8 Questions You Must Ask a Roofing Contractor Before Hiring

Posted on April 30th, 2018 by Applied Roofing Services

If your roof shingles have been damaged due to a storm or have started giving way to leaking spots, it’s time you give a call to a professional and licensed roofing contractor for inspection, repair and replacement. A roof replacement is one of the most important home repair tasks for every homeowner. You need to be extra careful when hiring a licensed roofing contractor.

In order to find the right licensed roofing contractor in Los Angeles, ask your potential contractor these important questions before signing any contract:

What to Consider Before Hiring a Licensed Roofing Contractor

  1. What Is the Complete Name and Location Address of Your Roofing Company?

    Ask for the full name and address of the roofing company, along with the Post Office box of their physical location if applicable. A roofing company that lacks a physical location is a case for concern, so you should look for better options.

  2. Do You Employ Roofing Subcontractors?

    Ask if any portion of the job will be handled by a subcontractor. If so, ensure to verify the roofing subcontractor’s state license, insurance, previous work detail, before signing the contract.

  3. Do You Offer Any Warranty On Your Roofing Job?

    Ask about the warranty period of the work offered as well as the products being used by the roof repair company. Also, get a complete clarity on things covered under that warranty and the length of each. A roof warranty usually lasts for a year, but a few roofers also provide extended warranties.

  4. Are You Licensed in the State?

    The roofing company you hire must be properly licensed in your state. They should meet and exceed all standards put forward by a licensing agency because this will guarantee their reputation and the quality of their work. Every state requires different regulatory codes to give license to a roofer. Ask the roofer whether they follow the codes in your state and have an up to date license.

  5. Do You Have General Liability and Workman’s Comp Insurance?

    The roofing contractors that are bonded and insured are more likely to provide superior quality work. If any roofing work remains unfinished or damages the home, the company will cover the costs through the insurance. But, a company that doesn’t carry worker’s comp insurance will leave a homeowner liable to pay the medical bills in case any worker gets injured. Moreover, if a contractor doesn’t have adequate insurance, it will put a homeowner in litigation trouble. Ask the company to provide you with a copy of their license and insurance certificate.

  6. Do You Have a Local Office in the Area?

    Choosing a local contractor from the community has many advantages. A local contractor is better equipped with the rules and codes of the area and has a good relationship with the area suppliers. There’s also less of a chance of scams with a local contractor. Further, they can easily reach and fix any repair problem faster than a contractor whose office is outside your region.

  7. What are the Building Codes for the State?

    Having the right information about the building codes in your state is crucial to getting the work done without any issue. Check the building codes and rules for your state and ask the contractor the same question to verify their contract. Licensed roofing contractors are aware of all building permits and can obtain them as their contract.

  8. How Many Satisfied Customers Have You Served?

    If you want to hire a reputed roofing contractor, the testimonials by satisfied customers will give you a better idea. Ask the contractor about their past projects and, if possible, try to find out how satisfied their customers have been. For a start, you can ask your co-workers and friends about a good roofing contractor in your area. Look up their ratings by Better Business Bureau (BBB) and find out if they have any complaints made against them.

All the above questions and some research on your part will guarantee the right selection of roofing contractor for your roof repair work.

Also Read: Why Should You Go for Licensed Roofing Contractors
Also Read: 6 Benefits of Hiring a Professional Roof Repair Contractor

About Applied Roofing Services

Applied Roofing Services is a full service roofing company located in CA. We offer durable and high quality residential and commercial flat roofing. We provide roof installation as well as roof repair services, roof maintenance and inspection services. We specialize in low slope roofs, energy efficient, zero maintenance, and green roofing. We have 20+ years of experience in the roofing industry.


6 Roofing Materials: Determine the Best Choice for Your Home

Posted on December 30th, 2015 by Applied Roofing Services

The roof on a home is an important feature. Without it, you’d be exposed to the elements every day. Even a roof with a crack or a leak can be a serious danger or put residents in harm’s way.

Your roof isn’t a negotiable part of your home, but roofing materials aren’t standardized. Whether you’re building a home or a professional roofing service is re-doing your existing facade, there are options out there for you to use.

Roofing Materials

Keep reading to learn about 6 popular materials professional roofing services commonly use:

  1. Clay Tile
    Clay tile is popular among homeowners who prefer more texture on their roof. It’s also ideal for Spanish-style or Italian villa-style homes since clay tile looks more traditional.

  2. While quite durable, clay tile is generally somewhat expensive.

  3. Concrete Tile
    Concrete tile is an interesting look for many homes, especially more modern ones, but they’re very heavy. If you don’t mind additional framing costs, this could be an excellent choice for your recently built home.

