Hometown Roofing Blog

the Sopranos or the BBB?

"You wanna operate in dis neighbahood?  You gotta pay." The Better Business Bureau portrays itself as a watchdog, protecting the unsuspecting consumers from the bad guys.  After learning a little more about the Tony Soprano like practices of at least one BBB chapter, we need to ask... who's watching the watchdog?
Worldwide Internet Usage

Have you ever wondered just how much information the Internet moves? A new infographic sheds some light on what goes on in the World Wide Web in the span of one-minute... just 60 miniscule seconds. It's incredible to realize that more than one-million YouTube videos are viewed every single minute, and 204 million emails are sent out every 60 seconds worldwide.
Cool Roofing

Cool Roofing Explained The surface of traditional dark-colored roof can increase in temperature by up to 90-degrees on a hot sunny day. Some of this heat absorbs into the building, causing a huge increase in the cost of cooling the building. It can also lead to the “heat island effect” common in large, dense cities that have closely-spaced buildings not equipped with cool roofing.
Types of Residential Flat Roofing

Before we get to an actual price comparison between the different types of residential flat roofing options, it’s important to know a little bit about each type.
Roofing Contractor Scams

8000 Reasons to Choose Roofing Contractors Wisely
Roofing fraud is a big problem.  Unsuspecting homeowners get scammed out of their hard-earned money everyday by roofers or fake roofers who take their money and never deliver a roof. In 2012 alone, there were nearly 8,000 consumer complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau regarding unscrupulous roofing contractors.  These figures represent only the tip of the iceberg. There are undoubtedly thousands or even tens of thousands more roofing scams nationwide that are never reported to the BBB.
A man shoveling snow off of his roof

Spring is nearly upon us, and with it, the hope for an end to this winter's harsh snowstorms. Especially hard hit were the Northeast and Midwest regions, both of which experienced multiple heavy snowfalls. Parts of the Northeast were hit the hardest, with an average of nearly 18 inches per major snowfall. Along with the snow has come another dangerous problem, sagging and collapsed roofs, which have been reported in states like New York and Illinois.
Shingle Roofing Price Increase

2013 Sees Big Price Increases on Roof Shingles
Prices for roofing shingles are on the rise in 2013. The price increase is being seen across the board from all major shingle manufacturers. Steeper prices are largely due to increased demand for roof shingles in the Eastern United States.  Hurricane Sandy and other storms over the past year are fueling the demand.
Texas Roofing Scams and Fraud

True or false?  Roofing contractors in Dallas are required to be licensed by the state of Texas.  Answer:  False.  Texas is one of several states where roofing contractors are not required to have a license.  Pretty much anybody with a hammer can wake up one day, decide to be a roofer... and come knocking on your door after a storm claiming to be a roofer.
EPDM Roofing Installation

Photo source: EPDM Roofing Association EPDM, also referred to as rubber roofing, is one of the most popular flat roofing choices. It’s an affordable, relatively durable and easy to install singly-ply roofing material. EPDM rubber roofing is ideal for both commercial roofing and residential flat roofing applications, making it a flexible material (pun intended) for virtually any flat roof installation. Here’s the lowdown about rubber roofing:
Metal tile roofing from Decra

Metal tile roofing. Photo source: Decra Myth #1: Metal Roofing Will Rust
Well no, not really.  Aluminum roofing is naturally resistant to corrosion and rust, so it provides excellent protection against the elements without the need for special protective coatings.
are you covered by your roofing warranty

While it’s a good feeling knowing your roof carries a 30-year, 50-year, or lifetime warranty, it’s important to know that this doesn’t necessarily mean your roof will last that long. It also doesn’t mean the cost of roof repairs are covered under the warranty. Not all roof warranties are created equal, and homeowners expecting their roof repair to be covered by a warranty are often left disappointed. Being educated about different warranties and their provisions ensures you won’t come across any unwanted surprises.

We aren't necessarily enthusiastic supporters of plastic surgery around here, but when we looked in the mirror we didn't really like what we saw. Hometown Roofing Contractors needed a facelift... and an enhancement or two.  So we're excited to announce some major improvements to the Hometown Roofing Contractors website.  Along with an improved look and feel, we've added real reviews on roofing contractors, roofing costs from actual projects, and a new blog. Real Roofing Reviews It's estimated that FAKE reviews on roofing contractors was indirectly responsible for over 872,000 roof leaks last year in the U.S. alone.   Can you believe that?