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(650) 605-3927
(415) 484-6491

Serving all of San Mateo County and San Francisco including Redwood City, South SF, Daly City, and the Mission, Excelsior and Sunset Districts.

Services include commercial roof replacement, gutters & gutter protection, residential roof replacement, roof maintenance programs, custom skylight installation, solar tunnel/tube skylights, architectural sheetmetal, standing seam metal...
License 566386 | DCID6508723232
(415) 493-8959

Serving all of San Francisco and the Greater Bay Area

Services include shingle, woodshake, slate, and tile roofs, deck coating, waterproofing and metal roofs. Brands include CertainTeed and GAF/ELK...
License 591676 | DCID4153337663
191 Vienna Street
San Francisco, CA 94112
(415) 347-5917

Serving all of San Francisco including Sunset District, Richmond District, Mission District, Tenderloin, Bernal Heights, Nob Hill and Pacific Heights.

Services include roofing, sheet metal roofing, waterproofing, roof inspection, related sheet metal work, siding work. Brands include GAF, CertainTeed and Una-Clad...
License 799104 | DCID4153346008
(415) 938-6932

Serving all of San Francisco including Mission District, Sunset District, Bernal Heights, Russian Hill, Western Addition, the Castro and Tenderloin.

Services include Flat Roofs, Pitched Roofs, Shake, Shingle, Custom Skylights, Gutters, Slate and Terra Cotta Tile, Waterproof Solar Stanchions. Brands include CertainTeed, IB Roof, Polyglass, Velux
License 731731 | DCID4153335373
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Why Trust Diamond Certified Roofing Companies Rated Highest in Quality?

You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a roofing company that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified roofing contractor. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated roofing company and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

1) Accuracy: All research is performed by live telephone interviews that verify only real customers are surveyed, so you'll never be fooled by fake reviews.

2) Statistical Reliability: A large random sample of past customers is surveyed on an ongoing basis so the research results you see truly reflect a Diamond Certified company’s top-rated status.

3) Full Disclosure: By clicking the name of a company above you'll see the exact rating results in charts and read verbatim survey responses as well as researched articles on each qualified company.

4) Guaranteed: Your purchase is backed up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee, so you can choose with confidence.

Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

How to Choose
Hire the Best Roofing Companies in San Francisco for New Roofs and Roof Repairs

Everything in your home depends on the integrity of your roof. If you have hidden roof leaks or need roofing repairs, seeping water can ruin your belongings and cause problems like water damage and mold. 

But your roof is only as good as the the San Francisco roofing company you choose to install or repair it. That’s why it’s important to hire roofers who are true professionals. Expert roofing contractors have the skills and experience to install new roofs and repair damaged roofs, and they can offer a better overall value than unskilled or inexperienced roofers.
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Everything in your home depends on the integrity of your roof. If you have hidden roof leaks or need roofing repairs, seeping water can ruin your belongings and cause problems like water damage and mold. 

But your roof is only as good as the the San Francisco roofing company you choose to install or repair it. That’s why it’s important to hire roofers who are true professionals. Expert roofing contractors have the skills and experience to install new roofs and repair damaged roofs, and they can offer a better overall value than unskilled or inexperienced roofers.

Researching your options will help you find a good roofing company in San Francisco, including in the major neighborhoods of the Sunset District, Richmond District, Mission District, Bernal Heights and the Tenderloin, as well as in the smaller districts to complete your roofing project.

Know What You Want from San Francisco Roofing Companies
The first step is confirming whether you need roof repairs or want to have your existing roof replaced. Once you’ve narrowed down the reroofing and roof repair services you need, you’ll want to consider visual appeal. Today there are many choices in roofing materials, including slate roofs, rubber roofing, asphalt shingles, metal roofing, concrete roof tiles and wood shingle and wood shake roofs.

It’s wise to match the roofer to your project. That’s because some local roofing companies in the larger San Francisco neighborhoods such as Sunset District, Richmond District, Tenderloin, Bernal Heights and Mission District provide different roofing services. Some specialize in copper roofs and tin roofing, while others are able to install tile roofing and energy efficient roofing. Likewise, commercial and industrial roofing is a specialty. If you need a new roof for your commercial building, be sure the roofing contractor you’re considering is skilled at installing commercial roofs.

You should also be ready to discuss a timeline for the project and any expectations you have for the roofing work and the service you receive from the roofers. By being prepared, you’re more likely to find the best roofing contractor for your job in San Francisco, including the neighborhoods of Excelsior, Pacific Heights, Nob Hill, North Beach, Bayview District and the smaller neighborhoods.

Why It’s a Good Idea to Research Roofers in the San Francisco Area
While it’s best to choose a Diamond Certified company because they’re rated Highest in Quality, that may not always be possible. If you’re unable to choose a Diamond Certified roofing contractor in your area of San Francisco, you can improve your chances of hiring a good roofing company by checking out candidates on the Contractors State License Board website to ensure active license and workers’ compensation insurance. Violations will also appear on their license record, so you’ll know about recent infractions or serious customer grievances that have been processed by the state.

Then take time to verify roofing contractor qualifications. Some local roofing companies in the major San Francisco neighborhoods of Tenderloin, Nob Hill, Bayview District, Richmond District, Sunset District and Bernal Heights have even been certified by roofing manufacturers and are authorized roof system distributors and installers who can handle the entire reroofing process for you.

