Roofing Systems


Asphalt shingles cover about 80% of the homes in the United States. Their popularity is due to their relatively light weight, comparatively low cost, ease of installation, and low maintenance requirements. Shingles can be made to look like wood shake, tile or slate. New technologies have increased Resistance to tearing and cracking and reflective granules on each shingle insures less heat absorption per square inch for a more energy efficient home. Certain types and series of asphalt shingles may qualify for rebates and incentives.


CertainTeed is a leading U.S. manufacturer of lowslope and steep slope roofing products for commercial and industrial roofing and waterproofing applications. CertainTeed has served the roofing industry for 100 years, establishing a solid reputation for quality, reliability, and technical innovation.

Elk Products


Beginning in 1955, the strength of Elk has grown into a legacy of product innovation, quality, reliability and beauty. An Elk roof offers a wide range of striking, dimensional styles and colors to complement any home’s architecture. Plus, the strength of Elk stands behind each Elk roof, with top UL®


GAF Materials Corporation is one of the most comprehensive and well known roofing systems companies in North America. In addition to their first rate Class A shingles, they also provide a full compliment of the most advanced technologies in leak barriers, roofing membranes, and roof deck protection.

GAF’s quality products are regularly recognized by leading industry experts such as Home Builders, HGTV, Builders and Remodelers, and Life Magazine.

Torch Down

Also called Modified Bitumen, a single-ply rolled roof is impregnated with a mineral-based wear surface. Torch-down systems involve heating the adhesive as the material is unrolled. a large flame throwing torch melts the asphalt so that seams can be joined together. Its light-colored mineral surface reflects heat and cuts energy bills. Torch down is best used on flat roofs and also works well with roofs that have less than a 1 degree slope. These roofs have additional flexibility and resistance to environmental stresses such as UV Rays, ozone, extreme temperatures, and movement.

Single Ply

Single ply membrane roofing is a non asphalt based roofing system. Single-ply roofing membranes have grown in popularity over the past 30 years, and are popular with building owners and facilities due to their flexibility, ease of installation, and competitive price. Additionally, single-ply membranes offer a lightweight solution that can accommodate the sometimes unconventional roof designs of modern architecture.

Reflective Roof Coatings

White Reflective Roof Coating

A reflective roof coating or white roof, is the best known and most applied of all Green Roof Systems. These systems reduce roof temperatures and thereby save electricity, and are great for almost every application, including residences, apartment buildings, condominiums, townhouses, retail buildings, schools, malls, and hi-rises.

Reflective roof systems involve applying a fluid directly onto the roof. A superior acrylic roof coating waterproofing component and super tough polyester-mat as the reinforcement component is normally used. Compared to most re-roofing alternatives, this system provides an efficient, high-quality solution at a fraction of the cost.

Some of the benefits of reflective roof systems are:

  • They are Safe to Apply: The roof coating is applied at ambient temperature, eliminating the possibility of injuries from 500 degree asphalt, and fires caused from overheated kettles or torches.
  • There is NO adverse Environment Impact: Since there is no tear-off of the existing roof, and it is applied at ambient temperature, we are not contributing to landfill and not polluting the atmosphere with smoke. The reflective coating reduces roof surface temperature and saves electricity, the reason we call it a Green Roof System.
  • They are Odorless: Acrylic roof coatings have NO odor, unlike the odors of melted asphalt or tar. Because there are no odors to irritate customers or employees, the project is less disruptive to your ongoing income producing business activity.
  • Reflective coatings are Lightweight: The system’s light weight allows application over the original roof with a minimal weight increase: 40 lbs. per 100 sq. ft., as opposed to 175 lbs. per 100 sq. ft. for a cap sheet, and 500 lbs. per 100 sq. ft. for a gravel roof.
  • And Strong: Over 300% stronger than fiberglass or organic roofing felts.
  • And Flexibility: Acrylic roof coatings go on at ambient temperature and retain their structure and flexibility, unlike hot applications, which become brittle after drying.
  • They Create a Monolithic Roof: As the polyester is embedded in the acrylic coating, the saturated membrane becomes a seamless, integral part of the total roof system.
  • Reflective Coatings Keep the Building and Roof Cool: The white acrylic roof coating protects the roof from ultraviolet deterioration, and reflects solar induced heating from the building interior. This lowers the cost to run AC equipment and reduces energy consumption, maintenance, and utility costs.
  • They are Cost Effective: This system can be expensed as maintenance, rather than capitalized over years like a conventional roof.

