Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used roofing material in the United States. Today’s asphalt shingles are reinforced with a fiberglass mat, and can range in life expectancy from 20 to 50 years. Great improvements to the asphalt shingle have been made, resulting in more durable product know as laminated shingles also known as "dimensional" or "architectural" shingles. These shingles are also made of asphalt but differ from the "three tab" shingle design. They were designed to add character, color and depth to the roof aesthetics. They are made of multiple staggered layers of material. Asphalt shingles come in a variety of colors and styles. Individual shingles may be replaced if damaged.
Concrete roof tile is made of sand, cement, and water. The exact materials vary somewhat with each manufacturer but basically contain Portland cement, blended hydraulic cements and fly ash, sand, and other aggregates. The products from most manufacturers look very similar in size and shapes and colors. Tile roof systems have dominated the Arizona marketplace for the last 20 years. Concrete roof tile has three main appearances based on their profiles: Flat, Low Profile & High Profile. Concrete tile is available in a wide variety of different colors and textures. Another tile roof option is Clay tile. Clay tile is more expensive than concrete tile but clay tile gives a more authentic old world look to your roof.
Wood Shakes Roofing
Wood shakes and wood shingles are manufactured from western red cedar or redwood trees. Shakes are split from logs and reshaped by manufacturers for commercial use. They are thicker at the butt end than shingles; generally one or both surfaces are split to obtain a textured effect. A split and resawn shake has a split face and sawn back. A taper sawn shake has a natural taper and is sawn on both sides. Wood shingles are sawn on both sides and have an even taper and uniform thickness. When applied to shingles, the industry terms "Perfection" and "Royal" mean 18 inch and 24 inch lengths, respectively. Cedar shakes and cedar shingles are available pressure treated with fire retardants and chemical preservatives for increased fire resistance. Wood shake roofs were popular in the Phoenix area around 40 years ago but are rarely used these days.
Metal roofing has many benefits. It doesn't rot, crack, warp, curl, split, flake, peel, break, burn, or blow off. It's the most resistant roofing material to hail, wind, fire, and freezing/thawing. It looks great, and is available in a wide variety of roofing styles, patterns, designs, and colors. Metal roofing is lightweight -- most styles are less than one-third the weight of asphalt/fiberglass shingles. Metal roofing saves you money because it is energy efficient. It can also reduce the cost of your homeowner's insurance, as well as increase the resale value of your home. It's low maintenance, long lasting and durable, and carries a long warranty. Although the initial cost of a metal roof system me seem high, metal roofs are the longest lasting roof system available. They require minimal maintenance which adds to the cost savings over a long period of time.
Low Slope Roofing
Low Slope/Flat roofs are roof decks with a pitch of less than 3:12. Although there are a wide range of roof systems available for these roofs, Quality Roofing of AZ uses Polymer-Modified roof membranes. They are composed of reinforcing fabrics that serve as carriers for the hot polymer-modified bitumen as it is manufactured into a roll material. Modified roof system membranes are composed of multiple layers, much like BUR membranes. Modified roof systems typically are installed as a two-ply system and almost always are fully adhered. They can be installed using the heat welded materials or a self-adhering products.
Maintenance programs can help extend the life of a roofing system and prevent future leaks that may shorten the roofing system’s life span. Quality Roofing of AZ’s maintenance program is an annual visit which includes checking all roofing joints and sealants, checking all membrane seams, checking all associated metal flashings, gutters, downspouts, coping, cleaning all trash from the roof surface, and looking for any damage that may have occurred. Following our visit, we will provide a full report on the findings and maintenance completed.
Other Contractor Services Provided By Quality Roofing of AZ
Interior & Exterior Painting • Stucco & Sheetrock Repairs • Floor Tile
Fascia & Soffit Repairs • Walk Deck & Roof Coatings • Skylights & Roof Vents
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