Some roof repairs can be quick projects, but large jobs like roof installations and reroofing may take days or even weeks. So it’s especially important to find a roofing company that has roofers who are dedicated to customer service and with whom you can work well. Professional qualities including promptness, friendliness and cleanliness are very important, especially because the roofers will be spending so much time working on your home.

Savvy consumers understand that local roofing companies are often their best option when hiring a roofer. That’s because roofing contractors who live and work in the San Francisco area may offer the quickest emergency roofing repairs and most reliable service for roofing installation and reroofing.

Further Research on Good Roofing Contractors in the Sunset District, Richmond District, Mission District, Tenderloin, Bernal Heights, Excelsior, Pacific Heights, Nob Hill, North Beach, Bayview District and Other San Francisco Neighborhoods
Now that you’ve done some basic research on local roofing companies, talk directly with a few San Francisco roofers about your job. If you live in one of the larger neighborhoods, including Sunset District, North Beach, Richmond District, Tenderloin, Mission District or Bernal Heights, you may find many good roofing companies from which to choose. If you live outside these areas, keep in mind that many roofing contractors are willing to travel to other parts of San Francisco, including the smaller neighborhoods of Barbary Coast, Outer Richmond, SOMA, Union Square, West Portal, Eureka Valley and Glen Park.

When you interview the roofing companies, have a written list of questions and write down the answers the contractors give you. Remember, though, many roof contractors will not provide estimates over the phone without first seeing the roof in person. However, don’t feel obliged to set an appointment for a bid if you weren’t impressed with your initial contact with the roofers. If the local roofing company you’ve talked with don’t meet your expectations or can’t answer your questions satisfactorily, feel free to end the conversation and move on to the next high-quality roofers on your list, including those in the smaller San Francisco neighborhoods of Cole Valley, Haight-Ashbury, Japantown, Diamond Heights, Fort Mason, Laurel Heights or the Potrero area.

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Know What You Want
What to Ask Yourself About Your New Roof and Roofing Project

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The questions below will get you started:

  • Do I want a Diamond Certified company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee?
  • Do I need a new roof or roof repairs?
  • What is my budget for roofing repairs and reroofing?
  • Is there a specific roof color or roofing material I’m interested in?
  • Are there any details that may make my roofing project more complicated or need special attentionfrom the roofers (i.e. a steep roof, specialized roofing materials, a narrow driveway or shortage of parking spaces, a limited timeframe in which I need my new roof or roof repairs completed, historical home permits, etc.)?
  • What characteristics and qualities do I want in a San Francisco roofing contractor? This may include timeliness, reliable follow-up services, specialized roofing repair services, good communication skills, etc.
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What to Ask on the Phone
Questions to ask Local Roofers on the Phone

You may want to have a list of prepared questions to ask the roofing contractors during your interviews. Having such a list will keep you on track and ensure you ask the questions that are most pertinent to your job.
Just as important is to write down the roofing contractors’ answers and the general opinion you have of each. This will help you narrow down your choices to the best local roofer in San Francisco for you....

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You may want to have a list of prepared questions to ask the roofing contractors during your interviews. Having such a list will keep you on track and ensure you ask the questions that are most pertinent to your job.
Just as important is to write down the roofing contractors’ answers and the general opinion you have of each. This will help you narrow down your choices to the best local roofer in San Francisco for you.

  • Has your company earned and maintained a Diamond Certified rating?
  • Are you a licensed roofing contractor in the state of California? If so, what is your state contractor license number?
  • Do you have active liability and workers’ compensation insurance? Are all of the workers you employ covered by this insurance?
  • What is your specific experience with new roofing installations and roof repairs in San Francisco?
  • Do you charge for roofing estimates? If so, how is the fee decided and is it refunded if I hire you?
  • Will my project require a permit? If so, will you get the permits for me? (Beware of contractors who ask you to take out permits. This may be a sign they’re not licensed contractors.)
  • Do you have your own roof installation crew, or do you subcontract roofers  for new roof installations in San Francisco?
  • Are you personally on site during the roofing process? If not, who is in charge of the roofing crews?
  • Is there a specific roof brand and type you recommend (GAF Roofing, CertainTeed Roofing, Owens Corning roofs, Monier Roofing, Gerard Roofing, Decra Roofs, etc)? Why?
  • How long has the manufacturer been making the roof shingles or roofing systems you install? (A lifetime warranty is worthless if the manufacturer goes out of business.)
  • Are you authorized by the manufacturer to install new roofs? Important: Installation by unapproved roof contractors can void manufacturers’ warranties.
  • What guarantees and warranties do you offer on your new roofs and roof repairs? (In addition to the warranty on the windows.)
  • How long have you been a SF roofing contractor?
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What to Ask in Person
Questions to Ask San Francisco Roofing Contractors in Person
  • How much time will the roofing job take, from ordering the shingles or roofing materials through new roof installation?
  • Will I be able to stay in my home during the roofing process?
  • Is the new roof energy efficient?...
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  • How much time will the roofing job take, from ordering the shingles or roofing materials through new roof installation?
  • Will I be able to stay in my home during the roofing process?
  • Is the new roof energy efficient? Will it reduce my electric bills?
  • Do you have any recent projects in my area of San Francisco where I can see how the roof installations look from the street?
  • Do you have customer references I can call?
  • Are you responsible for warranty work or roof repair services if there’s ever a problem with my new roof or reroofing?
  • What can I do to make the roof installation process easier?
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What to Ask References
Ask Previous Customers About Their Experiences with Local Roofers in San Francisco

It’s best to choose a Diamond Certified roofer because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can’t pass. If you want quality from a roofer in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews. That’s because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.
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It’s best to choose a Diamond Certified roofer because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can’t pass. If you want quality from a roofer in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews. That’s because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

If you can’t find a Diamond Certified roofing company within reach, you’ll have to do some research on your own. If you do, it’s wise to call some references provided by your roofing company. Keep in mind, though, that references provided to you by the roofers are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. That’s because references given to customers from companies are cherry-picked instead of randomly selected from all their customers. So the contractors will likely give you a few customers to call that they know are satisfied.

