Roofs are perpetually exposed to and weathered by the elements, and there is never a wrong time to start thinking about your roof. We can help you ensure that your home or business is adequately protected and keeps you comfortable in the summer (roofing system that heats up too much can overheat a home or office).
Ask us what are the best Roofing Options for you!
We will help you select a roofing system that meets your budget as well as provide comfort and durability without sacrificing appearance.
Does your roof show any physical signs that would suggest that your home or business needs a new roof?
Here are the most common signs indicating a roof may need replacement:
- Leakage after a wind-driven rain, ice/snow buildup.
- Damaged Flashing caused by settling of the structure, drying and cracking on an old roof or improper installation.
- Blistering and/or peeling interior and/or exterior paint.
- Stains on interior ceilings and walls.
- Decay of roof shingles, sheathing and/or siding.
- Missing, cracked or curled shingles.
- Places where the roof is buckling or sagging.
- Dark, “dirty-looking” areas on the roof (algae growth or rotting).
- Excessive rise in energy costs that indicates heat is escaping from the home.
Request a free estimate to help you make decisions about the type of roof materials with which to replace or repair your old roof. There are many choices in roofing materials today, and there are new roofing products that have come out in the last 6 to 8 months providing a host of roof replacement options.
Roofing structures are made of metal roofing materials, asphalt shingle materials and composite Fiberglas materials. These newer materials are fire resistant, resistant to high winds, aesthetically pleasing to the eye, developed from lightweight materials, and possess heat reflecting properties.
Here are some examples of most commonly used roofing materials:
Building owners may choose slate for a variety of reasons, but foremost among them will be its feeling of elegance, its stateliness, and its long life cycle. Beyond the initial appeal and quality of a slate roof, there are many other factors that may influence design choices. From a design perspective, consider that slate is a natural stone with color that permeates naturally all the way through the stone. As such, it allows for a wide range of architectural effects.
As a roofing material, it is non-combustible, fire-resistant, waterproof, practically non-absorbent, impervious to fungus and mold, wind-resistant, resistant to climatic change such as freezing and thawing, and resistant to rot. For practical purposes, a slate roof has a long life cycle, requires minimum maintenance and no treatments, and is durable as well as dimensionally stable. In addition, slate is resistant to chemicals and is environmentally friendly. It does not curl and is easy to repair.
Will last a long time. Very popular. Won’t burn under the summer sun. Fireproof and resist rot and insects. Drawbacks: may require periodically to change the underlayment to avoid leaks. Can be heavy.
Lightweight. Easy maintenance. Very popular choice, inexpensive. Won’t break when you walk on them and carry fire ratings. In most areas, standard asphalt shingles last 15 to 20 years. Premium asphalt shingles, rated for 25 or 30 years, are available at higher prices. Drawbacks: a more limited life span, tend to absorb heat and can discolor.
Often chosen for their appearance. Drawbacks: usually don’t last beyond 20 years. Cost well over twice the price of asphalt shingles.
Aluminum, coated steel or copper. Durable, fire-retardant and almost maintenance-free. They are also energy-efficient: metal reflects heat and blocks its transfer into the attic, which can reduce your air-conditioning bill. Lightweight. Lasts 10 to 20 years longer in any climate over standard asphalt shingles. Drawbacks: can be expensive, especially for copper roofs. Sound of bouncing rain drops on the roof when it rains.
Composite materials, although more expensive than the more common asphalt roof materials, are a wonderful longer lasting alternative. It’s light in weight and is much easier to handle than heavier ceramic or metal roofing materials. Fiberglass roofing also has a very high insulating effect and can save the building owner thousands of dollars in heating and cooling bills through the years. Often suitable for daylight applications.
Though they are over 20 different types of flat roofing materials, the most common flat roofing material on the market today, for both commercial and residential applications, are single-ply flat roofing systems such as EPDM Rubber and TPO roofs (Thermoplastic polyolefin). Single ply roofs are typically installed either in fully adhered (glued to the insulation or fiber board bellow it) or mechanically attached to the roof deck with corrosion resistant fasteners and barbed plates.
EPDM rubber roof is the oldest single ply roofing material on the market today, and although it has many limitations, such as no ponding water warranty, and almost certain maintenance after 7-10 years on the roof, they are still the most popular roofing material for flat roof. Popularity of rubber roofs is mainly attributed
to it’s very competitive pricing.
TPO roofs on the other hand are usually white, reinforced membranes, with hot-air welded seams. TPO is highly resistant to tears, impacts, and punctures with good flexibility to allow for building movement.
Properly installed single-ply roof systems have service lives ranging from about 10 to 20 years, depending on the type of installation. Full removal of the existing roof, the amount of slope the roof has, weather conditions, as well as several other criteria contribute to the longevity of a roof’s service life. Typically, if you remove an old roof down to the deck before installing a new one, then the new roof will last longer. Also, the steeper the slope and the less severe the weather conditions, the longer a roof will last. High winds and hail can do a roof in rather quickly.
But remember, the number one ingredient to a good roof system is proper installation; don’t delay, contact us today for more information and for a free estimate!