Roofing 101

 When it comes to roofing, there are many things you should keep in mind. Shingles are not the only thing that should be on your account. 

 The Basics

 If you are new to roofing, I recommend getting a roofing contractor who can link you to a roofing company with licensed or certified roofers to cover all or any of the roof repairs you may be inquiring about. If you are more of a do it your self type of person, then make sure you do your research on materials and cost. Be sure you know the height, pitch, and slope. Other everyday things to keep in mind are knowing if there is any drainage pipes running along there or other items, such as chimney ventilation. These things will factor into choosing the proper type of material to use for the roof.

 The Checklist

 Make yourself a detailed checklist of these critical factors to make sure you are not only making the right decision but covering all of the projects as a whole. You would want to get knee-deep and close to finished and realize you didn’t factor in a portion of the project or missed some material by accident. It does happen, yes. Preventing is highly recommended as we all know, time is a valuable thing.

 Sample Checklist:

 1. Can you take this project on or will you need a roofing contractor? 

 2. Do you know what type of materials your roof consists of?

 3. Do you know the Elements of design?

 4. First, install date or most recent repair.

 5. Ventilation and Fire rating. 

 6. Do you see the pitch or slope of the roof? (high and low points) 

 7. What is the square footage of your roof?

 8. Does your roof have a skylight or will you be adding one?

 9. Call a known contractor if you do not know any of the questions listed above you’re in over your head. L.O.L. Be sure to see the project well before you dive deep.

 Sample Questions to ask a Contractor

 If you do decide to hire a contractor for your project, here are some essential questions to ask.

 Question 1: Contact information, how long they have been an operating business, and whether or not it’s a locally owned business or out of town or state?

 Question 2: Is the company accredited with the Better Business Bureau?

 Question 3: Does the company do a residential installation, commercial installation, or both?

 Question 4: Does the company offer insurance and or warrantees for the provided work?

 Question 5: Is the company licensed, also do they have licensed subcontractors?

 Question 6: Do they offer references for the owner?


 These are all essential factors to keep in mind when you are building a roof or adding on to one or only just doing some simple roof repair. Tim Allen could certainly hand over a few tips. If you are familiar with anything on the Diy channel, sit back and study some research, several shows on that specific channel could offer you quite a bit of advice. Remember to have fun with any project you take on and always put safety first. A contractor will tell you the same thing. Safety first is a rule of thumb. If they have people in training be open-minded as we have all gone through an enjoyable journey of learning and it is undoubtedly suitable for the younger or new generation to learn trades outside of just electronics and other things. This builds a good drive and creating jobs satisfies the soul. Roofers provide great covers that keep you dry, and contractors are not your enemy as long as you get the right guy for the job. Do your research. Enjoy the process and always have fun. Ideas come one in a million!…

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Roofing Repair vs. Replacement: What’s Right for You?

Roof repair can be a cost-effective way to breathe more life into your roof. There are times when it makes more sense to hire a roofing contractor to install a new roof or replace your shingles, a process known as re-roofing. Here are some factors to consider as you decide what’s right for you.

 Age of Your Roof

 An asphalt roof, which is what’s found in most homes in the United States, can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years. If your roof has been well-maintained over the years, roof repair could make sense even if you have an older roof. However, if your roof is clearly showing its age, and there are multiple problems to tackle, replacement may be more cost-effective.

 Frequency of Repairs

 Most homeowners need to call on a roofing contractor now and then. But if you find yourself frequently needing repair work done on your roof, it may be time to explore your options with replacement. The severity of the repairs is also worth considering. Rehabilitation is generally advisable if the main problems with your roof involve: 

 • Leaks limited to one area

 • A few blown-off shingles

 • Minor storm damage

 Future Home Plans

 If you know, you’ll be moving soon, and your roof only needs some minor attention here and there, turning to a roofing company for the necessary repair work makes sense. However, if your roof is in dire need of extensive repairs and looking its age, you may want to go with a replacement. Yes, this is an investment, but it could pay off if you end up getting a better offer for your home.

 Other Home Improvements You’ve Already Made.

 It’s not unusual for homeowners to spread out improvements over several months or years. If this is what you’ve been doing, you may not have paid too much attention to your roof if your improvement efforts involved windows, doors, siding, and other parts of your home.

 When all other work is done, however, your roof may suddenly stand out in all the wrong ways if it’s no longer a beautiful and functional feature of your home. Of course, if your roof still fits right in with your home’s other features and there are only minor issues to fix, the repair would be the better option.

 Environmentally-Friendly Perks

 Roofing repairs can certainly involve environmentally-friendly materials. Going with a full replacement, however, allows you to explore your options with eco-friendly shingles and related features. While it may be more of initial investment to have an environmentally-friendly roof installed, you may qualify for local or federal tax credits to offset costs.

 The extent of Storm-Related Damage

 Most of the roof damage that occurs due to a storm comes from high winds. If the only issues you have after a storm are some blown-off shingles and a few roof punctures, you’ll likely benefit from repairs. But if a storm has damaged your roof’s surface layer along with underlying and supporting parts, like your fascia and soffit, replacement may be the better option.

 Be aware that some types of roof damage, such as what can happen during a hailstorm, may deceptively appear to be minor. The main signs of severe hail-related damage to look out for include: 

 • Cracked shingles

 • Denting or pockmarks on your roof’s surface (bruising)

 • Bubbling on your roof’s surface

 • A significant loss of granules (on asphalt roofs)

 • Exposed parts of your roof below the surface layer

 Your Recent Utility Bills

 Repairs to your roof are generally focused on areas where there is visible damage. However, repairs can’t make an inefficient roofing system more efficient if you’ve been noticing a gradual increase in your utility bills without an apparent reason, considering having a roof inspection.

 The details from the inspection should give you an idea of just how efficient your roof is. If the results show issues with materials that were never all that efficient in the first place, replacement may be worth considering.

 The Final Verdict

 There is no clear answer here. Having your roof repaired is going to be more affordable. It could be nothing more than a temporary fix if your roof has other flaws that will contribute to ongoing repairs costs.

 Since we’re a customer-first roofing company, we’ll gladly perform an inspection of your roof and offer an honest opinion so you’ll have a better idea of what’s going on with your roof and what options you have available. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.…

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The Cuban Club & Roof Repair

Yeah, we are now back to moving to the majestic city of Saint-Paul and its twin brother Minneapolis. That’s because there are a lot of roofs that get hit hard by storms in that area and then the roof starts leaking! Oh noes, well, that’s fine, it can be repaired, but you better do it ASAP before the damage gets too big. If that happens, then it will probably be even costlier because what’s gonna happen is you’ll have water damage as well. Big no, no.

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