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Phoenix Roofing Supplies

For most of us in the metro Phoenix area, the roof is an afterthought — at least until it starts to leak or the monsoons are coming. Then we realize how critical that our shingle, metal, tile, foam or roof coating surface of our building’s exterior really is. It’s been abused by the suns UV rays almost everyday. Yet, as well as keeping the structure dry, the roof type can contribute greatly to the look of the building, so when building a new structure, adding on, or re-roofing, it may pay to consider; Triangle Roofing Company for all your residential and commercial metro Phoenix roofing supplies.

Right now there are more Triangle roofing supplies in the marketplace than ever, so choosing one is tough.

The choices range from wood shakes, shingles, metal and tile for pitched roofs. Plus, foam and coating restorations for flat roofs.

The most important trend to note, however, is that as with Phoenix roofing supplies in general, there is an increasing move towards engineered roofing materials in Phoenix. This change is being driven by a few different factors. One is simply the high cost of roofing supplies. The second is that in many cases, Many Phoenix codes now mandate the use of fireproof roofing materials. And third, people understandably want to build with roofing supplies  that not only look good but also have very long roof life cycle.

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The roofing company supplies we all see the most of these days in — the one that covers the roofs of a great majority of houses across Phoenix metro area — is the standard concrete tile. One of the least-expensive roofing options and best life cycle, concrete tiles are available in a dozens or so different colors both solid and blended. The concrete roofing tile products being made today are usually guaranteed for 20, or in some cases 30 years, making them an excellent value. Value is the principal advantage of this roofing material, which explains it's commonality.

The disadvantage, however, if there could be said to be one, is the fact that it is so common. See our full line of tile shingles and foam roof coating today!

The next upgrade from a standard concrete roofing tile is a variation called clay or sand cast tile. These tiles are built up to be pans and tops, staggered to give them a heavier, more substantial or "architectural" look. In some colors they resemble slate, and in other colors wood shakes. We used Redlands tile on our Phoenix house. With only a modest upgrade in cost and up to a 30-year guarantee, clay tile also represent an excellent value with an added touch of style.

Shingles Slate and Shake

Shingles, Shakes...
For looks, it is hard to beat a wood shingle roof. Over time it weathers out to a gray or soft silver that seems to root the house to the landscape. Several species are used: Western Red Cedar, Alaskan Yellow Cedar and Eastern White Cedar.

Shingles are relatively smooth and cut to a uniform thickness, although they vary in width. Wood shakes are thicker and rougher, being split rather than sawn from the logs. Wood roofs are meant to breathe and should be laid over a substrate that allows air to circulate behind them: skip sheathing — wood strips or battens nailed directly to the roof rafters — is the traditional method of installing a wood shingle roof.

About 10 years ago we began using a plastic matrix product that is something like a scrubby pad, which allows air to circulate behind the shingles. This product can be laid on top of a building-paper-coated plywood roof deck, making it ideal for a retrofit. Another method of getting air circulation behind the shingles is to lay them on pressure-treated lattice.

For all their great looks, shakes are expensive to install and do require some periodic maintenance, typically in the form of washing to remove any mildew or moss, and then re-oiling with a clear wood finishing product. On our current Shingle-style project here in Scottsdale, AZ we're using a wood shingle that is new to us: pressure-treated Southern Yellow Pine, which grays out in a few years to resemble a cedar roof and is said to require no maintenance at all.

A properly installed and maintained wood roof should last at least 30 to 50 years. In fact, we have seen roofs on which the shingles were still good after 25 years or so, but the galvanized nails were finally rusting, so be sure to use a high-quality stainless-steel nail!

Our Craftsman-style bungalow in Phoenix, Arizona, would have been clad in a combination of wood shingles and shakes, because the building needed that shaggy rough-hewn appearance to look authentic. However, because of fire danger, local phoenix codes now require all roofing materials to be fireproof. Accordingly, we used a heavy architectural asphalt shingle on the roof, and a cementitious shingle manufactured to look like a wood shake for the side walls -- although they are suitable for use on the roof as well. Use of these "fake" shakes is rapidly increasing; both because they satisfy the strict fire codes in Arizona and because they are long lived and require no roof maintenance.

