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Many Styles. What to Look for in a Roof.
From natural materials like slate and wood to manmade products such as asphalt, sheet metal, and plastic polymers; there are more types and styles of roofing to choose from today than ever before. Each has its advantages and shortcomings, but all can add a distinctive design element to your home.
What to Look for in a Roof
- How long will it last?
- Does it hold up during natural disasters?
- Does the roof have enough slope?
- Will the look complement the style of the house?
- Are the materials eco-friendly and recyclable?
- Is the type of roofing allowed by local building codes?
- How much does it cost?
Asphalt Composition Shingles – the most popular type of roofing for homes, comprising over 80% of residential roofing market. There are two types of asphalt shingles – Three Tab or Architectural. Three tab shingles are a lower cost option but they can also be more susceptible to storm related damages like hail and wind. Architectural shingles offer a staggered or 3D layer effect giving you a more sophisticated look and hold up better to the elements.
Metal – more expensive than asphalt, metal roofing lasts longer and is more wind resistant. May be composed of steel, aluminum, copper, or zinc alloy. Steel roofs come with either a zinc coating or painted finish. Copper roofs are installed unfinished and acquire a protective green patina with age.
Plastic Polymer – durable synthetic roofing shingles that resemble either wood shakes or slate.
Clay Tile – While brittle and heavy, clay tiles can last a long time and are very fire resistant.
Concrete Tile – Less expensive than clay tiles, concrete roof tiles are also heavy but can last a long time and are very fire resistant.
Slate – one of the oldest roofing materials. Though brittle and expensive, it is very durable and resists both wind and fire.
Wood Singles and Shakes – made from rot resistant woods have low fire resistance unless treated.
We will provide a complementary 3D View of your new roof so you’ll know what to expect before we get started! Click Here for a sample roof here in Northern Virginia.