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AMCAT Roofing Resources

Read through our blog to learn more about AMCAT Roofing’s part in restoring your property after a rough storm! These resources are available for home and business owners who are seeking assistance when it comes to roofing, insurance, inspection, repairs, and so much more. Be sure to keep checking back here for further updates! Contact us today to learn more.

Roofing Materials

It’s interesting to notice that there are many types of roofing and each of them comes with pros and cons. However, if you walk around a city and pay attention to the houses, you’ll likely identify a preferred choice. Why is that?

How Weather Affects Your Roof

Climate is the main factor to be considered when choosing roofing materials, which explains why wood and metal are more common in southern North America, whereas tile is more predominant in the Southwest.

Here’s a practical example:

AMCAT Roofing is a residential and commercial roofing company that has been serving Colorado and New Mexico for years.

In Colorado, we do many metal seam roofs because of their ability to withstand strong winds and snow. For those of you who don’t know, Colorado gets freezing temperatures—and a lot of snow—from October to April, which justifies the choice for this roofing material.

On the other hand, ice is not typically a problem in New Mexico, but high winds and hailstorms are common. In this case, we give preference to asphalt roofs with white or light colors to reflect the heat.

Our Suppliers

We have partnered with first-class suppliers like Studs Lumber, Home Depot, Roof Depot, RWC, Four Corners Pro Steel, and Cal Steel to ensure that we’re using high-quality roofing material in every project we do. In Colorado, we like to use Drexel Metals for our metal process, 26-gauge standing seam, and pro-panel. For shingles, our main supplier is Owens Corning.

So, what’s the most common type of roofing in your city? Are you aware of how it interacts with the climate in your region? We constantly update our blog section with useful information, so don’t forget to check it out every once in a while for roofing tips.

If you live in Colorado or New Mexico, AMCAT Roofing offers excellent customer service and outstanding products. Feel free to contact us through our website or call us at (970) 799-6759 for all your roofing needs!

A new roof makes a big difference for a home. At AMCAT Roofing, we are proud to be a participant in the 2018 Parade of Homes in Durango from September 21-23 this year. Sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Southwest Colorado, the 15th annual Parade of Homes, benefits the association’s scholarship program for local students. Tickets are $20 per person and are available for purchase online.

Customized Roof on the Skywalker Construction Home

The look of a new roof makes a big difference in the aesthetics of a house. For the 2018 Parade of Homes, we provided custom metal work for the Skywalker Construction house. Our work included a 24-gauge standing seam metal roof with 22-gauge custom fascia, and 24-gauge corrugated metal siding. We began working with Skywalker Construction in 2017 when both our firm and theirs earned Best of Durango awards in 2017.

Reasons to Install a Metal Roof

While a metal roof may not sound all that glamorous, there are actually plenty of great reasons why a metal roof matters! Because metal is a highly reflective material, it reflects heat from the sun back into the atmosphere instead of absorbing it. That’s important because it means that your house will not get as hot during the summertime. Metal roofs that meet the United States Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR® guidelines use 10 to 15 percent less energy for cooling. This could result in considerable savings on your summertime electricity bills!

The metal roofs we install have a reflective solar coating already in place. As soon as we install it, the roof provides enhanced energy efficiency. Insulation under the metal means that you won’t hear any extra noise when it rains. Metal also has a long life span, so you probably won’t need to replace it as often as an asphalt shingle roof.

At AMCAT Roofing, we are proud to have partnered with Skywalker Construction for the 2018 Parade of Homes. We invite you to come and check out our work. If you’re building a new home or commercial building, or maybe you simply need a replacement roof, we look forward to working with you! Give us a call at 970-799-6759 or check out our website to get started today!

Owens Corning Shingles are an AMCAT Roofing Favorite – May 2018

Walk down any block in suburban America, and you’re likely to see Owens Corning shingles. For over 75 years, Owens Corning has been leading  the building supply industry and supplying quality roofing products that protect our buildings from the elements and bring out the beauty in our homes. In fact, Owens Corning Roofing has become America’s #1 shingle brand!

Owens Corning shingles are the product of choice for many homeowners due to their wide array of colors and striking durability. They also offer a number of features like significant wind resistance, sun-reflective COOL Roofing technology, and StreakGuard™ Algae Resistance Protection. In fact, the most-purchased product from AMCAT is Owens Corning Oakridge® shingles. With everything from traditional 3-tab shingles to specialty and architectural varieties designed to last longer and complement the unique architectural elements of your home, Owens Corning has developed roofing shingle options to suit any discerning homeowner’s needs.

