Roof Materials: Pros and Cons

There are tons of materials to choose from when deciding on a new roof, and with decisions you always have to make sure to weigh your options: Is it too heavy, or is this material too light? How long will this material last, etc. So here’s a quick breakdown of the pros and cons of some of the top roofing materials.

Asphalt Shingles

  • Pro: This material has a large color palate to choose from, is widRoof, pros and consely available, and is considered one of the most economical of the products.
  • Con: The lifespan is shorter than other roofing materials, not as much insulation is provided, and the quality of asphalt can vary.

Clay and Concrete Tiles

  • Pro: These materials have a long lifespan, are non-flammable, and concrete tiles are energy efficient.
  • Con: These products can be very expensive, and because they are heavier, special framing is normally necessary.

Metal Roofing

  • Pro: This roofing is durable and longer lasting than asphalt.
  • Con: Metal roofing can be a bit pricey.


  • Pro: Slate has a lot of durability, is fire resistant, and can be recycled.
  • Con: This material is heavy, requiring additional framing. It is expensive, and can vary in quality if it is imported.

There are so many things to consider when deciding which roof material will be the best fit for you and your home. But you don’t have to go at it alone. At the Top Restoration, LLC is here to answer any questions and provide you with any services when it comes to your roofing needs. Give us a call today at 615-824-1500

4 Fast Facts About Wood Shingle Roofing

There has been a lot of talk about wooden roof shingles lately. Some people love their natural beauty, and others appreciate their eco-friendliness. If you’ve considered having wood shingles installed on your home, here are some facts you should know.

They Are Environmentally Friendly

This is an important fact for environmentally-conscious homeowners. The wood comes from a sustainable source that can be harvested again and again. The shingles do not contain petroleum products, and they biodegrade quickly when they are no longer needed.

a photo of cedar wooden shinglesThey Need to be Maintained

All roofs need visual inspections and some maintenance, but it’s especially important to maintain your wooden shingle roofing. If you live in a humid climate, the moisture can harm the wood unless you have a sealant applied. Wood shingles are also very flammable, so they might need a flame retardant chemical application.

They Aren’t Cheap

While there are definitely more expensive roofing options, such as tiles and slate, wood shingles can cost between $600 and $900 per square (100 square feet). By comparison, asphalt shingles cost between $200 and $400 for the same area.

They Are Wind and Impact Resistant

In durability tests, wooden shingles outperform asphalt shingles. Cedar shingles are very resistant to impact damage, such as collapsing tree limbs. They have also resisted wind at speeds of 245 mph! Asphalt shingles blow away under far less windy conditions.

If you’re willing to maintain your wooden shingle roof properly, it will last a long time. Do you need roofing services in Nashville or surrounding areas? Give us a call today!

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Delay Roof Repairs

When it comes to home maintenance, there are some tasks that can be put off for a while. But roof repair is not one of them! Did you know that what starts as a small problem requiring a small fix could snowball into the need for an entire roof replacement? Read on to learn more about why you shouldn’t procrastinate when it comes to your roof’s well-being.

Time is Money

Small problems may be larger than you think, and they definitely grow over time. That small dip in your roof might turn into a place where water gathers. Over time, water could seep down and ruin the insulation and decking below, and cause expensive interior damage as well. It’s best to call a professional at the first sign of trouble.

a picture of weathered, broken wood shinglesA Damaged Roof is Vulnerable

If your roof has already sustained damage or begun to deteriorate, it will break down at a more rapid speed because its structures are already weakened. Gaps between shingles may widen, giving water more room to run down and pool between layers, and loose shingles might be blown off, leaving the decking exposed. You will save time and money by alerting a roofer a soon as you see that something’s amiss.

Repairs Can Turn Into Replacements

If you have isolated spots on your roof where shingles need to be replaced, or some flashing that is beginning to rust, you can get away with fairly minor repairs. But if the decking that the shingles are anchored to rots over time due to water exposure, it will have to be replaced entirely. Repairs are much more affordable than replacements.

