Choosing the right type of roof for your home or commercial building can be confusing. However, if you learn the basics behind what roofs are consisted of and behind the main types of materials they are built from, you stand a very good chance of picking something that is truly suitable for you, your budget and your needs.

The covering (shingles, tiles, slate/metal, underlayment and so on), the sheathing, the roof structure, the flashing (which prevents water seepage) and the drainage – these are some of the most important components of a roofing system.

When choosing a roofing system, one of the most important things you will have to look after is the shingles. Following, you will be presented with some of the most important roofing materials you could take into consideration.

  1. Asphalt shingles are probably the most popular ones both among homeowners and among commercial building owners. This type of shingles comes in two main variations: organic (generally meaning that the base is made out of wood) and fiberglass (with base made out of fiberglass, top and bottom layers of asphalt and mineral granules coating).  Both organic asphalt shingles and fiberglass asphalt shingles are rated according to how resistant they are when faced with fire (A being the highest rating and C being the lowest). Also, both of these types of asphalt shingles come with their advantages and with their disadvantages too – but in general, they are not related so much to appear as they are related to pricing and to fire resistance.
  2. Wood shingles are also popular in certain parts of the United States (mostly in the Northwest, Midwest, and California). These shingles have a very natural look to them and they can really add a lot to a home or building’s appearance. However, very frequently the construction codes restrict the use of wood shingles because most of them do not possess any kind of fire-resistance rating and, if they do, they are usually classified as poorly fire-resistant. However, if you really want this type of shingles on your roof, you should know that class A wood shingles are available too.
  3. Tiles are either round-topped (such as in Mission and Spanish-style buildings) or flat (suitable for French or English styles). They are usually very resistant (as they are made out of clay or concrete) and they are popular in Florida and the Southwest especially. However, keep in mind the fact that tiles are usually heavier and that if you plan on replacing a different roofing system, you should first check if your roof structure is strong enough to hold them.
  4. Slate is considered to be the most durable type of roofing system and many old houses in the Northeast are still covered with this type of material. However, it tends to be more expensive than other roofing materials and it does require a special level of skill, training, and experience to be installed properly.
  5. Last, but definitely not least, metal can be a good choice too. In general, it is quite appealing from an aesthetic point of view and it is considered to be quite resistant too. Even more than that, some metal roofing systems come with class A fire-resistance rating too.

Aside from the above-mentioned materials, you should also know that there are several other types of materials that are made from synthetic products and which imitate natural materials. Keep in mind though that this does not necessarily mean that they have the same properties too, so make sure you inform yourself before making a choice of any kind.

J&M Contractors Offers Free Inspection For Emergency Roof Leak Repair

J&M Contractors, a roofing contractor firm in Lake Worth, FL, has announced that they have started to offer free roof inspections, including an in depth analysis of the condition of a roof. The company is known for its services for emergency repair of roof leaks, but they are keen to help people avoid leaks in the first place. They encourage everyone to contact them for the free inspection.

Miguel Espinoza from J&M Contractors says: “With South Florida being in the hurricane target zone, many insurance companies have opted not to provide wind storm coverage for roofs that were not installed within their standards. If your roof is older than 10 years, it is crucial that you have it inspected by our experts. If your roof is in need of repair or replacement, it is only a matter of time before your insurance carrier will force you to replace the roof or raise your premiums through the roof.”

The company is committed to offering its clients the best possible emergency roof leak repair service, with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. They want to make sure that people have a pleasant experience when working with the company, as they feel that customers who have a roof leak are already dealing with enough stress. These are values that shine through in everything that they do, and many of their clients have commented on it.

“It was a pleasure having J&M Contractors Roofing Division do our Re-Roof after interviewing multiple roofing contractors,” says Jason J. on the company’s website. “I immediately felt at ease with J&M, their product knowledge and professionalism was top notch. The project implementation was proportionately as flawless, the job was constantly supervised and any questions or concerns I had were immediately put to rest. I have not hesitated to recommend their services to a handful of friends and family members and will continue to do so for years to come.”

People are encouraged to contact the company as soon as possible through their website at to get a free roof inspection, or if they have an emergency that needs to be checked.

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Free Roof Inspection

Lake Worth Company Announces Free Roof Inspection For Area Customers

J&M Contractors in Lake Worth, Florida, has announced that they are now providing free roofing inspections for local customers. The company offers roofing repairs and replacements, and states that customers can contact them if they feel that their roofs may need work to schedule an estimate.

“Our goal is to ensure that our customers receive the best in quality services,” says Miguel Espinoza with J&M Contractors. “From a free inspection of your roof to warranties that cover your new roof for years, we do everything possible to build your trust and ensure your satisfaction.”

Espinoza states that in addition to scheduled roofing work, the company also offers emergency roofing services to cover damage caused by the weather and other accidents. He says that regardless of the day of the week or time of day or night, customers can rely on J&M to handle those roofing emergencies.

“Roofing damage doesn’t come announced. That is why a roof inspection is essential,” says Espinoza. “We understand fully that these things happen when you are least prepared for them, which is why we will always answer our phone and come out quickly to take care of your roofing problems and help you avoid further damage to the interior of your home.”

Espinoza states that the company offers complete re-roofing services for those who may have trusted in the wrong company for their roofing installation or homeowners who simply want to change the look of their home with the installation of a new roof. In addition, they offer preventative maintenance which the company states is essential in protecting homes from damage and ensuring lower costs related to roofing repairs.

Espinoza says that homeowners who are in need of roofing work can contact them at any time to schedule their free roofing inspection, where the company will thoroughly check roofs for potential damage or weak spots. The company states that repairing weak spots before they become holes could save customers thousands spent for repairs in the long run. Those interested in learning more about the company can visit They can also schedule a free roofing inspection on the company’s official website.

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