Due to the high demand for Owens Corning products in our service areas of Aztec, Durango, and Albuquerque, we couldn’t possibly keep up without the help of building suppliers like RWC Building Products. RWC supplies AMCAT Roofing with asphalt shingles, clay & concrete tiles, slate, and metal roofing from brands like GAF, Owens Corning, and Malarkey.

Originally called Roofing Wholesale Co., RWC Building Products was founded in 1958 by John Lisherness, and has remained a family-owned business ever since. From just a one-man operation, RWC has evolved to encompass 12 locations in four states (Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Nevada) and become an industry leader in providing residential and commercial roofing, stucco, flooring, masonry, and supplies to contractors, builders, and homeowners alike.

2018 marks the 60th anniversary of RWC Building Products, and over those 60 years RWC has  kept the same commitment to service and excellence as the day it opened!

Whether you’re building new, renovating, or just updating your home’s roofing, you can confidently choose Owens Corning shingles—just like millions of other homeowners in America. AMCAT Roofing’s roofing experts have experience with all types of residential roofs, and we can help advise you on which Owens Corning products are best for your home’s durability, comfort, and curb appeal. Get in touch with one of our roofing experts today by calling 970-799-6759.

The Benefits Of Choosing TPO Roofing For Your Home – March 2018

How often do you repair or replace your roofing materials? If the cost of regular maintenance is challenging your patience and pocketbook, it might be time to take a new approach. In this blog, you’ll learn more about TPO, the fastest growing flat roof material in the US. Often used for commercial applications, it may be an excellent choice for your home given its many benefits.

Energy Efficiency

TPO roofing systems are designed to reflect the heat of the sun, instead of absorbing it. As a result, your house gets cooler in the summer, which can help you save money on energy bills by reducing your air conditioning costs. The material used in the composition of TPO membranes is Energy Star rated because it follows specifications recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. If you are looking for energy efficiency, TPO will suit your home best, especially if you live in Durango or another city that is very hot in the summer months. An added bonus of this roofing system is that, due to its reflective properties, it also minimizes the heat island effect in urban areas.

Resistance To Weather and Damage

One of the main advantages of opting for a TPO roof is its durability. When installed properly, TPO has totally sealed heat welded seams that are weather resistant and durable. That’s why it’s advisable to hire a professional company—like AMCAT Roofing—to do the installation. Researching the manufacturer is equally important because there are different compositions of TPO out there (and, unfortunately, some of them may include low-quality materials). In addition to being resistant to weather, mold, and puncture damage, a good TPO membrane is flexible and can easily handle thermal expansion and contraction.

Little Maintenance

Even though we’re talking about one of the best materials in the roofing industry, our customers always appreciate the fact that TPO is less expensive than PVC roofing systems and requires little maintenance after installation. With exceptional resistance to ozone, ultraviolet, and chemical exposure, TPO roofing remains the clear winner for both commercial and residential needs. Still, it’s always better to be safe than sorry, so always remember to follow the maintenance schedule indicated by the manufacturer.

Our highly trained team can guide you through the benefits of TPO roofing systems and help you identify which roofing solutions best suit your needs. We strive to offer excellent customer service and outstanding products. Call one of our three locations to get the job done and start saving money!

Three Construction Materials You Should Use for Your House – February 2018

Love to play golf? If you have the chance to go to Colorado, head north of Durango into the Animas Valley. In this region surrounded by stunning mountains and leafy trees lies Glacier Club, a private golf resort community. Recently, the development team asked the experts at AMCAT Roofing for help with three custom-built spec homes. It’s a great opportunity to work in a place that looks like a paradise. After putting some thought into it, we decided to use three distinct products: 24 gauge standing seam roofing, 24 gauge metal custom fascia wrap, and 24 gauge custom metal wall siding. All have at least one thing in common: versatility. So, even if you don’t own a resort, you’ll see value in using these materials for your home. Here is why they’re a good deal:

 

Standing Seam for a High End Function and Aesthetic

Asphalt shingles are still the most popular roofing system among American homes, but many people are already replacing them with standing seam. It’s not hard to understand why: available in a wide variety of colors, the 24 gauge thickness of the metal panels combines a high end function and aesthetic, ensuring both a gorgeous look and greater durability for your roof. The concealed fasteners also provide superior weather resistance when compared to the traditional asphalt shingles and no future maintenance. Just keep in mind that a high-quality installation is equally important to determine the success of the roofing application. If you need a skilled team and a company with years of experience to install standing seam, count on us!

