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Can I get an Estimate on my Roof? :: RD Herbert & Sons

Often, the first question we answer from a perspective client is “Can I get an estimate?” or “Will you give me a quote?”  We all want to know how much it will cost before we make a big purchase.  RD Herbert offers estimates for residential, & commercial, green & metal roofs or custom sheet metal.

When you call in, you will first speak to one of our Roofing Estimators (, or Steve ).  They will ask you a few questions so we can offer you the best service possible.

  • “What are you looking for?”
    • We need to know if you are seeking a new roof, re-roof, architectural sheet metal, gutters and downspouts, or maintenance.  It is also possible that you need to speak to one of our custom sheet metal estimators.
  • “What happened to your roof?”
    • There are many possible reasons you are seeking a our services: storm damaged, fallen trees, age of the roof, leaks, or renovations
  • “What type of roof do you currently have on your home?”
    • This question allows us to understand some of the possible options available when re-roofing.  If you choose to use the same materials or if you choose to use a new product, we have to evaluate the existing building codes, structural restrictions and
  • “Would you like to set an appointment or may we come out at our convenience?”
    • We need a little information regarding what time is available.  Would you prefer to be onsite when we survey your home?  Since we bring our own ladders, we can access the roof whenever it is convenient for you.
  • “How quickly are you looking to proceed with roofing your home?”
    • We can schedule measuring your home within three days of the initial conversation.  From that point we can give you your estimate within a week of the site visit.

    Give us a call (615-242-3501) for your roofing project and speak with one of our estimators. They have a few questions for you.

Take a look at the following info-graphic from Fixr for a basic idea of steep sloped re-roofing costs.

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Roofing materials at a glance
Source: Roofing Costs at Fixr
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Metal Roofs: Benefits

If you are looking for a long term, low maintenance, eco-friendly, solution for your roof consider metal. Metal roofing products cost more than traditional asphalt shingles, but they also last two to three times longer. The upfront cost is two-fold, first in a premium material and second it takes a higher skill set for installation.  When considering a re-roof option, know that metal roofs weigh about a third of shingles and can be placed over existing shingles thereby reducing tear-off cost and landfill debris. Most steel manufacturers use a minimum of 25% of recycled content in the fabrication of their panels and even if the home is torn down in the future, a metal roof can be salvaged and recycled. 

 Corrugated Panels Standing Seam Panels

Offering multiple options in style, material and color, metal is an attractive alternative to shingles. Typically, steep-sloped roof styles are interlocking standing seam panels, exposed fastener panels or metal shingles.  Low slope roofs receive flat lock panels or standing seam panels. Standing-seam panels (above and below right) are long, narrow panels that often run the full length of the roof. These are suitable for both steep-slope or low-slope applications when machine seamed or sealant applied at the seams to ensure water-tightness.  Sheet metal panels (above left) offer a wider variety of profiles, sizes and thicknesses but are typically installed with exposed fasteners that may rust over time. Inspections require closely looking at the fasteners since they degrade at a faster rate than the panels.  Interlocking metal tiles are an attractive option however, are easily crushed if a technician walks on them.  Flat-Lock panels (below left) are ideal for low-sloped roofs because each interlocking panel is soldered creating a monolithic finished surface. 

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Material options for metal roofs vary from steel to aluminum to copper or Rheinzink.  Steel typically is the least expensive with aluminum a step higher and finally copper and Rheinzink are the top of the cost scale. 

Copper and Rheinzink attract people with their natural colors and copper ages over time turning from bright to green. Color selection on steel and aluminum varies from white to dark and most manufacturers have a selection of “cool colors” that quality for Energy Star solar reflectivity criteria. Daniel_01 Colors such as this Colonial Red roof are included even though it is not considered a light color. Solar reflectance measures the amount of solar energy immediately reflected from the surface.  Energy not deflected is absorbed by the panels and released after the sun goes down.  Cool metal roofing contributes to reducing a building’s annual energy consumption by having a lower surface temperature than dark asphalt roofs.  Buildings designed with correct amounts of insulation and ventilation further trims down the heat gain into the attic or living space below the roof. 

Whitland_01The eco-friendly benefits of metal include longevity, rainwater harvesting, and potential for solar panel attachment.  As a testament to the lifespan of a metal roof, this Nashville residence, built in 1931, has the original 5,000-square-foot standing-seam roof  that we have coated at least three times.  Coatings extend the life of the roof an additional 10-15 years depending on maintenance. 

