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A large storm producing a Tornado causing destruction. Illustration.

Investing in metal residential roofing is a smart choice for homeowners seeking both storm resistance and energy efficiency. Metal roofs are durable, reflect solar heat, lower cooling costs, and provide insulation against harsh weather conditions. Discover how metal residential roofing can safeguard your home and reduce energy expenses.

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We’ve all seen the photos and videos of damaged homes after major weather events. Hurricanes, tornadoes, tropical storms, hail, and heavy winds and rain pummel homes and cause major damage, even total destruction. And, the crazy weather seems to be happening more frequently. When homes do survive the storm, there’s often significant damage. The damage you see most often due to weather events is to the roof. And, quite often, roof failure can trigger damage or destruction of the home beneath it. This is why it’s important to have a well-built residential roof —one that not only stands up to the elements but also offers energy-efficient benefits. One such roofing option that excels in both durability and energy efficiency is metal residential roofing.

Roof Characteristics for Weathering the Storm

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There are many roof types and roofing materials. Many are not designed to resist the severe weather that many parts of the country have seen in recent years. Home damage claims are in the billions of dollars, and rebuilding can be a long, slow process. More and more homeowners are choosing to replace their old roofs with metal roofing that is more storm-resistant and durable, reaping the benefits of residential metal roof installation.

There are a few things to know when looking to install storm-resistant residential metal roofing. In areas where hurricanes and other major weather events are common, the residential roof design and materials should be chosen to maximize the residential roof’s ability to withstand storm winds. And, selecting a knowledgeable and experienced roofer is key, as it means the residential metal roof will be properly installed to industry standards for the best performance in a storm. Here are some considerations when building a wind-resistant residential roof:

  • Roof Shape: The best wind resistance is achieved with an aerodynamic design. This means fewer places where wind can get a hold and lift the roof up. An example is a square or multi-sided home where the roof slopes downward on all sides and only slightly overhangs the house on all sides. This type of roofing is called a hip roof and is preferable to a gabled residential roof, where there may be several protruding parts of the roof that could be uplifted by wind.
  • Roof Slope: For wind resistance, a roof with should have a moderate and consistent pitch. A 30-degree pitch or less is usually recommended, allowing the roof to have a low enough slope for wind to pass over it.
  • Minimize Eaves: Eaves and overhangs allow places for high winds to grab the roof and lift it from the home. It’s best to keep eaves at less than 20 inches from the walls of the home to optimize wind resistance.
  • Minimize Openings: Vents, skylights, doors, and other openings give wind a chance to break open the roof, so these should be avoided or minimized when designing the roof.
  • Strong Connections: The roof with metal residential roofing should be securely fastened to the rafters and walls of the home, using the right nails and other components. Roofs with weak connections allow one failure to then transfer to another area, leading to multiple sequential catastrophic failures that may allow the entire structure to break up.
  • Roofing Materials: Roofing materials must generally be rated for wind resistance, so be sure to work with your roofer to identify materials that will best protect your home. Lightweight or easily lifted and separated roof materials are not ideal for wind-prone areas. Asphalt tiles break away easily and may be torn from the residential roof, exposing the layers below to the effects of the wind. Lower quality or poorly installed cement or clay tiles, while heavier, can be broken away and become dangerous projectiles. Metal residential roofing is a great choice as it is less likely to break up and be lifted away by the wind. 
  • Professional Installation: Choosing a qualified installer is a key factor in roof performance in severe weather. A professional roofer will help you select the best roof type for your local climate. He will use quality materials and components and use industry-standard practices during installation, making sure the roof is properly and securely attached to minimize wind damage and ensure a successful metal roof installation. And he will use a high-quality membrane and underlayment layer that is strongly attached to the home to help minimize leaks and damage to the home.

