Roof tile is a symbol of premium roofing, with the highest standard of sustainability and craftsmanship.
Nearly every manufacturer of concrete and clay tiles makes products for two distinct markets. They make standard weight products for new construction (usually weighing 900-1100 pounds per 100 square feet), and lightweight tiles for re-roofing (about 550-720 pounds).
Tiles are made from naturally occurring raw materials. They come flat or rounded, textured or smooth, and in many colors. And they are Class ‘A’ fire-rated.
Tiles are specifically engineered to allow greater airflow between the tile and the roof deck, creating a more energy-efficient roof system. In studies conducted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Lafarge Roofing Technical Centers and Florida Solar Energy Center, “it was shown that tile roofs reduce the heat entering the attic by roughly 50% when compared to asphalt shingles.”
When properly installed, tile roofs will last 40 years or longer. While some are easier to walk on than others, in most cases a damaged tile is very easy to replace. Simply put, tile allows for superior insulation, ventilation, longevity, payback and curb-appeal than any other system on the market.
Tile Manufacturers: Bartile, BORAL, Eagle, Ludowici, MCA
With more than 300 options to choose from, and quality standards that lead the industry, you can rest easy knowing asphalt roofing shingles have you covered. They offer just the right combination of beauty, performance, and reliability — and are the best value in roofing today.
“Composition,” “asphalt” and “fiberglass,” as well as “laminated,” “dimensional” and/or “architectural shingles” are terms all applied to the same family of products. A “composition shingle” starts with a very thin fiberglass mat, is coated on both sides with asphalt, and then covered with stone granules (sometimes on both sides). Often, two or more stone-coated, asphalt/fiberglass mats are laminated together to provide more dimension, i.e., thickness.
Generally speaking, the more asphalt in the shingle the longer it will last. And when properly installed and ventilated (this is very, very important), some composition shingles may last 30 years or longer.
Shingles are Class ‘A’ fire-rated and among the easiest roofs to walk on and maintain. However, they do not provide good insulation. A properly designed and balanced ventilation system will help, but it’s also best if you don’t fall in love with a dark (heat absorbing) color.
To help mitigate heat transfer into the attic or living area, most shingle manufacturers have developed cool roof granules. These can be found in the following shingles: CertainTeed’s Solaris Series, GAF’s Cool Series, Owens Corning’s Cool Series.
Asphalt Manufacturers: CertainTeed, GAF, Owens Corning
The ultimate in luxury roofing options for rustic and modern tastes. While we use modern technology and treatment methods, cedar shingles are still cut by hand – the same way they were cut more than 100 years ago.
A good shake will provide your home with the natural and casual appearance often associated with quality home construction in Northern California. It provides reasonable insulation, is fire retardant – a Class ‘C’ shake meets the state’s minimum fire safety requirements; your roof can actually be constructed to meet the strictest Class ‘A’ fire requirements. When carefully selected, a wood shake roof should provide 30 years or more of service.
After deciding on the fire rating you want or need, you must choose the thickness – “heavies” are 3/4-inch and “jumbos” start at 7/8-inch. Our only offering is a minimum 1-inch jumbo – this thickness will help compensate for the natural grain variations (dips and swirls) that occur along the tapered length of all hand-split shakes.
While there are still a few other things we specify when ordering, the final and the most important factor influencing the life of your new wood shake roof is the percentage of vertical (referred to as “edge”) grain shake in each bundle. The industry standard is 80% edge grain and 20% flat grain, which means that one out of five shakes will be, among other things, extremely susceptible to UV rays – the sun will literally burn right through flat grain shakes cutting their life in half or worse. Currently, only about 2% of wood mills will bundle 100% edge grain shake – it’ll be labeled as such and it’ll be worth the extra investment.
Wood Manufacturers: Teal, Waldun, Watkins
Arguably the most efficient and longest lasting roof solution, metal roofing provides crisp edges and defined detail bringing beauty to every home.
A standing seam roof system, also classified as concealed fastener panels, utilizes a series of adjoining panels that are connected by raised seams (or vertical legs). Seam heights vary, but are typically 1 to 2-1/2 inches tall and allow the panels to snap together without any exposed fasteners. Zinc, copper and steel alloys are commonly used.
In addition to providing a sleek, modern look, standing seam roofs allow panels to expand and contract with changing temperatures, helping them to last longer and cause less wear and tear on the roof deck.
Metal roofing provides style with endurance and strength that protects.
Standing Seam Manufacturers: McElroy, Wildcat Metals
Designed for durability, synthetic roofing shingles are often superior to traditional roofing materials. The secret is commercial-grade polymers that make these solutions stronger, lighter and easier to install and maintain.
Delivering premium curb appeal and none of the drawbacks of asphalt, wood, slate, tile and metal, Synthetic Roofing materials are composed of durable yet lightweight and environmentally friendly materials, which combine to provide authentic beauty with long-lasting performance.
These products are often modeled from actual slate and hand-split shake for natural, non-repeating beauty and decades of enduring and worry-free beauty. State-of-the-art UV stabilizers ensures the color you pick is the color you keep.
Manufactured for extreme durability, you’ll discover no granules, no asphalt, and no loss of performance. Synthetic roofing was designed to outperform any other shingle on the market.
Synthetic Manufacturers: Brava, DaVinci, EcoStar, F-Wave, Inspire by BORAL