A good roof should last you for at least a decade, if not two. Unfortunately, many roofing companies aren’t as careful as they should be, and in some cases roofs installed by inexperienced or low-end contractors can fail as little as 5 years. If you have to get your roof replaced, either because it has reached the end of it’s life or because of poor installation, you should make sure to choose the right roofing company.
SCRO’S ROOFING COMPANY offers both roof repair and new roof services, including replacing your existing roof and installing roofs on additions and new construction. You may already know you need a new roof, or you may not be sure. Whether you call us for a repair or a new roof, our estimator and technicians will be able to advise you on what will be best for your specific situation. This section contains information on new roof, and you can refer to our Roof Repair section for information on our repair service.
At this time we only install asphalt shingle roofs and residential flat roofing. As additional roof types become available (e.g., metal roofs) we will include them here. The remainder of this section is focused on shingle roofs.
When you contact us, we schedule a time for our estimator to come out and give you a free onsite estimate and consultation. Since no two roofs are alike, we personally measure each one before preparing a custom estimate. Our standard replacement estimate includes removing the roof down to the deck, replacing any rotten roof decking if needed at an additional cost, installing underlayment and shingles. We also replace all chimney step flashing and counter flashing on (Brick Chimneys Only), pipe boot flashings, and box vents. If your home has ridge vent we replace it; if not we can install it and refer a contractor to install your soffit vents if needed. We also generally replace skylights – see the “Skylight Installation” section for additional details.
Once you make your decision to hire us and sign our proposal or notify us by email, we provide our “roofing information” sheet to help you prepare for the roofing process, and we’ll give you a approximate timeframe for scheduling. Then you will select a shingle color and style. We encourage you to visit addresses of roofs we’ve completed to see what the color actually looks like, plus we can provide samples as well. After shingle selection, we schedule the job for a mutually agreeable timeframe. If you have a specific date request, we make every effort to meet that date, weather permitting.
Once the work has been completed, we perform a final inspection before receiving your payment. Part of our service is meticulous ground clean-up – we understand the value of your property and therefore strive to leave your yard as we found it.
NEW ROOF FAQs
How do I know if I need a roof repair or a new roof?
- One factor is the age of your roof. If your roof is less than 10 years old, most likely you don’t need a new roof yet.
- Excessive signs of wear may also indicate it’s time for a new roof. Please check our discussion below on “Three Common Indicators of a Worn Out Roof”.
- Other than the age or excessive wear, an onsite inspection of your roof by a qualified and trustworthy roofing professional is the best way to know for sure, especially if you’ve had repeated problems with a leaking roof. Please refer to our Roof Inspection section for additional information.
Do the black streaks and stains on my roof mean it’s time to replace it?
- No, the growth of brown or black algae on your asphalt shingles will not hurt your shingle’s performance. It doesn’t look very good but it will not affect the shingle surface. Removing the algae is optional and can be done using a bleach and TSP solution, but it must be done carefully to avoid damaging the roof and the plants surrounding your home. For example, never use a power washer on your roof surface!!
Can I have a second layer of shingles installed over my current roof?
- Technically, yes. But Scro’s Roofing does not perform a “roof over” installation. The primary reason is that without removing the old roof and inspecting the roof deck and flashings, we can’t replace rotten wood or damaged flashing. Therefore we can’t ensure a quality installation per our standards.
If I tell you square footage of my home, can you give me a ball-park estimate?
- No, all of our estimates are custom. And since they are free, please call us and we’d be glad to come out and give you a price.
Does it matter what type of shingle I select?
- No. What matters most is the installation of your roof no matter what materials you select. Many roof repairs and expensive maintenance are due to improper roof installation. Careful selection of a quality roofing professional will help ensure your roof will perform well without problems.
How do I find and select a quality roofing professional?
- First and foremost, ask questions!! A good roofing contractor will be able to answer your questions in a way that you can understand, or find the information if they don’t know the answer.
- Check references. Make sure the references include recent work.
- Check the BBB to see if complaints have been filed. Make sure your roofing contractor has longevity in business, good reviews online, and satisfied customers.
- When evaluating your proposal, remember that lowest price is not always best value. Yes, price is an important consideration. But be sure to evaluate the roofing contractor themselves as well as comparing the details of what they say they’ll do.
Three Common Indicators of a Worn Out Roof
1. Shingle condition: Missing, Curling, Blistering, or Cracked Shingles
- On a new roof, asphalt based shingles have a granular covering to protect the tar surface and give the shingle its attractive appearance. And there is a tar seal at the edge of the shingles that prevents wind from lifting them up and blowing them off. Over time, the granular surface of the asphalt shingle loosens and wears off, and the tar strip starts to lose its seal. If you see an excessive amount of granules in your gutters, or you start to lose shingles during storms, check your shingles to see if you notice any cracking, curling, or blistering. An excessive amount of any of these conditions may mean your roof cannot be repaired and therefore needs to be replaced.
2. Flashing and Caulking Damage
- Most flashing products are made of aluminum, copper or galvanized. Caulking is installed around the edge of the flashing to seal the flashing to the brick or siding. Most flashing problems are repairable by either re-caulking or replacing the flashing. But again, if the shingles around the flashing are too old and brittle for a repair, it is time for a new roof.
3. Roof Buckling or Warped Appearance – Rotten Roof Decking
- About 50% of all asphalt shingle roofs that we replace each year have some sort of rotting or water damaged wood underneath the surface. This is often because leaks are not repaired while they are minor. A small leak can cause a great amount of slow damage over time, and is often not noticed until damage is seen inside the home. By that time the roof deck may be rotten and give a warped or buckled appearance, and one or more sections may need to be replaced. Excessive areas of rotten wood could mean a new roof is needed.