Metal Residential Roofing for Weather-Resistant Roofing

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The many advantages of metal residential roofing make it a good choice in any location. In addition to their ability to reflect the sun’s UV rays in hot climates, metal residential roofs are also highly effective in handling wind, rain, hail, snow, and ice, making metal residential roofing a popular choice in storm-prone areas. Metal’s strength and durability play a role in its ability to withstand stormy weather. But other characteristics make metal residential roofing a great choice as well. Here are some metal roof benefits:

  • Metal residential roofs meet wind resistance standards, handling winds up to 140 mph, so they meet local building code regulations in Florida and other storm-prone areas.
  • Due to their strength, metal residential roofs, whether standing seam metal roofing, metal roofing panels, or metal shingles, resist damage from flying debris better than most other roof materials that may break or be crushed. Look for a roof with a Class 4 rating.
  • Properly installed, interlocked metal roofing panels, tightly attached to the underlayment, will not leak. They can handle significant rainfall, shedding it rapidly from their surface. In severe storm areas, metal residential roofing may be tested to meet the TAS100 standard, which requires roofs to handle 8 inches of rain per hour.
  • Metal residential roofs are lightweight. It may seem counterintuitive that a light roof would perform better in a storm, but the lighter roof has higher shear strength than a heavy roof. This means when it is hit with horizontal winds, it is less likely to shift its weight. When a heavy residential roof shifts, the home below is put under stress, buckles, and collapses.
  • Metal residential roofing has Class A fire resistance and will protect your home in case of lightning-induced fires in the area. Metal roofs do not attract lightning and are designed so that, if struck, they conduct the electricity safely away from the structure and into the ground.
  • Metal residential roofing will not be noisier than other kinds of roofing in a rainstorm if built with the proper underlayment and insulation.
  • Metal residential roofing is known for its energy-efficient properties. It reflects solar heat, reducing cooling costs in hot weather and providing insulation to lower heat loss in winter.
  • While metal roofing materials have a higher initial cost than alternatives like asphalt, cement, or clay tiles, they offer unique advantages. Metal roofs provide exceptional longevity, minimal maintenance, and enhanced property aesthetics, contributing to prolonged roof life and increased home market value.

Of course, metal residential roofs have many other good properties and aesthetics that are making them more popular these days. Metal residential roofs are strong and durable, lasting up to 100 years or more. They are fire-resistant and reflect the heat of the sun, keeping the home interior cooler on hot days. They require little maintenance. If replaced, they are fully recyclable so they are considered environmentally friendly. There are different metal roof types as well based on their respective metal roof materials. Zinc and copper roofs do not rust or corrode. Instead, they develop a beautiful and protective patina on the surface as they age, giving the home a timeless, classic look. Metal residential roofs come in many different designs and colors, so they are a beautiful addition to any home, creating curb appeal and adding value to the home.

Prestige Roofing Copper and Zinc Custom Metal Residential Roofing Specialists in Las Vegas

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Prestige Roofing has been installing custom metal roofing in Las Vegas for over 25 years. Or metal roofing craftsmen create beautiful metal roofs as well as one of a kind features like arches, porticos, turrets, spires, rain gutters and downspouts, as well as interior and exterior walls and other features. A custom metal roof will protect your home for many decades. It is low maintenance, damage resistant and becomes more beautiful as it ages. And a custom residential metal roof will protect your home from high winds and rain. For a free estimate to see how a metal roof will fit with your project and help protect your home, give us a call at 702-646-7536.

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Building a safe and durable roof for a home or other building involves planning and carrying out a number of important steps. Each step is necessary to make sure the roof can do its job to safeguard the structure from wind, rain, snow, and ice, protect the building from water leaks, and even help reduce its flammability. A safe installation also involves proper preparation and handling of materials at the roof construction site.

Here is what we will cover:

How Do You Build a Roof?

Before You Start

Man knocking on the front door of a home on a sunny day.

Before your roof replacement project begins, there are a couple of important steps to take first. These are getting a thorough inspection of the existing roof and putting together a project plan.

Roof inspection: A roof inspection of your old roof will give your roofer some important information. The roofer will assess the design and structure of your roof, which will help them determine the right roofing materials and other components. It will also determine the techniques and tools that will be required, what type of remediation of existing problems might be needed, and other details. Your roofer will pay attention to details like drainage and openings so that they can plan to order the right components to make sure water runoff will be properly redirected away from your home. The roofer will also determine the type of building permits needed for the project.

