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!

clean gutters

Responsible for diverting water from your roof and away from your home, gutters and your roof are the first line of defense for protecting your home’s exterior.

Your roof protects your home and is peppered with rain during storms that then runs down your roof and is collected by your gutters.

Gutters tend not to be at the front of our mind when it comes to caring for your home, but if forgotten about, broken gutters or clogged gutters can cause multiple issues (which we will cover)!

However, because gutters sit high off the ground, we typically forget to clean our gutters. But clean gutters are vital to your home’s exterior condition!

Today, we will cover issues caused by unclean gutters, how to clean your gutters safely, and options besides regular cleaning.

Clean Gutters – Common Gutter Issues:

The biggest issue with clogged gutters that have not been cleaned, is that they are unable to do their job.

Gutters that can not channel water and dispose of it in the proper places (downspouts) are going to lead to issues. Here are a few of those issues before we talk about how to clean your gutters.

1. Foundational Issues:

Because a gutter’s main role is to channel water away from your home, if there’s a blockage in that system, the water has to go somewhere else – over the edges of the gutter.

Overflowing gutters can cause water to pool around the foundation of your home, ultimately creating an environment conducive to mold. Even worse, should the water freeze, it could cause cracks in the foundation, threatening a potential collapse if left unnoticed or untreated.

2. Damage to Your Siding:

Overflowing water, undoubtedly the biggest concern with unkempt gutters, can trickle down your siding before pooling by the foundation, causing wood damage and a great risk of ice dams in the wintertime.

However, your siding is actually designed to just retract water when it rains, but not let waterfall-like water run down it. Small weep holes are in the bottom of your siding and too much running water can penetrate these holes.

This can lead to water leaks in your home if gutters are not cleaned/corrected.

3. Landscaping Sabotage:

If you have any flower beds lining the side of your home, gutter blockages can lead to over-watering and erosion, ultimately diminishing the curb appeal of your home.

4. Unwanted Pests:

If a blockage causes standing water in your gutters, you can expect mosquitos and other insects being attracted to the site.

Even if your gutters do not have a blockage, a nice bed of leaves built up in your gutters looks awfully inviting for small, unwanted pests.

5. Wearing Down Your Gutters

When gutters are blocked, your foundation isn’t the only thing that can suffer from water damage. Water overflow can affect the components that make up the gutter itself. The fascia – the board that runs behind your gutter – can weaken.

Even if they are draining properly, gutters left uncleaned can hold excess debris, increasing the weight of the gutter and causing strain on the brackets.

How to Clean Your Gutters:

While cleaning gutters seems straightforward, many people don’t have the proper equipment, expertise, or time to commit to gutter maintenance.

In most cases, it is best to leave it to the professionals to ensure your gutters get the best maintenance and preventative care especially if your home is over 2+ stories.

Safety is vital when cleaning your gutters and there are also options to avoid cleaning your gutters altogether when you use the Raindrop Gutter Guard system.

Ladder safety is vital for proper cleaning and if you are the DIY type always make sure you use proper ladder safety protocol and have someone helping you!

Steps to Clean Gutters:

  1. Get your equipment – gloves, ladder, bucket, and hose
  2. Arrange your ladder and use safety first ladder tips
  3. Use your gloved hand and grab debris in gutter and place in bucket
  4. Do not lean too far, move your ladder every few feet
  5. Check downspouts with flashlight
  6. When all gutters are clean use a hose to clean out gutters and test downspouts

How often should you clean your gutters?

At least 1x per year if you do not have self-cleaning gutter guards! In fact, if you live by a pine tree or heavily wooded areas, you will have to clean your gutters at least 2x!

Of course you can always install gutter guards!

Benefits of Gutter Guards (Clean Gutters Forever)

If cleaning out your gutters regularly sounds overwhelming, you can easily reduce the amount of maintenance by installing gutter guards as a preventative measure against debris buildup and blockage.

Keep in mind not all gutter guards are created equal!

Gutter guards protect your gutters and your home by keeping your gutters free of leaves and sticks, however, some are and some are not low-maintenance!

Not all gutter guards are created equal. Look for guards that can withstand heavy storms, but that are also “Self Cleaning.”

