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Roofing Materials – What Are the Differences

10 Mar 2021 by Archiline

Roofing has existed for centuries. Roofs can be made of a variety of materials. The most important aspect to roofing is weatherproofing. Making an assessment of the weather in your area will help you choose the best roofing material for you.

As long as people have lived in houses, roofing has been a necessity. Roofing can be made of many different materials, which each have their own weatherproofing properties. As time has progressed, new roofing materials have been created that are even more effective than their predecessors. Roof construction has existed for thousands of years, and was a huge factor in the human transition to sedentary civilizations.

Domestic architecture has had an immense variety of forms throughout the history of civilization. Homes likely started as constructions of bricked mud, sometimes reinforced by plant stalks. Roofs also can be made out of thatched plant stalks to seal a home from weather. Thatched roofing consists of dried plant stalks that form straw. Wheat straw and rye straw can be used. Thatching itself is a process that involves stacking crisscrossed layers of straw to form a tight seal.

Weatherproofing is the most important aspect of roofing. It is essential that the materials used can effectively keep out rainwater and wind. Usually, when a roof needs repair or replacement, it is because water is leaking through the roof and through the ceiling.

There are a wide variety of materials with which one can make a roof. While thatched roofing has been used for a long time, and is still used today, advancements in technology have allowed for other materials to become popular. The most popular materials with which to make a roof include slate, metal, ceramic tile, concrete, and asphalt. Membrane roofs can be made of plastic, bitumen, or other materials. It features large sheets of material, as opposed to smaller shingles or tiles.

Shingles are not actually a material themselves, but like thatching, they are a method of arranging materials in a way that seals out moisture. They are flat objects, usually tiles, arranged so they overlap and form a tight seal. Shingles can be made out of many different materials. Sometimes they are made out of wood.

Slate is a useful material because it can be made into thin layers that can be easily shaped into lightweight tiles. Stone and concrete can also be used. They are less expensive, but also heavier. Ceramic tiles have been used for centuries and are another material that works well for roofs.

Metal shingles are a lightweight option. Metal roofs can also be accomplished with corrugated metal or a variety of other shapes. The benefits of a metal roof are that the materials are less expensive and lightweight. Also, metal can be shaped into an enormous variety of shapes, and it is a relatively easy process to make metal very thin.

Constructing a roof is a complex practice that involves many different materials. The materials you will want for your own roof will depend largely on the area in which you live. Your needs should be assessed by considering the climate and daily weather of your region. Typhoons are a concern, so roofs in affected areas should be secured to prevent damage. Knowing what materials work best in your conditions will help you and your roofer make the right decisions about which roof style will work best for you.

ARCHI-LINE INC. was founded by its President who saw himself working for his father’s roofing and roof trusses company while still in college. Ten years later, in 1990, he incorporated his own roofing and architectural materials supply company, ARCHI-LINE, INC. Archi-line Inc is an importer, distributor and specialty contractor of the best brands in roofing materials: OWENS CORNING SHINGLES (USA and South Korea), DECRA ROOFING TILES, A Fletcher Building Company of New Zealand, DS STONECOATED ROOFING TILES of South Korea, M-CLASS Japanese Ceramic Tiles using Japanese Technology, manufactured in Indonesia, and our very own, SAN MARCO CONCRETE ROOF TILES. Archi-line was set-up with values learned from the owner’s initial foray into roofing and truss business: straight, honest talk, solutions provider, sincere and prompt customer service. These being the foundation for ARCHI-LINE, INC.We have successfully worked with the top and the biggest Architects, Contractors, Real Estate Developers and Homeowners in the country, providing them not just their roofing requirements but also proper solutions to complicated roofing problems. Roofing, after all, is not just an aesthetic material but a real functional requirement to any home or building.Today, Archi-line, Inc. has the longest, most in-depth technical knowledge in roofing installation (38 years). We have roofed more than a thousand residential, commercial and institutional projects since our incorporation 28 years ago. Over the years, we have also diversified to other products to complement other architectural material requirements of the local market:- Bubble Insulation with Aluminum Foil- Glass Wool Insulation- Rockwool Insulation- XPS Extruded Polystyrene Thermal Insulation, for Walls and Concrete Roof Deck- XPS BOARD for Concrete Roof Decks- Vinyl Sidings and Soffits- Luxury Vinyl Tile/Planks in Wood Series, Carpet & Concrete Styles- Interior Vinyl Walls and Ceiling CladdingThrough hard work, integrity and trust in the God Almighty, Archi-line has excelled through the good and difficult periods of the building materials industry.Our operational, technical and sales personnel are also trained and orientated not just to the selling aspects (models, profiles, colors, textures), but more importantly, to the technical aspects of each of our product such as life span of the product, component details, product specifications and optimized performance systems.Our main commitment is our customers’ satisfaction on product performance. Good product performance comes from a learned appreciation of correct and proper installation system. Here, we do not cut corners.


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