December 15, 2015 by Terry Reno ★ Featured

Slate, Tile, Wood, or Asphalt?

When it comes to your roof, do you have Slate, Tile, Wood or Asphalt shingles? What’s your preference, and why? We’ve heard so many different reasons why each of the above should be the answer to your shingle needs, but everyone has their own opinion on why?

In this post, we will examine each shingle independently, and give you the reasons for choosing each. We have been in contact with Centennial Best Roofers, which specialize in Roof Repair, to help us with our questions.

-Why is Slate a great shingle to invest in? Slate is by far the best looking of any shingle out there on the market. By far the classiest shingle that you can buy, slate gives off an appearance that is not only rich in nature, but elegant to look at. It’s longevity is also longer than any other shingle that you can buy and have installed. The typical lifespan of slate shingles, if properly constructed, can be up to 150 years! That’s a lot longer than the typical 15-20 years that asphalt or wood shingles live before needing to be replaced. Slate are also fire resistant, and they are environmentally friendly, which a lot of people love.

The con of slate shingles? First and foremost, the cost. Just one square of slate, fully installed, can cost anywhere from $1,000-$8,000. Most homeowners that earn even an upper-middle class income cannot afford to even think about slate shingles going up on their roofs. Depending on the square footage of your roof, you could be talking anywhere from $50-100k for a fully installed roof. Also, they are very fragile. If you are up walking on your roof trying to clean it, you could be in danger of breaking a few of the slate shingles, and that could be very expensive to fix.

-Why are Tile Shingles great to invest in? Tile shingles are very energy efficient, and can be manufactured to just about any color to match your house. They, like slate, are also very durable, lasting sometimes 150 years or more. We have seen some houses with tile roofs that have not had to be worked on in a number of decades because the tiles hold up so well against the elements. They are fire resistant, and hail resistant as well, making them better suited for battle against tough weather conditions. The wind resistance also makes these very good to buy in areas where the wind is normally high. Lastly, tile shingles are easy to install, and are given a green rating by builders.

Why should you stay away from Tile? The cons are pretty much the same as slate shingles. They are much more expensive than wood or asphalt shingles, and are also fragile to walk on if you are a homeowner trying to clean or repair your roof. Typical costs for squares of installed tile roofs can reach up to and over $2,000.

-Why is wood a good shingle to invest in? The overall look of a properly installed wood shingle (shake) roof is very appealing, and you can stain the wood any color you wish. Wood shakes are also durable (not as durable as slate or tile), and are resistant to hail and wind to an extent. They are not as durable as slate or tile shingles, but they are more durable than asphalt shingles, which will give you a longer life span than the typical 15-20 year asphalt life.

Why go against Wood Shakes? The cost is first and foremost. Wood shakes are not as expensive as slate or tile, but they will set you back more than a typical asphalt roof will. Also, they are (obviously) not fire resistant, and will not stand up as well in a hail storm as slate and tile will. Overall, we like shake roofs, but would rather go with tile, slate or asphalt.

-Finally, why would you go with an Asphalt shingle on your roof? Because it’s the most cost effective for homeowners. Sure, you will have to get your roof replaced once every 15-20 years in regular weather conditions, but asphalt roofs, per square, are the least expensive shingle on the market. The technology in asphalt shingles is also growing at a very good rate, making them more resistant to hail, wind, and weather than ever before. There is probably the best assortment of colors to choose from in asphalt shingles, and the ease of installation means that you should have a new roof in about 2 days once your roofer starts tearing off your old product. Also, once you are done with your asphalt roof, the product can be broken down and used as a byproduct for paving, so it’s recyclable.

The cons of asphalt shingles are that they don’t hold up against poor weather like wood, slate, and tile will, shingles should not be installed if the weather is below 40 degrees, and the wind is not good for asphalt.

The majority of homes have asphalt shingles installed in them because they are the best economic alternative for homeowners, and they will get even cheaper with time.

We hope that you have learned something from this post, and please come back to our blog for more updates on roofing and home inspection!

