Most of the time, the roof of your Centennial home is unlikely on your mind. That’s how it should be! With durable materials and proper roofing installation, you won’t have to worry about the condition of your roof very often. Aside from yearly inspections and cleanings, you can count on a high-quality roofing system to protect your roof every season.
The materials that you choose for your roof will make a large impact on its strength in the long-term. But, it will also significantly determine the exterior aesthetic of your home. Many different types of roofing materials are available, and all have pros and cons. Your budget, aesthetic preference, the climate, and other factors can help you decide which roofing material is right for your Centennial home.
Let’s go over the most popular materials for residential roofing systems. With a roofing material that fits all of your needs, your roof will serve your home well for many years.
Asphalt shingles are by far the most popular residential roofing material in the United States. Most single-family houses in the U.S. currently have an asphalt shingle roof. This is because asphalt shingle roofing provides many benefits that are attractive to modern homeowners. This roofing material is affordable, provides adequate weather protection, and comes in many different styles.
Two key varieties of asphalt shingle roofing exist: fiberglass and organic.
Fiberglass asphalt shingles are constructed with a fiberglass mesh mat. This mat is coated in asphalt and finished with granules. These granules give the shingles their color and offer some protection from the sun’s harsh UV rays. Fiberglass asphalt shingles offer the key benefits of being resistant to tearing and lightweight.
Organic asphalt shingles are typically constructed from a base of paper. This paper may be recycled, making organic asphalt shingles an attractive option for environmentally-conscious homeowners. The paper mat is saturated in asphalt, then coated with granules for added protection. Organic asphalt shingles are gentler on the environment than fiberglass asphalt shingles, though they don’t offer the same degree of water and fire protection. Additionally, organic asphalt shingles are heavier and more labor-intensive to install than fiberglass shingles, though these qualities make organic shingles more stable in high winds.
When it comes to the design of asphalt shingles, there are three categories: three-tab, dimensional, and premium. Three-tab shingles are the most basic option. These shingles provide a generic look and are just one layer thick. Dimensional asphalt shingles offer a more nuanced design with two layers, allowing for greater depth and visual appeal. Premium asphalt shingles are the most expensive option, but also provide a high-end appearance that will enhance the exterior of your Centennial home.
Metal roofing is gaining popularity among homeowners, even converting those who have previously invested in an asphalt shingle roof. There are multiple reasons why some homeowners are opting for a metal roof, with recyclability, durability, and a variety of style options being paramount.
Steel, aluminum, copper, and zinc are all options for a metal roof. Usually, metal roofing systems are constructed with panels that overlap, reaching from the peak of the roof to the eaves. Standing seam and corrugated panels are two different metal roofing styles, with standing seam being the more popular choice. With a standing seam roof, the fasteners are covered by the next panel over. With a corrugated metal roof, one can see the screw heads. This creates a more industrial look that isn’t usually desired in residential roofing applications.
An advanced style of metal roofing is also available to mimic the look of other materials, such as slate, clay, or wood. With this type of roof, the metal panels interlock and may be made in many different colors.
Shingles and shakes are the two main types of wood roofing. Shingles are made to be uniform, so they’re cut from a machine. Shakes are split by hand, which provides a more natural, rustic look. Wood roofing is much more susceptible to rotting over time than other roofing materials. But, the beauty of a wood roof is undeniable. Cedar, cypress, redwood, and pine are all wood varieties that may be used to construct a roof. Contact Spire Roofing today to learn more about roofing materials for your Centennial home.