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Roofing Contractors: What to Look for in a Roofing Company

Before hiring a roofing contractor, you should ask yourself these three important questions. While everyone will know the first one, the others are also extremely important and often neglected. These tips aren’t just relevant for hiring roofing contractors either, so after reading this you’ll make a much wiser decision when hiring any contractor.

1. Are they licensed and insured? This is an obvious question you should always ask about any contractor. However, this is an even more important question for roofers than for other contractors, as a faulty roof can lead to massive problems to your home.

If they mess up and your roof leaks, it’s not just your roof that will need replacing. But all the problems caused by water damage throughout your home—mold, mildew, and replacing drywall and interior walls. The cost can be astronomical and guess who’s stuck with the bill?

You can find our credentials here.

2. What types of materials will they be using? A low quote doesn’t mean a good deal. Not every roofing contractor is going to quote for the same materials. For example, are they using 15-pound felt tarpaper or a synthetic underlayment? Using tarpaper may make for a lower quote, but the quality of the roof is significantly reduced.

You should also consider shingles. Architectural shingles should always be preferred. Three-tab shingles are a cheap way out, but should be avoided. They’re not very durable or long-lasting. While they’re cheaper initially, they’ll cost you more money in the long-run.

Rather than just selecting the lowest quote (which is usually a poor decision), you should consider exactly what types of materials they’re using and make your decision based on value and need. Not just the lowest price.

We list the products we use on our roofing page.

3. Are they manufacturer certified? Both CertainTeed® and GAF® provide certification programs for roofers. Not only do these programs guarantee that the contractor installs the products according to manufacturer guidelines, but these programs also offer benefits for roofing contractors.

For example, as CertainTeed® SELECT ShingleMasters™, NexGen is able to provide a 4-Star Warranty, which includes materials, labor, tear-off, and disposal. We take it even further by guaranteeing workmanship—for life!

There’s no excuse for not being certified.

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Metal Roofs: What are the Benefits?

As their electric bills continue to raise higher and higher, many homeowners are turning toward energy efficient remodeling. Besides installing energy efficient windows, or vinyl siding, another excellent option is a metal roof.

Metal roofs reflect the sun’s rays, decreasing the need for your air conditioner to run, and can even help make your home more temperate without air conditioning at all. Not only do metal roofs decrease your electric bill, but they’re also a green alternative—they’ll help decrease greenhouse emissions and lower your carbon footprint.

But there are other advantages to a metal roof as well.

Reduced cost if you can afford the investment. While metal roofs are initially more expensive than asphalt roofs, they’re much more durable and have a much longer shelf-life than asphalt-shingle roofs. You can reasonably expect your metal roof to last 50-60 years.

Metal roofs come in many aesthetic variations. Vertical panels are the most common style, but metal roofing panels can also resemble wooden shakes, asphalt shingles, and even Spanish tile. They’re also available in a multitude of colors—with lighter colors being the most energy efficient (of course).

Overall, metal roofs are an excellent investment for any homeowner. They’re extremely durable, energy efficient, and can resemble the aesthetic qualities of any other roofing material. The only potential problem with a metal roof is their increased initial cost.

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Free Roof Installation for Roslyn, PA Vietnam Veteran

As a member of the American Legion, Post 798, Warminster…we assist our local member’s armed forces to assist wounded warriors… We contacted many other exterior home remodeling / roofing companies and ONLY NexGen showed up to assist with this family project… They removed the damaged roof and gutters and replaced everything for FREE.
—Michael Caffrey

Every once in a while we’re in a position to help out the community. We had the pleasure of doing just that after receiving a call from Michael Caffrey of American Legion post 798, where he asked us to help out a disabled Vietnam Veteran with a new roof through the Pennsylvania National Guard’s Family First program.

We understood their predicament. A roof replacement is an unwelcome expense for anyone, let alone a disabled vet. While a new roof is a sound investment into a home, not everyone can afford it. Some people have more immediate needs than investments, and then there are those who can’t even afford their immediate needs.

As a proud member of the Montgomery County and Bucks County communities, we wanted to help the family out. And as a local roofing contractor, we were in the unique position to actually provide the service ourselves.

We stripped the roof of the old shingles, replaced the rotten plywood, and removed the old gutter system. Using our partnership with Harvey Build Products® and CertainTeed®, we were able to provide the family with high quality CertainTeed Landmark® architectural-style shingles installed by a certified CertainTeed SELECT ShingleMaster™.

We were happy to keep the family dry with a professional roof installation and keep the foundation of their house intact with a properly installed gutter system.

We thank Michael for arranging the project.