Wood Shake Roof Replacements

Homeowners who are looking to replace cedar shake roofs often turn to Classic Metal Roofing for a number of reasons. First of all, wood shakes are simply not lasting like they used to. I’ve had three different homeowners tell me almost the exact same thing: “Our first cedar shake roof lasted 30 years, but this…

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Metal Roofing Costs

When people inquire about metal roofing, one of the first things they want to know about is the price. Generally there are three factors that determine the price of a metal roof: 1. What metal? The type of metal that a roof system is made of is the largest factor in determining the price of…

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Streaks on Asphalt Shingles

One reason that many of my customers are frustrated with asphalt shingles is the black streaks that grow on them. The streaks that you see on shingle roofs are actually a tough algae called Gloeocapsa magma. It tends to grow on the shady side, not the sunny side, because the sun kills it off…

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What’s Wrong with Asphalt Shingles? (Part 1)

In the United States, the number one residential roofing material by volume is asphalt shingles, by a very wide margin. They are cheap, easy to install with relatively low-skilled labor, and last longer than most people tend to stay in a home, on average (five years). But when people have found a home that they…

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Beautiful Copper Shingle Roofing

Sometimes people ask me about copper roofing and I always tell them that “copper is like lobster: it’s ‘marlet price’.” For many residential roofing budgets that means that copper roofing is relegated to small accent areas like bay windows or awnings, but some people do use copper for their entire roof. It has a beauty…

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Shakes and Shingles explained

The following article appeared in the Daily Herald, a suburban Chicago newspaper. However, I thought that homeowners in Kentucky and Indiana would be interested in the information as well. See the full article here. It explains in great detail the differences and qualities of cedar shakes and shingles for residential roofing, including the different cuts…

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