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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.

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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.

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT CONTRIBUTORS IN THE Monterey County – Roofing CATEGORY

Pete Scudder is a 43-year veteran of the roofing industry and owner of Scudder Roofing Company, a Diamond Certified company since 2007. He can be reached at (831) 275-0996 or by email.

Pete Scudder

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Pete Scudder: Outdoor Education

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

MONTEREY – While he initially got into roofing as a means to supplement his academic career, Pete Scudder soon grew to prefer his outdoor learning environment to the confines of the classroom. “While attending Monterey Peninsula College, I worked part time for a local roofing company,” he remembers. “For about a year, I worked during the day and went to school at night, until eventually I realized that I really enjoyed working a trade and being outside all day.” Shifting his focus toward a full-time career in roofing, Pete entered an apprenticeship program for shingling and subsequently obtained his license. After spending several years refining his skills at various roofing firms, he struck out on his own and founded Scudder Roofing Company in 1982.

Today, after more than three decades in business, Pete says one of his favorite aspects of his job is interacting with people. “I enjoy working together with good customers and good colleagues. We have a great community that supports us, and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a lot of fine people through this industry.”

Since relocating from his hometown of Walnut Creek to attend college, Pete has remained on the Monterey Peninsula, where he lives with his wife, Karen. Referencing his close proximity to Monterey Bay, he says there’s much to appreciate within his adopted locale. “There’s a lot to do here, including great community events and plenty of outdoor activities. Whether you want to go hiking, do some wine tasting or just lay on the beach, we have it all.”

Outside of work, Pete engages in a variety of pastimes, from hiking and cycling to fishing and cooking. In addition to these personal hobbies, he makes it a point to stay active in his local community. “I’m involved with Voices for Children through CASA, as well as the Boy Scouts and the Marina Rotary Foundation,” he says. “A major goal of these groups is to help disadvantaged youth by pairing them with good mentors and guiding them toward opportunities that lead to a better life. It’s very rewarding to be a part of that.”

In his life and career, Pete believes a willingness to listen to others is a critical ingredient of success. “The best advice I can give is to be patient and listen well,” he affirms. “By heeding the input of customers and colleagues alike, you can learn new ways to improve your business and provide a better all-around service.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Pete says he’d get to work on a laundry list of maintenance items. “I have a few things I’d like to get accomplished around the house, but once I get caught up, I might consider taking off to Europe for a month or so!”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite holiday?
A: Thanksgiving, because it’s all about family and isn’t quite as commercial as some of the other holidays.

Q: What was your first concert?
A: In 1973, I saw Elton John at the Cow Palace in Daly City.

Q: Pancakes or waffles?
A: Pancakes.

Q: If you could drive any car, what would it be?
A: A Porsche 911 Carrera S.

Q: Music or talk radio?
A: It depends. I usually listen to talk radio when I’m driving around for work and music when I’m at home on the weekend.

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How to Prepare for a Re-Roofing Project

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  • Malarkey

  • Eagle Tile

  • Boral

  • Monier

  • HydroStop

  • IKO

  • Tropical

GAF Roofing
ELK Roofing
Enviroshake Engineered Roofing
Georgia-Pacific Roofing
EPDM Roofing
TAMKO Building Products, Inc.
Decra Roofing
Monier LifeTile
WesTile Roofing
IB Roof Systems
ABC Seamless Roofing
Suprema Roofing
Malarkey Roofing
John Manville Roofing
Duro-Last Roofing
Carlisle Roofing
Tremco Roofs
Garland Roofing
Atlas Roofing Corporation
CertainTeed Roofing
Owens Corning Roofing
Custom-Bilt Roofing

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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/)

Know What You Want
Detail What You Want From the Roofing Company You Hire

Before interviewing good roofing contractors, think carefully about your project, the type of roof you want and what qualities you’re looking for in a roofing company. Some homeowners find it useful to write down questions and keep a record ideas and roofing samples they like. This gives them a detailed case and allows them to present clear expectations to the roofing contractors.

Here are a few questions to get you started with your search:

  • Do I want a Diamond Certified roofing company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee?
  • Do I need a new roof or simple roof repairs?
  • What is my roofing budget?
  • Is there a roofing material or roof color I prefer?
  • Are there any factors that could may make this roofing project complicated or need to be planned for (i.e. a steep roof, dormer windows or multiple roof peaks, etc.)?
  • What characteristics do I want in a roofing contractor? This may include timeliness, reliability, availability of follow-up services, emergency roofing repair, communication skills, competence, etc.

How to Interview Good Roofing Contractors in Monterey County and San Benito County
You may get better results if you have a list of prepared questions to ask the roofing contractors you interview. Having prewritten questions can help keep you on track and ensure sure you ask the same questions of every roofing contractor you consider.

During the phone and in-person interviews, write down the roof contractors’ answers and note their tone and the general impression you get from them. This will help narrow down your choices to the best roofer in Monterey and San Benito Counties for you.

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What To Ask In Person
Questions to Ask Monterey and San Benito County Roofing Contractors in Person

Invite a few of the stand-out roofing companies to send a representative to your home for an in-person interview and estimate.

