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When you need a roof replacement in Connecticut, it’s vital that you take the time needed to shop and compare various roofing materials. While it is always tempting to go straight for the cheapest roofing material on the market, and while most will last for several years before, other materials might offer added durability and style that make them worth their weight in gold.

BMS Quality Roofing, LLC will offer personalized suggestions for your home/business and explain in greater detail why certain materials are recommended, but learning about various roofing materials is also helpful! You can then decide on the right roofing material for your home or business, and know that you’ll be happy with your new roof for many years to come.

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Each ply of a Built-Up Roofing system contains a mat of glass fiber reinforcement – most single-ply systems contain no reinforcement at all. When multiple plies are combined and sandwiched between layers of water-resistant asphalt, the result is a longer lasting roof.

All roofs expand and contract. Single-ply roofs respond with elongation. But over time these systems can lose their elasticity, resulting in buckling, ridges and splits. A Built-Up Roof, however, limits movement with a high tensile strength in excess of the recommended 200 lbs./ The potential for fracturing is more or less eliminated, and the Built-Up Roof will last longer.

Multiple layers of reinforcement offer multiple opportunities to prevent leaks. Single-ply membranes only offer one chance at preventing a leak. Plus, there’s nothing quite like asphalt when it comes to making a roof resist water. Asphalt is the glue that holds a Built-Up Roof together. It also seals and protects the entire roof, delivering up to five times greater water-resistant thickness.

On a hot Built-Up Roof, the multiple plies are fused together using hot-mopped asphalt to create a monolithic barrier. Every inch is firmly and completely adhered over the entire roof area, without the need for ballast or fasteners. Single-ply systems require ballast or fasteners because they are generally laid loose. But ballast (such as stones) increases structural load and can be blown off by strong winds. And fasteners create less stress points and additional opportunities for moisture leakage.


We have the most resilient method of restoration for cedar shake roofs. Of course, we twin chemical wash the shakes to remove moss, dirt, graying, and atmospheric dirt and follow that with a brightening of the shakes.


Cedar shake roofs have been the most popular roof type over the last hundred years. Cedar shakes have always been the worlds most enduring roofing material, and with modern treatment process’ cedar has become as fire retardant as any laminate. Being one of the lightest and toughest roofing materials around makes this one of the best investments you can make in your house.


While the initial cost for a premium metal roof is higher than most other roofing materials, you’ll save money in the long run. A metal roof can last a lifetime, whereas materials like asphalt require reproofing every 10 to 20 years. A metal roof can also increase the resale value of your home. In some states, like Texas, a metal roof can even lower your homeowner’s insurance by 35%


As reported by Sal Alfano of Remodeling Magazine, homes renovated with standing-seam metal roofing show a rate of 85.9% cost recouped in the national average with up to 95.5% for homes in the Eastern states, a full 1 and 6% resale value gain over homes roofed with asphalt. And with all the added safety and longevity associated with quality metal roofing matching installation job costs that reach only one half of that of cosmetic room remodeling averages or even one eighth of that of a master suite addition, you hardly deny the sense in upgrading.


EPDM: Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (or Terpolymer which is simply a product consisting of three distinct monomers). EPDM is classified as a Thermoset material which means it is either fully-cured prior to being installed or that it cures during natural weathering after installation. EPDM roofs are single-ply membranes meaning there is only one ply of roofing material, not multiple plies laminated together.


EPDM has been in use on roofs in the USA since the 1960’s and is one of the most common types of low-slope roofing materials. This is because it is relatively inexpensive, simple to install, and fairly clean to work with when compared to conventional built-up roofs. There aren’t the odors and fumes that accompany built-up roofs which appeals to many property owners and managers. EPDM is a rubber material whose principal components consist of the compounds ethylene and propylene. A flexible rubber matrix forms when a small amount of diene is added to the mix. EPDM is available reinforced or unreinforced with both commonly used; it’s also available in either a cured (vulcanized) or uncured (non-vulcanized) state. Vulcanized EPDM is the most common with non-vulcanized often used for flashing purposes.


TPO membranes are single-ply roof membranes constructed from ethylene propylene rubber. They are designed to combine the durability of EPDM rubber with the proven performance of hot-air weldable seams. They have been tested as having excellent resistance to ozone, are algae-resistant, environmentally friendly and safe to install. The material’s manufacturers are so confident in properly welded seams that the material is sometimes advertised as a monolithic (seamless) roof. Seam strengths are reportedly 3 to 4 times those of EPDM’s adhesive and tape seams


One of the main advantages of TPO roofing is it’s heat reflective and energy efficient properties. This is mainly due to its stark white color, however many manufactures have realized the need to implement new colors and are offering tan and gray reflective color options. TPO can be installed to basically any scale with some of the worlds largest building utilizing TPO roofing systems – it comes in strips typically 8ft, 10ft and 12ft wide that are heat welded on site. Another advantage to TPO roofing is its price. TPO is often one of the most economical options for a large low slope roofing area. Another distinct advantage to TPO membranes is the simplicity of repairs – You simply cut out the effected region and weld a new piece in its place.


Slate has been acclaimed for generations as the ultimate roofing material. It is natural stone that has the remarkable ability to be manufactured into thin tiles of uniform thickness. A slate roof simply has no equal in durability and natural beauty. Slate enhances the aesthetic design of nearly any building with its variety of natural colors and textures.


Through the harsh winters and hot summers of New England, slate holds its performance and is a top choice for our climate. Slate has been known to outlast most, if not all man-made roofing materials.


Tile Roofing is a very inexpensive and efficient roofing material. Tile roofs generally last in excess of 100 years and often cost less than wood shake or asphalt shingles. Tile Roofs can be put on any home, any design, any pitch. They do not require cleaning and if your roof does sustain damage it’s very easy to repair by replacing only the damaged tiles. Tile roofs hold up better in storm and wind conditions than any other product on the market.


Tile roofs create an insulating layer of “dead air” between the tile and the roof. This dead air makes tile roofs one of the most insulating of all roofing materials.

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