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What Services Are Included in High-Quality Residential Roofing?

The roof of your home is one of the most important parts of its structure. It protects you and everything inside, shields you from the sun and elements, supports the building, and gives your home even better curb appeal. When installing your residential roofing in the Portland Metro area or Vancouver, it’s important not to skimp on any part of the job. You don’t want poor quality. Your roof is not something you should budget on. The better it’s installed, the longer it can last and the fewer problems you’ll have with it over the course of time.

At Interstate Roofing, we’re proud to have specialized in residential roofing for over 30 years. Regardless of the size of your home and your roof, we’re here to help you. We can guarantee high-quality residential roofing in Vancouver and Portland Metro. Here’s what’s included in those services.

Materials Made of Good Quality

When it comes to roofing, it’s important to use high-quality materials that will last a long time. Of course, you should also be able to choose the materials you like best. For instance, you can choose from asphalt shingles, wooden shingles or shakes, metal, plastic polymer, rolled roofing, or slate, just to give a few examples.

If you choose Interstate Roofing and opt for high-quality residential roofing, you’re guaranteeing that high-quality materials will be used from the very start. By doing this, you’ll ensure your roof has a much longer life span and a lower chance of problems. Furthermore, the materials can better stand through weather and other natural wear and tear.

It’s always important to note that good-quality materials provide an extra layer of safety to your home and your family. Your roof will be able to withstand environmental elements better, and you won’t have to worry about leaks, the roof falling in, and any other major issues.

Years of Experience

Proper experience correlates with high quality. Who wants to hire contractors who have never worked on a residential roof before? You want assurance that you’re getting the best possible work. By hiring workers who have already done similar work, you have a reassurance that they know what they are doing.

Furthermore, by hiring contractors who have experience in the area you are living in, you’re adding an extra layer of assurance. They know the rules and regulations of the area. They know the weather conditions that hit the area, which will obviously have an effect on the roof. And they know what works best in the Pacific Northwest climate.

Even More Safety

We alluded to safety features above in terms of using good materials, but if you opt for high-quality residential roofing services, you’re also entitled to even more safety while the work is being done on your roof. At Interstate Roofing, we provide a full-time safety director who makes sure that the highest customer and employee safety is happening at all times.

Furthermore, there’s daily supervision by a superintendent on all job sites. If anything does happen, we’re there to handle the situation immediately and make sure it doesn’t escalate. We’re also insured, so you won’t be held liable if any injuries occur while your property is under construction.

Long Warranties and Great Customer Service

If you choose high-quality residential roofing, the roofing services won’t simply stop once the roof is completed on your home. We know that roofs don’t last forever and that things can go wrong, no matter how perfect the installation is. Because of this, we offer you the option of 5-year, 10-year, and 15-year workmanship warranties. If this isn’t enough for you, extended factory warranties are also available for up to 20 years of labor coverage, and there’s also material coverage for a lifetime. Yes, a lifetime. Transferable warranties are also available.

In addition to these warranties, you can expect superior customer service. Once the job is done, we won’t just leave you to fend for yourself.

Certifications

You want to make sure that anyone you hire to work on your home is properly certified. This is something you don’t have to worry about if you opt for our high-quality residential roofing. We’re proud to have earned the highest certification level from GAF, Owens Corning, and CertainTeed—three of the largest roofing manufacturers in our area! GAF named us Master Elite Contractor, Owens Corning named us Platinum Preferred Contractor, and CertainTeed named us Master Shingle Applicator. In addition to this, we’re thrilled to be an award-winning company with hundreds of other business and manufacturer awards.

When it comes to the roof on your residential property, you want a high-quality service. This includes having high-quality contractors, materials, and work. This will not only guarantee a roof that lasts longer, but it will ensure you have fewer problems overall. It adds an extra layer of protection to you and your family, giving you the safety of not having to worry about the things that might go wrong.

And if something does go wrong? Interstate Roofing is just a call away. That’s what our warranties and superior customer service are for. We know that a roof takes a great installation, regular maintenance, and upkeep to ensure that it stays in perfect condition. That’s why we start with high quality right from the get-go. We also understand that the roof can add value to your home and give it even more curb appeal. All of these things are important and not to be taken for granted.

If you’re interested in high-quality residential roofing in Vancouver and the Portland Metro , please give us a call today. We would love to come by, see your property, and work together to make sure you have one of the best-looking and -performing roofs in the area.

