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Warranty

By: RoofCrafters
March 25th, 2022

Replacing a roof is expensive. In fact, it’s one of the most expensive home improvement projects that homeowners face if they stay in a home for more than a decade or so. When it comes time to make the decision to get your roof replaced, it can feel a lot like plunging yourself into the deep end.   You feel alone, confused, and unsure of the process, only to have a salesman take advantage of you and sell you something you don’t necessarily need nor want. At RoofCrafters, we make it our mission to educate homeowners like you on the process of their roofing projects from start to finish. Part of that journey includes choosing the warranty option that’s the best fit for you and your home.   You'd want coverage on anything that you're about to dish out some serious cash for right? Think of a warranty like an insurance policy that covers your investment in a new roof for a certain period of time. Don't worry, we'll go ahead and break it down for you. In this article, you'll learn what a roofing warranty is, how long they last, and what they do and don't cover. 

Roof Replacement | Pricing in Georgia

By: RoofCrafters
March 24th, 2022

Savannah, Georgia, is known for its rich history and preserved architecture, and is known as “The Hostess City of The South”. As every good hostess knows, preparation is key. Beds are to be made daily, macaroni and cheese does go in the oven, cocktails before 5 are distasteful, and thou shall never allow your roof to leak on your guests.

Roof Replacement | Pricing in Georgia

By: RoofCrafters
March 22nd, 2022

Your Pooler home is due for a new roof, and you’ve just started to navigate through the roof replacement process online. We know from experience just how overwhelming this can be. Where do you start? What materials do I need for my roof? How much will this cost me? No one wants to talk about the cost of a roof online. 

metal roof

By: RoofCrafters
March 21st, 2022

Whether we like it or not, there will come a day when it's time to replace the roof on our homes. The question is whether you should replace it with shingles or choose to replace your existing roof with metal. Once relegated to high-end homes, metal roofs are now available to the masses. That’s because the cost and complexity of installing a metal roof have come down significantly in the past few years. Today, fifteen percent of all roofing installations are metal.    Our family here at RoofCrafters has been installing metal roofs for families just like yours, one roof at a time since 1993.  We love the luxurious look that a metal roof adds to a home just as much as you do, but we also know there's some apprehension and questions that can come along with the big change.    If you’ve been thinking about changing your roof from shingles to metal, allow us to provide you with some food for thought. In this article, you'll learn the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about metal roofs, such as how long they last, how noisy they can be, if they rust, and many more. Let's dive in!   How Long Do Metal Roofs Last? Depending on the type of material used on a roof, it can last anywhere from 15 to 70 years or more, provided it is installed correctly and maintained properly.   3-Tab asphalt shingles can last from 15 to 20 years.  Architectural shingles, typically last from 20 to 30 years on average. That’s because they’re up to three times thicker than 3-tab asphalt shingles. Terracotta roofs last up to 50-years, but they’re twice as expensive as architectural shingles.   Metal roofs can last up to 70 years, depending on the type of metal used. Like terracotta roofs, you can expect to pay more for a metal roof, but you’ll recoup the cost down the road as long as you intend to stay in your home for years to come. Are Metal Roofs Noisy? Some homeowners refuse to consider a metal roof because they fear the noise will be unbearable every time it rains, but this is hardly the case.  Once installed over plywood sheathing and underlayment, a metal roof is only 5-decibels louder during a driving rainstorm than an architectural shingle, according to This Old House.   They’re also far more durable during everything from hailstorms to wildfires.  Due to their high reflectivity, they’re more energy-efficient than a shingle roof.     During the summer months, metal roofs are actually 50 degrees cooler than their asphalt equivalent.  Best of all, they’re nearly maintenance-free provided they’re installed properly.     Do Metal Roofs Rust? There are four different metals used on houses nowadays: aluminum, copper, steel, and galvalume.  Choosing the right one for your home comes down to two factors – local conditions and price.  If you live near the ocean and are worried about corrosion, aluminum, copper, or zinc roofs are impervious to salt air.    They are pricier than a pre-painted galvanized steel roof.  However, an aluminum roof is lighter than other kinds of metal roofs and it has a higher strength to weight ratio than other metals, which makes it an ideal roofing material for hurricane-prone areas. Are Metal Roofs Prone to Lightning Strikes? Absolutely not. Not only are metal roofs, no more likely to be hit by lightning than roofs covered with singles, but if they are stuck, they are 100% noncombustible. Typically made of steel with a protective zinc coating, a galvanized roof is also resistant to rust and high winds that accompany electrical storms.   They are also less costly than other types of metal roofs without sacrificing longevity since they typically last up to 60-years. But they do need to have their protective zinc coating reapplied every 20-years. Terne roofs are composed of stainless steel sandwiched between layers of tin, are also highly corrosion and weather resistant.   Corrugated metal roofs are also some of the most affordable steel roofing systems on the market. The downside is they have exposed fasteners and require more maintenance than other metal roofs.   Are Copper Roofs the Better Choice? If you want the ultimate in durability and ease of maintenance, you can’t beat copper. Copper roofs are corrosion resistant and never need to be painted. They can last for 100-years or more. Talk about a lifetime warranty. The only downside to copper is that they are less dent-resistant than steel roofs. However, the cost of copper can also be a king’s ransom when compared to other metal roofs.   Are Metal Tile and Slate More Efficient Than the Real Deal?  If you want the look of a slate or tile roof with the price and durability of steel, one of these products could be just the ticket.  However, the real reason some homeowners choose these over actual tile or slate roofs is the price and weight differential.   Metal slate and tile roof panels look like the real McCoy, but they cost half as much.  They’re also much lighter than tile or slate, which means you won’t have to risk your roof caving in after a rainstorm. Not only are clay tiles heavier, to begin with, but they can also absorb up to 15% of their weight in water.   What’s Included in a Metal Roof Warranty? While many traditional roofing companies offer “Lifetime Warranties” on shingle roofs, you need to read the fine print of each company's warranty. Far from guaranteeing a roof for life, some roofing companies and manufacturers define a lifespan as short as 5-years depending on the severity of the climate in a given area.   According to State Farm Insurance, a homeowner will typically replace their home’s shingles 2-3 times over the course of 50-years, while those who install a metal roof will rarely have to install a second roof since they typically last from 40-70 years. Metal roofs are also impervious to fire, rot, and damage by insects and rodents.   Is a Metal Roof a Good Fit for My Home?   When determining if a certain type or style of roofing is best suited for you, it all comes down to personal preference and budget. Also, it never hurts to get in touch with a local roofing contractor to come out for an inspection and help you decide your ultimate decision.   If you’re just starting out the process of delving into all-things-metal-roofs, you’re probably getting ready to find and hire a local roofing contractor. To locate a great local roofing contractor that’s the best fit for you, RoofCrafters has provided a checklist of questions to ask your local roofing contractor, along with the right answers that you need to get back when you meet with these roofing contractors.   If you are in the South Carolina, Georgia, or Florida area, drop us a line on our contact page to begin your metal roof project. If you’d like to learn more about roofing services, feel free to browse the extensive resources located in our learning center.   Read Next: How Much Does a New Roof Cost?

