Welcome to Badger Roofing & Remodeling
We’re located at: 4710 E Broadway STE 105 Madison WI 53716
We can be reached at: 608-467-8511
Table of Contents: Click on a topic to go directly to that section.
- Roofing Contractors Intro
- Licensing # 1423668
- Liability Insurance
- How important is your roof?
- Roofing Materials
- 3-Tab Shingles vs. Architectural Shingles
- How are roofing shingles fastened to the roof?
- Roofing underlayment
- Roof sheathing
- Roof Ventilation
- Re-Roofing Madison WI
- How many layers of shingles are acceptable?
- Safety on the roofing project
- Cleanup Procedures
- Contracting the work
- Types of Roofs
- Subcontractors or Employees?
- Communication with our customers
- Registered Business vs. Sole Proprietorship Roofing Contractors
- Metal Roofing vs. Asphalt Shingles
- How to tell if you need a new roof
- Hail Damage
- What does hail damage do to your roof?
- Roofing Rates Madison WI
How important is your roof? – Your roof is one of the most important components of your house. Find a good roofing contractor Madison WI to service your roof is crucial for maintaining the health and protection of your home. Roofing is extremely hard work. Roofing demands a lot of work in extreme conditions. Roofing Contractors know the dangers and rigorous work associated with completing a roofing project and only the best Roofing Contractors have good safety plans and quality assurance measures in place on every roofing project.
Due to the extreme conditions and labor-intensive work, roofing can be one of the more expensive remodeling projects on your home. Roofing Contractors have varying rates dependent on many factors. The cost of overhead, subcontractors, employees, access to materials, and difficulty of the project are just a few of the factors Roofing Contractors take into consideration. It is not recommended that homeowners decide on Roofing Contractors solely on price. Unfortunately, some Roofing Contractors aren’t properly insured, hire inexperienced subcontractors, use cheaper materials, or cut corners on their projects. They can often give a very low estimate compared to other reputable Roofing Contractors. Some homeowners can be easily persuaded into going with Roofing Contractors that give the lowest estimate, but find out later that choosing the lowest estimate might not have been the best decision.
The best Roofing Contractors will give a transparent estimate. They know exactly how much work your project will take and will bid your project at a reasonable cost. Don’t be surprised if Roofing Contractors bids vary by thousands of dollars. For example, you have Roofing Contractors provide free estimates on your 15 square roof. You could get a bid for $4500, another bid for $2900, and another for $3200. Why is there such a big difference? Well, Roofing Contractors have different ways of calculating their bids. Here are some common questions you might ask Roofing Contractors about how they arrived at their estimate:
- Are you using subcontractors or in house employees to do the work?
- What material supplier are you using?
- Do you use mobile dump trailers or box containers?
- What safety measures are you planning on using?
There are many more you could ask, but these are a few of the main factors that determine pricing for Roofing Contractors.
Roofing Materials – Does the roofing material matter? Yes! The best Roofing Contractors have extensive knowledge of the different roofing products available in the Madison WI area. There are hundreds of combinations of roofing material available for you projects. Types of roofing products could include: Asphalt roofing shingles, metal roofing systems, synthetic underlayment, tarpaper, ventilation systems and fastening methods. The best Roofing Contractors will be able to show you the appropriate roofing products for your specific roofing project.
There are different types of asphalt shingles out there. 3-Tab shingles and architectural shingles are the most common. Some of the roofing shingle manufacturers include: Owens Corning, GAF, Certainteed, Atlas, Malarkey, and IKO. Most Roofing Contractors will help their homeowners make a decision on roofing shingles. The price difference between brands and styles varies widely, but good Roofing Contractors will give their homeowners enough information to make an informed decision.
Where do contractors get their roofing materials? – Most Roofing Contractors will get their roofing materials from a wholesale material supplier. A few material suppliers in Madison WI would include: ABC Supply Co, Midwest Wholesale, Chase Lumber, Menards, and Home Depot. Roofing Contractors that do most of the work around Madison WI tend to stick to material suppliers like ABC Supply and Midwest Wholesale due to contractor account incentives. Plus, these material suppliers have a lot more options when it comes to roofing materials because they have a lot more inventory than others.
Roofing underlayment – Most Roofing Contractors will install 15lb. or 30lb. felt underlayment. There are different types of underlayment however. Synthetic underlayment is superior to traditional felt underlayment, but it can be more expensive. Most Roofing Contractors have installed both felt and synthetic underlayment and would agree that synthetic underlayment is a great product. Roofing felt is installed by using staples or plastic nail caps. Synthetic underlayment can be installed with staples, nail caps, or roofing nails alone. Roofing Contractors would agree that synthetic underlayment stays cooler, is easier to walk on in hot conditions, and doesn’t rip very easy. If your budget allows it, Badger Roofing, Inc. always recommends going with a synthetic underlayment.
