You and your neighbors have one thing in common. You all want to make smart decisions about your roof. After all, it protects all that lies beneath it – your home, your loved ones and your possessions. There’s also the matter of value. A roof in need of repair reduces your property’s value. A well-maintained roof increases it.
You want to establish a solid relationship with a roofer you can trust. But, where do you begin?
Important Things to Know About Roofing in NJ
First of all, there are some key things you need to know about roofing in NJ. One roofer may be very different from the next. Some are true full-service contractors, while others focus on single aspects of exterior home improvement. Some have established significant relationships with major roofing manufacturers, while others have not.
It’s not all that difficult to get on the right path to finding a roofer you can trust. Keep these four things in mind when you’re looking for quality roofing services.
1. Not all roofers are the same
There are significant differences among roofing contractors. Some have many years of experience while others are new to the business. At the extreme are the “fly-by-night’ roofers who arrive from out-of-town after a bad storm. Some of these contractors from distant places don’t use the best materials. Or, they have crews who lack knowledge of proper installation techniques. Some offer warranties of dubious value.
For many NJ homeowners, the ideal option is the local, reputable contractor who’s served the community for many years. Such a contractor seeks long-term relationships with its valued customers. Its reputation, community commitment and customer relationships are all intertwined. This benefits the homeowner in many ways.
It’s always reassuring to find a roofer you can trust, year after year. You can call on such a contractor for inspections, maintenance and more. When there’s an emergency, you know who to call.
2. Our climate requires superior materials and workmanship
When you invest in roof services, it’s important to consider New Jersey’s weather extremes. Remember, your roof must endure blistering heat and bone-chilling cold for many years to come. The Middlesex County community of Runyan once saw a 110-degree day. Not too far away in Bergen County, River Dale experienced the state’s coldest temperature ever — minus 34 degrees! Under extreme conditions, asphalt shingles must not warp in the heat or get brittle in the cold.
Shingles must also endure the extreme winds that assault northern New Jersey almost every year. Tropical storms, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and nor’easters all come with dangerous wind gusts. Tropical systems are not the only concern. Hurricane-force winds are common in some of New Jersey’s monster thunderstorms. Here’s where that adhesive strip on the underside of every shingle is so important. And, here’s where careful nailing along the reinforced nailing strip is critical. Proper installation is a must. Shingles wind-rated at 130 mph or more are your best bet in New Jersey.
3. Factory certification matters
Installation that respects all manufacturer’s specifications is another key to success. One way to better ensure that you’ll get truly professional work is to use a factory-certified roofer. Big roofing manufacturers bestow special status upon the very best roofing contractors. For example, GAF awards its “Master Elite” status to less than two percent of roofers nationwide. Likewise, Owens Corning only confers its “Platinum Preferred” certification upon top roofing companies. Roofing manufacturers authorize their high-ranking roofing contractors to offer their very best warranties. It’s even possible to transfer top manufacturer’s warranties to the next owner.
4. Some roofers offer more complete services than others
Another thing to know about roofing in NJ is that it’s about much more than repairing or replacing an aging roof. The best local roofers can often replace a roof in a single day. But what then? You want to find someone you can trust for years to come. You’ll need a roofing contractor to provide roof inspections and maintenance. Inspections detect minor issues before they become major ones. They also play a role in maintaining your warranty. Many NJ homeowners also want seasonal maintenance in the spring and fall. It’s important to clean gutters, deal with moss growth, remove fallen branches and more. Finally, you want to know your roofer will help if you ever need emergency repairs. Finally, you’ll want a roofer that will stand by your side through the insurance claims process.
It’s a bonus if you can call on the company for other important home improvement services as well. Some companies offer roofing, siding and window replacement services. It’s even better if you can call on the same contractor to provide exterior cleaning services. Soft washing of the roof clears away dirt, grime, moss and algae streaks. Power washing restores the appearance of siding, decks, fences, sidewalks and drives.
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Since 1977, CRS has served the homeowners of northern New Jersey. At CRS, we want to be the company you can count on for your every roofing need. CRS also offers other services that are important to your home’s exterior. We install siding and new windows. We also offer both power washing and soft washing services. Keep your entire property looking great!
To arrange for a complimentary, no-obligation quote, please contact us today!