Whether you're looking to replace your existing roof or are installing one on a new build, it's important to know all your options when it comes to roofing materials. Modern roofing technologies have expanded the list of options available to homes and businesses, and the experts at Krueger Brothers Construction can help you choose the best material for your needs.
When deciding what roofing material to choose, there are several key factors to consider. The style and complexitiy of the roof, the climate, the budget, and the neighborhood are among the many criteria that should be evaluated.
At Krueger Brothers Construction, we have the experience to help you find the right roof for your Colorado home or business. Call us today to get a free estimate on all our roofing services, including roof replacement!
Asphalt shingles are the most common residential roofing material.
Though traditional names are still used interchangeable, today's roofing shingles are technically known as asphalt fiberglass shingles. These shingles have a fiberglass mat embedded in them to improve strength and tear resistance.
Asphalt shingles are the most popular type of roofing material for homes 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.
Wood shingles offer a beautiful and unique appearance, though they do require more upkeep.
Wood shingles and shakes are typically made from red cedar, Alaskan yellow cedar, or Eastern white cedar, all of which are dimensionally-stable evergreens that are naturally resistant to rot and insect attack.
Wood shakes are split from the log and have a rough, random texture, while shingles have a smoother surface because they're sawed. Wood roofs can get expensive and require special skill, which is why they are usually found on historic homes.
Tile roofs are most common with Spanish style architecture, but they can be used for a variety of purposes.
Clay and concrete tile roofing are generally paired together because of the similarities in installation. These tiles are designed to either overlap or interlock with other tiles to form the finished roof.
Clay and concrete tiles do have some limitations when it comes to climate, and they are not a great fit for areas with frequent, heavy rains or consistently cold temperatures.
Rubber membrane roofs are often used to seal flat roofs over garages and porches. Credit: EPDM Roofing Association
Rubber roofing is one of the newer roofing materials available, as technology has allowed for the engineering of a thin membrane with the appropriate durability and waterproofing needed for roofing. Rubber roofing is sometimes referred to as EPDM roofing, which stands 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. This is very common on commercial buildings, but far less so on homes.
Composite shingles carry some of the industry’s longest warranties.
Composite roofing is a phrase that applies to several different types of roofing, as it simply means that several different materials were used in the manufacturing process. This is common with asphalt shingles in particular, as the quality of modern shingles has improved with composite techniques.
Another common composite roof is a simulated roofing slate that is made from resins and from rubber compounds extracted from reclaimed tires. This material recreates the appearance of a slate roof with excellent longevity and a lower installed price.
There are a wide variety of metal roofing styles available for residential and commercial purposes.
Metal roofing is a broad category that includes both 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.
The main limitation of metal roofing is that it can't be used on complex or curved roofs. However, metal roofs can usually installed directly over a worn-out older roof without tearing off the old roofing material, saving time and money.
Flat roofs can be prone to leaking, which is why it's important to take care to have proper installation and weatherproofing.
Flat roofing is often grouped with “low-slope” roofing because many of the roofing treatments are the same. Common residential and commercial materials include single-membrane systems like EPDM or rubber roofing, thermo-polyolefin (TPO) roofing, and PVC roofing.
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).
At Krueger Brothers Construction, we recognize that having a roofing contractor you can trust is just as important as finding the right roofing material. No matter what roofing service you need, we have a quality solution and the expertise to help you make the right decision.
We provide our roofing services throughout Greater Colorado Springs, including Broadmoor, Flying Horse, Wolf Creek, Briargate, Colorado Springs, Gleneagle, Elsmere, Knob Hill, Black Forest, Pikeview, Cimarron Hills and the nearby areas. We offer free estimates on all our work, so call us today to get started!