Steep Slope Roof Systems
Steep Slope Roofing usually refers to roofing materials suitable for roofs that have slopes of 3:12 or greater. These include asphalt roll roofing as well as asphalt shingles, concrete and clay tiles, wood shakes, slate and metal roofs. Additionally, some of the modified bituminous roofing as well as certain adhered single ply membranes and SPF foam can also be used in certain steep slope roofing applications.
The most common steep slope roofing types are asphalt shingles, concrete and clay tiles and wood shakes and are most often associated with residential construction but can also be used for steep sloped commercial roofing as well. Metal roofing is used in both steep slope and low slope roofing applications.
Asphalt shingles comprise the largest segment of steep slope roofing. They are composed of fibrous glass mats impregnated with asphalt. Because asphalt is easily degraded by UV exposure, a surfacing of varying colored mineral granules is embedded into the exposed side of the asphalt shingle that also imparts its finished color. Shingles are overlapped and secured by nailing through the roof overlay of felts or roof paper into the roof deck from the bottom of the roof slope to the high point of the roof referred to as the ridge. Special ridge vents are usually installed to provide ventilation from the attic space.
In certain parts of the country, concrete or clay tiles are installed in overlapping "shingle fashion" on steep slope roofs as well. These tiles are usually installed with a combination of nails and cementitious mortar.
Wood shakes are also popular in many parts of the country and are nailed in "shingle fashion" over a roof felt and usually into a wood deck. The downside to using wood shakes is their lack of significant fire resistance and their propensity to mold and moss growth in wet, humid climates.
A growing segment of the roofing industry is metal roofing. The various types of metal roofs include metal shingles as well as long spans of metal panels. Metal panels are easily installed on steep roofs and are becoming more popular for their aesthetics and inherent fire resistance and are common in both residential and commercial construction.
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Churches are a staple of the community they are involved in and provide comfort and peace to those around them. That is why we were more than happy to work with Bethany Lutheran Church to replace the steeple and fixtures that got damaged during a storm, and bring the church back to its beauty.
The whole process began with scaffolding being set up by Chicago Scaffolding, which allowed our Smart Roofing sheet metal crews to safely and efficiently access the steeple. After tearing off the existing damaged paneling, we replaced damaged wood, installed new high temperature underlayment, and began working on replacing the steeple. We installed Pac-Clad / Petersen Aluminum precision series cupped tile in a cityscape color, which matched the shape, style, and color of the panels that were on the Lemont church steeple before. With some additional restoration of the steeple cross and ornamental fixtures done by our experienced sheet metal crews, this church steeple replacement in Lemont turned out to be another great Smart Roofing project.
SMART Roofing, Inc. is a full-service roofing contractor serving Lemont and its surrounding suburbs. Select SMART Roofing, Inc. as your Lemont Roofing Contractor with plenty of experience with sheet metal and church steeples. From roof assessments and repairs to installations of virtually every type of new residential roof and commercial roof, our commitment to excellence, stellar customer service and exceptional results are the “SMART” roofing difference. Contact the roofing experts at SMART Roofing, Inc. at (847) 797-0404 to learn more about Pac-Clad roofing products, visit pac-clad.com, or email us for your residential or commercial roofing needs.
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