Asphalt shingles are a reliable, popular roof covering material that is available in many styles, shapes and colors. Architectural shingle types – such as laminates – are rapidly gaining in popularity. Asphalt shingles are suitable for most residential applications. In fact, industry estimates show approximately 80% of the total residential roofs are covered with asphalt shingles.
Properly installed asphalt shingles will not only effectively shed water, snow and other forms of precipitation and weather off the roof; they will enhance the beauty, character and value of your home. Not to mention, asphalt shingles are backed by a warranty typically ranging from 20 years to lifetime.
Tiles are one of the most decorative of historic roofing materials because of their great variety of shapes, colors, patterns, and textures. Their unique appearance makes them a prominent feature on an older house – helping define its architectural character. Their renewed popularity as a roofing material can be attributed to their timeless style and durability.
When installed properly, tiles can withstand weather conditions that begin to deteriorate other roofs the day they are installed. In general, a tile roof can reasonably be expected to outlast the building it protects.
There are a variety of synthetic roofing products for customers hoping their roof can be more artistic than the typical asphalt roof. Materials like quarried slate and thick cedar shakes come into play. These tiles are lightweight and have long-term durability. Not to mention they’re timelessly beautiful and add a texture and mass to the roof line that’s just not possible with typical roofing products.
They are also considered a “green” building alternative because all types of synthetic materials can be recycled at the end of a roof’s usable life. However, they’re more expensive, and they weather.
Metal roofing scores extremely well for durability, fire safety, weight, and eco-friendly performance. Metal roofs hold up exceptionally well to high winds, hail, and the sun’s UV rays – all essential for Colorado’s high altitude climate. It’s also practically impervious to rain and snow because of the way it is designed to interlock and because the surfaces are hard and slippery.
Steel enjoys the highest available fire safety rating as well as being resistant to mildew, insects, and rot. Metal roofs weigh less than a third of the weight of asphalt or fiberglass shingles, and are highly energy efficient. Most companies back their products for 20 to 50 year warranties.
One of the most popular roofing system in North America, Modified Bitumen roofing is an asphalt-based product used on buildings with low-slope or “flat” roofs. They are installed by welding, hot asphalt, and adhesives. This type of roof is very durable — they have a high-tensile strength so they are unlikely to develop the kinds of cracks that other flat and membrane roofs are known for, which means they’re great waterproofing.
They are also highly rated against wind, fire, and hail so they are unlikely to be damaged in the event of a storm. These roofs come with long manufacturer’s warranty that help to guarantee the roof’s longevity. They can also be used with energy efficient reflective top surfaces.
Standing Seam Roofs
Standing seam metal roofing enjoys many advantages as a roofing material. At the top of this list is longevity, with lifetimes of three, four or more decades not uncommon. Metal roofing stands up well to elements such as hail, wind, rain, snow. By design, every area that could potentially let in water or moisture is elevated above the surface as opposed to being flush. This helps greatly with runoff and keeps leaks at bay.
Metal roofing products have the very high impact resistance to hailstones and often benefit from the highest hail rating granted by insurance commissions in the country’s hail belt regions. As an added bonus, metal roofing is manufactured in basically all colors and finishes, matching all your architectural styling needs.
Single Ply Roofing
Single-ply membranes are lightweight factory-manufactured sheet membranes. Often thought of as commercial roofing, they can be a durable and cost effective residential roof as well. Single-ply membranes can be installed fully adhered, mechanically attached or held down with ballast. Most single-ply roof systems do not receive surfacings, as the membrane itself is designed to withstand the elements.
They offer great flexibility and their resistance to UV radiation is superior when compared to other products. Single ply membranes also come in a wide variety of grades so you can choose the right type of protection for your home or business.
Built Up Roofs
Built up roof systems are composed of alternating layers of bitumen and reinforcing fabrics that create a finished membrane. They typically include multiple layers of felt or ply, bitumen of asphalt, tar, or adhesive, and an aggregate or other covering such as gravel. Built up roofs provide excellent waterproofing and ultra-violet protection.
They are also extremely fire retardant if gravel is used as a covering. Although installation can be expensive, they are low-maintenance and, if repairs need to be done, they are generally low-cost.