More Common Roof Questions
What is a Good Roof for My Cabin
Cabins are a different breed of home. They are typically made of wood and are very environmentally-friendly. Their aim is to look natural and blend in with the beautiful scenery surrounding them. This means they should also have a natural looking roof and not the typical asphalt shingle roof seen on homes. However, with several choices, what is a good roof for a cabin?
The style of the roof is very important on cabins. Cabins are usually built in areas that have a lot of snow. Steep pitched roofs are typically preferred on cabins, especially in New England, Colorado, and Montana. A steeper roof means that snow will slide off more easily so the snow is not collecting on the roof weighing it down.
Roofing material is a different animal. The two most common roofing choices for cabins are metal roofs and wood shakes. However, slate is becoming a popular choice as well. This usually boils down to personal preference, but it is wise to observe cabins in your area. This will give you a sense of what buyers are looking for in case you decide to sell your cabin in the future.
What is a Tar and Gravel Roof
One of the most common types of flat roof is the tar and gravel roof. Just as asphalt shingle roofs are extremely common on residential buildings, so are tar and gravel roofs on commercial buildings. Tar and gravel roofs come with their share of benefits. After all, there must be a good reason why these roofs are so common with commercial building owners.
Tar and gravel roofs, while containing asphalt, are unique when compared to asphalt shingle roofs. Asphalt shingles are nailed to roof decking after being laid out over felt. Tar and gravel roofs contain multiple layers as well, but the composition is very different. They can be made up of different materials, including: asphalt, rolled asphalt, modified bitumen, or tar-saturated paper or liquid tar and either gravel. The layers help increase the durability of the roof while the gravel top helps reflect sunlight and protect against surface damage.
Tar and gravel roofs really do look beautiful and are always a great choice for commercial buildings. They are also low-cost and extremely durable, which adds to the lure for building owners.
What is an Asphalt Roof?
There are many different varieties of roofing materials for residential homes. Metal roofs and wood shake roofs give a more natural aesthetic and they are relatively durable. Clay tile roofs add a unique flare to a home to increase curb appeal and they have very long lifespans. Asphalt shingle roofs, however, are the most common form of residential roof and for good reason.
Asphalt roofs are made up of shingles composed of paper, asphalt, and granules on top. They also come in fiberglass, which is composed of a base layer of fiberglass that is covered in asphalt and granules. The composition of these shingles makes asphalt shingle roofs inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to install.
Asphalt shingle roofs come with other benefits as well. They are durable and can last a long time for their lightweight and inexpensive nature. For a comparison, the more expensive wood shake roofs last about the same length of time as the inexpensive asphalt shingle roof, which is nearly 20 to 30 years.
Additionally, asphalt shingles can come in just about any color a homeowner may desire and they can be installed in many different patterns to replicate the look of more expensive roofs. A lightweight, inexpensive, customizable roof that comes with very little maintenance makes this roofing option the most popular among homeowners.
What is the Best Type of Commercial Roof
If you are thinking of installing a roof on new commercial construction or if you are replacing an old commercial roof, you may be wondering what type of roof to purchase. Most commercial roofs are flat, but there are several different materials you may use. These include EPDM, modified bitumen, and tar and gravel roofs. Are any of these roofs superior to the others? Which roof should you choose? We have you covered.
EPDM roofing is extremely popular on commercial buildings. It is fairly inexpensive, is easy to install, is lightweight, durable, and requires minimal maintenance.
Modified bitumen roofing is a material that is rolled onto your roof. This material is very durable, is cost effective, is easy to maintain, and will last for roughly 20 years.
Tar and gravel roofs are made by rolling asphalt on the roof and applying granules that help protect the roof from the elements and UV rays. These roofs look good, are also easy to maintain, and are cost effective.
In reality, choosing a commercial roof will boil down to what you think looks best and what fits best in your budget. Contact a certified roofer to discuss which roof works best for you.
Where Do I Buy Shingles to Match My Roof
Most homeowners will have to repair their roof over the course of owning their home. Sometimes repairs can be small and only require one or two shingles to be replaced. Other times, large portions of your roof must be repaired. One of the first questions you probably want answered is where do you go to buy matching shingles?
Shingle color can be tough to match. If you have no shingles leftover from the previous installation, the style and color must be tracked down to make a match. Additionally, your roof color will fade over time. If your roof has faded, it can be even tougher to find a matching color.
If you want to find a matching roof color, the best way to do it is to contact a quality roofer. Roofers have the ability to find roofing samples that closely match your roof and they can directly compare those samples to the roof being repaired. This will save you a lot of time, hassle, and potential embarassment of having a roof with shingles that look different than the rest.
If you have need any further information regarding our common roof questions, you can contact us at 918-558-ROOF.
Outdoor Creations Roofing is located at 12816 S. Memorial Dr. in Tulsa, Oklahoma.