Popular roofing materials

What most homeowners desire is a roof that’s not too expensive, requires no maintenance, and lasts forever. The unfortunate thing is that most roofs are either replaced or repaired every ten years; however, by carefully choosing your home’s roofing material, you can reduce the cost of replacement and in the long run, you’ll use less building material, fill up less landfill space with discarded material, and put less demand on our natural resources. A local roofing supplier in Austin can help with the purchase of new materials to offer to your customers.

Here are a few examples to consider for roofing supplies along with some pros and cons:

  • Composition shingles are a good choice for a clean look at an affordable price. Higher-quality versions made from asphalt or fiberglass shingles offer a more durable option and may be available with recycled content. Composition shingles come in a large selection of types, brands and colors. Versatile, they adapt easily to different applications. They are relatively easy to install, and in some applications can be nailed in place over an existing roof. They require low maintenance and can be walked on without damaging the material. Most brands offer Class A fire protection. On the negative side, they can blow off in high winds. Material is easy to scar if hot. Does not have the dimensional look of tile or shake.

  • Slate is actually shingle-like slivers of rock and is another roofing material that shows most often on the more chic homes. Although slate is an expensive choice, it does offer a very natural look and can be laid out in a variety of patterns. The benefits of slate are identical to those of tile: a very long lifespan, good fire protection, low maintenance, and a low vulnerability to rot and insects. It comes in a large selection of sizes; however, colors are limited to those found in nature. Similar to tile, slate can be very heavy and will sometimes requiring expensive extra support. It is also breakable enough that walking on it or maintaining it difficult for a non-roofer to walk on.

  • Hot Mop is mostly seen in commercial applications and is sometimes applied to flat or semi-flat residential roofs that have good access and proper drainage. Asphalt’s advantage is that it is less expensive than other roofing materials and holds up fairly well when properly applied. The technique results in a roof that’s not very pretty, although in residential use it is often covered with a layer of decorative stone to improve the appearance. Sometimes this technique is used on older single-wide mobile homes as the roof on those types of dwellings is totally flat. I am sure you have seen this technique at some point as the roofing project requires a large kettle of melted asphalt. When being applied, the hot mixture releases extremely high levels of malodorous air pollutants. In addition to being unpleasant, the hot asphalt poses a health risk to installers and because its fumes contribute to smog, hot mopped asphalt may be restricted in some urban areas.

This list is only an example of what is offered in the area of roofing supplies. Contact your local roofers supply store in Austin for a more comprehensive list.

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