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Greater Rochester & Buffalo NY Areas
Why Graves Bros. for your roofing services.
A well-functioning roof is one of the most important factors in protecting your home. Our roofing services make sure you have the best protection possible.
Over 40 Years In Business
In business since 1977 with thousands of projects completed. You can be assured that we’ll be here to stand behind our work.
We have been servicing the Greater Rochester NY area since 1977. We have over 15,000 completed projects under our belt and a large satisfied customer base. But don't take our word for it, read what they have to say here.
Roofing Services Offered by Graves Bros.
Graves Bros. offers a variety of roofing services, depending on the specific needs of the customer and situation, condition of the existing roof, and other factors:
- Roof Replacement
A roof replacement involves tearing off everything on the roof down to the existing deck, possibly rafters or trusses. Then installing new underlayment, leak barrier, and roofing material.
Roof replacements can be done at any time. They should always be done if there is more than one layer of shingles on the roof, or if there are problems or concerns with the condition of the roof deck. If the shingles are in poor condition, a roof replacement is also the best answer, as it allows all problems to be addressed, rather than simply covered up.
The bottom line, there are only a few times when it is worth the saved money to choose the reroof option over a total roof replacement. Choosing the roof replacement option is always the better and longer lasting option.
- Cedar Tear Off
Homes built prior to 1950, may still have cedar shake roofing on the home. If there is still cedar present, it must be removed by code and a new deck surface installed. Cedar Shingles are installed over top of skip sheathing. Skip sheathing are boards, installed on the rafters with spaces between them.
The process of removing all this material is very labor intensive. Once the cedar shakes have been removed, new plywood is installed over the skip sheathing to provide a sound nailing base for the new shingles. At this point the process continues as with a roof replacement.
Re-Roofing or Reroofing is the process of installing one layer of new shingles over an existing layer shingles.
Reroofing can only be done once. If you already have two layers of roofing in place, reroofing is not an option for you. Reroofing is not always in the best interest of your home either. Since the new shingles are installed directly over the existing shingles, there is no way to find deficiencies that may be present under the existing shingles. Some examples of these deficiencies are delamination or saturation of plywood, missing or damaged flashing, or deteriorated underlayment. Reroofing also increases the thickness of your roof, which can lead to aesthetic concerns. The new layer of shingles will not lay down as smoothly as with roof replacement.
The process of re-roofing also offers no additional protection from ice damming, as there is no new or additional ice and water membrane installed. If ice damming has been a concern or issue on your home, the re-roofing option may not be in your best interest.
Because there is no tear off, reroofing can go faster and be less expensive than a complete roof replacement. There is less debris produced and less labor involved which brings down the cost.
Reroofing can sometimes be a good choice for homeowners who have a roof that is nearing the end of its lifespan, and is still in overall good condition. However, we almost always recommend a complete tear off and replacement. Also, with a reroof there may be some minor issues or leaks, but no major water damage, soggy or missing shingles, or large amounts of moss or mildew growth.
When Natural Elements Cause Damage.
Weather-related damage from snow, ice, wind, or sun is not preventable. Roofing damage from moss build up is also a natural occurrence, but if not managed, can cause serious damage and leaks. This all leads to a full tear off and roof replacement.
Also, materials breaking down due to age. To get the best protection, you need both top quality materials and highly skilled installers. At Graves Bros., we offer you both.
Expanded Roofing Services Area
Recently we have expanded our roofing service into the Greater Buffalo, NY area. We can now offer full roof replacement with full tear off and new roof installation. From the Greater Rochester to Buffalo NY area we are here for all your roofing services needs.
Our professional, expert installers will do the best job at making sure your home's roof is in the best condition it can be. We provide roofing services that are second to none. We look forward to helping you with the new roof you've needed and wanted.
In addition, we are one of only 5 roofing contractors in Rochester to have achieved "SELECT Shingle Roofer" status with CertainTeed.
To maintain this status we must undergo regular testing and re-accreditation. We must also maintain proper insurance and agree to abide by a code of ethics. Only a "SELECT Shingle Roofer" can offer CertainTeed's’s 5 star warranty.
According to Certainteed, "A SELECT shingle roofer is in the top 1% of his profession."
With a 50 year warranty, you cannot go wrong with a CertainTeed roofing system.
Graves Bros. is proud to say we hold the highest certification available with GAF
We recognize that the biggest obstacle to a successful roofing project is choosing the right contractor to do the work. We have done the work to help make your decision easier. Graves Bros. has joined an exclusive factory-certification program sponsored by GAF. GAF is North America's largest roofing manufacturer.
As a Master Elite® Roofing Contractor, Graves Bros. had to show we are:
- Properly licensed by our state to perform roofing work.
- Required to maintain insurance (for your protection).
- Have an established history of providing quality roofing services throughout the community.
- Committed to ongoing professional training to ensure quality installation.
Our Roofing Replacements are "Worry-Free" and "Hassle-Free"
- The GAF Lifetime Roofing System includes everything you need for reliable, watertight protection for your home.
- GAF factory-certified contractors eliminate the risk your roof will be installed by some "fly-by-night" contractor.
- GAF has the industries leading warranties backed by North America’s largest roofing manufacturer.