Building a Quality Roof from the Deck Up

Atlas Signature Select Warranty 

The warranty that comes along with this roofing system is one of the very best in the industry. With a lifetime algae resistance warranty and an attention to detail neglected by others in the roofing industry, this warranty truly covers all facets of any damage to or manufacturer issues with your roof.

Algae Resistance

The appearance of your roof accounts for around 60% of your home’s curb appeal. Blue-green algae growing on your roof causes black streaks and staining, leaving a negative impression of your home. Every Atlas shingle that is part of the Signature Select System is embedded with copper ions that prevent algae from growing on your roof and is the only product in the market with a lifetime resistance warranty. All other systems have at most a 15-year warranty that is typically pro-rated as time goes on. With the Signature Select Warranty, Atlas will come and thoroughly clean your roof or replace your roof entirely in the unlikely event that algae does start to grow. 

All Aspects are Covered

There are many companies and products that offer a 30 to 50-year warranty on their products, but the attention to detail can easily be overlooked. The Atlas warranty covers everything from start to finish, so if there is a manufacturer issue or defect, you don’t have to wonder who will cover the haul-off bill and can rest assured that the cost of materials and labor will be covered under your warranty.

Roof System From the Deck Up

There are many things that go into the proper installation of a Signature Select Roofing System to ensure that your home and family are protected for years to come. In His Hands Contractors thoroughly works through every part of the roof installation, guaranteeing that it’s done right. Read on to learn more about the process below.

Step 1: Remove Old Roofing Material… down to the Decking

Properly removing the current roofing material all the way down to the decking should be the first step in any roof replacement. In His Hands ensures that your roof will be built on a solid foundation by removing the asphalt shingle roof and inspecting decking for any rot, loose nails or other issues. This thorough inspection creates the most solid starting point as the new roof goes onto your home!

Step 2: Apply WeatherMaster Ice and Water Shield

This high temperature ice and water shield goes into all the valleys, transition points, crooks and crannies of your roof. When applying, In His Hands contractors are sure to get the product deep into any cracks or creases to prevent any water or weather damage to your decking. This is the first step in creating a solid seal on your roof!

Step 3: Install Summit 60 Underlayment

The underlayment is a vapor barrier between the shingle and the decking of your roof. It works to keep any moisture from the back of the shingle from getting to the decking. Summit 60 underlayment is a synthetic felt underlayment that is substantially stronger than the typical 15 pound or 30 pound felt, giving your roof decking more protection. 

Something that is often overlooked is the benefit of this layer during the roofing process. Since your roof is completely exposed during this time, adding this higher quality underlayment protects your decking even during the process so that you don’t encounter any damage from high winds, rain, hail or other weather issues.

Step 4: Add the ProCut Starter Strip

The traditional method for starting the shingle installment process is to take a three tab shingle or architectural shingle and flip it backwards as a start to the process. These shingles don’t have an adhesive and never quite create a full seal for your roof, leaving you susceptible to wind damage amongst other things.

The ProCut Starter Strip goes on first, before the actual shingles, to ensure that you have a sealed edge. This is applied all the way around the perimeter of your roof and comes with a wind warranty to help protect you in the case of wind damage. The seal-down strip on this product prevents wind uplift and fill any gaps between shingle edges in the way the traditional method cannot. 

Step 5: Install Atlas Designer Shingles

Atlas manufactures four different lines of designer shingles to choose from with your Signature Select Roofing System. 

  • StormMaster Slate – High Wind and Impact Resistant Shingles
  • StormMaster Shake – High Wind and Impact Resistant Shingles
  • GlassMaster – Performance Fiberglass Shingles
  • Pinnacle Pristine – High Performance Architectural Shingles

 

The Pinnacle Pristine shingle is our most highly recommended product. It comes with a ScotchGard warranty and gives a strong, durable roof with a sleek appearance. We would all put it on our own houses and it’s the highest value product you’ll find for the price!

Step 6: Set Up Proper Ventilation

When heat is trapped in your attic, it can lead to shingle burning or damage from the inside. The setup of a proper ventilation system is important for a few reasons. The ventilation intake is normally a vented soffit system and the exhaust is typically found at the ridge of your roof. Box vents and power vents are decent options, but a ridge vent system is the most effective, efficient way to ensure your roof is properly vented. Not only will this keep the heat out of your attic, but it can also help to lower your utility bills.

