How Accurate is a Roofing Estimate

September 14th, 2015|

Getting roof repairs or replacement done means a lot of money so it’s best to know how much you are expected to shell out before the project begins. Most residential roofing companies in Kansas City give estimates or quotes to prospective customers so you don’t have to do the math yourself. However, getting a quote and understanding what’s in it are two different things. […]

How to Treat Algae on your Roof

September 8th, 2015|

One of the most common questions we get at Bill West Roofing concerns algae growth on roofs.  Every week or so, a homeowner contacts us asking why there is staining, streaking, or dark spots on their roof.  These signs usually indicate algae growth.  Fortunately, the staining itself does not effect your roof negatively other than the cosmetic appearance – it does not mean that you need a new roof! […]

How to Avoid an Expensive Roofing Scam

August 24th, 2015|

Roofing scam pandemics tend to sweep the nation following severe weather and storm damage. So far, there have been scams uncovered in all corners of the nation, focused especially on shingle roof repair situations. These scams are being pulled off by different companies and individuals, and usually first appear in the form of a knock on the door. The good news is, if you know what to look for, you can avoid being taken in by these scams. […]

Roofing 101: Getting to Know a Shingle Roof

August 17th, 2015|

If you’re a first time homeowner, roofs are as enigmatic as home improvement projects could get. While it may not seem like it, asphalt shingle roofs can be really complicated – or so it seems. This post should be able to explain to you the basics of an asphalt shingle roof. […]

The Advantages of Shingle vs Metal Roofing

August 11th, 2015|

When the roof on your home in the greater Kansas City area begins to show signs of age, and you are facing shingle roof replacement, how do you decide between another round of fiberglass-asphalt shingles, or metal roofing? If you are not familiar with both types, you cannot make an educated decision. Bill West Roofing is experienced in both, and happy to install whichever you choose. Since no perfect roofing material exists, each type has its advantages and disadvantages.  […]

How to Prepare for a Shingle Roof Replacement

August 10th, 2015|

Fickle weather, severe storms, and blazing heat – there’s really no perfect season for a shingle roof replacement.  When getting your home prepared for a new roof, it’s important to talk to a trusted, local roofing contractor to find out what steps you need to take to be ready. For Kansas City homeowners, the team at Bill West Roofing compiled a short guide on what you can expect before the roofing project begins. […]

Solar Ventilation and Your New Shingle Roof

August 4th, 2015|

Your attic plays an important part in the overall strength of your home. Overheated attics can trap condensation in your attic and cause your roof to rot from the inside out. Once the attic insulation becomes damp from trapped condensation, it can no longer function properly, which can lead to increased indoor temperatures in the summer. In the wintertime, an unventilated attic increases the risks of ice dams forming and ruining your new shingle roof. […]

Should I convert my flat roof to a pitched roof?

July 25th, 2015|

In Kansas City there a number of homes that have flat roofs on them.  Even my home has a flat roof over the deck. […]

Is Your Roofer Accredited by the BBB?

July 21st, 2015|

An A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is hard to earn. It requires a lot of attention, insight, and customer service by the rated company. When choosing a roofing contractor, keep an eye out for those who have earned and maintained this high rating – chances are, they’ll deliver their promised results on every project they undertake.
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Storm Damage Checklist: Homeowner’s Edition

July 14th, 2015|

Storm damage is a frequent headache encountered by homeowners in the Kansas City area. Living in a city bordering the largest river in the nation, situated where both Gulf Stream and Arctic storms can bring substantial rains means that any landowner in the metro area should know how to do basic inspections of their property’s roofs for storm damage. The following list contains a few items that you may want to consider after large storms pass. […]