Types of Roofing Materials for Your Home or Business

    When it comes to selecting the perfect roofing material for your home or business, there are several factors to consider, including durability, aesthetics, and cost-effectiveness. From traditional asphalt shingles to modern metal roof panels, each roofing material offers its own unique advantages and characteristics. Let’s explore the various options available to you through Vekton Corporation so you can make an informed decision that fits the specific needs of your home or business.

    Asphalt Shingles

    Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing materials for homeowners. They’re popular for their affordability, easy installation, and wide range of colors and styles. Asphalt shingles are typically made with a fiberglass or organic mat coated with asphalt granules. They provide adequate protection against harsh weather conditions and have a lifespan of about 20 years, depending on the specific shingle and the climate. 

    Architectural Shingles

    These shingles are crafted by bonding two layers of fiberglass and asphalt with a sealant. The unique construction gives each shingle a greater sense of depth and texture than standard asphalt shingles. Many find these more aesthetically pleasing.

    Three-Tab Shingles

    Three-tab shingles are thinner and lighter than architectural shingles because they are composed of lower-quality materials. They have three tabs evenly spaced on the lower edge for easy installation. They are affordable but not as durable as other shingles and will likely fade over time. 

    Luxury Shingles

    Luxury shingles are premium, top-tier shingles. They provide superior weather protection and enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home. Luxury shingles are larger and thicker than three-tab or architectural shingles and can mimic the look of slate tiles or wood shakes. Their resilient fiberglass mat core is coated with asphalt and finished with a layer of granules.

    There are four types of asphalt shingles, all of which come in a variety of colors to match your home.

    Metal Roof Panels

    Metal roofing is popular due to its durability, longevity, and energy efficiency. Metal roof panels are available in various materials, including steel and aluminum, with each offering its own set of benefits. Metal roofs are very resistant to fire, rot, insect damage, and hail, making them ideal for residential and commercial applications that have pitched roofs. These roofs can last 50 years or more with proper maintenance and are recyclable at the end of their lifespan. Metal roofs have a cost upfront compared to asphalt shingles, but they offer significant long-term savings in energy costs and reduced maintenance expenses.

    Rolled and EPDM Flat Roofing

    Flat roofs require specialized roofing materials that can withstand pooling water and provide effective waterproofing. Rolled roofing, also known as modified bitumen roofing, combines asphalt membranes with rubber or plastic reinforced with fiberglass. It’s very effective and relatively easy to install. Rolled roofs can last 15-30 years with proper maintenance.

    EPDM stands for ethylene propylene diene terpolymer, another great choice for flat roofs. EPDM roofs are highly durable, flexible, and resistant to UV radiation and ozone exposure. Proper care and maintenance will help an EPDM roof last 30 years or more.


    Choosing Your Roofing Materials

    When you’re ready for a new roof, talk to your helpful Vekton Corporation roofing expert to discuss your options. We can help you factor in durability, cost, and aesthetics, as well as the unique advantages of each roof. Our goal is to help you make an informed decision that ensures the long-term protection and beauty of your property. Call 585-318-2889 to get started.

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