10 Different Types Of Roofs We Install

December 4, 2022

Types Of Roofs We Install In Metro Denver

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These are some of the roofing projects we specialize in:

Asphalt Shingle Roofing

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Residential roofing companies that specialize in asphalt shingle roofing have to uphold a certain standard when estimating a full roof replacement, or even when it comes to a simple roof repair.

The proper shingles can make or break a roofing job for both the roofer and the homeowner. The type of shingle you decide to have installed on your roof can affect the cost, the livelihood, and the effectiveness of your structure. The most common residential roofing material used in the United States is asphalt shingles, and not surprisingly to say the least.

These shingles have been around since 1903 and have stood the test of time as one of the most reliable types of roofing material. Relatively inexpensive up-front cost and relatively simple to install, asphalt shingles usually last up to 20 years or more on an average home. They consist of two different types of base materials – organic and fiberglass. This unique design helps them reflect sunlight away from the home, helping reduce air conditioning costs during the hot summer months.

They are also resistant to wind and hail damage while providing additional waterproofing support for your home. In addition to their cost-effective nature and durability, asphalt shingles come in a wide variety of colors and styles, putting you in charge of your home’s exterior design.

Metal Roofing

Close up image of a flat metal roof in Colorado

Metal roofing has been a growing trend recently. The market share for metal roofs has greatly expanded over the past decade (4x!). Metal shingles are low maintenance, lightweight, and environmentally friendly, giving them a bunch of benefits. Property owners choose metal roofing because it’s the durable choice.

The average life of a metal shingle roof is 50+ years, meaning your investment in them will last longer compared to other roofing types. While there is some benefit, the installation can be tricky, so it’s essential to partner with a roofing contractor who understands metal roof shingles very well – like your friendly RoofTec team here in Westminster.

Flat Roofing

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Flat roofs are prevalent in the commercial roofing realm but that’s not to say they’re strictly developed for apartment complexes or multi-family homes. Residential flat roofs have become a trendy design feature throughout the West, especially in the greater Denver area due to the chic structural benefits. However, with the amounts of precipitation we get in Colorado, flat roofs may cause flooding issues if you don’t have the proper drainage systems installed.

This is why most residential roofs stick to a sloping design feature to ensure rainfall has a clear exit path. If a business owner or property manager has a flat roofing design in mind, we will work alongside the commercial real estate team to calculate the proper pitch and slope that is required at minimum, to avoid flooding or structural damage that overflowing water can cause.

If a flat roof can work for your commercial property, it is a quick and easy installation process that leads to minimal roof maintenance in the future.

Tile Roofing

Tile roofs are known as one of the most durable and longest-lasting roof styles around. Tile roofing shingles can be manufactured with slate, concrete, or clay tiles and each tile option has its own advantages and disadvantages – as any exterior home renovation material does. Homeowners have been using these roofs to protect their houses for centuries, and when they’re well-maintained, they can last for over 100 years.

Slate tile roofs offer many benefits in addition to their longevity. Slate roof tiles are fireproof, so you won’t have to replace your roof in the aftermath of a house fire. They also resist mold and fungi, so you don’t have to worry about that particular roofing problem like you would with shake and shingle roofs.

The benefits of terra cotta, ceramic, and clay roofs are very similar to slate roofs’ benefits. They’re also fireproof and resistant to mold and fungi. Since the clay, concrete, or ceramic tiles are interlocking, they also nearly eliminate the possibility of roof leaks, unless they crack or break under heavy impact. When you replace a clay roof, you can grind up the tiles and recycle them, since they’re made from natural materials, making tile roofing systems the clear choice for environmentally conscious homeowners in Metro Denver.

Rubber Roofs

Rubber shingle roofs offer a budget-friendly roofing shingle option that is durable, eco-friendly, and available in a variety of colors and designs. They are generally resistant to rotting, cracking, mold, discoloration, denting, and moisture absorption, and most manufacturers provide at least a thirty-year warranty. Made of affordable recycled materials, a rubber roof can also help you save on your energy bill, as rubber is well-known for its insulating capabilities.

