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A new roof on your home will add curb appeal, value, protection, and energy savings, if installed properly. We understand we have competition in this industry & we want to earn your business over the competition more than you know. We deeply value every single one of our customers and treat them as if they are apart of our own family.
We understand this purchase is not always an enjoyable one. You'd probably rather spend your hard earned money on a new kitchen, bathroom, or deck. Your roof though, is something you can not ignore. And because homeowners are sometimes in a vulnerable state when their roof is failing, roofing contractors tend to take advantage of this very timing. We want you to know we are a different roofing company. Because our family understands, and respects your time and money, we want to work with you to get the best possible solution, at the best possible price, without sacrificing quality or workmanship.
Our family has been in the roofing business servicing Greater Cincinnati, Ohio for nearly 35 years, and we truly are a family owned and operated business, with nearly everyone in our family involved. Each and every roof project is very much appreciated, and if not for people like yourself, we would never be where we are
today. We want you to believe in us and trust our company to care for your home, the right way. Taking no short cuts and using only the best shingle and roofing products on the market today. We are proud to be Certainteed Shingle Master Certified, extending your 30 year warranty to a 50 year warranty. A warranty in which both the Manufacturer & Our Company stand behind, so long as all the proper roofing components are installed.
Our family cares so much about making sure your family is protected, we will do anything and everything in our power to ensure a new roof is affordable for you and your family. With programs like our in house financing, we are able to ensure a new roof is in everyone's financial reach, regardless of your credit or current financial situation. We believe so much in doing the right thing, helping others, and most importantly, Trusting in the Lord. With these core values in our hearts, we know we can accomplish great things while helping serve our Cincinnati Community.
The Frisby Family
Roofing companies and contractors are seemingly popping up everywhere in the State of Ohio after the recent economic recession making it more and more difficult to locate a roofing company you can trust. Ohio is one of few states that loosely regulates roofing contractors and there is rarely any enforcement of building codes or post - roof inspections by government officials. The task of ensuring the protection of your home, is left to you. With no enforceable organization, homeowners are left trusting in the roofing company they hire.
Even if you choose not to hire us, we feel it is our duty to educate homeowners, as the industry leading roofing contractor for the Cincinnati, Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Dayton, Ohio markets. We feel everyone deserves to have a quality roof installation, but unfortunately, no two roof installs are alike. We encourage you to read our did you know section below, to see why a correct roof installation, can save you from countless nightmares later.
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Unlike buying a vehicle, you can't 'test drive' a roofing company. Roofers currently litter the tri-state region and finding one should prove to be quite simple. Before selecting your roofer, be sure to do your homework. Determine what types of certifications or achievements they have earned. See if the are in good standing with the Better Business Bureau, Angie's List, and other review sites. If you discover potential issues when researching these avenues, be sure to see how the company responded to any complaints or discrepancies. Problems do come up from time to time, and any roofing contractor who tells you otherwise, be sure to steer far away from them. More importantly is how the company chooses to handle issues, if and when they arise.
Does the contractor or company you are interviewing have a physical office, or are they operating out of their home, or using a PO Box? Although operating from a home address or PO Box does not mean you are dealing with a sub par roofing contractor, it does have cause for concern should you ever need to contact your roofer for warranty issues or other unforeseeable problems. Frisby Roofing & Construction began our roots operating from our house, and we realize every company must start somewhere. However, if the company is just starting, or has not grown into the need for a physical office, you should bear this in mind and ask about their company's longevity. Anyone can start a roofing business... but staying in business is another hurtle well beyond the beginning of a company. Our company has a beautiful showroom located at 1375 State Route 131, Milford OH 45150. We welcome anyone to stop in and see us, even if you're not currently a customer!
Is the company financially healthy? This question may seem a bit crude at the onset, but think about it. If you are spending your hard earned money on a new roof, and you give your roofing contractor a $4,000.00 deposit, on a $12,000.00 roofing job, you expect your money to go to your material... right?.... WRONG! Homeowners would be astonished to see how their money was really being spent. We are not saying all contractors are guilty of this, but majority of the companies currently in existence survive on cash flow, YOUR MONEY! All is good and well until things... well.... aren't. If your contractor is unknowingly delinquent on their material bills and/or their subcontractor labor, and you do not know it, the money you paid your contractor will go towards past due balances. This happens almost everyday with countless contracting companies.