As part of the inspection, your roofer may suggest a few things for you to do to prepare the site. For a residential roofing project, this might include trimming tree branches and bushes that overhang the roof and moving items in the yard that will impede work, such as tools or yard furniture close to the house.

Project plan: Your project plan is vital to a successful project. If you are building a new roof, you will choose a style of roof and work with an architect to complete the design the roofer will use to build it. There are many types of roof to choose from. If it’s a roof replacement, you will set a budget and select roofing materials. Your choice will also depend on the style of your home, the roof pitch, the climate in your area, and roof designs in your neighborhood, especially if there are homeowners’ association guidelines to be followed. Your roofer will go over roof material choices with you, which, in some cases, may also include roof fixtures, gutters, or other items that are needed. This is a good time to ask questions about durability and performance of the materials.

Your roofer will complete the project plan with the intended roof design and provide the total estimated cost of the job. Now that you have the plan, work can begin.

Steps to Build a Roof

Your materials have arrived and your project is now underway. There are three major stages to carry out to build your new roof.

Remove the Old Roof

professional roofers laying roofing tiles

The first step, removing the old roof, happens as follows:

  1. Remove loose debris like branches, nails, broken roof shingles, and other items on the old roof. This clears the way for workers to expedite the roof removal.
  2. Examine the roof for visibly damaged areas, such as moisture or rot that could endanger a roofer. Make any repairs needed to stabilize that area and make sure the roof deck is in good condition for construction of the new roof.
  3. Remove components such as flashing and drainage to ready the roof so tiles can come off.
  4. Remove the old roofing materials. They may come up individually, in sections, or be cut into pieces for removal, such as asphalt tiles.

With the roof removed, another close inspection is carried out to find any areas of the frame and underlying areas that need repair.

Once the preparation of the roof area is complete, it’s time to install the new roof.

Install the New Roof

roof construction project in las vegas

The new roof is built layer by layer, and the roof materials installed from the bottom roof edge upward.

  1. Install the underlayment. This usually consists of self-adhesive waterproof sheets that roll out and cover the roof deck to protect the structure from water and ice.
  2. Add a layer of tar paper that will help direct water that gets under the shingles to roll off the roof. It also helps to reduce flammability. This material is attached in sections and stapled to the underlayment.
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    Construction workers Fixing roof tiles, with roofing tools, electric drills used on roofs in safety kits for safety.

  3. Install the roofing materials. If they are shingles, this starts at the bottom and the shingles are layered downward to direct water flow toward the ground. The shingles are attached using a nail gun. Metal roofing will be installed in sheets and attached with screws of the same material. This is the most time-consuming part of the project.
  4. Install the metal flashing around roof fixtures that overlay the edges of the new roof shingles, preventing water leaks. Reattach or install gutter systems, as needed. For metal roofs, add the edging or eaves to finish off the installation.view of roof shingles in residential roofing project
  5. Cap the roof ridge. These roof shingles run along the top ridge of the roof and are a different shape. They are attached with longer nails as they go through the initial layer of shingles.
  6. Check seals and clean up. The installer will do a final check for exposed or protruding nails, clean up debris, and make sure all components are installed properly.
  7. Inspection and Site Cleanup. The site supervisor will inspect the entire roof and make sure everything is securely and correctly installed. They will check that all roof openings, like vents and skylights, are properly sealed. Meanwhile, the entire property will be cleaned up of any stray nails and screws, roofing materials, tools, or other debris, so the property is left safe and in the condition it was before the project began.

Owner Inspection and Project Closure

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Once the new roof is installed, the roofer will conduct a final inspection to ensure that the project was completed according to the plan and to your satisfaction. They will also explain the roof warranty and any upkeep that may be required.

The roof warranty will typically cover defects in materials and workmanship for a certain period of time. It is important to read the warranty carefully to understand what is covered and what is not.

The roof may also require some ongoing upkeep, such as cleaning and repairing any damage. It is important to follow the roofer’s recommendations for upkeep to ensure that your roof lasts for many years.

Prestige Roofing has been installing beautiful roofs in Las Vegas for over 25 years. If you are looking to replace your roof in the Las Vegas area, give us a call at 702-646-7536.

Las Vegas Metal Roofing – The Best Choice for Your Roof

Metal Roof installation on a Las Vegas residence.

