Roofer putting up shingles.

4 Tips To Picking the Best Roofer for Your Residential or Commercial Roof

Tired of hiring a roofer that promises a lot yet underdelivers?

Been there!

Picking a roofer is confusing at best and costly at worst. Additionally, most cities and states have hundreds of roofing companies that say the exact same thing. How can someone make a choice when they are all identical?

Plus, there are many aspects that need to be considered. For instance, what is the cost, how long will the project take, can they be trusted when no one is watching, etc.

There are 4 tips every home and building owner should know when deciding on a roofing contractor.

4 Tips To Picking the Best Roofer for Your Residential or Commercial Roof

Two roofers on a house.

Before getting into the 4 tips, be aware of the consequences of your choices. Contractors come in two categories: ethical or unethical. Unfortunately, there isn’t really a middle ground. They can do a poor job, leave without a warranty, and never be heard of again. See what happens when this couple chooses the wrong couple.

A poor roof job can leave worse issues than before and cost thousands in repairs. Before choosing, do some research. Also, check your roof so you know the roofing issues at hand. This leads to the first point.

Does The Roofing Contractor Have Good Reviews?

No matter the service, a good company has great reviews. In fact, it takes five minutes to check a business’s Google Reviews. The more reviews, the better. The more five-star reviews they have, the better the company. Also, it doesn’t hurt to ask a roofer if they are willing to provide references. A good contractor’s past clients will jump at the chance.

Are They Local?

Believe it or not, this makes a difference. A phone call is good, but being able to visit a physical location provides accountability. Even if the company isn’t based in your city, it should have some type of physical location.

Also, the closer the roofer, the sooner they get to your building or residence. Building owners shouldn’t have to wait for days before their contractor can fix a problem. 

Are they licensed, bonded, and insured?

This seems like a no brainer, but you would be surprised how many people go with a risky roofer.

Let’s say that a worker falls off the roof and gets injured. It is important that there be workers’ comp insurance in place to pay for medical bills. Not only do workers need to be covered, but the job needs to be covered too. What happens if a contractor leaves the roof in a mess? You want them to pay for that, not you.

Also, is the company even licensed to do the roof? Not only should they have a business license, but they also need a state license. If the roofer isn’t licensed, there is a good chance he or she isn’t bonded and doesn’t have insurance. Dealing with insurance leads to the last point.

Will They Work With Insurance to Cover Storm Damage?

A home or building owner may have storm damage and not even know it. In fact, a good roofing company will have a specialist or two that inspects a roof for storm damage. Not only is it good marketing for the roofing business, but the homeowner or building owner can have his or her roof covered.

Why pay for your roof when you don’t have to?

All of these tips are all related. A good roofing contractor has the steps in place to provide you with great service. Do the research, find a local roofing company, and choose wisely. Your home or office is one of your greatest investments.

 

 

7 of The Ugliest Buildings in World

Here are some Commercial Roofs that would definitely be a challenge

We all have heard that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, but these buildings are kind of…interesting. In fact, doing a roofing project on these buildings may prove challenging. However, create your own opinion if these buildings are ugly or not.

Antwerp, Belgium Port Authority

When you think ‘Port Authority’ an exciting building like this usually doesn’t come to mind. Though we appreciate the nautical theme of this building, the mixture of classic and contemporary is a bit jarring.

Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany

This concert Hall in Hamburg Germany produces some of the most beautiful music in the world. However, the architecture’s wave-like theme and rectangle design makes one wonder if they changed their minds halfway through the construction.

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

This billion-dollar resort and casino is a landmark in Singapore. Yet, one wonders if this is from Star Trek or if a blimp landed on three commercial buildings. However, who are we to judge?

Gasometer Oberhausen, Oberhausen, Germany

This former gasometer turned conference and exhibition hall produces some of the most impressive presentations and exhibitions in the world. If you grew up in the Midwest of the United States, this looks like a grain silo.

The Crane House, Cologne, Germany

This high rise along the beautiful Rhine River seems to almost defy gravity, but the interesting upside-down L-shape seems to waste a lot of real estate space.

Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle, Washington

There isn’t much to say about this structure; it just is what it is. Literally, what is it though? It kind of looks like it belongs in Disney World. Seattle will be Seattle.

