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Four Mistakes To Avoid When Buying a Residential or Commercial Roof

by EDCA Roofing on 11/21/16

Buying a new roof for your business or your home is a very big buying decision. Fortunately, you don't have to do this very often, as roofs last anywhere from 10-30 years depending on your materials or your particular situation. Unfortunately though, most folks have to completely re-educate and familiarize themselves with the process, as the need for a roof usually finds a way to sneak up on us all.

Our most important tip and one of the ways our company, EDCA Roofing, chooses to do business, is to remember to take your time. The company that is helping to consult should not rush you or skip over any details that are important.  In fact, we wanted to share with you the four biggest mistakes that people tend to make when buying a new roof---either for their home or for a business need. Use this as a cheat sheet on what to make sure and cover, so you end up with a better experience and a quality roofing job (done by a quality roofing contractor).

Mistake #1: Allowing Yourself to be Pressured Into An Agreement
This can happen a number of ways. Not all contractors who try very hard to sell are necessarily bad roofers, but you must be wary. It's understandable that they want your business, but you must make sure that you are doing your homework and checking on the success rate, age, and dependability of the contractor. Sometimes there are sales going on, "act now" prices that will expire, or they really make a big deal of being able to "start right away". It's good to get a good price, it is great if they can start on your job without having to wait, but if they are convincing you to move faster than is comfortable for you to make a wise decision, they are indeed pressuring you. Don't succumb to it---take control and continue your search.

Mistake #2: Choosing to do the Roof Yourself or With a Friend
Of course, if you are a roofer by trade, then this may not apply to you, but it does to almost everyone else. We've seen businesses use their own workers to detrimental effect, and homeowners do try this all of the time. There are just too many particulars in structural considerations, material use, and safety concerns to risk this on your own. You are dealing with the safety of your entire home and any malfunction of the roof is going to be your responsibility. It may seem to save you money in the short term, but so many things could go wrong. Most importantly, a licensed and insured roofing company will warranty their work and protect your insurance, by having their own to cover accidents or a failure of the product.

Mistake #3: Assume that the Roofing Company is Insured
We finished the last tip by mentioning insurance. Just because a company advertises for business and "seems legit", doesn't mean they are licensed or insured. Ask about it! You might even ask how extensive their coverage is. The company should be committed to safety, but if something does go wrong, you don't want to be footing the bill for an accident or injury on your property. The insurance should also protect you from water damage issues and such, if there is a mistake during install or if the roof should fail or have a defect.

Mistake #4: Picking Your Roofing Company Based On Price
You may consult more than one roofer during the process. Sure, you want to get the best deal on your new roof, but in these jobs, you must understand how the price one company gives you may vary. We already mentioned insurance, and there are other factors that mean an EXTRA LOW price may actual be a signal or warning that the company will not cover all of the bases for you. Materials can make some of the difference, but good materials can be well-worth the cost. Also, you must ask if there are any hidden charges, if the sales tax is included or not (sometimes that tricks folks into going with a seemingly much lower price), and make sure that the cost includes the removal of the old roof (another tricky way to hide charges at the outset).

EDCA Roofing is glad to share these tips and our knowledge because we do our best to handle these types of mistakes ahead of time or in conjunction with you. Checking on insurance, going through the quotation process carefully, and taking your time overall will really begin to reveal who the right company for you is, and who will do quality, reliable work. For commercial roofing jobs and residential jobs alike, we hope you will avoid these mistakes and call on EDCA if you happen to be looking for a quality roofing contractor in the Seattle or Bellevue areas!

The Benefits of Torch Down Roofing for your Commercial Building

by EDCA Roofing on 08/10/16

Have you been considering getting a new roof for your commercial building? Is your business’s roof flat or nearly flat (low slope)? Then you will want to look into torch down roofing. A popular choice among local businesses and other commercial structures-  torch down roofing, when professionally installed, is low maintenance, long lasting, and affordable. Below is some additional information regarding torch down roofing and other benefits that you will see from choosing this type of roof. 
What is Torch Down Roofing? 
Torch Down Roofing is when a torch is used to melt layers of asphalt on the top of your building which creates a strong roof that can last up to twenty years. Torch down roofing material is made of modified bitumen and resins; and happens to be resistant to the elements because of it’s lack of seams and thick membrane layer. 

