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 it’s an item like your roof, which we recognize 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!

roofing shingles

Looking for information on roofing shingles?

When it comes to your home’s roof, there is a very high likelihood that your roof has shingles. 

Asphalt shingles to be specific. 

And while there is a chance your roof has metal components, such as dormers or a porch area with metal, the roofing shingles you see on your home are almost always asphalt shingles (or sometimes cedar shake). 

Regardless, chances are you were searching for roofing shingles today to learn about the best ones? Or perhaps you were looking for the average cost of roofing shingles. Either way, here at Top Dog Home Pro, we got you covered, literally and figuratively! 

Today we will explore the following when it pertains to your roof’s shingles:

  1. What are asphalt shingles?
  2. What type and quality of roofing shingles are there?
  3. How much do roofing shingles typically cost?
  4. Roofing Repair vs Replacement

First, what are asphalt shingles?

Asphalt shingles happen to be the most commonly used form of roofing material in the states, more common than sheet metal or wood shingles. 

While the main component of asphalt shingles is of course asphalt, according to Guardian Roofs, they consist of either a fiberglass or felt paper base coated with a waterproof later of asphalt and topped with ceramic granules.

This creates a durable, waterproof, and lightweight shingle that can stand most elements mother nature has to offer such as wind, ice, snow, rain, and hail. Of course, like anything these days, there are different types of asphalt shingles. 

Types of Roofing Shingles

Asphalt roofing shingles have evolved immensely over the past 20 years. Chances are if you have a roof that is from the ’90s or even still hanging on from the ’80s, the asphalt shingles you had then are nothing compared to what is offered today!

The two types of asphalt shingles are: 

  1. Three Tab Shingles
  2. Architectural Shingles

As you can see in the photo below, on the left the three-tab shingle is designed to look like three individual shingles, however, it is all one piece. These roofing shingles are flat, light-weight and the most economical when priced. 

On the right, the architectural shingles are thicker because of an extra layer of asphalt, but they are also sturdier and give a more unique/modern look. Architectural are a bit more expensive as we will soon cover, however, they last longer and have better warranty options because they are higher in quality. 

roofing shingles

That is not to say that if you elect to use three-tab roofing shingles you won’t have a healthy new roof, it’s just that more and more homeowners are looking at the long-term rewards of architectural shingles when they replace their roofs! 

Of course, costs matter but so does quality! 

How to know when the roofing shingles need to be replaced:

There are obvious signs that can indicate whether or not you need to replace your roof’s shingles. Let’s start with the super obvious signs!

  1. You have missing shingles, and it is obvious based on exposed underlayment or even exposed plywood. Urgency, ASAP!
  2. You notice that your shingles are curled or perhaps giving a “Buckled” look
  3. Your shingles are over 15 years old
  4. You notice lots of asphalt granules in your gutter downspout collectors

While these are some of the more obvious signs that you might need your roofing singles replaced, there other less common ones you might not be able to see. Perhaps your ridge vent is missing some shingles or your plywood is warped in some areas. 

In that case, if you don’t want to get on your roof (which we recommend NEVER getting on your roof) you can always reach out to have us take a look!

How much do new roofing shingles cost?

The cost for a new roof, roof repair, or new roofing shingles can vary. In this article here, we walk you through step by step how to gauge the cost of roofing shingles and a new roof. 

That being said, below you will find a quick view of how much roofing shingles cost per square, which is 100 square feet of shingles! For an accurate price, you can “Build” your roof here. 

roofing shingle costs

The price for roofing shingles varies depending on the quality of the shingle and the amount required for your home. 

For example, a standard 3-tab shingle installed by Top Dog Home Pro is $380 a square, whereas our architectural pro series roofing shingles by Certainteed run $425 per square installed. 

In the table below you will find rough estimates for replacing the shingles on a roof based on the approximate size of the home: 

3 TabArchitectural ShinglesPro Series
Townhome380040004250
Single-Family760080008500
Large Single-Family152001600017000

While these are average prices based on a normal roof replacement, there are other factors that can contribute to a roof replacement such as the condition of the plywood, layers of existing shingles, and any other possible issues that might exist. 

The best recommendation is to look further than just the price but to also look at the roofing warranty as well. While you might save upfront on 3 tab shingles, the warranty isn’t as good when compared to an architectural shingle!

>> Read about our Roofing Warranties here! We explain the entire process transparently and help you weigh the pros and cons of each shingle type!