Homeowners are oblivious to the fact because many times, there is enough cash flow to continue operating in the "red". The inherit risk however, is if you do not know the financial health of the roofing company you are dealing with, you're in for quite the risk. 60 Days after the completion of your job, usually the contractor will have received funds from a new client, thus enabling them to pay off YOUR DEBT, 60 days prior (then leaving this homeowner at risk which you may or may not avoid). But, what happens if after 60 days pass, and your roofing contractor is unable to secure more clients? That's right... cash flow stops, and the delinquent accounts call their debt due to non payments! If the contractor does not have the means to pay the suppliers and labor, both parties then have direct rights to file a mechanics lien on YOUR HOUSE! EVEN THOUGH, you paid for your work in full. (Remember, your money paid off the contractors past debt! The material suppliers do not credit your money with your property at the time of sale). It is absolutely paramount for you to research the financial health of the roofing company you are dealing with. Be sure to check their references and suppliers to make sure they are caught up on all their invoices. If not, BUYER BEWARE!
This is a very important aspect to consider. You may having a sense of trust about the individual(s) you are talking to while interviewing roofing contractors, but the important people are the roof installers. It is equally important to trust the company's own backing should something go wrong, but you must also be sure the company you are considering is using a competent workforce. Roofing crews are notorious in this industry for bouncing from contractor to contractor, one roofing company to another. It is extremely important for the company you hire to be sure they treat their workers well. With higher wages come more attention to detail, thus increasing the quality of work on your home's roof. Think about it... if you are seeking the lowest price of all roofing contractors, chances are they are able to be so low due to inferior products and low wages. Sure, you may save $500.00 or even $1,000.00, but would you rather save this money and worry about the proper installation of your roof... or pay a competent roofing company who values and respects your property as their own, which ultimately gives you peace at mind. If you truly are seeking the lowest price, chances are we are not the company for you. We never want to turn away business, but we are confident in our products, our warranty, our crew, and everything else which goes along with the re-roofing process.
If you do however, choose to go with the cheapest priced company, Frisby Roofing & Construction will offer a complete inspection of the other company's work, then document any errors which we find. This could prove to be extremely valuable when it comes to settling up with your contractor. We will happily offer this service to any homeowner in the area for $99.00. We want you to have a properly installed roof!
Your roof is arguably the most important piece to your home. It protects your family and everything you own below it. No two roofs are alike, and there is only ONE right way to install a roof. Did you know there are over 10+ components to your roof system, all of which are equally and vitally important to a proper installation. Some items, such as Ice and Water Shield, are SO IMPORTANT, the State of Ohio Building Code Enforcement Department now makes it mandatory to install on all heated eaves of a property. Drip edge and gutter apron are also now required by the State of Ohio. Yet, we still find plenty of roofing contractors by passing these key components, all to save them the cost of material and install. This is why it is often times very difficult to explain to homeowners the importance of ensuring proper installation of these key roofing components. Ice and Water Shield will never be seen by you, the homeowner, unless you are actively watching them install it. Just because you can't visually see this product, doesn't give a contractor the right to bypass the installation of it. Yet, it happens time and time again.
We could go on and on about the proper way to install a roof, so we have created an educational piece on this page so that you may be better informed before hiring your roofing contractor. Even if it's not us, we want to provide this information to you so that you may ask the important questions to your roofing contractor.
You should always check with references of your contractor, especially when having a new roof installed on your home. Ask the company to see their previous work, or to contact some of their previous clients. Roofers proud of their work should happily offer you this information.
You also want to make sure you're not hiring a company which does roofing, "on the side". Practice always makes perfect, and if the company you are hiring does not do this type of work day in and day out, you're likely in for a rude awakening. A roof installation can quickly and easily go wrong, and experience is a key factor in perfection for your home's new roof. Our company has successfully completed 1,000's upon 1,000's of roof installs, thanks to our great, loyal clientele, and of Our Gracious Lord.
Tearing off your existing shingles or rubber roof is a very important first step when replacing your next roof. It is NEVER a good idea to "shingle over" an existing roof system. The cost associated with foregoing a tear off is minuscule compared to the potential hazards making the decision to keep your existing shingles could pose. For example, many of the issues which result in the need for re roofing could be due to years of moisture getting beneath your shingles or ice damming in the winter. Failing to remove the existing layer of shingles will prevent you from properly assessing the condition of your roof deck. It will also prevent you from properly installing Ice & Water Shield (Talked about in tabs further down in this section), drip edge (see below tabs), and gutter apron (see below tabs).
