How What You Choose As a Roof Effects Your Estimate
Last we we showed you the benefits of a metal roof, this week we look at other roofing materials and their pros and cons.
ASPHALT SHINGLE ROOFS:
Asphalt roofing shingles have been used s.ince the early 1900s, and today cover about 80 percent of homes in the United States. Thanks to dramatic new colors and designs introduced in the last two decades, asphalt shingles are no longer merely functional. We offer a full line of shingles with many styles, colors and warranties to choose from. Asphalt Shingles are your standard choice in roofing material and come in a variety of choices from economical 3tab products to high end architectural products all of which protect your home and increases value and curb appeal.
You have three types of asphalt shingle roofing systems to choose from:1. 3Tabs, 2. Dimensional, 3. Architectural:
Natural slates have perhaps the longest life expectancy of any slope roofing materials when installed properly. However, a roofs structural design requires special consideration if the slate is to achieve its typical life expectancy. For example, a standard slate roof generally cannot be installed over conventional framing. And, like clay, ceramic and cement tiles, upgraded flashings are necessary for optimum performance. Our slate mechanics know slate. We follow the National Slate Association’s guidelines on all new slate roof installations, flashings, replacements, and slate roofing repairs. You cannot afford to allow just anyone on your slate roof. We see too many slate roofs ruined by inappropriate repairs. If you call a big local roofing company, chances are when they see your fifty-year (plus) old slate roof, they are going to try to sell you a new roof and not offer to repair it. Most slate roofs in this region are repairable but some are not. A new slate roof is a big investment. Whether you are reslating an addition, or installing slate on your custom home, you want your new slate roofto last its intended life span. There is only one way to install a slate roof— the correct way. Installing slate correctly only comes from experience.
Clay, ceramic and cement tiles offer certain advantages, such as longevity and resistance to rot, moss, algae and the effects of freeze-thaw cycles. Ceramic tile performs best ifit has been kiln-fired, which lowers the water absorption rate and makes it more impervious to extremes in temperature. ‘Illese types of tile typically offer long life cycles — some can last 50 years or more but weight is an issue. At between 600 and 1,800 pounds/square, tile roofing materials require adequate structural support from the roof deck. Also, the materials used to construct the deck should be chosen to match the lifespan of the tiles they’ ll support. Our craftsmen provide the quality workmanship coupled with our superior product and installation knowledge making us a perfect fit to handle your roof tile projects. Because these projects demand more than installation expertise our design and project management resources place us in a position to handle these special installations. You have 2 types of tile roofing systems to choose from with each coming in a broad selection of styles and colors.
Wood roofing is available in wedge-shaped shingles or shakes, which are easily confused. The basic difference: a wood shingle’s tapered edge is sawed,whereas the wood shake edge is split, making it thicker at the bottom than a shingle and giving it a rougher, more rugged appearance. Wood roofs need adequate ventilation and insulation and generally require underlayments in cooler climates where ice dams are a problem. Wood Shake and Shingle roofing is fast becoming a lost art with the introduction of new roofing alternatives. Because we are an old school roofing company with years of experience we maintain a qualified staff to handle these installations. We are members of the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau and incorporate their installation and design recommendations in our wood roofing projects.
Although flat roofing systems are usually associated with commercial and institution buildings you may have one of the many flat roofing systems on the market today. They are categorized as flat roof systems because they are manufactured and designed primarily from rubber, plastic, metal and asphalt based materials and are used to cover low slopes roof planes of 2/12 roof pitch or less. One needs a quality low sloped roofing system with adequate insulation, underlayments, flashings and etc. like any other kind of steep slope roofing system. The difference in the two types of roofing systems is the roof pitch. Steep pitched roofs have the advantage of relying on the roof pitch to assist the roofing system in drarning water away from the roof surface. Low slopes roofing systems have little to no sloping roof pitch so water can build up on the roof system until it drains or evaporates.
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