Everything You Need to Know About Roofing Contractor Proposals

Finding a reputable roofing contract isn’t always easy. A new roof can be a major expense for any homeowner, and you want to make sure the job is done right. Paying close attention to a roofing contractor proposal can ensure you make the best selection in price, materials and warranty for your family.

New Technology for Fast and More Accurate Bids

How do you make sure you are paying a good price? New technology allows roofing contractors like A-Top Roofing and Construction, Manalapan, NJ to accurately and precisely see how large the roof is, the pitch of the roof, and other features of the residential property, including waste calculations. An itemized list of services should be included in your contractor’s roofing proposal.

Preferred Roofing Materials & Warranties

Roof contractors who are successful can earn status with manufacturers of roofing material like GAF and Owens Corning. Roofing contractors like A-Top Roofing and Construction have earned Master Elite status with GAF as well as an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred status for multiple years running. In your proposal, make sure the manufacturer, color, and finish are listed. An explanation of your roofing warranties should which include the materials and the work done by the contractor during the installation.

Make Sure Your Roofing Contractor Proposal Addresses Time Frame

Do you need your roof completed in a certain time frame? If you are building a new roof or replacing an existing roof, the proposal should give time frames for how long the project will take and how the expected payment structure is scheduled into the job. Being clear on the proposal protects the homeowner and the roofing contractor as expectations are stated up front so there are no surprises.

Outline of Current Issues and Additional Costs

A good proposal from a reputable roofing contractor should include a list of items that are being completed. It should also include optional costs associated with your roofing project. Most likely, the additional costs may include sub roofing or installing flashing around the chimney.

The Importance of Waste Removal in Every Roofing Contractor Proposal

Replacing a roof can be a messy project. Nails and shingles flying everywhere and roof debris falling on your plants, landscaping and lawn. When you hire a roofing contractor like ATOP Roofing and Construction, the mess will be cleaned before they leave. Protection is put out to catch most debris and super magnets will collect the nails and metal bits. Homeowners should ask to make sure dumpster removal is included in your roofing proposal.

A-Top Roofing & Construction is Fully Licensed and Insured

You will need to make sure your roofing contractor has the licenses necessary to perform the work. Also, the roofing contractor will need to provide workman’s compensation for the crew members on the roof which will protect you from any liabilities that occur on your property.

Local Permits, Code Enforcement and Fees

Knowledge of the local townships in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex County means a reputable roofing contractor Like A-Top Roofing and Construction has filled out hundreds of roofing applications and is familiar with the process, fees and local codes which protect you as a homeowner.

It is important to read the full proposals and ask plenty of questions. Quality roofing contractors will have plenty of longevity (year of professional roofing service) and will most likely have completed many other roofing projects with-in the same neighborhood as yours.

If you received quotes for your residential roof replacement and are still confused, feel free to give Atop Roofing and Construction a call. We have been servicing the central New Jersey marketplace for decades and can give you a free estimate by calling (732) 446-6341.

Gutter Cleaning and Replacement – Spring Rain is Here!

Spring-time is officially here and warm weather is on the way, and with it comes rain, rain, and more rain. This time of year is a very tough time on your gutters and is the perfect time to inspect your gutter systems for any signs of damage or neglect, especially if they have been poorly or improperly maintained. Many problems can arise from poorly maintained or damaged gutters, and if left unattended can potentially cause damage to your home and landscaping in the future. Our experts at A-Top Roofing and Construction recommend a thorough gutter cleaning to prevent a lot of these problems.

Poorly maintained or neglected gutters can easily become clogged. These clogs can lead to water overflows, which can lead to a lot of major headaches for homeowners. Leaks in the foundation or basement of your home can cause significant damage to your personal belongings. Unwanted water can find its way to the fascia of your home, causing rotting wood and structural damage. Improper drainage and water overflow can also create poor conditions for landscaping, as the top soil erodes and destroys plants and their seeds. These soil conditions and abundant moisture can also lead to a host of pest related problems.

We understand the need to keep your gutters clear of leaves and debris. A-Top Roofing and Construction offers gutter cleaning services for our customers in Monmouth County, Northern Ocean County and parts of Middlesex County, NJ.

If time and weather have been especially harsh on your gutters, a thorough gutter cleaning may not be enough; it may be time for a replacement gutter system. When replacing your gutters and downspouts, always make sure you use an accredited company, fully insured and utilizing trained installers. All A-Top gutter systems have a warranty and we only use the best materials for the gutters and for the facia should it need to be replaced.

A-Top Roofing and Construction is one of the best gutter replacement companies in New Jersey and offers exceptional quality products from Englert. We provide expert fabrication and installation services for residential homes throughout Central New Jersey. We utilize hidden hangers to keep your gutter up, which means no more nails! Hidden hangars also translate into less maintenance, increasing the value of your gutters. Englert 5” and 6” gutters also come in a variety of colors which will coordinate and beautify your home.

Keep A-Top Roofing and Construction in mind for all of your gutter cleaning and replacement needs. We have over 30 years experience and service all parts of Central New Jersey. Our services include: residential and commercial roofing, gutters, skylights, flat and metal roofs, vinyl siding, soffits, facia, replacement doors and windows, decks, porches, columns and mold remediation.

Feel free to give us a call at (732) 446-6341 or find more information about our services on our website: https://a-topconstruction.com/gutters.

A-Top Roofing and Construction is conveniently located at 137 Freehold Road, Manalapan, NJ 07726. We are open daily from 9 AM – 4 PM, five days a week.

