Wood Shingle Roofing

Wood shingle roofing (not to be confused with wood Shake) has definite curb appeal.  Unfortunately, like any wood material, it is subject to weathering, and untreated wood shingles are a higher fire hazard.  Untreated wood is no longer allowed by code.  Luckily for those who prefer this look, there are processes available to allow these beautiful, natural and renewable roofing materials to grace your home’s new roof.

Wood shingles are a relatively small and smooth material, whereas wood shake is large and rough-hewn.  Wood shingles have both a smooth side and a rough side, but are most often installed with the smooth side up.  Traditionally made of Western cedar, since Old Growth forests are rapidly being depleted, modern wood shingles are often made from pine and yellow cedar these days, and are likewise treated for safety.

Since the roof is such an important part of your home, one should make a point of being certain that the wood being used has been treated with fire and rot retardants.  Since the roof is made of wood, those treatments should be repeated periodically throughout the life of the roof.  This is a maintenance which would not be necessary for a metal, asphalt or quarry shake or shingle, and should be kept in mind as it represents a necessary and ongoing expense.

Wood shingles do require more care, but present such a charming image and feel that many homeowners are willing to accept the additional care in exchange for the beauty they provide.  As always, it is wise to consult with a roofing professional, no matter what material you prefer.

Wood Shake Roofing

There’s no denying the cosmetic appeal of a wood shake roof.  Unfortunately, wood shake ages and deteriorates under the hot sun and with seasonal changes and storms, and wood shake is a high fire risk.  To allow people to continue to enjoy the look of wood shake without the risks and short lifespan, some manufacturers have taken to treating the traditional cedar materials with fire retardants and chemicals to inhibit mold growth, etc.  In some locations, including California, such treatments are mandatory.  Be sure to check with a roofing professional in your area to confirm that the local code is not still more restrictive.

Another option that is also environmentally friendly and renewable would be the concrete-formed shingles that have the appearance of wood shake without the risks of actual wood.  Yet another is a hybrid shake, made of recycled wood products, made of plastics, and from wood pulps.  Indeed, there are choices these days for homeowners who want the beauty of wood shake without the inherent risk of wood.  Whether made of renewable wood or from formed concrete, a professional roofing contractor will be able to help and guide you to a beautiful new roof on your home!

Spanish Tile Roofing

Dubbed Spanish tile roofing, materials of this nature have been used throughout the world for centuries.  But the tiles one usually thinks of as being Spanish gained their popularity in the United States in Southern California.  Also known as Mission tiles (as they were first made at the Mission San Antonio de Padua in Alta, California,) these curved clay tiles have become an iconic symbol of southwest architecture, especially in Southern California.

An interesting piece of their history is their shape, which was provided by drying the clay tiles over logs as they cured in the sun’s rays.  The biggest era for Mission tiles was at the turn of the century, between 1890 and the beginning of World War 1.  There was a resurgence in the 1980’s, as the tiles again became an archetype for the Southern California style.

While most of the tiles are made in clay-red, there are green varieties as well, and some have taken to coloring them with plastic and metal (thought those are no longer a true Spanish tile.)  These hybrid/compound tiles can be lighter and that may be a consideration for your building’s roof.  It’s always wise to consult with  a roofing professional when choosing what type of roofing is best for your home or commercial building.


Sheet Metal Roofing

Homeowners and commercial property owners considering roofing would be wise to consider sheet metal roofing.  Attractive, durable, no-maintenance, and highly resistant to fire and wind damage, today’s metal roofing materials are hard to beat.  Not a new idea at all, metal has been used on rooftops the world over.  In earlier days, though, it took a lot of time and careful craftsmanship to beat the metal into sheeting suitable for a roof.  Modern technologies have perfected the manufacturing of these materials, though, and made them both stylish and easy to install.

What’s more, modern manufacturing methods have made metal roofing very competitive, affordable.  Comparing them to conventional asphalt three-tab or architectural shingles, metal roofing will last considerably longer, provide more color, pattern, and material choices, and require nearly no maintenance for decades.  Business and residential buildings both enjoy equal savings in this regard.  Some of the latest metal roofing also enjoys coatings that reflect the sun’s heat in environments like Southern California and in desert terrains.  That means savings that add up to large sums and ecological energy savings.

with so many reasons to choose sheet metal roofing, it’s a wonder anyone chooses shingles any more.  You owe it to yourself to contact a metal roofing professional for a free consultation and estimate.  The savings can be tremendous!

Roof Repair

Out of sight is out of mind.  All too often, that turns into big roof repair problems for homeowners and commercial property investors.  Maintaining the roof that protects your home or business from wind, rain, snow, and all other sorts of damaging weather is a very important function of your property, so don’t neglect it.

Roofing materials are sturdy, but they’re taking all the abuse of the elements.  Moreover, if you’ve got a tree over your roof, the sap from those shade-givers is also eating away at the shingles.  The smartest thing to do is to keep it in good condition.  You don’t want to find out the hard way that you’ve neglected it too long, when the water starts dripping (or pouring) through the roof onto your valuables.

Many roofing companies will perform a free inspection, (or do it for a very minimal Trip Charge if you’re in a rural location.)  Though that sounds tempting, you should still know a few things about your contractor.  For starters, are they licensed, insured and bonded?  A capable roofer should be able to patch leaks and weave in missing shingles so neatly that it’s nearly impossible to tell there was ever a repair performed.

Quality roof maintenance and repair can save you a LOT of money.  Be sure that out of sight isn’t always out of mind.  You’ll be glad you did!

