Roofing systems provide protection of your home’s assets and that is why having a strong understanding of the different types of roofing systems is so important when making decisions about your home improvement or facility improvements.

Roof systems and materials are the collection or assembly of different components designed to protect, insulate, waterproof and in some cases, make energy efficient the roof surface of a structure.

Tile Roofing Systems

Tile Roofing Systems – What are Tile Roofs?

Tile roofs are extremely popular especially here in South Florida. There are many benefits to having tile roofs for your home, which to no surprise is the likely reason why it is such a popular choice among homeowners. The benefits range from economic (tax credits available), durability, energy efficient (high cool roof ratings), long term performance including a variety of color selections make tile roofs an easy choice for homeowners.

For more information on the benefits of tile roofs, solar tile, tile color variety, life cycle costs and maintenance, please visit The Tile Roofing Institute.

Metal Roofing Systems

Metal roofs are becoming increasingly popular among home owners as well as commercial and industrial property managers. They are, as its name suggests made from metal pieces or tiles. Metal roofs have long-lasting value, many cooling advantages, are green being typically made from a high percentage of recycled materials and are offered in a variety of colors meeting many industry, neighborhood and style trends.
One common question asked about metal roofing is whether or not a metal roof increases the risk of lightning strikes. The answer is no. There have been studies conducted proving that metal roofs do not increase lightning strikes and in fact may be safer in the event to of a lightning strike in comparison to other roofing systems. The reason for this is that the metal disperses the electricity safely throughout the structure, is neither flammable nor combustible therefore decreasing the risk of fire.
Other misconceptions about metal roofs are; that they are very noisy during rain, rust easily, dent easily and bend easily. The answers are no, no, no and no. Metal roofs are in fact highly durable, are built to withstand a beating from the elements and are typically treated with coatings and paint to preserve color and prevent rust. All roofing systems with accurate layers of insulation will absorb noise from the elements.

Flat Roofing Systems

Flat Roofs

Flat roofs are common in very warm or dry climates and contrast any roof structure that has a pitch or slope greater than 10 degrees. Flat roofs are very common on apartment buildings, high-rises, factory and industrial buildings.

Very popular flat roof materials used for protective coatings include Asphalt, Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM), Chlorosulfonated Polyethylene (CSPE), Turbo Seal, Modified Bitumen, PVC, Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) and fiberglass.

Flat roofs are ideal for solar panel installation and outdoor roof gardens.

Other Roof Types

Asphalt Shingles, Porcelain, Concrete, Slate, Metal Sheet, Cool Roofs, Arched Roofs, Gambrel Roofs, Mansard, and Built-Up-Roof (BUR) membranes.

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