November 23, 2015 by Terry Reno

Home Inspection for Dummies

Just a few things that you should be doing when you are getting a good home inspection:

  1. Make sure that your inspector is willing to do the little things that will help you get the best inspection. This includes doing all the physical labor that is required. Your inspector should be able to take his or her ladder to every part of your roof so they can check off everything that is on your inspection sheet.
  2. There are quite a few inspectors out there who don’t know what they are doing. Make sure you ask them a few simple questions. These questions are:
    1. Are you experienced in residential inspection? This is important. If they are, they will be able to show you proof that they have been in residential inspection for a long time.
    2. What specifically does your inspection cover? Make sure that it covers your entire house. You should be present while your inspector is doing everything, so you can ask questions that you wrote down before hand.
    3. Will I be able to attend the inspection. If they say no, don’t hire them.
    4. Are you a member of a professional home inspection association? They should say yes, and, once again, be able to prove this with paperwork.
    5. How much will my inspection cost? Inspections will vary based upon your area in which you live, but make sure that you do your research, and know the market value for inspections.

Lastly, your inspector should have good reviews in your area, so search on Yelp, Google, and Facebook, and ask around for anyone that has worked with good inspectors in your area. A good home inspection will benefit both the buyer and seller, and make it so that you don’t have any surprise issues when you buy or sell a home.

November 8, 2015 by Terry Reno

A Roofing Company that Satisfies Your Requests

Living in a house means that you have to take care of it properly, as time leaves plenty of marks on it. If your house is older, the roof might be in a bad condition, as its lifespan is about 20 years. If you want to make some changes to the house, you will still need someone to make the changes at the roof, so, in other words, for anything that you want to do with the roof, you will need a roofing company.

design-roofing-logo-png-with-roofer-logo-salina-ks-roofing-serviceWhen you hire one, there are certain things that you have to pay attention to. Don’t think that you have to take the first one that you see, as this can prove to be dangerous in some cases, especially if you don’t check them up before signing the contract.

Here’s how you can make sure that you hire a good company to work on your roof.

Look Online

This is one of the first steps that you can do to find a roofing company. Many of them have presentational websites, where they offer you plenty of information about all the things that you want to know. That is definitely not enough to hire them, but it’s enough to make an idea about what to look for further.

Make a list with a few roofing companies and take their contact information – address, phone png5number, mail and contact person.

Ask Around

There may be people that you know who have recently had their roof repaired, so ask them the contact details of the company that they have hired. Also, ask them if they were satisfied with the results. In most of the cases, people will definitely recommend you some company or another especially if they have been their clients.

This is very important because this way you will also get to see the results of their work, and not only see some photos.

Check the Location

If you’ve made a list of a few roofing companies, go and see the location. Usually, such a company has a decent headquarters, and doesn’t work in an obscure location where you can’t find anyone. While you are there, also call them on the phone that they have provided. If nobody answers and if the place seems deserted, you have to look for another roofing company.

This is essential because a company that receives many orders will be visible not only on the market but also in their location.

Ask for a Meeting

green-roofingNow that your list is reduced to just a few roofing companies, call each of them and ask for a meeting with their representative. This is the time when you will discuss your requests – what you want them to do with the roof. You may want just a repair or you may want a total replacement. In some cases, people need a roofing company to build the entire roof for the house.

No matter what you want to do, tell them and ask their opinion – if they can or can’t do the job.

Talk Details

This is another important aspect when you choose a roofing company. There are many details that you have to follow – the quality of the job, if they have a portfolio that they can show you, how much will it take for them to finish everything and so on.

It’s important to know these details before signing the contract, as you will have to catch all these in a written form.

The Contract

Last, but not least, make sure you have a contract before you hire them. The contract needs to cover all the details of the job – what they will be doing on your roof, the timetable, the materials used for the job, the insurance that covers eventual future problems and so on. Don’t leave anything out, and if you don’t think that everything is covered, ask for the contract to be changed.