TruDefinition™ Duration® Shingles with SureNail® Technology

Bold contrast. Deep dimension. TruDefinition.

 

TruDefinition™ Duration® Shingles are specially formulated to provide greater contrast and dimension to any roof. Through the use of multiple granule colors and shadowing, TruDefinition Duration Shingles offer a truly unique and dramatic effect. This exclusive combination of color and depth is what makes TruDefinition Duration Shingles like no other.

TruDefinition Duration Shingles are available in popular colors with bold, lively contrast and complementing shadow lines for greater dimension. They feature a Limited Lifetime Warranty,*/‡‡ 130-MPH Wind Resistance Limited Warranty* and an Algae Resistance Limited Warranty.* Beyond the outstanding curb appeal and impressive warranty coverage, they also come with the advanced performance of patented SureNail® Technology.

The SureNail® Difference—A technological breakthrough in roofing. The innovative features of Owens Corning™ TruDefinition Duration Shingles with patented SureNail Technology offer the following:

Breakthrough Design. Featuring a tough, woven engineered reinforcing fabric to deliver consistent fastening during installation.

Triple Layer Protection.™ A unique “triple layer” of reinforcement occurs when the fabric overlays the common bond of the shingle laminate layers that offers excellent fastener holding power.

Superior Adhesion. Our enhanced Tru-Bond®‡ sealant grips tightly to the engineered fabric nailing strip on the shingle below.

Excellent Adhesive Power. Specially formulated, wide adhesive bands help keep shingle layers laminated together.

Exceptional Wind Resistance. The industry’s first asphalt roofing shingle engineered to deliver 130-MPH* wind warranty performance with only 4 nails. 33% fewer nails are required for maximum warranty protection,1 which can mean fewer deck penetrations.

Is your Roofer Insured?

Taking the time to verify that your roofer is insured can save you from becoming liable for injuries to workers or others during a job or for damages to your property that may occur during roofing work. It’s important that roofers carry both workman’s compensation and general liability insurance to cover you in either situation.

Prior to hiring a roofer for work on your home or business, verify their insurance coverage by requesting an insurance certificate or contact the insurance company and have a certificate provided directly to you. The certificate will list your name and address as an additional insured on the policy, providing you the assurance that you are covered should any accidents occur.

A reputable roofer carries the insurance necessary for the job and does not pass the liability for their work onto you. Take the necessary steps to verify insurance before hiring a roofer in order to protect yourself and your property.

How to Handle Roof Leaks

How to Handle Roof Leaks

 

A leaky roof can be a challenge to repair as pinpointing the source of the problem can be a time-consuming process. Despite this difficulty, resolving the matter quickly is important in order to prevent costly consequences. Even a small leak can cause extensive damage to your home if left unresolved.

 

The good news is that most roof leaks are easily corrected. Experienced roofers such as the team at Duffy will explore all possible issues that may be contribute to a leak. We will check around common culprits such as roof vents and other roof penetrations for holes or cracks. We’ll look for problems with the flashing or for holes or imperfections in the roof and make the necessary repairs. Oftentimes these small solutions are enough to fix a roof leak, and will also prevent new leaks from occurring in the future.

 

If these solutions do not fix the leak, or if the leak has gone untreated for some time, more extensive repairs may be needed. Untreated roof leaks can lead to damage to the roof rafters and insulation. These problems are more costly and complicated to fix as it may be necessary to replace the entire affected area of the roof and possibly windows in that section of the home. Replacing damaged flashing around chimneys can also become a complex project. You can be sure that our roofing team has the knowledge and expertise to carry out any size repair job with skill. We will recommend the appropriate solution for your particular roof.Alpharetta roof repair

How to fix leaks with a Roofer

In some cases, leaks that appear to be coming from the roof are really due to imperfections at another source, such as around dormer windows or at the corners of the home’s siding. Cracks or knotholes in other areas of siding can also be the culprit.

 

Enlisting the help of Duffy’s professionals will not only save you time, but may also save you money as you can be sure that we will address the true origin of the leak. Our honest professionals will never recommend unnecessary work and will treat your roof as if it were our own.

