The 6 Best Roofing Alternatives

Not all roofs should look and be the same. The market has so many options, that you might want to re-think what you are proposing and consider one of these excellent alternative roofing materials. The list can go on, but here we have the most popular roofing materials on the market. Not sure if shingles or built-up roofing are the best options? Keep reading and find out what you can use on your construction project.

Asphalt Shingles

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A very popular choice among construction professionals are the asphalt shingles. Due to inexpensiveness and ease of installations, asphalt shingles can be used and install easily.

They are manufactured in a wide variety of colors and work great on sloped roofs, single homes, and residential applications.

When nailing down shingles, make sure you are installing the nail at the right location, right angle, and spacing. It is important to use the right nail, including the length and material of the nail.  More

Have You Tried Built-Up Roofing?

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Built-up roofing is the most popular roofing material used on low-sloped roofs.Made of several layers of bitumen surfaces, built-up roofing is finished by applying an aggregate layer or coating as the top layer.

This top layer normally is tar, over which the gravel is laid on top. Other kinds of built-up roofs are smooth Asphalt built up (Hot or Cold), and Ballasted Asphalt built up. 

Recent built-up products incorporate a rigid insulation layer as part of the roofing material, so check it out and learn how much this can cost you. The surfacing and materials used on built-up roofing are so wide that it all depends on the project and costs of your project.  More

Are Solar Shingles A Good Roofing Option?

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This is a way that can generate some savings to you as well. Solar shingles combine the idea of a solar panel and roofing material, providing a unique combination for your roofing needs.

Solar panel combines the benefits of solar power energy with the reliability of traditional roof shingles. Solar panel shingles also can be used as a durable roofing material providing the same protection from the environment as you would have from regular shingles. More

What is Single-Ply Roofing

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Single-ply roofing is another idea that you can use for the roofing needs. There are two main types of single-Ply roofing: Thermosets and Thermoplastics. They also exhibit great flexibility and they're resistant to UV radiation is superior when compared to other products. Two of the most commonly used thermoplastic single-ply membranes are PVC and TPO, both of them plastic-based materials.  More

Standing Seam Roofing

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The Standing Seam roofing panels offer the designer the ability to design or specify various radius roof profiles. This type of metal roofing is made up of vertical panels with two seams per panel that stand up vertically. 

Standing seam panels must be installed in sequence but after an approved underlayment has been placed. Standing seam panels are usually about 18 to 24 inches wide when finished running parallel to the slope of the roof.  More

How to Install Clay Roof Tiles

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Clay tiles are durable and lightweight, making it ideal for certain roofs as they will also bring some additional benefits to the building in general. Clay tiles offer better insulating properties when compared to other similar materials such as ceramic tiles.  

When installing clay tiles, be sure to choose the right size, color, and installation method, which depends on the type of clay tile to have an easier installation process. More

The Winner?

Well, this is a very difficult question​. All factors should be considered, even weather, costs, type of surface, budget and maintenance costs. Some of these solutions will be very handy but might cost you more to install than others. Talk to your customer about the expectations and what they are willing to pay and maintain over the years. All of them are excellent solutions when they are installed properly and the right products are used. Always remember to follow specific manufacturer's recommendations and verify installation methods against local or state building codes.