If you do call references on your own, specifically ask for a list of the company’s 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied.

The following are some questions to ask roofing company references:

  • Were you satisfied with the roof installation and the customer service from _(roofing company name)_?
  • What was the type and scope of job they did for you (reroofing/roof replacement, roof repair, roof weatherproofing, roof leak repairs, etc.)?
  • Did the San Francisco roof contractor you hired complete the work on time?
  • Did the contractor keep you up-to-date on the status of the project?
  • Were there unexpected costs? If so, what were they for? Were they avoidable from the contractor’s end?
  • Did the roofing company employees show up on time?
  • Did the employees clean up after finishing the window installation?
  • If you need a new roof or roof repairs in the future, would you use this roofing contractor again?
  • Would you recommend this roofing company? 
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Review Your Options
Find and Hire Good Roofing Contractors in San Francisco, Including the Larger Neighborhoods of Sunset District, Bernal Heights, Richmond District, Mission District, North Beach, Tenderloin, Pacific Heights, Excelsior, Nob Hill and Bayview District

Your choice of roofing contractor determines the value of your new roof and can impact the resale value of your home. So before deciding on the best roofers in San Francisco for your roofing job, it’s important to consider the following questions:...

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Your choice of roofing contractor determines the value of your new roof and can impact the resale value of your home. So before deciding on the best roofers in San Francisco for your roofing job, it’s important to consider the following questions:

  • Can the roofing contractors meet your needs for scheduling, new roofing products and roof installation method preferences?
  • Are the San Francisco roofers knowledgeable on the roof products they sell and install?
  • Can the roofing contractor explain which roofing services and roof products best suit your needs and why?
  • Is the roofing installation company sensitive to your budget? Can they offer various products that fit your resources? Most contractors will give you bids for good, better and best options that include choices of products, design and aesthetics, prices, brand names/manufacturers and roofing services.
  • Do the roof contractors in San Francisco offer warranties in the event of a product failure or installation error? Will they guarantee the work in writing?

You may also want to examine your expectations for your new roof and roofing work, realizing that some may be impossible or not feasible. For instance, with new roof installations, it may not be reasonable to expect an uninterrupted work schedule or a quiet process. So talk with your roofing contractor about what you can reasonably expect while the roofers are working on your home. You are more likely to be satisfied if you go into the job with fair expectations.
 

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How to Work With
How to Get Reliable Roofing Repair Estimates from San Francisco Roofers

The best roofing contractors in San Francisco can be selective about which roofing jobs they take. That’s because not every roofing company is able to handle every kind of roofing repairs or roof installation job. So it’s important to look for the high-quality roofing contractors that have the skills and training to do the roofing work you’re looking for.
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The best roofing contractors in San Francisco can be selective about which roofing jobs they take. That’s because not every roofing company is able to handle every kind of roofing repairs or roof installation job. So it’s important to look for the high-quality roofing contractors that have the skills and training to do the roofing work you’re looking for.

Once you’ve interviewed some local roofers, meet in person with the roofing contractors you liked best for an on-site estimate. Discuss what you are looking for in your new roof or roofing repairs, and listen to their suggestions of materials and styles.

You may want to compare several estimates, but you’re wise to limit it to a small number of estimates

from the best roof contractor candidates. That will let your roofers know that you’re looking for good service and fair prices rather than cheap roofing services. This will also improve your chances of finding a roofer who provides the best quality workmanship on roofing installation and roof repairs.

Sign a Contract For Roofing Services With Your San Francisco Roofer
Now that you’ve found the roofing contractor that fits your needs and can perform the roofing work, ask for a written contract that outlines your roofing job. The contract should include the cost of the job, details about the materials to be used and installation information, such as the projected start and end dates.

Read the entire contract and be sure you understand all the terms and limitations before you sign. Once you’ve signed a contract with a San Francisco roofing company, you have committed to abide by the information within the contract, so for your protection, never sign a blank or incomplete estimate.

Remember, the contract is there to protect you and your roofing contractor. So it’s advisable to write in any verbal agreements or special requests that you’ve confirmed with your San Francisco roofer. This includes any special agreements you’ve reached, such as reasonable expectations for the care of your home and yard during the roofing installation process.

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Be a Good Customer
Ways You Can Be a Good Roofing Company Customer

It's your roofer’s responsibility install quality roofing products using the best possible installation techniques. But you play a big part in the success of your new roof installation, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a San Francisco roofing contractor....

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It's your roofer’s responsibility install quality roofing products using the best possible installation techniques. But you play a big part in the success of your new roof installation, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a San Francisco roofing contractor.

  • Be clear and upfront with the roofers. Let them know what you want from your new roof, the long-term outcome you’re expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
  • Before you hire a roofing contractor in San Francisco, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the roofing company representative your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local roofers occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
  • Ask your roofing contractor if you should call to check on the progress or if he will call you with updates.
  • Be sure the roofing company service representative can reach you at all times while they’re reroofing your home or completing your roofing repairs. The work will move along more smoothly if your roofer can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
  • When your contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the roofing installation and repairs on schedule.
  • Pay for the roofing work promptly.