Step 7: Add ProCut Hip and Ridge Elements

The hip and ridge roofing elements cover any places in your roof where the shingles meet at a ridge to give the roof a finished look and ensure a full seal. In His Hands contractors properly install these elements as the final step in installing the Signature Select Roofing System.

More than Just Shingles

Understanding more about how the Signature Select Roofing System works can go a long way to help answer questions about the process and product you are getting. Here at In His Hands, we guarantee quality products and pricing and put a huge emphasis on the service you receive throughout every roof repair or installation process. We work through each of the steps, drawing on the skills of our experienced contractors and solid team to ensure that you will have a long-lasting, protective, beautiful roof for your home!

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53rd Annual Tri-State Home Show

In His Hands Contractors had the chance to represent our company at the 53rd Annual Tri-State Home Show at the beginning of March. This event, put on by the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga, EPB Fiber Optics and some other wonderful partners, is always an incredible way to connect with our community. It’s also a great place for people in the Chattanooga area to start when they’re looking to renovate, remodel, or do some landscaping around their home.

This year, there were over 500 vendors and booths set up to share products and information on home renovation projects and a portion of ticket sales went to sponsor the local American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity. We were honored to be a part of this event and truly enjoyed supporting the community, meeting other great companies in the roofing and related industries and sharing our products, services and values with the people of Chattanooga!

Company History and Values

In 2014, the Wyatt brothers – Jonathan, Josh and Daniel – joined forces with their father, Ron Wyatt, to become a full-service roofing company. The Wyatt brothers grew up working with their father. They learned a lot about roofing and construction, gained some sub-contractor experience and took part in building a large scale construction company here in Chattanooga, Tennessee. After gaining so much knowledge and experience, the Wyatts decided to branch off in a new direction and pour into In His Hands, building up a family business that has strong core values. 

Like any other business, In His Hands has had it’s challenges but is going strong. “We’re blessed to say we’re a thriving company. We’re an innovative company. On a daily basis, we are striving to see how we can better inform and better assist our clients to give them a product that they are proud of and one that we are proud to stand behind,” says Daniel. In His Hands Contractors values quality, transparency, and complete customer satisfaction and always goes above and beyond to deliver their values through each and every project. Learn more about our company and how we strive to provide quality products and service each and every day.

There’s more to your roof than just shingles and metal…

Below that pristine roofing surface are many key components to a secure, water-tight roof, quality roof. This includes things such as ice and water shield, inspection of the perimeters, corners and valleys, the underlayment and so many others. Our experts make sure that each of these small pieces come together in the perfect way so that you receive a quality product, quality service and a roof that you can rely on to protect your home and family for years to come.  

Quality Over Quantity

Here at In His Hands, we highly emphasize quality over quantity. Sometimes, this means we work at a slower, but steady pace. We always ensure that each job is a job well-done. We oversee every single aspect of every single job, letting nothing slips through the cracks. Our Atlas products are backed by a guaranteed warranty and we back that up with our company because we want you to be covered, physically and financially.

There are several consistent contractors assigned to each job so that nothing is overlooked in the roofing process. For us, it’s not about putting a roof on as quickly as possible, turning a profit and getting out. Instead, it’s always about ensuring that we deliver the highest quality products and service each and every time. 

Complete Transparency

If you request a quote or estimate from In His Hands, you will receive an extremely detailed outline of the process, including the underlay, the warranties, and the type of shingle or roofing you have chosen plus so much more. We go beyond just providing this information and always invite you to ask questions about our products, our service, your estimate and anything else that comes to mind. We want to ensure that you are fully confident in what you are getting and will go above and beyond to ensure that happens!

Complete Customer Satisfaction

Whether you use our company for a full roof installation or a simple roof repair, we have a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. When our contractors are out in the field working on your project, they will look to interact with customers. Our contractors ask questions and will request them from you to be certain that we are covering every single aspect of the job we are doing for you. We strive to provide the products and service that we would hope to receive ourselves. 

Project Priority

Here at In His Hands, we finish one project before beginning a new one. In the roofing and construction industry, there are always new requests coming in to start other projects while in the middle of current ones. Many times, contractors may begin a new project before completing the current project. Unfortunately, this often means that pieces of each project may fall through the cracks and may leave the client feeling like they are low on the priority list. 

From the time we break ground on a project, that job becomes our focus and completing it thoroughly becomes our mission. We don’t leave behind a current project, but instead devote our full, undivided attention to finishing that job the right way. This guarantee is often included in our contracts and can give you full confidence in our dedication to the job.

