Aluminum Shake roof shingles offer your home the charming beauty of real wood shakes or slate, without the problems traditionally associated with them. Ordinary roofing tiles rely on overlapping and short-lived sealants for their weather resistance. Aluminum Shake, however, is a completely interlocked metal roofing system. Our shingles lock together on all sides to form a weather tight seal on your home for unbeatable wind resistance and protection. It has been approved by building codes in some of the toughest coastal areas and tested to withstand 110 mph wind-driven rain.
Brush fires, fireworks, even sparks from a chimney pose a threat to many homes. While fire-resistant products like tile and slate won’t burn, their great weight means a huge risk of a roof collapse. In fact, firefighters are trained not to enter a burning building with a tile roof because of this added danger. Aluminum Shake, is crafted from fire-resistant, lightweight aluminum (just 50 lb. per 100 square feet). This superior combination of light weight and non-combustible metal roofing means lasting protection for your home and family.
We offer Aluminum Shake metal roofing in two styles, Country Manor and Rustic Shake.
An Aluminum shake shingle that authenticates a hand split wood shake.
An Aluminum shingle that more closely resembles slate.
People buy metal roofs for many different reasons, so lets get the fact they are beautiful out of the way first. Whether you are buying a standing seam or shake shingle, aluminum or steel, you simply cannot find a more attractive roofing system. If you speak to anyone that has a metal roof, they will proudly tell you they’ve never had so many compliments until they installed one on their home or business. Manufacturers today are offering paint technologies that far exceed anything before. Today, it’s not even about how nice of a finish they can accomplish; now they are competing to see who can get the most energy efficient paint pigments, with the highest reflective values. The technology in these products is amazing.
The heat and sun are particularly damaging to conventional shingles. This plays a huge role in the degradation of most roofing systems. Ultimately, most roofing systems fail because they dry out, become brittle and crack with age. Many of the “storm damaged” composition roofs we see were already damaged in some way, just waiting to be further destroyed before the storm ever hit. Most metal roofing systems are completely impervious to this type of damage. They will not curl, crack, or become brittle when exposed to heat and sun. With today’s coating technologies, many manufacturers are offering finishes that maintain their integrity and color very well, even when exposed to heat and sun. A metal roofing system simply out performs any other roofing material.
With recently devastating hurricanes such as, Ike, Katrina and Rita, wind resistance has been home and business owners major roofing concern. We’ve all seen the results of these storms, either first hand or from news reports. From Texas to Florida, most of the roofing systems that stayed on were metal. That’s because the wind resistance of most roofing products is determined by aging. Most of the “Storm damaged” roofs we saw were already subject to the damage because of their condition. They were already dry, cracked, and brittle. Their ability to withstand extreme winds was already compromised. Unlike materials such as composition and other non-permanent products, metal roofs retain their strength and therefore, their wind resistance. A 30-year-old metal roof is capable of sustaining the same winds as a brand new metal roof. This is not the case with most other roofing materials.
Composition shingles are made of paper and fiberglass materials with tiny stones glued to the surface. From the moment these shingles are installed, the wind, weather and heat from the sun begin to break down the asphalt-based adhesives that hold these products together. This begins the process where shingles curl, crack and dry prematurely.
According to the asphalt roofing industry, the average composite roof lasts 17-19 years. Texas homeowners know this is not the case! The actual lifetime of these roofs are significantly lower with our hot climates and extreme weather conditions. However, the warranties on these products certainly do not cover the damage that results from the high winds and extreme temperatures that cut their lives short.
We only offer and install Class IV metal roofing systems that carry a UL2218 rating. This rating is the highest impact rated material available on the market today. When you install metal roofing of this caliber on your home or business, the Texas State Board of Insurance mandates your insurance carrier to provide a discount to your insurance premium for having such a high impact rated product.
Energy savings is one of the main factors many homeowners are concerned about today. Aluminum roofs reflect over 94% of radiant heat, and air pockets in the aluminum roof help to keep conductive heat from inside the house. Many metal roofs have reflective paint finishes that also help reduce the radiant heat penetration, resulting in lower utility bills. Most studies have shown a reduction in Kilowatt-hours, between 18-25%. However, composition roofs lay directly on the decking surface without a space between the roof deck and composition shingles. This is the same heat that initiates the break down of the durability in the composition roof.
Aluminum shake roofs are made from 99% recycled content. The use of metal means the use of less asphalt. Asphalt is difficult to recycle, which means it ends up in a landfill. Metal on the other hand, can be recycled time and time again. Whether it’s a metal roof, aluminum cans, or piping, all are recyclable and thus, help our environment.