Why would I choose Torch Down Roofing for my commercial building? 
  • Not easily damaged and it's low maintenance. A Torch Down Roof provides a tear resistant layer that does not have seams and is unlikely to crack or become damaged over time. This type of roof is unlikely to leak. The strong roofing barrier rarely needs repair or maintenance which will save money over other less-durable roofing types.
  • Resistant to sun damage; protects against heat. UV rays can overheat a building and damage the roof; so it is very beneficial that Torch Down Roofing reflects the sun and is resistant to it’s rays. The roof will not become brittle or begin to melt. Also-with the roof reflecting the sun the inside of your commercial structure will be kept cooler which may even save you money on air conditioning.
  • Can handle pools of water and storms. This type of roof is durable and ready to handle the weather of the Northwest including storms, hail, heavy rain and standing water.
  • A Long-lasting roof.  A properly installed Torch Down Roof can last up to twenty years.
  • No harmful odors/fumes.  When installing other types of roofs, like tar, there is an overpowering odor that can require the evacuation of a building. Torch Down Roofing does not have harmful fumes so that your commercial building does not have to be out of commission during the application.
For over twenty years EDCA has been providing professional roofing to Seattle and the Greater Eastside. Locally owned and family operated we stand behind our quality work and are ready to help you with your next roofing project, including Torch Down Roofing. Do you have additional questions regarding Torch Down Roofing? Just give us a call- we are excited to partner with you to help you select the best roof for your commercial structure. No hassles; free quotes from an experienced roofing company. We are here to help you!

What is TPO roofing? Why choose TPO for your flat roof?

by EDCA Roofing on 04/11/16

Is it time to have your flat roof replaced? Then you will be faced with many roofing options, and you will want to take some time to study your options to make sure you choose the best roof for your building. One option that you will want to make sure to check out is TPO. TPO roofs are becoming quite popular for both residential and commercial roof settings for low slope, single ply roofs. Would you like to know more about TPO roofs? Below is more information about TPO and why it may be the best roof for your building.

What is TPO?
TPO is the abbreviation for thermoplastic polyolefin which is a reflective, single-ply membrane that is made from ethylene propylene rubber. It is made into a flexible membrane. This type of roof can be quickly installed because and it is laid from large rolls before it is adhered. TPO roofs are typically white, tan, or grey.

Why choose a TPO Roof?
TPO is a popular choice for a flat roof because it is durable, energy-efficient and eco-friendly. A properly installed TPO roof does not need frequent maintenance as it is extremely resistant to tearing and other damage. This roof can withstand hot and cold temperatures. It is resistant to dirt, debris, algae and other bacteria. A TPO roof will also be UV resistant- which preserves energy and can lower your cooling and heating costs Also TPO roofing contains no chlorine or other toxic materials; in addition TPO materials are fully recyclable and can be used again.

When you are looking for a new flat roof the right material is important, but also the right contractor to install it. Whether commercial or residential, you will want to contact experienced, local professionals whom stand behind their work. EDCA Roofing has been serving the Greater Seattle and Eastside areas for over twenty years providing quality, affordable roofing options. If you happen to be looking for a roof replacement in our area, please contact us and we will work with you to help find the right roof for your building. Call EDCA at 1-800-304-8666.

Inspect the Roofing When Buying a Home

by EDCA Roofing on 12/23/15

When you are looking into buying a new home you do not want to forget about the roof. You will want to know the condition of the house’s roof before you move in to get an idea when you will have to consider a reroofing project. The best way to know the condition of the roof before you make that big purchase is to inspect it directly yourself, or have a professional inspect it for you, and also ask the sellers some critical questions about the roof. Below are some tips that can help you discern if you are buying a house with a quality roof or if you will be needing a roofing job in the near future.

1) Have the sellers disclose the age of the roof. This will give you an idea of how worn the roof could be and will help you in ascertaining if the roof will need to be replaced soon. 

2) Look at the quality of the installation and materials. A well installed roof with quality materials can last three to four decades but roofs that are improperly installed or are of poor quality will ware quickly causing the need for a new roof. Look for cracks in the roof, pools of water, and for missing shingles. 

3) Check out the drainage systems and gutters. When there is improper drainage from the roof there may be extra ware yo the roof itself causing premature aging of the roof.

4) Inspect the ceilings inside the house for water damage. If the ceilings on the top floor of the house or in the attic have water damage you may have a roof that is already leaking.

5) Ask if the roof is under warranty. If the roof is under warranty then you can call the company backing the roof if you have any problems and you can get leaks fixed right as they occur. 

