Absolut Roofing can install any type of roof you may need from storybook designs to modern metal systems. Below are a few of the most common types of residential roofs. We can provide samples of any type of roofing material you may be interested in. Call us today for a free estimate for a repair or a whole new roof.
ASPHALT (Composition) SHINGLES are the most popular roofing material in the U.S. Asphalt shingles carry Class A, B or C fire ratings, with Class A providing the greatest fire resistance. In addition, many asphalt shingles carrying a “wind resistance” label indicating that they have been manufactured and tested to demonstrate acceptable resistance in high-wind locations.
Asphalt shingles come in different shapes and depth. They are available in a vast number of colors and have warranties from 20 years to Limited Lifetime. You can explore options on our trusted manufacturers' websites.
METAL is primarily used in commercial roofing, but many homeowners have chosen this material for its durability, longevity, aesthetics, low-maintenance and resistance to fire, wind and adverse weather. There are two types of metal roofing products: panels and shingles. Metal shingles typically are intended to simulate traditional roof coverings such as wood shakes, shingles and tile. Metal is a lightweight material that will not decompose and come in a variety of styles and colors. Metal roofs are known to be great insulators and can help reduce energy bills. Warranties are available up to 50-years or Limited Lifetime. A common drawback of metal is denting.
SLATE is considered the most beautiful roofing material, but usually is more expensive than other roofing materials. Slate comes in different colors and grades, depending on where it was quarried – Vermont, New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania, or Canada. Most slate roofs have warranties up to 50 years. However, slate is a fragile material and prone to breakage. Alternatively, manmade alternatives to slate roofing are also available. They are designed to be lightweight, resistant to moisture and adverse weather. They come in a palette of colors and look virtually like real slate. They have Class A fire ratings and are typically warrantied up to 50 years. For more information, please see SYNTHETIC roofing systems below.
SYNTHETIC SHAKE, SLATE & TILE roofing materials are engineered to look like real slate, wood, and tile roofs, but with the benefits of being light-weight, fire-resistant, durable and able to withstand extreme weather conditions. Made with composite materials, synthetic roofs are designed to last a lifetime. Some manufacturers use recycled and recyclable materials to engineer their shingles, which is a plus for the environmentally conscious homeowner. Most manufacturers offer a variety of colors and widths so homeowners can create blends with realistic texture, definition, and shade variations. Typically, synthetic roofing materials are Class A Fire Rated and come with 50-year Limited Lifetime Warranties.
TILE (clay or concrete) is a durable but fairly expensive roofing material. Tile comes in a vast array of styles, colors and finishes. “Mission-style” and “Spanish” round-topped tiles are widely used in the Southwest and Florida, and flat styles also are available to create French and English looks. Most tile roofs are capable of withstanding fire, wind, hail, earthquakes, snow, intense heat. This resilience enables tile manufacturers to offer limited lifetime warranties. Although tile is typically very heavy and your house may require extra structural reinforcement to support the load, there are lightweight alternatives that look and perform like the real thing. Take note that although the tiles themselves may last a lifetime, the felt underlayment will need to be replaced over time.
WOOD SHINGLES & SHAKES are made from cedar, southern pine redwood and other woods. Shingles are machine-sawn while shakes are hand-hewn and rougher looking. Their natural look and rustic charm are popular in California, the Northwest, and parts of the Midwest. Fire preservative treatment is available for brush fire prone dry belts as well as multi-family and commercial applications. Most wood roofs are covered by warranties, whether natural, preserved, or fire treated. Some local codes limit their use since they have a UL fire rating of Class B or C or none at all. There are synthetic alternatives that are made to look like real wood but are much more durable and able to withstand extreme weather conditions, have Class A fire rating, and come in a variety of colors and patterns. Please see SYNTHETIC roofing systems above.
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