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Raise the roof

Spring is the time to get those outdoor projects started. If a new roof is on your to-do list, Bill Lonjak Jr., co-owner of Gridiron Guys in Brunswick and an expert in roof installations, discusses the steps to a new, safe and secure roof installation.

What are the first signs of wear and tear on a roof?

You’ll start seeing the granules falling off the shingles. That’s the first sign they’re getting old and brittle.

What’s the next step?

Don’t wait until your roof starts leaking. As soon as the granules loosen, it’s time to have a reputable roofing contractor inspect your roof. The contractor will look for those loose granules and cracked shingles.

What are some other problems a contractor might find?

There are two types of weather issues – one, of course, is Mother Nature at work aging and deteriorating the roof. Then there are severe weather incidents, like storms and high winds, that can cause trouble. Airborne algae and lichens can start growing on the roof. Lichens are destructive — they grow into a shingle and peel it off. Algae doesn’t harm a shingle, but it’s unsightly.

If my roof needs replacement, what can I expect from my contractor?

Your contractor will give you an estimate and recommend products based on your budget. There are several types of roofing materials to choose from. Three-tab shingles have been around for more than a hundred years, but the industry is phasing out that style and moving towards a more architectural look. The new shingle is thicker, adds dimension, comes in a variety of colors and is more attractive. You can choose shingles such as weathered wood, bark wood, Williamsburg slate, pewter gray, charcoal, Mission brown, hickory and more. There are hundreds of styles to choose from. Most manufacturers will offer a standard series and a designer series, which will have more color selections.

When can I expect the work to begin?

The project should begin within 1 – 2 months, and maybe even sooner. Gridiron Guys specializes in the one-day roof turnaround. But there are some cases where it takes a little longer.

What happens during the 
roofing process?

Reputable contractors will start the project by protecting your landscape, flower beds, porch, deck and patio before they begin the tear-off process. They will haul away all of the old materials. Some contractors bring in a dumpster, but Gridiron Guys brings in a rolling trailer to remove the roofing debris immediately.

The contractor will inspect the roof deck and replace any rotted or weak boards. Then the installation begins. Once the roof is done, your contractor should sweep the area around your home to remove debris and nails. Gridiron Guys performs a magnet sweep to remove nails. Not every contractor does that; in fact, we have heard complaints about contractors leaving a lot of nails behind. Our magnet sweep alleviates that problem. Once the clean-up is finished, we perform a thorough inspection of the job with the homeowner present.

Experienced, educated, ethical, Gridiron Guys has been owned and operated by Bill Lonjak Jr., brother Brett and father Bill Sr. since 2001. Members of the management team have Bachelor Degrees in construction engineering, construction management, mathematics, education and business management. They are licensed, insured and bonded and the company is GAF Master Elite certified, members of the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List. In addition to roofing installation, maintenance and inspection, Gridiron Guys specialize in attic ventilation, structural carpentry, siding, soffit/fascia, seamless gutters, gutter guards and cleaning, windows, skylights, sun tunnels, doors, sliding doors, repairs, masonry chimney, flue linings, chimney caps and more. And that name? All three owners played college football and many of their staff are former college football players. Gridiron Guys is at 2967 Nationwide Parkway, Brunswick  330.573.7967