Most often, estimates may appear to be offering the same or similar services, but our experience shows most contracts are not created equal. A low price can signal discrepancies and shortcomings in the reliability of the contractor. In addition to the actual materials, some of the differences to look for when comparing Grand Rapids roofing contracts and contractors are the number of years the company has been in business, the experience of the actual crew, and validity of liability and workers’ compensation insurance.
In the end, you want to pick a roofing contractor who has a history of satisfied customers and is committed to installing your roof according to the manufacturer’s specification.
Short answer: probably not. Professional roofing contractors are trained to safely and efficiently repair or replace a roof. Also, shingles and other roofing materials only qualify for the manufacturer’s warranty if they’re installed correctly. Beginners can harm a roof with improper roofing techniques or severely injure themselves by falling off or even through a roof in need of repair or replacement.
However, if you must inspect the roof yourself, use a firmly braced or tied-off ladder equipped with rubber safety feet. Wear rubber-soled shoes and stay on the ladder (and off the roof) if possible.
Roof-overs are acceptable in certain cases as described in Certainteed’s Master Shingle Applicator Manual.
According to the CertainTeed MSA Manual, ROOF-OVER INSTALLATIONS MAY BE CONSIDERED WHEN:
1. No more than one layer of shingles (not including a layer of sawn, square butt wood shingles if local codes approve this as a substitute roof deck) are in place on the existing roof.
2. After careful inspection, the roof deck is found to be strong and to provide a good nailing base.
3. The combined weight of the first and second layers of shingles will not exceed the rated carrying capacity of the deck.
4. The contractor is certain all roof system components, especially flashing and valleys, can be properly repaired or adapted to the
5. Manufacturer’s instructions do not prohibit roof-over installations.
6. The cost to dispose of old roofing materials would be prohibitive.
Most re-roofs should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Due to the number of issues that can arise and Above Roofing’s lifetime workmanship warranty, we do not perform roof-overs.
We advise tearing off existing materials, inspecting the decking (as well as the general integrity of your roof structure) and then installing your new roof will guarantee optimum long-term performance and provide a better warranty
ROOFUS OUR MASCOT
Not every business has a mascot, but at Above Roofing, we have “Roofus,” a border collie. He represents our amazing team of professionals and our commitment to your protection. When you see him in our advertising around the community, we hope you think: hardworking, friendly, and smart. Above Roofing’s team are all of those things while we install and maintain the most secure and attractive roof for your home or business.
Dogs provide protection and comfort. So do our roofs.
We’re so committed to the values of safety and comfort that we support the Humane Society of West Michigan to promote the humane treatment and responsible care of animals. Through our work on your home, our financial gifts, and volunteering, we can help provide dogs like Roofus with a great life.
Not every business has a mascot, but at Above Roofing, we have “Roofus,” a border collie. He represents our amazing team of professionals and our commitment to your protection. When you see him in our advertising around the community, we hope you think: hardworking, friendly, and smart.
Above Roofing’s team are all of those things while we install and maintain the most secure and attractive roof for your home or business.
We picked the border collie because they are hardworking, loyal, friendly, and very smart. If you remember Lassie from the 1950s, you know that many dogs have a sixth sense at knowing when something is wrong and how to fix it.