Roof Replacement vs Roofing Repairs:

There is a saying in the personal finance world that when it comes to our finances, each situation should be treated personally, hence the emphasis on ‘Personal’ finance. The same can be said for your roof. 

While there are metrics that can determine whether an entire roof replacement is more suitable for your home, or perhaps a simple repair, the best thing to do is to first start with a roof inspection. 

Once you have your roof inspected by a certified roofing specialist/contractor, you should weigh your options. It’s vital to weigh all of your options:

  • Is there a possibility for an insurance claim?
  • How old is your roof?
  • Will the repair last, or is a new roof the better long term option?
  • Will a roof repair cost more than just replacing the entire roof?

Typically, if it is something simple like replacing a few shingles, checking out a possible leak, or replacing a section of a ridge vent, a roofing repair is a good option. 

However, when the amount of roofing shingles needing to be replaced reaches a certain threshold, or the repair costs are starting to get to 50% of the cost of a new roof, a roof replacement is usually a better option. 

For example, if a new roof would cost you $7,000, but the repairs cost $3,5000, it’s better to simply replace the roof. 

A new roof has a high return on investment for resale purposes and the new asphalt roofing shingles have amazing technology that makes it hardy and looks better!

Final Word on Roof Shingles –

Roofing shingles are not something we often think about until we have to. Perhaps you wake up to find a few shingles in your yard after a wind storm or you see a bare spot on the backside of your roof. 

There is also the chance that one day you notice that your home’s roof just looks very old. Either way, replacing your roofing shingles is something that should be viewed as an investment. 

So like any investment, it’s best to do your due diligence and get as much information on your end before moving forward with a contractor. 


Top Dog Home Pro proudly serves all of Northern Virginia and specializes in helping homeowners in Woodbridge, Fairfax, Lorton, Springfield, and many more with their roof!

roof leaks

I will never forget the morning my best friend called and said he had a roof leak.

After three straight days of what felt like non-stop, pounding rain, he noticed a blotchy, dark stain on the drywall above his bathroom sink.

My friend said as they brushed their teeth, they immediately recognized moisture penetrating their bathroom drywall on the top floor of his home. In a bit of a panic, he called me (Luke, Top Dog Home Pro) and asked what he should do.

I chuckled a bit, only because the answer to roof leak questions vary. They can range from a very quick and simple fix, to sometimes a brand new roof.

That is why today we will help you understand these things as they pertain to roof leaks:

  1. How to determine if you have a roof leak
  2. Causes of Roof Leaks
  3. What to do if you have a roof leak
  4. The best ways to repair your roof leak

How to known if your roof is leaking:

The first question I asked my friend that day was, “How big is the water stain on the drywall of your ceiling, and is it concentrated or all over?”

His answer, “A small stain in one spot” was something that immediately told me the roof leak was there, but it wasn’t urgent. Most likely a pipe collar had corroded and cracked, water was seeping in and dripping down the truss and causing a small drip.

Sure enough, the day once the rain subsided that was the case. The pipe collar had cracked and needed to be replaced – a simple fix!

All this to say, it is sometimes VERY obvious when you have a roof leak, and not so obvious other times, let’s look at how you determine if you have a roof leak:

How to find roof leaks:

  1. If you see a water stain on your top floor ceiling, this is a very evident sign of a roof leak of some sort
  2. Go into your attic annually and look for any mold or soft/rotting wood (hopefully you won’t find this)
  3. Have your roof inspected annually
  4. Look for common “Water Penetration Areas.”  Anywhere you have skylights, roof vents, chimneys, dormers or anything else that projects through the roof and cause a break in shingles it’s most likely the common cause of a roof leak. Very rarely is a wide-open space covered by unbroken shingles will you have a leak
  5. Look for missing shingles and caps on your roof

Causes of Roof Leaks

The most common cause of roof leaks is typically from missing shingles or where things like chimneys and skylights “break the chain” of shingles.

Areas, where shingles are missing or broken, can allow for moisture and water to penetrate your roof’s service. Obviously, things like rotting plywood and missing shingles can lead to bigger roof leaks.

Common causes of roofing leaks include:

  1. Missing shingles
  2. Loose or broken shingles
  3. Pipe collar seals that are cracked
  4. Flashing leaks
  5. Skylights, dormers, and chimney areas where moisture can penetrate
  6. Clogged gutters (causing heavy rain)
  7. Roof vents
  8. Holes in roof
  9. Age of roof (really old roofs that no longer work)

What to do if your roof is leaking:

If you have seen some missing shingles or you have noticed some wet spots in your home – it’s a sign your roof might be leaking. But what if you’re still unsure?

