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Roofing 101

There are many types of roofs, but today we will only discuss shingles. We most frequently install and recommend a Pro-Style Architectural Shingle Roof.

What makes a roof Pro-Style? Here is the scope of work:

  1. Strip and dispose of existing shingles

  2. Replace drip edge around the roof perimeter

  3. Install ice and water shield to the first 3' and valleys/vulnerable areas

  4. Install premium felt underlayment

  5. Install starter strip to the roof perimeter and vent boots

  6. Install urethane boots around all pipes

  7. Install architectural shingles staggered and nailed to manufacturer specifications

  8. Install ridge vents/power vents

  9. Install flashing, where needed

Most manufacturers require Pro-Style installation to uphold any warranties. There are some roofing exceptions that can slightly change the steps above, but we are keeping it simple today.

Why is roofing so expensive? Let us explain.

Roofing is the most expensive worker's compensation and liability insurance rate, by far. Roofing is dangerous and difficult work with a lot of overhead costs. If someone is offering you a cheap fix, we guarantee they aren't carrying an insurance policy and have poor business practices. If an uninsured person falls off your roof, it's on your home owner's insurance policy. Also, would YOU get on someone's 3-4 story roof for "cheap?" Hell-to-the-no. Think about that.

You can't compare roofing quotes apples to apples. Some contractors will leave off a crucial step above to make their bid seem cheaper to the unknowing home owner. They are cheaper because they're cutting a corner. Roofing is NOT an area where you want to select the lowest bidder. It can cost you thousands down the road. Please call the contractors and ask them to explain their bids to make sure you know what you're getting. We truly care about the work we produce.

Your materials matter!

Just say NO:

  • 3-Tab Shingles: Please, do not let someone install 3-tab shingles on your roof to save a few bucks. 3-tab is an outdated and inferior product, but some shady folks will still try to sell it to you. Combine 3-tab shingles with shoddy workmanship and you have a recipe for instant disaster. Everyone loves a good sale, but don't be tempted by 3-tab's cheaper price tag. It's a trick.

  • Shingles on Shingles: No, just no. Someone may try to sell you an install of new shingles over existing shingles. This drastically decreases the life of your new roof and causes a much more costly replacement down the road.

In our area, we recommend an architectural shingle with an extra nailing strip. This type of shingle is available by several manufacturers, such as CertainTeed, IKO, GAF, and Owens Corning. The nailing strip gives your roof have an extra layer of protection against strong storms.

We have been internationally recognized by IKO Roofing multiple times, and even made the top of 2020's Best #IKOInspiration with this beauty in South Charleston.

Insurance Claims:

A strong storm comes through and you have visible wind damage or missing shingles to your roof.

  • Step 1: Contact your insurance to file a claim and request an adjuster. If they don't find any damage then no harm, no foul. This is a free service from your insurance provider.

  • Step 2: Contact us for a free quote. Matt will meet with you and your adjuster to assess your roof. If damage is present, we will forward the quote to your insurance company.

  • Step 3: We wait and see what the insurance company says. Sometimes a letter with pictures is required highlighting the damage, and we are happy to accommodate.

  • Step 4: You're approved! Pick out your shingles and it's #hammertime!

Usually it's pretty straight forward, but sometimes it's more challenging. We're ride-or-die, so we'll get it figured out for you.

Other Factors: Insurance will only cover what you currently have on your roof.

Example: The last contractor from 12 years ago installed low quality felt underlayment, no ice and water shield, and 3-tab shingles. That value is what insurance will cover for replacement. Is that up to today's standards? No.

Even if your roof is fully covered by insurance, the home owner will frequently need to come out of pocket for some portion and their deductible. We try our best to complete a new roof for what insurance covers, but it's not always possible. However, we are always willing to work with home owners depending on the situation.

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home. Please feel free to contact us directly if you have questions about roofing! We are happy to help!


Matt + Erin

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