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When Should I Replace My Roof?

In this article we look at how to decide if your roof needs replacing and what to do if the time has come to replace it. If you do have to replace your roof, be aware that it’s a large job and that it can be expensive, so make sure you have done your research thoroughly before you set out to implement the work. It’s not easy to know when your roof needs to be replaced. We all want to get as much out of our current roof as possible before thinking about replacing it, but if you learn to spot the signs of an aging roof, then you can manage your replacement more efficiently.

Roofs should be examined once a year. To do this you need to find a way to check the state of your roof. Most people usually look for a good vantage point and armed with binoculars they assess their roofs, but some homeowners are comfortable climbing a ladder and actually stepping onto their own roofs. What you should be looking out for when assessing a roof are signs of cracks on shingles, broken shingles, curled shingles, rust, moss, peeling paint, discoloration and lichen growth. One source of trouble could be neighboring trees; trees have branches that in windy weather rub against the roof damaging it. It is important to trim branches that are close to the roof to avoid any wear and tear to the roof.

One way to check for leaks on the roof is to inspect the ceilings and walls in the building. If you find any dark moldy spots, then take that as a sign that there could be a leak somewhere on the roof. If you have small areas on the roof with a damaged shingle or two you can attempt to repair them yourself. If the roof isn’t too steep and you are extra careful then try and repair the roof on our own. Alternatively you can contact a roofing contractor in your area that is reputable and affordable and pay them in the range of $100 to $200 for each spot repair they do.

If you find granule deposits in your gutter, then you should know that your asphalt shingles roof is deteriorating and you need to inspect your roof more often. If you can determine the age of the roof, you will have an idea when it’s a good time to replace it. The most common roofs are asphalt shingles roof which come with average 20 year warranties. In warmer climates asphalt shingles tend to have a reduced lifespan of sometimes only 10 years whereas in cooler climates they perform much better.

Wood shingle and metal roofs amongst others have longer life expectancies, although they are less popular because of their higher pricing. When the time comes to replace your roof you will have two options. The first is to tear the old roof off and replace it; the second option is to roof over the existing asphalt shingles. Our Salem roofing contractors do not suggest or perform the latter type of job. Prices range between $1 and $3 a square foot to remove the roof and the price will depend on the complexity of the job and also on how steep your roof is.

It is advisable to scrap the old roof and replace it with a new one if you want to ensure you get the best protection out of your roof. Deciding if you want to keep your old roof and just add another layer on top or whether you are going to completely remove the old roof and replace it with a new one will come down to how much you can afford to pay.

When choosing your roofing materials they will come in a unit of measurement known as squares, which is equal to 100 square feet. An average building in the USA needs roughly 1,500 square feet of roofing, which is 15 squares.

Some types of asphalt shingles come with cooling granules and metal roofing with a special coating which helps reduce energy costs and could make you eligible for a federal energy efficiency tax credit of up to $500. You will need to check with your supplier if your roof meets Energy Star requirements to qualify for this tax credit.

If you need to replace your roof, we at Salem Roofers, can put you in contact with one of our hand selected star contractors who come with guarantees as to their superior standards of service. Our contractors are qualified, well trained, affordable and trustworthy. At Salem Roofers we ensure our contractors treat our customers who contact us for help, with professionalism and integrity. We don’t just provide you with any old contractor; we select contractors that we trust and this means that you can get the best service at the best price delivered to you in the utmost professional manner.

Contact us today for all your roofing needs and keep returning to this website for more tips and advice on your roofing systems. To contact us just fill out the contact form at the top of our website, and we will get straight back to you and put you in contact with a Salem roofing contractor that won’t disappoint.

How Much Does Roofing Cost?

How Much Will it Cost Me to Install a New Roof?

Roofs are an essential part of our buildings. We need roofs for shelter and protection and the owner of a building must maintain their investment, so it is advisable to spend your money wisely on a new roof. On average a house owner spends $6,000 – 10,000 installing a new roofing system on their house if they opt to install shingles. Premium roofing materials are generally costlier, but they do last longer.

The price will depend on several factors, and we have listed the important factors to take into consideration below, as follows:

  • The size of the roof
  • The roof pitch/slope
  • Type of installation required
  • Layers
  • Materials
  • Location
  • Adornments such as chimneys, pipes etc.
  • Decking replacement needs

Do you need a new roof or can you just repair your current roof?

