A professionally installed roof not only protects your home from the elements but it will enhance the beauty of your home. Whether you’re looking for new roof replacement or simple repairs, you can expect the same great service that starts with a thorough inspection and recommendations that meet your needs, budget and expectations. We offer a wide selection of roof options, styles and colors so that you can match the style of home, and our tradesmen install every roof with nothing less than expert craftsmanship.
When you are ready we will schedule an appointment to meet with you. We first get up on your roof and do a thorough inspection for present and potential future concerns. We look at the roofing material, the chimney surfaces, flue and crown, all roof protrusions and all flashing details. We also inspect your attic space. Based on our findings and your expectations we shall recommend the best suited roof system for your home.
There are many different styles of roofing to choose from. The following is a brief description of some of the products available.
COMPOSITION (ASPHALT) SHINGLES
Asphalt shingles are one of the most widely used roofing covers because they are relatively inexpensive and fairly simple to install. These shingles are made of a base (organic or fiberglass) that is saturated with asphalt and coated with minerals on one side to resist weathering. In the case of algae-resistant shingles, a portion of the granules contain leachable copper ceramic coating, designed to protect against discoloration from algae on the roof. This will not protect against moss growth but it will retard the process. Moss likes to feed on algae and any other debris on the roof. The fiberglass shingles are more flexible and stronger than organic shingles. Shingles come in a wide variety of colors.
Asphalt roofs can be overlaid over an existing shingled roof, if the initial roof is a single layer and in good condition. The life expectancy of composition shingles depends on the rating (e.g., quality) and ranges from 20 to 30 years. Most manufacturers will cover a composition roof under warranty, but only if it has been installed by a certified roofer as the most common problems and maintenance issues occur when the installation did not include adequate ventilation and/or flashing.
Types of Asphalt Shingles
Two types of asphalt shingles are used: organic and fiberglass or glass fiber. Organic shingles are generally paper (felt) saturated with asphalt to make it waterproof, then a top coating of adhesive asphalt is applied and ceramic granules are then embedded. Shingles are judged by weight per square. Organic shingles contain around 40% more asphalt per square (100 sq ft.) than fiberglass shingles which makes them weigh more and gives them excellent durability and blow-off resistance, this extra needed asphalt makes this shingle less environmentally friendly (despite its “organic” nickname. The paper based nature of “organic” shingles leaves them more prone to fire damage, and their highest FM rating for fire is class “B”. Shingle durability is ranked by warranted life, ranging from 20 years to 50 years; in some cases lifetime warranties are available.
Fiberglass shingles have a base layer of glass fiber reinforcing mat. Fiberglass mat is made from wet, random-laid fiberglass bonded with urea-formaldehyde resin. The mat is then coated with asphalt which contains mineral fillers and makes the fiberglass shingle waterproof. Fiberglass shingles typically obtain a class “A” fire rating as the fiberglass mat resists fire better than organic/paper mats. A newer design of fiberglass asphalt shingle, called laminated or architectural, uses two distinct layers which are bonded together with asphalt sealant. Laminate shingles are heavier, more expensive, and arguably more durable than traditional 3-tab shingle designs. Laminated shingles also give a more varied, contoured visual effect to a roof surface.
Asphalt shingles usually last longer in cooler climates than warmer ones. Thermal shock is one thing that is damaging to shingles (thermal shock is what roofing materials experience when the ambient temperatures change dramatically within a very short period of time). Another factor affecting asphalt shingle roofs is attic ventilation. Proper roof ventilation has been known to extend the service life of a roof.
Wood Shingles / Shakes – Wood shakes are typically made from red cedar. Cedar shakes combine a traditional look with reliable, modern performance. Cedar shakes are a great choice for historic homes or homes in new developments with high appearance standards. Also, cedar shakes are an environmentally friendly option for consumers. The life expectancy of cedar shakes is up to 30 years, if quality materials are used. If the workmanship is poor, the life expectancy can drop to only 10 to 15 years. Another concern potentially associated with cedar shakes is that many communities will require you to install pressure-treated fire retardant shakes, which increases the cost of the materials.
Both shakes and wooden shingles are typically cut from salvage logs, dead trees which were left from previous logging operations, ?
Green Roofing has changed dramatically in recent years, bringing with it a lot of interest. This is partly due to the low maintenance of Green Roof Systems, different roof-top gardens available, eco friendliness, long term benefits and the newer bio-diversity roofs which are now available
The Green Roof protects the underlying waterproofing system from ultra-violet degradation and thermal shock. It is estimated that simply protecting the waterproofing system in this way will double the life expectancy, thus reducing future repair, maintenance and replacement costs, the life of the building, when compared to traditional roof finishes can be significant as well as Green Roof systems extending the life of waterproofing and provide biodiversity and sustainability to the environment.
Roof Gardens are often an opportunity to design attractive and exciting Roof Scapes.
Green roofs can be installed on slope roof structures as well.
Flat roofs are usually under used and In cities where land cost is at a premium, using the full building for a recreational space at roof level is an intelligent use of available space. The current drive by government to encourage us to limit the effects of global warming by conserving energy is having the effect of persuading everyone to introduce more eco-friendly system such as green roofs, which can also improve thermal efficiency in buildings.
Creation of Habitat
Reduced Energy Costs
Extended Roof Life
Lower your carbon footprint
Membrane roofing is a type of roofing system for buildings. It is used on flat or nearly flat roofs to prevent leaks and move water off the roof. Membrane roofs are most commonly made from synthetic rubber, thermoplastic (PVC or similar material), or modified bitumen. These types of materials have become the replacement for asphalt roof systems, an older, less effective type of flat roofing system.
