Are you looking for new roofing materials to consider for your upcoming roof installation project? In Colorado, you have to consider many variables before choosing a new roof. The varying temperatures throughout the year, the dry climate, the placement of the home (closer or farther away from the mountains) and the sudden and violent thunderstorms that appear sometimes will all factor in greatly.
As such, Parker roofers confirm that it’s important to consider the qualities of some of the best residential roofing materials and how they might work to your advantage in Colorado:
- Steel is probably ranked as one of the best roofing materials in the state of Colorado. Aside from its energy efficiency, low maintenance and fireproof qualities, steel is also extremely resilient in the face of impact damage – such as damage incurred from a hail storm – and it can be adapted to work as a cool roof for those hot and dry Colorado summers. Corrugated steel roofing can also come in sleek, beautifully designed panels that look great and offer many impressive color and texture choices.
- Other types of metal are also quite popular, although they are not as widely used as corrugated metal. You can opt for copper roofing, and that will provide you with a better look and possibly even improved resilience, but copper is extremely expensive these days. Nevertheless, its qualities are similar to steel and some copper roofing manufacturers claim that copper roofs are even superior.
- Concrete is a great choice if you want to have a new roof installed without the risk that it will start to leak or get damaged just a few months after it was set up. Concrete roofing is often cheaper than clay roofs, as you only have to spend about $3 to $5 per square foot. Also, concrete roofs are long lasting, and many will outlast even some of the best metal roofing panels, if they are properly maintained.
- Asphalt shingle roofing is still pretty popular in Colorado despite the fact that it doesn’t typically last as long as other roofing choices. An asphalt shingle roof will cost less than any other material, and it will last you for about 15-20 years as long as you take proper care of it.
- Finally, slate is the most expensive and durable type of roofing on the market, and it does work quite well in the Colorado climate. Slate looks beautiful, and you get a lot of different color choices to choose from. It’s also fireproof and impressively resilient in the face of storms and temperature changes. The price of natural slate has led some manufacturers to focus more on synthetic slate products. While these mimic the qualities of natural slate quite well, and are less expensive, they are considered to be somewhat less durable and less desirable than the real thing.
If you want a new roof, your best choice is probably a metal or synthetic slate roof. These materials will provide good enough durability, and they will also ensure a quality/price balance that you won’t get from expensive products like natural slate, or from cheap but lower quality roofing products such as asphalt shingles.