What can cause an Ann Arbor home to need new roofing installation?



 

Taking care of your roof is one task that almost no homeowner looks forward to. Not only is it all too easy to forget that that sturdy construction of layered asphalt we rely on so much even needs care, it’s also a hassle to get out the ladder and dangerous to try and climb up onto the roof to make sure it’s alright from time to time. When something does go wrong like storm damage or noticing an unusually soft area in the roof, it’s only natural for homeowners to think about repairs. After all, repairing things is one of the primary duties of a homeowner. We get our appliances repair, our plumbing, and that old light fixture that used to flicker in the laundry room. But sometimes repairs just aren’t enough when it comes to roofing. While small and grouped damage can sometimes be repaired, if the damage is too great or wide-spread, it can easily be necessary to get an entire roof reinstallation.

Roof Repair vs Roof Installation

Roof Repair

Roof repair is for small localized damage that can be fixed by replacing no more than a few shingles at a time. There are a great many instances where a few shingles either in a cluster or scattered over your roof will take damage, often during storms or possibly caused by animals, where roofing repair is exactly what you need. In these cases, your local roofing service can carefully add new shingles to replace the damaged ones by nesting them into place where the missing or broken shingles used to be.

Roof Installation

However, the thing you need to understand most about your roof is that it’s not just a few layers of asphalt tile, it’s an entire structure in which each aspect relies on the others to maitain the weatherproofing and integrity that every roof should provide. When the structure of your roof has been compromised, you will most likely need a complete or partial reinstallation.

Shingles, for instance, are layered the way they are in order to make an absolute barrier against both rain and sunlight are kept completely out but when too many shingles go missing or are damaged enough to require replacement, your roofer is going to have to re-layer the entire section to get the rest of the shingles to align with the new patch. Even worse, if the underlayment or support beams become compromised, usually by moisture leaking in through damaged shingles, this could be an even more extensive installation.

So how do you know the difference between a roof that needs repairs and one that needs a complete re-installation? Most people know by listening to their roofing inspector after they call a professional to come take a look after a storm or before they try to sell. However, if you’re curious about the causes of roof installation for already built houses or wondering if something you’ve noticed is mild or serious, here are the top examples:

Wind Storm Took a Large Number of Shingles

Of all the hazards a roof might face, wind storms are a roofing shingle’s number one enemy. Wind can catch the edge of shingles and from there begin to peel them up one by one or in unfortunately large groups. While a few missing, curled, or cracked shingles are replaceable, too many shingles missing means completely reworking the shingle layering in order to preserve the roof. In this case, it’s often better simply to strip away the older roofing and replace it with a new few layers of asphalt shingles.

Wind-damaged shingles take a number or forms. One way is to curl shingles upward so that it can whip past them while another is to detach one end and lift a shingle while it is still technically attached maing it look like it’s floating slightly away from the surface of the roof. Yet another way is to pull up one end until the shinggle cracks and half the shingle blows away or, finally, simply pulling up and blowing away several shingles at once, If there are too many shingles missing from your roof, installation is alost inevitable.

A Tree Fell On It

Another way that wind can cause damage is not directly to the shingles themselves but to the trees near by. High-speed winds are more than capable of ripping a branch of yours or a neighbor’s trees but what happens to that branch afterward is up to chance. As bad luck would have it, if a heavy tree branch hit your roof in a wind storm, this can do a truly incredible amount of damage depending on the size of the branch and the impact of the hit. In many cases, it will crack, break, and squish your shingles in a concentrated area where the branch landed or in an unfortunately large streak where it bounce along your roof and took off again. That kind of crushing damage is also likely to damage the infrastructure underneath the shingles as well. If your roof sustains serious impact damage, you will almost inevitably need installation to fix it.

There’s Moss Growing On Your Roof

Moss might be pretty but we should be very clear, any signs of lasting moisture on your roof are very bad signs indeed. Asphalt is perfectly rain resistant but it wasn’t designed to withstand long-term exposure to damp as can happen when snow piles up on your roof and never clear or when leaves pile up there in big damp puddles. What moisture does is soften the asphalt shingles, turning them spongey and much less reliable for keeping your home safe. Moss is one of many clear signs that there is too much moisture just sitting up there on your roof and, unfortunately, any sign of moss could mean a complete reinstallation because where moss can grow, it’s likely leaks are already getting into your attic.

The Ridges are Clearly Sagging

Sagging where there should be nice clean straight roof ridges is another bad sign and worse, one that guarantees that your internal roof infrastructure is also on it’s way out and will need to be replaced. Sagging can be caused by a number of issues but decay caused by moisture leaks is by far the most common and likely. You can often identify very old and vacant houses because of their roof sag but this sag is bad news for you and your family. If you can see a dip in the middle of a roof ridge, then you will absolutely need roof installation before your roof can be considered whole and protective again.

Your Shingles Feel Spongy

Not every homeowner can get up onto their own roof but if you can or you trust the word of someone else who can do so more easily, take note of how the asphalt shingles feel beneath your feet. Most of them will be the normal combination of firm, springy, and a bit scratchy. However, if your footsteps down on something that feels soft and spongy, take a very careful step back. This is a section of your roof that most likely sat under a pile of leaves for too long. The larger the area, the more probably it is that you will need a new roof. You may also identify these soft spots if they are large enough by taking several long steps back away from your house to see if you can see any dips in the roof, which is often called a valley and might even start to pool up rainwater.

 

The Roof is Over 15 Years Old

Roofs last a long time, but they don’t last forever. Most roofing shingles, particularly the popular asphalt variety, last anywhere from 15 to 20 years. After that point, it can be safely assumed that each tile has absorbed as much sun and fought as much wind as it’s going to do safely. You may notice if you have an older roof that most of the weather-resistant granules have worn away. When this happens, repair isn’t an option because all (or most) of your shingles went in together which means they will all age out together as well. This is the most common reason for a new roof as there are always several homes passing its roof explanation date at any given moment.

You’re Going for a New Look

Finally, there are also a variety of reasons why a homeowner might want to reinstall their roof. Looking to sell the home is often the most common non-damage-based reasons for a roof installation. Home sellers who know the value of their property and don’t want to sell for less can enhance the appeal and integrity of their home on the market by getting it a brand new roof. This saves the buyers a full 15 years before they need to worry about more than storm-based roof damage. You may also want to change out your roof just to change the appearance of your home. You can choose a new color to accent your landscaping and exterior paint or even choose a new type of shingle altogether.

Roof installation may sound extreme but in reality, it’s happening all the time. Every homeowner has to deal with a roof installation eventually and by taking good care of your roof, you can make sure that time comes later rather than sooner. Of course, if you’re looking at a lot of missing tiles, a huge tree branch, or a buckled roof ridge, it’s time to call your local Ann Arbor roofers for your new roof installation before the current damage allows leaks into your home. For more information about the roof installation causes, process, costs, or availability near your Ann Arbor home, please contact us today!

