What kind of work do we do?
"We are strictly dedicated to roofing.
We specialize in hot tar, built-up roofs, EPDM (rubber), PVC, and modified bitumen flat
roofs, shingles and siding replacements, as well as gutters and leaders. We operate
primarily in the Rockland County area; however we have had customers out of county who
were referred to us."
Who does our work?
"All of our work is done personally by
us. We do not subcontract any of our jobs, because only we provide the most experience. In
addition to our craftsmanship, we fabricate all of our own flashings and edgings in our
own metal shop. Therefore only our personal best is given to the customer."
Why a roofer and not an
"We are roofers: a trade of its own! Would
you go to a dentist to have a by-pass surgery? We solely focus on roofing and their
related systems. A jack of all trades is a master of none."
How do I know you are a
"Unfit non-reputable roofers do not last very long
in this business. They come and go like locusts, because after a few years the roofs they
have worked on start having problems. The complaints and litigations build up so much that
it leaves them with two options; disappear from the local area, or change their business
name. We have been roofing in Rockland County, and its near-by vicinities year round since
1968, and we rarely advertise.* So we must be good at what we have been doing
all these years... it is called reputation!!!!"
We feel our customers' privacy should not be disturbed by reference phone calls.
For information about us, we recommend calling Rockland County's Consumer Protection Agency. In these records, you will find that there has never been a legitimate complaint about us, and NO litigation is forthcoming.
Why do I need a new roof if
its not leaking?
"If caught in time, a new roof may be
applied over an existing single-layer roof that has not curled or shrunk. Otherwise,
removing the old roof and carting away debris will run into added expenses that could have
been avoided. Southern exposure houses tend to deteriorate more and should be of more
concern with regard to life expectancy. Would you keep your car until it's ready to go to
the junkyard or would you trade it in before it was worthless?"
What color roof should I get? Does
it make a difference?
"We prefer using a 25-year or better grade of shingle.
We leave color to the individual, but lighter colors do last longer due to the reflection
of the sun. Overlaid dimensional Timberline shingles add an enhanced look and beauty to
your house that will be admired for years to come."
How can I prevent
"ponding water" on my flat roof?
"If you have an existing flat roof, you may have a
problem with "ponding" water", water that remains on a roof for days after
a storm or snowfall. Many people have come to me to ask what they can do to minimize
damage. We have the solution! And we're good at it. We would re-design the surface
of the roof---creating slopes, valleys, crickets, hips, and ridges to any direction,
pitching roofs one-way from one end to the other with 1/8" to 1/2" per foot slope or more. Using the tapered,
laminated, and ridged Insulation Systems, we will alleviate the water ponding and insulate
your roof at the same time; all without the use of lumber, rafters, plywood, or
interfering with any adjoining roofs. Ideal for attached homes."
Example of sloping method for flat roofs.
Call us for more detailed information and estimated cost.
What about gutters and down
"We use only heavy 0.32 gauge aluminum gutters that
are fabricated on the job site to fit your specific needs. We install our gutters with
internal hidden brackets, (screwed, not nailed) to support heavy loads of ice and snow.
For down spouts, we use a better quality ALCOA 027 aluminum material in various colors.
We are also certified installers of the Alcoa Leaf Relief Gutter Protection."
(See our Materials)
What is ice damming, and what can
be done to prevent it?
"Ice damming on the roof edge of a home is a
weather condition phenomenon. Leaks in your home that form ice damming do not necessarily
mean that there is something wrong with your roof. Ice damming is caused by a large amount
of snow accumulation, which is left on your roof too long when the temperature stays below
Example of "Ice Damming"
"The melting of the snow from a warm attic
underneath re-freezes when reaching the overhang and gutters. When enough ice has formed
at the soffitts, it dams the water and prevents it from going off the roof. It then backs
up under the roof shingles causing the water to leak into your house."
(Listed below are some possible solutions and preventions:)
Have snow cleared off the roof as soon as possible
by a professional roofer.
Check for warm air leaks into the attic.
Make sure the attic is properly ventilated; the
colder the attic the better.
Clean screens at the gable vents.
Add additional insulation to your attic floor.
"Of course, when we install a new
roof...especially when the old shingles are removed, we always supply and properly adhere
an Ice and Water Shield membrane along the eaves and wherever else we feel is necessary.
The Ice Shield is properly sealed with a new aluminum edging, and drip edge to
alleviate the possibility of water seepage in the house from ice formation."
How much of a down
payment will I need?
"When you call us we establish a friendly
relationship; therefore in most cases no deposit is required unless a specialty item is
requested. When we estimate your job on our estimate/ contract form, we specify in detail the
step-by-step performance, materials to be used, and application of your job.
Therefore there is never a question as to what is included and what is not included in
your bill when the job is complete, and never any discrepancies leading to argument."
Do you install slate roofs?
"Yes. We normally use the traditional Vermont
Slate Roofing, for beauty and durability. Slate quarried for roofing stock is of dense,
sound rock, exceedingly tough and durable. It's practically non-absorptive, absolutely
fire and waterproof, resistant to climatic changes, with absolutely no disintegration.
Vermont slate roofs have lasted a century, giving a minimum cost per year, in contrast to
other types of manufactured roofing which must be re-roofed three or four times within
this period. Vermont Natural slate colors, sizes and textures afford many architectural
effects, contributing to the appearance and beauty of any building. Slate, the sheltering
stone, resists all nature's elements. All Vermont Roofing Slate is Grade A for durability. It has been used for
the longest time. Slate is a natural hand-crafted product that can have slight variations in texture
and thickness. The roofer performing your installation should be experienced in slate
application. The slate described above comes from Evergreen Slate Company, Inc."