Why would you want to be a good customer? Roofing contractors in San Francisco appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

Simplify the Job for Roofing Companies in San Francisco
Before the work has begun and while it’s in progress, keep in mind ways you can make the job easier for your roofing contractors. While the San Francisco roofing contractors you’ve hired should be professionals who are able to deal with difficulties and unexpected situations during roof construction, you can take small steps to simplify the work. Not only will this create an atmosphere of cooperation and goodwill, but it can also save you money by preventing unnecessary delays and extra work.

  • Before the job starts, survey your property for any potential challenges that may make the job harder for the roofing contractors or that may add time to the job. This may include low hanging tree branches near the roofline, trees or shrubs that make it hard for the work trucks to enter your property or get close to the work site, or lawn furniture or ornaments that may be in the way of the roofing contractors. You may even want to plan a pre-work walk-through with the roofing company foreman to locate challenges they may see.
  • Ask your San Francisco roofing professional what you can do to simplify the job for them. In some cases, it may be easier for you to take care of tree trimming, roof cleaning or moving vehicles before the construction crews arrive and it may save you time and money in the long run.
  • Make sure your roofing company has contact information where they can reach you at all times, such as a cell phone or work phone number. This can limit costly delays if they need to reach you with updates, questions and authorizations for unforeseen situations.
  • Keep children and pets away from the worksite. Not only is it unsafe for your loved ones to be near the construction site, it also can also add time to the job if the roofers need to be cautious to avoid injuring pets or children. If you have pets that use the yard near the roof construction area, take them out on a leash while the roof installation work is going on so that the roofers don’t need to worry about closing gates behind them.
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Check the Work
Look Over the Completed Roofing Work

Once your roof repairs or reroofing is completed, most good roofers in San Francisco will give you a written invoice that lists the completed work. This invoice may include:...

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Once your roof repairs or reroofing is completed, most good roofers in San Francisco will give you a written invoice that lists the completed work. This invoice may include:

  • The name, business address and license number of the roofing company.
  • A detailed list of all work done.
  • An itemized list of roofing products and roof replacement parts used.
  • The total cost for the roof repairs or total reroofing, including the amount due for labor.
  • Written proof of all warrantees and guarantees provided by the roofing manufacturer and roofing installers.
  • To be sure that all the work lives up to your expectations and the contract, ask your San Francisco roofing contractor to walk through the job with you and show you the repairs and reroofing while you check the completed work against the invoice. Take the time to ask any final questions about the work and get additional information for maintaining your new roof.
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Written Warranties
Get Written Warranties from San Francisco Roofers

Ask for written proof of any warranties and guarantees before your roofers leave the job and you give final payment. Not all roofers back up their work. But if the roofer you’ve chosen guarantees their work, they should give you written details, including:...

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Ask for written proof of any warranties and guarantees before your roofers leave the job and you give final payment. Not all roofers back up their work. But if the roofer you’ve chosen guarantees their work, they should give you written details, including:

  • The roofing company name and physical address.
  • The work and products covered, including whether the roofing company will repair or replace the roofing products or give you a refund if you have a warranty claim.
  • Your responsibility if you file a warranty claim, such as if you have to pay for labor when filing a claim or pay a prorated amount for repairs.
  • The terms on your new roof warranties.
  • If the roof warranty coverage is transferrable to the new owner if you sell your home.
  • All exclusions and limitations must be in writing.
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Top 10 Requests
Top Service Requests of Roofing Contractors in San Francisco

The most common requests for new roofs and roof replacements explained below are available in the larger San Francisco neighborhoods of Richmond District, Mission District, Sunset District, Tenderloin, Bernal Heights, Excelsior, Nob Hill, Pacific Heights, Bayview District and North Beach and all of the smaller neighborhoods. See the paragraphs below for the definition of each term....

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The most common requests for new roofs and roof replacements explained below are available in the larger San Francisco neighborhoods of Richmond District, Mission District, Sunset District, Tenderloin, Bernal Heights, Excelsior, Nob Hill, Pacific Heights, Bayview District and North Beach and all of the smaller neighborhoods. See the paragraphs below for the definition of each term.


Metal Roofing Installation
Metal roofing is a popular choice for its durability, flexibility and number of colors and styles. Once known as tin roofs, metal roofing is available as copper roofing, aluminum roofing, steel roofing, stainless steel roofing, corrugated roofing, standing seam metal roofing, metal shingle roofs and metal panel roofs. Metal roofing is weather resistant, lightweight and portable and is often used on residential buildings, commercial buildings and industrial buildings.

Steel Roofs
Steel roofs and stainless steel roofing is a good choice for harsh climates and as a design element for modern homes. Most steel roofs are installed as rolled roofing, standing seam roofs or metal shingles. Some steel shingles imitate the appearance of slate shingles, wood shingles and tile shingles with the strength and toughness of steel roofing.

Roof Repair
Common roof repairs in San Francisco including in the larger neighborhoods of Nob Hill, Sunset District, Richmond District, Tenderloin, Mission District, Bernal Heights are required to fix poorly-installed gutters, roof leaks, missing shingles, roof flashing leaks, skylight flashing, roof valley flashing, roof ridge vent damage, gutter problems and nail holes. Most good roofing contractors in San Francisco provide emergency roof repairs and roof maintenance.

