Return To Blog

In the Market for a New Roof? Here are Some of the Things You Should Look For From Your Denver Roofing Contractor


August 21, 2019

If you’ve recently realized your Denver home is in serious need of a new roof, you’re probably starting the process of searching for a contractor to get the job done for you. Obviously, taking on the task of installing a new roof on your home is probably out of the realm of possibility for the vast majority of homeowners, as it is an intensive process, as well as a risky one. Once you’ve decided on a contractor who can safely and efficiently get the job done for you as fast as possible, you will likely want to know what type of roof you should have installed on your home. There are plenty of options to consider, probably much more than you may be aware of. Here are some of the things you should look for in your next roof for your Denver home.

What Type of Shingle Should You Opt For?

When it comes to having a new roof installed, perhaps one of the most essential components of the roof will be the shingles, as it will be the primary thing which will be responsible for keeping out the elements from reaching the interior of your home. It can be easy to believe that there is really only one option available to you, that being the standard choice of asphalt shingles. While this is certainly an option for you and your family to consider when deciding what type of roof you want installed, it is certainly not the only option available.

In addition to the standard option of asphalt shingles, there have been recent advances in the world of roofing which are important to be aware of. One option which has made its way into the news in recent months is the invention of solar shingles. This is a material which entrepreneur Elon Musk has made popular as an option which can not only protect your home from the elements, but also offer you the possibility of producing your own electricity from the shingle itself. 

These solar collectors have been shown to be capable of producing about 1 kilowatt of energy per 100 square feet, certainly nothing to sneeze at. In Colorado, we are flush in the resources of the sun, as we are the state with the most sunny days each year. Although this particular roofing option is much more expensive than traditional options, it is one which can eventually pay off significantly for the homeowner. It can also be a more aesthetically attractive option for homeowners who would prefer not to have the bulky, often unsightly choice of solar panels installed on their roofs, which can sometimes include a number of complications.

Metal, Rubber, or Slate Roofing Options

Although we’ve mentioned some of the most common options as well as the cutting edge choices to consider, it’s important to make yourself aware of the other options available to you and your family. One such option to think about are metal roofs. This is an option which has become much more attractive for Colorado property owners in recent years, as it is a solid defense against many of the intense hail storms the centennial state has faced in recent years. Although traditional asphalt shingles can stand up to many hail storms, the more intense varieties can shred up your roof in no time. 

Metal roofs offer homeowners the ability to have a roof which will undoubtedly stand up to the test of hail storms much better than traditional roofing options. However, this option doesn’t come without downsides. First, metal roofs are usually more expensive than standard asphalt shingles, as they run around 5 to 12 dollars per square foot. And although they are a solid defense against hail, they also come with the unfortunate downside of being much louder during these storms. If you’re ok with being woken up during an intense storm as a way to avoid having to replace your roof sooner than you’d like, it’s a good idea to consider having a metal roof installed on your Denver home.

Rubber Slate is something else to consider if you’re wanting to have a roof which provides you with flexibility with regards to installation, as it can be easily cut with a knife. It also offers you a classic look which can be found in many Victorian era homes. However, something to be aware of when it comes to this type of roofing material is that it is much more prone to being damaged, as hail and walking on the surface of rubber slate can damage the material much easier than other types of roofing selections. 

Another option which you should think about installing on your home is a slate roof. This type of roofing material is installed using interlocking slate panels as a way to defend against the more extreme forms of weather. Slate can be a great option to consider if extreme weather is your primary concern. Additionally, this type of roofing material can provide you with an additional layer of style and aesthetic which will not be provided by metal roofs. Downsides to consider with this type of roofing material include an increase in cost, as well being more prone to cracking if you put too much weight on it. 

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!