Choosing the right roofing materials is essential when it comes to ensuring your home is sealed and safe through all the seasons. Longevity is a top priority when replacing your roof. A secondary priority is choosing a material that will complement the frame of your house and the aesthetic you’re aiming for.
Below, we share the best materials to consider for your residential roof replacement.
Ask Questions To Clarify Your Roofing Needs
It’s important to ask the following questions when looking to redo your roof:
- What type of roof is it? There are several different roof shapes, such as open gable, box gable, dormer, flat roof, salt box, and others.
- Which material will last the longest in the weather conditions in your area?
- Will the frame of the house manage heavier material, or does it require lighter weight material?
- What is your budget, and what do materials cost?
- Are there any natural disaster risks you should be aware of? How might they affect your choice of roofing material?
- Which materials are available in your area?
Once you’ve answered these questions, you’ll have clarity on the direction you want to go in.
At AABCO Roofing, we use the highest grade of roofing materials. Take a look at our top roofing solutions:
Tile roofing comes in a few different materials such as clay, concrete, natural slate, and more. The pros of tile roofing are:
- They are long-lasting and resistant to fires
- They are esthetically pleasing
- You can get the look you want with multiple choices in color and style
- Lighter options reflect the sun, which reduces heat indoors
- Concrete tiles are recyclable
- Slates don’t require much maintenance and are eco-friendly.
Cons of tile roofing are that they are heavier than other roofing materials. They can be more expensive and aren’t easy to walk on without potential cracks or breaks. The slates need to be installed by specialists.
Roofing shingles are most often made from fiberglass, organic paper, and asphalt. Although paper is usually easy to tear, these roofing shingles are tear-resistant, which makes them a solid option. Shingle roofs are great because they are:
- Fire resistant
- More affordable than other options, and stand the test of time
- Come in many colors and styles to choose from
- Cheaper to repair and replace.
Some of the cons are that they can lose waterproof ability over time: especially if you live in a hotter climate. The degradation of shingles over time is slightly quicker than other roofing materials. Shingles are also the least eco-friendly option available.
Commercial Roofing Materials
Commercial and residential roofing are both intended to protect property. But commercial roofing has a different set of materials, which are:
- Single-ply concrete, thermostat/EPDM, PVC or TPO roof membrane. For a versatile option, we use EPDM, which is easy to keep intact over time. PVC and TPO roof membranes are effective and resistant to chemicals, bacterial growth, and UV rays. These roofing materials are also lightweight and easy to look after over long periods of time.
- Built-up roofing system. Also called a BUR system, this is a standard low slope structure coupled with tar or gravel layers. These systems are strong and cost-effective.
- Modified bitumen. Easy to maintain, bitumen roofing consists of bitumen in layers compiled together with reinforced roof fabrics.
- Metal roofing. Metal roofing comes in many different forms, and is popular for commercial use. These roofs are resistant to fires, long-lasting, and strong. Rust and sun damage is not a concern since they come with protective layers.
Roofing Materials And More In South Florida
As a licensed and insured roofing contractor with over 30 years of experience, you are in good hands with AABCO Roofing. We provide professional, high-quality, and cost-effective solutions for all your roofing needs. Get in touch with our team of experts today at 1-954-426-8500.