Materials Options

Asphalt or Metal?

There are great choices in roofing materials, colors and styles for your new roof! Whether you plan an asphalt roof or a metal one you can add curb appeal to your home or business while protecting the people and the contents you have worked hard to own.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt Roofing materials are the industry standard installation, but the variety, styles and colors are anything but standard.

3 TAB Asphalt Shingles – Royal Sovereign,  25-year shingles provide affordable and basic protection. They are manufactured in a single layer and provide simple, timeless beauty to your home. Learn more here.

Architectural Shingles – Timberline Natural Shadow, Timberline HDZ & Timberline Ultra HDZ Lifetime Shingles are the most popular laminated architectural shingles.  These shingles are manufactured as dual-layered products providing a thicker and richer appearance adding value and performance in a genuine wood shake look. Learn more here.

Designer/Luxury Shingles – Camelot, Grand Canyon, Glenwood, Sienna, Slateline, Grand Sequoia and Woodland shingles provide superior performance and timeless beauty adding an ultra-dimensional look to your home. Manufactured as triple-layer products, these shingles are heavier and thicker with long-lasting durability. Learn more here.

What’s Under the Shingles?

Under what you can see of your roof is a system that has been installed to protect your entire home. This includes decking.

For most this is actually part of the original framing of your home, but with roof wear and tear, leaks and moisture, the decking may require replacement. Ridgeline Roofing Company will make sure that every sheet of your decking is ready for the new roof and will replace any sections that are not. 

Leak barriers are installed on the decking to make sure that tiny gaps between the plywood are sealed. 

If it has been a while since you have had a roof replaced, you may not have moisture barriers installed on your roof. Today, every roof has this added to protect the decking and your home from leaks and moisture damage. The entire decking is covered with these barriers. 

The edges of the roof are covered with special roofing tiles called “Starter Strips” that will give the roof an even appearance. 

At the bridge of the roof / the very top of the slope, attic ventilation strips are added, and the cap shingles will go over those. This allows the attic ventilation to breathe but will keep water out. 

Finally, each of the things that pierce your roof will need leak guards. Many people do not realize that beyond your chimney and any utility line poles your roof has holes for ventilation for toilets and sinks and even your exhaust system for your kitchen ranges.

Each of the holes in your roof for these “pipes” and lines will require special rings to prevent water from seeping under the roof.

“Recently, I had my roof replaced by Ridgeline. I can say that Brian was true to his word when everything was complete. He was very clear about the entire process and any questions that I had about my insurance claim, he was able to answer. The roof was replaced in a day and it looks great.” – Ridgeline Athens client

Metal Roofing

Why choose a metal roof?


Metal roofs have undergone a lot of change in the last few years. While they are more expensive on the front end, they offer loads of benefits that may make the expense now worth it.

Durable – A metal roof can last for 40-70 years. This more than doubles the life expectancy of a traditional asphalt roof

Environmentally Friendly – Metal roofs are good for the environment. Not only can they be produced from recycled materials, they can almost always be installed over your tradition roof. The prevents the old asphalt tiles from heading to the landfill.

Quiet – An underlay of plywood ends the concerns of noise from rain/hail hitting the roof and echoing into the home or office.

Energy Efficient – Metal roofs can have a dramatic impact on your home or business heating and cooling bills. A metal roof, with the installation of the underlay provides additional insulation for your building.

Attractive – Metal roofs can also come in a variety of designs including wood, slate, tile and standing seam vertical panels, to name a few.

Lightweight – Metal Roofs are lightweight, usually 66% lighter than asphalt and 75% lighter than slate, concrete or clay. Metal provides a fire safety Class A rating and is resistant to wind up to 150 m.p.h. If properly installed and maintained, metal roofs can last the life of the home. They are extremely durable and provide long-lasting curb appeal as they resist algae, mildew, insects and do not rot. These roofs are environmentally friendly as they reflect radiant heat and can be recycled.

Installing a New Metal Roof on an Existing Home

Metal Roof Profiles

Tuff-Rib Panels – Easily installed and has a width coverage of 36”. They are painted and finished with siliconized polyester and make great metal roofs for homes. Available in 24, 26, & 29 gauge materials.

R Panel (PBR) – With a similar width coverage of 36” and a rib height of 1 ¼ inch, the PBR panel is great for commercial and industrial use. Available in 24, 26, & 29 gauge materials.

Standing Seam – The standing seam metal roof panels have a 12-30” inch width coverage. These excellent steel panels are great not only for residential properties, but medium-heavy commercial buildings as well. Available in 24, 26, & 29 gauge materials.

The premium silicone-polyester costing system is engineered to give high reflectivity which can help to dramatically reduce cooling costs. The coating system comes with a 40-year film integrity warranty and a 30-year performance warranty for chalking and fade-resistance.


Photo of home with extensive gabling and gray metal roof system.
Graphic of a Tuff-Rib Panel of Metal Roofing
Tuff Rib Panels
Graphic of a Standing Seam style of Metal Roofing
Standing Seam Metal Roofing
Graphic of R Panel (PBR) Metal Roofing
R-Panel PBR

Care and Maintenance of a Metal Roof

Unlike asphalt roofs, the metal roof is durable and meant to be washed gently with water or pressure washer over time. Every metal roof has a factory installed coating to protect it from algae and sun damage.

Washing the roof, however gently, and the natural damage over time of the sun can gradually erode the protective coating. The good news is that new coats can be applied to protect the roof for additional decades or life. 

You will want to ask about the coating on the metal roof you select. Metal roofs are coated with either zinc (galvanized) or a mixture of aluminum and zinc (galvalume). The coating comes in different grades and even thicknesses which will affect the number of years between coatings you may need.


Graphic of R Panel (PBR) Metal Roofing

“Ridgeline went beyond with customer service. I recently moved to the area and Drew assisted me with information on other service providers in the area to ease the transition. I highly recommend Ridgeline. The crew was exceptional, my house was completed in just a day, I am very proud of the finished product.” – James, Hiawasse client

Athens Location

320 East Clayton Street,
Suite 442 Athens, GA 30601

Office:  706-310-4201
Fax:  706-310-4269

Hiawassee Location

22 West Bell Street
Hiawassee, GA 30546

Office: 706-896-7663

Atlanta Phone Number:

Office: 770-822-1832
Cell:  770-883-1033
Fax: 770-277-8887