Different Types of Roofing Materials
Increase home value and protect what's inside with a long-lasting roof
Whether you are installing a new roof
on a new house or replacing an older roof that is no longer doing its job, there are many choices in terms of the types of roofing materials available. Some of the different options include asphalt shingles, tile roofing, metal roofing and more.
Factors that determine what type of roofing is best include the slope and complexity of the roof, as well as the style of the house, local climate and the cost of different roofing options.
At Exterior Home Solutions, LLC
of Greater Knoxville
, you can trust that you'll have the best roofing in no time!
Contact us today for your free estimate. We provide quality roofing services
, including roof repair, roof replacement and installation in Knoxville, Maryville, Morristown, and the surrounding areas of Tennessee!
Our Roofing Services in Tennessee
- Roof repair & maintenance
- Roof replacement
- New roof installation
- Gutter & downspout installation
- Comprehensive roof inspections & estimates
Asphalt & asphalt fiberglass shingles
Although these terms are used interchangeably, most roof shingles used today are technically known as asphalt fiberglass shingles
. The fiberglass mat embedded in the shingle provides an extra measure of strength and tear resistance.
These shingles are the most popular type of roofing for sloped roofs because they're affordable, easy to install, durable, and available in a wide variety of colors. Premium grades of "laminated" asphalt fiberglass shingles are typically warrantied for 50 years.
Manufacturers have created asphalt shingles that imitate the look of wood and slate.
Although rubber has been around for a long time, rubber roofing is fairly new. That's because it's taken a great deal of chemistry research to develop a thin rubber membrane with the durability and waterproof qualities required of a roofing material. 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.
Rubber membrane roofs are often used to seal flat roofs over garages and porches. Credit: EPDM Roofing Association
Metal roofing is a huge category that includes factory-formed and finished roofing panels as well as roofing panels that are cut and formed at the building site. Metal roofing
has a long history of use on houses, farm structures and commercial buildings. Its main limitation is that it's not suitable for use on complex or curved roofs. Like corrugated roofing, many metal roofs can be installed directly over a worn-out older roof without tearing off the old roofing material.
Metal roofing styles range from standing seam styles to shingle look-a-likes.
This roofing category is often grouped with “low-slope” roofing because many of the roofing treatments are the same. The most common flat-roofing materials used on residential and commercial buildings today include 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.
High-density Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) roofing is a system that coats the roof with a continuous layer of foam insulation that can also serve as the finished roof surface (as long as a protective coating is applied over the foam).
Because any flat roof
is inherently prone to leaking, it’s important to hire skilled installers whenever flat roofing is repaired, replaced or installed.
Choosing the right roofer is just as important as using quality materials
Exterior Home Solutions, LLC is a full-service roofing contractor
, specializing in everything from new roof installations, roof repairs and maintenance to total roof replacements. It doesn't matter what type of roofing system we are working with, we always ensure quality workmanship, excellent customer service and a long-lasting, durable roof over your head.
Our roofers work throughout the Greater Knoxville area, including Morristown, Maryville, Knoxville, Oak Ridge, Sevierville, Clinton, Lenoir City, Newport, Seymour, Powell and many parts of Tennessee. Call us at 1-844-498-5401 today to schedule an appointment
for a roofing estimate.
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Metal Roofing Installation in Greater Knoxville
A metal roof is a durable roofing option with little to no maintenance needed
Metal roofing has a long history and a great future as a roofing option on residential and commercial buildings.
The earliest metal roofs were “standing seam” roofs that skilled contractors fabricated on site from large rolls of sheet metal. Today these traditional metal roofs can still be found on historic houses. These days, most new metal roofing comes in the form of factory-made steel panels.
Ridges formed in the panels form overlapping seams during roof installation. Factory-applied finishes provide corrosion resistance and color choices.
If you would like to learn more about installing a metal roof on a new building or replacing your current roof with a metal roofing system, contact Greater Knoxville's expert roofers at Exterior Home Solutions, LLC today! We provide free estimates for all of our Tennessee roofing services. We proudly service Knoxville, Maryville, Morristown and many surrounding areas.
Our Metal Roofing Services
- Free evaluation and inspection of metal roofs
- Free estimates for all repair and replacement work
- Metal roof repairs
- Metal roof replacement
- Metal roof installation on new and existing buildings
- Durable and long lasting
- Low maintenance requirements
- Available in different colors and styles
- Can sometimes be installed over existing asphalt shingle roofing
- Good green value because of recycled content and ease of recycling.