Attic Condensation: What It Is and How to Prevent It

Imagine a cold glass of water sitting outside on a hot summer day. Condensation forms on the outside of the glass, where the cold glass is coming into contact with the warm, humid air. The same thing may be happening on the inside of your attic; the warm, moist air trapped inside of your home is coming into contact with the cold wooden surfaces in your attic, forming large damaging water droplets. These water droplets can lead to lots of problems for you as a home owner, namely rot, mold, and leaks. It is important to note that this is not a roof-related issue; heat and humidity originating from the interior environment of the home and traveling up into the attic on the underside of the roof is the cause of attic condensation.

Attic condensation forms on the wooden beams and walls of your attic.
Condensation usually forms on the wooden beams and walls in your attic. The first signs of damage will appear in these areas

There are plenty of things you can do to minimize attic condensation from occurring. Good insulation is a must because it minimizes the amount of warm air entering the attic to begin with. This is especially important in your attic bypasses – areas connecting to your home, like heating ducts, kitchen exhaust fans, lighting fixtures, bathroom vents, etc. – make sure they are properly insulated. Also, installing a whole-home dehumidifier may counteract the buildup of moisture.

What makes attic condensation so insidious is that it is much harder to spot and address. It is possible to go unnoticed until your roof starts sagging from the rotting of the beams in your attic, or until you start having respiratory issues from the buildup of mold. These issues require major repair, and the hiring of specialized mold remediation crews; all of which can be prevented by properly insulating your attic, which is much cheaper in the long run.

Check areas around pipes running through your attic space. They are prone to building up condensation.
Check areas around pipes running through your attic space. They are prone to building up condensation.

Also, attic condensation isn’t a problem limited to only older homes; newer homes can be affected as well. Most building codes don’t address humidity issues, and are also pretty lax on the level of insulation required in your attic, especially around those previously mentioned attic bypasses.

A-Top Roofing and Construction has decades of experience and professionally trained crews to help minimize the buildup of attic condensation. There are many procedures to address condensation forming in your attic, but they all have the same goal: keeping heat in the interior living space of your home. Our crew will start by adding additional insulation into your attic to prevent heat from migrating from below; areas such as lighting fixtures, ceiling fans, and attic stair pull-downs will be surrounded with insulation to prevent hot air from entering your attic. Additionally, our crews can install ventilation intakes on your soffit eves, additional attic fans controlled by a humistat, and a humidifier on your furnace so you can monitor the outside weather conditions and adjust accordingly.

 All of these services will help decrease the amount of humidity in your attic, thus decreasing the buildup of attic condensation. By performing these suggested procedures you can minimize the effects of this winter time condition.

Keep A-Top Roofing and Construction in mind for all of your roofing repair and replacement needs. We have over 30 years experience and service all parts of Central New Jersey. Our services include: residential and commercial roofing, gutters, skylights, flat and metal roofs, vinyl siding, soffits, facia, replacement doors and windows, decks, porches, columns and mold remediation.

Feel free to give us a call at (732) 446-6341 or find more information about our services on our website: https://a-topconstruction.com.

Most Common Roof Problems and How to Fix Them

Whether it is age or storm-related damage, eventually your roof will be in need of repair. At A-Top Roofing and Construction, we have over 30 years of experience in roofing repair and replacement solutions for your home. Here are the most common causes for roof failure and how to repair them:

Every roof has a natural ‘life’, usually around 25-30 years. Sometimes it is possible for your roof to reach the end of it’s life without experiencing any kind of significant damage or failure. If your roof just looks old and worn, maybe it is time for you to take some preventive measures on your home. However, if replacing an old roof is delayed it could result in a big headache in the future. Below are some warning signs to look out for and be sure to give yourself plenty of time to add these projects to your “to do” list. If you need help with your re-roofing project do not hesitate to give us a call at (732) 446-6341, or visit a-topconstruction.com for more information on what services we provide.

Potential warning signs that your roof may need replacing:

  • Curled shingle edges or cupped shingle tabs.
  • Bald spots on the shingles where granules are missing.
Granules can wear away from the shingles over time.
  • Shingles are cracked.
  • Your roof is at least 20 years old; age is the #1 cause of roof failure. While many modern shingles are manufactured with durability in mind, many factors can cause them to age quickly. Poor ventilation, for example, can have a negative impact on the age of your shingles.
  • Your roof just looks old and worn.
Shingles can fall off or blow away in a storm or heavy winds.
  • Your neighbors are replacing their roofs. Homes built around the same time usually experience the same kind of weather conditions. If your neighbors are getting new roofs, it may be a good indication you need a new roof as well.
  • Check your roof for moss, especially in moist, cool climates and in areas of the roof that don’t get much exposure to the sun. Moss growth can be very problematic, as moss holds moisture against the surface of the roof can cause damage to the granules on top of the shingles in freezing climates. Moss can be removed by brushing it off, but it won’t prevent it from growing back in the future. Also, you should take care not to damage the shingles while removing the moss. It may not be a bad idea to contract a professional roofing contractor, like A-Top Roofing and Construction, if you have problems with moss.
Moss or lichen can accumulate on damp or shady areas of your roof.

Keep A-Top Roofing and Construction in mind for all of your roofing repair and replacement needs. We have over 30 years experience and service all parts of Central New Jersey. Our services include: residential and commercial roofing, gutters, skylights, flat and metal roofs, vinyl siding, soffits, facia, replacement doors and windows, decks, porches, columns and mold remediation.

Feel free to give us a call at (732) 446-6341 or find more information about our services on our website: https://a-topconstruction.com.

A-Top Roofing and Construction is a certified GAF Master Elite Roofing Contractor – License Number #ME09519. Only 3% of roofing companies hold this honor and designation.