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Roofing: Which System Is Right For You?

When choosing a roofing system, a property owner has to know how sturdy the roof structure is and how much weight it can bear. Especially if you’re thinking about ceramic or concrete tiles, which are much heavier than the other materials you could use. You also need to know the pitch and size of the roof to select the right materials. Once you understand these 2 things, then you can choose your material. Here are the main choices you have for a roofing system:.

Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles have three tabs and usually have a repetitive pattern from one property to the next, but you can get them in a wide range of colors. Architectural or laminated shingles have two layers of material bonded together, with random notches taken out, which exposes the bottom layer. It gives the roof a 3D look with different high and low tabs. Due to the double bond layer, dimensional shingles give more protection and impact resistance from the elements – some grades can withstand winds up to 120 mph. They also last longer – as long as 40 years in some cases as opposed to the the average 20 years for single layer shingles.

Metal Roofing
Why are more and more property owners choosing metal over other more traditional roofing systems? Because they’re more durable, easier to maintain and save a lot of money on utility costs and property insurance. But maybe the biggest reason is the beauty of a metal roof that is hard to compare. There’s a wide array of striking colors, sleek panel profiles and great looking trim components, which allow a property owner to express themselves in many ways through the property’s appearance. Wherever you live or whatever the lifestyle, there’s a metal roof that fits your property.

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Tile Roofing
You can choose clay, teracotta and concrete as the tile choices most common throughout the south and southwest for roofing. They hold up great to extreme weather conditions and are very impact resistant to debris and hail. Your roof also stays cooler in heat as air can circulate up and under the tiles for ventilation. Also, since there are so many styles and colors to choose from, they’re very attractive from an architectural standpoint. The one thing you have to factor in, however, is your roofing and frame structures ability to handle the weight.

Foam Roofing
Foam is used mostly on flat roofs, but because of the way it adapts and flows when its applied, it can be used on just about any kind of roof. Its very low maintenance and long-lasting. With routine care every 10 years or so, it can last as long as 50 years. Foam is also very light in weight, a lot more so than other traditional roofing systems. It is also very durable, resists impact well and is extremely energy efficient, which can produce utility savings of 30% or more when comparing it to other materials.

Single Ply Roofing
Austin Commercial RoofingOne of the faster growing applications for flat roofs is single ply. These white-colored roofing systems are highly reflective and very energy efficient. Its widely used, especially in the Southwestern part of the US. Most manufacturers of single ply materials offer between 10 and 30 year warranties. You can also get creative with the insulation thats installed underneath the membrane, sometimes with R factors of 30 or more.

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Cool Roofing
We wear light colored clothing during summer months because they reflect the heat and sunlight. Buildings and homes work the same way. If your roof is darkly colored, it will be hotter than if it had light coloration.

“Cool Roof” is referring to materials used that reflect the sun’s energy away from the roof’s surface. On low-slope roofs, the colors used are mainly bright white, but a lot of non-white colors are beginning to become available for roofs that are more sloped. They also have high emissivity levels, which allows them to emit infrared energy. As an example, metal roofs usually have low emissivity, so its not considered as a cool material.

Roof temps can be lowered as much as 100 degrees with a cool roof, which, of course, reduces the heat thats transferred down into the building or home below. This will reduce utility costs, make it more comfortable, lower maintenance expenses, increase the roofs lifespan, and lower contributions to urban heat islands and smog.

LEED Certified Roofs
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.Its internationally recognized as a certification for green buildings. There are a lot of new roofing materials coming available that are considered “green”. One example is the new solar roof shingles that you’re seeing on the market. Synthetic shingles, shingles made from recycled plastic and rubber from items like plastic bottles and tires, are mixed with wood waste. they are lighter in weight than other materials, long lasting, fire resistant and UV resistant. They can have a lifespan as long as 50 years. Other natural and recycled products are now being used by roof material manufacturers, like slate, wood fiber and clay, which are eco-roofing products. Before making a choice on “green” roofing products, consumers should keep apprised of the market because new products are coming available every month.

Armadillo Roofing & Exteriors has been serving the greater Austin area for over 15 years. When you need a professional, experienced and trustworthy commercial roof repair contractor for your next commercial roofing project, give us a call at (512) 333-7663.


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