USA: Roofing Materials: Roofing Material Manufacturers
ABOUT ROOFING MATERIALS
Different roofing materials are required for flat and sloping roofs. For flat roofs the most usual type of roofing material is a form of synthetic rubber, known as EPDM. This is laid in strips with seams which are welded on site; alternatively it can be supplied in large sheets up to 50 feet wide, thus avoiding the need for seams in most cases. Another type of roofing material for flat roofs is liquid applied asphalt.
Roofing materials for sloping roofs include shingles and metal sheets. Shingles may be of traditional wood, such as cedar, or they may be made of asphalt or slate. Solar shingles are now also available; these generate electricity using photovoltaic cells. The most common types of metal sheets are aluminum, copper, and corrugated steel. Aluminum roofing may take the form of flat sheets, or may simulate a shingle appearance. Aluminum roofing materials are available in a wide range of colors.
LEADING USA ROOFING MATERIAL MANUFACTURERS
The following leading residential roofing manufacturers of roofing materials have comprehensive websites, with information on all aspects of roofing materials, including online catalogs, colors and materials for roofing materials, and care and maintenance of roofing materials.
Classic Metal Roofing Systems: Roofing Materials. Classic Metal Roofing Systems, which was established in 1980, is based in Piqua, Ohio. It supplies aluminum metal roofing materials. Classic Metal Roofing Systems aluminium roofing panels interlock on all four edges. They are unaffected by wind speeds of up to 120mph. They are not attacked by wild fires. Classic Metal roofing materials have a lifetime limited warranty for the original owner, which can be transferred for 40 years to new owners. The Classic Metal roofing materials product range includes, in addition to flat panels, aluminum metal roof panels that imitate the appearance of rustic shingles and shakes.
CertainTeed: Roofing Materials. CertainTeed, which is based in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, is a leading North American maker of building products. It is part of the French company Saint Gobain, which has over twenty thousand employees in the USA and Canada. CertainTeed is a large manufacturer of asphalt shingles. Its product range includes Luxury Asphalt Shingles, Designer Asphalt Shingles, and Traditional Asphalt Shingles. Three of its popular products are available in a durable fiberglass reinforced version, capable of withstanding a two inch steel ball, dropped from 20 feet, without damage.
Flat Roof Solutions: Roofing Materials. Flat Roof Solutions is a specialist supplier of residential and smaller commercial applications of EPDM synthetic rubber roofing. Black EPDM is a flexible rubber material which can be used as a roofing membrane. It is available in 45 mil (about the thickness of a dime), 60 mil, and 90 mil. It is sold in sheets up to 50 feet wide and 100 feet long, meaning that seams not needed in most cases. Black EPDM resists long term exposure to water, UV radiation, ozone, and temperature changes. The Flat Roof Solutions website contains advice on installation.
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