There are several options when it comes to the materials used on your Massachusetts and Rhode Island roof. Different materials provide different benefits including visual appeal, functionality, warranties, and overall purpose.
When choosing a roofing material it's best to consider the slope of the roof, the complexity of the roof, the style of the house, local climate and the cost of the material. Here at Northeast Home & Energy you can trust that we have the knowledge of different roofing systems and materials to help you decide which may be best suit for your home.
Contact us today for your free inspection in Grafton, Worcester, Framingham and North Grafton, South Grafton, Millbury, Shrewsbury, Westborough, Quincy, Randolph in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Owens Corning offers a wide variety of shingle options, all of which meet the highest standards of quality, durability, and appearance. The three main categories are architectural, specialty, and traditional shingles. Architectural shingles are available in many lines, including TruDefinition Duration Shingles and Oakridge Shingles. Similarly, specialty shingles include Devonshire Shingles, Berkshire Collection Shingles, Duration Premium Cool Shingles, and TruDefinition Duration Storm Impact Resistant Shingles.
GAF offers three distinct levels of shingle quality and protection, plus a remarkably affordable slate shingle option. We'll help you select the one that is right for your home's design and location.
Affordable basic protection for projects on a limited budget.
Protect and beautify your home with Timberline®, North America's #1-selling shingles. Timberline® shingles now have a lifetime limited warranty!
Beautiful, stylish, and exceptionally durable, Designer Lifetime shingles will make your home the envy of the neighborhood!
Headquartered in Valley Forge, PA, CertainTeed is a leading North American manufacturer of building materials and specializes in the production of high quality roofing and other materials including vinyl siding, trim, fence, railing, decking, insulation, gypsum, and ceiling products.
CertainTeed manufactures a variety of high quality, durable asphalt roofing systems and Northeast Home & Energy is certified to install all of them. Asphalt roofing shingles are the most commonly used covering on residential properties in the market. Asphalt’s primary purpose in roofing shingles is to serve as a waterproofing agent. Asphalt also holds the granules in place and adds to the overall strength of the roofing shingle. The best asphalt will stay flexible and will not dry out or become hard or brittle for the expected life of the roofing shingle.
Strip asphalt roofing shingles are single-layered asphalt roofing shingles typically designed to look like slate. Strip roofing shingles are usually the lightest weight asphalt roofing shingles available in the market. Built on a tough fiberglass base, each shingle provides resistance to blow-off and tearing.
Dimensional asphalt roofing shingles are manufactured as multi-layered products and provide a thicker and richer appearance on the roof (a multi-dimensional look). Dimensional roofing shingles typically are heavier weight than strip roofing shingles and usually have improved warranty protections, which can range from 30-years to Lifetime.
Premium asphalt roofing shingles are usually described as laminated shingles that have a differentiated appearance or functionality from traditional dimensional asphalt roofing shingles. These products may have designs that mimic “old-world” roofing shingles, like natural slate or natural shake roofing shingles. CertainTeed’s Grand Manor™, Presidential Shake™ and Centennial Slate™ shingles are prime examples of premium roofing shingles that provide an enhanced aesthetic appeal.
Asphalt roof shingles tend to be cost efficient and the installation process is easy.
Although these terms are used interchangeably, most roof shingles used today are technically known as asphalt fiberglass shingles. The fiberglass mat embedded in the shingle provides an extra measure of strength and tear resistance.
These shingles are the most popular type of roofing for sloped roofs because they're affordable, easy to install, durable, and available in a wide variety of colors. Premium grades of "laminated" asphalt fiberglass shingles are typically warrantied for 50 years.
Wood shingles and shake roofs offer natural beauty and protection against high winds, but they require a little extra maintenance.
Wood shingles and shakes usually come from red cedar, Alaskan yellow cedar or Eastern white cedar. These evergreens produce wood that is dimensionally-stable and naturally resistant to rot and insect attack.
The main difference between shingles and shakes is that shakes are split from the log and have a rough, random texture; shingles have a smoother surface because they're sawed. A wood roof is expensive, and requires extra skill to install. That's why most people avoid installing this type of roof unless they're dealing with an historic house.
Clay & concrete tile roofing offer exceptional beauty and tend to do better in a warmer climate, on Spanish-style homes.
Clay and concrete tile roofing are often grouped together because they are both masonry roofing materials with similar installation requirements. Whether clay or concrete is used as the molding material, the end result is a roofing tile designed to overlap and/or interlock with adjacent tiles.
