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Dear 4 Star... Please Help!


This home exhibits some very common roofing problems.  The first picture shows a roofing flashing that has been chewed by a squirrel.  The second shows roof blistering caused by inadequate ventilation or defective shingles.  And the final picture shows a close up of an old brick chimney that has been leaking by absorption.  Brick can actually be very pourous and will leak after prolonged rain storms.

Solutions?  The roof flashing can be replaced with a plastic flashing that will last 1 to 5 years or a metal hooded flashing which should last for the duration of the roof.  We do not recommend lead flashing in this area because of the huge population of squirrels.

Unfortunately, blistering shingles are not repairable.  Track down the manufacturer of your shingles through your home builder or original paperwork.  Then submit a claim to the shingle manufacturer.  We can help you during every step of the process and shingle samples may be required to be mailed in with your claim forms.

Old brick chimneys normally need attention.  First clean your brick, replace any loose bricks or faces and retuck (refill) any gaps in the mortar.  Finally, coat your chimney with a good sealant such as Thompsons Waterseal.

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How much will my roof replacement cost?


Many factors affect the cost of a new roof including size, shingle type and job difficulty.  Take a look below for a rough idea but remember that our roof estimates are free so call or fill out our super easy form online to schedule your appointment.

Home Size       Cost

1500 sq ft =     $5000 - $7000

1800 sq ft =     $7500 - $9500

2000 sq ft =    $9500 - 11,500

Q

What Questions Should I ask my contractor?


Business History: 

How long has the contractor been in business under the current business name?  Many contractors will change their company name every few years when they get into problems.

Has the contractor ever declared bankruptcy or been involved in a lawsuit?

Are they a member of the Better Business Bureau and what is their current record?  www.BBB.org

Be sure to get references.  Drive by a completed job and job in progress.  Call a couple of their references to ask about their overall roofing experience.

It's also a smart decision to call the big roofing suppliers in town to find out if the roofer has ever had any problems paying their bills.  Wholesale Roofing Supply, ABC Supply and West End Lumber.

 

Supervision:

Will there be a supervisor or crew leader on the job at all times that speaks English?

Be sure to get your salesman's cell phone number in case of emergencies or questions.

 

Schedule:

Ask for a firm start and completion date.  Keep in mind that weather can delay your start date.

Find out how the contractor handles material shortages and overages.  You don't want to pay additional charges if the contractor incorrectly figures your job. 

 

Warranty:

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The workmanship warranty should be in print on the proposal.  4  Star Roofing offers a 10 year workmanship warranty on roof replacements.

Be sure to get your shingle warranty paperwork upon completion and payment.  Ask about a Golden Pledge warranty.  Only the most qualified contractors with GAF Master Elite status can offer these warranties.  

 

Pricing:

Your proposal needs to list all charges to complete your job including incidental charges such as rotten decking and facia if found after tearing off the existing roof.

When comparing proposals be sure you compare "apples to apples".  4 Star Roofing offers the very best in coverages and materials.

Never pay for your roof until the job is complete and to your satisfaction.

Q

Can you paint my vents to match my roof?


Typically all flashings and vents that we use come prepainted to match your roof color.  However, if we didn't replace your roof this may not be the case.  Call us today to schedule an appointment for a FREE painting estimate.

 
 
Q

What are my choices for siding replacement?


 

Vinyl is made from a PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plastic. Unlike wood or cedar, it won't rot or flake. Vinyl is usually less expensive to purchase and install than most other siding materials. There are, however, drawbacks. Vinyl can crack, fade, or grow dingy over time. Vinyl is also controversial because of environmental concerns.
    
Fiber cement siding can have the appearance of wood, stucco, or masonry. This durable, natural-looking material is often called by the brand names HardiPlank® and HardiPanel®. If you want the look of authentic wood with a bit less maintenance, cement fiber is a good option. Fiber cement siding is fireproof, termite-proof, and may have a warranty up to fifty years.  4 Star recommends and installs Hardie siding.  Why James Hardie?

 



Q

Do I need gutters?


Gutters definitely are a great investment.  Besides keeping water down pours from your walkways, gutters also prevent erosion and lessen the wear on your siding and paint.  The water diversion will also help with possible slab problems.

Just be sure to keep your gutters cleaned out on a regular basis.  Gutter back up will deteriorate your shingles, facia and cause roofing leaks.  A wire mesh to cover your gutter openings helps out tremendously on maintenance.

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Is it a good time to insulate when replacing a roof?


It's a great time to add more insulation when replacing your roof.  We can spray insulation into those closed attic spaces by removing a few sheets of decking.  The Atticat spray machine and insulation can all be used from outside the home thus eliminating tracking insulation into your home.

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Should I replace my windows?


Do you have single pane windows?  Are you looking to improve your home's efficiency and overall burgular protection?  If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you should seriously consider having your windows replaced by 4 Star.  Did you know that you can save $126–$465 a year when replacing single-pane windows?  Call us today for a FREE estimate.