We’ve talked generally about the types of questions you need to ask when picking a new roof for your Colorado home. But, let’s dive down a little further and see what the pros and cons are of the types of roofs available, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each option.
Like we’ve said before, picking a roof is more than just picking the right color and aesthetic that appeals to you, or that you feel will match your home. There are many critical factors you need to consider when choosing a roof. It’s not just a matter of the type of shingle, you also need to consider the type of environment you live in. What are the weather conditions, is your area prone to forest fires, can your home carry the weight of the roof, how much should you slope your roof, and, of course, every homeowner needs to consider the cost of each option.
Picking a Quality Roofing company that invites you to be a part of the project, answers all your questions and helps keep you informed about the types of materials that will be used, and why they are preferable to your particular home, is the key to a successful roofing project. But, before you go searching for a local roofing contractor, take a minute to familiarize yourself with the many roofing materials available today. The more you know, the better equipped you are to make an informed decision and ask the right questions.
Asphalt Composition Shingle
If your roof has a number of roofs in all shapes and sizes, this lightweight, durable and flexible shingle is able to bend and conform to any shape and any roof. Plus, if you’re a homeowner on a budget, this is a great alternative.
The asphalt shingle also comes with a Class A fire resistance rating and can be modified to also stand up to hail and heavy winds. All in all, an excellent low budget, long lasting shingle.
Colorado homes, especially in the mountain communities are no stranger to severe weather. Hail, winds, snow and ice threaten every home. For that reason, many homeowners in Colorado will opt for the more costly tile shingle. However, with the extra cost comes a tougher, more resilient material that will stand strong no matter how much Mother Nature may huff and puff.
Often, concrete tiles will come with a lifetime warranty, making it worth the extra cost. But, even if you can afford this superior material for your home, you need to make sure that your home can carry the weight of the concrete tiles. This should be something you discuss with your contractor.
The metal shingle is for the homeowner who is not comfortable with the cheapest solution (asphalt) but also cannot afford (or the home cannot support) the expensive concrete tile. The metal shingle is a great middle of the road alternative. It’s a great defender against heavy rain and hail storms, however, the metal shingle does dent easily under the attack of golf ball sized hail.
For more information on the best type of roof for your Colorado home or business, call us!