Just because you find a leak in your roof doesn’t necessarily mean you have to start thinking about replacing your roof.

Roof repair jobs generally start at $500, with an average price slightly higher than that. It’s important to know when a roof needs replacing; we have outlined the scenarios where you might need to change your roof for a new one:

  • When the roof reaches the end of its life span, typically every 20-25 years. You should at least call in a contractor to inspect your roof when you are approaching the end of the roof’s lifespan. How well you have maintained the roof over the years, the material your roof is made out of, whether it’s got good ventilation or suffered previous damage can all make a difference to the overall lifespan the roof will have.
  • When the roof leaks a lot, any large and pervasive leaks could well mean that your roof needs replacing. If your roof is leaking extensively, have it inspected.
  • When you want to increase the value of your property, you can invest in a brand new roofing system, roughly 50% of your investment in the new roof can be recouped by the value added to the property by the new roof.

If any of the above scenarios are similar to your own situation, then it would be advisable to consider installing a brand new roof on your building. If you want to invest in a new roof as an investment you can think about installing one of the newer eco-friendly systems. They have cool proof technology and it can save you money while it helps the environment. The instances when you don’t automatically need to replace a roof are as follows:

  • When you have some loose or missing shingles.
  • When your ceiling is dripping
  • Damaged gutters
  • Damaged soffits

When a roofing contractor gives you a quote, the quote will be calculated on a per square basis. A square is 100 square feet. Each square of roofing that will be installed will have a cost derived from the following criteria:

  • Material cost
  • Protection required
  • Waste material removal
  • Labor costs

Each quote will be based on uncomplicated roof projects. If however a roofer has problems with, for example, chimneys, ventilation or gutters, they will have to add on further costs as the project becomes more complicated.

A good roofer needs to take a trip to the building for an inspection before they can give out any kind of detailed quote. The initial quote given prior to an inspection could then increase, based on the following list of reasons:

  • Your chimney or skylight leaks or has problems with the flashing
  • The roof has multiple layers of shingles
  • The roof is very steep

If you are considering replacing your roof with a different type of roof you have several facts to consider. If your replacement roof is of the same type as what you already have then you will have no problems but if you replace a light roofing system with a heavier one such as replacing the lighter asphalt shingles with the heavier clay tiles, you will need to take extra precautions so that the framing can support the added weight.

To conclude

A roof replacement is a big job that needs careful consideration and planning. Many unexpected things can happen when installing a new roofing system on your property. You might have problems with the timber, the underlayment or you may encounter problems with your roofing contractor. Because of the possibility of coming across problems during the installation period, most building owners leave the job in the hands of capable, professional roofing contractors.

If you live in the Salem area and you need some advice on installing a new roof then please contact us. At Salem Roofers, we specialize in sourcing roofing contractors for customers with varying requirements and we have an excellent list of providers of roofing installations in the Salem area. Our contractors are qualified, certified and trusted; they have delivered time and time again for our customers.

To find a reliable and trusted contractor just fill in the quick contact form at the top of the page and we will contact you straight away and find you an expert roofing contractor suited to your needs.

Your Guide to Flat Roofing in Salem, Oregon

An introduction to flat roofs

The most common type of residential flat roofing in Salem still uses two or more layers of bituminous felt for weather protection, because this style of roof was very popular a few decades ago. As homeowners look to replace their flat roofs, they often turn to more modern, energy efficient single ply membrane roofing. They provide the durability of a built up roof, but with much better energy efficiency. Although there are still some inexperienced roofing contractors doing low quality installations of membrane roofs, if you have good quality materials, installation carried out by reputable contractors with trained certificated operatives, and basic maintenance, you can reap the benefits of a dependable and long-lasting roof when you go with the membrane option.

Here at Salem Roofers, we make the job easier for you by selecting the best flat roofing contractors in Salem, who will assist you in selecting the materials required and also provide the skilled labor needed to install your flat roof.

Basic design of a flat roof structure

On flat roofs, waterproofing is supported by the roof deck. This is usually a timber material, which is supported on joists. The ceiling is then fixed to the underside of the joists. In houses, in particular, insulation is often placed above the ceiling. It may also be placed above the deck itself before the waterproofing application begins. Some special insulation can be placed over the waterproofing material; this method is usually confined to commercial and industrial buildings, but there are occasional residential installations that require this.

