It’s Time to Replace Your Roof


re-roof imageMaybe you are not quite sure where to start? Or maybe you have re-roofed your home before, and you would like to brush up on some of the latest products and procedures? Well, you have come to the right place. Your decision to replace the roof on your home may have been the result of seeing a neighbor re-roof his or her home. Or maybe you have been experiencing some roofing problems which can no longer be ignored. Then again, maybe you have decided just to give your home a face list and a new roof would really enhance the look you are wanting to achieve. Whatever the reason, you do not want to make any costly mistakes! To help you through the process, we have broken down the re-roofing process into three specific areas: getting started, selecting the product and pre roof replacement procedures. We will be straightforward with some of our answers to help resolve some of your uncertainties. Not surprisingly, there are a number of pitfalls to which homeowners can fall victim, including expecting the re-roofing process to occur overnight, judging estimates on low price only, selecting products without comparison shopping, and not understanding the re-roofing basics. We suggest using this blog post to help guide you in the pre re-roofing process.

Getting started

You may find satisfaction and confidence in being prepared and knowing what to expect when the roof replacement process begins. Of course, the first place to start is a roof inspection and all that may be needed is a timely roof repair in Colorado Springs, CO for a lasting solution.  However if you still need your roof replaced, there are a number of areas homeowners need to be aware of.

Question“How long does it take to replace a roof?”

A home being re-roofed
Home being re-roofed

Answer: The duration of the job varies widely depending on the size and complexity of the roof. A small, uncomplicated roof job can usually be finished in a day or two. A large, complex project can last a week or more. Once started, however, it would be beneficial it the roof replacement isn’t interrupted for any reason, other than weather. If, on the other hand, a problem arises during the roof removal and installation process, it might be necessary to halt the work to negotiate a change in the contract and this would be unfortunate. You should always be advised of any changes which affect the contract agreement. A well-drafted, professional contract will anticipate unforeseen problems such as hidden deck rot, etc. These conditions can be incorporated in “not to exceed price” or “time and materials” clauses. Most Colorado Springs roofing contractors will have a set unit price for different roof components.

Weather may interrupt roof installation

A storm that may delay roof installation
Roofers’ must monitor the weather closely

Bad weather and extreme temperatures can interrupt or postpone roofing projects. Safety of the worker is the first consideration. This can be an issues in both hot and cold weather. Windy, wet and icy weather presents dangers on a roof. Shingles are also affected by temperature extremes. Cold weather will delay activation of the sealant. This may be a reason to delay the project. Most manufacturers of shingles avoid stating a specific minimum temperature for shingle installations. There are many variables that impact the decision of whether or not a roof system can be installed in cold temperatures. As an experienced Colorado Springs roofer we are familiar with the region and are able to make a wise choice as to when to terminate or expedite the roof replacement process.

Roofing contractors’ estimate

Deposit requirements vary for contractor to contractor. While it is not considered unreasonable to pay a deposit, you should never pay for the total job upfront. It is not recommended that the total deposit and progress payments equal more than 75% of the total job price. Deposits should not be held over more than two months without consideration for the cost of money. Long-term deposits can be placed in escrow or interest costs can be credited against the cost of job as a term of the contract. It is not recommended to give a deposit to a contractor whose track record cannot be verified by references from recent work. Before signing the contract or agreement, make sure the price or estimated price covers all materials, gutters, ventilation, cleanup, completion date, etc.

Roof shingle selection may take some time

Selecting roofing shingles is no different than purchasing a major home appliance or even a new car. You should investigate your options carefully, comparison shop and weigh the costs against features and benefits desired. Just like choosing a car, the overriding factor in selecting a roofing shingle is knowing whether your primary goal is function only, or function plus aesthetics. With a car, you know whether you want a sporty, knock-em-dead car or a practical sedan with room for several passengers. It is the same with roofing shingles.

Insurance Claim for roof replacement

However, if the roof on your home is being replaced due to an insurance claim than the insurance roof replacement process is more like a visit to your doctor. When you visit the doctor the only thing you pay is your deductible or co-pay. At this time you trust your doctor to give you the best service and what you need. The same should occur with your chosen roofer.

Selecting the product

Sometimes a homeowner who has to replace their roof shingles for functional reasons may see a standard three-tab roofing shingle on a neighbor’s home and decide to go with the same product choice- and maybe even the same color. But it appearance is a major factor in your roofing decision, then take the time to really look around. You may want to visit our showroom at 115 North Union Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO 80909 to see the various designer shingle choices available for a roof in Colorado Springs.

Since the early 1900’s, the three-tab or strip shingle was the standard composition shingle installed on single family residences for many decades. These products come with 20, 25, and 30 year warranty coverage. Color is about the only appearance differentiation in this class of shingle. In 1965, CertainTeed Corporation introduced the Hallmark Shingle, the first architectural or designer shingle on the market. The standard laminated “dragon-tooth” design followed that. Other important innovations in architectural shingles include the Super Shangle and Super Shake styles. Please see tomorrows post for more details.

Select the installer

In our growing endeavor of roofing Colorado Springs, Integrity Roofing and Painting, LLC will install a designer architectural shingle or heavy weight shingle. As a premier roofing company in Colorado, we are one of only a handful of Select Shingle Master Roofing Companies in the state. Contact Integrity Roofing and Painting for your roofing needs, we make roof replacements easy!

Approximately only one percent of roofing contractor’s in the United States have qualified for this prestigious title. We are proud to be in this select rank of unique and reputable master roofing companies’. We will be here before and after the storm.