With multiple types of roofing material options available, there is a choice for every need and budget. Even though you might have a traditional asphalt roof now, that doesn’t mean you are required to put on another one of the same type when it comes time to do so! Each material has its own pros and cons, so it’s important to understand exactly what they can do for your home before you decide to use it. Since this can often get confusing when comparing them all together and trying to apply them to your unique home, we encourage you to get in contact with a Denver roofing company like CO Roof Scapes to see what we would recommend so you know you’re getting the right roof.
As the most popular material for roofing by far, asphalt shingles are used widely across many different types of homes. Asphalt shingles are made of – you guessed it – asphalt, small rocks, fiberglass, and a sealant to keep the shingles together. Because they are so widely used and manufactured, an asphalt roof is typically very affordable and quick to put on a home. The material is durable, although not quite as durable as other options. Most people can expect their asphalt roof to last around 15 years.
Asphalt shingles are fairly simple to repair and are an attractive option for homeowners that want to choose from a variety of colors and tones. Unfortunately, this type of material does tend to absorb heat and is not the best choice for someone looking to cut down on their energy bill.
Wood roofing like cedar shakes are naturally good at insulating. Although they are a more expensive option than asphalt shingles, wood roofs are more environmentally friendly and can last a few years longer. They do require a good deal of maintenance throughout the years including regular washing and quick removal of debris after storms. Wood roofs can be especially susceptible to insect infestations (watch out for termites) and rotting if not taken care of properly.
This option offers a natural option that appeals to many different types of homes, as multiple different types of wood may be used (each with their own benefits). Although most wood shingles are treated chemically to resist algae and moss, there is still a chance that they will grow on a wood roof.
Slate roofing is known as being a high quality, extremely long-lasting material to choose for roofs. While it can be difficult to install and has a large cost (even compared to wood roofs), this material is popular for its beautiful appearance. Because it can come in multiple colors, thicknesses, and sizes, it can be custom to your home and specific tastes. Much of the high cost of slate roofs can be attributed to the fact that they last for so long – some even up to 150 years.
Unlike wood roofs, slate roofs are one of the best fire-resistant materials out there. Unfortunately, with how difficult it can be to install a slate roof, most installers aren’t as knowledgeable about the process and might make errors. Since the slate tiles are actually very fragile, walking on your roof is most likely not a good idea, either. If a tile is broken, it can be hard to replace as you might have trouble finding the exact match down the road.
A metal roofing option is great for those that want a maintenance free roof that will last for quite some time. While this choice can be quite a bit more expensive than the typical asphalt roof, you can expect a lifetime of around 50 years. Metal roofs are completely resistant to rot, pests, and fading, which means it will most likely look the same 20 years from now as it does when first installed! Additionally, a metal roof can be more energy efficient as well.
Instead of being limited on variety, metal roofs allow homeowners to choose from multiple colors and shapes as it becomes more popular in residential settings. Many people choose this option for the rustic sound of hearing the rain on the metal during storms. Negating the myth that comes with metal roofs, this type does not attract lightning during storms. One of the other benefits to metal material is that typically there are no broken pieces that will need to be fixed during its lifetime (whereas asphalt shingles tend to have many).
Outside of the four materials we have highlighted here, there are actually even more to pick from. Choosing a material to use for your roof can be an important (and sometimes hard) decision to make. For most homeowners, installing a new roof is one of the largest investments they will need to make on their home while they own it. We encourage you to do as much research as you can before settling on a material to use – and if you get stuck along the way or have questions, you can always reach out to the roofing experts here at CO Roof Scapes!
Whether your home or business is in need of a new roof installation, we can help. As a Denver roofing company, we are locally owned and operated with a full crew of roofing experts. We take pride in being able to offer the best roof work in the area and have a combined 10 years of experience in the industry. Because your installation is so incredibly important to the safety of your family, we encourage you to take your time in making your roofing decision and do your due diligence! We will always be here along every step of the way to ensure you feel comfortable with everything happening before, during, and after your installation. When it is time to get you a new roof, call our team of experts here at CO Roof Scapes for a consultation!