Spending the extra time and money to remove the current shingles is always the best advice, and any company who recommends re-roofing existing shingles should be thoroughly checked into. A roof over can be done if several proper measures are taken, however you will lose the warranty from almost all shingle manufacturers. Do yourself a favor and Do Not Take This Short Cut!
Should I Tear Off MY Existing Roof Shingles First?
YES, WITHOUT A DOUBT!
NO, IT'S AN UNNECESSARY COST!
MAYBE, IT'S A JUDGEMENT CALL
ROOFING "TEAR OFF" QUICK ANSWER GUIDE!
So we know shingles have to come off your roof for the best roofing project money can buy. Have you wondered what we do with all the shingles currently on your roof? Sounds like a simple answer to a simple question, but in reality... this is commonly overlooked by homeowners in the market looking to have their roof replaced by a roofing contractor. Frisby Roofing will use Dump Trailers which have large rubber tires which disperse the weight of the old shingles across a larger area opposed to a metal dumpster. Make sure you ask your contractor if they will be using a metal, unmovable dumpster? Or will they have a dump trailer on site? Dumpsters are large and pose significant risk to driveway damage, especially if you have a blacktop driveway. What about an emergency situation? You don't want to have to worry about your car being blocked in by a large metal dumpster which can not be moved without a 24 hour notice do you? Of course not! Having a dump trailer on site allows our crew to quickly and easily maneuver the container around in the event you need to quickly access your driveway or garage. If you do select a roofing contractor who uses a dumpster, make sure to take photographs of the Before & After of your driveway. Also ensure they are using plywood to disperse the weight of the dumpster rollers at the bottom. Take a look at the pictures below to see what we mean!
The under lament is the membrane beneath the shingles. It provides an additional moisture barrier for your roof deck while shingles are off your home during the re roofing project. This membrane is often referred to as "Felt Paper", or for the more superior products, "Diamond Deck" as the Shingle Manufacturer Certainteed has named their product. (Each manufacturer has their own name for the upgraded products) This membrane also provides protection for our work crew as they perform the replacement of a new roof. There are two different weights of felt paper, either 15# (Pound) or 30# (Pound). If other quotes are utilizing 15# felt paper, they are reducing their material cost in this area by HALF! Note that 30# felt paper should ALWAYS be used on slopes greater than 7/12 pitch. Using a 15# felt paper is acceptable on low sloped roofs, but be sure to check your other bids to ensure they are specifying the weight of felt paper to be used on your home! This one product alone can account for a significant price difference from one Cincinnati Roofing Company from another. If you would like to learn more about felt paper, we suggest visiting Certainteed's consumer website to learn more. You can click here to learn more about felt paper and it's use.
LOW SLOPED / PITCHED ROOFS ARE IN HIGHER NEED FOR FELT PAPER : DO NOT FORGO THIS OPTION!
Ice dams account for nearly 40% of insurance claims being filed in the winter time because Cincinnati homeowners either do not have Ice and Water Shield installed, or it is installed improperly and does not effectively work. Ice & Water Shield is a "stick / tacky" membrane which is required in Ohio by code to be installed at all eaves (everywhere your home has gutters), where those eaves are part of a heated portion of a home or business. Just because this is the MINIMUM requirement for Ice and Water Shield, does not mean a roofing contractor should stop there when installing this product. It is a common practice for our company to install ice and water shield at all eaves, valley's, roof penetrations, skylights, chimneys, and up rakes on your home. Many manufacturers will either void, or deeply prorate their warranties if the proper areas of ice and water shield are not installed, or installed correctly. Although this is a common practice for Frisby Roofing and Construction to install Ice and Water shield in all the necessary places, please ensure your are properly comparing bids. Our bids will clearly define what type of products your are getting on your roof, and the cost for those items.
Ice and Water shield is an extremely costly addition to your roof system, but is absolutely essential in order to properly protect your home, and your new Lifetime Roof Warranty which Frisby Roofing and Construction provides you on a full bid replacement. So why is this so costly and important? Ice and Water Shield prevents any water which freezes in your gutters and soffit overhangs from rotting out your roof deck as it moves under your first and second row of shingles during cold temperatures. As ice builds up in your gutters, the ice which melts from your home's heat and the sun has no where to go if your downspouts are frozen. When the sun & radiant heat melts the snow and ice, the now water state liquid backs up underneath those two rows of shingles which will cause deterioration and rot over time. It can also rot out your soffit and gutter board, as well as create icicle behind your gutters. In some cases, the ice build up and thaw process can be so severe it often times leads into interior damage which may be unseen by the naked eye, unless you remove the drywall and insulation. Over the years, this eventually causes mold, mildew, rot, inadequate insulation & foundation issues (In addition to the rot and deterioration of your home's exterior carpentry work).