Essentials for a successful flat roof

Like any part of a building, flat roofs should be built to withstand natural and human forces to the highest degree possible. The following points should be taken into consideration when selecting a flat roof:

  • ­The roof should have a slope of at least 1 in 80. To achieve this, a design fall of 1 in 40 or 1 in 60 is advised. ­
  • We advise to drain the roof to one or two edges.
  • Water protection should cover adjacent walls by at least 6 inches from the actual roof surface.
  • Proper insulation can save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars each year. Ensure your flat roof has the proper insulation.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT MATERIALS

When it comes to choosing your flat roof you may be limited in some ways but overwhelmed with choices in other ways. You are limited because the options you would have with a normal roof, such as asphalt shingles, concrete tiles and metal, are not possible but you have several other options such as PVC, TPO, EPDM rubber, and more, each one offering positive and negative features.

Pros and Cons of Common Flat Roof Membranes

  • PVC Single-Ply Membrane – This membrane is the most popular of all flat roofing materials in the market today. It is made of a single layer of thermoplastic material. These roofs are strong and durable and often come with lifetime warranties. Here at Salem roofers we have chosen this type of flat roofing system and our contractors are market leading specialists in single-ply membrane IB Roofing Systems applications.
  • EPDM – This is also known as the common rubber roof. EPDM roofs are much cheaper than PVC roofs and offer the advantage of cheaper prices, however the seams of EPDM materials are not as strong as the seams of the PVC type of material. EPDM is not energy efficient as it absorbs heat and can actually raise heating bills.
  • TPO – TPO material is also made from a single-ply membrane. The TPO membrane bonds rubber, ethylene, propylene and numerous fillers. This material costs more or less like a rubber roof although it has some of the added durability found in PVC membranes.
  • Modified Bitumen – One negative feature of TPO, EPDM, and PVC membranes is that sharp objects and collisions can still rip the material because it is made of a single-ply material. Modified bitumen features multi-ply architecture and is thus stronger and rip proof, but it is likely to cost a bit more than the other options. Additionally, it lacks some of the fire protection that its competitors inherently have.
  • Built Up Roofing (BUR) –Built up roofing includes up to four plies or more of alternating layers of bitumen with a top layer of gravel or other materials. Built up roofs are used because they can support heavy foot traffic. Because of the added weight, reinforcement is often necessary. Built up roofing is an older style of roofing, and most customers seek more modern options, such as the PVC Single-Ply membrane.

As you can see we have several options when it comes to selecting a suitable material for your flat roof. The style and variety of flat roofing options aren’t as plentiful as the options you would have with sloped roofs but there are still a variety of style options to choose from.

Want to know how to decide on which type of flat roofing system to go with?

Look no further than Salem roofers, where we specialize in IB roof systems in the popular PVC membrane. We have a selection of roofing contractors in the Salem area that come to you from a market leading trusted source. When it comes to selection of materials, installation of the system, general advice and material sourcing, our contractors offer the very best service in the industry in Salem, Oregon.

Fill in the form at the top of the page and leave your details so that we can put you in contact with an IB roofing specialist as quickly as possible.

We hope you enjoyed this brief flat roofing guide and keep reading the blog for more tips and ideas regarding all aspects of roofing systems in the Salem area.

Learn About Metal Tile Roofing in Salem

A roof provides the safety and refuge for both domestic and commercial buildings. It protects your family, keeps the inside of your building dry, and keeps all of your possessions safe; the roof is one of the most important parts of any building.

Lightweight steel roofing solutions have evolved to become systems that offer superior benefits to the more traditional roof tile systems and are held in high esteem by their owners. Our Salem Roofers also specialize in metal tile roofs as well as the multitude of other roofing systems we provide. Our contractors help during the decision making process, the installation, and the maintenance of your roofing project. With decades of experience, you are in good hands under the advisement of our roofing experts. We advise you to contact us so that we can put you in contact with expert, serious and reliable metal tile roofing contractors, in order to avoid the misfortune of hiring contractors that are simply not as skilled and reputable as you would have hoped. As we’ve mentioned before, hiring a “cheap” or low-quality contractor can be a very costly mistake.

Why a metal tile roof?

Metal tile roofing in Salem offers a long-term, cost effective solution when compared to heavier alternative roof tiles as they require less reinforcing timber in the roof framing. In addition to the cost saving benefits of a metal tile roof, lightweight metal tiles are also resistant to damage and leaks in extreme weather conditions.

