The 5 Most Popular Types of Roofing

The 5 Most Popular Types of Roofing

Posted on 05. Jun, 2014 by in home improvement

When you are starting new construction on a home, business, or any type of building, there are hundreds of decisions that need to be made. One of the biggest decisions you need to make are what material you are going to use for the roof. There are a few different materials that you can choose from.

Asphalt shingles: This is the most commonly used material for a roof. Asphalt shingles are three tab shingles, made with a fiberglass mat, which is topped with asphalt, and then mineral granules. Asphalt shingles are relatively simple to lay down. Every roof company knows how to install this type of roof. Most companies will offer a twenty to thirty year warranty on asphalt shingles. The best thing about this type of roof is that if a shingle or two should blow off, they are very simple, and inexpensive to replace.

Roll roofs: Its name is just as it says, it is a roof material that comes in rolls of one hundred square feet, and is about three feet wide. This type of roof can be installed very quickly. It is also very inexpensive. This type of roof is typically used for barns, sheds, workshops, and any building structure where the appearance is not very important. It is also used on low slope residential roofs. This type of roof material is excellent at holding back moisture.

Metal roofs: Many people think that metal roofs is just for warehouses. This is not true. Metal roofs have become very popular on residential buildings. There are several advantages to having a metal roof installed. For starters, they are fire resistant. Metal roofs will also keep termites and carpenter ants away. Finally, a metal roof provides an excellent retail value on the building. There are some downsides to metal roofs as well. Metal roofs are much more expensive than asphalt shingle roofs. Also, you need to find highly experienced roofers who have a great deal of experience with metal roofing if you want it done right.

Green Roof: Green roofs are not very common, however, they are used. Green roofs can provide thermal insulation to your home, absorb rain water, put oxygen back into the air, and also allows you to grow plants. This is because the layering of the roof is covered with a waterproof membrane, and provides a great deal of drainage. There are two types of green roofs, the first is an intensive roof. This type is capable of supporting large plants and people on the roof. The extensive roof is thinner than the intensive roof, and can hold light weight growth, such as moss.

Slate shingles: Slate shingles are the type of roof for a builder who wants nothing but the best material for their roof. Slate shingles are made of real stone. Slate shingles can cleave off into thin sheets, making it easy to quarry. If you want to install a slate roof, it is necessary to find a highly qualified roofer who has a great deal of roofing experience with this material. It can be very difficult to find a roofer who can do this. Also, it is very expensive, and can take a long time to install.

Choosing the roof for your structure is one of the most important decisions that you can make. It is important to find the right type of roof for your needs and your price range.

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