Which Roofing Material is Right For My Home?

Any roof construction project, whether it be a brand-new roof or a replacement roof, requires many decisions on the part of the homeowner. One such decision is the roofing material to use for the project. There’s a broad selection of materials available for residential roofing projects, each one differing in durability, style, price point, and more. 

If you’re planning an Englewood roof replacement, plenty of roofing materials are available for you to consider. Here, we’ll describe each option and the benefits that it may provide for your Colorado home. 

Asphalt

Asphalt roofing is the most popular residential roofing material in the U.S. Made with a base of fiberglass or cellulose fibers covered in asphalt and mineral granules, asphalt shingles offer protection against UV rays, fire, and moisture. Additionally, given that asphalt shingles are distributed in sheets with sealant strips. This makes them one of the fastest roofing materials to install. 

There are three main types of asphalt shingles: three-tab, architectural, and premium. Three-tab shingles are the least expensive and the thinnest. This is the only type of asphalt shingle that can be placed over a layer of existing shingles, if desired. Architectural asphalt shingles are a step above three-tab shingles, with greater layering and depth. Premium asphalt shingles are the priciest option, with a high-end look that can mimic other roofing materials. 

The Benefits of Asphalt Shingle Roofing

  • Superior affordability when compared to all other roofing materials
  • An attractive option for virtually any style of home
  • Fiberglass asphalt shingles offer excellent fire resistance
  • Many different color and style options are available for asphalt shingles
  • Lightweight design, meaning that no extra support is required for an asphalt shingle roof
  • Fast, convenient installation
  • Simple to repair

Metal

While it trails behind asphalt shingle roofing in popularity as a residential roofing material, metal roofing is commonly installed on U.S. homes. With many different types of metal available, including aluminum, steel, copper, and alloy strips, homeowners have the flexibility to select the metal that provides the features that they’re looking for. Metal also has a sleek look and can be found in many different color options for your roof. 

While metal can be loud in rainstorms, it provides good weather resistance and is highly environmentally-friendly. Homeowners should note that installing a metal roof is a completely different process than installing an asphalt roof. So, enlisting the help of expert Englewood roofers like the team at RME, who are experts in metal roof installation, is a smart choice. 

The Benefits of Metal Roofing

  • Lifespan of between 50 and 100 years, with warranties typically ranging from 30 to 50 years
  • The ability to reflect the sun’s rays, preventing the transfer of heat into your home that could lead to higher cooling costs
  • Recyclability – many metal roofing options are made with recycled materials, and all metal roofs are fully recyclable at the end of their lifespan
  • Greater resistance to the formation of ice dams than other roofing materials
  • Style options that replicate the look of tile, slate, shingles, shakes, and more
  • Many different color options
  • Some metal roofing has a Class A fire rating

Slate

Slate is a metamorphic rock that’s one of the most long-lasting and durable materials available for residential roofing projects. It’s been used to construct roofing systems for many centuries, making it a time-tested option for various roofing systems. While slate also is of the most expensive roofing materials available, it also provides exceptional longevity. It’s likely that you won’t ever need an Englewood roof replacement if you select slate as your material of choice. 

The Benefits of Slate Roofing

  • Exceptional longevity, given that slate roofing can last for over a century
  • A unique, natural, and high-end look
  • High weather-resistance – water can’t seep through slate, and mold doesn’t grow on slate
  • Fully fireproof
  • Environmentally-friendly, given that slate can be entirely repurposed once it reaches the end of its lifespan
  • A range of natural color options

If you’re interested in an Englewood roof replacement, contact RME today. Our team of experienced roofers will help you determine the best roofing material to suit your home’s needs.

Guide To Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is popular in Colorado and throughout the United States. In fact, it’s second in popularity among homeowners in the United States, trailing behind asphalt roofing alone. However, metal roofing provides many benefits that homeowners won’t get with other material options, including asphalt. From durability to recyclability and more, Englewood metal roofing is an excellent choice for your home.  

Metal Roofing Varieties

Multiple types of metal roofing are available for residential roofing installation. Varieties of metal roofing vary in price point, longevity, and look. You can discuss these options with your Colorado roofing contractor to determine the best metal roofing material for your home’s needs. 

