Most Common Types Of Roofing

The roof is primarily a solid material used to build the roof of a house, apartment, or building. You can find multiple types of roofs to choose from. But, the one which would be best suitable for you depends on your specific requirements and needs. Therefore, it would be better to know all of them to understand each type better before you decide!

The roofs can be asphalt, slate, ceramic tile, wood, or metal. While Asphalt shingle is the most commonly used type of roofing, the best thing about asphalt is budget-friendly.

What are the Most Common Styles of Roofing?

There are dozens of roof types, but we will discuss the most common ones used in housing, buildings, and other residential areas. So, let’s have a look over all of them one by one:

1.  Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingle has been used to construct for the last 100 years. It was used in the United States in 1903 for the first time. This roof type is pretty popular among homeowners, durable and cost-effective option!

Asphalt shingles are widely available and found in many styles and colors. The roof is easy to install and can withstand extreme environmental conditions is a plus of this roofing type. Following are two types of asphalt shingles:

1.  Fiber Glass

This roofing type has a fiberglass base, which keeps water out and protects your home from water damage. Asphalt is mixed with ceramic pieces that can reflect UV rays, keeping the roof safe from becoming sun-bleached.

2.  Organic

Well, this roofing is made from recycled materials, often reused paper. The reused materials form the base, and then the asphalt is layered over it. Organic asphalt always has a thicker layer as compared to fiberglass.

Pros of Asphalt Shingles

I.   Inexpensive

II.  Easy to install

III. Easy to replace

IV. Fit any style

V.  Adorable

Cons of Asphalt Shingles

I.  Easily crack

II. More vulnerable to wind

Gable Roof

The roof type is pretty common in cold areas, including North America. Gable roof comprises two layers and is placed on the ranch or cottage-style homes and modular housing. The pitch of the gable roof varies greatly.

The gable roof is a popular roof type; it works well on various home designs and allows better ventilation in houses. The roof provides outstanding draining for rain and snow and is more weather resilient than flat roofs. Gable roofing needs additional support against the wind.

Pros of Gable Roof

I.   Inexpensive to build

II.  Shed water easily

III. Tough or resistant against rain and snow

IV. Temperature control

Cons of Gable Roof

I.  Weaker

II. Require proper ventilation

Flat Roof

A flat roof is one of the most popular roofing types. And, the roofing appears flat and without a blatant pitch. Although flat roofs have a very slight pitch to allow water to run off, they have been used on commercial buildings such as retail outlets.

It is most common on mobile homes, but keep in mind that flat roofs are particularly vulnerable to leak/ So, you must thoroughly waterproof them before you use them.

Pros Of Flat Root

·         Convenient for adding solar panels

·         Extra space for various functions

·         A place for HVAC units

·         Cheaper than pitched roofs

Cons Of Flat Root

·         Drainage problem

·         Not stylish and attractive

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