How to Choose the Right Type of Roof

June 13, 2019 6:26 am Published by Leave your thoughts

When you start your research into getting a new roof, you might be surprised at just how many options you have available to you. There are many different types of roofing materials you can choose from for the roof covering alone, and that’s not even considering the flashing, the sheathing, the rafters and trusses and the drainage systems you will also be installing.

For the purposes of this article, we’re going to focus primarily on the materials you could choose for the roof covering. Of course, when selecting roofing materials, you’ll need to consider a variety of factors such as aesthetics, roof slope and the budget you have to work with. But here’s a quick overview of some of the most common types of roofing materials from our team of certified roofers in Salt Lake City, UT:

  • Asphalt shingles: Asphalt shingles account for the majority of roofs in the United States. They are frequently reinforced with fiberglass materials, though older roofs might have organic felts that they use. Organic shingles have a cellulose-fiber base that is saturated with asphalt and contains another coat of mineral granules. Fiberglass shingles, meanwhile, are a fiberglass mat with asphalt layers on the top and bottom, with mineral granules mixed in as well.
  • Wood shingles: These types of shingles are most frequently made out of cedar, southern pine and redwoods, all of which are better able to withstand exposure to the elements than many other types of woods. Keep in mind that wood shingles are more likely to be restricted in local building codes because they are not as fire resistant as asphalt shingles.
  • Slate: Slate generally comes from quarries in the eastern part of the United States and is available in a variety of grades and colors. It is extremely durable and capable of withstanding just about any elements, but it is also much more expensive than some of the other more common roofing options available on the market. Its installation also requires special training and experience. There are many older homes in the northeast that use slate roofs, but newer homes do not frequently use slate these days.
  • Tile: Clay and concrete tiles are also durable types of roofing materials, and they’re common on Mission- and Spanish-style homes with round-topped tiles. They’re particularly common in the southwest and in Florida. Keep in mind, though, that tile is very heavy, so if you’re replacing another type of roof with tile, you must first make sure that the structure is capable of holding up the load.
  • Metal: Metal roofs are becoming more popular, because they are durable, light and relatively easy to install. The technology for metal roofing has also advanced to the point now where it is much more aesthetically pleasing and comes in more finish options than it used to.

For more information about the various roofing options available to you, contact Stubbs Roofing to speak with one of our certified roofers in Salt Lake City, UT. We look forward to helping with your project!

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