Steel

Among all of the types of metal roofing available, steel is the most basic and frequently-used choice. Steel is more sturdy than other types of roofing materials, but still lightweight enough to be formed into various roofing styles. Due to its durability, a steel roof can last for much longer than other roofing systems. Steel roofing of a higher gauge, or thickness, will have a longer lifespan than other steel options and fend off damage more effectively. 

Steel roofing typically has a color finish, giving you the ability to select steel roofing that will complement the exterior of your home. 

Aluminum

Aluminum is somewhat more expensive than simple steel roofing options. However, it’s resistant to rust. This means that its longevity won’t be impacted by prolonged exposure to moisture. Additionally, aluminum will absorb less heat than other metal varieties. This makes it a great option if you’re looking for a roof that will help regulate your home’s temperature in the summer months. 

Aluminum is softer than steel, making it less labor-intensive to install. Unfortunately, the light weight of aluminum also makes it more likely to get damaged, especially in a hailstorm. 

Copper

Copper has long been used in construction; you’ll see copper roofing in ancient architecture. Its beauty and flexibility made it a fantastic choice for domes, cathedrals, and more. Today, copper is still available as a roofing material. While it comes at a high cost, the stunning look and longevity of copper roofing make it a top-quality roof material. A copper roof can last for as long as a century, allowing homeowners to avoid having to complete a roof replacement as long as they live in the same home. As an added perk, copper roofing needs almost no maintenance – it can remain in great condition virtually on its own. 

Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing

Pros

  • Longevity

Metal roofing is much longer-lasting than asphalt roofing. In contrast to the 10 to 20-year lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof, metal roofing can last for 40 to 70 years, or even longer if you select a premium metal. 

  • Energy-efficiency

Metal roofing has a reflective quality. This means that it can work similarly to a cool roof and help regulate your home’s temperature in the summer. This will lead to lower cooling costs. 

  • Recyclability

Metal roofing is often highly recyclable, meaning that your metal roof won’t be sent straight to the landfill once it has reached the end of its lifespan. 

  • Wind-resistance

Here in Englewood, we often experience very high winds. Metal roofing is a stellar choice for wind-resistance, allowing you to avoid scheduling repairs for wind-damaged shingles after a major storm.  

  • Low maintenance

Metal roofing doesn’t need the extent of regular maintenance that other roofing materials do. While you should still schedule roof inspections to ensure that no damage has occurred, you won’t need to maintain your metal roof as frequently when compared to other roofing systems. 

Cons

  • Cost

Metal roofing is more expensive than asphalt shingle roofing. However, with the range of metal options available, you can likely find one that fits within your budget. Additionally, metal roofing will last longer than asphalt roofing, so it can provide you with superior value for money. 

  • Color inconsistencies

It’s very difficult to match the color of an existing metal roof. So, if the roof requires repairs, any patched roofing may not match the metal panels that were previously installed. 

  • Noise

When it’s raining or hailing, metal roofing can be loud. Having additional insulation installed can help muffle noises from your metal roof inside of your home. 

RME is a top metal roofing company in Colorado. Contact us today to learn more!

Number One Metal Roofer

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Colorado’s Number One Metal Roofer

Voted  Colorado’s Number One Metal Roofer from Thumbtack for the year 2015. Thanks to all of our fantastic customer reviews and positive feedback on Thumbtack.com  for making this happen. At RME  Roofing we enjoy providing our customers with an excellent final product for a fair price. A lot of roofers have tarnished the reputation of this industry but here at RME Roofing we enjoy restoring the faith one customer at a time.

RME specializes in metal roofing supplies and techniques most commonly found in harsh climates such as the surrounding communities of Denver, Colorado. The harsh winters and fairly wet spring and summers cause most home owners to seek out a metal roof to replace their shingle, or slate roof.

Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing Systems

1. Metal roofs can be made from a variety of metals and alloys including Galvanized steel — hot-dip zinc galvanized G-90 and G-60 steel (a less expensive, thinner-gauge steel, often used in low-end, lower-cost corrugated and ribbed metal panels), Galvalume steel — zinc and aluminum coated steel (A more expensive and longer lasting coating compared to G-90 steel.), stone-coated steel (G-90 galvanized steel), aluminum, copper, zinc, terne (zinc-tin alloy), and stainless steel.