Here are the best logical steps to take to address a possible or existing roof leak:

1. Call a Roof Repair Company

Here at Top Dog Home Pro, we specialize in roof replacements and roof repairs. What we always tell homeowners is that if they suspect a roof leak – call ASAP!

While it might be something simple like fixing my friend’s pipe collar, it could be a small problem that if not addressed – could become an even bigger issue!

It doesn’t hurt to reach out and simply get your roof inspected! In fact, we recommend doing it annually!

2. Check Your Pipe Collars

Take a step back, far enough on the street to see if you’re pipe collars look “OK.”

While this might not be the most efficient check, just doing a spot check from the street doesn’t hurt. Getting on your roof, using a ladder, and inspecting your roof is something we don’t usually recommend.

However, if you insist on getting on your roof, be sure to use safety protocols and ladder safety steps!

Note: Get some binoculars! Use binoculars to check your roof and get a closer view!

3. Check your roof for missing shingles

The most common cause of roof leaks after pipe collar cracks in the seal, missing shingles are a major cause for roof leaks!

It’s really simple to check your roof with missing shingles – it’s pretty obvious, so long as you get the right vantage point.

Using binoculars is a good idea too! Be sure to be extra vigilant when heavy wind storms sweep through your area!

4. Fix your roof leak

Once you determine where your roof leak is coming from, it’s best to fix the roof as fast as possible!

WHY??

A small leak can become a big leak in a matter of weeks, and even sometimes days depending on the time of the year (think spring rain).

Waiting to fix your roof leak can lead to more damage and fixing plywood, replacing more shingles, and even some interior cosmetic remodeling can start to add up!

However, the good thing is you do have options when it comes to repairing your roof which we will discuss below!

Roof Leak Repair Options

When it comes to fixing your roof leak, the options may vary depending on the size and scope of you roof leak.

Once you determine you have a leak the best options are to:

  1. Call a certified roof company that can work with insurance companies (Such as Top Dog Home Pro of Woodbridge, VA)
  2. Determine if the fix is worth just fixing OR contacting insurance and submitting a roof repair (We can do this for you, just learn about our video call option here). This will depend on size and scope.
  3. Decide if the roof repair is sufficient, or depending on age, if the roof needs to be replaced (which is sometimes easier).

If it is determined that a roof replacement is needed, that is most likely because the cost of a repair exceeds the benefits the repair. Sometimes, depending on the age of roof, it’s best to consider a roof replacement.

Final Word on Roof Leaks

As the joke goes, the Grand Canyon wasn’t formed overnight.

The same goes for a roof leak in most cases. While they might “Appear” over night or after a storm, most of the time they are slow emerging.

However, once they start, they don’t stop until they’re addressed. That is why it’s important to do an annual roof check visually and even consider having a professional roofing contractor in your area check your roof every few years – especially as your roof ages!

new roof costs

Just the other day, a really good friend asked me a question about roof pricing.

His exact words were pretty straightforward, “Luke, if I want a new roof for a detached garage, what am I looking at price wise?”

While I said there are differences in roof replacement costs vs a brand new roof cost, the followup questions I asked him helped figure out just how much his new roof cost would be.

He was amazed, in fact he exclaimed he had called around and every company wanted to send a representative to come look at his roof to give him a “accurate price.”

However, based on some simple questions and some rough calculations, I was able to help him get a accurate ball park of what a new roof would cost him!

His next words were simple – you need to include this stuff on your website!

After giving it some consideration, here at Top Dog Home Pro we realized that everyone shops online nowadays, so why can’t people shop for roofs online?

So today we are excited to share with you two amazing features:

  1. Our roof replacement cost & build online page
  2. This article helping you understand all the pricing metrics behind new roof costs!

New Roof Costs (Everything to Know!)

Today, in our article we will be sharing new roof costs from a homeowner’s perspective as if they’re replacing their existing roof.

In other words, when we refer to “New Roof” we are referencing new shingles and underlayment for an existing home, not a new construction home.

Understanding what makes up a new roof or roof replacement is the key to estimating the cost of your new roof. A high-quality roof replacement will consist of the following:

  1. Removing the existing shingles and underlayment
  2. Inspecting the condition of plywood on roof (we will never put new shingles on plywood that is damaged)
  3. Installation of underlayment – Certainteed DiamondDeck
  4. Application of ice shield, CertainTeed Winterguard along edges
  5. New shingles (selected below)

This is of course standard with any new replacement that Top Dog Home Pro does and is all included, aside from any damaged plywood that requires replacing (we will dive further into extras later).

