What should I look for when selecting a roofing contractor?

Since the roof you install is only as good as the contractor who installs it, choosing a qualified roofing contractor is essential to having a healthy roof that lasts a long time. Skilled workers will determine the outcome of a roof replacement project. The best contractors have many years of experience in installing multiple kinds of roofing systems.
Another way to test the quality of the contractor and business is to ask for references that involved complaints. Since it is possible for any roof to have a problem, it is important to know how the contractor deals with clients in these situations. A good contractor makes a commitment to their clients and the work they have done.

My insurance company said to get three estimates! Why do I need to do this? Is there something we need to know before doing so?

As you would expect, the insurance industry will use and play the estimate game to their advantage if you let them. After a major storm it is virtually impossible to get a company to answer their telephone let alone making appointments and scheduling with three different companies in a state of crisis! All you need is for Silverback Roofing to contact your adjuster to negotiate the claim and receive the approval on the project. It is really that simple. Give us a call today and we will take care of everything so you don't have to go through the hassle of dealing with your insurance company.

How much roof maintenance is needed after installation?

Since all roofing types and materials need different amounts of maintenance, there is no simple answer. Routine maintenance can be anything from keeping your drains and gutters clean to extensive work. Maintaining your roof is your responsibility, so whichever material you choose; make sure that you will be able to fulfill its maintenance needs.
For instance, asphalt shingles and wood shakes and shingles need to be maintained by routinely cleaning out gutters and trimming back tree branches. Replacing damaged shingles and keeping moss or algae off of the roof are ways to ensure longevity.

How much does a new roof cost?

This question also has no simple answer since replacing a roof varies on the materials and installers you choose. You can usually get a free estimate from a contractor. Before agreeing on a price, make sure the following considerations are taken into account:
- the square footage of your roof
- roofing material you choose
- if you are keeping or removing your existing roof
- any permits needed
- the amount of labor needed to get the job done

How long does it take to replace a roof?

Replacing a roof usually requires a lot of work. The process may take a few days or a few weeks. Remember that bad weather can delay installation. If you are repairing rather than replacing your current roof, it may take less time.

How should I prepare for the installation of my new roof?

There are a few things you should do before the installation process begins. Since hammering can cause vibrations inside your home, take loose items off of your walls and shelves. You should also make sure your driveway and surrounding area are clear so the workers have space to move materials directly to your roof. It is a good idea to park on the side of the road instead of your driveway.

Make sure you can provide electrical power outside. In any case, contact the installers if you have any questions.

How long will my roof last?

Roofing, like any other material, is likely to deteriorate with time. A new roof can last anywhere from 10 to 40 years, although 20 years is the average. You can lengthen the life of your roof by choosing the right contractor for the original installation and keeping up with any maintenance requirements. Even if you follow these recommendations, there are factors you can't control such as weather events.

When is the best time of year to install a roof?

The best conditions for installing a roof occur when the temperature is above freezing and there is minimal chance of snow and rain. Since you cannot predict bad weather, always keep in mind that installation delays may occur.

How do I know when my current roof needs to be replaced?

Different roofs deteriorate at different rates. If you see any of the following signs, it is time to consider replacing your roof:
- Leaks in numerous places
- Continuous leaks, even after repairs
- Problems return soon after repairs
- Repairs do not fix the problem

Types of Roofing

Roofs are one of the most visible parts of the house. They also take a battery of torture. There are different types of roof and the most common types of roofing materials used are:

  • Asphalt shingles - the most popular roofing used in America today. They can be reinforced with either fibreglass or organic shingles with the former being more popular.
  • Wood shingles or shakes - They are usually made out of cedar.
  • Tile - it is a durable roofing material but can get quite expensive.
  • Metal - Several types are available like the flat locked copper. Metal roofing can be broken down into two groups: the architectural and the structural.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the different roof types?

Tile - Tile roofing is now available in two different types, clay tiles and concrete tiles.

Clay Tile


  • Looks great for modern looking homes and provides a clean look.
  • Has long lifespan
  • Doesn't require much maintenance
  • Cannot be damaged by insects
  • Does not rot
  • Comes in a variety of colors and styles
  • Is fire retardant


  • It is fragile and breaks easily - can't be walked on
  • Very heavy
  • Needs extra roof support
  • Can get faded in time
  • Installation is quite difficult

Concrete Tile


  • Very durable
  • Not much maintenance needed
  • Long lifespan
  • Fire retardant
  • Doesn't rot
  • Can mimic a variety of roofing materials
  • Heavy weight


  • Costly compared to other roofing
  • Experiences curling, breaking and changing of color



  • Flexible, can be made to resemble other roofing materials
  • Durable
  • Almost maintenance-free
  • Fire retardant
  • Energy efficient
  • Lightweight
  • Recyclable
  • Can be installed over existing roofs


  • Complex, needs to be installed by professionals
  • Can be quite costly to install
  • More expensive than most other roofing materials
  • Its life span can be quite short in salt laden atmospheres
  • Can be noisy when it rains or there is hail
  • Easily damaged by flying debris and hail



  • They look very clean
  • They are affordable
  • Asphalt or fiberglass shingles are very durable
  • They can be recycled
  • A wide variety of selections in terms of types, colors and brands are available
  • Easy to install
  • They do not need constant maintenance
  • Can be placed over existing roofs


  • Can be scarred when exposed to hot weather
  • Can be damaged and blown off by strong winds
  • It does not have the dimensional look of wood shake roofing



  • Looks very natural
  • Very beautiful
  • Very distinctive due to a wide variety of options
  • Good attic insulator
  • Allows house to 'breathe'


  • Needs constant maintenance and repair
  • Does not have a long life span
  • Not fire retardant
  • Complicated to install