What is a Roof Made From?

Roof Sagging

Sagging Roof

There are many different types of materials from which a commercial roofing contractor in New Port beach can make a roof from. They each have their own advantages as well as disadvantages. If you are wanting to use the same material that your roof now uses it is quite possible. It is also possible to view some alternative materials that will last a long time, have low maintenance, and are friendly to the environment. Here are some of the materials that roofs use today, what style of house they are usually used on, and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Asphalt Shingles

The first type of roof material is asphalt shingles, used on any project that you have in mind.  They are pretty cheap, extra strong, and offer many colors, types, and brands. This type of roof is pretty easily fixed and is even fire resistant. The downsides of using asphalt shingles is that they only last between fifteen and thirty years which is short for a roof. They tend to scar easily when they are hot and often end up with mildew and moss on them. Sadly, this building material is not friendly to the environment. The rubber neoprene flashing is easy to install and saves a lot of wasted time.

Wooden Shingles

Wooden shingles are also available to use on a roof. They tend to go on bungalows, ranches, contemporary homes, cottages, and historic landmarks. These shingles naturally look like they flood weathered with their soft grey color. They offer a little insulation for your house and blend in with some environments. They can last from thirty to fifty years and are easy to repair or replace. Reasons to avoid wooden shingles includes the price, the need for professional installation, and that they often rot, split, mold, or mildew. They also have high maintenance and if they are not pressure treated they have a poor fire rating.

Metal Roofs

Metal roofs come in steel, aluminum, tin, or copper. They are often found covering a bungalow, ranch, cottage, contemporary, or historic house. They are available in a few different looks to match your home. Many colors are also available of this lightweight and durable material. This type of roof should bring you fifty good years or use with low maintenance. For convenience, you can install this type of roof overtop of any existing roof. They are completely environmentally friendly and do well in bad weather. On the down side, they are difficult to install, expensive, and need painted every once in a while.

Clay Tile

Concrete or clay tile on Mediterranean, Italian, French eclectic, Spanish eclectic, beaux-arts, mission, and prairie type homes. There are many attractive colors and styles available of this fireproof and durable material. The price is high, they weigh a lot, and installation and repairs are hard.

Slate Roof

Slate roofs sit atop colonial, French, exotic revivals, chateaus, beaux-arts, and Italian art style homes. They have a long life, are fireproof, need little maintenance, and are beautiful and distinctive. They are very expensive, need special installation, and are heavy and fragile.

Reinforced Concrete

Fiber reinforced concrete is another option for almost any style of house. They are lightweight, fire resistant, need low maintenance, and come in different colors and styles. These can also be pretty expensive and often have uneven quality between the pieces.

Flat roof

A flat roof on a California-style modern home is cheap and easy to fix. It stinks, is a health risk to those who install it, and the fumes it puts off promotes smog.

These are the common materials that you see everyday on roofs all around America. Remodel and renovation projects often end up right here as they look for what material they want to use. Enjoy this guide and find what works best for you.


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