You’ll want to ask a few questions before moving ahead with the estimate. Then, show the roofing contractor your job and detail for them the scope and timeline of work you’re looking for.

  • How much time will the roofing work take from start to finish?
  • Will I be able to stay in my home during the roofing installation?
  • Is the new roof I’ve chosen energy efficient? Will it reduce my electric bills?
  • Do you have any recent projects in my area of Monterey County and San Benito County where I can see how the roof installations look from the street?
  • Will you give me a list of customer references?
  • Are you responsible for future service and warranty work 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
    Find and Hire a Good Roofing Contractor

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

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

    • Can the roofing contractors meet your needs in terms of scheduling, products and installation preferences?
    • Are the Monterey County and San Benito County roofers you’ve interviewed knowledgeable on the products they sell and install?
    • Can the roofing company liaison tell you which roofing services and roof products best suit your needs and why (i.e. roof repairs, roof replacement, aluminum roofing, corrugated roofing, membrane roofing, ceramic tile roofing, wood roof shingles, etc.)?
    • Is the Monterey County and San Benito County 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 offer warranties in the event of a product failure or installation error? Will they put these guarantees in writing?

    You may also want to examine your own expectations for your new roof, realizing that not all may be possible. For instance, when having a new roof installed, it may not be reasonable to expect an uninterrupted schedule or a quiet worksite.

    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 with the completed product and the work while it’s in progress if you go into the job with fair expectations.

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  • Review Your Options
    Find and Hire a Good Roofing Contractor

    The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

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

    • Can the roofing contractors meet your needs in terms of scheduling, products and installation preferences?
    • Are the Monterey County and San Benito County roofers you’ve interviewed knowledgeable on the products they sell and install?
    • Can the roofing company liaison tell you which roofing services and roof products best suit your needs and why (i.e. roof repairs, roof replacement, aluminum roofing, corrugated roofing, membrane roofing, ceramic tile roofing, wood roof shingles, etc.)?
    • Is the Monterey County and San Benito County 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 offer warranties in the event of a product failure or installation error? Will they put these guarantees in writing?

    You may also want to examine your own expectations for your new roof, realizing that not all may be possible. For instance, when having a new roof installed, it may not be reasonable to expect an uninterrupted schedule or a quiet worksite.

    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 with the completed product and the work while it’s in progress if you go into the job with fair expectations.

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  • How To Work With
    Get Roofing Repair Estimates You Trust from Roofers in Monterey County and San Benito County

    The best roofing contractors in San Benito and Monterey counties, including those in the larger cities of Marina, King City, Seaside, Salinas, Monterey and Soledad and even some in the smaller towns such as Carmel-by-the-Sea and San Juan Bautista, can be careful about which roofing jobs they take. That’s because not all roofing companies are able to handle every type of roofing repair or roof installation, and some specialize in certain types of roofing. So it’s important to look for the high-quality roofers that perform the roofing services you need.

    Once you’re interviewed some local roofers, meet in person with a few of the outstanding companies’ roofing estimators at your home for on-site estimates. Discuss what you want from your new roof or roofing repairs, and listen to their suggestions.

    You may want several estimates, but limit it to a small number provided by the best roof contractor candidates. Roofers want customers who appreciate good service and fair prices rather than seek cheap roofing. This will improve your chances of finding a quality roofer who understands their trade and provides quality workmanship on roofing installation and roof repairs.

    Get a Detailed Roofing Contract from Monterey County or San Benito County Roofers
    After you’ve interviewed a few contractors and found the one that best fits your job, ask for a written contract that the details your roofing job. The contract should include the full expected payment amount, details about materials and installation, and projected start and completion dates.

    Read the full contract and completely understand all terms and exclusions before you sign. Once you’ve signed a contract with a roofing company in Monterey County or San Benito County roofers, you have committed to abide by the contract, so never sign a blank or incomplete estimate.

    Remember, contracts exist to protect clients and roofing contractors. So it’s permissible for you to write in verbal agreements and special requests you’ve agreed upon with your Monterey or San Benito roofers.

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  • Be a Good Customer
    How Can You Be a Good Roofing Company Customer?

    It’s the roofing company’s responsibility install quality roofing products using the best roof installation practices. 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 Monterey County and San Benito County roofing contractor.

    • Be clear with the roofers and let them know what you want in a new roof and specific ways they can exceed your expectations.
    • Before you hire a local roofing contractor from Monterey County or San Benito County, restate your expectations and your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local roofers occur because of a breakdown in communication. You can avoid most conflicts by being clear about your expectations and theirs, .
    • Ask your roofing contractor if they will call you with work updates.
    • Be sure your roofing company service representative can reach you at all times while they’re reroofing your home or completing your roofing repairs. The work will likely move along faster if your roofer can reach you with updates, questions or for roof work authorizations.
    • When your contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the roofing installation on schedule.
    • Pay for the roofing work promptly.

