Complete tear-offs are necessary on roofs with more than one layer of shingles. Extra care should be given to the surrounding environment to protect landscaping, plants, bushes and flowers. Tarps should always be used on steep pitch tear-offs. (see articles page for more information on tear-offs.)
Sunrise Roofing offers new roof services as well. We can handle every phase of roofing your new home construction project or just the shingle application portion. From framing to sheeting, Fascia to drip edge, felt to shingles, ridge vent and more. We do it all.
EPDM Rubber Membranes
Black EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) has been used extensively (billions of sq feet in service) in roofing applications since the 1960s and has survived the world’s toughest climates for over 30 years. Black EPDM roofing membrane is a flexible rubber material available in 45 mil (about the thickness of a dime), 60 mil (about the thickness of a quarter) and 90 mil (about the thickness of two dimes). With its superior flexibility and high strength, EPDM can easily contour to unusual roof shapes. Black EPDM carries a 20 year manufacturer’s warranty against weatherability and factory defects.
A study by ERM in 2004 evaluated 33 EPDM roofs in 9 states that had been in place for 16–26 years. “In all cases, the membranes were found to be watertight and functional with no obvious effect from long-term exposure to water, ultraviolet radiation, ozone, heat and thermal cycling.” [Professional Roofing Magazine, March, 2005]
“Unlike with roll roofing, we’ve never been called back for a rubber-roof job that leaked, even on oceanfront projects that experience gale-force winds on a regular basis,” declare contractors Rick Arnold and Mike Guertin, authors of “Installing a Rubber Roof” (Fine Homebuilding, January, 1998). White on Black EPDM has been installed on RV's since 1983. Due to low maintenance, ease of repair, clean appearance, noise insulation, and temperature insulation, white on black EPDM roofing membranes are now standard on 3 out of 4 new RV's. Now the energy efficiency of white on black EPDM has been discovered for uses such as house boat roofs, mobile home roofs, and residential flat or low pitched house roofs. Note: White on black EPDM membrane is not designed for heavy foot traffic. White on Black EPDM roofing membrane is a flexible rubber material available in 40 mil (about the thickness of a dime). With its superior flexibility and high strength, EPDM can easily contour to unusual roof shapes. White on Black EPDM is sold in sheets 10’ wide and up to 100’ long, and can be seamed for wider applications. White on Black EPDM carries a 5 year manufacturer's warranty against weatherability and factory defects (chalking not included).
White EPDM membranes qualify for the Energy Tax Credit. See your tax advisor for details.
Chimneys are notorious for leaking, and the culprit is almost always the sheet metal flashings. You’ll want to install new chimney flashing if it’s missing, rusted through, falling out or completely covered with roofing tar (a typical short-term fix that’s sure to be hiding bigger problems). It’s also a good time to install new flashing when you put on new shingles because you’ll want it to last as long as the new roofing (25 to 50 years).
We will work closely with your insurance company to ensure that no details of your roof are overlooked. All to often homeowners are thrown a few bucks from the insurance company to satisfy their claim and the underlying problems are never addressed. We will work hard to represent you, the homeowner. After all, it’s your home and you deserve to have it repaired properly.
Shingles of all types
There are a number of things to consider when selecting a new roof system. Of course, cost and durability head the list, but aesthetics and architectural style are important, too. The right roof system for your home or building is one that balances these five considerations. The following roofing products commonly are used for steep-slope structures.
Asphalt shingles possess an overwhelming share of the U.S. steep-slope roofing market and can be reinforced with organic or fiberglass materials. Although asphalt shingles reinforced with organic felts have been around much longer, fiberglass-reinforced products now dominate the market.
Organic shingles consist of a cellulose-fiber (i.e., wood) base that is saturated with asphalt and coated with colored mineral granules.
Fiberglass shingles consist of a fiberglass mat, top-and-bottom layers of asphalt, and mineral granules.
Asphalt shingles' fire resistances, like most other roofing materials, are categorized by Class A, B or C. Class A signifies the most fire-resistant; Classes B and C denote less fire resistance. Generally, most fiberglass shingles have Class A fire ratings, and most organic shingles have Class C ratings. A shingle's reinforcement has little effect on its appearance. Organic and fiberglass products are available in laminated (architectural) grades that offer a textured appearance. Zinc or copper-coated ceramic granules also can be applied to organic or fiberglass products to protect against algae attack, a common problem in warm, humid parts of the United States. Both types of shingles also are available in a variety of colors.Regardless of their reinforcing type and appearance, asphalt shingles' physical characteristics vary significantly. When installing asphalt shingles, NRCA recommends use of shingles that comply with American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards-ASTM D 225 for organic shingles and ASTM D 3462 for fiberglass shingles. These standards govern the composition and physical properties of asphalt shingles; not all asphalt shingles on the market comply with these standards. If a shingle product complies with one of these standards, it is typically noted in the manufacturer's product literature and on the package wrapper.
Wood shingles and shakes are made from cedar, redwood, southern pine and other woods; their natural look is popular in California, the Northwest and parts of the Midwest. Wood shingles are machinesawn; shakes are handmade and rougher looking. A point to consider: Some local building codes limit the use of wood shingles and shakes because of concerns about fire resistance. Many wood shingles and shakes only have Class C fire ratings or no ratings at all. However, Class A fire ratings are available for certain wood shingle products that incorporate a factory-applied, fire-resistant treatment.
Tile: clay or concrete is a durable roofing material. Mission and Spanish-style round-topped tiles are used widely in the Southwest and Florida, and flat styles also are available to create French and English looks. Tile is available in a variety of colors and finishes. Tile is heavy. If you are replacing another type of roof system with tile, you will need to verify that the structure can support the load.
Slate is quarried in the United States in Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. It is available in different colors and grades, depending on its origin. Considered virtually indestructible, it is, however, more expensive than other roofing materials. In addition, its application requires special skill and experience. Many old homes, especially in the Northeast, still are protected by this long-lasting roofing material.
Metal, primarily thought of as a low-slope roofing material, has been found to be a roofing alternative for home and building owners with steep-slope roofs. There are two types of metal roofing products: panels and shingles. Numerous metal panel shapes and configurations exist. Metal shingles typically are intended to simulate traditional roof coverings, such as wood shakes, shingles and tile. Apart from metal roofing's longevity, metal shingles are relatively lightweight, have a greater resistance to adverse weather and can be aesthetically pleasing. Some have Class A fire ratings.
Synthetic roofing products simulate various traditional roof coverings, such as slate and wood shingles and shakes. However, they do not necessarily have the same properties. Before making a buying decision, NRCA recommends that you look at full-size samples of a proposed product, as well as manufacturers' brochures. It also is a good idea to visit a building that is roofed with a particular product.
Repair work includes any type of damage caused by wind driven rains, overflowing gutters, faulty siding, faulty windows, the chimney, attic fan leaks, step flashing, condensation build-up, solar energy panels, rotten wood and more.