Asphalt shingles are the most popular choice because they’re inexpensive, easy to install and come in dozens of colors.
Cedar shake shingles that are made from split logs. The roofs have a distinctive look because the thickness and length of each shingle can vary. This type of Roofing has been in existence in North America since the days of the colonists.
Concrete roofing tiles are a popular, budget-friendly alternative to traditional clay roofing tiles. Concrete tiles have a long lifespan up to 50 years, require low maintenance, offer good fire protection (Class A rated), and are resistant to rot and insects.
Concrete tiles most commonly resemble traditional ceramic tiles, but can be found in a variety of other styles as well, including those that look like slate.
Slate roofing tiles are a natural stone product offering a beautiful appearance, longevity, and fire-resistance.
Metal roofs are a reliable and affordable roofing system in the marketplace in various designs and styles. They are lighter than a concrete or clay tile roof, more durable than an asphalt shingle roof, and easier to handle than long-run corrugate sheets.
Composite or synthetic roofing shingles are made of several commonly used roofing materials such as fiberglass, recycled paper products, and asphalt. Composite shingles are fire resistant and don’t have problems with moisture.
Solar reflective shingles are designed specifically to reduce the absorption of the suns infrared radiation by reflecting IR rays off the surface of the roof, thus not allowing the heat to be transferred to the interior of the structure
Single-ply Roofing is classified as flexible sheets of compounded plastic-derived material used to cover and protect flat and low-sloped buildings. Properly installed, single-ply roofing systems offer an inherent advantage over traditional materials due to their strength, flexibility, and high durability.
Built-up Roofing, also called BUR, is the most common roofing material used on low-slope roofs. It is composed of alternating layers of reinforcing fabric and bitumen (asphalt) and is finished with a top layer of aggregate, such as stone or gravel.
Structural metal panels are a durable and long-lasting option for residential roofs. A metal roof can withstand the elements for far longer than an asphalt roof.
Roof coatings serve as a barrier between the elements and your roof. Most of them are waterproof and reflective, which helps protect the roof from leaks and slow down the sun rays’ effects on the roof. Roof coatings also help to reduce the temperature of the roof and protect it from weathering.
Mechanical fasteners are commonly used to secure the insulation and roofing membrane to the structural roof deck. Each metal fastener creates a thermal bridge that reduces the effectiveness of the insulation.
Roof insulation performs two basic functions: Acts as a thermal barrier for the top of the building and serves as the roof system base.
Underlayment on a roof is a membrane applied to the plywood or ‘deck’ of a roof as an extra layer of water penetration protection before shingles are installed. Underlayment isn’t always necessary but should be applied to low-sloped roofs, as well as specific high-water risk areas of your home. Common types:
Roof vents allow hot air to escape keeping the roof and attic cooler and saving on energy costs. Poor or non-existent ventilation may cause attic temperatures to rise to 150 degrees or higher in the summer. That can lead to damaged shingles and other roofing materials, a buildup of condensation and mildew, and mold development.
Continuous ridge vents are more effective because they are installed at the peak of a roof’s ridge, allowing warm air to escape from the attic. A continuous vent, as opposed to an individual roof vent, is the most effective.
Ice and water shield are a self-adhering waterproofing underlayment used in Roofing around the roof’s edges to protect against ice damming, plus in valleys and around chimneys and other fixtures prone to leakage.