No matter where you live or the type of house you live in, your home needs a roof that both covers and protects. A sturdy roof should last decades and protect you from the elements, especially when you live in the midwest where temperatures fluctuate greatly. In fact, the heavy rains and frequent snow storms that commonly affect the area, can wear down even the best installed rooftops and shorten their lifespan. That is why a strong protective roof, made of quality materials and installed by quality craftsmen, is so very important.
Choosing Qualified Roofers In Indiana
Jackson Contracting, Inc. has been in business for over 10 years and hires skilled laborers who are adept at both their trade and customer service. We understand that hiring a roofer can be a vulnerable experience, particularly when the one you have is in bad shape and you need a new one yesterday! Jackson Contracting really understand the importance of being able to explain what needs to be done, the time in which you can reasonably expect it to be done, and how to best maintain the health, if you will, of your roof.
If you want a metal rooftop, your flashing needs to be repaired, you are in the market for a more eco-friendly type of shingle, or have built an addition on to your home that needs a good roof, we contractors can help.
We believe strongly in not only providing outstanding work, but making sure you understand the project you are about to undertake, including our responsibilities to you and vice versa. The details of your roofing contract will be written and laid out clearly so there are no questions about the job at hand and what the outcome will be.
What Makes a Good Roofing Contractor?
If you don’t choose the right company for residential roofing in Indianapolis, you could be in for some trouble. The wrong company could take months to finish the job, and they might have poor workmanship.
By knowing what makes for a good roofing contractor, you can save yourself from a bad outcome. Before you decide on a contractor, you should do some research. Look for a contractor that meets all of the following requirements:
1. They Are Insured
A good roofing contractor is insured. For one, they should have worker’s compensation. If a worker is injured on the job site, they will go through the company’s insurance policy. Secondly, they should have liability insurance.
Insurance protects you from lawsuits. Additionally, it shows that the company takes its job seriously. They don’t skimp and know what it takes to be professionals in the industry.
Before you hire someone, ask to view their insurance information. You can always call the insurance carriers to verify the company’s status with the insurer.
2. They Are Local
There are many benefits to working with a local company. Most importantly, you can learn about a local contractor from your friends and neighbors. You can learn more about the way they work and what type of workmanship they have.
Another benefit to working with a local business is the long-term relationship. If you have a problem with the materials or workmanship, you know where to find the company. You can hold them to their word and their warranties.
3. The Price Is Fair, But Not Too Low
Most people realize that cheap isn’t always better. If a company offers an extremely low price, there’s probably a reason for it. They might not be insured, or they might use low quality materials. In an effort to keep their prices low, they probably don’t give you the workmanship you deserve.
Before you hire a company, ask about their prices. If the cost seems too low, then it may be too good to be true.
4. They Value Communication
Getting replacement residential roofing in Indianapolis is a lengthy process. During that process, you need to communicate with your roofing company. If they have good communication, the company can make the roofing job easier than ever.
As you search for a contractor, make some phone calls. This can help you learn more about how they are at communicating. If they take too long to respond to you, the company may not be worth your time. You should ask them about their preferred methods of communication and how frequently they will update you on their progress.
Whether you need repairs or installations, we are the asphalt shingle roof experts to call! Let us schedule an appointment to get an asphalt shingle roof installed on your home, or your current roof repaired.
Need gutters installed on your home? Is your current gutter damaged? Call us! Our roofers can install or repair gutters on your home, so you can protect your roof and lawn.
From metal, wood shake, and asphalt shingle, we can install any roof you want. Call us today to set up a time for residential roof installation for your Indianapolis, IN home.
Have roof leaks or missing shingles? Jackson Contracting is here for you with our repairs. We offer high-quality residential roof repair that will get your roofing system back in good condition.
Does your home’s siding need repairs? Call our professional roofers today! We can repair any siding from Hardee Board to vinyl siding material on your home.
If your soffit and fascia is damaged, there is one residential roofing company to call. Jackson Contracting specializes in soffit and fascia repair, ensuring it doesn’t damage other parts of your roof.
Call Jackson Contracting at 317-214-8124, to get in touch with a residential roofer about our services.
