Q: How long have you been in business?
A: We have been in business, servicing the Long Island area at the same phone number and owned by the same family since 1983.
Q: How much does a new roof cost?
A: Before we can tell you how much your job will cost, we will need to know what it involves. We understand your concerns about budget and keeping costs under control. We have the same concerns ourselves. Therefore, the best way to estimate a cost is to have a experienced estimator come to your home and take a look at your roof.
Q. The estimates I have received are very different in price. Why not just go with the lowest bid?
A. Most often estimates may appear to be offering the same or similar services, however, our experience shows that most contracts are not created equal. A low price can signal discrepancies and shortcomings in the reliability of the contractor or the actual materials Still not sure if you are comparing "apples to apples"? No problem, we are always willing to go through the proposals with you and offer an honest evaluation so that you can make an informed decision.
Q. How long can I expect my roof to last?
A. The condition and lifespan of your roof will depend on the type of roof you have, the effects of your local environment, and the maintenance which the roof has received. According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, asphalt shingles generally last 15-20 years. Additionally, roofing product manufacturers offer a variety of warranties on their products.
Q: Which is better - going over the first layer of roofing or a tear-off and re-roof?
A: In most cases, removing the existing roof, replacing any bad wood, installing new felt (tar) paper and re-roofing is your best choice. A re-cover can be a good alternative if cost or other considerations are prevalent.
Q. How can a homeowner recognize when a roof has problems?
A. All too often, roof problems are discovered after leaking or other serious damage occurs. Periodic (twice-a-year) inspections can often uncover cracked, warped, or missing shingles, loose seams and deteriorated flashing, excessive surface granules accumulating in the gutters or down spouts, and other visible signs of roof problems. Indoors, look for cracked paint, discolored plaster board, and peeling wallpaper as signs of damaged roof areas.
Q. Can't I just do the work myself?
A. Most roofing work is not a do-it-yourself project. Professional roofing contractors are trained to safely and efficiently repair or replace a roof. Plus, the shingles and other roofing materials you pay for only qualify for the manufacturer's warranty if they are installed correctly. Homeowners may become injured while trying to repair their roof and therefore homeowners should only perform roof inspections in both the fall and spring to check for cracked or curling shingles, and to cleaning rain gutters filled with dead leaves or other debris.
Q: Are Estimates Free?
A: Yes. Please call us to schedule a no obligation roof estimate with one of our experienced and knowledgeable estimators. After our inspection, we will provide you with a proposal detailing our findings, options, and cost.
Q: Can a new roof lower my enery bills?
A: Yes. A properly insulated attic and a well-ventilated roof will help you reduce heat loss and moisture condensation in the winter and heat retention in the summer, thus enabling you to conserve energy.