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Fire Resistant Roofing Materials

Roofing

Most of us choose our roofing materials thinking about possible elements that could damage it: rain, snow, hail, and strong winds. Many of us forget about another dangerous thing we should be testing our roofs against – fire.

 

Sure, you are thinking that you live far away from areas susceptible to wildfires, your children are all grown up and no one is bound to play with fire inside your household – in short, it’s very unlikely for you to encounter any cases of fire. But the truth is, anything can happen, and, sometimes, accidents do happen.

 

This is why you should know about the fire resistant capabilities of each of the roof materials commonly used in most houses today to find out which roofing material you should consider using for your own home.

 

Wood shingles and wood shake shingles – Since wood is an extremely flammable material, you can’t really count on it to protect your home from fire. A fire could easily spread once it reaches wooden items such as wood shingles or wood shake shingles. While these wooden roofing materials look gorgeous in your home, they are not the best choice if steering clear of fire is what you are aiming for.

 

Asphalt shingles – Another popular choice for roofs, asphalt shingles can have some fire-resistant properties, depending on the materials used when it was manufactured. Asphalt shingles with fiberglass components are not that easy to catch fire.

 

Clay or concrete tiles – Virtually fire resistant, you can depend on clay or concrete tiles to provide you with peace of mind that it will not be burned. Although, if your home is made of wood, if the structure supporting the roof gets burned, clay or concrete tiles may fall in, especially because of their heavy weight.

 

Metal roof – Of all the roofing materials, a metal roof could give you the best protection against fire because it is extremely resistant to fire.

How to Avoid Common Roofing Errors

Roofing

Every day, we commit mistakes we never intended to do – after all, we are humans. However, when it comes to roofing, mistakes — no matter how we didn’t intend them to happen – can be truly costly.

 

Therefore, it’s always better to familiarize yourself with the most common roofing mistakes one may encounter; this way, it might be possible for you to identify the telltale signs if you seem to be doing the wrong things when it comes to roofing.

 

Here are some of the most common roofing errors you should NOT do:

 

Do NOT install or repair the roof yourself. – If you don’t have any particular training on roof construction or installation, it would be a lot better if you steer clear of doing the job yourself. Taking on a big job such as roof installation when you don’t have the necessary skills may just lead to accidents and defective job.

 

Do NOT settle for a verbal agreement. – Even if you think you have met the friendliest, most reliable roofing contractor in the world, do NOT settle for an agreement that is not properly documented. Put everything in writing. If your roofing contractor is truly a reliable one, they would know how important proper documentation is for every job.

 

Do NOT forget to ask about proper insurance. – No matter how safe you think the job would be – always ask about insurance. Accidents sometimes happen and the last thing you want to hear is that you need to pay the hospital bills of a worker who got injured while working on your roof. Make sure that the contractor and every member of his crew are covered by general liabilities insurance as well as workers’ compensation insurance.

 

Do NOT overlay new shingles on old ones. – Some homeowners and contractor simply put new shingles over old ones to save money. This is a risky move that’s even considered as illegal in some locations. The right way to install a new roof is to completely get rid of the old shingles before installing the new ones.

For more information contact Delta Roofing for a free consultation.

 

What Your Roofing Contract Should Include

Contract

In any construction or repair jobs, one of the most important parts is the contract. In having your roof installed or fixed, you have to know which details must be included in the contract.

 

The terms of the contract must be something that was discussed with you and you have agreed to.

 

Before signing this important document and letting the contractors start working, there are critical details you should look for in your contract.

 

The exact duration of the project

The contract must indicate when the actual roof installation or repair will start and when it will end. It should have an exact start date and end date.

 

Description of the procedure

What needs to be done has to be described in detail as well as how the contractor plans to go about the project.

 

Itemized list of the products or materials that will be used for the project

All the materials purchased from the supplier must be listed properly. The exact quantities, the price per unit, as well as the total costs. You should also be aware why you need to buy each of the material and where would it be used for.

 

Warranty

The contractor should put in writing the coverage of repairs or warranty for the job they have carried out. This should specify which type of work would be regarded as a repair and for how long will the warranty be valid.

 

Payment terms

The terms of payment should be presented clearly and should be something you have talked about with the contractor even before the contract was printed. Ordinarily, a contractor would ask for a little down payment, they would ask for another portion of the total fees as the project is ongoing and would just ask for the remainder of the agreed payment once the job is completed and you are happy with the results.

How to Tell if Your Roofing Contractor is Dependable

Contractor

Just like interviewing applicants for a new job, choosing a roofing contractor should be done carefully, meticulously. You should screen them with utmost care and pay attention to the qualities they have, what they can offer, and their professional qualities.

 

Since being practical is one of the priorities of most homeowners wanting to have their roof installed or fixed right away, it can be very easy to be convinced to hire the roofing contractors with the lowest rates or the roofing contractor that ‘seems’ very qualified talking about the jobs they have worked on – but these are not enough – you have to see some important proof before you finally sign that working contract.

 

So, how can you tell if the roofing contractor is dependable and has what it takes to do the job smoothly and properly?

 

One of the first things you should be looking for before you hire a roofing contractor is proper documents. Look for proof of insurance such as general liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance. Not only that, you also have to check if the contractor has the necessary license and certification. No matter how seemingly knowledgeable they are, you have to see the actual documents yourself.

 

A reliable roofing contractor should also have a stable company with an actual office and official telephone number where you can personally pay a visit for business purposes.

 

A list of previous clients – satisfied clients, that is – is another sign that the roofing contractor is a good, reliable one.

 

A significant amount of time being in the business is something you should look for as well before hiring a contractor for your roof. Along with this experience should be a good professional record. There shouldn’t be any case filed against them on BBB.

 

You don’t expect the roofing contractor to complete the entire job himself/herself, so a reliable contractor should have around a crew of 4 to 5 people working with him (depending on the size of the job) to ensure that the job would be completed faster.