TO HELP OUR CLIENTS…
This information sheet provides roofing information to help you make an informed decision. We’ve included a few brand websites for you to explore. Popham does not endorse these resources, but only supplies them as a convenient source of information. Popham will provide samples of different types of roofing for your review and discuss the best value for your needs.
To determine the need of a repair or a new roof, Popham first will have your roof inspected by a Certified Roofing Contractor, who will explain, due to the age, condition and type of roof, if a repair can be made, or if a re-roof is the solution in your situation.
A roof protects the investment of your home. You may be able to put off some home repairs for a while, but cracked, curled, or missing roof shingles require immediate attention. If neglected, they can lead to tens of thousands of dollars in water damage.
THINK TWICE ABOUT LAYERING – Where two layers of roofing are already in place, building codes typically require stripping the roofing down to the sheathing. Most roofs are strong enough to hold two layers, but installing some of the heavier laminated shingles over even a single layer may over-stress some rafters and other structural parts. Another reason we recommend complete removal is to ensure that there is no rot, water damage, or insect infestation underneath.
TWO IMPORTANT ROOFING FEATURES:
- FIRE RATING – Select roofing with the highest fire rating – Class A.
- WARRANTY – A full warranty covers full replacement of defective materials, while a materials warranty offers prorated coverage. Most warranties include full reimbursement for materials and installation for a limited time – up to 10 years for some brands of asphalt shingles and 50 years for some brands of fake slate and steel roofing.
TYPES OF ROOFING:
- ASPHALT SHINGLES – Asphalt shingles are made of fiberglass sandwiched between asphalt and ceramic granules. They may last 30 years or more, but they can be vulnerable to high winds. Asphalt roofing comes in two shingle types:
- Laminated shingles, also known as “architectural” or “dimensional” shingles, are layered, and their thickness and depth make them look more like slate or wood shakes.
- Three-tab asphalt shingles, though similarly priced, are made in a single layer. They’re flatter and thinner than laminated shingles and generally don’t perform well.
- FAKE SLATE SHINGLES – This composite material looks like the real thing, even close up. And it weighs only about as much as asphalt, so there’s no need to beef up the roof structure. Some fake slate may crack under impact or may fade. It’s also relatively costly, though not nearly as expensive as slate.
- METAL ROOFING – Metal roofing comes in steel, aluminum, copper, and alloy strips, and in various shapes and textures. Copper is especially expensive. Over time, it’s surface acquires a greenish patina that some people find attractive. Advantages of metal include it’s ultra-light weight (about half that of asphalt) – and of course metal roofing doesn’t burn. But it can be noisy in a rainstorm. Although steel strips can dent easily, their textured surface hides minor damage quite well. Metal roofing with an Energy Star label effectively reflects the sun’s rays, keeping your home cooler in summer.
- SLATE, CLAY, & CONCRETE TILES – These three types are very durable, but may require extra reinforcement to your roof due to the weight of the tiles. They are more expensive than most roofing materials.