Here at Top Dog Home Pro, the Raindrop® Gutter Guard is the only product we use because we can offer a LIFETIME NO-CLOG warranty when installed by us!

This is worth it as installing gutter guards can pay for itself within 3-4 years of annual gutter cleaning! You can get a price instantly here (you just need your gutter lengths).

Maintaining Your Gutters is Worth It!

While it’s not the first thing on your mind as a homeowner, it’s clear that gutters are very important.

Keep water, pests, and worry away and maintain your gutters regularly. Invest in quality installation and maintenance, and consider a gutter guard, which can help prevent future problems.

With autumn just around the corner and plenty of leaves ready to fall, planning your next gutter maintenance inspection can help prevent future damages to your home.

seamless gutters near me

Let us guess, you’re searching for a company to replace your seamless gutters “Near me,” right?

Here we at Top Dog Home Pro of Woodbridge, VA and the surrounding areas, we have a motto that “Near Me” is always near us!

Now that being said, we also like to help homeowners learn and understand how seamless gutters work, why keeping your rain gutters in tip-top shape is vital for your home, and ways we can help you!

Seamless Gutters 101

In this article we aim to help you identify:

  • What seamless gutters are
  • Why you should only use seamless gutters
  • Costs of seamless gutters
  • How seamless rain gutter install works

First, let us start by answering this question:

What are seamless gutters?

Seamless gutters are exactly what the name says – seamless. 

Custom made on-site, aluminum seamless gutters are customized per each section of your home to give the perfect fit for stormwater management.

We’ll visit the pros and cons of having seamless gutters installed for your home, the costs you may come across during the installation and measuring, and why its best to leave this job to a professional rather than you doing this your own, making this not so much of a DIY home renovation. 

That being said, seamless gutters are the best for one reason = they don’t leak like cheap sectional gutters! Here is what we mean:

Why should you use seamless gutters:

Since seamless gutters are measured on-site, they fit the precise measurements on your home, it is not to say that regular gutters are not measured to the precise measurement of your home, but rather, the length of the gutter will be the exact length of the entire side of your home, meaning that the contractors will only use one long gutter.

Rather than regular gutters where they are broken into pieces or have joints, seamless gutters are just one entire piece covering the entire side of the home has less than one joint. Since regular gutters are attached together with a connector, they are prone to leaking, as for the seamless gutter, the possibility of it leaking is slim in comparison, but still not impossible.

In terms, the longevity and life expectancy of your seamless gutter will outlast sectional gutters, with proper care and maintenance.  

Keeping your gutters clean and free-flowing is key to tending your seamless gutters, of course, you can always install gutter guards that are self-cleaning.

Sectional gutters are known to cause issues because they are often made cheaply with vinyl material, they leak, and need to be replaced in some cases a matter of months!

Not to mention – customized aluminum seamless gutters are not that expensive, just see below!

Typical costs of seamless gutters:

Seamless gutter costs can vary and are priced per linear foot.

On Average, homeowners should expect to pay $5 on the low end, and up to $12 on the high end for seamless aluminum gutters.

Other gutter types – from sectional to copper – can range between $3 – $25 per foot. Of course, this depends on the material, the contractor you hire, and the area in which you live.

In total, the average you may spend on a newly outfitted home with aluminum gutters is around $1,100 with a range of $500 – $1500. This of course includes labor and material.

Ranking seamless gutter costs in order of low to high;

  • Vinyl can cost you somewhere between $3 – $5 per foot,
  • Aluminum $4 – $9, (Best Bet)
  • Steel $8 – $10, and
  • Copper $15 – $25. 

Since seamless gutters are just a single long gutter, custom made on-site, it may take a bit more time for the contractor to install gutters where they’re needed and meet the roof’s eave. Most seamless gutter companies “near me” will keep this in mind when pricing per linear foot!

Factors like the machinery utilized to create the gutters and the amount of labor required are typically included in the price. Here at Top Dog Home Pro, we are transparent with our 5-inch and 6-inch aluminum seamless gutter pricing.

We simply measure your house and tell you upfront exactly how man feet of rain gutter it will require accompanied by our price!  

How much do new gutters cost?


Want to get a price now? Top Dog Home Pro is partnered with our sister company Gutter Guru’s where you can use this Free Gutter Calculator Tool to get an instant gutter price!