Synthetic Rubber – EPDM rubber roofing (ethylene propylene diene monomer ).
This type of membrane roof is made of large, flat pieces of synthetic rubber or similar materials. These pieces are welded together at the seams to form one continuous membrane. The finished roof’s thickness is usually between 30 and 60 mils(thousanths of an inch) (.75mm to 1.5mm). This rubberized roof is long lasting and UV resistant. EPDM roofing systems do not require a mineral coating, which makes them much lighter than tar and gravel roofs.
Thermoplastic Membrane –?PVC membrane is a roof membrane composed of only one layer of material, polyvinyl chloride. PVC roofs are specially designed to withstand ponding water- PVC membrane is welded together with hot air (no open flame) to eliminate all seams so moisture cannot pass through. PVC roofing systems also reflect nearly 90% of the heat of the sun, thus lowering energy costs substantially, especially in high-heat areas such as the southwestern United States.
Modified Bitumen – This type of roofing is an evolution of asphalt roofing. It is made from asphalt and a variety of modifiers and solvents. There are several ways of connecting pieces of this material. In a heat application process the seams are heated to melt the asphalt together and create a seal. There is also a cold-applied adhesive application process, and some self-adhesive forms of this system. This material is also referred to as APP or SBS.
Metal Roofing is a very versatile building material. It is durable. It can be used on residential, commercial, industrial, or agricultural buildings. It is not only used in roofing applications, but also may be used as a wall covering. There are many different profiles and styles available to fit almost every building situation. Metal roofing is easily applied over an existing roof. Especially in situations where labor cost cutting is essential, the added value of not having to remove the existing roof material can be a large help.
Types of Metal Roof
Corrugated galvanized iron describes the original product that was wrought iron plate coated with zinc and then roll formed into corrugated sheets. This product is still used in some areas.
Galvanized steel. Still manufactured but mostly used for heritage products.
Stainless steel. Available for harsh conditions, roll formed and fixed similar to corrugated steel profiles.
Aluminum – One of the longest lasting metals, but somewhat expensive. Aluminum roofs are lightweight, corrosion-resistant, and have high reflectivity, which may help increase a building’s energy efficiency.
Copper – Usually used for flashing or very small sections like covered entryways. Expensive.
Stone coated steel – Panels made from zinc/aluminum coated steel with acrylic chip.
Advantages of a metal roof
One of the major advantages of metal roof sheeting is that, in most of its forms, it is light weight, and therefore portable. Sheet materials like stainless steel, copper, zinc, aluminum and lead are inherently durable; the oxidization of the base material forms a protective patina.
Modern steel roof sheeting is coated with an alloy of zinc and aluminum to give it some of the durability of each of those materials at a lower cost and higher strength than either.
Fire and spark resistant.
Metal is readily recyclable.
Long Lasting Roof Material
The average life-span of asphalt shingles is 10-17 years, while metal roofing usually lasts from 40-75 years, depending on the type.
Steel roofing can be installed over open framing, or on a solid substrate. Many metal roofing materials are either screwed in place, or snap together. The amount of labor required to install a metal roof, is less than conventional roofing methods.
Metal roofs will need recoating once the factory finish wears off. Roof coatings are the preferred material since they are able to stay elastic and withstand the thermal cycling that occurs in metal roofs.
Clay tile is most often thought of in the traditional “Spanish” tile look but clay can now be made in several other patterns as well. Tile is a very resilient material and is able to withstand some of the harshest elements such as hail, wind, and fire. The one drawback to tiles is their weight; they are very heavy, and require certain structural standards for the frame and decking of the roof. They have a great life expectancy, with a minimum duration of 40 to 50 years. Tiles may need to be predrilled and nailed if you have a steep pitch roof, or even supported by metal brackets, all of which could increase the cost associated with this type of roofing system. Tile roofs offer one of the longest warranties in the roofing industry. Most tile manufacturers (both clay and concrete) will offer a minimum of a 50 year limited warranty on their products.
While slate is the most expensive roofing material on the market it is also one of the most durable and one of the more attractive. Literally cut from slabs of stone, slate roof tiles are most commonly grey but do occur in a variety of colors. Prices for slate commonly range cost more than 6 to 10 times the cost of asphalt roofing. On the upside, slate roofs regularly last over 100 years and in rare occasions have been known to last twice that long. Slate roofs require little maintenance, are very resistant to molding and insects and are fire proof. Slate is a heavy roofing material and can only be used on roofs that are properly supported for such weight. Most residential homes would require additional materials and labor to increase the roof’s strength, adding to the expense of installing a slate roof.
Should your slate roof need to be repaired, it is important to have the work done by a roofing contractor experienced with slate. Not only does slate require a certain amount of expertise to install correctly, it is a brittle material which can crack and/or break if walked on.
The highest quality slate in the U.S. comes from Vermont, with other quality slate materials found in Pennsylvania, or imported from countries.
You can also buy synthetic slate, which is made from either a mixture of slate dust and glass fiber resin, or a combination of cement and fiber. Synthetic slate isn’t as fragile as real slate, and it maintains many of the same protective qualities.
While slate has historically been a popular roofing material, today it is not installed as widely and frequently as in the past. The decline in popularity of slate can largely be tied to the advent of cheaper and easier to install materials, asphalt shingles being chief among them.