And while this seems pretty straightforward, the reason we let you know about what a new roof first consists of is because though rare, some companies in the past have simply installed a new roof on the existing roof to cut corners.

So now that you know what exactly a roof replacement consists of, let’s look at the costs.

How roof replacements are priced:

Roofs are priced by what is commonly referred to in the roofing industry as a “Square.”

A roofing square is equivalent to 100 square feet of shingles.

For example, a town home that has 1,000 square feet of roof would require 10 “Squares” of shingles.

Almost all companies use this term to price roofs and costs such as underlayment, tear off, etc are factored into the square price.

Factors that determine the amount of square required for a roof include:

  • The size of your home,
  • The pitch,
  • The slope,
  • Eaves/crevasses.
  • Hip-roofs
  • Chimneys, skylights, and areas that require more shingle usage

Now that you know how roofs are priced, let’s explore the three major components of new roof costs!

New Roof Cost: Size of Home

The size of your home’s roof matters when it comes to pricing (this is a given).

A town home with a roof that is approximately 10 square is naturally going to cost less than a single family home with a hip roof that requires 30 square.

That being said, on our Roof Build & Price page, we let homeowners pick out the features of their roof and get a rough ballpark estimate for what their roof will cost!

As you can see in this photo below, the amount of square (roughly estimated) per type of home is as follows:

Typically the following square is required (on average) for each of the following types of homes:

  • Townhome: 10-12 roofing square
  • Single Family home: 20 square
  • Extra Large or Hip Roof: 40 square

While the exacts are actually measured using GPS technology and satellites provided by EagleView so that slope and pitch are spot on, the final amount of shingles that are needed come from these reports.

However, this will help you get a roof ball park for what you will need square wise to estimate your roof cost, but first you have to pick your shingles!

New Roof Pricing: Type of Shingles

The type of shingle you select for your new roof matters in more way than just price.

For starters, the shingle warranty, the quality of the singles you select, and what type you ultimately choose all have features that can make them better (or worse) than another asphalt shingle.

Think of shingles like cars.

You have a base model car, followed by your average model, followed by the top-end model. Shingles are very similar.

Here at Top Dog Home Pro we offer three shingles, though we hardly install the first:

  1. Three-tab shingles (base model)
  2. Landmark Architectural Shingles (consumers top pick)
  3. Landmark Architectural Pro Shingles (best warranty)

To help, we have included this pricing table below which includes the three shingles we offer

Type of ShinglesTownhome Single FamilyXL Home/ Hip Roof
10 Square:20 Square:40 Square:
XT25 Three Tab$3,800 $7,600$15,200
Landmark$4,000$8,000$16,000
Landmark Pro$4,250$8,500$17,000

While this is based on square footage averages for the normal roof for a townhome, single family home or an extra large home, what you will first notice is that the price difference between basic three tab shingles (XT25) and Landmark Pro Architectural shingles is typically a couple hundred more…

Why does this matter?

For starters, the material and quality of a architectural shingle is worth every penny compared to the lesser three tab counterpart, but REALLY, it boils down to the shingle warranties.

In our warranty article we explain the specifics of roofing warranties, but for a quick glance here is a comparison:

3 Tab ShinglesLandmark PRO
ProratedNon- prorated
-25-year, limited transferable warranty
-5-year SureStart™ warranty (100% replacement and labor costs due to manufacturing defects)
-10-year StreakFighter® warranty (on available colors) against streaking and discoloration caused by airborne algae
-5-year, 60 mph wind-resistance warranty
-Lifetime limited warranty
-15-year algae resistance
-10-year SureStart protection includes
-15-year 110 MPH wind warranty with an upgrade to 130 MPH available

New Roof Cost: Extras

You have your home’s roof size figured out… check.

You selected your shingle style… check.

Next, it’s time to see if any extra is needed or if you want to add extras to your roof! These types of things are always discussed prior and included in pricing, with the only thing not being discussed up front is the plywood replacement.

Hopefully we don’t have to replace any plywood, but that is something that can happen with a new roof and it isn’t known until the old roof is torn off. Our team can sometimes feel “Soft Spots” ahead of time and roughly guess how many boards may need replacing.

