When you need a new roof, there are several types of roofs and roofing materials from which to choose. Learn more about these types to help you determine the right type of roof for your home.
Choosing a new roof involves comparing different types of roofing materials to find the most suitable one for your home. It also involves understanding different types of roofs to determine which kind your home has. The type of roof you currently have can help you narrow down your roofing material options.
Types of Roofs
Roofs are considered either low-slope or steep-slope. Low-slope roofs have a slope of 14 degrees or less while steep-slope roofs have a slope greater than 14 degrees. There are also different roof shapes available for your building, including:
- Flat Roofs
Flat roofs have a very slight slope. Flat roofs are often used for commercial buildings because they offer the safest surface for maintenance and repairs. The drawback of installing a flat roof is that it accumulates debris and standing water easily, which means extra maintenance.
- Arched Roofs
Arched roofs have a simple, smooth arch design. In most instances, arched roofs are used as accents rather than the construction pattern for your entire roof because they are expensive to install.
- Cross-Gabled Roofs
A gabled roof resembles a triangle when you view it head-on. Cross-gabled roofs are multiple gabled roofs and usually installed on houses with multiple wings. This lends the appearance of each distinct section having its own roof.
- Bonnet Roofs
Bonnet roofs are not typically used to cover entire houses. They are usually used to cover verandas or porches. A bonnet roof comes to a point at the top and slopes out to meet the walls before continuing in a flat brim that stretches out to cover the area underneath it. Two of the roof’s sides slope out at an angle to sluice off rainwater, away from the protected area underneath.
- Hip Roofs
Hip roofs are similar to bonnet roofs—they have four sides that join at the top, but they join at a flat area rather than forming a point. This is a very practical roof because it provides a more stable place to stand during roof repairs and routine roof maintenance.
Types of Roofing
One you decide on a roof style, you will need to consider your roofing options. There are several types of roofing materials available. The roofing type you choose for your home will depend on your budget, design preferences, roof slope, and the strength of your current framing:
Asphalt Shingles. These shingles are among the most affordable to install, although they are not as durable as other types of roofing. Asphalt shingles can be installed on roofs with a relatively low or steep slope. Their moderate weight makes asphalt shingles suitable for most homes. You can find asphalt shingles in a wide range of colors and styles.
Metal. Metal roofs are very durable and offer resistance to high winds and fire. Metal roofs are typically made of steel, copper, or aluminum, and are more expensive than asphalt—but they also last longer, which can offset the cost over time.
Metal roofs’ lightweight design does not require you or your remodeler to install additional framing support, so they can be installed in homes with a low or steep slope roof.
Slate Tiles. Slate tile roofs are among the most expensive to install, but they are also highly durable and last for decades. Slate tiles are made of natural slate rock, which protects your home from heavy wind and fire damage. However, keep in mind that slate can only be installed on roofs with a steep slope because of their weight. The weight of a slate tile roof may also require additional framing support, which can be costly.
Concrete Tiles. Concrete tile roofs are moderately priced and do not require a lot of maintenance. Concrete is also durable and offers superior resistance to heat damage and water damage. Concrete tiles can be installed on roofs with a moderate or steep slope, but they do need additional support due to their weight.
For a free consultation about the types of roofs and roofing available for your home, contact Mystical Construction and Restoration at 877-452-9511.