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The Components of Your Roof

There are five basic components with every steep-slope roof system (roofs with slopes of 25 degrees or more):

Roof Covering: whether shingles, slate, or metal and underlayment, this is the layer that protects the sheathing from weather.

Sheathing: this is made of boards or sheet material that fastens to the rafters and covers the building.
Roof Structure: a framework of rafters and trusses that supports the sheathing.

Flashing: flashing is the metal or other material that protects the roof’s various joints and valleys to prevent leaks and water seepage.

Drainage: this is the design, shape, and size of the roof and how well it helps shed water.

What to Consider for Your Roof

When it comes to selecting a new roof system, there are many things to consider besides just cost and durability. You will also want to consider aesthetics and architectural style. When you select the right system for your home’s roof, you will balance these four factors, finished with one of the following commonly used for sloped roof structures:

The most popular choice in the United States roofing market, asphalt shingles, were reinforced with organic felts for a long time. The fiberglass-reinforced products now dominate the market, featuring fiberglass mat, top and bottom asphalt layers, and mineral granules. It’s available in multiple architectural grades to give you the right textured appearance in a wide range of colors.

Metal roofing is becoming a more popular choice among owners with steep-slope roofs, with two options available: panels and shingles. With the number of metal panel shapes and configurations available, they can simulate traditional roof coverings, like wood shakes, shingles, and tile. Metal roofing also boasts longer life, and being lightweight, it offers more resistance to adverse weather.

Tile – available in clay or concrete – is a durable roofing material, widely used in the Southwest and Florida, with flat styles that can create French and English looks. Tile comes in a lot of different colors and finishes, but it is heavier, so you will need to verify that the structure is strong enough to support the weight of the tiles.

Quarried in the United States in VT, NY, PA, and VA; slate is available in a wide range of colors and grades depending on the origin. While it is virtually indestructible, slate is not only more expensive but also requires extreme care and skill to install properly. This is the long-lasting roofing material that is popular in the Northeast.

Synthetic roofing materials can be used to simulate slate, wood, shingles, etc., but they will not have the same properties.

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