Ice and water shield – Roofing Contractors will always recommend installing ice and water shield at the eaves of your roof, especially if you have a pitch under 6:12 (more on that later). According to the Wisconsin Building Code, Roofing Contractors are required to install ice and water shield on roof pitches 4:12 and under. 5:12 pitch and above is not required, however, Roofing Contractors will recommend it anyways (this is a good thing). Ice dam protection can also be installed in roof valleys and around other roof protrusions like skylights. Grace makes one of the best (if not the best) ice and water barriers on the market today called Grace Ice & Water Shield. Though Grace is significantly more expensive than other ice barriers, most Roofing Contractors would agree that Grace is far superior to any other type of ice barrier material. Ice barrier has an adhesive backing that sticks to the roof boards (CDX or OSB), which helps protect against water wicking up underneath the shingles (especially in the winter).
Roof sheathing – Roofing Contractors know that every re-roofing project potentially needs bad sheathing replaced with new boards. There are two different types of roof sheathing. CDX and OSB. CDX is a much better option than OSB and here’s why. CDX boards have exterior rated glue, hence the “X” in CDX. There are two faces of the CDX board. One side is Rated “C” and the opposite face is rated “D”, which refers to the treatment type of the wood. There are two or more plys that are then glued and pressed together to form a sheet of CDX. The best Roofing Contractors will always recommend installing CDX as a roofing underlayment over OSB.
So why not OSB? Well, there’s nothing in the UDC (Uniform Dwelling Code) that requires CDX over OSB, but OSB is simply a no-no and here’s why. OSB stands for Oriented Strand Board. Basically, small chunks of wood are mixed with glue and pressed together to form a sheet of wood. The glue used to press the “strands” of wood together is not rated for extended exposure to the elements. When the glue become oversaturated, it starts to lose its integrity. The strands of wood are then released causing the board to lose its strength and rigidity. Roofing Contractors know that walking on loose or flimsy boards on the roof is nothing to laugh about. It’s dangerous for the person on the roof and will cause issues later if left alone. There is a lot of moisture during our Wisconsin summer months. Our attics, even when properly ventilated, are exposed to moisture throughout the summer. Over time, OSB can lose its integrity from this moisture alone. CDX can handle this type of moisture however.
Roof Ventilation – The best Roofing Contractors are well trained in the aspect of roof ventilation. It’s not as simple as putting a vent on a roof and calling it a day. There are different roof ventilation products on the market today and most Roofing Contractors will know how and where they should be applied to ensure adequate ventilation of your roof.
Types of ventilation include: Ridge Vent Systems, Box or Turtle Vents, Attic Fans, Gable End Vents, and Turbines. Powered Attic Fans are by far the best ventilation system for your roof because they forcefully draw air out of your attic. Roofing Contractors can install powered attic fans to the roof, but a licensed electrician must do the electrical connections from the attic to the service panel.
Roofing Contractors know the importance of proper ventilation. Inadequate attic ventilation can cause ice damming, mold growth, higher utility bills, and structural issues. A good ventilation system includes the exhaust components and intake components. You must have vented soffits or gable ends that are clear of insulation and other debris if you want to move air properly through the attic. Roofing Contractors can check to see if you have proper intake components in place to ensure adequate ventilation.
Safety on the roofing project – The best Roofing Contractors have a detailed safety procedure policy for every roofing project. Roofing is very dangerous work. Heights, extreme heat, heavy materials and equipment, climbing, constantly bending over to work, steep surfaces, and long hours will take its toll on the roofers. Roofing Contractors are required by OSHA to wear harnesses and lifelines at all times on the roof, regardless of the height or pitch of the roof. Roofing Contractors that don’t follow OSHA rules risk being fined.
Most Roofing Contractors have harnesses and lifelines that are anchored to the top of the roof prior to the start of work. Some very steep roofs require “roof jacks” and planks to move around the roof surface. Workers are required to wear hard hats anytime there is someone working above them. Example: the worker cleaning up the yard under the roof needs to be wearing a hard hat if there are still workers up on the roof. The best Roofing Contractors will designate break areas in the shade and give their workers frequent water breaks to stay hydrated. Some Roofing Contractors actually set up “cooling” stations under canopies. You can tell a lot about Roofing Contractors that show care for their workers safety.
