Roofing Products


Life Expectancy:

12-20 Years

Cost:

$ - $$

Asphalt Composition Shingles


Asphalt shingles are a good choice for a clean look at an affordable price. They come in a variety of different styles and colors. They are versatile, can be walked on, are relatively easy to install and are low maintenance. The life expectancy of asphalt shingles is relatively short in Colorado due to environmental factors such as high UV exposure and extreme weather and temperature changes. Regardless of type or quality of shingle, they will start to deteriorate and look pretty bad after 20 years.


The most economical asphalt shingles are 3-tab shingles (which are being phased out). The most common shingle is the referred to as a laminated or architectural shingle. Architectural shingles are slightly more expensive, but have a better fire rating, a higher tear value, and are arguably more durable than traditional 3-tab shingles. They can be distinguished from 3-tab shingles by their thicker, heavier and higher profile look which gives a contoured visual effect to a roof surface.


Recommended Manufacturers:


  • GAF
  • Owens Corning
  • Certainteed
  • Tamko

  • Life Expectancy:

    50 Years

    Cost:

    $$ - $$$

    Stone-Coated Steel Roofing


    Stone-coated steel roofing is an extremely durable and versatile product. Pressed steel panels have a highly contoured appearance can be made to resemble asphalt shingles, clay tiles, cedar shake or slate. However, compared to other premium roofing products, stone-coated steel roofing is lightweight, durable, freeze/thaw resistant, can be walked on and requires little to no maintenance.


    Metal roofing products have the highest fire, wind and impact resistance ratings, and generally come with a 50-year manufacturer’s warranty. The pressed design also creates an air buffer zone in your roof that acts as a sound and temperature barrier. While the initial cost of installing a stone coated steel roof is higher than shake or shingles, the roof will last longer, may add to your home’s resale value, may lower your homeowner’s insurance premiums and reduce your energy costs. Metal roofing is also recyclable at the end of its life.


    Stone Coated-Steel Roofing comes in two general configurations:
    • Batten System (installed on 2” x 2” wooden battens) – Premium/ High Profile
    • Direct-to-Deck System – Low Profile


    Recommended Manufacturers:


  • Decra
  • Gerard/ Allmet
  • Dura Build

  • Life Expectancy:

    20 Years

    Cost:

    $$$

    Wood Shake Roofing


    The appeal of a home with a new cedar roof is unparalleled. The look of a natural cedar roof is difficult to duplicate with other roofing products. Cedar material costs more than asphalt shingles, and the installation is more labor intensive. There are two varieties of cedar roofing products, shake and shingles. In North America, both are made from Western Red Cedar. Shingles are typically sawn on all sides. Shake is split to reveal the natural uneven grain of the wood, and generally has a more rustic appearance.


    The average life span of a cedar roof is about 20 years, but can be prolonged with appropriate ventilation and proper maintenance. The down side to cedar roofing is that it is susceptible to wind and weather damage, and is more likely to require repair. Walking on a cedar roof can be tricky and may also cause damage to the roof. All maintenance and repairs should be left to experienced professionals.


    It should be noted that wood shake is increasingly considered a fire hazard by insurance companies, and as such they are less and less likely to issue new insurance policies on homes and other structures with wood shake roofing.


    Recommended Manufacturers:


  • Watkins Sawmills
  • The Clarke Group

  • Life Expectancy:

    50 Years

    Cost:

    $$-$$$

    Panel Metal Roofing


    Panel Metal Roofing is a general name for roofing formed from painted rolled metal. There are two general types of panel metal roofing: Standing-Seam Roofing, and “R” Panel Roofing.


    Panel Metal Roofing is a common choice for residential roofing in wooded areas and commercial and industrial roofing. Metal roofing is durable, light weight, easy to install, fire-resistant, weather-resistant, low-maintenance, and has a long life expectancy. Sheet metal roofing systems run the gamut from relatively inexpensive panels to relatively expensive seam metal to extremely expensive copper seam accent roofing. Panel metal roofing has the highest fire, wind and impact resistance ratings, and generally come with 50-year warranties.


    Panel metal roofing comes in many different varieties and colors. Steel is the most common material utilized for Panel Metal Roofing, but stainless steel, copper, zinc alloys and corrugated galvanized iron are also used. Copper seam roofing is often used to accent other high-end roofing products. If the metal used is susceptible to rust or corrosion, it is necessary to use coatings/finishes to protect it. Because sheet metal systems are often designed for commercial applications, they generally have highly durable paint finishes. Metal roofing is also recyclable at the end of its life.


