Bloomington Roof Replacement & Installation
YOUR TRUSTED EXPERTS FOR ROOFING SIDING, WINDOWS, AND MORE!
Award-Winning Roofer in Bloomington IL
For years, Sundown Exteriors has been one of the top roofing contractors in the Bloomington and the McLean County area. Sundown Exteriors won GAF's prestigious "President's Club" award in 2018 and 2017. This highly coveted award recognizes Sundown Exteriors as one of the “elite of the elite” residential roofing contractors in the U.S.
We offer a variety of roofing services, which include:
- Tear Off
- Flat Roof Repair
- Gutter & Downspout Repair and Installation
- Soffits & Fascia Installation and Repair
- Rafter Work
- Roof Designs & Pitch Changes
Sundown Exteriors is committed to using only the best roofing materials, including GAF shingles, impact-resistant shingles, and even designer shingles. Whatever material you choose, you can be sure it will be affordable, energy-efficient, durable, and have outstanding curb appeal. We offer a variety of shingle options to fit your personal style and budget.
We use different kinds of metals for roofing depending on the application. We use steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, and zinc alloys because each has different properties that influence price, appearance, and durability. We can provide many options so you can make the best decision and select the right metal for your home's roof. Contact Sundown Exteriors for worry-free roof repair and roof replacement!
Asphalt shingles are a type of roof shingle that uses asphalt for waterproofing. They are one of the most widely used roofing covers in North America because they have a relatively inexpensive up-front cost and are fairly simple to install.
3 Types of Asphalt Shingles for Ultimate Customization
Thanks to the durability and affordability of asphalt shingles, they’re a popular choice for roof repairs and roof replacements. You also have the ability to choose between three different types of asphalt shingles for the coverage, protection, and appearance you’re looking for.
Three-Tab Asphalt Shingles
This type of asphalt shingle is the most economical option. They’re lightweight and durable, with a lifespan of up to 20 years.
This style of shingle is a bit more simple, but the exposed layer is often notched into three tabs to give it a more decorative appearance. These shingles are made of durable fiberglass and coated with mineral granules, which also give each shingle varying color tones.
While three-tab shingles are more susceptible to blow-off during severe weather, they will last for decades if installed properly.
If you’re looking for a more traditional, affordable roof replacement option, the three-tab asphalt shingle is going to be one of your best options.
Dimensional or Architectural Shingles
If you’re looking for a more durable roof replacement but still like the look of asphalt shingles, your next best option is dimensional — also called architectural — shingles.
This type of asphalt shingle varies in appearance more and also features a more multi-dimensional texture, which allows them to last up to 30 years. In addition to its multi-dimensional texture, architectural shingles are installed in two or more layers for added durability.
The main appeal of dimensional shingles is the overall design and appearance. This style of shingle looks great and lasts longer, making it well worth the additional investment.
Luxury Designer Shingles
Luxury shingles, like dimensional shingles, are designed with durability and appearance in mind. This type of asphalt shingle is designed to look like natural slate or cedar shake roofs, making them a more affordable alternative for roof replacements on period-style homes.
This type of shingle is also the heaviest. While this weight helps protect against weather damage, it may not be the best option for all styles of homes.
You can discuss more with your roofing contractor to decide what style of home you live in and whether or not luxury shingles would be the best fit for your roof repair.
A metal roof uses a roofing system made from metal pieces or tiles. Types of metal roofing include low rib panels, standing seam, metal shingles, and stone-coated metal roofing.
Metal roofing has become a more popular roof replacement material because of its life expectancy, weight, resistance to fire, energy efficiency, minimum roof pitch, and the ability to shed precipitation quickly.
Choosing a Metal Roofing Style
With three different styles of metal roofing to choose from, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of each, as well as consider how they will affect the appearance of your home.
Low Rib Panels
This style of metal roofing is a more traditional option for roof replacement. It’s a great option for residential properties because the ribs are smaller, giving it a less industrial look.
Low rib panels are installed by attaching the panels to exposed fasteners along the roofline.
Similar to low rib panels, standing seam metal roofing is installed in panels. The difference is that the fasteners are concealed on the roof, making for a cleaner appearance than the low rib panels.
As far as metal roofing options go, standing seam is the most popular style for residential properties, as well as commercial buildings.
Growing in popularity, metal shingles are a great option for durability while emulating the appearance of other materials, such as wood shakes or traditional shingles.
If your home would look better with shingles but you want a roof that can withstand the elements a little better, metal shingles are a great option.
Another option for metal roofing is stone-coated metal shingles or panels. This coating gives the metal another layer of protection against inclement weather, while also offering the more traditional roof appearance of asphalt shingles.
The Benefits of Metal Roofing
There are countless benefits to choosing metal roofing when you hire a roofing contractor for roof repairs or a roof replacement. Take a more in-depth look at each benefit to decide if metal roofing is the right option for you and your home.
