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With over a decade of experience, Armadillo Roofing is a natural choice for all your residential and commercial roofing needs in Winston Salem.

We are a seasoned North Carolina roofing company with the skills needed to help you protect your property from the elements in every season.

Whether you are looking for help with new construction or need roof repairs on an older property, your project represents a big investment.

You need to know you are working with a licensed roofing contractor you can trust to provide the absolute best quality work on budget and on time. This is exactly what you get when you choose Armadillo Roofing in Winston Salem.

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The simple answer is usually about 10% of the total roofing contract. The more complicated answer is, "it depends."

Your next question will probably be, "Well, how much is the average roofing contract?" The answer to that question isn't so simple because it is based on averages. Those averages will depend on several variables that can change from region to region, neighborhood to neighborhood and house to house.

Here's a few variables that contribute to the overall cost of replacing a roof:

Regional Labor & Material Costs

The fact of the matter is that it is less expensive to replace a roof in Dallas, TX than it is in Minneapolis, MN. Material is more expensive in the North. Labor is paid at a higher rate in Minnesota. Insurance companies pay the replacement cost value based on these regional values.

As an example, a basic 1,800 square foot home that takes 24 squares with waste in Dallas may have a replacement cost value of $4,500 - $5,000. That same home in Minneapolis could run as much as $7,000 - $7,500 for a new roof. If you're counting on making 10% of the contract, you would make as much as $250-$300 more on the Minnesota home based on this example.

Obviously, there's cost of living factors that have to be considered when comparing one region to another. Labor & Material costs are just one of the variables that determine how much a new roof will cost.

You may not be willing to travel to a different part of the country in order to make more money. That's understandable. This is just a variable to consider when you hear about other sales people making more or less on average. Maybe it has to do with part of the country they are working.

Steep & 2nd Story Charges

Some neighborhoods will all be single story dwellings that are easily walked on while the neighborhood across the street will all be 2nd story steep roofs.

The insurance companies pay extra for 2nd story and steep roofs because it takes longer to complete the work and requires additional precautions be taken by the roofers and the roofing company.

Using our same 24 square roof as an example, these additional charges could add as much as $1,000 to the contract. At 10% you would make $100 more because of the increased costs associated with steep and 2nd story roofs.

One of many mistakes I made as a rookie roofing salesman was to start working in a relatively new neighborhood that primarily consisted of single story walkable roofs. If you're going to choose between two neighborhoods, it is almost always better to pick the neighborhood with 2nd story and steep roofs. If not both, at least try to get one of the two.

2nd Layers and more

Roofs will sometimes have more than (1) one layer to tear off and dump. This usually happens when the previous owner tried to save money on their last roofing job. Rather than tear off and dump the old roof, they just had a new roof nailed over the top.

Obviously, tearing off a 2nd layer is more work on the crew. The insurance company will normally pay for these 2nd layer tear offs and that will increase the value of the contract. Sometimes there will be more than 2 layers.

In my personal experience, I've torn off as many as 6 layers on an old farm house in West Texas. By the time you get to the 3rd layer, you're just loosening things up and sweeping the debris off the roof. It gets real nasty, real fast after you get past that 2nd or 3rd layer.

Bottom line is that more layers = more money

You generally aren't going to find 2nd or 3rd layers of roofing in brand new neighborhoods. Think about it, they've probably never had their roofs replaced before. They haven't had an opportunity to put on a 2nd layer.

You'll find 2nd layers in older, more established neighborhoods. They can be difficult to spot, especially if the last roofing crew cut back and put down new drip edge.

Sometimes you won't even know you have a 2nd layer until the crew starts tearing off the old roof. When that happens, take pictures of the 2nd layer and contact the insurance company as soon as possible. The roofing crew will get paid for the 2nd layer regardless of whether or not the insurance company pays for it.

You need to do your due diligence of taking pictures and making contact with the insurance company to be sure you get paid for the extra work. If you don't take care of this immediately, this could be one of those jobs where you make much less than 10% because of the extra costs associated with paying the 2nd layer labor expenses.

Commission Structures

There's only two basic commission structures. Every roofing company has a slightly different commission formula, but they're almost always based on these two basic structures:

1). Flat Rate Commission

Personally, I don't like flat rate commissions because it robs the sales person of the opportunity to make significantly more money, but I'll explain it here so you can understand.

