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Maggio Roofing's Guide to Buying Roofing

Thursday, November 13th, 2014 by Scott Siegal


A roof is an important home investment. When you buy a roof, make sure you know exactly what kind of roof you’re going to get and have installed in your home. In this regard, Maggio Roofing—the trusted roofing contractor in Washington DC—provides you with a simple roofing buying guide to help you.

Tip 1: Know the basics of a roofing system.

Before choosing which roof to buy, familiarize yourself with its composition. A roof basically has five standard parts: (1) the roof structure that will support the whole roof, (2) the deck that covers the roof, (3) the covering that comes in different forms (shingles, tiles, etc.), (4) the underlayment (an asphalt-made layer that serves as protection), (5) the drainage or the gutters, and (6) the flashing (usually sheet metal in the roof’s valleys and joints that prevents water from leaking into the home).

Tip 2: Choose a roofing system you want.

There are many kinds of roofing systems that roofing contractors in DC offer. You’d have to inspect each and every one of these systems so that you’ll be able to install the most suitable one for your home. There are asphalt, fiberglass, organic, wood, tile, slate, and metal shingles—each has its own strengths and weaknesses, which you have to consider as well.

Tip 3: Estimate the cost of your roofing project.

Of course, finding out how much this kind of project may cost you is one of the things you need to do. Usually, manufacturers sell roofing by a 100 sq. ft. area. In estimating your roof costs, follow these instructions:

  • Multiply the length and the width (in feet) of each roof section.
  • Add about 10% for allowance.
  • Divide by 100 to determine how many squares you’re going to cover.

Tip 4: Choose a reliable roofing contractor.

Since roofing isn’t a DIY project, you’re going to have to ask a professional to do it for you. These are some tips in finding the best roofing contractor:

  • Ask for recommendations from your peers.
  • It’s best to have a short list of prospective contractors and acquire a written estimate from each. Next, compare.
  • Ask these prospects some questions and observe how they answer. Check their licenses, warranties, and certifications.
  • Check their licenses, warranties, and certifications.

We hope the next time you’re going to need some roofing work done, you’ll be able to use these tips so to make your work easier, not to mention successful. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at Maggio Roofing anytime.

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Maggio Roofing
6476 Sligo Mill Road
Takoma Park, MD 20912
1-301-500-2046
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