Textured Slate Roof

A Guide To Different Kinds Of Slate Roofs

Slate was historically one of the most popular roofing materials in North America. It has long been renowned for its durability and longevity, and if you take a drive through the rural Northeast, you are more than likely to see a few roofs with the year of their construction built into the roof itself. When most homeowners imagine a slate roof, they imagine a home that is topped with gray stone, which is generally the most common style of slate that homeowners choose to install. However, there are many other kinds of slate roofing, as different slate mines produce different kinds of slate. The three main producers of slate in the United States today are Vermont, Pennslyvania, and Virginia, and a bit comes from upstate New York as well. These different regions produce a variety of colors and styles which makes it easy to customize a slate roof to your liking! Keep reading below to learn a bit more about the different styles of slate roofs!

Uniform Slate Roof

Likely the most common style, a uniform slate roof is simply constructed of square-cut, dark gray slate that is laid horizontally and aligned evenly. This is the standard style for a slate roof, but some homeowners opt for different styles.

Random-Width Roof

Another style of slate roof that is seen on occasion is the random width roof style of roof, which is essentially a variation of the uniform slate where the tiles are constructed of different widths but still laid uniformly.

Textured Slate Roof

A step up from random-width, textured slate is a popular style of slate roof that is comprised of rough cut slate tiles that are all different widths, textures, and lengths, which creates a unique texture to the roof that cannot be replicated.

Multi-Colored Slate Roof

A popular style of slate roof is the multi-colored style of roof that is comprised of different lots of slate. They are often staggered to create a pattern in the slate itself, and the many homeowners love the look of the multi-colored slate.

Patterned Slate Roof

Finally, one of the most common styles of slate roof in rural America is the patterned slate roof. A patterned roof is constructed by adding a flare of personal touch to a traditional uniform slate roof. One of the most common styles is when a slate roof has the year of its construction built into the roof with different colored slate shingles. However, the pattern can be more subtle than that, with hints of color spread across the roof that create accents. Other designs may be built into the roof, such as names, or geometric designs. These are one of the most beautiful styles of slate roof.

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If you’re interested in installing a slate roof on your home, reach out to our team today for more information about our services. We can be reached over the phone at (401) 255-2003 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your slate roofing installation needs!

Man inspecting his chimeny

How To Spot A Roofing Scam

When it comes to your home, your roof is arguably the single most important piece of your home’s exterior. Your roof provides a number of benefits for your home, including protecting your home from the elements and pests, providing an additional layer of insulation, and also improving your home’s curb appeal and resale value. With so much to gain from having a properly installed roof, it is essential to ensure that yours is kept in good repair! However, from time to time, bad contractors will try to take advantage of this, convincing you that your roof is in bad repair to make repairs when it is still in good shape! However, it can be difficult to identify whether someone is trying to scam you! If you’re interested in learning more about roofing scams, take a look at our blog to learn how to spot one so you don’t get taken advantage of!

Storm Chasers

One of the most common roofing scams that homeowners run into is storm chasers. These scammers wait until an area is hit by a high-impact storm, such as extreme winds or hail storms, and then roll through the town going door-to-door to sell their roofing services.  These roofers will show up to your door insisting that your roof needs to be replaced immediately, as it was damaged in the stormy weather. However, the installation itself will be shoddy, as they roll through the town installing as many roofs as possible before leaving. Your roof will far sooner than a typical roof replacement, and you won’t have any way to contact the roofers once they leave.

Large Down Payments

Another tactic used by scammers is, whether it is a door-to-door cold pitch or you called them for an estimate, is to demand a large down-payment before work begins, perhaps under the rouse that the rates will go up if you don’t lock in on that particular day and appointment. This may not be a red flag to homeowners at first as most roofers will require a down-payment before they begin work. However, the down payment that these roofers request will be an unusually large percentage and they will insist that you pay it that day. After collecting this check you will never hear from them again. If your contractor is every demanding an unusually large downpayment, be sure to properly vet them before handing over the check!

The Door-to-Door Salesman

Finally, some contractors will attempt to go door-to-door, cold pitching roofs to homeowners who don’t need them. Oftentimes, these homeowners use the fear tactic to make a homeowner scared that their roof is on the verge of failing when the roof is actually in good repair. Furthermore, these contractors will often insist they get on your roof to take a look, where they will create damage on your roof just for the sake of repair. If a contractor shows up on your door asking to get on your roof, at the very least ensure that you get a name, address, way to contact, and copy of their insurance information to make sure they are who they say they are. However, anyone coming to your door trying to cold pitch you a new roof is most likely a scammer!

