Buying a new roof is an important investment in which much thought and consideration should be given to the contractor who is chosen to perform such work.
There are many fly-by-night companies who claim to be qualified and capable of installing a new roof, however, they often cut corners and take advantage of homeowners’ vulnerability by offering sub-par materials, poor workmanship and warranties that are lacking in clarity and coverage.
The NRCA lists guidelines that homeowners should follow in making an informed and educated decision. They include the following:
Check for a permanent place of business, telephone number, tax id number and business license.
Insist on seeing copies of the contractor’s liability insurance and workers’ compensation coverage certificates. Make sure all coverages are in effect during the project.
Look for a company with a proven track record that readily offers client references and a list of completed projects. Call those clients to verify their satisfaction.
Check to see whether to contractor is properly licensed. Call local municipalities to verify active licenses.
Insist on a written proposal and examine it for a complete description of the work and specifications, verifying exactly what is offered, the price and warranty.
Check to see whether the contractor is a member of any state, local, regional or national roofing industry associations, such as the NRCA.
Call the local Better Business Bureau BBB to check for any complaints that may have been filed and get their BBB Rating.
Have the contractor explain his or her project supervision and quality control procedures.
Carefully read and understand any roofing warranty offered and watch for provisions that would void it. Keep a healthy skepticism about the lowest price. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Remember, price is only one criterion for selecting a roofing contractor. Professionalism and quality workmanship also should weigh heavily on your decision.
Four Seasons Roofing Inc. is a long-standing member of NRCA. NRCA Is a non-profit trade association, and is one of the construction industry’s most respected organizations, providing information and educational resources to contractors and consumer. Call today for a free, no-obligation estimate of your roof 631-249-3377
Content from this article was sourced from the National Roofing Contractors Association website at www.nrca.net
Your roof is your front line of defense when it comes to harsh weather and outside elements. The main purpose of your residential roof or flat roof is to keep us warm, safe and dry from Mother Nature and the effects of rain, sleet, snow and hail which can wreck havoc on your home or place of business. Your roof also facilitates proper drainage with accurate sized gutters and leaders. Neglecting your roof over time can lead to many issues that could’ve otherwise been prevented or prolonged. If you experience roof leaks or have other signs of wear and tear, immediate attention is highly recommended by an experienced roofing professional to avoid costly expenses from arising. By not immediately addressing minor issues, you are putting yourself and family at risk for a potential disaster as water can find its way into even the smallest areas, leading to major damage.
Having a qualified Long Island roofing professional such as Four Seasons Roofing Inc. come to inspect your roof can allow us to examine any areas that are prone to damage or leaks and offer solutions to remedy any problems you may or may not be aware of. Issues such as peeling or buckling shingles, water stains, improper drainage, and cracked skylights are all items that can lead to roof failure or leakage and should be addressed promptly. Preemptive service or routine maintenance is key to saving money in the long run. If a roof inspection reveals that you roof is in need of a full replacement as it has surpassed its life expectancy, Four Seasons Roofing Inc, Long Island’s best roofing company, will provide you with a thorough written estimate explaining the scope of work involved, the components of the roof system proposed, the cost, and warranty offered. Through our FourEver Roof Signature Maintenance Program, we will provide bi-annual inspections of your roof and help to prevent any roof related issues from arising overtime.
As a fully licensed and insured roofing contractor, serving New York since 1983, we have developed a reputation for superior quality workmanship and service. We offer an array of residential roofing and commercial roofing services including roof repairs, roof maintenance, roof coatings, roof inspections, energy efficient roof systems and more. We also offer complete home exterior services including siding, windows and doors and masonry work. Emergency service is also offered. Call us today for a free roof estimate at 631-249-3377 or explore our website for further information.
In our industry, there are a great deal of contractors who may claim to be the best or the most experienced for the project at hand, however, throughout our 32 years in business, we have come across many “fake” contractors, who often take advantage of customers and lay claims that are false and undocumented. That is why we always encourage our customer to do their homework before hiring any home improvement company to do work on their home or place of business. Here at Four Seasons Roofing Inc. there are many reasons why thousands of customers have trusted us year after year with their residential and commercial roofing, solar and home exterior needs, and have recommended us to their own friends and family. Below are the top twenty-five reasons:
1. Family owned & Operated Since 1983
2. Three Generations of Professional Roofing
3. Fully Insured in Nassau, Suffolk & NYC
4. Fully Insured with Roofing Insurance for your Protection
5. Accredited with the Better Business Bureau Since 1987. (one of the oldest accredited roofing companies in Long Island, NY)
6. A Plus Rated with BBB
7. Superb record with Consumer Affairs
8. Winners of Angie’s List Super Service Award in Roofing & Skylights
9. Member of National Roofing Contractors Association
10. Member of NARI-National Association of the Remodeling Industry
11. Member of NERCA- North East Roofing Contractors Association
12. One of the Country’s Largest GAF Master Elite Roofing Contractors
13. Winners of Prestigious GAF Presidential Award for Superior Workmanship
14. Full-System Lifetime Material Warranty & 25 Year Labor Guarantee on all new roofs installed with GAF Golden Pledge Warranty
15. Every New Roof Installed Comes Complete with a Full 40 Point Inspection from GAF Materials Corp. *Residential Golden Pledge jobs only
16. Our employees are OSHA trained & certified
17. Proud participant of Habitat for Humanity Suffolk County
18. Winners of GAF Master Elite Excellence Awards for Consumer Protection, Installation Excellence & Employee Training every year since 2005
19. For every roof installed with the GAF Golden Pledge Warranty, we will purchase for donation one bag of Vitameal for children in need (one bag provides 30 meals per child) TO DATE WE HAVE DONATED OVER 15,000 MEALS
20. We offer many payment options for your convenience- check, cash, credit card
21. Financing Available for Qualified Customers- 0% FINANCING for 5 Years or No Payments, No Interest for 1 Whole Year
22. GAF Certified Green Roofer
23. We offer an array of home exterior services including roofing, siding, windows, solar panels, and doors for your convenience and peace of mind
24. We have built relationships with thousands of satisfied customers- Read our reviews on Angie’s List, Google, and our website www.fourseasonsroofinging.com
