Roofing Learning Center

Replacing or even repairing your roof can be a costly project.  Most homeowners dread the idea of having to invest the money to replace their roof however oftentimes it is necessary.  For such a home improvement project, it is important to know all the facts and options available to you.  What materials should you use?  How long will the roof last?  Can you get away with just repairing the roof?  What roofing materials are ideal for the slope of your roof?  These questions and more can be answered through our roofing learning center.  Additionally, if you have questions that you cannot find the answer to on our site, we also work with a nationwide network of roofing contractors who can provide you with a free roofing estimate on your project.  To begin learning, simply select the article below and find answers to your common roofing questions.

Knowledge Articles

How a Roof is Constructed
How a Roof is Constructed

Over the years, roof construction technology has evolved to a point where roof life can last over 100 years.  This is quite an impressive feat when you consider the amount of weather a typical roof can be exposed to.  It must be able to withstand rain, snow, hail, constant sunshine, moss, tree branches and more.  As building professionals have tested what works and what doesn't, they've come up with some very reliable materials and designs that give homeowners added assurance that their roof will not leak and that it will last for years to come...read more
Should You Repair or Replace Your Roof?
Repair or Replace? That is the Question...

The question of repairing your roof or replacing it is one of the most common uncertainties among homeowners faced with a leak.  To get the most accurate answer, your best bet is to contact a professional roofing contractor to evaluate your situation.  Nevertheless, we also have some pointers to keep in mind about your options.  Being that the roof is one of the most important components of your home, you want to make sure you do your homework...read more

Roofing Materials

Asphalt Shingle Roofing, Click Here
Asphalt Shingle Roofing

Asphalt Shingles are the most common type of roofing material.  If you were to look at the majority of the homes in the United States, it is estimated that nearly ninety percent of them would have some type of asphalt shingle roofs.  So why do so many people choose them?  Is it their look and style?  Is it durability?  Is it simply a price issue?  In reality, the answer is that it's a combination of all of these things...
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Clay and Tile Roofing, Click Here
Clay and Tile Roofing

If you are interested in getting a clay or tile roof, chances are high that you live in the south or southwest where these types of roofs are most common.  Tile and clay has a very distinctive look which is something that must be considered when thinking about going down the tile route.  Your home design typically needs to be able to match a tile roof design.  Not just any house can look good with a tile roof so it's best to consult with a professional to see if you are a good candidate...
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Metal Roofing, Click Here
Metal Roofing

What do you think of when you picture a metal roof?  Do you think of those old metal roofs that are tin and rusty with cheap looking ridges?  If this is the image that comes to mind then let us enlighten you on some of the advances that have been made over the years.  You may end up changing your mind and deciding that a metal roof is perfect for what you are looking for...read more
Roll Roofing, Click Here
Roll Roofing

Roll Roofing is the most common type of material for the quick fix, the do it yourselfer, or for small barns or sheds.  Another common name for this material is '90 pound felt' because one roll covers 100 square feet and usually weighs about 90 pounds.  It is one of the least expensive options and should not be considered a long term roofing solution as its typical lifespan is less than 10 years even with high quality installation.  The material itself is similar to asphalt shingles and is a surface that is covered with minerals with a heavy felt base coated in more asphalt for protection...read more
Slate Roofing, Click Here
Slate Roofing

Have you ever been to Europe?  Ever wonder what is on the rooftops of castles and why they last so long?  The answer is slate.  It is the most durable roofing material made and also arguably the most beautiful.  In the early 1900's it was the most popular material used but has since decreased in popularity due to its cost and the fact that so many other roofing products have entered the market...read more | watch video
Wood Shake Roofing, Click Here
Wood Shingle Roofing

If you are looking for the most traditional look for your home, wood shingles should be high on your list.  They have the ability to blend in well with the surrounding landscape since they are made from a natural material (wood) and they exhibit the same properties as the trees and other natural objects surrounding your home.  The most common species of wood used is cedar (Red Cedar, Eastern White Cedar and Yellow Cedar).  There are also composite shingles available that are made to look similar to cedar...read more | watch video

Roofing Brands

Atlas Roofing Corporation, Click Here
Atlas Roofing Corporation

Atlas Roofing Corporation is one of the top roofing manufacturers in the United States.  In the last 25+ years they have enjoyed significant growth as a company going from one single manufacturing plant in 1981 to currently having 15 facilities spread out throughout the country and in Canada. The company focuses on shingle roofing products for the residential market.  Their goal is to create products that can appeal to any budget while still maintaining quality and durability.  Atlas is a definite option...read more
CertainTeed Roofing, Click Here
CertainTeed Roofing

Headquartered in Valley Forge, PA, CertainTeed Roofing is a reputable company offering a variety of building products including roofing, siding, windows, decks, fencing, insulation and more.  With over 100 years experience, the company has established itself as a leader in quality, design, practicality and customer service.  Their roofing division specializes in both low-slope and steep-slope roofing for commercial and residential applications...read more
GAF-ELK Roofing, Click Here
GAF-ELK Roofing

GAF-ELK Roofing is the leading roofing manufacturer in the United States handling both commercial and residential projects.  If you are a homeowner looking for a new roof or simply to fix your existing roof, this is likely the most common roofing company you will come across.  They have received numerous awards including the Builder's Choice Award, and have multiple #1 selling products.  GAF-ELK company is definitely not new on the block.  GAF  Materials Corporation was founded in 1886 and has grown ever since establishing operations in...read more
Owens Corning Roofing, Click Here
Owens Corning Roofing

Owens Corning is a leader in home improvement and building products.  The company was started in 1938 and has been a Fortune 500 company for the last 50 years.  They are constant innovators in energy efficiency which has become increasingly popular in a world that is starting to focus heavily on ways to build green in order to preserve our environment...read more
TAMKO Building Products, Inc - Click Here
TAMKO Building Products, Inc

TAMKO Building Products, Inc has been in the roofing business
for over 60 years and have become recognized as a leading
manufacturer of residential and commercial roofing products. 
The company was founded by Dr. W. Edwards Deming and now offers
its products throughout the United States.  Fueled by its
expansion and growth, the company also offers decking,
waterproofing railing systems, cements and coatings in addition
to its high quality roofing products...read more