roofer with safety equipment and PPE repairing an asphalt roof

During the COVID pandemic, some property owners might wonder if it’s safe to have roofing projects done. Although you might be tempted to put these tasks off due to safety concerns, you should plan to have them done sooner rather than later. Whether your home or business needs roof repairs or a replacement, it’s important to take care of roof issues promptly to lower the risk of severe damage later on. And, roofing is generally done outside your home, of course, making it easy to stay and feel safe getting the project done.

At Prestige Roofing, we don’t want you to worry when you have work done. Generally, our work keeps us distant from residents and we’ll be staying outdoors. While we interact with you and with each other on the job, our roofers have been instructed in how to follow CDC health and safety guidelines to ensure that our roofing projects are completed as safely as possible.

Don’t Delay Roof Replacement or Repairs

The roof on your house or building keeps it safe from wind, rain and other potential causes of damage to the interior. Your roof needs to be in good condition in order to keep doing its job. When your roof needs repair or when it has extensive wear and tear due to its age, delays in corrective repairs can be costly. A roof that’s in poor condition puts your home or building interior at risk of having serious water damage or other problems, such as mold growth. Having repairs or a roof replacement done as soon as possible helps ensure that your home or building is well-protected from the elements.

Taking COVID Safety Precautions

roofer wearing hard hat and PPE during covid

Due to the pandemic, many roofers are taking precautions to keep customers and crew members safe while work is done. Specific guidelines for the roofing industry haven’t been issued, but roofing contractors, like all businesses, should follow the general recommendations from the CDC and other health and safety organizations. Prestige Roofing is taking care to follow these important recommendations, including the following:

  • Social distancing: This involves staying at least 6 feet away from other people, which helps minimize the spread of the virus. Keep in mind that your roofers will mostly be working well away from where you are when repairs or a roof replacement are underway. For the rare occasion that roofers have to enter your home or building, such as for attic ventilation, you and your roofing contractor can work together to ensure that they do not come within 6 feet of anyone and avoid touching surfaces like door handles by clearing a path for them.
  • Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Responsible roofers and their work crews should wear face masks and gloves at all times they are near or interacting with clients or each other. Customers may also want to wear masks when interacting with their roofers for the best protection for everyone.
  • Remote technology: Under normal circumstances, you would meet with your roofing contractor in person before the project begins. With the COVID pandemic, some roofers have switched to using remote technology instead. For example, you might have a video chat, virtual appointment or phone call with your contractor to go over the details of your roofing project instead of discussing it in person. You might also be able to provide photos for your roofing contractor if needed.
  • Digital transactions: Your roofing contractor might also use paperless or digital transactions instead of paper ones, which helps prevent the spread of germs. For example, you might conduct your transaction and receive paperwork via email.

Prestige Roofing Las Vegas is Here to Meet Your Roofing Needs

McDonald Highland Henderson NV custom copper roof project golf course home

During this time, Prestige Roofing is practicing procedures such as the above, including the use of PPE and social distancing, to minimize person to person contact and help everyone feel and stay safe. All our work is completed outside the home. We are happy to answer any questions you have on our COVID-19 precautions and to help you with your roofing project while keeping everyone safe.

Summer is a great time to get your roof work done before the winter weather arrives. If you need roof repairs, a new roof or other residential or commercial roofing services in the Las Vegas area, please contact Prestige Roofing today.

Prestige Roofing Prestige Roofing’s work ranges from service and repair work,  re-roofing  and new construction work, commercial and residential work. They have also done work for ultra-custom projects around the Las Vegas Valley.

Prestige Roofing Prestige Roofing’s work ranges from service and repair work,  re-roofing  and new construction work, commercial and residential work. They have also done work for ultra-custom projects around the Las Vegas Valley.

House roof on fire because the roof was not made of fire resistant roofing materials

Best Fire Resistant Roofing Materials

The dry climate in Southern California and Southern Nevada along with the strong winds make the entire region highly prone to wildfires. When building, renovating or re-roofing a home in these areas be sure you and your builder select quality, fire-resistant materials, especially for your roof. The roof plays an important role in maintaining the structural integrity of your home, so it’s important to keep it safe and intact. Of course, due to its large surface area, a roof is highly vulnerable in the event of a fire. Burning embers can easily blow over and settle on rooftops. Radiant heat from large fires can cause roof materials to hit their flash point, or a temperature at which they self-ignite. Your roof might also come into contact with open flame if a fire moves into your area. Using quality fire-resistant roofing materials gives the entire structure a better chance of surviving a fire.

