Roofing slate come in wide array of composition and style. Some of the most common options include: metal, clay, and even asphalt roofing. Recently, composite slate roofing has gained widespread popularity due to its low cost, durability, and high quality.

The Constitution of Composite Slate

Just like composite wood is made up of every tree imaginable, composite slate is an amalgamation of substances. Composite slate is typically made from fiber-reinforced cement, recycled plastic, recycled rubber, wood chips, and clay tile. These various substances are fragmented, and then pressed together, forming light weight composite slates for roofing.

Lightweight, Simple Installation

Composite roofing has gained credibility because it is almost indistinguishable from genuine slate, and its natural appearance blends in with the surrounding landscape. Genuine slate is extremely heavy, and thus, difficult and expensive for roofers to install and stressful on the house. Overtime the stress can build up, causing homeowners to add costly structural support. Composite slate is amongst the lightest option available to roofers, and has been proven exceptionally durable.

Advantages of Composite Slate

Weather resistance is something every roofer assesses when planning installation. Indeed, the main function of the roof itself is to protect against the bombardment of the elements. Surprisingly, inexpensive, lightweight, composite slate has been shown to protect against the elements superbly. This is especially important when considered in the context of the sweltering Arizona heat. At Gryphon roofing we pride ourselves in protecting customers from the inhospitable climate of the desert. And during the rare case that it actually rains in Phoenix, Arizona, slate has been shown to withstand the pelting of rain better than any natural material available. In summation, composite slate is cheaper, lighter, durable, and it looks great. Choosing composite slate to protect your home is a no brainer.

Mold is one of the biggest threats to your home, and one of the most insidious assailants to your roof. Indeed, mold growth will result in moisture accumulation, causing your roof to sag, and eventually leak. What more, mold growth can infiltrate your HVAC system, which can cause serious harm to your lungs and your overall health. Indeed, mold is a roofer’s mortal enemy and we scorn it like the plague here at Gryphon roofing.

Mold 101

Mold, or stachybotryschatarum is a simple organism that tends to spawn when water is present. Indeed, mold intends no harm to humans, but it must be eliminated nevertheless. If it’s allowed to seep into the cracks of a building it can bring down the entire integrity of your roof and home. So it is always best to be on guard for this deadly assailant.

Defend against Mold

Regular roof maintenance from a professional company like Gryphon Roofing is the surest way to keep mold at bay, and protect your roof, home, and its inhabitants. Also, the regulation of humidity will help deter mold growth. As long as moisture is absent mold cannot thrive. So in Arizona mold growth will only occur in instances where water is spilled. Places like Florida, or Georgia are especially vulnerable to mold growth. Another contribution to mold growth is stagnation. If air is not permitted to flow freely, mold can take root, and be fruitful and multiply.

At Gryphon roofing we take great pains to assure that all our roofs are mold free. We are truly satisfied to know that our customers are safe and sound, happy, with a roof over their head. If you’d like to learn more click here.

The word shingle is derived from the German shindle which means roofing slate. Indeed, roofing slates have been utilized since the history of civilization. Most scholars believe the first instance of a roofing slate was shrubbery layered over a hut. Since then shingles have evolved. They have been made of wood, slate, asphalt, metal, flagstone, and other various materials. But all shingles now serve the same purpose which is irrigating water away from the roof.

Arizona Shingles

This is not to be confused with some type of unsightly bacterial disease ravaging the great state of Arizona. Arizona shingles are basically clay shingles. Usually, the type of shingles used depends on geography. Clay is readily available in the Mohave Desert, and it is particularly resistant to the Arizona sun. On the east coast however, shingles look much different. Typically the lower middle class will have asphalt shingles because of their low cost, durability, and easy access to the material’s its comprised of, while the upper class of the east coast will use wooden shingles.

How it Works

Basically, shingles are the icing on the cake of roofing. After laying a solid foundation of plaster, roofers will then lay a skeleton on which shingles can be hung—this does not apply to asphalt shingles however, these are generally just layered over the base. The shingles are then hung on the roof’s skeleton from top to bottom. This facilitates proper roof irrigation and enhances the aesthetic appeal of the home. Anyone interested in learning more about roofing should click here, or reach out to us at Gryphon roofing.

When we say that some roofs are going green we literally mean it. The Germans (of course) pioneered a new technology that essentially transforms your roof into a garden or shrubbery. The roofing innovation is actually employed by 10% of German roofs, and it is slowly making its way to the US. But one may ask, “Why would I want a garden or lawn on my roof.”

Why Turn my Roof into a Garden?

