The family was building an English-style country estate and required a roof that kept with the architectural style of the house, and its picturesque life-style environment (featuring horses, etc). But most importantly, it would need to stand the test of time.
To add to their challenge — while the majority of the roof area was pitched, this met a significant low-slope section, so some serious research was required before any decisions on materials were made.
With the need for an overall roof specification that was sympathetic with the design, as well as one that could last the distance and accommodate both pitched and low-slope sections, two different roofing systems would be required.
For the pitched sections, the family went with 'Hatteras' from the Viking CertainTeed Asphalt Shingles range. This was chosen because the family liked the slate-type flavour — with its deep shadow-lines and rich colour palette — and also liked the fact that it had a 40-year product warranty.
For the significant low-slope section of the roof, a robust waterproofing membrane was required. The family decided on Viking Enviroclad in light grey, as the wide-sheets and heat-weldable technology meant fewer seams (and in-turn are vulcanised together at 380° celsius). This promised a watertight solution and as the product is warranted for a 20-year period, delivered the assurance the family was looking for.
The family wanted one of the best applicators in the business on the job, which is what they received with one of Viking's Approved Applicators. The Enviroclad Membrane was installed first on the low-slope section of the roof, rising part-way up the pitched sections. Once completed, the CertainTeed Shingles were installed on the pitched sections, which overlapped the Enviroclad Membrane sufficiently to negate the chance of any water finding its way into the building.
This allowed the family to achieve the look they desired without making any design concessions.
The family had the perfect roof to complement the perfect house. The 'Hatteras' roof suited the architecture and the low-slope section was fully-watertight. The quality of the materials and the proven, systematic method of installation, meant that they also received a roof that they could trust, with further assurance supplied by the robust warranties backing it.