What to Know Before Getting a New Roof in Denver, CO; Roofing Replacement Type, Weight, Fire Rating & More

When considering roofing on either a new build or re-roofing an older one there are considerations that need to be addressed to have a successful roof. Mike’s Roofing will address these concerns below.

Roof Weight, Color, Fire Rating & More

Weight of roof – The underlying structure is just so strong. It supports the roof but also the snow burden in the winter. Some materials like tile are heavy, so the trusses must be built to accommodate the weight. Heavy tiles on an older roof require reinforcement of the supporting structure. An additional cost are to be considered in tiling roofs not designed for that material.
Roof color and design – The materials should be available in a least a sufficient choice of color and texture to accent the homes exterior motif.
Roof fire rating requirements – Not all roofing materials are created equal and the ones used must comply with local fire codes.
Roof installation – Some materials may present installation and/or maintenance issues specific to your application or environmental conditions.
Roofing and weather – The chosen roofing material must perform in any extreme weather conditions that may occur or are common to your area.
Cost of new roof – What is the cost of materials and installation. Lifespan and any warranties for the product are also considerations.
You need to answer those questions first, though most considerations are subordinated to the budget. Most of us we will pick the one that represents the most roof for the less money out lay. Roofs are expensive and cover in excess of the living area. Roof area can exceed the floor footage by a substantial margin. The higher the roof slant the more area to cover. Step roofs also include higher installation costs. Some of the more popular choices of roofing are as follows.

Asphalt Roof Shingles

The most budget friendly choice. It is the most common roofing material in the US and they are easy to install, good because labor costs constitute a major portion of the cost of the roof. Reinforced with fiberglass or organic cellulose that are a reasonable roofing consideration. Pros: include a wide range variation in colors, and one of the least expensive materials. They work with a lot of different house styles. Cons: shorter life span, no insulation value and the quality does vary. Thicker is usually better. This material is good for 20 to 25 years if taken care of.

Clay or Concrete Roof Tiles

Tiles come in clay or concrete. The roof trussing must be designed to carry the weight, as this is a heavy material. Roof tiles require professional installation. Concrete tiles are less expensive than clay and are still very heavy. These designs work well with Mediterranean, Mission, Southwestern and Spanish-style homes. They come in flat designs that mimic wood shingles from the curb. These are usually concrete and will work with most housing styles. Pros: non-combustible, last forever, well for a long time anyway. Forty to fifty-year life expectancy. Cons: Expensive and require profession installation and either additional framing or pre-engineered to carry the weight.

Slate Roofing

Along with wood shingles, slate is one of the natural products used for roofing. It works well with colonial, European and French chateau homes. The tariff for this material is high running but it lasts from 50 to 100 years or more. Pros: highly durable and fire-resistance, no 4th of July problems. It is a sustainable material and can be recycled. Cons: very expensive, heavy requiring either additional framing in an older home or upgraded engineering of the roof structure to support the weight. It requires professional installation and as a lot of slate is imported, quality will vary.

Metal Roofs

Metal roofing is very resistant to extreme weather. They come in panels or shingles and are made from aluminum, copper, stainless steel and zinc. They are long lasting, recyclable, and aid in rainwater harvesting while providing a sleek, clean appearance. Great for bungalows, cabins, contemporary and cottage-style homes. But the shingles lend themselves to many home styles. Price is reasonable and metal roofs last from 40 to 75 years. Pros: durable, last longer than asphalt or wood and offers solar reflectance. The only con is it can be relatively expensive especially the high end or custom look products.

Shingles & Shakes

These have been around for a long time. The step up from thatched roofing, shingles and shakes have dominated home roofing for centuries. Shingles are cut by machines, while shakes are rougher and made by hand. Class A fire-rated shingles are treated to be fire resistant. Shakes and shingles rustic look and are a natural product made from cedar, southern pine or redwood. They work well with bungalow, Cape Code, cottage, Craftsman and Tudor-style homes. They last for about 25 years. Cons: some fire codes prohibit wooden roofing. In wet climates they can attract mold, split and rot.

Synthetics Roofing

The synthetics include rubber, plastic and polymer roofing, developed to give you the color, look and texture of natural products like slate or wood shingles. Rubber products are very resistant to damage from hail. Synthetic slate products for example are durable and easier to install than the natural product. These products should last for up to 50 years. They can be had in colors and styles to match any home style. Pros: not as heavy or as fragile as the natural products and are less expensive than the naturals. Cons: new product, some haven’t been around long so durability maybe an issue. Some can absorb water creating an expansion and shrinkage cycle that may affect the product.

Roofing Underlayment

The underlayment must be matched with the roofing materials. Some material works well with composite and metal roofing while others are paired with the asphalt shingles. The primary leak prevention is accomplished by the underlayment. Some are synthetic and others like roofing felt use organic fibers. Some are even sandwiched or deposited metal coating and is generally made of aluminum. The underlayment provides the primary barrier to water, but must also breathe, allowing air circulation to carry of any water vapor and be resistant to molds. The aluminized products may also aid in reflecting some heat from the building.

Roof Installation, Replacement & More in Thornton, Northglenn, Lakewood, Greenwood Village, Highlands Ranch, Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Centennial & Greater Denver Colorado

Roofing is a long term and major investment in your home. Whether new build or remodel no single component extant of the framing will cost as much as a new roof. But it is also a necessary and wise investment but is driven by your budget. Mike’s Roofing can handle all your roofing needs. Contact us today!