Learn about the various types of roofs and their advantages and disadvantages.
Built-up Roofing - This type of roof is "built-up"
from alternating fiberglass ply sheets and hot asphalt. To begin, a
strong fiberglass base sheet is fastened to either a plywood deck or
the top layer of insulation. Then you alternate a layer of hot asphalt
and a layer of roofing felt. After applying all the desired ply sheets,
you apply a final coat of hot asphalt and apply either gravel or a cap
- Advantages: Somewhat easy to repair/maintain
- Disadvantages: Strong asphalt smell during installation
Cedar Shakes - Wood shakes are gaining in popularity, AGAIN!
Cedar shakes are offered with Permanent Fire Protection. Tested and
certified to Underwriters Laboratories standard UL-790 and approved
by the State of California Fire Marshall Services #4150, and carries
NER#214, and ER #5404, you can feel safe because your shake roof will
remain permanently fire retardant. You can receive up to a 50 YEAR
LIMITED WARRANTY! If you like the look of real wood, why not apply real
wood? Shakes are lightweight, have excellent insulation value, permanently
fire retardant, have a long life expectancy and they are 'just the look'
you are looking for.
Asphalt Composition Shingles - These are the most popular alternative
to wood shake roofs. The Asphalt Composition Shingles are very economic
and are maintenance-free.They have a Class A Fire Rating and come in
various colors. You can also choose the roof life from 25 years to a
limited lifetime warranty roof.
Tile - Tile roofs also have a Class A Fire Rating. There are
many profiles and colors to select from, as well as standard weight
and light-weight tiles.