The roofing company will generally give their sales people a price list for all the different types of roofing services they provide. The sales person has to sell the job for no less than what is on the price list. If they do, they earn a flat rate commission. These rates vary from company to company, but are generally based on a rate of anywhere from 8% to 10% of the total contract.

On the good side, it is very easy for a rookies sales person to know exactly how much to charge. The prices are set in stone and there's no negotiation.

On the bad side, the prices are set in stone and there's no negotiation. If you as a roofing salesperson are held to a certain price and your prospect is price shopping, you may as well keep walking down the street. You're going to lose that sale.

Because of the way replacement cost value is paid these days, there's virtually no advantage to a homeowner paying less for the same job as their neighbor across the street. If they pay less, the insurance company will only reduce the amount of the homeowner's 2nd check.

Wouldn't you rather have the option to charge less when you need to in order to get a job and be able to charge a higher price that would give you a bigger commission check whenever possible too?

2). Profit Split with Overhead Costs

This is the commission structure I learned under and it is the one I recommend today. In my opinion, a profit split with a percentage for overhead cost gives the roofing salesperson the ability to make the most money.

Some people will say it is more difficult to learn the business under this commission structure, but I would argue that you can learn pretty fast when it means you have the opportunity to make several hundred dollars more a week or thousands more in a month. Wouldn't you agree?

Basically, you earn a split of the profits after all costs have been paid. In some roofing companies this is 30% to 40% of the profit. Most of the reputable roofing companies pay their sales people at least 40% to 50% of the profits. If you're going to take a job paying 30% of the profit, you're probably making less than you could.

The second part of this commission structure is the "overhead expense" or sometimes called "office expense". In the company I learned under, the overhead was 10% of the contract. You can find roofing companies where the overhead is lower because they don't have as many expenses. I personally believe that a 5% overhead expense is more reasonable.

If the company you're working for, isn't also working for you, you need to ask yourself why are you paying 10% overhead? Are they doing anything to help you make money? Do they provide training and on-going support? Do they generate leads to help you get into new neighborhoods? If you're not getting that kind of support, you may want to look for lower overhead and greater support.

Bonuses

Every roofing company runs sales contests and offers bonuses. These incentives can add to your bottom line. If you're working for somebody that doesn't have a bonus structure, walk into the office or call your boss on the phone and ask for one. They'll be glad to set something up, a goal for you to reach for in order to get you some extra bonus money.

If you're not getting the occasional bonus, you may want to find another roofing company to work for. Roofing sales can be a tough job when the rent is due and your gas tank is empty. Bonuses and sales contests can help give you the extra push to make more money and fun doing it.

Final Thought

Finally, you have to be comfortable with the company you are going to sell roofs for. You'll find that if you're not very comfortable, you aren't going to sell much. Find a company you can trust so you can go out and make as much money as possible.

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So you need a new roof and are trying to decide whether or not to try and save some money by having the new roof installed over an existing layer of roofing. This technique is quite common in many areas and many roofing contractors don't see any problem with this method and have no problem trying to sell homeowners on a lay-over or go-over as this technique is called. They are wrong.

5 Top Reasons A Lay-Over Or Go-Over Is A Bad Idea When Re-Roofing

1.) Areas that have or had leaks can't always be addressed properly

There is a good chance that your old roof had some problem areas including possible leak spots, whether you noticed them or not. Without tearing off the old roof and properly identifying these types of trouble spots and determining where the leak was coming from and traveling to it is impossible to tell what areas of your roof may need some special attention.

2.) Any rotted wood under the existing roofing will only get worse

There could be areas that have rotted wood hiding under the old roofing. These rotted areas need to be identified and replaced before a new roof is installed. Obviously if your roofing contractor is only doing a lay-over roofing installation then these rotted areas will remain covered up and only get worse as the years go on. Also the nails holding down the shingles in areas with rotted wood cannot properly do their job and you have a much higher risk of shingles blowing off in those areas.

