Types of roofing you can choose from:
Composition is far and away the most popular and widely-used home roofing material. It typically
comes in 20-, 30-, 40-year “lives.” (There is also an unlimited-life variety) 20-year shingles are used on most
starter homes and have no texture. 30-year shingles have a dimensional or architectural look with good curb appeal.
40-year shingles and higher are considered specialty shingles and recommended as an upgrade to consider.
This type is considered a "lifetime" roof and is typically used on upper-end homes.
Weight is an issue so a home must be engineered, or otherwise evaluated, to handle 1,000 pounds per square of roofing space.
Most concrete-tile orders take two months to be fulfilled; only small amounts of tile are normally in stock.
Clay is considered an upgrade over concrete tile. Special underlayment is required. Clay can
be offered in one piece and two piece styles. Two piece tiles require perpendicular batten boards and additional labor.
There are two styles of metal roofing to choose from. Screwdown (using exposed
fasteners) is used on most standard homes. The screws have a tendency to "back out" after seven to ten years,
requiring normal maintenance. Standing seam (using concealed fasteners) is considered an upgrade and is the more costly
of the two.
Few things add value and long lasting beauty to a home more than
real slate. In the past the durability of this natural material was offset by its relatively heavy weight. However,
Colonial Roofing uses a variety of installation methods that can reduce the weight of slate so additional engineering is often
not required. In fact, many of our clients building custom homes have opted for this incomparable material. Call us to learn more.
Not as pricey as real slate but also not as heavy.
No special bracing is required as most homes can handle the weight. Allow at least six weeks for material and extended
time for installation.
Two styles of wood shingles are available. Wood
shingles are the smaller of the styles (18") and installed over open lathe at a 5" exposure. Wood shakes are
24" installed using #30 felt at a 10" exposure. Most city codes require that any installed wood shingles be
fire treated. Wood shingles are high priced and require at least a four week lead time.
Modified roofing is made by all shingle manufacturers. It can be installed by the "torch
apply" method or it can be "hot mopped". Some modified roofing is "self-adhering" so no heat
source is required. Modified roofing is used on most commercial applications as well as patio roofs and in the waterproofing
of walk on decks. Single-ply roofing also is available in Duralast which does not require a flame for installation and
carries a 15 year warranty.
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