Why Quality Matters When Choosing an Ann Arbor Roofing Services Provider



Quality should be the cornerstone of success for your roofing company. From the selection of the most durable materials to expert craftsmanship, your roofing service provider should make it their mission to provide you with the highest quality products and service. Quality counts in the roofing business, and you deserve a roofing company that carefully chooses vendors who share their passion for quality. Below are a dozen reasons why A2 Roofing has established itself as the leading provider of Ann Arbor roofing services.

1) Our quality begins with a clearly written estimate.

“Clearly written proposals that are detailed and broken down into separate line items are a good sign that the contractor is being thorough and has prepared an accurate estimate.” 

– National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA)

As outlined above by the National Roofing Contractors Association, a clearly written estimate is a testament to a roofing contractor’s commitment to quality. Our estimates are comprehensive and include the following key elements recommended by the NRCA:

  • A description of the suggested roof covering, including manufacturer and color
  • The scope of work, including removal of the existing roof and the addition of new vents
  • Materials required for the job
  • Estimated starting and completion dates
  • Accepted modes of payment
  • A description of the warranty included with your job

 

2) Vendor selection is a top priority for us.

The protection of your home or business is directly linked to the quality of shingles that we select for your roof. We apply the most stringent criteria when we evaluate potential vendors to provide us with shingles. In particular, we seek to partner with companies such as CertainTeed and GAF, who display the following traits:

  • Product durability
  • Fast responsiveness to product inquiries and questions
  • A quick turn-around time
  • Roofing expertise
  • A lifetime guarantee on shingles and roofing materials

We strive to provide you with shingles that will protect your home or business for a lifetime. Our commitment to quality is a key driver in our decision to partner with CertainTeed and GAF to ensure that shingles. While we recognize there is a multitude of attractively priced shingles in the marketplace, we also realize that price is only one small factor as we evaluate shingles. We chose to partner with CertainTeed because they share the same strong passion for quality that we do at A2 Roofing.

3) Our responsiveness is second to none.  

“Our reputation for quick response time for emergency services, 24/7, all year round is the hallmark of our business.” – A2 Roofing

Of all of the traits that are needed in a roofing contractor, responsiveness is one of the most important. Homeowners and business owners depend upon roofing contractors for protection, requiring roofing companies to address any issues with shingles as quickly as possible. Whether it is a defect in a single shingle or a more complicated issue, we respond to questions and concerns swiftly with a suggested remedy. By choosing to partner with responsive vendors who provide a sound product, we are able to meet or exceed our customers’ expectations.

4) We possess an unparalleled level of product expertise. 

A roofing contractor’s product expertise is often directly proportional to the ability to quickly address shingle problems. Whether your shingles are displaying signs of staining, blistering or cracking, it is vital that the problem is addressed promptly your roofing company. Fortunately, A2 Roofing stands behind their products and their technicians possess the expertise to rectify roofing problems using the best and fastest means possible.

5) Our complimentary roofing inspections are comprehensive and never rushed.

The hallmark of a quality-focused roofing contractor is a thorough assessment. A2 Roofing’s comprehensive roof and attic inspection guarantees that every area of your home or commercial building is evaluated for signs of wear and tear. We leave no stone unturned to ensure that we properly detect and diagnose roofing problems that warrant repair or replacement. Additionally, we offer a variety of related services such as the following:

  • Roofing tear-offs
  • Minor and major roofing repairs
  • Garage roofing removal and replacement

6) Many of our high-quality roofing installs can be completed within 24 hours.

Over the past two decades, the A2 Roofing team has mastered the art of roofing efficiency. We know that our customers need to return to their normal daily routines as quickly as possible so we invest in the tools, staff, and resources to complete roofing projects swiftly without sacrificing job quality. Once we review your estimate with you, we can schedule your project and set a date that is convenient for your schedule. In many cases, you can expect for your roofing project to be completed in less than 24 hours.

7) We charge fair rates for top quality work.

“If one estimate seems much lower than the others and it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Many fly-by-night contractors’ below-cost bids seem attractive, but these contractors often are uninsured and perform substandard work. If an estimate is confusing, ask the contractor to break down the estimate into items/terms you can understand.” – National Roofing Contractors Association

We recognize that price is a top consideration for most of our customers. After over 20 years in the roofing industry, we have become a trusted leader in roofing by providing superb service at an affordable price. While we may not always offer the very lowest price in the Ann Arbor area, we offer fair pricing that reflects the use of top-quality materials. Most important, we are always happy to answer any questions that you may have about our estimates.

8) Quality workmanship continues until all debris is removed from your property.

At A2 Roofing, we know that a job is not complete until your property is clean and free of the debris that can accumulate during roofing repair or installation. In addition to removing debris from your property, we take the time to inspect your attic to screen for the following:

  • Shingles and sawdust that can lead to attic fires
  • Loose breaker wires that become dislodged during a roofing job
  • Moisture that can build up on electrical wiring and cause fires
  • Open burner doors on attic water heaters

 

9) We offer a warranty on each roofing project.

Our workmanship and selection of top quality shingles enable us to confidently offer a warranty on our roofing repair and replacement jobs. By choosing committed suppliers and top-quality CertainTeed shingles, we proudly stand by our promise to replace shingles that exhibit staining, blistering, or cracking. Our vendors are as responsive and dedicated as we are, enabling us to replace defective shingles for our customers promptly.

10) The Ann Arbor weather is no match for our roofing services.

Snow damage, defective flashing, wind damage, and ice dams can wreak havoc on your Ann Arbor roof. Fortunately, our experienced technicians are highly trained to diagnose weather-related roofing damage and provide a solution that will give you peace of mind. Our complete inspections screen for the following roofing problems that can develop as a result of the devastating Ann Arbor weather conditions:

  • Leaks in your roof and gutters
  • Sagging in your roof
  • Buckling in your roof
  • Missing shingles
  • Water and wind damage

Additionally, we will inspect your roof and attic to ensure that your attic and roof are properly insulated and ventilated. Whether you have a flat roof, a metal roof, or a standard shingled roof, we have the tools and resources to treat your roofing problems.

11) Our customer reviews are a testament to our high level of service.

“I was working a different company, but they were not professional about missed appointment. A2 Roofing was able to complete the work on time and budget. Good workmanship and communication. I would recommend them.” – Andrew W., Satisfied A2 Roofing Customer

With the majority of our business coming from customer referrals, we know how important it is to consistently deliver top-notch service and professionalism. As a result of our commitment to quality, we are endorsed by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and proud to be the recipient of some of the top customer reviews in Michigan. Our customer-first approach to roofing has earned stellar online reviews and we are always happy to provide references upon request.