Metal is the most commonly used surface to collect rainwater due to reduced algae, mold, moss or pathogens.  Steep-sloped metal roofs have a slicker surface making it harder for dust and debris to remain on the surface.  This makes annual cleaning unnecessary.  Metal roofs have a “collection efficiency” of about 95% while asphalt roofs average 85%.  Copper roofs do present a concern if you are intending to drink the harvested water, test to be sure that the copper levels are not too high.  All rainwater should be filtered and possibly tested for lead and other contaminants prior to use as drinking water.  For additional information on rainwater harvesting check out Brad Lancaster’s site.

Solar panels or photovoltaics (PV) convert sunlight to electricity.  Lightweight and flexible, amorphous silicon PV systems can be produced in a thin film able to be adhered between the ribs of standing-seam roofs.  Integrating into the design of the building while silently transferring energy without the boxy look traditional solar panels.  Serving as both roofing and energy provider can offer savings in electricity, reduction of fossil fuel use while adding architectural interest to the building.

Recapping, having a metal roof offers many benefits to homeowners and building owners: Longevity, solar reflectivity and PV conversion, rainwater collection, aesthetic, style and material options to fit the building. 

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RDH News: Roofing Estimator

Steve Righter

Steve Righter: Estimator

Steve Righter,

Roofing Estimator,

Over the last thirty years, Steve held many titles including roofing installer, foreman and estimator.  He also owned his own roofing business for twenty-three years in Chattanooga prior to joining our firm as an estimator in 2007.  He has a Bachelors of Religious Education from Tennessee Temple University.

His overall estimating duties include sales and estimating, design and specification, supervision, approving submittals and work orders and developing and maintaining new and existing relationships with building owners, homeowners and General Contractors.

Achievements & Associations:

  • Tennessee Residential Building License-2004
  • Continuing Education Credit for Building License.
  • CPR Certified

Feel free to contact him:

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Imagine your New Roof

Wouldn’t you like to see what your house would look like with new shingles, metal or slate?

Some manufacturers allow you to design your house (or one similar) with the shingles of your choice and color.

Changing Colors

Changing Colors

Find your perfect shingles to match the style of your home or you:

Or just browse through colors, styles and materials for inspiration.

RDH News: Roofing Superintendent

John Kubic: Roofing Superintendent

John Kubic: Roofing Superintendent

John Kubic,

Roofing Superintendent,

John has fifteen years in the roofing industry, the last ten years employed at RD Herbert.  He enlisted in the US Navy after high school and joined the NMCB-7 construction battalion. Okinawa, Alaska,  Bahrain and Puerto Rico are some of the areas where he spent four years building around the world.  Five years ago, John moved up to project management and for two years he led the company’s safety program.

He briefly moved his family to Colorado last year and spent his time Project Managing Government roofing projects on over nine million dollars of Garland Built-up products. Returning to Tennessee this spring, he rejoined our work force as Roofing Superintendent.

His overall project coordination duties include job cost management, liaison between estimating team and building owners and General Contractors, scheduling, delivery coordination and reviewing progress of jobs on-site. Other duties include scheduling   roofing crews, organization and management of workforce, employment and dismissals of workers, training new hires, monitoring job-site safety, quality of workmanship, and warranty requirements, maintaining and replacing necessary equipment and tools, and monitoring daily weather.

Achievements & Associations:

  • OSHA 500 Certified
  • Safety Coordinator & Trainer
  • Project Management Training through Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Soprema Roofing Knowledge and Design Training
  • Continuing Education Credit for Time Management and  Organization.
  • Colorado Licensed Supervisor
  • ICC Contractor Certification for the roofing industry

Feel free to contact him:

John Kubic

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Roof Repairs: Blown Off & Loose Shingles

Spring and early Summer are the perfect times to visually inspect your roof.  Start by walking around your home or business and looking for loose, missing or damaged shingles.

Missing and blown off shingles

Shingles damaged due to high winds

Blown off shingles are pretty common after a storm.  Once gone, typically a fastener or two becomes exposed under the shingle.  Water can get into the building around these fasteners.

In the second photo, the shingles and felt are gone exposing the wood deck. Continual water onto exposed untreated wood quickly leads to rot and greater expense to the owner.

Shingles completely gone and exposed deck

Exposed decking

The last photo shows about 15 shingles that came loose as a section.  The most likely cause for a larger area to slide is improper fastening when the roof was installed.

