Texas Plains Roofing installs today’s most reliable and stylish residential roofing systems available on the market. We are a licensed, bonded, insured, and warrantied roofing contractor serving the surrounding Texas Panhandle. We do roof inspections, residential roof repairs, roofing installations, and roof replacements. Now with two locations — one office in Amarillo TX and the other in Pampa TX — we are the fastest growing roofing company in the area.
With a seven-year workmanship guarantee, Texas Plains Roofing mitigates the risk of inferior materials, shoddy craftsmanship, and cheesy customer service from non-local, storm-chasing, fly-by-night roofers. If you want residential roofing done right, give us a call. Our estimates and roof inspections are always FREE.
9 Different Types of Roofing Materials
Residential roofing products, according to CertainTeed, include those materials necessary to provide a quality roofing system for homes, garages, and other applications. There are nine different types of roofing materials used on today’s modern homes giving homeowners new and different looks and styles to choose from.
The best type of roof for you really depends on your budget and the style of your home. When it’s time to replace your roof, take a drive through some of the new housing developments and see what’s available or give Texas Plains Roofing a call. We have product catalogs available that have all the newest styles and colors.
On the authority of Nationwide there are nine different types of roofing to consider for your next re-roofing job. They are as follows:
- Solar Tiles. Solar tiles generate up to 1 kilowatt of energy per 100 square feet. While they reduce energy costs, they also cost more than traditional solar panel options. We are starting to see some solar tiles in the Texas Panhandle.
- Asphalt Shingles. High quality shingle roofs are the most common roofing material for residential homes. They are cost effective and energy efficient. In the Texas Panhandle consider upgrading to impact resistant asphalt shingles.
- Metal Roofing. There is a choice in metal roofing of vertical panels or shingles resembling slate, tile and shake. It is lightweight, sloughs off snow and rain, inflammable, and resists high winds. Metal roofing costs more than asphalt shingles and may dent from hail.
- Stone-coated Steel. Stone-coated steel shingles resist damage caused by high winds and heavy rains. These are work horses. Able to withstand winds up to 130 mph and have the highest roofing fire rating. Stone-coated steel shingles are a great choice for West Texas weather.
- Slate. Slate roofing is just as durable as stone-coated steel, and then some. It won’t burn. It’s waterproof. It is resistant to mold. But slate roofing is expensive and heavy, easily broken on impact. So you can’t walk on it and it is a pansy in a hailstorm.
- Rubber Slate. We don’t see much rubber slate in the Texas Panhandle. It looks natural. You can cut it with a knife. Rubber slate is used on the complicated roof systems of Victorian homes. These roofs do not like satellite dishes. You can’t walk on them. They are susceptible to hail damage and windstorms.
- Clay and Concrete Tiles. These are tough roofs. They can bear up against a tornado or West Texas winds up to 125 miles per hour. Clay and concrete tiles are heavy though. You may have to shore up your decking to have them installed. They are a good choice for warm and dry climates. But don’t walk on them. Because they will break.
- Green Roofs. You would be surprised how many articles are written about green roofs these days. We don’t see many of these residential roofs in West Texas. Green roofs are covered with plants and you can imagine the upkeep. They need extra structural support, a vapor barrier, thermal insulation, waterproofing, drainage, water filtration, compost, and plants. Imagine how much work it would take to keep a green roof going over an estimated 40 year lifespan.
- Built-up Roofing. If you have a flat roof, built-up roofing may be one of a few different options available to you. It is heavy roofing, consisting of layers of asphalt, tar and a gravel topping. You can walk on these roofs all day. But they become a sticky mess in summer and a bear to shovel snow off in winter. Built-up roofing can last 20 to 25 years. But they need to be inspected twice a year because they are susceptible to damage and often need repairs.
Choosing the Right Roofing System for Your Roof
Residential roofing products are typically designed for steep slope applications, but some custom homes are a better candidate for low-slope roofing. Roof systems for homes are generally categorized into low slope and steep slope classifications. Low slope roofs are less than or equal to 3:12 pitch (14 degrees) while steep slope roofs exceed a 3:12 pitch (14 degrees).
There are five common groupings of low slope roof systems made up of three principal components – a single layered weatherproofing sheet, reinforcement, and surfacing. These five categories of low-slope roof systems are as follows:
- Built-up roof (BUR) membranes (asphalt roofing)
- Metal roofing for low-slope applications
- Polymer-modified bitumen sheet membranes
- Single-ply membranes (e.g., PVC, TPO, EDDM)
- Spray polyurethane foam-based (SPF) roof systems
There are six common groupings of steep slope roof coverings made up of three primary parts – a roof deck, underlayment, and roof covering. These six categories of steep-slope roof systems are as follows:
- Asphalt shingles
- Clay tile and concrete tile
- Standing seam metal roof systems for steep-slope applications
- Wood shakes and wood shingles
Texas Plains Roofing does residential roofing right. If you need an inspection or a repair or a new roof installed on your home, just give us a call. Texas Plains Roofing where estimates are always free.