12) Our owner is onsite for every roofing project. 

Nothing conveys a commitment to quality more than a business owner who is on site for every roofing project in Ann Arbor. With our owner present, you can rest assured that your work is being completed by technicians who are licensed, certified, and insured. Additionally, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes along with work conducted by an expert in the building codes for Washtenaw County. Here are just a few of the measures that our owner takes to protect your safety and ensure that you are satisfied with our roofing services:

  • Our technicians receive continuing education on safety and roofing techniques
  • We use sturdy, industrial strength ladders
  • Our crews are professionally equipped with well-maintained equipment
  • Technicians arrive dressed in the proper safety clothing and gear to safely complete your job

 

Guarantee Your Satisfaction by Investing in a High-Quality Roof  

Investing in a new roof from A2 Roofing demonstrates your commitment to roofing excellence. Our comprehensive inspection and our careful selection of trusted suppliers illustrates our commitment to sound roofing quality. When you choose us to provide trusted roofing services in Michigan, you can rest assured that your roofing project will be completed quickly without compromising quality. Please contact us to learn more about our roofing options and our lifetime warranty. We look forward to helping you protect your home or business with a high-quality roof!

 

 

 

 

Finding a Top-Notch Roofing Service for Your Ann Arbor-Area Home



A good roof is your home’s first line of defense against the elements, and there’s no place in the U.S. where that fact hits home harder than Ann Arbor, Michigan. Our winters are brutal, a fact you’re well aware of as we’re just a couple of weeks into one of them as of this writing! In fact, as we speak, it’s a “balmy” 17 degrees in Ann Arbor, but enjoy it while you can because local forecasters are calling for single digit high temps for the next couple of days. Yes, it’s definitely January in Ann Arbor! Brrr!

Although most of us mid-westerners are hardy souls, snow, sleet, winds, and freezing temperatures all seem to conspire to put our roofs to the test with each passing winter day. And even though we all look forward to spring and the warmer months to follow, if you’re from this neck of the woods you know full well that your roof will continue to take abuse in the form of heavy rains, high winds, hail-bearing thunderstorms and more, regardless of the season! That’s why it’s so important to have a good, properly installed, high-quality roof protecting your Ann Arbor-area home.

What Makes a Good Roof?

A roof is more than just a layer of shingles. It’s an entire system of components that work together to keep moisture out, warm (or cool, depending on the season) air inside where it belongs, and water draining off your home and away from your foundation, siding and shrubs. The significance of recognizing that your roof is a system of components makes it easier to understand that if one thing is amiss — say the gutters or downspouts are clogged, for example — it can cause problems with other parts of your roof. Consider that your roof has a “skeleton” — in the form of rafters, trusses and a deck. Then there’s roof insulation, an underlayment, the roofing material itself (e.g. shingles or metal), gutters, downspouts, flashing, etc., and any one — or several — of these components can be damaged or defective. In other words, there are lots of things that can go wrong with a roof besides just the shingles or membrane. A good roofer knows every one of them, what danger signs to look for and how to fix them to make your roof whole and “healthy” again.

Using great materials by companies like GAF or CertainTeed helps, but good materials are only part of the story. You also need a crew of adept roofing professionals — people who understand every aspect of a roofing system and know what to look for when performing an inspection. (Anyone who’s handy with a hammer and nails can slap down some shingles, but that doesn’t make him a roofer! Roofing is a specialized trade that requires years of training and certifications, not to mention licensing.)

How to Find a Reliable (and Capable) Roofing Company

With dozens of companies competing for your roofing business, how is it possible to narrow down your search and ultimately find the best roofing company for your money? Going with a local company is usually a wise decision because it’s easier to check their credentials and maybe even get some valuable word-of-mouth feedback from neighbors or coworkers who’ve used them in the past.

What Makes a Good Roofing Company “Good”?

Experience counts for a lot, and so does a solid reputation. But the most important thing of all is a company that focuses on just one thing — roofs — and nothing else!

There are a lot of companies for whom roofing is a sideline to other business pursuits such as remodeling (i.e., another way to make money). A company that does roofing — and only roofing — and has years of experience along with a good local reputation is almost always your best option if you want a roof that can stand up to the sometimes wild weather conditions found in the Ann Arbor region of Michigan, not to mention one that looks great and enhances your home’s curb appeal!

Along with plenty of experience and a solid reputation, you’ll want to make sure that the company you ultimately choose to repair or replace your Ann Arbor roof is licensed and insured — two important details that too many homeowners fail to verify, sometimes to their own detriment. A state license tells you that the company is actually legitimate, and liability insurance protects you legally in case one of the roofers suffers an accident while working on your property. Here are some other important qualifications to consider …

  • Will you have access to the owner, should a problem arise or you have a question about your roof?
  • Do they offer a warranty, and if so, what does it cover? Materials? Workmanship? (A company that’s confident in its skill won’t hesitate to offer a good warranty. If the company you’re considering hiring doesn’t do that, it’s time to cross them off your list of potential bidders!)
  • Do they offer 24/7 emergency service? (Roofing problems like leaks don’t follow a Monday through Friday 9-5 schedule, after all!)
  • What about versatility? Can they handle multiple slopes, flat roofs, shingles, clay tiles, metal roofs, and more? Specifically, are they experienced with working on the type of roof that’s on your home or business?
  • How long will the job take?. (They should be able to give you a ballpark time frame and it shouldn’t have the word “weeks” in it!)
  • Are they trying to charge you for an inspection so they can have the privilege of quoting you a price? If so, they’re probably not a roofing company you should be considering.
  • Can they help with your insurance claim if your roof needs repair or replacement as the result of storm damage or for anything other than the fact that it’s outlived its expected life span? (Those insurance forms can be confusing and tricky to fill out, and having a little professional help can save you a lot of time and stress!)

Meet A2 Roofing of Ann Arbor!

We know how tough Ann Arbor weather can be on a roof. We’ve seen all sorts of weather-related damage on all kinds of roofs in the region, and we can confidently assert that there’s no roofing issue that we can’t handle with ease. That’s because our team of professional roofers know roofs inside and out and have the certifications and licenses to prove it!

Our owner’s right here on the premises and ready to speak with you whenever you need him — a rarity in the roofing business, and an important detail that sets A2 Roofing apart from its competitors!

