New Roofing Materials Available in Tucson
The last 10 years has seen a lot of innovation in the roofing industry with new materials being produced all the time. A whole new range of roofing materials is available, particularly for residential roofing. Standard products include asphalt shingles, cedar shakes, clay, terracotta or concrete tiles, metal or foam roofing.
Keep in mind that the most commonly used roofing material are asphalt shingles, typically because they are one of the least expensive options. The relatively new dimensional shingles can add a more 3D effect and come in lots of styles and colors.
Cedar Shakes or Shingles
Cedar shakes or shingles are a good option if you are trying to create a “rustic” look. Like asphalt shingles, cedar shakes can be expected to last up to 30 years. Be aware that many communities in the Southwest are banning the use of shakes or shingles for fire safety reasons.
Concrete Roof Tiles
Concrete tile roofing has become increasingly popular in recent years. The concrete tiles can look like slate, shake or terra cotta tiles. The concrete is much more durable and can be effectively used to create a well-ventilated roofing system that will help to prevent loss of interior conditioned air.
There are several types of metal roofing (which is particularly useful in places where heavy snow loads are expected). Metal allows the snow to melt quickly or slide to the ground, thus taking the weight off the roof. Metal materials, if properly insulated and installed, can reduce heating and air conditioning costs. Tin and copper are still used in many areas of the country.
Sprayed Polyurethane Foam is applied to roofs through a spray gun. Once dry, the resulting roof covering is tough, long-lasting and affordable with excellent thermal resistance, an important advantage in an area where temperatures can soar above 110 fairly regularly.
Now your choices include: asphalt shingles, which can be reinforced with organic (wood-based) or fiberglass materials; new synthetic products that can reduce the weight load on your roof to 1/8 with incredible durability and longevity; many new products created from recycled material that simulate other traditional roofing products; and even solar panels that look like tiles.
If you are unsure of the locals building codes or have questions on which types of roofing material is right for your Tucson home or business, call the experts at Roofing Southwest. Roofing Southwest has 40 years of experience with the Southwest extremes in climate and roofing materials that work best in this area. Roofing Southwest professional are licensed, bonded and insured and have locations in Arizona, Nevada, California, New Mexico and Texas.
7739 E. Broadway Blvd. #213
Tucson, AZ 85710