Slate weight and cost of slate, these shingles can be installed using standard tools and techniques. From the street, the discerning eye might be able to tell the difference between engineered and the real McCoy, but most of us would be very house-proud with one of these roofs on our homes. Plus, these roof shingles are guaranteed to last for as long as 50 years.

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Metal roofs, in the form of standing seam, shingles, Bermuda, corrugated, galvanized sheets and architectural panels, have been a standard feature of custom homes, sheds and other government and office buildings for years. This type of roof is rugged, long lasting — perfect for a commercial application.

On the other end of the spectrum is a copper roof, elegant enough to grace the country's finest custom homes and public buildings. Graceful bay and bow windows are often roofed with sheet copper soldered at the seams. Larger expanses of roof are covered using the architectural panels "standing-seam" method, in which one sheet joins with its parallel mate via an interlocking, water tight seam.

Metal roofing is a great choice for a house in upper Arizona, as well as in metro Phoenix area. Fortunately, in terms of products available, there is much to choose from between the galvanized low-end and the copper high-end. On our project, we used a formed-in-place, standing-seam steel roof on the workshop addition to the barn. While not as dear as copper, this roof was expensive — and beautiful.

There are a variety of powder-coated steel roof "systems" on the market, some very cost-effective variations on the galvanized sheet-steel theme. Others are factory-built standing-seam roofs, custom made to your house or barn and installed by a roofing contractor. The advantage of these roofing supplies is that they require no special fabricating equipment and can be installed by any qualified contractor. (I am even considering using one on the shed I have to build in Arizona.)

In addition to standing-seam roofs, several types of metal shingles are also available. One, an interlocking tin shingle we used on the roof at our north Scottsdale project. Another variation commercially available nationwide is an interlocking copper shingle.

Regardless of the roof type you choose, in general, a properly installed metal roof should last you at least 50 years.

Concrete Roof Tiles

Concrete tile roofs are found throughout the Phoenix and the lower part of the state. — And of course in the Frank Lloyd Wright influenced architecture around Arizona. Barrel tiles, the most common type of concrete tile, resemble half cylinders about 16 inches long. In the old days they were individually made by hand, their tapered shape achieved by forming the clay over the top of the thigh. We actually used some of these handmade tiles on our renovation of a hail-damaged. And more recently, we used high-quality reproduction barrel tiles on our Phoenix project.

Tile roofs are quite heavy, so the roof framing must be stout enough to support the load. Waterproofing is achieved via a waterproof membrane 40lbs underlayment with a 90lbs cap sheet laid directly on the roof sheathing. Then the clay tiles are laid one by one in a pad of mortar. Tiles turned upside down form a trough, which is then covered by tiles laid right side up. The whole process is quite labor intensive, which makes an authentic tile roof quite expensive -- about $1,000 per 10x10-foot square, or about three times the cost of a standard three-tab shingle job.

Clay Roof Tiles

In addition to barrel tiles there are a number of variations of clay roof tiles. Some are shaped like thick shingles, some like slates. A high-quality tile will be hard-fired and will not absorb moisture that could fracture the tile when frozen. Thus such tiles are suitable for northern climates. All high-quality tile roofs are expensive, both in terms of the material and the installation, and so clay tile roofs are fairly rare.

Yet in the long run the most expensive might be the most cost effective, since you can expect to get 60 to 80 years or even more out of a well installed tile roof. I know of a hard-fired clay shingle roof on a mountainside mansion not far from one of our current project in Phoenix.

Let Triangle Roofing Company supply a full line of commercial and residential systems for your project; concrete or clay tiles in standard colors or blended, shingles in metal and asphalt, and plus our foam and roof coatings.

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