Shingles loose & Sliding

Shingles loose & sliding

Shingles need to be replaced as soon as possible to ensure the longest life of your roof and to protect your home.  Qualified roofers are able to fix these problems quickly and not further damage your roof in the process.

We advise having your roof inspected and gutters cleaned semi-annually to catch simple problems before they become big headaches. Having your roof inspected even when you don’t have a leak is important. Sometimes you can have problems that are hard to see from the ground.

Leaking Roof: Step-by-Step Guide for Repairs

This morning you woke up after another strong storm blew through and you sense something is wrong. As you walk to get your first cup of coffee, you hear a drip. Entering your kitchen, you notice a puddle of water on the floor and your ceiling is wet. You have a roof leak. Don’t panic. This is a common occurrence and one that can be fixed.

So what do you do next?

Missing Shingles

When you walk around your building, missing shingles are a good indication of a problem.

  • You first need to contain the leak.
  • Dry the area and get some type of catch pan underneath the leak. This prevents further damage and gives you time to figure out your next move.
  • Go outside and  inspect your roof.
  • If this is your home, go ahead and take a walk around the house and see if you see anything unusual.  Blown off shingles or loose flashing around a chimney are good indications of the source of your leak.
  • If this is a business and you can’t get on the roof, that is understandable. Note where the leak is and be prepared to show our technicians the room that has water.

Is your roof under warranty?

If it is, you should have a copy of the warranty filed away. Most roof manufacturers require the owner to report the leak to directly to them first. The manufacturer then contacts the roofing contractor to come do the repair. This is an important step. Manufacturers are getting stricter on how they handle claims.

If your roof is not under warranty, or you are not sure, you can now move on to calling RD Herbert and Sons.

What should you expect when you call us?

Once we receive a leak call at the shop we will need some information from you. Prepare this prior to your call to make the process smoother.

  • your contact information
  • type and age of your roof
  • the leak locations
  • any restrictions on gaining access to the room where the leak occurred or to the roof.

We create a service ticket and add you into our rotation. We service the majority of our leaks on a first call, first serve basis. If you have an emergency, we will do our best expedite your ticket.

Where is the water coming from?

Metal apron flashing

The metal apron flashing between the siding & roof pulled away leaving raw wood exposed. This allows water into your home.

When people look up and there is a leak, the most common assumption is that the roof is the problem.  However, the exterior of a building composed of multiple different systems all tied in together to form your building envelope. In addition to the roof you have walls, windows, floors, and the flashings that tie them all together. Because of this it can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint where a leak is coming from.

When we go to fix a leak we try to fix the most obvious things first. We fix the defects that we can see in and around the area of the leak. We do this to eliminate these areas as the source of the leak and to keep costs low to you. Most of the time, this solves your crisis and we are done. However, sometimes a leak is more complicated than it appears. It could be coming through brick, traveling from a defect 30 feet away, or even coming from a air conditioning unit. Because of this you need to be prepared to monitor that area the next couple times it rains. If it leaks again, we need to go into a more in depth investigation of your problem.

Ultimately we are here to help solve problems for our customers. Nothing makes us happier than a customer that is happy with our work. A roof leak can be a stressful situation. Make sure you follow the steps above and you will make it through just fine.

RDH News: New Personnel

 

Matt Bogosian

Matt Bogosian: Maintenance Division Manager

Matt Bogosian,

Maintenance Division Manager

At The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Matt earned a degree in Economics and a Minor in Business Administration.  Matt manages the maintenance division for RD Herbert and Sons. He has extensive training in leak detection, preventative maintenance, roof analysis, and customer service. Matt’s experience in the construction and building products industry totals 10 years with an emphasis on roofing, coatings, and building envelope solutions.  Daily job duties include estimating repairs, scheduling the repair technicians, customer relations, and obtaining new clients for the company.

The Maintenance Division’s goal is to provide the best experience for RD Herbert customers as possible. When someone calls the maintenance department they usually have a problem. The maintenance department’s goal is to provide a solution that fits the customer’s needs. While fixing leaks is our main job, we believe in Preventative Maintenance. PM is the single best way to extend a roofs life cycle.

Feel free to contact him:

Matt Bogosian: 615-394-1369

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Project Gallery

Check out our project gallery for a glimpse of our work.  These include projects from Commercial, Residential, Green Roof, Architectural Sheet Metal and Custom Metal Fabrication.  If you would like to see more on certain project, click on the photo and it will link to our website for additional photos and information.  Remember that this is only a small sample of what our company is capable of doing.

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