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Renovating Your Roof? Consider These 7 Different Types of Materials

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If your roof has been damaged by a storm and is beyond simple repair work, then a replacement is most likely in order. Of course, check with your storm damage roofing contractor to see if your roof is salvageable before making any hasty decisions. If it can be saved, they’ll know which repairs should be made. If your roof does need to be replaced after all, however, make sure you know what your options are when it comes to choosing the right roofing material for your home.

Some materials are more durable than others and are better at withstanding certain climates and weather conditions. Other materials may be more affordable but might not be so enduring. Here are seven different types of materials to consider requesting your contractor to use when they replace your roof.

1. Asphalt Shingles

asphalt roof shingles

Lifetime: 12 to 17 years
Pro: It is affordable! Asphalt shingles are typically priced lower than other roofing materials. They also provide a moderate level of protection. Because of this, many homeowners see it a cost-effective solution to their roofing needs.
Con: Asphalt shingles don’t do too well in extreme heat. High temperatures can make these shingles crack and discolor.

2. Metal Panels and Shingles

metal roof

Lifetime: Metal roofing materials are expected to last as long as the house they’re attached to.
Pro: Metal roofing materials are able to withstand high winds and fire. They’re also really good in areas where it snows a lot because the metal helps snow to melt and not stay packed onto the roof.
Con: Metal roofing materials can be expensive—costing $150 to $600 per square. It can also be noisy during rain storms, but that can be easily combated with sound-proofing insulation.

3. Rubber Slate

rubber roof

Lifetime: 50 years
Pro: Rubber roofs are considered to be one of the least costly options as well as one of the longer lasting ones. It is also one of the easiest types to make repairs on—requiring either liquid rubber or a special kind of tape to patch up a leak.
Con: The only real negative point with rubber roofing materials is appearance as most are black. However, acrylic paints can help add color to fit your home’s style.

4. Stone-Coated Steel Shingles

stone-coated steel roof

Lifetime: 40 to 70 years
Pro: These types of shingles are very resilient and able to endure high winds of up to 120 mph. They also require very little, if any, maintenance.
Con: This type of roofing material is definitely among the most expensive options. However, due to its long lifespan and advanced durability features, there is potential for long-term savings—making it one of the more cost-effective roofing options.

5. Clay Tiles

clay roof tiles

Lifetime: 100+ years
Pro: Clay has reflective properties, and so these can help increase your home’s energy efficiency. It is also durable when it comes to pretty much any climate. When faced with humidity, they won’t get moldy. High winds won’t break them—they can withstand the wind speeds of hurricanes. They also won’t shrink or expand like wood does when faced with the hot-to-cold seasonal phases.
Con: Clay tiles are heavy! Because of that, you need a roof that can support their weight. This may even mean adding support beams prior to installation.

6. Concrete Tiles

concrete roof tiles

Lifetime: 50 years
Pro: Similar to clay tiles, concrete tiles are long-lasting and can handle wind speeds of up to 125 mph. These are ideal for homes in sunny climates as they help keep homes cool by reflecting light and not absorbing it.
Con:Like clay, concrete is extremely heavy and that could be problematic if you live in Snow Country, USA (we’re looking at you, Idaho!). If snow packs onto the roof, the roof supports could be overly strained and cause damage. If the tiles aren’t specially made to withstand freezing temperatures, they could end up cracking.

7. Green Roofing

green roofing

Lifetime: 40 years
Pro: Green roofs (also called Living Roofs) provide a natural insulation and give you extra space for gardening. They’re very eco-friendly as they help improve the local air quality as well reduce water runoff.
Con: As you can probably tell, this type of roofing takes a lot of maintenance work! You have to put in the time and money it takes to keep it watered, insect-free, and properly cared for just like any other garden. Because you will be watering it, you’ll need to watch out for water damage and leaks.There may also be structural limitations that you’d have to watch out for.

Count on CTI Contractors

At CTI Contractors, we understand how weather can take its toll on a roof. We know which roof types are best for homes in the differing areas that we serve in Arizona, Idaho, and Utah. If you’re in need of a roof replacement, give us a call today. We can give you an estimate and help you come to a decision about which type of roofing material is best for your home.

Want to learn more about roofs? Check this out! → Summer Heat & How It Affects Your Roof

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What is a Storm Damage Roofing Contractor?

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To put it simply, a roofing contractor is someone who specializes in roof construction. They repair, replace, and install a variety of different types of roofs. Homeowners who need such services contact the contractor and are typically given a quote. The contractor will usually then begin working on the project and complete it within a reasonable, predetermined time frame. A storm damage roofing contractor specializes in repairs that are necessary after a home has experienced storm damage.

What Types of Storms Cause Damage?

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Every type of storm has the potential to cause damage to a home and our CTI Contractors team is prepared to handle anything that Mother Nature has to throw at us. Here are a few different types of severe weather conditions that are particularly common in the areas that we service.



  • Winter storms
  • High Winds


  • Hail
  • Heavy rain and snow
  • Blizzards

Of course, the conditions listed are not entirely unique to each state. Although you’ll be more likely to come across a haboob in Arizona than in Idaho, there are conditions like blizzards and high winds that can be found in all three states.