Having this upgrade is VERY IMPORTANT, and is NOW REQUIRED in order to maintain a lifetime warranty on your shingles per the manufacturer. This product, if installed properly, ensures a problem of rot, deterioration, and interior damage like we have described never occurs, despite the inevitable water penetration during ice dams. This is also now a Required Building Code Item in the State of Ohio.) DO NOT FORGO THIS ACCESSORY! ENSURE YOUR ROOFING CONTRACTOR PROVIDES YOU PHOTOGRAPHS SO YOU CAN BE SURE THE ICE AND WATER SHIELD WAS INSTALLED. THIS PRODUCT CAN NOT BE SEEN ONCE YOUR SHINGLES HAVE BEEN INSTALLED!
An Explanation of the Areas on Your Home
How Do Those Ice Dams Start and What Are They?
Ice & Water Shield Installed With Drip Edge
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When your home was built; just as many others were, there is typically a 1-3" gap between your roof deck and your gutters. To prevent leaking from Ice Dams or blowing rain from entering this area, we will bridge this gap with a piece of metal specifically designed to go under your shingles, and into your gutters. After installation of gutter apron, any water that may back up and flow into this gap will no longer enter into this area. The metal is maintenance free and will not rust. It is not seen once the roof has been installed, but very important to the overall roof system and integrity of your new roof. This is a critical piece to your new roof which is often overlooked, yet prevents potential costly repairs of ice dams and water infiltration. This is also now a Required Building Code Item in the State of Ohio. Take a look at the photo below to get a better understanding of what and how our gutter apron will improve the overall quality and integrity of your new roof. Just another reason Frisby Roofing & Construction can offer a lifetime warranty on all of our new roof systems.
Incorrectly installed gutter apron. Lack of Ice & Water Shield can still allow snow and ice to find it's way behind the gutter apron (aka drip edge), making a very important roof accessory, ineffective and wasted.
CORRECTLY INSTALLED GUTTER APRON (AKA DRIP EDGE) IS SHOWN AS A SILVER PIECE OF METAL BENEATH THE FELT PAPER AND WORKING IN TANDEM WITH THE ICE & WATER SHIELD, MAXIMIZING YOUR ROOF'S PROTECTION AND DEMONSTRATING A PROPER INSTALL.
ANOTHER PHOTO SHOWING PROPER INSTALL OF GUTTER APRON UNDER THE FELT PAPER, & ALWAYS IN TANDEM WITH ICE AND WATER SHIELD, PROPERLY DIRECTING WATER RUNOFF INTO THE GUTTERS. ANY SNOW BUILD UP WILL BE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO INFILTRATE THE HOME FROM UNDER THE SHINGLES AS IT WOULD WITHOUT THESE TWO MAJOR ROOF ACCESSORIES..
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Frisby Roofing & Construction comes across this question with each and every roof we install. Which is better? The use of valley metal, or The West Coast Shingle Style? First, we have to understand how the two differ from each other, and then take a look at the style of your home. Some home owners may not even need to discuss this issue because valley's are only built on areas with Dormers, Gables, Chimneys (with saddles), or any other type of architectural roof design where two roof plains meet each other. There is no right or wrong answer to this question, but it is important that whichever you decide to do, the installation of each system must go down correctly.
Let's first look at the Valley Metal. There are different types of metals which can be installed in your roof's valleys. It seems to be a continuous debate between roofers on which is the best method of installation for your home. Frisby Roofing's answer is: PREFERENCE! However, ensure your roofer is not simply using aluminum in your valleys. Aluminum is a low to medium cost metal which is very useful in many applications, especially when it comes to flashings on your roof. Aluminum can also be very thin. Although this is useful to "roofers" because of it's easy bending and flexible properties, it is also prone to tearing. If water or ice happens to penetrate the shingles for whatever reason, there could be a chance water enters the areas torn during the installation of this thin metal.
