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:
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.
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.