Clay tile roofing has become very popular on new homes in Phoenix, Scottsdale and new developments around Arizona. Star Roofing over the years have installed and repaired numerous clay tile roofs in the valley. We share the following article from www.nrca.net as we think it will be of interest to our clients.
Clay tile is produced by baking molded clay into tile. The density of the clay is determined by the length of time and temperature at which it is heated. Tiles may be glazed and also may have surface texture treatments applied. As a result, there are a wide variety of tile profiles, styles, finishes and colors available. In addition, there may be separate accessory tiles matched to each field tile design of various shapes designed for use on ridges, hips, hip intersections and gable ends. Installation methods depend on the nature of the tile being installed; that is, whether it is two piece, one piece, interlocking or flat.
Example of a clay tile roof
Concrete tiles are made of portland cement, sand and water in varying proportions. The material is mixed and extruded on molds under high pressure. The exposed surface of a tile may be finished with cementitious material colored with synthetic oxide additives. The tiles are cured to reach the required strength. They generally have lugs on their undersides for anchoring to batten strips. There are additional waterlocks or interlocking ribs on the longitudinal edges that impede movement and prevent water infiltration.
As with clay tile, there are a wide variety of profiles, styles, finishes and colors available. Color may be added to the surface of a tile or dispersed throughout (color through). Special texture may be added in surface treatment. Each type of tile roof system may make use of separate ridge, hip, hip intersection, gable end and finial accessory tiles of various shapes in addition to field tiles. More from NRCA.net
Monsoon season officially starts in July. Is your roof ready?
Phoenix roof repairs should be done before Monsoon season which starts in July. Don’t wait for the rain to find the leaks, get a roof inspection today. Waiting for storms to find the roof leaks can be detrimental to your property and increase the cost to repair. The extreme heat in Phoenix can do a lot of damage to your roof, it is wise to check your roof every 6 months for deterioration such as:
Loss of shingles
Buildup of debris
Loss of Granules on shingles
Cracks and nail heads
Shingles showing signs of deterioration by buckling, curling or blistering
Damaged or missing flashing
Side wall Cracks on flat roofs
Ponding on flat roofs
While most of these roof deteriorations can be fixed relatively inexpensive when identified early, they can lead to extension structure deterioration if left unattended. By the time you see a leak inside your house (ceiling stains or peeling paint) extensive damage has usually taken place to the underlying structure (rotting of rafters and roof supports).
Caution: Any work on a roof can be dangerous if proper safety equipment such as special ladders and harnesses are not used. In most cases it will be cheaper to have a professional with the right equipment, experience and tools perform the inspection. Star Roofing Inc. will perform roof inspections in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and all Phoenix Metro areas for FREE. Let us take the risk for your roof inspection or repair.
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“We had a great quarter in roofing,” Owens Corning CEO Michael Thaman told CNBC’s “Street Signs” on Wednesday. “We’re seeing insulation, despite the fact that it’s losing money, move back into profitability. And we think composites will begin to turn the corner in the second quarter and improve in the second half.” Click for Full Story
Will this be an indicator that roofing materials will soon see a price increase as the demand increases? Is this possibly the best time to invest in a New Roof?
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Single-ply roofing membranes have grown in popularity over the past 30 years, and due to their flexibility, relative ease of installation, and competitive price, it’s no wonder that building owners and facilities professionals are interested. According to the Waltham, MA-based Single Ply Roofing Industry (SPRI), a commercial roofing industry association, one of the benefits to single-ply membranes is their production; they are “manufactured in a factory to strict quality control requirements that minimize the risk inherent in built-up systems.” This consistency in the quality of the products is undeniably one of its selling points. Read more on buildings.com
So I need to replace my roof, this is a long term investment in my home, how do I choose the best person for the job?
The yellow pages, internet and referrals are typically the first places we look.
The yellow pages: Well everyone knows these are just a listing of everyone, no way to know who is reputable or not.
The internet: Lots of information and places to look.
Referral: Firsthand knowledge from someone I know.
When faced with an undertaking such as a Roof repair or replacement it is smart to do some homework to find a selection of a few roof contractors. Roof problems may not show up for several years after the job is done, you want a company which will be around should problems arise.
The internet has a lot of resources to find out about companies in your area, below are a few sites which provides information on Roofing contractors.
www.nrca.net National Roofing Contractor Association.
The NRCA website is an excellent site which provides in depth and an unbiased guide to all things roofing. The NRCA has set standards and a code of ethics for professional roofing contractors.
Arizona Registrar of Contractors. Where you can verify the contractor is registered and licensed to operate in Arizona. (If you are in a different state search for your local registrar.) You can also see here when they were first registered. Gives you an idea of how long they have been in business.
The Better Business Bureau. For your local area will usually show complaints and additional information about various businesses. A good place to see if your contractor has had complaints and how they were handled. Continue reading
The Arizona Roofing Contractors Association Charity Bowling Committees plan two charity bowling events each year – one takes place in Phoenix and the other in Tucson – to raise money for Phoenix Youth at Risk and Tucson Youth on Their Own, respectively. Both bowling events take place in the early part of summer. Continue reading
Sika Sarnafil Announces 2012
Contractor Roofing Project of the Year Winners
Roofing Contractors Judged on Project Complexity, Design Uniqueness,
Craftsmanship, and Creative Problem Solving
February 5, 2013 – CANTON, MA – Winners of the 2012 Contractor
Project of the Year Competition were announced today by Sika
Sarnafil, the worldwide market leader in thermoplastic roofing and
waterproofing membranes. Continue reading