Hometown Roofing Blog

Comparison of 3 tab shingles and dimensional shingles

Asphalt shingles fall into two main categories: 3-tab shingles and architectural shingles. Both are constructed of similar materials but differ in many ways, including appearance, durability, cost, and method of installation. This guide will compare 3-tab shingles to architectural shingles in order to help you make an informed decision as to which option is best suited for your roof. Scroll down to view our quick comparison chart by clicking here.
Shingle roof replacement

When properly installed, asphalt shingles are extremely durable, but even the highest quality shingles need to be replaced eventually. If you’re like most people, a myriad of questions are bouncing around in your head.
old asphalt shingles

Deciding whether to repair or replace your roof is a matter of timing. Reroofing too soon can be a waste of money, but if you wait too long, it could lead to serious trouble. So, how do you decide whether you should repair or replace your shingle roof? By following our guidelines below! We’ll explain how to inspect and assess your roof, signs that show it’s time for the roof to go, and when you can simply make the necessary repairs without a full replacement.
Information about Owens Corning roofing shingles

Owens Corning began manufacturing roofing shingles in the 1960s and today is one of the largest building material manufacturers in the U.S. with sales of $5.2 billion (2012). It offers a varied selection of budget-to-premium grade roofing shingles for just about any budget.
GAF Corp. company background

General Aniline & Film, or GAF, is North America’s largest manufacturer of residential and commercial roofing products. Its Timberline roofing shingles have dominated the residential roofing market in recent years, helping to catapult the company to sales of $3 billion.
White roofing in Florida turning black with mildew

Are metal roofs susceptible to mold and algae growth? Apparently, the answer is yes under the right weather conditions. Southwest Florida’s relentless heat and humidity seem to fit the bill. Multiple reports of homes with metal roofing plagued with blackish mildew, mold and algae have popped up in recent months.
Smog in NYC

Students at the University of California at Riverside have developed an inexpensive roof coating that in testing was able to remove 88 to 97 percent of nitrogen oxides from the air. Nitrogen oxides are responsible for the yellow, hazy appearance of smog and can be harmful to the ozone and the environment.
Metal roofing compared to shingle roofs

If you’ve lived in your house for 15+ years, chances are it’s getting to the point where a roof replacement is inevitable. It’s a scary thought considering it can easily make your wallet at least $10,000 lighter.
How much does a shingle roof replacement cost?

If you’re in your home for 15+ years, it’s bound to happen – A roof replacement. It’s a necessary expense that can cost a pretty penny. However, the upfront cost of a shingle roof replacement is much more affordable compared to other types of roofing, including metal roofing, slate, tile roofs or wood shakes. In this guide, we’ll drill down the factors involved in determining how much it will cost to replace your shingle roof.
Solar shingle installation on house

Yes, no, maybe so. One type of rooftop solar product has caused some havoc for residents in the community of Roseville, CA. Multiple reports of roof-mounted solar shingles literally going up in flames and damaging the surrounding shingles and roof deck have made residents uneasy, to say the least.
Unmanned drones used to inspect rooftops

Now that roofing contractors’ have their hands on those little camera-equipped quadcopter drones often associated with military covert operations, all hell’s about to break loose! (…Deep breath) Luckily that’s not the case here, but a forward-thinking roofer in Lincoln, Nebraska is taking the technology to new heights.
Roof damage due to extreme weather conditions

There has been a lot of extreme weather across the country this year.  Extreme wind, rain, and snow leads to many homeowners experiencing leaking and damaged roofing systems, which often lead to even larger home repair bills when the interior of the home is damaged. A new roof and other home repairs can be expensive for any individual to take on, so in any weather related event it pays to explore the option of filing a roofing insurance claim.   In many cases, your homeowners insurance covers your roof damage due to weather events. 
Residential green roof

“Smart” isn’t just for phones and TVs anymore. A new type of green roofing is able to monitor and automatically adjust climate controls, storm water drainage and roof maintenance. In case the concept of green roofing is foreign to you, it’s a term describing a vegetative roof or rooftop garden. It’s often times synonymous with cool roofing although the two aren’t exactly the same thing. The difference:
Capitol Building Dome at night

The iconic dome atop the U.S. Capitol Building is getting a facelift to repair more than 1,000 cracks that have slowly developed over time. The dome was installed more than 150 years ago. Workers also plan to apply a fresh coat of white paint to tidy up the famous roof. The work is expected to take two or three years.
Green eco city graphic

Everyone benefits from eco-friendly building design; it's not just for tree hugging hippies. LEED is a set of standards designed to promote sustainable building techniques worldwide. It helps preserve the environment and also has a positive impact on the economy.