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About Us

TC Backer conducts a full inspection on your project to determine the scope of work needed to properly complete your project.
We will use the findings from our inspection to put together the correct specifications to complete your project properly.
Our manufacturer certifications, along with our experience and track record, have made TC Backer the contractor of choice for tens of thousands of area homeowners.
TC Backer carries $3,000,000 of liability insurance coverage along with Worker’s Compensation to protect our customers and employees.
The recommended materials vary based on the project. Using our inspection findings and manufacturer’s specifications, TC Backer’s team will determine the materials that are right for your project.
TC Backer offers plenty of options for every project.
TC Backer is licensed in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Virginia and West Virginia.
TC Backer is certified by many manufacturers including: GAF, IKO, Tamko, & CertainTeed.
TC Backer references are available upon request.
As with any construction project, unforeseen additional work could be discovered. We will never blindside our customers. If additional work is needed, we will discuss a solution and, if necessary, execute a change order.
Your TC Backer consultant will create a detailed proposal for you to consider.

General Questions

  • Seek recommendations from friends, family, or neighbors.

  • Check online reviews and ratings on platforms like Google or Yelp.

  • Look for roofers with proper licenses, insurance, and certifications.

  • Obtain multiple quotes and compare them.

  • Ask about their experience and past work.
  • Yes, roof estimates are often negotiable. You can try to negotiate with the roofer to get a better price or explore cost-saving options.
    One of the biggest problems roofers face is weather-related challenges, such as working during extreme heat, rain, or wind.
    Some roofers may have a bad reputation due to poor workmanship, lack of communication, hidden fees, or unprofessional behavior.
    A good review for a roofer may mention their punctuality, excellent craftsmanship, fair pricing, and effective communication throughout the project.
    The best time to replace a roof is during dry and mild weather conditions, typically in spring or fall.
    It is recommended to get at least three quotes from different roofing companies to compare prices and services.
    Use the cost of the needed roof replacement as a negotiation point to potentially lower the overall price of the house.
    Roofers might wear dark colors, including black, to hide stains and dirt that accumulate during roofing work.
    The busiest time for roofers is often during the summer when the weather is most favorable for roof installations and repairs.
    A bad roof is one that has significant damage, leaks, or is nearing the end of its life expectancy.
    Yes, it is standard practice for roofers to leave some extra shingles on-site in case repairs are needed in the future.
    Some common reasons for roofing companies failing include poor financial management, lack of proper licensing, and inadequate customer service.
    When selling a roof, ask about its age, material, warranty, and any maintenance or repairs done.
    Ask about their experience, licensing, insurance, references, and the details of their roofing process.
    Roofers should have physical strength, attention to detail, problem-solving skills, and the ability to work in varying weather conditions.
    Prices for roof replacement might be slightly cheaper during the off-season, like winter, when demand is lower.
    The life expectancy of a new roof depends on the material used but can range from 20 to 50 years.
    The average roof lasts around 20 to 25 years, but it varies depending on the materials and maintenance.
    The cost of a new roof depends on various factors, including the size of the roof, material, and labor costs in your area.
    Gable roofs are generally considered the most cost-effective roof line due to their simple design and ease of construction.
    Saving around 10% of the estimated cost of a new roof is a good starting point for budgeting.
    Yes, a bad roof can negatively affect the appraisal value of a property.
    Yes, you can negotiate the price of a new home, especially if there are significant repairs or improvements needed.
    Research the market value of the improvements, obtain multiple quotes, and use them as leverage during negotiations.
    “Roofers Choice” is not a standard color, and roofers typically work with a variety of roofing materials in different colors.
    Painting roofs silver or white can reflect sunlight and reduce heat absorption, leading to potential energy savings.
    A house with a black roof can be significantly hotter than one with a lighter-colored roof, potentially leading to higher cooling costs.
    Roofers usually start at the bottom and work their way up during roofing installations.
    Roofing prices might be slightly cheaper in winter due to lower demand, but weather conditions can affect the installation timeline.
    The ideal temperature for roof replacement is generally between 45°F to 85°F (7°C to 29°C).
    The majority of roof leaks occur around flashing, skylights, vents, and damaged or improperly installed shingles.
    Metal and asphalt shingle roofs are generally considered low-maintenance options.
    With proper installation and maintenance, most roofs should not leak. However, older or poorly maintained roofs might develop leaks.
    Signs you need a new roof include missing or damaged shingles, leaks, sagging, and excessive granule loss.
    A 15-year-old roof might be nearing the end of its life expectancy, but its condition depends on various factors such as materials and maintenance.
    The cost of a roof depends on various factors, such as the size, material, and labor costs in your area. $30,000 could be reasonable for a large and complex roof replacement project. However, it is always best to get multiple quotes to ensure you are getting a fair price.