Can you install seamless gutters yourself? (No, Don’t Do It!)

As we stated earlier, seamless gutters are measured and made on-site.

You can by seciontal guters and install them yourself – but this is not a good idea.

Seamless gutters require a professional to take the exact measurements around the roof of the home and create the seamless gutters then and there with machinery.

Since the gutter is typically a single long section of the gutter, it requires a few hands for the installation.

While it is possible for you to do this task by yourself with a saw (and with the help of a few friends and maybe your next-door neighbor) it is best to leave this to the professionals to avoid any injury and since they have years of experience. 

Gutter professionals like the team at Top Dog Home Pro will also:

  1. Mount gutters correctly with the right pitch using our water test
  2. Make sure we use a rain diverter if needed on your roof
  3. Install gutter guards

Not to mention – 70% of accidents in exterior remodeling occur because of ladders. Injuring yourself isn’t worth doing your gutters yourself!

Final Word:

When trying to find a seamless gutter contractor near you, just remember “Near Me” is always close to us!

While it may prove to be difficult for one person to install on their own, especially without the proper machinery, it is best for the professionals to measure, cut, and install your seamless gutters.

The extra bit of money for the gutters is worth it in the long run and helps prevent any foundational or common gutter issues.

Furthermore, the chances of your seamless gutters leaking are far less than regular gutters. Making the investment for seamless gutters well worth it for a long-term solution.

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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“Are gutter guards worth it?”

If we have heard it once, we have hear it one-hundred times, the infamous gutter guard question.

As one of the leading residential gutter contractors in the Northern, VA area, one of the most common questions we get from homeowners as it pertains to gutters whether or not gutter guards are truly worth the cost and installation!

In this article we hope to quickly help you identify:

  1. The value behind gutter guards
  2. Issues with selecting the WRONG gutter guards
  3. What your best options are when it comes to selecting gutter guards

That being said, let’s div in and start by answering the question:

Are Gutter Guards Worth It?

Gutter guards keep the maintenance and make the cleaning of your gutters easier.

In this article’s cover photo, going clockwise, you see clean empty gutters, screen gutter guards (that are damaged) and surface-tension Raindrop gutter guards.

The initial investment of gutter guards can save you plenty of time and money over a few years of time depending on the type of guard you decide to purchase.

Whether or not you install the guards yourself or have it professionally installed, the answer to the question on whether gutter guards are worth it is not so straight forward – it really depends.

While it may keep maintenance and make cleaning a lot easier, it is NOT the ultimate solution to never having to clean your gutters again in most cases (Keep reading to see what is).

What Gutter Guards Do –

The concept behind gutter guards is simple, it’s sort of in the name.

Essentially, it is a cover placed over your gutters or an object placed inside of your gutters, to prevent any leaves, sticks, seeds, and other debris from clogging your gutters.

Correctly selected gutter guards should allow for water to easily flow and enter the gutter and drain out the house.

When clogged, gutters can overflow. If too much water gets caught in the gutters, it may overflow and cause water damage. Gutters may sag or pull away from your roof, potentially causing it to rot, mold, or cause structural damage on the home. 

Types of Gutter Guards

Similar to picking up toothpaste at the store, and coincidentally suffering from paralysis by analysis, there are quite a few varieties of gutter guards to choose from. The common gutter guards include:

  1. Brush,
  2. Foam,
  3. Reverse-curve or slit guards,
  4. Micromesh,
  5. Metal Screens,
  6. Surface Tension Gutter Guards

They each have their list of advantages and disadvantages when it comes to installing these guards on your gutters. And whether you can do it yourself or you must have it installed professionally depends on the guard.

However, preventing debris from clogging the gutters, and the amount of maintenance required to keep the gutters clean and working properly depends on the guard (You can read this article ranking the best types of gutter guards).

This is also important to note, that when deciding whether or not gutter guards are worth it, it’s best to look at the possible problems.

Problems with Gutter Guards

When deciding on gutter guards, you want to select a guard that is:

  1. Self-cleaning
  2. Requires little to NO maintenance
  3. Doesn’t cost more than $1500-$2000 for your home (single-family home)
  4. Still lets the gutters do their job.

