What Are Some Of The Most Common Rooftops In Eastern PA?

Mar 27, 2022Blog, Eastern Pennsylvania, Roofing

At River Run Roofing, we are proud to be one of the leading roofing companies in Eastern PA. We have provided our city with professional and dedicated roofing services for nearly ten years, and we plan to do so for the next ten years. Over this time, we’ve come to learn which roofing materials work best in the Parkesburg area and which ones homeowners here prefer. If you’re looking to install a new rooftop on your Parkesburg home, carry on reading as we detail some of the materials most common in the city.

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Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the roof material of choice for many homeowners in Eastern PA and across America. They’re affordable, easy to install and repair. They provide home’s with unmatched versatility and curb appeal that will make your house stand out from all the homes on your street.

The asphalt shingle roofing system is available in 3-Tab and Dimensional shingle variations, as well as a wide array of different colors and hues, giving homeowners the freedom to choose the rooftop that matches their aesthetic preferences.

Asphalt shingles are one of the most requested residential roof types at River Run Roofing.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofs are gradually taking over from asphalt in Eastern PA. These high-quality roofing materials have some of the best weather resistance, strength, and durability around; they can withstand winds up to 140 mph, and they have excellent UV protective features.

The metal roofing system is available in various materials, including copper, steel, aluminum, corrugated, standing seam, and tin. Thanks to their incredible malleability, these materials can be shaped into any design that you desire.

Flat Roofing

It’s easy to see why the popularity of flat roofing systems in Eastern PA is steadily increasing. With its sleek, modern design that is easy to install and maintain, flat roofing systems are an excellent option for homeowners trying to create more of a minimalist vibe in their homes. The roofing system offers you the great opportunity of using the flat roof as a space to install skylights, solar panels, or air conditioning. You could also turn your flat roof into extra living space such as a small garden or lounging area.

Cedar Roofing

Cedar roofing is made from western red cedar trees. These trees thrive in the natural environment, and when installed on your home, they offer you the same excellent protection. However, to get the best out of your cedar roofing system, they need to be regularly maintained, treated, and coated with fire and water-resistant coating.

Homeowners have the option of two different kinds of cedar roofing, cedar shakes, and cedar shingles. Cedar shingles are neatly trimmed shingles that create a neat and tidy appearance for your home. Cedar shakes are a little more rugged in their appearance and add a more natural aesthetic to your home.

Contact River Run Roofing today if you’re interested in installing a new rooftop for your Eastern PA home. With nearly ten years of roofing experience and an unwavering commitment to quality, we will ensure that your new rooftop exceeds all your expectations.

9 Questions To Ask Potential Roofing Contractors 

Hiring a contractor can be overwhelming. There are hundreds of roofing contractors in  Eastern PA alone. How are you supposed to choose one? 

We can’t decide for you, but the following 9 questions will help you pick a competent contractor and avoid ending up with a bad one. 

  • Are you licensed and insured? 

It’s essential to ask about insurance for several reasons. For one thing, when a contractor has all their papers in order, it shows they care enough to follow proper procedures. 

And secondly, having proper paperwork protects both you and your roofer should anything go awry. 

The requirements to become a licensed roofer differ from state to state. In PA, contractors must meet the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act requirements and register at the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. 

Regarding insurance, PA law requires roofing companies to provide their employees with worker’s compensation insurance. Worker’s compensation protects you, as the homeowner, from being financially responsible for any injuries that might occur on your property. 

Your contractor should also have general liability insurance. This protects you from being responsible for any damage or injury to non-employees that might occur on your property, such as a bystander being injured on property damage.  

Roofing contractor insurance
  • Are you local? 

Some roofing companies like to move from town to town following storm damage. These companies may not be familiar with local laws and regulations, and if there is a problem with your roof after installation, they wouldn’t be available to help you. 

We aren’t saying this is a bad or dishonest business model. Just keep in mind that these companies won’t be around long-term.  

Hiring a local company is normally better, so ensure your contractor has a local address and phone number. Then if complications arise, they’ll be around to assess the situation. 

  • How long have you been in business? 