3.) Eaves, rakes and valleys need special treatment

This is a big one. The eaves, rakes and valleys of your house need special attention when your home's roof is being installed. This is especially important in colder climates like Massachusetts, where we are located. In the winter time the eaves of your house are under attack by Mother Nature, whether it is through ice dams, snow build up, or just the constant freezing and thawing that occurs throughout the winter season. When a new roof is properly installed the roofing contractor needs to put new aluminum drip-edge around the entire perimeter of your roof.

Next they need to apply a 3 foot wide section of ice & water barrier around the perimeter as well as in any valleys on your roof. Then they can begin to install the new roofing. Without tearing off the original roofing there is no way to properly install the new drip-edge or ice & water barrier. On a lay-over type of roofing install, the roofing contractor is counting on the existing products on the home's roof to still be up to par and be able to handle the winter conditions. All too often the old products fall short whether it was because they have outlived their lifetime, were sub-par to begin with, or maybe they were never there to begin with (all to often the latter is the case with ice & water barrier).

4.) Extra roofing weight is no good for old rafters

One of the more obvious problems with a lay-over re-roof is the added weight of the extra layer of shingles. On most newer homes this is not an issue, however many older homes have rafters that are considered undersized by today's framing standards. It is not uncommon to see 2×6 rafter systems on many of these houses. Now in most situations a 2×6 rafter is undersized to begin with and you certainly don't want to be adding the weight of a new roofing layer on top of an old roofing layer to these already undersized rafter systems. With newer roofs using 2×10, 2×12, engineered trusses, etc. the weight isn't always as much of an issue.

5.) Shorter roof life expectancy

Most responsible roofing contractors agree that a lay-over roof will decrease the new roof's lifetime by about 25%. This fact alone means that any money you might have saved by doing a lay-over, as opposed to a tear-off and new roof install, was only a short term savings. In addition, you now have 2 layers of roofing that will need to be removed the next time your roof is done and that will also add more cost to the job

Tear-Off Then Re-Roof Is Always Superior

Well, I just gave you 5 very good reasons to tear off your old roofing and then install your new roof. Yes it can be cheaper in the short term to do a go-over on your old roof, but, in the long term it will cost you more. We never recommend this technique to our customers. We always recommend completely tearing of the old roofing, fixing any underlying problems, then installing a fresh, beautiful new roof that will outlast any lay-over roof as well as better protect our customers' homes.

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We pride ourselves on our excellent craftsmanship and attention to detail. Armadillo Roofing offers custom tile roofs, slate roofs, cedar wood shingle/shake roofs, and other residential roofs in Winston Salem.

Call Us today to learn more about residential roofing services in Winston Salem.


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Roofing Estimates Winston Salem

Roofer Estimates Winston Salem

Best Commercial and Residential Roofers in Winston Salem

Let us Solve your Roofing Problems in Winston Salem

With over a decade of experience, Armadillo Roofing is a natural choice for all your residential and commercial roofing needs in Winston Salem.

We are a seasoned North Carolina roofing company with the skills needed to help you protect your property from the elements in every season.

Whether you are looking for help with new construction or need roof repairs on an older property, your project represents a big investment.

You need to know you are working with a licensed roofing contractor you can trust to provide the absolute best quality work on budget and on time. This is exactly what you get when you choose Armadillo Roofing in Winston Salem.

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The Difference Between Asphalt Shingles and a Composition Roof

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Back in 1989 when I installed my first asphalt shingle there was many changes in the roofing manufacture sector. The end result was down-sizing the weight to accommodate a more flexible shingle. The old shingles in the USA were known as Asphalt roofing shingles or a standard strip 3-tab shingles. At that time there were other shingles on the market known as Standard strip asphalt composition shingles or Architectural shingles called Timberline or heavy weight shingles known as random tab, and three tabs or standard were becoming composition shingles.

The older organic shingles were just simply called asphalt shingles made with number five crude oil with the advent of the fiberglass standard strip composition shingle was born. Owens Corning helped innovate this process. Since they are the largest fiberglass manufacture in America today.

Many of the other shingles manufactures by fiberglass mats from Owens Corning. This was told to me directly from Owens Corning as a result of a factory tour on the anatomy of the shingle required by Owens Corning Certification. Most of the old asphalt shingles have been torn off and they are in land fills now in the US.

