Whether you are building a new home or in need of a full roof replacement, it is important to choose a quality roof system that will endure and perform well overtime. For a better perspective of the market, continue reading to learn which roofing systems are the most common in the residential and commercial construction industry.
Asphalt Shingle Roofs
In the residential market, there is no roofing system more frequently used than asphalt shingles. Not only is it the least expensive roofing material on the market, they are available in a wide variety of grades, textures, colors, sizes, and styles. Another revered feature of asphalt roof shingles is their durability. They are installed in 1 to 2 layer constructions and reinforced with fiberglass. This makes them highly suitable for steep slope applications. The lifespan for shingle roof systems range between 20 and 50 years.
Metal roof systems are a popular choice among residential and commercial properties for the many advantages they offer. The common metal roof materials used in the industry today include aluminum, steel, and even copper, making them environmentally sound. Metal roofs are resistant to mold mildew, fire, corrosion, and inclement weather, and provide long-lasting durability for up to 50 years.
Flat roofs are nay roofs with slopes less than 10 degrees. They are not well-suited for traditional roofing systems like shingles or tile. These will most certainly lead to a decade of frustrating and costly roof leaks. Fortunately, there roof systems available on the market that are specifically designed for flat roofs. Although there are more than a handful to choose from, the 4 primary kinds include built-up roofing, modified bitumen, rubber roofing, and single-ply membranes (PVC, TPO, etc.). Check back with next week’s blog for a closer look at these 4 roof types!
EPDM Rubber Roofs
EDPM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) roofing systems are referred to as rubber roofs. They are popular choices for both residential and commercial properties because they are lightweight, quick and easy to install, highly durable, long-lasting, and inexpensive. Rubber roofs are also low maintenance, and if damages occur, repairs are easy and inexpensive.
Additional Types of Roofing Systems Include:
Wood Shake – Usually made of cedar, pine, or redwood, wood shake roofs are shingles that are a bit thicker at the butt end compared to asphalt shingles. They are treated with chemicals to make them fire-retardant and preservatives to prevent wood rot. They give a building a warm, natural, outdoorsy look. They can last 8 to 125 years.
Slate – Slate roofs are a shingle roofing system made from naturally occurring slate materials. Although they can last up to 100 years, they are more fragile than other shingle roofing systems, so they require bi-annual inspection to ensure ongoing structural integrity.
Tile – Clay or concrete tile roofs are another form of shingle roof system. They come in an endless selection of colors, styles, sizes, and textures. Although expensive, heavy, and tricky to install and repair, tile roofs offer a level of aesthetic appeal unattainable by any other type of roofing system on the market.