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Questions To Ask A Roofer

Questions To Ask A Roofer

When searching for the best roofing contractor, you want to make sure you as a competent consumer are asking the right questions. Listed below are 17 questions to ask during the roofer hiring process.

  1. Are you properly insured? Prove it
  2. How long have you been in business?
  3. Are you in good standings with your Distributor/Supplier? May I call them?
  4. Are you Certified/Preferred by any Roofing Manufacturer? If not, why?
  5. Do you have references? May I call them?
  6. Do you offer extended warranties
  7. What is your opinion of my ventilation needs?
  8. Do you use pre-cut starter strip shingles? Up the rakes and eaves or just eaves?
  9. Do you use leak barrier? If so where?
  10. How many nails doo you install on Laminate shingles
  11. Are you using 3 tab shingles for my ridge cap or are you using the recommended Ridge Cap Shingle by the Manufacturer? If not why?
  12. How are going to address my landscape?
  13. What time will you get started? What time will you finish each day?
  14. Do you require a down payment? If yes, Why?
  15. Do you install the laminated shingles according to manufacturer specs or install straight up the roof?
  16. What is your clean up procedure after the job is complete?
  17. Why should I choose you?


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2nd grader tells teacher he wants to be a roofer when he grows up – Find out why..

Police officer, firefighter, or teacher: These are some of the responses one may expect to hear from a child when asked about community helpers. But when Kai Domanski, a second grader at Odyssey Charter School in Wilmington, was given the assignment he chose a roofer – specifically, a roofer at G.Fedale Roofing & Siding.

Roofs from the Heart Program

“After I read him the suggestions listed, he shook his head and said, ‘None of those. I want to work at G. Fedale like my dad,’ and that it’s the first school project he’s ever been excited for,” said Kai’s stepmom Colleen. His response was completely unprompted, she said.

Through his father, Kai has seen firsthand the difference G. Fedale Roofing & Siding has made in the community. In his essay, Kai mentions the Roofs from the Heart program and the company’s philanthropic efforts during the Christmas season.

“It’s an honor to work at a company that goes out of its way to give back to our community and people in need. We are able to set a great example of giving back for our children,” said Kai’s dad Jacob.

Roofs from the Heart Program

“The reasons I want to work at G. Fedale Roofing is that I like to build things, I want to help others, and I want to work with my Dad.”


G. Fedale provides roofs for those who need

When the holiday season rolls around, people think about presents, parties and family get-togethers.

But there are those who do not have resources for even necessities like shelter.

It was at a leadership team meeting at G. Fedale Roofing and Siding when members realized that they have helped a lot of individuals who could not afford housing get a roof over their heads.

The business is owned and operated by three brothers, Glenn, Adam, and Allen Fedale. It has focused on charitable giving as one of its core values since they began in 2002 and decided they wanted to do something more consistently for their community.

That is when Roof Benefiting Individuals program (RBI), now known as Roofs from the Heart Foundation, was born.

“We wanted to do something proactive,” said Andy Hudson, the chief operating officer. “We could somehow put the word out there and give one roof away.”

After pairing with the Wilmington Blue Rocks, the company was able to spread the word and ended up receiving over 400 applications and nominations this past summer. Applicants were narrowed to three finalists and their stories were posted on the company’s Facebook page. The nominee with the most shares, likes and comments on their story would win the contest.

 “We got so many amazing stories,” said Hudson. “How could we say no to any of them?”All three finalists were given free roofs, worth between $10,000 to $15,000.

The winners were Sophia Denisio, an ambulance worker in Philadelphia diagnosed with colon cancer; Erin Ryan, a mother of two who just lost her husband to Ewing sarcoma; and Nancy Lemus, a mother of a disabled 11-year-old boy.

Lemus, from New Castle County, wrote G. Fedale telling her story. She cares for her son, Christopher, and his health issues led her to quit her job.

“I lost 80 percent of my income and ended up having really bad credit because of it,” said Lemus. “It took me seven years to recover.”

Originally, Lemus saw on Facebook that she did not win, but later was told that all three finalists had won. Caring for her son has been her biggest priority and the roof was last on her list of things to try and fix, she said.