Metal roofing in shingle, shake, slate, and tile styles has reinvigorated the metal roofing industry.
Choosing a metal roofing contractor
If you need metal roof repairs or want a metal roof installed on your home or commercial building, make sure to go with a roofing contractor with experience in this type of roofing. A reputable contractor should provide you with a free estimate for roofing work, as well as references based on past metal roofing installations.
The cost of installing a metal roof will depend on the size, slope and style of your roof. Steeper roofs always cost more because of the extra staging that’s required. A complex roof with many valleys and intersecting ridges will be more expensive than a simple gable or shed-roof structure. Contact us today, to find out which roofing materials
are right for your home!
Exterior Home Solutions, LLC specializes in metal roofing, as well as other types of roofing systems. We have the equipment and expertise to handle all of your roofing needs, including roof repair, roof replacement and new roof installation in Maryville, Knoxville, Morristown, Lenoir City, Oak Ridge, Sevierville, Powell, Newport, Seymour, Clinton and nearby.
Contact us today to schedule an estimate for metal roofing. Give us a call at 1-865-524-5888 or contact us online
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Metal roofing may not be the first option many property owners consider when reroofing or constructing a new building, but perhaps it should be. Metal roofing has unique characteristics compared to other roofing materials, and these differences are often associated with notable advantages in terms of performance and longevity.
Click on the frequently asked questions below to learn more about metal roofing.
How much longer will a metal roof last than other common roofing materials, like asphalt shingles?
An asphalt shingle roof can wear out in 15-20 years when exposed to severe weather like intense sunlight or heavy snowfall that causes ice dams to form along roof eaves. In contrast, metal roofing stands up exceptionally well to weather extremes. It’s a safe bet that a newly installed metal roof will last 40 – 60 years.
Does a metal roof cost more than other types of roofing?
The installed cost of a metal roof is subject to the same variables that determine any roofing installation: roof size, roof pitch (steep roofs cost more) and roof complexity (the number of valleys, ridges, skylights and dormers). That said, you can expect a metal roof to cost two or three times as much as an asphalt shingle roof. A metal roof typically costs about the same as a tile or cedar shingle roof, but less than a slate roof.
How will a metal roof stand up in bad weather?
Thanks to the super-durable factory-applied finishes used on metal roofing, today’s metal roofs are exceptionally durable and resistant to weather-related damage. Unlike asphalt and wood shingle roofing that holds snow, a metal roof will shed snow, which prevents damaging ice dams from forming. Metal roofing won’t degrade in direct sunlight like a wood shingle roof can. Nor will it lose a protective layer of material, which is what happens as asphalt shingle roofing slowly sheds its protective granules. A properly installed metal roof exceeds building code requirements for resistance to uplift in high winds. Although hail damage (denting) can occur in a severe hail storm, dented panels can usually be replaced easily.
Will a metal roof be noisy when it rains?
Barns and sheds that have metal roofing installed directly over exposed, open framing are responsible for this noisy reputation. However, when metal roofing is installed over a plywood or OSB underlayment (sheathing), the noise produced during a rainstorm is minimized; it’s usually no more than what an asphalt shingle roof would sound like in the rain.
How “green” is metal roofing?
About 20 billion pounds of asphalt shingles are dumped into landfills in the U.S. every year. This isn’t good for the environment. In contrast, a new metal roof can often be installed directly over an old asphalt shingle roof, and it will last 2-3 times longer. Metal roofing contains recycled steel, and it’s easier to recycle than asphalt shingles are.
Will I be able to find a style and color of metal roofing that will look nice on my house and in my neighborhood?
The variety of metal roofing styles often surprises someone unfamiliar with this roofing category. Although you can install metal roofing manufactured to look like other materials (slate, wood shingles, tile), many home and business owners opt for metal roofing panels manufactured in different parallel profiles that run the length of each panel. As for metal roofing colors, your choices are almost unlimited. Compatible flashing, transition profiles and other roofing elements are also available to give your metal roof a well-crafted appearance.
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Photo Album: Roof Replacement in Powell, TN
We replaced the roof on this home with brand new GAF Timberline - Charcoal Dimensional Shingles. The new roof looks great, and has long lasting protection for the home.