Tile Roofing

Tile roofs endure some of nature’s toughest elements; yet despite the harshest weather, concrete and clay have been proven to resist wind, hail, rain, earthquakes and even fires. This resilience enables manufacturers to offer some of the longest warranties in the roofing industry.

The color palette for concrete and clay roof tile includes hundreds of selections with options ranging from a single-color tile to a matrix of up to five colors. Styles range from flat to barrel-shaped tile, and either will change the appearance of a roof dramatically. There is also a wide selection of carefully blended hues that range from subtle tints to vibrant colors, and wood and slate textures that simulate nature.

In addition to tile’s unique beauty, most concrete and clay tile manufacturers typically offer a minimum 50-year limited warranty on their products. For consumers, this warranty covers their roofing material for as long as they own their homes.

Clay and concrete are one of the most cost-effective alternatives to your construction needs. Contrary to common misconceptions, tile roofing is not the most expensive component of building. Actually, when compared to its lifecycle of 50 to 100 years or more, tile provides the most economical solutions for your building requirements. Furthermore, tile roofing may be a better insulator than some other steep-slope roofing systems. The combined effect of the roof tiles, air space and decking allows for better air circulation and reducing direct heat transfer. As a result, a tile roof can lower air conditioning costs in hotter climates and produce more constant temperatures in colder regions, reducing potential ice accumulation.

Benefits of Concrete or Clay Tile Roofing:

  • Available in an endless variety of dimensional sizes and shapes
  • Available in dozens of designer colors
  • Colors and sizes may be blended to achieve stunning architectural results
  • Low maintenance
  • Water repellent
  • Extremely durable and very long-lasting
  • Fireproof
  • Highly resistant to wind and hail
  • Low life-cycle cost

 

Slate Roofing

Natural quarried slate has proven itself for centuries as a serviceable, waterproof roof covering. Depending on the quality of the stone (for their differences contact your Beacon slate expert to find out more), slate roofs may last from dozens to hundreds of years. Their longevity, however, is not their only quality. Slate roofing is made of natural stone quarried from the Northeast United States, Canada, Virginia, Wales, Spain, China, South Africa, and other parts of the world. They are simple and beautiful roofing systems available in a variety of colors and textures, allowing designers to customize virtually every installation. When slate roof tiles need to be replaced, they can be discarded as clean land fill or in some cases recycled and used for roofing again. Slate roofs, while one of the most expensive roofing systems “up front”, are arguably one of the least expensive money can buy when the entire life of the roof system is taken into account.

Benefits of Slate Roofing:

  • Available in an endless variety of dimensional sizes and thicknesses
  • Available in dozens of naturally-occurring colors
  • Colors and sizes may be blended to achieve stunning architectural results
  • Low maintenance (naturally resistant to algae and moss)
  • Water repellent
  • Standard weight tiles available as replacement for conventional materials
  • Extremely durable and very long-lasting
  • Fireproof
  • Highly resistant to wind and hail
  • Low life-cycle cost

 

Asphalt Shingles

By far and away the number one covering over the steep-sloped roofs of the United States and Canada are asphalt shingles. Developed over a century ago, asphalt shingles have proven to be the most cost-effective solution to the roofing needs of North American homeowners.

Organic shingles made with a base of wood fiber and asphalt have given way to fiberglass reinforced shingles which dominate the market today. These shingles offer the homeowner many choices of colors and textures, as well as length of warranty for the right, custom mix of durability, appearance and affordability.

Also used in steep-slope commercial roofing applications, asphalt shingles are available in a tremendous range of colors and styles. Designers, builders, and owners have literally hundreds of asphalt shingle products to choose from. Asphalt shingles are available in a basic “three-tab” design; the middle-range “dimensional” or “laminated” shingle (most popular option in new home construction); and the “top-of-the-line” heavyweight shingles.

Noted for their low cost and ease of application, asphalt shingles continue to be popular due to their great look. No matter the architectural or style requirement, there is an asphalt shingle produced that will fit in very nicely.