The new fiberglass composition shingles are the norm in today's society. I know this because I am a Professional Contractor, not somebody hoping I am right in marketing, although marketing takes precedence more than any other thing for any business model.

Referrals are Always the Best just to let you know my feelings on the subject. I have personally installed many shingles in my life and I have always know the newer shingle to be considered composition because of the composite make up of the materials that have been blended by the various manufacturers today in the US.

If you find true asphalt shingles today chances are they manufactured in a third world country where the resources are limited, the standard strip shingle was the first of this innovation followed by a multitude of several shingle brands. Any and all fiberglass shingles are considered composition shingles by most roofing professionals.

These composition asphalt shingles have fire ratings, wind resistance warranties and failure warranty's based on the fiber glass mat and asphalt fiberglass thickness, granules and algae resistant ratios. The asphalt composition shingle is made to last longer than the old asphalt shingles not to put more weight than the asphalt roof structure can hold according to ICC specification on weight load limitations of roof framing and spans. The asphalt composition is lighter, more flexible and durable than the old asphalt shingle in1989 and previous years.

GAF Elk happens to be largest asphalt roofing manufacturer in the USA and has any brands in the asphalt roofing shingle world. Owens Corning and CertainTeed have a multitude of designer, architectural and standard strip roofing products. The same can hold true with Atlas and Tamco of which all manufacture asphalt composition roofing shingles in the United States today.

GAF/Elk carries the strongest warranties on their roofing materials for their Certified and Master Elite Roofing Contractors. I welcome any and all comments from CARE (Center for Advancement for Roofing Excellence) and the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association of America (ARMA)as well as any National Roofing Contractors Association of America (NRCA), members of affiliates to correct my definition on the difference between asphalt roofing shingles and asphalt composition roofing shingles.

There are roofing shingles that I have seen come and go, such as the masonite shingle, which is a composite material that requires flashing between each joint to seal it off. There are also concrete tiles which I would consider composite since it does not have the slate or clay tile attributes, known as concrete tiles. There is also another material called Mira Vista of which was a fake slate the Owens Corning made that would fall under the composite material that was made of a plastic or a plasticiser type composite material.

At any rate it is up to you to decide what type of roof you would like to put on your home. Every shingle manufacturer in the USA is an asphalt composition roofing shingle. All Asphalt fiberglass composition shingles come with a 20 year to lifetime warranty and anything in between.

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So you need a new roof and are trying to decide whether or not to try and save some money by having the new roof installed over an existing layer of roofing. This technique is quite common in many areas and many roofing contractors don't see any problem with this method and have no problem trying to sell homeowners on a lay-over or go-over as this technique is called. They are wrong.

5 Top Reasons A Lay-Over Or Go-Over Is A Bad Idea When Re-Roofing

1.) Areas that have or had leaks can't always be addressed properly

There is a good chance that your old roof had some problem areas including possible leak spots, whether you noticed them or not. Without tearing off the old roof and properly identifying these types of trouble spots and determining where the leak was coming from and traveling to it is impossible to tell what areas of your roof may need some special attention.

2.) Any rotted wood under the existing roofing will only get worse

There could be areas that have rotted wood hiding under the old roofing. These rotted areas need to be identified and replaced before a new roof is installed. Obviously if your roofing contractor is only doing a lay-over roofing installation then these rotted areas will remain covered up and only get worse as the years go on. Also the nails holding down the shingles in areas with rotted wood cannot properly do their job and you have a much higher risk of shingles blowing off in those areas.

3.) Eaves, rakes and valleys need special treatment

This is a big one. The eaves, rakes and valleys of your house need special attention when your home's roof is being installed. This is especially important in colder climates like Massachusetts, where we are located. In the winter time the eaves of your house are under attack by Mother Nature, whether it is through ice dams, snow build up, or just the constant freezing and thawing that occurs throughout the winter season. When a new roof is properly installed the roofing contractor needs to put new aluminum drip-edge around the entire perimeter of your roof.

