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Roofing 101: Understanding the Different Types of Roofs

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The right roofing can improve your property’s appearance and even its energy efficiency. Today, there are many options to choose from. While this can be overwhelming, the roofing experts at Sherriff Goslin are here to help you understand the types of roofing available and how they can enhance your property.

What Types of Roofing are Available?

To customize your property, you can choose roofing in a variety of colors and materials. Each has its own unique aesthetic and benefits. Here are some of the most popular styles of roofing among home and business owners in our service areas.

Shingle Roofing

Shingle roofing is a common option among home and business owners. While most people think of traditional asphalt shingles when they think of this type of roofing, it is far more customizable. The shingles themselves can be made from a variety of materials, including wood, composite, or metal. 

The material you choose can impact your roof’s performance and maintenance needs. The durability of shingle roofing varies depending on the material you choose. On average, traditional asphalt shingles last about 20 years with regular maintenance and repairs from a roofing expert.   

Roofing shingles also come in a full range of colors, so you’re not limited to black asphalt. You can even opt for designs that include any shape you desire beyond the usual square shingle. Working with a roofing expert, you can build a custom roof using shingles that reflect your personal style. 

Metal Roofing

For home and business owners looking to replace their existing roof, there’s no better investment than metal roofing. Metal is more durable than other roofing materials, as it can last 50 years or more with minimal maintenance. It also can withstand the elements, including high winds, hail, ice, and even fire, making them adaptable to any climate they are installed in.

If you live in a colder climate, like many of our midwestern clients do, metal roofing can provide insulation for your home. This means no more losing heat through your roof during the winter, resulting in energy savings of up to 40%. This makes metal roofing good for both your budget and the environment.  For our clients in warmer climates, metal roofing can keep your home cooler, especially if you opt for lighter-colored materials. 

Green Roofing

As consumers become more environmentally conscious, green options for building materials, including roofing, are increasing in popularity among homeowners. In addition to using materials that meet LEED requirements, home and business owners have the option of installing a “live roof.”

A live roof, or vegetative roofing system, consists of a top layer of live vegetation, like plants, trees, or shrubs, over a waterproof membrane and other critical components. Vegetative roof systems can be found at any level of a structure where vegetation is desired above an inhabited space. 

They provide a host of benefits, including enhanced aesthetics and energy efficiency, which can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs. Particularly in urban areas, they can reduce pollutants in stormwater, the “heat island” effect, and noise while improving air quality. 

When to Replace Your Roofing

The lifespan of your roofing depends on the type of material that is used and how well it is maintained. Metal roofs can last up to 50 years, while traditional shingles only last around 20 years. Regardless of the option you choose, here are some signs that you may need a new roof:

  • Dark or dirty spots 
  • Sagging or collapse
  • Leaking inside of your home
  • Exposed or loose nails 
  • Loose or missing shingles
  • Increased heating and cooling bills

If you notice these signs, you may want to consult with a roofing expert to learn more about your options for roof repair or replacement. Often, it is more economical to replace your roofing rather than repair it, especially if you use more energy-efficient roofing materials, which can lower your energy costs. 

Find the Right Roofing for Your Home or Business

With a variety of options to choose from, finding the right roofing for your home or business can be overwhelming. The roofing experts at Sherriff Goslin can help you navigate these options to create a custom roof that enhances your property. To get started, contact us today for a free estimate. 

Upgrade Your Roofing with Sherriff Goslin 

Replacing your roof can be a stressful process, but it doesn’t have to be. Sherriff Goslin can help you find the best type of roofing for your residential or commercial property. To start your next roofing project, contact us to schedule a free estimate. We serve home and business owners across the states of Florida, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. We look forward to serving you.