More roofing material options are available now than ever. This is an exciting time to replace your roof, and yet it can also be overwhelming. How do you choose what roofing material would be best for your home? Should you go with asphalt shingles, composite roofing, slate roofing, or something else entirely?
Green Built Roofing can help. Our team can also look at your home and work with you in person to determine what would be the best roofing option for your home. We'll consider factors like the slope of your roof, the complexity or your roof, style of your home, and of course the local climate and your budget.
Whatever your needs you can count on Green Built Roofing to provide the roofing materials that will work best for your home. Contact us today for your free estimate. We provide quality roofing services, including roof repair, roof replacement and installation in Dorr, Holland, Wyoming, and the surrounding areas of Michigan!
Manufacturers have created asphalt shingles that imitate the look of wood and slate.
Most common roof shingles are technically known as asphalt fiberglass shingles but they can also be referred to as simply asphalt shingles. The technical name comes from the fact that this type of shingle has a fiberglass mat embedded within it. This fiberglass provides greater strength and tear resistance.
These shingles are the most popular type of roofing for sloped roofs because they're affordable, easy to install, durable, and available in a wide variety of colors. Premium grades of "laminated" asphalt fiberglass shingles are typically warrantied for 50 years.
Wood shingles and shake roofs are beautiful, but expect more maintenance compared to an asphalt roof.
Wood shingles and shakes usually come from red cedar, Alaskan yellow cedar or Eastern white cedar. These evergreens produce wood that is dimensionally-stable and naturally resistant to rot and insect attack.
The main difference between shingles and shakes is that shakes are split from the log and have a rough, random texture; shingles have a smoother surface because they're sawed. A wood roof is expensive, and requires extra skill to install. That's why most people avoid installing this type of roof unless they're dealing with an historic house.
Tile roofs are most closely associated with Spanish style houses, but clay and concrete roofing products can be used with other architectural styles as well.
Clay and concrete tile roofing are often grouped together because they are both masonry roofing materials with similar installation requirements. Whether clay or concrete is used as the molding material, the end result is a roofing tile designed to overlap and/or interlock with adjacent tiles.
Clay and concrete tile roofs are well-suited for hot climates that don't have high rainfall; they shouldn't be installed in areas where heavy, regular rains and freezing temperatures are common.
Rubber membrane roofs are often used to seal flat roofs over garages and porches. Credit: EPDM Roofing Association
While rubber might be an extremely common material in everyday life, the development of rubber roofing is actually quite new. This is because it is quite difficult to develop rubber that is waterproof and durable enough to be a roofing material. However, recent chemistry has finally developed a thin rubber membrane that works as a roofing material, sometimes known as EPDM roofing. EPDM is an abbreviation for ethylene propylene diene monomer, the substance used to manufacture rubber roofing.
You'll find this type of roof on low-slope or flat commercial and residential roofs. If you hear the term "membrane roof" that usually refers to a rubber roof installed on a flat or low-slope roof. This type of roofing is common on buildings but very few residential homes have them.
Composite shingles carry some of the industry’s longest warranties.
Composite is a very broad category of roofing materials. Composite simply means that a variety of different materials are used during manufacturing. Most commonly composite roofing refers to a type of simulated roofing slate made of resin and rubber compounds. These substances are generally extracted from reclaimed tires making this a green roofing option. Besides being green, this type of composite is long-lasting and does an excellent imitation of traditional slate roofing except it's cheaper.
Corrugated metal roofing panels offer a great solution for sheds and other garden structures.
Corrugated roofing is easy to spot because of its distinctive form; it's a thin sheet that contains a symmetrical pattern of alternating ridges and grooves. Most corrugated roofing comes in sheet form, but large shingles are available from some manufacturers. This type of roofing can be made from steel, polycarbonate or an asphalt-fiberglass composite. It's more appropriate for agricultural and commercial buildings and for small sheds than it is for houses. One important advantage with corrugated roofing is that it can be fastened down over an existing shingled roof without removing the original roofing material.
Because any flat roof is inherently prone to leaking, it’s important to hire skilled installers whenever flat roofing is repaired, replaced or installed.
Low-slope and flat roofs are normally treated the same way and are thus grouped together. The most common types of flat-roofing material used today are single membrane systems like EPDM or rubber roofing, thermo-polyolefin (TPO) roofing and PVC roofing.
A newer type of flat roofing material is high-density Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF). This roofing system coats the roof with a continuous layer of foam insulation. A protective coating is then applied to this insulation allowing it to serve as a finished roof surface.
Slate is king of roofing materials but finding someone who can install or repair it may be a challenge.
Most roofing slate used in the U.S. comes from slate deposits in Vermont and Pennsylvania.
Expensive to manufacture and tricky to install, this "stone" roof is among the most expensive available. When properly installed and maintained, a slate roof can last for 75 years or more.
ENERGY STAR® qualified roof shingles can lower roof surface temperature by as much as 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
ENERGY STAR® rated shingles provide all the protection you expect for your roof while also helping increase the energy efficiency of your home. A cool roof is designed to reflect solar energy, decreasing the amount of heat that's transferred to your home's interior and the amount of air conditioning needed to keep it comfortable.
When installed properly, energy-efficient shingles can offer savings on energy bills. Reflective roof products can also reduce UV damage and extend the life of the roof. Many cool roof products qualify for energy rebates and incentives.
Green Built Roofing is a full-service roofing contractor. We offer new roof installation, roof repair, roof maintenance, and roof replacement and have years of experience in the industry. No matter what type of roof you have, or want, you can count on our team of experts to provide you the expertise and excellent customer service you need.
Our roofers work throughout the West Michigan area, including Wyoming, Holland, Dorr, Wayland, Grand Rapids, Byron Center, Middleville, Hudsonville, Allegan, Caledonia, and many parts of Michigan. Call us at 1-844-906-1063 today to schedule an appointment for a free roofing estimate!