Roofing Estimates

Roofer Warranties, Liability Insurance and Permits

5 Roofing FAQs Every Homeowner Should Know About Roofing Warranties and Roofer Liability Insurance & Permits

rooferWhen you’re getting a new roof, you can never ask too many roofing questions. The quality and thoroughness of the roofer’s answers cannot only help you understand the roofing process. It also gives you a sense of the roofer’s quality and level of customer service.

 Sure San Mateo and Santa Clara County roofing companies field roofing FAQs day in and day out. But when you’re choosing your roofing company, you want to work with a roofer who is patient, understands that roofing isn’t something you do every day and answers your questions until you’re completely satisfied.

Most homeowners’ roofing questions center around the roofing process, roofing materials, colors and pricing. Those are important for the short term. However, there are roofing questions you should ask about warranties, liability insurance and permits to… Continue reading

Don’t Hire a Residential Roofer Without Proper Insurance

Never, Ever, Ever Put Yourself at Risk by Hiring a Residential Roofer Without the Proper Insurance

A roofing contractor shows up at your home to give you a free roofing quote. The roofer seems like a nice enough guy and his roofing estimate is even nicer—hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars, less than the roofing estimates you’ve received from other San Mateo County roofing companies. Stop! Before you sign a roofing contract or give a roofer a deposit, give serious thought about why this roofer’s bid is so unbelievably low.

So you flat out ask. Maybe the roofer admits that he can under bid other roofers because he doesn’t “spend a lot of money” on overhead costs like commercial general liability insurance. The roofer says he’s just got a few guys working for him so insurance isn’t necessary. Perhaps residential roofing is his side job to earn a little extra… Continue reading

Radiant Barriers Worth Extra Cost?

What is Radiant Barrier and is It Worth the Extra Cost on a Bay Area Roof?

Radiant barrier is a member of the insulation family, but most homeowners are more familiar with fiberglass, cellulose and other home insulation materials. Radiant barrier is a sheet of insulation that reflects radiant heat energy instead of absorbing it. Like all roofing or home insulation products, it is designed to keep your home comfortable and energy costs down.

For roofing applications, radiant barrier looks like a big sheet of aluminum foil on one side of the oriented strand board (OSB). OSB is used for roof decking. The roofer nails the asphalt roofing shingles to the board and the radiant barrier faces the home’s interior to help retain heat in the winter and reflect heat in the summer.

When you get a roofing quote from a Bay Area roofing company, it may include an… Continue reading

Roofing Estimates Could Damage Your Roof

Did You Know Getting Roofing Estimates from Other Roofers Could Damage Your Roof?

Roofing estimates could damage roofUnless the roofing company is experienced and extremely careful during the roofing inspection process, getting a free roofing estimate can cause damage to your roof that you didn’t have previously. Homeowners need to be aware that some San Mateo and Santa Clara County roofing companies’ roofing estimate practices should be avoided.

Common free roofing estimate activities to look out for include:

  • Walking on your roof, which causes old, brittle shingles to crack and leak
  • Leaning ladders against gutters scratches and dents them
  • Pulling back flashing during a roofing inspection loosens it, creating leaks you didn’t have before
  • The risky potential for a lawsuit if the roofing company’s estimator falls off or injures himself while on your property for a free roofing estimate

What should a roofing company do instead to give you a free roofing estimate?

Instead… Continue reading