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Different Types of Roofing Materials: An Interview with Marcus Pfenninger of Sundance Roofing

By Marcus Pfenninger

About Sundance Roofing:

"Sundance" is actually my nickname going all the way back to high school. I've used the name in every business I've owned for over 30 years! The roots of Sundance Roofing and Exteriors, LLC started in the aftermath of hurricane Andrew in South Florida, August of 1992. When the storm hit, my family and I were terrified. We hunkered down in our safe room with steel shutters in place, concrete walls and a heavy tile roof. Although we were sure of our safety when the storm ended, we saw devastation beyond our worst nightmares. In the wake of the recovery, I volunteered time, money and resources to help clean up and rebuild for victims much worse off than us. It was during that process that I learned the importance of understanding how to navigate through the INSURANCE process before the rebuilding could begin! Without proper damage assessment from their insurance adjusters, victims were helpless to rebuild. I dabbled in the business off and on for 10 years, before starting my own company - Sundance Roofing and Exteriors, LLC.

Since its inception, our mission at Sundance Roofing and Exteriors (SRE), has been to "rescue" storm victims while maintaining a creed of "Honesty, Integrity and a Commitment to Quality".

What Different Roofing Materials Exist Today?

Today's finest roofing materials cover a vast array of colors and compositions, including high quality, high gloss enamel metal panels, clay and concrete tile, multi-color slate, and designer asphalt composition shingles made to last a lifetime!

Which is the Most Common Shingle and Why?

The most common shingle installed today (Nationwide) is an asphalt product with a limited lifetime manufacturer warranty; the GAF (architectural) Timberline High-Definition shingle in "Weathered Wood" color (because it matches everything)!

What is Bituthene?

Bituthene is a trademark name of a specific "Grace" brand of roof coating. The technical definition is a two component, elastomeric, cold-applied, trowel grade material designed for a variety of uses with the Bituthene Waterproofing System. Ideally suited for use as a fillet material at inside corners; reinforcement at inside corners, flashing material around drains, protrusions, curbs and parapets; sealing material at terminations; repair material for defects on concrete surfaces; and as a flashing material at corners. The short, layman's explanation is that it is yet another roof coating available for the right application. We at Sundance believe the applications are all unique and should be determined by the roof expert (consultant) along with his customer's needs and available budget.

What Roofing Materials Does Sundance Roofing Prefer and Why?

Sundance recommends over 20 different types of roof coverings and coatings, depending upon the before mentioned criteria of unique conditions and budget. One of the simplest "cures" for a flat commercial roof leak, may have little to do with the roof coating and everything to do with proper drainage. Likewise, our first assessment always starts with the pitch and drain system before recommending a roof replacement, covering or coating of any kind.

What Different Types of Flashing Materials Exist:

Flashing for roofs varies as much as the roof shingle material. Likewise, any of the before mentioned roof or shingle types may be accompanied by flashing(s) made specifically for use with that type of shingle material. That being said, most flashing is made of some kind of metal or poly blended material. Regardless of its make-up, flashing is as much an art as it is a necessity. The ability to seal roof perforations like pipe jacks, chimney crickets, skylights, valleys and siding is always done by an artist with flashing. Simply put, while shingles are the rain coat of roofs, flashing is the finger in the dam. That finger belongs to the artist that skillfully placed the flashing and sealed it with both the proper method and caulking sealant required and manufactured for that purpose.

Which is the Most Common and Why?

The most common type(s) of flashing used today are step, counter, cap, corner, scupper, drain, pipe and ice and water shield (primarily used for valleys and low-slope).

What Benefits are Associated with Flashing?

Flashing is the "joint" to every roofing appendage. Like a knee or elbow, when something goes wrong with a person's limb (roof), it usually starts and ends with flashing. Applying it properly (the first time) provides years of protection in all of the most vulnerable roofing spots, like chimneys, pipe jacks, valleys, skylights, heat vents, siding, etc.

Sundance Roofing Services:

Our primary service has always been a one-stop shop for a complete storm recovery experience without the customer paying for it directly out of pocket. Today, we are innovating the industry by offering free estimates online (without ever having a salesman visit) and a first-of-its-kind "Roofing Consulting Service" where a customer can hire SRE as a consultant instead of a contractor! By doing so, the customer saves 30% and is guaranteed the lowest bid or their money back!

Contact Info:

Call us anytime for emergency service or next day services. Our comprehensive website will walk you through all of the processes needed to make you whole again or call us toll free for overnight estimates sent to you via email at (844) SRE-ROOF (844-773-7663). Ask for Marcus or Johny and receive a $500 gift certificate for free service to go with any full roof replacement.

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