Types of Roofs

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Asphalt shingles

These shingles are the most popular with roofers and homeowners, as they are durable and relatively inexpensive. Other benefits include the wide variety of colors and styles, ease of installation and suitability for a wide range of temperatures. Asphalt shingles also provide reliable waterproofing.
 
The greater Chicago land area has the highest freeze thaw ratio of any metropolitan area in the United States. This is due to natural weather patterns in the winter months...  This translates to one of the shortest life expectancies for an asphalt roof.  For this reason the average life of a shingle roof in the greater Chicagoland area !!!! doesn't reach the standard maturity of 20 years !!!!  Thats why it's important that you choose a quality product installed by quality professionals who are respected in the industry !!!! and backed by the indstry's strongest warranty. 

 

Thats what you need for harshest envir for an asphalt shingled roof in the country.

 

 

Pro

best value of any roofing material. 

easy repair and maintain (especially ...

largest colors and styles

warranty 30-50 years depending on product

 

Cons

shortest lifespan of any roofing material

cannot be installed on all roof types

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Slate and tile roof shingles

$$$

Pretigious

Carry 50 year warranty

color and profile choices are limited

 

more expensive than asphalt

more easily damaged

difficult to make spot repairs

 

 

Slate may be the answer if you are looking for a sophisticated roofing material for an upscale home. Advantages to slate include its natural appearance, fire resistance, invulnerability to rot, ease of maintenance and an expected life of 100 years. Slate is available in a variety of colors and styles.

 

Disadvantages of slate tiles include their weight and cost, and the high degree of expertise needed for installation. Slate tiles are easily broken underfoot, complicating gutter cleaning and rooftop maintenance.

 

Ceramic roofing tiles give a house character and are generally durable. Advances in the manufacturing process make the tiles resistant to fading. Ceramic tiles are fireproof, and quality tiles should last 50 to 70 years.

 

Disadvantages to ceramic roofing tiles include their unsuitability for climates with fluctuating weather. Ceramic tiles are prone to erosion under these conditions. While the tiles are durable, they are also fragile. High winds can damage them, as will walking on the tiles.

 

Metal roofing

$$$

multitude of colors

50-70 year life expectancy

durable

repairs difficult to source and very costly

 

 

 

 

Flat roof

Flat roofs can require a great deal of maintenance. As the homeowner, you are responsible for ensuring it stays watertight. The roof must be cleaned regularly to prevent leaves and debris from clogging the drain. Also, the sun will gradually cause the roof to degrade, as flat roofs located in environments where the temperature can go from hot to cold in a short period of time are more vulnerable to damage.

 

Flat roofs are typically less expensive to install than sloped roofs. They may provide a safer option, as there is less chance of falling off when you are on top of a flat roof. They are usually easy to access and can allow you to achieve a certain visual appearance.

 

Although some newer green-friendly solutions reduce heat absorption for flat roofs and offer greater leak-proof protection, often the coating doesn't last a long time. A flat roof may need replacing within 15 years and the replacement cost can be high.