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Roofing | FAQ with Kusiak & Contractor Bob

I think you’ll agree, Northwest Indiana winters and summers can be punishing to your home’s roof. People from Lake County and Porter County often search for answers and solutions related to roofing and roof repairs, especially with the ice damming caused by last winter’s severe cold and snow. To make matters worse, last summer’s extreme heat was punishing on shingles and roofing systems. Everyone seems to be asking, is it better to repair a roof or replace a roof? How do I decide which roofer is best? If you’re one of these homeowners looking for answers, you won’t want to miss this month’s video called,  Roofing | FAQ with Kusiak & Contractor Bob.

In this Video, Kusiak and Contractor Bob help Demystify the common myths surrounding Roofing & Roof Repairs

 

People often Ask Roof Contractors these Questions

Check a roofer’s local reviews and avoid storm chasers at all costs.

Q: How can you tell if a roofer is bad?

A:  The appearance test: common visual signs of a bad roofing job

The roof is not uniform in appearance. …
The roof is missing shingles or has damaged shingles. …
Reusing old flashing material.
Roofing materials were not attached correctly.
Stains on the roof.
Uniformity.
Wrong nails or improper nailing techniques are used.

Q: Can a roof be done in one day?

A: Replacing roof shingles is tough work. Typically, a new roof installation is a two to three-day process, but it comes down to the size of your roof. Some jobs can be completed in a day while others may take five.

Replacing roof shingles is tough work. Typically, a new roof installation is a two to three-day process, but it comes down to the size of your roof.

Q: How long does it take to tear off and replace a roof?

A: ONE day. It can take as little as ONE day to tear off and replace an asphalt shingle roof. If it is a clear day, then a roofing crew can tear off and replace a 40 square asphalt shingle roof in a single day.

Gutter cleaning is part of roof repair services

Q: Can you put a roof on in rain?

A: A roof should not be install roofs when it rains because the rain can negatively affect the quality of the roof installation. Rain is bad during a roof installation because the water can damage the roof decking. A new roof should never be installed over a wrinkled barrier or wet wood because this is against building codes.

Q: How much does it cost to replace roof flashing?

A: Generally, the cost of fixing flashing is anywhere between $15 to $25 per linear foot, which includes both the price of the new flashing itself and the caulking used to seal it in place. A total flashing replacement might cost anywhere between $300 to $600

According to Contractor Bob, there are two classes (types) of windows that homeowners will want to consider, and/or, be aware of;

Roofing Repairs is often recommended over roof replacement by Kusiak’s Brett Payonk.

Q: Do roofers guarantee their work?

A: The contractor who installs your roofing plays a key role in its performance and longevity. Reputable, skilled roofers stand behind each installation job with a workmanship warranty. The length of this type of warranty can vary a lot depending on the contractor, and if they installed the roof system with the same standards and requirements of the supplier. It is critical that you work with a certified roofer to assure the warranty is honored.

The contractor who installs your roofing plays a key role in its performance and longevity.

Landmark Shingles

Q: How long is a roof guaranteed for?

A:   For some types of roofs, we are able to offer a manufacturer’s guarantee of 25 or even 30 years. All of our roofers are highly qualified and experienced in their chosen field of expertise.

Q: What voids a roof warranty?

A: Your roofing warranty can be rendered void if you fail to meet certain requirements, such as having a professional roofing contractor that is not certified and factory-trained. Look for a contractor that has certified credentials with its supplier.  Kusiak Construction is a CertainTeed Shingle Master.  This relationship instills confidence that the warranty will be honored.

Kusiak Construction is host to the FAQ Home Improvement Series.

Q: Roofer Near me |  Is it worth it to hire a roofer?

A: There are several reasons why it’s worth it to hire a professional roofer. Never try attempting it yourself without training.  The first is safety. Roofing is dangerous work. Roofers have specialized equipment and training to help prevent accidents and follow safety protocol. Next is experience. Roofers know how to spot problems- such as leaks, missing shingles. 

 

Q: How do I choose the best roofing contractor?

A: Check the reviews and reputation of the roofer or roof repair company. Choosing a roofer starts by reading reviews online. Compare customer ratings of roofing contractors. Make sure they are bonded and insured. (See video- Roofing| FAQ with Kusiak and Contractor Bob)  Also, look for contractors and companies with a minimum of ten years of experience.

How do I choose the best roofing contractor?

Q: How do I choose the best roofing contractor?

A: Choosing a roofer starts by reading reviews online. Check out the Roofers website. Do they offer you options and solutions? Can you select your shingles and roof system solutions? Are they vested in your community? Be aware of storm chasers. They will not be there when issues or problems exist.

Choosing a roofer starts by reading reviews online

Q:  Here are 13 general questions recommended by Dave Kusiak of Kusiak Construction.

How long have you been in business?

Is the roofer Bonded and Insured and carry insurance if an employee is injured. 
How local is your business?
Who owns your business, and for how long have they owned it?
What jobs do you have that I can go see?
Who, exactly, will be installing my roof? Are they employees or sub-contractors? How long have the employees been with the roofer? 
What training and experience does the crew have? Have they been trained by the manufacturer of my roofing?  (CertainTeed Master)
What past customers can I talk to?
When would you be able to schedule my job?
How long will my project take?
Do you have proper licensing and certification? Insurance? Workers’ Comp? Please show me proof of these things.
Is a building permit required for my project and, if so, will you be pulling one?
What steps do you take for the safety of your workers?
What steps do you take to ensure the safety of my home and my family?

Dave Kusiak offers Window replacement and home improvement solutions on his popular WJOB Radio program.

Dave Kusiak shares Home Improvement solutions on his popular WJOB Radio Program.

More readings:

Window Replacement | The Essential Guide for Northwest Indiana

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Shopping Replacement Windows | Choose from Gold, Silver & Bronze

Free NWI Replacement Window Estimates

Meet Kusiak & Handyman Bob

WJOB Programming- Kusiak & Reardon

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The article was written by

Jim Jano Janesheski

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