Roofing material, as the name suggests, is the building material that is used for creating roofs. Often backed by a basic underlying roofing structure or a water resistant underlayment, the roofing material is the outermost layer of a commercial or residential building’s roof. Since the roofing material is designed to provide shelter from the weather and climatic conditions and other elements of nature, the material which is to be used in building the roof is an important and cardinal decision. Naturally, it requires a lot of investment in terms of time, thought, effort, and even money. With the advancement in roofing technology, an increasing number of materials are now used as roofing materials, depending on their durability, longevity, cost, their suitability for hot and sultry climatic condition, and whether they are durable enough to withstand extreme cold and comparatively lower temperatures. We, at Richmond Roofing Solutions, are here to completely spoil you with an overwhelming variety of roofing materials. With a wide range of roofing materials on offer, we give you the freedom to choose the most apt building material for your roof, based on our inspection of your roof, roofing analysis and recommendations, without burning a hole in your pocket.
Roofing Materials Offered
Asphalt is known to be the most widely used roofing material in the US, given the fact that they are lightweight, fire-resistant and pocket-friendly. Asphalt has become increasingly popular as a roofing material because of the wide variety of colors it is available in. Moreover, it is cheaper than tiles or slates and is resistant to algae, wind damage, discoloration and sleet. With an average lifespan of a little above 20 years, asphalt shingles are easy to install and even replace in case of time related damage. These shingles are best suited for slanted roofs. Known to be brilliant reflectors of heat, these shingles are natural coolants and masters at reflecting the rays of the sun.
Wooden shingles and shakes
Wooden shingles and shakes are known to be among the most sought after handmade roofing materials, when it comes to providing a strong and effective cover for your roof. They have an average lifespan of a little above 20 years. With white and red cedar and redwood being the top preferences, wooden shingles and shakes are excellent insulators. They are best suited for areas with low levels of rainfall. But, because of the wood’s ability to catch fire easily, these shingles can be a cause of major concern in fire-prone areas.
Natural materials like thatch, wheat straw, rice straw and sea-grass are basically made of plant stalks and are known to be highly efficient when it comes to water resistance and waterproofing. Considered to be natural coolants, these natural products are known to be excellent reflectors of heat and UV-resistors. Moreover, they do not give out any kind of chemical odor and are biodegradable, which makes them a huge hit among people who are concerned about the environment.
These shingles are made primarily of recycled tire rubber and have an average lifespan of about a quarter to half a century. These shingles are durable, distinctly light great insulators, eco-friendly, resistant to discoloration, rotting and cracking, impermeable and hail-resistant. They are an effective and feasible alternative to wooden and asphalt shingles. With an average lifespan of well over a quarter of a century, these tiles require very low maintenance, are very easy to repair in the unlikely case of any damages and are highly desired in areas with high moisture content and excessive sleet. The rubber tiles are easy to design in creative forms to resemble tiles or wooden shingles.
Slate is one of the most expensive roofing materials available for residential construction. Slate is available in shades of red, black, grey and darker shades of green. With a life expectancy of 80-400 years, not only is slate flame-resistant, highly durable and heavy, but also requires extra framing and underlying support. This roofing masterpiece is preferred in areas with high winds and sleet. They can withstand the most extreme conditions, whether it is heat, cold, strong winds, and so on.
Metal shakes and shingles
Popularly recognized across the world as one of the most durable and flexible roofing materials, metal roofing is highly weather-resistant, and lightweight. It comes in many variants of alloys of copper, stainless steel, zinc and aluminium. With copper being the most preferred roofing material, metal roofing can easily last an entire lifetime when installed correctly. This beauty is preferred in areas with acutely cold conditions, owing to the fact that these metals are extremely good conductors of heat. For the same reason, they should be avoided, if you live in extremely hot and sultry places. These roofing sheets are highly prone to rusting and absorb a tremendous amount of heat, and therefore, are not suited for places with high moisture content in the air and excessive rainfall
These magnificent beauties have been considered as one of the most preferred materials for building roofing systems since time immemorial. Even the likes of ancient Greeks and Romans fell prey to their beauty and used them for constructing the roofs of their breathtakingly beautiful and majestic buildings and places of worship. With designs, types and styles ranging from flat tiles to imbrex and tegula tiles to mission tiles, ceramic tiles have a lot to offer when it comes to style and design. Although they exquisite and fragile, they are resistant to harsh weather and climatic conditions, and last a long time. They are highly expensive to install, which makes them a novelty item.
Choose from an amazing variety of materials to make our house stand out from the crowd. With so many options to choose from, you can build a roof that is befitting of your dream home. So what are you waiting for? We are just a call away! Connect with us right away to build an excellent, durable and long-lasting roofing system for your home. We make more than just roofs, we build homes.