Are you thinking about metal roofing? Prestige Roofing is the premier metal roofing contractor in the Las Vegas Valley, with decades of experience installing beautiful, unique, and timeless metal roofs for our clients. Homeowners, businesses, government entities, and home builders turn to Prestige Roofing for the best results with copper, zinc, and other types of metal roofing options. We choose to work with metal due to its versatility, durability, beauty, and many other advantages.

Here are a few reasons why we believe metal is a great choice for your new or replacement roof:

Benefits of Installing a Metal Roof

Residential Copper metal roofing application in Las Vegas

Metal roofs have been used for a long time. Architects have recognized the value of metal as a roofing material since early times. Durable metal roofing has been utilized for hundreds of years around the world for various types of buildings and styles.  Metal roofs are renowned for their exceptional durability and longevity, making them a top choice among roofing systems. Unlike other materials, metal does not deteriorate over time, ensuring that your roof will remain strong and intact for decades. With their robust construction, metal roofing systems can withstand extreme weather conditions, including high winds and heavy precipitation. By investing in a metal roof, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your home or building is protected by one of the most reliable and long-lasting roofing systems available. Here are the reasons why we love recommending and installing metal roofing for our clients in Las Vegas:

    • Durability – Metals are naturally strong and sturdy materials that withstand extreme weather conditions such as high winds. Metal does not deteriorate like other roofing materials and will continue to look good, even improving in beauty, over the years.

    • Longevity – A well-installed metal roof can last for several decades, often surpassing the lifespan of the home itself. With a typical lifespan of 50-100 years, metal roofs offer long-term protection and peace of mind.

    • Fire ResistanceProtect your home with residential metal roofing. Metal is non-combustible and can help safeguard your property, especially in areas prone to wildfires.

    • Malleability – Softer metals like copper, zinc, and aluminum are malleable, making them useful for curved forms such as domes and arches, fixtures, and decorative features. Whether it’s a home, church, business, or any other type of building, they allow for artistry and creativity, resulting in beautiful outcomes.

    • Curb Appeal – Your home will stand out with the lasting beauty of residential metal roofing. A quality metal roof can increase the resale value of your home.

    • Low Maintenance – Metal roofs are highly durable and, if properly installed and secured, generally require minimal maintenance.

    • Lightweight – Unlike heavy clay or concrete tiles, metal roofs are lightweight, putting less strain on the structure they protect. These metal roof panels are also easier and less expensive to transport to the construction site.

    • Energy Efficiency – Metal roofing materials reflect solar heat, reducing the amount of heat transferred into your home. This energy-efficient feature helps to lower cooling costs during hot Las Vegas summers. Additionally, metal roofs provide insulation, reducing heat loss in winter and preventing ice dam formation. Metal roofing systems are an excellent choice for achieving Energy Star certification due to their reflective properties and insulation capabilities.

    • Environmentally Friendly – Metal roofing materials last longer than any other roofing material, resulting in fewer roof replacements over the lifetime of the home. This means fewer materials end up in landfills. And when the roof does need replacement, metal is fully recyclable and can be resold and reused.

    Copper Metal Roofing overhang on a Las Vegas home

    Like all choices for roofing materials, metal roofs do have a few drawbacks that are important to know before making a decision

    • Cost – Metal roof materials are generally more expensive than manufactured materials like asphalt, cement, or clay tiles. However, metal roofs last longer, require less maintenance, and add curb appeal, thus increasing the resale value of the home.
    • Dents – Metal roofs are susceptible to denting if struck by falling debris, such as tree branches. Thankfully, these dents can be repaired by a professional metal roofing expert.
    • Expansion and Contraction – Metal roofs expand and contract slightly with temperature fluctuations. However, with proper installation and secure fastening, this movement shouldn’t cause significant noise or other issues.
    • Noise – Improperly installed metal roofs can generate noise during rainstorms as raindrops hit the metal surface. However, professional installation with adequate underlayment and insulation mitigates this issue, resulting in a quiet and comfortable indoor environment.

    What Type of Metal Roof is Best for You?

