One of the most important factors to consider before choosing the Denver roofing shingles for your new roof is the climate. There are several climate zones in Colorado, each of which come with specific challenges for shingles, so here are some of the most common shingle types and the types of climates they are suitable for.
Made from fiberglass, asphalt and mineral granules, these shingles are suitable for roofs of any shape, of any slope angle and contour. The material is lightweight, so it is suitable for being installed on buildings that cannot support heavier roofs, it has great fire-resistant features, it is able to withstand very strong winds and is resistant to impact as well, so they are perfect for the drier, storm-prone areas of the state. Most asphalt shingles come with 20 years warranty, they are also very attractive – they are available in lots of colors, shapes and textures – and they have very low maintenance needs, so they can maintain all their qualities without requiring much of their owner’s attention.
Until recently, metal roofs were made from large panels that were difficult to handle, but manufacturers have recognized the benefits of constructing roofs from smaller units, so now metal roofing systems are available in the form of shingles as well. Metal shingles make attractive, lightweight, durable roofing systems that can last for more than 50 years and they offer protection against rain, snow, fire and gale-force winds. You must also know that metal roofs get dented easily, so they might not be the best choice for areas where they are exposed to very strong hail. The metal panels used for making the shingles are treated and coated for enhanced protection, so it is also a low-maintenance material.
These systems are made from natural stone and are among the most resistant and also the most attractive roofing materials. Slate offers great benefits, such as resistance to the harshest weather and durability that lasts up to 100 years, but there are a few things that you should also know before choosing this spectacular material:
- slate is a very heavy material, almost three times as heavy as asphalt, so it is not suitable for any building;
- being a natural material that is handcrafted into shingles, slate is also quite expensive;
- slate is durable and resistant, but not easy to work with during the installation, therefore you need to a hire a professional roofer to install your stone roof;
- the material needs to be inspected and maintained regularly, so it is suitable for homeowners who can or are willing to undertake such duties.
If you are not sure what shingle type would suit your Colorado home, you can call a local Denver roofing contractor to request an expert opinion. Most roofers offer free or very affordable consultation services as well, so call one of them, tell them what you need and they will figure out what your options are in terms of cost, quality and design.