A roofing system provides protection of your home’s assets. Therefore, that is why having a strong understanding of the different types of roofing systems is so important. In short, it’s necessary to know your options 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.

Roofing Sytems

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. That is to say, it’s no surprise it’s the likely reason why it is such a popular choice among homeowners. For example, benefits range from economic (tax credits available) and durability. Additionally, they’re energy-efficient (high cool roof ratings). Lastly, they have long-term performance including a variety of color selections that 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 Roofing Systems

Metal roofs are becoming increasingly popular among homeowners. Similarly, metal roofs are popular among commercial and industrial property managers as well. They are, as its name suggests made from metal pieces or tiles. Metal roofs have long-lasting value and many cooling advantages. Additionally, metal roofs are green since they’re typically made from a high percentage of recycled materials.  Importantly, they are offered in a variety of colors meeting many industries, neighborhoods, and style trends.

Metal Roof Misconceptions

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. In fact, they might be safer in the event of a lightning strike in comparison to other roofing systems. That is to say, the metal disperses the electricity safely throughout the structure. Above all, it’s 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. Similarly, metal roofs are built to withstand a beating from the elements. Lastly, they are typically treated with coatings and paint to preserve color and prevent rust. Moreover, 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. A flat roof is very common on apartment buildings, high-rises, factories, 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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