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If you need to replace your home’s roof, our team is ready to assist! We can be reached over the phone at (401) 255-2003 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roof replacement needs!

 

Roof Replacement

Best Season To Replace Your Roof

Your home’s roof is arguably the single most important piece of your home’s exterior. It provides a number of benefits for your home, including increasing your home’s curb appeal and resale value, as well as it’s most important function, which is protecting your home from the elements and pests. If you’re considering replacing your home’s roof, you may be wondering which season is the best for the replacement. Take a look at our guide to learn more about which season is the best for replacing your roof.

Winter

Let’s start with the obvious; if you can avoid it, you shouldn’t replace your roof in the winter.  While it’s certainly possible to replace your roof in the winter and have it go off without a hitch, generally replacing a roof in the winter is a difficult task that should be avoided, particularly is there is any snowfall.  The cold weather can make it difficult for adhesives to adhere to your roof, but if there is also an element of moisture involved it will make the process incredibly difficult, if not downright impossible.  Avoid a winter roof replacement when possible. However, if spot repairs need to be made to stop a leak from causing damage, that can be patched until a more opportune time occurs.

Spring/Summer

This one can be a toss-up as the weather in the spring and summer can be a mixed bag. If you have time to schedule your roof replacement early in spring, you may be able to avoid the rush of work that begins in the summer and continues to pick up through the end of the season. However, if the spring months are particularly rainy, it may be difficult for a crew to come to assist with your roof replacement.

Early in the summer is a good time to have your roof replaced as well, as contractors tend to get busier as the season goes on. The earlier you schedule an appointment, the more likely you are to have your roof replaced in a timely manner. However, if you can wait until the end of the summer season, around late August or September, the wait times tend to be a bit better, as long as you can avoid the humid, late summer heat waves that can make it difficult for contractors to work on your roof.

Fall

The fall season is often the best season to have your roof replaced. Generally, the weather is temperate enough to work long days on the roof, and the precipitation is reasonably mild, meaning that the climate is perfect for the replacement. If you’re considering replacing your home’s roof, fall is often the best season!

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If you’re interested in replacing your home’s roof, our team is ready to assist! Feel free to reach out to our team today at (401) 255-2003 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roof replacement needs!

Spring Gutter Maintenance

Spring Roof Maintenance

Now that spring is in full swing in New England, homeowners roofs are being exposed to spring showers and windy days. With all of the snow finally gone, it is important to examine your home’s roof and take stock of whether it’s in need of any repairs or maintenance. If you’ve been wondering what you should be searching for on your home’s roof this spring, take a look at our blog to learn more!

Check Your Gutters

One of the first areas you should examine within your roofing system this spring is your gutters. Your gutters are often overlooked but they serve a huge purpose for your home’s health, directing water away from your home! Having clogged, overflowing gutters can cause significant water damage around the foundation of your home, the edges of your shingle system, your fascia boards or your siding! It is important to clean your gutters at least twice a year to ensure that they are functioning properly.  Allowing your gutters to overflow could end up causing expensive repairs!

Examine Your Shingles

The next thing you should examine is your shingles themselves. You should keep an eye out for a number of things, including broken or missing shingles, warping, curling, cracking, or missing granules.

If your shingles are missing or broken, your roof deck and underlayment will be exposed, which could end up leading to significant water damage within your home.  The same is true of any warped, curled, or cracking shingles, which all allow water damage to a degree. As for the missing granules, they serve the purpose of adding an additional layer of fire resistance, as well as protecting the asphalt coating from UV rays. If your shingles appear to be damaged, or if your shingles are missing all of their granules, you will need to have your roofing system examined or potentially replaced!

Debris, Moss, & Algae On Your Roof

When it comes to removing debris from your roof, you should only be concerned if there is a significant layer of debris on your roof. A thick layer of leaves or pine needles could hold a considerable amount of moisture against your roofing system where it could cause significant damage. If you have a significant amount of debris on your roof, you should have it removed. However, if it is just a few leaves here and there, that is nothing to worry about.

