When it comes to roofing, you want to take the time to evaluate your options. There are many roofers in Columbus and the surrounding areas to choose from, and the best roofer may not be the first person you call or the lowest priced quote may or may not be the right choice.

In order to determine the ideal roofer, consider the following:

  • Clear Proposals – It starts with the quality of the written proposal. Experienced, fair roofers will provide a detailed, easy to understand proposal with information that includes the type of roof, the maker of the roofing materials, additional materials used on the build, a complete listing of the scope of the project, the way that the roof will be installed, the warranty information, and more. The better contractors will be transparent, and will clearly describe the work and the pricing considerations.
  • Sensible Pricing – Neither the least expensive nor the most expensive is necessarily the best option. If you receive one quote that is much greater or much less than other quotes, it may be worth pausing and determining why. Great companies can still offer great prices, but there should be a clear and understandable reason for the pricing determination.
  • Warranty – Contractors regularly offer warranties. One warranty will be from the manufacturer of the shingles, and this can be as much as 20 years or more. The other will be the roofing contractor’s work, which is typically one to two years. Take these warranties into consideration with the project.

Finally, don’t be afraid to look at reviews, ask about previous clients, or find out if you can see previous work. The quality of a great roofer can be seen in the projects that they have completed and the satisfied customers.

For the average homeowner, it can be challenging to tell the difference between roofers in Columbus, so most simply select the lowest quote. While Newman is frequently competitive, you should also consider additional factors, such as customer service, reliability, experience, and more.

Newman Roofing is a family owned business that employs only the best technicians, believes strongly in transparency and customer service, and works as efficiently as possible to complete your project. We know you have a choice in roofers, so we make it a goal of ours to show you how we try to excel in the field of residential and commercial roofing in Columbus.

Absolutely. There are considerations that need to be made when you work with a roofer in winter. The roofer will need a place to keep the shingles warm, and specific roofing techniques, like hand tabbing, may be important for avoiding some of the issues brought on by colder weather. But roofing is also often less expensive during this time of year, and the results can still be exactly as you hoped/expected.
Often, yes. The roofer will have to take a look at the condition of the underlay to be certain. With most roofing projects, it is not time or weather that necessarily has an effect on the roofing timeline and completion, but the condition of the underlay after experiencing the harsh weather. If the underlay has buckled or has experienced severe wrinkling, the roofing should still be able to move forward.
Sometimes. Roofing does require many tools that can and do often make loud noises. However, we’ll do our best to be as quiet as possible. If you have any special considerations, such as a specific time period where quiet is necessary, please let us know and we’ll talk to our staff about finding ways to reduce noise wherever we can.
In some cases, the flashings of the roof can be re-used. It is best to review the bid and the scope. If the roofer recommended new flashings – or any new materials – and did not provide them, then they are breaking the contract and the expectations. If they did not list them, then they were not included in the scope of the project, and may not have been necessary.
The “best” shingle type differs between roofs, projects, availability of other materials and tools, and more. For both types of shingles – organic and fiberglass – there are also different, unique benefits. For example:

  • Fiberglass – Fiberglass shingles are able to withstand fire damage and moisture damage.
  • Organic – Organic shingles stay in place better in wind, and are easier to install in cold.

It also depends on the compatibility of these shingles with different roofs, the budget, the type of look and more. Newman Roofing Company is happy to tell you all about all of the shingles that we carry, so that you can feel better informed about the roofing materials available.

Note that all of our shingles are in compliant with ASTM Standards, which include ASTM D 3462 for Fiberglass Shingles, and ASTM D 225 for Organic Shingles. These are the standards for quality set forth by the American Society for Testing and Materials.

The choice in underlayment is based on the angle of the roof and the heaviness of the shingles. Those that are angled at 18 degrees or more generally require a No. 15 underlayment. Those that are between 14 and 18 degrees generally require two layers of No. 15 underlayment. If you have two bids, one with an underlayment of 15 and one with an underlayment of 30, chances are the contractor is planning to use heavier weight shingles. Otherwise, No. 15 should be used. Note that two layers of No. 15 underlayment is not the same as an underlayment of 30.
The choice between staples or nails is a complicated one, and one that your Columbus roofer can discuss with you if you have any questions. Specific shingles may have specific recommendations, so it is difficult to answer without knowing the specifics of the shingle type. Nevertheless, both corrosion resistant nails and galvanized steel are considered the most highly recommended options by the NRCA.
According to the NRCA, it is preferable that most residential roofing ventilation have a ventilation area near the ridge – also known as a ridge vent. This has been scientifically shown to provide better roof ventilation. If your roofing contractor has mentioned that they’d like to give you a ridge vent, it is likely that your roof uses a different variation, such as two single static vents.
The most common reason is because asphalt shingles require an angle of about 18 degrees for gravity to drain water off of the roof. If your roof is not at least 18 degrees in slope, the drainage may not work properly, requiring a different type of roof material.
Depending on the challenge, there are many different ways to maintain your roof. If you find that your roof has developed algae buildup, for example, using the gentle side of a sponge and a mild detergent of bleach is often all you need to keep your roof looking its best (try to avoid hard scrubbing). Show can usually be shoveled off without any issue, though roofing contractors like those at Newman Roofing can assist with removing snow as needed, especially if the slope is steep.

Newman roofing company will gladly answer any roofing maintenance questions while we’re working on the project if you find any concerns, and if there are any special needs of the shingles, we’ll be sure and notify you.

Absolutely. We’re happy to answer any questions that you may have throughout the process, or while you’re considering different roofing contractors. You can email us at EMAIL ADDRESS at any time with questions (note that to provide more personalized service, it helps to see your property in person), or you can call us and our staff will connect you with someone that can answer your questions.

For additional roofing information from the industry experts call us at (614) 890-7663  or fill out our online quote request form.

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