Emerald Roofing company is a full-service residential and commercial roofing contractor serving Omaha and the surrounding areas. We provide affordable roof replacement and repair services for nearly any type of roof. As an Omaha roofing contractor who has served thousands of customers, chances are we have completed a project just like yours several times before.
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Steep Slope Roof Solutions
When we envision most homes in Nebraska, we are picturing a steep slope roof. Technically, a steep slope roof is any roof with a slope greater than 14 degrees. The advantage of a steep slope roof is it uses gravity to encourage water and debris to roll or slide off into the gutters. This results in lower maintenance, as well as less concern about damage from standing water, or from the weight of accumulated debris.
A steep slope roof system generally consists of three parts. The outermost part – the part that’s visible – is the roof covering, which is usually a shingle. The innermost part is the roof deck, which we usually think of as the top of a housing structure – the exterior plywood nailed to the rafters in an attic, for example. In between those two parts is a layer called the underlayment. The underlayment provides temporary covering while a roof is being constructed, as well as an additional weatherproofing barrier. The underlayment used to be made of tar-saturated paper, but now higher quality roofing contractors will use a synthetic solution. In addition, in northern climates such as ours, code requires we use a special barrier called an ice and water shield for portions of the underlayment.
Most roof replacements consist of replacing the roof covering and the underlayment. However, in some cases, it is necessary to replace sections of the roof deck. The challenge is that roofing contractors typically won’t know the full extent of decking repairs needed until the current roof has been deconstructed. When this is the case in a storm repair situation, it is often necessary to work with the insurance companies to “supplement” a claim, letting them know additional damage has been found and needs to be repaired. As roofing contractors with an expertise in hail damage and storm repair, Emerald Roofing company works with insurance companies on behalf of our clients to ensure all needed work is included as a part of the claim.
Steep Slope Roof Covering Styles
Flat Roof Solutions
Technically, a “flat” roof is any roof with a slope of 14 degrees or less, which is why you’ll hear roofing contractors refer to flat roofs as “low slope”. The vast majority of flat roofs are found on commercial buildings. However, constantly evolving residential architectural styles do occasionally incorporate a flat roof into their design, made possible through constantly evolving roofing technology. Still, given the biggest advantage of a flat roof is gaining a location to store otherwise unsightly equipment such as HVAC units, the flat roof is guaranteed to remain a fixture mostly on commercial buildings, instead of homes.
There are five types of flat roof systems, or “membranes”:
- Built up roof (BUR), or a traditional tar-and-gravel roof. The owner of this roof will need to know a good roofing contractor! The BUR is difficult to install and maintain. However, it’s the least expensive type of flat roof, and can be nice for areas of a roof that can be overlooked from other areas in the home.
- Modified bitumen. Roofing technology improvements have made this choice more practical to install. Historically, the only form of this roof was one that required the roofing contractors to heat the material with a torch as they went. Now, a peel and stick variety eliminates the fire hazard. This is a choice for those concerned about energy bills, as its mineral-based surface reflects heat.
- Single ply membranes. Rubber – more formally known as ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) – is a type of what roofing contractors call a thermoset membrane. Rubber is popular because it is easy to install and maintain, but it is one of the most costly flat roof materials. The other type of single ply membranes – called thermoplastic – include the use materials such as thermoplastic olefin (TPO) or polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Thermoplastic options tend to be even pricier than rubber, but tend to be longer lasting.
- Spray-on roof. A spray-on roof can be a good choice in situations when someone wants to avoid removing the existing roof. A polyurethane foam-based (SPF) roof is the least expensive material to use for this type of roof. Silicon is the premier material to use, but it can cost almost twice as much as SPF. As is the case with any roofing project, an experienced roofing contractor should be performing the work, as an even application is important.
- Metal. Metal can be used in for both steep slope and flat roofs. To use metal, a structural metal panel system is designed in such a way that it resists water leaks in the areas where it joins. Using metal roofing on high-end homes has become quite popular in the southern United States, but is still less so here in Nebraska. An experienced roofing contractor can help you choose the material that will both look and wear best for your particular project.
Impact Resistant Shingles: Right For You?
Roof replacement due to hail damage is a big expense for insurance companies who insure homes in Omaha and the surrounding areas. In fact, here in Nebraska, hail damage is responsible for about 50% of the claims filed for homeowner insurance! So when insurance companies came across impact resistant shingles – a shingle that can better withstand hail – they became interested in learning more. A shingle is considered impact resistant if it earns a Class 4 rating on a standard test called UL 2218, which simulates what would happen if hail hit a home. A shingle that earns a Class 4 – the highest rating – does not show evidence of perforating after being hit by 2″ hail at 70mph twice in the exact same spot!
Insurance companies became so excited about this new technology, they started providing homeowners with an incentive to have these shingles installed. Depending on your insurance company and your specific policy, you may be able to save anywhere from 5-30% on your home insurance premium by switching to an impact resistant shingle! Some insurance companies have even tested programs where they covered the expense of upgrading to a class 4 shingle. (Insurance benefits vary widely, so be sure to check with your agent.)
However, in those cases where insurance benefits cannot offset some of the expense, they can be costly. They are priced anywhere from 50% to 100% more than standard asphalt shingles, which can significantly increase your out-of-pocket costs in a roof replacement. In addition, while the shingles may continue to perform adequately after a storm, they may have sustained unsightly cosmetic damage – which is not typically covered in homeowner insurance policies.
As experienced Omaha-based roofing contractors, Emerald Roofing can help you determine whether or not this investment makes sense for you. Give us a call for a free, no-obligation estimate.
Home Exterior Services:
Siding, Gutters & More
To be in the storm repair business anywhere in Nebraska, roofing contactors need to have mastered trades other than roofing. When hail strikes, usually it’s not just the roof that’s damaged – usually siding, gutters, and other aspects of the home exterior need repair or replacement as well.
Emerald Roofing company has developed such expertise in these areas that we routinely perform home exterior work for everyday reasons – not just storm repair!
Siding. Our customers come to us for siding for a variety of reasons. Siding adds instant value to a home, and lots of curb appeal. A quality siding installation also typically results in lower utilities and home maintenance costs.
Gutters. The immediate benefit of gutters is helping to keep a home’s exterior clean and neat. However, gutters perform far more important functions than simply aesthetics. Proper water flow away from a structure is critical to preventing costly foundation problems. A quality gutter system also helps guard against mold and insect-related issues.
If you have a home exterior project you’re considering, don’t hesitate to call the Omaha area roofing contractors at Emerald Roofing. In the off chance you are looking for a service we do not provide, we will be able to connect you with someone who can!