Natural Roofing Options
The most beautiful, long-lasting and costly roofing options on the market are naturally derived. Most other roofing options work toward imitating the following natural options:
If you are considering an American-made product, slate is an excellent option. It is quarried in the Northeastern United States and easily lasts up to 50 years. It has become popular for its earthy, yet refined appearance. Slate is the most expensive roofing option on the market; however, the value it can add to your home, its durability, and longevity make it cost efficient in the long run. Read More >>>
Concrete Tile shingles are an exotic ode to Spanish architecture. They are generally comprised of whatever natural materials are in the immediate area. Thus, you can find slate, clay or any such variety of tiles on the market. With the exception of copper, tile is the most durable natural roofing option available, having a lifespan of up to 80 years. Read More >>>
Rubber roofing can be quite beautiful. It is the least expensive of natural roofing options, and it is environmentally friendly. Rubber roofing is made from recycled tires, slate dust and saw dust. With a lifespan of 75 years or longer, it rivals tile in longevity. Generally, rubber roofing comes with a 30-year guarantee, meaning it should need no shingle replacement for that time frame. It is also common for rubber roofing to carry a lifetime warranty. Read More >>>
Low-Cost, High-Quality Faux Roofing Options
Cost, durability and functionality can play a major role in your roofing choice. While the look of high-end natural roofing styles are nice, you need to be prepared for initial cost and upkeep. However, if you wish to have the look without the fuss you might consider one of the following options:
Asphalt roofing shingles are a widely used and trusted option. They are fairly inexpensive and have a clean uniform appearance. Asphalt roofing is composed entirely of glass fiber mats that are saturated with asphalt and covered in granules. They tend to be lightweight and relatively durable. Read More >>>
Architectural or Laminated Roofing:
Architectural roofing is an asphalt type roofing ideal for homeowners and commercial property owners, who would like one of the highest quality faux roofing options available. In the roofing world, it's where function meets style. Startling three-dimensional designs place architectural roofing in the realm of functional art.
Practical manufacturing processes have birthed varieties that resist mold and algae growth, insulate and deflect light. Be it the look of wood, tile or slate, architectural roofing has a host of varieties that can meet your needs at a practical cost. It is worth noting that architectural roofing shingles and traditional asphalt share many qualities in common. Perhaps the largest variance is that traditional asphalt shingles lack the extreme visual impact of their high-tech counterpart. Read More >>>
Composite roofing is comprised from recycled rubber, plastic or a combination of the two. Composites are far more durable than asphalt-based shingles. Warranties on composites can reach up to 50 years. Composite roofing is stunning and cost-efficient. Once installed, it is also virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. There is a huge market for composites, as such, the options range from LEED recognized brands, to ‘class A’ fire-resistant composites with a ‘class 4’ impact-resistance rating. Read More >>>
Metal roofing is a broad term that covers the styles and materials one can choose from when outfitting your roof with metal. We have come a long way with metal roofing design; there are various styles of metal roofing now available:
- Vertical Panels or Standing Seam
- Metal Shake
- Metal Tile
- Metal Shingle/Slate
Metal roofing can be found in a relatively diverse number of metals. There are older options, well known from childhood stories, like tin and newer options such as aluminum and lead. However, the two most commonly used on commercial and residential properties are copper and steel. Read More >>>
Copper roofing is one of the oldest and most beautiful roofing options available. While the initial cost is considerable, the lifetime cost of copper roofing makes it far less expensive than almost every other roofing option. Copper roofs are literally known to last centuries with proper care. It is highly resistant to the elements and never needs to be painted or finished. Copper roofing also improves with age; the shiny, warm color of new copper weathers out into a rich bronze as time passes. Copper is a relatively easy material to work with, so if your property has unique roofing angles, domes, turrets or gables, do not shy away. Beauty, practicality, durability and traditional luxury, embodied, are copper roofing. Read More >>>
Steel roofing options can be broken down into 3 main categories:
- Corrugated galvanized steel is little more than raw wrought iron steel coated with zinc. It is generally used in corrugated sheets and is one of the most common metal roofing types available.
- Stainless steel is often chosen for its aesthetics. However, it serves a more functional purpose since it is well suited for harsher climates. It is most commonly available in seam profiles, but shingles are another, more decorative option.
- Stone coated steel was originally designed in World War II for use in reconstructing damaged buildings and increasing their safety. It has a beautiful ceramic appearance and is created by using an emulsion coating of zinc and aluminum-bound stone granules coated with an acrylic gel overlay. The coating is virtually impossible to remove and is extremely durable.
Metal roofs are making a major comeback because they are considered environmentally friendly. Most metal roofing carries a ‘class A’ fire rating and ‘class 4’ impact rating. Another bonus is they have an extremely long lifespan and, depending on the metal, require little upkeep. The choice of a metal roof for your home or business is an excellent investment. It can differentiate your property from the pack. Read More >>>
Commercial and Heavy-Duty Roofing Options
Sometimes jobs call for a no-frills, no-nonsense approach. The following roofing options are durable and economical. While some are used mainly in commercial roofing, their use can be translated into a variety of other roofing projects:
Corrugated roofing is a highly diverse and economical choice for a variety of projects. Commercial establishments, such as warehouses, storage facilities, garages, and other structures, such as sheds, that need durable roofing at nominal cost are all prime corrugated roofing candidates. A lesser-known but highly useful way to use corrugated roofing is as a skylight; since one of the options available is a clear plastic, it makes an effective and inexpensive alternative to glass. Corrugated roofing is available in both metal and plastic and can come in a variety of painted colors too. It ranges from opaque to translucent or clear. One of the more utilitarian roofing options, corrugated roofing is relatively tough, easy to install, and is a solid choice for any practical roofing job. Read More >>>
EDPM is one of the most durable roofing options available on the market. Comprised of ethylene and propylene, it is made to simulate rubber. Among modern roofing options, it lasts far longer than its competitors. EDPM is resistant to weathering, hail, low temperatures, thermal shock, ultraviolet radiation, fire and even hurricane force winds. It definitely pays for itself over time, and should be on any businesses short list when considering commercial roofing. Read More >>>
PVC Plastic Roofing and Thermoplastic Polyolefin:
PVC roofing is gaining notoriety and the industry demand for it is growing rapidly. It is beneficial because it is durable, easy to install and relatively inexpensive. Some thermoplastic polyolefin or TPO membrane roofing options have polyester reinforcement. Light reflective technology and other upgrades enhance their value and utility as well. PVC roofing is an alternate option to EPDM as it shares many of the same aspects of durability. Read More >>>
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