Henderson Roofing is North Alabama's #1 Residential Roof Replacement company. We have been replacing residential homes with beautiful new roofs since 1986. What this means to you as a consumer is that you are working with a strong company with a solid, long term history of installing new high quality roofs, at a fair price. Some of our customers have had us replace their roofs multiple times due to moving, hail damage, storms or wind.
As you begin your research for a roofing contractor, there are several important factors to keep in mind. We want you to be properly prepared and educated before you start. We know that the more you know, the more likely you are to choose Henderson Roofing foryour roofing project.
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When you choose a contractor to replace your roof, follow these guidelines to ensure you've picked a contractor who will do the job properly:
At Henderson Roofing we install roofing systems, not just a roof. What this consists of is the complete removal of all the old materials on your roof all the way to the decking. Listed below is the step by step process that we use to insure your home the best protection we can provide.
The first step is the evaluation of the decking. The decking, or sheathing, is attached directly to the rafters and is what the roof is installed on. If there is need of replacement, we will discuss this with you, the home owner, and then replace the damaged decking as needed with new decking. If the decking that is currently on your home is not of the recommended size, we will advise that you re-deck your entire home with new decking to assure your roof has the needed strength to bare the weight of the roof.
Next, we insure that you have the needed ventilation so that your roof has the room it needs to breathe by ensuring that you have the proper amount of intake and exhaust venting for your roof. What is the proper amount? A properly ventilated roof has air that comes into it from the bottom, usually through soffit vents. That air blows through the attic and exits the roof through vents at the top or the sides of the roof, depending on your home. That flow of air takes heat and moisture out of your roof and leaves it with room to breathe. During warmer months, ventilation helps keep attics cool. It helps prevent hot ,moist summer air from warping the roof sheathing. It also stops shingles from deteriorating prematurely. What's more, fresh air in the attic makes a home much easierto cool, which can result in lower energy costs. In winter months, ventilation helps reduce moisture to keep attics dry. It stops water from backing up under shingles, damaging insulation, and rotting the roof structure itself. Over time, these consistent problems brought about by both the warm and cooler months add up and take a significant toll on your roof. Unfortunately, you will be looking at purchasing a new roof much sooner than you had anticipated.
The scariest fact of all is that 9 out of 10 homes in North America are NOT properlyventilated and experience early failure due to these problems. Why? Because mostpeople are unaware that attic ventilation can impact the longevity of their entirehome!Next, the installation of a roofing underlayment and proper flashings. The purposeof the roofing underlayment is to protect the roof sheathing and framing from contact withwater. If the roofing underlayment is installed correctly, water that penetrates the exteriorroofing will drain out to the exterior and away from the home. Correctly installing theroofing underlayment and integrating it properly with flashing should allow the roof todrain without leaking, even before the roofing is installed. If the roofing underlayment isinstalled incorrectly, water can reach the sheathing and framing, potentially rotting thesematerials, promoting mold growth, and giving water a path to the home's interior.
Last, is the installation of the shingles that you have selected to go onto your home. The proper installation of asphalt shingles, which varies due to the selection of shingle type, isthe key ingredient to assuring your home will not leak. The shingle, along with the other aspects that have been discussed, is what defers water away from your decking and furthermore your interior of your home. If shingles are not installed in the correct manner, all of the other prior steps will not be able to serve their purpose. At Henderson Roofing our installers are properly trained by Mark Henderson himself, whom has over 40 years ofexperience correctly installing shingles onto residential homes.
General Liability Insurance Certificate Not "SelfInsured": You need to know if your contractor carries general liability insurance. A sizable contractor will carry no less than$500,000.... and usually around $1,000,000 of coverage. If your contractor's insurance policy cannot cover potential damages, then the contractor would be personally liable. If he cannot cover the damages himself, you will again have no legal recourse and will endup paying for the repairs or even a new roof yourself. Over three fourths of roofing companies do not carry proper insurance coverage to protect you against losses. There's Only 1 Circumstance Where You Should Give Cash Up Front.... And Only 1 :Reputable roofing contractors will not need cash up front for 99% of all jobs they do. The only circumstances that would make it necessary are if you special order non-returnable roofing materials. Be careful of contractors who ask for money up front, especially if your roof is standard wood, composition, or tile shingles. This is the number one area of fraudamong contractors.
Quality Inspection walk through with you, the homeowner. Ask to review the entire process of the roof project. Mark or Justin will go through the final walk through and describe to you each step that was taken during your roof installation. This walk throughs hould occur prior to making any payment. We hope this list will give you the knowledge you need to find the best contractor for your roofing project.