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Austin Roof Installation

Austin Roof Installation

Austin’s Roof Installation Contractors

A new roof is a big investment that can cost many thousands of dollars. The materials you use will represent a small portion of your investment. Most of it goes toward the skilled labor involved. That makes choosing an experienced roof installation professional the easiest way to ensure your investment and get a proper job completed.

Simple? Unfortunately, roofing is a business that requires not more than a pickup, a ladder and some basic tools to get started, so you have to be careful and do your due diligence in picking the right one for your project.

If you can get a referral from a neighbor, friend or acquaintance, its usually the best way to go. Get the names of at least two prospective companies. Make sure they’ve been in business at least five years or longer — roofers who do poor quality work usually won’t last long.

Check the availability of your roofer. There’s no reason to waste time if they’ve got appointments out several months. Get names, addresses and phone numbers of references, and cross off your list any contractor that hesitates at giving them to you.

Next, do a drive-by inspection of some of their recent projects. Visually make sure spaces between individual shingle tabs, known as water gaps, line up laser-straight as they alternate shingle rows. Make sure shingles are trimmed in a clean line along the valleys where they overlap the flashing. On the roof ends, shingles should also be neatly trimmed, aligning with the edge of the roof. Ragged lines mean poor quality work. Also look for neat, tar-free flashing at the roof valleys and eaves.

If the roofs you inspect look like they stand up to scrutiny, call their references and ask them these questions:

  • Would you hire this roofing contractor again?
  • Were there any roof leaks after being repaired or replaced? If so, did the roofer respond immediately, were they courteous? Did they charge for any extra work they had to do to fix the issue?
  • Did the project come in on or below budget? If not, how much was it off? Were the additional charges justified and needed?
  • Did the roofer damage any landscaping, and did they leave nails or debris on the property after the project? Flat tires are a big problem during and after roofing jobs. Good roofers pick up any nails with big rolling magnets during and after the job.
  • Was there a foreman to address any questions during both the tear-off and the install of the new roof? (These separate jobs are sometimes completed by different crews.) You want an individual there for any questions or concerns you have throughout the job.

A Trusted Roof Installation Company

When a roofing company comes around to inspect your job and work up a price estimate, note their appearance.  If they aren’t clean enough to sit at your dinner table, do you really want them working on your property? Make sure they understand all of your expectations. Know who will be doing the work and who their foreman is. It goes without saying, you should always get everything in writing.

If you’re impressed by them, it’s time to check that they carry workers’ compensation coverage and an adequate amount of liability insurance. Get the roofing contractor’s insurance agent’s name and ask for their proof-of-insurance certificates. Once you’ve confirmed them, then its time to talk about the estimate, which they should be doing without charge. 

Austin Roof Installation ContractorsGet a warranty that covers leaks, flashing failure and any other labor-related problems. A one-year warranty is the absolute minimum you should take, but two or three years is what you should ask for. These same conditions need to go into the agreement, which should also include what type and quality of materials they will use. Ask for the highest-rated, longest-lasting shingles or tiles you can afford to pay for.

Manufacturers will warrant their products for 20 to 30 years. Some can be voided if shingles are put on over existing shingles, so tearing off the existing layer might be a requirement, at an additional cost. Asphalt shingle roofs last 13 to 15 years on average, so a 20-year warranty should be fine. Tiles should last 30 to 40 years, metal even longer. Just make sure to get the proper paperwork and proof of purchase needed, in case you have to pursue any issues in the future.

New Roof Installation Done Right

Several other quality checks will help you insure you have a waterproof roof for years to come:

  • Replacing valley and eave flashing is least expensive and easiest to do when re-roofing, so get them done now. Also, have pipe boots or roof jacks replaced to direct away moisture where pipes or gas vents stick out. Leave chimney flashing alone if it’s in good shape. If not , have the roofer call in a masonry expert to replace them.
  • Now is also the time to ensure you have proper ventilation in your attic. Have it inspected by the roofer or an HVAC contractor. Bad airflow can heat an attic to over 130°F in the summer. In winter, moist interior air can cause condensation on the underside of the sheathing, causing it to rot. You might want to have ridge and soffit vents installed to circulate cool air into the attic, taking care of both problems at once.
  • If you think the plywood decking beneath the shingles or tiles is bad, put an allowance in the contract for getting it replaced. Make sure its stated that you need to approve any costs above a certain amount, and that you get money back if its in good condition and needs no repair or replacement.
  • Ask how the roofing company will ensure your landscaping is protected. Draw clear lines of responsibility for any landscaping that gets damaged.
  • Find out how debris will be removed and how loose nails will be picked up. Be sure dumpsters or trucks used for garbage pickup don’t park on your lawn or over an any underground sprinkler systems. They should place thick plywood under any dumpster or truck wheels to protect your lawn and your driveway. Something you can do is pay a little more to have the old shingles carried or carted by hand out to the curb.
  • Finally, trust your judgement. If a roofer rubs you the wrong way, even at the final contract stage, don’t hesitate to back out before signing and start your search over for someone else. Unless you have water coming in to your home from a badly damaged roof, its wise to take your time on making the right decision with this big investment.

For a free estimate on any roofing issues you may have, don’t hesitate to call the proven professionals at Armadillo Roofing at (512) 333-7663.

 

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