Unlike other roofing systems on the market, which mostly rely on the weight of the roof itself to hold the tiles in place, metal tile roofs benefit from interlocking design and extensive fastening patterns, which makes them impervious to even gale force winds. They are also very resistant to storm damage such as hail. Though with age and harsh weather conditions, these roofs can dent, this structural design prevents cracking, which is much more detrimental to your roof’s health.

SteelROCK metal tile roofing markets itself as, “the last roof you’ll ever need,” which is one of the reasons our Salem roofers install them. Because of their long shelf life, most metal roofs are more cost effective than asphalt shingle roofs in the long term. They simply must be viewed as an investment. Metal roofing can contain a high percentage of recycled materials, and the roof itself is also recyclable. It does not get as hot as asphalt shingles, because of its high reflectance. This means metal tiles offer tremendous insulating properties. Metal roofs offer up to 40% reduction in energy costs in the summer and also up to a 15% cut back in heating costs during the winter time.

Design

Metal tile roofs have an extensive choice of design, styles and color options. Metal tiles are designed to match both traditional and modern architectural styles. They can be made to look like wood shakes, shingles, or even a variety of different stone tiles, all while being composed of stone-coated galvanized steel.

Durability

Metal tile roofing is known for its long-term stability, durability, and longevity, as it is wind, hail and fire resistant. The tiles and accessories available on the market today are engineered to interlock and overlap to resist wind damage and lock moisture out.

Natural Disaster Performance

Metal tile roofs can provide an extra safety assurance in the event of an earthquake as compared to heavier stone tile roofs. Having light roofing installed makes all the difference in an earthquake situation. Metal tiles are fixed and are less likely to fall through during an earthquake. Researchers that have studied the performance of housing materials in quake areas and concluded that houses with concrete tiled roofs suffered the most structural damage compared to those with lightweight roofs.

Sustainability

A metal roof needs less wood framing and less fuel during transportation when set side by side with heavier types of roofs. It is friendlier to the environment providing the lowest carbon footprint of all types of roofing material on the market. Metal tiles are 100% recyclable.

Cost Competitive

A metal roof is not as heavy as traditional tiles and thus do not need as much structural support. Because the actual frame is lighter handling is easier and property owners can look forward to savings in framing costs. Metal tiles are easier to install, requiring fewer work days and thus lower labor costs.

Maintenance

It is important to perform regular schedules of maintenance on your metal tile roof to protect the look of your property’s roof, and also to improve the robustness and durability of the roofing materials. All roofing materials are vulnerable to the effects of the weather, dust and other deposits. Normal rain washing will remove most contaminants from roofs but not all. For areas that do not receive any or inadequate rain washing, more effort should go into manual washing for maintenance reasons.

Materials

The majority of metal tile roofs are made with galvanized steel, and are often stone coated. Steel and aluminium are the most popular roofing materials because they are not expensive, hold paint well and are durable.

Installation

Our Salem roofers are certified, trained, licensed, insured, and bonded so that customers can sleep comfortably with the knowledge that their contractor is reputable, honest, reliable and skilled. All our roofing contractors are trained to the highest standards, and you can safely rely on Salem Roofers to help you choose, install and maintain your metal tile roof, whatever your requirements may be.

Understanding Composition Roofing in Salem

What Is a Composite Roof?

A composite roof is termed as shingle which is made up of multiple layers and materials compressed and blended together. It can be made of fiberglass, plastic, polyester, wood, recycled paper, asphalt, and other materials bonded by resins or laminates. Composition roofs are often referred to as asphalt shingles and are the most common type of roof found on houses in Salem. Composition roofs, or asphalt shingles, are among the least expensive and easiest type of roofing materials to install.

Because of the many types and features that come with composition roofs, you can trust Salem Roofers to refer you to a reputable roofing contractor in the Salem area. At Salem Roofers we specialize in composition roofs of all kinds and we can be trusted to help you choose the right type of composition roof for your building.

