Roofing / Siding / Painting


Whether you are installing a new roof on a new house or replacing an older roof that is no longer doing its job, there are many choices in terms of the types of roofing materials available. Some of the different options include asphalt shingles, wood shingles & shakes, slate roofing, metal roofing, composite roofing, EPDM and more.

Factors that determine what type of roofing is best include the slope and complexity of the roof, as well as the style of the house or building, local climate and the cost of different roofing options.

Asphalt & asphalt fiberglass shingles

Although these terms are used interchangeably, most roof shingles used today are technically known as asphalt fiberglass shingles. The fiberglass mat embedded in the shingle provides an extra measure of strength and tear resistance.

These shingles are the most popular type of roofing for sloped roofs because they’re affordable, easy to install, durable, and available in a wide variety of colors. Premium grades of “laminated” asphalt fiberglass shingles are typically warranted for 50 years.

Wood shingles & shakes

Wood shingles and shakes usually come from red cedar, Alaskan yellow cedar or Eastern white cedar. These evergreens produce wood that is dimensionally-stable and naturally resistant to rot and insect attack.

The main difference between shingles and shakes is that shakes are split from the log and have a rough, random texture; shingles have a smoother surface because they’re sawed. A wood roof is expensive, and requires extra skill to install. That’s why most people forego installing this type of roof unless they’re dealing with an historic house.

Slate roofing

Most roofing slate used in the U.S. comes from slate deposits in Vermont and Pennsylvania.  Expensive to manufacture and tricky to install, this “stone” roof is among the most expensive available. When properly installed and maintained, a slate roof can last for 75 years or more.

Metal roofing

Metal roofing is a huge category that includes factory-formed and finished roofing panels as well as roofing panels that are cut and formed at the building site. Metal roofing has a long history of use on houses, farm structures and commercial buildings. Its main limitation is that it’s not suitable for use on complex or curved roofs. Like corrugated roofing, many metal roofs can be installed directly over a worn-out older roof without tearing off the old roofing material.

Composite roofing

The term “composite” can apply to several different types of roofing, since it simply implies that a number of different materials are used in the manufacturing process. Today one of the most common types of composite roofing is a simulated roofing slate that is made from resins and from rubber compounds extracted from reclaimed tires. This slate look-a-like offers the appearance of a slate roof, excellent longevity and a lower installed price.

EPDM (Flat roofing)

This roofing category is often grouped with “low-slope” roofing because many of the roofing treatments are the same. The most common flat-roofing materials used on residential and commercial buildings today include single-membrane systems like EPDM or rubber roofing, thermo-polyolefin (TPO) roofing and PVC roofing. Metal roofing is sometimes used on low-slope roofs, but not on flat roofs. High-density Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) roofing is a system that coats the roof with a continuous layer of foam insulation that can also serve and the finished roof surface (as long as a protective coating is applied over the foam).

Whether it’s pavia for your residential needs, or pbr, our commercial division, you can trust that you’ll have the best roofing in no time!

Our certified roof installers are fully licensed, bonded and insured. We have years of experience in full roof replacement, repairs, new construction and inspections. All our work comes with a guarantee and financing arrangements can be made.  We are fully certified to install all the top products such as GAF, Firestone, Carlisle, Duro-Last, GenFlex, Versico, Siplast, EcoStar Synthetic Slate, CertainTeed, Tamko, ALT Liquid Roof Membranes, EPDM, Bituthene Waterproofing and Miradri Waterproofing, among others.