Next they need to apply a 3 foot wide section of ice & water barrier around the perimeter as well as in any valleys on your roof. Then they can begin to install the new roofing. Without tearing off the original roofing there is no way to properly install the new drip-edge or ice & water barrier. On a lay-over type of roofing install, the roofing contractor is counting on the existing products on the home's roof to still be up to par and be able to handle the winter conditions. All too often the old products fall short whether it was because they have outlived their lifetime, were sub-par to begin with, or maybe they were never there to begin with (all to often the latter is the case with ice & water barrier).

4.) Extra roofing weight is no good for old rafters

One of the more obvious problems with a lay-over re-roof is the added weight of the extra layer of shingles. On most newer homes this is not an issue, however many older homes have rafters that are considered undersized by today's framing standards. It is not uncommon to see 2×6 rafter systems on many of these houses. Now in most situations a 2×6 rafter is undersized to begin with and you certainly don't want to be adding the weight of a new roofing layer on top of an old roofing layer to these already undersized rafter systems. With newer roofs using 2×10, 2×12, engineered trusses, etc. the weight isn't always as much of an issue.

5.) Shorter roof life expectancy

Most responsible roofing contractors agree that a lay-over roof will decrease the new roof's lifetime by about 25%. This fact alone means that any money you might have saved by doing a lay-over, as opposed to a tear-off and new roof install, was only a short term savings. In addition, you now have 2 layers of roofing that will need to be removed the next time your roof is done and that will also add more cost to the job

Tear-Off Then Re-Roof Is Always Superior

Well, I just gave you 5 very good reasons to tear off your old roofing and then install your new roof. Yes it can be cheaper in the short term to do a go-over on your old roof, but, in the long term it will cost you more. We never recommend this technique to our customers. We always recommend completely tearing of the old roofing, fixing any underlying problems, then installing a fresh, beautiful new roof that will outlast any lay-over roof as well as better protect our customers' homes.

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We pride ourselves on our excellent craftsmanship and attention to detail. Armadillo Roofing offers custom tile roofs, slate roofs, cedar wood shingle/shake roofs, and other residential roofs in Winston Salem.

Call Us today to learn more about residential roofing services in Winston Salem.


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Roofer Estimates Winston Salem

Roofer Estimates Winston Salem

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Best Commercial and Residential Roofers in Winston Salem

Let us Solve your Roofing Problems in Winston Salem

With over a decade of experience, Armadillo Roofing is a natural choice for all your residential and commercial roofing needs in Winston Salem.

We are a seasoned North Carolina roofing company with the skills needed to help you protect your property from the elements in every season.

Whether you are looking for help with new construction or need roof repairs on an older property, your project represents a big investment.

You need to know you are working with a licensed roofing contractor you can trust to provide the absolute best quality work on budget and on time. This is exactly what you get when you choose Armadillo Roofing in Winston Salem.

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This article offers tips on how to install metal roofing over asphalt shingles. It is indeed a good idea not to dismantle the old roof because this will mean that you will save on the time and effort that you would have spent in removing the asphalt shingles. Moreover, you will also have the benefit of having a stronger support for your around the house roofing that is made from lightweight metal. However, one problem with the strategy of installing over the old shingles is that their shape may be evident on the flats of the metal thereby damaging the appearance of the metal roof. It is therefore important to know how to install the roofing over asphalt shingles if you plan to do this project yourself.

One of the first steps to take when you want to install metal roofing over asphalt shingles is to be aware of the mechanical issues that need to be resolved for you to accomplish this project. One of these issues is how the old roof is ventilated and whether this would become a problem when you place the metal roofing over the asphalt roof. One of the ways to remedy this problem is to place some battens or strips of wood at regular intervals to permit air flow. The spacings between the battens will depend on the recommendations of the manufacturer and the requirements of the building code in your area.

Another important issue to consider when learning how to install this roof over the asphalt shingles is how to control the moisture under it. This could be solved by putting felt or some synthetic material under the it. It should be noted that this will also greatly reduce the noise created by rain or hailstorm. You will also need to make sure that everything is straight and square or the metal shingles could not be installed correctly. After you have made sure that everything is square, you may then draw a line that will serve as your guide when you lay down the first few metal shingles. But before you start laying them down, you will need to take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the instructions contained in the installation guide for metal roofing that is provided by the manufacturer.

