A roof is one of the biggest investments that a home owner makes. It lends protection from the elements and when it is damaged or destroyed it can be devastating. Not only does it keep you protected from the elements it adds to the look of your home.
There are many types of residential roofs available and we will outline them for you.
Slate roof materials is one of the oldest roofing materials in the world.
They are very attractive and offer very good protection from fire. Due to their natural hard composition they are a long lasting roof material but they do have their disadvantages.
They are very hard to install, very expensive and require a special heavy duty framing package be constructed to support the roof materials weight.
Slate is very brittle so walking on the roof is not recommended after the first installation is done. The up side is the roof is high quality and is a very beautiful roof.
The installation of wood shingle roofing lends itself to a more traditional style of home. Once used extensively in America it has for years been on the decline. With the advent of architectural fire resistive roofing materials wood roofing sales have faltered. Today’s wood shingles are fire treated. Wood shingle are still a very attractive roofing material and many people are choosing wooden shingles for their homes.
Metal roofs are durable and offer a long life. They are resistant to the environmental problems associated with hail, sleet and when made from recyclable materials they become a green roof product. They are expensive to install and require specialized tools and knowledge and skills. Most insurance companies and state insurance agencies provide discounts on homeowners insurance for the installation of a metal roof system. With the advent of new metal dies the metal roofing industry has seen very good growth. These dies replicate almost any type or style of roofing. Decra stone coated steel roofing systems (http://www.decra.com/) is one of the products the JP Allen Co recommends should a homeowner desire a metal roof.
For years, asphalt shingles have come in a 3-tab profile. Recently newer homes, with steeper roof pitches, are being roofed with laminated shingles. In today’s market there is a wide range of “architectural shingles” which are available. They project random shadowing, slate patterns, wood shingle looks, and even ceramic tile patterns. The two types of asphalt shingle products on the market are fiberglass shingles and organic-mat shingles.
At the JP Allen Co we install them all.