FAQs

Is Spring a good time to reroof my home?

You bet, Spring is one of the better times – in fact, March, April and May are great months to schedule any work on your roof! Just give us a call, and let’s get started.

Do I need a building permit and who is responsible for that?

Most every county, town, or city require a permit for a new roof or a reroof. I pull permits all the time and am used to the procedures so, I will take care of that.

Are roofing companies required to be licensed?

Yes. In Colorado, there is no one license through the state (except for plumbers and electricians) A contractor must get a contractor’s license through each city or town they are doing work in. If I am not licensed in a town I do not typically do many jobs in, I may not get a license there until I do have a job there.

Will you inspect my roof after the shingles are off?

It is very important to inspect all aspects of your roof after the old roof has been removed. There may be rotted or damaged roof decking/sheeting. The flashings at the eave, walls, chimneys, pipes, may be rusted or inadequate. These are some important reasons why a tear off/ removal is essential.

Do I have a choice of colors?

Yes. I have color sample boards for asphalt shingles from numerous manufacturers. We can start there, but, seeing some actual shingles is suggested. Once we have it narrowed down to a few colors, I will bring some actual shingles. Your roof should last 20 to 30 to 40 years. It is best to be sure about colors and style. The same goes for metal, tile, and the simulated, or “Fake” products, as far as seeing the actual product. There is simulated slate, shake, wood shingle and more. There are also metal shingles and simulated tiles to choose from.

What are the issues with a metal roof?

Metal roofs have a different look and even different behaviors than asphalt shingle roofs. There is also a wide price range, style selection, and quality range. Overall, metal roofs shed snow and rain differently than other types of roofs. Snow and ice can slide off suddenly therefore being a hazard. Icicles form more easily and larger than on other types of roofs. People with small children, grandchildren, or pets that will be under the roof might want to consider these factors. Screws also need to be checked for tightness periodically due to expansion and contraction. Having said those things, metal can make a very attractive, very long lasting roof.

Keep in mind that metal roofs do not have the ice dam build up, or, ice dam leaks that some other types of roofs experience. A continuous sheet of metal has no way for ice to back up under the roofing as does asphalt shingles. A residential metal roof should not be more than 10% to 20% more than an asphalt shingle at today’s prices. Material costs can be similar, the labor costs are where the difference lies because, installing metal roofs require more skill and experience. We have been installing numerous styles of metal roofs for many years and are well equipped to install them.

There are pros and cons to all types of roofing so discussing options with a qualified, experienced roofing contractor is recommended. There are many, many, options for roofing today with new products all the time. The fast-paced technical changes of today affect roofing also.

Will you replace or install my gutters?

When gutters are, necessary or requested I will be happy to take care of that!

Do you install slate or tile roofs?

This is a very good question! Real slate roofs have freeze/thaw/ breakage issues in this area. I have removed a few, high dollar real slate roofs. There are simulated slate roofs the are very close in looks to the real thing, and they perform much better. Tile roofs have some of the breakage issues as slate. Tile roofs do well in desert, hot areas. The key about tile roofs is what is under the tile. Tile is not designed to keep all the water out from underneath, so what is under tile is very important. This is not a flaw, it is the way a tile roof system is designed.

Many roof systems are that way. The cedar shakes are not what keeps their roof dry. It is the tar paper lacing in between the shingle rows, and the tar paper under all of them at the plywood that keeps that roof from leaking. It is the dry in material, the tar paper (or newer better products like that) under tile that keeps that roof dry. The shakes, or, tile, or other roofing is only 1) for looks, and 2) to keep the UV’s off the underlayment/dry in material.

Service Areas:

Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Silt, New Castle, DeBeque, Parachute, Carbondale, Basalt and Meeker areas

Please contact us with any questions you might have. Remember, we offer a free initial consultation and we’re happy to meet you at your home, business or building project. You can also use our contact form below to tell us about your roofing needs. Thank you for allowing us to serve you!