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The Type of Roof You Should Consider Installing in Your Denver Home and How Long You Can Expect it to Last


April 10, 2019

Making the decision to have a roof installed on your Denver home can be much-needed and a smart decision to make for the health of your building. It’s not always a matter of just putting up the standard asphalt shingles, as there can be other factors to consider which can change the decision you will end up making. Things such as where your home is, your budget, and environmental factors can all change which type of roof is the best possible fit for your Denver home. In addition to that, it is important to be aware of how long the materials will last, as you want to select the best materials for your particular situation. Here are the types of roof you should consider when you need to have a new roof installed on your Denver home.

Asphalt Roll Roofs

A very common type of roof you will see across the country are asphalt roll roofs, which are made from the same material as asphalt shingles. These types of roofs are typically used and installed on buildings which have relatively flat pitches, such as angled shed roofs. This type of roofing material is fairly easy to install, making it a possible project for the do-it-yourself types. However, this particular type of roof is best suited for structures such as sheds, garages, and porch roofs as well.

One of the bigger downsides to this type of roof is the fact that the overall lifespan for asphalt roll roofs is approximately five to ten years, a relatively short amount of time when compared to other common types of roofs. If you want to get to get the maximum amount of time out of this type of roof (as with any other type of roof), you will want to be diligent about removing materials and debris whenever they fall on the surface of your roof. Materials such as leaves, branches, and other organic materials can cause punctures in the surface of your roof, as well as lead to mold and other unwanted breakdowns to occur. 

If you make the decision to have an asphalt roll roof installed on your building, you can expect to pay approximately $2.25 per square foot, making the total cost of a roof for a 2,000 square foot house to be in the neighborhood of about $4,500. As with any other type of installation project, making the decision to have a cheaper roof installed will likely mean that you will need to have a new roof installed much sooner. Often, taking the decision to install a more expensive option can pay off significantly down the road, as you will not need to constantly replace your roof. If your new roof includes a great warranty, you can count on it lasting, a huge relief in the grand scheme of invasive and expensive construction projects.

Composite Asphalt Shingle Roofing

The most popular type of roof found in all homes is that of a composite asphalt roofing material. In fact, this type of roofing material is found in approximately 80 percent of all homes, showing how popular and prevalent this particular type of material is when it comes to roofs. This type of roof is used in homes because it is both relatively easy to install with an affordable cost, but also include a reasonably decent installation cost. If you are in the market for a new roof for your Denver home, opting to go with a composite asphalt shingle roof is a trusted and wise choice to make. 

These types of roofs are composed of small particles of slate, quartz, and ceramic and are typically installed by professional crews, though an experienced and skilled do-it-yourselfer may be able to pull off this type of roofing material installation. One of the biggest benefits of opting to use this type of material is that you can count on having your roof last a reasonably long time, as the average lifespan of this material is 15 to 40 years. In some cases, a shingle roof can last as long as 50 years. A huge benefit of using this material is that most material producers offer a reliable and long warranty with this type of product. Again, maximize how long this type of roof lasts by making sure to keep off debris and other organic materials from remaining on the surface of your roof.

Wood Shingle Roofs

Are you seeking to choose a different type of roof, one that will make your home stand out among the crowd and give your home an added layer of personality and charm? Opting to have wood shingle roof installed in your home can be a great option for you, as they will provided both a stylistic choice and a roof with an extended lifespan. However, this particular type of roof does include a number of things to consider before you decide to make the decision to have a wood shingle roof installed.

This type of roof may last 25 to 30 years, but it also includes a significant fire risk, which can make the prospect of installing this type of roof less than ideal. If your environment also contains a lot of moisture, the possibility of your roof rooting or dealing with split or cracked shingles can make this type of material not worth the hassle. 

If you are in need of roofing services for your home or office, avoid doing it yourself and hire professional and competent contractors to get the job done. In this area, The Roof Dr. has you covered. We offer both residential and commercial roofing options for whatever your situation may be. We are a Colorado owned and operated business, and have been building roofs in the Denver metro area since 1971. Our team of qualified and experienced professionals are there to ensure the job is done as efficiently and affordably as possible. If you are need of a roofing repair or replacement, or you simply have questions about our services, contact us today!