Understanding The Roofing Process & Materials We UseThe more you know about your home and its systems, the better able you will be to make informed decisions about home repairs and improvements. Tip Top Roofing, Inc. has prepared this special “Learning Center” to provide you with helpful information and guidance on several home renovation topics.
The Roofing ProcessWe want the entire process of purchasing and installing a new roof to be worry-free for you. That’s why we have established high standards of performance for our materials and our installation crews. Here’s what you can expect when we arrive to install your new roofing system.
• We may deliver roofing materials a day or two ahead of the scheduled job start and store them in your yard or on your driveway
• Our installation crew will arrive early in the scheduled start day, often just after first light
• Our crews are polite and respectful of your privacy
• No loud radios, smoking or vulgar language is permitted by our staff on the job site
• For the items you can't move (porch, lawn, flowerbeds, exterior structures, etc.) we will use tarps to protect your property to the best of our ability
• If we are tearing off your old roof, there is likely to be some noise and dust
• We collect all old roofing materials and dispose of it in an environmentally-responsible manner
• Once the roof is prepared, we install a specialized underlayment layer
• We’ll install an extra layer of rubberized underlayment along the bottom edge of the roof, where rain, snow and ice can be the biggest problem
• The roofing material (shingles, tiles, metal panels) is installed in an orderly and efficient manner
• All roof flashing and vents are installed properly and sealed
• Most residential roofing jobs can be completed in a single day
• If a roof takes more than one day, we clean and secure the site at the end of each day and protect any opening in the roof against the weather
• At the end of the job we conduct a thorough clean up and walk through — we don't leave until you are happy!
Comparing Roofing MaterialsWhen installing a new roof on your home you can choose from many types of roofing materials. You can reroof with the same type of roofing material that you currently have or investigate alternatives. Some materials are environmentally friendly and some are long lasting or low maintenance.
Before making your choice, consider the lifecycle cost of your roofing material. Some materials, although initially more expensive, require less maintenance and have a longer life expectancy than others. An asphalt composition roof might last 20 years, but a metal roof can last more than 50 and might be more cost-effective in the long run. Below are some of the roofing choices available to you.
Asphalt ShinglesAsphalt shingles are the most popular choice for roof coverings in America. The positive aspects of asphalt shingles include low installation and maintenance costs. Roofs made out of these shingles come in different grades. The better the grade, the longer the life expectancy, which can range from 15 to more than 30 years. The asphalt covering is actually a composite made up of either a fiberglass or rag mat with asphalt, which is covered with colored mineral granules. Asphalt shingles come in a variety of colors and styles. Individual shingles may be replaced if damaged. An additional advantage of asphalt shingles is that in certain circumstances, they can be installed over an existing roof of asphalt shingles, eliminating the need to remove the old roof.
Asphalt Shingle Advantages:• Inexpensive
• Range from low-cost 3-tab shingle to architectural shingles with extra durability
• Many colors, types, and manufacturers
• Suitable for most residential applications
• Easy to repair
• Fire resistant
Tile RoofingAesthetically, homeowners are drawn to the look, texture and color choices of tile. Styles include mission, rounded and flat. Priced around the same as wood, tile is made of either concrete or clay and normally lasts over 50 years. Although there’s little maintenance necessary, the underpinning for your roof must be able to handle the extra weight that tile carries and replacement costs are high.
Tile roofing advantages:• Many colors and styles
• Available in clay or cement
• Easy to maintain
• Extremely durable when maintained