We also have extensive experience in replacing or repairing all sorts of roofs from flat commercial roofs with different types of roofing membranes, to complicated, steep or otherwise unusual roofs on both homes and businesses all over the Ann Arbor region. There’s never any guesswork where our team of professional roofers is concerned. They’ve seen — and worked on — every type of roof imaginable, and always with the same quick, reliable, professional results that you’re rightfully expecting to get for your money! (And by the way, we can install most roofs in just one day, so you don’t have to worry about a crew that shows up on Friday and doesn’t come back until sometime next week to pick up where they left off! Who needs that?)

We’re always on call, so if your roof starts leaking during a rainstorm at 3 a.m. on a Sunday, we’ll be there when you call. We understand that you don’t want to wait when rainwater is coming into your home, staining your ceiling and generally freaking everybody out! (We wouldn’t want to wait either, if the same thing was happening in one of our homes!)

We Guarantee Our Work

When A2 Roofing repairs or replaces your Ann Arbor roof, we guarantee that it won’t leak when we’re through! If it does, you’ll get your money back. No kidding. We also warranty our materials and our workmanship for the expected life of your roof. If there’s ever a problem with a roof we’ve installed, we’ll repair or replace it for free. No hassles, no haggling. We can afford to offer such an amazing warranty because we use the best materials available and employ only the very best fully trained and certified roofing professionals in the business.

Let us Inspect Your Roof and Provide an Estimate — All at No Charge!

There’s never any obligation for you to buy anything when we come to inspect and provide an assessment and a free quote. (We won’t try to sell you a new roof if all you really need are a few key repairs, either. One of the reasons we’re a well-known and well-respected roofing company is because we’re honest. We value our honesty and integrity and appreciate the fact that our customers respect — and expect — those qualities from A2 Roofing. We wouldn’t have it any other way!)

So if you suspect that your roof might be failing — or at least needs a little TLC — don’t hesitate to give us a call at (734) 548-9915 any time. (Or if you prefer, you can contact us online instead.) We’ll be happy to inspect your roof, let you know its true condition, and offer our recommendations — even if you ultimately decide to pass on our services. No job is too small — or too big — for the professionals at A2 Roofing to handle. We know Ann Arbor roofs, and we can handle anything from repairs to re-shingling, to a complete roof replacement — no matter what type or style of roof you have. That’s our promise, because our number 1 priority at A2 Roofing is always — and has always been — our customers’ complete satisfaction!

 

Does homeowner’s insurance cover a roof replacement?



If your property has been affected by an unexpected event such as a fire or tornado, you could be facing significant damage to your home. Although your situation may be fine now, you can’t predict the future, so do you ever wonder what would happen in such a case? Take your roof, for example. Does your homeowner’s insurance in Southeast Michigan cover a roof replacement in certain emergencies? You’ve come to the right place for answers. Michigan Roof Pros has been helping homeowners find roofing solutions for over 20 years. Our experts can help you find the right licensed, insured and certified roofing contractor for your particular project and budget.

If your roof has a noticeable leak that is causing internal property destruction, it’s time to consult the professionals. Whether or not your homeowner’s insurance will cover the roof replacement depends on your specific policy and the source of the damage. When you read through your policy, there should be a clause outlining what is covered. In many cases, if the leak is caused by a fire, hail, wind, ice, water or snow, it would be reimbursable. No two homeowner’s policies are alike, though, so you need to read the fine print.

Finding a reputable roofer is critical

Not all roofing companies in Ann Arbor MI work with insurance claims, so you really need to call around. Look for a roofer that is highly rated from the Better Business Bureau – if they are named on Angie’s List that is another good indication that they are a credible business. Make sure they use top materials from GAF and CertainTeed roofing manufacturers, and find out if they perform new roof installations, re-roofs, tearoffs, roof replacements, siding installation, and more. Once you’ve determined they’re legitimate, ask about their financing options, credit approval process, and roofing warrantees. Let them know what kind of roofing damage you’re dealing with, and schedule an initial consultation and estimate. Some of the highlights you want to look out for include:
• Prompt customer service and friendly attitudes

• Easy credit applications • No-leak roof guarantees

• Lifetime roofing warrantees

• One-on-one, personalized attention

Check out their social media pages and website

By doing thorough research, and checking a roofing contractor’s Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus pages, you’ll be able to see information about recent home improvement projects they’ve done and roofs they’ve replaced. Also be sure to visit their website to learn more about the services they provide. You definitely don’t want to hire a roofing contractor in Ann Arbor Michigan that won’t work with your insurance company. A good roofer will be knowledgeable about homeowner’s insurance policies, regulations, and requirements. Often times, very specific documentation,
including photos and itemized bills from a licensed roofing contractor in your neighborhood are required. If you fail to meet these criteria, your claim may be denied. If your insurance policy covers a new roof, that’s good news!

Once you’ve determined a roof replacement will be covered, it’s time to call the roofing contractor of your choice to set up a roof inspection and estimate. These are usually free of charge. Michigan Roof Pros has read countless stories from homeowners who didn’t take the time to read our informative blogs and do the proper research need to find a trusted roofing company, resulting in a huge bill and disappointment. We pride ourselves in providing the most up-to-date information on roofing materials, roofing contractors, building code laws, and much more. If your property has been hit by a weather calamity, you’re already in shock and panic mode. If you stop by our site and read up on the steps you need to take, you’ll be armed with the knowledge you need to find the right roofer for your home. Once you’ve found the best roofing contractor in Southeast Michigan, you’ll be on the right track to a new and improved roof. A roof with missing shingles, leaks, holes, or other damage is a dangerous liability to you and your family, both financially and structurally. Our experts will help you make the right decision based on the type of roof damage you’ve faced. The bottom line is – you’re not alone – we’ve got you covered.

Top Roof Shingles for Michigan Weather



Asphalt Shingles Made to Be More Flexible and Durable

There’s a saying in Michigan that “if you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes.” While we Michiganders see plenty of nice, warm, sunny days in a typical year, the weather in our fair state is known for being changeable. Sunny skies can quickly become stormy, complete with strong wind gusts, pelting rain and hail. Or a beautiful winter day can cloud up, bringing in a big snowstorm with howling winds.

A major part of any roof is the shingles, and the shingles on a Michigan roof take a beating. Shingle quality can vary greatly, and that quality will affect the durability and life of your roof.  The top roof shingles for Michigan weather, and the most popular shingle choice for roofing in the U.S. is asphalt shingles. Most homeowners choose asphalt roofing shingles because of their performance and cost-effectiveness. They’re also available in a wide variety of styles and colors.

The Importance of Asphalt in Top Roof Shingles

Asphalt shingles are made of three basic components: the mat, usually fiberglass; the asphalt; and the ceramic granules. That asphalt component of the shingle has several important functions.

  • Asphalt enables a shingle to remain flexible in cold temperatures and withstand harsh weather.
  • The asphalt acts as an adhesive that holds together all of the shingle’s components.
  • Asphalt is heavy and adds weight, so the shingle will lie flat on your roof.

