ShinglesThe largest number of commercial and residential steep-sloped roofs in the United States are shingles. Developed over a century ago, the more common paper based asphalt shingle has come far; giving way to a more durable and affordable fiberglass reinforced and recycled rubber shingles. When it is time to replace your roof, you’ll have to decide if you are going to strip the existing roof or go over it with another layer of shingles. We highly recommend stripping the roof, as it allows for full inspection of the deck surface (plywood or planks), transition points, skylights, chimneys or any other areas that may be prone to leaking.
South Shore Roofing's most basic shingle is the 25 year 3-Tab shingle. For years this was the only shingle available on the market, however, today there are over 20 types of shingles to choose from. The most popular and most cost effective is the Architectural shingle, which comes with a 30, 40 and 50 year warranty. Typically, the weight of the shingle determines the number of years of warranty associated with it
WoodNatural cedar shake and shingle roofing enhances the look and value of your home. The main difference between shakes and shingles is that shakes are ‘split’ giving them a more natural appearance while shingles are ‘sawn’. Shakes often require more maintenance; however, they are a renewable resource, non-toxic, energy efficient to produce, recyclable and biodegradable.
Woods versatility, different cuts, and variety of colors, gives every home or building a unique appearance. Wood shingles also enhance energy efficiency: it helps to insulate the attic, and allows the house to ‘breathe’, circulating air and removing hazardous toxins through the small openings under the felt rows on which the wooden shingles are laid. If you are looking for an aesthetically pleasing addition to your home, be sure to inquire and learn more about wood shake roofing.
At South Shore Roofing, we provide an array of metal roofing options for both residential homes and commercial buildings. Our specialists will help you determine the correct design and material necessary for your home/buildings needs. Some of the benefits of a metal roof include durability, portability, snow shedding, low maintenance, as well as being lightweight, fireproof, and windproof. The most common forms of metal roofs in the New England area include ‘standing seam’ and ‘aluminum’. These types of roofs are most efficient in areas of high snowfall and extreme seasonal change. Aluminum’s lightweight characteristics, longevity, and energy efficiencies are deciding factors when choosing a metal roof.
You can also use metal roofs to accent your current roof regardless of the current material. They can be installed over entryways, lower roofs, bays, and they are most commonly used for protective or aesthetic reasons. Copper roofing is another option typically used for accenting your current roof. It can be used over archways, bay windows, overhangs or other places that may be visually pleasing.
Rubber roofing has become more popular today due to it’s recyclable qualities. It’s a great alternative to conventional wood roofing as it is far more durable and flexible. With changing weather conditions during the seasons, rubber roofing acts as a strong barrier to the elements. Rubber roofs are also a top choice when considering a material to use with a flat roof as other materials often witness leaks over time.
There are two types of rubber roofing; whole roof and shingled. Whole roof systems use a single piece of seamless rubber to cover the entire roof. A shingled system is similar to other shingling layouts on steep roofs as rubber shingles are layered to provide a barrier between the home and the outdoors. Although being potentially more expensive, rubber roofs last longer than traditional asphalt or slate roofs and carry longer warranties.