Different Types of Roofing

A roof protects a building’s inhabitants from rain, snow, extreme temperatures and sunlight. A good roof will last a long time and guard against damage from hail or fallen branches.

A home’s roofing system starts with rafters or pre-fabricated trusses, and sheathing, usually made of plywood or oriented strand board (OSB), lies on top. Several layers of protection come next, including underlayment, membrane and vapor barrier. Contact Canton Roofer now!

Shingles are a popular option for homeowners looking for a more traditional look to their home. They are also fairly affordable and easy to install. However, they do have some disadvantages that you should be aware of.

They can be easily damaged by high winds. Because of this, you should look for shingles that are impact rated, especially if you live in an area that experiences frequent severe weather. Additionally, shingle roofs allow heat to pass through the roof and into the house, which can increase your energy bills. However, you can help reduce this effect by installing a reflective underlayment on your roof.

There are many different types of shingles, so you can choose the ones that work best for your home. For example, asphalt shingles are durable and come in a variety of colors. They also provide excellent protection against the sun’s damaging UV rays. Additionally, a shingle roof will reduce the amount of sound that can travel through your home.

Wood shingles are another great roofing option. They can be stained to match the color of your home, and they are resistant to fire and decay. They are also very light and easy to replace if they become damaged or worn down over time. Additionally, they have a beautiful aesthetic that works well with any design style. They look particularly great on cottages, coastal homes, and traditional houses.

The shingles are made from the same material that is used in standing seam roofs, and they can last up to 70 years with regular maintenance and inspection. However, Florida’s high humidity can shorten the expected lifespan of a shingle roof considerably.

Wood shingles are also a great choice if you want a more natural look for your home. They are naturally rot and insect resistant, and they can withstand a number of climate conditions. The natural beauty of a wood shingle roof can also add to the curb appeal of your home. It is important to note, however, that wood shingles are more expensive than other roofing materials. However, the durability and longevity of a wooden shingle roof can more than offset the initial investment.


Tiles are flat pieces of hard-wearing material, typically ceramic, stone, porcelain, metal or glass. They are made to cover roofs, floors and walls and can be arranged in many different patterns. They are used in many homes and businesses because they are durable, stain-resistant and easy to clean.

The most common type of tiles is glazed ceramic. They are usually white or coloured but can also be made to look like other materials, such as wood. They are often used for flooring in bathrooms and kitchens and can be arranged to create a unique pattern. There are also tiles that are designed to be used for decoration, such as mosaics. These are typically arranged in smaller shapes to form designs and are usually painted or printed with pictures.

Other types of tiles include slate, sandstone and travertine. These can be used for floors or walls in rooms that need a natural look. Slate and sandstone can be used for roofs, but they are usually not suitable for areas that will receive a lot of foot traffic as they can become slippery.

A tile roof can be very expensive compared to other roofing materials, but it is an excellent choice for those looking for durability and longevity. It can withstand extreme weather conditions such as hail, snow and high winds. It can also help reduce energy costs, as it has a gap under the tiles that allows air to flow through the building, cooling the home in summer and heating it in winter.

Unlike asphalt shingles, tile roofing is not prone to deterioration due to sunlight and can last for up to 30 years. It is also a more environmentally friendly choice, as it does not use fossil fuels or chemicals in its manufacture and can be recycled and reused when it is no longer needed. It is also fire-resistant, typically having a class A fire rating. This means that it will not melt or disintegrate under intense heat, and it can withstand the impact of large hailstones that would otherwise damage other roofing materials.


A metal roof can be a stunning addition to any house or structure. Today’s metal roofing is made to look like shingles, wood shakes or even clay tile. There’s also a wide array of colors to choose from. However, a metal roof is not something to take on as a first-time DIY project. The material is heavy and requires special care during installation. It’s usually best to hire a professional.

If you decide to go with a metal roof, you’ll need to install a layer of underlayment. This is a waterproof barrier that goes under the top roofing materials to protect the structure from moisture infiltration and help prevent damage during construction. It’s typically placed on the sheathing or decking of the roof before the top roofing system is attached.

Agricultural Metal

The least expensive metal roof option, primarily found on barns and garages, is called agricultural metal (AG). It’s fine for unheated, non-cooled buildings. But it’s not a good choice for residential structures. The extremely thin panels are subject to thermal movement, which can cause corrosion of the fasteners and create water intrusion problems.

Steel Roofs

A more durable and customizable option is steel, which comes in a range of finishes from dull gray to highly reflective with a mirror-like shine. EDCO offers several different steel roof options that mimic traditional shingle styles, including Infiniti Textured Shake, ArrowLine Shake & Slate and Generations HD. There are also options that incorporate granule-coated asphalt or wood shakes for added warmth and visual appeal.

Copper Roofs

Copper is another long-lasting and attractive roofing option, particularly for historic houses. It starts off with a reddish bronze hue and over time develops a green patina. Copper can also corrode when exposed to certain chemicals. In some cases, run-off from copper can stain siding, brick and concrete.

If you’re considering copper, make sure to work with a knowledgeable supplier that can provide a warranty. It’s also important to understand that copper needs plenty of room for expansion and contraction. It’s not as flexible as aluminum, so it won’t withstand thermal movement as well. It’s also less prone to denting than zinc but not as durable as steel.

Flat Roofs

Whether in residential or commercial buildings, flat roofs provide a wide range of benefits. The most obvious benefit is increased space that can be used for a variety of purposes, such as rooftop gardens or recreational areas. This expands the usable square footage of a building, and also adds to the overall aesthetic and enjoyment of the property.

In addition, flat roofs are usually less expensive to construct than sloped roofs due to the fact that they require less material. Additionally, they are easier to maintain since inspections and repairs can be completed more quickly and easily. A well-maintained flat roof is a great investment that can help reduce energy costs and extend the life of the structure.

One of the main challenges of flat roofs is that they are more susceptible to leaks than other roofing types. However, this can be mitigated by using a high-quality, durable roofing system, such as Duro-Last. Unlike older roofing materials, these membranes are pre-fabricated to reduce leaks and offer a 15 or 20 year warranty. In addition, they are highly resistant to fire and wind-induced damage.

Another challenge of flat roofs is that they can be difficult to insulate, which affects the energy efficiency of a building. But this can be overcome by using reflective flat roof materials that reduce the amount of sunlight absorbed, keeping buildings cooler in summer and potentially decreasing energy bills.

Many modern homes and offices feature flat roofs, as they complement the minimalistic design that is popular in contemporary architecture. In addition, they can be easily adapted for future expansion and modification. However, it is important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced contractor when choosing the right flat roofing system for your home or business.

In addition, it is crucial to understand local and state zoning regulations when designing or installing a flat roof. These regulations can restrict the type of roofing material that is allowed, the height of the roof, and other factors. Consulting with a professional roofing contractor will ensure that your project is in compliance with these requirements and minimizes the potential for costly fines or other penalties.