Roof Storm Damage

By: RoofCrafters
March 18th, 2022

In 2021 alone, there have been 6 hurricanes, 20 tropical storms, and 867 tornadoes nationwide. Extreme weather conditions are frightening enough as it is without the added stress of needing a roof repair due to the damage that it caused. In your busy life, there’s never a convenient time to find out your roof needs repair, but If you check your roof for storm damage after severe weather, you may be able to minimize that pain.

Roof Replacement | Pricing in South Carolina

By: RoofCrafters
March 17th, 2022

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, is one of the most desired places to live on the east coast. It’s also one of the wealthiest. “With great wealth comes great responsibility”, once exclaimed Bill Gates. That great responsibility he’s talking about is is being diligent about your roof replacements, people.

flat roof | new roof | asphalt shingles | Maintenance

By: RoofCrafters
March 15th, 2022

Other than buying a home, replacing your roof can be one of the more costly decisions a homeowner can make.  Fortunately, it’s one you don’t have to make all that often. To ensure that your roof, old or new, lives up to its potential of 15 to 20 years, it's important to conduct proper maintenance. I know, it's not the most fun or even rewarding of household chores, but it's important and will save you money on potential issues in the long run.

metal roof | Pricing in South Carolina

By: RoofCrafters
March 15th, 2022

Home improvement projects can be stressful, especially if you don’t have a knack for the specific part of your home that needs improvement. I mean, besides contractors, of course, does anyone really sit around and talk about how much they love roofing?

Roof Replacement | Pricing in South Carolina

By: RoofCrafters
March 14th, 2022

Let’s face it, no one wants to talk about prices with a salesman who sees you as one big dollar sign. You feel like they only care about their product, and not you or your needs. Sadly, It’s no different in the roofing industry. Homeowners will put off necessary repairs and replacements and risk further damage to their homes because they are very uncomfortable with the thought of being hassled.

Roof Replacement | Pricing in South Carolina

By: RoofCrafters
March 11th, 2022

The cost of having your roof replaced is a lot like planning a family vacation. There are many variables that will determine the final costs to cover all your expenses. For example, do you plan to travel by car or plane? Are you staying at a resort or renting an Airbnb? Will you be eating at restaurants or living off of Cheeto’s? Hey, this is a no-judgment zone.   All of that effort and money spent doesn’t go unnoticed. You and your family get to have a great vacation filled with memories that last a lifetime. Now, what if we told you that you could have a vacation every day when you invest time, effort, and money into installing a new roof?