Today’s choices for roofing include a vast array of materials that include composites, plastics, steel or metal, asphalt, stone, clay tile, slate and wood shingles.
The most popular type of residential roofing material used on homes today is asphalt shingles, which provide one of the most cost effective solutions for your roofing needs. The two different types of asphalt shingles are organic and glass fiber. Both have ceramic granules that protect against premature deterioration from UV rays as well as providing unique aesthetic value.
Most manufacturers offer shingle warranties of 20–50 years, and some shingle systems offer a limited lifetime warranty.
The 3-tab shingle is the most common shingle on the market. 3-tab shingles are simply installed in a single layer. They are manufactured in a large variety of colors.
Manufactured in multiple layers, architectural roofing shingles are heavier than their strip shingle counterpart, and therefore last longer. They come in a large variety of styles, shapes and color options.
A metal roof is one of the most durable building products available. Metal roofing not only provides exceptional strength and aesthetics but also increased energy efficiency over traditional roofing products.
Metal roofing has been proven to be more durable than most other roofing systems available. As a result, metal roofing has low life cycle costs.
Greenest of the Green
Metal roofing is sustainable, and can contain significant recycled content. It lasts longer than most non-metal roofing and is 100% recyclable at the end of its useful life.
Fire and Wind
Metal roofing is extremely fire resistant. When properly attached, metal roofing systems can also be designed to withstand extremely strong winds.
With a wide variety of finishes, designs and colors, metal roofing is on the leading edge of technology that provide greater energy savings compared to most other roofing products on the market today.
Whether your home is southwestern, mission or even a modern design, clay tile roofing provides great aesthetics and comes in a variety of colors. Tile roofing lasts so long that it is expected to have a greater lifespan than that of the material on which the roofing rests. Tile won’t rot, burn or be harmed by insects. It requires little maintenance and comes in a variety of colors, types, styles and brands.
The clay tiles themselves are fragile, so walking on them should be left to experts. Although they are fragile to weight, they are extremely resistant to the elements, including harmful UV rays.
Weight and costs are the biggest drawbacks to using clay tiles. Tile can be so heavy that additional engineering to the structure may be necessary to support the added weight. Costs are higher than other roofing alternatives.