9 Different Types Of Roofing Materials

1. Solar tiles

Advanced solar collectors can be integrated seamlessly into existing shingles to generate up to 1 kilowatt per 100 square feet. These solar collectors are especially useful for homeowners’ associations with sunny roofs that prohibit traditional solar panels. They are more expensive than traditional solar options, but they can offset some of the energy costs.

2. Asphalt shingles

Because asphalt shingles can be used in any environment, they are the most popular roofing material in America. There are many quality factors that can be compared. Ask if they have passed the ASTM D3161, Class F (110 MPH), or ASTM D7158 Class H (150 MPH) wind tests, and the AC438 durability test.

3. Metal roofing

Metal roofing can be found in vertical panels or shingles that resemble slate, tile, and shake. They last for about 60 years. Metal is resistant to high winds and heavy snow and can withstand burning. It can be easily installed on existing roofs because it is lightweight. Metal can make rainstorms louder and may rust from hail. The average cost per square foot is between $5 and $12 depending on the type and style. This is higher than asphalt but lower than concrete tiles. The material also affects the rate of corrosion.

4. Stone-coated steel

Interlocking panels look like slate, clay, or shingles. They resist damage from heavy rains (up to 8.8 inches per hour), wind speeds of 120 miles/hour, uplifting, hail, and freeze-thaw cycles. They are an effective and economical choice in areas that are windy, wet, or prone to wildfires. For the life of your house, some steel roofs with stone coating are guaranteed.

5. Slate

Slate roofing can last more than 100 years. It is resistant to mold and fungus, won’t burn, and is waterproof. Although slate is very effective in wet environments, it is heavy, expensive, and can be broken easily if stepped on. This is especially true if you live near hail.

6. Rubber slate

It looks natural and can easily be cut with a knife in order to fit roofs such as those on Victorian homes. Although rubber slate roofs last for 100 years, they can be damaged by satellite dishes or walking. They are also susceptible to hail damage similar to slate. It may be difficult to find roofing professionals who are qualified to install rubber slates.

7. Concrete and clay tiles

According to “A Summary of Experimental Studies on Seismic Performance of Concrete Roofing Tiles”, the University of Southern California’s Tile Roofing Institute, clay, and concrete roof tiles can withstand tornadoes, hurricanes, and winds up to 125 mph. They can be used in dry, warm climates. They might need extra support to carry their weight and may break if they are walked on.

8. Green roofs

Green roofs can be covered with plants to improve air quality, reduce runoff, and insulate homes to lower urban heat islands. They require extra structural support such as a vapor barrier and thermal insulation. They are expected to live for 40 years.

9. Built-up roofing

This type of heavy roofing is made up of layers of asphalt, glue, or tar and then topped with aggregate. It’s only suitable for flat roofs. For roof-top decks that receive heavy foot traffic, tar and gravel roofs are ideal. These roofs can become sticky in the summer and are more difficult to remove snow from than smooth surfaces. They can last between 20 and 25 years.

Your climate, budget, and house will all play a role in choosing the right type of roof. Talk to licensed roofing contractors at KCG to find out what is best in your area. Also, take a look at the latest developments in your neighborhood to get some ideas about what kind of roofing material you should use.

No matter what kind of roof you choose, there’s always the possibility that it could be damaged. Roofs can be costly so make sure you have insurance in case of an unexpected. Learn how a roof installation from KCG protects your home.

This post was written by a roofing professional at KCG Roofing. KCG Roofing is a premier roofing contractor that has Roofers port charlotte fl! KCG Roofing has the experience and expertise to replace or repair your roof with quality materials and excellent craftsmanship. All our roofs are backed by a 15-year leak-free guarantee, the highest in the industry. We have been family-owned and operated for over 40 years.