Well basically, a green roof will facilitate lower energy bills. Grass and heavy vegetation will keep your home cooler in the summer and lower your energy bill in the process. Also, it looks cool. If you have grass on your roof you will surely stand out in the community. How your HOA will receive a roof covered in grass and plants is a mystery though.

How It Works

Obviously, allowing your roof to transform into a garden raises some concerns. For instance, how do the plants take up roots? and if they manage to take up roots, how do the roofs not collapse from the moisture stored in the soil? Well, these roofs are covered with vegetation and soil, and a water proof membrane that protects the home. Also, the roof comes equipped with irrigation systems.


Many people wonder how much a roof garden cost. Not as much as you might think. It ranges from $10-15 dollars a square foot. Some commercial projects cost more, but these are much more extensive. For instance, one roof garden came equipped with full grown trees and vegetation. Maintenance on this project was expensive to, not to mention the cost to water a forest seated onto of an office building.

A roof leak can be a devastating problem that is sure to compromise the home. Nothing says wretched like a home littered with buckets to catch the rain leaking from the roof. There’re a few locations where roofs are especially prone to leaking. That is, the central area where water accumulates and is prone to build up. In order to prevent the occurrence, the best strategy is to secure regular maintenance from a qualified roofing expert like Gryphon roofing.

Chimney Leaks

The chimney is definitely a sensitive arear when it comes to leaks. The sealing that surrounds the exterior stack of the chimney is especially prone to leakage from rainfall. One strategy for preventing roof leakage around the chimney involves re-caulking the outer rim of the chimney regularly. If you notice flaky caulk, cracks, or leaking in the interior it may be the case that your chimney is compromised and you need the assistance of licenses professional.

Skylight Leaks

This area is vulnerable to leaking similarly to the chimney. Indeed, the caulking around skylights can erode and lead to water infiltration. But the steps to prevent this are similar to chimney maintenance. If happen to visit your roof, you should make sure to inspect the sealing around your chimney and skylight, diligently. But, again regular maintenance from a qualified roofer like Gryphon roofing is the surest way to ensure your roof is safe from leakage.

Roof Valleys

As previously mentioned, the most vulnerable area to roof leaks occur in your roof’s valley. This area is prone to water accumulation because water will naturally flow downhill. If there is a crack or whole in the roof the water will no doubt find its way to the opening, through your roof and into your home.

Nothing can be more devastating to a home and its occupants then a collapsing roof. Indeed, roofers have nightmares all the time about vanquished roofs. But the good news is that a broken roof can be prevented. Regular maintenance, routine checkups, and roof consciousness will ensure that your home’s roof remains intact.

Signs the Roof is in Danger

If you notice a sagging section of your roof, or if your ceiling is sagging, then caution! Your roof is amidst the eve of destruction. Another warning sign is leakage. This is a sign that your roof is indefinitely on the end of its days. Any bends or unusual formations of your roofs support are another warning sign that a collapse is near. You can track some of these warning signs easily.

Specific Warning Signs

First, any doors or windows that become hard to open are a surefire sign that your home’s roof is on the end of its days. This suggests that your roof is placing added stress on the foundation of your home. A similar technique for prediction collapse involves noticing sprinkler head location. If they have dropped below ceiling tiles, then it is probably that your roof is dire need of repair. Lastly, utility pipes will tell you a lot about your roof. Bent utility pipes are a clear indication of a collapsing structure. You should call a roofer or a home technician immediately.

The Solution

The easiest way to prevent roof collapse is to regularly schedule maintenance calls with a qualified roofing company like Gryphon roofing. Do it yourself efforts involve removing debris and algae accumulation because these will hold moisture, placing adding stress to your home’s roof. Snow is also an obvious assailant to your roof. However, in the southwest this hardly poses a threat to a roof’s longevity.

Frei Otto, an innovator in roofing recently passed away, two weeks before earning the coveted Pritzker Prize. The Pritzker Prize is essentially the noble prize of architecture. It’s a shame Otto died before receiving recognition, but surely his offspring, friends, and family appreciated the bestowal of the award.

Frei Otto is noted primarily for designing the roof canopy of the Olympiastadion, a structure admired for its light weight, innovative design. Indeed, the structure basically created a tent able to house thousands and ward off the elements indefinitely. It was lauded during the 1972 Olympics for its lightweight, utilitarian design.

One may ask why it took so long for the Pritzker commission to award Otto. Well, in the wake of the devastation caused by WWII, it is not improbable that the Pritzker panel was hesitant to bestow the award on an architect who was a member of the Nazi party. Indeed, Pritzker was a pilot in the Luftwaffe. He was captured in Nuremberg where he then became a prisoner of war. The French discovered Pritzker’s peculiar genius for architecture and the mechanical arts, and thus, he was commissioned as the camp’s architect. In order to save money in the wake of WWII devastating aftershock, Pritzker was often forced to design with limited materials. Perhaps this is where the genesis of his utilitarian, minimalistic style began.

