Roofing Installation & Roof Repair Services
Not long ago, homeowners were limited to choosing from asphalt shingles, slate, clay or concrete tiles as roofing options. Today, advanced roofing materials provide an unprecedented range of alternatives offering a great selection of looks. Ascension Roofing offers a few types of roofing to consider for your next new or replacement roof:
Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing materials in the U.S., because they’re effective in all environmental conditions. Quality varies widely, so discuss with your contractor about whether they pass the tests given to withstand winds at 110 or 150 mph, and specific durability tests. Upfront costs are low, but you you’ll need to replace the shingles every 20 years or earlier. If you live in a hail prone area, consider impact resistant shingles which have a higher rating and may qualify you for a discount on your homeowner’s insurance premium.
This heavy roofing consists of layers of asphalt, tar or adhesive topped with an aggregate. Built-up roofing is used exclusively for flat roofs, primarily in commercial buildings, but can have applications for residential roofing, as well.
Tar and gravel roofs, also for flat roofs, are best for rooftop decks with heavy foot traffic. These roofs may become sticky in summer, and it is harder to shovel snow off of these roofs when compared to smooth surfaces. When maintained properly, they can last anywhere from 20 to 25 years.
Metal roofing was originally used almost exclusively for commercial buildings, but with improvements in technology, they are now available in beautiful colors and designs and have become a darling of the roofing trade. Metal roofs come in vertical panels or shingles resembling slate, tile and shake – and last about 60 years. Metal performs excellently at sloughing off heavy snow and rain, won’t burn and is highly resistant to strong winds. It is lightweight and can be installed over existing roofs. However, metal can be noisy during rainstorms, and may dent from hail. It is more expensive than asphalt, but less than concrete tiles. Corrosiveness varies by material.
Stone-coated steel roofs have interlocking panels that mimic slate, clay or shingles and resist damage caused by heavy rains—up to 8.8 inches per hour and winds of 120 miles per hour. They are an economical, effective choice for wet, windy regions and are great options for areas prone to wildfires. Manufacturers are so confident in their performance that stone-coated steel roofs are often warrantied for the lifetime of the house.
Slate roofing lasts more than 100 years. It won’t burn, is waterproof, and resists mold and fungus. Slate is effective in wet climates, but is expensive and heavy. It can be easily broken, if pelted by hail or stepped on.
Rubber slate looks natural and can be cut with a knife to fit intricate roofs. Rubber slate roofs can last 100 years, but can be damaged by satellite dishes, walking and hail. Roofing professionals that are trained to install rubber slate may be hard to find.
Clay and concrete tiles
Clay and concrete roof tiles can withstand damage from tornadoes, hurricanes or winds up to 125 miles per hour and even earthquakes. They are good in warm, dry climates. They may require extra support to bear their weight and are likely to break when walked upon.
Advanced solar collectors integrate seamlessly into existing shingles, generating up to 1 kilowatt of energy per 100 square feet. They’re particularly good for sunny roofs in homeowners’ associations that forbid typical solar panels. While they may help offset energy costs with solar power, they also cost more than traditional solar options.
So you can see, there’s a lot to consider. The best type of roof for you really depends on your climate, budget and house, and it’s too important of a decision to arrive at on your own. To get a sense of what’s best in your area and for your home, talk with a licensed roofing contractor from Ascension Roofing. We are confident in our ability to provide you with a great option that fits in with your personal style and budget.