Roofing Materials Available in Houston and nearby areas
Choose from asphalt shingles, metal roofing, and more for your home
If it’s time to replace your roof, one of the more challenging aspects can be choosing the right type of roofing material. With such a wide range of materials available, including shingle roofing, metal roofing, and modern energy efficient products, knowing the best solution for your home can be a challenge.
The local experts at Elite American Roofing & Restoration will help you evaluate your roof and your needs and then provide you with a quality installation. Contact us today to get a free estimate on all our quality roofing services, including roof repair, roof replacement and installation in Houston, Katy, Missouri City, Bellaire, Kingwood, Pearland, Galveston, The Woodlands and surrounding areas.
Asphalt & asphalt fiberglass shingles
Although this type of shingle is referred to by different names, most roof shingles used today are technically known as asphalt fiberglass shingles. The fiberglass mat embedded in the shingle provides an extra measure of strength and tear resistance.
These shingles are the most popular type of roofing for sloped roofs because they’re affordable, easy to install, durable, and available in a wide variety of colors. Premium grades of “laminated” asphalt fiberglass shingles are typically warrantied for 50 years. Manufacturers have also created asphalt shingles that imitate the look of wood and slate.
When installed properly, energy-efficient shingles can offer savings on energy bills. Reflective roof products can also reduce UV damage and extend the life of the roof. Many cool roof products qualify for energy rebates and incentives.
The term “composite” can apply to several different types of roofing, since it simply implies that a number of different materials are used in the manufacturing process. Today one of the most common types of composite roofing is a simulated roofing slate that is made from resins and from rubber compounds extracted from reclaimed tires. This slate look-a-like offers excellent longevity and a lower installation price while providing the appearance of a traditional slate roof.
Composite shingles carry some of the industry’s longest warranties, making them a smart investment for you home. In fact, many asphalt shingles used today technically fall under the composite roofing umbrella.
Metal roofing is a huge category that includes factory-formed and finished roofing panels as well as roofing panels that are cut and formed at the building site. Metal roofing has a long history of use on houses, farm structures and commercial buildings. Its main limitation is that it’s not suitable for use on complex or curved roofs. Like corrugated roofing, many metal roofs can be installed directly over a worn-out older roof without tearing off the old roofing material.
Corrugated roofing is easy to spot because of its distinctive form; it’s a thin sheet that contains a symmetrical pattern of alternating ridges and grooves. Most corrugated roofing comes in sheet form, but large shingles are available from some manufacturers. This type of roofing can be made from steel, polycarbonate or an asphalt-fiberglass composite. It’s more appropriate for agricultural and commercial buildings and for small sheds than it is for houses. One important advantage with corrugated roofing is that it can be fastened down over an existing shingled roof without removing the original roofing material.
Although rubber has been around for a long time, rubber roofing is fairly new. That’s because it’s taken a great deal of chemistry research to develop a thin rubber membrane with the durability and waterproof qualities required of a roofing material. Rubber roofing is sometimes referred to as EPDM roofing. EPDM is an abbreviation for ethylene propylene diene monomer, the highly engineered compound used to manufacture most types of rubber roofing. Rubber roofing is used primarily on flat or low-slop roofs in both commercial and residential buildings.
A “membrane roof” usually refers to a rubber or EPDM roof that is installed in a flat roof or a low-slope application. Many commercial buildings have membrane roofs; few houses do. However, membrane roofs can be used to seal flat roofs over garages and porches.
This roofing category is often grouped with “low-slope” roofing because many of the roofing treatments are the same. The most common flat roofing materials used on residential and commercial buildings today include single-membrane systems like EPDM or rubber roofing, thermo-polyolefin (TPO) roofing and PVC roofing. Metal roofing is sometimes used on low-slope roofs, but not on flat roofs.
High-density Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) roofing is a system that coats the roof with a continuous layer of foam insulation that can also serve as the finished roof surface (as long as a protective coating is applied over the foam). Because any flat roof is inherently prone to leaking, it’s important to hire skilled installers whenever flat roofing is repaired, replaced or installed.
Choosing the right roofer is just as important as using quality materials
Elite American Roofing & Restoration is a full-service roofing contractor, specializing in everything from new roof installations, roof repairs and maintenance to total roof replacements. It doesn’t matter what type of roofing system we are working with, we always ensure quality workmanship, excellent customer service and a long-lasting, durable roof over your head.
Our roofers work throughout the Greater Houston area. Call us at (832) 391-8754 today to schedule an appointment for a roofing estimate.
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