Select the Best Material and Contractor

Our Roofing experts will work to assist you with the information and questions to ask, so you can make the best decision for your roofing needs. If you take nothing else from this, please do a little research into the materials and contractors which you are considering for your home. Or, get in touch with us when you're ready, and put us to work getting that information for you.


Roofing Materials


Composite Shingles

Combines asphalt, ceramic coated granulates, and fiberglass, into a durable and cost-effective roofing material. Widly ranging in pricing and quality with warranties from 5 to 50 years. Composite shingles are the most common type of roofing material for this reason, and is often selected by HOA's and most construction contractors.

  • Usually fire-rated.
  • Can reduce insurance premiums.
  • Greatest risks:
    • Improper installation.
    • Cheap materials.
    • Insufficient ventilation.

Cedar Shakes

Usually selected for their aesthetic, cedar shakes can have a very long life if properly maintained. However, maintenance on cedar shakes is the most frequent and most costly of roofing materials. Without proper maintenance, cedar shakes may quickly rot, become a fire hazard, and will attract a wide variety of pests.

  • Good appearance.
  • Long life.
  • Greatest risks:
    • Improper maintenance.
    • Fire hazard.
    • Pests and rot.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofs are starting a comeback, primarily due to low maintenance and long life. While often requiring the most investment, metal roofs can outlast all others if properly maintained. Installation requires professionals experienced with metal roofing, as well as attic and roof ventilation balance.

  • Very long life.
  • No fire risk.
  • Can reduce insurance premiums.
  • Greatest risks:
    • Improper installation.
    • Insufficient ventilation.

Getting the most from your investment in a new roof will require a professional and experienced roofing install crew. Just one missed detail during install can turn into a costly headache for you, and there's a lot of details. Worse, many small and large roofing companies have gotten good at avoiding any responsibility for these events. Most such issues won't become apparent for a few years after the install, and after the contractor guarantee, yet can also void the materials warranty, leaving you without a roof and out the money.  This is exactly why Express Remodeling has a handpicked crew, and have partnered with CertainTeed to offer the best warranty available which includes installation coverage.

Roofing Tear-Off and Prep

Quickly and carefully removing and disposing the old shingles and underlayment is the first step to a good install process. This must be done with some care along the edges, ridges, and valleys, to avoid any damage to to deck or eaves. Once the full deck is exposed, it can be more closely examined for any rot or deterioration, so panels can be replaced if needed.


Additions and adjustments to your roof's ventilation system should be reviewed and prepped. In some instances this may require extra effort if installing ridge-vents and eave-intakes. Ventilation is an often overlooked, yet critical detail, of any roofing project. Properly ventilating the attic space will reduce the surface temperature of the shingles and the existence of moisture on the underside of the decking.  Such proper ventilation prevents heat and excessive moisture buildup for shingles and decking of your roof, ensuring a healthier and longer life for your new roof.

Rainwater Drainage

Before installation, there should be a quick review of the flow of rainwater and meltwater, installation of open-valley gutters, and planning any changes to the gutter system. Most roofing projects don't need any major changes, but if you have long valleys or dead-spots on your roof and there isn't already an open-valley gutter, or you're having drainage problems already, this is the time to discuss a water management.


Final prep for the installation of your new roof begins with laying new underlayment, followed by the drip-edge and rake. Careful attention to ensure these are properly measured, and applied without gaps or excessive overhang, will prevent rainwater from drawing up under the shingles. Finally, the shingles will begin to be installed, usually in an order specified by the manufacturer to ensure proper overlay and coverage. Last but not least, flashing and ridges will be installed and finished up, followed by a detailed inspection of the results.

When determining which contractor, and which material, to put on your roof, compare the warranties. Coverage provided by the warranty is a good gauge of the quality and workmanship you can expect.  Before going with any one brand however, it is a good idea to check for reviews regarding the manufacturer and product-line.


Basic 15-Year

All contractors are required to cover the entire cost of the roof for 1 year from install. After that, the manufacturer's warranty will kick-in. This is true for all warranties.

Most manufacturers will provide a basic 10 or 15 year warranty. Such warranties usually cover only the cost of installation, and the roofing-tile, and are pro-rated over the 15-year period. It will not cover tear-off, flashing, or any other parts or labor that will be necessary to repair the roof. The materials and labor covered are often less than half of the total cost of the roof, and pro-rating will bring that coverage to 50% of that, after about 8 years.

This warranty rarely covers more than manufacturer defects, and is voided by faulty installation. Again, most contractors will only cover faulty installation for the 1-year period required by law. This means that if they put a nail in the wrong spot, and you get a leak 14 months later, you'll be paying out of pocket, and probably quickly finding more problems.


Standard 50-Year

Many manufacturers will offer a longer term warranty for most of their products, covering 25, 40, or 50 year periods. Like the Basic warranty, the first year is covered by the contractor. Most such warranties cover all, or most, of the cost of the shingles and installation, up to 10 years, then prorate for the remainder of the coverage.

Additionally, many such warranties will require a contractor with at least some history, or certification, with the manufacturer. Such contractors will often be able to provide additional coverage for the other costs, providing much better coverage that may be able to recoup up to 80% of the total costs in the case of a defect in labor or materials within the first 10 years.

This is the most common warranty provided for quality roofing shingles, and it can be hard to get much better coverage.


Extended 50-Year

Only a very small number of manufacturers can provide full-coverage warranties. Such coverage is often rare enough, that many homeowners are surprised to learn it even exists. These manufactures can provide warranties which cover the entire cost of the roof for the entire life of the shingle. Specific shingle product lines, installed only by contractors certified and vetted through the manufacturer, can come with 50-Year, transferable, unlimited, 100% coverage of initial cost. 

This kind of coverage means that even if the contractor screwed up in 2005, you bought your home in 2007, and it started leaking in 2025, the homeowner doesn't pay a dime. Trust and security like that can be a big selling point to prospective buyers in the future, and peace of mind for anyone owning the home. 

Many manufacturers come close to this ideal, offering 25-Years full-coverage, and 50-year overage on shingles and install labor. The only manufacturer we're aware of that can provide full-coverage for 50-Years, for all costs, is Certainteed. It might be worth giving them a look.

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