TAG Roofing Construction
San Diego, California

Roof Installation

Your roof is one of the places where you most definitely do not want to skimp or cut corners.  Whether it’s new construction or you’re replacing the roofing on an existing structure, it’s essential that both workmanship and materials be top notch.  After all, that roof must withstand the worst and harshest of the elements, and continue to protect your investment for decades to come.

Most houses use three-tab shingles for their roofs.  Some prefer Architectural shingles, which cost more but are more sturdy and have a look some find pleasing.  If the roof is especially shallow (1:12 or less in pitch) you’ll need to choose rolled roofing or some other form of coating that has been melded both to the roof and to the other pieces to ensure that the roof does not leak.

How can you tell a quality roofing company from a storm-chaser who will do a poor job, cash your check and be gone?  Look for a company with local ties.  Make sure that they are licensed, insured and bonded — and confirm that what they’re saying is true.  Ask for referrals and check out their reputation with the BBB.  Of course if you’re within the TAG Roofing service area, you already know you’re dealing with a company offering nothing but the highest quality and most reasonable rates!

Residential Roofing

Residential roofing differs from the roofing materials and techniques employed in larger flat-roof commercial buildings, which are a separate specialty.  While the vast majority of shingles used in residential roofing are the three-tab shingles made of asphalt, grit and fiberglass, and the next most popular seems to be Architectural Shingles made of the same materials, there are alternatives.

Other types of residential materials include clay, wood (also called “shake”), metal and slate.  Additionally, roofs which have a very low pitch (under 1:12 ratio) may use an asphalt roofing that is applied by heat, melded to the roof as well as to the other pieces of the roofing material.  (This is sometimes referring to as Rolled Roofing.)

In recent times, Architectural metal roofing has become extremely popular, for that they require virtually no maintenance, look clean, and are far more easily applied to high pitch roofs where climbing would prove difficult.

With the exception of low-pitch roof installations, the choice is largely a matter of personal taste.  Most any type of roofing can be installed on the average home.  Slate and wood shake are not recommended for high pitch roofs, but since such roof lines are relatively uncommon, that’s generally not a concern.

Professional residential roofing companies usually provide free local estimates and are happy to share their expertise and help you to decide which of the possibilities is best for your home.

Quarry Slate Roofing

There’s little more stylish than quarry slate on a roof.  Slate has a rich and venerable history that reaches back through thousands of years of artisan craftsmanship.  There are literally countless buildings all over the planet boasting slate roofs, including castles and cathedrals all over Europe.  These natural materials are far more long-lasting than ugly composite materials such as asphalt shingles.  Some of those roofs can boast being over a hundred years old and are still in great shape!

Historically, the problem with quarry slate roofing was that the tiles would come loose, fall and break.  Modern technology has resolved those problems, making the materials themselves better and less likely to come loose or slide out of place.  Other technological improvements include new underlayment materials that allow quarry slate to last even longer still!

The creation of quarry slate roofing is labor-intensive, requiring a degree of craftsmanship far greater than the mass-production of asphalt roofing materials.  Installation of quarry slate is also more complex, as the roofers must sort and cut most of the tiles before placing them.  This means that quarry slate roofs are considerably more expensive than other types of roofing, but the extremely long life of this choice more than makes up for that cost, providing the proud owner with a unique look that will endure through generations.  Be sure you’ve got a qualified, experienced quarry slate roofing professional working on your roof.  Then sit back and enjoy the compliments and security of a quarry slate roof!

Concrete Tile Roofing

Concrete tiles have been used for a very long time; their origin stretches back to the Old World.  Commercially produced concrete tiles can be traced back to Bavaria, but the concept goes back much further than that.  Most concrete tiled roofs are still intact, an apt testimonial of their durability.

Similar to clay and tile roofing materials, concrete offers greater versatility of colors, dimensions and shapes, without compromising on weight, and while enjoying far greater durability.  Some of the concrete roofing material is even formed to look like wood shake shingles!

One big advantage of concrete tile roofing materials is that they are fireproof, which eliminates concerns of the roof coming ablaze from wildfires.  Another is that they are very environmentally friendly.  Unlike shingles made of asphalt and fiberglass, these Green (eco-friendly) shingles don’t damage the environment, and can offer considerable savings in conditioning costs.  In many ways, concrete tile roofing is a way of going back to the future.

Concrete tiles are attractive, comely, strong, durable and weather resistant.  There are so many good reasons to choose concrete tile as your roofing material, it’s a wonder everyone isn’t using them!  Contact your roofing professional for further information.

Commercial Roofing

Commercial roofing is a very different construction specialty than residential roofing. Indeed, few residential roofers have the expertise, experience or tools necessary to install, repair, maintain or replace a commercial building’s roof. Though the term does not specifically refer to a commercial building, but to a style of construction, it is most common that these styles are found on larger structures, including apartment buildings, retail stores, warehouses, etc. Most (but not all) commercial roofs are large and flat, but all have special requirements in order to prevent leaking and internal weather damage.

The most common method is called “hot tar” and consists of layers of tar covered by gravel. This method can be dangerous to install, but continues to be used today. Other methods include rolled roofing, sprayed foams and polyurethane sheeting. Some commercial roofs are done with specially formed metal sheets that interlock to make the result impermeable. In all cases, the goal is to lay down a material which has been melded together to form a continuous, solid sheet that keeps the water from coming through and directs that water to a gutter or opening in the roof. Modern materials and techniques have also provided us with better insulation and more environmentally safe and friendly materials.

Since roof structure is always an important part of a commercial roof, it is best to contact a professional commercial roofer any time you have concerns or needs on a commercial building.