How to Choose a New Roof System

Roofing

The roofing industry is a large one, that can be quite confusing to someone just starting out in the industry looking to learn more about it. There are many different types of roofing on today’s market, including commercial, residential, industrial, mobile homes, and even mobile garages. So what type of roof you’ll need depends on where you live, who your customers or clients are, what your roof is used for, and other things. So let’s get started with some of the types of roofing and what they do. This should give you a good starting place.

Roofing

First let’s start with residential roofing. This includes asphalt shingles, rubber slate roofing, clay tile, and wood shake. A slate roof is usually the top most cover of a house, adding up structures and materials to support it on top of the house or on uprights, giving protection from the sun, rain, extreme temperatures, and winds. A slate roof is actually part of the outside building envelope. It’s made up of mineral filled Styrofoam and then covered by several layers of overlapping felt pads, and finally by a layer of felt paper.

Next is commercial roofing. This covers anything from office buildings, shopping malls, stadiums, and hotels to private housing and factories. It’s commonly made up of aluminum, concrete slabs, ceramic tiles, glass, stone, metal, and other materials. It can be installed on any type of soil. Rubber slate roofing is very popular and comes in rolls similar to wood shingles, but with smaller tiles that make the roof easier to clean.

Types of Roof

Next there’s the residential type of roofing: clay tiles, clay slate shingles, slate tiles, asphalt shingles, and the like. These all can be mixed to get different colors, textures, and finishes. This makes them much more flexible than asphalt shingles and concrete tiles. They are extremely tough and durable, able to withstand the elements and all kinds of weather conditions. They are highly flexible, too, so they can be installed to overlap with other roofing materials without a problem.

The most important thing to know about roofing is that there are different kinds available. For example, there are asphalt shingles which are the most common type of roofing for houses, because they are the cheapest and easiest to install. However, they wear out quickly and need to be replaced frequently due to the constant exposure to the sun. Another important factor is that clay tiles or slate tiles have the ability to expand and contract depending on the climate. Therefore, you can have a hot summers and have the roofing structure stay the same size for several years. On the other hand, asphalt shingles will shrink and harden as the climate changes, causing them to be damaged easily and leaving them shabby looking.

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In conclusion, if you are looking for affordable roofing products, consider installing an asphalt shingle or clay tile roof system. You can save money on the initial installation, because you do not have to buy new roofing materials to replace the old ones. However, it is also very important that you carefully select the roof system before making your final decision. If the roof system that you choose leaks, blocks heat, corrodes in extreme temperatures, or other problems, you could end up spending a lot of time and money repairing the roof and purchasing new roofing products.

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