“It was something I did not have to worry about, because I don’t have a penny for anything,” said Lemus. “Now I know my child has a safe home to live in.”

The people at G. Fedale treated her like any paying customer, said Lemus. She signed a contract for zero dollars, was given the same choices as any other customer, high-end shingles, and a 50-year warranty.

Lemus spread the word about G. Fedale and how fortunate she was for winning. She told a friend, Diana Bandak, and encouraged her to apply for the next contest.

Lemus was a previous caregiver to Bandak’s sister, Lily, who has multiple sclerosis and is a quadriplegic. Now Bandak is the primary caregiver of Lily and their mother who suffers from stage seven Alzheimer’s.

Bandak and her family have lived in their Newark home for 50 years. She moved to California for work and brought her mother and her sister out there for a few years until the house came back up for sale. They then decided to move back to their family home because they missed Delaware, said Bandak.

She is now on an unpaid leave of absence from her job working with adults with disabilities in California and spends her time caring for her mother and sister. One day her roof began to leak, and after receiving estimates that she could not afford, she wrote to G. Fedale asking for help.

With the assistance of the community and a network of previous businesses and employers, the Bandak family was awarded the free roof for the fall cycle of the program.

“The company is all about family,” said Bandak. “They do so much for the community because of how fortunate they are and I could not be more grateful.”

Read the full article at Delaware Online.



G. Fedale – A James Hardie PREFERRED ELITE Contractor

Looking for a local contractor you can trust?  Count on G. Fedale Roofing & Siding – A James Hardie PREFERRED ELITE Contractor, http://contractors.jameshardie.com/19085 and http://contractors.jameshardie.com/19971.

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Hundreds of satisfied customers agree that G. Fedale is the premier exterior home re-modeler in Delaware.

FAMILY BUSINESS! Through our business, we instill family values the way we carry out our work. For 13 years we have built our business on the principle that delivering a superior service at a reasonable rate will grow satisfied repeat business and referrals. These principles serve to strengthen our employee morale and the pride we show in our work.
Contact us at (302) 225-7663 to learn more or to get started with your project.




G. Fedale RBI Press Release

Three area families are beneficiaries of new roofs courtesy of G. Fedale Roofing & Siding thanks to winning the Wilmington company’s RBI contest. While the original intent was to giveaway one roof, the personal stories of the contest’s three finalists struck a chord with the Fedale team. All three received new roofs this summer with G. Fedale Roofing & Siding picking up the $30,000 tab. In kind donations of materials also came from ABC Supply’s local distributor in Elsmere and G. Fedale’s preferred roofing manufacturer GAF for materials. Republic Services donated waste removal services.

Roof Benefiting an Individual (RBI) was aptly announced at a Blue Rocks minor-league baseball game in the spring. Both the Wilmington baseball team and G. Fedale Roofing & Siding strongly rely on the local community, said owner Glenn Fedale, so the partnership was a natural. The Fedale team narrowed a field of 400 applicants to three finalists and then asked the three to post their individual stories and pictures of their current roofs on social media. The finalist with the most likes, shares, or comments would be declared the winner.

With over 4,000 respondents, Erin Ryan of Wilmington was the winning recipient according to the contest rules. Her husband Tim had been diagnosed with terminal cancer in the fall. Prior to his diagnosis, replacement of the family’s roof had been a priority for this summer.
“It’s something I don’t have to worry about when I have so many other things to focus on,” Erin said, referring to her new roof. She added, “I felt like God blessed us with their generosity.”

While the Ryan’s situation was heartbreaking, the personal stories of the Lemus family and the DeNisio family equally moved the Fedale team. Nancy Lemus had drained her finances renovating her New Castle home in order to make it handicapped accessible for her special needs son. Meanwhile, 29-year-old Sophia DeNisio of Philadelphia had to quit work once she learned she had been diagnosed with colon cancer. The leaky roof of her 1979 row-home had caused damage to an interior wall and her bedroom floor.

