Best Roofing Materials

Composite Asphalt Roofing


Asphalt is the most popular roofing material in current use. Made with the most advanced architectural roofing technology available, asphalt provides a pleasant mix between beauty and function. Asphalt materials provide one with an affordable, highly customizable item.  Asphalt can be styled to imitate cedar shakes, tile, or wood. This gives you the ability to match the roof to your unique taste and home. As an added bonus, asphalt is fire resistant and easily repaired.

  • Asphalt shingles consist of four basic parts: an inner mat, asphalt coating, a top hard layer of black mineral granule, and a back layer of fine mineral dust.
  • Quality of the minerals and asphalt play the biggest part in the strength of the shingles. More expensive shingles last longer due to higher quality fillings and materials.
  • A typical shingle in this area should be able to handle up to 80 MPH uplift winds and have a Class A fire rating.

Eco-Roofs


An Eco-Roof, also known as Green Roofs, Living Roofs or Oikosteges, provides an environmentally friendly option for those who want a stand out roof. Completely covered in vegetation, an eco-roof provides benefits to both the surrounding environment and the structure it covers.

  • Eco-roofs replace space lost due to development, and act as a rain garden. This helps to clean pollutants out of water run off.
  • Eco-Roofs provide temperature control differently than do traditional roofs. Rather than radiating heat off, they absorb it, thus preventing Heat Island Effect (HIE)
  • By absorbing heat, an Eco-Roof is able to reduce the effects of HIE. HIE is the reason behind urban areas being hotter than their neighboring towns. In heavily developed area, HIE can make a 22 degree difference, causing an increase in energy demands year round.
  • Eco-Roofs also absorb rainwater, provide insulation and create a habitat for wildlife.

Eco-Roofs are long lasting when maintenance is kept up on. Maintenance items include, proper layering of the roof barrier, a waterproof membrane, irrigation, and soil systems. The two types of Green roofs are as follows.

  • Intensive: Intensive Eco-Roofs support a wider variety of plants and wildlife. Being 12 or more inches deep, they do require more maintenance and upkeep.
  • Extensive: Extensive Green Roofs are only 3-5 inches deep with soil and support a much narrower array of wildlife and plants. They do require less maintenance however.

Metal Roofing


Metal roofing has seen an uptick in popularity over the past few years for residential construction. With improved technologies, metal roofing has been able to solve many problems that used to plague it. A new metallic coating prevents the roof from rusting, while also reflecting heat to lower your cooling costs. A metal roof is also much more durable and able to withstand fierce onslaughts from Mother Nature. This increase in durability also provides a decrease in insurance costs. When installed with the accompanying underlayment, your home will be silenced from rain and bad weather. Metal roofing is non-flammable and a popular choice amongst homeowners in high-risk weather areas. Metal roofing can be styled to resemble slate, shakes, tile, or the traditional standing seam.

Tile Roofing


A tile roof is a magnificent and beautiful one. Providing the classic and historical beauty of many structures, tiles are made of clay, concrete, rubber, or polymers. Tile is also one of the most eco-friendly options outside of the Eco-Roof. Manufacturing of tile does not deplete natural resources, and all waste can be immediately recycled. A tile roof allows breathability, energy efficiency, and durability so sound, it may reduce your insurance premiums. Roofing tiles can bring to life that French, English, Spanish, Italian, or Colonial style you envision for your home.

Wood Shingles

Historically, wood was used in every aspect of construction. From framing, to flooring, to roofing, it was all wooden. Once more fire resistant materials became available, wood roofing saw a drop in popularity. Currently making a comeback, wood is now treated with fire and rot retardants for those that wish to achieve the Colonial or Tudor Revival looks.

Slate Roofing

Indisputably one of the most beautiful building materials used for centuries, slate has intrinsic value as well as the value it will add to your home. Slate comes with an inherent nostalgic character regardless if it’s brand new or a century old. Time tested, durable, and beautiful, there is no finer roofing product.

Gutters


Many basement leaks are caused by improper run-off of water from gutters. This can lead to mold, mildew, ice jamming, or water runoff issues. Gutter systems are designed to consume water run-off regardless of how steep the angle. With a seamless gutter, one can solve many leaking issues before they even start. With insulation added, snow and ice are kept out of the gutter for less of a hassle.