Why do I need a roof warranty?

A replaced roof is a substantial expense and depending on the materials used can reliably protect your home for 50 years or more. Reputable roofing contractors and roofing materials manufacturers stand by their products by issuing long-term warranties for roof repair or replacement.

Get to know your roof warranty

As a homeowner or business owner, you should familiarize yourself with the different types of roof warranties that are typically issues and how they work.  The different types of roof warranties include:

Installation warranty – This is issued by the contractor or company that installed the roof. This warranty covers the workmanship of the repair or replacement.

Manufacturer warranties – This product warranty covers the materials used for your roof, typically asphalt shingles, and covers any failures or defects discovered after the materials have been installed. Depending on the products used, some roofing manufacturers may issue a full system warranty that covers flashings and other accessories of the roof system that includes their products.

These warranties will cover any materials used and labor required for repairs under their guidelines. But the warranty itself won’t extend the life of your roof, the maintenance and inspections required will and as the property owner it is important that you are making sure you are following the requirements of the warranty and that your roof is safe and working as intended.

Regular inspections are key

The average roof warranty requires an inspection by a professional roof contractor at least once a year. During the inspection, the technician will check all materials and workmanship of repairs or recent installations. The inspection will include any other issues that can turn into problems in the future so problems can be addressed immediately before they become significant problems. If you fail to schedule inspections and ignore minor roofing issues, you might void your warranty should an issue arise. An inspection can also be combined with regular, routine maintenance such as gutter cleaning, flashing maintenance, and other minor repairs.

Trust Frederic Roofing

All of our work crews are fully insured, safety oriented, and employees of Frederic Roofing Company. We employ licensed roofing technicians who are ready to help you and answer all questions about your current roofing repairs or replacements for your home. With our expert service, we ensure that all issues are corrected the first time. With over 80,000 satisfied customers in the St. Louis area, we would love the opportunity to show you why so many residents continue to choose Frederic for all their roofing needs. For a full roof inspection, call Frederic Roofing today!

 

Is insurance coverage important for your new roof?

The contractors have left, the nails and debris have been removed from your lawn, the checks have been written, and you are left with the aftermath of all this effort and expense. Replacing a roof is a time consuming and expensive process. When you look up at your new roof, you can’t help but wonder what would happen if it were destroyed tomorrow. There is no reason to panic, your roof installer and homeowners insurance is there to help you protect your investment. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself to make sure you are prepared and give you some peace of mind.

Is my new roof covered under warranty?

Reputable residential roofing contractors not only do quality work, but they steadfastly stand by their quality and their roofing services by issuing installation warranties. Your contractor will have explained this before a single shingle was installed. The asphalt shingles themselves most likely have a manufacturer’s warranty that covers repair or replacement of defective materials after they have been installed. Frederic Roofing will make sure you understand all warranties associated with your new roof and have all documentation.

Does my homeowner’s policy cover roof damage?

Coverage will depend on how old your property is, how old your roof is, where you live, and other factors. The best way to find out for sure is to thoroughly read your policy or contact your insurance provider.

Each provider is different and will cover things differently.  For example:

How was your roof damaged? – Wind, rain, and hail are natural occurrences normally covered by your policy, but fire, tree branches, or vandalism, although unpreventable, may not be.

How old is your roof? – If your roof is ten years old or less you may be fully covered at the time of your claim. If it is older, your insurance company may reimburse you only for the depreciated value of your roof which takes into account the aging and wearing of the roof materials.

How to protect your new roof

The best way to make sure your roof lasts a long time is to schedule annual roof inspections by a trained roofing technician. This inspection will investigate the cause of any immediate issues such as leaks but also for other potential issues that can affect the life of your roof in the future. If your roof is under warranty, this may be a requirement, but even if not, regular inspections are the only way you can see potential issues coming and take action to fix them before they become costly problems down the road.

