The Many Types of Roofing
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Asphalt & Asphalt Fiberglass Shingles
Manufacturers have created asphalt shingles that imitate the look of wood and slate. These terms are interchangeable, but most roof shingles used today are technically known as asphalt fiberglass shingles. There is a fiberglass mat embedded in the shingle that beefs up the roof’s protection and durability.
Asphalt roofs are the most popular roofs in the U.S. for their affordability, ease of installation and large selection of color and design.
Wood Shingles & Shakes
Wood shingles and shake roofs are beautiful, but require more maintenance than other materials.
Wood shingles and shakes are generally manufactured using different species of evergreen trees for their strength and resistance to rot.
This material can give your home a look of authenticity and uniqueness because each shingle or shake is different. However, this advantage is reflected in the materials higher price tag.
Rubber roofing for residential purposes is a new phenomenon. Rubber roofing is sometimes referred to as EPDM roofing. EPDM stands for ethylene propylene diene monomer, the compound that makes up most rubber roofing. Rubber roofing is ideal for roofs with little slope or flat surfaces.
While some people are using rubber roofing on their flat-roof homes, the material is still mostly used for commercial buildings.
Composite shingles carry some of the industry’s longest warranties.
The term composite indicates than more than one material was used to create the roofing in question. In the industry today, simulated roofing slate is the most popular composite. It is made from resins and from rubber compounds extracted from reclaimed tires. This composite looks a lot like slate but costs much less.
Metal roofing has traditionally been used on commercial structures like barns and businesses. Today, though, many people are choosing to install metal roofs on their homes. It is ideal for simple roofs without curves or complex shapes. It can also be installed directly over old roofing, cutting down on removal and disposal costs.
Corrugated roofing looks like you’d imagine. It comes in sheet form with smooth, regular grooves throughout. It can be made from steel, polycarbonate or an asphalt-fiberglass composite. While it can be installed over old roofing, it isn’t ideal for residential properties.
EPDM is a popular material for a flat roof, as is high-density spray polyurethane foam (SPF). This material is a layer of foam insulation that is also an effective roof, as long as it’s covered with a protective coating.