That's right, we are proud to be more expensive than some of our competition! We aren't the cheapest for a reason. You've heard the old saying, "You get what you pay for."

Sometimes I've learned that the hard way. Your roof is extremely important since it helps protect your entire building and your belongings inside. Why would you chance it then? Just because other roofers do things differently doesn't necessarily mean they do it all wrong. We just want to do it better. We have a 10 year limited workmanship warranty that works in parallel with the manufacturer warranty on new roofs. We don't want you to ever need to call in a claim on that warranty and here is how we help prevent you having to go through that trouble.

Here are 7 reasons we can't charge less and stay in business and why we are proud to be more expensive than some of our competition:

1) Flashing

We use flashing in areas that many roofers don't. For example, it's common to see roofs that don't have flashing on the gables and eaves. We do install flashing here because it's surprisingly common for rain to soak in and cause extensive damage to the roof deck, fascia, and rafters or trusses if there is no flashing there. We also install valley flashing since a lot of water gets directed into the valley causing extra wear and tear to the shingles in the valley. If there's metal instead of shingles in the valley it's less likely to leak later since metal is more resistant to wear.

We use flashing that goes about 3 inches beneath the underlayment along the gutter-line instead of 1.5 inches like much of the competition uses. this makes it much less likely that water will make it past the overlap with the roofing underlayment to soak into things and cause damage. It is also common to see 1.5 inch flashing coming unfastened years after it is installed since there tend to be imperfections and irregularities where the roof deck meets the fascia.

2) Underlayment

Underlayment is a very important second layer of protection for your roof. We don't skimp and buy the cheapest available. We use tough underlayment even though it is more expensive than what many roofers use.

3) Ice and water

This is a type of underlayment that self-adheres to the roof deck. This is used around skylights, chimneys, and in valleys where the roof is more prone to leaks. It is more expensive than the other underlayment that we use but it's important for a roof that will protect your home properly.

4) Shingle fasteners

We don't skimp on nails and staples. We install 6 per shingle. This is important for the manufacturer warranty of some brands and is also very important for wind resistance. I have personally heard or even seen people using 4 nails or even 3. We use staples that are barely short enough to not poke through most of the time on the underside of eaves where the roof deck is exposed around the edges. Once we get to where you can't see the underside of the roof deck we switch to 1.25 inch nails that intentionally go all the way through. This is important for wind resistance, the warranty, and to be up to code. I have also heard of people using only two nails on the starter shingles and actually seen roofers only using short staples intended for the underlayment. This is really bad since the starter shingles are crucial for wind resistance.

5) Underlayment fasteners

We use staples that are known as plastic cap tacker staples. There is a specially engineered plastic disc that the staple goes through before going through the underlayment and into the roof sheathing. These plastic disks or "caps" are expensive but they help seal around the staple to keep water out and make it so the staples can't tear through the underlayment as it is being walked on during roof construction.

6) We take more time to do the job right

We take extra time to do things such as sealing around protrusions like vent pipes before installing the shingles and whatever accessory goes there (on the vent pipe example the accessory would be pipe flashing or a "pipe jack") It is common for leaks to develop around these areas and sealing around them takes extra time and resources but it helps ensure water doesn't go underneath the underlayment to wreak havoc on your house.

7) Flat Rate

We have flat rates. This is to minimize the unexpected. We do need to figure on one or two unexpected expenses on the job so we include this in the price.

Shingles, or whatever roofing materials you choose to use to cover your roof, are your first defense against the elements but there is an unsung hero working in the shadows. Roofing materials consist of far more than just shingles, tile, or metal panels. One of the most

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important things other than your shingles is the underlayment. Underlayment serves multiple purposes and I am going to do my best to explain some of them to you in this article.

It can take a while to install a roof - especially with a small crew and/or a large job. Also, in wet states like Oregon, a job that would otherwise be quick can be interrupted or slowed down by rain. Building materials are usually made to withstand some rain for a short period of time. This is to make building in states like Oregon possible. Imagine having your house framed and then having an unexpected rain storm and needing to completely re-frame the building. That would be expensive and time consuming. Covering an entire building in tarps for unexpected rainstorms before it is ready would be impractical at best. Once the house is built, however, there are many things that can get damaged by water easily. Things like drywall and your belongings. When a house is complete, there is also less airflow because it's no longer wide open. This lack of airflow could also cause mold and dry rot if something gets wet.

When you are getting your roof replaced, as long as there is sufficient attic ventilation, a little sprinkle of rain shouldn't hurt your roof deck. Even so, a good roofer will do his or her best to get the underlayment installed before even a sprinkle occurs. Underlayment serves multiple purposes. There are also many different types of underlayment for different budgets and different purposes. I'm going to give you some information on underlayment in general. I'll probably go into more detail in another post.

The first purpose of underlayment is to protect the roof from rain while it is being installed. underlayment generally goes down very quickly compared to the shingles. This makes it so a roof can be torn off and the underlayment can be rapidly installed before a rainstorm. In fact, it is common to install shingles while it is raining on underlayment that was installed just before the bad weather. This is especially common in the Portland area where it rains even more than here in the Medford area. Both the underlayment and the shingles water resistant and can handle moisture. Installing while it's raining isn't ideal because it can take a while for it to dry out between the underlayment and the shingles but it is sometimes necessary in rainy climates. Properly installed underlayment can protect the roof for several months if absolutely necessary. Even so, it's best to get the roofing installed over the underlayment within a few weeks

because the underlayment will get sun damaged in the summer and some types can get damaged after a few good rains. Waiting a few months is generally a bad idea and is probably never necessary.

Another purpose is traction on the roof during installation. Different types provide better traction in various conditions. Roofers may decide to change types depending on the weather or the pitch of the roof.

Properly installed underlayment also has another very important purpose as a second layer of defense for your roof. Wind can drive rain under your shingles. If there wasn't underlayment it would soak into your roof deck and you could get mold and/or rot. As your roof gets old, some of the shingles may loose their seal and get wind damaged. this second layer of protection will help minimize leaks while you wait for the repair or replacement. Ice, leaves, and moss can also re-direct water underneath your shingles.

This is why we don't take underlayment lightly and we will probably make an article in the future telling you what, why, and how we install underlayment.

1) We are small

Our small size makes quality control much easier. We don't have 10 crews to keep an eye on. We are currently working on standard processes, practices, and checklists that will make it easier to keep an eye on quality when we are bigger.

2) What we charge

We are low cost compared to some companies but we are intentionally not the cheapest. We need to bring in enough money to stay in business for the long term. We also try to bring you products that you can rely on and that look great - these aren't always cheap.

3) We are young

This means we aren't set in old ways of doing business. Old fashioned values like honesty and integrity are amazing and should never be sidelined but there are old fashioned ways of doing business that we are working to improve or eradicate alltogether. We want your experience to be as easy and smooth-sailing as possible. That's why we've basically boiled the process down into 3 easy steps - call, sign, pay. Another thing we do is give you online access to our contract when we give you a free, no obligation estimate. This means you have plenty of time to read the contract with no pressure before you sign. There are more things that we are doing in order to become the best company to hire but this is supposed to be an easy to read article.

4) We take our time

We try to work fast but not at the expense of your roof's reliability and durability. We want your workmanship warranty to simply be for your peace of mind. We don't want you to ever have to call in a claim!

5) We specialize

We specialize in asphalt shingle roofs. We want to be the best at what we do so we don't install metal roofing and we don't do siding. Sure, we might expand later but we want to do so in a slow and careful manner.

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