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Denver Roofing Company Explains the Most Popular Roofing Materials

May 11, 2016

Whether building new or replacing an existing roof, today’s market offers a blinding array of roofing material options, some of which are better choices than others for the style of the house, the pitch of the roof, and the expected weather conditions. Consumer Reports cautions homeowners to factor three key points in choosing roofing material: fire rating, warranty, and weight. A competent and qualified Denver roofing company can consider the above factors and offer the best options that meet your budget.

Asphalt composition shingles: Ubiquitous and pervasive in roofing, asphalt composition shingles are the most common roofing material in the nation. Composed of fiberglass, asphalt, and minerals, they’re lightweight and flexible, which make them ideal for roofs with varying contours and shapes. They’re reasonably durable, lasting between 15 to 30 years depending on quality, resistant to fire and hail damage, and can withstand extreme temperatures. Asphalt shingles come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Color can fade over time. Asphalt shingles generally cannot withstand high winds and heavy snow loads. Look for Class 4 shingles with a Class A fire rating.

Metal: Durable and low maintenance are the words that describe metal roofing, which comes in aluminum, steel, copper, and alloy stips, copper. It’s also lightweight and fire resistant and it lasts a long, long time--up to 50 years. Although stronger than asphalt, it can be permanently dented by hail. Aluminum and steel tend to be budget-friendly; copper is as expensive as it is classic and beautiful. If you don’t like the sound (and volume) of rain on a metal roof, you’ll have to invest in insulation to deaden the noise. Metal roofing helps keep the house cooler by deflecting the sun’s rays.

Stone-coated Steel: This type of roofing has all of the benefits as “regular” metal roofing, but comes in a variety of colors to enhance the beauty of your home. It also boasts superior damage resistance from hail, fading, UV penetration, and high winds. It’s also expensive.

Wood: While wood or cedar shakes look awfully pretty and give the house a natural look, they’re impractical in wet climates and definitely unsuited for fire prone areas. They do require additional maintenance, which adds to the overall cost. Be sure to check your local codes to be sure that your municipality permits wooden shingles.

Slate: Beautiful and durable accompany expensive when describing slate roofing. Used for centuries, this roofing material can actually last more than a century and still look lovely. The primary drawback to a slate roof--other than expense--is its weight. Be sure your house’s structure can support the weight before deciding on this option.

Clay tile: Another upscale option that’s long on beauty and endurance and low on maintenance, clay tile roofing comes in a variety of natural colors, is naturally fire resistant, and weighs a ton. In fact, clay tile may easily outlast the underlayment that supports it. Tile also deflects the sun’s rays, which helps keep the house cool during hot weather.

Faux slate: Shingles made of this composite material resemble slate or clay tile and weigh fare less--about as lightweight as asphalt shingles--and are easier to install than either slate or clay tile. Expect the same durability from faux slate as you would asphalt shingles and be prepared to replace shingles that may fade or  crack under impact.

Whichever roofing material you select, it’s important not to damage the structure of the house by choosing a roofing material that rafters and bearing walls are not built with withstand. An experienced Denver roofer will back manufacturers’ warranties and provide knowledgeable, skilled installation. At Big Creek Roofing and Restoration, we can help you determine the best roofing material for your house and your budget. Call us today at (303) 877-8369 for a consultation!