What Is a Toe Board & How Else Do Roofers Stay Safe?

Safety is key in any construction job and few workers in the residential housing business understand this better than roofers. Since they’re working high atop a part of the home not really designed for people to stand on, they must find creative ways to protect themselves from injury without damaging the home.

One of the ways this is done is through the use of a toe board, a simple but effective method to ensure a roofer’s safety. There are a number of other methods roofers can use to stay safe as well. These will vary depending on the type of roof and the materials and tools that the roofer will be using.

Here are some of the precautions we take to ensure our team remains safe no matter how small or large the roof we are working to repair or replace:

Toe Board

If your home has a standard gable roof shape—the inverted “V” that most people picture when they imagine a house—then it’s designed to allow rain to roll off and protect you from the elements.

It’s not, however, designed to be stood upon.

When working, however, roofers must have the freedom to move around on your roof, whether it’s to nail on shingles, repair damage, or perform diagnostic work. One of the ways we move around on this type of roof without fear of falling is through use of a toe board.

The roofer simply nails a long wooden board—usually a standard 2×4—and uses it to create a walkway. The toe board method is commonly used by most roofing contractors for safety and staging purposes.

Although toe boards involve driving nails into the roof of your home, they will not do any damage unless they are not properly removed. When researching a roofing company, ensure that if they use a toe board, they have an appropriate removal technique so that you are not surprised by leaks down the road.

Roof Brackets

Similar to a toe board, roof brackets allow the roofer to create a scaffold of whatever size is needed on the roof. Also known as “roof jacks”, roof brackets are metal devices across which wooden boards are placed to create safe areas for workers to stand.

Like a toe board, its use involves driving nails or screws into the roof itself, and so it’s important that it’s properly installed so that it does not become loose. It’s also necessary to remove it correctly to prevent any damage to the roof.

Safety Harnesses

The safety harness is another tool in the roofer’s arsenal designed to prevent injuries. As you might expect, slips and falls are the most common cause of injuries and deaths during roofing. Usually, these happen to amateurs attempting a DIY project or contractors who do not furnish the proper safety equipment for their employees.

Especially on very steep roofs, a toe board may not be enough to keep the roofer safe. With a harness that is clipped into a sturdy fixed point, roofers will have an added level of security should they lose their footing. In many states, safety harnesses are required by law if the roof is more than 10 feet high.

Roofing Ladders

Ladders are another essential tool for roofing jobs, but it’s critical that your roofer arrives at the job site with the right one. If a ladder is too short, it will be at risk of slipping off when it’s leaned against the roof.

The ladder should also be fastened to the roof; this will add a layer of security to prevent it from toppling over. Roofing ladders are designed specifically for working on your roof. They are essentially the same as any other extension ladder, but they can be securely attached to the slope of your roof to allow roofers to climb up and down with ease. A roofing ladder should never be attached at an angle of more than 75 degrees.

Proper Training

Of course, safety is much more than just equipment. When you’re researching a roofing company and asking about its safety policies you’ll want to ensure their employees are properly trained to handle any roof environment.

They’ll need to be constantly working to familiarize themselves with every tool they might use on the job; they should also have regular safety meetings and inspections.

It’s important that every employee receives safety training as soon as they are hired and that everyone is trained to handle any number of injuries or emergencies that could occur. CPR and First Aid training are a must, as is a process to investigate any accidents or incidents.

You’ll want to research the experience level of your roofing company as well. Ideally, you’ll find a roofing company, like Interstate Roofing, that has been in the business for years and employs only roofers who confidently know what they’re doing.

Working on Your Roof

A structurally sound roof might just be the most important part of your home. It protects you from the rain, as well as sleet, hail, and snow. During the summer it keeps you protected from the sweltering heat. If your roof begins to show signs of damage or decay, it must be fixed immediately. If not, water can leak in and cause devastating damage to your home and belongings.

In worst case scenarios, roofs can even collapse and cause catastrophic damage to the home and threaten the safety of the people inside it. That’s why it is absolutely critical to keep your roof in good shape; you can’t cut corners when your family, home, and property are at stake. You will need to invest in the services of a good roofing company like Interstate Roofing.

A reputable business won’t just do an amazing job fixing up your roof, it’ll also commit to the safety of its workers. Before you sign a contract with any company, you should research whether they make use of a toe board and what other safety practices they employ.