Aside from keeping your house dry, the roof contributes greatly to the look of the house, so when building a new house, adding on, or re-roofing, it pays to consider your options. Currently there are more options than ever.
Roofs range from asphalt shingles to wood shakes and clay tiles, from steel panels to rubber lookalike slate. The as is with home-construction materials in general, there is an increasing move towards engineered roofing materials.
This change is being driven by; the high cost of wood, building codes mandating the use of fireproof construction materials and people wanting to build with materials that are long-lived and also look good.
Cool Roof Asphalt Shingles:
The most common roofing materials we see in America are architectural shingles. These are the least expensive roofing options and are available in a dozen or so different colors. They come with a lifetime limited warranty and reflect heat . The principal advantage of this roofing material is value. The disadvantage, if there could be said to be one, is the fact that it is so common.
You can also upgrade from the standard architectural to a thicker variation called a triple laminate. These shingles are about twice as thick as a normal asphalt shingle with layers staggered to give them a heavier, more substantial look. With some colors they resemble slate and other colors wood shakes. With a modest upgrade in cost the triple laminate shingle represents an excellent choice with an additional touch of style.
Shingles (Shakes & Wood):
Shingle roofs look great. Over time they weather to a gray or soft silver that seems help the house blend into the landscape. Several species of wood are used: Western Red Cedar, Yellow Cedar and White Cedar. Shingles are relatively smooth and cut to a uniform thickness, though they can vary in width. Wood shakes are thicker and rougher. They are split rather than sawn from logs.
Wood roofs need to breathe and should be laid over a substrate that allows air to circulate behind. Skip sheathing (wood strips) or battens nailed directly to the roof rafters are the traditional method of installing wood shingle roofs.
Wood shingles and shakes are expensive to install and do require periodic maintenance, in the form of washing to remove mildew or moss, then re-oiling with a clear wood finishing product. A properly installed and maintained wood roof should last 30 to 50 years.
Silicone roof coatings are a self-flashing membrane material used for commercial roof renewal. We use APOC’s line of coatings, because they have set the standard for the industry. Roofing membranes made of Silicone have been around for 10 - 15 years and are a growing trend in the roofing market due to their ability to withstand ponding water and their ease of application. Sand is sometimes added into the coating for stability around HVAC units and high-traffic areas. The larger the roof, the more cost-effective Silicone roof coatings are.
Silicone roof systems provide benefits demanded by today’s educated building owner including; documented high-performance, durability, 100% sustainability, cost efficiency, low maintenance, and reflectivity. Silicone roof systems provide superior resistance to impact, fire and mildew. Silicone roofing systems flexibility, adhesion, and ease of application make then an excellent protective elastomeric barrier for extending the life of most roofing substrates.
Whether your roof is large or small, Silicone Roof Coatings provide a proven, guaranteed solution for renewing roofs, generally at half the cost of a new roof. Silicone can be applied to virtually any existing roof to create a durable, seamless membrane that seals and protects against ponding water, ultraviolet light and weather.
By coating the roof with Silicone, you not only extend the life of your roof, you avoid the need for a time-consuming and costly tear-off.
Concrete S Tile:
S-Tiles are medium profile roof tiles that recreate the appearance of the Mediterranean roofscapes found in Italy, France and Greece. They are also reminiscent of the Spanish roofs found on early missions in the Southwest. S-Tiles capture the beautiful, rustic appearance of the Old World with their gentle curves and while adding visual interest. S-Tile also complements modern architectural designs.
The S-Tile medium profile roof tile has a maximum rise of 1-inch high for every 5 inches in width. This makes them medium-height tiles with a double-S shape. S-Tile is available in many colors many of which are Energy Star® and Cool Roof rated products that can qualify for LEED points and save customers energy and money.
S-Tile offers stunning beauty and a lifetime of protection to any home.
Low Profile Tile:
Low profile tile roof s are found throughout Mediterranean as well as Florida and California. It has gentle curves that adds visual and striking effects. Complementing modern architectural designs it’s particularly effective on distinctive homes, apartments, churches, and commercial structures.
Low profile tile is available in gorgeous colors and ranges, as well as various blends that offer stunning and impressive combinations. Many colors and blends are Energy Star® and Cool Roof rated products that can qualify and save customers money and energy.
Low Profile concrete tile roof offers a lifetime of protection to any home or commercial project.
Flat Concrete Tiles:
Flat Concrete Roof Tiles are a variety Concrete Roof Tiles lacking in any barrels or rolls that are increasingly popular with designers, architects and home buyers. A flat tile roof offers a crisp, clean appearance that perfectly complements both traditional and modern architecture. We use Eagle Roofing Products. Their designs include: Bel Air, Ponderosa, Double Eagle Bel Air, Double Eagle Ponderosa, Estate, Golden Eagle, and Tapered Slate. Depending on the look you are after, flat tiles can emulate the texture surfaces and style of other roofing materials such as wood shake, clay and slate at a much more affordable price.
Flat Tiles are strong, have a graceful beauty and will enhance your curb appeal. Flat Tiles are the perfect choice for any climate, because they are incredibly durable. They are a Class A roof covering that resists high winds and hail damage in addition to being an excellent insulator, keeping your home or commercial building cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, helping to reduce your energy costs. There is a wide selection of roof tile colors available for reroof and new construction projects that are approved by Energy Star® and the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) for reflectivity.
Asphalt Shingles are the least-expensive roofing options and are available in a dozen or so different colors and the roofing material we see the most of these days in America.
Over time wood shingle roofs weather to a gray or soft silver that helps the house blend into the landscape. Several species of wood are used: Western Red Cedar, Yellow Cedar and White Cedar.
Silicone roof coatings are a growing trend in the roofing market due to their ease of application and ability to withstand ponding water. We use APOC’s line of coatings. They set the industry standard.
S-Tiles recreate the appearance of the Mediterranean roofscapes found in Italy, France and Greece and are reminiscent of the Spanish roofs found on early missions in the Southwest.
Low profile tiles have gentle curves. A roof of these tiles adds visual and striking effects that complement modern architectural designs. They are particularly effective on distinctive homes, apartments, churches, and commercial structures.
Flat Ceramic Tiles are increasingly popular with designers, are strong, have a graceful beauty and will enhance curb appeal. Flat Tiles are the perfect choice for any climate, because they are incredibly durable.