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Roofing Options: Shingles and Metal

Jonathon and Daniel discuss the pros and cons of different styles of shingle and metal roofing.

Shingle roofing options are typically asphalt-based and come in a variety of configurations and sizes. This variety in durability and appearance is a big advantage of choosing a shingle style roof as you can often find something more personalized to your home and choose the protection level you desire. The price-point, color, appearance and durability for shingle roofing options can vary widely but our specialists are here to help you pinpoint the best choice for you. 

Metal roofing options are becoming more popular as they offer solid protection and a clean, aesthetic appearance. Metal protects more fully against weather damage than a traditional shingle roof, but usually comes at a higher cost. Metal roofs can potentially be more dangerous as they create a slippery surface. This is something to keep in mind as a homeowner, especially if you find yourself climbing around on your roof to clean your gutters, wash your windows or hang those holiday lights. While product and installation costs are usually higher, the durability and protectiveness of a metal roof will hold up for years to come.

Below, we share several different options for both shingle and metal roofing. Our team is standing by, ready to answer your questions and help you make the best decision for your home or building. Read on to learn more about the pros and cons of some of our most popular products!

Shingle Roofing Options

 

The StormMaster Slate shingle from Atlas is one of the best products on the market. This shingle is asphalt-based and fully algae resistant for the lifetime of the roof. The StormMaster slate shingle carries a class 4 impact rating, meaning it will protect your home from wind, rain, hail damage and likely much more. All of these high-quality features are backed by an Atlas warranty, guaranteeing their effectiveness. The StormMaster Slate shingle does have a higher price tag, but this choice means you are investing in a quality product that looks great and will hold up for years to come.

The Architectural Dimensional shingle is another asphalt-based shingle from Atlas. This is one of the most common, and most popular, products found in roofing today. Backed by a 3M Scotchgard warranty, this option is also fully algae resistant for the lifetime of the roof. This shingle offers more of a craftsman or farmhouse-style look and comes in at an intermediate price point, providing a lot of bang for your buck. The architectural dimensional shingle is a popular option for In His Hands customers.

The Three Tab shingle is three feet wide and around twelve inches high. It is configured differently than other types of shingles and because of that, carries a smaller price tag than other shingle options. These shingles are manufactured as three tabs on a the same shingle, making them less wind resistant than an individually manufactured shingle. Typically, three tab shingles are one or two ply, allowing for more uplift under the shingle than you would experience with a single shingle. Like other options, there are many color choices to match the look of your home and this option will be the least expensive as you look to install or replace a roof.

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Metal Roofing Options

 

If you are looking to get some estimates for a new roof on your home, specialty metal is a great option and In His Hands offers several different products to fit the bill. Metal options are more weather resistant than the traditional shingle, but usually come at a higher price point for the product itself as well as installation, repair and inspection. 

The Standing Seam roof from Atlas is hands-down the best metal roofing system on the market. This option is created with premium metal and a completely hidden fastener system, creating a beautiful roof aesthetic. Standing seam roofing comes in different gages of metal, providing excellent impact resistance and protecting your home from wind, hail and other nasty elements.

Standing seam roofing comes in a wide variety of colors from solid options to copper roofing plus the ribbing can be spaced anywhere from nine to eighteen inches apart. The hidden fastening system offered by a standing seam roof is not only more beautiful, but also more effective. With traditional face-screwed metal options, fasteners often work their way out over time, creating potential problems. This is not an issue that you will face if you choose a standing seam metal roof.

The downside of the standing seam roof is that it does come at a higher price point and is a complicated, intricate system. Most roofing companies and contractors out there are not fully equipped to properly install this type of roof according to manufacturer specifications. When looking to install a standing seam roof, be sure that you have a well-equipped, well-educated contractor who is fully prepared to handle this type of roof installation. 

The Tuff-Rib metal roof is another popular metal roofing option. Sometimes called master rib, classic rib or corrugated roofing, this style is an economical option that provides a great aesthetic and good protection. Tuff rib roofing comes in a wide variety of colors, making it easy to match it to your specifications. The tuff rib roof does have an exposed fastener system, meaning screws can start to back out, pulling your roofing away from the structure. This will call for more frequent thorough inspections of your roof, especially around the 15 year mark.

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Making a Choice

 

There are a lot of great options out there when you are looking to install or replace your roof. We here at In His Hands want to ensure that you are able to make a well-informed decision so that you end up with the best possible product for your needs.  Check out our Roofing Buyers Guide for more guidance or contact us today. Hopefully, the information here will help you to do your research!

