roofing FAQ

Do you have a roofing question? We probably have the answer. 

As one of the premier roofing companies in the Northern, VA area, we understand your concerns when it comes to replacing your roof, repairing your roof, and simply navigating the home exterior remodeling industry. 

That is why we put together this article that contains some of the most frequently asked roofing questions, or call it a “Roofing FAQ.” 

The 7 Most Frequently Asked Roofing Questions 

1. What are the signs my roof has problems? 

Perhaps the most common question we get (and any roofing company for that matter), is the question about knowing when a home’s roof has issues. 

The simple answer is that the signs are obvious, the complicated answer is that the roof issues signs aren’t so obvious. 

At first glance, you can see common roofing issues such as: 

  • Missing shingles
  • Water stains inside of the home
  • Exposed roof components that look out of place

However, there are also times where you might not see apparent roof issues such as rotting plywood, pipe collar cracks, or leaks. In this case, you have options, which lead to our next question. 

2. I have a roof leak, what do I do?

Perhaps you do your springtime maintenance and notice a few missing shingles or one morning you wake up and the bathroom ceiling has a leak stain. 

In the case of a roofing leak, you have options. Sometimes people ask if they need a new roof because of a leak, and the answer is always it depends. 

Factors such as the age of your current roof, the current warranty (if there is one), and the scop of your roof leak will ultimately determine the next steps. In either case, the first step is to always get the issue inspected by a roofing company… an honest roofing company. 

Depending on the damage on your roof causing the leak – a few missing shingles or a serious problem – will then determine your appropriate actions:

  1. Sometimes a simple roof repair is an answer
  2. Calling insurance to see if your roof qualifies for a replacement 
  3. A new roof

3. How much does a new roof cost?

In the event that it makes sense to move forward with a brand new roof, you have a few options, but the most common question we get is, “How much will a new roof cost?”

The answer varies depending on a few factors. One, the size of your roof will ultimately determine how much a new roof costs first and foremost. Roofs are measured by what is called “A Square” and this means 100 square feet. 

Pricing is done per square, which includes tearing off the existing shingles, laying the new garment, followed by the asphalt shingles. The cost per square is determined by the type of shingles a homeowner selects. 

In our complete roof pricing guide here, we share that shingle prices per square include: 

  • Three Tab Shingles – $380 per square
  • Archinetcutual Shingles – $400 to $425 per square

Using these numbers, an average size home at about 20 square would run a homeowner anywhere from $7600 to $800. 

While this is just an estimate and assumes there are no extras needed (like replacing plywood, fixing flashing, etc) the price is determined by the size of your roof! A townhome is much cheaper than $7600 just like a larger home with a hip roof will be more. 

4. Do new roofs have warranties? 

Whether you just got a new roof or perhaps you have a roof that is a few years old and you are still covered by a warranty, most roofs do have warranties. 

Similar to roofing prices, roofing warranties vary depending on the company that roofs your home and the type of shingles you select. 

For example, the Landmark Pro Archinetcutral shingles (the best) come with a 15-year 110 mph wind-resistance warranty in addition to a 50-year limited transferable warranty against manufacturing defects. 

That being said, product warranties are determined by the shingle supply company like Certainteed or Ownes Corning. The labor warranty depends on the shingle installer, but for example, here at Top Dog Home Pro, we offer a lifetime labor warranty. 

Always do your due diligence when it comes to a roof warranty before getting a new roof! You can read in full detail how roof warranties work here!

5. What are the different types of asphalt shingles? 

The most common roofing material is asphalt shingles, which happens to also be the most durable and affordable. But not all asphalt shingles are created equally. 

Asphalt shingle technology has increased tenfold over the years and shingles from 2005 pale in comparison to asphalt shingles in 2021. That being said the most common type of asphalt shingles are your common “Three Tab Shingles.” 

Three-tab shingles are hardy, affordable, and very common. However, they don’t look or perform as well as the super-durable architectural shingles. 

Architectural shingles give the look of cedar shingles, however, hold up as asphalt shingles do. They also are more durable because they are thicker. Shingles come in a variety of colors. 