Roof Shingle Installation
Roof shingles are made of individual, overlapping roof shingles. Most are laid in rows with the top shingles overlapping the lower shingles. Roofing shingles are typically made of asphalt, but can be metal shingles, stone shingles, tile shingles or wood shingles. Roof shingles come in a variety of colors and styles.

Flat Roofing Repair & Installation
Unlike sloping roofs, flat roofs are horizontal or nearly horizontal to the building. They may be residential or commercial roofs, and are often made of tar and gravel, rubber roofing, membrane roofing or metal roofing. Many buildings incorporate flat roofing so that they can support HVAC systems, living roofs/green roofs and living areas on the roof surface.

Roofing Tile Installation
Clay tiles, solar roof tiles, slate roof tiles, concrete roof tiles, plastic tiles, cedar tiles and ceramic tiles are all popular roofing tile choices in San Francisco. They are long-wearing, unique and often sustainable roofing options. Roofing tiles are available in styles, including flat tiles, imbrex and tegula tiles, Roman tiles, mission or barrel tiles, interlocking roof tiles, and interlocking pantiles.

New Roof Installations
New roof installations are a complete replacement of existing roof structures. New roofs are recommended for existing homes that have leaky roofs that regular roof repairs won’t fix. New roofs are installed by roofing contractors and may include tile roofs, rubber roofs, shingle roofs, wood shingle roofs and metal roofs.

Roof Replacement
Roof replacements are the removal and reroofing of an existing building. Roof replacement is an alternative to roof recovering, and is often called re-roofing or reroofing. Reroofing can change the shape or style of an existing roof, and may incorporate new roofing systems or roofing materials to update and add value to a home or building.

Rubber Roof Repair & Installation
Rubber roofing, often installed in rolled roofing form or liquid rubber roofing, is a specialized roofing cover. Rubber roofs may be a good choice for roofs that leak or for flat roofs. Rubber roofs are often installed on commercial and industrial buildings, but are available as rubber roof shingles and recycled rubber roof tiles for residential homes.

Roof Panel Installation
Whether made of corrugated metal or translucent fiberglass, roof panels are common choice for homes, greenhouses and patio covers. Metal roof paneling comes in a variety of colors and styles to match any decor. Roof panel installation is often quick and attractive, and the lightweight panels are a good choice for commercial or residential roofing.
 

Top 10 Roofing Brand Requests in San Francisco
The following roofing brands are some of the most popular roofing manufacturer products installed in San Francisco, including in the major neighborhoods of Excelsior, Pacific Heights, Nob Hill, Sunset District, Richmond District, Mission District, Tenderloin, Bernal Heights, North Beach and Bayview District.

  1. GAF Roofing
  2. Firestone Roofing
  3. Duro-Last/DuraLast Roofing
  4. Decra Roofing
  5. Monier Roof Tiles
  6. Gerard Roofing
  7. Sika Sarnafil Roofing
  8. Galvalume Metal Roofing
  9. Ondura Roofing
  10. CertainTeed Roofing
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If Things Go Wrong
The Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee Lends Confidence

Diamond Certified roofing companies in San Francisco are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the roofing contractor you’ve hired is Diamond Certified and you can’t resolve the issue by talking with the roofing company, contact the Diamond Certified mediation department at info@diamondcertified.org or call 800-738-1138.

Easy Ways to End Conflict with San Francisco Roofing Contractors...

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Diamond Certified roofing companies in San Francisco are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the roofing contractor you’ve hired is Diamond Certified and you can’t resolve the issue by talking with the roofing company, contact the Diamond Certified mediation department at info@diamondcertified.org or call 800-738-1138.

Easy Ways to End Conflict with San Francisco Roofing Contractors
You’ve carefully chosen a qualified roofer in San Francisco. But it’s important to know how to best handle disagreements if problems or conflicts arise with your roofing company.

The easiest way to end conflict is to resolve the problem directly with the head roofer or the roofing company owner. Most local roofers are professionals who are proud of their company’s reputation, so they try to keep customers happy. When talking with your roofer about problems, remember:

  • Discuss with your roofer any problems or disagreements right away. Don’t wait until the roof repairs or re-roofing is done before voicing your concerns.
  • Remain calm and polite, even if facing disagreements and frustration.
  • Sit down with the San Francisco roofing company representative and review together your contract for roof repairs or roofing installation.
  • Document complaints in writing and photograph concerns with workmanship and materials.
  • Set a deadline for resolution of the situation. You may withhold payment until the dispute is resolved.
  • If the response you get from your roofing contractor is less than satisfactory, consider hiring a local building inspector or roofing expert to assess the work.
  • Fire the roofing contractors as your last option. This can lead to lawsuits and work delays, so only fire the roofers if you feel you have no other recourse.
  • If you have serious problems with a contractor, you may file a complaint with the Contractors State License Board.
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Glossary of Terms
Glossary of New Roofing and Reroofing Terms
A custom tile roof installed by a Diamond Certified roofing contractor.
A custom roof installation with multicolored roof tiles. Photo: Century Roof and Solar Inc. (2012)

The roofing terms below will help you better understand the roofing construction and roofing repair process and will allow you to better communicate with your local roofing company.

aggregate roofing
Aggregate roofing is used as surfacing or ballasting for a roof system. Aggregate can be stone, rock, crushed stone, gravel, crushed lava rock or marble chips.