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Roofing Buyers Guide

 

 

Today on the blog, Daniel and Jonathan Wyatt share some great information that will help you make the best decision when it comes to replacing or installing a new roof on your home. 

Is it Time to Replace Your Roof?

Let’s start at the beginning. How do you know when it’s time to replace your roof? Some of the simple things you can look for are missing shingles on your roof, shingles on the ground around your home, shingle granules in your gutters or shingle granule buildup on the ground around your home, especially at the bottom of your gutter downspouts.

These are easily identifiable problems that you can see before they manifest into bigger issues, like leaks inside your home. Catching the damage in these early stages can make a world of difference when it comes to your roof.  

When to Address a Roofing Problem

The short answer – immediately. Through the obvious signs listed above or through an official roof inspection, you know that you have roof damage. Once you are sure, it’s time to take action to have your roof repaired or replaced. All too often, replacements are put off by homeowners, but there are many risks associated with waiting too long to replace a damaged roof.

According to Jonathon Wyatt, “If your roof is leaking in one or two spots that are evident, there are going to be several different spots – 10, 15, 20 different spots – that are leaking that you cannot see.” And if you cannot see those spots, rest assured that they are holding water, creating a breeding ground for black mold spores and rot. Problems like this can quickly grow and are going to cost thousands of dollars to remove or repair in the long run, not to mention the other hazards they may bring to your home environment.

Annual Roof Inspection

Here at In His Hands Contractors, we definitely recommend a roofing inspection at least on an annual basis, if not twice a year.  The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends a bi-annual roof inspection to ensure the quality of your roof. Many roofing companies, including our own, offer affordable roof inspections. In His Hands inspections are just $99.00 for a thorough investigation of all the points of your roofing. This includes the roof valleys, hips, and any other stress points where the roof is most likely to wear over time. A professional inspector will be able to identify any potential problems early on so that they can be addressed promptly.

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When it comes to roofing inspections, try to stay away from any free offers you come across. Many companies may present this as an option, but oftentimes, they’re either looking to sell you something or create an insurance claim that doesn’t exist. An inspection offer that falls around that $99.00 mark means that you are much more likely to get what you’re paying for – a good, thorough inspection of your roof. Contact us today to schedule your roofing inspection.

Roof Replacement Process

Professional Roof Installation

Why should you hire a professional to put on your asphalt shingle or metal roof? Replacing your roof yourself is the equivalent to replacing the engine in your car – not likely a job you would take on yourself! You should always hire a professional to ensure that the job is done well. A professional company or contractor will undoubtedly have all the correct tools and experience to do the work effectively and efficiently and to give you a product that will last as long as possible. 

Choosing a Roofing Company or Contractor

When preparing to repair your roof damage or replace your roof entirely, we recommend that homeowners collect at least three estimates, and sometimes up to five. While the cost can vary, gathering estimates gives you a better handle on how much a quality job will cost in your area. Doing this obviously allows you to compare different price ranges and bids from contractors or companies. What homeowners should really look for in the estimates they receive is a good, thorough description of the work. This proposal should detail all of the work that is included in the estimated cost, because homeowners need a total package deal that ensures all aspects of the roof replacement will be covered.

You should never take a bid just because it’s the cheapest option. Many times, doing this leads to inadequate work and repairs and ultimately, to a greater expense for you. For example, a proposal that seems more cost-effective may in fact be a bid to just throw another layer of shingles on top of the old layer and not replace the old felt on the roof, knocking $500 off the price quoted to you. But clearly, also not delivering the quality results you need when replacing your roof. Be aware, look for those details and compare the estimates by their breakdown, not only by the price tag. 

Always ask if the contractor has any references available. Any contractor or company that cares about their clients and the quality of the work and services they offer will have references available. Another good thing to research when choosing a contractor are any online reviews and referrals. 99% of the time if a contractor has done good, quality work on one resident’s house, they will do the same on your house. Checking out those referrals allows you to ensure that you get your money’s worth for the work being done on your roof.

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Always Sign a Contract

Once you have made a decision based on estimates and references, the next step is to make sure you sign a written contract with the company or contractor who will be doing the work and repairs. Just like anything else – a gym membership, a new car purchase – a signed contract is the best way to detail the work agreement and to protect yourself and the contractor. If you are working with a professional or a professional company, they will ensure that written contract is in place.