Those ceramic granules not only give shingles their color, they protect the asphalt’s coating and the fiberglass mat from deteriorating due to the ultraviolet rays of the sun. Otherwise, the sun will bake the shingle and it will become brittle too quickly, compromising its durability and its ability to resist water. There may also be algae-resistant granules embedded to help prevent those ugly black streaks you often see on a roof.

Asphalt comes in different grades. And if the asphalt is of poor quality, the granules will come off faster.

The Top Roof Shingles Have Greater Impact Resistance

Even though shingles are covered by manufacturers’ warranties, they aren’t covered for hail damage. And hail can be very damaging to shingles. That’s why GAF, the top seller of shingles in North America, now makes asphalt shingles that can stand up even better to impact.

The shingle industry’s toughest test is Underwriter’s Laboratories L 2218 Class 4 IR, for impact resistance.  That means the shingle can withstand greater force. GAF makes 3 types of shingles that have passed the tough Class 4 IR test– Timberline ArmorShield II, Grand Sequoia IR & Glenwood — making them the highest rated shingles in America.

GAF’s Timberline shingles are their most popular shingle in this category. And there’s even an ArmorShield II SBS Modified IR shingle. What does that mean? It has a polymer modification. During the manufacturing process, a product known as Styrene Butadiene Styrene (SBS) is added to the asphalt, giving the shingle a rubberlike flexibility and increasing impact resistance. In recent testing, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety concluded that polymer modified IR shingles performed better than traditional IR shingles by up to 50%!

More Benefits of Choosing the Top Roof Shingles

Why is shingle impact resistance so important? Shingles that have greater impact resistance are more likely to prevent your roof from leaking.

Some of the other benefits of GAF’s Timberline ArmorShield II SBS shingles are:

·         Highest rating for wind performance (Class F, Underwriters Laboratories)—the highest rating

  • Better ceramic granule retention
  • Flexibility for freeze & thaw cycles and easier to work with in cold weather installations and
  • Greater overall durability
  • A limited lifetime warranty, with non-prorated warranty coverage for the first 10 years

·         StainGuard® protection to deter algae growth

And there’s potential insurance savings! Homes with shingles that pass the Class 4 Impact Test may qualify for insurance discounts. So be sure to ask your insurer.

Call us. We’d be happy to come out to your home and show you how flexible this shingle really is. You can even give it a bend yourself!

The Average Cost of an Asphalt Roof Replacement in Ann Arbor



What You Need to Know about the Cost of a New Asphalt Roof

You realize your home needs a new roof. If you’re like many homeowners, one of the first questions you will ask is How much is my new asphalt roof going to cost? Unfortunately, since every roofing job is different, there is no simple answer.

There are a number of factors that must be considered when it comes to asphalt roof replacement in Ann Arbor. So it’s wise to contact a reputable roofing contractor who can give you an accurate estimate. The contractor will need to inspect your current asphalt roof to assess a number of variables and take measurements. Then, based on your own roof’s specifications, you can receive a fair, accurate quote for replacing your asphalt roof.

Factors in Asphalt Roof Replacement

Materials, labor and your roof’s current condition. Those are all taken into account when calculating the price of a new asphalt roof. Here is a breakdown of some of the factors that are considered when estimating the cost of an asphalt roof replacement.

Roof size

Obviously, the larger the surface of your roof, the more materials and labor will be required to complete the job.

Roof pitch

Steep roofs present more of a challenge to roofers and require more equipment to keep workers safe.

Valleys, peaks and chimney

While installing shingles on a straight section of a roof takes skill, it’s not that complicated. But working on valleys, peaks and around chimneys, skylights, and other additions can be challenging. Those areas can require special equipment, materials and more expertise.

  • The roof structure

If the wood structure supporting your roof is rotted, it must be replaced.

Roofing material

Shingles today come in a wide range of materials. Yet even asphalt shingles come in a different grades, styles and colors. You can still choose the flat, three-tabbed shingles, or go with the newer architectural or dimensional shingles that have become more popular. There are also premium grades of shingles and shingles designed to better withstand wind force and impact.

  • Shingle installation

Just as shingles vary in cost, so does installation. Some types of shingles are easier to install and some more difficult.

Shingle tear-off

If you already have two layers of shingles on your roof, you’ll need to have your old shingles torn off before installing a new roof.
Given the above variables, particularly the size of your roof and grade of shingles you select, the average cost of asphalt roof replacement in Ann Arbor, Michigan runs from $125-$200 per 100 square feet. That doesn’t include a tear-off, if it’s required.

Warranty Coverage for Your Asphalt Roof Replacement

Manufacturers’ warranties on shingles and other items vary from 15 years all the way up to limited lifetime coverage and owner transfer. Higher quality product manufacturers will also give you non-prorated material and installation coverage for the first 10 years. Some provide additional warranty choices.

Your asphalt roof replacement is meant to last for many, many years. So it’s important to select quality materials and have qualified workers install your new roof. A manufacturer may void a material warranty if the installation was not done properly.

 Start with an Accurate Estimate for Your New Asphalt Roof

 Rapid Roofing is happy to provide you with an accurate estimate for replacing your new roof. Contact us today so we can explain all of your material options and everything that goes into the cost of a new roof.

We understand that homeowners would like to save money. However, we advise that you choose the best quality shingles and other materials you can afford. It can make a difference in the life of your roof. Rapid Roofing offers flexible financing plans with payment arrangements for as low as $0 down.

Contact us for a free, no-obligation quote on a new asphalt roof today.

Need a New Roof for Your Ann Arbor Area Home or Business?



The roofs in this part of Michigan have to withstand a lot of abuse over the years — driving rain, gusty winds, snow, sleet, broiling heat and sub-zero temperatures. In the Ann Arbor area, the weather is both extreme and fickle! That means that if you want your roof to last a few decades, its structure had better be solid and the materials, top quality and made to withstand abuse from the elements!

Anatomy of an Ann Arbor Roof

Unless you’re a roofer yourself or you’re building a new home, you probably don’t give much thought to what goes in to the creation of the structure that protects your home from the elements. The term “a roof over our heads” is just a trite expression in popular culture. But a roof is actually a system of components that work together to insulate and protect, and ultimately contribute to the style and curb appeal of your Ann Arbor home. The top layer — the shingles, clay tiles, metal, etc. — that most people think of as their home’s “roof” is actually only one part of a cohesive system that includes foundation of the roof (the trusses, rafters, etc.), insulation, the deck (on to which an underlayment, shingles or other finishing material will be installed), flashing (to keep areas around roof structures like the chimney or a plumbing vent from letting water, heat and cold in), and the gutter system which allows the roof to shed water and direct it away from your home’s foundation.

