A strong roof requires a strong skeleton to serve as a reliable base. Rafters and trusses are vital to ensuring the structural integrity of your home. But which one is best? Read on to learn the advantages and disadvantages of each building strategy. Rafters vs. Trusses The traditional means of framing a roof, rafters usually […]What is a Composition Roof?
Composition roofs are affordable, versatile and durable. But what exactly are they? And are they appropriate for your home? Here’s what you should know about this common roofing option. The Basics Available in a variety of colors and designs, composition roofs are made of a mixture of several roofing materials such as recycled paper, fiberglass […]What is Roll Roofing?
Rolled roofing is often marketed as an inexpensive, easy-to-install roofing option. But is it right for you? Read on to learn the pros and cons associated with this roofing product. Mineral Surface Roll Roofing Roll roofing (MSR) is an oil-based, mineral surfaced asphalt product available in 100-square-foot, 75-pound rolls. Although this product is similar to […]Can You Put a Metal Roof Over Shingles?
Prized for their affordability and impressive durability, metal roofs can offer big benefits in certain situations. But can they be applied directly over shingled roofs? Here’s what you should know. Can it Be Done? In almost every instance, you can lay down new metal roofing over the top of an existing shingle roof. Although it […]What Is a Dormer Roof?
Homes and businesses in Colorado have all kinds of unique roof styles and shapes. Considering we’ve been in the Colorado roofing industry since 1993, A-to-Z Roofing & Exteriors has encountered just about every kind of roof there is, from commercial to residential and back again. One of the most easily identifiable roof features is the […]What Is a Slate Roof?
Here in Colorado, roofs of all shapes and styles are used to protect commercial and residential buildings from ongoing exposure to the elements. Some roofing materials do a better job at doing this than others. Building location, elevation, microclimate, and how the building is used are all contributing factors that determine what roofing material is […]Can You Convert a Flat Roof to a Pitched Roof?
For many residential and commercial buildings, a flat roof can provide an ideal design element that contributes to a modern, contemporary look. And, flat roofs can also be much less expensive to build compared to having a pitched roof installed on the same building. However, flat roofs aren’t without their disadvantages. Because of their low […]What Is the Minimum Slope of a Pitched Roof?
When we talk about roof styles and shapes, there is one dimension that is common to them all: slope. Also referred to as ‘angle’, ‘pitch’, or ‘incline’, the slope of a roof is just a measure of its degree of rise from a completely flat, horizontal line. In this article, the roofing professionals at A-to-Z […]What Are Roof Curbs, and Why Are They Important?
You already know what a roof is. And, you already know what a curb is. But, do you know what a roof curb is? In the commercial roofing industry in particular, roof curbs are essential to the overall functioning of the complete roofing system. Used on virtually all flat roof types—from TPO to EPDM and Modified Bitumen—roof […]What is Hot Mop Roofing?
Hot mop roofing is considered to be the most effective way of covering a flat or low-slope roof. The result is an impermeable, multi-layered roof covering that will last for up to 15 years—longer if the roof is laid with good drainage that avoids puddling. One of the more affordable roofing solutions, it can be […]