Roofing technologies have advanced in the past decade, now affording building owners and managers a selection of membranes with increased durability, energy efficiency, and aesthetic appeal.
Delivering to both need and preference, Hometown is specialized in the installation and maintenance of SBS, (Torch On) Roofing, Single-Ply, (EPDM & TPO) Roofing, BUR (Built-Up Roofing), Shingles and Metal Roofing.
Regardless of the age or the complexity of your roof, Hometown has the experts on hand to make the best of any situation.
Hometown specializes in the application and maintenance of single-ply roofing membranes. A standard material for low-slope (less than 25% grade) roof systems, single-ply roofing membranes are generally factory made panels composed of thermoplastic and thermoset products.
Flexible to budgets and needs, Hometown can install and upgrade single-ply roof systems using various methods, including ballasted, fully adhered, mechanically attached to an approved substrate, or as a protected membrane roof. In fact, Hometown Project Managers consult directly with the commercial roofing membrane manufacturers regarding the most effective securement configuration for each project.
Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO)
Hometown employs expert installers of this dynamic thermoplastic single-ply membrane. Composed primarily of polypropylene or polyethylene, TPO systems do not require plasticizers for flexibility, mitigating the risk of a breached roofing system.
Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM)
Historically the most common single-ply membrane employed in commercial roofing, EPDM is simply a synthetic rubber sheet. Known to be the most resistant to weathering, these membranes are ideal for large commercial roofing systems with limited penetrations.
Although they are cheaper to install and maintain, EPDM roofs are easily compromised by a myriad of conditions and variables introduced by everyday businesses. For example: the exhaust from restaurant kitchens can quickly breakdown these membranes, as well as exposure to commonplace solvents. Given that EPDM roofing is so temperamental, quality installation demands an experienced commercial roofing company's understanding of the materials limitations.
When choosing a roofing material, it is always a good idea to pick one with a proven track record. Modified bitumen roofing materials have been around since the mid-’60s, but it took until the mid-’70s for its use to dominate the industry. Now modified bitumen roofing materials are the most widely used on flat roof commercial buildings.Modified bitumen roofing materials come with a variety of instillation specifications from torch applied to a cold application processes.
The newest innovation in modified bitumen roofing materials is a self-adhering strip for installation. The roofing materials are rolled out and stuck together with the self-adhering strip that does not require special tools or added labors. Once the material is rolled out and the adhesive strip bonds with the substrate, the roof has all of the water protection qualities of the other methods of modified bitumen roofing instillation techniques.
The great thing about modified bitumen roofing is the large assortment of material and surfacing options. The two most commonly used materials are asphalt based, with one of them having a rubberized asphalt blend for increased flexibility.
Surface options include several different types of granular coverings, as well as factory-applied cool roof coatings that are Energy Star compliant.Some types of modified bitumen roofing with Energy Star compliant coatings have the added benefit of saving a consumer up to 50% on their utility costs. Modified bitumen roofing with cool roof coatings reflect solar heat away from the interior of the building to help cut the energy costs.
When considering modified bitumen roofing materials, many people have managed to save thousands on their project when using Energy Star compliant materials. These savings are not just limited to utility costs; there are also several different tax credits available as well.
Built Up Roofing (BUR) membranes are typically found on flat or low slope roofed buildings. These membranes are referred to as built-up due to a process of overlapping several layers of roofing felts with hot or cold adhesives. BUR felts can be made of organic, fiberglass or polyester composition. The hot adhesives will be one of three main types: asphalt, modified asphalt or coal tar pitch based. A layer of gravel is typically the final step which protects the roof from ultraviolet degradation and provides weather resistance.
The classic appearance and durability of architectural shingles is making them a popular choice for roof replacement or new-home construction. Here’s how they differ from the three-tab asphalt shingles commonly used on many roofs in the past:
Size and Shape
Three-tab asphalt shingles have one shingle tab size and shape that consists of three separate tabs that are 12 inches wide. They are coated with asphalt to shed water. Architectural shingles are characterized as dimensional or laminate and come in varying sizes and shapes. They are thicker and present a more multi-sided appearance, which is often compared to a shake- type look.
Thee-tab asphalt shingles weigh less than architectural shingles. Architectural shingles are at least 50 percent heavier than asphalt 3-tab shingles.
With the obvious thickness and dimensional features of architectural shingles, they are usually guaranteed for longer periods (30-year to lifetime guarantee) and are rated higher than a 3-tab shingle, so they require fewer intervals of repair or replacement. On the other hand, 3-tab shingles are not guaranteed over the same length of time because of their thinner composition. They require repair and replacement much sooner than their architectural counterpart. Additionally, architectural shingles, because of their features and resistance to wind speeds, hail and fungal growths, are less likely to need replacement over the life of a house. The wind factor is a definite detractor from 3-tab shingles, as they easily lift and tear in strong winds.
Architectural shingles cost considerably more than 3-tab shingles because of their overall material composition and durability.
The use of architectural shingles raises the value of a home. With high level architectural shingle materials and proper installation, a home can easily retain or increase its value with the use of these types of shingles.
The use of architectural shingles has become more popular. The aesthetics of dimensional shingle roofing has encouraged homeowners to improve the look of their homes from the top down. Choosing architectural or dimensional shingles as opposed to 3-tab shingles is a matter of product quality, effectiveness, overall appeal, increased value, and cost. Homeowners who are in the market to increase the value and curb appeal of their homes want the quality and performance that architectural shingles provide, and they are willing to absorb the costs of this shingle type for the added value.
Metal roofing often is used during construction projects because the materials are strong, reliable, efficient, and durable. According to environmentalists, metal panels help families financially because the outer layers are energy efficient. There are several great reasons why metal roofing better than asphalt.
Metal Roofs Are Designed Strategically
During the design process, you’ll have to choose a specific material. Materials with standing seams are worth considering because the unique construction configuration gives each panel strength. Along the edge of the metal surfaces, there are double seams that are efficiently secured together. Because the joints have a solid seal, rain, snow, ice, and other elements can’t gain access. If your community gets frequent storms, standing seams can be quite beneficial because the crimped areas can prevent leaks.
By working with Hometown Roofing, you can get a free estimate before a roof installation or replacement project.
Metal Material is Stylish and Sturdy
In the past, metal roof components weren’t very popular because the outer coating was too bright and shiny. Thanks to technological advancements, new metal roofing supplies for homes and buildings blend well with modern and vintage exterior design schemes.
Metal Provides Long-Term Financial Benefits
If you’re going to sell your home or building in the future, metal roofing can help you complete the transaction at the highest possible price. Metal roofing provides great insulation and can lower monthly energy costs. This is why homes with a stainless steel, copper, or aluminum roof have an increased resale value.
Metal is an efficient building material because it can reflect UV rays and propel heat away from a home. If your house is in a spot that gets isolated heat, you can reduce your cooling costs by applying reflective paint onto the metal shingles or panels.
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