That said, here are common extras that can sometimes impact new roof costs or homeowners may want to add:

ExtraUnit of MeasurePrice
4 Ply 1/2″ Plywood 4×8each$65
Additional layer of tear offper square$35
Tear Off of Wood Shakeper square$55
Steep Pitch 8/12 or >
Step Flashing
per square$30
Ridgeventper foot$4
Chimney/Skylight Flashingeach$125
New SkylighteachVaries ($1,000)
Pipe Collar and Permabooteach$35
Power attic faneach$550
Eagleview Roof Report (If not submitted)per home$40

As you can see the extras vary and some are necessary (like the ridge-vents) and some are extras for curb appeal (like adding a skylight).

Things like an extra layer tear off (older roofs that have two layers of shingles) or cedar shake tear off require long amounts of time and are not included in the normal price.

As mentioned, these things are all talked about and discussed in the price up front, however, these are the extras that can be added to a new roof cost.

Final Word on New Roof Costs

As you can easily see, there are no exacts when it comes to replacing your existing roof and your new roof costs!

We are very transparent with roofing costs for the simple fact that we want YOU the customer to be able to accurately gauge your roof price without getting the run around from other companies!

This is also why we offer video call scheduling ahead of time, something most companies don’t offer!

So in parting, we hope you learned about roof replacement costs and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask below! We proudly serve Northern Virginia for all roofing and gutter needs!

roofing warranty

When it comes to replacing your home’s roof, we understand the importance of a comprehensive roofing warranty.

Here at Top Dog Home Pro, we also recognize that most of the questions we are asked when homeowners are considering replacing their home’s roof revolve around the roofing warranty.

And rightfully so.

Replacing your home’s roof is an investment, and like any investment, you want to make sure you’re getting the best product and ROI!

That is why we have taken the time to craft an article for you that explains all of the warranties we offer when it comes to our shingles. Today you will read about:

  • Roofing Warranties we offer
  • Shingle Product warranties
  • Labor warranties

What Roofing Warranty Do You Offer?

By far the most frequently asked question we get is, “What warranty do you offer?”

This is a very important question and as a homeowner, it’s important to know what your warranty consists of. Here at Top Dog Home Pro we are CertainTeed ShingleMaster, which means we have the ability to offer:

  1. A comprehensive LIFETIME Labor Warranty
  2. A 4-Star CertainTeed Extended Warranty

Roofing Warranty: Manufacture Warranty Info

When you use a CertainTeed ShingleMaster we are able to guarantee a full manufactures warranty. Why is this important you ask?

One reason we recommend Architectural Shingles (Landmark PRO) over 3-tab shingles installed by a certified installer is that the warranty is NOT pro-rated!

CertainTeed shingles come with a 20-year manufacture warranty,  meaning if by the off chance that during year 19 something happens to your shingles – you get the full amount.

However, if your new roof is not installed by a CertainTeed ShingleMaster, it’s a pro-rated warranty.

The manufacture warranty covers the entire roofing system – not just the shingles.

Here are a few specifics behind the LANDMARK architectural shingle series manufacture roofing warranty:

  • Lifetime limited transferable warranty against manufacturing defects on residential applications
  • 50-year limited transferable warranty against manufacturing defects on group-owned or commercial applications (Landmark PRO and Landmark Premium)
  • StreakFighter® algae-resistance warranty (10-year – Landmark, 15-year – Landmark PRO and Premium)
  • 10-year SureStart™ protection
  • 15-year 110 mph wind-resistance warranty
  • Wind warranty upgrade to 130 mph available.
  • CertainTeed starter and CertainTeed hip and ridge required

Landmark PRO Architectural Shingle Warranty:

landmark pro warranty
  • Lifetime limited warranty
  • 15-year algae resistance
  • 10-year SureStart protection includes
  • 15-year 110 MPH wind warranty with an upgrade to 130 MPH available

See CertainTeed Landmark PRO brochure here.

Landmark Warranty (Architectural Shingles):

landmark shingle warranty
  • Lifetime limited warranty
  • 15-year algae resistance
  • 10-year SureStart protection includes
  • 15-year 110 MPH wind warranty with an upgrade to 130 MPH available

See CertainTeed Landmark brochure here.

XT25 (3-Tab) Shingle Warranty:

3 tab shingle warranty
  • 25-year, limited transferable warranty
  • 5-year SureStart™ warranty (100% replacement and labor costs due to manufacturing defects)
  • 10-year StreakFighter® warranty (on available colors) against streaking and discoloration caused by airborne algae
  • 5-year, 60 mph wind-resistance warranty

See XT25 3-Tab brochure here.

Top Dog Home Pro Labor Roofing Warranty:

At Top Dog Home Pro of Northern Virginia, we offer our CertainTeed Lifetime Labor Warranty.

