The Best Roofers in Memphis TN Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire
Roofing contractors in Memphis TN bearing The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol are the residential or commercial roofers who have exceeded the minimum Tennessee regulatory standard. They are the ones proven by our independent research to have passed the TOP 10 requirements for competency and value, carry liability insurance as protection for you the customer, who have agreed to hire only employees legal to work in the U.S., and for whom our staff has called previous customers to verify high satisfaction with them as roofers in Memphis TN for new roofing, re-roofing, or roofing repair including shingle roofing, shake roofing, metal roofing, tile roofing and more.
Updated November 04, 2016
The Best Roofers in Memphis TN Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire
The state of Tennessee requires a license of roofing contractors in Memphis TN to work on projects $25,000 or more. A license from a state other than Tennessee is not valid under Tennessee law. The Tennessee roofing contractors license mandated for roofing companies in Memphis requires passing an exam, proof of liability and worker's comp insurance. For projects between $3,000 and $25,000, a different state license can be used which does not require passing any exam for competency.
But even the Tennessee roofers license is no guarantee that any particular roofing contractor is doing business ethically, providing real value, and satisfying customers.
All local roofers in Memphis TN bearing The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol are those that have passed a higher standard than state law, including our research phone calls to their previous customers verifying high satisfaction with their roofing services, proof of liability and workers comp insurance for your protection, hiring only documented workers, a clean complaint record, and more.
Tips About Hiring Roofers in Memphis TN
Beware of roofing companies that prey on storm victims, especially ones that come from out of state with the intent to disappear with your money.
Never sign over an insurance check to the roofing contractor on his claim that he needs you to do so in order to pay for materials.
The law requires that roofing companies doing work covered by an insurer must provide you a form that notifies you of your right to cancel a contract within three days after signing and/or getting a written statement from your insurance company that the contract from the roofing contractor is not a covered claim. Once a contract is cancelled, roofing contractors have just ten business days to return all monies to you, except for emergency roofing repairs.
Tennessee State law prohibits roofing contractors from collecting money up front for more than one-third the total job cost.
Roofing Contractors in Memphis TN Perform Various Servicesâ€¨â€¨
In addition to new roofing, roofing companies in Memphis TN can fix a leaky roof, replace roof shingles, or repair broken slate roofs. Use our research to find the best roofers in Memphis to replace a roof, fix a leaky roof, or roof repair.
Any particular roofer Memphis TN specifically, might not have experience with all types of structures and materials. For example, a pitched roof would call for an elevated level of skill compared to a flat roof.
Some roofers in Memphis are certified by different manufacturers to install those products to a higher level of quality, which allows for better manufacturer warranties and better roofing that lasts longer.
Some roofers also have the skill to install gutters and downspouts.
Roofing Contractors in Memphis TN Offer Many Parts and Roofing Materialsâ€¨
Not all roofs require the same materials. Options include shake roofs or imitation shake roofs, slate roofs, concrete tile roofs, clay tile roofs and wood shingle roofs, and each has its own list of possible benefits and potential drawbacks.
Some local roofers in Memphis can do work that will help you avoid roof problems or bring new life to an old roof. Options include: applying hot tar or tar and gravel, using adhesive modified bitumen or fire resistant roofing, applying elastomeric coatings or polyurethane foam for weather protection and installing custom roof edging.
There are also a number of "green" options for roofs. Some eco-friendly roofs may include composite roofing or energy efficient roofing instead of wood shingles.
Ventilation products can also be installed.
Some roofing companies may have expertise with metal roofs and can recoat or fix steel roofing, steel roof shingles, stone coated steel roofing, aluminum roofing, insulated aluminum roofing, copper roofing, corrugated metal roofing or zinc roofing.
There are three main kinds of roofs types, and the terminology is based on their slope or pitch: High Slope, Low Slope and Flat
Flat Roof: for every 12 horizontal inches there are less than two inches vertical rise
High Slope Roof: For every 12 horizontal inches there are over five inches of vertical rise
Low Slope Roof: for every 12 horizontal inches there are two to five inches of vertical rise
The components of a typical roofing system are: Underlayment, Structural Support, Roofing Material, Roof Sheathing and Flashing.
Roof Sheathing: material that goes over the structural support and is most often plywood or OSB (Oriented Strand Board).â€¨â€¨
Structural Support: Joists, rafters or trusses that provide support.
Flashing: Where the roof meets vertical surfaces, such as a chimney, or at the valleys created when adjoining roof sections of differing angles meet.
Underlayment: A moisture protection layer on top of the roof sheathing (sometimes called a roof felt). â€¨â€¨
Roofing Material: The visible layer of the roof which you can see, which is typically tile or shingles.