What Type of Damage Do These Storms Cause?

A severe storm can really tear up a house! When it comes to the roof itself there is potential for it to start leaking, cave in, have the gutters ripped from it, etc. As for the rest of the home it is common to see siding be ripped away, paint torn up, windows broken, and fences knocked down. The house may even be damaged by mold, lightning, fallen trees, fire, and smoke as a result of a storm.

A storm that can cause such devastation within seconds can take weeks to fix up—if you’re trying to put everything back together on your own, that is. If you want your home put back to normal as quickly as possible, that’s what we’re here for!

What You Should Know About CTI Contractors

Our team is located in Arizona, Idaho, and Utah, ready to take action and come to your aid when you call us. We are prepared to handle nearly every type of damage that your home experiences due to a storm. We will inspect your property, assess the damage, and even help guide you through the insurance claim process. We will work diligently to get the job done in a timely manner and to get your home back to its prestorm condition. Contact us today to schedule your inspection!

Summer Heat & How It Affects Your Roof

The summer season is winding down and to many people’s delight the temperatures are beginning to drop. Although you may be enjoying the cooler weather you might actually have an issue on your hands. Many states including Arizona, Utah, and Idaho experience extreme heat throughout the summer—with temperatures reaching above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. While you were relishing in the warmth, throwing barbecue parties, and suntanning near the pool, you probably weren’t worried too much about how the heat was affecting your roof.

Whether the effects were small or big, chances are that your roof was impacted in some way. Read on to understand how summer may have taken a toll on your roof and to learn about what CTI Contractors can do to resolve it.

3 Ways the Summer Heat Impacts Your Roof

The purpose of a roof is to protect you and the rest of your home from exterior influences (ie. rain, wind, heat, cold, etc). However, nothing is there to cover the roof to protect it as well. Because of that and the fact that it is the part of your home closest to the sun, your roof is vulnerable in the following ways:

1. UV Rays Cause Discoloration, Cracking, & Other Damaging Effects

The sun emits UV rays which are electromagnetic radiation that cause chemical and biological effects. If you’ve ever had a sunburn, then you’ve experienced that before. Yet, your skin isn’t the only thing that is being altered by the radiation. Your roof experiences its own version of sunburn, too.

Your roof’s materials have oils in them. When exposed to the power of the sun on a constant basis, those oils dry out. Your roof is more at risk of this happening during the summer because the days are longer compared to any other season. Here is what could happen in that case:

Wooden Shingles

  • Become discolored and look bleached.
  • Weaken and become less durable.
  • Start to crack.

Asphalt Shingles

  • Buckle and cave in.
  • Split and fall apart.

Excessive exposure to UV rays can wear down your roof, even if the materials are meant to be durable and long-lasting. To combat the long-term impact that radiation might have on your roof, make sure to have a professional inspect and make any necessary repairs to it during this fall season. After all, you don’t want to go into winter with a tarnished roof.

2. An Unshaded Roof Bakes Your House

Not everyone is fortunate to have a giant tree in their yard. Because trees provide shade, they’re able to keep roofs from overheating when the sun beats down on it. On a 90-degree day, the temperature of the surface of an unshaded roof can reach up to 160 degrees—which is hot enough to fry an egg on it if you really wanted to. Imagine how much hotter it can get when the day’s temperature is in the hundreds!

Such extreme temperatures speed up the UV rays’ damaging effect. However, it can also have an impact on your home’s interior. If your attic isn’t properly ventilated, for example, the roof’s temperatures will increase and consequently raise the indoor temperature with it. This can lead to condensation issues that result in water damage and mold growth. It can also potentially increase the cost of your utilities.

To help decrease your roof’s temperature for future summer seasons, you could spray it down with a cool coating that will lower the temperature by 60 to 70 degrees. Another option is to have your roof replaced with one that is made of different material. If your current roof has asphalt shingles, then it spent all summer absorbing heat rather than retracting it. A metal roof, however, is reflective and doesn’t allow nearly as much heat to seep into the home.

3. Thermal Shock Weakens the Structure

The term “thermal shock” refers to what happens when the temperatures vary significantly from day to night. When the temperature is hot your roof’s materials are likely to expand. Alternatively, they tend to contract when the temperatures get colder. If this process happens back and forth too quickly, the result will be shock.

If you take a look at your roof and see that it looks as if it has been warped out of shape, then shock and deterioration has probably settled in. Your roof’s joints may be cracked and separated. The flashings and seams could be tearing or separating as well.

During the summer months your roof is particularly susceptible to thermal shock as the weather turns from extremely hot during the day to cool in the evening. This pattern is a pretty common occurrence in the states that we service in. If you think that your home has experienced the ill effects of thermal shock, don’t hesitate to take action by seeking out roofing repairs.

What CTI Contractors Can Do for You

At CTI Contractors we understand how the bombardment felt by this past summer’s heat may have affected your roof. Call us today, and we’ll send our dedicated professionals to your home. They’ll make the necessary roof repairs and get it back to its optimal condition. To learn more about what we can offer, call us at (800) 898-7663.

