Types of Houston Roofing Materials and Their Benefits

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Houston Roofing TypesTile Roofs

Tile is a manmade material, which is made from hard wearing materials such as clay, ceramic materials and sometimes it can even be made out of glass! A tile roof is one of the most sound investments you can make when purchasing a home or reroofing your current Houston  residence. Tile roofing is growing in non-traditional geographic areas due to its many architectural and color choices available, its energy efficiency, durability in cold and high wind climates, and its limited maintenance needs.

Slate Roofs

Slate roofs are done with roofing tiles made from slate which is an ancient sedimentary rock made up mainly from of clay and other volcanic materials, and compounded in the earth by pressure and heat.

A slate roof lends distinction to any structure. With natural beauty reminiscent of the Earth’s great mountain ranges, each piece of handcrafted slate is unique from its conception. Our client’s personal touch in selecting colors, textures and sizes and arranging them into the perfect pattern ensures their slate roof will be one-of-a-kind. Exceptional durability, low-maintenance, non-absorbent, resists staining, discourages the growth of moss, algae and fungi, naturally eco-friendly and an average 75 year life expectancy all make slate a popular choice for the discerning homeowner.

Shingle Roofs

Asphalt shingles come in two basic types: Fiberglass and organic-mat. Organic shingles use a cellulose-fiber mat derived from wood saturated with asphalt to make it waterproof. Fiberglass shingles have a glass fiber reinforcing mat manufactured to the shape of the shingle. This mat is then coated with asphalt which contains mineral fillers. The fiberglass mat is not waterproof by itself. Its purpose is for reinforcement. What makes the fiberglass shingle waterproof is the asphalt. However, the asphalt itself will not stick to the mat. For this reason, “fillers” are used. The fillers in the asphalt cling to the glass fibers in the mat. The asphalt then encapsulates the glass fibers, fills all of the little holes and voids in the mat rendering it waterproof. After this cools a bit, adhesive asphalt is used to cover the mat and the ceramic granules are then embedded.

Fiberglass shingles are thinner, lighter, easier to lug around, and carry a better fire rating than organic shingles, but organic-mat shingles are tougher and stay more flexible in cold weather. Fiberglass shingles predominate in southern and central regions, but organic shingles are still popular in the North and are almost the universal choice in Canada. Precision Roof Crafters can help you make the best decision for your Houston home.

Metal Roofs
Today, standing-seam metal roofing is the most popular residential metal roofing. Metal roofs can also be made to resemble wood shakes, clay tiles, shingles, and Victorian metal tiles which are rapidly gaining in popularity. Aluminum or coated steel is formed into individual shingles or tiles, or into modular panels four feet long that mimic a row of shingles or tiles. The wide range of available colors and the light weight of metal have created a world of new options in new home building or remodeling.

Metal roofs are durable, fire retardant and almost maintenance-free. They are also energy efficient; metal reflects heat and blocks its transfer into the attic. Metal roofs absorb 34 percent less heat than asphalt shingles, and homeowners switching to metal roofing reported saving up to 20 percent on their energy bills.

Flat Roofs

Thermoplastic polyolefin, or TPO, is the fastest-growing segment of the flat roofing industry. Fueling this growth is the increased use of TPO in southern climates, where reflective, energy-efficient and cool roof products are becoming the norm. TPO membranes are ENERGY STAR®-rated and Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC)-certified, and have been directly attributed to a reduction in a building’s energy use and cooling costs. TPO also offers excellent resistance to rooftop chemicals, including acids, oils and greases.

EPDM has a 45-year track record of proven performance and provides low maintenance and excellent weathering characteristics that make it the ideal roofing option for most northern climates. White EPDM and ballasted assemblies are ideal for southern climates, where the demand for cooling is greater than heating and where reflectivity is a benefit. EPDM roof systems offer an easy installation and require no special tools or complex equipment.

Modified Bitumen roofs are roofing assemblies formed with modified bituminous membranes. The modified bitumen roofing system is a hybrid built-up roof. It has the benefits of the built in redundancy of the BUR, along with the added strength, flexibility and UV resistance of a modified membrane. Modified bitumen membranes consist of an asphalt and polymer blend which allows the asphalt to take on characteristics of the polymer. There are several surfacing option for this system which include a factory applied mineral surface, a gravel surface laid in bitumen or a liquid applied coating that is typically reflective in nature.

For more information on roofing types, contact your local Houston roofing contractor.

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