Why You Should Choose an Asphalt Shingle Roof over a Metal Roof

So, the time has come for you to consider your roofing options. Whether you are building your dream home or you are replacing the roof on your current home, choosing what kind of roof you want to be able to protect your home with is an important decision.

As you do your research, you will see that when it comes to roofing material choices there are two primary options: asphalt shingles or metal roofing. Asphalt shingles, made from fibrous materials, are installed by staggering strips on top of each other. Meanwhile, metal roofs, which can be made of copper, aluminum, steel, or zinc, are installed in larger sections secured side-by-side.

While both styles of roof have their merits, when it comes to the roof that is going to make the most protective and financial sense for you, your family, and your home, there is a very good reason asphalt shingles are the most common roofing choice for homeowners. 

Here are some of the major advantages asphalt shingle roofs have over metal roofs.

An asphalt shingle roof is cheaper to install

One of the biggest advantages asphalt shingle roofs have over metal roofing is that the installation is a significantly smaller up front investment. While your choice of materials and supplier may vary the cost, generally the cost of installing a metal roof can run between $120 to $900 per 100 square feet. Meanwhile, asphalt shingles will likely come in closer to $100 to $200 per 100 square feet. One of the main reasons for the discrepancy is that installing a metal roof is a much more specialized job and requires a more demanding skill set (which will naturally demand higher compensation for it).

An asphalt shingle roof is easier to repair

Asphalt roofs won’t only be easier to handle financially up front, but over time necessary repairs to asphalt shingles will cost less than metal roofing. Again, this reasoning comes down to the ease of performing repairs. If an asphalt roof needs a few shingles replaced, it is easy enough to do so without tearing up your whole roof and reinstalling from scratch. While metal roofing has solid durability, any significant damage likely won’t be able to be resolved with a simple patch job or replacing a section. Damage to a metal roof typically leads to a much bigger job in order to repair it.

Recycling the shingles can help your community

Once your asphalt roof has run its course and is ready to be replaced, the shingles can be recycled and repurposed to materials and causes that can attribute improvements within your community. Asphalt shingles can be repurposed into materials that help pave streets and sidewalks and, of course, also getting them to a recycling facility also helps keep them out of landfills or otherwise going to waste.

Keeping you warm all winter long 

Residential asphalt shingle roofs are extremely adept at retaining heat, which makes them the superior roofing choice for a place like Indiana that has its fair share of chilly months (not to mention the brutal cold of January and February)! This strength in retaining heat can mean your heating bills during the winter months will be much more under control and your family will be able to stay nice and warm.

When it comes time to replace your roof, because of its strength and affordability, we strongly recommend going with asphalt shingles as your roof of choice. And of course, when it is time for a new roof, it is time to call Lathrop Contracting!

Lathrop Contracting is a licensed and insured Indianapolis general contractor specializing in roofing, gutters, and siding. We are certified installers for all name-brand manufacturers including the popular Certainteed brand. For a free estimate, or call us today at (317) 783-6929 or schedule an appointment online today!

Tips for Hiring the Right Roofing Contractor

Whether you are planning a major home renovation that is going to require you to install a brand new roof or you need to make repairs on a roof damaged by a storm, when the time comes to undergo a major roofing project you are going to be needing a contractor.

But when it comes to hiring a roofing contractor to work on your home, not just any contractor will do. Vetting and hiring the right contractor is an important part of the hiring process. This is the person or business that you are going to be putting your trust in and making a significant financial investment into to help fix your home or help to bring the vision of what you want your home to be to life.

While you go through the process of finding the right contractor for your roofing project, there is more to it than just getting quotes from a bunch of different contractors. There should be a set of important questions you’ll want to ask and boxes you’ll want to have checked before you ultimately shake hands with your contractor of choice. 

While Lathrop Contracting stands behind our work and many years of serving Indianapolis homeowners, it is also important to us that we help you make the most informed decisions possible. After all, hiring a contractor is a big decision. While you look for the best roofing contractor for the job, keep these four things in mind.  

Make Sure They Value Communication

Maintaining proper communication with your contractor is important to the success of your roofing project. The person you choose for the job needs to value and be open to regular communication, both virtually and in person. 

The project may not take all that long to complete (depending on the weather and any unforeseen circumstances an average roofing project may only take a couple of days) but during that time you’ll want to make sure they are open to regular check-ins and maintaining communication. This isn’t just important for you to ensure the work is progressing appropriately and all your questions get answered, but this also helps ensure any questions they have for you also get answered promptly so it doesn’t become you who is holding up the project. 

Check Credentials, Certifications, and Insurance

The contractor you choose should be the best one for the job. For contractors, the best ones will be able to proudly display and tell you all about their credentials and certifications. One way you can tell by looking for different abbreviations they present on their website or information. These will be indications of their important credentials or certifications. 

One particular one to look out for is the Select Shinglemaster (SSM) certification. This is the top level CertainTeed roofing credential, and represents the highest standards of excellence, quality, and knowledge in the shingle roofing industry. Also, be sure to do the necessary homework to ensure your contractor is properly insured.

