Sutter Roofing & Sheet Metal has installed literally thousands of asphalt shingle roofs here in our community and home, Sonoma County. Asphalt shingles are the material most often used and offer the most value. The best bang for the buck you could say. They come with long term warranties and are much less expensive than other more traditional roofing products such as tile, slate or wood shakes.
Because of their affordability, they had a reputation of being of lesser quality but we know better. Modern asphalt shingles are now being installed on every type of home and there are countless new styles and designs of asphalt shingles for just about everyone’s taste.
We are proud to offer complete roofing systems by GAF and Owens Corning. A complete roofing system is more than just shingles. The functionality of any roof depends on the entire system of roofing components working and performing together. These components include: shingles, hip and ridge shingles, underlayment, ventilation, insulation, gutter system and leaf protection. We are proud to offer GAF and Owens Corning because they offer complete systems that have been designed to work together for superior, long-term protection, and have been proven on millions of homes.
Tile roofing has been around for over a thousand years, originally from China. Europeans brought the tile tradition with them to America. It is still one of the most popular roofing styles today. Many different types of tile can be seen on houses in Sonoma County these systems are fire proof, they look great, and they can literally last a life time. We install all types.
If you currently have a tile roof and it needs to be re-roofed due to poor design or workmanship, we usually can save the tile and costs. The underlayment, metal and flashings can be replaced and then the tile goes back on.
Tile roof repairs can go a long way and our team will assess your specific situation and make recommendations for the best course of action. Some of the older tile roofing systems have mortar around all of the pipe jacks. This mortar eventually goes bad and your roof isn’t watertight anymore. This water damage can be very expensive. The mortar around the flue vents and pipe jacks can be replaced with lead flashings and give your roof many more years of life. Simply replacing the mortar before it becomes a problem can save you thousands of dollars.
Built Up (Tar & Gravel)
Hot Tar and Gravel – The Low Sloped Roof!
Many homes and commercial buildings have low sloped roofs. Asphalt Shingles are not suited for these types of applications. Tar and gravel is a common roofing solution for low sloped or flat roof applications. Also known as “built up” built up roofing systems are layers of asphalt and paper fastened to the roof with hot asphalt. The entire area is then coated with hot asphalt and covered with gravel. Built up roofing systems last about 15 to 25 years – our team has over 35 years of experience applying tar and gravel roofing systems.
Your roof is like a duck! Ducks have feathers, and the feathers are installed so that the feathers, above overlap feathers below. The arrangement of the feathers keeps the duck dry. Just like the saying “like water off a duck’s back”. Water very effectively roll’s off the duck’s back because the feathers are placed just right. Just like shingles on a roof. A low sloped or flat roof doesn’t work this way. Some roofs shed water out and some roofs seal water out. A flat roof is more like a balloon it’s made of one continuous membrane that stretches from one end of the roof to the other.
Energy Star Qualified Roofing Systems
Americans spend over $40 billion dollars every year on air conditioning costs. It is one-sixth of all of the energy used in this country.
Energy Star qualified roofing products such as the Cool Roof asphalt shingle, reflect the sun’s rays. This shingle can lower the roof surface temperature nearly 100 degrees. If you have a cooler roof surface, you have a cooler attic. Energy Star qualified Cool Roofs can reduce the amount of air conditioning use by up to 15 %. If you are re-roofing your home or building a new one, an Energy Star qualified Cool Roof is an excellent investment for your home.