>> Read all about our shingles here!

6. How long will it take to replace my roof? 

One day. 

A good company can replace a single-family home’s roof in one day. This includes removing the old roof shingles and underlayment, followed by replacing both with new underlayment and shingles, followed by a thorough clean up! 

7. What should you ask your roofing contractor before hiring?

Perhaps the best question we get, and the one you should ask the most before ever selecting a roofing company to install your new roof, is the right hiring questions! 

Making informed purchasing decisions is vital, especially when its an item like your roof, which we recongize is not a small investment. Anything costing a few thousand dollars is a large investment for most households. 

That is why we put together this quick “Hiring a Roofing Contractor Checklist:” 

Hiring a Roofing Contractor Checklist: 

  • Is your company insured?
  • Is your company licensed?
  • Are you certified by the shingle manufacturer? (We are a certified Certainteed Shingle Master for example) 
  • Is your roofing company a BBB Accredited Business?
  • Do you have references and reviews? 
  • What does your roofing warranty look like? 

Final Word

When it comes to your roof, the investment is large, but so is the actual roof, however, the return on investment is also worth it! It is said that in the resale process a new roof can have over an 80% return on investment!

That is why we take roof replacements and new roof consumer knowledge seriously by promoting the concept of an informed buyer. We want our customers to know EVERYTHING about their home’s roof before getting one.

So if you found this article helpful let us know! If you have a question about your roof we didn’t answer, feel free to submit your question here and we can add it!

what is curb appeal

The definition of curb appeal is pretty straight forward: the attractiveness of a property (typically for sale) and its surroundings when viewed from the street.

Curb appeal can be accomplished in many ways.

Homeowners can keep their lawn short and aesthetically pleasing. They can make sure their mulch beds are edged and re-mulched annually. Front doors and shutters can be painted every few years. And while the list goes on, something that is often overlooked is the roof of your home!

When it comes to curb appeal, the biggest factor after your front door the meets the eye is… your home’s roof!

Believe it or not, a clean, new-looking, and sometimes updated roof adds a ton of curb appeal (and a great ROI). Today, we will look to answer the “What is curb appeal question,” and ways to improve it!

First Things First, What is Curb Appeal?

Curb appeal refers to the appearance of a home from – you guessed it – the curb.

More importantly, it’s the first impression someone gets by viewing your home from the street.

Is it eclectic? Modern? Classic?

There are quite a few factors that can affect your curb appeal, from your roofing to your color palette of choice.

When it comes down to it, you want the first impression of your home to be a positive one – and a lasting one. Every aspect of your home’s exterior should be well-designed and maintained to impress neighbors, family, and any prospective buyers, either now or in the future.

As previously stated, the condition of your home, the landscaping, the roof, the gutters, all of this matters.

Why Does Curb Appeal Matter?

So, now you know what curb appeal really means, but why is it important?

\Making the exterior of your home eye-catching and well-groomed is a great way to beautify your neighborhood and encourage others to upkeep the aesthetic standards that have been set.

Beyond that, standing out from other homes in your neighborhood just the right amount gives you a competitive edge in a seller’s market.

While there are a lot of different factors when it comes to the listing price of your home, curb appeal is definitely going to be one of those factors. Think of the outside of your home as the hook that will pull people in to learn more about the interior and other features of your home.

How Can You Up Your Curb Appeal?

Start with the basics.

Cutting your grass, fertilizing so weeds are gone, and giving your landscaping a trim/mulch will add some instant curb appeal in a matter of minutes.

Simple ideas to quickly add curb appeal:

  1. Move trash cans from front of home
  2. Cut grass and fertilize it
  3. Get aeration in the fall
  4. Plant some new flowers
  5. Trim your trees and bushes
  6. Pick up any junk laying around

Next, we suggest evaluating the exterior of your home itself.

  • Is your siding stained or out-dated?
  • Does your roof need new shingles?
  • What about the quality of your windows?

Plan out a color scheme for your roof and siding and maybe even install an updated front door to really capture attention.