Knowing how to install metal roofing over asphalt shingles is vital especially for the interlocked roofing systems. These shingles have mechanisms for interlock on four sides and there are specific instructions to follow when installing them yourself. If it is your first time to install a roof, you may want to ask for some tips from contractors and other professionals. Do not forget to ask them about safety issues, such as the fact that metal roofing is dangerous to walk on because it is slippery, especially when it is wet. It is also important to remember that making changes to metal roofing is more difficult than for other materials. Thus, it is important to do it correctly when you install it.

The Difference Between Asphalt Shingles and a Composition Roof

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Back in 1989 when I installed my first asphalt shingle there was many changes in the roofing manufacture sector. The end result was down-sizing the weight to accommodate a more flexible shingle. The old shingles in the USA were known as Asphalt roofing shingles or a standard strip 3-tab shingles. At that time there were other shingles on the market known as Standard strip asphalt composition shingles or Architectural shingles called Timberline or heavy weight shingles known as random tab, and three tabs or standard were becoming composition shingles.

The older organic shingles were just simply called asphalt shingles made with number five crude oil with the advent of the fiberglass standard strip composition shingle was born. Owens Corning helped innovate this process. Since they are the largest fiberglass manufacture in America today.

Many of the other shingles manufactures by fiberglass mats from Owens Corning. This was told to me directly from Owens Corning as a result of a factory tour on the anatomy of the shingle required by Owens Corning Certification. Most of the old asphalt shingles have been torn off and they are in land fills now in the US.

The new fiberglass composition shingles are the norm in today's society. I know this because I am a Professional Contractor, not somebody hoping I am right in marketing, although marketing takes precedence more than any other thing for any business model.

Referrals are Always the Best just to let you know my feelings on the subject. I have personally installed many shingles in my life and I have always know the newer shingle to be considered composition because of the composite make up of the materials that have been blended by the various manufacturers today in the US.

If you find true asphalt shingles today chances are they manufactured in a third world country where the resources are limited, the standard strip shingle was the first of this innovation followed by a multitude of several shingle brands. Any and all fiberglass shingles are considered composition shingles by most roofing professionals.

These composition asphalt shingles have fire ratings, wind resistance warranties and failure warranty's based on the fiber glass mat and asphalt fiberglass thickness, granules and algae resistant ratios. The asphalt composition shingle is made to last longer than the old asphalt shingles not to put more weight than the asphalt roof structure can hold according to ICC specification on weight load limitations of roof framing and spans. The asphalt composition is lighter, more flexible and durable than the old asphalt shingle in1989 and previous years.

GAF Elk happens to be largest asphalt roofing manufacturer in the USA and has any brands in the asphalt roofing shingle world. Owens Corning and CertainTeed have a multitude of designer, architectural and standard strip roofing products. The same can hold true with Atlas and Tamco of which all manufacture asphalt composition roofing shingles in the United States today.

GAF/Elk carries the strongest warranties on their roofing materials for their Certified and Master Elite Roofing Contractors. I welcome any and all comments from CARE (Center for Advancement for Roofing Excellence) and the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association of America (ARMA)as well as any National Roofing Contractors Association of America (NRCA), members of affiliates to correct my definition on the difference between asphalt roofing shingles and asphalt composition roofing shingles.

There are roofing shingles that I have seen come and go, such as the masonite shingle, which is a composite material that requires flashing between each joint to seal it off. There are also concrete tiles which I would consider composite since it does not have the slate or clay tile attributes, known as concrete tiles. There is also another material called Mira Vista of which was a fake slate the Owens Corning made that would fall under the composite material that was made of a plastic or a plasticiser type composite material.

At any rate it is up to you to decide what type of roof you would like to put on your home. Every shingle manufacturer in the USA is an asphalt composition roofing shingle. All Asphalt fiberglass composition shingles come with a 20 year to lifetime warranty and anything in between.

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The simple answer is usually about 10% of the total roofing contract. The more complicated answer is, "it depends."

Your next question will probably be, "Well, how much is the average roofing contract?" The answer to that question isn't so simple because it is based on averages. Those averages will depend on several variables that can change from region to region, neighborhood to neighborhood and house to house.