Yes, like most things in life, there’s quite a bit below the surface of your home’s roof — more than meets the eye, so to speak! And believe it or not, a large part of the equation that will add up to your roof’s “lifespan” will depend on how well everything was put together from the bottom up.

But we get where you’re coming from. Aesthetics matter — a lot! That’s why it’s important to choose a material that matches the style of your home, but one that will also be efficient and dependable when charged with the task of keeping all that extreme Michigan weather outside, where it belongs! That’s where consulting with a professional, licensed Ann Arbor roofing company comes in. A roofing company that’s been working in the Ann Arbor region for a while will understand what works best in our climate in terms of efficiency and longevity, and can even guide you towards alternatives that provide the best protection but also do the most to enhance your homes curb appeal.

Next comes the hardest and most important part — choosing the roofing company that will give you the most value plus the professional results you’re after …

How to Choose an Ann Arbor Roofing Company

Isn’t it funny when you scan the yellow pages for a company to perform a service — electrical work, plumbing, or roofing — it’s sometimes one of the first names you see under that category, that ends up also being the best at what they do? We at A-2 Roofingkinda feel like that’s the case with us. Of course, we’re not advocating that sort of approach to investing in a new roof (or any other home improvement job), we’re just pointing out the irony here! Here’s what we mean. When you contract for roof replacement or repairs with A-2 Roofing, here’s what you’ll get:

  • Experience – We’ve been providing roofing services to homes and businesses in the greater Ann Arbor area for years, and the fact that we’re still here doing it tells you that not only do we do great work, we do it honestly and with the integrity of a team who takes pride in its craftsmanship every day!
  • Versatility – We can repair or replace any shape of roof from flat to gabled and everything in between. We’re also experts in all roofing style choices like shingles, cedar shakes, metal, clay tile, etc.
  • No-Nonsense Service – One of the things our customers like best about A2 roofing is that we’re “out of your hair” in short order! Seriously, we finish most roofing jobs in just one day, and leave your property looking as good as it did when we arrived on the job.
  • An On-Site Owner – If you’ve got a concern about your new roof or any aspect of an installation or repair project we’re doing for you, you’ll be happy to know that our owner — a licensed, insured roofer — is on-site and available to speak with you whenever you feel the need. (Try finding that anywhere else!)
  • A Lifetime Material and Labor Guarantee – It takes a confident company to offer the broad-reaching warranty that we offer here at A2 Roofing in Ann Arbor. Your new roof is guaranteed — both in terms of workmanship and materials — for its expected lifespan, or we’ll replace it at no cost! (Now those might be just words on paper for some “fly-by-night” roofer, but at A2 Roofing, a long-standing service provider in the Ann Arbor region, it actually means something.)
  • 24/7 Emergency Service – Your roof sprung a leak during a thunderstorm at 2 a.m.? Of course it did! You don’t think that kind of thing is going to wait until “regular business hours” to mess with you, do you? No worries! A2 Roofing will respond quickly to save your roof — and your hardwood floors!
  • Help With Your Home or Business Insurance Claim – Those forms can be confusing, but A2 Roofing has plenty of insurance claims experience and we’re here to help if you need it!
  • Free On-Site Inspection and Estimate – We’ll do an in-depth inspection of your roof and provide you with a no-nonsense estimate and time frame for you to compare with other bids you might receive. If you choose A2 Roofing, we’ll be on the job when we say we will and out of your way quickly, leaving behind a perfectly repaired or installed new roof, ready to take on the first of many many years of harsh Ann Arbor weather! Our roofs are guaranteed not to leak — it’s our hallmark!

Here are a few more things you should know about us …

  • We use only the very best products like Certainteed and GAF, because we know that a quality performance is only realistic when you use top quality products.
  • We keep up on any new developments or trends in our craft, so we’re always on top of the latest techniques and materials.
  • We’re professionals. No unqualified “laborers” here. Just a fine-tuned team of roofing pros, which frankly, is what you need to get the job done right!

A Few Words of Sage Advice

We understand that investing in a new roof is a big deal, and not something you take lightly. We want you to know that we offer financing if you need it, and we’ll work with you to provide you with a roof that fits your budget and looks and performs great!

But here’s the thing about spending your hard-earned money on a new roof. It’s an investment in the value of your home or business because it’s protecting and enhancing your biggest asset. Ignoring a failing roof will inevitably lead to more bilateral damage and expense than you bargained for! At A2 Roofing, we promise that we’ll quote you a fair price for your new roof (or repairs), and perform with the expertise that you expect — and deserve. You’ll be happy with your new Ann Arbor roof. We guarantee it!

Why not be proactive and contact us today for a free inspection and quote?

Financing Your Ann Arbor Roof



Home or business owners faced with the prospect of needing a new roof may tend to feel a bit panicked, knowing what a large investment a new roof is, and wondering how (and where) they’re going to get the money to pay for it. It’s one thing if a natural disaster like a tornado tears off your roof, or a gigantic tree uproots and smashes it to smithereens. You can always file a claim with your insurance company. But what about needing a new roof just because your current roof has seen better days? It’s reached the end of its useful life and it’s leaking or sagging, missing shingles, or shedding granules like there’s no tomorrow? Now you’ve got to figure out a way to come up with a sizeable sum of money — and fast.

Financing a Roof

You can always borrow against the equity in your home or business, but that just extends your mortgage or pares down your profit when the time comes to sell. Another option is a personal loan, but we all know what the interest can be like on those! And we won’t even go into the credit card option!!!

Well, we’ve got some good news. If you’re a resident or business owner in the Ann Arbor region of Michigan, there’s a reputable and reliable roofing company that actually offers financing/payment plans designed to fit your budget! Yes, A2 Roofing will actually work with you (gasp!) to come up with a solution that works for you.

Why Roofs are Pricey

A good roof is one that’s designed and constructed so that it’ll last a long time — hopefully for decades. That’s a tall order in a place like Ann Arbor where we experience weather that would curl the hair of a Southern Californian or a Floridian! Scorching hot summers, wild thunder and wind storms, snowy, icy, freezing cold winters. Need we say more? An Ann Arbor roof has got to be constructed with the strongest, highest-quality materials, and installed by people who really know their craft! Anything less just won’t cut the mustard in this climate!

Now, if your roof is a flat commercial roof, it may just need a new membrane, and if you’re a homeowner, yours may be restored with new shingling. But a roof is more than just its membrane or its shingles. It’s a whole system of components and things can go wrong with any number of them. For example, take the trusses. They’re the literal skeleton that supports the decking that covers your home or business. They can become damaged by moisture or excess weight, etc., and they can need repair or replacement. The same goes for trusses, flashing, underlay materials, insulation, etc. See where we’re going with this? The price of your new roof will vary based on exactly what’s needed to make it work the way it’s supposed to — whether that entails tearing everything out and starting from scratch, or simply replacing a key component like its membrane or shingles.