Asphalt Shingles or Fiberlass Shinglesâ€¨â€¨â€¨
Foam Roofing / Polyurethane Roofing: Used with flat roofs as a possible alternative to Rolled Roofing or Built-Up Roofingâ€¨â€¨
Clay Tile / Concrete Tile
Reflective Lightweight Rocks
Tar & Gravelâ€¨â€¨
Rolled Roofing / Built-Up Roofing: Used on flat roofs or roofs with a very low slope
Ice and Water Shields for Roofingâ€¨
An ice and water shield looks like the felt paper that is often used to line roofs, but has a better quality. Felt can stop many leaks, but may let moisture through where one sheet meets or overlaps another, or through nail holes.
Ice and water shield roofing material is made of rubberized asphalt with adhesive backing that seals overlaps and nail holes. Roofers in Memphis can use it only where leaks may occur, or cover the whole span of the roof with it.
Some Roofers in Memphis Are Safer To Spend With Than Othersâ€¨
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these roofing contractors in Memphis TN: Leatherwood Roofing Bartlett TN. Other roofing contractors in Memphis TN who might still be in business include: .
Questions To Ask Roofing Companies in Memphis
When choosing which roofer to hire, ask the right questions about their experience, range of services, credentials, and methods and materials before deciding.
• Will the roofer sign a written contract? If they will not, you should not hire them.â€¨
• How long have they been building and repairing roofs in Memphis? If they are new to the area, they may not be up to speed on the local laws, codes, and permit requirements.
â€¨• How many jobs and roofs have they done in Memphis specifically? A roofer new to the area may not be familiar with the different climate issues impacting roofs in Memphis and may have little idea about what materials work best. â€¨â€¨
• Can the roofer put you in contact with former customers? (All roofing contractors bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had their customer references called by research staff at The Prime Buyer's Report so you don't have to.)â€¨â€¨
â€¨• How many different jobs have they done of comparable size and style as your roof? Roofing is a complicated field and not matching the exact materials with the correct roof can lead to serious problems.
• Do they have the proper license to do business in Memphis?
• Does the roofer have active workers' compensation and general liability insurance? (All roofers in Memphis bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had their proof of insurance verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)â€¨â€¨
• Will all the workers be legally able to work in the U.S.? (All roofing companies in Memphis bearing The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already signed an agreement to only hire documented workers.)
• Besides the manufacturer warranty on the roofing materials, what kind of warranties and guarantees on their labor does the roofer provide?
• Do they only use materials from one manufacturer? Will they provide options on materials, and explain the difference between the choices?
• How long do they estimate the roof repair or new roof installation will take?
• What are the means used to estimate pricing for new roofs or roof repairs?
• Will the written estimate also include the brands and materials they will be using? Questionable roofing companies may claim to save you money but use inferior products that will only cost you money down the road.â€¨â€¨
• Will permits be required, and why? Will the roofer do the paperwork to get the permits?
• Will there be a cleanup schedule during construction? Your lawn could become filled with construction waste and tools without one.
When you've chosen the best roofing contractor in Memphis TN for your specific needs, make sure they are licensed with a state or county license for roofing contractors. (All roofing companies in Memphis TN bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had their license verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)
Good Roofing Companies in Memphis TN Use Good Roofing Brands
Good roofers in Memphis TN use the best roofing materials. Some companies purchase these materials at discounted rates and then pass the savings on to you. Other roofers are able to qualify you for a manufacturer's warranty on their labor by being pre-approved by some brand manufacturers. Some of the better roofing brands include: Energy Star Cool Roofing Systems, CertainTeed Roofing, Firestone Building Products, Atlas Roofing Corp., GenFlex Roofing Systems, Recon Building Products, Award Metals, Dura-Loc Roofing Systems, , Elk Building Products, Hardishake, PABCO, Tamko Roofing Products, Gardner-Gibson Materials, DECRA Roofing Systems, Stone Metal Products, GAF Materials, Eagle Roofing Products and Air Vent.
Resources About Roofing Contractors in Memphis TN
Licensing & Trade Associations Related to Roofers in Memphisâ€¨ TN
Tennessee Association of Roofing Contractors - http://www.tarcroof.com
Better Business Bureau Tennessee - http://www.bbb.com/â€¨
NRCA National Roofing Contractors Association - http://www.nrca.net/â€¨
SRCA Slate Roofing Contractors Association - http://www.slateroofers.org/
TRI Tile Roofing Institute - http://www.tileroofing.org/ â€¨â€¨
Media & Web Resources for Roofing in Memphisâ€¨
Professional Roofing Magazine
Roofing RSI Magazineâ€¨
Roofing Contractor Magazineâ€¨