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    In Las Vegas, copper and zinc stand out as excellent choices for metal roofing materials, offering both beauty and durability. These options are particularly well-suited for our desert climate, as they are energy-efficient and complement the open desert landscape.

    Copper – Renowned for its unique beauty, durability, and versatility, copper develops a natural green patina over time, adding a timeless aesthetic to your roof, while also protecting it from the elements. Copper is lightweight, corrosion-resistant, and energy-efficient. As a malleable metal, copper can be curved to create beautiful custom designs and fixtures. A properly installed copper roof will outlast most other roofs, lasting 100 years or more. A copper metal roofing installation can be used in commercial or residential roofing.

    Zinc – Like copper, zinc is known for its beauty. It also forms an attractive and protective patina over time, safeguarding the roof from corrosion and rust. Most zinc roofs come with the patina already in place, protecting it from the elements from the time of installation. Zinc is a good choice among metal roofing materials for coastal locations as the roof will be shielded from salt air. Zinc roofing has a long life, similar to copper, lasting 80-100 years or more.

    Other popular metal roof materials that homeowners and businesses may consider include:

    Aluminum – Aluminum is durable and will not corrode or rust, making it a good choice in rainy and humid climates. It’s also lightweight and easy to transport. As with the previously mentioned types of metal roofing, it is also a soft metal, and is subject to denting from falling debris. Like copper, aluminum is malleable and can be formed to achieve the desired design. And like copper, an aluminum roof will last. The typical lifespan of an aluminum roof is about 50 years.

    Steel – Steel: Known for its strength, steel is commonly used in commercial metal roofing and is becoming increasingly popular for residential applications. Steel is fire-resistant, low maintenance, and not subject to mold and mildew. However, if not kept clean and free from pooling water, steel will corrode over time. A steel roof will last 40-60 years.

Create a Unique Look with Las Vegas Metal Roofing Designs

Gazebo structure with copper roofing in Las Vegas

Metal roofing, especially with soft metals like copper, zinc, and aluminum, can be formed into shapes to fit any architectural need, from roof panels, rain gutters, vents, and louvers to porticos, walls, arches, cupolas, and more. Experienced metal workers, working with your architect or general contractor, can create whatever shape or architectural element you need to achieve a unique and special look. Our work on Las Vegas metal roofing projects includes many private homes, including custom homes in McDonald’s Highlands and celebrity homes, as well as local and state government buildings and many others.

In conclusion, opting for a metal roof offers numerous advantages for homeowners and businesses alike. With their exceptional durability, long life, and energy-efficient properties, metal roofing systems provide a reliable and sustainable solution for protecting your property. The ability to reflect solar heat and insulate the home not only contributes to energy savings but also helps create a comfortable living environment. Additionally, metal roofs are environmentally friendly, as they reduce the need for frequent replacements and can be fully recycled. When it comes to choosing a roofing system that combines longevity, energy efficiency, and environmental consciousness, metal roofing, with its Energy Star-rated performance, stands out as a top choice. Make the smart investment in a metal roof today and enjoy its benefits for years to come.

Professional and Experienced Las Vegas Metal Roof Installers

Copper Metal Roofing Installation by Prestige, Las Vegas Metal Roof Experts

Prestige Roofing, a reputable Las Vegas metal roofing contractor, set out over 25 years ago to build the best roofs in Las Vegas. We believe we have achieved that, with hundreds of new and replacement roofs installed, as well as roofs repaired and maintained for clients across the Las Vegas valley. Our dedicated and experienced team of qualified roofers and metal artisans are here to help you with your metal roof projects, as well as tile, slate, and shingle roofing. Take a look at some of our projects in our online portfolio and give us a call to get more information.

How to Choose New Roof Tiles for Your Roofing Project

Aerial view of a quality roofing installationReplacing your roof is a big project, so it’s important to have a plan and make the best choice for your new roof tiles. As a homeowner, it’s important to have some knowledge about the process of selecting roofing materials so you can ask the right questions and discuss options with your roofing professional.

