I had to replace my roof. The old one was a miserable, nearly flat membrane style roof that had replaced an older tar and gravel version on my single storey house, built in 1956. It leaked near the skylights, and it looked horrible, patchy and almost gangrenous. Even worse, its installer had gone out of business, leaving me with a not too old, but useless, roof.
My neighborhood homeowners' association would have been happy for me to replace it with shakes, which would have required me to increase the roof pitch and replace the expensive new gutters I had installed a couple of years ago. I didn't want the maintenance or fire worries of shakes.
This time, I wanted a BIG, reliable roofing company that would be there if and when I had problems. State Roofing is the biggest in WA and filled the bill for me. They also had a new material called Euro-shakes, made from recycled tires. They look just like shakes, are highly fire resistent and need little maintenance. They are expensive, but the fifty year guarantee sold me.
The State Roofing representative went to my HO Association meeting and presented the case for this new material to the highly skeptical architecture committee. He also provided addresses where they could see the Euro-shakes on homes similar to mine. They approved it!
The roof installation was efficient and workers did a great job of cleaning up after themselves. A couple of small details didn't get done quite right, but when I asked about them, matters were corrected immediately. I could not be happier with the pleasant service I received. -Rhoda B.