Does your home need a new roof? Did a Colorado hail storm damage your roof, or has it just reached the end of its life?
The roof is on the front line of defense for your house. It not only protects your structure, but it protects your family.
It may be tempting to stick with whatever you did last time when it’s time for a new roof. The number of roofing brands and options out there might feel overwhelming. However, there are instances when a change can do you good.
At Endeavor Exteriors, we work with various asphalt roofing brands that offer quality products. Here is a look at the roofing manufacturers we use.
GAF offers Timberline Lifetime Architectural Roofing Shingles (the number one selling shingles in North America). You can choose from traditional shingles in multiple colors, designer, or three-tab shingles. Plus, match various architectural styles and choose added benefits such as lifetime protection and algae protection.
In addition to shingles, GAF offers:
- Roofing shingles
- Leak barriers
- Roof deck protection
- Starter strip shingles
- Ventilation and attic vents
- Hip and ridge cap shingles
Take advantage of one of the best warranties in the industry with Owens Corning. This company offers numerous choices for asphalt shingles. You can choose from color blends in browns, greens, grays, blues, blacks, whites, and reds.
In addition, you can choose from traditional architectural shingles, slate look, wood shake look, or three-tab. Prices range from economy to top of the line. You can choose from a variety of features, which include:
- WeatherGuard technology
- SureNail technology
- Premium color blends
- TrueDefinition color
- StreakGuard protection
- Polymer modified shingle
- ENERGY STAR rated
Malarkey offers architectural shingles, designer shingles, and three-tab shingles. All are made with NEX Polymer Modified (Rubberized) Asphalt, plastic bags, upcycled tires, and smog-reducing granules.
The Secure Choice™ System is available with Malarkey. This system consists of five components listed in order of installation:
- Ice and water barrier
- Starter shingles
- Field (roofing) shingles
- Hip and ridge shingles
Choose from strip shingles, dimensional shingles, or luxury shingles with Certainteed. This company uses high-quality materials and offers a strong warranty program.
The Landmark shingles are the most popular product made by CertainTeed. These are architectural laminate roofing shingles that come in an array of colors and levels of durability. These shingles give the appearance of wood shake with the asphalt price tag.
Another popular feature of a CertainTeed roofing system is the CertainTeed Ridgevent. These vents are less than an inch in height, allowing for a low-profile look. Yet, it allows for maximum airflow across the underside of roof sheathing to effectively ventilate attic spaces.
Other Roofing Options to Consider for Your House
Most residences opt for asphalt shingles, but that isn’t your only option. Other roof types for homes in Colorado do exist. These offer many benefits, including durability and a unique look.
Stone Coated Steel
This roofing material is made of multiple layers, starting with galvanized steel. Primer, paints, and stone chips are added to this to add protection.
Stone coated steel can give you the look of shakes, shingles, or tile. If you like the look of tile but don’t want to pay the high price, this is a good option. However, it’s more expensive than asphalt roofing.
These roofs are durable, with a 50-year potential lifespan. Stone coated steel roofs are energy efficient, low maintenance, and do well in wildfire-prone regions and against high winds. In addition, these roofs are made from recycled materials and are lightweight.
Concrete has been a roofing material since the Roman Empire. A concrete tile roof can last for more than 50 years. These roofs are popular because they are low maintenance and come in various shapes, styles, and patterns. In addition, they are eco-friendly, energy-efficient, and cheaper than clay or slate tiles.
On the other hand, concrete tile roofs are heavy. You need to contact a structural engineer before using these tiles to make sure your structure is strong enough. They also have a high initial cost and are porous. This means they will absorb water. Last, concrete tiles are challenging to install, brittle, and break under impact.
Clay tiles are usually made from terracotta clay, which offers a distinct red color. These tiles can withstand the test of time, are impact-resistant, and have a class 4 rating. They are also wind and fire-resistant. You can find clay tiles in many different styles to accent various architectural styles.
Clay tile roofs are also very heavy. You would need to make sure your structure can handle the weight. These tiles are even more expensive than concrete tile and most other roofing materials and are tricky to install.
There are many types of metal roofs. These include:
- Standing Seam
Metal roofs will last longer than asphalt roofs but do cost more. Metal is a green material that’s energy-efficient and lightweight. In addition, it is resistant to weather and fire and will not rot.
Low Slope Roofing Materials
If you have a low slope roof, you need to take care when choosing a roofing material. When your home has this type of roof, water, snow, and ice can sit on the roof longer. This is because the pitch is not as steep. Therefore, you need a particular system to prevent leaks.
Low slope roofs are declining in popularity, but if you have one, consider one of these materials:
- Modified Bitumen
- Built-Up Roofing
Roofing Brands and Types for Colorado Homes
If you like having choices, you’re in luck when shopping for a new roof. There are a considerable number of options. Luckily, you don’t have to figure it all out yourself.
Our experienced team at Endeavor Exteriors can help guide you through selecting the right roof for your home. We can answer any questions you have, talk about your budget, and help you think through what’s most important to you.
When you choose a durable roofing type, your roof will fare better in storms and last longer. Also, choosing a color and style that accents your home will make you smile when driving up to your home each day. A new roof is a big investment, take your time, ask questions, and find the best fit for your budget, needs, and home.