Also known as: aggregate shingles, built-up roof, built-up aggregate roof, roofing aggregates, aggregate rood systems

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The roofing terms below will help you better understand the roofing construction and roofing repair process and will allow you to better communicate with your local roofing company.

aggregate roofing
Aggregate roofing is used as surfacing or ballasting for a roof system. Aggregate can be stone, rock, crushed stone, gravel, crushed lava rock or marble chips.

Also known as: aggregate shingles, built-up roof, built-up aggregate roof, roofing aggregates, aggregate rood systems

base flashing
Base flashing is the roof flashing that is created by the upturned edges of a roof membrane. Base flashing is usually attached to or resting on the roof deck and directs water onto the roof.

Also known as: roof flashing, base flashing detail, composition base flashing, copper base flashing, concealed base flashing, exposed base flashing, metal flashing, lead base flashing

built-up roof
A built-up roof is constructed with several layers of felt and asphalt. Each layer is topped with hot tar or asphalt. The topmost layer is covered with mineral or rock.

Also known as: builtup roofing, BUR roofing, built-up roofing membranes, built-up roofing systems, asphalt built-up roofs, gravel and tar roofing

corrugated roofing
Corrugated roofing is generally sheet metal roofing that has been folded into ridges. Corrugated roof panels are easy to install and easy to maintain.

Also known as: corrugated roof panels, corrugated roofs, clear corrugated roofing, corrugated metal roofing, corrugated rub roof, corrugated fiberglass roofing, corrugated plastic roofing

counter flashing
Flashing attached to a vertical surface that prevents water from seeping into the roof is known as counter flashing. Counter flashing is often used to waterproof the roofing around chimneys and pipes.

Also known as: counterflashing, chimney counter flashing, counter flashing detail, roof flashing

eaves flashing
Eaves flashing is an additional layer of roofing material installed at the roof eaves to prevent water damage from rain seepage.

Also known as: roof flashing, dormer flashing, ice flashing, water damage flashing, ice dam flashing, eave flashing, roof eave flashing, roof ice dam barrier

EPDM roofing
EPDM roofing is a synthetic rubber roof product made of ethylene propylene diene monomer. EPDM roofing is primarily a commercial roof covering that can withstand weathering, abrasion and extreme temperatures.

Also known as: ethylene propylene diene monomer, EPDM rubber roofing, rubber roof, rubber roofing

fascia
Horizontal trim at the eaves that covers the rafter ends is called fascia. Roof fascia runs horizontally across the ends of the roof rafters to form the edge of the roof. Fascia is placed above the soffit and below the roofline.

Also known as: roofing fascia, roof fascia, fascia board, house fascia, fascia trim

flashing
Roof flashing, usually made of metal sheeting or roll roofing, is installed to prevent rainwater from leaking into a building around joints or vents, pipes, chimneys, walls, dormers and roof valleys. Most roof flashing is made of galvanized steel.

Also known as: roof vent flashing, flat roof flashing, lead roof flashing, corrugated roof flashing, roofing flashing, roof detail flashing, vent pipe flashing

gable
The upper part of a wall that comes to a point at the ridge of a sloping roof. The roof ends and walls create a V-shaped feature.

Also known as: gable roof, hip gable roof, gable roof dormer, dormer, cross gable roof, gambrel roof gable, reverse gable roof, gable roof style, gable roof truss

gable roof
Gable roofs are peaked, sloping roofs that form a gable at both ends.

Also known as: hip gable roof, gable roof dormer, dormer, cross gable roof, gambrel roof gable, reverse gable roof, gable roof style, gable roof truss

gambrel roof
Gambrel roofs have two sloping planes of different pitches on either side of the roof ridge. The lower plane of a gambrel roof has a steeper slope than the upper slope. Gambrel roofs have a gable at each end.

Also known as: gambrel angle roof, gambrel roof style

hip roof
A four-sided roof with sloping sides and ends is known as a hip roof.

Also known as: hipped roof, hip roof style, hipped roof style

interlocking shingles
Interlocking shingles are individual shingles that mechanically fasten together to provide stronger wind resistance.

Also known as: interlocked roofing, interlocking shingle systems, interlocking aluminum shingles, interlocking asphalt shingles, interlocking metal shingles, interlocking composite shingles, interlock shingles

laminated shingles
Strip shingles with more than one layer of tabs that create extra thickness are called laminated shingles.

Also known as: three-dimensional shingles, architectural shingles, laminated asphalt shingles, laminate shingles, laminated shingle, laminated roof shingles

mansard roof
A hip roof with two slopes on each side is referred to as a mansard roof. This type of roof contains two sloping planes with different pitches on each of the four sides. The lower sloping roof plane has such a steep pitch, it may appear vertical. Mansard roofs have no gables.

Also known as: French roof, straight mansard roof, flared mansard roof, double-slope roof

metal roofs
Metal roofs are found on commercial and residential buildings. Metal roofs are made from metal pieces, metal tiles or metal slabs. Metal roofs are resistant to weather and temperature changes and are known for their longevity.

Also known as: metal roofing, standing seam metal roofing, steel roofing, copper roofing, corrugated metal roofing, metal roofing panels, tin roof, metal roof shingles, metal fabrication roof, residential metal roofing, sheet metal roofing

overlay
Installing a new roof system over an existing roof without removing the existing roof is referred to as roof overlay. Roofing overlay is generally a more cost-effective way to install a new roof, since it doesn’t include costs of roof removal.