2. The downside of galvanized steel (G-90, and especially G-60) is that it can corrode, eventually, especially when exposed to moist, salt-spray environment such as in close proximity to the ocean and coastal areas.

3. Steel is the most frequently used material in both residential and commercial applications, mainly due to its lower cost.

4. Aluminum is the second most popular material. It is more durable and longer lasting than steel, but only costs a fraction of the price of premium metals, such as copper or zinc.

5. Aluminum is also one of the best metals to use for roofs located in coastal areas (think those beach homes), where there is a heavy presence of salt spray in the environment.

6. Copper roofs are the most durable and can last for hundreds of years. However, due to prohibitively high cost, few people choose to install an entire roof made from copper. Instead, home and business owners choose copper for architectural details/accents on the roof (bay windows, towers, porches, low slope roof sections, Et cetera).

Cost of Materials

7. A typical cost for a steel standing seam roof starts around $300 per square (100 square feet) for a typical order. Stone-coated steel starts at standing-seam-panels $350-425 per square. Steel shingles run about $270 per square of materials.

8. Aluminum is a step up from steel in terms of quality, and therefore in price, costing about $100 more per square than galvanized steel, for both standing seam and metal shingles.

9. The most expensive and premium metals are copper and zinc. They cost roughly the same. Copper is typically installed as copper pans or standing seam panels costing $900-1,400 per square. for materials alone.

10. Steel roofs need to be coated with a special protective (galvanic) coating to prevent corrosion. – Galvanized and Galvalume steel roofing systems are pre-coated by the manufacturer and do not require any further coating.

11. Aluminum, copper and zinc roofs do not need to be coated.

12. High-end Aluminum and steel roofing systems like standing seam and metal shingles will usually have a high-quality paint finish such as Kynar 500 applied, while lower-end corrugated steel roofs are usually finished with Acrylic paint.

Installation

13. It is typically possible to install a metal roof over an old roof, thus eliminating the extra colorado metal roofing systems cost and hassle associated with the shingle tear-off (be sure to consult your contractor about the possibility of “over-top” installation for your specific roof). — This is generally possible because metal is an extremely light-weight material.

14. Metal roofs should only be installed by specialists with expertise and ample experience in installing metal roofing, because if the installation is done incorrectly a metal roof will develop leaks (or outright fail prematurely as in the worst case scenario), which may later end-up costing thousands of dollars to repair or replace.

15. Unlike many other roofing materials, a metal roof can easily be installed in the winter.

16. The cost of installation for metal shingles is about 20% cheaper than the cost of installing standing seam, because metal shingles are easier and faster to install.

17. Most metal roofing systems should be installed on homes or buildings that have a minimum slope of 3:12 or greater. Although there are certain types of standing seam metal roofing systems that can be installed on roofs with slopes of 2:12 and lower, those types of systems are usually only installed on commercial or industrial buildings.

18. Ideally, standing seam should not be installed over asphalt shingles due to telegraphing of the shingles underneath the standing seam panels.

19. Further, when snow piles up on a standing seam roof that was installed over an asphalt roof, the shingles will likely make horizontal dents in the metal panels. Also, metal roofs tend to expand and contract due to temperature changes, and can thus rub against the stone coating on asphalt shingles. – This could eventually cause some corrosion and rusting on the underside of metal panels.

20. Standing seam roofs can be manufactured either on-site or in the factory, which simplifies the installation process. Metal shingles are typically manufactured at a factory, and can be shipped in standard cardboard boxes directly to your house or work-site.

Cost of Installation

21. Metal roofing installation is more expensive compared to other roofing systems,  because it requires specialized training, knowledge, tools and equipment that general roofing contractors typically lack.

22. The cost of installation greatly depends on the complexity of the roof and the type of material/system installed.

23. The base price to install a corrugated steel roofing system starts at around $350 per square. for materials and labor.

24. The base price for metal shingles ranges between $700-1,000 per sq. for materials and labor.

25. The base price for a stone coated steel roof starts at $850-1,100 per sq. for materials and labor.

26. The base price for a standing seam roof ranges between $750-1,400 per sq. for materials and labor.

27. The base price to install a copper or zinc roof starts at $1,800 per sq. for materials and labor.

28. If a tear off is necessary, it is normally a separate cost of about $100-150 per square.