    Why would you want to be a good customer? Roofing contractors in Monterey County and San Benito County 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 Monterey County and San Benito County
    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 Monterey County and San Benito County 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, survey your property for items that may make the job harder or may add time to the job. This may include low tree branches near the roofline, trees or parked vehicles that will make it hard for the work trucks to enter your property or get close to the work site, or lawn decorations that could be in the roofing contractors’ way. You may even want to plan a walk-through with the roofing company foreman before the work to point out potential problems they may see.
    • Ask your Monterey County or San Benito County roofing professional what you can do to simplify the process. In some cases, you may be able to save time and money by having trees trimmed, cleaning the roof or moving vehicles before the roofing crews arrive.
    • Make sure your roofing company can reach you at all times, such as at a cell phone or work phone number. This can help you avoid costly delays if they need to reach you with updates, questions and authorizations for unanticipated changes.
    • Keep children and pets out of the construction area. Not only is it dangerous for your loved ones to be near the roofing work in progress, it also can also add time to the job if the roofers need to watch out for pets and children. You may also want to take pets out on a leash during the roof installation work in case the roofers don’t completely close gates or leave out potentially dangerous equipment or roofing materials.
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Check The Work
Verify the Roofing Installation and Roof Repairs

Once the roof repairs or reroofing services are completed, most good roofers in Monterey County and San Benito County will give you a written invoice that lists the completed work. This invoice may include:

  • The name, business address and state license number of the roofing company.
  • A detailed list of all roof 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 any warrantees and guarantees provided by the roofing manufacturer and roofing installers.

Verify that the work lives up to your expectations and the work order by asking your Monterey County and San Benito County roofing contractor to walk through the job with you and show you completed roofing. Check the work against the invoice to validate everything was done as promised.

This is also the time to ask any questions about the completed work and maintaining your new roof.

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Written Warranties
Get Written Warranties from Monterey County and San Benito County Roofers

Before your roof contractor leaves the premises, ask for written proof of any warranties and guarantees they offer. Not all roofers back up their work. But if the roofer you’ve chosen does guarantee their work, they should give you the details in writing, 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 costs or pay a prorated amount for repairs.
  • The terms and limitations on your new roof warranties.
  • If the roof warranty will cover the new owner if you sell your home.
  • All exclusions and limitations.
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Top 10 Requests
Common Roofing Services in Monterey County and San Benito County

The service requests for new roofs and roof replacements listed below are available in the larger Monterey County and San Benito County cities of Seaside, Monterey, Salinas, Soledad, Marina, Pacific Grove, Greenfield, Hollister, Gonzales and King City and all of the smaller towns and West County. See the paragraphs below for the definition of each term.

New Roof Installations in Monterey and San Benito Counties
New roof installations are a complete replacement of existing roof structures. New roofs are recommended for 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 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 are frequently used on residential or commercial buildings, and are often made of tar and gravel, or are rubber roofing, membrane roofing or metal roofing. Many buildings incorporate flat roofing so that they can support HVAC systems, living roofs/green roofs and outdoor living areas on the roof surface.

Roofing Tiles
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 Monterey County and San Benito County. They are long-wearing, unique and often sustainable roofing options. Roofing tiles are available in many styles, including flat tiles, imbrex and tegula tiles, Roman tiles, mission or barrel tiles, interlocking roof tiles, and interlocking pantiles.

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 Roof Installation & Repair
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 mimic the appearance of slate shingles, wood shingles and tile shingles with the strength and durability of steel roofing.

Roof Repair
Common roof repairs in Monterey County and San Benito County including in the larger cities of Greenfield, Salinas, Seaside, Soledad, Monterey, Marina are required to fix improperly installed gutters, roof leaks, missing shingles, roof flashing leaks, skylight flashing, roof valley flashing, roof ridge vent damage, gutter problems and nail holes. Most roofing contractors in Monterey County and San Benito County provide emergency roof repairs and roof maintenance.

Rubber Roof Repair & Installation
Rubber roofing, often installed in rolled roofing form or liquid rubber roofing, is a specialized roofing cover for roof repairs or new roofing. 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 good choice for homes, greenhouses and patio covers. Metal roof paneling comes in a variety of colors and styles. Roof panel installation is often quick and attractive, and the lightweight panels are a good choice for commercial or residential roofing.

Roof Replacement
Roof replacement is the removal of an existing roof and putting a new roof on the structure. 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.

Favorite Roofing Brands Installed By Monterey County and San Benito County Roofers
The following roofing brands are some of the most popular roofing manufacturer products installed in Monterey County and San Benito County, including in the major cities of Pacific Grove, Hollister, Carmel, Greenfield, Salinas, Seaside, Monterey, Soledad, Marina, King City and Gonzales.

  • GAF Roofing
  • Firestone Roofing
  • Duro-Last/DuraLast Roofing
  • Galvalume Metal Roofs
  • Ondura Roofing
  • CertainTeed
  • Monier Roof Tiles
  • Gerard Roofing
  • Sika Sarnafil
  • Decra Roofing
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Glossary Of Terms
Glossary of New Roofing and Reroofing Terms

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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Frequently Asked Questions
Roofing Contractor FAQ

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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