Steve’s Roofing: Professional Roofing Company

With over 25 years of roofing experience we have a vast amount of roofing knowledge in both flat and pitched roofs. Our priority is customer satisfaction. We take great pride in our workmanship. If you’re looking for a a creditable roofer look no further than Steve Reeves Roofing.

We are members of the Confederation of Roofing Contractors, Federation of Master Builders and Trustmark approved. We are fully trained, fully insured, and offer an insurance backed Guarantee for peace of mind.

Dry ridge and verge systems have been designed over the past few years from companies such as Marley, Klober, Manthorpe and several other companies. These units have been designed to make roofs mortar free and in turn maintenance free.

PVC Dry Verge is specially designed to block any gaps that could permit birds or large insects entering the roof space. It makes an attractive, no-maintenance edging to any roof in either slate or tile. It cane be fitted to existing buildings to replace falling mortar, cover any unsightly haps and stop any falling debris. They can be used on new builds, existing properties and the units come in a rage of colours: blue, black, brown and white.

Slate

Slate is a natural product unlike many other roof products, more expensive than artificial man-made products such as concrete tiles, but has a greate lifespan and is exceptionally durable in comparison. Slates have an expected lifespan of seventy-five years compared with as little as a twelve year lifespan for artificial materials such as concrete tiles. Slate also retains its natural colour even in UV light and is impermeable to water and stands the test of time.

Two of the more popular slates in the UK ‘The Welsh Blue’ and ‘The Welsh Purple’ slates are commonly found on roofs in York. Welsh slate is generally regarded as the finest slate in the world; it has been used for many centuries on all kinds of buildings and houses. Welsh slate is proven to be the toughest natural slateproduct known to man. It has the longest lifecycle when compared to any other slate and is available in a wide variety of colours.

Clay and Concrete Tiles

Tiles are a man-made substitute for slate and was formed as a cheaper alternative to using slate for our roofs. There is a wide range of clay and concrete tiles and fittings available. There are interlocking and double lap tiles available from several suppliers and costs vary from tile to tile – suppliers like Sandtoft, Redland, Marley Russel to name a few. These tiles are mainly machine made and concrete tile technology has developed different colours and finishes which replicate the appearance of slate and other traditional roof cover as well as many different colours.

Felt Roof

Pour and roll membranes are applied onto roofs by using hot bitumen. Bitumen is bi product of the petrol refining industry. Bitumen is supplied in 25kg blocks or tubs it is then usually broken up on site and heated in a specialist boiler until it is molten. Once at the correct temperature it is ladled into buckets- some boilers have taps to ease this process.

The felt for flat roofing is set out and cut to length. It is then rolled back- One operative will pour the molten bitumen on to the surface and the other will roll the felt over allowing the bitumen to squeeze out of each side. The surplus is then wiped over with wallpaper stripper.

The finish layer will usually have a mineral or slate chipped finish impregnated into the surface of the felt. Keeping this free of surplus bitumen. Using a roll and pour method is very skilled- that’s why most companies that install flat roofing will now only use a torch on felt systems.

Most modern operatives wouldn’t now know how to roll and pour a final mineral surface top layer. A rolled and poured roof is the king of felt roofing. The bond created is arguably stronger than the bond that is created when using a self adhesive or torch on membrane, but there are some drawbacks. Applying a membrane in this way is a skilled technique that will require the use of a professional roofer. There are fewer companies now who have the skills and equipment to carry out this type of installation, and it is more expensive, but applied correctly it is the Rolls Royce of felt roofing.

We are traditional pour and roll hot bitumen specialists. We believe still to this day that a high performance flat roof system, if installed correctly, is one of the best on the market.

Triple Protection: One layer of vented felt and double protection of high performance felt, laid in the traditional and proven way with hot bitumen.

Tough Polyester Base: Provides superb fatigue and tear resistant technology.

Good Thermal Performance: Rot proof, with a choice of finish – green mineral and lime stone chipping.

GRP

Twenty-five years workmanship and material guarantee. Fire retardent, no seams, joints or welds.

Extremely durable: Will withstand foot traffic as standard. Many colours available and maintenance free.

Your Guide To Roofing Remodels: How To Choose The Right Roof

Whether building a home from scratch or selecting a roof for existing construction, there’s a very vast range of materials that you can consider for your project. Among these are wood, asphalt, slate, clay tiles, composite shingles, and asphalt. The style is also a very vital factor to account for, but it’s certainly not the sole consideration to make it. Material weight, product costs, and the requirements for installation are other things that should influence your decision.

Following are a few things that you should know:

Modern Roofing Terminology

Terminology is something that we need to discuss before talking about roofing materials. “Square feet” is not a unit of measurement that roofers commonly use. Instead, roofers talk in terms of squares. The basic unit of measurement for roofers is a square, with one square representing an area of 100 square feet or a 10′ x 10′ square. For a standard, 2000-square foot, two-story home, a gable roof will have about fifteen squares or less than 1,500 square feet of roofed surface.

