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Shingling Your Northville, Michigan Roof for the Long Haul

In Southeastern Michigan, the weather runs the gamut between idyllic and peaceful to wild and wooly! In Northville, residents experience everything from blue-skied sunny summer days, to torrential rains to below-freezing, snowy winters. That means that the roofs in your neck of the woods need to be able to take that abuse in stride, and without failures like curled or missing shingles and leaks.  In short, a good-quality, well-constructed roof in Northville isn’t a luxury — it’s an absolute necessity.

Northville residents are especially proud of their charming Victorian-era historic district with its elegant homes and businesses. The town also has its share of well-kept older homes. Each family that calls one of the charming homes in Northville deserves a roof that does justice to their home, both from a curb-appeal standpoint, and as a reliable and durable source of protection.

Inspect, Repair, Replace

Many of us are guilty of ignoring our roofs until they fail. That’s a mistake, because catching problems early means that you’ll need to spend less money on simple repairs, as compared to having to completely replace your roof. Regular inspections by a qualified, reputable roofing company are a smart way to extend the life of an existing roof, catching small problems before they become large ones. And be wary of a roofing company who charges you for an inspection. That’s a service that a reputable roofer will normally provide free of charge!

Repairs might entail replacing flashing around structures like your chimney or vent pipes, replacing curled or missing shingles, or correcting low spots on a commercial building’s flat roof.

Of course, inspections aren’t reserved for preventive maintenance. Sometimes, you’ll know you have a problem simply because you’ve observed certain signs that your roof is failing. For example, you may notice

  • missing, curled or cupped shingles (This can expose the deck underneath to moisture and rot.)
  • condensation in the attic
  • water damage on the ceiling directly beneath the roof
  • water damage on inside walls
  • shingle granules appearing in the gutters (Shingles that are near the end of their lifespan tend to start losing granules.)

Other signs might not be so obvious, and may require climbing a ladder and navigating a roof, which is a dangerous undertaking for a homeowner, and a job that’s really best left to a professional. Some not-so-obvious signs of a problematic roof are

  • damaged soffits (Insects and small animals are especially attracted to the boards beneath the eaves of your roof. Look for cracks, holes and rotted areas.)
  • damaged or missing flashing around structures (The space around roof structures needs flashing to prevent these vulnerable areas from leaking.)

Quality Materials are a Must

Roof shingles installation and quality are necessary factors in ensuring a dependable, beautiful, and high-performing roof in Northville, which means you’ve got to do your homework to make sure you hire a roofer who’ll provide both expert installation and high-quality materials. That means using GAF and CertainTeed shingles — which are two of the very best, high-quality shingles in the roofing industry, offering great color selection and dependable performance.

Professional Workmanship is Non-Negotiable

Roofing is dangerous work, so it’s vitally important that it be performed by professionals — workers who have been trained to work under the challenging conditions presented by steeply sloped roofs and sometimes slippery conditions. And it’s because of the inherent dangers of working on roofs that workers be fully trained, certified, licensed, insured and bonded — to protect you from any liability and to ensure their own safety and well-being.

Reputation and Longevity in the Roofing Business

The roofing companies that have been around for decades are the ones who’ve proved their reliability and workmanship. They’re the ones who are licensed, bonded and insured. They’re the ones who show up when they say they will and finish the job quickly by virtue of their knowledge and expertise. They’re dependable and professional. They’re the ones whose business is roofs — and only roofs. After all, do you really want to entrust one of your home’s most important structures to a “handyman”, who may be a proverbial “jack of all trades, master of none”, and someone who may or may not be insured, just because he’s offered you a low-ball price quote for a new roof?

Longevity in the roofing business — as in most businesses — is no accident. It’s earned by performance, reliability, and fair practices! Companies like Angie’s List and Home Advisor offer savvy tips for choosing a good roofing contractor such as

  • researching credentials (BBB rating, word-of mouth, customer reviews, certifications, etc.)
  • reviewing contracts and warranties carefully
  • excluding companies which don’t warranty their work (a clue about their abilities)
  • excluding any company whose workers are not insured (leaving you liable for potential mishaps or accidents)
  • choosing a local company with a proven track record in your region
  • never choosing a company based on price alone
  • closing the door on “storm chasers” — those so-called “roofers” who knock on your door and tell you that you have storm damage and need a new roof
  • getting the details of the job in writing
  • determining how accessible they are (e.g. Do they answer phone calls and inquiries promptly? Is the owner/manager of the company accessible, or do they excel at “the run-around”?)


Household emergencies don’t wait for an opportune time to occur, and few of us these days have the luxury of liquid savings to tap when something unexpected arises. Many people, unfortunately, are left with no option but to apply for a home equity loan to finance repairs, an option that in effect, puts a lien on their biggest asset! A good roofing company recognizes this fact and has the ability and financial integrity to be able to work with customers and offer financing, when needed.

There’s also no such thing as “one type fits all” financing. The financing program offered by your roofing company should be flexible enough to work with your budget and circumstances.

Our Credentials

Twelve Oaks Roofing in Novi has been in business for over 20 years, performing roofing maintenance, roof repairs, and new roof installations for residential and commercial property in many cities including Northville, West Bloomfield, Novi, South Lyon, Farmington Hills, Farmington, Walled Lake, and Wixom.

Our team of professional roofers is fully certified, bonded, licensed and insured, and ready to serve your roofing needs on a 24/7 basis. Take a look at the other benefits Twelve Oaks Roofing offers, and we’re sure you’ll agree, we’re the roofers to call when your roof is in trouble …

  • Our owner is not only accessible, he’s part of the crew of professionals on every job!
  • We offer a no-leak, money-back guarantee for every roof we install
  • We provide 24/7, year-round emergency service
  • Need financing? We provide flexible financing and payment plans to fit every budget.
  • Discounts for Veterans (in honor of their service to the country we love!)
  • We do it all — inspections, repairs, replacements, maintenance, even roof shoveling — for both residential and commercial roofs!
  • Our inspections and estimates are always free.

You deserve the best, and that’s precisely what Twelve Oaks Roofing provides — the very best

  • service
  • workmanship
  • materials
  • financing
  • attention to detail and pride in workmanship
  • customer care

In the end, you deserve the best roof for your most important asset — your home. And the best, long-lasting roof in Northville depends on the best materials, and the best, most skilled professional roofers you can find. That’s exactly what you’ll get when you hired the pros at Twelve Oaks Roofing, whether you need a few simple repairs, or a whole new roof!

Contact us today for a free inspection and a no-obligation quote.