Posts Tagged "Roof Contractor"

Hire the Best Contractor for Your Home Remodeling Projects

May 17, 2013

Now that summer is here, it is the perfect time for you to start planning and executing your home remodeling projects. There are so many ways you can improve upon the structure and appearance of your home. If you take some time to assess your home’s condition, you may find that there are some things that need to be addressed from the winter. No matter what projects you ultimately decide to start, make sure you do your homework so that you hire the best and most qualified professionals for the job.

While you may be all too eager to get started with your home remodeling projects, you need to realize that if you are on a budget, you need to be careful. Things can quickly become expensive if you don’t select the right contractor that will do the job right the first time around. In fact, instead of rushing to get things done, start doing some research on what needs to be done. Even if you plan on hiring professionals, it doesn’t hurt for you to learn about the different materials that can be used. Keep in mind that you should not sacrifice any professionals’ credentials and experience in hopes of saving money. When it comes to your home, you need to remember that it is an investment and you don’t want anyone who is not properly qualified or licensed to work on it.

If you are going to use contractors for your home remodeling projects, keep in mind that even though you aren’t doing any of the construction, you still have control over what is done. Don’t hire anyone that makes you feel intimidated or uneasy. You need to hire professionals that are open to communication and respect what you say. They will make sure that you are included every step of the way towards your project’s completion. They will respect your wishes and any preferences you have. If you have any questions or concerns, you should be able to present them and the contractors should respond and resolve any issues you may have.

Before any work can begin on your property, you and your contractors need to come to a legal agreement about the work that is going to be performed. This agreement needs to be drawn up in the form of a contract. Everything pertaining to your home remodeling project needs to be included. Payment schedules, fees agreed upon, who is responsible for purchasing supplies, how much you are going to be charged for supplies and when your project is expected to be completed are some of the things that need to be included in your contract. Once you have worked out the details of the contract and it meets everyone’s approval, all involved parties can sign it so work on your project can begin.

Wood Shake Roof Installation

October 22, 2012

If your roof is leaking, sagging, has dark spots and trails, or is missing some shingles, it might be time for a roof repair or possibly a complete new roof installation. We recently completed the installation of a new extra thick tapersawn wood shake roof for a client in Stamford CT. Below are some pictures of the final result.

Our builders and roofing contractors have been serving Westchester and Fairfield Counties for over 35 years. Call us today with your questions.

Roofing: When You Might Need Roof Repair

June 18, 2012

One of the worst things that can happen to the interior of your home is when water comes leaking in from the outside. This tends to happen when heavy rains come and hit your roof with more water than normal. When there are already roof deficiencies in place, the large amount of water will find an extra place to go, and that’s usually through the roof, through your ceiling and onto your floor. These are the leaks that send you scrambling for a container to catch the dripping water. If this sounds like a regular occurrence for you when it rains, it doesn’t have to be. This is just one good reason you should call a roof repair company.

First, a bit about your roof. Your roof serves a number of functions, the most important being to protect your home’s interior from the variety of different elements that nature can create. A roof is built to stand up to wind, rain, snow, ice, and different types of debris that could possibly fall down on top of it. In this respect, it acts as a helmet for your home. Another way it protects your home is through its insulative qualities. A roof can take the brunt of the sun’s heat and keep it from baking the inside of your home. In addition, it’s tasked with keeping warm air inside your home during the colder winter months. However, damage to your roof can cause your roof to become less effective in its protective duties.

What else can cause your roof to become compromised? Blown off shingles is one major issue. When a storm comes through that is extremely windy, weakly-attached shingles can blow off and expose the more sensitive parts of your roof. Hail damage is another major complaint for homeowners. The hardened ice balls can do serious damage to the surface of a roof, which then leads to other problems down the road. And, of course, roofing materials that wear down over time can leave your roof open to penetration by leaks.Roof Repair Westchester NY

If you’ve sustained damage in any one of these ways and your roof is now experiencing a leak or another issue, it’s probably a good idea to call an experienced roof repair company. By taking care of any issues now, you’ll save money and prevent further damage to your roof and the interior of your home.

Protecting Your Roof: Plan Ahead For Summer Storms

May 30, 2012

In every state this summer, storm season will cause damage to homes. Wind, hail, lightning, and flooding that comes with severe thunderstorms is responsible for much of the damage. Much of the structural damage will be minimal, but a few homeowners will experience large amounts of damage. If you want to avoid being one of the homeowners that has serious damage to their home plan ahead and you’ll have a better chance of escaping the summer storm season with serious damage.

Thunderstorms can all cause damage, but severe storms are the biggest concern. Severe thunderstorms are to blame for most of the property damage they are dangerous storms.

Quality roofing materials are important in standing up against storms. Roofing companies can tell you what materials are you best bet in surviving the storms. Maintenance of your roof is as important as the materials you start with. Regular, yearly maintenance must be done on your roof.

Wind is the most frequent cause of summer storm damage. Severe wind is at least 60 miles per hour, though some windstorms can get as fast as 100 miles per hour! Winds ranging from 60 mph and up lead to damage of your home and be incredibly dangerous.