It is our preference to use Galvanized Metal Valley in the roof systems where homeowners select the valley metal option. It is of a thicker gauge which means it is must more resistant to tears and holes, giving you more protection in areas water is diverted to and ice typically accumulates. To obtain a Galvanized Metal Valley, (So it does not rust onto your roof) steel is first chemically cleaned and then submerged in a molten zinc-alloy. This zinc treatment creates a protective barrier against rust and other corrosive elements which almost always prove harmful to your roof's shingles. This protective barrier essentially creates a makeshift gutter for rainwater to properly channel down to your home's eaves/gutters, down to your downspouts, and away from your home's foundation. Of course if you truly want to showcase your roof's curb appeal off, you can use one of the most eye catching metals on the market..... Copper. Copper valleys are typically found in homaroma areas and requires special pricing if you choose to have this option on your home.
Valley Metal Installation doesn't stop here though! Just because a roofing contractor has the 'proper material' for installation, doesn't mean they have a full proof installation plan. Frisby Roofing is able to offer our Lifetime Warranty on labor and material (Must have all aspects and accessories installed to maintain this warranty), because we take the time to ensure installation is done right the first time. Did you know if your valley is cut to close together, a roofing contractor could unknowingly, or carelessly, create a fast moving rainwater current down the valley's causing the water to overshoot your gutters and down towards your home's foundation. Improper valley installation could also cause water to run in behind the shingles and infiltrate the areas of your roof deck, attic, insulation, or even cause mold and drywall damage. If shingles are not properly "cropped" in the valleys, angular protrusions from the shingles running the course below the top ones can catch and divert this water inward. It's these small details that Frisby Roofing and Construction ensures our crews are educated on, and know our expectations. This extra time will always cost our Roofing Company more money and drive up our cost, but having peace of mind for our customers is worth every penny. We too hope you see the value in these small areas which are commonly overlooked during a roof inspection from your Roofing Contractor. (If one is even performed at all)
Need more knowledge about proper valley installation? Although not a requirement by building codes, it is always a good practice from your roofing contractor to ensure Ice and Water shield is installed in your valleys beneath your shingles and/or valley metal. If you are having insurance work completed, it is likely your insurance company will not pay for the installation of the ice guard in the valleys. Although not a requirement, it is an upgrade we highly recommend.
California Cut: So you don't want valley metal? Fair enough! The solution is a closed cut roofing system in your valleys. The photographs below show the difference between the two systems. Whichever way you choose, just ensure your contractor knows what they are doing, and doesn't try to move the cost of install higher. In reality, installation of each one of these systems are relatively similar, and the difference in pricing is negligible. See for yourself which system you like better... and remember, this one is strictly preference in our book!
This beautiful home shows valley metal as the preferred choice of installation.
This beautiful home shows a Closed Cut (aka California Cut) as the preferred choice of installation.
This image shows a closer view of a California Style Cut valley. Notice the valley area where the shingles are meeting each other where the two roof plains meet.
This shows a close up view of what valley metal would look like on your new roof. Notice how the color is closely matched to the shingle so spotting it is not always an easy task.
This photo actually shows improper installation of valley metal and shingles. Notice the jagged edges of the shingle line. These edges should be chalked with a straight line and cut to show a clean finish. Additionally, the edges should be cropped to prevent water from being redirected back under the shingles.
This photo demonstrates how valley metal is properly placed in your valleys for a clean and precision finish on your new roof system.
Commonly referred to as "peel and stick", Ice and Water shield is being applied to this roof's valleys in order to keep any water or ice from creating damage to the roof deck. This should be installed AS A SAFETY measure, not a roofer EXPECTING leaks to occur in the valleys and trying to safeguard against it.
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We install a custom bent piece of metal at all peaks on the face of your rake boards. This piece of metal is angled at 90 degrees and extends from the roof peak down to your gutter line at all areas. It serves two purposes and improves the overall aesthetic appeal to your home. This metal prevents wind driven rain from penetrating the first row of shingles that overhang approximately 1" at all 'rake areas'. It also deflects wind which could damage shingles if high gusts are sustained. Although an upgraded item with most roofing contractors in the Cincinnati, Ohio market, drip edge is an important accessory we install on all of our roofs. It is important to check your competitor quotes to ensure this has been listed as an item on their bid. This metal is typically matched with the trim color of your house, or the shingle color, so that it blends in with the home. If installed properly, this metal should be difficult to detect at first glance. Still not sure what it is? Look at your neighbor's houses to see if they have this metal strip where shingles overhang everywhere there are no gutters. You can also see what drip edge looks like by viewing the photos below.
