A variety of roofing materials is available today, but not all of them are appropriate for use in Utah. Whether you’re building a new house or thinking about a roof replacement for your current home, choosing the right material requires careful consideration.
Cost is an important factor, of course, but you also need to select a new roof that is structurally and aesthetically appropriate for your home. Here are the top six types of roofing materials recommended by professional roofers in Utah.
Asphalt Shingle Roofing
Asphalt shingle roofing is widely used throughout Utah and the Intermountain West, as this material is among the least expensive to install and repair. Asphalt can be used with any type of architectural style and the shingles come in a wide range of colors and textures. Select brands offer exceptional materials warranties.
Clay or Concrete Tile Roofing
Tile shingles, made of either clay or concrete, are a good option for contemporary and ranch-style architecture, as well as those with a European or mission design. Tile products may require extra structural support and carry a higher cost than asphalt shingles, but installing this type of new roof can help cut your energy bills. Tile shingles are offered in many different shapes and hues, and they can last for several decades longer than many of the alternatives.
Slate Shingle Roofing
Slate shingles have a natural beauty that is prized by many Utah homeowners, and the roof material pairs well with houses with colonial, French or chateau architectural designs. Slate roofs can be expensive but the shingles are water-resistant and noncombustible. Plus, as they can easily last for well over 100 years, you’ll likely never have to replace your slate tile roof.
Metal roofs mimic the look of other roofing materials, but are less expensive than many other options. In addition, this durable type of new roof reflects heat, which results in lower energy bills. Metal can be used with most styles of Utah homes, and a rainbow of color options are available. They are virtually fireproof and many manufacturers provide lifetime materials warranties. Metal roofing also requires little or no maintenance.
Wood Shingle and Shake Roofing
Wood roofs work well for ranches, cottages, bungalows and homes with historic design. Cedar, redwood, pine and other woods can be used for uniform machine-cut shingles or rustic handmade-look shakes. Wood shingles and shakes are visually appealing but, because these roofing materials aren’t fire-resistant, they aren’t recommended for Utah homes within wildlife danger zones. Also, some homeowner insurance carriers do not cover homes with wood roofing materials.
Membrane roofs are becoming increasingly popular for Utah homeowners with flat roofs, as they eliminate most worries about leaking. Because of the seamless construction, membrane roofing materials provide a waterproof seal that can withstand heavy storms. This type of new roof is also relatively low in cost.
Do you have questions about installing a new roof for your Utah home? The experienced team at Knockout Roofing offers free, professional consultations, and we can help you weigh all of your materials options. Contact our Salt Lake City office today to schedule an appointment to determine which roofing materials are most appropriate for your home.