Some of the qualities of composition roofs are as follows:

  • Made from cellulose or fiberglass.
  • Made with mats coated with asphalt and granules.
  • A variety of color options are available to choose from.
  • The lighter the color, the more they can reduce your cooling costs.
  • Heavier shingles last the longest in general.
  • Shingles come in algae-resistant granules which are best for warm, humid climates.
  • Prices starts at $50 per square (100 square feet) not including installation costs.
  • Warranties can vary from  20 years right up to and including the lifetime of the roof in question.
  • Shingles can prevent algae, moss growth, sun degradation and they are made to resist cracking and splitting.
  • Shingles can also be energy efficient.
  • Some shingles offer Class IV impact resistance, the best rating in roofing materials.
  • Asphalt shingles are solar reflecting and they help with energy costs for air conditioning in hot climates.
  • Asphalt shingles are resistant to wind damage.
  • Asphalt shingles can be made specifically to resist hail damage, although with age they can become more vulnerable to hail damage.
  • Fiberglass shingles have the best fire resistance ratings.
  • Special treatment methods help make asphalt shingles algae resistant. Although the algae doesn’t do much damage to the shingles, it is aesthetically displeasing, so growth is actively prevented and some manufacturers offer warranties against algae.

Is Composite Roofing Better?

In many ways, composition roofing is better for more customers than other types of roofs, because they’re synthetic and built to last (while being affordable). Composite roofing is wind, hurricane, and flame tested. They can withstand gusts of winds up to 80-100 miles per hour. They are more energy efficient than wood shake roofs, and there are even high efficiency options available. If you need a composition roof to keep you cool in the summer heat, then you can pick a lighter color to help with heat absorption.

What types of composition roofs are there?

Fiberglass composition roofs.

The most popular composition roof is the fiberglass composition roof which comes in a variety of colors and shapes. Fiberglass composition roofs are made from reinforced fiberglass mats coated with asphalt and mineral fillers. The fillers stick to the fiberglass mat with the asphalt surrounding the mat, which makes the tile waterproof. On the top of the mat and the asphalt is a layer of stone and ceramic granules.

3-Tab Shingles

The most cost effective type of composition roof is the 3-tab shingle roof. 3-Tab shingles are very popular because of their ease of installation and their affordability. You can distinguish 3-Tab shingles by their patterns of cut-outs and tabs that make them look as though they are made of three distinct pieces when they are actually made of only one piece.

Laminate shingles

Laminates, also known as dimensionals, are quickly becoming a popular choice in composite roofing. They are superior to 3-Tab shingles as the material is thicker and more durable. Laminates are more recent than 3-Tab shingles and have a second tab layer attached to the base shingle. Laminates resemble wood shake and come in a variety of colors. Among the laminate type of shingles, we find the premium shingles, which are made of a heavier laminate and are considered top of the range for composition roofs. Premium shingles are also known as Grand Canyons, Presidential or Grand Sequoia and are thicker than standard laminate shingles, they are heavier than standard laminate shingles and they are also larger than standard laminate shingles.

Maintenance

Periodic maintenance of asphalt shingles involves the removal of moss and debris as they can cause premature deterioration. The moss and debris should be removed using a copper sulphate solution or a zinc chloride solution. The solution should be applied and then rinsed off.

Whether you need to repair your composition roof, clean your shingles, install a brand new composition roof, or seek advice on any other type of roof than a composition roof, you should contact a reputable, and trustworthy roofing contractor. If you are thinking of installing an asphalt shingle composition roof on your property, please contact us today so that we can put you in contact with Salem roofing contractors who are professional, trustworthy and offer a great value for money.

The Advantages of Metal Roofing in Salem

We can put you in contact with the best roofing contractors in Salem quickly and easily, and save you money and worries in the process. We have a lot of experience as metal roofing contractors in the Salem area and our customers choose us for the expertise and overwhelmingly positive work history and reputation.

Why choose a metal roof?

The advantages of choosing metal roofs are down to their longevity as they generally last 30-50 years or more, and some even come with lifetime warranties for residential customers.

Metal roofs are also often comprised of recycled material and are therefore environmentally friendly; they are also 100% recyclable. Metal roofs perform better than asphalt roofs in both hot and cold conditions, because they don’t get they reflect the environmental conditions away from the building underneath it, while allowing the insulation below to do its job.

Metal roofs are also energy efficient, offering reductions in energy consumption both in the winter and in the summer according to a 2008 Study by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Resealing and insulating air ducts in the attic will make the metal roof even more energy efficient.

Types of Materials used in Metal Roofs

In the beginning metal roofs were made from galvanized steel, whilst now, zinc, aluminium and silicon coated steel are blended together and sold as Zincalume or Galvalume. These alloys are incredibly durable, light-weight, and reflective.

The finished product can be colored to just about any color you could imagine, thanks to the wide array of colored coating options available from Salem metal roofing manufacturers like Bruce & Dana and Taylor Metal. Another type of metal product comes in a rolled form of standing seam metal. The material is seamed together to prevent water intrusion.