Here's a few variables that contribute to the overall cost of replacing a roof:

Regional Labor & Material Costs

The fact of the matter is that it is less expensive to replace a roof in Dallas, TX than it is in Minneapolis, MN. Material is more expensive in the North. Labor is paid at a higher rate in Minnesota. Insurance companies pay the replacement cost value based on these regional values.

As an example, a basic 1,800 square foot home that takes 24 squares with waste in Dallas may have a replacement cost value of $4,500 - $5,000. That same home in Minneapolis could run as much as $7,000 - $7,500 for a new roof. If you're counting on making 10% of the contract, you would make as much as $250-$300 more on the Minnesota home based on this example.

Obviously, there's cost of living factors that have to be considered when comparing one region to another. Labor & Material costs are just one of the variables that determine how much a new roof will cost.

You may not be willing to travel to a different part of the country in order to make more money. That's understandable. This is just a variable to consider when you hear about other sales people making more or less on average. Maybe it has to do with part of the country they are working.

Steep & 2nd Story Charges

Some neighborhoods will all be single story dwellings that are easily walked on while the neighborhood across the street will all be 2nd story steep roofs.

The insurance companies pay extra for 2nd story and steep roofs because it takes longer to complete the work and requires additional precautions be taken by the roofers and the roofing company.

Using our same 24 square roof as an example, these additional charges could add as much as $1,000 to the contract. At 10% you would make $100 more because of the increased costs associated with steep and 2nd story roofs.

One of many mistakes I made as a rookie roofing salesman was to start working in a relatively new neighborhood that primarily consisted of single story walkable roofs. If you're going to choose between two neighborhoods, it is almost always better to pick the neighborhood with 2nd story and steep roofs. If not both, at least try to get one of the two.

2nd Layers and more

Roofs will sometimes have more than (1) one layer to tear off and dump. This usually happens when the previous owner tried to save money on their last roofing job. Rather than tear off and dump the old roof, they just had a new roof nailed over the top.

Obviously, tearing off a 2nd layer is more work on the crew. The insurance company will normally pay for these 2nd layer tear offs and that will increase the value of the contract. Sometimes there will be more than 2 layers.

In my personal experience, I've torn off as many as 6 layers on an old farm house in West Texas. By the time you get to the 3rd layer, you're just loosening things up and sweeping the debris off the roof. It gets real nasty, real fast after you get past that 2nd or 3rd layer.

Bottom line is that more layers = more money

You generally aren't going to find 2nd or 3rd layers of roofing in brand new neighborhoods. Think about it, they've probably never had their roofs replaced before. They haven't had an opportunity to put on a 2nd layer.

You'll find 2nd layers in older, more established neighborhoods. They can be difficult to spot, especially if the last roofing crew cut back and put down new drip edge.

Sometimes you won't even know you have a 2nd layer until the crew starts tearing off the old roof. When that happens, take pictures of the 2nd layer and contact the insurance company as soon as possible. The roofing crew will get paid for the 2nd layer regardless of whether or not the insurance company pays for it.

You need to do your due diligence of taking pictures and making contact with the insurance company to be sure you get paid for the extra work. If you don't take care of this immediately, this could be one of those jobs where you make much less than 10% because of the extra costs associated with paying the 2nd layer labor expenses.

Commission Structures

There's only two basic commission structures. Every roofing company has a slightly different commission formula, but they're almost always based on these two basic structures:

1). Flat Rate Commission

Personally, I don't like flat rate commissions because it robs the sales person of the opportunity to make significantly more money, but I'll explain it here so you can understand.

The roofing company will generally give their sales people a price list for all the different types of roofing services they provide. The sales person has to sell the job for no less than what is on the price list. If they do, they earn a flat rate commission. These rates vary from company to company, but are generally based on a rate of anywhere from 8% to 10% of the total contract.

On the good side, it is very easy for a rookies sales person to know exactly how much to charge. The prices are set in stone and there's no negotiation.

On the bad side, the prices are set in stone and there's no negotiation. If you as a roofing salesperson are held to a certain price and your prospect is price shopping, you may as well keep walking down the street. You're going to lose that sale.

Because of the way replacement cost value is paid these days, there's virtually no advantage to a homeowner paying less for the same job as their neighbor across the street. If they pay less, the insurance company will only reduce the amount of the homeowner's 2nd check.