Fascia Wrap for a Beautiful Finish

A metal fascia wrap may be the perfect solution for those who want to kill two birds with one stone. This metal product is often recommended to give your fascia board a beautiful finish and make it maintenance free as well. Basically, you’ll eliminate the need for repainting or resealing, which means you’ll save money in the long run. Fascia wraps are available in a wide assortment of colors and although white is a trendy choice, you can pick other colors that you like. Last, but not least, metal fascia wraps add extra protection to your wood, and guard it against water damage and pests like insects, rats, and bats.

 

Custom Siding for Weather Resistance

Weather conditions, like rain, snow, and variation of temperature eventually wear away the paint from the exterior of a house, causing it to lose brightness and change its color. Another recurring issue observed in many homes are stucco stains. They take time to solve because property owners have to clean them instead of just painting over. In an attempt to avoid all these problems, builders and consumers are starting to use custom siding walls. While there are many products available, it’s undeniable that metal has charm and benefits that go beyond aesthetics. Not only is the durability of this type of material fantastic—up to 50 years—but it’s also a sustainable option because it can be fully recycled at the end of its lifespan. Finally, it’s worth mentioning that metal siding can be highly customized for your needs and requires little or no maintenance.

 

 

Our highly trained team can help you identify which roofing solutions best suit your needs. We strive to offer excellent customer service and outstanding products. Call one of our three locations to get the job done!

Shingle Roof vs. Standing Seam Roof: What Is Best For Your Home? – January 2018

 

At AMCAT Roofing, we’re proud to give stand-out service to our customers every time! Every home is unique, and we love finding the perfect solution for your long-term comfort. Recently, our rock-star Client Representative, Ethan Wilkinson, worked with a customer in Durango who had ongoing leaks in his roof causing damage in his garage and in another section of his house. Though this customer had originally worked with another roofer in Durango, he was left dissatisfied with the lack of follow through and still had persistent roofing issues that needed to be addressed. When Ethan went out to inspect the roof, he found hail damage that could be covered by our customer’s insurance. Ethan took charge of the insurance claim process for our customer, and was approved for a new shingle roof.  However, after consultation with Ethan, our customer decided he would use that insurance money and add a bit more to upgrade from a new shingle roof to a 26 gauge standing seam roof. In addition to replacing the roof, AMCAT Roofing was able to address an issue with the original roof construction, framing to raise a lower slope to make it flush with the rest of the roof. Our custom coiler made panels on-site, and our brake was used to custom bend the trim and flashing pieces.

Would you choose a standing seam roof over shingles? Read on to check out the pros and cons!

 

 

Shingle Roof

Did you know that “[a]sphalt shingles are seen on at least 70% of homes in the United States”? With that kind of popularity, shingle roofing must be doing something right! The main pros of shingle roofs are their convenience. With simple installation and accessible price points, choosing a shingle roof for your home may seem like a no-brainer. However, this top roofing choice isn’t without its drawbacks. Asphalt shingles may be affordable, but are less durable than other choices. Susceptible to damage from the outdoor elements as well as mildew, algae, and mold, shingles often need to be replaced. Shingles also lack the energy efficiency of other types of roofs.

 

 

Standing Seam Roof

If you want to avoid the risks of shingle roofing, there is another option! “[M]etal roofing is growing more popular because of its energy efficiency and cooling ability,” among other benefits. Customers of AMCAT Roofing are choosing standing seam roofs to achieve a better fit using our custom coiler and brake, and to take advantage of the impressive lifespan of this metal roofing. For those of us who get lots of snow during the wintertime, a standing seam roof provides easy home upkeep as the snow simply slides off! The main con of standing seam roofing is the cost upfront. However, it’s worth talking to our client representatives to learn more about the value of this choice.

When it comes to choosing the right roofing options for you, we’re on your side! We will walk alongside you throughout the process, to offer you the best possible experience and quality workmanship on your roof every time. It’s important to us that our customers are delighted with their new roof, and we’ll go above and beyond to make that happen! Contact our friendly team at AMCAT Roofing today to get started.