Sheets of metal tiles can also be used; usually stone coated. These tiles are made of zinc/aluminium with an acrylic gel coating or galvanized steel, in some cases.

Another metal roofing option is stainless steel which is roll-formed into seam profiles. Other less used materials for roofing are lead, tin, aluminium and copper.

Copper roofing can be very costly, but it has its benefits. For example, is used for its corrosion resistance properties, its longevity, lightning protection and low maintenance benefits. There is a church in Mt. Angel, Oregon with a copper roof, and it is rumored to have cost over one million dollars, but that roof will probably last over a hundred years. Buildings that normally use copper roofs include churches, universities and government buildings. Copper roof buildings also further reduce energy costs compared to stone-coated steel roofs or asphalt shingle roofs.

Coating

Different coatings are used in the delivery of metal buildings as they provide rust protection, waterproofing and heat reflection. Ceramic coatings add heat reflective properties and they are made from paint mixed with ceramic beads.

Epoxy coatings are fluid, and they provide an effective lasting waterproof barrier for your roof.

How do you want your metal roof to look and function?

Our Salem Roofers are metal roofing experts, and they will help you decide which type of roof best suits your needs and we will help you select the most appropriate metal roof materials and coating by carefully balancing each of the material options against your unique needs.

While we can help guide you, you are also encouraged to do your own research and give us your input and opinions. When you are deciding which metal roof best suits your building needs you will have two basic types to choose from; sheet panels and metal tiles. Within these two basic types of roof you will be presented with many options such as color and pattern.

Metal panel roofs are the most popular and common of the metal roofs. They are fitted vertically with raised ribs every 6 or 12 inches. The appearance is a typical classic style metal roof which manages to give it both a commercial look and a contemporary feel. Metal shingles are different from metal sheets and are re-shaped to look like wood shakes or slate; they can be coated with granulated stone and aim to mimic real slate shingles or Spanish tiles.

What can I do if my metal roof needs repairing?

 

Whilst metal buildings are durable, bad weather conditions mean that sometimes they will need repairing and the very best thing you can do is fill out the contact form at the top of the page and get in contact with one of our trusted and reliable roofing contractors that specialize in metal roofs.

What to do when you need to hire a roofing contractor?

A new roof is a major investment for your building. If you decide on a metal roof and you need to select a good contractor to advise you along the way, what should you be looking at? Installing a metal roof requires more expertise, skills and tools than your average roof, and for this reason, we extensively train our roofers to spot potential issues before they cause damage. A typical roofing contractor can install asphalt or wood shingle roofs, whereas you will require a specialist who is skilled in the installation of metal roofs if you choose a metal roof for yourself. When you hire a metal roof contractor, select one with at least three years experience in installing metal roofs. Select a trusted and reliable contractor and finally, ensure that your contractor is knowledgeable in all the materials and styles that are available so that you can make a choice based on all the market availability.

Be careful when choosing your roofing contractor, because metal roofing is an investment in a long future without needing roof replacement. If your roofing contractor makes mistakes, you could be on the hook for expensive repairs, and nobody wants that when they expect a low-maintenance and durable roof.

 

Pros and Cons of the Different Types of Roofing in Salem

Never settle for a quick fix solution as the results might not be to your liking in the long term. Every day, our roof contractors are called out to repair the damage that other roofers have done to the roofs of buildings. Our own professional roofers at Salem Roofers often look at work that’s been done by other roofers and can tell you straight away that’s not how to repair a roof that is prone to leaking.

At Salem Roofers we put you in contact with the very best roofing contractors in Salem. They will fix your roof in a timely and professional manner and you can sleep safe in the knowledge that your roof will be fixed properly and at a reasonable price, too.

We specialize in metal roofs, composition roofs, wood shake roofs, metal tile roofs, and IB flat roofing both in residential and commercial settings.

Our contractors specialize in the following:

  • Roof repairs
  • Roof replacement
  • New roof construction
  • Leak and repair services
  • Preventative maintenance
  • Disaster response
  • Custom roof metal construction
  • Damage assessment

More about the types of roofs we do below:

Metal roofs

Metal Roofs are coming back into fashion. Standing-seam steel roofing is the most used metal roofing for residential properties.

They are made primarily from aluminium and steel, but also, copper and alloys and they can be very expensive.