The longer a contractor has been in business, the better they understand their trade. And while it’s not wrong to hire a new company, it’s more risky. A roofing company that has “been around the block” understands all the ins and outs of a roofing system and will likely do a better job. 

Plus, the longer a business has been around, the more likely they are to be in business for years to come, and that means they’ll be around if you need them in the future. 

  • Do you offer a warranty on your products? 

Roofers may offer warranties for 1, 5, 10, or 25 years or even for life. Normally the roofing company’s warranty covers the work, and the materials manufacturer offers another warranty for the materials, so there are two separate warranties. 

Roof warranties typically last a year, and an extended warranty may add to the overall cost of your project. 

understanding roofing warranties
  • Do you use subcontractors? 

Some companies use subcontractors to help them get the work done. You should know if your contractor uses subcontractors for several reasons. 

  • One, you don’t want to be completely surprised and confused when trucks with an unknown company name on them show up at your place and strangers start working on your roof.
  • Two, you should ensure that all subcontractors have adequate licensing and insurance. 
  • And three, sometimes disreputable contractors neglect to pay their subcontractors, and in such a case, you could be held financially responsible. You may want to consider getting a lien waiver for the project to protect yourself from this. 
  • Do I need a full roof replacement or just repairs? 

You don’t want to fork out the money to replace your entire roof if you could fix your issues with some simple repairs. Alternatively, you don’t want to put a bandaid on a broken leg by replacing a few shingles when the problems go deeper. 

Knowing the extent of your roofing damage will allow you to make the best possible decision for your home. 

know the extent of your roof damage
  • Will you remove the old roof?

When fixing a roof, there are two options: tear off the old roof and completely replace it or install new roofing materials over the old roof. 

Roofing over old materials is faster and cheaper since you save the time and labor to tear the old roof off. However, if you go for this option, you won’t see your roofing system’s actual state as clearly. If there are underlying issues you missed, you may need to replace the roof a few years down the road anyway. In that case, the money you spent on roofing overtop would be wasted. 

An expert contractor can help you make a wise decision about repairing or replacing your roof. 

  • Do you have a cleanup policy once the installation is complete? 

Installing a roof is a messy project that leaves a lot of scraps and debris. You don’t want to be left in the lurch with a huge mess in your yard. 

Ask your contractor what their cleanup policy is before you hire them–a quality contractor will have policies in place. 

Will there be a dumpster sitting in your yard? Or do they hire a trash removal service? Some trash removal methods may have implications for your property and yard, and it’s best to ask about them so you aren’t surprised. 

  • How will you protect my property and yard during construction? 

During a construction project, there may be scraps lying around, large vehicles driving through your yard, and strange people in your home. Your contractor should have policies to protect your property, so it’s left mostly the same as before.  

Some companies enforce mandatory foot traffic patterns so your flower beds and grass don’t get trampled. Some use large magnets to pick up any nails that might have fallen in your yard so your children and pets don’t get injured. 

You should make sure your contractor is conscientious enough to treat your property like their own.  

Tips For Hiring A Competent Contractor 

Those are a few questions you should ask your roofing contractor before signing anything. As a bonus, here are a few miscellaneous tips for hiring a good roofing contractor: 

  • Ask for some references or previous jobs you could look at. Talking with previous customers and asking about their experience with a contractor is one of the best ways to learn more about them. 
  • Request roofing price estimates from several contractors in the area and compare them. That gives you a good idea of a reasonable price. 
  • Know your needs. Do you need to complete the project by a specific time at all costs? Or do you have a specialized roofing system requiring unique expertise? If so, these things affect what contractor you should hire. 

There are lots of good contractors out there! These questions and tips should help you make a good decision for your home. 

tips for hiring a roofing contractor
Conclusion 

We hope this article has been helpful for you, and we wish you luck with your roofing project. 

If you want to hire a contractor in Eastern PA, contact us at River Run Roofing! We would be happy to help with your project. 

We specialize in residential roofing, light commercial roofing, and siding.

Give us a call today to get an estimate on your project! 

We look forward to hearing from you. 

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