Benefits of Shingle Roofing:

  • Available in a wide variety of dimensional styles, sizes, and thicknesses
  • Available in dozens of designer colors
  • Available with granules resistant to algae and fungus
  • Water repellent
  • Durable and very long-lasting
  • Available with fire ratings to meet any building code
  • Available with resistance to wind and hail
  • Available with extended labor and material warranties

 

Metal Roofing

The premier roof for a home, metal roofs furnish building designers and owners with a world of choices; from system design to type of metal to a rainbow of color options. Metal roofing boasts of excellent strength, durability, and fire resistance. Metal roofing has an excellent track record that is literally centuries old, and is in service on approximately 50% of all low-rise commercial, industrial and institutional buildings erected over the past several years.

No matter what kind of roofing style, color, or finish you have now, there’s a metal roofing style to match or compliment the look of your home. In addition to panelized metal roofing systems commonly used on commercial buildings, today’s metal roofing is available in designer looks that simulate shingles, slate, shakes or slate. Contrary to what many believe, insulated metal roofs are as quiet as other roof coverings such as shingles, slate, or tile.

Metal roofing is the emerging star of the energy-efficient and sustainable building movement. Metal roofing can be coated with “cool color” coatings (even dark colors) that are highly-reflective, resulting in lower costs for cooling your buildings. Metal roofing is also touted for its content of post-consumer material, and will be recyclable at the end of it’s long service life.

Benefits of Metal Roofing

  • Proven track record of performance
  • Broad range of styles and colors available, including “cool colors”
  • Light in weight, reducing the cost of other building components
  • Very low maintenance
  • Available as part of a fire, wind, and/or hail rated roofing system
  • Part of an energy-efficient building envelope
  • Earth-friendly and recyclable
  • With insulation, provides an even better-performing building component
  • Following years of service, metal may be maintained and/or refinished

 

Single Ply Roofing

Single-ply roofing systems (SPS) have grown in popularity over the past 30 years as a preferred commercial roofing system, due to their ability to provide strength, flexibility, and long-lasting durability, it’s no wonder that architects, roofing contractors and building owners love this product.

SPS membranes are strong, flexible sheets composed predominately of synthetic polymer manufactured to strict quality control requirements. Advantages of pre-fabricated sheets include the consistency of the quality of the membrane and accessories, and versatility in their attachment methods that may be used on a variety of commercial building applications.

SPS provides maximum freedom of choice in roof design, performance and appearance to suit new construction and refurbishment. In addition to providing a durable and watertight membrane roofing system, many SPS sheets are furnished from the factory with a highly-reflective “cool roof” surface that becomes part of an energy efficient building envelope system. Cool roof systems reflect rays of the sun, reducing building cooling costs.

Benefits of Single-ply Roofing:

  • Proven track record of performance
  • Broad range of application methods
  • Available as part of a “Class A” fire-rated roofing system
  • With insulation, provides an even better-performing building component
  • Wide choice of top-coatings, including “Cool Roofing” options
  • Superior waterproofing characteristics
  • High tensile-strength
  • Competitive life-cycle cost
  • Long-term warranties are available with many BUR systems

 

Built-Up Roofing (BUR)

Built-Up Roofing (BUR) is one of the oldest and most reliable commercial roofing systems for buildings with low-slope or “flat” roof structures. Started in the 1840’s, these roof systems are often referred to as “tar and gravel” roofs. BUR consists of multiple plies of roof felts laminated together with bitumen. BUR consists of bitumen-saturated organic-fiber, fiberglass, or polyester felt. A top-surfacing or a glaze coat of asphalt, aggregate (gravel or slag), fibered, or non-fibered coatings engineered for roof coating, or a granule-surfaced cap sheet.

BUR may be designed and specified to meet a broad range of building waterproofing applications, depending on the needs of the building owner. These systems range from very basic systems designed to be vigorously maintained to upper-end systems that are constructed to qualify for a manufacturer’s warranty. Roofing manufacturers, working in close coordination with roofing contractors, will write long-term warranties for building owners based on specific design criteria. Some warranties even qualify for decades of “full-value” labor and materials coverage. Beacon Roofing Supply commercial roofing specialists can furnish you with more details and refer you to one of our many contracting professionals.

Over the years, BUR has earned a great reputation with building owners, architects, engineers, roofing product manufacturers and commercial roofing contractors. The original cost of a BUR system may be greater than other low-slope applications, but when taking the long view, BUR often comes out a winner. BUR enjoys a track record that is over 150 years old, provides a thick, durable roof covering, may be used in a broad range of building waterproofing applications, and after many years of service may be maintained and repaired for extended life (many other systems must be completely replaced).