Here are some things to consider before you decide on your new roof tiles while choosing a qualified roofer in your area:

Selecting your New Roof Tiles

Durability and Reliability of Roofing Materials

Your roof is key to protecting your entire home. Your new roof should be ready to take on that job for decades to come. Any new roof tiles you select should be both durable and reliable. There are various types of roofing. Some types of tiles are more durable than others. For example, slate tiles may last over 100 years, and clay or cement tiles around 50-100 years. The lifetime of asphalt roof tiles is 15-30 years.

Consider the lifespan of different tile materials, such as slate, clay, cement, or asphalt, and choose reputable manufacturers known for producing high-quality tiles to ensure a quality roofing installation.
Another thing to check is the manufacturer’s warranty.

Architectural Style and Structure of Your Roofing Project

Tile Roof Installation

Your new roof tiles should complement the architectural style and structure of your home. The type of tiles you choose may depend on factors such as the framing required, the pitch of your roof, and the overall aesthetic appeal you’re aiming for with your roofing project. Consult with an experienced and reliable roofer who can guide you in selecting tiles that not only fit your home but also enhance its visual appeal.

To enhance the beauty of your home, match your roof tiles to the style of your home during your roofing project. A historic Colonial or Victorian home, for example, will look good with a slate roof. Clay tiles, new or reclaimed, will enhance the beauty of a Mediterranean-style home. The preferred choice for stucco homes, common in the Southwest, is generally concrete tiles, which are available in many different styles, textures, and colors.

Consider the roofing materials and styles most common in your neighborhood so that your home doesn’t look out of place. Match the style, color, and texture of the roof tiles to other features of your home. This will maintain a consistent look and help highlight your home’s best features.

Roof Tile Characteristics on Roofing Installations

Roof tiles have different characteristics to be considered in the selection process, depending on the roofing materials and other factors. It’s important to know how tiles perform under different conditions. Some of the characteristics you and your roofer may look for in the tiles you choose include fire resistance, wind resistance, thermal properties (how well they help maintain the temperature in your home in hot and cold weather), sound resistance, and moisture retention (do they absorb moisture and become heavier?). Tiles that are interlocking, for example, will better weatherproof your home. Your roof pitch may affect your choice of tiles as well.

Other questions you may have for your roofer about your choice of tiles include how easy they are to install and maintain, how your tiles change over time, or if you live by the coast, how they handle salt air. The characteristics of your new tiles will include how they are laid out, affecting the overall look of the finished roof. Discuss these characteristics with your roofing professional to make an informed decision.

Roofing Project Pricing

Price is a primary factor for most homeowners when choosing new roof tiles and quality roofing. You will want to find the best performing tiles for your budget. Four factors to consider when budgeting for your new roof are:

  1. What is the cost of the tiles?
  2. How does the choice of the tiles affect installation cost?
  3. How long will your tiles last (tiles that have to be replaced in 15 years, in the long run, will be more expensive than tiles that last 30, 50, or 100 years)?
  4. How much maintenance or possible repairs will this roof need over time, adding to the overall cost of the roof?

Other Considerations for Your Roofing Project

low pitch quality roof tile installation

Local Building Code

For every quality roofing installation, your roof will need to comply with any local building codes. You may also need to be in compliance with any HOA rules if you are part of a Homeowners’ Association. Your licensed roofer will help make sure you meet the local building requirements. Speak with them about this process and be sure to get copies for your records if there are any permits or other documentation involved.

Maintenance and Repair Needs for Various Types of Roofing


When choosing a roof, ask about what type of routine maintenance you should expect from your roofing experts. When possible, choose a roof that needs little care, as these roofs are usually sturdy, waterproof, and durable to begin with. With quality roofing, repairs should only be needed in case of storm damage, such as a falling tree.

The type of roofing materials you select for your roofing project is dependent on several factors. Don’t select roof tiles that will not handle the most severe weather conditions for your area. In hot zones, choose tiles that are not damaged by the UV rays of the sun. In rainy, windy, or stormy climates, be sure tiles will hold up to severe rainstorms and not break or move, allowing water to seep under the tiles. If you experience frequent freezes, tiles should be able to handle large temperature swings and ice buildup without warping or breaking, which can cause roof leaks.

