Our residential roofing services include:
- Storm Damage
- Roof Leaks
- New Construction
- Home Remodeling
- Spanish Tile
- Steep Roofs/ High Pitch
- Cur Outs
- Metal Roofs
- Sky Lights
- Contemporary Flat Roofs
- Patios & Sunrooms
Roof Shingle Types
Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used type of shingle. Today they are reinforced with fiberglass mat or an organic material such as paper and wood fiber. The ordinary (three tab) asphalt shingle ranges in durability and life expectancy from 20 to 30 years. Great improvements to the asphalt shingle have been made, resulting in a more durable product known as Laminate shingles. Laminate shingles are also known as “dimensional” and “architectural” shingles. Laminate shingles are also made of asphalt, but differ from the “three tab” shingle in design. They were designed to add character, color and depth to the roof aesthetics. They are made of multiple staggered layers of material, with a range of durability, typically 30 to 50 years. Laminate shingles are thicker and heavier than “three tab” shingles, thus are more resistant to wind. From a distance, the high grade (high quality) laminate shingles have the look of an expensive slate or shake material, by incorporating angled or rounded tabs, shadow lines and variant color patterns.
Wood Shakes and Shingles
Typically wood shakes are made of either cedar, spruce or treated pine. The hand-split shakes have a rough, textured look on the front and are usually smooth on the back. Wood shingles are sawed by machine, and are smooth on both sides. Cedar is the best performing wood for making shakes. Treated pine shakes also do well. When first installed, shakes are a brown or reddish color, but will weather and fade in the first year to a gray color. Wood shakes can last up to 30 years. Through out that time, they may shrink, warp or splinter which is inherent in any wood. We do install wood shingles and shakes, but the cost on the installation is typically 50% higher than a 50 year laminate. There is also the fire concern in our area. Asphalt shingles offer a class A fire rating, whereas wood is vulnerable to fire exposure.
Slate / Stone Shingles
Slate (stone) shingles are highly durable. Expected service life is from 45 to 75 years when installed properly. Some manufacturers make claims of 100+ years. Slate roofs are about 3 times heavier per square foot than asphalt. Slate is a bit more difficult to work with and less forgiving than asphalt shingles because they break easily. A slate roof can create a very rich, colorful, hand-crafted look that greatly adds to the overall appearance of a house. While it has its advantages, it is definitely a high-end roof product. Materials alone are approximately 400% more expensive than the materials and installation of a 50 year high quality asphalt shingle.
Tile Roof Covering
Roof tile can be made in a vast variety of styles, sizes, and colors. Tile can be made out of several different ingredients including clay, concrete, and new to the market rubber. Clay and concrete tiles have similar physical properties and installation methods. Concrete is typically cheaper to manufacture than clay and it can be made anywhere. Clay tiles must be made near a clay quarry, so additional freight cost can be an issue, and add to the cost of the roof. A well-constructed clay or concrete tile roof should last more than 50 years. This is also an expensive type of roof installation as the materials are more expensive and require a strong frame to support the heavy load of the tiles, which may require additional structure work.
Metal Roofing Shingles and Standing Seam
Metal roofing materials come in a wide variety of styles; Standing Seam, Steel or Aluminum Shake Shingles, Metal Tile, Granular Coated Steel Shingles, Copper in Standing Seam or Shingles. Metal materials range from, steel, aluminum, tin, and copper. Without a doubt, metal roofing can provide you with a long lasting roof if properly installed. Of course a poor installation of any product will result in leaks and other damage. Metal is less expensive than tile or slate and quite a bit more than a high quality 50 year asphalt shingle. In the past, the colored aluminum shingles have peeled, faded and oxidized after a short period of time. Some manufacturers claim to have solved this problem. Hail is a problem for metal shingles. While it will not typically cause the shingles to leak, it will dent, affecting the visual quality. Granulated coating on metal shingles has been introduced claiming to resist hail. Lifespan on a metal roof can be from 30 to 50 years if properly installed. Copper roofs have been documented to last 100 years (note, copper is much more expensive than aluminum installation).
Recently new to the industry is the introduction of composite shingles. They are produced by a colorized, mineral filled polymer. This allows the manufacturers to produce different colors, textures and styles to emulate natural materials used in the roofing process such as slate, and wood shakes. We install and recommend Tamko Lamarite shingles. We find them very aesthetically pleasing as well as durable. They are backed by a 50 year limited warranty and offer a Class A fire rating. Tamko offers a variety of colors in the Lamarite line; mixing color choices gives your roof a very distinct appeal. This is not your neighbor’s roof! While Lamarite Slate shingle is a high-end roof material, it is far less expensive than a natural slate.
Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) is the fastest-growing segment in the commercial roofing industry. Your building deserves a TPO roofing system provided by the manufacturer that has been at the forefront of TPO research, development and technology since the inception of TPO as a roofing membrane. Here at AIA we use the top of the line Versico Versiweld TPO for your roofing needs. PVC (polyvinyl chloride) single-ply membranes have been around for nearly 50 years. PVC is now installed on thousands of rooftops across the world and is known for its durability and resistance to damage caused by water, fire and puncture. AIA uses Versico Versiflex, Versico Versiweld and Fibertite PVC, for low slope roofing projects. *All Prices are subject to change.