So even though you could be looking at a bill for thousands of dollars, it’s important to remember that this is an expense you’ll probably only face a few times at most, even if you spend your entire adult life in the same home or operating your business out of the same building. Another way to look at it is that you’re actually increasing the value of your property by providing your home or business with a new roof.

Choosing the Right Roofing Company

When it’s time to choose a company to replace your roof, you want them to meet a few basic criteria:

  1. You want them to be experienced professionals who know roofing because that’s allthey do. A handyman service may throw a low quotation your way, but you can be sure that installing a roof is merely one of many jobs they perform. In other words, you’re hiring a “jack of all trades”. (And remember how that saying ends — “master of none”!) Especially in the harsh climate of Ann Arbor, your number one priority is to hire a professional roofingcompany!
  2. You want a company with a reputation for using the best materials (GAFand Certainteed, for example) and one that guarantees its materials and its workmanship — in writing!
  3. You want a company you can trust to provide a quotation for work that actually needs to be done — rather than a company who’s out to make extra money by insisting you need something that you actually don’t. Translation: You want an honest company who’ll provide a fair and honest assessment and honest pricing for installing your new roof.

A company that can give you all of that and also provide financing or a payment plan designed to work with your budget is a company that’s worth considering.

A2 Roofing

Not to blow our own horn, but we’ll deliver on the criteria above and more. Here’s what you get when you contract with A2 Roofing …

  • a no-leak guarantee (If your new roof leaks, we’ll replace it at no charge. Really!)
  • an iron-clad guarantee on both workmanship and materials
  • 24/7 emergency service
  • an on-site owner whose licensed and available any time to answer your questions or address any concerns you have
  • speedy service for minimal disruption of your business or your normal routine (We complete most roofs in one day.)
  • a team of certified, licensed, insured professionals who take pride in their work
  • reliability (We’ll show up when we say and perform the work we’ve promised.)
  • versatility (We can tackle any style of roof you have — no worries!)
  • help with insurance claims (We know how complicated those forms can be and we’re ready and able to assist you.)
  • free on-site inspections, assessments and estimates

Roofing is a complicated business that requires trained professionals. It’s dangerous, which is why you shouldn’t attempt to install or even repair your own roof to try to save money! It’s just not worth the risks involved. At A2 Roofing, we’ve got years of expertise, licensing, training and certifications under our belts, and we know how to navigate any roof — even the steepest, scariest roofs out there! The point we’re trying to make is that roofing is a specialized profession, and you truly need a trained team of professionals to get the job done safely and properly so that you end up with a roof that’s ready to take whatever Mother Nature can throw at it for years and years to come.

And by the way, if you think you need a new roof, but we actually determine that it can serve you for quite a while with repairs rather than replacement, we’ll tell you! We’re not out to make money at any cost. After all, we’re a local roofing company working on the roofs of people in our own community and we value our reputation for honesty and integrity!

So do your homework, look around and ask around. We’re betting that you won’t find a more reliable, capable roofing company anywhere in the area that can offer you a better roof at a better price and guarantee it in writing! If you think you need a new roof, why not pick up the phone and give us a call at (734) 548-9915 or simply contact us online today?

Local roofing contractor in Ann Arbor 



No matter what the season is, your roof needs attention. During winter months, it can become covered with ice and snow, making it susceptible to roof leaks and other roof damage. In the spring, heavy rainfall can cause deterioration and missing shingles. In the summer, blistering heat can cause shingles to become cracked and damaged, and in the fall, debris such as leaves can gather around your gutters and roof, creating too much pressure on your structure. When you need help with your roof, the best local roofing contractor in Ann Arbor, MI is A2 Roofing. For over 21 years, we’ve been satisfying customers in Washtenaw County. We provide:

  • Roofing repairs and new roof installation
  • Service for flat and metal roofs
  • Roof maintenance
  • Free roof inspections and estimates
  • One day installation in many cases
  • Full warrantees and guarantees, as well as GAF and CertainTeed materials

We’re a 100% licensed and insured roofing contractor in your neighborhood, ranked the best in all areas of roofing.

 We can handle all your roofing issues

 If you’re seeking a reliable, credible and trustworthy roofer, we’re the ones to choose. Need affordable financing options? How about:

  • Quick and easy credit applications and approvals
  • New roof installation as low as $0 down payment
  • 60 months = same as cash
  • Easy to understand payment plans and financing programs

If your homeowner policy applies due to a fire, tornado or other calamity, our on-site experts will assist you with all the paperwork and documentation. Need an ice dam  removal, re-roof or tear-off? Our expert roofing professionals in Ann Arbor Michigan are fully  trained to handle all types of roof damage. They will skillfully assess your property to determine if a roof replacement or repair is needed, versus a new roof installation. We’re known for our friendly customer service and helpful design advice. We’ve got all the colors and styles you want to match your home’s décor, too.

 You’re covered

 A weak or damaged roof can be a liability for many reasons. First, if it collapses it could damage the interior of your home, including your attic, flooring, and furniture. Secondly, if part of it falls off and onto a person walking on your property, you could be liable for any injuries. Thirdly, if there are significant holes and leaks present, it could cause severe water damage inside and outside of your home, leaving you with costly cleanup and deterioration. A2 Roofing is the best roofing contractor in Ann Arbor MI, according to our customers, residential and commercial. It feels good to be safely protected by a built-tough roof that will last a lifetime. We take care of everything including set up, hauling away old nails and shingles, roof installation, roof maintenance, roofing repairs, cleanup of debris, pulling permits and scheduling city inspections. We guarantee your new roof will be up to code and totally in line with state and local regulations. You won’t have to worry about any issues or fines, we make sure your roof is 100% durable and compliant. We’ve built strong relationships with all your local building inspectors.

 

Don’t wait, call now

Don’t wait for a roofing emergency – call A2 Roofing today at 734-548-9915. Our talented, skilled, and knowledgeable roofing technicians will recommend the best solution for your situation. We do a full 20-point roofing interior and exterior inspection, including an assessment of your attic and gutters. We leave nothing to chance when we visit your property. Our hands-on business owner ensures each customer is treated exactly the same, with respect and all the attention needed to address any roofing repair needs you may have. When you call us, you won’t be left hanging on hold for an hour, we pledge to give you the best customer service you’ve ever had! We take pride in being the best roofing company in your home town. We welcome your business! Please feel free to stop by our Facebook page to say hello, and read our customer comments and testimonials. We do roofing installation projects every day, from simple roofing maintenance to total roof replacements. Put our “no leak guarantee” to the test and call for your free estimate today.

