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SB Roofing, Inc., Roofing Contractors, Virginia Beach, VA
PO Box 62085
Virginia Beach, VA 23466
(757) 785-9937
(877) 312-7302
scott@sbroofing.com
PO Box 62085
Virginia Beach, VA 23466
(757) 785-9937
(877) 312-7302
scott@sbroofing.com
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Differences Between Roofing Materials

- Friday, October 22, 2010

As long as people have lived in houses, roofing has been a necessity. Roofing can be made of many different materials, which each have their own weatherproofing properties. As time has progressed, new roofing materials have been created that are even more effective than their predecessors. Roof construction has existed for thousands of years, and was a huge factor in the human transition to sedentary civilizations.

There are a wide variety of materials with which one can make a roof. While thatched roofing has been used for a long time, and is still used today, advancements in technology have allowed for other materials to become popular. The most popular materials with which to make a roof include slate, metal, ceramic tile, concrete, and asphalt. Membrane roofs can be made of plastic, bitumen, or other materials. It features large sheets of material, as opposed to smaller shingles or tiles.

Shingles are not actually a material themselves, but like thatching, they are a method of arranging materials in a way that seals out moisture. They are flat objects, usually tiles, arranged so they overlap and form a tight seal. Shingles can be made out of many different materials. Sometimes they are made out of wood.

Slate is a useful material because it can be made into thin layers that can be easily shaped into lightweight tiles. Stone and concrete can also be used. They are more expensive and also heavier. Ceramic tiles have been used for centuries and are another material that works well for roofs.

Metal shingles are a lightweight option. Metal roofs can also be accomplished with corrugated metal or a variety of other shapes. Metal roofs are more expensive than shingles and lightweight. Also, metal can be shaped into a wide variety of shapes, and it is a relatively easy process to make metal very thin.The most popular metal roof is the standing seam.  You'll find these roofs and a lot of commercial properties like schools and the Fire Station #1 in Norfolk, VA.

Constructing a roof is a complex practice that involves many different materials. The materials you will want for your own roof will depend largely on the area in which you live. Your needs should be assessed by considering the climate and daily weather of your region. Hurricanes are a concern, so roofs in affected areas should be secured to prevent damage. Knowing what materials work best in your conditions will help you and us make the right decisions about which roof style will work best for you. If you have any questions feel free to contact us today.


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