25. Our Customer Are Our #1 Priority- WE ALWAYS GO ABOVE & BEYOND FOR YOU!
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As of 2013, Four Seasons Roofing Inc. has been recognized by Versico Roofing Inc., as one of the most prominent and successful authorized commercial roofing contractors nationwide, having earned their exclusive Kings Court status. This designation distinguishes our company as one of the most knowledgeable and experienced Versico approved contractors, and enables us to offer our commercial roofing customers extended warranties on their Versico roofing systems.
In order to become a Versico-authorized contractor, a company must undergo training conducted by Versico that covers the installation, maintenance, and repair of every Versico roofing system we install, including EPDM, TPO and PVC single-ply membranes. By undergoing this training, it assures our commercial roofing crews are supplied with the tools that enable them to have a better understanding and hands on experience of the latest innovations, technology and procedures set forth by Versico.
Furthermore, this solidifies that Four Seasons Roofing Inc. is fully equipped with the necessary tools and has the capabilities required to tackle virtually any roofing project, ranging from new construction to re-roofing, to all phases of roof maintenance and roof repairs.
Since becoming a Versico authorized contactor, Four Seasons Roofing Inc. has completed hundreds of thousands of square feet of warranted Versico roofing systems, in which each completed roof is inspected and required to pass strict specifications and standards set forth by Versico.
Four Seasons Roofing Inc. offers our customers commercial roof inspections, roof repairs, new roof installations, energy efficient roofing systems, drainage systems and roof maintenance programs. Call for a free, no obligation roof estimate for your commercial flat roof today at 631-249-3377.
About Versico Roofing Systems (The information below can be found at www.versico.com)
Versico was formed in 1993 through the acquisition of a major single-ply roofing company. Now, more than twenty years later, Versico has positioned itself as one of the top three single-ply roofing system manufacturers in the U.S. by focusing its efforts on quality products and exceptional service. Versico has been instrumental in the development of today’s leading technologies in the commercial roofing industry.
Versico’s product offerings include VersiGard® EPDM, VersiWeld® TPO, VersiFleece® TPO and PVC, VersiFlex® PVC, VersiFlex-E PVC with Elvaloy, garden roof systems and a complete line of insulation and accessory products. Each of these systems comes with several warranty options ranging from five to thirty years. Whatever your needs, Versico provides a comprehensive offering of products and services, which is why Versico is your single source for single-ply roofing.
Homeowners’ Associations and Solar
Long Island Homeowners have demonstrated that they are open to renewable energy and the evidence is clear with new solar PV systems being installed daily.
The only party that doesn’t appear to be opening their arms and minds to the many benefits of this green energy are community homeowner’s associations.
Homeowner’s Associations (HOAs) often have a governing set of rules that the homeowners’ who live in the community must follow, such as maintaining landscaping, selecting approved color schemes when replacing siding and roofing, and decoration guidelines around the holidays. With the popularization of solar energy, HOAs have recently expressed that solar panels on roofs destroy the unified look of these communities and therefore prohibit installation.
Many states across the country, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin, have “solar access” and “solar rights” laws in place that have provisions that state these associations can’t prohibit you from installing solar on your home. Unfortunately, New York is not yet one of these states.
You would think that New York, a state that offers both rebates and tax incentives for installing solar, would make it easier for all homeowners to break their dependence from fossil fuels.
One of Four Seasons Roofing Inc’s loyal customers, whose roof we had installed, called us for a solar estimate. After meeting with our estimator Oscar, and going over his proposal, he was more than excited to start saving on his electric bill and do his part to reduce his carbon footprint. Despite all the benefits, and the fact that the positioning of his custom solar system made it impossible for them to be seen from the road, his Homeowner’s Association refused to allow them to be installed. They gave no reason other than they didn’t like the look of them. On our end, we even offered to meet with the board to have the opportunity to present the proposal and make reasonable adjusts that would please them aesthetically, but not compromise the systems efficiency. The HOA stated that would not be necessary, as they would not approve the installation regardless of the situation.
So what is a homeowner to do? You can always try discussing some compromises with your own Homeowner’s Association and see if they can be reasoned with. You can also write to your local Senator and ask them to support The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (H.R. 2454), a bill for a federal law that would make it illegal to prohibit solar panels.
On a state level, Assemblywoman Sandy Galef is currently sponsoring Bill A.8296 that states “No board managers shall ban in the by-laws, any solar panel arrays, the installation of rooftop solar panels or the clearing and trimming of vegetation on unit owners’ properties that obscure such solar panel arrays or rooftop solar panels; provided however that the board of managers shall be consulted regarding the aesthetics of such solar panel arrays and rooftop solar panels”.
Instead of complicating the process of producing clean, renewable energy that lessens our dependence of foreign energy sources, Homeowner’s Associations should get on board and realize that solar energy can, in fact, raise property values and the quality of life of their communities.