As for moss and algae, these pose the same risks as debris.  They can hold moisture against your roof, which can cause water damage, particularly if left to freeze against your roof during the winter. The easiest way to get rid of pesky moss and algae is to spray it with a mixture of bleach and water and let it sit, which will get rid of the unwanted tenants on your roof!

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Finally, after completing your spring roof maintenance, you may find that your roof is in need of replacement. If you’re interested in having your roof replaced this spring, reach out to our team today at (401) 255-2003 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you!

Decaying Asphalt Shingle Roof

Signs You Need To Replace Your Shingle Roof

Your roof is one of the most important pieces of your home’s exterior.  It acts as your home’s first line of defense against the elements and helps to keep your home protected no matter what Mother Nature has to throw at it.  If you’ve been wondering whether your asphalt shingle roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, take a look at our blog to learn about the signs that your roof is nearing the end of its life that you may have missed!

Missing Shingles

Perhaps the most obvious sign that your home is in need of a roof replacement is when you see that your roof is missing shingles.  If you have gaps in your roof where there are no shingles, that area will easily become water-logged, which will eventually make its way into the frame of your home. Once you have water damage in your home’s frame, you can expect to face expensive repairs.  Avoid scrambling to deal with water damage by fixing your home’s missing shingles.

Curled or Warping Shingles

Another clear sign that your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan is when you see that your shingles are warping or curling around the edges.  A curled shingle will not keep your roof protected as well as a layer of shingles that are laid over the top of one another. Consider the fact that if a shingle is curled up around the edges, it will allow water to easily penetrate the roof deck where it can cause significant water damage.

Missing Granules

If you find that your gutters or lawn is filled with granules, you should consider replacing your roof in the near future.  Granules offer a number of benefits for your shingles, including protecting your shingles from UV rays, and providing additional layers of fire resistance.  Furthermore, if your shingles are losing granules, it is generally a sign that your shingles are nearing the end of their lifespan anyways and may begin to curl, warp, crack or break, in which case a roof replacement is necessary.

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Do you need to replace your home’s asphalt shingle roof this spring? Reach out to our team at Rhode Island Slate Roofing today to get started! We can be reached over the phone at (401) 255-2003 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roof replacement needs!

Slate Roofing Fire Resistant

Fire Resistant Roofing Materials

When homeowners install a new roof on their homes, they do so to help keep their home protected from the elements, such as wind and precipitation.  One aspect of protection that we don’t often consider in the Northeast is fire resistance.  Since we don’t often see natural wildfires in the Northeast, a fire resistant roof isn’t as obvious of a concern or required piece of home construction as it is on the west coast where wildfires a part of everyday life.  However, disaster isn’t picky, and just because there are few wildfires in the Northeast doesn’t mean that home’s don’t burn down. If you’re replacing your home’s roof in the near future, consider installing one of these fire-proof roofing materials:

Slate

One of the truly timeless materials, slate is a distinguished roofing shingle chosen for some of the most magnificent homes around the world for the beauty it provides.  It is a durable, long-lasting material that earns a class A fire rating, meaning it is non-combustible.  Whether you opt for hard or soft slate, both versions offer complete fire resistance.

Clay Tile

Clay tile is another unconventional roofing material that isn’t often seen in the Northeast.  Clay tiles are far more common in the Southwestern United States, but they are still used in the Northeast for the beautiful curb appeal they provide for homes. In addition to their aesthetics, clay tiles are also extremely durable and fully fire resistant.  The only way fire can penetrate your roof through clay tiles is by slipping underneath the grooves in the “S-style” shingles that are commonly used.

Fiberglass-Based Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the single most common roofing material used in the United States. In fact, they comprise roughly 80% of the roofing market in the United States.  They are so widespread due to low manufacturing and installation costs, which has made them extremely popular with North American homeowners.  When it comes to asphalt, not all shingles are made the same.  While some shingles are not as fire resistant as the next, it is easily possible to obtain asphalt shingles that hold Class A fire resistance, meaning they will never blow into bits and pieces or create small, burning embers. Always be sure to check any shingles fire-resistance rating before installation, but it is fully possible to obtain fire resistant asphalt shingles.