It is said by Richard Rogers, a fellow architect and recipient of the Pritzker that “Frei Otto is one of the great architects of the 20th century. His work has inspired and influenced modern architecture, as we learn to do more with less, and trade monumental structures for economy, light and air.”

Ever since the genesis of gutters, people have been praising their greatness and attempting to improve them. The word gutter comes from the Latin gutta, meaning drop. Gutters are comprised primarily from iron, lead, steel, zinc, copper, and aluminum. The function of a gutter is essentially to protect the buildings foundation from indefinite erosion.A gutter functions as a rain catcher, which collects and reroutes rainwater away from roof edges. Without a gutter, water would trickle down the side of the house and destroy the building. Gutter’s reroute water and help maintain the frame of your fragile domicile. Regular maintenance is the surest way to assure your home’s gutter is free from buildup of debris. But a gutter guard can mitigate the damage.

The genesis of the gutter gave birth to its offspring the gutter guard. Essentially this is a micro mesh screen that allows water to flow freely across your gutter as it filters out potentially deleterious debris. In our opinion the best gutter guard is called the Rain Drop Gutter Guard. It is sturdy, straightforward, and it will keep required maintenance to a minimum. Indeed, this same company offers a myriad of different gutter guards including strainers, straps, and plastic guards. But once, again there is no magic bullet for gutter maintenance. Regularly removing the debris from your gutter is the only way to ensure that water will be effectively rerouted away from your home.

Although roofing is our game at Gryphon roofing, we encounter gutters frequently in our line of work. Indeed, the gutter is the roofs ugly sister that we all love and pity. No magic bullet can maintain a gutter, but frequent care will no doubt help your roof, home, and peace of mind.

One of the most important aspects of roofing safety is ladder precaution. Indeed, some of the most devastating injuries that occur while roofer result from improper ladder precautions. Although not everyone’s a roofer, many people use ladders ever year to reach difficult places, dust fans, and hang Christmas decorations. So, in order to encourage safety, as ever good roofer is wont to do, we have compiled some essentials of ladder safety.

Three Feet above the Deck

OSHA requires that every ladder should hang three feet above to optimize ladder safety. What’s more Pythagoras, the ancient Greek philosopher who taught us everything we know about triangles, discovered that for every four feet of height, an additional one foot of distance should be added to optimize stability. We roofers get a bad rep: we like to drink, gamble, and generally have too much fun. Although some of these labels are undeniably true, they fail to mention that we are also mathematicians and safety experts.

Level Surface

This seems like a no brainer but it probably is the most common cause of injury. It is essential that your ladder is situation on a dry, level surface. Often times, accidents result when a ladder is placed in wet grass. The ground below is damp and gives way to the pressure of the ladder. The ladder then sinks into the grass causing the ladder to tilt, and eventually topple to the ground.

Inspect before you Erect

Before your raise the ladder to the roof, you ought to inspect to make sure everything is in order. Look for bent rungs, worn out foot pads, or broken steps. Indeed, ladders can be extremely useful and their virtue should not be obscured by their danger. Taking heed of this advice will mitigate the risk of damage, indefinitely.

I hear the following statement from amateurs more times than I would like to admit: “roofing seems pretty straightforward.” True, roofing is not rocket science, but like most things in life, there’s more than meets the eye. Everyone thinks they can act, everyone thinks they can write, and everyone thinks they can roof. O Contraire! Roofing can be very dangerous, and one mistake could be your last.

Despite the humorous tone, the previous statement is far from a joke. Every year professional roofers are severely injured or killed on the job. Falls, lacerations from protruding metals, electric shocks, and punctured eyes from projectiles are just a few assailants that the modern day roofer faces on the job. Doing this every day for your entire working life leads to inevitable injuries.

But as a do it yourselfer you will not be prepared to evade the hazards that modern professional roofers typically encounter. What’s more, you will most likely be forced to rent tools to complete the job. There are more instances than we can count when homeowners call us and ask to repair the damage they caused while attempting to fix their roof. Indeed, a roof is the most essential part of a home. It guards your from rain, sleet, hail, and any other weather hazard houses are prone to. You wouldn’t try to fix a cavity yourself, so why would try and repair your roof!

The moral of this story is that an attempt to save a little money could end up costing more in the long run. Attempting to repair your house, failing, and then calling a roofer is beyond a doubt more expensive. Add the safety risks associated with roofing to the equation and attempting to fix your own roof makes little sense.