Shingle Quality and Your Roof: What to Know Before Hiring A Contractor

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A new roof repair estimate contains a lot of different information, all of which you as a homeowner will have to weigh carefully to make sure that you are getting the best value for your money.  One of the most important pieces of information is the type of shingles you choose.  Before you hire a contractor, you would be wise to look into all of the various roofing options available so that you can make the right choice for your home.

There are many different types of roofing materials, from metal to wood to asphalt shingles.  Each type has its advantages and disadvantages, and they can vary widely in price.  By far the most popular type of shingles used in roofing today is asphalt.  That’s because asphalt is fire and water resistant, durable and cost effective.  For this reason, nearly 80% of all residential buildings have roofs made from asphalt shingles.  Among the brands on the market today, GAF roofing is one of the more popular names.

DePalma Construction uses GAF shingles for several reasons, not the least of which is that they are the thickest, most ultra-dimensional shingles on the market.  They have the highest fire safety rating, are designed to withstand winds of up to 130 mph and feature StainGuard protection to guard against algae.  These shingles are the most widely available and carry the best warranty in the industry.

The Master Elite coverage means that a third-party certified GAF inspector performs random quality checks over completed residential roofing jobs and performs quality checks on all commercial roofing jobs. DePalma is proud to be among the less than three percent of contractors worldwide who are authorized to offer this extraordinary Master Elite coverage..

On top of all that, there is a lifetime warranty on all GAF roofing materials, the only warranty of its kind among the major manufacturers of shingles.  And DePalma’s Master Elite golden pledge guarantee package includes extra ice/water barrier at potential problem areas in addition to a 25 year workmanship warranty through GAF. The Master Elite coverage means that a third-party certified GAF inspector performs random quality checks over completed residential roofing jobs and performs quality checks on all commercial roofing jobs. DePalma is proud to be among the less than three percent of contractors worldwide who are authorized to offer this extraordinary Master Elite coverage.

Of course, asphalt shingles are just one choice when it comes to roofing, and there is a lot to consider when thinking about the quality of shingles.  Roofing materials of any kind have to be able to withstand the elements, but they also have to be safely supported by the structure of the house, so weight is very important.  And naturally, when getting a new roof estimate, budget will always be a consideration.  A new roof represents a considerable investment, and you want to make sure to get the most bang for your buck.

One of the primary concerns when selecting shingles is durability.  This is particularly true in places like the Adams, Cumberland and York county area where winters can be harsh, and snow can quickly accumulate.  This makes the weight of the shingles you use even more important as accumulating ice and snow can add to that weight and potentially cause problems for your roof if you don’t use the best quality materials.  That’s another reason to recommend GAF roofing, which is designed to withstand even the worst of weather conditions.

One of the primary concerns when selecting shingles is durability.  This is particularly true in places like the Adams, Cumberland and York county area where winters can be harsh, and snow can quickly accumulate. 

With asphalt shingles, you have two basic options: organic paper and fiberglass.  The type of asphalt shingles you choose can have a direct impact on your new roof estimate so you should consider it carefully.  Organic paper shingles are better in colder climates and offer more wind resistance while asphalt shingles are more fire and water resistant.  Keep in mind that the coating on asphalt shingles is petroleum based, which means they are not the most eco-friendly choice, but they can be the best choice for your budget.

Before you sign a roofing contact, it is always helpful to thoroughly research your options regarding roofing materials.  Don’t be afraid to talk to various roofers and get their expert input on what would best suit your house.  And remember, whether you choose GAF roofing or some other brand of roofing materials, the most important thing is making sure that your home is safe and that it looks attractive.  Your roof can make a bigger impact that you realize so it’s never a choice you should make lightly.

Don’t underestimate the importance of shingle quality when you start thinking about putting a new roof on your house.  It can make all the difference between a good, sturdy roof that lasts for many years to come and the alternative, which you really don’t want to risk.

Don’t underestimate the importance of shingle quality when you start thinking about putting a new roof on your house.  It can make all the difference between a good, sturdy roof that lasts for many years to come and the alternative, which you really don’t want to risk.  So make sure you do your homework, talk to the experts and weigh all the options so that when you look over that new roof estimate, you’ll know exactly what you’re getting.  Whether you choose metal, clay or asphalt, you want to be sure that you’re putting a strong roof over your family’s head.  That’s what makes shingle quality so very important. It’s a small detail that can mean absolutely everything.


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20 YEAR ‘PEACE OF MIND’ WORKMANSHIP GUARANTEE
We haven’t had a call back from any customer for problems with a roof we’ve installed in over 20 years of business. But just in case, you’re covered by our 20 year workmanship guarantee. That means if a shingle cap blows off in a windstorm, or a leak forms, or anything roof related for that matter - we will promptly replace and/or repair the problem at no cost to you.

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