 

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Top Six Tips to Choose a Roofer

Top Six Tips to Choose a Roofer

Choosing a roofing contractor is not a decision to take lightly. After all, your roof is a big investment and affects your home in many ways. Take time to do your research when selecting a roofer, as this could save you money and headaches in the long run. Here are six useful tips for deciding which roofing contractor to hire.

  1. Get at least three written estimates. However, be careful not to immediately accept the lowest bid. All promises made verbally by the roofer should be included in the written estimate. A low bid can mean that cheap materials will be used, or that the roofer may not do a thorough job. However, not all low bids are scams. If a bid seems too good to be true, ask the roofer for a breakdown of how the price was calculated.
  2. Verify that the roofer is insured and bonded. A reputable roofer will carry liability insurance as well as worker’s compensations for potential injuries. Contact the carrier of the contractor’s insurance and verify coverage. You can also verify the roofer’s license by checking with the state licensing board. You can also ask for a business license if you have doubts about the legitimacy of the company.
  3. Beware of roofers who ask for full payment up-front. The industry standard deposit amount for roofing jobs is about one-third of the total cost. Also, don’t pay in cash for any roofing services or other contract work.
  4. Ask for at least three references and check them. Verify the contractor’s reputation on review websites such as Angie’s list or Kudzu.com. Ask friends and relatives for referrals. Ask the contractor for a list of recent customers, and call them.
  5. Make sure the roofer is insured. This can save you from becoming liable for injuries to workers or others during a job or for damages to your property that may occur during roofing work. It’s important that roofers carry both workman’s compensation and general liability insurance to cover you in either situation.Prior to hiring a roofer for work on your home or business, verify their insurance coverage by requesting an insurance certificate or contact the insurance company and have a certificate provided directly to you. The certificate will list your name and address as an additional insured on the policy, providing you the assurance that you are covered should any accidents occur.
    1. A reputable roofer carries the insurance necessary for the job and does not pass the liability for their work onto you. Take the necessary steps to verify insurance before hiring a roofer in order to protect yourself and your property.
  6. Get a detailed contract before the job begins. The contract should include any promises previously given verbally by the roofer.The below are some important elements that should be included in the contract:
    1. The scope of the work that will be done. For example, will the old roof be removed or simply covered over? Will flashing be repaired, or replaced completely? Will new roof vents be added? All of this information should be found in writing in the contract.
    2. Materials that will be included in the job. The cost of the underlayment, roofing felt, and all other materials used should be accounted for in the initial contract. This will prevent the contractor from charging anything additional during the course of the job.
    3. Approximate start and end date of the project.
    4. Length of any warranties offered and specific breakdown of what is covered in that warranty.
    5. Payment procedures. The contract should stipulate how much you are expected to pay as a deposit, and when the remainder of the payment will be due.

The Truth Behind Hail Damage

The Truth Behind Hail Damage

 

Hail can leave dark spots or bruises on your roof that are actually areas where the roofing granules can be knocked away, or you may even find that some shingles are cracked or knocked completely off the roof. These weak areas can eventually lead to roof leaks, so it is important to repair the damage as soon as possible. Siding and windows can also be damaged by hail. Many of these materials may be covered by manufacturer’s’ warranty, but installation must normally be completed by a licensed contractor or the warranty can be voided.

 

The good news is that your homeowner’s insurance may cover repairs for hail damage. Duffy’s licensed insurance adjuster on staff will file all the necessary paperwork for your insurance claim. Many insurance policies limit the amount of time you have to file these claims, so if you suspect hail damage after a storm, contact Duffy for a roof inspection so that insurance claims can be filed in a timely manner.

Why Your Roof Needs Adequate Ventilation

Why Your Roof Needs Adequate Ventilation

 

Proper attic ventilation protects your roof from damage and helps reduce your home’s energy consumption. In warm months, heat from the sun radiates into the attic and can become trapped. In cold months, excess moisture can build up on the inside of the attic, potentially damaging insulation, studs, and other materials.