Pros & cons of metal roofs:

Pros: durability, weight, speed of installation, fire resistance, heat conduction, minimal roof pitch and maximum elimination of rain and snow.

Cons: cost, noise, denting, marring and care, expansion and contraction, difficult to modify, sensitive to lightning.

Composition roofs

Fiberglass composition roofs are the most common types of roofs for residential homes and they come in a variety of colors and styles.

A fiberglass shingle is made of asphalt composition on the outer portio and the underneath part of the shingle is made of a fiberglass matting.

Pros & cons of composition roofs:

Pros: fire retardant, economic, lighter.

Cons: not as flexible, not as water absorbent.

Wood shake roofs

Many buyers opt to install wood shake roofs on their homes because of its natural look. The wood shakes can be made from: redwood trees, pine, cypress and western red cedar. The wood shakes are recovered from logs.

Pros & cons of Wood shake roofs:

Pros: eco-friendly, renewable, versatile, and enhancing curb appeal.

Cons: more expensive, tricky to install and require extra maintenance.

Metal tile roofs

Lightweight metal tile roofs have grown to be very popular with many homeowners and commercial buildings owners, namely because they provide an attractive and economic finish to all roofs. The tiles are made of zinc aluminium galvanised steel.

Pros & cons of metal tile roofs:

Pros: lightweight, versatile, good weather resistance and reduced labour costs.

Cons: Noisy, sensitive to lightning.

 

IB flat roofing

IB membrane is a thick sheet of PVC material, made stronger by the addition of polyester mesh.

IB is installed over the existing roof layer and a layer of insulation. IB roofs are designed to reflect 95% of solar heat.

There are various options when choosing the materials for a flat roof.

Pros: longevity, strength, water resistance, no ponding water problem.

Cons: toxic material, expensive.

 

Our contractors have extensive expertise in all of the above roofing types and will assist you in your project from start to finish.

Protecting your home from the rain, wind, and elements of the weather relies on having a strong, waterproof, weather resistant roof. The roof is the most complex inbuilt system in your home. To ensure that your roof is repaired to the required standard, you can rely on one of our roofing contractors with their expert, trained staff who use only the highest quality materials.

When your roof is damaged or worn to the point of leaking, a decision to repair or replace it needs to be made. Rely on our experts here at Salem’s Roofers to dispatch a roof repair team of the highest standard, with excellent customer care, years of experience, factory trained and trustworthy.

Nobody wants to hire a contractor who appears trustworthy only to have them create further problems with your building. Hiring the right contractor should be high on every home owner’s priority list if your roof needs inspecting. We aim to help you make the right choice when costing your materials, and we can also help you find a reliable contractor in Salem to suit all your roofing needs.

Contact us to get a fast and efficient service from one of our specialized and trustworthy Salem roofers.

Should I Get a Roofing Warranty?

Manufacturer-backed Salem roofers can offer the best warranties in the industry, and these can save home and business owners thousands of dollars.

We won’t jerk your chain, many warranties out there do not exist to benefit the customer. That’s even the case for some roofing warranties. In our experience, manufacturers reward contractors who take the time to continue their trade education and become certified installers of their products, meaning they are allowed to provide their customers with the best roofing warranties available. Several of the high efficiency roofing options the best Salem roofers install can come with lifetime limited warranties, and some might even be transferable, which can add to the resale value of your home.

The three major things you need to look at when evaluating a roofing warranty are:

  1. Does the warranty cover labor, materials, or both?
  2. How long is the term of the warranty and how long is the average lifespan of your type of roof?
  3. Is the warranty transferable upon the sale of your home, or passing your home down to a relative?

We feel that many smaller ticket items that warranties are pushed on consumers for, such as TVs, printers, and computers, can often be poor investments. They are less expensive, less important for the protection of your other assets, and they aren’t intended to last as long. Your roof protects your home, which shields your possessions and your family. Your roof is a large investment, and it should last you more than 20 years, or longer with certain materials. We have seen instances where a roofing warranty has saved customers tens of thousands of dollars, meaning the warranty paid for itself and then some.

While it is our opinion that roofing warranties are a good investment for many home and business owners, our Salem roofers never force the issue, they just make suggestions. If you want to learn more about specific warranty options for your roofing job, ask your roofing contractor and they will walk you through your different choices.

When you work with us, you work with top-notch Salem roofers, and you will have access to the best warranties in the business.

