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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about roofing

1. Do I need a new roof?

This is one of our most asked questions. It usually comes up because a homeowner has been advised by an insurance company that they cannot obtain homeowner's insurance unless they have a new roof installed. In such situations we are willing to inspect your roof and offer you, the homeowner, an analysis of the condition of your roof. Should you decide you do not need a new roof you may be able to seek coverage from a different insurance company.

2. When would I need a new roof?

Usually a roof replacement is considered when a roof has suffered damage due to some event or deteriorated with time. There are also instances when a homeowner wishes to transition to a more protective roof type, or simply change the appearance of their home.

There are many reasons a roof might be susceptible to developing a leak, but probably the three most common are: harsh environmental conditions such as we have here in Utah, standing water on low-slope roofs and inferior or obsolete roofing materials.

In the case of a damaged or deteriorated roof, sometimes it is better to replace the roof than to engage in multiple repairs over a long period of time. It is a painful truth that often the discovery of a need for repair comes at the cost of considerable damage to other parts of your home.

We at David Brown Roofing can give you an honest assessment of the condition of your roof. If you need a new roof we'll explain why. On the other hand, it is not so unusual we determine repair of a roof to be a more cost effective option for a homeowner than replacement even for a homeowner who had thought their roof required replacement!

If a new roof is your best choice we have experience installing all types of conventional roofs. We can help you decide what type of roof best suits your tastes, structure, environmental conditions and budget.

If you have questions, you can give us a call and we’d be glad to give you any more information you may need.

3. Do you repair/install metal roofs?

Yes. We are certified in installation and repair of standing seam roofs.

We get this question because some roofers do not work with metal roofs. Most of those who do are not certified.

We also work with shake shingles, composition shingles, slate shingles, clay shingles, concrete shingles, BUR (tar and gravel), asphalt shingles and thermoset (EPDM) and thermoplastic (PVC and TPO) roofing membranes. See our Roofing Systems page for an overview of residential and commercial roofing systems.

4. What does it mean to be a "certified" roofing contractor?

Manufacturers of high-end roofing systems offer special training and evaluation to roofing contractors in order to certify that a contractor is capable of meeting a stringent set of standards in the performance of their work with these systems. This training provides the manufacturer with the confidence to offer comprehensive, extended warranties to commercial customers who use a certified roofer.

As a customer you can have assurance that by using a certified contractor you'll be dealing with a highly skilled, dependable, professional organization.

David Brown Roofing is certified by:

  • MBCI and CMG for standing seam metal roofing systems

  • GAF for asphalt shingles

  • Johns Manville for single-ply membranes (EPDM, TPO, PVC)

  • Malarkey Commercial Contractor

  • GAF as a Master Elite® Contractor

A GAF Master Elite® roofing contractor David Brown Roofing has demonstrated that the company:

  • Is properly licensed

  • Is adequately insured

  • Has a proven reputation for quality

  • Is committed to ongoing professional training

According to GAF only 3% of all roofing contractors are qualified as Master Elite®.

5. How long does it take to install a new roof?

This depends upon a number of things, for example, the size of the roof, the height and configuration of the roof, the types of materials to be used, the weather, etc. Most residential roofs can be completed in two days to a week. Large commercial projects take longer.

We will provide you with an estimated time to complete your job when we evaluate your project for a quote.

6. How much does a new roof cost?

This question cannot be properly answered until we evaluate your project. Know we will provide you a fair price and excellent work. Contact us for a quote (see the "Get a Free Quote" form in the upper right hand corner of this page).

7. What is the best kind of roof to install?

This is choice is based upon a number of factors including appearance, durability, life cycle, structure type and expense. Contact us. We are pleased to assist you with this decision. You might also want to look at our Roofing Systems page to get an idea of the type of roof that may be appropriate for your home or building.

8. Can you fix my leaky roof?

This is what we do! We are experts in repair of all types of roofs for residential, commercial and government buildings.

9. Can I fix my own roof?

Maybe. But remember your roof is one of the most important systems of your home. A compromised roof can result in expensive damage to other parts of the house. A leak can damage furniture, wallboard and floors and make your home susceptible to mold. We have come to the rescue of more than one homeowner who discovered their own repair.was inadequate!

10. Are you bonded and insured?

Yes. We are licensed and insured in Utah and Idaho.


11. By what means do you accept payment?

Cash or check.


12. Do you guarantee your work?

Yes. We will discuss terms of warranties coverages with you upon request.

Be assured we stand behind our work on principle.

Thanks! We'll get back to you soon.

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