Types of Roofs
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Types of Roofs We Install
There are five common types of residential roofs that you should consider when mulling a new roof or retro-fit.
Residential roofing companies that specialize in asphalt shingle roofing have to uphold a certain standard when estimating a full roof replacement, or even when it comes to a simple roof repair. The proper shingles can make or break a roofing job for both the roofer and the homeowner. The type of shingle you decide to have installed on your roof can affect the cost, the livelihood and the effectiveness of your structure. The most common residential roofing material used in the United States are asphalt shingles, and not surprisingly to say the least. These shingles have been around since 1903 have stood the test of time as one of the most reliable types of roofing material. Relatively inexpensive up-front cost and is relatively simple to install Asphalt shingles usually last up to 20 years or more on an average home. They consist of two different types of base materials – organic and fiberglass. This unique design helps them reflect sunlight away from home, helping reduce air conditioning costs during the hot summer months. They are also resistant to wind and hail damage while providing additional waterproofing support for your home. In addition to their cost-effective nature and durability, asphalt shingles come in a wide variety of colors and styles.
Slate shingles are a sophisticated and upscale type of roofing material. They are made from concrete, providing your home with resistance to rot and fire. They are incredibly easy to maintain and have a life expectancy of 100 years. While these are incredibly durable and give off a natural appearance, they come with their own unique set of disadvantages, too. The weight of slate shingles and the cost associated with them means they require a high degree of expertise for installation.
Slate shingles are also susceptible to damage when you walk on them, making maintenance and gutter cleaning a pain.
Because of these drawbacks, slate shingles aren’t widespread in the Midwest. Instead, they see far more usage on the East Coast (although they do make appearances in states like Arkansas and Kentucky).
Cedar shake roofs use wood shingles made from split logs. Since they are mostly wood, and because every shingle is of slightly varying size, they have an incredibly natural appeal to them. These roofing materials have been around since the colonial era for a lot of reasons. For one, they can withstand harsh weather conditions, keeping UV rays out of the home, which provides energy efficiency throughout the home. Cedar shake roofs also provide less water runoff, which can be a concern for the homes in the greater Denver region. While fire-resistance is a concern, many manufacturers apply a fire-resistant coating to them for extra safety. There are many advantages to wood shakes, but they also require expertise to install. As such, they are a bit more expensive than an asphalt shingle roof, but its durability and energy efficiency are enough for many homeowners to make the jump.
Metal roofing has been a growing trend recently. The market share for metal roofs has greatly expanded over the past decade (4x!) . Metal shingles are low maintenance, lightweight, and environmentally friendly, giving them a bunch of benefits. Property owners choose metal roofing because it's the durable choice. The average life of a metal shingle roof is 50+ years, meaning your investment in them will last longer compared to other roofing types. While there is some benefit, the installation can be tricky, so it’s essential to partner with a roofing contractor who understands metal shingles very well - like your friendly RoofTec team here in Westminister.
Flat roofs run prevalent in the commercial roofing realm but that's not to say they're stricly developed for apartment complexes or multi-family homes. Residential flat roofs have become a trendy design feature throughout the midwest, especially in the greater Denver area due to the chic structural benefits. However, with the amounts of precipitation we get in Colorado, flat roofs may cause flooding issues if you don't have the proper drainage systems installed. This is why most residential roofs stick to a sloping design feature to ensure rainfall has a clear exit path.
Types of Shingles We Install
- GAF Timberline® Architectural Shingles
- GAF Impact-Resistant Shingles
- GAF Lifetime Designer Shingles
GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, has been in the business of producing high-performance commercial and residential roofing materials for 130 years. GAF roofing systems are known the world over for their rugged, dependable performance and industry-leading warranties.