Medium Pitch Roofs
Medium pitch roofs are very common and found on the average rambler style home. You can walk on a medium pitch roof in almost any weather condition. Medium pitched roofs range from 4/12 to 7/12 in pitch slope.
The price is not much different and you get a roof with more of a heavier feel, such as Timberline HD by GAF. Other products that might be considered for a medium pitched roof are metal shingles along with alternative heavier designer architectural styles. Standing seams are another alternative as well.
Steep Pitch Roofs
Steep pitched roofs are becoming more and more common on the newer homes being built. "A-Framed" houses are a good example of a steep pitched roof. Depending on the type of look you want with your house and the type of maintenance you plan on conducting with your roof determines the best roofing product for you. Architectural Composition, Aluminum Shake, Steel Shake,
Designer Architectural Composition, and Standing Seam are fine choices for steep pitched roofs.
A Note About Composition Shingles
Architectural composition is an excellent roofing material for low, medium and steep pitched roofs. Composition is easy to maintain, and very cost effective. We prefer using GAF shingles. Unlike standard 3-tab, or strip shingles, which are single layered in design, a growing number of shingles are multi-layered or "laminated." With a laminated shingle, random tabs or pads are applied to the base shingle to provide a layered affect that produces enhanced depth and dimension. When applied to the roof, laminated shingles also offer additional layers of coverage.
In any composition shingle the core material is coated with asphalt, and then covered with granules. Usually, the core material is made from fiberglass mat or organic felt. Fiberglass shingles are so called because they are built on a core, or mat, of fiberglass reinforcement. Asphalt coating is applied directly to this mat, and protective, colored granules are embedded into the coating. Fiberglass shingles are lighter in weight than organic shingles and are more resistant to heat and humidity.
Perhaps the most important factor that influences the quality of fiberglass shingle performance is the quality of the mat used in the construction of the shingle. Throughout the roofing industry, the quality of fiberglass mats varies widely.
Fiberglass shingles carry a Class A fire resistance rating from Underwriters Laboratories (UL), The highest fire rating available. Thus, fiberglass shingles are the best protection against the spread of flame on a roof.
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