Also known as: roof recover, roof re-cover, vinyl roof overlay, metal roof overlay, roof-over

re-roofing
Constructing a roof on an existing building is referred to as re-roofing.

Also known as: reroofing, roof replacement, shingle replacement, residential re-roofing, reshingling, re-shingling, tear-off roof replacement

roll roofing
Roll roofing is a composition asphalt roofing and felt product manufactured in roll form. Roofing contractors install roll roofing by laying it in overlapping strips over the surface of the roof.

Also known as: rolled roofing, asphalt roll roofing, rubber roll roofing, rolled roof, smooth surface roll roofing, coated felt roofing

roof decking
Roof decking is thick lumber installed over the roof trusses and under the roof shingles or roof system. Roof deck provides the strength of the roof.

Also known as: roof deck, roof decking, tongue and groove roof decking, wood roof decking, metal roof decking, steel roof decking, roof decking tiles

roof vents
Roof vents provide air flow into a home’s attic or space beneath the roof. Roof vent caps are useful to keep debris and water out of the roof vents.

Also known as: attic vents, roofing vents, air vents, soffit vents, fascia vents, attic ventilation, roof exhaust vents, solar roof vents, ridge vents, gable vents, turbine roof vents, powered roof vents, roof air vents

self-sealing shingles
Self sealing shingles are made with thermal sealing cement that firmly seals the shingles together automatically after they have been set properly and warmed by the sun. In warm seasons, the self-seal will be set in a few days. In colder seasons, sealing time depends on the air temperature and the heat of the direct sunlight hitting the shingles. Many roofing contractors manually seal self-sealing shingle roofs that are constructed in winter to assure a firm seal.

Also known as: self-sealing roofing, pre-sealed shingles, sealing tab shingles

shingles
Roof shingles are overlapping pieces set on a roof to protect it from the elements. Roof shingles are commonly made of wood, slate, asbestos cement, bitumen, asphalt or ceramic material.

Also known as: roof shingles, roofing shingles, asphalt roof shingles, metal roof shingles, solar roof shingles, slate roof shingles, rubber roofing shingles, wood roof shingles, fiberglass roofing shingles

slate roofing
Roofing tiles and shingles made of slate rock are known as slate roofing. Slate roofs are durable, fireproof, weather resistant and unique. Synthetic slate roofing materials are also available. These synthetic slate shingles are lighter, easier to install and less expensive than genuine slate roofing.

Also known as: slate roof tiles, slate roof panels, natural slate roofing, flagstone slate roofing, synthetic slate roofing, faux slate roofing, composite slate roofing shingles

soffit
The exposed, finished underside of overhanging roof eaves. The soffit bridges the space between the siding and the roofline. Soffit can be vented to cool the attic space.

Also known as: aluminum soffit, vinyl soffit, soffit and fascia, soffit detail

solar roof
Roof panels, tiles and shingles with photovoltaic cells built in generate electricity much like traditional solar panels. Some solar roof shingles look just like asphalt shingles and are nailed directly onto the roof surface.

Also known as: solar roof tiles, solar roof panels, solar roof shingles, solar electric roofing, photovoltaic roofing, PV roofing

standing seam roof
Standing seam metal roofing is a method of installing metal roof panels vertically and side-by-side. On standing seam roofs, the roofing panels are attached at the sides with the overlapping area forming a seam between the roof panels. Standing seam roof panels are most commonly installed on commercial and industrial buildings, and are used to bring a modern look to residential roofing.

Also known as: metal standing seam roofing, standing seam metal roofing

TPO roofing
TPO or thermoplastic polyolefin roofing is a single-ply roofing membrane that is a heat-reflective and energy efficient roofing system.

Also known as: thermoplastic single-ply roofing, thermoplastic polyolefin roofing

truss
Roof trusses are used in roof construction. They support the weight of the roof framing and roof deck.

Also known as: roof rafters, wooden roof trusses, roof supports, steel roof trusses, prefabricated roof trusses, prefab roof trusses, roofing trusses

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Roofing Contractor FAQ

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Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified Roofing Contractor?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a roofer with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only local roofing companies rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most local roofers can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with in-depth and ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you’ll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified roofing company.

Q: Do I know if I need a new roof or roof repairs?
A: Good roofing contractors will inspect your roof and help you decide whether roofing repairs or a new roof is the best solution. Smaller areas of damage and minor leaks may be fixed with simple roof repairs. Extensive missing or damaged shingles, rotting roof boards, high energy bills, water stains on interior ceilings and walls or large roof leaks may indicate that a roof replacement is needed.

Q: What roofing materials can I choose from?
A: There are several types of roofing materials that are popular among local homeowners:

Asphalt shingles are a common choice for new roofs. They are reasonably priced, range from simple three-tab shingles to durable architectural shingles, come in many colors and types and are easy to repair. Asphalt shingles have a shorter lifespan (about 15 to 30 years) and aren’t as environmentally-friendly as some other roofing material choices.

Wood shingles and wood shake roofing are usually made from cedar wood. They often blend in with a natural environment, weather to an attractive grey color and are easy to repair and replace. Wood shingle roofing can last 30 to 50 years if it’s maintained properly. However, wood shingle and shake roofing can be expensive ton install and requires more maintenance than other types of roofing.

Tile roofing is a popular choice for new roofs because it is durable and attractive. Roof tiles can be made from concrete or clay and come in several colors and styles. Tile roofing is easy to maintain, fireproof and very durable. Tile roofing can be expensive, heavy and is generally a better choice for new homes because of the structural requirements due to the weight of the material. Tile roofing can also be fragile and repairs can be complicated.

