Types of Roofs
Roof Depot is Atlanta’s residential roofing choice. The professionals at Roof Depot are experts in roofing installation and repair for residential dwellings.
If you’re considering getting a new roof, the good news is that you have many materials to choose from. Check out the most common roofing materials you’ll see in Alpharetta, Roswell, Atlanta and North Georgia surrounding communities to help you make the right choice for your home.
Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing materials in the U.S. They’re typically cost-effective and can protect your home for 20 to 30 years with proper care and maintenance. Most asphalt shingles are wind-resistant, to a certain degree, and moderately impact-resistant (good to know for hail season). Several types of asphalt shingles are designed with extra wind and impact resistance, as well.
Wood roofing materials, like cedar shakes and shingles, aren’t as common as they once were. Because they’re not fire-resistant, and because they require a significant amount of regular maintenance, you don’t see them on most homes. However, they are durable and beautiful, and they can contribute to your home’s energy efficiency. Most people find that a synthetic alternative is much better – especially when it comes to fire resistance and affordability.
Tile has a long and storied history in roofing – the first roof tiles were used in ancient China. They’re durable and reliable, but they’re typically more expensive than other materials are. If you choose tile, know that concrete is cheaper than clay is. You’ll usually see tile roofs (either concrete or clay) on Mediterranean-style, Spanish Colonial, Italian Renaissance and Mission-style homes.
Corrugated metal roofing has strength and longevity benefits to the homeowner. A Metal roof will last 2-3 times the life of a shingle roof and withstand high winds, fire, and hail with ease. The fire safety aspects of corrugated and standing seam roof systems make them easier to insure and offer lifetime savings in insurance premiums.
Slate & Synthetic Slate
Slate makes an attractive roofing material, but it’s extremely heavy – and not all homes can support a slate roof’s weight. It’s also delicate, as far as roofing materials go, and it’s expensive. Fortunately, synthetic slate is more affordable, durable and lightweight than actual slate is, which makes it the perfect alternative. Synthetic slate can stand up to high winds, heavy-hitting hail and other environmental concerns, and it looks just like the real thing.