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Roofing Financing in Salem

If you’re looking for roofing financing in Salem, you’ve come to the right place. Not everyone has a contingency fund sitting around, waiting to be used to pay for a new roof. Our top Salem roofers realize that roofs can be expensive, and we have partnered with a home improvement financing company to offer zero-interest financing to our residential and commercial roofing customers in the Salem area. Simply tell your roofer you are interested in the zero-interest roofing financing on your initial consultation call, or in your quote request. From there, your roofer will schedule a time with you to come inspect and measure your roof. You will receive a custom bid, and if you decide to move forward with the project, you will receive instructions to apply for the financing through our partner’s website.

Decisions for the majority customers are made within minutes. You can apply for up to $55,000 in financing for your project, which gives you the flexibility to break what could be a large roofing expense down into much more manageable pieces each month. With the added flexibility of smaller payments, premium roofing options become more accessible to you. With roofing financing, you won’t have to settle for the “cheap” contractor that could end up costing you thousands of dollars over the lifetime of your roof. Hire a contractor that won’t cut corners, use cheap and questionable materials, and one who is qualified to bring you the most value for your money through the best warranties in the roofing business. Hire one of the best Salem roofers to maximize your investment, protect your home, and generally get the most for your money.

If you would like one of our Salem roofers to reach out to you for a free phone consultation, use the contact form on our home page to get started.

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Energy Saving Roofing in Salem

Your Salem roofers can actually save you a lot of money by installing a high-efficiency roofing system on your home or business.

While the upfront investment is generally a little bit higher for a high-efficiency roof than a normal roof, the long-term payout should be a large consideration. A high-efficiency roofing system will save you money for years to come on heating and cooling bills. In fact, the FTC has claimed that over half of the average consumer’s electricity bill can be marked as heating or cooling expenses. The way we see it, that’s money that you could be saving every month. The most quoted figures for monthly savings are 7-15% when moving from a standard roof to an efficient one. Many of the high-efficiency roofs our Salem roofers install are some of the most durable and lasting roofing systems available. Metal roofing and single-ply membrane flat roofing can easily last between 30 and 50 years, and there are lifetime warranties available on certain types of roofs. Over the span of an efficient roof’s lifetime, it could save the home or business owner thousands of dollars in utilities bills, all while being better for the environment.

A false belief that many customers have is that there are very limited roofing material and style options when it comes to efficient roofs. In the past, this may have been true, but high-efficiency roofing has gained a lot of traction in recent years, and the options are now quite plentiful. Our Salem roofers install the following high-efficiency roofing systems:

  • Bruce & Dana Snap-Lock Metal Roofing Panels
    These are the long metal roofing panels that many customers looking for metal roofing in Salem opt for. They come in a variety of colors, they come with a 35-year non-prorated warranty, and our customers do report cost savings after having the panels installed.
  • SteelROCK Stone-Coated Galvanized Steel Tiles
    SteelROCK Stone-Coated Galvanized Steel Tile roofing offers the timeless look of shake and tile roofing with the lighter weight and high reflectivity of a metal roof. They meet the criteria for Energy Star compliance. They come with a limited lifetime warranty and come in 12 different colors, along with several different style options.
  • IB Roofing – Single-Ply PVC Roofing
    IB Roofing Systems are one of our Salem roofers’ favorite materials to install. These roofs come with a limited lifetime warranty for homeowners, and a long-term warranty for commercial customers. They are highly reflective and are one of the most efficient roofing systems on the market. The only downside is that they are generally installed on flat roofs or low-slope roofs. Many home or business owners with steeper roofs choose a different option.
  • GAF Timberline Cool Series Shingles & CertainTeed Landmark Solaris ® Platinum Shingles
    Many homeowners still prefer the classic look of a composition roof, and our Salem roofers are experts in installing these roofs. There are still Energy Star compliant composition roofing options out there, such as the GAF Timberline Cool Series and the CertainTeed Landmark Solaris Platinum series. These come in several different color options, but they’re better insulated and have higher reflectivity than traditional composition asphalt shingles. Our Salem roofers can offer home and business owners the preferred contractor manufacturer warranties through both GAF and CertainTeed, and will walk you through the benefits of the different options.

Remember that the upfront cost isn’t the only consideration you should have when evaluating your Salem roofing contractors. Think about the material choices and future cost savings, as well as what repairs could cost you if you move forward with a sub-par roofer.

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