This means if your shingles leak, a shingle blows off it’s covered (outside of tree branch tearing off shingles or a wind gust of 130 mph). To put this in perspective as it pertains to wind gusts – the 2018 Noreaster wind storm didn’t even come close to 130 MPH.

In fact, the scope of the warranty would have protected homes with CertainTeed shingles installed by us had there been issues!

What’s the diff between a Three-Tab Shingle & Architectural Shingle?

Simply put, in addition to the look, color, and quality – the warranties are different.

  • 3 Tab = 20 year non-prorated warranty
  • Architectural = 50 Year non-prorated Warranty

As far as durability, Quality Discount Roofing of Florida put it this way:

“Three-tab asphalt shingles have one shingle tab size and shape that consists of three separate tabs that are 12 inches wide. They are coated with asphalt to shed water. Architectural shingles are characterized as dimensional or laminate and come in varying sizes and shapes. They are thicker and present a more multi-sided appearance, which is often compared to a shake- type look.”

For just $20 more a square (100 square feet) you can have a lifetime warranty. Not to mention the look and quality of architectural shingles are that much better!

The price difference is between $400-$1,200 for an average townhome or single-family home. In the long run, the extra $400, $800, or $1,200 is worth the extended lifetime labor and product warranties!

You can also use our build & price roofing page to help you gauge pricing!

Final Word on Roofing Warranties

This might be the most important thing you read when it comes to your roof replacement/new roof:

Your roofing warranty matters.

Can you find a roofing contractor who can complete a new roof for a cheaper cost? Yes, that is possible.

However, especially as it pertains to replacing your roof and shingles, cheaper is not always better.

Lower quality shingles, a less or non-existent warranty are why some companies install “Cheaper Roofs” in cost, but not in quality. It’s important to recognize your home’s new roof as a long term investment.

The investment (your roof) has a better ROI when your warranty is a lifetime warranty (Using Architectural shingles with a ShingleMaster installer) vs a lesser or non-existent warranty.

While a warranty can sometimes seem like not a big deal, a windstorm like the one in the spring of 2018 that resulted in damage across the entire Northern VA region impacted many homeowner’s roofs.

However – the Top Dog Home Pro warranty would have covered these issues for many!

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Whether you’re looking for roofing companies in Woodbridge, VA or a gutter company nearby – we got your covered (roofs) and wrapped (gutters)! 

All jokes aside, our #1 goal at Top Dog Home Pro is to always provide the utmost quality workmanship, with the highest quality products, and the best warranties when it comes to helping you protect the exterior of your home. 

And it’s because of that we have decided to streamline all our efforts to bring to you the most superior roofing services and gutter services in Woodbridge and surrounding areas! 

Let us take a few minutes to elaborate!

Your Experts in Roofing and Gutters

When Michael Phelps set out to become the most decorated Olympian of all time – regardless of sports – he didn’t just happen to get lucky in winning 23 gold medals and 28 total, his work ethic was unparalleled. 

One publication was quoted as saying that Phelps would swim a minimum of 80,000 meters a week, or 50 miles. He would practice twice a day for around five to six hours a day, and six days a week. 

In addition to being the best, he trained to be the best, and he became a master of his craft! That is why we have decided to focus 100% of our efforts on becoming the leading exterior remodeling company in Northern Virginia as it pertains to roofing and gutters! 

While we certainly will miss completing siding jobs, replacing windows, and installing new doors (and we still can help homeowners with this) we have decided that to be the best roofing company and gutter company, we need to streamline our efforts! 

The majority of home remodels we do involve roofs and gutters, however, we also feel that we can offer homeowners a leg up with our transparent process of letting them know about roofing and gutter services/replacements!  

Just like a dentist doesn’t also moonlight as a pediatrician and a dermatologist, focus and creating a superior service is our biggest goal!

Roofing and Gutter Services We Offer

While there are certainly plenty of exterior services your home may need and sure this list might be long, currently Top Dog Home Pro specializes in helping Northern Virginia or “NOVA” homeowners with professional roofing services and gutters services including: 

  • Residential roof services
  • New roof installation
  • Roof replacement
  • Roof repairs
  • Roof service
  • Free roof inspections
  • Roof estimates
  • Gutter replacement
  • New seamless gutters
  • Rain gutter repairs
  • Gutter guard installation

Helping homeowners understand the re-roof process and the importance of protecting your home with functional rain gutters is always our first step in helping homeowners. After thoroughly educating homeowners with transparency, we help determine the best approach. 