Additionally, if your rubber roof starts to leak, it usually only requires a simple repair, a fresh application of a strong sealant, or possibly the replacement of a few shingles, to get your roof back into great shape.

Combine these features with the ease of rubber roof installation, the variety of available colors and styles, and the low maintenance associated with rubber roofing, and you will find it to be a great option when it is time for you to put a new roof on your home.

TPO Roofs – (thermoplastic polyolefin) Reflective Membrane – “White Roofs”

A big favorite in the commercial roofing industry, Thermoplastic Polyolefin roofs are the clear choice for protecting a company’s property. When properly installed and maintained by RoofTec Precision Exteriors, a commercial single-ply membrane roof has the potential to last 30 years. There are quite a few other benefits of single-ply membrane roofing systems and the decision to go TPO is easily made from these key points.

  1. Customer Choice Of Insulation

    Since single-ply membrane roofing does not include the insulation factor, as a customer you have more options to choose from to insulate your facility’s roof.

  2. Reflective Roofing Membrane

    The most common TPO material is bright white with highly reflective properties.

    This bright white roof installation can reflect UV rays and heat from the building, saving money during the summer months from decreased energy usage to cool the building interior.

  3. Clear All Debris

    Before winter rolls in, clean all the debris from your gutters, flashing, and downspouts. like leaves, pine needles, and other grime. By doing so, you will prevent waterlogging and rotting caused by moisture accumulation.

  4. Hire A Professional Roofer For An Annual Inspection

    There are some roof maintenance tasks you can perform yourself, but major work should be left to the professionals. Experts not only ensure your safety but also give you peace of mind knowing that everything is properly checked and repaired.

EPDM Roofs (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) – “Black Roofs”

Image of a ballast EPDM roof in Colorado

Ethylene propylene diene monomer is a mouthful, we know. That’s why we shorten it to EPDM and call it a type of rubber roofing we install. These commonly referred to as “black roofs” are similar to TPO roofing in that the reflective material, EPDM, is the cohesive polymer that creates one of the strongest rubber roofing materials in the industry.

If EPDM sounds familiar and you’re not an electronic dance music fan – it’s probably because this polymer is well-known in the automotive industry. Strong enough to hold a 4,000lb motor vehicle (and all of its parts) together – EPDM is a highly durable roof flashing system.

EPDM gives outstanding resistance to heat, ozone, steam, and weather. It is an electrical insulator, so many commercial property owners refer to this roofing material as a cost-effective and economic option to cover their office buildings in Colorado.

PVC Roofs

PVC roofs are an excellent choice for buildings in Colorado. PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is a sturdy and capable roofing membrane with high flexibility, as well as an increased resistance to UV, ozone, chemicals, tears, and punctures.

PVC membranes contain heat-welded seams, a white reflective color, and ease of repair– making it an efficient choice for both the roofing contractor as well as the property owner. The usage of PVC roofing systems have been trending upward, as they resist grease, oil, and other chemicals -much better than other flexible roofing options-that could potentially cause great damage to a roof. PVC roofs are also a great economical choice, as the energy savings are limitless.

Coated Roofs

Roof coatings are designed for extending the life of buildings that are structurally sound at the current moment. Adding a roof coating to your commercial property is an efficient tactic to protect your investment against wind, weather, and other freak accidents that can cause a major headache if you’re not partnered with a professional and experienced Denver roofing company like RoofTec Precision Exteriors.

Roof coatings also come in a variety of different technologies such as acrylic, silicone, and polyurethanes to meet many different building needs and budgets – so whatever your roofing need is– we have you covered – or coated, if you will.

Modified Bitumen Roofs

Modified bitumen (MB) roofing is an asphalt-based, close cousin of the Built-up-Roof (BUR) designed for flat roof structures. A proven roofing system to benefit structures in harsh weather environments, a MB roof will outstand even the worst Colorado hail season.

With five layers of protection, it’s one of the most trusted flat roofing systems used in the industry today. MB roofs are helpful for stabilizing the temperature inside the building while providing UV protection and waterproofing capabilities. Even better? MB roofs are installed without the use of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) — AKA chemicals that have dangerous health effects when ingested.

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