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Types of Roofing

There are so many types of shingles and roofing materials that it can be really hard to pick what type would be best for your application. At Heritage Roofing we want to help you make an informed decision when determining the type of roofing material that you should use for your home or business. With each type of roofing material comes their own benefit.

Here are several common roofing materials and applications

Asphalt Shingles - Lowest Price

These shingles are probably the best option for most customers in most climates and situations, as asphalt shingles are relatively inexpensive, easy to replace, and fairly durable. Asphalt shingle roofs last about 20 years on average, though there are many brands offering 50 year warranties. There are also shingles made out of a combination of asphalt and fiberglass and asphalt, fiberglass and ceramics that have some of the benefits and disadvantages of the materials that they are made out of that you’ll read about later.

Slate and Tile Shingles - Mid Range Price

These shingles are a great option for a higher end home and have a fair share of advantages, such as fire resistance, invulnerability to rot, ease of maintenance, and a high lifetime (often up to 100 years with slate shingles or 70 years with ceramic tiles). The main disadvantages with slate and ceramic roofing tiles are their weight, fragility, and difficult installation.

Metal Roofing - Low Price

Metal roofs are a great consideration for any home, as they are low maintenance, lightweight, and environmentally friendly (as they can be completely recycled after use). If a metal roof ever loses its shine or heat retention properties, it can be repainted and regenerate much of that which was lost. The main disadvantage of metal roofing is that it is very, very hard to install and can take far longer to install than many other types of roofs. The bright side is that repainting takes half the time.

TPO Roofing - Less Expensive

Easy installation mixed with elemental durability make this a great low cost option for areas that don’t experience a lot of snow and hail. TPO is great against sun and rain and is very insulating, but lacks in durability when it comes to the more extreme elements. It also only last about 10 to 20 years, making it the lowest lasting type of roof on this list. This roofing sees a lot of use in commercial applications.

Torchdown Roofing - Mid Range

Torch down roofing is named due to the fact that it is applied using a torch similar in appearance to a weed burner. Torchdown roofing is incredibly good at stopping leaks and providing insulation. The main downsides are the installation difficulty, where, if done incorrectly, can lead to a fast burning fire (luckily Heritage Roofing is a professional company and has lots of experience and knowhow in the proper, safe way to install torchdown roofs). The second disadvantage is that flat torchdown roofs are not scuff and tear resistant, meaning the value of the roof is easily decrease and repair counts increase dramatically.

 

 

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