Whether you are a residential homeowner who is looking into your next home improvement project or you are a commercial roofer who is looking for new products to off to your customers it makes sense that you should know a little bit about all of the roofing products that are available to you. In recent years roofing technology has become very advanced and the technology in modern roofs far surpasses roofing technology even 10 years ago. Roofs are now being installed with much greater effectiveness and they are being installed at a much lower price. As roof contractors or as homeowner this is great news for you.
The most common type of roofing product is the shingle. However, shingles can come in many forms. The most common and therefore the most inexpensive type of shingle is the laminate asphalt shingle. This roofing product is basically a laminated mat with asphalt and tar that bonds to your roof when installed. These shingles act as a protective barrier for your home and serve to block out the elements while also adding aesthetic value. The nice thing about laminated shingles is that they are very easy to install and they can be customized to virtually any shape, size or color pattern. Laminate shingles are easy to install because they can be cut with a simply utility knife. They are flexible and very easy to work with. They come in virtually any color because most of them are colored with dye or artificial coloring. this ensures that you can find a roofing product that meets the specific aesthetic needs of your roofing project.
The next most common type of roofing products are composite shingles. This type of roofing product is still in a shingle format but they are made to look like much more expensive products such as slate or shake. From a distance you cannot tell the difference and the results is a dramatically striking appearance, at a fraction of the price, with an increased protective quality. This roofing product has risen in popularity in recent years because of the value in this product. Customers are able to receive a very quality product that looks like a much more expensive product at a fraction of the cost of the real thing. This is viewed as extreme value by the customer and should be offered by every residential roofing contractor.
The next step up from the composite shingles are the actual slate and shake roofs. This is the most expensive type of roof but it also the most valuable and the most attractive. With all of the technology used in composite shingles they still cannot actually replicate the look of a real slate roof. If you are a discerning customer or if you have a very discerning client you will want to choose the slate or shake roofing products. These products are intended for pricier homes that require the finest in materials. They also offer excellent durability and protection. most slate or shake roofs are rated to last for over 50 years, making this type of roofing product a solid choice for anyone who values quality.
The last type of roofing product is metal roofing. This has been a growing trend in residential roofing while it has long been established as the standard in commercial roofing as well as cheap roofing cost. Metal roofing is a great choice because of the durability and character that come along with these roofing products. Many metal roofs are rated to last up to 75 years making them the most durable and most reliable of any roofing product. They are also extremely resistant to the elements making them the roofing product of choice in a harsh environment.