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Shingle Roofs

Owens Corning, TAMKO, GAF, CertainTeed are popular quality manufacturers of asphalt roof shingles. Asphalt roof shingles can be purchased in many colors and styles. The most popular type of material used to make a shingle is asphalt. Shingles can be used on all types of buildings including residential and commercial.

Shingle roofs can be less costly at the time of installation, and can be the easiest roof to install on your home. Most shingle roofs come with 20 year warranties and can go up to 30, 40 and even 50 year warranties. Florida weather is really hard on a shingle roof and will have you replacing your roof possibly before end of warranty.

Tile RoofingTile Roofs

Tile Roofs are available in a wide variety of design-inspired colors and profiles that can enhance any exterior style, concrete roof tile is beautiful, durable and safe. Roof Tile is virtually maintenance-free, structurally superior and lasts longer than other traditional roofing materials. Tile roofing is also Class A fire rated the highest fire-resistant rating available.

Tile roofs are also your most cost-effective and energy-efficient material choice, with better insulating properties than other material choices. A concrete tile roof will last for the life of the structure making it quite affordable compared to other roofing materials. With regular maintenance, the hassle and expense of reroofing is minimized. Regular maintenance means ensuring that your roof is clear of debris. For your own safety and to avoid damage your tiles, you should not walk on your roof.Instead use a professional contractor to do any cleaning or maintenance.

Metal RoofingMetal Roofs

Metal roofs are used on all types of buildings, both residential and commercial. Lightweight and durable metal roofing can last 20-30 years. Most manufacturers give warranties ranging from 20-50 years. Metal roofs are used to cover larger buildings because they are lightweight and can withstand many factors that other roof types can not, such as fire, hail, and wind. They can be coated with high reflectivity coatings to help with energy usage and they can be eligible for the FPL rebates (limited time). We offer both Mill finish or coated (colored).

Metal roofs offer superior wind resistance due to its sleek low profile. They can also be recoated if the color fades or you simply want to change metal roof color.

Flat RoofingFlat Roofs

There are several types of flat roofing systems. Modern flat roofs tend to use a continuous membrane covering. These membranes are applied as a continuous sheet where possible, and can use sealants and adhesives to allow for bonding multiple sheets and dealing with structures that may penetrate the roof surface, such as air conditioner stands, plumbing stacks and vents.

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10 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Roofer

How do you know  when you are getting a qualified roofing contractor? You can ask your family and friends for references, you can check online and in the yellow pages, but when two or three contractors have come out to your house then how do you know which one to pick?

  • Ask how long the company has been in business. After a few years they have usually established their business practices and have a good understanding of the roofing systems.
  • Be sure the contractor has a permanent place of business. A business phone, tax ID and if applicable a business license and bonded.
  • Ask to see copies of their liability insurance  A professional roofer will always carry copies of their insurance and workers compensation papers.
  • Scrutinize the written estimate. Document when the project will start and when it is estimated to be completed, also when payments will be made. (Do not pay in full up front). Make sure the warranty is clear and you understand what voids it.
  • Call the Better Business Bureau to check for any complaints against the roofing company. You can also ask the contractor for references and call those customers to determine if they were satisfied.
  • Price is not a very reliable indicator of which company to pick. Sometimes you are offered discounts and rebates which will lower the price. Spend a little time making calls and looking over the written estimate and contracts and get all your questions answered so you can feel confident in your final decision.
  • Don’t pay until job complete. Although you may be required to pay a small deposit, this amount should typically not exceed 25% of the full price for the job, or the base cost for materials only. You should never be required to pay for the labor in advance. Always inspect the work once it is complete and get a copy of all the necessary paperwork before paying the contractor.
  • Ask about roofing warranties. Roof repair and replacement can be costly so it is always a good idea to find a contractor that can offer a warranty for the work. Contractors typically offer full warranties for new roof and roof replacements, but may not offer any warranty for repairs. You should always get a copy of the warranty information once the work has been completed.
  • Get multiple quotes. Not all roofing contractors are the same. They may have the biggest advertisement in the yellow pages, but that does not always guarantee quality. Get multiple quotes from different roof contractors and compare the details of the bid. Since some states do not require contractors to be licensed it is always best to obtain your bids from licensed contractors only.
  • Preventative maintenance. As a homeowner you are responsible for conducting preventative maintenance on your home. Look for damaged or missing shingles, and replace any that are not satisfactory. The flashing and underlining should always be intact and in good shape. Just a few minutes each month can reduce the chances of needing major repair or replacement and save you thousands of dollars down the road.

Call Amherst Roofing of Naples, Florida for more information. Amherst Roofing has been in business since 1987 in Naples, FL, We provide service to all of South West Florida.  Call today at 239-594-1133.
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