“I can’t imagine a company or person doing this for one person, let alone three. It makes you appreciate just how good people really are,” she said of G. Fedale Roofing & Siding.The experience was a win-win, as the Fedale team reaped the intangible rewards of giving back. “After meeting the families and getting to know them, the overwhelming feeling of gratitude from them was a priceless experience. I’m grateful we have the resources and outreach portals to do things like this. We will definitely do it again in the future,” Glenn Fedale said.

G. Fedale Roofing & Siding is no stranger to philanthropy, and the company name is known far and wide for its civic involvement. Examples include local little league sponsorship and American Heart Association sponsorship as well as financial contributions to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and child-abuse prevention programs. Moreover, the company donates leftover building materials to Habitat for Humanity.

With Delaware offices in Wilmington and Lewes, along with a Pennsylvania office in North Wales, G. Fedale Roofing & Siding has a regionally strong foothold in the industry. The company has received several prestigious awards, and was ranked as one of the top 100 roofing contractors in the U.S. by Roofing Contractor magazine.


Vote for G. Fedale for Best Roofer

Nominate G. Fedale for Best RooferWe’re excited to announce that G. Fedale is among the nominees for Best Roofer by The News Journal Readers Choice. Click here to vote for G. Fedale at The News Journal Readers Choice site.

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G. Fedale Roofing Receives GAF’s Prestigious 2015 President’s Club Award

G. Fedale Roofing Receives GAF’s Prestigious 2015 President’s Club AwardG. Fedale Roofing of Wilmington, Delaware, has received the most prestigious contractor award GAF has to offer: The GAF President’s Club Award. This highly coveted award recognizes G. Fedale Roofing as one of the “elite of the elite” residential roofing contractors in the United States.

GAF is North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, and only GAF Master Elite(R) Contractors can compete for its residential President’s Club Award. To qualify for this award, a residential roofing contractor must demonstrate an exceptional level of excellence in their business, especially in the areas of Installation Excellence, Consumer Protection, and Installer Training.

G. Fedale Roofing has been a GAF Master Elite(R) Contractor since 2008. To become a Master Elite(R) Contractor–a status that less than 2% of roofing contractors nationwide have achieved–a candidate must demonstrate proper licensing and adequate insurance, have a proven reputation and show commitment to ongoing professional training.

Starting with a few employees working from a garage, G. Fedale Roofing has grown into a multimillion-dollar company built on core values. With thousands of satisfied customers, it is a true family business that extends personalized service to every customer. “We’re relentlessly committed to being the best roofer in the tri-state area,” according to Allen Fedale, vice president and marketing director. “We are recognized for our top-notch credentials, the best warranties, and the highest safety standards, while also demonstrating unparalleled customer service.”

Superb customer service and commitment to employees go hand-in-hand at the company. “All of our employees are well-trained professionals.” explains Fedale. “We require nothing less than the best from ourselves. We seek to bring a positive atmosphere to every project, with managers and installers who are good listeners and problem-solvers. We bring solutions with a smile. Our process is truly customer-friendly, and our pricing is set to provide the best overall value on investment.”

The company’s focus on quality and service is reflected in the many awards and honors it has received. G. Fedale Roofing has been a recipient of the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Ethics and the ATAS Metal Roofing Project of the Year, was chosen as one of the “Top 100 Roofing Contractors” by Roofing Contractor magazine, and was voted “Best Roofing Company 2015” by House and Home magazine readers in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Involved in the community, the company is a Habitat for Humanity roofer and has also donated free roofs in coordination with the Wilmington Blue Rocks baseball team. G. Fedale Roofing is a GAF Certified SlateCrafter(TM), an EPA-certified lead-safe firm, and holds an A+ accreditation with the Better Business Bureau.

Looking to the future, the company is diversifying into new product lines, including solar shingles and PVC siding, and is obtaining new credentials from materials manufacturers. “This company wants to continue to receive the highest awards for customer service and satisfaction, continue learning about the newest and best products in the industry, and continue greater expansion to share the good news of G. Fedale Roofing with more of our community,” concludes Fedale. “Our best marketing is to be who we are–to demonstrate our integrity by keeping our word. Satisfied customers then become our advocates, sharing their experiences with family and friends.”

View article at http://authoritypresswire.com/g-fedale-roofing-receives-gafs-prestigious-2015-presidents-club-award/.

