From natural materials like slate and wood to manmade products such as asphalt, metal, and different polymers; there are more types and styles of roofing to choose from today than ever before. While each has its pros and cons, they all can add a unique design element to your home. Which one is best for your home?
When selecting your next Roof
There are several factors to consider when selecting a roof including:
- What materials should I use?
- How long will it last?
- Will the look complement the style of the house?
- Pros and Cons
- Are there any regular maintenance costs to expect?
Asphalt shingles are the most popular type of roofing for homes, comprising over 80% of residential roofing market. The terms “asphalt” shingle and “composition” shingle are general terms for the same thing.
The term “composition” is used because the shingles are a composite product made from either a fiberglass or a cellulose mat, and asphalt and minerals, as opposed to a single material, such as wood shingles or clay tiles.
Life Expectancy ranges from 15 – 50 years, depending on what grade of shingle you decide on. Some insurance companies offer premium discounts when installing storm grade materials.
Shingle roofs can develop algae growth (black staining) usually after a 8 – 10 year period. Manufacturers typically guarantee 10 years of algae protection.
Regular inspections should happen annually and general maintenance every 3 – 5 years or so.
Do you certain shingle Roof Styles but want the durability and toughness of a metal roof? Call us today to learn more about the different styles and metal roofs available that have a shingle appearance. We install shingle products from Owens Corning, CertainTeed, and GAF/ELK. Click Here to learn about our RoofCo Installation Process.
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While more expensive than asphalt, metal roofing lasts longer and is more wind resistant.
Often composed of steel, aluminum, copper, or zinc alloy. metal roofs come with either a zinc coating or painted finish. Copper roofs are installed unfinished and acquire a protective green patina with age through oxidation.
Available in a wide variety of colors and design styles many builders, architects, and homeowners are making the switch to the strong and durable, lightweight systems. Some styles may include: R- Pannel, Standing Seam, Shake, Shingle, Tile.
Warranties range from 15 – 50 years depending on the gauge, and coating protection used. Some insurance companies offer premium discounts when installing storm grade materials.
Less maintenance is required to keep this system lasting a lifetime, although regular inspections are recommended
Here at RoofCo, we take the time hand work and bend all the metals to make your job 100% custom. Click Here to learn more about our RoofCo Installation Process.
Clay and Concrete Tile
While brittle and heavy, clay tiles can last a long time and are very fire resistant. Molded with natural materials, baked, and sometimes glazed, tile roofs offers homes another level of elegance and appeal. Available in a variety of styles and colors: Barrel, Spanish, Shake, Flat, Concrete S-Style, etc….
Typically guaranteed from 30 – 50 years, tile roofs prove to be tough and resistant to severe weather. This excludes Slate roofing.
Regular inspections and occasional Soft Roof Washing are recommended through the roofs life because 1 broken tile compromise your roofing system and cause interior leaking.
Do certain Tile Roof Styles but want the durability and toughness of a Metal Roof? Call us today to learn more about the different styles and metal roofs available that have a Tile Roof appearance.
Slate is one of the oldest roofing materials. Though brittle and expensive, it is very durable and resists both wind and fire.
Wood Shingles and Shakes
Wood shingles and shakes made from rot resistant woods have low fire resistance unless treated. Most commonly made from cedar trees, they can also be made of other rot resistant woods, such as redwood or pine. Wood roofs offer unique looks and beauty depending on what styles of materials and installation used.
Typically lasting up to 20 years, wood roofs requires regular inspections, upkeep and maintenance. Homeowners can expect to find parts of their roofs in the yard after storm season. Roof Cleans and Stains/Sealers are recommended every 3 – 5 years
Do you like Wood Roof Styles but want the durability and toughness of a Metal Roof? Call us today to learn more about the different styles and metal roofs available that have a Wood Roof appearance.