Different Types of Roofing Materials
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If you need to replace the existing roof on your home or are looking to install a brand new roof, it is crucial to consider all of your material options. As modern technology continues to improve roofing materials, homeowners have the opportunity to choose from a number of high quality, durable options.
The slope and complexity of the roof, the climate, the style and color of the home, the neighborhood, and the cost are among the many factors that influence which type of roofing material is best for your home. At Coxco Roofing, we will help you sort through the variety of options availabe to you and choose the best fit for your needs.
Contact us today for your free inspection! We provide quality roofing services, including roof repair, roof replacement and installation in Plano, Carrollton, Allen, Garland, Dallas, and the surrounding areas of Texas.
Asphalt & asphalt fiberglass shingles
Although asphalt shingles are the commonly used name for this material, most modern roofing shingles are technically know as asphalt fiberglass shingles. These shingles come with a fiberglass mat embedded in the material to improve strength, tear resistance, and durability
Asphalt shingles are the most popular residential roofing material because they are affordable, easy to install, durable, and available in a wide variety of colors. Premium grades of “laminated” asphalt fiberglass shingles are typically warrantied for 50 years.
Wood shingles & shakes
Wood shingles and shakes are typically made from red cedar, Alaskan yellow cedar, or Eastern white cedar. These are all evergreen trees that are dimensionally-stable and provide natural resistance to rot and insect attack, making them an ideal roofing material.
The main difference between shingles and shakes is that shakes are split from the log and have a rough, random texture while shingles are sawed and have a smoother surface. Cost and contractor skill can be a factor with wood shingles as well, which is why they’re often only used on historical homes.
The term “composite” can apply to several different types of roofing, since it simply implies that a number of different materials are used in the manufacturing process. Though they retain their name, asphalt shingles are generally a composite material.
Another common composite roofing is a simulated roofing slate that is made from resins and from rubber compounds extracted from reclaimed tires. This offers the appearance of a slate roof, excellent longevity and a lower installed price, which is why composites are becoming more popular.
Metal roofing is a huge category that includes factory-formed and finished roofing panels as well as roofing panels that are cut and formed at the building site. Metal roofing has a long history of use on houses, farm structures and commercial buildings. Its main limitation is that it’s not suitable for use on complex or curved roofs.
Metal roofing often has the benefit of being installed directly over a worn-out older roof without tearing off the old roofing material. Metal roofing for residential homes will not be any louder than traditional roofing when it rains as well.
Flat roofing is often associated with “low-slope” roofing because many of the roofing treatments are the same. The most common flat-roofing materials used on residential and commercial buildings today include single-membrane systems like EPDM or rubber roofing, thermo-polyolefin (TPO) roofing, and PVC roofing.
High-density Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) roofing is a system that coats the roof with a continuous layer of foam insulation that can also serve as the finished roof surface (as long as a protective coating is applied over the foam). Flat roofing also comes in several energy efficient options.
Slate roofing is expensive to manufacture and tricky to install, which is why this “stone” roof is among the most expensive roofing materials available. However, slate is an extremely high quality material that can last for 75 years or more when properly installed and maintained.
Most roofing slate used in the U.S. comes from slate deposits in Vermont and Pennsylvania. Although it can be a big investment, a slate roof will give your home a unique, beautiful, and long lasting addition.
Your local roofing expert for all types of materials
Not every roofing contractor is well versed in all roofing materials, which is why it’s important to find the right roofer for your home. Coxco Roofing is a full-service roofing contractor, specializing in everything from new roof installations, roof repairs and maintenance to total roof replacements. It doesn’t matter what type of roofing system we are working with, we always ensure quality workmanship, excellent customer service and a long-lasting, durable roof over your head.
We provide all our roofing services throughout Dallas and Collin Counties, including Allen, Garland, Carrollton, Dallas, Plano, Denton, Rowlett, Lewisville, Southlake, Mckinney, Richardson and the nearby areas. Call us at (972) 437-5697 today to schedule an appointment for a roofing inspection.