What are the different roof types available, and why does this matter? The roof serves as a vital part of the skin of a home. Protecting all of the owner’s possessions and the interior structure of the house proves to be a constant job. With multiple options available when building a new home or replacing an existing roof, you may want to look at every option. Each of the roof types has varying benefits. At Pro Roof, we want to ensure that our customers are able to make the best decision for his or her home. We believe that this is an informed decision!
Solar Panel Roof
Many homeowners looking for a green solution turn to solar panel roofing. While this option, among the gamut of roofing types is more expensive upfront, solar panels eventually make up for the loss with energy cost savings. Solar panels can generate up to 1 kW of energy for every hundred square feet. This roofing type can integrate seamlessly with any existing shingles. For those who are upgrading and adding panels to a current roof, this could be an option.
A few notes one should consider when making the choice “to solar roof” or “not to solar roof”:
- Orientation. The orientation of a solar panel is crucial to its functioning. Solar panels are most effective when the sun’s rays hit their surface perpendicularly.
- Pitch. Much like orientation, the pitch of a solar panel is essential to its functioning. The angle of your roof will determine the pitch of your solar panel. If the pitch of your roof is not optimal, solar panels may not be a good option for your roof.
- Size. If your roof is too small for the number of solar panels it would require to power your home, solar paneling your roof doesn’t make sense.
- Age. The condition of your roof, which directly correlates to its age, matters when deciding if you are going to put solar panels on your roof.
- Shade. You need to assess the amount of shade on your roof to determine if your solar window is favorable enough to justify the price of installing solar panels on your roof.
Asphalt shingles are by far the most common of roofing materials. Approximately 80% of houses in the US have some type of asphalt roofs. There are plenty of advantages to asphalt roofs. Asphalt shingles are effective regardless of the environmental conditions and the upfront costs are low.
There are many different kinds of asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles can mimic slate roofs, can be made entirely of fiberglass, or made of a rough weave material on a fiberglass asphalt mat. The costs of these types of shingles vary depending on the type of asphalt shingle. The quality also varies widely, so as a homeowner, choose wisely. The more professional your installer is, the more longevity you will get out of your roof.
Most consider metal roofing to be another classic and for good reason. Available in shingles or vertical panels, they last for as long as sixty years. They are durable in rain and snow, will not burn, resist the effects of high winds, and can be installed over the existing roof. Many people worry that metal roofs will be loud, but this is simply not the case due to large amounts of insulation routinely installed on metal roofs.
Some may find the cost prohibitive upfront, but a homeowner should not have to replace a metal roof in his or her lifetime so long as they keep up routine maintenance. Depending on the type of roof, metal roofs can even be their own support decks, cutting potential maintenance costs. The same cannot be said for asphalt roofs.
For an economical alternative, one should consider stone-coated steel. It mimics slate and can resist winds as high as 120 mph. Pricing shows itself to be the main difference between the two options. Such roofs are ideal for areas that are prone to wildfire, as well as wet and windy regions.
Enduring for as long as one hundred years, slate proves itself to be virtually bulletproof. It won’t burn, is waterproof, and resists mold and fungus. Many people love slate roofs for their classic look.
Though there are plenty of advantages to slate roofs, a few caveats do exist. Because of the ultimate durability, the price tag may stagger higher than other options. If you know you will have people on your roof to fix other issues, such as satellite, bear in mind that even though the material itself is heavy, the materials are easily broken if stepped on as well as being awkwardly heavy. You should avoid purchasing a slate roof if you live in or near a hail prone area.
Rubber slate is very popular roofing material. This material looks natural and can be cut in a variety of shapes to fit intricate roofs. The downsides to rubber slate are that contractors skilled in their installation can be difficult to locate, they are easily damaged by hail, and walking on them as well as installing satellite dishes on them can be damaging.
Clay and Concrete Tiles
For areas prone to earthquakes, concrete and clay tiles prove to be an excellent option among roofing types. They also perform well in dry, warm climates, and can withstand high winds, hurricanes, and tornados, resisting winds up to 125 mph. They do carry some weight, however, and may require extra support to bear their weight.
If you’re looking for the most economically friendly option, look into green roofs. With a lifespan of 40 years, green roofs are not as long-lasting but have a variety of benefits. Covered with plants, these roofs improve air quality, reduce the amount of water runoff, and act as insulation. However, if you intend to install a green roof, there is a lot of preparation required as far as irrigation and providing the necessary support for the roof.
Built-Up roofing restricts itself solely to flat roofs. Layers of asphalt, tar or adhesive topped with aggregate make up the mixture of this type of roofing. These roof types perform well in areas known to have heavy foot traffic. They do require extra effort in shoveling snow from them in winter and may become sticky in summer temperatures. They can last 20-25 years.
We may not offer all of these types, at all times, however, we want our potential clients to be as informed as possible when making the decision with regards to their roof! we offer free inspections 7 days a week. Give us a call for any questions.