  4. Asphalt Shingles
    The most common choice in the US, asphalt shingles are cost-effective and easy to fix or replace when needed. They don’t last as long as some materials, but cost benefits often outweigh the need for earlier replacement.

  5. Metal Roofing
    Metal roofing is growing in popularity. It’s not quite as common, but it’s ideal for modern homes and smaller structures. It’s generally expensive, but it can last 50 years if properly maintained.

  6. Slate
    Beautiful for many homeowners, slate is an option a lot of people love for their homes. It is very heavy though, so it requires hiring professional roofing services. Slate is also extremely expensive.

  7. Wood Shingles
    Not allowed in all areas because of fire problems, wood shingles are old-timey and beautiful. They’re also a concern in areas with heavy rain because of mold.

About Applied Roofing Services

Applied Roofing Services is a full service roofing company located in CA. We offer durable and high quality residential and commercial flat roofing. We provide roof installation as well as roof repair services, roof maintenance and inspection services. We specialize in low slope roofs, energy efficient, zero maintenance, and green roofing. We have 20+ years of experience in the roofing industry.


Roofing Project: How to Plan a Perfect Schedule

Posted on November 4th, 2015 by Applied Roofing Services

Every project needs a plan. A roofing project is no different. There are many factors that must be considered when planning any large professional roofing service, such as making sure everything is in place and ready to move forward. The staff at Applied Roofing Services can help you plan your roofing project to ensure everything goes as planned.

Roofing Projects

  1. Know the Weather Forecast
    Always know the weather forecast. Exposing the interior of a home or business to the elements is not wise, especially considering the amount of time it may take to complete the project. Make sure to plan the project for days where no rain or precipitation is called for.

  2. Have the Materials Available
    Before you tear off the first shingle, make sure all of the materials have been delivered and are readily available. Plan in advance to have the materials delivered at least three or four days before the job starts so that you are able to verify that you have everything you need.

  3. A Reliable Runner
    Always make sure you have a designated vehicle and driver on the job site that can be used for emergency errands. This allows people to continue working on various projects if an emergency does occur and more materials are needed.

  4. Scheduling Software
    Using a quality scheduling software allows you to see how well you are sticking to the schedule. It will also send you alerts if you are getting close on time and notify you of any important reminders or notes that have been added. At Applied Roofing Services, we can help you find a scheduling software that works for you.

  5. Choose A Foreman
    Designate a foreman or manager. Designating one person to oversee the entire project will keep things moving smoothly and will eliminate confusion as to what each person’s particular job may be.

About Applied Roofing Services

Applied Roofing Services is a full service roofing company located in CA. We offer durable and high quality residential and commercial flat roofing. We provide roof installation as well as roof repair services, roof maintenance and inspection services. We specialize in low slope roofs, energy efficient, zero maintenance, and green roofing. We have 20+ years of experience in the roofing industry.


What You Must Know About Solar Roof Shingles

Posted on October 28th, 2015 by Applied Roofing Services

Solar shingles are an innovative way to capture the sun’s energy and harness it. By harnessing the sun’s energy, homeowners can heat and power their homes and reduce their dependency on municipally generated electricity. By making a small, initial investment, they can reap benefits as well as can increase their home’s overall resale value.

Solar Roofing

The Benefits of Solar Shingles
There are many benefits of using solar shingles according to the professionals at Applied Roofing. Unlike their predecessors that stood apart from the roof or wall, shingles lay flat and blend in naturally with the others on the roof. Because they blend in natural with the other shingles, they are more likely to be acceptable to housing authorities and neighborhood homeowner associations and groups.

Introduced in 2005, the cost of solar shingles has gradually dropped, making them more affordable than ever before. Even though they are still considered a small investment, the amount of money saved over their years of use will eventually allow the homeowner to recover their cost.

Easy Installation
State and federal tax credits are available for homeowners who choose to install solar shingles. Even local governments are offering incentives for homeowners who had energy efficient features to their homes. Many states are adding new incentives each year as more and more energy efficient options become available to the public.

Drawbacks
In the past, the major drawback for solar shingles and panels was its cost. Since becoming available over a decade ago, the initial cost of the shingles has dropped considerably. The cost has become affordable: however, the main problem now is its availability. Solar powered shingles are becoming popular, but can only be found in certain areas of the country. The professionals at Applied Roofing will be able to discuss their availability in your area. So hurry, give us a call at 714-632-8418.

About Applied Roofing Services

Applied Roofing Services is a full service roofing company located in CA. We offer durable and high quality residential and commercial flat roofing. We provide roof installation as well as roof repair services, roof maintenance and inspection services. We specialize in low slope roofs, energy efficient, zero maintenance, and green roofing. We have 20+ years of experience in the roofing industry.