Economical to produce, relatively easy to install and widely available, asphalt shingles are today’s most popular roofing material.
Architectural Asphalt Shingles contain no cutouts, but their lower portions are laminated with an additional asphalt layer. This creates the contoured, dimensional look that gives them their name. Asphalt sealant bonds the layers, reinforcing the shingles’ waterproof capability. Architectural shingles come with a minimum 30-yr warranty from the manufacture, but most architectural shingles now come with a lifetime warranty. Architectural shingles are actually two asphalt shingle strips that have been laminated together to form a shingle that originally tried to mimic wood shake roofs. The tabs on these roofing shingles are of varying widths and have slightly different shades of color to give a more dimensional appearance.
Three-Tab Shingles are distinguished by cutouts—tabs—made along their long lower edge. Roofers refer to a shingle as 3-Tab because it is made up of three individual tabs that are a 12” wide. 3-Tab shingles come in either 20yr, 25yr, or 30 yr warranties. Like Architectural shingles, 3-Tab roofing shingles are asphalt-based products that work by shedding water to the shingle below. Three-tab shingles have been around a long time and are still the most economical and most popular shingle today.
Properly installed, a Metal Roof should last as long as the house, sealing out water, surviving high winds, and easily shedding snow. Metal is resistant to fire, mildew, insects, and rot. Most metal roofing materials come in multiple-shingle sections or in 12- to 36-inch-wide panels. An accomplished contractor, such as GC Services Roofing, can install these quickly. If your roof is stripped off and a storm is on the way, shortening the process by a day or two may have a critical advantage. Because of the material’s light weight, you can save on engineering and building the supporting structure.
DECRA Villa tile is lightweight, durable and will not to crack, burn, curl, split or rot. The interlocking tile panels provide a weather-tight barrier ensuring low maintenance and long-term performance. The steel panels resist freeze-thaw breakage that can occur with traditional tile products. DECRA delivers the both superior performance of steel and the classic beauty, elegance and architectural detail of an old world Italian tile.
Concrete and Clay tiles are energy efficient, meaning they ultimately help pay for themselves over time. This energy efficiency is due to the fact that the tiles act as a heat sink, absorbing much of the sun’s radiant heat. With its ability to withstand extreme weather conditions, high wind, high heat and severe cold, clay tile is an excellent choice for a new roof or roof replacement.