Clay and concrete tile roofs are well-suited for hot climates that don't have high rainfall; they shouldn't be installed in areas where heavy, regular rains and freezing temperatures are common.
Rubber membrane roofs offer lasting performance in any weather condition and are often used to seal flat roofs over garages and porches. *Photo credit: EPDM Roofing Association
Although rubber has been around for a long time, rubber roofing is fairly new. That's because it's taken a great deal of chemistry research to develop a thin rubber membrane with the durability and waterproof qualities required of a roofing material. Rubber roofing is sometimes referred to as EPDM roofing. EPDM is an abbreviation for ethylene propylene diene monomer, the highly engineered compound used to manufacture most types of rubber roofing. Rubber roofing is used primarily on flat or low-slop roofs in both commercial and residential buildings.
A "membrane roof" usually refers to a rubber or EPDM roof that is installed in a flat roof or a low-slope application. Many commercial buildings have membrane roofs; few houses do.
Composite shingles are lightweight and durable and tend to carry some of the industry’s longest warranties.
The term "composite" can apply to several different types of roofing, since it simply implies that a number of different materials are used in the manufacturing process. Today one of the most common types of composite roofing is a simulated roofing slate that is made from resins and from rubber compounds extracted from reclaimed tires. This slate look-a-like offers excellent longevity and a lower installation price while providing the appearance of a traditional slate roof.
Metal roofing is long-lasting and comes in a variety of colors and styles to match your home.
Metal roofing is a huge category that includes factory-formed and finished roofing panels as well as roofing panels that are cut and formed at the building site. Metal roofing has a long history of use on houses, farm structures and commercial buildings. Its main limitation is that it's not suitable for use on complex or curved roofs. Like corrugated roofing, many metal roofs can be installed directly over a worn-out older roof without tearing off the old roofing material.
Corrugated metal roofing panels offer a great solution for sheds and other garden structures.
Corrugated roofing is easy to spot because of its distinctive form; it's a thin sheet that contains a symmetrical pattern of alternating ridges and grooves. Most corrugated roofing comes in sheet form, but large shingles are available from some manufacturers. This type of roofing can be made from steel, polycarbonate or an asphalt-fiberglass composite. It's more appropriate for agricultural and commercial buildings and for small sheds than it is for houses. One important advantage with corrugated roofing is that it can be fastened down over an existing shingled roof without removing the original roofing material.
Because any flat roof is inherently prone to leaking, it’s important to hire our skilled installers when considering installing, repairing or replacing a flat roof.
This roofing category is often grouped with “low-slope” roofing because many of the roofing treatments are the same. The most common flat-roofing materials used on residential and commercial buildings today include single-membrane systems like EPDM or rubber roofing, thermo-polyolefin (TPO) roofing and PVC roofing. Metal roofing is sometimes used on low-slope roofs, but not on flat roofs.
High-density Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) roofing is a system that coats the roof with a continuous layer of foam insulation that can also serve as the finished roof surface (as long as a protective coating is applied over the foam).
Slate roofing is the most ideal type of roofing material because of its appearance and longevity.
Most roofing slate used in the U.S. comes from slate deposits in Vermont and Pennsylvania.
Expensive to manufacture and tricky to install, this "stone" roof is among the most expensive available. When properly installed and maintained, a slate roof can last for 75 years or more.
Solar shingles are energy-efficient and blend with the rest of your roof. *Photo credit:The DOW Chemical Company
Solar shingles and solar roofing are examples of new "thin-film" photovoltaic technology referred to as "building-integrated photovoltaics," or BIPV. Solar shingles are designed in the standard size and shape of asphalt shingles so that they can be unobtrusively integrated into an asphalt shingle roof.
Solar roofing, or BIPV, can take the form of solar shingles or roofing tiles that contain solar cells.
Northeast Home & Energy is a full-service roofing contractor, specializing in everything from new roof installations, roof repairs and maintenance to total roof replacements. It doesn't matter what type of roofing system we are working with, we always ensure quality workmanship, excellent customer service and a long-lasting, durable roof over your head.
Our roofers work throughout the Greater Worcester Area area, including Framingham, Worcester, Grafton, South Grafton, North Grafton, Shrewsbury, Millbury, Quincy, Randolph, Westborough and many parts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Call us at 1-855-960-5504 today to schedule an appointment for a roofing estimate.