The best approach could mean small roof repair to fix a leak, or it could mean a new roof. Similarly, for your gutters, sometimes a simple clog is why your gutters are not working properly, or it could be something serious like rotting fascia. 

Regardless of the type of problem or perhaps it’s just time for that new roof update, we can help! 

Roof Replacement Process

At Top Dog Home Pro, we know how it can be dealing with contractors.

Usually, it’s pick one of the following and sacrifice the others:

  • Affordability
  • Quality
  • Timely Work
  • Accountability

However, Top Dog Home Pro has a reputation (53+ five star reviews on Google and counting) as being one of the only companies to follow through on all of the above.

It starts with our no-hassle roofing estimation process and promise of no out-dated “High Pressure” sales techniques. Once we thoroughly help a homeowner understand our roofing process, we complete our work in a timely and efficient manner!

However, in addition to being a great company that offers high quality work, we also use some of the best asphalt roofing shingles!

We are proudly accredited with the title of CertainTeed Shingle Master Company. A CertainTeed Integrity Roof System is designed for optimum performance – no matter how bad weather conditions can get. Shingles, underlayments, and accessories are of superior quality, translating to longer-lasting roofs. 

For a look into a complete roof replacement, check out this video here:

Gutter Replacement Process

If you want to see some crazy photos of what missing or damaged gutters can do to a home’s foundation, sidewalk, or driveway – just ask.

We will spare you the visuals for now, but you can take our word for it, gutters that don’t perform due to clogs, missing gutter spikes – you name it – can be troublesome.

Your homes gutters are designed to collect rain water from your roof and channel it to the downspouts to properly dispose of it away from your foundation.

When a gutter is clogged form a birds nest or just some leaves, issues can quickly arise! None the less, we are the leader in helping homeowners in Woodbridge, Va and surrounding areas with installing new seamless aluminum gutters of the 5″ and 6″ variety.

If your gutter is falling off the house or water is rushing off your roof – tap the button below:

The Case For Gutter Guards

Other gutter options include installing gutter guards to protect your gutters long term. There is certainly no shortage of bad PR when it comes to gutter guards because truth be told – most gutter guards are awful. 

However, whether you use our gutter guard services or not, there are two keys to gutter guards to always identify: 

  1. Are they self-cleaning
  2. Can they withstand all the rain in a heavy storm
  3. Bonus: Is their a warranty?

If the answer to the first question is “No,” then it’s not a good gutter guard product. The point of gutter guards is to protect your gutters from leaves so you don’t have to routinely clean them every year. However, what is the point in cleaning the guards? 

That is simply replacing the problem with another problem. 

In that case, most competitor gutter guards that are self-cleaning (like the Raindrop guards we use) usually sacrifice in performance during heavy NOVA storms. 

The Northern, Va region is known for heavy afternoon thunderstorms in the summer, so gutter performance is a must. This is why in this video below, you will quickly understand why the roofing and gutter team at Top Dog Home Pro exclusively only uses Raindrop Gutter Guards:

On a final note, we offer a lifetime no-clog warranty with any Raindrop Gutter Guard we install! This means, that not only will you never have to clean your gutters again… you will save money in the long run!

Our gutter guards protect your gutters and increase longevity, but you also don’t have to pay for gutter cleaning anymore!

Final Word:

When you think about it from a logical standpoint, it makes sense. Top Dog Home Pro focusing exclusively on just roofing and gutters makes sense for homeowners looking for exterior remodeling contractors. 

Home renovation requires expertise.

Typically in the process of installing a new roof, we can quickly assess if new gutters are needed too, or even recommend self-cleaning gutter guards!

All of this to say, that for our loyal customers and prospective customers, we guarantee that we will make sure your home is outfitted with the best roof and gutters.

Not just in the quality products we use (Certainteed Shingles, Raindrop Gutter Guards, Custom Seamless Gutters), but in our superior workmanship and roofing and gutter knowledge!

It’s our promise!

~Luke, Top Dog Home Pro Owner

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Roofing Company Woodbridge

When it comes to finding the best Roofing Company in Woodbridge, look no further. 

Sure, at first glance what roofing company wouldn’t say that on their own website (we get that), but there is a reason why Top Dog Home Pro has over 50 Google Five Star Reviews from clients.

That reason is simple: We take immense pride in being the leading roofing company in the area. 

