Low slope and steep slope describe how much a roof slants, or the incline of a roof. In commercial low slope roofing applications, the roof has a slope of less than 3 inches per foot. Steep slope means that the roof has a slope of more than 3-inches per foot. Sloped roofs need to have some slope for proper water run-off or drainage. When it rains, water has to go somewhere, and all sloped roofs require proper drainage. In commercial low slope roofing, water is directed to drains or downspouts, using small areas called crickets and saddles.
Blackhawk Roofing specializes in single-ply EPDM roofing systems. We can add slope to existing flat roofs, and we offer energy-efficient insulation systems. We can also install shingles, standing-seam metal panels, and exposed fastener metal panels. We have trained technicians for the installation and repair of all types of roofing systems. We can install single-ply roofs anywhere, anytime, and anyplace. We provide a Roofing System Warranty that covers labor and materials, for up to twenty years or longer (depending on the materials selected).
Asphalt shingles are currently the most popular type of residential roof material, for a variety of reasons. They are relatively inexpensive, averaging around $3.00 per square foot installed. Factors that affect the installation cost are slope of the roof, height of the building, ease of access to the premises, complexity of the project, the particular type of shingle. Asphalt shingles have achieved a class IV hail rating (the highest available), and can be easily repaired and maintained.
Asphalt shingles come in two basic types: glass fiber and organic. Organic shingles consist of an organic felt material, which is generally paper saturated with asphalt to make it waterproof. A top coating of adhesive asphalt is then applied and the ceramic granules are then embedded. Organic shingles contain around 40% more asphalt per square (100 sq. ft.) than their glass fiber counterpart, which makes them weigh more and gives them excellent durability and blow-off resistance.
Glass fiber shingles have a fiber glass reinforcing mat manufactured to the shape of the shingle. This mat is then coated with asphalt which contains mineral fillers. The glass fiber mat is not waterproof by itself. It's purpose is for reinforcement. What makes the glass fiber shingle waterproof is the asphalt. However, the asphalt itself will not stick to the mat. For this reason, fillers are used. The fillers in the asphalt cling to the glass fibers in the mat. The asphalt then encapsulates the glass fibers, fills all of the little holes and voids in the mat rendering it waterproof. After this cools a bit, an adhesive asphalt is used to cover the mat and the ceramic granules are then embedded.
The ceramic granules are there for two reasons. The primary reason is to protect the shingles from the sun. The sun's UV rays are very damaging to asphalt and cause it to deteriorate prematurely. This is one of the same reasons that gravel is used on built-up roofs. The second and more obvious reason for the granules is aesthetics. Asphalt shingles are available in a wide variety of colors to match almost any facade or landscape.
So which type is better? By far, the more popular shingles are the glass fiber ones. They are cheaper and easier to manufacturer than organic shingles, making them more cost effective to the homeowner, or it may be that they are easier to work with, or they may simply be a personal preference of the roofing contractor.
Metal roofing is one of the fastest growing segments of the roofing industry. The popluarity of metal roofs is increasing everywhere, due to many positive attributes. While a premium metal roof initially costs more than many other types of roofs, it can be a good investment in the long run.
Not only are metal roofs long-lasting, they can also increase a homes resale value, decrease a homes energy consumption (by up to 40%!), and in some areas, reduce the homeowner insurance premiums immensely.
Non-metal roofs start to deteriorate as soon as they are installed and exposed to the elements. UV rays, high wind, and severe temperature changes can damage most other roofs, sometimes drastically decreasing their service life. The average life span of a non-metal roof varies between 15 and 20 years. Metal roofs can last two or three times that long, depending on style, quality, and workmanship. In many cases, a metal roof can be the last roof you'll ever install on your home or business.
Metal roofing comes in a wide variety of designs, colors, and styles. You can purchase metal roofing in shapes that imitate asphalt shingles, tile, wood shakes, as well as the common vertical seam styles. Metal roofing can come stone-coated and smooth. You can also get metal trim pieces to match the color of your roof, or get contrasting colored trim to offset the roof.
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A roof is much more than the sum of its parts. In fact, a roof is an integral part of a home's elevation and its curb appeal. It's an expression of style, and an investment that should last and last.
That's why DaVinci Roofscapes manufactures superior polymer roofing system products, paired with unparalleled customer service. It's a unique approach that allows DaVinci to deliver a degree of luxury, performance, and satisfaction that continues to make them the preferred choice for owners, installers, and designers alike.
Quality is crucial to lasting beauty and structural integrity. DaVinci puts quality into the entire line of synthetic roofing tiles. Their composite slate shingles are carefully engineered to provide the authentic look and durability of natural slate roofs. For those who desire the natural appearance of hand-split shake shingles or machine-sawn shake, DaVinci composite shake shingles are reminiscent of the texture of natural cedar, but with unsurpassed durability and a life cycle savings of up to 50% compared to natural shake roofing. DaVinci utilizes a proprietary state-of-the-art engineered polymer to deliver durability and beauty for years to come.
It's easy to see that the authentic appearance, durability, and lifetime cost advantages of DaVinci synthetic roof tiles — plus a Lifetime Limited Material Warranty — add up to an exceptional value for any discerning homeowner.
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Clay tiles are one of the most distinctive and decorative historic roofing materials because of their great variety of shapes, colors, profiles, patterns, and textures. Traditionally, clay tiles were formed by hand, and later by machine extrusion of natural clay, textured or glazed with color, and fired in high-temperature kilns. The unique visual qualities of a clay tile roof often make it a prominent feature in defining the overall character of a historic building. The significance and inherently fragile nature of historic tile roofs dictate that special care and precaution be taken to preserve and repair them.
Clay tile has one of the longest life expectancies among historic roofing materials — generally about 100 years, and often several hundred. However, a regularly scheduled maintenance program is necessary to prolong the life of any roofing system. A complete internal and external inspection of the roof structure and the roof covering is recommended to determine condition, potential causes of failure, or source of leaks, and will help in developing a program for the preservation and repair of the tile roof. Before initiating any repair work on historic clay tile roofs, it is important to identify those qualities important in contributing to the historic significance and character of the building.
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