Roofing Fire Ratings 101

Roofing materials go through strenuous testing to determine a fire rating. This includes checking if the material is combustible, whether it will splinter and generate flying firebrands (i.e. burning pieces of debris), and if flames can spread across its surface. Class A roofing materials are typically non-combustible, can withstand severe fire exposure, and don’t produce firebrands. Class B roofing is made of combustible materials that are treated with chemicals to make them more fire retardant. Class C roofing is made up of things like untreated wood shakes and shingles, which will only survive light fire damage. Many communities in fire-prone areas ban Class B and Class C roofing materials for safety reasons.

What Are the Most Fire-Resistant Roofing Materials?

A fire-resistant roof includes the entire roofing system, including the deck, insulation, underlayment, and even the roof incline. The roof sheathing material plays a large role in preventing ignition and slowing the spread of fire to other parts of the building.Here are some popular roofing materials to provide Class A protection for your home.

Good Fire Resistant Roofing Materials

New gray slate roof in Las Vegas view from atop roof installed by Prestige Roofing

Slate

This natural stone tile is beautiful, durable, and non-combustible. However, slate is also an extremely heavy material, so you have to make sure your roof can support the weight. Additionally, slate tile is expensive and requires specialized knowledge for proper installation.

Clay Tile

Clay tile is another non-combustible option. It’s a popular choice for Southwestern, mission, or Spanish-style architecture. However, for optimal fire protection, it does require a bit of upkeep, particularly the barrel-shaped tiles, as there can be gaps between the underlayment and the tile sheathing. If these gaps aren’t plugged, embers can get blown in, bypassing the Class A protection of the tiles, and spread to the structural support beams.

Concrete Tiles

Concrete tiles, like clay, are non-combustible. They can be a good choice in terms of durability, fire-resistance, and cost-effectiveness. Today’s concrete tiles come in many colors, finishes and shapes for an attractive look to your roof. Like clay tiles, a concrete tile roof must be installed correctly. LIke clay, regular inspection by your roofer for misplaced tiles or other problems will help it retain its maximum fire resistance.

Asphalt Shingles

Fiberglass-based asphalt shingles provide good fire protection when they’re installed with a fire-resistant underlayment. They’re relatively inexpensive, but also require more upkeep than other options.

Best Fire Resistant Roofing

Two roofing materials, in particular, combine Class A fire-resistance, style, low maintenance and durability.

Metal

Luxury home at night with beautiful fire resistant copper roof

Metal roofing is non-combustible and offers Class A protection in combination with a fire-resistant underlayment. It’s lightweight, won’t corrode, and requires little maintenance. Metal roofing can be made from copper, zinc and steel, as well as various alloys, and comes in a variety of finishes, colors, and designs. Even better, most types of metal roofing are heat reflective and meet Energy Star efficiency requirements — making them a great option for the Las Vegas desert climate.

CeDUR

Vintage Las Vegas home restored with CeDUR shake roofing

Natural wood shakes are a popular roofing choice for their natural look and beauty, but are prohibited in many fire-prone communities for safety concerns. Fortunately, there is now a synthetic option on the market called CeDUR which replicates the look of natural cedar shakes and tiles but is designed with high fire resistance. CeDUR tiles self-extinguish and create minimal heat transfer, which helps prevent the spread of flames across the surface of the roof.

CeDUR tiles are also rated for impact and high winds, and won’t rot or split — unlike natural wood or asphalt shingles.

Other Tips for Reducing the Risk of a Roof Fire

Simple maintenance can go a long way to help mitigate the risk of a roof fire. Periodically inspect the condition of your roof, checking for gaps in the tiles, areas where shingles have fallen away, or where the surface is damaged. Also, make sure to remove wind-blown debris, such as leaves and pine needles that accumulate on your roof and in gutters.It’s important to have a fire-resistant roof when living in a fire-prone area like Las Vegas. By choosing Class A roofing materials and keeping up with maintenance, you can help prevent fires from destroying your home. If you have any questions, contact the experts at Prestige Roofing. We will help you find the right option to match your style and budget.

