Dallas’s residential roofing opportunities are expansive. Most of the neighborhoods surrounding downtown are full of single-family homes and low-rise apartment buildings. Most are brick houses that use aggregate asphalt or clay shingles for their roofs. In many neighborhoods HOA rules require the houses have wood shingles, ceramic tiles, or slate roofs. And metal roofing is making a strong push in the marketplace. Building and updating roofs in these diverse styles requires a skilled Dallas residential roofing company like DFW Roofing and Restoration.
Residential Roofing Projects
In installing and maintaining a Dallas home or apartment building, a good Dallas-based residential roofing contractor is invaluable. If a roof shows signs of aging, cracks or leaks it may need to be repaired or replaced to prevent greater expense and damage to the residence. When building or updating a Dallas residence, rental property, or an apartment building, the owners need to find a contractor like DFW Roofing and Restoration that can handle different types of roofing projects like:
• new construction roof installation
• tear-off complete replacement re-roofing
• flat roof materials for low-rise apartment buildings or multiple family units
• lay over roofing
• slate and tile roofing repair, replacement and updating
Residential Roofing Materials
The varied demands of Dallas residential roofing mean a contractor must be familiar with several key types of roofing materials, such as:
• asphalt shingles
• clay or ceramic shingles
• wood shingles or shakes
• slate and tile
• metal sheet or roll roofing
Shingles or Tiles or Metal Roofing?
When it is time to put a new roof on your home, you may have seen that there are a few basic types of roofs that can be installed, most commonly shingles, tiles, wood, slate, or metal.
When it comes to roofing shingles, the most common type are made of asphalt. Made from fiberglass and minerals, they work well to keep the elements from damaging the home. They are easy to install and when repairs are necessary, easy to replace. They also cost less than tiles, which is a bonus. The life expectancy of these shingles is typically around twenty years. For many, this is worth the investment.
Tiles on the other hand, come in many styles and materials. The most common are clay. These are not as easy to install. You are going to need to hire a contractor who is familiar with this process to put them in. If they need to be replaced, again you are going to need a contractor. And they are more expensive than shingles.
You will need to consider your budget, any HOA rules, and your environment when deciding what roofing material to use.
The protective nature of asphalt shingles primarily comes from the long-chain hydrocarbons impregnating the paper. Over time in the hot sun, the hydrocarbons soften and when rain falls the hydrocarbons are gradually washed out of the shingles and down onto the ground. Along eaves and complex rooflines more water is channeled so in these areas the loss occurs more quickly. Eventually the loss of the heavy oils causes the fibers to shrink, exposing the nail heads under the shingle flaps. The shrinkage also breaks up the surface coating of sand adhered to the surface of the paper, and eventually causes the paper to begin to tear itself apart. Once the nail heads are exposed, water running down the roof can seep into the building around the nail shank, resulting in rotting of roof building materials and causing moisture damage to ceilings and paint inside.
Wood Shingles and Shakes
Most all wood roofs are made from red cedar. Shingles, which are less expensive than shakes, are sawn to a uniform shape. They have an expected economic life span of 15 to 20 years.
The more expensive wood shakes, are thicker, often hand-split, and generally last longer. Both come in varying grades, depending on the quality and thickness of the product. A fire retardant pretreatment is recommended, and required in some areas, to minimize the chance of fire spread.
A tile is made of a ceramic material and is hard and brittle, poorly suited for places where tree limbs can fall on a house’s roof, but not subject to deterioration due to rotting. While tiles tend to last much longer than wood or asphalt shingles, they are brittle and prone to fracture. Walking on tiles can break them; requiring replacement or the roof will begin to leak.
Corrugated galvanized steel
Usually wrought iron steel, coated with zinc and then roll formed into corrugated sheets. This product is still used today in most areas. Modern architecture and “green” designs have brought these products back to the foreground.
Available for harsh conditions and/or as a distinctive design element. Usually roll-formed into standing seam profiles; however, shingles are available.
Copper roofs offer corrosion resistance, durability, long life, low maintenance, radio frequency shielding, lightning protection, and sustainability benefits. Today, copper is used in roofing systems, flashings and copings, rain gutters and downspouts, domes, spires, vaults, and various other architectural design elements. A vented copper roof assembly can reduce heat gain versus stone-coated steel shingle or asphalt shingles, resulting in lower energy costs.
One of the longest-lasting metals, but somewhat expensive compared to steel products. Aluminum roofs are very lightweight, corrosion-resistant, have high natural reflectivity and even higher natural emissivity, increasing a building’s energy efficiency. Aluminum products can last over 50 years.
Stone coated steel
Panels made from zinc/aluminium-coated steel with acrylic gel coating. The stones are usually a natural product with a colored ceramic coating.
DFW Roofing and Restoration knows the city and can address a variety of roofing needs. Updating or repairing different materials, re-roofing, roof replacement and new roof installation are among the services offered by DFW Roofing and Restoration.