There are two main types of roof systems: low slope and steep slope roofs. Pitched or steep slope roofs offer dramatic depth and they are common throughout the United States, particularly in areas with heavy snow or rainfall. A steep slope roof has some type of roofing material on a slope that exceeds 14 degrees. Our Albuquerque roofing contractors install and repair all types of steep slope roofs from aphalt shingle roofs to tile roofs.
Types of Steep Slope Roof Materials
All steep slope roofs have three main components: a roof deck or structural substrate made of a wood-based material; an underlayment that offers temporary protection until the covering is installed as well as a secondary barrier against the elements; and a roof covering, or the external waterproof material that may be shingles, metal, or tiles.
Asphalt Shingle Roofs
Asphalt shingles are a common type of roofing material in the U.S. and the most affordable. While asphalt shingles do not last as long as most other materials, they can still provide a reliable roof for decades at an affordable price.
Composite Shingle Roofs
Composite shingles are found on around 85% of homes in the United States. Composite shingles can have a warranty of anywhere from 20 to 30 years depending on the style. The most basic type of composite shingle is the basic 3-tab, which is also very affordable. Laminate or dimensional shingles offer greater thickness and a longer life while architectural composite shingles are very long-lasting. These shingles may have a 50-year or lifetime warranty.
Metal roofs have long been popular for industrial and commercial buildings although they are now becoming popular among homeowners in Albuquerque. Metal roofs require almost no maintenance and offer a long life, excellent energy efficiency, and easy installation. This is one of the most expensive types of roofs, however.
Clay and Concrete Tile Roofs
Tile roofs are very popular in Albuquerque and they are found on most southwestern-style homes in the state. Both clay and concrete tile roofs offer more than just beauty; they are very long-lasting, potentially lasting for 50 to more than 100 years. They are also available in a huge variety of colors, patterns, and styles to match your home. Learn more about our other roofing systems by clicking here.
Wood Shingles and Shakes
While not found on many homes in New Mexico, wood shingles and shakes offer something very unique: a beautiful roof that ages into a soft silver or gray with time. Most wood shakes and shingles are made from cedar which is energy efficient and lasts up to 50 years.
Does your steep slope roof need repairs? Are you ready to replace your existing roof? Contact our roofing contractors in Albuquerque today for an estimate on your project.