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Before selecting a roofing material, the owner of a business or home will first need to know what type of weight load the roof can handle and how sturdy its structure is. For example, not every building structure is designed to be able to handle the weight of concrete or ceramic tiles. Also, the size and pitch of the roof might play a factor in choosing the materials. After you know the pitch, size and weight limit, then you make the right choice of materials to use. The following are some of the most important things that business and homeowners should consider when making decisions.
Tile Roofing – Concrete tile, slate, terracotta, and clay roofing is quite common across the southwest and especially on businesses and residential houses in the Las Vegas area. This kind of material holds up quite well to extreme weather conditions that occur in Las Vegas and it is especially impact-resistant to hail and falling debris. It allows for air to circulate up underneath the tiles to keep the roof cooler during the heat. They are available in various shapes and colors, and it is very attractive as well. However, the weight might be a factor when choosing this kind of material.
Foam Roofing – The most common use for foam roofing is on a flat surface, but due to its capabilities to flow when applied, foam roofing may be used on practically any kind of roof surface. When properly maintained (every 10 to 15 years) the material can last for over 50 years. Also, foam roofs are very lightweight, and a lot more than the more traditional types of roofing material options. Also, foam is durable, very energy efficient and impact resistant. Foam roofing often generates energy savings or 30% or even more when compared to other types of roofing systems that are available.
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Asphalt Shingles – There are three tabs on standard asphalt shingles and have a tendency to have repetitive patterns from one business or home to the next. However, they are available in various colors. Dimensional shingles, by contrast, which are also called laminated or architectural shingles, have two shingle material layers that are bonded together, but there are random notches taken out, to expose the bottom layer. That provides the new shingles with a three-dimensional appearance to the roof, with various low and high tabs. Dimensional shingles, due to the double bonded layer, offer more protection and is impact resistant to hail and wind – with its heaviest grades being able to withstand winds of 120 miles per hour. They have a longer lifespan as well – 40 years as compared to the 20-year average that single layer asphalt shingles have.
Single Ply Roofing – This type of roofing is among the most rapidly growing roofing applications in the world for flat roofs. It is used widely in the Southwestern U.S. The white-colored roofing systems are very energy efficient and highly reflective, and are frequently Energy Star rated. The product is made by major manufacturers such as Firestone, and offer a 10 to 30-year warranty. There is also creativity that is offered by single ply roofs when it comes to the insulation package that can be installed under the membrane, that is available at R-30 and above.
Cool Roofs – Through the summer, most people have a tendency to wear clothes that are lighter colors since sunlight and heat is reflected by light colors, whereas it is absorbed by dark colors. The same is true with buildings. Darker colored roofs are hotter than lighter colored roofs. “Cool Roof” is a term that is used for roofing materials that reflect the energy of the sun from the surface of the roof. Cool materials that are used for low-slope materials are mostly a bright white color, but non-white colors are beginning to become available to be used on sloped roof applications. Another thing that Cool Roofs need to have is high emissivity, which allows for infrared energy to be emitted. Metal roofing has a tendency to have low emissivity and isn’t considered to be a cool material. The temperature of the roof surface can be reduced by cool roofs by as much as 100 degrees Fahrenheit, which reduces the heat that is transferred into the building underneath. That helps to lower energy costs (by keeping ducts and attics cooler), lower urban heat islands that are associated with smog, increase the roof’s life cycle, lower maintenance costs, and improve occupant comfort.
Tucson Roof Repair Pros (520) 447-2100 provides quality Tucson roof replacement, roof installation and roof repair services and has been a reputable, quality roofing contractor for years. We serve all the Tucson area communities. When you have questions about installing or replacing your roof, call us.