 Following the above tips will help you be more knowledgeable about the condition of your roof when you buy a new house. When you new house is ready for a roofing job, though, you will want quality professionals whom will stand behind their work. At EDCA we have been in business for decades and will work with you on a hassle-free comprehensive quote to get you the ideal new roof for your situation that will last you for years to come.

Commercial Flat Roofing Maintenance Tips

by EDCA Roofing on 08/06/15

When you own or manage a commercial building it is important to provide regular maintenance to every part of it. While it is obvious that you need to keep the appearance of the building clean it is also important to take care of less obvious aspects of your building- like your roof. Your roof is a huge investment. Regular roof maintenance and simple preventive steps will help maintain the integrity of your building and save you money while possibly extending the life of your roof. Below are a few simple tips that will help you take care of your business' roof:

1) When choosing a roof- choose quality and get a warranty from an established roofing company. EDCA has been in business for over two decades and we always stand behind our work. Getting a quality roof for your commercial business from experienced roofing specialists will be well worth the investment and ensuring that your roof holds up and lasts longer than roofs with cheaper materials, poor workmanship and improper installation. 

2) Check your roof often for leaks- especially after adverse weather or storms. If you notice a leak at any time- get it fixed. A lingering leak can lead to greater damage to both the roof and the commercial structure. 

3) Look for pooling water on the roof. When water is left to pond the roof will not last as long or perform as it should. After you notice water pools look for the source-like drain lines- so that when you fix the problem it will not happen again.

4) Watch out for any type of roof erosion. Carefully inspect the roof for blistering and ridging. When you see large amounts of blistering or erosion- get it fixed to maintain the integrity of the rest of your roof.

5) Keep an accurate record of roof maintenance and repairs. This will help you make an informed decision about roof problems and replacement. 

Addressing problems with your roof through inspections will help to care for your commercial roof and make the most of your roofing investment. At EDCA we will work with your commercial business to get the best roof for your situation. Always providing hassle-free high quality work that we are proud to provide. If you are thinking about getting a new roof for your commercial building or have questions regarding your roof give us a call today!

Roofing Estimates - What factors into the cost of a new roof?

by EDCA Roofing on 03/04/15

Is it time to get a new roof? After you or a professional have diagnosed the need for a new roofing structure it is time to get a comprehensive quote that will outline what will be covered in the project. 

First off, do a little research in the company that you are getting the quote from. You want to look for an established, reliable, licensed team to complete the roofing job. What good is a roofing warranty if the company is not around to fulfill the guarantee? Also you will want verify the contractor is legitimately licensed by asking to see proof of licensing, workers compensation and liability insurance. 

After you have selected the company and it is time to get a quote you will want to be aware that the price of a new roof varies greatly on a few key factors. Below are some of the components that may affect the cost of your new roof.     
  • Tear off vs. overlay roofing. Whether you have selected to have new roofing added over the old roof or if you are getting an entire new roof will influence the price greatly. Overlay roofing can be the initial cheaper option but may come without a warranty and the roof may not last as long. Also the current condition of the roof effects whether an overlay is even possible. ·
  • Size of the roofing project. It may go without saying but the size of the roof influences the cost of the job. · 
  • Slope of the roof. The steepness of the roof will affect the price. Low slope (also known as flat roofing) roofs are more inexpensive than steeper roofs.
  • Type of roof. Whether you are looking for tile, asphalt, metal or slate. Each type of roof comes with their own pricing. 
  • Condition of current roof. Your roofing quote will fluctuate if your roof has rotten wood, bad metal, or rusted flashing. · 
  • Quality of materials and type of warranty. When you are getting a new roof consider the type of materials and warranty in the quote. Better quality materials and a 30-50 warranty will be an initial higher price but may last longer and provide a superior roof.
  • Time of year. Roofing projects may vary in price depending on the time of year the project needs to be completed.
  • Other special circumstances. The cost of permits, special insurance, dumpster fees and the delivery price for your specific area could also factor into the estimate price. These are "responsible costs", so a good contractor won't cut these corners, even to save you or them a few bucks.
If you have any additional questions or are in need of a roofing quote contact us today and we will be happy to help you through the process. We have been professionally serving the community since 1988 providing quality roofing to Bellevue and the greater Puget Sound area.

