7 Types of Roofs You Should Know About

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7 Types of Roofs You Should Know About

Your house’s roof rarely gets any attention until it is doing its job of keeping you and your family safe, dry, and cold or warm as per the season. Your roof’s visible part can be made of composite material, metal cement, stone, rubber, tar, asphalt, or wood.

It matters which material you choose as they all have their benefits, quirks, and costs that can run from moderate to expensive. As you live safely under the roof, it is exposed to sun rays, heavy winds, dust storms, and other extreme weather conditions. Regardless of regular inspections and maintenance, material choice is an important decision that is affected by the region you live in, which also determines your roof’s lifespan.

Therefore, here we give you a low-down on the seven most popular roofings that you should know to make an informed choice.  

Asphalt shingles

They are made of fiberglass and asphalt pressed together to form rectangular tabs. When put on roofs, they last from 10 to 30 years. They are available in various styles and colors and require minimum maintenance. Before laying the shingles, a layer of felt paper or frost-proof membrane is used to cover the deck to offer an extra layer of protection. 

Laminated asphalt shingles

Laminated shingles are a two-layered thicker version of the standard asphalt shingle. They are great for improving your home’s aesthetics and are installed just like the typical asphalt shingles. However, they are more expensive, solemn-looking, and come with an extended warranty. 

Rubber membrane

Made of ethylene propylene diene terpolymer (EPDM), a rubber membrane is a petroleum product available as rolls or sheets of various widths. They are an excellent option for low-pitched or flat roofs and can be glued to a wood deck. 


Slate roofs have been around for over 100 years. Slate is a natural stone that can be transformed into flat sheets and is visually appealing because of natural color variations. However, it requires more labor than other roofing systems and is fragile. 


Modern metal roofing is also known as standing seam roofing and is famous for its fire resistance and durability. Metal strips are created on-site, and the installation requires skilled workers. It involves wood decking for underlayment and can be installed over existing shingles. 

Green roofs

Also known as living roofing that provides extra insulation, green roofs are eco-friendly as they reduce greenhouse gases. However, they need structural support, and the underlying decking needs a covering of a waterproof membrane. 

Solar tiles

You can now incorporate solar panels with roofing material rather than installing them independently over an existing roof. However, the availability of solar panel roofing is limited, as it requires extensive wiring during installation. 

About Christopher Home Improvement

Christopher Home Improvement is one of the best home improvement companies in CT. You can contact us to get the best roofing solutions within your budget. We provide high-quality roofing services in Norwich and surrounding areas. Also, we offer roof and window installation and repair, room renovations, and more. You can call us at 877-334-4654 or fill our online contact form for more details or a free estimate.

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