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Choosing the Right Roof

When selecting a roof system, durability and cost, of course, head the list. But keep in mind; aesthetics and architectural style are important as well. The right roof system for you is one that balances all these considerations.


Has Your Roof Been Damaged By Hail Or Wind?

If your property was in the path of a recent storm,  you should immediately contact a qualified, professional roofing contractor and arrange for a roof inspection.  Whether you choose to deal with Shew’s Top Quality Roofing and Guttering or not, we highly recommend that you have your roof inspected prior to calling in a claim.


Your insurance company employs a professional claims adjuster to represent their best interests.  You are entitled to have a professional contractor making sure you receive the benefits you are entitled to.


The first step is to schedule a free examination of your roof.  Give us a call or email us and we will come by and look at your roof and inform you of any damage found.  We not only identify the damage, but we also represent you (again at no cost) when the insurance adjuster comes to inspect your roof.


If you have already received proceeds from a claim, Shew’s Top Quality Roofing and Guttering representative can explain the adjuster’s report, which can sometimes be very confusing.  Some carriers hold back a portion of the proceeds, referred to as depreciation.  Most policies are full replacement cost coverage, and this money is paid upon completion of the work.  Check with your agent.


Some people assume that the first check they receive is all that is being paid on the claim and it won’t be enough to complete the work.  This is not the case and we can explain just how the process works, as well as ensure that you receive a fair settlement sufficient to restore your property to the condition it was in prior to the damage.


Once the claims process is complete, you can rest assured your roof will be installed by a trained, professional crew.  We employ only in-house crews and never hire transient crews, referred to in the industry as “storm chasers”, to handle the increase in work generated by a large storm.  We never ask to be paid until the job is completed to your satisfaction.  Shew’s Top Quality Roofing and Guttering are strong financially and we have excellent relationships with multiple suppliers in Oklahoma.


Never do business with a roofing company that asks for money up front to replace your roof!

Roofing Tips

We hope you select Shew’s Top Quality Roofing and Guttering as your roofing contractor. We will make every effort to see that your new roof installation runs smoothly and is as painless as possible.


There are many residential shingle manufacturers and thousands of products used in the United States. Most of the major manufacturers make two different types of shingle products.  Contact us and we will help you select the right one for your home.


The following roofing products are commonly used for steep-slope structures:



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Asphalt Shingles 3-Tab

The most basic and common type shingle is called the 3-Tab or 20-year shingle. These have been around for many years and the least expensive and easiest to install of all shingle types.  Since it’s made with 3-tabs, its name is derived from the shape.  It’s also called a 20-Year shingle that corresponds with its warranty period.  Although it’s an economy shingle, it provides many years of serviceable life.  3-tabs are produced in about 8 to 10 colors, limiting the choices if you’re looking for a unique look.  There are a few manufacturers who produce a 25-year, 3-tab shingle but it looks much the same as the 20-year product.


Asphalt Shingles Laminated

Also called a 30-year, Architectural or Dimensional shingle, offer a completely different look for roofing.  Laminates are constructed in two parts, giving the appearance of a deeper and thicker shingle.  They are heavier than their 20-year counterparts and they provide a much nicer look.


Laminates are made in many more colors than 20-year shingles.  The colors of granulation are also more varied and special effects called Shadow banding to give them much more depth.

Laminates are tougher than 3-tabs and resist wind damage better than 3-tabs.  We highly recommend this type of shingle. If you currently have 3-tabs on your home, the small cost of this upgrade is perhaps the best investment to protect your home and increase its curb appeal!


Organic Vs. Fiberglass Shingles

Organic is the current word used to describe traditional asphalt shingles, which differentiates them from, an up-and-coming alternative, called fiberglass shingles.  There’s some confusion about organic shingles. Some people think they’re green, environmentally friendly or made from organic material but that is not the case. When it comes to shingles, organic means non-synthetic.


With traditional shingles, the manufacturers, would use recycled paper to create the base of the shingle, new fiberglass shingles use a fiberglass base. The two types of shingles look the same on your roof and they are both made by a similar production process: base, tar, saturated then coloured granules embedded into the asphalt. Both organic and fiberglass shingles are flexible and both are applied by installers the same way. The difference has to do with what the tar and gravel mixture is bonded to.


Since 2010 shingle manufacturers in North America have moved away from traditional organic base.  Manufacturers have made this move in order to avoid expensive warranty claims.


Organic shingles are built on a substrate of heavy felt, while fiberglass shingles have a foundation of non-woven glass fibers. This difference doesn’t sound like much, but it actually leads to substantially different performance, especially in particular situations.


The main advantage of fiberglass shingles is their resistance to heat. They’re much less likely to curl up than organic shingles, even when used on hot, poorly ventilated roof structures.  Fiberglass shingles are also less susceptible to catching fire or melting from the heat of a fire below.


Wood Shingles

Wood shingles and shakes are made from cedar, redwood, southern pine and other woods; their natural look is popular in California, the Northwest, and parts of the Midwest. Wood shingles are machine sawn; shakes are handmade and rougher looking. A point to consider: Some local building codes limit the use of wood shingles and shakes because of concerns about fire resistance. Many wood shingles and shakes only have Class C fire ratings or no ratings at all. However, Class A fire ratings are available for certain wood shingle products that incorporate a factory-applied, fire-resistant treatment.


Specialty / Tile Roof

Specialty roofing products are made by the hundreds. These are just a few that most commonly used in Oklahoma. We carry an extensive library of special roofing materials. Call now for a free consultation for that difficult-to-find or unique roofing material.

Tile-clay or concrete-is a durable roofing material. Mission and Spanish-style round-topped tiles are used widely in the Southwest and Florida, and flat styles also are available to create French and English looks. Tile is available in a variety of colors and finishes. Tile is heavy. If you are replacing another type of roof system with tile, you will need to verify that the structure can support the load.


Metal Roofing

A metal roof will probably be the last roof you will ever install. It offers a great-looking, life-long alternative to other common roofing materials. Over the life of your home, metal roofing will probably be the most economical choice when compared to the limited life expectancy, and re-installation and repair costs of traditional roofing materials.


It is a low profile panel which provides 36-inch width coverage, has a 3/4 inch high trapezoidal rib on 9-inch centers, and is available in 26 gauge. Recommended minimum roof slope is 2:12.

We custom cut classic rib panels to meet the exact specifications of your roof; saving valuable installation time. Minimum factory cut length is 5 feet, and maximum recommended panel length is 45 feet.

Some key features of classic rib metal roofing are:
· Applies over open framing or solid substrate
· Can be applied over existing roof materials, eliminating disposal costs
· Reduces maintenance
· Increases your home’s value
· Lightweight – less than 1/3 the weight of asphalt
· Can’t rot, crack, split, or break
· Fire resistant for added protection


Fire Resistance Ratings

An asphalt shingle’s ability to resist fires, like most other roofing materials, is categorized by Class A, B or C. Class A signifies the most fire-resistant; Classes B and C denote less fire resistance. Generally, most fiberglass shingles have Class A fire ratings, and most organic shingles have Class C ratings.

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