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Question DetailsAsked on 6/18/2012

I am looking for a recommendation to have a new roof put on my 15 year house. there are so many too choose from. I live in Canton, MI.

There are so many coimpanies out there that do roofing and I am not sure where to begin. My 1st quote was for $6500 to have new shingles put on my 2 story house.

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I sugest you go to my website for info on when to replace a roof, First. If the answer is still yes go to Consumer Reports for a shingle to buy. Next head to BBB and research which local company is A+ rated and offers 1) At least a five year labor warrantty, 2)Proof their subs all carry Workmans Comp Insurance. 3) Agreement covers all the what if's like when to start, who removes debris and in what manner , are they doing a complete tearoff, how much does replacement 4' by 8' roof sheathing (if necesary) cost you,are they removing the guttering valley flashing, gutter apron, installing ice shield and my BEST sugestion a continious roof vent or whatever attic ventilation you wish.


Answered 8 years ago by jccasper


Pricing is regional so I can not comment, plus price varies greatly based on size and shape of the structure, not to mention current conditions etc... There are lots of variables involved when factoring price.

To help you learn more about an asphalt shingle roofing system check out this page which explains most of the components in pretty good detail:

The summary of the above linked page, the roof is a system, neglect one component of the system and the whole system will fail in short time.

Hiring a roofing contractor can be a daunting task for sure. I hate to say it but honestly for every good contractor out there, there may be 5 bad ones. keep in mind this is a number plucked from think air but I've been in the roofing industry for 14 years and I have seen some real dirt bags!

How do you protect yourself? Well Angies list is obviously a good place to start. You will see reviews of contractors in your area. I'd also ask friends and neighbors who they used and if they were happy. But do your due dilligence. If you get a referral from a friend, check them out on angies list, then check them out with the BBB. Don't pay any attention to the BBB rating system strictly look if there are any negative reviews. One or two is acceptable but anything more than that and you really should watch out.

More information on hiring a contractor can be read here:

Please keep in mind that the roof on your home is probably one area you shouldn't "look for a deal". Everyone wants to save money, that's human nature, but to save a few bucks now will cost you more in the long run. The roof is not like a counter top, the roof is actually functional. It has a purpose of protecting your home and when it fails, that failure can be catastrophic. My suggestion is always hire the best roofer you can afford. Always hire a roofer you can trust. If there is no trust, then don't hire them.


Answered 8 years ago by ReliableAmericanRoof

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