Contracting the work – Disclaimer: This is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Please seek legal counsel from a Wisconsin Lawyer for legal advice. Roofing Contractors must meet certain legal requirements when contracting work. Every aspect of the roofing project must be spelled out somewhere in the contract. This includes, but not limited to: the brand of materials used, the style and color of materials used, the types of ventilation/shingles/underlayment used, how many rows of ice & water shield, when the job will start and end, and much more. The best Roofing Contractors have checklists that can serve as a detailed attachment to describe the work instead of re-writing everything out on each project.
Right to cancel – The consumer has a 3-Day Right to Cancel period to change their mind and cancel the contract. However, if the consumer goes to the roofing contractor Madison WI place of business to sign the contract, the consumer waives that 3-Day Right to Cancel. So, most consumers elect to have Roofing Contractors come out to their home to sign contract documents. Every homeowner must receive 2 copies of the right to cancel notice. If your Roofing Contractors are not giving you 2 separate copies of this 3-Day Right to Cancel notice in writing, you should either request it, or reconsider working with those Roofing Contractors. Badger Roofing, Inc. has all the required legal documents for every roofing project. Our contracts are extremely detailed and easily understood. You can read more information about consumer protection in laws in Wisconsin here.
Types of Roofs – There are several types of roofs out there. The most common types of roofs are gable roofs and hip roofs. Most Roofing Contractors would agree that straight gable-to-gable roofs are the easiest to work on. A pretty good explanation of different roof types can be found here.
Hip Roof – This is the second most common type of roof in the residential market. It requires more cutting work than a gable roof, which causes material cost to increase.
Flat Roof – This is the third most common type of roof. This is primarily used in commercial applications, but can be seen in the residential market. A rubber membrane is usually used to cover these flat roof sections.
Shed Roof – Though rare on houses, they’re very common on additions or garages and sheds. They only contain one roof plane.
Gambrel Roof – This is the “barn style” of roof. Small sheds and other agricultural buildings will use this type of roof. They are usually very steep and can be very labor intensive to work on.
Intersecting Gable Roof – These types of roofs are very common in the residential sector.
Intersecting Hip Roof – These are also very common in the residential market. This type of roof usually has the most waste (material cutting).
There are other types of roofs that can incorporate one or all of the types of roofs above. The best Roofing Contractors have seen every type of roof imaginable and have the experience to handle any type of roof out there.
How to tell if you need a new roof – Calling a couple Roofing Contractors, like Badger Roofing, Inc., will be the best way to know if you need a new roof. Most Roofing Contractors will be able to give you an honest assessment of your roof. Badger Roofing, Inc. gives a detailed inspection report with our estimates so you can make an informed decision on your roofing project. If you don’t want to contact Roofing Contractors first, you can always start with these directions:
- Identify the current age of your roof
- Physically inspect the shingles from the ground (or the roof)
- Look for excess shingle granules in gutter downspouts or gutter troughs
- Locate any leaks
- Look for cracks, curling, or degrading of the shingles
- Look for sagging roof boards
If your roof is over 15 years old, it’s possible that the roof may need servicing. All shingles are made differently, houses are positioned differently related to the sun, and other homes are exposed to more elements than others. Tree sap can form lichen growth, which can cause premature degrading of your shingles. Extreme sun exposure can also cause premature aging of the shingles if the attic space isn’t ventilated adequately. However, most homeowners might not have the trained eye that most Roofing Contractors have, so it’s highly recommended that you contact a couple Roofing Contractors to perform a roof assessment. Badger Roofing, Inc. performs this service for free!
Hail Damage – Almost all Roofing Contractors are familiar with hail damage to roofing shingles. Badger Roofing, Inc. has extensive experience with insurance claims for exterior damage. We work with all major insurance companies and have a great working relationship with them. We work with insurance companies like: American Family Insurance, State Farm, Liberty Mutual, USAA, and Erie Insurance Company.
Unfortunately, major hailstorms attract roofing contractors from out of state. It can be hard for homeowners to tell if roofing contractors are really from Madison WI. Some Roofing Contractors might allow out of state companies to buy into their local name. Badger Roofing, Inc. does NOT allow out of state roofing companies to buy into our name!
How to tell if you have hail damage – It’s hard to see hail damage to roof shingles from the ground. Roofing Contractors with an experienced eye can detect hail damage to your shingles. Badger Roofing, Inc. trains its employees extensively in hail damage remediation. This is the best way to tell if you have hail damage. You can also look at the bottom of your gutters for large dents. This could be a great indication that your roof has sustained hail damage.