The most common residential roofing material used in the United States, asphalt shingles are popular because they are economical and easy to install. These shingles can be reinforced with fiberglass or organic materials without changing the appearance of the shingle. Composite shingles excel at flexing and adapting to a roof's movements due to expansion and contraction.
This type of roofing provides a sleek, lightweight, long-lasting, and recyclable design which lasts longer than asphalt or wood, and offers high solar reflectance. Metal roofs are resistant to extreme weather conditions. Available in two types, panels and shingles, metal roofs come in aluminum, copper, stainless steel and zinc.
Long-lasting and non-combustible concrete tiles are one of the most energy efficient materials in use today. It is a very heavy roofing material, making it a good choice in high-wind regions. They come in a variety of profiles and are available in several colors, making it a versatile alternative to clay tile.
Clay tiles add texture and elegance to a roof. Genuine flat, ribbed or scalloped clay tiles are extremely durable and heavy for wind mitigation. It is a very good roofing material for hot climates or where salt air is present.
These roofs typically have a rubber texture which makes them much more affordable, and can help you save money in the long run. One of the biggest advantages of flat roofs is they are easy to install and maintain. Many different Issues arise from this type of roofing and it is highly recommended to be installed by a professional.
Built-up roofing consists of layers of asphalt, tar or adhesive topped with an aggregate and is only for flat roofs. Tar and gravel roofs, also for flat roofs, are best for roof-top decks with heavy foot traffic. These roofs may become sticky in summer and necessitate heavier load requirements.