Welcoming New Equipment and Custom Onsite Fabrications – December 2017

The team at AMCAT Roofing is excited to announce that we have welcomed two new pieces of equipment to our arsenal! The new additions will enhance the quality of roofing systems we provide and allow us to perform custom fabrications onsite.

Because no two roof systems are created equal and materials aren’t always “one-size-fits-all”, we see great benefit in doing customized work. You will notice a better fit and better quality, and have greater satisfaction for years to come! Read on to discover all the features and benefits of the new equipment:

SnapLock 1500 Standing Seam Coiler

The SnapLock 1500 Standing Seam Coiler can fabricate 24 and 28 gauge metal standing seam panels to give your home the style you want with the function you require. Standing seam roof systems are among the most popular because of their versatility of style, durability, and longevity. In fact, a standing seam roof is virtually maintenance-free and can last up to 30 years. The benefits don’t end here!

Each hole in your roofing material is an invitation for rain or moisture to seep into the underlying structure, causing trouble over time. Standing seam metal roofs, however, have no visible screws, fewer holes, and thus fewer points of penetration. If your region expects heavy snow or intense winds, this roof is up for the task because the design and material sheds snow easily and can withstand winds up to 140 mph!

Customized panels provide optimal fit and function, especially for roofs that vary in pitch or levels. Along with our crew’s expertise, the SnapLock 1500 Standing Seam Coiler can achieve this perfect fit. You will love the added benefits of a customized roofing system for years to come.

VanMark VI Metal Brake

The second addition to the team is the heavy duty and mobile VanMark VI Metal Brake! This tool uses two military grade aluminum castings to provide stronger clamping pressure and increased bending strength to bend all metal drip edge, flashings, fasteners, and trim into the perfect fit for your house.

Flashings come in many varieties but all seek to protect your house from water damage and leaks. Customized flashings will collect water and direct it to the gutters and away from your home’s exterior more effectively. Likewise, when drip edge is at the ideal length, it will steer water clear of fascia to avoid pooling or flooding at the base of your house. The ability to custom fit these features is an added bonus for our customers.

We are excited to get to work using our new equipment and showing off the benefits of a custom fit roof. Our qualified team, with 15+ years experience, looks forward to customizing a roofing solution for your home! Call one of our locations today to get started.

Choosing the Right Roof For You – May 2017

Choosing a new roof for your home can be a stressful time, so knowing what to look for in a roof and how to choose the right material for your home is very important. All materials have different looks, styles, pros and cons, but one thing’s for sure: they all add a distinct style to your home.

When looking for a new roof, considering the following aspects:

  • Durability
  • How long with this roof last?
  • Will it stand up to serious weather conditions?
  • Will the material and style fit the design of the home?
  • Are the materials being used eco-friendly or recyclable?
  • Cost

Below you’ll find some pros and cons of popular roofing materials:

Asphalt Shingles 

Asphalt roofing is the most popular choice for most homeowners, making up most of the roofing market. These shingles are either made out of fiberglass, or an organic paper fiber mat, and come in 3-tab shingles or laminated architectural shingles. If you’re someone who wants something eco-friendly, you may want to stay away from the asphalt shingles. Although they can be recycled, these shingles often end up in landfills. Asphalt roofing is inexpensive, and is resistant to fire and high winds.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing materials can include steel, aluminum, copper, or zinc alloy. A steel roofing option can come painted or with a zinc finish, and copper roofs are installed unfinished, and need to be coated with a protective green patina with age. Metal roofing can be made from recycled materials, and can also be recycled when replaced, and also absorb a third less heat than asphalt shingles. Metal roofs have good resistance to wind and fire, and can be very durable depending on the material you use. And finally, steel roofing is moderately priced while copper is on the expensive end.

Clay Tile

Clay tile roofing is made from natural clay and is fired in a kiln. This type of roofing is made to have a traditional Italian or Spanish look, and can also be made to resemble wood shakes or slate. Although this type of roofing is made from natural materials, it uses a large amount of energy to make the tiles. Clay tiles are very heavy, and require a reinforced roof framing to support them. This means the price of tile roofing is expensive, and not for everyone.

If you’re looking for a new roof, and have questions about which solution is right for you, contact AMCAT Roofing. We’d be happy to help answer any questions you may have, and will point you in the right direction when it comes to your new roof.