Metal roofing, including copper roofs, steel roofing, aluminum roofing and tin roofs, is becoming a more common choice. While it can be expensive to install, metal roofing is very durable and will outlast other roofing materials. It is lightweight, comes in many colors and has a long lifespan—at least 50 years in most cases.

Slate roofing is a beautiful and unique choice. It is fireproof, low maintenance and lasts years longer than other roofing materials. However, slate roofing can be expensive, require specialized installation, and require more maintenance than other types of roofing.

Q: How do I know which type of roof is the best choice for my home?
A: Each home is different, just like the needs of the homeowners. Your roofing company can help you choose the best roofing material and roof style for your home, your budget and your unique wishes.

Q: How long will it take to re-roof my house?
A: Roof replacement can take a few days to several weeks depending on the size of the home and the roofing materials used. Weather and the skill and experience of the roofing contractors can also have an impact on the speed of the re-roofing process.

Q: Should I choose tear-off re-roofing or a roof-over roof construction?
A: Some roofing contractors will install a new roof on top of your existing roof, known as a roof-over or roof overlay. This can save some money on the roofing project since there are no costs for roof removal. However, other roofing companies recommend removing the old roof before installing the new roofing material, known as tear-off reroofing, for a better quality roofing job. Talk with your local roofer in detail about your specific reroofing needs.

Q: Are there eco-friendly roofing materials and methods I can choose from?
A: Yes. A new roof with good insulation can make your home more energy efficient and keep it more comfortable. There are also several ways to make your roof installation more eco-friendly. First, find out if your roofing contractor can recycle old roofing materials. Some roofing contractors dispose of old roofing shingles and materials in a more environmentally-sensitive way. It’s also possible to choose eco-friendly roofing materials for your new roof. From green roofs (roofs that are partially or completely covered with vegetation) and environmentally-friendly composite shake roof shingles to recycled shingles and metal roofing, there are many environmentally-friendly roofing options your roofer can offer.

Q: What happens if someone gets hurt while working on my roof?
A: When you hire legitimate roofing contractors with the correct license, liability coverage and workers’ compensation insurance, you won’t have to worry. Workers’ compensation insurance covers every employee of the company in the case of accident or injury. You will not be held responsible for damages. Make sure you ask your roofing contractor to show you a copy of their active workers’ compensation policy. All Diamond Certified roofers have had to prove they are licenses and carry worker’s compensation insurance in order to pass the Diamond Certified ratings process.

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Consumer Agencies
Roofing Associations and Customer Agencies

National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) (www.nrca.net/)
Slate Roofing Contractors Association (SRCA) (www.slateroofers.org/)
Tile Roofing Institute (TRI) (www.tileroofing.org/)
EPDM Roofing Association (ERA) (www.epdmroofs.org/)
Western States Roofing Contractors Association (WSRCA) (www.wsrca.com/)...

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National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) (www.nrca.net/)
Slate Roofing Contractors Association (SRCA) (www.slateroofers.org/)
Tile Roofing Institute (TRI) (www.tileroofing.org/)
EPDM Roofing Association (ERA) (www.epdmroofs.org/)
Western States Roofing Contractors Association (WSRCA) (www.wsrca.com/)
Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) (www.asphaltroofing.org/)
Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) (www.roofcoatings.org/)
International Green Roofing Association (IGRA) (www.igra-world.com/)
Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) (www.metalroofing.com/)
Roofing Contractors Association of California (RCAC) (www.rcacal.com/)

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Industry Information
San Francisco Roofing Information
Popular Roofing BrandsTypes of Roofing Services Available in San Francisco Districts ServedZip Codes Served
Georgia-Pacific Roofingaluminum roofingBarbary Coast
Bayview District
Bernal Heights
the Castro
Cole Valley
Cow Hollow
Diamond Heights
Duboce Triangle
Eureka Valley
Excelsior
Financial District
Fisherman's Wharf
Fort Mason
Glen Park
Golden Gate Park
the Haight
Haight-Ashbury
Hayes Valley
Hunters Point
Inner Richmond
Inner Sunset
Jackson Square
Japantown
Laurel Heights
Marina District
Mission District
Nob Hill
Noe Valley
North Beach
Outer Richmond
Outer Sunset
Pacific Heights
Potrero Flats
Potrero Hill
Presidio
Rincon Hill
Russian Hill
San Francisco
Sea Cliff
South of Market Street (SOMA)
Sunset District
Telegraph Hill
the Tenderloin
the Presidio
Treasure Island
Twin Peaks
Union Square
West Portal
Western Addition
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94102
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EPDM Roofingasphalt roof
Garland Roofingcopper roof installation
Suprema Roofingcorrugated roofing
Malarkey Roofingtin roof
IB Roof Systemsroofing shingles
ABC Seamless Roofing roof installation
Enviroshake Engineered Roofingnew roofing
John Manville Roofingreroofing
Custom-Bilt Roofingroof repair
GAF Roofingroof panel replacement
ELK Roofingroof leak repair
Atlas Roofing Corporationstainless steel roofing
Duro-Last Roofingflat roofs
Carlisle Roofingtile roofs
Tremco Roofsroof vent installation
Decra Roofingrubber roof installation
Monier LifeTilecommercial roofing
WesTile Roofingroof coating application
CertainTeed Roofingmembrane roof
Owens Corning Roofingwood shake roofs
TAMKO Building Products, Inc.steel roofing