Benefits of Built Up Roofing

  • Proven track record of performance
  • Broad range of application methods
  • Available as part of a fire, wind, and/or hail rated roofing system
  • Wide choice of top-surfacing, including “Cool Roofing” options
  • With insulation, provides an even better-performing building component
  • Superior waterproofing characteristics
  • High tensile-strength
  • Competitive life-cycle cost
  • Long-term warranties are available with many BUR systems

 

Modified Bitumen

Modified Bitumen (MB) roofing is an asphalt-based, close cousin of the Built-up-Roof (BUR) designed for buildings with low-slope or “flat” roof structures. Engineered modified bitumen roofing membranes originated in Europe in the mid 1960’s and have been used successfully in the United States and Canada since approximately 1975.

Increased resistance to brittleness at cold temperatures, greater flow resistance at high temperatures, and increased elasticity can be achieved by blending synthetic rubberized polymers with asphalt in lieu of modification by the blowing process used for BUR asphalt. There are numerous surfacing options for this system which include a factory applied mineral surface, gravel surface, including “cool roof” coatings which are highly-reflective to save on building cooling costs. Mineral-surfaced MB products are typically furnished with white granules, but are also available in designer colors to match asphalt shingles or to otherwise compliment the building design.

MB gives designers and installers an even broader array of options than BUR. MB may be installed by the torch-application method, or “hot-mopped” like BUR, or applied with “cold-process” adhesives. The latest innovation with MB is the self-adhering sheet. Using special combinations of polymers to modify the underside of the MB sheet, the rolls are manufactured with a release paper. The installer removes the release paper and as the sheet is rolled out, it adheres itself to the substrate. This method eliminates the risks associated with the use of torches, hot asphalt, and is completely free of VOC (volatile organic chemicals) fumes during and after application.

Benefits of Modified Bitumen Roofing

  • Proven track record of performance
  • Superior waterproofing characteristics
  • Broad range of application methods
  • Wide choice of top-surfacing, including “Cool Roofing” options
  • With insulation, provides an even better-performing building component
  • High tensile-strength
  • Available as part of a fire, wind, and/or hail rated roofing system
  • Competitive life-cycle cost
  • Available with flame-free and VOC-free installation
  • Long-term warranties are available with many MB systems

 

Siding

New siding can improve the value and curb appeal of a home.
There are three main types of exterior residential siding; vinyl siding, fiber cement siding and wood siding.
Beacon Roofing Supply offers a broad range of siding products and accessories. Our helpful staff can provide current siding samples, brochures and application instructions from leading siding manufacturers.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl Siding is made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and is known for being cost effective, durable and maintenance free. U.S. Census Bureau statistics indicate vinyl is the choice two out of three times for re-siding a single family home.

Vinyl siding is sold in a variety of colors, textures and shapes. It can either replace existing exterior siding or be installed over older siding.

The wide variety of vinyl siding systems includes horizontal and vertical siding; traditional clapboard and authentically detailed “shaped” sidings; wide and narrow panel exposures; and smooth, subtle and deep wood grain textures. Most of these are available in a wide assortment of traditional and contemporary colors.

Fiber Cement

Fiber Cement siding is another popular residing option because of its durabiolity, appearance and length of warranty. Fiber Cement siding is termite-resistant, non-combustible and looks, feels, and installs like wood.

Fiber cement siding comes in a variety of styles and colors from the factory, making it a very easy product to match the desired apearance of any project.

Additionally, Fiber Cement siding is a very durable product that can be used in both warm and cold climates. Many warranties of this product coffer up to a 50-year warranty against manufacturing defects

Wood Siding

Wood siding adds a rich, natural look to a home. It is made from a variety of wood species, including cedar, pine, spruce, redwood and cedar.

Cedar is a good choice for exterior building applications because of its appearance and durability. Cedar is naturally resistant to decay and insect damage. Red cedar and white cedar are both popular depending on the application. The relatively new panelized cedar clapboards make cedar siding easier to install, more affordable for the owner, and more profitable for the contractor.

A good wood siding installation should last for many, many years if it is properly maintained. Proper maintenance includes power washing, staining and sealing when the sun and the elements fade the finish, or mold or mildew occur.