Roofing Comparisons

Which roof is right for your home? The answer depends on the size of your home, shape and pitch of your roof, available substructure, budget and personal preference. Russell Roofing’s experts will guide you through the process of choosing the best roofing option for your needs.

 

In the meantime, here is a review of the roofing materials and systems most commonly installed by Russell Roofing.

 

ASPHALT SHINGLES: This is the most commonly used and most economical roof covering material. Asphalt roofing materials consists of either a rag fiber or a fiberglass mat impregnated with asphalt and covered with colored mineral granules. A wide variety of designs, weights, colors and sizes are available.

 

Asphalt roofs show their age when the mineral granules wear off, reveal the black asphalt and the corners and edges of the shingles begin to curl and crack. This is an indication that the asphalt composition has begun to dry out and lose its weatherproof seal. When only a few shingles show the above type of wear, the simple and less costly replacement of worn out shingles may be all that is needed. If one out of every five to ten shingles shows this wear and aging, it is may be time to re-roof.

 

TILE, SLATE AND COMPOSITES: Roofs made of slate or tiles composed of either clay or concrete are perhaps the longest lasting available. They frequently survive more than 50 years, and normally require little or no maintenance. In addition these materials are extremely fire resistant. When one of these roofs does need replacement, however, the cost can be very high. Tiles offer comparable benefits to slate but come in a wider variety of colors, textures, shapes and sizes. Tiles can be glazed or unglazed. Slates typically come in black, grey, purple, red or green.

 

WOOD SHINGLES AND SHAKES: Shingles made of cedar and are rot-resistant. They may last 30 to 35 years if properly installed and maintained. The best wood roofing materials are select grade and the thicker the better. Russell Roofing uses top quality cedar at a ¾ inch or 7/8 inch thickness for the best protection.

 

As wood shingles and shakes age they may shrink and form gaps between each shingle. They may also become brittle and offer less protection from the elements. This is why the installation of the materials is critical because repairs on a cedar roof can be difficult to impossible. Get it done right the first time. That’s why we say, “If It’s Russell, It’s Right, Guaranteed!”

 

METAL ROOFS: Metal roofs are highly resistant to damage from the elements and frequently last 50 years or more when properly installed. They are highly fire resistant and require little maintenance. The materials used in a metal roof may include copper, tin, steel, aluminum, lead or an alloy combination of one or more of these metals.

 

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