Your roof is the first line of defense to keep your home energy efficient in the summer when heat settles in the San Gabriel Valley. When the winter rains hit and the wind blows through the canyons along the 210 freeway, the roof and ventilation protect your home or retail store and prevent moisture from building up in the attic.
Don’t let your roof be an afterthought.
Thomas Garvey of Garvey Roofing is a contractor who studies building science. He knows how a roofing system impacts the structure and how various styles of roofing materials add to the overall appearance, especially for homes.
He’s also aware of how roofing materials affect the contemporary structures and the many historic bungalow homes around Pasadena, Monrovia and Temple City.
Thomas Garvey believes strongly in installing “a roof for all seasons.”
All roofing estimates are free and he makes a unique claim in the industry by guaranteeing all labor and materials.
In this post, we’ll look closely at the use of asphalt shingles.
This is a roofing material that has been used for over 100 years. The nation’s leading manufacturer is GAF with Owens-Corning and CertainTeed making fine products.
Garvey can source either product, install to the manufacturers specifications and even exceed them.
Benefits of asphalt shingles include:
- A variety of styles and textures
- Ease of installation compared to other materials
- Shingles are easier to maintain than metal and concrete roofs
The list comes from Asphaltroofing.org.
Asphalt shingles can be recycled as noted by CalRecycle making them environmentally friendly.
There are many uses for the roofing scrap:
Asphalt shingle scrap can be used in a variety of products, including:
- Asphalt pavement
- Aggregate base and subbase
- Cold patch for potholes, sidewalks, utility cuts, driveways, ramps, bridges, and parking lots
- Pothole patch
- Road and ground cover
- New roofing
- Fuel oil
This makes asphalt shingles environmentally friendly.
Should You Use Asphalt Shingles or Tile?
Homeowners will often compare asphalt shingles with tile and wonder which material is best for roofing.
Here are some key considerations.
Q: What weight can your structure handle?
A: This is key because thicker, multi-dimensional shingles can be heavier than lightweight tile.
Q: Will you need to walk on your roof to clean off leaves or remove branches?
A: Shingles are much friendlier for foot traffic.
Q: What is the slope and angle of your roof?
A: Shingles are typically best for lower slope roofs while “flat roofs” need a membrane.
Q: Are you near the foothills and in an area of higher fire danger?
A: Local zoning laws in cities like Arcadia may impact whether you need tile, even though asphalt shingles are tested and made with the highest possible fire rating.
Q: What look do you want for your house?
A: On ranch-style homes in Arcadia and nearby cities, wood shake was once popular but is no longer possible due to fire restrictions. Certain types of tile can closely mimic the look and so can select types of multi-dimensional shingles.
Q: Are shingles energy efficient?
A: Garvey Roofing will install a roofing system that can make shingles as cost-effective or even more cost-effective than solar roofing. Ask Thomas to share more.
Thomas Garvey can provide custom looks for roofs that other roofing contractors won’t be able to do or achieve.
Garvey Roofing has been in business for over 30 years servicing cities in the San Gabriel Valley from Alhambra to Azusa. The company has four roofing licenses including fireproofing and believes in quality craftsmanship.
Contact Garvey Roofing for a free estimate and ask about the labor and materials guarantee.