Severe wind has the greatest effect on roofs and siding. The damage to both of these areas can be reduced if extra effort is put in during the construction phase. When deciding between roofing companies remember this decision will affect you and your roof for many storm seasons to come! Your decking should be strongly anchored to your walls and foundation, this comes with a well designed roof. This anchoring will stop your entire roof from being physically removed in a big storm! Attaching your shingles to your roof is also important. The best quality shingle poorly attached will still come up in a severe wind.

Maintaining the trees on your property is very important. Dead and weak limbs could fall and cause damage to your roof in the next windstorm so they should be removed. Removing these bad branches will bring down the chance your roof sustains damage in a summer storm.

Roofing companies can help you to find the materials that will best handle these storms. Quality materials and a reliable roofer will best prepare your home to handle a storm. Practicing regular maintenance of both your roof AND surrounding trees will also save you from the stress of storm damage.

When is it Time to Replace Your Roof?

May 11, 2012

Many homeowners are hesitant to replace their roof even when the signs of problems are obvious. After all, roofs are expensive and without being a roofing specialist, it can be hard to know if it is time to replace your roof or if you are being taken for a ride by your local roofing contractor.


Asking yourself the following questions can help you get an idea of whether or not a roof replacement is in your immediate future.

How old is the roof?

If you bought your residence or the structure in question from someone else, this is something that you should have asked during the purchasing process. A new roof can raise the value of real estate while one that is over a decade old can detract from it.

A few good “rules of thumb”:

  • The average life of a new roof is between 12 and 20 years
  • Even if the roof was guaranteed for 20 or 30 years, if it is over 15, it may need to be replaced
  • In areas with extreme weather, such as the heavy winter storms in the northeast, the lifespan of a roof is significantly shortened

Do your neighbors have new roofs? Although it is not a good idea to covet your neighbor’s possessions, roofing is one exception to your mother’s rules. If your neighbors are getting new roofs, this may be a sign that you should also replace your roof for two reasons: first, most neighborhoods are built around the same time, so if their roofs are wearing out yours may be close to this point as well; second, in a competitive housing market like the current one, you need every advantage you can get in case you decide to sell your home.

An old roof looks bad when positioned next to a street full of new ones, and it will decrease the value of your house.

Has there been severe weather?

As mentioned above, extreme temperatures and weather can shorten the lifespan of any roof. Another problem that occurs during severe weather can worsen any small problems that existed before the storm or heat. Loose or weakened tiles that are subjected to strong winds or heavy rain can lead to bigger problems, which may mean that your roof will need to be replaced.

Although these questions can provide an idea of whether or not it is time to replace your roof, the only way to know for sure is to consult a roofing professional.

Still not sure if your roof needs to be repaired or replaced? Get in touch with us.

Choosing the Right Roofing Option for Your Home

April 13, 2012

If your roof is leaking, the shingles are coming loose and you’re noticing moisture seeping into your home, then it’s time to replace your roof. Roof replacement can be a confusing home improvement project to take on because of the many roofing material options available. Yet, it doesn’t have to be so complex. If you know what each roofing option offers you and your home, you can easily select the right one.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most popular type of roofing material and for good reason. It’s one of the least expensive roofing options and asphalt shingles are available in dozens of colors to make it easy to match the look of your home. In addition, many of the asphalt shingles being made today come with a 20 or 30 year guarantee, so you know you’ll have a durable roof for years to come. The only drawback is that asphalt shingles are so common and won’t set your home apart from others on the block.

Wood Shingles and Shakes

Quite possibly one of the most stunning looks for your roof is wood shingles or shakes. Wood shingles are smooth and cut to a uniform thickness, but can vary in width. Wood shakes, on the other hand, are thicker and rougher. A properly installed and maintained wood roof should last 30 to 50 years. One thing to be mindful of though, is you should be sure to install your wood roof with high-quality stainless steel nails to avoid rusting.

Slate Roofing

Slate roofing is attractive, lasts for generations, sheds ice and snow, and tends to be expensive. Since it’s so expensive and heavy, it’s not used much anymore other than for municipal buildings that can support its weight. Regardless, slate roofing is so durable that it is guaranteed to last for as long as 50 years.

Metal Roofs

Metal roofing comes in the form of corrugated, galvanized sheets and is usually used on barns, sheds, and other utility buildings. This type of roof is inexpensive, rugged, long-lasting and easy to install. In addition to metal roofs, there are also copper roofing materials that offer elegance to some of the most beautiful homes in the country. In addition to being well-suited for agricultural buildings, metal roofs are also perfect for homes that endure tough winters.

Ceramic Roofing

Ceramic tile roofs are most commonly used in Mediterranean-style homes in Florida and California. Since ceramic tiles are quite heavy, you need to make sure that the roof framing is strong enough to support the weight. Waterproofing is another important thing to consider when installing ceramic tiles on the roof of your home. Although this style roof can be quite expensive, ceramic tiles also tend to last 60 to 80 years if well-maintained.

Even though the roofing options might seem endless, with the right information in hand you can make the right decision for your home. Choose the best option that fits your budget, meets your environmental needs and makes your home look as beautiful as it can.