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Cities We Service 

Atlanta, Austell, Alpharetta, Avondale Estates, Buckhead, Buford, Canton, Carrollton, Cartersville, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Douglasville, Druid Hills, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Hiram, Johns Creek, Kennesaw, Lithia Springs, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Lithonia, Loganville,  Mableton, Marietta, McDonough, Norcross, Peachtree City, Powder Springs, Riverdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Stone Mountain, Suwanee, Snellville, Stockbridge, Tucker, Vinings. 

WHO'S BEHIND YOUR ROOF?

 

To get the job done right, hire a professional roofing contractor. With this investment, it's crucial that you receive trustworthy support-

and the know-how and breadth of services needed to complete the work.

So before you sign a contract, here are a few things you should check for. 

Does the contractor: 

  • Have a good reputation? Look for references. Call them.

  • Have adequate insurance? 

  • Thoroughly inspect your roof? Including flashing, chimney, soil sacks, other roof penetration, deck, plus attic.

  • Provide a written estimate? With an accurate description of the work to be performed, plus work that may have to be contracted.

  • Explain the components of the roofing system?

  • Check existing ventilation for proper circulation?

  • Explain the importance of ventilation? Improper ventilation will damage shingles and can invalidate the manufacturer's warranty.

  • Explain the reasons for tearing off versus nailing over the existing roof? 

  • Know, explain and comply with local building codes? 

  • Apply underlayment to the wood deck? 

  • Apply shingles according to manufacturer's specification? 

  • Use proper fastening techniques? Four fasteners for each shingle-six in high-wind areas. Fasteners should penetrate 3/4" into the deck.

  • Commit to supervise the job during all phases of work and inspect it completely when finished?

  • Thoroughly clean up your roof and around your property when finished?

  • Clearly explain both the workmanship and manufacturer's warranty? Are defective shingles replaced for prorated replacement cost, or original cost, with labor additional?

  • Offer additional warranty coverage? 

  • Use quality roofing materials? Check warranty plus UL fire and wind resistance ratings. 

 

USEFUL TERMS YOU SHOULD KNOW

 

  • Deck: The surface installed over the support framing members to which the roofing shingles is applied.

  • Drip edge: A non-corrosive, non-staining material used along the eaves and rakes to allow water runoff to drip clear of underlying construction.

  • Eave: The overhanging lower edge of your roof

  • Felt: Fibrous material saturated with asphalt and used as an underlayment or sheathing paper

  • Flashing: The protective layer around your chimney's base

  • Gable: The upper portion of a side wall that comes to a triangular point at the ridge of a sloping roof

  • Gable Roof: A type of roof containing sloping planes of the same pitch on each side of the ridge. Contains a gable at the end.

  • Hip: The peak of your roofline going downward

  • Rake Edge: The side of your roof's slope

  • Ridge: The peak of your roofline along its top

  • Ridge Vent: Ventilation that is applied underneath your roof's ridge

  • Undereave Vent: An opening for the passage of air through your roof 

  • Valley: The portion of your roof where two slopes intersect

  • Water-Resistant Underlayment: Water-resistant protection beneath your roof's deck and shingles

 

 

Additional Terms

 

  • Bundle: One package of shingles

  • Square: 100 square feet of shingles 

  • Starter Course: The first row of shingles applied to base of your roof

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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