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Tips for Selecting a Roofing Contractor

The most common ways that homeowners find roofing contractors is through referral or internet reviews.  These contractors then visit the home, assess the roof in question, discuss options with the homeowners, and either provide an estimate right then or within the next 24 hours.

Choosing an honest and reliable contractor who will provide you with the kind of craftsmanship you most want is of the utmost importance.  Sometimes understanding a roofing estimate or comparing multiple estimates can be a tough task.  This article intends to give the most effective tips we’ve gathered from our experience in this industry to ensure you get the contractor who is right for you.

Confirm how long the roofing contractor has been in business

Most roofers go out of business within the first several years.  Being in business a long time means three main things:

  • The contractor uses materials that function properly over a long period of time.
  • The contractor’s craftsmanship is on point.
  • The contractor’s customers are happy.

Many issues that can arise 5, 10, or 20 years in the future may not surface in the first few years after a new roof is installed.  When a contractor has been in business a long time, it means their track record is stellar and these issues don’t arise for them.

Check for the roofing contractor’s manufacturer certifications

The construction industry can be like the Wild West at times.  One contractor might say they can put on a roof that’ll last 50 years for a very cheap price, but then they cut corners that will cause the roof to spring leaks within 5 years.  Another contractor might be well known in the region for always doing the job right and putting on roofs that never fail prematurely.

How do homeowners distinguish between these two?  One way is through manufacturer certifications.  Each manufacturer has different tiers of certification, some are more select than others.  Chase Construction North West, Inc. has the highest certification for any contractors in the country: GAF Master Elite®.  Only 3% of all roofing contractors have qualified for this certification.  If your contractor is Master Elite®, you know you’re getting one of the best roofs in the country.

Look for the warranties the contractor offers

Warranties are one of the most important concerns for homeowners, yet if manufacturers offer workmanship warranties through just any contractor, the manufacturers would end up warrantying a bunch of sub-par and failing roofs.

Manufacturers solve this by only allowing their top contractors to provide the top warranties.  As Master Elite® contractors, GAF allows us to provide the best shingle warranty in the business: the Golden Pledge™, which covers materials for 40-50 years and workmanship for 20-30 years.

For low slope roofs that require roofing membranes like TPO or PVC, Master and Master Select™ contractors can offer the unbeatable Diamond Pledge™ NDL Roof Guarantee.  This warranty covers the cost of repairs from a material defect in full for 20-35 years.

When contractors offer these specialty warranties it means several very important things:

  • The manufacturer has faith in the quality of the contractor’s craftsmanship.
  • The manufacturer has faith the contractor uses the proper materials and installation practices.
  • The contractor has depth of knowledge about roofing systems.
  • The contractor is confident in their own craftsmanship, and that their roofs function as well as warranties imply they should.

Examine material and installation practices differences between contractors

Roofing BlogOne contractor might use staples instead of nails, not clear the roof deck thoroughly before installation, or space nails too far apart.  One contractor might use felt paper as an underlayment while the other uses top quality synthetic hybrid underlayment.  One contractor may propose to apply a second layer of shingles to the roof, while another may propose to tear the old layer off and re-sheet with new plywood decking.

As a homeowner, if you have received multiple estimates from contractors, there can be significant differences between the products and services they’re offering that might not seem apparent on the surface.  These can mean the difference between a roof that springs leaks in 5 years versus one that goes a full 50 years without an issue.  Delve into the scope of work and make sure you know why the contractor is proposing that specific scope of work.

This brings us to perhaps the most important thing homeowners can do to ensure they’re getting a roof they can rely on:

Have an open dialogue with your roofing contractor

My favorite part of the day is discussing roofing projects with our customers.  It’s exciting to learn what they’re thinking and to help them make it happen.

If you have a question about anything, give your estimator or contractor a call or send over a quick email.  Any contractor worth his salt wants to talk to you about your project.  In fact, he would much prefer to discuss your project with you than to not, because it means that you’re both figuring out the best way to move forward.

If contractors are bidding different scopes of work, it’s important that you know why.  If you’re getting different estimate prices, it’s important you know why.  In general, the price of an estimate reflects the quality of it and how long it can be expected to last.  But that isn’t always the case, and a great way to find out is by discussing the details of the estimates with the contractors.

Roofing BlogAt first, homeowners may not know which contractor is right for them, while contractors also may not know if that specific project is right for them.  At Chase Construction North West, Inc., one of our chief goals is to make sure that we know what our customers want and to show them how we can help.  This ensures that the project goes smoothly and that homeowners get the roof they’re looking for.

This open dialogue is important during the estimating period, during the project itself, and even for years after the project is done.

 

Want a free estimate for a new roof? Give us a call at 253-445-8950 or fill out our quick estimate form!  CHASE CONSTRUCTION NORTH WEST, INC. is one of the most established roofing contractors in the industry of Western Washington.  We’re GAF MASTER ELITE® contractors, and we have been installing fantastic roofs since 2002.

Residential Low Slope

Why EverGuard TPO is Great for Homeowners

If you’re a homeowner with a low-slope roof, you’re probably well aware that your options for roofing systems do not include the most common type of material: asphalt composition shingles.  Instead, your roof needs a waterproofing membrane like the single-ply options — TPO, PVC, EPDM — and the multi-ply option: torchdown modified bitumen.

These membranes are needed for low-slope residential roofs because asphalt shingles have overlapping seams that are not perfectly sealed, which exposes them to moisture seeping beneath them by entering upwards from their lower edge.  Waterproof roofing membranes don’t have this issue because their seams are welded, forming them into one cohesive unit.

Each of the different types of low-slope membranes serve different purposes for homeowners, and we believe the best one for the majority of low-slope homes is GAF’s EverGuard TPO 60-mil membrane.  It is one of the most cost-effective roofing membranes in the industry.

GAF has dedicated a tremendous amount of their resources to advancing TPO technology, and the result is a product with fantastic longevity that saves on material and labor.  When GAF conducted the largest independent study to date on TPO, among its key findings was that EverGuard Extreme® TPO and EverGuard® TPO are the top performers regarding longevity.

Furthermore, GAF offers the best warranties we know of.  As Master contractors on the low-slope side of GAF, the company trusts our craftsmanship and attention to detail so much that they allow us to provide our customers with the Diamond Pledge™ NDL Roof Guarantee.  With the 60-mil system, this warranty provides no dollar limit (NDL) coverage of material and workmanship for 20 years.  Other products, like Everguard Extreme® 80-mil can have up to 35 years no-dollar limit warranties.

The Diamond Pledge™ is such a great warranty that it means that when Chase Construction North West, Inc. installs an EverGuard® TPO roof for you with the warranty, you can have peace of mind that your new roof is super reliable, and that if there are any leaks resulting from a malfunction of the GAF system over the next 20 years, GAF will pick up the entire tab to fix it.

Conclusion

For homeowners with low-slope roofs, GAF EverGuard® TPO 60-mil membrane provides the best combination of savings and reliable performance of any roofing membrane.  The 20 year Diamond Pledge™ NDL Roof Guarantee is a remarkable warranty that ensures that your roof is installed by the best professionals and that leaks for the entire length of the warranty period will be covered by GAF in full.

 

If you’re a homeowner with a low-slope roof, and you need repairs or a new roof, CHASE CONSTRUCTION NORTH WEST, INC. wants to help!  We specialize in residential low-slope for Tacoma, Seattle, and surrounding area, with reach as far as south as Olympia.  If you’re looking for a roof with a no dollar limit warranty that will protect you and your investment, call us now for a free estimate at (253) 445-8950 or fill out our quick estimate form!