when considering re-roofing is what kind of roofing material will be the best investment. The most popular choice today is an architectural laminate shingle called composition. This choice is often made based on the cost of alternative products. However with the price of crude oil driving up the cost of asphalt based roofing shingles, it might be time to consider a new metal roof for your project.

Here are a few benefits to utilizing a metal roof versus asphalt laminated shingles.

-Metal roof systems retain their value where asphalt shingles depreciate after instillation, making a re-sale on a home easier for a home owner.
-It’s possible to replace an asphalt roof 2-3 times in the life span of a metal roof.
-Metal roofing can be installed over existing asphalt shingles eliminating the cost of tearing off the roof.
-Metal roofs are made of 30% recycled material, and can be recycled when they need to be replaced, making them the environmentally friendly choice.
-Asphalt roofing materials and wood shakes take up space at our landfills.
-Solar powered technology can be installed as part of a metal roofing system, saving thousands of dollars on energy costs over the years.
-Metal roofs can save you up to 35% on your home owners insurance in some states due to their resistance to hail and fire.
-Metal roofing is almost impervious to damage from algae, moss, hail and other elements, which are common problems with asphalt and wood roofing shingles.
-With current technology metal roofing comes in many new styles that are cosmetically appealing in today’s architectural trends.

These are only a few benefits to using a metal roof. Stay tuned the next few weeks to learn more about the benefits of metal roofing. Our employees are factory trained and certified with Custom-Bilt Metals roofing manufacturer.

Chase Construction North West, Inc. utilizes Custom-Bilt Metals for metal roof instillations. Please visit their website at http://custombiltmetals.com/ to learn more about their excellent products.

Please contact us to schedule a free roofing estimate, or for expert help with roof leaks & repairs. Our roofing specialists are on standby to service all of your roofing needs!
Joel Beattie & Staff

How To Safely Hire A Roofing Contractor

Hiring A Roofing Contractor 

Let’s face it; hiring a contractor in any professional field can be a nerve wracking experience. We have all heard the stories of fly by night roofers who were self-proclaimed experts in their field, their finished product however turned out to be a nightmare. This scenario all too often plays out in the lives of really good people, who make really bad decisions when choosing a roofing contractor. This article is to equip you from falling into the same trap we have seen others suffer through.

Here are a few astonishing facts about roofing contractors:

Fact: More than 80% of roofing contractors go out of business within two years of opening their doors.

Fact: A great majority of roofing companies who go beyond the 2nd year don’t ever make it to the 5th year of business

Fact: The roofing industry is riddled with many roofing contractors who are performing roofing services with their 2nd or even 3rd business.

Fact: This means that many homeowners no longer have a labor warranty covering their roof, and if their roof was improperly installed there is no accountable party to fix it.

Fact: There are many imposter roofing contractors who are not licensed, bonded, and insured.  

Fact: The roofing industry is among the top in national claims and reports of fraud and abuse.

These facts are not to make you nauseous, but to bring your attention to the battle that every business and homeowner goes through when choosing a roofing contractor. Knowledge is your greatest weapon in a hiring situation. Rushing into choosing a contractor often leads to regret and can cost you thousands of dollars. I would like to help you avoid making a mistake before it happens by equipping you with a few pieces of information you need to screen and interview your roofing contractor. Here is a check list of items that you should consider while hiring a roofing contractor.

YOUR CHECKLIST TO SAFELY HIRE A ROOFING CONTRACTOR

Credentials:

  • Is the contractor licensed, bonded, and insured?  (Ask to see their certificates).
  • Do they have workman’s compensation and general liability  insurance?
  • MAKE SURE THE CONTRACTOR IS CERTIFIED WITH THE PRODUCT THEY ARE INSTALLING!
  • Certification affects the quality of warranty you will receive.
  • A certified contractor can offer extended warranties on roofing and workmanship.
  • Are they members of business accountability groups like the BBB or Angie’s list where you can check their ratings.

Business Longevity:

  • Statistically 80% of new roofing businesses will be closed within the first 2 years, and many more after 5 years. 
  • Please make sure the contractor has a stable history.
  • Has the company been in business more than 5 years “with the same name”?
  •  (It is common for an “at risk” roofing company to open up multiple businesses under a different name after abusing the market and homeowners.) 

Stability and Permanence:

  • Company has a physical business office and address.
  • Reference Check (yes, you should check references, both personal references and online. (review sources like yelp, Google places, BBB and Angies List)
  • Positive prior & current references from at least 5 re-roof customers.

Experience:

  • Specializes in the type roofing work you want performed.
  • Has been in the commercial or residential roofing industry for multiple years.
  • Had employees that are experienced in your specific roofing installation type.

 

Scope and Price:

  • The contractor should provide you with a detailed description of the scope of work.
  • The roofing contractor will guarantee the work they are performing.
  • Does the contractor understand your needs and desires for the project?
  • The lowest price is not always a good indication of the safest choice or best value, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
  • NEVER IGNORE YOUR GUT FEELING, IF SOMETHING FEELS REALLY WRONG, IT PROBABLY IS.

 

Your experience hiring a roofing contractor can be a peaceful one if you know what to look for, and what to avoid. An educated consumer is one that gets the prize. I suggest printing this out and giving it to your prospective contractors as a pre-screening process. If they are legit they will have no problem providing the above information.  Next select the top 3 contractors and experiences that you felt good about and compare price and materials. Now you are in the hands of a few safe roofing contractors and can work towards getting the right system, for the right price. Best wishes from Chase Construction North West, Inc.

Please feel free to contact us with any roofing related questions.

 

What type of roofing shingles should I choose, how much should I spend?

One of the most important decisions a homeowner has to make with regard to a residential reroofing project is what type of shingles to use.  The other major decision is choosing a good roofing contractor.  When choosing roofing shingles, cost is an important consideration, but not the only or even the most important consideration.   No matter how low the price, if you use poor quality roofing shingles you will end up with a poor quality roof.

Reroofing is expensive and a big chunk of the cost is labor.  A properly installed roof using good quality three tab asphalt shingles can last 25 to 30 years but if you use cheap shingles, you will have to have the roof replaced at least once and maybe twice in that same time period.  Why pay for labor two or three times to have several cheap roofs installed when you can pay for labor once and enjoy the security and protection afforded by a high quality roof?

Roofing shingles are priced by the “square” which is enough roofing material to cover 100 square feet of roof.  Asphalt shingles range in price from as low as $75 per square to over $200 per square.  At the low end you are typically getting the most basic three tab shingles with a 70 mph wind resistance rating and a 20 year manufacturer’s warranty.  For around $100 per square you can find good quality three tab shingles with a 30 year warranty and a 70 mph wind resistance rating.

At the high end you will find top quality laminated shingles with lifetime warranties and wind resistance ratings of 120 mph and higher.  Your roofing contractor can help you decide on the best shingles for your home that will meet your needs and fit your budget.

Remember, you get what you pay for, and when it comes to the protection of your home, you want to stay away from compromise.