Roofing Permits, Licenses, and Qualifications in IN
Roofers are considered structural contractors in Indianapolis. Additionally, these structural contractors, especially the ones we employ and send out to our trusted clientele, must be licensed, bonded, and insured. Licensing is acquired after a roofing contractor has proven a certain level of skill and is legally allowed to work as a roofer. Insurance and bonding ensures that everyone within the roofing contract, from client to service provider, is protected in the event of an accident or damage to your home. While no one plans for these things to occur and we take preventive measures so they do not, things unfortunately sometimes go wrong.
In concert with these requirements, Jackson Contracting provides the community with roofing contractors who have extensive experience in our field. We value customer reviews and encourage prospective clients to speak with former customers about the work we have done for them in the past. You see, our goals are to provide quality work that you can trust and that can be vouched for.
Repairs and Replacements
Sometimes an old or damaged roof can be repaired, restored or renewed. Other times however, a new roof is just what the contractor ordered. It can be difficult to determine when you need a new roof and that is just one of the ways in which we can help.
So, how do you know when you need a new roof? Well, before we install a new roof, there are a number of items that must be evaluated, many of which are known to the public by virtue of the National Roofers Contracting Association (NRCA). For example, if there are signs of water damage, you can see light shining in from the roof, there are missing or damaged shingles, water stains, gaps between the chimney and flashing, dirt build up in the gutters, or the presence of mold or fungus, there is a very good chance that a new roof is in order.
While speaking to an expert is the best way to determine when you need a new roof, there are a few signs you need a replacement. Here are some specifics regarding when you should replace your residential roof:
1. Your Roof is Nearing Its Lifespan
Every roof has a lifespan. The amount of time it lasts depends on several factors, one of which includes the type of roof. For instance, an asphalt shingle roof only lasts between 12 and 15 years. Metal roofs can last for a few decades more, but they still don’t last forever.
If your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, you may need a roof replacement. It’s not common for a roof to last after its lifespan. Therefore, you should contact a professional before it’s too late.
2. There is Visible Damage
Can you see damage on your roof? If your shingles are curling or missing, you probably need a new roof. The damage typically occurs as a result of weather-related damage. In Indianapolis, the average annual rainfall is 42 inches. The rain, sun, and snow can all cause shingles to curl or come off.
When looking for damage, you should also look at the flashing. The flashing is responsible for keeping moisture from collecting in your roof joints. Without it, the structure of your roof can experience serious damage.
While you should look for visible damage to your roof, you should only do so from the ground. Getting up on your roof could result in injuries. To find out if you have damage on your roof, you should contact a professional.
3. Ice Dams Form
If you have icicles on your roof, you could need a new roof. Ice dams are often caused by poor attic ventilation, but the ventilation could be the least of your problems.
As ice dams form, they strain your roof. Water can get into the interior of your roof and do damage. You may need to replace your roof to eliminate the damage.
4. Stained Walls and Ceilings
If the exterior or interior walls have stains or discoloration, you may have a leak. The same is true of ceilings with stains or discoloration.
Often, the stains are caused by water damage. Your roof could be leaking, which could result in water damage throughout your home. To check for a leak, you could venture into your attic. One of the tell-tale signs of a leaking roof is soggy insulation.
The damage to your roof could be significant. Even if the leak hasn’t been occurring for long, you may need a replacement roof.
5. Pests are Taking Over
Small pests, like cockroaches and ants, can enter your home through small cracks. But larger pests such as raccoons and possums need a larger entryway. Unless you regularly leave your front door open, they are getting in through a hole in your home.
That hole could be in your roof. If you have any missing shingles or a rotted section of roof, the area could be an entrance for pests. To find out where they are coming from, you can talk to a roofing expert. They can do an inspection and determine whether or not you need a new roof.
6. An Expert Says So
There’s only one person who can tell you whether or not you need a new roof – a professional. They can give you guidance and explain more about the process.
