Asphalt Shingles Roofing
Because asphalt shingles provide such a high quality of durability, versatility, and economy, they are the leading choice for residential roofing. Over 12.5 billion square feet of asphalt shingles are manufactured here in the United States each year. There are enough asphalt shingles manufactured each year to cover more than five million homes. As a matter of fact, four out of five homes in the United States are roofed with asphalt shingles.
Due to the high-volume of production, combined with the low cost of application, asphalt shingles offer one of the best values for both residential and commercial buildings. And, because of the relatively low upfront cost, asphalt shingles are the most affordable roofing option with an expectation of at least 12 to 15 years of home protection.
Here are some of the benefits of asphalt shingles:
Of all the types of roofing, asphalt shingles are clearly the least difficult to install. Most roofing installations require specially-trained installers, major preparation, and special tools for the job. Asphalt shingles, in contrast, can be installed much more quickly, with less preparation, and at much less the cost for the installation itself.
Low Cost of Installation
One thing that brings down the cost of installation is the fact that asphalt shingles usually can be installed without needing any preparation in the way of additional structural support. Not only does this lower the cost of supplies, but it lowers the time involved. Because of this, asphalt shingle roofing contracts are in much demand by contractors; and that means lower installation costs and a good deal for the customer.
Of the two types of asphalt shingles (fiberglass and organic) fiberglass shingles are more popular today because they offer greater fire protection and are environmentally friendly. They are made with a base layer of glass fiber reinforcing mat which is then coated with asphalt containing mineral fillers that make the shingle waterproof.
Beautiful Design Choices
Asphalt shingles are popular for almost every type of architectural design and offer the consumer a variety of colors, textures, and shapes. The different styles of shake shingles can be divided into two basic categories: architectural and traditional three-tab types. Architectural shingles have an added, three-dimensional thickness and deep shadow bands that simulate the appearance of classic wood shakes. Traditional three-tab shingles get their name from the three tabs on the shingle itself.
No matter what style home you have—traditional, contemporary, mid-century modern—you can find an asphalt shingle that will complement it and give it the custom look you want. With asphalt shingles, you can have the appearance of slate, tile or wood at a fraction of the cost. Asphalt shingles come in numerous patterns and almost any color you can imagine to add beauty to your home.
Specifically made to resist fire, asphalt shingles carry a Class A, B, or C fire rating according to independent testing agencies that rate all shingles.
One of your greatest home investments
It doesn’t matter what style of house or building you own, a metal roof can complement it due to the many possibilities available in today’s market. Metal roofs have now been designed to go with any architecture and provide a sturdy, long lasting, and beautiful addition to your home or building.
Today’s metal roofing has the appearance of all the popular older materials such as cedar shake, slate, clay tiles, or asphalt shingles without any of the disadvantages.
Metal roofing lasts generations longer than non-metal.
One of the greatest advantages of metal roofing comes from the fact that it lasts up to two or three times as long as older style roofing materials. Non-metal roofs require replacing anywhere from 10 to 20 years, depending on where you live. The average life of a non-metal roof is 17 years. In contrast, metal roofs can last up to 40 years, and that could be the rest of the homeowner/business owner’s life.
Metal roofing makes for energy-efficient living
Energy-saving, money-saving metal roofing lowers your energy bills. No matter what the color, metal roofing provides insulation from heat and cold that lowers both your winter heating and summer cooling bills.
Metal roofing provides great long-run savings.
In spite of the fact that the initial cost of installing a metal roof is higher than when installing a non-metal roof, over time, your investment will provide greater savings. This is because your metal roof will outlast any other non-metal roof in your neighborhood—up to twice as long.
Metal roofing offers major short-term savings.
And, for an even greater financial benefit, you’ll discover that a metal roof will increase the value of your home. It will also likely lower your homeowner’s insurance as well.
Metal roofing comes with long-term warranties.
Another benefit—most metal roofing has a 30 to 50 year manufacturer’s warranty. And, your installer warranty will cover the workmanship in the new roof.
