Denver Roofing Materials
Choosing a material for your new roof is a big decision. After all, if you’re going to be spending that much money on something, you want to love it, right? Although sorting through all the different types of roofing out there may seem like an insurmountable task, we’re here to make it bearable for you. Below we’ll present a simple, easy to read evaluation of some of the most popular roofing materials in order to help you choose the one that’s right for you!
No doubt this option has already crossed your mind. Asphalt shingles are the #1 most popular roofing material in America by far, with over 75% of homes using it. But are they right for you? Well, if you’re concerned about the environment, probably not. Asphalt shingles are generally non recyclable due to their fiberglass coating and are made from petroleum products. They also do not provide the insulation that other roofing materials provide, meaning you need to use more energy to keep your house heated and cooled year round. Despite this, many people choose them because they are inexpensive, come in a variety of colors, or just because they’re already familiar with them. An asphalt roof will last you about 15 to 30 years before needing to be replaced.
Metal is a more expensive option, but it’s also recyclable (and often made from a high percentage of recycled materials already), durable, suitable for all weather conditions, and energy efficient. They are available in panelled or shingled styles and a variety of metals including tin, aluminum, steel, and copper. They look good on just about any house and can last at least 50 years with very minimal maintenance.
Fiber cement tiles are a composite of concrete, clay, and wood fibers that results in a durable, fireproof tile that is often shaped to resemble wood shakes. They are not as heavy as plain concrete tiles so they shouldn’t require any additional roof support to be installed. Because they are available in such a wide range of colors and styles, they are suitable for homes of any architectural style. However, they can crack in cold climates or when stepped on, so you must treat them gently. In the right climate with the right care, this roof can last you 20 to 30 years.
Wooden shingles have been a popular roofing choice for generations, but with new laws requiring flame retardant roofing materials in many jurisdictions, their popularity is gradually diminishing. They look great on historic buildings, bungalows, cottages, and ranches, especially over time as their natural color weathers to a beautiful silvery grey. They are slightly more expensive than asphalt shingles, but cheaper than many other roofing options and offer a pretty good amount of longevity for your dollar. They are a natural product, but require a lot of maintenance to keep from molding, splitting, or rotting. With rigorous maintenance, a wooden roof can last 30 to 50 years.