is a petroleum byproduct, first discovered about 5,000 years ago.
For centuries, man found asphalt to be an excellent natural preservative,
as well as an outstanding waterproofing and adhesive agent. But asphalt's
unique ability to provide roof protection was not discovered until
relatively modern times.
the early 1900's, asphalt roofing products have set the standard
for residential and commercial buildings in the United States, making
asphalt shingle roof the most common roofing type today.
roofing products are classified into four broad groups: shingles,
residential roll roofing, built-up roofing and modified bitumen
membranes. With these products, the roofing industry is able to
meet the ever-expanding needs of both residential and commercial
asphalt materials come in a wide variety of styles and colors, allowing
you to have the roof of your dreams at an affordable price. Manufacturers
such as CertainTeed
now offer styles which are not only more durable than the shingles
of the past, they will also complement the unique style of your
home or business.
quality asphalt roofing products are guaranteed up to 50 years,
under normal conditions. Some manufactures will also extend
their warrantees for free, if the roofing is installed by a contractor
who is certified with their company.
asphalt shingles are a good choice for many home and business owners,
they do tend to have a few downsides in extreme climates. They are
more apt to curl or crack under extreme winds. Also, snow and ice
do not slide easily down the rough surface and therefore may need
to be periodically removed in the winter.
more information on asphalt roofing products, visit the
Roofing Manufacturers Association's
shingles are offered in two styles, shingles and shakes. Shingles
are machine-sawn and shakes are hand-split for a "rougher"
Although very attractive, wood shingles need be treated regularly
with a preservative. For more information on cedar shingles,
visit the Cedar
Shake & Shingle Bureau's website.
is an innovative line of shingles that are created using a unique
blending of rubber and "high tech" plastics. Ecostar's
product line features lightweight and durable designs with the look
and feel of real slate. Most shingles also come with an amazing 50
year warrantee. They were created by Carlisle, an 80 year veteran
of the roofing industry.
They do cost a bit more than asphalt shingles to install, but homeowners
will experience the long term benefits of:
costs for future repairs or replacement
equity upon resale of the home
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shingles offer the look of asphalt or granite, but are much lighter
and more durable. This is achieved through zinc aluminum steel processing.
Although warrantees typically range from 30 to 50 years, manufacturers
such as Gerard
are able to boast a longevity factor of between 50 and 75 years.
Although these shingles will outlive most conventional shingles
and add dramatically to the resale of your home, they do initially
cost more than typical asphalt shingles do.
roofing is typically used on low slope roofs such as commercial buildings
and porches. There are several options to choose from, with EPDM being
the most popular choice for both dependability and durability.
roofing is an old time favorite in the New England area.
Although the initial installation is more expensive than most other
styles, the elegance and resale value is unsurpassed by any other
who are looking to stay within a tight roofing budget may also consider
blending some copper accents with another roofing style. There are
several examples of material blending in our Portfolio
more information on the use of copper in architecture, visit the
Development Association's website.
roofing in the United States dates back to Thomas Jefferson's home
at Monticello. In the years since, metal roofing has evolved into
an energy efficient and practical choice for New England homes.
three most popular types of metal roofing are:
roofing offers year-round benefits. In the summer, the roofing deflects
much of the sun's heat, which a standard roofing shingle would absorb.
By choosing a quality brand, you could experience attic temperatures
that are up to 15% cooler than standard roofing, thus saving you
on cooling bills. In the winter, snow and ice tends to slide off
metal roofing far easier than other materials.
to common myth, today's metal roofing is designed to actually be
quieter than standard roofing. Also,
by using interlocking designs, manufacturers such as Ideal
Roofing boast a very high tolerance to high velocity winds and
extreme elements. For
a full list of the pros and cons of metal roofing, view our comparison
you would like more information on metal roofing benefits, available
styles and colors, you may also want to visit Ideal
roofs are not only attractive but also extremely durable. Although
slate is a natural product, it can be ordered in a variety of textures
considering a slate roof for your home, keep in mind that
natural slate is the heaviest and also the most expensive of all
the roofing materials.