What Kinds of Roof Types ARE There?
Your roof is like a haircut to your house. You wouldn’t pick just any look to adorn the very top of you because just ANY look doesn’t work with just ANY face. Likewise, not just any roof will work with just any house.
Luckily, like hair, roofs come in a variety of styles and colors to choose from. Here is a list of some roof styles that our Palm Beach County roofing contractors at The RoofSmith are fully qualified to install and maintain on your home!
Shingle remains one of the most popular types of roofing materials out there. And for good reason: With a generous variety of colors to choose from and its flexibility, shingles remain one of the most customizable roofing materials. Whether you need a classic slate color or a bold “Riviera red,” asphalt shingles guarantee that you’ll be able to customize your home in just the way you want to!
Aside from their aesthetic benefits, shingles also offer peace of mind for homeowners. With their class-A fire rating and impact-rated material, asphalt shingles offer homeowners and their families extra protection against life’s roughest elements. So not only will your house look great but it will also function great!
Tile roofing is great for the homeowner who wants a Mediterranean flair to their house. Quite popular in Florida, tile roofs give a bold splash of color to any home. While tile roofing might not offer the flexibility that asphalt shingles do, its ever widening color options do ensure that, for the tile-loving homeowner, there is a healthy choice of customization to choose from.
And like asphalt shingles, tile offers practical as well as aesthetic benefits. Also carrying a class-A fire rating, tile roofing holds up when the elements attack. Indeed, tile roofs are noted for their durability against storms and even earthquakes. That durability combined with their long life expectancy insures that any homeowner will be happy with both the look and performance of a tile roof.
While metal roofs are not always the aesthetic shopper’s first choice, they more than make up for their relatively unvaried selection of design choices by offering some of the best protection of any roof. Since they are made of noncombustible material, they are completely fire proof. On top of that benefit, they are able to withstand wind gusts of up to 140 miles an hour, they will not corrode, and can be impact-resistant.
On top of their protective benefits, they can offer homeowners savings in the long run. While the initial installation might cost more than other roof types, metal roofs’ longevity and durability ensure that a homeowner should not have to shop around for another roof anytime soon. And since they radiate heat, they can cut cooling costs by as much as 25 percent. During these intense Florida summers, such a benefit is ALWAYS compelling!
If a metal roof offers little aesthetic variety, a flat roof offers even less. Really, it offers only one: flat. So for the aesthetically minded shopper, a flat roof might not be the first or even the last choice.
But for the practical shopper, a flat roof is an excellent choice. It offers the benefit of saving more space than a pitched roof is able to, as its flat shape prevents it from encroaching on one’s living space. In addition, flat roofs are among the cheapest roofs to install and maintain. Not only is their material inexpensive but their flat design also lowers the cost of the initial installation. The roofers will spend less time and material since they won’t be traversing a steep roof, and the insurance costs will go down for that reason.
Yes, a flat roof is not the most aesthetically compelling roof type out there. But when one considers the practical benefits that a flat roof offers, it becomes evident that a flat roof is among the most compelling roof types out there for anyone look for a practical and inexpensive roofing option.
Finally, one of the most aesthetically compelling roof types is the wood shake roof. Noted for their exceptional beauty, a wood shake roof offers a wide variety of shapes and colors that are sure to please even the pickiest homeowner.
But is beauty all they can offer? Not at all! Wood shake roofs are noted for their durability. They hardly suffer because of storms. Fires, yes, of course they aren’t fire resistant. But let a windstorm rip through, as they do so often in Florida, and a wood shake roof will hold up with the best of them!
In addition to that quality, wood shake roofs are also noted for the energy efficiency. Their natural insulation is almost TWICE as great as that of asphalt shingle roofs. Thus, wood shake roofs can save homeowners money by lowering AC and heating costs.
So why should anyone pick any kind of roof besides a wood shake? Well, the cost is a deterrent. Though they save money in the form of energy efficiency, the initial cost of installation is quite large. On top of that cost, their natural design requires more regular maintenance than other roof types require. So wood shake roofs are up there in cost. But if one can manage the financial aspect, he or she will find that wood shake roofs are among the most reliable and breathtaking roofing options out there.
The Bottom Line
Whether one is shopping for the most beautiful or the most practical option, he or she will find that there is a bevy of roof types to satisfy all of his or her housing needs. From the practical flat roof to the beautiful wood shake and the practical AND beautiful asphalt shingle roof, homeowners’ worries won’t be whether they can find the right roof for their home -- but whether they can even make up their minds with all the options to choose from!