 

10 Step Plan To Find The Top Roofing Contractor In Washtenaw County, MI



Selecting a roofing company that is everything it claims to be can be a challenging prospect for homeowners. How does one really know who the top roofing contractor in Washtenaw County, Michigan really is? The key is in asking the right questions and doing the right kind of homework. For homeowners in a geographic area of weather extremes like Michigan, hiring an experienced roofer matters if you want to protect your investment. And a homeowner’s investment is more than the curb appeal of the house. Every single item sheltered under that roof is an investment into the quality of your life. Here’s a 10-step plan to clear away the confusion and find the most qualified, experienced and reliable roofing contractor that serves the Washtenaw County area.

  1. Insurance:Many roofing contractors will be properly insured with liability insurance and workmen’s compensation insurance. However, the bestroofing contractor will feature one more insurance aspect – claims assistance. Let’s face it, navigating the claims process is complicated. There are photos to provide, forms to complete and documents, documents, documents. A roofing company that does all of that for a client is taking their roofing game to a whole new level.
  2. Credentials:Look for industry-trained professionals. Certifications, like GAF and CertainTeed, are proof that a contractor is familiar with the products they are using and know the proper techniques for applying and installing them. This can be crucial when it comes to compliance with warranty requirements for roofing materials.
  3. Community Roots:Top roofing contractors will have a brick-and-mortar office and ties to their local community. Protect yourself from fly-by-night online companies or unconnected individuals. Otherwise you could end up with a worthless warranty and no recourse for repairs of a job gone wrong.
  4. What’s In A Price?Sometimes it is instinctive to go with the lowest bid. Before a homeowner acts on the “lowest price” instinct, the question should be asked, “What’s in this price?” A cheaper price could very well indicate anything but value. A reputable company with qualified personnel, overhead of a storefront, and investment in training, equipment, credentials, licensing and insurance will naturally command a higher price. And then there’s materials. Does that estimate include the best materials that can hazard the extreme weather conditions of a blazing hot Michigan summer and plunging near-arctic temperatures of winter and the ice and snow that comes with it? When it comes to a roof, a homeowner generally gets what they pay for. If you want the best, expect to pay for that kind of expertise.
  5. Reliability:If a contractor cannot provide a reasonable timeline to job completion, that is an unreliable roofer. Every homeowner has a life. No one wants to take a day off from work just to sit around waiting for roofers who are no-shows. It is also disrespectful to neighbors who may be affected by parking, traffic and noise issues if a roofing company turns out to be unreliable. Take the time to check out reviews to determine if past experiences of customers flesh out reliability in a company.
  6. Versatility:A homeowner may not think that a company’s versatility to provide commercial roofing services matters. But it does. If a company can handle the complexity of a large-scale commercial roofing job, your residential roofing project should be a breeze. Also look for experience with a wide range of roofing materials like slate, metal, copper, and cedar shake in addition to standard shingles. A portfolio of completed projects that feature a wide variety of roofing styles reflects a company’s capabilities. Through their experience they have met a wide range of problems and successfully resolved all types of issues. Should your personal roofing project have a unique quality, a roofing contractor with wide capabilities will have the skill to master it.
  7. Confidence:How does a homeowner know that a company is confident in its abilities? By the warranties it provides. Does a contractor offer a no-leak guarantee? That’s a company who believes in their workmanship. Are there labor warranties? That’s a company who is employing the most qualified craftsmen.
  8. Availability:A contractor may be eager and responsive to a large roofing project that generates a tidy revenue for the company. But what about small repairs or emergencies? Are they responsive to smaller jobs and unexpected demands? The best roofing contractors will be highly responsive to emergency calls. 24-hour availability can mean the difference between a Michigan family remaining warm and dry during a winter storm of hail, snow and sleet or weathering the bitter conditions for hours waiting for a roofing professional to care.
  9. Free Estimates:Don’t fall for a roofing contractor that charges a service call fee to show up and give you an estimate on a job. The best professionals in the roofing industry don’t charge a penny until a project is scheduled.
  10. Buyer Beware:Roof rip-offs and scams are common. Buyer beware is the safest approach to take by anyone needing roof replacement or repair. One of the latest roofing rip-off schemes to hit Michigan had a bizarre twist on a common scam:
  • September, 2016: Officials in Van Buren County reported four individuals in a vehicle that had a “roofing” decal approached a homeowner. They claimed to have been the roofers that installed the home’s roof for the previous homeowners. The roofers claimed that signs were visible that indicatd the roof was in need of repair. The men requested $120 for the job then asked for a bucket of water. The men followed the homeowner into the house for the water. The homeowner reported that afterward he noticed doors ajar, indicating that the home had been searched, perhaps to plan a future burglary. The men then commenced work but quickly stopped after one faked a seizure. The “roofers” left, with the $120, and never returned.

Remember, a person interested in ripping you off in a roofing scam is a criminal. Such behavior is not necessarily limited to taking your money for a job left undone. They could very well be burglars planning to take much, much more. That is why the only roofing contractor that should approach your home is one who has been solicited and invited by you, the homeowner. To protect yourself, a homeowner needs to follow some common sense guidelines:

  1. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Roof replacement or professional repairs don’t come cheap. A low-ball estimate most likely indicates unskilled workmanship and low quality materials.
  2. Reputable roofing contractors are not door-to-door salesmen. If someone knocks on the door and offers to inspect your roof, a homeowner may end up with a perfectly sound roof purposely damaged by an unscrupulous con artist working a roofing repair scam.
  3. Storm chasers don’t stick around. If a roofer shows up coincidentally after a major weather event, it’s no coincidence. They are storm chasers who will be long gone by the time you discover that their sub-par workmanship needs to be repaired.
  4. High-pressure is a red flag. If a contractor is pressuring you to sign on the dotted line in order to get a great deal on materials that only lasts a limited time, chances are there is something buried in the fine print that contractor doesn’t want you to read. Take your time. Read everything. Get competitive bids. Research the candidate contractors. Weed out the bad guys.

Who Is The Best? If you are serious about using the top roofing contractor in Washtenaw County, the easiest thing to do is to contact a contractor who already meets every single guideline that measures the best against the rest. A2roofing can fix any roofing issue because they have experience in every type of residential and commercial roofing system. Their highly trained technicians are certified and licensed. Their deep roots in Michigan have delivered vast experience with the effects of Michigan’s extreme weather variables. They can help homeowners choose the best roofing materials, ventilation options and insulation solutions for their roofing project. And before signing on the dotted line, the best in roofing can also provide reasonable payment options for any budget. Your family and investment deserve the best so please contact us to schedule a free estimate.