Huge luxury home with new tile roof in Henderson, Nevada

Clay or Concrete Tile Roofing for your Las Vegas Home?

There are quite a few reasons for the enduring popularity of tile roofs. When properly installed, you get a potent combination of energy savings, durability, beauty and protection that many other roofing materials can’t match.The two most popular types of tile roofing are concrete and clay tiles. But which one suits your home if you’re looking to build a new home or reroof your existing home? How well does each version hold up under various seasonal weather conditions, particularly here in Las Vegas? Let’s look at how clay and concrete roof tiles compare in some important categories.

Weight of Roof Tiles

Your home must be able to bear the weight of your roofing materials, which is why we’re looking at this category first. The weight of concrete tiles can be anywhere from 820 to 1,100 pounds per square foot. Compare that to clay, which comes to only 600-650 pounds per square foot. That means concrete tiles can weight up to 40% more than clay tiles.If you’re considering going with clay or concrete tiles for your new or existing roof, and you have not previously cleared it for tile roofing, have the frame of your home inspected by a qualified roofing engineer. This will make sure the integrity of your home isn’t compromised. You may have to add additional support to handle the extra weight of the tiles.

Water Absorption

Clay roof tiles on a gently sloped roof brown and aged

Las Vegas experiences its own “monsoon season” which brings heavy rainstorms and even hail to the area. Both concrete and clay tiles have a high resistance to heavy winds and hail. However, clay tiles have an advantage when it comes to heavy rains. They only absorb around 6% of water, lowering the chances of mildewing and other water damage. Certain varieties of tiles come with ceramic finishes, reducing water retention rates and mildew concerns to nearly zero. Concrete tiles, on the other hand, have a water absorption rate of up to 13%, twice that of clay. While most homes are built to handle normal precipitation, you may have concerns the changing climate may bring instances of unusually heavy rainfall. Talk to your roofing engineer about the best way to protect your roof and home from damage in that situation.

Durability

Southwest style tile roof home and garden with new tile roof and roof fixtures

Both clay and concrete tiles leave most other roofing materials in the dust when it comes to longevity. Still, clay is king when it comes to endurance, capable of lasting through several generations of homeowners. Many clay roofs look fantastic decades after installation, with a lifespan of 60-100 years. Concrete tiles are highly durable as well, lasting 50 or more years.Even though Las Vegas generally has relatively mild winters, we do have occasional snowfalls and freezes. Clay may shatter under extreme freeze-and-thaw conditions, while concrete tiles don’t have the same vulnerability.

Ease of Maintenance

If you have a tile roof, you are not off the hook for general roof maintenance. Remember the underlayment of your roof, including the membrane that keeps moisture from entering your home, may need repair or replacement before the tiles themselves have to be replaced. Have your roof inspected regularly to catch problems or wear-and-tear early. 

Appearance

Multicolor concrete roof tiles on sloped roof

Since it’s a natural material, clay tiles coated with the right finish can maintain their brightness for decades. The color-thru technology used to give concrete tiles their appearance can wear off over time, causing them to fade. The porousness of the material makes concrete tiles more prone to absorbing stains than clay tiles. Talk to your roofer about how your tiles will age before you decide so you have a good idea of what to expect. Concrete tiles are available in many colors and designs, including tiles that look like wood, clay, slate, and stone. That gives you a few more options over you choices in clay tiles. You can also give your roof a unique look by blending several different concrete tile colors and varieties.For a unique, classic look, you may even decide to use antique or reclaimed tiles for your roof project. These tiles may be sourced from Europe or other places to provide a classic look to your home. Reclaimed tiles can enhance the beauty and value of your home and, properly prepared and installed, will provide the same protection as new tiles.

Consult a Las Vegas Roofing Professional

Tile roofing is a great solution for many homeowners. A tile roof provides you with a long-lasting, beautiful roof that is well-suited to our strong suns and southwest architectural styles. The cost of tile roofing is reasonable, providing good value over time due to its durability and protective qualities. And there are many color and design options that make tile an exciting choice so you can build the roof that fits your taste and needs. Both clay and concrete tiles are great options for any Las Vegas home.For the best results of your roofing project, consult an experienced and qualified roofing professional before making a roofing material decision. A professional roofer can evaluate the state of your home and provide you with the choices that will best suit your needs. For more information on how to select a new tile roof in Las Vegas, call Prestige Roofing today at 702-646-7536.