    Recommended Manufacturers:


  • Metal Sales
  • Coated Metals Group

  • Life Expectancy:

    50-100 Years

    Cost:

    $$$-$$$$

    Concrete/Clay Tile


    Clay and concrete tile roofing can truly be considered an investment in your home. Tile roofing is extremely durable, and high-end products may outlast the structures they span. Clay and concrete roof tile can be tailored to complement any building structure, as the shape and color combinations are practically limitless. Tile can emulate the rough look of cedar shakes in various stages of aging without fire hazards, bugs or rotting, and can also emulate the rich look of slate at a significantly lower cost.


    Tile roofing products have the highest fire, wind and impact resistance ratings, and often carry warranties exceeding 50 years. The technique used for installation of tile creates an air space between the tile and the substrate that acts as a temperature barrier. The results are lower attic and ceiling temperatures during the summer and more constant temperature during winter. Although the initial cost of a tile roof is high, it requires little maintenance and has a high life-expectancy. A tile roof also offers savings on energy costs and could lower your insurance premiums.


    We highly recommend (and only install) full-weight tile. Builders will often install light-weight or medium-weight tiles, and they just don’t hold up from a durability standpoint. Installation of full-weight tile may require an engineer’s evaluation.


    Recommended Manufacturers:


  • Westile
  • Boral
  • Ludowici

  • Life Expectancy:

    75+ Years

    Cost:

    $$$$

    Slate Roofing


    Slate is often the choice for historical renovation and high-end roofing projects. Slate roofing materials are made from solid natural stone, and give a roof a high contour and unmatched natural appearance. Slate is the most expensive and most difficult roofing product to install. Walking on a slate roof will cause damage, which adds to the installation and maintenance difficulty. The decision to install a slate roof should not be taken lightly. A properly installed slate roof may last for centuries, so it is important to consider the lifespan of other roofing components used.


    Slate will outlast standard decking and flashing. Since slate roofing is made from natural stone, the quality and longevity of products available may vary greatly. Be aware that substandard slate may be available on the market. It is very important to determine the quality of slate being purchased through historical analysis. A slate roof is highly respected for its once-in-a-lifetime investment quality, and its aesthetic appeal can be an important factor in building valuation.



    Life Expectancy:

    20 Years

    Cost:

    $$

    Residential Flat Roofing


    Residential flat roofing is generally completed with torch-down modified bitumen or self-adhering modified bitumen. Modified bitumen roofing is essentially a roll of shingle material, which is asphalt based and is coated with granules similar to shingles. The color choices are limited. Modified Bitumen roofing is generally cheap and easy to install, and has a life expectancy similar to asphalt shingles. Modified Bitumen can be installed over wood decking or insulation, and consists of a base and cap sheet. When installed correctly these materials are either seamless, or have seams as strong as the body.


    Recommended Manufacturers:


  • Mule Hide
  • SBS

  • Life Expectancy:

    20 Years

    Cost:

    $$$

    Commercial/Industrial Flat Roofing


    Membrane roofing is used on buildings with flat or nearly flat roofing. Membrane roofing is factory-fabricated, easy to install, and very lightweight. Because membrane roofing is tough and resistant to abuse, it is commonly used in commercial application, and is increasingly common in residential application. Membrane roofing is typically made from synthetic rubber or thermoplastic (referred to as single-ply Synthetic Rubber (Thermoset) is made of large, flat pieces of synthetic rubber or similar materials. These pieces are welded together at the seams to form one continuous membrane.


    Thermoplastic Membrane is similar to synthetic rubber, but the seams do not form a continuous membrane. The 'lap' seams are bonded (melted or dissolved) with heat or solvents, and can be as strong as the rest of the membrane. This eliminates much of the leakage concerns associated with flat roofing systems. Membrane can be patched relatively easily, and breaks and leaks are easy to locate. Newer types of membrane roofing systems contain materials that resist expansion and contraction, as well as reflect UV rays. Also, because these membranes lack seams or have very strong seams, what expansion and contraction does occur does not create leaks and breaks at these seams.


    Recommended Manufacturers:


  • Mule Hide
  • Densdeck
  • Synthetic Composites


    Composite tiling is a synthetic polymer or plastic based product. These products are very durable, can be shaped to resemble clay or slate tiles, and come in an extensive variety of colors and styles. Composite roofing has come a long way in recent years. Additives have been developed that lessen the impact of expansion and contraction and mitigate the effects of UV rays, slowing degradation, and leading to longer product life.


    Composite roofing materials are relatively cheap to manufacture, and can give the appearance of a more expensive roof. Due to the manufactured nature of composite, the tiles are more uniform, and may have a cleaner look than the products they are made to resemble. They are also much easier to install than clay or slate; they are lighter in weight, easier to cut, have a well defined nailing zone, and can be fastened by pneumatic nail gun. Composite products generally have good fire, wind and impact resistance ratings, often carry 50 year limited warranties, and are recyclable.


    Recommended Manufacturers:


  • Davinci
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