What Style Roof Is Best For You?

Roofs seem to come in all different styles these days!  If you are thinking about a new roof, you may be wondering what types of roofs are out there, and which one would be best for you.

The three types of roofs that Horch Roofing specializes in are: asphalt roofs, metal roofs, and single ply rubber roofs.  Each has its own benefits for a homeowner who is looking for specific details regarding the roof of their home.  Horch Roofing will work with architects and builders to make sure the plans for your home are written in a way that will maximize the performance of the materials used on your roof.  This also guarantees that your warrantees will be valid and protects the lifetime value of your roof and your home.

Asphalt Roof

Sixty-five percent of Horch Roofing annual sales are from asphalt roofing, where shingles are used to construct the roof of the house.  These shingles are very simple to install and come in a variety of colors and styles.  They are very durable and can be repaired and maintained easily.  Ventilation is very important with asphalt roofs because improper ventilation is a common reason for deterioration.

During installation, an asphalt roof is generally the most affordable, and therefore reasonable, option for a homeowner.  These roofs require some frequent maintenance, like replacing broken or missing shingles, but this work is very easy to keep up.  Luckily for us, asphalt shingles seem to last longer in our cooler climates than they might in warmer climates.  In Maine, an asphalt roof has a lifespan of about 20 years before it needs additional maintenance, whereas a warmer state would be closer to 15 years.

Metal Roofs

Metal roofs and steel roofing is growing in popularity across Maine.  In fact, sales have doubled for Horch Roofing in the last year!  This is due to the many additional benefits that metal roofs have for homes in our sometimes tumultuous climate up here in the Northeast.  These roofs are very durable, flame retardant, and very low maintenance.  The nice thing about these roofs is that it will not crack, curl, split, or rot with age and will last for 50 or 60 years. As a result, the maintenance expenses are very low as well.

There are also environmental benefits to having a metal roof.  Roofing, particularly at Horch, is made from between 60% to 65% recyclable material.  Due to its light weight, metal roofing can be installed over existing roofs, which eliminates the need to throw out old roof material.  The metal roofing material can also be recycled when it comes time to replace it.

One major problem that we in the Northeast face during the winter time is ice dams.  Metal roofs shed snow and ice, helping to prevent these ice dams from forming.

Single Ply Rubber (EPDM) Roofs

With EPDM Rubber Roofing, you will find a roof surrounded by a rubber membrane that allows rain and snow to run off.  This is particularly beneficial for homes in Maine, where it snows aplenty and roofs take a beating.  With this rubber roofing, you won’t have to worry about leaks or damages to your house’s interior again.

EPDM has been used on roofs in the United States since the 1960s, and it is one of the most common types of low-slope roofing materials.  It is relatively inexpensive and easy to install.  One major benefit of an EPDM roof is that it will not pollute the run off of water, which is an added bonus for those who harvest rain water.  As a result, these EPDM roofs play their own role in environmental conservation.

With these options in mind, stop by Horch Roofing to find out what else we can do to help you decide the type of roof that best suits you!