Communist Landmark, Burgas, Bulgaria

The best is always saved for last. At first glance, you might think that a boulder fell into this structure. However, if you have seen Communist-style architecture before, this may or may not surprise you.

Energy Efficient Technologies for Your Commercial Building You May Not Know About

You work hard to take care of your business by taking inventory, having great customer service, taking care of employees, etc. However, if you aren’t taking care of your building, you may not realize that you are losing money. Here are some energy efficient methods and technologies that can save you money on your commercial building.

Spray Foam Insulation

The average building’s energy costs run $30,600 a year with 40% of costs going towards heating and cooling needs. That is a big chunk of change going towards hvac costs each year! There is a solution: spray foam insulation. Spray foam is a plastic foam material that expands 30-60 times it’s size in order to fill whatever cavity that if fills. Here are some benefits from using spray foam insulation:

  1. Reduce Outside Noise
  2. Cut Heating and Cooling Costs by up to 50-60%
  3. Reduce Allergens and Pests
  4. Won’t degrade over time

If you can cut the hvac costs of $12,240 down to $6,120, that is a huge saving for your yearly expenditures. Also, spray foam is a certified eco-friendly logo product because it uses recycled plastics and many foams are now using soy products as well. Click here to learn more about spray foam: https://www.iescoatings.com/our-services/spray-foam/

Roof Coatings

Roofing has come a long way to improve not only the life of the roof but also the entire building. Still, there is a roofing method that has been around since the 1960s that can greatly improve the life of your roof and quality of your building: roof coatings. Roof coatings are made from high solid silicone that degrades very little over time and reflects 92% of the suns rays away from your building resulting in energy costs. Learn more about coatings here: https://www.iescoatings.com/our-services/coating-systems/

Electrochromic and Thermochromic Windows

Wouldn’t it be great to have sunglasses not only for your eyes but for your building? That is exactly what electrochromic and thermochromic do; they automatically darken when direct sunlight hits them. This helps control the temperature of the building and reduces heat coming through the window by 50%.

If you are interested in learning more about how to save money on your energy costs using spray foam or roof coatings, shoot us an email at info@iescoatings.com or call us at 864-349-1410.

Residential Roof with a lot of shingles.

3 Tips for Taking Care of Your Roof During the Upstate’s Winter Months

Even though we live in the Upstate of South Carolina, we still see our fair share of wind, ice, and sometimes snow. Often times we worry about problems with our house like our pipes freezing, our crawl space flooding, or our electricity going out. All of these are valid concerns, but how often have you thought about your roof’s condition? Here are 3 tips for taking care of your roof during the Upstate’s winter months.

Prepare For Gusty Weather

We don’t get much snow in the Upstate, but there is probably going to be some wind during the winter months. Wind can be a problem in and of itself if it is strong. Before a storm, check the following for your roof:

  1. Make sure your shingles aren’t loose. Loose and damaged shingles lead to water damage under the shingles as they shift in the winter wind.
  2. Check the age of your roof. Even if you don’t have any loose shingles, you might want to get ahead of a storm if your roof is 20-30 years old. It may be a wise decision to replace the roof to avoid damage to your home.
  3. Trim the trees. If you have trees close to your house, make sure to trim limbs and branches if they are at risk of dropping due to strong wind.

Check your Gutters

With all of the rainstorms that can pop up in Greenville and the surrounding areas, it is good to clean out your gutters before a storm. Rain can back up with clogged gutters and flood your roof.

Flat Roof Issues

Even though this isn’t as common, flat residential roofs do exist and if you have one you need to do the following:

    1. Sweep debris off your roof to reduce pooling of water.
    2. Check the drains to see if they have clogging.
    3. Consider coatings for your roof. High solid silicone coatings create a seamless system that becomes waterproof and can go over almost any existing flat roof system.

As the winter months are upon us make sure to check for damaged shingles, tree limbs close to your house, and the age of your roof. We want you to keep your house and roof safe as you live in our beautiful Upstate. Whether you live in Greenville, Anderson, Spartanburg, or any of the surrounding areas, keep safe during these winter months. If you suspect your roof is in need of repair, contact us here: https://www.iescoatings.com/contact-us/