When it comes to roof replacement, you’re probably not sure which material should be installed on your home. You can always stick with the same material, but why not take this as an opportunity to go for a different one instead?
If you’re not sure what’s best for your home or business, here are some of the common types of roofing materials that you can choose for your property.
This is actually a broad term that encompasses several different materials, such as aluminum, steel and copper. In fact, they’re available in a wide variety of styles and more than 100 colors that complement almost any architectural style! Metal roofing systems are widely known to be durable and lightweight, and have a life expectancy of 30 to 60 years. Several metallic coating and factory-installed paint options are also available, and they can also increase the material’s overall durability. Metal roofing is also fire resistant, which is a big plus to your property value when you plan on reselling your home later on in its lifespan.
You can choose nearly anything from exposed fastener and canopy panels to complete standing seam and retrofit systems. At AQ Roofing LLC, we only use high-quality metal roofing products to ensure the longevity of your roof and enhance its ability to withstand the local weather conditions. We even carry “green” materials for environmentally conscious home and business owners who want to maximize energy savings!
Asphalt Shingle Roofing
This is one of the most popular of all roofing materials; it can be found on around 80% of all homes across the country. Composite shingles use either an organic or fiberglass base that’s saturated and coated on the bottom side with asphalt, with the exposed surface infused with small chips of schist, slate, quartz or ceramic granules. The reason why this material is widely popular is mostly due to its relatively low cost and easy installation, though it’s recommended that it should be installed by trusted roofing professionals.
Depending on the quality of your chosen shingle, the expected lifespan can be around 15 to 40 years. With the right material and proper maintenance, it’s possible to make it last as long as 50 years. If you’re looking for a rugged and dependable roofing material, then we highly recommend GAF shingle products. GAF roofs can offer a good balance between excellent performance and high reliability. In fact, the company’s Timberline® Shingles with Advanced Protection® Technology is the number one selling shingle brand in North America!
Wood Shingle Roofing
This material is made from thin, wedge-shaped pieces of natural wood (such as cedar or yellow pine) that are sawn from logs. While this material can make your home extremely attractive, it can be tricky to install unless it’s done by an experienced roofer. This material may also be discouraged for use in some regions that have growing fire hazards.
The expected lifespan of a typical wood shingle roof can be around 25 to 30 years, with some roofs using this material lasting longer depending on the location and climate. Maintenance is also crucial for this type of roofing; you’ll need to keep it free of debris and moss if you want it to last beyond its expected lifespan. Any split or cracked wood shingles you spot later on must also be repaired immediately.
One of the popular products that we install is the CertainTeed® architectural laminate roofing shingle called Landmark®. Landmark is actually designed to replicate the appearance of cedar roofing and is available in an impressive array of colors that compliment any trim, stucco or siding. You can count on our CertainTeed shingles to make your roof both gorgeous and reliable.
Wood Shake Roofing
This type of material is thicker than asphalt and wood shingles, and must be installed roofing contractors. If you’re considering this type of roofing, make sure your area doesn’t have known fire hazards. On average, wood shake roofs can last up to 35 to 40 years, but it’s not uncommon for some roofs using this material to last longer. However, you’ll need to do proper and regular maintenance on this type of roofing if you want to maximize its lifespan.
If you want a material that replicates the natural aesthetics of wood shakes and features a random-cut sawtooth design, we offer a great residential roofing solution courtesy of the TAMKO® Heritage® Series. The versatile line of shingles that we offer can complement your home’s architecture by adding a striking new dimension to your roof!
This type of roofing material can be found nearly anywhere in the country and is especially popular for its reliable strength and durability. While traditional tiles made from terracotta clay are still available on the market, there are also ceramic tile roofs (made of fired clay) and concrete tile roofs available as well.
All types of tile roofing consist of individual tiles installed in overlapping layers over the surface and have roughly the same degree of strength and durability. If you’re considering this type of material, make sure you have a sturdy roofing frame that’s sufficient enough to hold the weight.
How You Can Make Your Roof Last
Once you’ve chosen your material, you’ll have to figure out how you can make it last as long as its expected lifespan. You can try cleaning and maintaining the roof on your own, but this isn’t exactly recommended as you’ll endanger yourself and your family even if you take the right precautions. It’s better that you have it inspected and maintained regularly by trusted roofing contractors because they’ll be able to plan out a preventive maintenance program that ensures your roof’s longevity!
If you want to know more about our roofing services or if you’re looking online for a roofing contractor, be sure to check out what we have to offer at AQ Roofing LLC. To get started, call us at (501) 951-1683 or by filling out our convenient online contact form. Talk to us today to learn more about your options!