Signs of Roof Failure

by EDCA Roofing on 12/03/14

Our roofing company is focused on new roof installation for both homes and businesses. Naturally, we get many calls for roof repair, and for the most part, we don't actually do spot roof repairs. The reason why we are fine with these calls is because many people will simply assume that they only need a repair on a failed section of roofing. In reality, a leak or a failure can be isolated, but could also be a sign that the entire roof is failing and needs an entire replacement.

If we think this might be the case, we send one of our experienced roofing specialists to investigate and do an inspection, but there are ways to narrow this down yourself.  Here are some universally sound tips on how you can begin to figure out and be aware if you are in need of a new roof or only a smaller repair:

1. Your roofs age - This is an easy first step. Do you know when your roof was installed originally? You roofing can last between 20-30 years depending on a number of factors, including how well it was installed to begin with. Of course, if you have no idea how old the roof is, you'll have to use the other tips to note the overall condition of the roofing material.

2. Curling and buckling - Shingles that are curled or buckling are another sign that you may need a new roof. If this happens, a lot of times it's is on the side of the roof with direct sunlight.

Also, if these things are happening and YOU KNOW your roof isn't that old, then you are going to want to contact the installer, because it could be due to bad roofing materials used to begin with.

3. Bald Shingles - You'll also want to look out for an excessive amount of shingle granules (they look like large grains of sand) in the gutters -- this is a major signal that your roof is wearing out. 

4. Cracked, Torn, or Missing shingles - This can be misleading, but if it's happening in a lot of areas, it could be a sign of an overall wear problem.

5. Valleys - If your shingles are falling apart or missing in this area, it is a definite sign you may need a new roof. Valleys are one of the most important areas of your roof. Rain water flows through valleys and down into the gutters. If the valley is compromised you will probably develop leaks. 

There are also ways to check from inside your attic, like....

6. Water damage or leaks - Check for these especially near valleys. It can be pretty obvious after a lot of rainy weather, but also check for moisture in the insulation.

7. Daylight through the roof boards - Check your attic to see if there is any daylight coming through the roof boards. 

8. Sagging Roof Deck - Any sagging that you can see occurring? It may be a sign of a failing roof weakening. This may also be the place where molds or fungus build up, because it's where water may sit. If you're not sure, keep a close eye on it, and get the roof replaced before it gets out of hand.

We hope these tips help you in assessing your home's needs. If you need to know if it's time for a new roof and are looking for a roofer in Seattle, Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, or anywhere on the greater Eastside, then EDCA would love to be your first choice! We can inspect your roof and also give you a complete estimate on a new roof installation, if you need one. We have been a trusted roofing contractor in Bellevue WA for over 20 years, so you know that our guarantees mean something to customers. 

Roofing Any Time of Year: A good roofer will be able to work with you year-round.

by EDCA Roofing on 10/09/14

Putting a new roof on your home or your business is a big job and a big decision for you. If you can, you want to be aware of when your roof is going to need a replacement, and plan ahead to get that done. When this happens you can choose the best weather months for the Seattle area--late Spring, Summer, or early Fall, and have a roofing company like ours handle your replacement. Yes, the driest weather months are going to be what most refer to as "roofing season".  There is some truth to that, but at EDCA we work year-round replacing roofs.  If you find a roofer you can really work with and trust, then it is absolutely possible to get your roof replaced ANY time of year, here in the Northwest.

As we mentioned, it would be ideal to know when you may need an entirely new roof (In fact, we should give some tips about that, huh? We'll get on that for our next post!). Most of the time though, the homeowner or business does not realize that it's a necessity until they are out of time to wait. For us, we don't see this as a problem. We can get started as soon as you need, and many other companies may offer the same thing.  The difference is in the accountability and professionalism of the roofing company you are dealing with.

In order to keep a new roof installation smooth, we always have to consider the schedule of our customer (when we can or cannot do the work), the roofing company's scheduling, and then yes, the current weather. We are always mindful and accommodating to our customer's needs, so we will adjust to that quite easily, In the Seattle and Bellevue areas, it can rain ANY time of year, so it is a part of our normal consideration, even in the summer. That other point though, "the roofing company's scheduling", is where you may want to spend particular attention.

Is the company you choose a very prompt and accountable business?  Do they show up when they say they will?  Does the company do a great job of communicating and delivering everything they promise?  If the answer to these questions is "yes", then it's not very difficult to work through and around the weather situations. An honest and professional roofer will guide you through what they can and can't do, and will never compromise the quality of your new roof. If you choose a less professional and responsive (to you and your needs) contractor, you could be caught in a lot of confusion when bad weather takes you out of a simple roof installation plan.

