Shingles are the most cost-effective option when it comes to roofing systems. Roofing manufacturers such as GAF and Owens Corning continue to push innovation and design producing great quality products and aesthetically pleasing shingles such as Owens Corning Woodmoor/Woodcrest line.
Tiles themselves can last longer than a lifetime, though what's underneath may not. Tiles require routine washing and tile relays.
Traditional tile also known as Heavy Tile was not an option for most homeowners before products such as Eaglelite hit the market. Going from composition shingles to tile is added weight on a structure of a home, creating a process of plans, engineering, and construction costs. We have now been able to create a smooth transition between roofing styles.
Flat roofs can be the most costly to replace as great products are required for a 10 to 15-year system but they can also be the most cost-effective if taken care of properly.
Not sure what makes up a roof besides shingles? Use our numbered roof diagram to familiarize yourself with the common parts of a roof and its layers so you can confidently communicate with your roofing contractor during your next roofing project.
Diagram: Anatomy of a Roof – common parts and layers of a residential roof with asphalt shingles
Now that you’re familiar with the basic anatomy of a roof, you’ll start to notice dormers and gables everywhere you turn. More important, you’ll be equipped to have an informed conversation with your roofing contractor when the time comes for you to get a new roof.
To learn more about roof layers and components that make up a complete roofing system, visit our Total Protection Roofing System® site section or ask us for more information.
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