Watch this video and learn about the Billy Ellis aluminum roofing systems.
Injection-Molded Foam Backer
The Billy Ellis Injection-Molded Foam Backer fills the entire cavity of
the aluminum shingle, thereby making the roof extremely strong. With the foam backer, you can walk on your
roof. It also makes the roof much more hail-resistant and increases the energy efficiency. The Foam Backer is
made of injection-molded polystyrene (the same thing coffee cups are made of). It is a great insulator.
Billy designed the foam backer with a four-way overlapping system, making it a roof all by itself. The Foam
Backer makes the roof stronger, more hail resistant, more energy efficient and is an excellent sub roof. This foam
backer is full coverage. It overlaps top to bottom and side to side. This allows anyone to get on the roof without
worry of causing any damage and it totally insulates the roof. R-5 Foam Backer
If you walk on wood shingles they will split, clay or concrete tile
will break, composition roofs will lose important granules, steel tile will dent if you are not careful to
step on the battens and you also knock off protective granules. Walking on these roofs also voids the
Patented Miter Valley System
The Billy Ellis Patented Mitered Valley System carries the water off the top of the roof. Each
valley shingle is custom made on the job and as an added safety feature we install our custom
valley pan under the actual valley shingle. This creates a waterproof system that will last as long
as your home.
The Billy Ellis Patented Mitered Valley System carries the water
off the top of the roof. Each valley shingle is custom made on the job, and as an added safety feature, we
install our custom valley pan under the actual valley shingle, creating a waterproof system that will last as
long as your home.
Now take a look at the standard installation which allows
water to penetrate the roof!
Watch as the Billy Ellis crew makes and installs the valley and gable system, part of the
The standard gable system called for a long piece of
J-Channel to be installed up the gable edge of the roof, then the aluminum shingle would be cut to fit inside
the J-Channel. This presented two problems. First, once again, it allowed water to get below the actual
aluminum shingle and then be carried down by way of the J-Channel. Second, it just did not look as good as the
rest of the roof. We felt it made your home look too much like a commercial building.
Billy got together with the install team and came up with a Patented Gable Trim.
With Billy's system, the actual aluminum shingle is custom formed with special metal brakes to fit down over
the gable and into the trim, never allowing water to get under the shingles. It also looks great, creating the
warm residential look of wood shake, tile or slate.
Doug and Martin install trim and put the first course of aluminum shingles on a residential
home. Look at how they walk on the roof with no problems and see just how the interlocking system
of our aluminum roof works to create a solid hold.
The next thing we had to fix with the standard installation was the two-piece
starter strip. Through some pretty serious research, we found that the two-piece starter caused an action
called wicking. Basically, the two-piece caused a vacuum-like action, drawing the water back up the roof edge
and behind the fascia board, causing water to get behind the fascia and into the soffit area.
Billy once again got with the installers, and, with our special metal breaking
tools, created a one-piece starter strip. Because we made the starter out of one piece, the water could not
wick, thereby eliminating the problem. Once again we also feel like it makes a better, cleaner-looking roof
Check out this video where Billy does a water
test of the two systems.