The contract ensures that you as the client can hold the contractor or company to all the work they have agreed to do. For both the client and the contractor, this a reference through the entire work process to ensure that the work goes as planned and that all parties are protected financially in case of any issues. We may all like to do business with just a handshake and a promise, but a written contract with signatures from all parties is the best – and safest – way to move forward with your roof replacement.

Insurance and Liability

When discussing roof repair or replacement with a company or contractor, be sure that they are licensed, bonded and insured. It’s important to ask about and know the amount the company is insured for, especially in relation to your home. Not every insurance policy carried by a company or contractor will cover the full amount of damage in case something happens to your home. For example, if during the replacement process your roof ends up with $250,000 worth of damage, but you’ve entered into a contract with a company that’s only insured for up to $100,000, you could be looking at some really big expenses. Ask to see proof of insurance and do your research here to make sure the process goes smoothly, even if something goes wrong along the way.

Choosing a Roofing Product

No matter the type of home you have, we always recommend a three dimensional roof. It’s going to be more durable, longer-lasting, hail resistant and will have a higher wind rating. As with anything, there is a range of options from economical and lower grade to high-cost, high-quality products whether you choose a shingle or metal option.

If you are looking at shingles, be sure to keep the manufacturer in mind. Here at In His Hands, we highly recommend Atlas shingles. This company is the best out there. They very good at what they do, are innovative with their work and always instill confidence in their products. Atlas shingles are really the best product out there for the price.

The highest quality metal option is the Stand and Seam. This is a really durable roof option with a completely hidden fastener system and a lifespan of up to nearly 70 years. You won’t have to worry about seeing the screws on your roof or having the screws back out, loosening the roofing.  The durability of this roof is the best option if you live on a bluff or have a tall home as it will combat that wind uplift. It’s one of the highest quality products out there. 

The corrugated or tuff-rib option is great as well and offers a more economical approach to replacing your roof. This roof comes with up to a 40 year manufacturer warranty on top of the labor warranty the contractor will provide you. This roof is less durable than the Stand and Seam option and will likely require screw replacement once or twice during its lifespan.

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Is a Roof Inspection a Necessity or a Luxury?

I’m sure you are familiar with the adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Think of it this way. Would you rather pay for an oil change or an engine replacement in your vehicle? The simple truth is if you don’t change your oil you will replace your engine or your entire vehicle. The same principle applies to your roof. If you leave your 20 or 30-year roof to itself with no inspection, chances are you will be replacing the roof prematurely as well as quite a bit more.

So what do I mean?

Most people do not give their roof a second thought until they see a manifestation of a leak. That manifestation comes in many forms. A water stain on the ceiling. Water dripping from a light fixture. Buckled flooring or wet carpet to name a few. By the time you see the manifestation of a leak on the inside or even the outside of your home the water has penetrated and damaged so much more than just the roof and the ceiling.

Let’s break it down to the multiple aspects of construction in reverse. Let’s start at the roof and work our way down to the ceiling. The hard surface that your roofing material is fastened to is typically a wood product known as sheathing. The sheathing is fastened to another wood product that is part of the structural integrity known as rafters. Another structural element below the rafters are the ceiling joists.  This is a wood product to which the ceiling is fastened. In between the ceiling joists, insulation is installed. Finally attached to the bottom of the ceiling joists in the ceiling. By the time water from a leaking roof has manifested itself in the form of a stain on the ceiling it has traveled through multiple layers of construction. The longer this leak is left unrepaired the more substantial damage is done to the roof structure. Not only does the framework begin to rot but in addition, the insulation loses its R-value and an even greater concern is that mold begins to grow.

Had the roof been inspected and the potential for a leak repaired the outcome, as well as the repair bill, would be substantially different. An ounce of prevention. It’s worth a pound of cure. Change the oil or replace the engine. Repair the roof or …???

So what do you think? Is a roof inspection a luxury or is a roof inspection a necessity? Consider all of the facts as well as the multiple aspects involved. After doing so should you decide the answer to the above question is that a roof inspection is a necessity then it is understood that you will want to choose a reputable contractor to conduct your inspection? In His Hands Contractors would be honored to be your choice. We are your local roofing specialist serving the Chattanooga and surrounding area. We have an A+ BBB rating since 1984, five-star Google reviews, 4.7 star Facebook reviews, five-star Yelp rating, five-star Porch rating, five-star Houzz rating, and we are: Licensed. Insured. Bonded. Your complete satisfaction is our personal goal.

Enough about us. Let’s talk about you. Specifically about your roof. The material on top of your house protecting and shielding the contents of your home from the outside elements. Does your roof need to be inspected?