Long Life Expectancy
Depending on the metal roofing you decide to have installed, the warranty on your roof replacement could last anywhere from 20 to 50 years. This is due to the material’s weather-resistance, fire-resistance, mildew-resistance, pest-resistance, and rot-resistance.
Compared to other roofing materials, metal roofing is a much lighter weight, making it easier to install and put less stress and the rest your home. Most metal roofing materials range from 50 to 150 pounds per 100 square-feet.
Metal roofing materials are noncombustible, meaning that they have a high level of fire resistance. In the event of a fire, your roof is one less thing you may need to worry about repairing.
During the hottest months of the year, metal roofing works to reflect heat from the sun, which prevents your home from heating up. This decreases the need for air conditioning in your home, lowering your energy bills.
Thanks to its durability, metal roofing can be installed at a minimum roof pitch. The lowest pitch possible is 3-in-12, which means that the roof rises three inches for each horizontal foot.
A low pitch is beneficial because it limits the amount of air below the roof system and the rest of your home. This allows air to be heated and cooled more easily by your HVAC system.
Sheds Precipitation Quickly
Due to its smooth texture, metal roofing sheds precipitation like rain and snow quickly. This eliminates additional weight from the roof and prevents mildew and rot.
The way panels interlock also means that the roof is entirely sealed and moisture-resistant, so you are less likely to have a leaky roof.
Slate is a fine-grained, foliated, homogeneous rock that can be made into a type of roof tile. Natural slate is used by professionals as a result of its beauty and durability.
At Sundown Exteriors, we offer slate roofing for roof replacements and roof repairs to make sure your home is protected and is more visually appealing. Learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of slate roofing to decide if slate roofing is the best option for your home.
Slate roofing has a wide range of colors to choose from and is arguably one of the most beautiful roofing materials available. It’s a classic material that looks best on period-style homes. Choose from colors like gray, green, purple, black, red, and mottled tiles for a unique but beautiful roof replacement option.
Since slate roofing is a rock material, it has incredible longevity. When properly constructed and maintained, a slate roof will last up to 150 years. This is three times as long as a metal roof is expected to last.
Speaking of metal roofing, it’s not the only material that’s resistant to fire. The stone material of slate roofing won’t catch flame from house fires, fireworks, or wildfires.
Since slate roofing is a natural material that has the potential to last for over a century, it breaks down more easily than artificial materials, and it cuts down on waste by eliminating the need for roof replacement every 20 to 30 years.
While the rock material of slate roofing is long-lasting and eco-friendly, it is also significantly heavier than a lot of other roofing materials. It can weigh as much as 800 to 1,500 pounds per 100 square-feet. Before you opt for slate for your roof repairs or replacement, make sure your home is sturdy enough to support the weight of slate roofing.
Slate is more fragile than other types of stone, which means that any work done from the roof of your home needs to be completed by someone who has experience on slate roofing. Proper footing is key.
If tiles break, it’s hard to find matching replacements, so understand the maintenance required before opting for slate roofing.
Low Slope Roofing
A low slope roof is defined as a roof having a slope of 3-in-12 or less. Low slope roofing includes water impermeable or weatherproof types of roofing membranes installed on slopes of less than or equal to 3-in-12 pitch.
What You Need To Know
There are several benefits to a low slope roof installation, but it’s important to understand the limitations of this style of roof as well. While low slope roofing is an economical choice, be prepared to make changes on the materials you use to accommodate the lower slope.
Improved HVAC Systems
Low slope roofing eliminates extra space near the ceiling of your home. This means less air that your HVAC system has to circulate through your home. It also means less air to regulate the temperature of. If you’re looking for opportunities to decrease your energy usage for a more environmentally-friendly home, a low slope roof is a great solution.
While a low slope roof will need to be cleaned and resealed yearly to prevent moisture from seeping through, the gentle angle of the roof makes it easier to do maintenance on. It’s easier to walk around on, and there’s less risk for slipping and falling than on a sharply sloping roof.
Affordable Roof Replacement Option
Compared to roofs with higher pitches, low slope roofs require significantly less material, and are faster and easier for roofing contractors to install. This can save you money on the entire project of your roof replacement.
It is important to note that a low slope roof creates the issue of standing water and snow. This limits the type of material that can be used. This is because asphalt shingles can absorb the moisture, potentially creating mildew, rot, and leaks.
If you’re interested in a low slope roof, talk to a roofing contractor at Sundown Exteriors to find out what the best materials are for low slope roofing replacements.
Had a new roof and gutter guards on home and garage replaced 2 months ago. Very professional service and presentation. Contract presented along with license and insurance information along with paperwork showing carried workman's comp on employees. All work done within promised time frame. Perfectionism noted on completion of job and cleanup perfect. Employees very respectful and hard workers. Would recommend them and would use them again in the future if needed. Good job, thank you!
- MARIE M.