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Interested in learning more about the fire suppressing benefits of different roofing materials? Perhaps you want to install a more fire-resistant roofing material on your home? Reach out to our team for more information at (401) 255-2003 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Clay Tile Roofing

Benefits of Clay Tile Roofing

When homeowners imagine replacing their roofs, one of the first things that comes to mind for most is asphalt shingles.  They are the standard of the North American roofing industry and most homeowners choose to have them installed on their homes. However, there are many other materials that homeowners trust to protect their homes, from rubber, to metal, to slate.  One option that’s a bit less conventional is clay tile roofing.  Clay makes a wonderful roofing option that more homeowners may want to consider for their homes.  Take a look at the benefits that clay tile roofing offers below:

Aesthetics and Versatility

If you’ve been looking for a roofing material that will help your home stand out from the other homes on the street, clay tile is a wonderful choice.  It is an uncommon roofing option that isn’t seen very often in the Northeast.  This makes home’s with clay tile roofing very desirable and noteworthy.

Beyond the fact that it is an unconventional option which provides curb appeal, clay tiles are also available in a variety of colors, although many homeowners choose to install natural looking tiles. Clay tiles are highly customizable, from shape to color, which makes them a fantastic option if you have a particular aesthetic vision in mind for your home.

Energy Efficiency

Clay tiles are thick, which means they will help to regulate your home’s internal temperature.  If you are interested in installing a roofing material that can help cut down on your home’s energy bills, clay tiles are a great choice.

Environmentally Friendly

If you’re interested in installing an environmentally friendly roofing option, clay tiles are a great choice.  Unlike asphalt shingles which require the use of fossil fuels to manufacture, clay tiles are completely natural, and at the end of their lifespan they can be ground up, recycled, and re-purposed.

Durability

Tile roofs are one of the most durable, long-lasting roofing materials on the market, which makes them a fantastic option if you are interested in replacing your roof once and not having to worry about it again.  A well-installed clay tile roof can last up to a century in the right conditions.  Furthermore, clay tiles are known to withstand hail, fire, and high winds, which makes them a great option for windy Massachusetts.

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If you are interested in having clay tile roofing installed on your home this spring, reach out to our team at (401) 255-2003 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you!

Benefits of Slate Roofing

Slate roofing has been a popular roofing option for decades, and for good reason. It provides a number of benefits for the homes that choose to install them. Many homeowners are aware of the aesthetic benefits that a slate roof can provide for their home, but there are many other benefits that you may have overlooked.  Take a look at some of the benefits you may not have been aware of by reading below:

Durable/Longevity

Slate roofing is the most durable roofing material on the market.  Slate roofing can last for centuries if properly installed.  It is naturally fire-resistant, and cannot mold or rot. Slate is also resistant to frost damage, and won’t break from the cold, which can damage asphalt shingles. Your slate roof is has the potential to outlive the actual frame of your home if properly maintained. With an average lifespan of 75-200 years, you will only need to replace your roof once during your lifetime if you choose to install slate.  Compared to an asphalt roof, which may only last 20-30 years, slate is the far more durable option, even beyond its longevity.

Environmentally Friendly

If you are interested in installing an environmentally friendly roofing option, slate roofing is one of the best!  While asphalt shingles require the use of fossil fuels to manufacture, slate occurs naturally which means there is very little manufacturing required. It simply needs to be mined and cut to fit the homeowner’s preferences. In addition to its environmentally friendly manufacturing process, it is also fully recyclable at the end of its lifespan, making it a far greener option than asphalt shingles.

Aesthetics

Slate roofs look fantastic, providing a rustic charm to the homes on which they are installed. Slate is generally gray, black, or blue-gray, but it can be colored to fit nearly any aesthetic preference. It can also be cut into a variety of shapes, from rounded, to square, to rectangular, to less conventional options like a half moon. No matter what your style preferences are, you can find slate roofing to match your vision.

Low Maintenance

Due to its extreme durability, slate roofing requires very little maintenance.  Essentially the only maintenance you will ever need to perform on your slate roof is replacing shingles when they occasionally crack. They will withstand just about anything Mother Nature can throw at them, with the exception of heavy hail which can crack and break shingles. Otherwise, expect to perform very little maintenance on your slate roof!

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Interested in learning more about slate roofing, or perhaps install a slate roof of your own? Reach out to our team today at (401) 255-2003 or fill out our online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

 

 

Multi-Color Asphalt Roof

Pros & Cons of Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles have long reigned supreme as the most popular roofing material in North America.  However, with so many other roofing materials on the market, you may be wondering why asphalt shingles have remained in high demand for such a long period of time. If you are curious to learn more about the benefits and drawbacks that asphalt shingles can offer your home, take a look at our blog for more information!

