Different Types of Roofing Material
We mentioned it before: There are endless options when it comes to roof material.
It’s overwhelming to spend hours researching the different types of roof material and their benefits, then googling “roofers near me” to find a qualified roofing company to install or repair the roof you want. We’re here to do the work for you.
Asphalt shingle roofs are one of the most popular choices, and it’s easy to see why. They are far less expensive and have a guaranteed lifespan of anywhere between 15 and 30 years. Because of their lifespan, cost, and overall look, shingle roofs are an excellent choice for homeowners everywhere.
The two common shingles available to residents are 3-tab and dimensional shingles. Each type has its benefits and drawbacks. Homeowners should know the differences between the two to get the most out of their roof.
3-tab shingles are made up of three individual tabs, each measuring about 12 inches wide. These shingles are asphalt-based products that are commonly used for residential roofs.
Within the category of 3-tab shingles, there are the Royal Sovereign shingles. Royal Sovereign shingles are high wind-resistant and durable products. These shingles can protect your roofing from extreme weather.
Royal Sovereign shingles are less costly, at $85 per square. These shingles include Color Lock and are one of the best roofing shingles available.
Royal Sovereign 3-tab shingles were designed with Advanced Protection Shingle Technology, too. That reduces the natural resources consumed for production.
As wind-resistant shingles, Royal Sovereign 3-tabs withstand between 110 and 150 mile winds. With a Micro Weave Core, you get a durable foundation that resists cracks and splitting.
Finally, Royal Sovereign 3-tab shingles are algae resistant. That means you get to maintain the beautiful look of your roof without unsightly green algae.
Dimensional shingles, known as architectural shingles, are another option. These are two asphalt shingles laminated together. Dimensional shingles give the roof dimension and protection from hail and heavy winds.
The layering of two asphalt shingles mimics the look of slate or wood shakes. Random notches have been removed from the shingle, thus exposing the bottom layer. This is what gives architectural shingles their three-dimensional appearance.
One option in this category is the Timberline HDZ dimensional shingle. These shingles have the same quality as other Timberline shingles, but they have higher installation efficiency and nailing accuracy.
With a weathered wood appearance, HDZ shingles compliment a wide range of hues and are great for any home. Other dimensional shingle options are the Timberline Natural Shadow and Timberline Armorshield.
Natural Shadow shingles provide the look of wood on an asphalt shingle. These shingles are guaranteed to withstand up to 130-mile-per-hour winds, so they are a durable option. Natural Shadow shingles are practically priced, but they still give an architectural look.
The Timberline Armorshield shingles are made with StainGuard Protection for algae resistance. These shingles offer the same beauty as the original Timberline shingles. However, Armorshield shingles offer added wind protection and greater durability.
Timberline Armorshield are also made with modified asphalt for increased strength. The Dura Grip Adhesive is applied to reduce shingle blow-off and can resist winds of up to 130 miles per hour. They also come with the StainGuard Protection for an algae-free roof.
Both Armorshield and Natural Shadow shingles are highly durable and feature a Micro Weave Core. Both kinds of shingles are flexible, durable, and offer increased impact resistance.
With either option, you’ll also enjoy Smart Choice Protection. This ensures your roof has warranty coverage for ten years after installation.
Dimensional shingles are more costly because the double layer adds an average of 20% to the cost. If you want an inexpensive asphalt shingle, the Royal Sovereign 3-tab is a better option. But if you want more curb appeal, then the dimensional shingles could be right for you.
However, there are some more general disadvantages of asphalt shingle roofing.
In extreme heat, like the summer months in San Antonio tend to bring, asphalt shingles do not hold up well. They tend to crack under high temperatures. The color may fade over time, too.
Each of these shingles can offer benefits and drawbacks. By taking a look at your preferences and budget, you can determine which one is right for you.
Metal roofs have many pros and cons that are important to consider when considering a metal roof for your home.
Metal roofs can save you money on your monthly HVAC costs due to metal’s reflective properties. Metal will reflect sunlight rather than absorb it, which helps reduce cooling costs for your home.
Metal roofs last anywhere from 20 to 40 years, and some can last even longer than that. The ability to withstand erosion, pressure, and damage draws many homeowners to metal roofing. Durability helps reduce the frequency of repairs or replacements.
Additionally, metal roofs will not corrode or rust after heavy rain or storms. In fact, many can withstand winds up to 140 miles per hour!
The material used to make metal roofing is in high demand, rendering this option more expensive than others. Metal roofs are also more challenging and complex to install than shingle or tile roofs, which means the installation price can run high.
Tile roofs can last up to 100 years—talk about durability! The tiles are made from concrete and come in all different sizes. This type of roof is best for homes exposed to high temperatures, like those in San Antonio, and can withstand many other weather elements.
However, a tile roof must be well supported as it’s very heavy. If you are replacing a shingle roof with a tile one, this will increase your installation cost.
PVC, TPO, or Modified Bitumen (for a Flat Roof)
Flat roofs are a sleek, modern option that maximizes the amount of usable space above and below your roof. They come in all different styles and colors and are resistant to weather elements, like rain and snow.
It should be mentioned that flat roofs are more prone to leaking and storm damage than traditional roofs due to the presence of seams. If the seams on your flat roof are poorly glued together, the roof will be weak to external pressure and leak more often.
Flat roofs are known to need repairs more often than traditional roofs. They are also very costly to install.
At Bondoc Roofing, we have offered our services for over 20 years, so we’re confident we can help you decide what material fits your needs.
Give us a call today for more information!