Helpful Ways to Make Your Roof Last Longer

storm contractor repairing a roofThe roof is often one of the things that are damaged the most during natural disasters. If you have just gotten a roof repair from CTI contractors in Utah, Arizona, or Texas, or you are about to, here are some great tips to increase your roof’s life.

  • Keep Your Gutters Pristine: Clogged gutters can cause issues to your paint, flood your basement, but also destroy your roofing. If the gutters are overfilled with leaves, the water can flow into the roof and cause rot and deterioration. A large amount of leaves can also create a lot of moisture that will cause weeds, mold, or slowly rot your roof.
  • Trim Overhanging Branches: It is important to make sure that any trees near your home will not damage it if they fall. Despite the high expense, it is sometimes smarter to cut down or trim nearby trees to prevent extensive damage in the future. If this is not possible, you should at least make sure there are no overhanging branches that can fall on your windows or roof. Overhanging branches can also give squirrels and other rodents access to your roof and inside your home. They can chew on the roof or siding which will slowly destroy your roof.
  • Prevent Ice Dams: Ice and snow can cause a lot of damage to your roof so it is important to clear it off. Avoid trying to pry off any ice that is already formed on your roof as this could damage it.

If your home was damaged in a storm or requires roof repairs, contact CTI storm contractors at or call us at (800)898-7663.

Preparing for Your Storm Repairs

roof storm repairs contractorWhen you schedule CTI Contractor’s storm restoration services, it is important to prepare your home so that your repair is completed efficiently. Here are some steps you will take when preparing:

  • Determine the Damage: With our CTI inspections service, we determine with you the extent of the damage to your property. We will then figure out the plan for reparation and the costs.
  • Budget: At CTI Contractors, we want to offer the best price for your wallet. Let us help your repair your beautiful home to pre-storm condition at affordable prices.
  • Schedule the repairs: If you are able to stay in your home during the repair, it is important to create a schedule for you and your family. Consider times when you need to prepare your children for school, work, etc.
  • Prepare and Protect Your Home: Whether you can stay in your home or not, you will still want to cover furniture and other property from further damage. The repairs can create dust, noise, or increase the potential for something to happen to your interior and exterior possessions or property.
  • Set up a temporary living situation: If you require storm repairs, you will most likely need to stay in a different place while the reparations are happening. If this is the case, it is important to determine a safe place for you and your family to stay. Consider hotels, condo rentals, or even home rentals.

For top storm repairs service, trust in CTI storm contractors and schedule our CTI inspections by calling (800)898-7663, today.

How to Prepare for Storms (Part Two)

In our last blog post, we talked about the best storm preparation tips for you and your family. Read on to learn more great ideas to protect your family and home.


Storm Prep Tips

Trim Your Trees: If you live in an area that is commonly affected by storms, you will want to consider the area your home is built. If there are large shrubs, trees, etc. in close proximity to your home, you may want to spend the time and money to remove them. This can prevent severe damage from the trees falling on your home. It also can be a great precautionary measure to prevent you or your family getting harmed by falling trees or flying branches.

Stock Up On Non-perishable Foods: Food and water are perhaps the most important things to make sure you have during a storm. The best kinds are the ones that do not need refrigeration, in case the power goes out. Usually canned goods, freeze dried fruits, and ramen noodles are great choices.

Maintain a Safe Room or Safe Area Zone: If you are in a storm prevalent area, you most likely set up a safe room or safe area for when storms hit. If you have not, it is a good idea to consider creating one that is durable enough to withstand the weather. If you do have one, it is important to keep it maintained. Be sure to keep it stocked with food, water, flashlights, batteries, blankets, and first aid kits. Refer to our next blog post for the best First Aid/ Emergency kit items!

If your home has been affected by a natural disaster, get the best storm restoration services from CTI Contractors. Call us at (800) 898-7663 today to speak to one of our licensed CTI contractors in Texas, Utah, or Arizona.



How to Prepare For Storms (Part One)

1Natural disasters occur all the time and if you live in an area where hail, wind, and rain storms are prevalent; it is essential to prepare you and your family. Read on for some great tips on how to prep for a storm.

Storm Prep Tips 

Reduce Potential Damage: Inspect your surroundings and check to see if there are trees and branches that are close to your house. During storms, trees are one of the things that fall on a house or property. This causes a lot of damage and also requires a lot of cleanup work. Prevent this by having trees and branches trimmed or removed.

Upgrade and Maintain Safety Equipment: Install working smoke detectors, stock up on fire extinguishers, and ensure you have escape ladders. Also make sure you have flashlights and candles for light if the power goes out.

First Aid Kits: Buy or create a first aid kit with basic medical equipment and store an emergency prepaid cell phone in case lines are down or your personal cell phone dies.

Create a safety plan: Determine a safety plan and route with your family and practice so that if a storm hits, everyone knows what to do.

There are many ways to prepare for a storm, keep referring to our blog to learn more tips!

Was your home damaged? CTI Contractors is the number one choice for storm repairs. Visit us at today to schedule a CTI inspection.