Call Frederic Roofing

Our licensed technicians have years of experience inspecting and maintaining residential roofs just like yours. Your new roof can be damaged by wear and tear just as easily as a falling tree or high winds. Frederic Roofing can provide the regular inspections you need for peace of mind. Call us today and see why over 80,000 satisfied customers have trusted Frederic Roofing with their home.

 

The Top Four Benefits of Working with a Local Roofing Contractor

So it happened. You couldn’t get your house out of the way fast enough, and the last storm blew through the area complete with buckets of hail and high winds. Now you are missing shingles, and the skylight seems to be leaking. Where do you go for quick repairs? This is where turning to a local roofing company like Frederic makes perfect sense.

Quick response times

Storm damage means you need to have your roof repaired as soon as possible because waiting only brings more moisture into your home which only makes things worse. Storm damage is an emergency situation and a local company can get to your home quickly, provide an honest assessment of the damage, and walk you through how and when your roof will be repaired and how much it will cost.

You can easily get local references

When you use a local company for repairs, chances are someone on your block or in your family has also used them. You can personally see examples of their work and familiarize yourself with the kind of relationships they have with their customers.

Local contractors are better equipped to handle regional building codes

A local contractor knows all local building requirements and can immediately determine if a roof is non-compliant and suggest how it can be remedied.  Local contractors also have been in the area a long time and are familiar with local weather conditions and other regional challenges.

Better customer service

To a local company, your recommendation is better than any TV commercial or web advertising giving them extra incentive to make sure the work is done quickly, under budget, and right the first time. A national company may not be able to provide the personal attention your roofing project requires. If you do encounter an issue, the local company will be more accessible in case you need to process any warranty claims or need any post-installation services.

Frederic Roofing is your St. Louis area roofing specialist

We have served the St. Louis area since 1929 and examples of our work can be seen in virtually every neighborhood. Replacing your roof is an important home improvement project, and it is important to choose a certified roofing professional you trust. Frederic Roofing has been a proud member of this community for decades, and our guarantee to you is that your roofing restoration or replacement will be done right the first time, all costs will be explained up front, and you will be delighted with the result. It is the neighborly thing to do.

 

Benefits of a Roof Restoration

When you have a hole in your roof, does it really mean you need a whole new roof?

Perhaps not. If your existing roof is in generally good condition and if you’ve been performing periodic maintenance, the cost to repair a roof is considerably less than what you would expect to pay for an entire roof replacement. During a restoration, the existing roofing material is left in place, minor roof leaks are repaired, and the entire roof system is resurfaced. This is far less expensive than the average cost of an entire roof replacement.

Can my roof be restored instead of replaced?

Unfortunately not all roofing systems are good candidates for roof restoration. The professionals at Frederic Roofing will use the following criteria to determine of your roof is a good candidate for restoration:

  • How long has it been since the last inspection? There should be good documentation of yearly maintenance
  • What kind of roof do you have? Most metal roofs or asphalt shingles can be repaired but slate tile roofs may not be.
  • Are there signs of moisture damage or decay? Damage to the flashing around a chimney or skylight or near gutters makes a restoration more difficult.
  • How many layers of roofing material are already in place? Stripping and replacing existing material can be costly, meaning restoration is more likely.

Frederic Roofing will help you make the right decision.

A thorough inspection by the pros at Frederic will determine the overall condition of your roof and will weight the cost of a roof restoration per square foot against the probable roof repair cost. This allows you to make the most informed home improvement decision. Your roof is a critical component of your house and we will make sure it continues to protect your home for years to come.

Frederic Roofing is a premier St. Louis roofing contractor that has been providing quality roofing services since 1929. We have the experience and expertise to handle any roofing issue and you can trust us to find the best solution to your roofing needs. Your roofing project will receive our full attention until it is finished. No projects are ever left partially completed because we focus on helping all of our customers solve any of their roofing issues. For a hole in your roof, give Frederic Roofing a call, we look forward to working with you!

 

How to Spot a Storm Chasing Contractor

The weather in St. Louis is often unpredictable – we haven’t had a heat wave like this since the 1950’s. St. Louisans know that tornadoes and hail are not just exclusive to springtime. Remember the storm that hit in December 2010? For that reason, it is important to be aware that there are those that prey on other people’s misfortune. Frederic Roofing has outlined some red flags to look for in identifying a storm chasing roofer.

