- Modified Bitumen
- Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer (EPDM)
- Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
- Themoplastic Olefin (TPO)
Flat roofs are among the most affordable roofs over time and they can be installed on commercial buildings and residential properties alike. The four types of single-ply flat roofs are:
Tile roofing is an ideal choice for Phoenix home owners.
Tile roofing offers the most functionally of all commonly installed roofing materials: it looks great with many design options, and it stands up to the Arizona sun. If installed properly, a tile roof can last upwards of 50 years.
There Are Two Types of Asphalt Shingles
Everything you need to know about asphalt shingles before you install your next roof.
Ironically, he watched us install his neighbor's roof, a year before finding us online.
Before you begin searching for a roofing contractor, here's what you need to know.
Before installing a new roof, be sure it's necessary. Replacing your home’s roof is one of the largest repair investments you'll make, and it can take upwards of 3 – 4 weeks.
In some cases, a roof can be fixed with a few patches and be just fine for another five years. It’s always best to seek-out a roofing contractor by way of referral to obtain a professional opinion you can trust as to replacing VS repairing.
So, the time has come for a new roof.
Replacing a shingle roof in Phoenix varies in cost, the two key factors which affect price are size and difficulty.
Size is self-explanatory: the larger the surface, the more materials and time need. The other factor that affects price is the level of difficultly; this is not as clear cut. Below I’ll breakdown the elements which increase a project's difficulty.
But first, let’s talk about what you’re most interested in: how much?
Here at Estrella Roofing our average cost of a shingle re-roofing project is $8,500.
Now that you have a ballpark cost, let's look at the variables which dictate the difference between a $7,000 and $12,000 re-roofing shingle installation.
Rancho Santa Fe in Avondale, AZ | A Re-roofing Case Study
I encourage customers to leave reviews online about their experience with my company. However, it’s hard to beat word-of-mouth referrals from family, a friend or even a neighbor. Here is a quick look at the job we completed for a customer who contacted us because we were referred to them by his neighbor.
In no particular order, here are my favorite green roofs from around world.
Green roofs have picked up in popularity over the last 10 years, however, it is a centuries old practice. There's no doubt that green roofs are the way of the future. Green roofs are not only environmental friendly, but here in Phoenix, AZ, they offer the ability to: reduce cooling cost, increases local wildlife that we have removed from our deserts to build homes, and is a great way to filter rain water. Here are my favorite green roofs from around the globe.
My Picks for the Best Environmental Friendly Roofs
1. The Green Sky Garden Roof
You can find this residential roof on an island near Singapore known as Sentosa. The 50,000 sqft roof is designed to be seen, with its slopes and angles showing off the gardens and shrubbery.
2. Dani Ridge Green Roof
With a private road leading up to this custom home it is the ultimate vacation home. Designed to be part of its surrounding landscape as an area was dug out of the mountain to place the home directly inside of it. Rolling meadows is part of this home's roof.
3. Green Home in Brussels
Nothing less than a home built for an artist. The exterior vegetation started out with a wall of ivy with a cooper roof, however it is now comprised of hand picked exotic plants. Vertical PVC panels feed all the needed nutrients to the green walls and roof.
4. Nanyang School of Art
What better roof for a art school. This school is located in Singapore and it's roof is so spectacular that you cant tell were the natural environment ends and the roof begins.
5. OUTrial Home
Surrounded by forest this home could pass for a tree house in the woods. Linking the home to the greenery nearby is done through the curved atrium.
6. California Academy of Sciences
This monumental building required the demolition of other great historic buildings in the Golden Gate Park. Designed to be the home for Exhibition Education, Conservation and Research all under one green roof. The cutting edge structure was developed from green materials and pieces from older demolished buildings. This sets the tone for a structure that shows off its sustainability to thousands of people each week.
7. Mill Valley Green Roof Cabins
Located in the northern forests of California, are the Cabins of Mill Valley. These cabins are designed to serve as homes for art and yoga studios. Designed to blend in with its surroundings, the lower roof is a live garden, which is looked down on from the upper building.