How Much A New Roof Costs

There are many different factors that will determine just how much a new roof costs. The cost of your roofing materials is a sure starting point, but you have to factor in many other considerations. One of these is the state of the current roof if you’re renovating or remodelling a home – whether or not old roofing materials must be stripped off and hauled away, whether the current structure requires repairs – all of these things are going to come at a cost. The roof shape is another determining factor. Gabled roofs that have no or few breaks in their planes (such as breaks caused by dormers, vent pipes or chimneys), allow for very simple roofing projects. Homes that have several chimneys, rooflines that intersect (the intersecting points are referred to as valleys), skylights, turrets, or any other elements will cost quite a bit more to re-roof.

Options In Roofing Materials

It is not possible to use every roofing material on every roof. Roofs that have low slopes or flat designs might require a surface that’s significantly different from the surface of a roof with a far steeper pitch. Tile and slate are very heavy roofing materials, and thus, the structure of some homes are inadequate for supporting the resulting load. Consider the options that follow, then speak with a reputable roofing contractor and start collecting job estimates.

Asphalt. Asphalt is the most commonly used roofing material available, largely due to the fact that it’s the least costly and doesn’t require a tremendous amount of skill to install. Asphalt is comprised of a fiberglass medium that’s impregnated with asphalt and finished with sand-like granules at the surface. There are two basic configurations offered: the single-thickness option or standard option, and products that are laminated and much thicker. Standard options cost half as much as the thicker designs, but shingles that are laminated have a visually-appealing, textured look and can last nearly twice as long (think 25 years as opposed to just over 15 years). Prices start at approximately $50 a square but depending upon the installation and the type of shingle you choose, the total price can actually be many times this.

Tips On Choosing A New Roof – Wood Shake

Wood. For many centuries, wood was the premier choice in roofing materials, and it remains a viable option today, but in certain areas, using wood is forbidden due to fire codes. Usually comprised of southern pine, redwood or cedar, roofing shingles are first sawn or split. These shingles are expected to last about 25 years (much like asphalt shingles), but on average, wood shingles cost twice as much as asphalt.

Metal. Steel, copper-and-asphalt combinations, copper, lead, and aluminum are all quite durable – and costly – roofing options. Copper-and-asphalt and lead roofs are usually installed as shingles, but some can come manufactured for seamed roofs that are basically vertical sheets of metal that are placed and then soldered together. Roofs like these can be installed for $250 a square, but they frequently cost two or three times this amount.

Tile And Cement. These half-cylinder roofing tiles are frequently seen in Mission and Spanish Colonial styles; certain metal roofs and cement can imitate the wavy effect of these tiles. Each of these options is expensive, long-lasting, and quite heavy.

Slate. Slate is ranked among the most durable roofing materials available. Keep in mind, however, that not all slate is exactly the same – some slate is sourced from Vermont quarries, while some are sourced from other states such as Pennsylvania – but the best slate will likely outlast the fasteners that have been used to secure it. In fact, it is not uncommon for 100-year-old slate to be recycled and reinstalled, with the understanding that it can last for another 100 years. But slate happens to be very heavy and very costly – with prices starting at $800 per square.

Selecting The Right Material For Your Roof

In most cases, if you’re remodelling your home, the current roof design will determine your roofing material choice. If you’re thinking about using alternatives, you’ll need to consider cost and other factors such as weight, texture, colour, and overall durability, along with the types of roof materials that are commonly used on homes like yours.

Notes On Roof Installation

No matter what you choose for your roof surface, flashing is something that you’re likely going to need. Flashing is a very vital part of the exterior work on your home, both on the siding and the roof. Flashing is all-metal (copper, aluminum or even lead), or a plastic film. It is installed in strips to places in which dissimilar materials are joined, like at the intersection of roofing shingles and a masonry chimney, where siding is flush up against the window frames and in other areas. Good flashing is vital for creating a watertight structure given that leakage is most likely to occur at all junctures where dissimilar materials meet.

Regardless of the roof materials you choose, the coursing should be parallel to all roof edges and regular to the human eye. There should be staggering of the joints from course to course, to minimize the chances of leakage. Watch out for any Kelowna roofing company who uses tar for the roof joints. Apart from roofs in which a membrane has been used, tar is a lazy and substandard method that should not be employed.

For most roofing projects, materials such as building felt (tar paper), are rolled onto the surface before nailing the shingles in place. With a cedar shake roof, however, furring strips or cedar breathers can be laid to ensure good breathing. In snowy regions, it is additionally possible to lay down a membrane known as an ice and snow shield.

Best Quality Roofers Kelowna
Kelowna, BC
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