What Type of Roof Do You Need?

July 9, 2021

What type of roof do you need? It sounds simple, as most homeowners are in need of the classic asphalt shingle roof. However, in Richmond’s beloved Fan District, Museum District, Church Hill and downtown, many of the homes and commercial roofs are flat roofs and require a TPO membrane or Silicone Roof Coating. But what does that mean and how do you decide what is best for your home or business? Let’s find out!

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Examples of Asphalt Shingle, Silicone Roof Coating and TPO Membrane

1. Asphalt Shingle Roofs: Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used type of roofing on a steep sloped roof. Asphalt shingles are made of asphalt that is combined with fiberglass and ceramic granules. The waterproof asphalt combined with the strength of the fiberglass creates a light, strong, waterproof roof that will last decades!  The ceramic granules give shingles their color and also help deflect UV light, which deflects heat away from the home and reduces damage to the shingle, keeping them stronger, longer! Relatively lightweight, inexpensive, and easy to install, asphalt shingles are the best choice for most houses. Tredegar Construction is a certified installer of both "CertainTeed" and "GAF" brands.  This enables them to provide 50 year non-prorated system warranties for roof replacements.

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Traditional Asphalt Shingle Roof

2. TPO Roofing: TPO roofing is the most commonly used type of roofing on a low slope or flat roof. Flat roofs are commonly found in row homes, such as in the Fan and Museum Districts of Richmond, Church Hill, in some mid-century homes, and within most commercial and multi-family settings. TPO, or Thermoplastic Polyolefin, is a single-ply roofing membrane. It is made up of a single layer of a rubberized fabric reinforcing scrim that stabilizes and strengthens the membrane, combined with synthetic and rubber components that provide superior waterproofing capabilities, making it the perfect pick for a flat roof.  It is now the most popular choice for flat roofs due to its durability and UV deflection which simultaneously conserves energy, saves on utility costs, and inhibits premature breakdown of the product.  As a factory certified contractor, Tredegar Construction proudly offers Versico Roofing System's TPO products and is authorized to offer their manufacturer warranties! Between their superior product and industry-leading warranty protection Versico is the best choice in TPO roofing.

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A TPO membrane roof being installed on a flat roof.

3. Silicone Roof Coatings Silicone Roof Coatings can be used in a myriad of ways and is just another way that Tredegar Construction is providing their customers with options that fit their individual situation best. A Silicone Roof Coating is a liquid waterproofing coating applied to an existing roof system to make a water-tight seal. With applicable existing roofs in place, this renewable roofing system can save both time and money by preventing the tear-off cycle. The types of roofs best for Silicone Roof Coatings would be any building with a low slope or metal roof including: Metal, EPDM, TPO, PVC, Built-Up Roofing (BUR), Modified Bitumen – smooth/ granular. This lightweight, EPA Energy Star exceeding product is easy to install and reduces wear and tear on building structure due to thermal expansion and contraction. Tredegar Construction proudly offers Lucas Coatings & Mastics Co.’s products. Between their superior product and industry-leading warranty protection, they are the best choice in Silicone Roof Coating. As a factory certified installer of Lucas products, we provide 10-20 year labor and material system warranties on the commercial work we provide!  As an extra incentive to explore silicone coatings, commercial property owners can expense the entire cost of a silicone roof coating in the first year rather than depreciate it as a capital expense because it’s considered roof maintenance.

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Silicone Roof Coating being applied to a flat roof

Are you still not sure what type of roof you have, or need help deciding which type of roofing is best for you? We can help! Reach out today for our expert team to come out and examine your current roof and come up with a plan to suit you and your home’s needs perfectly! OUR SERVICE AREAS: Tredegar Construction installs asphalt shingle roofing, TPO membrane roofing, and silicone roof coating in Richmond, Virginia and the following areas: Ashland, Charles City County, Chester, Chesterfield County, City of Richmond, Colonial Heights, Goochland County, Hanover County, Henrico County, Hopewell, King William County, New Kent County, Petersburg, Powhatan County and more in the metro Richmond area.  If you’re just outside our area, give us a call and we’ll see if we can make it work.

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