Roofing Replacement

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A well-functioning roof is one of the most important factors in protecting your home. Our residential roofing services make sure you have the best protection possible.

Roof Replacement

A roof replacement involves tearing off everything on the roof down to the existing deck, possibly rafters, or trusses, then installing new underlayment, leak barrier, and roofing material.

Roof replacements can be done at any time. They should always be done if there is more than one layer of shingles on the roof or if there are problems or concerns with the condition of the roof deck. If the shingles are in poor condition, a roof replacement is also the best answer, as it allows all problems to be addressed, rather than simply covered up.

A Graves Brothers Project Manager will discuss all the options that are available for your home as a part of our free estimate so that you can make an informed selection.

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Cedar Tear Off

Homes built prior to 1950, may still have cedar shake roofing on the home. If there is still cedar present, it must be removed by code and a new deck surface installed. Cedar shingles are installed over top of skip sheathing. Skip sheathing are boards installed on the rafters with spaces between them.

Once the cedar shakes have been removed, new plywood is installed over the skip sheathing to provide a sound nailing base for the new shingles. At this point, the process continues as with a roof replacement.

Just Looking for Roof Repairs?

Graves Brothers Home Improvement Co. also fixes any issues with existing roofs only in the greater Rochester locations. Get more information from our Roofing Repair Page

Roofing Material Options

If you are considering having a full roof replacement, you have several important factors to consider while making your decision.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are perfect for the Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse general areas. They are easy for roof repairs and offer an affordable option. Asphalt offers the maximum amount of protection from extreme weather conditions, including our aggressive winter months and sunny summer days. Please contact our sales team to find out more information on why asphalt shingles are right for you!

Types of Asphalt Shingles

  • 3-tab – Simple concept shingles with uniform shape and size using thinner less material for a lower cost to you. Typically the 3-tab lasts approximately 15-18 years
  • Architectural (laminated) – Popular pick! A thicker, stronger shingle that offers a more appealing appearance that has a strong resistance to the elements. The architectural option is a bit more expensive than the 3-tab, but the result is a more natural look with a sturdier mat and multiple layers of a more refined type of asphalt.
  • Premium – The highest-quality of asphalt shingles that offer uniqueness, a stunning appearance, and premium protection against the elements. Ask our team if you are interested in the most advanced shingles.

Metal Roofing

Metal Roofs can last 50 years with little maintenance. Metal roofing is energy efficient and cuts down on cooling costs. Instead of having to be replaced, metal roofing can often be painted. Most contain 30-60% recycled material and are 100% recyclable. 

Types of Metal Shingles

  • Standing Seam
  • Corrugated R-panels
  • Metal Tile
  • Stone Coated Steel

Cedar Shake Roofs

The appearance of a wood roof is the best that you can get. With the historical appearance of a majority of houses in the Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo areas, Cedar Shakes offer the best appearance money can buy. These shingles can survive up to 30 years, much like asphalt, but require more maintenance and to be chemically treated to live a long life protecting your home. With our area’s powerful wind gusts, Cedar Shakes is the clear winner to be highly resistant to up to 245 miles per hour gusts. If you are looking for the best-looking shingles on the market, contact our team to get more information.

Flat Roof Materials 

EPDM Rubber Roof

Otherwise known as “rubber membrane” is a true rubber for your roof. Engineered to be extremely durable material to protect against severe elemental damage. This type of roof is very light but extremely resistant to tears and abrasions. An EPDM roof is also very easy to repair when needed.

TPO Roofing

TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin) or single-ply membrane roofing, are extremely popular types of commercial roofing material. This material is known for having a naturally reflective surface to efficiently reflect UV rays and can offer options of insulation for your roof. TPO can potentially drastically cool your roof saving you a fair amount of money.

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Why Choose Graves Brothers For Your Residential Roofing Services?

In business since 1977 with thousands of projects completed, you can be assured that we’ll be here to stand behind our work.

Our expert roofing installers and decades of roofing experience allows us to provide the best service in the industry. We have over 15,000 completed projects under our belt and a large satisfied customer base. But don’t take our word for it, read what they have to say here.

Our roofing experience is available in Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse, NY.

 

Our Recommended Roofing Brands

Roofing Brand CertainTeed

CertainTeed®

“Designed to work together, the CertainTeed® family of products provides countless options to create the space you’ve always dreamed about.”

Roofing Brand GAF

GAF®

“Master Elite®  Certification is GAF’s factory certification program that provides ongoing training to roofing contractors and assurance to you…”

Roofing Brand Owens Corning

Owens Corning®

“OUR MATERIALS
MAKE MORE POSSIBLE. When you commit to market-leading innovations, amazing things happen. That’s how we’ve continually … “

Roofing Brand IKO

IKO®

“IKO is a pioneer and leader in the global roofing and related products industry.
The company was founded in 1951. It first manufactured building paper …”

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Are Natural Element Damages Preventable?

Weather-related damage from snow, ice, wind, or sun is not preventable. Roofing damage from moss build up is also a natural occurrence, but if not managed, can cause serious damage and leaks. This all leads to a full tear off and roof replacement. Also, materials breaking down due to age. To get the best protection, you need both top quality materials and highly skilled installers. At Graves Brothers, we offer you both.

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Do-it-yourself wisdom is abundant in books, online, and on TV, including instructions on how to put on a roof. All of this should prove very helpful – that is, if you’re hoping to be more informed about how to do roofing and what the roofers you hire are doing. If you...

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