Denver Residential Roofing Styles and Types
There are many different types of roofing products and systems available to residential customers in Colorado. The most common types of residential roofing products and styles are listed below.
Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used roofing on residential homes. The main purpose of the asphalt roofing shingles it to act as a waterproofing agent for the home. The asphalt serves two purposes – it holds the granules in place and provides the shingle’s overall strength. Flexibility, not dry out, or becoming hard or brittle are important characteristics of a superior asphalt shingle.
Dimensional asphalt roofing shingles are multi-layered products that present a thicker and richer aesthetic on the roof. Dimensional roofing shingles are generally more heavy than standard asphalt roofing shingles and most often have better warranties that can range from 30 years to lifetime.
Slate shingles made of stone are very durable and can last 100 years, however, slate shingles are approximately 3 times heavier per square foot than an asphalt shingle. Slate is a more difficult to work with than other types of roofing because slate shingle can break easily. But slate roofs create very colorful, and hand-crafted look that adds beauty to the overall aesthetic of a home.
Tile – Clay
Clay tile is most often thought of in the traditional “S” or “Spanish” tile look but clay can now be made in several other patterns as well. Tile is a very resilient material and is able to withstand some of the harshest elements such as hail, wind, and fire. The one drawback to tiles is their weight; they are very heavy, and require certain structural standards for the frame and decking of the roof. They have a great life expectancy, with a minimum duration of 40 to 50 years. Clay Tile offer one of the longest warranties in the roofing industry. Most tile manufacturers will offer a minimum of a 50 year limited warranty on their products.
Tile – Concrete
Concrete tiles are made up of sand, cement, and water. Concrete tiles are very fire resistant and usually come with a top class fire rating. Concrete tiles are very resistant to damage from hail, offer good protection against rain and can withstand wind speeds up to 125 miles per hour. They also allow snow to run off the roof more effectively than many other roofing materials. Concrete tiles can last the lifetime of the house, so manufacturer warranties are normally long and in some cases you may find limited lifetime warranties. Concrete tile has essentially all of the upsides of clay tile but with the added advantage of being available in an even greater number of styles including traditional clay, slate, and even wood shake! It is ideal for communities with appearance codes because it has such a wide range of appearance options.
Wood & Cedar Shakes
Wood shingles and shakes may cost more than asphalt shingles but they give a natural and traditional look. Cedar is the most commonly used wood roofing material. Cedar shakes combine a traditional look with reliable, modern performance. Cedar shakes are a great choice for historic homes or homes in new developments with high appearance standards. Also, cedar shakes are an environmentally friendly option for consumers. The life expectancy of cedar shakes is up to 30 years, if quality materials are used. If the contractor uses commodity materials (low quality) or if the workmanship is poor, the life expectancy can drop to only 10 to 15 years.