Wouldn't you rather have the option to charge less when you need to in order to get a job and be able to charge a higher price that would give you a bigger commission check whenever possible too?

2). Profit Split with Overhead Costs

This is the commission structure I learned under and it is the one I recommend today. In my opinion, a profit split with a percentage for overhead cost gives the roofing salesperson the ability to make the most money.

Some people will say it is more difficult to learn the business under this commission structure, but I would argue that you can learn pretty fast when it means you have the opportunity to make several hundred dollars more a week or thousands more in a month. Wouldn't you agree?

Basically, you earn a split of the profits after all costs have been paid. In some roofing companies this is 30% to 40% of the profit. Most of the reputable roofing companies pay their sales people at least 40% to 50% of the profits. If you're going to take a job paying 30% of the profit, you're probably making less than you could.

The second part of this commission structure is the "overhead expense" or sometimes called "office expense". In the company I learned under, the overhead was 10% of the contract. You can find roofing companies where the overhead is lower because they don't have as many expenses. I personally believe that a 5% overhead expense is more reasonable.

If the company you're working for, isn't also working for you, you need to ask yourself why are you paying 10% overhead? Are they doing anything to help you make money? Do they provide training and on-going support? Do they generate leads to help you get into new neighborhoods? If you're not getting that kind of support, you may want to look for lower overhead and greater support.

Bonuses

Every roofing company runs sales contests and offers bonuses. These incentives can add to your bottom line. If you're working for somebody that doesn't have a bonus structure, walk into the office or call your boss on the phone and ask for one. They'll be glad to set something up, a goal for you to reach for in order to get you some extra bonus money.

If you're not getting the occasional bonus, you may want to find another roofing company to work for. Roofing sales can be a tough job when the rent is due and your gas tank is empty. Bonuses and sales contests can help give you the extra push to make more money and fun doing it.

Final Thought

Finally, you have to be comfortable with the company you are going to sell roofs for. You'll find that if you're not very comfortable, you aren't going to sell much. Find a company you can trust so you can go out and make as much money as possible.

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There is a new trend in roofing for residential and commercial construction. Metal roofs have increased in popularity over the last few years. With this increase there comes a need for the proper gear or equipment for safe and efficient installation.

Although many workers continue to walk on roofs with their regular boots or work shoes, it can be more difficult when walking on steeper roofs. Some even just wear their sneakers thinking this will keep them from slipping and maybe they will on roofs that are less steep. If the soles of the sneakers are worn any at all, they may not have the grip necessary to keep a person from slipping. You also have to consider what kind of weather conditions you will have to be working in.

For that reason manufactures of work and safety shoes and boots developed shoes that were designed to provide both safety and comfort when installing metal roofs.

Looking for the best metal roofing shoes?

If you are a roofer, you have probably experienced the difficulty in walking on steep roofs if you do not have the right shoes. If you have looked for roofing boots or shoes in regular shoe stores, more than likely you leave frustrated and empty-handed. Finding the right kind of store can be difficult unless you know where to look, especially when you are looking for a specialty product that is geared towards a certain profession.

Why are metal roofing shoes important?

Safety is the biggest reason you should wear roofing boots or shoes. When walking on roofs that are more than a 4 and 12 pitch can prove challenging to say the least. If your shoes do not grip on the metal, you increase your chances of falling or getting injured.

Investing in a good pair is a small price to pay to decrease the chance of injury. A fall from the roof could result in loss of a limb or even worse loss of life. Either or both of these accidents could be avoided if the proper safety precautions are taken. Just remember safety rules should always be followed when working on roofs and that may include more than just wearing roofing shoes. Also note that by wearing these shoes, you are taking steps to reduce the possibility of getting injured on the job.

When looking for good quality roofing shoes, you should look for durability, flexibility, and comfort. These shoes are not just for roofers, they can also be worn by other professionals like, insurance adjusters, gutter installers, house inspectors or even those DIY guys who like to work on their own projects.

Where to buy metal roofing shoes?

There are some choices out there for quality roofing shoes if you know where to look for the best discounts. Some of the best metal roofing shoes will offer shoes or boots with gripping traction or some offer a strap on sandal that fits directly over your existing shoes or boots.

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