Residential Roofing Types

Make an informed decision when selecting a roofing material for your house.

Types Of Roofing For Your Home – Endless Possibilities

Every homeowner’s needs are different. Fortunately, you don’t have to figure it out on your own.

The team of experts at American Roofing & Exteriors will help you understand the different types of roofing and decide which one is best for your needs.

Choosing the right type of roof is an important decision for a homeowner. It can affect how much energy you save, how long it lasts, and how much you’ll spend on repairs and replacements over the years.

The different types of roofs range from asphalt shingles to designer ceramic tiles and metal roofs, offering their benefits. Deciding which type is best for your home can be challenging with many choices.

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Most Common Roof Types In St. Louis, MO

American offers a broad spectrum of roofing products, each providing homeowners a unique opportunity to enhance their home’s exterior. Regardless of the type of roof you select, our primary objective is to ensure you’ll be happy with your investment.

When you entrust us with your roofing needs, you invest in a dependable service fortified by a team of seasoned professionals. We’re here to equip your home with a robust, durable roof that complements your home’s style. Request a free estimate today to get started!

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Asphalt Roofs

Asphalt roofs are one of the most popular roofing materials in the United States due to their affordability and durability. Asphalt shingles come in various colors and styles, offering homeowners many roof design options.

Standard quality asphalt roofs typically last up to 20 years, depending on the quality of installation and maintenance.

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Architectural Shingle Roofs

Architectural roofs provide homeowners with an array of options in terms of style, including shingle patterns or simulated shake patterns like cedar shakes, if desired, without the heavy weight associated with natural Cedar shakes!

They are highly durable despite weighing less than other materials such as slate or clay, thus providing great flexibility when selecting what best suits one’s needs – aesthetically & financially speaking!  Architectural shingle installation costs tend to run slightly higher than standard 3-tab asphalt variants, but the benefits greatly outweigh any added expense. Owens Duration Shingles will last around 35 years.

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Metal Roof On House

Metal Roofs

Metal roofs are known for their durability and longevity—often lasting up to 50 years! Also, metal roofs offer excellent insulation from heat and noise and are fire-resistant, making them an ideal choice for areas prone to extreme weather or fires.

Metal roofs can be made from several different materials, such as steel, copper, or aluminum, coming in many shapes, sizes, and colors, adding a unique look to your home. Metal roofs require little maintenance, but they may be more expensive than other types of roof materials.

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Tile Roofs

With their trademark beauty and charm, tile roofs can infuse homes in St. Louis with distinctive old-world elegance. Unlike flimsy shingles, tiles crafted from natural clay, concrete, or slate endure for a lifetime, often lasting over 50-100 years when properly installed. Their longer lifespans prove more cost-effective long-term despite higher initial investments.

Beyond aesthetic appeal, tile roofing offers resilience — impervious to fire and impact while providing energy savings. Tiles complement any architectural style with varied shapes, vivid colors, and diverse profiles. Though professional installation is necessary, tile remains a popular roofing choice for its vintage styling and lasting performance in a suitable climate. For homes seeking timeless sophistication, tile rules.

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Flat Roofs

Flat roofs typically feature built-up layers or single-ply membranes made from rubber or fiberglass that offer excellent protection against water penetration. They require regular maintenance due to their flat design, which makes them vulnerable to ponding water damage over time if not properly maintained every year or two.

Frequency depends on climate conditions in your area. If you currently have a flat roof, our roofing experts will use the latest in flat roofing material and install practices to ensure protection and longevity.

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Shake Roofs

Shake Roofs provide a rustic feel reminiscent of cottages found throughout the countryside. These specially crafted wood shake pieces interlock to form a solid barrier protecting the surface beneath them.

Whatever mother nature throws its way, strong winds, heavy rainfall, severe hail storms, shake can withstand the impact. They do require special attention & care compared with other options since they’re made from natural products like wood. There are composite options now that avoid the maintenance of wood.

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Understanding Your Roofing Options in St. Louis: Frequently Asked Questions

Need help to find the best roofing solution for your home? Learn about the three main types of roofing and factors like durability, cost, and aesthetics. Discover which roofing material is the most durable and how to make the right choice for your home.

The three most commonly used roofing materials in the Saint Louis area are asphalt shingles, wood shakes/shingles, and metal. Asphalt shingles are the most popular choice due to their affordability and ease of installation. Wood shake/shingles add a rustic appeal to any home and offer even more climate protection than asphalt shingles. Last but certainly not least, metal provides strength and longevity that other materials cannot match for the price.

With many roofing options, deciding what’s best involves weighing key factors. For exceptional longevity, slate and ceramic tile deliver 50+ years of enduring beauty and protection when properly installed, versus asphalt’s shorter 20-30 year lifespan. Metal roofs also provide extended durability, lasting 40-70+ years. For aesthetics, shake and slate offer the most distinctive natural visuals, while architectural asphalt shingles provide varied stylish designs for less. In terms of maintenance, sturdy slate and tile require less upkeep than asphalt over their lifetime. Though asphalt has the lowest installation cost, architectural asphalt adds curb appeal for a modest upgrade price. The ideal roofing type depends on your priorities – if striking looks and long-term performance outweigh budget, slate, tile or shake are fantastic. For an affordable option with decent reliability, architectural asphalt remains a solid choice we would recommend to anyone. You can consider a synthetic or faux roof if you want to attain a luxury look but avoid all maintenance. With a range of factors to weigh, the right roofing material for you comes down to personal preference ultimately.

LifespanMaintenanceAestheticEnvironmental factor
Metal: 40+ yearsMetal: LowMetal: Sleek, modern lookMetal: High recyclability and energy efficiency due to reflective coating
Asphalt Shingles: 20-30 yearsAsphalt Shingles: Moderate maintenance needed to prevent mold growthAsphalt Shingles: Variety of designs, colors and textures.Asphalt Shingles: Recyclable
Tile Roofs: 50+ yearsTile Roofs: Low maintenanceTile Roofs:: Stylish and classic lookTile Roofs:: Contains recycled materials like ceramic, clay, blast furnace slag or recycled concrete
Shake Roofs: 20-30 yearsShake Roofs High maintenance with regular cleanings to help prevent moss and mildew growthShake Roofs Natural wood appearance. Versatile in terms of design.Shake Roofs Can be produced from sustainably harvested wood with a limited impact on the environment.
Slate Roofs : 50+ yearsSlate Roofs : Low maintenanceSlate Roofs : Classic and timeless lookSlate Roofs : 100% recyclable and can last for centuries if maintained properly

When it comes to durable roofing materials, you can’t go wrong with metal. Metal is known for its strength and ability to last long despite extreme weather conditions. It’s also energy efficient, which helps keep energy costs down. Owens does make “Duration Storm”, an impact-resistant shingle that is worth noting for its durability.

MaterialWind ResistanceFire ResistanceHail Resistance
Asphalt ShingleModerateModerateModerate
Tile (Ceramic or Clay)HighHighHigh
Architectural ShingleModerateModerateModerate

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