Please contact us if you see any signs of damage to your roof. Or, call us for an inspection and free estimate; some problems are invisible unless you know where to look. Our trained roofers will be happy to help you in any way they can!


The Right Roofer for Reliable Repairs

tools for roofing repairYour roof works together as a whole to protect your home: compromising even one small area opens up the potential for your roof and your home to sustain damage. Repairs done right are critical to avoid future damage and keep your roof standing strong for years to come. Our team of licensed, professional roofers has successfully repaired Nashville’s roofs for years, so you know your roof is in the right hands.

The extent of the damage on your roof will determine how in depth the repairs must be. A localized repair on a group of cracked shingles or tiles may simply require replacing the damaged materials, but damage that has spread beyond the surface may require a thorough replacement of any material below that has been affected. The backing or plywood beneath your roof material plays a crucial role in supporting your roof and compromising these materials makes the chances for a roof leak much more likely.

At The Top Restoration specializes in insurance claims to ensure you are able to exercise every bit of protection you are offered by your insurance. We walk through every step of the insurance process to keep you in the loop on your repairs!

Call our team today at 615-824-1500! 

Shingles on Your Roof: Lasting Protection and Quality

shingle roofingShingle roofing is one of the most popular roofing materials in all of the roofing industry, and rightfully so. This versatile system offers excellent weather resistance and protection at highly affordable prices, but not without an element of classic beauty as well. Exploring a new system or repairs for your roof can be complicated, but here we simplify the process with a brief overview of roofing shingles.

Picture a shingle roof in your mind: how does it look? The chances are high that you first pictured asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles are easily the most widely used material in the roofing industry, thanks to their hardy resistance to the elements at wallet-friendly prices. Two popular styles of asphalt shingles are 3-tab and architectural. 3-tab shingles are able to withstand 60 mile per hour winds and carry a lifespan around 15-25 years: an excellent choice for the budget savvy homeowner. Architectural shingles last around 20-35 years and are known to withstand winds of up to 120 miles per hour.

Shingles are also available as stone, wood, metal, slate, and even more. If your home needs new shingles, or you are looking for an affordable solution to your currently failing roof, our team is on call to help you decide on the ideal solution for your roof. Call us today at (615) 824-1500! 

Weathering Winter: Snow on Your Roof

snowy roofSnow is beautiful and it can be a joy to play in, but too much snow can cause a number of problems. It can impact travel and down trees and power lines, but a lesser discussed damage is how snow can affect your roof. Snow damage can trash your roof suddenly without almost any warning, or it can slowly affect your roof over time. To help you prepare your roof against both extremes of damage, we walk through the basics of snow damage here.

Snow can affect a roof in a number of ways. It can exact damage over time as the roof leaks warm interior air and melts the accumulation above it. The melt-off can become trapped beneath the accumulated ice and snow: sitting water highly increases the potential for a roof leak.

The sheer volume and weight of snow can also damage your roof. The additional strain that your roof has not been designed to support puts stress on your roof structure. Clearing snow from your roof can be a tricky endeavor. Use extreme caution if you try to clear your roof. Practice good safety habits, avoid shoveling roof material directly, and generally steer clear of melting salts and chemicals.

Winter Roofs in Nashville

Even small amounts of snow can amount to a huge problem for the unprepared roof. Call us at 615-824-1500 to start winterizing your roof today!

Unique Challenges of Commercial Roofing

commercial buildingsCommercial roofs are configured to better serve commercial buildings. They are typically designed with low slopes and unique types of roofing material. This specialized sector of the roofing industry requires niche training and experience in order to ensure successful service and repairs. Here we review the importance of choosing the right roofer.

The low slope or virtually flat slope of many commercial roofs is a feat of engineering in itself. This presents many challenges to drainage, and the systems in place to encourage proper drainage must be expertly fine tuned. If the surface of a flat roof is uneven, rain water will collect in ponds. Ponding water degrades roof material and drastically increases the likelihood of a roof leak.

The material on a commercial roof can also be a challenge. Contrary to residential roof material, commercial roof material is mostly out of sight, so some concern for aesthetics can be set aside to increase strength and functionality. This has led to the development of many practical materials, such as TPO, EPDM, and modified bitumen, that are streamlined to keep elements out and the indoor environment in.