Determining whether to install a new roof or replace your current one, depends on a cost-benefit analysis. Jackson Contracting can help you decide whether or not you need a new roof immediately or if you can replace a few damaged shingles and hold off on new installation for a bit. We will also help you figure out whether waiting to install a new roof will be in your best interests in the long term. If your roof has extensive damage already, paying for a new one before the problems get worse, may be your best bet. Keep in mind as well, that if you have heat or cool air escaping from a damaged roof, you are losing precious resources and cash. Your heating and cooling expenses, depending on the season, of course, will be much higher if all that good air is escaping through a few rooftop holes.
Indy Weather and Roofing
It cannot be stated enough that the nature of midwest weather is unpredictable at best. It can rain one day, snow another, and then be nice and warm the next. Roofing materials expand and contract in conjunction with these weather changes, all of which can wreak havoc on roofs that are supposed to last even longer than they ultimately do. Be mindful of how the weather is affecting your roof, your proximity to trees and other items that can become airborne, or roof- borne as it were, and keep a record of when your roof was installed so you can gauge when it will be time for a new one.
FAQ Residential Roofing Indianapolis
How Do I Know When Its Time To Install a New Roof?
There are a number of ways to determine whether or not it is time to replace your roof. The Items on this list that are likely indications of the need for a new roof include damaged shingles, clogged gutters, siding, and chimneys, water damage both inside the home as well as around the roof, holes that allow the elements into the home, and many others. Additional concerns for the consideration include:
Knowing how old your roof is and when it was initially installed is critical. The lifespan of a roof varies greatly, depending on what it is made of, who installed it, and the quality of the craftsmanship involved. Harsh temperatures in the summer and winter must also be factored into how long your rooftop will last. And if your rooftop is nearing its warranty limit or has been repaired too many times to count, it may be time for a new one.
Noticeable Damage in and Around The Roof
This includes water damage within the home, discolored walls, bubbling or peeling paint, and walls that crumble to the touch due to excess moisture. Hanging shingles, torn metal sheeting, roof debris on the ground around your home, and the sound of wind through exposed parts of your roof, all indicate the need for a new installation.
Bug and Animal Infestations
Rodents and bugs try to escape the weather just like the people whose homes they often invade. When that happens, those scurrying creatures can create disastrous situations atop your roof. Roof replacement, or at the very least repairs, may be needed if the animals cannot be safely and completely evacuated, a noticeable stench emanates from the roof, or water runoff is prevented. This is a messy and most unpleasant factor to be sure, but it is one upon which your roof’s health rests. National Roofers Contracting Association is a leading authority in all things roofing industry related. The professionals in this group have created a checklist of sorts that lets experts and (to a degree) laymen alike, know what to look for when considering a residential roof replacement.
What Materials Should I Choose for a New Residential Rooftop?
Roofing materials must be appropriate for your home, from architectural, design, and safety perspectives. You must also consider the materials already in place and consult with a roofing expert that can guide you accordingly. Jackson Contracting offers materials that include asphalt, metal, and as well as specialty combinations that include wood and slate.
Should I Just Fix the Roof Myself?
Some roof repairs may seem easy enough to address. The truth is, however, that many roofing problems are more extensive than they appear to be on the surface. And while we understand that cost is a factor that simply cannot be overlooked, we highly recommend that you use a roofing company that can get the job done as it should. Not only do you need a roofer with years of experience under their belt, but the means to protect both the client and contractor. We recommend the roofing company you hire to have contractors who are:
A roofing license lets customers know that their contractor has permission from state and federal governments to do the work you hired them to do.
Roofers with insurance are covered in case they are injured on the job. Additionally, you as the homeowner can be reimbursed or compensated should damage to your property occur due to something the contractor has done.
Contractors who are bonded have paid another party to reimburse clients in cases in which their work is left unfinished, incomplete, or yields poor results or property damage.
Jackson Contracting, Inc. works with materials that are best suited for the homes of Indianapolis. We specialize in installing and repairing an assortment of metal roofs, work with asphalt roof shingles, and are proud to offer our customers premium roofing.
While our materials are all excellent, premium roofing affords our customers unique architectural shingles, rooftops that are both sturdy and aesthetically pleasing, and improve the look and feel of your home’s exterior. We know that excellent service and outstanding labor are critical to our work, but we also understand that beautifying your home, from the top, down, is an important part of our job as well.