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Regardless if your existing chimney metal is in good condition or bad condition, we are going to remove all existing metal flashing, to ensure it is properly installed. Many Cincinnati Roofing Contractors will choose to leave the existing flashing, which is not always the best practice. If a contractor does choose to leave the existing flashing, be sure to request photographs from them to ensure this metal was not damaged during the removal of your existing shingles. Removing a roof system is typically a fast paced, brute force process. Areas around the chimney have tedious hand crafted metal installed to prevent rain water from entering down the base of the chimney and running down your walls without you knowing about it. It only takes one small scrape of the shovel, or torque of shingles to damage this metal. This is precisely the reason we choose to remove all existing metal and reinstall it, no matter what condition it is in. Removing this metal also ensures our company can warranty our product confidently, and also allows us to install the ice and water shield properly. Be careful of contractors not replacing this metal, and ALWAYS ask for photos if this step is skipped.
Previous chimney flashing and roof allowed for moisture and roof deck rotting. Replacement of the roof deck was required before the new work begins.
Protective ice and water shield is placed over the new roof deck and against the new chimney flashing to protect against any possible water intrusions.
Finished product with proper Ice and Water Shield, & custom flashing for chimney. We do this on all of our re roofing jobs unless otherwise noted to our customers!
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Just like your chimney flashing, you also have wall flashing in areas where roof plains contact siding and/or brick. If your home has any wall flashing, all of this is removed by our company. Just as we do not take chances with chimney metal (flashing), we will not take chances with wall metal. Wall metal is made up of several smaller pieces of specialty bent metal at 90 degree angles, and overlaps each other along the entire wall surface. This prevents any water from getting behind shingles and running down interior or exterior walls, which may never be seen by you. Make sure to ask all contractors bidding on your project how they plan to address the flashings on your home. Be very conscious of any response saying, "Your existing flashing is fine and does not need to be replaced." This may very well be true, but it should be important for you to ask them how careful will their shingle removers be in areas of existing flashing. You should also ask the salesman/roofing contractor if they are going to provide you a written warranty protecting you against future leaks in areas of metal flashings if they plan to reuse existing metal. With our quote, not only are you getting new metal installed, but we are providing you with a written guarantee that will protect you for as long as you live in your home against any defects or leaks, regardless if the issues are material based or labor related, you're covered under our company's Lifetime Warranty Program. (You must acknowledge and agree to the install of a complete roof system. We can not warranty partial work when it comes to roofing due to the complexity nature of a roof system)
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(EXTREMELY IMPORTANT ASPECT OF YOUR ROOF! DO NOT GO CHEAP IN THIS AREA!) Make sure all other bids are quoting you a DIMENSIONAL/ARCHITECTURAL shingle. There are NO reasons whatsoever any roofing contractor should be installing 25 year, 3 tab shingles on your roof, unless this is an insurance claim and your insurance company fails to pay for this upgrade. A 3 tab shingle has only a 60 to 90 mile per hour wind rating and is much more susceptible to sustaining hail/wind damage.
Not only do you fail to get a LIFETIME WARRANTY SHINGLE with a 130 MPH wind rating, you are also limited on color as manufacturers are phasing out 3 tab shingles. It is equally important to be cautious of the brand being installed on your home, even if it is a Dimensional/Architectural Shingle. The three most superior shingle manufacturers are, CERTAINTEED, GAF, & OWENS CORNING. Tampko is also a good shingle, but in comparison the three previously named shingles are without doubt, the best on the market in our professional roofing experience. If a contractor is attempting to install IKO, ATLAS, Pinnacle, or any other shingle brand, be sure you do your research. These shingles are much less expensive for the contractor and they often bid against companies who utilize a superior product, like us. The cost savings to the contractor are not always reflected in the price to the homeowner, allowing them to pocket the difference at your expense. In these cases, we often see a roofing contractor having a higher price than us while proposing to install a shingle brand such as IKO or any other far less superior product. We prefer and recommend to use CERTAINTEED because we feel their warranty is the most superior, they have the best wind ratings (130 mph), heaviest matting (240lbs per square) which protects against Hail Damage, and provide protection and warranty against Algae Growth with their 10 – 15 year Streak Fighter Warranties. Certainteed has approximately 8% of built in Copper/Zinc into the granules which prevent algae growth as rainwater runs over your new shingles. Owens Corning, although a great shingle, only has a 110mph wind rating. Regardless, make sure you are being quoted a Certainteed, GAF, or Owens Corning, Dimensional Product. Anything less we feel would be an injustice for you and your home, unless the price has been adjusted accordingly and you know what you're paying for.
