Posts Tagged ‘Residential Roofing’

Basics Of The Five Types Of Roofing Materials

December 8, 2009

Five Major Types Of Roofing

Ever since man decided to have shelter, he has been aware of the roof over his head.  First, it might have been the stone of a cave. Then, over time, he must have decided to improve upon it.  Eventually what we now know as much more advanced technology came along and we now have a variety of materials available to suit the place and condition in which we live.

The materials used for roofing have always been and still are those things which are available easily and serve the purpose.  Today, there are enough roofing materials on the market to suit any taste or budget.

The most popular of the five types of roofing is asphalt shingle, which accounts eight percent of all residential roofing material sold in the United States.

Wooden shingles and shakes are types of roofing, which create a natural rustic look, while tile and slate are types of roofing prized for their fire-resistance, beauty, and longevity.  Metal roofing, which is made in both shingles and sheets, is both lightweight and fire resistant, and can be finished to make it attractive, as well as rust and corrosion resistant.

The Various Types Of Roofing Available

Asphalt Types Of Roofing

While there are many types of roofing available on the market today, Asphalt shingles are the most popular types of roofing surfaces for residential buildings in the United States.  This is because they stand up well against fire, wind, tearing and other key performance indicators. These come in both “standard” (and 3-tab) and “designer” (architectural or multi-layered).  The standard ones have a lightly textured flat surface, while the designer shingles have a highly textured surface.

Wooden Types Of Roofing

Wooden shingles are made from cedar, redwood or southern pine.  They are popular because of their natural look.  These shingles are sawed by machines.

Tile – Clay Or Concrete Types Of Roofing

Tile roofing is made from either clay or concrete.  They are usually used in Mission and Spanish-style round-topped homes that are located in the Southwest as well as in Florida.  These heavy types of roofing are available in a variety of colors and finishes.  Clay tiles have excellent insulation properties and are ideal for maintaining a home’s or building’s interior temperature at a comfortable level.

Slate Types Of Roofing

Slate roofing comes from Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.  There are different colors and grades of this type of roofing, depending upon its origins.  This roofing is considered to be virtually indestructible.  However, it is also more expensive than other types of roofing materials. Its application does requires special skill and experience.  Nevertheless, many old homes, especially in the Northeast, are still protected by this long-lasting roofing material.

Metal Types Of Roofing

Metal is actually a type of low-slope roofing material.  It has been found to be a good roofing alternative for homes and buildings that have steep sloped roofs.  There are actually two types of metal roofing products that you can use.  These are panels and shingles.  A lot of different metal panel shapes and configurations are in existence today.  Metal shingles are typically intended to simulate traditional roof coverings, such as wood.  This is a long lasting type of roofing that is both lightweight and it also is also a lot more resistant to adverse weather and it is also aesthetically pleasing.

Although the roofing material used is very important, proper installation is essential to a long-lasting roof.  When it comes to roofing, unless you have experience and all the proper know-how, this job is best left to roofing professionals. With over 20 years of experience, United Roofing & Remodeling can provide all your residential or commercial roofing needs.

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A Quick Roof Inspection Can Save You Thousands Of $ On A New Roof

December 3, 2009

A Quick Roof Check Can Save You Thousands Of $

With the cooler temperatures lurking around the corner, this is the time to remember last winter’s experiences and take care of them now.

Last year we had a surge of phone calls coming in from homeowners frantic that the ceiling or walls were going to cave in because they encountered water seeping down their homes’ inside wall.  Or tenants were worried about walking out the front door because of excessive amount of icicles hanging overhead and on the side of the building.  They were experiencing Ice Damming

Most homeowners, developers and property managers think that ice damming is only a roofing problem.  It is actually an insulation and ventilation problem.  Here is what happens.  After a snowfall, the snow begins to melt next to the roof creating a layer of standing water.  Add to that the hydrostatic pressure of the ice and snow and water appears in places that normally would not leak.

To Fixing the Problem… Call Your Local Roofing Professional To Diagnose the Right Solution!

Your Local Roofing Professional will take a look at your roof and look for telltale signs of damage.  These signs can include granules missing from your shingles, weak spots, blisters, cracks, and missing shingles.  An inspector can evaluate your eaves and valleys to ensure that they are not leaking or will not be leaking in the near future.  By having these regular inspections, you can extend the life of your roof.  You will not have to make extremely premature replacements, which can save you a lot of money in the long-term. You certainly do not want to replace a thirty-year roof in fifteen.

A lot of money was spent on roofs a couple years ago when we all experienced heavy snow and freezing temperatures.  What if that money was spent unwisely?  What if all you needed to do was check for insulation and ventilation?  Isn’t it worth the 15-minute inspection?

Contact United Roofing & Remodeling now to setup a roof inspection with one of our roofing specialists at 612-617-1717

One Call, One Contractor, All Under One Roof

November 24, 2009

Get The Services You Need When You Need Them!

Everything you need for all of your residential or commercial property needs is under one roof.  That means everything comes under one warranty, so you will not have to pay for separate formats.  You do not have to call 10 different people.  We can streamline the process to get everything done as quickly and efficiently as possible.

United Roofing & Remodeling specializes in custom and all other types of roofing, siding, windows, chimney tuckpointing and rebuilding, gutters, downspouts, insulation, doors, additions, remodeling, trim, soffits, fascia, chimneys, and gutters.