Basically, you should be asking yourself if your home is creating a cohesive story from just a glance. Not only will these basics help bring a vision together for your home, but getting new roofing and windows is a great way to keep your home maintained if you aren’t quite ready to sell.

Whether you’re interested in transforming your house into your dream home or your planning on selling before the new school year starts in the fall, putting some time and effort in the details of the exterior of your home will make a huge difference.

Focusing on curb appeal can take your home to the next level.

Curb Appeal in Northern Virginia

The Northern Virginia real estate market never goes into hibernation. And while the market stays hot almost year-round, curb appeal still matters.

You have probably seen a house that has no occupants and it’s quite amazing how fast that house falls apart and gives the appearance of not being maintained.

For those looking to relocate or sell, you’ve probably heard the term curb appeal in your recent research, but it’s not just reserved for those in the market to move.

Curb appeal can certainly make a big impact when it comes to selling your home, but it can also affect the ambiance of a neighborhood and, simply put, the overall value of your home, whether you’re interested in selling now, or later down the line.

Keeping property values high isn’t too hard in NOVA, but it helps when you care for the exterior of your home. This includes keeping up with seasonal maintenance, preparing your home for winter, keeping up with landscaping, and checking the condition of your roof annually.

If you have any exterior remodeling projects that go beyond the scope of landscaping – like a roof replacement or new gutters, let the professionals at Top Dog Home Pro inspect your exterior to give you the best input!

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exterior home renovation Woodbridge

Any kind of exterior home renovation is an investment, both in terms of money and time.

When choosing which roofing or gutter contractor should hire to help complete exterior remodeling, it’s important to take the time to ensure the right choice is made.

Even if the highest quality replacements are chosen, their correct installation is essential to functioning correctly. Things like price, professionalism, quality communication, haggle-free scheduling – they all matter. 

That is why here at Top Dog Home Pro we stand by our guarantee to be the best in Roofing & Gutters in Woodbridge/surrounding areas! 

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Who is Top Dog Home Pro (Woodbridge, VA)?

Top Dog Home Pro was founded in the spring of 2016 by owner/founder Luke Mitchell.

After graduating from West Virginia University in 2009 with a degree in business, Luke would work for his father’s exterior renovation company for several years before moving on to a large product distribution company to run their install division.

However, prior to college, Luke started working side by side with his father before he could even drive, gaining valuable insight on how to renovate roofs and gutters for homes (You can read all about the start in detail here).


UPDATE 2020:

Presently (as of Fall 2020) Top Dog Home Pro has no served countless customers in and around NOVA to help with their roofing and gutter needs.

In fact, we now have 63 5 Star Reviews!


Keys to Exterior Home Renovation:

Pricing:

A low bid might mean low quality. This kind of renovation is an expensive, long-term investment. It can be even more costly if it is not done right. Thorough research should be done to ensure a true professional expert is hired. It’s important to contact at least three contractors for consultation. Be sure to verify each is an established, insured company.

Transparency

A good contractor listens to their customer and is open to answering questions. A window and door replacement professional should have no problem explaining their process, sharing their work stats, or providing licensing certificates, references or proof of insurance.

They should also be willing to provide a written proposal that outlines every aspect of the project. If the initial meeting results in confusion, it may be a red flag that they are not the right fit.

For example, all of our warranty info and transparent pricing can be found online!

  1. Gutter Warranties
  2. Roofing Warranties

Pricing

Every homeowner has different needs and a different budget. Many contractors sell only certain brands or initially push stock that is the most expensive. A trustworthy expert will understand individual needs and work with the homeowner. If purchasing replacements through them, be sure to gain a solid understanding of the associated warranties and details of the products selected.

Homeowners make important, long-lasting decisions when it comes to windows and door replacement. That same thought process, along with the above tips, can help make it a little easier.

We can help with pricing! We put all of our prices online to make the ease of home exterior renovation simple!

Final Thoughts –

At Top Dog Home Pro, we are enthralled to be one of the leading exterior home renovation comapnies in Woodbridge, VA and the surrounding areas!

When it comes to exterior remodeling renovation for your roof or gutters, we got you covered and can help your home stay on TOP!

~Luke, Top Dog Home Pro