Click here to read the distribution report for this award.


Sussex County Roofer

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Sussex County residents seeking a roofer they can trust need look no further than G. Fedale Roofing & Siding in Lewes.

“We have deep roots in Sussex County, including a vacation home in Millsboro that’s been in our family for four generations. We want this community to know we are in it for the long haul, with plans to create year-round, fulltime local jobs while continuing to offer the best service and products for the best price,” said VP Allen Fedale, adding, “Responsiveness, good communication, and quality customer focus before, during, and after the sale are what has helped us maintain our excellent reputation.”

In business for more than a decade, this family owned business services customers throughout the tri-state area from centrally located offices in North Wales, Pa.; Wilmington, De. and now Lewes, De. Service areas stretch as far south as Ocean City, Md. and Salisbury, Md.

While the Lewes office is new, G. Fedale Roofing & Siding has enjoyed an established foothold within the region having completed jobs at not only vacation homes and larger-scale condominium projects, but at a number of popular eateries as well, including Saketumi in Rehoboth.

Equipped to install or re-shingle both commercial and residential roofs, G. Fedale Roofing & Siding offers a wide variety of products ranging from asphalt shingle and metal roofs to solar-powered technologies, including Apollo® 11 solar roofing shingles, a line that utilizes monocrystalline silicon solar cells for optimal energy efficiency.

The award-winning company has earned A+ ratings from the Better Business Bureau since 2005, and received BBB’s Torch Award for Ethics in 2015. Moreover, industry leader GAF, in the roof manufacturing business since 1886, lauded G. Fedale Roofing with all three of its Master Elite™ awards in 2014 and 2015. And, Roofing Contractor magazine ranked the company as one of the top 100 roofing contractors in the U.S. in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Owner Glenn Fedale is also a recognized face within local communities throughout the tri-state area, and acknowledged for both his work ethic and civic involvements. Philanthropic endeavors include everything from little league sponsorship to a recent roof giveaway contest. Hard pressed to select a single contest winner of three finalists, Fedale awarded the prize to all three families in need. Fedale’s success story as a self-made man even landed him a spot on CNBC’s Blue Collar Millionaire in 2015.

G. Fedale Roofing & Siding is a member of the Delaware chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. and holds several industry certifications as a result of its dedication to craftsmanship and training. Included in the list are certifications from industry product leaders James Hardie Elite Preferred, Firestone Red Shield™ Contractor, GAF Master Elite and its President’s Club, OSHA, and the EPA.

The business offers free estimates and provides roof inspections and roof certifications for a nominal fee. Aside from roofing, G. Fedale Roofing & Siding is licensed to install siding, windows, gutters, and perform other exterior structural work. For more information visit www.gfedaleroof.com.


The Delaware Way – Fedale Roofing – Blue Collar Millionaire


Roofer Glenn Fedale is the picture of a self-made entrepreneur

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Look up the definition of self-made man and the example shared may just be Glenn Fedale.

His adult successes, however, have youthful roots. Those 10-cent lemonade stands: child’s play! Even back then, Fedale had his sights set higher. Commanding 50 cents for canned cola, he was turning a supermarket 12-pack into a $3 profit.

By 17, he owned two tow trucks.

At 23, his business savvy reached new heights with the launch of G. Fedale Roofing and Siding. The business, and a good half-dozen others he’s involved in, landed him a segment on CNBC’s “Blue Collar Millionaire” last year.

And while he wears that blue collar with pride, the songs he sings to the bank are anything but the blues. Today, the 37-year-old Hockessin father of three oversees a workforce of 150 and enjoys a net worth in the millions.

As an entrepreneur enjoying ownership in multiple ventures including a commercial business park in Newport and 170 apartments, one might expect to find a ruthless CEO. Instead, Fedale is a humble, thoughtful man — one whose work ethic has been strengthened by the life lessons he has learned along the way. Laughter comes easy; Fedale wears a smile as he talks.

