All Around Roofing: Honest Roofers Denver
When it inevitably becomes time to replace a roof, homeowners have a wide array of options available to them. There are a plethora of roofing materials, styles and colors to choose from. Nearly any look can be achieved depending on the aesthetic tastes and budget of the homeowner. Before contacting a Denver roofing expert, it can be helpful to do a little bit of research ahead of time and be prepared with some ideas to discuss.
Metal roofing has seen an upward trend in recent years and is surpassing asphalt in terms of durability and price. Metal roofs for residential applications are generally made of lightweight aluminum or steel alloys. Copper and zinc can also be used, but these tend to be heavier, pricier materials and are generally reserved for trimming and accents. The advantage of metal roofing is that, with minimal maintenance, it can last more than fifty years.
Wooden shakes are another popular roofing option. They can create a rustic aesthetic and have a natural, earthy look. No two wooden shake roofs will ever be exactly the same, due to the natural variations in the wood and the methods by which they are cut. This option offers some energy benefits, as it helps insulate the attic and allows a house to “breathe.
” The disadvantage of a wooden shake roof is that old shakes can’t be reused and must be carefully maintained with a fire retardant. Shakes are generally unrated by fire codes.
Asphalt is the most popular roofing option because it is relatively inexpensive and offers the homeowner a variety of benefits. For flat and semi flat roofs with good drainage, a hot mop application can also be utilized for installation. Asphalt materials can also be purchased as a composite shingles containing fiberglass and asphalt mixes, including occasionally recycled content. With annual maintenance, these type of roofs can be expected to last between 15 to 20 years.
Clay roofing tiles are another good option for certain home applications. However, depending on how they are made, clay tiles can be very heavy and, depending on the application, further infrastructure support may have to be installed to bear their weight. Clay tiles look particularly good on a Southwestern, Italian, Spanish or Mission style homes. Clay tiles often have a layer of paint applied to give them their signature brick red look. This type of roofing material often requires very little maintenance and has a lifespan upwards of 50 years.