Whether you are building a new home or getting a new roof, there are various roof types to choose from. Most commercial houses choose from one of three styles of gabled roofs (pitched roofs), asphalt shingles, tiles, and metal. Choosing the right one for your home can be challenging, so here are some guidelines to help you get started.
Asphalt Shingles: There are three types of asphalt shingles, three-tab, standard architectural, and presidential or triple laminate. Three-tab is more economical short term, so they would best suit rental properties or budget homes. In terms of aesthetics and longevity, standard architectural shingles are the best choice for homeowners who put aesthetics and longevity above initial cost. Presidential or triple laminated shingles are made to look like cedar shakes but be less costly. They are designed to be durable and long-lasting.
Tiles: There are four types of tiles to choose from. While most tile roofs are made out of clay, you can also choose from metal, concrete, and slate. Ceramic tile roofs have many advantages, including their durability, long lifespan, non-combustibility, rot resistance, and low maintenance. Concrete tile is also extremely durable, but not as long-lasting. In addition to its many advantages, tile is also very heavy, so additional roof support is required. It can also be expensive and difficult to install.
Metal: The last option you may have to consider is metal roofing. For this style, you have two options, tiles or standing seam. Since it can be coated with acrylic, this style can come in practically any color. It can last up to 50 years or more if properly installed and maintained, is economical over the long term, and is more energy efficient. However, they can be expensive and requires more specialized installation.
While choosing a new type of roofing material can be difficult, it is important to look at all the facts. It is also important to contact your homeowner’s association and city to see if they may have any specifications. If you take these two steps, you should be able to narrow down your search and find the best material for your home. Contact our team at Sterling Construction and Roofing for all your roofing questions.