November 24, 2023
If your roof needs major repairs or a full re-roofing, you’ve got a lot of options in terms of the type of roof you have installed. No single type of roof is “best,” but they all have their advantages and disadvantages depending on what you’re looking for.
These are the most popular types of residential roofing, and why you might choose them.
Residential Roofing Type
1. Asphalt shingles
Asphalt shingles are by far the most popular type of residential roofing material and have been for over a century. They’re extremely affordable and easy to install, making them a great budget-minded choice. However, they’re also one of the weakest options. They don’t stand up well to heavy weather, and shingle loss over time is inevitable. The long-term costs will add up.
2. Flat Roofing
Another popular alternative seen on both commercial and residential roofs is flat roofing, which is popular due to it being so easy to install and maintain. It’s important to note that flat roofing isn’t actually completely flat; it still boasts a few degrees of slope to allow water to drain off of it. Often this slope is anywhere from 5-15 degrees. In addition to the easy maintenance and installation, another advantage of flat roofing is that it can help you save on your heating, ventilation, and HVAC costs throughout the year.
Flat roofing is made with a variety of different materials and the right material for you will depend upon your specific needs. One of the most common is the single-layer membrane roof, made from synthetic materials such as Thermoplastic Olefin (TPO), Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC or Vinyl), and Ethylene Propylene Diene M-Class rubber (EPDM). Other flat roofing types include the modified bitumen roof, as well as the built-up roof.
3. Metal roofing
Metal is more commonly seen on business/ commercial roofs, but it’s actually becoming more popular among homeowners. Like slate, metal is extremely long-lasting and durable, while being less expensive to install and less heavy. However, metal roofs tend to absorb heat unless they’re treated to be UV resistant. Also, they will be quite loud during storms, so there is some tradeoff. On the other hand, they’ll withstand all but the most damaging of storms with ease.
If you need a roofer in Fayetteville, Advanced Roofing Solutions has the materials and expertise to guarantee a great outcome! We work closely with every customer to go over your options and find the perfect roof for your needs. Contact us for a free consultation and estimate.