We work with some of the best manufacturers in the industry to give you the highest quality products available.  We have some of the most experienced teams of home roofing or commercial roofing experts in the Twin Cities.  As a GAF-ELK Master Commercial Roofing Contractor, we are backed by the best warranties in the industry.  Based on our state-of-the-art manufacturing process, the odds of having a problem with a new GAF-ELK roof is about 1 in 1000!

Contact United Roofing & Remodeling today for all your commercial, residential, or multi-housing roofing, siding, or window needs at 612-617-1717
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Because Choosing A New Roof Is A Big Decision…

November 17, 2009

There Is United Roofing & Remodeling In Minnesota

Which Roof Is Best For You?

Choosing a new roof is a big decision.  It can be one of the biggest expenses encountered by homeowners.  It is also one of the most important decisions to make as well.  Your roof keeps the weather out of your house and away from your family and possessions.  It truly is one of the most important parts of your home.

There are many great choices for roof coverings.  Here are some of the most popular choices:

Asphalt Shingles: The most popular choice of roof coverings.  Even with increases in asphalt prices the past couple of years, asphalt and fiberglass based shingles are still your most economical roof covering.  30 year architectural or laminated shingles are a great choice.  Heavy weight asphalt shingles are also available in many styles and colors with 50 year or lifetime warranties.

Metal: Metal roofs are gaining in popularity.  Standing seam metal roofs are a classic look and style.  Corrugated panels are also available as an economical alternative.  Metal shingles or metal panels stamped and covered with granules to look like shingles, slate, terra cotta and shake are also becoming more available.  Most metal roof coverings are 100% recyclable.

Slate: Slate is a classic material that can last 100 years or more depending on the slate.  It is a heavy material and your roof needs to be designed to support the weight.  With a well designed roof and deck, a slate roof will last well into the next generation or two and look great.

Wood Shake: Another classic style, but it does not have the longevity of other materials.  If installed improperly and with low quality shakes, it may need replacement within 10 to 15 years.  Do you research and choose your contractor wisely when installing a shake roof.

Concrete Tiles: Tiles can come in terra cotta style tiles and flat tiles that look like slate and shakes.  Very durable and heavy like natural slate.  You will need to take the same precautions to make sure your roof can support the material.

Whatever your roofing your house needs, United Roofing & Remodeling is your all seasons roofing contractors for residential and commercial properties in Minnesota.  Our skilled roofing experts stay up to date on all of the latest advancements in technology so we can always offer you the most cutting edge materials and techniques to get the job done right.

Contact United Roofing & Remodeling today for all your roofing needs at 612-617-1717

Do Your Roof Shingles Need Replacing?

November 12, 2009

What Are The Signs Of An Aging Shingle?

Everyone hopes that a roof lasts forever, but as with all things, roof shingles will age.  One thing to remember, however, is the fact that not all shingles will age at the same pace.  Different shingles have different life spans and the best way to assess how long your shingles will last is to check with the manufacturer’s warranty. For instance, if your warranty lasts for fifteen years, then you may want to begin checking for serious wear and tear around that time.  However, to truly keep your roof in prime condition, you should have your roof inspected by your local Minnesota roofing contractor at least twice a year.

When shingles become old or begin to show signs of aging, you may notice that they begin to crack, curl or become loose.  They may in fact even break off.  You should never ignore these signs or put them off. When you begin to see signs of aging in your shingles, you should contact your local Minnesota roofing contractor and have the roof assessed.  Putting off roof repairs to a later date can cause many expensive repairs in the long run.  It is always best to make roof repairs as soon as you notice the problems.  Aging shingles are no exception to the rule.

One of the most important steps that you can take to maximize the lifespan of your shingles is to have them inspected regularly by your local Minnesota roofing contractor. This should be a part of your total roof maintenance system and can help ensure that you derive the most benefit from your roof.  If your experienced roofing contractor determines that shingles need to be replaced, you should not attempt to do the work yourself.  You should always have an experienced roofer handle your roofing needs, including replacing or repairing aging or damaged shingles.  By having your local roofing contractor repair shingles as they become damaged, you will delay the need for a complete roof replacement.

Please contact United Roofing  Remodeling for all your commercial or residential roofing needs at 612-617-1717

Storm Damage and Restoration Services From A Minnesota Roofing Contractor

October 29, 2009

Regular Roof Inspections Can Save You Money In Costly Repairs

Numerous homes are damaged by hail and wind every year.  Also, many homeowners are unaware of damage to their property.  This damage might reduce the value of their homes.  For example, a roof damaged by hail can result in interior leaks that you may not even know about until it is too late.

If you are like most homeowners, the thought of going through the process of working with an insurance adjuster, and then finding a contractor to repair the damage can be overwhelming.  From a general lack of knowledge about how to file a claim, to which materials are best suited for your needs, many homeowners fail to receive the benefits they have coming to them.

United Roofing will provide you with a free home inspection, and if you have storm damage, we will assist you with your insurance claim ~ from start to finish.

We will manage the entire insurance process for you.  We are experts because we do it for our clients every day.  It allows us to keep your job moving quickly, while taking the burden off you.

Contact United Roofing & Remodeling today to schedule your next roofing inspection at 612-617-1717
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