Pros:

Economical

One of the biggest reasons that asphalt shingles are so popular is that they are the cheapest roofing option available. If you are interested in replacing your home’s roof on a budget, asphalt shingles are your best option.

Customizable

If you are interested in installing a roofing material that can fit any aesthetic style, asphalt shingles are arguably the best option. Asphalt shingles are highly customizable because there are so many asphalt shingle manufacturers producing them.  With so many different manufacturers, it is easy to find any color, or style of asphalt shingles.

Easy Installation

If you can find a contractor that installs roofing of any kind, there is a very good chance that they know how to install asphalt shingles. Easier to install than slate, metal, rubber, or most other roofing materials, it is generally easy to find a contractor who knows how to install an asphalt shingle roof. Furthermore, if your contractor ever goes out of business, having an asphalt shingle roof means that it will be easy to find another contractor who can help with maintenance.

Durable

Asphalt shingles stand up well to the elements, and are resistant to breaking, cracking, warping, which makes them a reliable option for protecting your home.  While they are not as durable as slate roofing, they are a decent option that you can install at a relatively low price point.

Cons:

Environmental Impact

The manufacturing of asphalt shingles requires the use of fossil fuels. Asphalt is a semi-solid petroleum product, which makes it an unsustainable roofing option from an environmental standpoint. Furthermore, while some roofing options may have a less than environmentally friendly manufacturing process, such as metal, they are completely recyclable at the end of their lifespan. While asphalt shingles should be recyclable in theory, in practice they account for an enormous portion of the United State annual waste, with some estimates placing the number as high as 5%.

Extreme Temperatures

Asphalt shingles don’t perform well in extreme heat. The heat can cause shingles to crack and fade. Furthermore, if your climates temperature fluctuates significantly, from freezing nights to scorching days, you may have issues with your asphalt shingles holding up to the temperature changes. It can also be difficult to install asphalt shingles during cold conditions.

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Interested in learning more about installing asphalt shingles on your home today? Reach out to our team at (401) 255-2003 or fill out our online contact form for more information!

A Guide to Different Types of Roofing

If you’re a homeowner, investing in a new roof for your house may very well be one of the most major remodeling decisions you ever make. After all, today’s roofs are designed to last a long time and after you spend that much money on something, you’re unlikely to want to replace it anytime in the near future! Due to this, it’s imperative for you to understand the various types of roofing that you can choose from these days. This guide outlines some popular options.

Asphalt Shingles 

Once one of the only affordable roofing options for American homeowners, asphalt shingles are still used on about ¾ of the homes in the United States. They are inexpensive, functional, and available in a wide variety of colors, making them the perfect choice for any budget and almost any style. It’s worth noting that modern manufacturers have begun creating “architectural shingles,” which are slightly more expensive but feature more depth and texture than traditional styles.

Metal 

Metal roofing was once thought of only as an option for commercial and agricultural buildings, like pole barns. In recent years, however, an increasing number of homeowners have begun putting metal roofs on their residences. Metal is extremely durable and, nowadays, comes in a wide range of shapes and styles. You can even get metal roofing that is cut to look similar to tiles or shingles.

Clay Tiles 

Significantly more expensive than either of the aforementioned roofing materials, clay tiles have an aesthetic that is nearly impossible to replicate. Although there are mass produced styles on the market today, many roofing tiles are still handcrafted by artisans. They often feature scalloped edges and look incredible on Mediterranean and Tuscan style homes. If you’re considering this option for your house, it’s worth noting that clay tiles are fairly fragile, so if you may have to have repair work done more often than you would with another material.

Slate 

Slate roofing is the most costly choice for homeowners. Unlike clay tiles, however, slate is an extremely durable material that is certain to stand the test of time. As a matter of fact, many Victorian-era houses that boast slate roofs still have their original tiles! If you are interested in slate, you should be aware of the fact that not all contractors are willing to install it, but if you hire someone who can, you should never have to get another roof for your house again.

If you are ready to discuss your upcoming roofing project, we hope you’ll call our office at your earliest convenience for more information about RI Slate Roofing and our available services. We take pride in helping homeowners select the best roofing material for their lifestyles and are excited to hear about the vision you have for the exterior of your home.