Not all roofs are built the same way—there are different techniques AND materials to choose from. What roofing materials you may need depends on your environmental needs, budget, and stylistic preferences. Here at TSpark Enterprises, we specialize in both residential and commercial roofing. We’ve broken down some of the various materials up for selection for your roof, narrowing them down to asphalt shingles, metal, tile, TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin), PVC (polyvinyl chloride), and EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer)
Asphalt Roofing Shingles
Asphalt serves as the most popular choice for residential roofing material. Asphalt roofing shingles are relatively low cost, easy to install, easy to replace, and versatile (in more ways than one). Not only can you select from a wide range of colors and styles, but you can also make them energy-efficient, which reduces temperature control costs. Furthermore, there are many types you can choose from. In short, there are strip shingles, dimensional shingles, and luxury shingles. Call us at the office to learn more about the different types.
Asphalt shingles are designed with fiberglass material topped off with mineral granules that protect them from sunlight, which would otherwise wear down. These types of shingles are advantageous for regions susceptible to fires. If you invest in the highest quality of asphalt shingles (typically the thickest ones available), you can reap the benefits of longevity. Keep in mind, however, your building’s exposure to sunlight. If you know that it will receive more than its fair share and that it will face a lot of foot traffic for other home improvements, just know that you might be due for a replacement sooner than expected.
If you plan on living in your home for a good while, investing in a metal roof is fantastic for longevity. Metal seals out water, endures high winds, fires, mildew, insects, and other detriments. Because the materials are lightweight, it is cost-effective in terms of engineering and the number of roofers necessary to complete the job, and also easy to install—on top of it all, some metal materials can be applied over a pre-existing roof without the hassle of dismantling it. Metal roofing is also energy efficient, as the metal surfaces reflect the heat from the sun and minimize the heat absorbed into the building. Keep in mind that with metal roofing, you may be more aware of its presence with audio. Precipitation can sound loud hitting against the roof, but you can control excessive noise by using materials with structural barriers. Some types of metal can also be prone to denting.
Tile is definitely among the most aesthetically-pleasing and durable choices for roofing materials. They originated as being made from slate or terra cotta. Still, now they are produced from molded, tinted concrete and come in several different shapes: curved, flat, fluted, or interlocking. Tile roofing is recommended for folks who live in a warm climate, salty air (from a nearby water source), or for homes that experience sudden huge bouts of rainfall. Tile, however, is extremely heavy and can break if the framing is not sturdy enough to support it. With tile roofing, you can count on one roofing job—once it’s installed, you will never have to install another roofing type again. Just in case, most manufacturers will offer a 50-year warranty. As a result, tile is very low maintenance and is inaccessible to rot and insect damage. Unlike wood, tile roofs will never decay.
Furthermore, leaks are almost unheard of, and it is infrequent for tile roofs to require repairs or maintenance unless they break due to heavy impact. When it comes to tile roofs, prepare for a higher cost, a longer and more challenging installation, but the sturdiness will be worth it. Tile can only work for roofs with sharp slopes and should not be used for low-pitched roofs.
TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin)
TPO roofing is one of the most popular roof styles of commercial properties, and it’s one of two main types of single-ply membrane roofing. TPO is composed of a base layer of polymer synthetics, polyester-reinforced fabric center (scrim), and thermoplastic polyolefin top ply atop a flat roof, reflecting UV rays. This type of roofing is fire-resistant, can last up to 10-20 years, and it’s generally white, so it is highly reflective and can significantly lower energy costs. It can fit the different building styles, and it’s easy to install. TPO is a relatively new roofing material, but it’s popular in the commercial industry because of it’s lower costs. Also, TPO resists mold growth, dirt accumulation, impact tears, and punctures. It is made to be flexible and can allow for the building’s movement or settling.
PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)
PVC is another type of single-ply roofing system, used for flat or low sloped roofs. PVC is the third-most widely produced synthetic plastic polymer. This system is especially beneficial for commercial buildings because many materials can be produced through manufacturing rather than at the job site itself (which would otherwise increase scrap and waste in surrounding areas). PVC has been a mainstay in construction for over 30 years and is easier to install over TPO due to its greater flexibility. Its reputation for durability is well-deserved. PVC roofs are highly chemical-resistant, fire-resistance, lightweight, and somewhat resistant to punctures and weathering. PVC will work to keep the commercial space cooler and reduce energy costs. PVC roofs can come in white, beige, tan, and gray, and the roof style can be easily customized depending on the needs of a building’s specifications.
EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer)
EPDM is another synthetic membrane used for roofs and specifically low slope commercial roofs. EPDM comes in black and white, and there are three different types of installation: ballasted, fully adhered, and mechanically attached. EPDM roofing is highly resistant to UV rays, ozone, abrasion, extreme temperatures, and precipitation. Its structure is elastic to withstand potential expansion and contraction of the building.
Would you like more information about the different roofing materials? Give us a call, and we can guide you on the best option for your home or commercial space.
TSpark Enterprises, headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida offers a wide range of roofing and construction services. Visit our website or call (850) 766-1340 to get a free estimate and embark on your construction journey today!