When you think of a typical roof, you most likely picture asphalt shingles. It’s easy to see why asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material: they’re affordable, durable and easy to maintain. Made from several layers of asphalt, fiberglass and minerals, these shingles are waterproof, work in all climates and can last up to 30 years.
Asphalt shingles are lightweight and easy for our crews to install without requiring any extra structural support or special tools. In some cases, you can even have up to 3 layers of asphalt shingles without having to tear off the entire roof – saving you time and money!
The possibilities are endless with thousands of color and style combinations. When choosing the right shingle shade, consider the color of your trim, siding and even your landscaping. Our design consultants can help you select the asphalt shingle color that will best compliment your home.
Dimensional Asphalt Shingles
Durability: the reason why Dimensional Asphalt Shingles are the most popular shingles on the market today. These shingles are installed in two or more layers – giving them their “dimensional” appearance and twice the durability of traditional asphalt shingles. Although they may cost up to 20% more than traditioanl asphalt shingles, a roof with dimensional asphalt shingles can last up to 30 years and come in a variety of colors to match any home.
Luxury Asphalt Shingles
Designed to replicate natural cedar or slate roofing, luxury asphalt shingles are a more affordable alternative to their natural counterparts. With a less labor-intensive install and no need for extra structural support, luxury asphalt shingles are designed to replicate the shadows and textures of cedar and slate. If your HOA or period-style home call for cedar or slate roofing, consider asking if this more affordable alternative is acceptable.
SYNTHETIC CEDAR & SLATE ROOFING
Traditional cedar and slate roofing can certianly add a “wow” factor to any home. However, that “wow” factor can come with a pretty hefty price tag. If your home won’t look same without a cedar or slate roof, or you live in a neighborhood with a picky HOA, consider synthetic cedar or slate shakes and shingles. Not only do these synthetic materials look great on any home, they require less maintenance and can last up 30-50 years.
Manufactured from a variety of materials including rubber, plastic, metal and cement, synthetic cedar shakes and shingles are more durable and fire-resistant than natural cedar. They require less maintenance, can be much lighter and a fraction of the cost- but look just like the real thing. There are thousands of custom colors and stains to match the exterior of your home. With synthetic materials, you won’t have to worry about wood rot, termite damage or fungus and moss growth. If you’re looking for a classic look on a budget, consider synthetic cedar shakes or shingles.
Traditional slate roofs can be four times as heavy as a traditional asphalt roof and may require additional structural support to bear the weight. Although durable, natural slate shingles can sometimes crack under pressure and extreme temperatures. With that in mind, consider a more affordable alternative in synthetic slate roofing. Made to emulate the real thing, synthetic slate shingles can be manufactured with recycled materials and can come in ten times the color options as natural slate. They are much easier to install and don’t require any special equiment or structure reinforcements.
Real Cedar Shingles & Shakes
Sometimes nothing can compete with an original. Real cedar shakes and singles have a certain style and beauty that may not be replicated in a synthetic. Whether you want the character the rough spilt look of a shake has or the more clean-cut shingle look, cedar can be stained in a variety of colors to compliment the look of your home.
At Allrite, we only use Certigrade® Western Red Cedar or Yellow Cedar #1 Grade for our natural wood products. In some locations, cedar roofing requires a special fire-retardant treatment to adhere to codes. If you’d prefer a different color than natural cedar, your shingles or shakes can be customized with paints and stains.
If you’re in love with the look of a cedar roof or your homeowner’s association mandates it, the Allrite crews can expertly install it. Not only will we be there to help you choose the right cedar color and shingle or shake style, we’ll help guide you through proper maintenance and how to get the most out of your roof. After all, a well-maintained cedar roof can last up to 30 years.
What is the difference between a “shingle” and a “shake?”
Shingles and shakes both serve the same purpose – they protect your home from weather, provide insulation and add curb appeal. But what’s the difference?
Shingles are sawn into individual pieces, providing a clean, straight edge. All shingles are uniform in size and shape. Because of their uniformity, shingles can lay flat on your home’s surface.
Shakes are split into their individual pieces, giving them a more rough, uneven appearance. This rugged look often adds more character to your home as all of the pieces are a little bit different. Shakes are often thicker than shingles, which makes them more durable.
Note: No matter what choice you make, both natural wood shingles and shakes need to be sprayed with fire-retardant and water-resistant treatments to ensure they are up to code.
Natural Slate Roofing
Natural slate roofing is one of the most eco-friendly roofing materials on the market today. Naturally harvested from the earth, large sheets of slate are cut down to form individual shingles, all unique in texture and dimension. Slate is naturally fire-proof and water and mold resistant. Slate shingles are available in many colors, widths and thicknesses, allowing you to perfectly match your home’s style.
Unlike other roofing materials available, slate is pretty much uneffected by weather. Thunderstorms, strong winds, extreme heat and up to 4″ hail do little, if no damage to a slate roof, so you won’t have to worry about frequently replacing shingles. Best of all, slate roofing can last up to an incredible 75 years! When you choose a slate roof, you’re not only making an investment in a low-maintenance roof, you’re investing in your home’s overall value. Slate roofing ofen provides a great return-on-investment for many homeowners, not only because of its beauty, but because of its durability and longevity.