Rainy season is coming up soon, so it’s definitely smart to start looking for roofing contractors to help protect your home against floods. Choosing the right roofing contractor may seem like a daunting task, when in fact, it’s fairly simple. Here are a few steps you can follow to make sure you choose a legitimate and trustworthy roofing contractor. 1. Check for business licenses Before choosing your roofing contractor, verify that they have fulfilled the business licenses required by the local and national government. You can check for their TIN (Tax Identification Number), their official business address and contact number. 2. Check for past clients There’s no stronger proof of a legitimate roofing contractor than previous clients. If possible, check out recommendations online or feedback on Gawin.ph’s platform to see what past customers have to say about the service provider. You can also ask your contractor for a list of references of past clients and their contact details. 3. Ask for proof that the contractor is licensed by the roofing manufacturer In some cases, roofing manufacturers provide certification and training for contractors who are to install their products on customers’ homes. This is to ensure that quality is maintained during installation. If possible, ask for proof of training or certification to make sure that your potential contractor has been vetted by a trusted manufacturer too. 4. Ask about the scope and manpower needed Don’t be afraid to ask for details about the project. Questions like “How long will the project take?” and “How many people will be working on the project?” are valid questions whose answers you need to know. This will help you figure out how the work will be supervised and the duration of time you can expect workers to be in your home. 5. Ask for a detailed contract laying down the details of the project and agreement between you and the contractor Ask for a contract where you and the contractor (or the company that the contractor belongs to) can sign so that if things go south, there’s written proof on who’s accountable for what. This contract should include information about warranties, the timeframe of the project, daily start and end times, materials, equipment and tools to be used, safety protocols, payment amount and method, date of payment, and procedure for cleaning up. 6. Do research before signing Before signing or agreeing to any payment scheme […]
Icicles may be pretty but they can tear off gutters, loosen shingles, and cause water to back up into your house. Learn these fast fixes for ice dam removal, long-term repair, and prevention tips. Icicles hanging along the eaves of your house may look beautiful, but they spell trouble. That’s because the same conditions that allow icicles to form—snow-covered roofs and freezing weather—also lead to ice dams: thick ridges of solid ice that build up along the eaves. Why are Ice Dams Bad? Dams can tear off gutters, loosen shingles, and cause water to back up and pour into your house. When that happens, the results aren’t pretty: peeling paint, warped floors, stained and sagging ceilings. Not to mention soggy insulation in the attic, which loses R-value and becomes a magnet for mold and mildew. If you’re wondering how to fix an ice dam on your roof, here’s how you can prevent them altogether or remove them if they’ve already formed. How to Prevent Ice Dams Use Heated Cables Attached with clips along the roof’s edge in a zigzag pattern, heated cables help prevent ice dams that lift shingles and cause leaks. This solution allows you to equalize your roof’s temperature by heating it from the outside instead of blowing in cold air from the inside (as we mention next in “Fast Fixes”). Just be sure to install the cables before bad weather hits. How to Get Rid of Ice Dams Fast Blow in Cold Air Hacking away at ice dams with a hammer, chisel, or shovel is bad for your roofing—and dangerous for you. And throwing salt on them will do more to harm to your plantings than to the ice. Short of praying for warm weather, here are stop-gap measures we recommend. Take a box fan into the attic and aim it at the underside of the roof where water is actively leaking in. This targeted dose of cold air will freeze the water in its tracks. “You’ll stop the leak in a matter of minutes,” says TOH general contractor Tom Silva. Rake It Pull off snow with a long-handled aluminum roof rake while you stand safely on the ground. A rake with wheels, like the one shown here, will instantly change the exterior temperature of your roof without damaging shingles. De-icing Methods You can also diminish the damage after the dam has formed with…pantyhose! Fill the leg of discarded […]
When it comes to hiring a roofing contractor, most homeowners make a mistake of hiring any random company they can get without researching enough. Not all roofers out there are to be trusted. Roofing installation, repair, or replacement requires a lot of skills that are not easily earned. Therefore, hiring any roofing contractor you can find is not the smartest idea at all. Qualified and professional roofers in Essex suggest that you always seek the most popular, reputable, and experienced roofing contractor that can guarantee the best quality service. Below, we highlight the top 5 benefits of hiring a professional roofing contractor. Enhanced Work Safety Accidents and mishaps associated with roofing installations and repairs are not strange. During the construction of a house, working safety must be aptly maintained to keep unnecessary risks at bay. A certified and professional roofing contractor often maintains extreme safety by paying heed on the safety concerns of their team members during work. And even if any mishap happens, a professional roofing contractor is equipped with a valid insurance plan that saves you from unwanted consequences. Quality Materials More often than not, a professional roofing contractor has access to high-quality roofing materials, which ensure your repair lasts a long time. Many local hardware stores are filled with low-quality roofing materials that might not withstand harsh weather elements. A professional roofer knows how to differentiate poor quality materials from higher quality ones that are suitable for your specific roofing project. Even more, most professional companies can source top-quality materials at wholesale costs. Cost-Effective Many homeowners tend to believe that they can minimize their cost expenditure by fixing their roofing. In most cases, homeowners who have little to no experience regarding quality roofing repairs may end up causing more harm than good. In reality, hiring professional roofing contractors can be cost-effective, considering that they have a good rapport with suppliers, and you will get raw materials at relatively lower costs. Furthermore, they are equipped with the right tools suitable for every project. If you were to buy the required tools and roofing materials on your own, your expenses would significantly increase. Quality Installation Certified and experienced roofers have been in the industry for several years and have dedicated their entire time to learning and gaining expertise in the field. Having been in the roofing industry for quite a long time, they have worked on several projects with different clients. When it comes to […]
Metro offers four unique roof profiles made from stone-coated steel that range from the graceful curves of MetroTILE® to the deep wood grain of MetroSHAKE®, the sleek low-profile finish of MetroSHINGLE® or the timeless beauty of MetroROMAN® all of which create a strong, weather-tight, environmentally-friendly metal roof that will beautify and protect virtually any property for years to come.
Whether your needs are focused on finding just the right roof for your home or a perfect color for an upcoming architectural or multi-family project, a Metro steel roof is the smart choice, and we’ve made the process simpler by providing an in-depth video online for you to view. Take a look at our “Why Metal? Why Metro?” DVD video, along with a brief explanation on the benefits of “Batten” vs. “Batten-Less” installations. Feel free to contact us for more information on Metro’s Smart Roofs for Smart People™.
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