The bottom line is that quality roofers, need to be focused on the craft of roofing, but also be great at CUSTOMER SERVICE. If you are confident that your roofer has this attribute, than weather is a much smaller issue than you'd imagine. Once again, as we covered in our last blog post, it truly boils down to you knowing WHO is going to do the work.  Then it won't matter so much WHAT obstacles need to be worked around in getting you a beautiful new roof!

Any questions on this or on your project?  Call EDCA for Bellevue or Seattle Roofing questions!

Roofing Contractors: How to Choose a Quality Roofer

by EDCA Roofing on 09/05/14

Getting a new roof on your house or even for your business, isn't something that you get many opportunities to do ( least you hope it isn't). Unlike getting your plumbing fixed or your vehicle worked on, you may only be in the market for a new roof once in your lifetime. How then, do you choose a great contractor for the job out of all the companies vying to give you an estimate for you roofing?  How do you know that along with the price, you will get a quality contractor?  Here are 5 Tips to Choosing a quality roofer:

1. Make sure that the roofing contractor is licensed, bonded, and insured. You've heard contractors mention it before in yellow page ads, and in any brochure they hand you. The licensing is important, but the bonding and insurance are what keep you, the customer, from losing A LOT of money in the event of a mishap. In the event of an injury on your property (and there is that risk with folks being up high on your roof) the roofer would have their own insurance to cover the claim, thus protecting your home owners insurance from having to be enacted. If the business is not insured, you risk a claim on YOUR homeowners insurance---and that can be a very big and ugly ordeal. 

Also, Contractors that go through the process of being licensed, bonded and insured, (like our company, EDCA Roofing) invest their money toward being a well-run business. This is a vetting process all its own, because then, you know you're getting a company that is serious about their trade and their workmanship. You can check this in Washington State by using the Department of Labor and Industries "Verify" database.

2. Make sure to check if the "employees" of the contractor, are truly employees. More roofing companies than you realize, will hire day laborers or possibly unskilled, inexperience, or untrained workers to take care of your roof. This is risky, but most folks don't bother to check if these workers are truly a part of the company or not. You can also check that with the Department of Labor and Industries, which will also allow you to see if they have workers comp coverage.

We are proud to offer skilled, actual employees on our roofing jobs. We love our team and yes, we have workers comp coverage for them.

3. Longevity of the Roofing Business. Roofing companies tend to come and go very quickly. Some have estimated that the average life-span of a roofing business is around two years!  How meaningful is a 10-year warranty, when the company goes out of business in 3 years?  If you find that that a roofer has been around since, say 1988 like EDCA Roofing has, then you have a lot more assurance that they will be around to honor the warranty. The paradox being, that if they are going to be around, it gives the roofer more incentive to do the roof right the first time.

4. Roofs are a big investment. No contractor should try to "rush" you into a decision. Getting a new roof is no small matter. If a contractor seems to be pushing you for an answer on their quote, then maybe they are not the one you want to work with. In our case, EDCA prides itself on answering your questions, and giving you all the information you need. We try to give our customers the space they need to make a great choice without any pressure to hurry up and give an answer on the project.

5. The Roofer needs to have the right plan and right experience for the job. Sometimes roofers are comfortable with certain materials for roofing, or even have some sort of deal worked out to use one brand of roofing materials over another. This isn't the best situation for the consumer. By contrast, our company keeps the ability to use the quality of roofing that fits the need, and adjust by using some brands over others, depending on the application.  It gives EDCA the edge in being a real expert for our customers. Make sure to check if they are "locked in" with only one material brand. It's important to have the right plan for the right job.

It's also very important to have the experience for the right job need. Many residential roofs are steep roofs with composition roofing----it's the majority of home roofs. For instance though, with a flat, or "low-slope" roof (which exist in both residential and commercial roofing), the contractor needs to have a track record of doing them reliably. Many roofing contractors will say that they can handle these jobs, but experience with the particular application is so very important. They need the right plan for the right job AND the proper experience (track record) of doing your particular roofing type.

Our first ever EDCA Blog!

by EDCA Roofing on 08/18/14

We are beginning our very first blog for EDCA Roofing!  We'll be periodically going over some important subjects to share our knowledge of the industry.  It's our hope that you'll get some great tidbits on what questions to ask, the qualities of a great roofing contractor, and even just some information on what's going on with EDCA in the Seattle and Bellevue areas. 

Please check back soon as we should have our first article up soon!

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