Metal Roofs

Metal roofs are often engineered with high quality recycled material, and can last as long, or longer, than any other roofing material. Currently metal roofs are manufactured with 60-65% recycled materials. The panels are also lighter than conventional roofing materials, which means less fuel costs during shipping. Average energy saving is significant, as the panels reflect 34% of the sun’s energy as opposed to conventional asphalt shingles. Metal roofs are also highly recommended for earthquake prone areas where heavier roofs can be a liability. They are also great for water catchments that provide irrigation for landscaping around a home or business. The metal panels can also be painted with reflective coatings for an even more energy conscious roofing system. Metal roofs are available in many styles and colors, including barrel vault, wood shake, and clay tile. Metal roofs can also have a reflective coating applied to them to save even more. Low maintenance, naturally fire, and pest resistant, a metal roof system is a smart choice for any home or business owner.

Berridge is one of Southern California’s premiere metal roof manufacturers.


The performance of slate as a roofing system is legendary – many roofs in Europe still function, even after 400 years! Slate is also one of the most environmentally friendly roofing materials available today. Slate is a naturally occurring substance, which can be laid out in a variety of patterns, is naturally fire and pest resistant, and often outlasts the underlying material that supports it.

For more information on slate, check out Traditional Roofing


Tile roof systems, like slate, have a long life span. New manufacturing methods and technologies have developed a tile that is both stronger and lighter than its predecessors. Tile is low maintenance, fire, and pest resistant and comes in a wide range of colors and styles. The tiles can be formed to mimic wood shake, conventional shingles, and other roof systems. When choosing tiles for your tile roof, you must consider such factors as climate, region, type of structure, desired aesthetics, new construction, or re-roof to find the most appropriate type for your project. Protect your investment: a tile roof is only as good as its installation.

Look for a contractor with tile roof installation experience. Evaluate life cycle costs when selecting a roofing product. Typical manufacturer warranties for tile roofs are 50 years or more, and tile roofs are not susceptible to fire, pests, or hail.

Monier Lifetile


Without exception, MonierLifetile is an industry innovator for a wide variety selections, not only for choices with respect to style, but for quality and durability. They manufacture standard weight and light weight tiles that will add tremendous value to your home. For those homeowners who by either choice or ordinance find that they are looking to replace their classic “wood shake roof” are delighted to discover MonierLifetile’s CedarLite, Saxony Shake, Madera and Split Shake options that adhere to today’s stringent Class A safety requirements without compromising the beloved wood shake aesthetic.

US Tile


U.S. Tile is the largest, most well established producer of authentic clay tiles. If you are looking for that true, classic Spanish Tile appeal, these are the tiles you want. U.S. Tile offer FADE & LABOR warrantee coverage and are backed by a 4 billion dollar parent company.

Lightweight Design: Proshake Plus, Claylite, and ClayMax have been designed for re-roofing homes that are looking for the classic Spanish tile look, yet without the heavy weight of the traditional clay tiles. Weighing in at over 40% less than standard tile, lightweight tiles help eliminate the concerns associated with heavier roofing products while offering the superior strength and durability of a kiln-fired, fully vitrified clay tile.

Enhanced Resale Value: Typically found on custom homes, clay roofing tiles can give a home the look and curb appeal that is always dreamed of. And, with a warranty that is transferable, the value of that home would be passsed onto the new owner should the present homeowner decide to sell.

Important Note: Plan ahead. These highly desired clay tiles, though available, require a substantial lead time to acquire.

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Permanent Roof will work closely with you to determine your needs, answer your questions, discuss your concerns, and help you decide on which green roofing system is best for you. Give us a call today at (310) 838-ROOF or via email

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