Types of San Antonio Roofs Many people seldom think about their homes roof until it leaks! At San Antonio Roofing we
realize that a roof is one of the most important major components of your home, since a failing roof affects almost all the
other components. And aside from putting a roof over your head there are also aesthetic and safety considerations with
the type of roof and roofing products used in home construction. And you have a lot of choices when it comes to home
roofing products; from asphalt shingles to wood shakes, ceramic tile to steel panels and green products like recycled
rubber. So how do you choose the right roofing material for your home? Cost, availability, style, durability, longevity and
fire safety are among the criteria you should consider when making a decision on replacing a roof or what type of
roofing to use on a new home. Traditional wood shake and shingle roofing is giving way to engineered and composite
roofing materials, which can be more durable and fireproof, as well as being more cost effective. Roofing Product
Trends from San Antonio Roofing As with most home building materials, roofing products these days are trending
toward engineered materials. One reason for this trend is the ever-increasing cost of natural materials like wood and
stone. Another is that building codes in most regions of the United States now require the use of fireproof roofing
materials. But perhaps the most important reason people are using engineered roofing materials is the return on
investment they offer; while the upfront cost of installing a roof is one consideration, the service life and maintenance
costs must also be factored in order to determine which roofing material provides the best value. Factoring Roofing
Material Costs with San Antonio Roofing The cost of various roofing materials ranges dramatically. An asphalt shingle
roof will run from $50 to $150 or more per square (100 square feet). Tearing off the old shingles, which is advisable,
adds $30 to $50 per square. Metal roofing or concrete tiles can start as low as $100 per square but cost as much as
$600 a square or more for high quality, coated steel and copper roofing products. Installing a ceramic tile, a slate roof
will cost the most. Clay tiles run from $300 to $500 per square and slate can run as much as $1000 a square, requiring
highly skilled roofers and an extraordinary amount of labor. Roofing for the Long Term When factoring roofing cost you
have to consider not only the initial cost of materials and labor, but also the total lifecycle cost. An asphalt shingle roof
may last 20 years, but a quality slate roof can last as long as 100 years. Some of today’s engineered metal and cement
roofing products come with warranty periods of 40 or even 50 years, so the less expensive roofing product may not in
fact save you money over the long haul. Combine this with the enhanced look many of these products offer over asphalt
shingles and you may find that it makes more sense to pay the extra upfront cost. When considering durability and
longevity of roofing materials, be sure to know what the term and conditions of the manufactures warranty entails and
purchase materials from a well known and reputable manufacturer you know will be there should a warranty need arise
many years down the road! Asphalt Roofing Shingles Cheap and effective, standard three-tab asphalt shingles are
used on almost 90 percent of all residential roofs in the United States. These products typically have a 20 to 30 year
warranty, which can make them a great value. A slightly upgraded variation on three-tab asphalt is the architectural
shingle, which is typically about twice the thickness and is installed in staggered layers to give the roof a more pleasing
look. For a modest price increase, the architectural shingle products typically have a 30 year warranty and will add a bit
more style to your home. Ceramic Roof Tiles Coming from the Mediterranean style of architecture, ceramic tile roofing is
quite popular in the warmer climes of the Southwest and Florida. A tile roof is very heavy and requires framing designed
to support the additional weight. Barrel tiles are the most common type of ceramic tile and look like half cylinders,
typically about 16 inches in length. Other clay tile roofing products can be shaped like slate tiles or thick shingles,
designed to suit other architectural styles. While any tile roofing product will be more expensive than asphalt, many of
these materials will last 50 years or more. Metal Roofing Metal roofs, formed from corrugated, galvanized sheets, were
historically used on sheds, barns and other outbuildings on farms. Depending on the quality and style, a metal roof can
be very cheap and long-lasting and are very popular in areas subject to heavy snowfall. High end metals like copper can
be at the far other end of the price equation, giving a custom home a very unique look. Properly installed and
maintained, metal roofing should last at least 50 years. Wood Shake and Wood Shingle Roofing For many, the look of a
traditional wood shingle roof fits a range of home architectural styles. With time, wood shakes weather to a grayish or
soft silver tone that helps a home blend in with the natural landscape. The most common wood shake roofing materials
used are Western Red Cedar, Alaskan Yellow Cedar and Eastern White Cedar. Wood shingles are fairly smooth, cut to
a uniform thickness, but vary in width. Wood shakes will be rougher and thicker than shingles, since they are split rather
than sawn from the wood logs. A wood roof is meant to breathe and laid over a substrate in order to allow air to circulate
behind the shingles or shakes. Traditionally, skip sheathing is used, with wood battens or strips being nailed directly to
the roof rafters. Other products, such as plastic or a pressure-treated lattice are sometimes used these days to allow
proper circulation under a wood shingle or shake roof. With the rising cost of wood, changing building codes and fire
safety regulations, wood shake and shingle roofing has become very expensive and is less and less commonly used in
home construction. Properly installed and maintained, a wood roof can last up to 30 years. Engineered roofing products
are also available now that simulate the look of wood shakes and shingles, made from cement materials with better
fireproof qualities and, in some cases, superior durability to real wood and requiring very little maintenance. Slate and
Engineered Slate Roofing in the Northeast slate was used traditionally as a roofing material on high-end custom homes.
With a useful life of up to 100 years and excellent ability to shed snow and ice, like ceramic, it is quite heavy and
therefore requires proper roof support and structure. With natural slate being too expensive in most cases these days,
manufactured slate products have become increasingly popular as an alternative. Made from plastic and recycled
rubber composites, these engineered slate roofing materials are far more affordable, weigh about a third as much as
real slate and can have up to a 50 year warranty.