Will They Work With Your Insurance?

Particularly when it comes to a roofing repair project, your insurance company is going to play a major role in the project’s completion. They will need to sign off on your claim in order to help you pay for the project, but if you don’t have a cooperative contractor, they can seriously hold up the process.

The best roofing contractors will make an effort to make working with your home insurance company as easy as possible, by providing all the necessary information directly to your insurance provider. Their cooperation will help speed up your approval process and get the project started, and completed, as soon as possible.

Don’t Make All Decisions Based on Price

Everybody wants to find the best deal, but when it comes to hiring a roofing contractor price shouldn’t be everything. Afterall, the cheapest quote you get may be from the least qualified company you talk to! 

Now, that doesn’t mean we are saying you should always choose the most expensive contractor you can find either, that doesn’t make any sense. This is all to say that price isn’t everything, it is just one of many factors to consider. If a contractor has the right certifications, good recommendations, is honest, open, and easy to work with you shouldn’t turn them away because they don’t give you the cheapest quote. 


Why Lathrop

Our crews are open, honest, hard-working, and capable of establishing a satisfactory communication schedule with you. We are SSM certified, offering high-quality workmanship with materials from the top manufacturers. And, we are more than willing to work directly with your insurance company to help get you approved quickly.

While we understand selecting the right roofing contractor for your project is a big decision, we invite you to give us a call at (317) 783-6929 or schedule a free estimate to find out why Lathrop Contracting is Indianapolis’ premiere roofing contractor for yourself.

beautiful house ready for spring maintenance

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

beautiful house ready for spring maintenanceDuring the winter, the cold and weather can make it difficult to stay on top of home maintenance, no matter how important it may be. But with warm weather on the way, it is now the perfect time to get back outside and start taking care of neglected and important home maintenance.

Take advantage of the spring warm-up to go through our spring home maintenance checklist of important services or repairs that every homeowner should take care of to help get your home ready for the new season.

Check Your Sump Pump

The rains of spring can often mean a wet basement for those whose sump pumps aren’t up to snuff. Your sump pump helps collect excess water from rainfall and pushes it towards the nearest sewer or retention pond instead of pooling in your basement.

It’s likely your sump pump hasn’t seen a lot of action in the past few months, so make sure to give it a check now to make sure it is working before you find yourself up to your knees in water. Take a bucket of water and pour it down your sump pit. Once it fills to a certain point, if your sump pump is working properly it should kick on and start draining. If not, time to call your plumber.

Clean & Fix Your Gutters

Speaking of spring rain, you also should take the time now to make sure your gutters aren’t just clean and clear, but also in working order. As rain rolls off your roof, it goes straight to your gutter, down your downspout, and away from your home. If your gutters are heavily clogged or your gutters are damaged, leaking, or not properly attached, water can spill out and pool around your home.

Not only can this be damaging to your landscape if your drainage isn’t great, but as water seeps into the ground it can also contribute to basement flooding. So be sure you take the time to get out the ladder and clean out all the sticks and leaves that have made their way into your gutters. If your gutters are damaged or leaking, get a professional out to repair them as soon as possible.

Inspect Your Roof

The winter has probably left your roof in a bit of rough shape. Hail storms are one of the biggest causes of roofing damage during the winter and can knock off, dent, or crack shingles and will leave your roof more vulnerable to water damage or shingles or roof being damaged further by falling branches or heavy winds later on in the year.

Of course, it is hard to tell the exact condition of your roof from the ground and getting up on the roof yourself can be somewhat treacherous. Early spring is the perfect time to call a contractor to come out and inspect your roof. A professional and experienced roofing contractor like Lathrop can identify even the most subtle roofing damage and tell you exactly what needs to be done to make sure your roof is as secure as can be.

Service Your Air Conditioning

Your furnace has been getting plenty of use over the past few months, but pretty soon the temperatures are going to start rising and you’ll want to be cranking up the air conditioning to help keep you cool. Take the time now to make sure your air conditioning is in working order and you don’t have a nasty surprise when you turn on your AC for the first time.

There are some things you can even do yourself like changing the filters, cleaning dust, and making sure drain pans are draining correctly. But springtime is also a great time to invest in an annual HVAC inspection. Regular inspections will make sure both your air conditioning and your furnace won’t let you down when you need their services the most.

Care For Woodwork

The seasons can wear on your fence, deck, trellises, and other exterior woodworking around your home. Without proper care, their lifespan can be greatly impacted and leave you with splintered, stained, and beat up woodwork.

Spring is the perfect time to give your home’s woodwork a little bit of love in the form of any necessary repairs, resealing, or repainting them. This both gives your outdoor a little extra visual life as well as helping to better protect them from the elements and give them a longer physical life.

Need some help getting your roof and gutter maintenance completed? Indianapolis homeowners have relied on Lathrop Contracting as roofing, gutter, siding, chimney, and window repair and installation experts for years.

Call (317) 783-6929 or schedule an inspection online today!