Many roofing contractors may only use 3 - 4 nails. It is important to ensure this does not happen. If a contractor tells you they plan to nail each shingle with only 3 or 4 nails, it is wise to stay away from this builder. It is the industry standard (And a Requirement for many Shingle Manufacturers to maintain their Warranty) to install 5 nails per each of the shingles. This should be common knowledge to all roofing contractors who provide a quality product.
Want to take it a step further? Ask about our ring shank nails which ensures once the nail goes into the roof deck, getting it out will prove to be extremely difficult! Frisby Roofing has ring shank nails available to be used during your roofing project. Although these nails prove to be a considerable amount more in cost, just remember the saying, "you get what you pay for!" Ask us to include "Ring Shank Nails" in our bid for you and we will!
Nailing shingles is not a skill quickly perfected. It takes precision and accuracy to make sure proper nail placement when shooting nails into the shingles. Did you know there is only approximately 3/4" margin of error while nailing shingles to a roof? Do you know the cause and effect on your roof's quality when comparing a roof properly nailed next to a roof with multiple high or low nails? The results are astounding. We encourage you to look at the photographs below to educate yourself on proper nail placement.
Why do we provide all of this information to you? Simple. We know our crews take the time to properly install our roofs. Since we pay our crews more in labor, you get a better product. Knowing the difference between Frisby Roofing and any other Cincinnati Roofing Contractor is important to us. Please take this into consideration before making your selection of qualified roofing contractors!
Certainteed Shingle Manufacturer - Simply the Best in the Industry!
A diagram showing many facets of important roofing. Still trust just anyone on your next roofing project?
Simple photograph shows proper nail placement and what improperly installed nailing may look like on your roof.
Improper nail placement eventually led this "nail pop" through the shingle. This is certainly a leak if not addressed immediately.
This is likely caused by lack of ventilation, improper nailing during installation, lack of ring shank nail use, or likely a combination of all factors.
This photo shows the all to often mistake of nailing shingles in the valley. If done properly, nails should be kept AWAY from valleys! Nails in valleys = leak.
Ring shank nails! Compare this to straight roofing nails and side by side, you have no competition at all!
The gray strip shows the proper nail placement for roofing contractors. 5-6 nails per shingle, and a couple thousand shingles per roof..... there is sometimes a tenancy to miss the target! We make sure our guys stay on the target line because nailing is arguably the most important part of a properly installed roof!
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This can be a rather expensive upgrade option for other contractors quoting your roof. However, we include this upgraded ventilation on all of our new roofs, unless it is specifically stated otherwise. Few roofing contractors will choose to install this new ventilation system due to the cost incurred by the company, so they typically reuse the old box vents without educating the homeowner on what is best for their interest. Let us explain...
Box vents are the older technology of ventilating your roof, and although effective, it does not compare to the newer style of Shingle Over Ridge Ventilation. We will remove all existing box vents and install new plywood roof deck & cover up these areas with shingles as we complete the installation process of your new roof. In lieu of box vents, we will cut a 2" gap from the peak of each roof facet, called the “Ridge”. We then install Omni Roll over the new cut, and finish it off with a ridge cap shingle giving it a very low profile, stream line and professional look.
The benefits you may ask? Here is how it works:
As hot air rises in your attic, it draws the cool air in from the soffit vents, which are typically in place below your gutters. With the old box vent technology, this hot air has to find each of those box vents sporadically located throughout your roof. The new technology allows for one wide, quick sweeping motion of good air replacing bad air. Even after installing an upgraded ventilation system, it is equally important to ensure any gable vents are closed off from the inside with the new system. If they are not, the airflow vortex is disrupted and the air circulation only flows in through the gable vent and out the new shingle over ridge vent, rendering your soffit vents virtually useless. This will result in bad, stagnated air sitting in your attic and VOID every shingle manufacturer warranty on the market.
This in turn increases your heating and cooling of your home, drastically reduces the life of your new roof, and causes expansion and contraction of the shingles resulting in damages and blistering not covered by your homeowner’s insurance, or shingle manufacturer warranties. Be sure your roofing contractor can confidently answer all your ventilation questions now that you are armed with this knowledge. If they try to tell you otherwise, this may be a good indication to do a little more research on this company. DO NOT let a roofing contractor convince you it is okay to leave your existing gable vents functional if they are installing new shingle over ridge vent, and you have the adequate soffit vent openings.
Photo illustrates how the Shingle over ridge vent works. As hot air rises, it brings the cool air in from outside through the soffit vents. This will help prolong your roof's life and decrease your energy bills.
