Learn More About Your Home's Roof


The roof can be like a lot of other parts of your home, easy to overlook until there is a problem and then it becomes a very high priority.  Your roof can also become a high priority when you are having a remodel completed on your home or an addition put on.

There are several different types of roofing and they all serve the same purpose, to keep everything underneath dry.  Your roof has to be waterproof and also has to ensure it is built in such a way as to move the water off of it so it doesn't accumulate and cause too much weight for the structure that supports it. 

Roofs are all similar yet also can be very different.  This ability to be unique is what gives homes different looks and different types of architecture.  Roof can have a lot of pitch, be flat, and have varying angles or just one basic pitch.  The similarities are they all are waterproof, have a covering to act as a conduit for the rain, snow, and other moisture.

Composition roofing can be the standard three tab composition shingles to high profile laminated composition shingles including the 50+ year laminated shingles made by many of the leading manufacturers.

Wood Shakes are popular in many areas as a roofing material and they are fire treated in a variety of select grades and thicknesses.  Shakes are becoming more popular as homeowners become increasingly aware of the need to select higher quality roofing material.

Tile, slate, clay & concrete tile roofing offer a lifetime of protection for those who prefer longer lasting materials. Natural slate, clay tile, and concrete tile can be placed on your roof alone or can be combined with high-grade aluminum or copper flashing and expert craftsmanship installation, provide a roofing system that is second-to-none. These roofing options can exceed the 75 to 80-year life expectancy if properly installed and maintained.

Architectural standing seam metal roofing systems have become an increasingly popular choice for commercial and residential customers. An architectural standing seam is a lifetime roofing system when properly installed. These roofing systems are available in several styles and colors, including metal panels and granulated metal tiles, shingles and shakes.  Steel roofing is Class IV impact rated, Class A fire rated and can withstand winds of 120 mph.

Repairing or replacing the most common types of roofing is usually relatively easy for a professional contractor with the right equipment.  There are several things to consider as a project owner with a roofing repair, re-roofing job, or roof installation.  Make sure first and foremost you know what you are trying to accomplish.  Do you need a complete re-roofing job?  How many layers of roofing material are on your roof?  Is there any underlying damage that will need to be repaired prior to the new material being applied?

If you have a leak the chances are you have some damage besides just to your roofing.  Make sure whoever completes the repair does a complete investigation regarding the potential damage that has been cause by the moisture.  The last thing you want to do is have to go back in and have further repairs made.

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