8. Forum Homini
Located in the heart of South Africa designed by Activate Architects
9. Vancouver Convention Center
This living roof isn't the only substantial and green feature of this convention center. It is also fully equipped with seawater heating and cooling system, a built in water treatment and fish habitat.
10. Hillside Green Roof in California
Designed by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects
Top 10 Extravagant Green Roofs
by: Juan Luis Leon Lopez, Owner of Estrella Roofing in Phoenix, AZ
Here at Estrella Roofing we have always used green environmental friendly roofing materials. Installing a true green roof can range from $15 - $20 per square foot. If you are interested in learning more about green roofing technologies or installation contact me directly at 602-373-4313.
If you own a home or building in Phoenix, AZ you should consider a COOL ROOF.
My last article was about a newly invented material that is designed so well it will keep your roof cooler than the outside temperature. This was my inspiration for taking a quick second to explain what a Cool Roof is, and why it’s relevant for us here in the Valley of the Sun.
What is a Cool Roof?
A cool roof is simply a roof that reflects the sun better than, say, a standard shingle roof. The other qualification for a cool roof, is that it must redirect its heat, or technically speaking, its radiation.
The concept is very similar to wearing black in Arizona. If you wear something white instead, you will stay much cooler. This is because white reflects more of the AZ sun, as a result it absorbs less heat. However, Cool Roof’s come in many different colors, as there are a variety of cool roofing materials to choose from.
These are the two key elements that comprise a Cool Roof:
Here’s a practical look at how this plays out.
As a consumer, in the market for a Cool Roof, you are mostly concerned with the CRRC rating. This is a standard set by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC).
By having a Cool Roof you can expect to keep your home or building much cooler. Meaning, your AC is working less – leaving you with a smaller electric bill at the end of the month. Additionally, you can expect to see less maintenance cost over your roof’s lifetime; speaking of lifetime, you can expect a longer one with a Cool Roof.
Cool Roofs for Phoenix, AZ Home or Building Owners
By: Juan Luis Leon Lopez, Owner of Estrella Roofing in Phoenix, AZ
For additional resources on cool roofing materials:
What You Need To Know Before Hiring a Roofing Contractor in Phoenix
As a roofing contractor in Phoenix for over 15 years, I have heard my share of nightmare stories from homeowners. These horror stories range from, basic roof leak repairs to full on reroofing projects gone bad.
Summertime is when many people in the Valley of the Sun choose to hire a roofing company, with that being said, I will use this news post to provide a few tips on:
1. How to select a roofing contractor
Here are a few tips to help you get the most lifetime out of your roof and avoid an unpleasant roofing experience.
2. Selecting the Correct Roofing Type
Okay, so you have choose the roofing contractor to install your new roof, here's a look at the most common roofs.
The roofing installation plays a big role in the lifetime of your roof. Therefore, finding a competent licensed roofing contractor and selecting quality materials is imperative.
Proper ongoing upkeep can extend the lifetime of your roof.
This consists of keeping the valley of your roof clean including gutters. The buildup of leaves and debris will decrease the lifetime of your roof. Many people often overlook the importance of cleaning the roof’s gutters. When the gutters become clogged you can assume that water is backing up and keeping your roofing tiles/shingles moist longer than necessary. Granted, this isn’t as a big of an issue for us here in Phoenix, but it’s still important to keep your roof free of buildup and debris.
Lastly, a properly insulated and vented attic will help extend the lifetime of your roof. One more final tip: make sure that your roof is only walked on when absolutely necessary – especially if you have a tile roof.
How to select a roofing contractor and roofing material in Phoenix, AZ.
by: Juan Luis Leon Lopez, Owner of Estrella Roofing in Phoenix, AZ
Here at Estrella Roofing we strive to be the preferred roofing contractor for residential and commercial roofing. I personally facilitate each bid and/or project. I have done business this way since I began Estrella Roofing Company over six years ago. It's this approach, and dedication to customer satisfaction that has powered much of the growth we have seen over the last three years. Contact me today for a free quote or consultation. I look forward to speaking with you.
For additional information on selecting a roofing material type please see these links:
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