As a small business, we understand where we can provide the most value to homeowners while carving out a solid reputation. That starts with recognizing that will affordability should always be on a homeowners mind, we also make sure we always go further than just “Checking the box” when it comes to the following: 

  1. Providing high-quality work and roofing material 
  2. Adhering to scheduling and quoting timelines 
  3. The aforementioned affordability 
  4. Staying up to date with the most recent roofing trends and research
  5. No high-pressure sales techniques

Typically, most exterior contractors can offer two of the five, sometimes three. We guarantee we can provide 5 for 5 (and no that doesn’t correlate with the review). Let the team at Top Dog Home Pro show you how we quickly became the “Top” roofing company in Woodbridge, Va!

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Roofing Company Woodbridge: Top Dog Home Pro 

As the premier roofing company in Woodbridge, we offer the following roofing services for homeowners: 

  1. Free roof inspections
  2. Full roof replacement
  3. Roof repairs 

Our process is highly streamlined and after working in the roofing industry (specifically along the Northern Virginia 95 corridor) we have learned how to make sure every roofing replacement job we complete is top-notch and high quality! 

This starts with first visiting your home to assess the condition of your current roof. If we notice missing shingles, visible damage, and other issues we immediately know there is at least some roofing work to be done! 

However, we never make an assumption and after inspecting the roof, the plywood below the shingles, and assessing the age of the roof, we properly inform the homeowner of what we recommend. 

Sometimes roofing issues are not apparent to the eye and things like soft spots, damaged plywood, missing seals and/or capping exist high up on your roof! 

Top Dog Home Pro takes pride in being the leading roofing company in Woodbridge so we are always very transparent with homeowners when it comes to their roof! If we think a new, full roof replacement makes sense we let you know. 

If a roofing repair makes sense or in the chance, you got a few more years with your existing roof, we let you know too! Since we inspect every roof, it doesn’t hurt to request a roof inspection here!

Roofing Products & Shingles

At Top Dog Home Pro, we are proudly accredited with the title of CertainTeed Shingle Master Company. 

CertainTeed is one of the leading companies when it comes to manufacturing asphalt shingles. Specifically, the tried-and-true architectural laminate roofing shingle, Landmark which is designed to replicate the appearance of cedar shake roofing available in an impressive array of colors.

Aesthetically pleasing is one factor, but the durability and product warranty is why we prefer CertainTeed products for your roof! With varying degrees of wind warranties, we help you select the best shingle to last your home the longest. 

Additionally, as most residential roofs in Woodbridge are sloped, the aesthetics of chosen materials should reflect your personal style and flow with the design of the rest of the home. CertainTeed Roofing offers a wide selection of residential roofing shingles that are as beautiful as they are durable.

Request a free estimate here! 

How to Choose a Roofing Company Near You:

Not only do we try to make sure we are always transparent and diligent when explaining our roofing process to homeowners, we also like to educate homeowners about their roofs in general. 

This is why we created this shortlist to help you learn the key characteristics of what a solid roofing company looks like and how to choose the right roofing company for your home!

  1. Has past experience and ability to work with insurance companies
  2. Possesses high-quality workmanship and credibility
  3. Price isn’t everything but is affordable with quality 
  4. Can offer to finance to homeowners
  5. Is efficient and prompt 
  6. Is a local company to the area (in this case Woodbridge and Northern, Va)
  7. Is NOT A STORM CHASING company

To make a statement on the last point, storm chasing companies flood areas after wind storms and damaging tornadoes or hurricanes. While we don’t get hurricanes in Northern, Va, in 2018 with the wind storms in the spring, many companies from around the country moved in, otherwise known as storm chasers!

It is always best to work with local contractors who know the area because not only do they offer the most quality and craftsmanship (think about it, they have to work in the area all the time) they also know what products work best!

Additionally, one thing we take ample pride in at Top Dog Home Pro is making sure we not only have quick turnaround times on roof replacement jobs, but also that we stick to self-imposed deadlines when it comes to meeting with homeowners! We use ZERO high-pressure sales or door-knocking techniques in addition to always being on time for an appointment! 

Final Top Dog Home Pro Roofing Thoughts:

What you may or may not know is that your roof is fundamental in not only protecting your house from mother nature, but your roof is also imperative in conserving energy and helping with curb appeal. 

While you may not directly notice an old roof, when you see a new roof it is very evident! Not to mention, many home buyers are often considering the age of the roof when they buy. A new roof is not only a great selling point if you’re looking to sell in the next few years, but studies have shown the return on investment for a new roof can be 70-80%. 

This means a new roof is almost always worth the price, especially when needed! 

If you notice visible damage to your roof don’t hesitate to reach out here to get a free roofing estimate and if you have concerns about your roof, feel free to reach out! 

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