Asphalt Composition Shingle
This oldie-but-goodie is easily the most popular roof across Texas and most of the United States. Shingles consists of a durable, fiberglass mat base, soaked in asphaltic mastic, and covered in rock-hard sand granules. They come in small, manageable sheets that can be lugged up ladders in bundles, or lifted with a rad little portable elevator.
While certainly not impervious to large hailstones and errant children’s thumping feet, it’s essentially a layer of true grit laid across the expanse of your roof. Asphalt composition shingles are relatively inexpensive and simple to install with no special tools. Installed correctly, they will last you decades. Not to mention, a few extra bucks can get you high-profile architectural shingles that look like a million bucks – but ain’t. Highly-reflective granules are also available on premium asphalt shingles; they’ll send the sun’s rays bouncing back to the stratosphere, keeping your home a bit cooler on hot days.
Standing Seam Metal
This timeless beauty tends to come at a premium, but it will instantly class up any home. It will also last longer than just about any alternative.
Standing seam panels run from the edge of the roof (or valley) all the way to the ridge. The sides of the panels butt against each other, and are crimped all fancy-like to snap together and keep the weather out.
Standing seam comes in an astounding range of materials. On the inexpensive end, steel that’s been galvanized and then painted can get you any color at an approachable price. Aluminum is lightweight and will never rust. If you want to get fancy, there’s bright and shiny copper, or zinc for an understated sophistication. If you want your home to hold up against supervillain attacks, consider stainless steel or titanium.
Definitely an investment, standing seam will stand the test of time, both aesthetically, and in terms of physical longevity.
Contact Anvil Roofers today for a free estimate on a standing seam roof.
TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin)
Most roofing materials consist of a durable cover set over a hidden membrane. The membrane is there to keep out rainwater, while the durable exterior keeps the membrane safe from flying objects. In the case of TPO, a single membrane does both. Needless to say, it’s a very tough membrane. It comes in rolls, and gets–you guessed it–rolled out, then bonded together to form an enormous, storm-proof blanket across the whole roof. Bonding is done through a variety of methods, including heat, chemical adhesive, and mechanical fasteners.
TPO is much more…shall we say…“functional in appearance” than what you typically see on a house. It’s also tough to craft around hips, gables, dormers, and chimneys, so it usually goes on wide, flat roofs that you can’t see from the ground. It holds up against high wind when installed correctly, and can be warrantied for up to thirty years. TPO is an increasingly popular choice on commercial buildings, which isn’t surprising when you compare it to the alternatives (which we don’t even do…TPO is that much better).
Get a free estimate on a TPO roof from Anvil Roofers.