Nashville’s Best

For expert commercial roof repairs, installation, and maintenance, call us at 615-824-1500. Remember, we are insurance claim specialists! 

Blustery Winds and Your Roof

windy fieldThe sky darkens, clouds pile up, and the temperature dips. When you think about a storm rolling in, what comes to mind? There are many components to a storm, but strong winds are easily one of the most damaging components. To help you better protect yourself and your property from wind damage, here we briefly walk through an outline of how wind can damage a roof.

When wind blows over a roof, it does not blow over evenly. Some areas of a roof will experience stronger wind pressure than others. The edges of a roof are subject to absorbing the initial impact of the wind and usually experience the highest pressure. The center of a roof is typically insulated from the initial impact and experiences the lowest pressure. Not surprisingly, the areas that are subject to higher pressure and increased weathering are usually the first to sustain damage.

Wind damage penetrates a roof by exerting enough pressure on the roof material to lift it slightly, allowing wind to blow in underneath and peel it away. A sure way of combating wind damage is to have your roof professionally inspected: a trained professional will be able to detect subtle damages, and routine maintenance will prepare your roof for whatever the weather may bring in the future. For quick roof repairs done right the first time, call us at 615-824-1500!

How to Safely Use a Ladder

ladder against brick wall Ladders are common household tools that are a valuable part of any homeowner’s tool box. In fact, you can find a ladder stored in most garages or sheds across the country. While ladders can help homeowners cross off items on their to-do lists such as cleaning the gutters, ladders can present danger if not used properly. This is why every ladder comes standard with easy-to-read safety labels that help ladder operators use their ladders safely and effectively.

Standard Ladder Safety

Becuase ladders are tools, several of the common safety rules applied to other tools also apply to ladders. When using a ladder, remember the following tips to stay safe.

  • Do not get on a ladder if you are tired or dizzy.
  • Avoid using your ladder during high winds or storms.
  • Wear shoes with slip-resistant soles.
  • Set up ladders on stable, level ground.
  • Only one person should be on the ladder at a time.
  • The safety labels on a ladder are specific to that ladder and should be reviewed for safe operation.
  • Climb the ladder slowly and avoid sudden movements.
  • Never move your ladder while standing on it.
  • Keep your center of gravity (your stomach) in between the ladder side rails to keep your balance and avoid falls.

Three Points of Contact

The three points of contact technique allows anyone using a ladder to maintain stability and balance while climbing up and down the ladder. Just as the name indicates, three points of contact indicate that the ladder operator maintains three points of contact at all times with the ladder. Three points of contact are achieved when the person climbing the ladder faces the ladder and has two hands and one foot or one hand and two feet in contact with the ladder rungs, steps or side rails.

Roof Repairs: Storm Damage

hurricane joaquinThe recent disturbance from Hurricane Joaquin has produced record rainfalls in the East, taken dozens of lives, and caused billions of dollars in property damage. We hope that you and your loved ones have fared well in the aftermath of this storm. Here we have compiled a few tips on handling storm damage to your roof in case of future storms.

  • If you can safely do so, remove all loose yard furniture and ornaments before a storm moves through.
  • Once the storm passes and it is safe to go outside, look around your property for shingles or tiles that have been thrown from the roof. Be extremely mindful of downed power lines, displaced animals, flood waters, and other dangers.
  • Missing or damaged shingles are often a sign of roof damage, and more famously, so are roof leaks. Roof leaks can trickle into the underlying roof structure and be very difficult to detect.
  • Have your roof professionally inspected. This is critical to ensure no further damage to your home occurs from a damaged roof.

Storm Damage Aftermath

Keep in mind that your roof is your home’s first line of defense, so it often takes the hardest hit in a storm. Fortunately, At The Top Restoration specializes in insurance claims and storm damage repairs, so we can cover all aspects of helping you recover your property after a storm. Call our professional team at 615-824-1500 for a free storm damage assessment!