· After a storm, reputable contractors won’t likely have the time to go door-to-door offering estimates on your roof’s damage. Storm chasers regularly are the contractors making unexpected visits to your home with the hopes that your convenience will be all they need to get your business. Remember: quality work will be worth the wait for more minor roofing repairs.

· If a contractor requires full payment before a service is given, beware. Contractors that are storm chasers often require money upfront – they may say it is for supplies, repair, cleanup, etc. – and then you will never see them again.

· Out-of-town license plates are also a key indicator that you are dealing with a small storm chaser. With a trustworthy, local contractor you are likely to receive a warranty should a problem arise with your roof. Storm chasers cannot offer that same guarantee.

· Storm chasers often place victims of storm damage in high pressure-sales situations. If you are feeling forced in any way to commit to a contractor, take a step back from the situation and collect your thoughts. An honest St. Louis contractor would never bully a potential customer to get more business.

When the inevitable bad weather rolls through St. Louis, remember that an experienced and reputable St. Louis roofing contractor is the best option for your roofing repair or replacement. Contact Frederic Roofing today for a free estimate for your damaged roof.

St. Louis Roof Cleaning Enhances Curb Appeal

Do you pride yourself on having a well-kept home, both inside and out? Thinking about listing your home? Sick of seeing those ugly black stains on your roof every time you pull into your driveway? No matter your motivation, local St. Louis roofing company – Frederic Roofing – has just what you need to restore your roof to its former glory.

The Path to a Clean Roof

Frederic Roofing’s exclusive Roof Restore System provides the most cost-effective solution for ugly black roof staining. Offered exclusively by an experienced St. Louis roofing contractor, this system is the only treatment that restores your roof’s beauty and defends against future algae infestation. Roof Restore is applied using components which are water-based and sprayed at low pressure. No pressure washing!

Roof Restore Stage 1: cleans the roof and removes existing algae stains.

Roof Restore Stage 2: defends against future algae infestation.

Roof Restore Stage 3: binds Stage 2 to the roof for long-term defense.

Only Roof Restore enhances the curb appeal of your home or business. It protects your property over time by eliminating the need for expensive and potentially damaging maintenance contracts. Roof Restore is backed by a limited 3-year warranty. Frederic Roofing’s experienced applicators have been trained to treat your property with respect, avoiding damage to your roof or landscaping.

Ready to schedule your Roof Restore service? Contact us today!

Your St. Louis Roofing Questions Answered: Metal or Asphalt Roof?

Is a Metal Roof or Asphalt Roof Better?

As your leading St. Louis roofing contractor, Frederic Roofing knows a thing or two about various types of roofing materials. From slate to shingles to metal and more, your options are endless. By far the most popular roofing choice of St. Louisans is a shingled option; however, we are installing more and more residential metal roofs. Here are the pros and cons of both materials:

Metal Roofs

The biggest appeal of these roofs is their longevity and durability. While asphalt roofs can have a lifespan anywhere from 10-20 years – depending on who installs your roof – your metal roof has a life expectancy of over 50 years. 50. Five oh. Unfortunately, much of the drawback of metal roofs is the upfront price. Metal roofs are more expensive to make and take more time to install, so these roofing systems are significantly more expensive than their shingled counterpart.

Asphalt Roofs

Traditionally, a shingled roof is the material of choice throughout the Midwest. Whether they aren’t going to live there long enough to see a payback or it’s too big of a commitment, not many homeowners can’t justify a large purchase like a metal roof. A shingled roof is affordable, attractive and Frederic Roofing’s asphalt roofs offer an unbeatable warranty. These options are easier to repair, but also easier to damage.

When it comes down to it, choosing between an asphalt and metal roof ultimately lies with whichever you prefer. Both are great options! Want to find out more about having a new roof installed? Contact Frederic Roofing today.