Proper Roof Installation

Installation during a roofing project by roofing professionals

Key to the success of your new roof is correct, professional, quality installation. Unqualified roofers may not properly nail tiles in the pattern and places needed to ensure they stay in place regardless of the weather. A licensed, experienced roofer with a focus on workmanship quality and extensive roofing industry knowledge will have the necessary training and experience to ensure a proper installation. They will know how to install the underlayment and flashing and how to lay the tiles so they remain securely in place, protecting your home for decades to come. Regardless of the quality or price of your roof materials, the cost to correct the problems can be high if they are not installed correctly. Therefore, choosing a trustworthy and skilled contractor who prioritizes workmanship quality is crucial for the long-term performance and durability of your roof.

Roof Warranty

Your roof warranty will be a reflection of the quality of the materials and manufacturing. Select a reputable manufacturer and read the warranty before making your final decision. Your manufacturer will usually have a standard manufacturer warranty, covering the materials in case of factory defect. Your professional roofer may offer a craftsmanship warranty on the installation work they do for you. Extended warranties may be available for an extra cost to cover your complete roofing system for an extended period.

Choosing A Professional Roofer

Probably the most important choice you will make when selecting your new roof tiles is the roofer. Finding a good roofing contractor requires that you keep a few things in mind. Your roofer should be reliable and able to guide you through the entire process, installing the new tiles to your satisfaction. The knowledge and experience of a qualified roofer make all the difference between a successful roofing project and one filled with poor decisions, delays, and mistakes.

When choosing your roofer, be sure they are licensed and carry insurance. It’s important to know they have expertise in your type of project. You can check out their portfolio of local projects or ask for a few references from satisfied clients. . To avoid fly-by-night contractors, check that they have a local office in your area.

Most of all, meet with your roofer before you sign, and make sure they are someone you can work with, and that both of you have the same goals for your roofing project. A good roofer will explain their process, walk you through their contract, and answer your questions. They will also have expert recommendations for roofing materials from reputable manufacturers.

Las Vegas Roofer

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Prestige Roofing has been installing roofs in Las Vegas for over 25 years. We have roofing industry knowledge through years of experience with concrete and clay tile roof installations, slate, shake roof shingles, and custom metal roofing, including copper and zinc. If you have a roofing project in Las Vegas and need help selecting the best roof tiles for your home, give us a call at 702-646-7536.

Does the Sun Damage Your Roof?

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Most of the time, we worry about storm damage to our roofs, but hot and persistent sun on a roof can also be a big issue, especially in areas with year-round sunshine and warm weather. Besides climate, the type of roof materials and how well it is constructed and maintained also play a big role in how well your roof holds up to the heat of the sun. Knowing how your roof is holding up on sunny days will also help ensure that your roof keeps protecting your home during the winter months when roof damage can result in leaks and mold that can damage your home.

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Signs of Roof Damage from the Sun

damaged roof in need of roofing repair

Ultraviolet radiation makes up about 10% of the rays we get from the sun. You can’t see UV radiation, but these rays can damage your roof. In the case of asphalt shingles, the most popular roofing material, UV radiation causes the protective coating on the shingles to break down. Asphalt shingles are a petroleum product that degrades with long-term sun exposure. The shingles dry out, fade, and warp. If not dealt with, the damage leads to the possibility of water getting into and under the roof, and then into the attic and home.

How do you know if your roof has been damaged by the sun? The best way is to have a roofer inspect your roof annually as part of routine maintenance. A roofer will recognize damage you may miss, and they’ll be able to check areas that are hard for a homeowner to access.
Here are things to look out for:

Lost Coating

Asphalt shingles are coated with granules that protect the shingles from the weather, including UV radiation, and also provide fire resistance. Over time, with exposure to UV radiation, heat, and other weather conditions, the coating breaks away, leaving the smooth surface of the shingle exposed and without protection from the weather.

Fading

Exposure to the sun causes some roof shingles or tiles to fade or bleach. The appearance of the roof degrades as the most exposed areas become lighter in color than shaded areas.

Warping

Shingles that have been dried out by the sun’s rays may warp and crack. The edges of the tiles begin to curl. When tiles can no longer lay flat on the roof, everything under them is exposed to the elements. Rain can flow into the openings. Wind may lift warped tiles and move or even blow them away, causing further damage. Warping can also create gaps around flashing, chimneys, or skylight enclosures, providing further opportunities for roof leaks.

