Are you installing a new roof or replacing an older roof? In both of these cases there are more roofing materials available than ever like asphalt shingles, composite roofing, and more.
There's no absolutely best one either since the effectiveness can vary based on the slope of your roof, its complexity, the style of your home in general, and even the actual climate. That's of course to say nothing about the actual cost of the materials. This means that which option is right for you varies greatly based on your location, roof, budget, and personal preferences.
However, the professionals at Richmond Exteriors have years of experience and can help you find the choice that will work best for you. Give us a call today at 1-844-464-6977 or contact us online to schedule your free estimate! We provide quality roofing services, including roof repair, roof replacement and installation in Indianapolis, Carmel, Greenwood, and the surrounding areas of Indiana!
Asphalt shingles are so versatile that manufacturers can create types that imitate the appearance of wood and slate.
Most roof shingles used today are technically known as asphalt fiberglass shingles, although they are sometimes referred to as simply asphalt shingles and the terms can be interchangeable. The reason these shingles are technically asphalt fiberglass shingles is because a fiberglass mat is embedded within to provide extra strength and tear resistance.
You'll most commonly see these shingles on sloped roofs as they are affordable, durable, and easy to install. They are even very customizable with a multitude of color options and premium grades of "laminated" asphalt fiberglass shingles are typically warrantied for 50 years.
Rubber membrane roofs are often used to seal flat roofs over garages and porches. Credit: EPDM Roofing Association
Rubber roofing is a relatively new innovation. Since roofing is put under a great deal of stress it requires a certain amount of durability and waterproofing ability. Rubber on its own does not meet these standards, but with a great deal of research a thin enough membrane that meets these requirements has finally been developed.
Rubber roofing is sometimes referred to as EPDM roofing. EPDM is an abbreviation for ethylene propylene diene monomer, the highly engineered compound used to manufacture most types of rubber roofing. Rubber roofing is used primarily on flat or low-slop roofs in both commercial and residential buildings.
A "membrane roof" usually refers to a rubber or EPDM roof that is installed in a flat roof or a low-slope application. Many commercial buildings have membrane roofs; few houses do.
Composite shingles have a reputation for durability and carry some of the industry’s longest warranties.
"Composite" is a rather broad roofing category as it simply means that several different materials are used in its manufacturing. Generally, when someone says composite roofing they are referring to simulated roofing slate, which is made from a combination of resins and rubber compounds extracted from reclaimed tires. Composite roofing looks very similar to slate while being long-lasting and cheaper to install.
Because any flat roof is inherently prone to leaking, it’s important to hire skilled installers whenever flat roofing is repaired, replaced or installed.
Flat roofing is often combined with "low-slope" roofing as they are treated much the same way. Generally, flat roofs use materials like single-membrane single-membrane systems like EPDM or rubber roofing, thermo-polyolefin (TPO) roofing and PVC roofing. Metal roofing is sometimes used on low-slope roofs, but not on flat roofs.
ENERGY STAR® qualified roof shingles can lower roof surface temperature by as much as 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
ENERGY STAR® rated shingles provide all the protection you expect for your roof while also helping increase the energy efficiency of your home. A cool roof is designed to reflect solar energy, decreasing the amount of heat that's transferred to your home's interior and the amount of air conditioning needed to keep it comfortable.
When installed properly, energy-efficient shingles can offer savings on energy bills. Reflective roof products can also reduce UV damage and extend the life of the roof. Many cool roof products qualify for energy rebates and incentives.
Richmond Exteriors is a full-service roofing contractor offering all the quality roofing services you need including roof replacement, roof repair, and roof installation. Feeling overwhelmed by all the types of roofing options available? No need to worry, we're experienced with all of these materials and can help you select the best material for your roof and budget.
Our roofers work throughout the Greater Indianapolis area, including Greenwood, Carmel, Indianapolis, Noblesville, Fishers, Plainfield, Greenfield, Zionsville, Lebanon, Avon and many parts of Indiana. Call us at 1-844-464-6977 today to schedule an appointment for a roofing estimate.