Synthetic Shake Roofing 101

DaVinci Slate in AspenAre you interested in having a plastic shake roof installed; however you are hesitant to call a roofer because you don't know anything about roofing?  Not a problem.  We understand you need questions answered before you can invest in slate roofing materials.  We talk to homeowners all the time about our products and about roofing.

Getting a shake tile roof or getting your home re-roofed is a major decision both financially and aesthetically (for the re-sale of your home), and we know that it isn't a decision to be taken lightly.

So here is a list of some of our most common questions that we receive:

1. What is a square?

Of course, a square isn't the same amount of space that you think of when your home is measured for carpet.  Rather, a roofing square is 100 square feet.  So, for example, if your home is 1600 square feet and is only one story, then more than likely your roof is roughly 16-18 squares.  Of course, this isn't completely accurate because all roofs have a different pitch and certainly, the steepness of the pitch will determine if the surface area is greater or less than the square footage of your home.  When you get a bid for a roof, your roofer will more than likely let you know how many "squares" are on your roof.

2. What is a pitch?

The pitch of a roof is your roof's rise over run.  So in other words, if your roofer says, that your roof is a 7:12, then your roof rise 7" for every 12" it runs.  One of the easiest ways to figure this out yourself is to look at the profile of your roof.

3. What is a valley?

A valley is an area in your roof where two roofs join at an angle.  The more valleys that your home has, the more labor involved.  A roofer must be careful when shingling a valley because if it isn't done right, you will most certainly have leaks in your wood shake roof.

Please don't hesitate to contact us with additional questions that you have about slate or shake roofing materials at 1-800-328-4624 or 913-599-0766 or online.

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