Moisture

If moisture seeps into gaps created by warping and cracking, the moisture will be heated as the sun beats down, further warping the roof and resulting in the growth of mold under the roof’s surface. The roof rafters and other areas of the home may also be damaged.

Thermal Shock

Your roof is not only bombarded by UV radiation, but it also receives UV light rays that heat up the roof. As they warm, shingles expand. Then, when night comes, the roof cools, and the tiles contract. This cycle of expansion and contraction can cause thermal shock that causes the roof materials to begin to break down. The result will be cracked and broken shingles. This effect is also seen on plastic and metal components, such as brackets and flashing. Years of exposure to these cycles without repairs will lead to leaks, mold, and potential frame damage.

Quality Construction

If your roof is not properly installed, leaving loose shingles, gaps, or poor protection under the roof tiles, damage may be quicker and more severe. A poor roofer may fail to nail materials down correctly, causing them to warp and buckle. If flashing is not secured, damage occurs around that area, making roof failure in extreme temperatures more likely.

There are a lot of unlicensed contractors who may offer to build or repair a roof for less, but they don’t have the training and experience to do the work correctly. It’s important to use a licensed and insured roofer for any roof work. Professional roofers are trained in proper techniques, have the right tools, follow manufacturer guidelines and safety protocols, help you choose materials that best fit your locale and climate, and warranty their work and are insured.

Best Roofing Materials to Reduce Sun Damage

metal roof done by professional roofing contractors

For homeowners in sunny climates, there are good choices for roofs that are well-suited to handle the heat and UV radiation. Asphalt tiles are the most popular choice in America, but they are generally less well-suited to sunny areas. As asphalt roofs age, the tiles are subject to the damage we discussed above. With recent advances in roof tile materials, many higher-end shingles have good coatings that resist UV radiation longer and will hold up better. Be sure to check with your roofer for the best choice for your area.

There are other choices for roofing materials in hot climates that handle the sun well and also offer beauty and durability. Most of these have been used in some form for centuries, and many of them last for decades or longer, even in the toughest climates. Here are a few roof materials that work well in hot climates, like here in Las Vegas:

Cement Tiles

cement tiles on a roof

Cement tiles are extremely resilient to heat. While they are a heavy roofing material, they are also tough and durable, making them resistant to most weather conditions, including sun and heat. In addition, cement tiles absorb the heat of the sun, which helps keep it from going through into the home, so the interior stays cooler. Available in many colors and styles, these tiles will not generally show damage from the sun, so they will look good for a long time. Correctly installed, they can last for many decades.

Clay Tiles

clay tiles on a roof

Clay tiles, also known as terracotta tiles, are made from natural materials and have been used for centuries to protect homes in warm climates. They may be glazed or unglazed. Similar to concrete tiles, they are very dense and resistant to moisture and heat. They help regulate temperature inside the home year-round. They generally come in traditional colors. They are not quite as durable as cement tiles but create a beautiful, traditional look for the home.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is one of the best materials to reflect back UV rays and the heat of the sun. This makes a metal roof one of the most energy-efficient roofing choices. Properly installed, metal roofs, including zinc, copper, and steel, hold up well to the sun and provide many decades of service. They are also beautiful and add value to the home.

Cool Roofing

Cool roofing includes a number of roof types that emphasize energy efficiency and hold up well in the sun. Choices include solar roofing and green roofing. Cool roofing also includes painting roofs white or lighter colors. This allows the roof to reflect back the UV rays and heat of the sun. The roof absorbs fewer damaging rays, and the home stays cooler inside. Cool roofing technology is becoming more popular and widespread for its energy efficiency qualities.

Annual Roof Inspection

Whatever kind of roof you have, being proactive in caring for it will help your roof last longer and reduce the risk of costly repairs. Having your roofer do an annual inspection of your roof will catch small issues early and keep your roof in its best condition to handle all types of weather.

If you’ve noticed any roof damage or have an aging roof, be sure your roof will be ready for summer in Las Vegas. Give Prestige Roofing a call at 702-646-7536 for a free roof inspection.