The oldest among his nine brothers and sisters, Fedale learned the art of negotiation early. The family wanted for nothing when it came to necessities, he said, but frugality was essential within a household of 12. He learned to hustle a buck when he could, even subcontracting a brother to perform the labor within his lawn-mowing business. The elder Fedale sought out the jobs, and the younger sibling mowed for half the price Fedale would charge the property owner. Today, that younger brother is a minority business partner and is one of two brothers, two brothers-in-law, and a handful of extended family that all work for Fedale. His father serves as his director of business development.

A two-year business degree from Delaware Technical Community College would provide book smarts, but Fedale was a hands-on guy. As a teen, while peers were out raising hell, Fedale was raising roofs with his uncle. Later, his own career would take off following several years of working for D Shinn Inc. in Claymont. While Fedale left Shinn with greater roofing skills, the job had also instilled the value of earning the workplace respect of one’s superiors.

“Don’t burn bridges,” Fedale advised. Upon starting his own roofing business and after he had become a partner in a concrete business, Don Shinn recommended Fedale for a $100,000 concrete project.

Shinn said Fedale moved up the ranks quickly. Within several years of working for him he was supervising jobs, writing estimates, and, eventually, serving as a project manager. “He always gave 100 percent, and picked up very quickly. … He was a natural leader with the other guys,” Shinn said.

Fedale’s business savvy is closely linked to his ability to recognize the gifts others bring to the table. He points to the pastor who mentored him in his 20s. “He was a dynamic individual. For some reason he saw something in me. He was an organizational genius,” Fedale said, adding that two years ago this same pastor decided to leave the ministry and enter the workforce. “If I come across people I know are going to be good, I find a place for them.” The former pastor is now director of operations.

Calling himself a good judge of character, Fedale delegates confidently, trusting in the abilities of those he puts in charge. Of equal importance, he said, he knows when to cut the ties with an employee who isn’t productive.

Always a saver, Fedale said he made fiscally prudent choices early on regarding spending, opting to reinvest in business opportunities over living large. “I didn’t extend myself too far. Once I had the money, I’d find out where to invest it. … I was able to grow through the worst economy,” he said, and recalled being approached by a bank. Surprised to learn that Fedale was his own financier, the bank extended him a line of credit at a time when banks were more likely to turn borrowers away.

While Fedale’s building trades and commercial real estate acquisitions (he owns 170 residential rental units) make chronological sense, several more recent ventures are off the beaten path. He is now part owner of two Florida tattoo businesses and a popular local restaurant.

An extrovert by nature, Fedale has rubbed elbows with some fascinating personalities, including tattoo artist and reality show celeb Chris Núñez. Núñez has built a following as a result of his presences on “Miami Ink” and “Ink Master,” and is among the growing chorus of those promoting the finer artistry behind the craft. One thing led to another while Fedale was vacationing in Florida. And he and Núñez are now partners in two Florida tattoo shops — one in Miami, which also includes an art gallery, and a second more touristy shop in Fort Lauderdale. “It’s by far the funnest investment I’ve been involved in,” Fedale said.

Most recently, acquaintance and world-renowned chef Brian Ashby approached Fedale with an opportunity to partner in a new restaurant venture in Wilmington, 8th and Union Kitchen, an American and Asian influenced eatery that has received rave reviews.

When asked about family, values, and compassionate giving, Fedale offered some keen insights. Reflecting upon the way in which many of today’s youth feel entitled, Fedale said it all begins with what kind of modeling children see at home.

Moreover, he said, it’s important that parents don’t guard their children from every life disappointment or failure. Regarding his own children’s character development, he credited their education at the Independence School in Pike Creek Valley, where he said they were taught responsibility and accountability. Family is also a reoccurring focus when Fedale considers philanthropic choices. He provides for the five children of a longtime friend who has fallen on rough times; he throws clothing drives and Christmas tree drives for some of the struggling families who reside in the apartment complexes he owns.

What’s his proudest moment? The choice — a tough one between watching his children grow and his parents.

Finally, he shared the story of how his parents needed a new roof on their home. “My parents — they were supportive even through my most troubling times. … I never really offered them much. I took them for granted. My mom wanted a new roof. My dad didn’t think they needed one. I said, ‘Pick the colors. I’m gonna do this roof,’ ” he said. The story, apropos — because regardless of his business successes, of which there are many, Fedale is, after all, a family man.