Myths about metal roofs uncovered
It’s a fallacy to think that today’s metal roofs can rust. They can’t because of the production methods used to protect the steel making up the roof. It’s coated with zinc or a zinc/aluminum combination that is then bonded to the steel. On top of this paint is applied. Altogether, this provides rust-resistant roofing.
About wind, hail and snow
Metal roofs created for today’s consumers are designed to survive up to a 150-mph wind, comparable to a F2 tornado. They also have the strength to survive extreme weather, including heavy snow and hail.
The truth about lightening
Contrary to what some people think, metal roofs do not increase the likelihood of your home being stuck by lightening. Metal roofing actually has the advantage of being non-combustible, non-flammable and will protect your home if it were ever to be struck by lightening. Metal roofs are highly valued in climates with severe weather.
Noise on the roof?
It’s not true that a metal roof will be noisy if it is installed properly. A solid sheathing laid under the metal roof will create a silence that resists noises of rain, wind, hail, and all kinds of weather.
What does it cost?
We will send a contractor who will inspect your roof and make an estimate of the cost, based on factors such as the pitch and shape of your roof and the style of your house.
Recently, light-weight, insulated concrete has gained popularity for roof decking and as insulation in roofs for a number of economic and environmental reasons.
First of all, when repairs are needed, only the outer membrane of the roof needs removing, cutting the costs of repairs. Another attractive feature lies in the insulation effects of the concrete, leading to a significant reduction in removal costs—up to 50%. Concrete roofs have the advantage of a thermal R-value of R-30. And, when installed properly, LWIC roofs can create the slope needed without requiring a tapered roof insulation system. LWIC roofs also reduce the structure’s load.
OS Roofing & Sheet Metal offers its experienced staff to consult with you in your roofing needs, including giving detailed information about products and architectural effects.
Contact OS Roofing & Sheet Metal at 281-484-7663 for an appointment.
Old-fashioned slate rock has been quarried for centuries and put on the roofs of the cities of the world. Roofing slate is dense, solid, and incredibly tough and durable, the reason for its centuries-long existence. Slate outlasts other types of manufactured tiles which need replacement numerous times during the long lifetime of a slate roof.
One of the reasons for slate’s long-lasting qualities can be found in its ability to survive all types of weather, in all types of locations. It can withstand freezing, heat waves, rain storms, hail storms, wind storms, and sand-storms. Not much can hurt slate.
A fine-grained, metamorphic rock taken from shale sediment that’s composed of clay and volcanic ash, Slate is virtually waterproof. Its absorbency rate is as little as .04%. Slate is also resistant to airborne sparks and thus protects homes against fire-spreading dangers.
Should you decide to sell, you’ll find that your slate shingle roof will add great value to your home in the eyes of prospective buyers. Homebuyers greatly value the longevity and safety qualities of a slate roof.
Additionally, both homeowners and homebuyers agree on the natural beauty of slate shingles. They come in a variety of red, purple, green, gray, black, and multicolored choices.
Clay Tile Roofing
OS Roofing & Sheet Metal offers the most extensive collection of choices for clay roofing tiles available. We have styles ranging from flat tiles with the look of natural slate and wood shake to traditional mission style barrel tiles that suggest a variety of installation possibilities such as boosting, staggering, and serpentine patterns, among others. We also have our Mission “S” tile with its cost savings and easy installation.
Durability and longevity
Known for its durability and longevity, clay tile resists fire, hail, and wind damage. Top grade clay tile also survives dry, hot and cold weather, while at the same time preserving its color and beauty. Having been around for thousands of years, clay tile truly lasts more than a lifetime.
Not harmful to the environment
Having received the prestigious Cradle to Cradle Gold certification, OS Roofing & Sheet Metal’s clay roofing products are recognized as truly sustainable and not harmful to the environment. They are produced domestically and come in a variety of approved cool roof colors. One hundred percent recyclable, these tiles contain up to 59% recycled raw materials.