Which Roofing Type Is Best For Your Home or Business?

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When it comes to your home or business, there’s a wide variety of roofing options that you can choose from depending on where you are and what you do. A new roof may seem like something that you can put off for a while, but once that first leak comes through, you might change your mind pretty quickly. A new roof can also boost your home’s curb appeal, which can boost that resale value. If you’re looking into getting a new roofing type, then there’s a lot to consider. In most cases, it all comes down to what’s best for your region and climate. No matter what your situation, there are a few options that are worth considering. As always, choose Smith & Ramirez Roofing as your go-to roofing team!

Rolled Roofing 

Rolled roofs are used primarily for low-slope buildings. Many homes, small shops, and sheds typically use this style. Rolled roofs are made of long rolls that are about 3 feet wide, and offer about 100 square feet of coverage. The material is made of mineral and asphalt-impregnated material with granules. They’re applied with a torch-down method or with roofing nails. Rolled roofs will last for about 10 years or so once applied. 

These thin strips of roofing material offer a convenient and inexpensive way to cover flat spaces. If looks aren’t important, like in a shed or a shop, rolled roofs might work out great for you. 

Asphalt Shingles  

Asphalt shingles are nothing new. In fact, this roofing type was created in the United States in 1903. But they’ve come a long way from the felt material they were first made of at the turn of the century. Because of the fire hazard, the primitive felt material caused—as well as the lack of fire departments at the time—they switched to asphalt due to its fire retardant qualities. Now, asphalt shingles are generally made from fiberglass or other materials that then get covered in asphalt on one or both sides. 

Asphalt shingles and roofing systems have been some of the most popular choices for roofers and homeowners for decades due to their durability and low cost. They also hold up well in extreme temperatures and provide reliable waterproofing. Asphalt roof systems tend to last about 20 years or can even last for 30-40 years with proper maintenance. However, if you’re in an area with extreme thunderstorms, hail, or high winds, then these shingles can become dislodged. Their weight does affect larger roofs, as well. Make sure to consider the pros and cons of this option.

Metal Roofing 

Metal roofing has been around for a very long time, and there are different types of metal roofing that you can use. There are so many, in fact, that we could have an entire series of blog posts about metal roofs! It’s all for good reason, too. Metal roofs are low on maintenance, lightweight, and versatile in design for any business. They may cost a little more than other types, but you can get them in various styles. They’re also one of the more environmentally friendly types of roofing. Many metal roofing can last for up to 50 years!

The most common metal roof systems you’ll notice in commercial and industrial places are standing seam metal roofs. They use aluminum or steel panels that meet in raised seams that interlock and keep moisture out. You can also get metal shingles or slates for your home. Made from stamped-metal, they can look very much like asphalt shingles, wooden shakes, slate, or clay tiles. The list of aesthetics you can have metal roofs can go on and on. 

Slate and Tile Roofing

If you’re looking for something a bit more aesthetically pleasing in a roofing type, then slate shingles might win you over. As far as roofing types go, slate boasts the highest degree of weather resistance out of all of the most popular options. Slate roofing can naturally resist fire, high winds, heavy rain, and hail. The only disadvantage slate has against other roofing types is the weight of the material, making it hard to hold up if there’s heavy foot traffic. There’s also the cost of the material. Natural slate roofs cost much more than asphalt, and installation can take a while. 

Ceramic, on the other hand, is also fireproof and weather resistant. They can hold a 50-74 year lifespan and can to hold up against extreme temperature shifts. Ceramic can’t get damaged by heat or cold, making them an excellent choice for many climates. However, hail and debris from storms can impact them. They’re also quite heavy, so your structure may need extra support for them. Although they’re one of the most aesthetically pleasing options, the cost can be up to three times the amount of an asphalt roof.

So, What Roofing Type Is Best For You?

The answer to that question depends on the aesthetic you’re after, the weather, and the cost. Each roofing type has various pros and cons, but investing a bit more can stop you from worrying for a longer period of time, all while making your home or business look great in the process. If you’re unsure, then Smith & Ramirez Roofing can help you decide what’s best for you and how we can install your roof. Contact us today for an online consultation to get the roof over your head secure!  

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