For most of us, the roof is an afterthought. We don’t realize how critical this component is until it starts to leak. The roof not only keeps your home dry and insulated, but it also contributes significantly to the overall appearance of the house. So when building a new house, adding on, or re-roofing, you should consider aesthetics as much as function when choosing a material. Here are the types of roofs we install:
Composite shingles, often called asphalt shingles, are the most popular type of roofing material. These three-tab shingles are made of fiberglass mat topped with asphalt and mineral granules. Some come equipped with zinc plating to discourage algae build up. They are flexible so can adapt to the roof’s contraction and expansion.
Lifespan for shingles is usually 20 to 30 years and they are easy to replace if you lose one or if it gets damaged.
A downside of composite shingles is that they are made of petroleum-based materials, making them one of the least sustainable materials available for roofing.
Aesthetic reasons are mainly why people choose to go with a wooden roof on their home. These types of shingles are generally made from cedar, redwood, cypress and pressure-treated pine.
Wood shingles are machine-cut and feature cleaner edges and a smooth surface to produce a uniform appearance. Wood shakes are hand-cut from blocks of wood which gives them a rustic appearance. They’re thicker too, making them slightly more expensive than wood shingles.
The lifespan of wood shake and shingles is shorter than most other roofing products, lasting between 8-25 years, with proper maintenance. There is a compressed version that comes with a 30+ year lifespan, but of course, it’s more expensive.
When it comes to energy efficiency, wood is a natural insulator so these shingles are about two times more efficient than asphalt shingles. Also, wood shingles are 100% natural, making then very environmentally friendly.
Originally for commercial use, rubber roofing it is gaining popularity as a long-lasting roofing material for flat and low-slope residential roofs.
EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) is the main material to create large single-ply sheets. This material is UV resistant and does not require a mineral coating when completed, making it lighter than tar and gravel.
Once only for warehouses, metal roofs seem to be popping up in every neighborhood nowadays. One of the reasons is durability: metal roofs double the lifespan of shingles. Another reason is aesthetics: the look of a standing seam roof is sleek with clean, bold lines. The assortment of colors is sure to compliment any type of building. And who doesn’t love the sound of rain on a metal roof?
The best advantage of standing seam metal roofs is contained in the name itself: seams are raised above the water level of the roofing panel making them superior to traditional flush-mounted materials.
The materials used for metal roofing include aluminum, zinc, copper, titanium and stainless steel.
If eco-friendly is important to you, metal roofing is considered one of the most sustainable materials available because it contains no petroleum, has a long lifespan (30-50 years), is considered a “cool-roof” therefore is energy-efficient, and is 100% recyclable. In fact, most metal roofs are created from recycled materials, to begin with.
Standing seam metal roofing is more expensive than shingles, but pay off by increasing resale value. Unfortunately, they cannot be used on low-pitch or flat roofs.