In the list below you will see the problems with most gutter guards and what we recommend going with:

Brush gutter guards:

They are made of strong bristles and are easily installed by inserting it along the inside of the gutter and gives the rainwater a chance to flow and drain. While the installation is easy, the maintenance can be a bit of a hassle as debris such as leaves may collect alongside the bristles or at times be stuck on them. Furthermore, they don’t catch smaller debris like maple spinners or pine needles. To reach and clean the smaller debris, you must remove the brush gutter guards altogether, clean them, and reinstall them again.

Foam gutter guards:

Like brush gutter guards, they install the same way and are also easy to do so. However, just like brush gutter guards, foam gutter guards collect debris on the top of the foam. Seed may get caught inside the foam and grow vegetation, as well as mold and mildew. Foam guards are usually not a great long-term solution as they usually deteriorate after two years of use and become brittle. Cannot withstand harsh weather conditions. Lastly, you must uninstall them and reinstall them if you want to give a proper cleaning. 

Reverse-curve gutter guards or slit guards:

Cover over your gutters and move rainwater and debris downwards, the majority of these guards must be professionally installed. Some of these guards lift your roof shingles, potentially voiding your warranty. Aesthetically, they don’t look all that well since they are noticeable from the ground, furthermore, since the debris simply falls downwards, they collect underneath where the gutter is located. Debris may get caught on the slit and slowly clog the gutter. Lastly, you may have a pest issue as some bees or wasps may enter the slit and create a nest. 

Micromesh gutter guards:

They are usually a screen/filter that has holes invisible to the naked eye, are attached at the top of the gutter, allowing water to flow freely while catching debris of all sizes. Micromesh is usually installed by professionals, making them a bit more expensive than a DIY solution, but well worth the cost. Plastic frames usually fall over time, always opt for an aluminum or metal frame.

Metal screeners & screen guards:

Like micromesh, they are attached at the top of the gutter but can be clipped on the outer lip of the gutter. The holes on the metal screens allow for rainwater to flow, however, they also allow small debris to flow as well, furthermore, nuts and some leaves may clog the opening of the screen, interrupting water flow and causing it to clog. In high winds, they may be lifted and blown off. 

Gutter Guards that Work – Raindrop Gutter Guards

Raindrop Gutter guards are relatively easy to install yourself or can be installed professionally.

They are a surface-tension gutter guard that are SELF-CLEANING, yet they still let water move through and go down your downspouts. Just see for yourself:

Ranidrop gutter guards are flxible and durable!

In addition to being durable and allowing water to flow through, Raindrop guards are self-cleaning, which is why we can offer a no-clog warranty! 

The gutter guards are installed under the roof shingles and attached to the front of the gutter creating a solid surface that can withstand heavy storms. Raindrop’s design is simple:

  1. Keep the leaves out
  2. Let the rain in
  3. Last forever
  4. Zero maintenance 

Installing Raindrop Gutter Guards:

Usually, the installation can be customizable, raindrop gutter guards can be inserted underneath your shingles (as mentioned) and placed over your gutter and drilled on the outer lip of the gutter to better secure it.

Using this method, the gutter guards are at the appropriate slant to allow for water flow, yet unlike mesh guards that are flush mounts – you won’t have leaves pile up on top.

Made from its own unique blend of polypropylene, Raindrop gutter guards allow water to flow freely and have debris fall off the gutter, preventing it from getting clogged. These gutter guards are not visible and appear to be the shadow of the roof from the ground. 

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Final Word on Gutter Guards:

There are a variety of gutter guards, and truth be told you can select the wrong guard.

If the point is to protect your gutters so you don’t have to clean them, then in our experience over the years the only choice is Raindrop gutter guards.

Raindrop gutter guards are worth it and do the best to protect your home from harsh winter snow and ice and heavy rainfall. Making it a great investment to make on your home in which you can save plenty of time and money on your gutter maintenance.

Whether you decide to install it yourself or have it installed professionally (which we recommend).

Lastly, be sure to do your research and due diligence in regards to what gutter guard is best for you and your home and don’t just take our word for it.

However, we are confident, that the more you look into seeing the value of what gutter guards are worth it, you will quickly realize Raindrop is the best – and they don’t pay us to say that :)!

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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 gurantee 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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