Illustration demonstrates how efficiently the new ventilation system works. As hot air rises it sucks the cool air in through the soffit vents, helping with your home's energy bills and prolongs the life of your roof.
During installation of Shingle Over Ridge Vent. Ridge is cut out on each side of the roof facet to allow for the new shingle over ridge vent to be installed.
Box vents shown on the right side of the ridge. Old technology which has been improved with the shingle over ridge ventilation shown in additional photos.
Photo shows a finished Shingle over ridge vent product in working condition. This roof was inspected by our company and we commented on the lack of straightness in the ridge vent. Although not a 'mistake', this would not pass our inspections for quality control.
This photo shows aluminum ridge vent which is similar to shingle over ridge vent. However, this ridge vent has been damaged by hail and is what insurance adjusters are looking for when determining damage for a covered loss.
This photo shows what a roof would look like after the box vents have been removed and the new low profile shingle over ridge vent is completed. Some roofing contractors will span the entire roof while others choose to leave a small section on either side. The correct way is based on a precise calculation, and each home is different in those aspects.
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It is always a good idea to replace the rubber rings that go around all existing pipe jacks (the pipe which allows your bathrooms to properly function and vent) Even if you do not choose us as your contractor, Insist and ensure your roof contractor includes new rubber flashings around the pipe jacks. This is one area that is easily prone to leaks and should not be overlooked by your roofing contractor. The cost associated with replacement of these rubber rings are minimal and should not be neglected during a re-roofing project. Be sure small details like this are specified on all roofing quotes!
Frisby Roofing will paint all pipes and metal visible on your roof so that it matches your new roof. There is nothing more frustrating than to see a brand new roof installed and nothing painted to match the new shingle color. This is a common oversight with many roofing contractors which is immediately seen by homeowners. When brought up, this often becomes "an additional work order." Be sure to get this in writing up front like we are providing you. If you hire us, know that details like these will be covered in your quote and will be a part of our initial bid, as our best foot forward first.
Pipe boots tend to wear out over the years after being exposed to UV rays, rain water, snow, ice, and other natural elements. It is a good idea to have your pipe boots looked at every 5-7 years.
This is 100% the source of a leak and was overlooked by a previous roofing contractor in Cincinnati. Proper replacement and installation will fix this issue.
Replacement of a rubber pipe boot flange on a roof top. Important to have a tight seal to prevent water from entering.
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We do not know ANY COMPANY in the industry that will provide you a TRANSFERABLE LIFETIME WARRANTY on labor and material. What a great selling point this could be if you’re ever in the market to sell your home, or just want peace of mind yourself.
Remember; a warranty is only as good as the company behind it. Anyone can offer a “lifetime” warranty, but what happens if you actually need to utilize the warranty. Did you know we have been in business for over 25 years, have three Locations; and our phones are answered by a LIVE PERSON 24 hours a day, 365 days a year? Take this fact into consideration when looking at warranties. If our estimate is a little higher, it’s not because we are trying to price gouge homeowners. In fact, we think just the opposite. We too are a family who pays the mortgage on our homes, make payments on our cars, and use services of other companies just like you are considering with us. We Operate on Christian Based Principles & Try to Treat Others as we Wish to be Treated Ourselves.
So if our estimate is higher, it’s because we are incurring higher costs to ensure your new roof is installed exactly the way we are proposing to meet our quality expectations for you. If you remember one thing from anything you’ve read from our proposal, please remember this quote; “Quality does not cost… It Pays!”
Have confidence knowing that we are putting only the best of products on your home. We do not want to be called back to repair improperly installed shingles; so rest assured our job is finished correct the first time. Also be sure that if something does not go as anticipated, or an issue arises by fault of our own, we will fix it! It is not an easy task to maintain an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau because everything must be perfect on every job. There is a significant difference in A+ Rated companies from A Rated Companies. Although both are outstanding achievements, an A+ Rated Company ensures EVERY ISSUE is resolved no matter what the circumstances are. This accomplishment is something Frisby Roofing & Construction is extremely proud of, and is another reason we ask you to hire us for your next roofing project... and know there will be no issues for you to worry about. We’ll handle everything in a quick, efficient, and professional manner.
We would love to earn your business and give you peace of mind with a Lifetime Transferable Warranty on both Labor and Materials!
1375 State Route 131
MILFORD, OH 45150
PHONE: (513) 575-5555
FAX: (513) 576-0079
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