 

During the warmer months of the year, an improperly ventilated attic will accumulate heat throughout the day from the sun. The trapped hot air migrates downward into your home, creating discomfort for the occupants. As a result, most homeowners respond by running the air-conditioner or fan for longer hours of the day, increasing energy costs significantly. In the long run, attic heat will also damage shingles and shorten the lifespan of your roof. Roof ventilation allows for the hot air in the roof to continually flow back to the outside, reducing the amount of heat that radiates down into your home, and in turn reduces the cost of cooling your home.

 

In colder months, heated air from inside your home flows up into the attic along with moisture generated through everyday household activities such as cooking, bathing, dishwashing and laundry. When this warm, moist air comes into contact with cooler materials, such as rafters, trusses and roof sheathing, condensation is created on the surface of these materials. This condensation drips down into your insulation, reducing its effectiveness and creating a need for additional heating in your home. This of course translates into higher energy costs for you, and eventual deterioration of the components of your home’s roof. Proper ventilation allows the exchange of moist, warm air from inside the attic with colder, drier air from outside, reducing the negative effects to your roof.

 

An efficient attic ventilation system  will allow for the exchange of air on the underside of the roof deck with the use of undereave vents and through ridge vents running the entire length of the roof peak.

Manufacturer Specifications & Roofing Warranties

An experienced roofer will not cut corners or skimp on all the essential components of a roof. Doing so will make the roof less durable and in some cases may void the manufacturer’s warranty.

Manufacturer Specifications

 

An experienced roofer will not cut corners or skimp on all the essential components of a roof. Doing so will make the roof less durable and in some cases may void the manufacturer’s warranty.

 

The roof is much more than just the shingles that are visible from the top layer. A sound roof begins with an underlayer of plywood sheeting covered in a weatherproof membrane, called roofing felt. This layer seals the roof off from rain, snow and ice. Imperfections in this initial layer can undermine the integrity of the roof and wrinkles or bumps in this layer can create an uneven surface for the application of shingles.

 

The importance of flashing can be overlooked by budget roofing contractors. This roofing component is a metal or plastic material used to divert water from places that it may collect on the roof. Flashing should be used on the seams of the roof called “valleys,” as well as around chimneys, dormers, vents and skylights. Flashing diverts the water away from these areas, helping to prevent water damage to your home and roof. An additional leak barrier material such as Weatherwatch or Stormguard can be used under the flashing in vulnerable roof areas to provide a more durable and effective seal from the elements.

 

The roof shingles or tiles are the outermost layer of the roof. They come in a variety of styles and colors to complement the look of your home, but their most important purpose is to protect your home from the elements. Shingles and tiles must be properly installed based on manufacturer’s instructions to make sure you are covered by their warranty. Improper installation can also cause shingles to detach from the roof. Experienced roofers will know how to properly install shingles for the particular style of your roof and for the weather conditions in your area.

 

It is not recommended to install a new roof without first removing the old one. Your old roof is not a good foundation for your new shingles and existing problems in the current roof such as leaks or rotted areas will not be addressed if the old roof is not completely removed. Placing the new roof on top of the old one may seem like a cost-effective solution at first, but is likely to create costly problems in the future and is not durable.

Don’t place your roof in the hands of inexperienced or unprofessional workers. Duffy’s roofing professionals will mind all the details and components of a new roof installation to provide you the best job possible for your investment.

 

Roofing Warranties

 

Most manufacturers provide a warranty on shingles and installation for a minimum of 25 years. Duffy is a certified installer of the GAF roofing system, which includes a warranty of up to 50 years on many shingle types.

The warranty gives you additional peace of mind by providing replacements for any defective products in the roofing system and covering any repairs necessary due to misapplication. A new roof is a large investment and the warranty prevents you from incurring any additional costs for these types of issues.  

 

The manufacturer’s warranty also assures you that the roof is being installed in the approved way, as your roofer will need to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations so that your warranty is not voided.

Roofing Damage & The Insurance Claims Process

Your home is one of your greatest assets. As such, the integrity of your roof is of great importance. While preventive measures are taken to ensure the most weather resistant roof possible during construction, severe weather does happen – sometimes roofs suffer damage from hail, high winds, and other forms of extreme weather. This is one reason that insurance plays an important role in the roofing business. This page will walk you through the claim filing process with the insurance company.