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Types of Roofing and Materials

Types of Roofing and Materials

Posted by Best Access Doors on 24th Jul 2019

Types of Roofing and Materials

When your business or project needs a roofing update – there are a few things that need to be considered before repairs or upgrades are done. Best Access Doors understands the importance of being prepared for any project but more importantly the importance of ensuring that any builder or contractor has all the necessary products to get the job done. Here are … tips to consider when it comes roofing repairs, updates and upgrades. 

Weather Conditions

Depending on your location, it is essential to consider the weather conditions. In some parts of the US and Canada, the weather may be colder and more humid, while other places the weather is much warmer and drier. It is important to keep in mind regarding the weather conditions as this can impact the choice of material. For example, one would not want to select a metal that can rust when exposed to moisture or wetness. Rust can affect the overall quality, as well as the longevity of the roof. Wood and asphalt are common roofing materials. Both are offering unique benefits that often dictate their costs per square foot. Wood is fine in milder climates; however, it does expand when temperatures fluctuate which can sometimes loosen its tightness.

Life Span

While weather conditions are important to consider, it is most often associated with the lifespan of a roof. For example, in the aforementioned, asphalt has a typical lifespan of 5 to 10 years, while wood can last nearly 6 times longer – up to 30 years. One shouldn’t be overly deceived though with the lifespan of wood, as it does require maintenance to allow for its longevity. For example, if there are any splits, cracks or damages to a wooden roof – it is important to repair the infractions immediately, or else it could result in further damage, costs, and hazards.

Picking Materials

Did you know that different materials provide different benefits? Similar to our array of access panels, we offer insight on a variety of roofing materials. Materials commonly used for roofing repairs, upgrades and updates are:

Concrete Tiles

An alternative to clay tiles is concrete tiles. They offer a similar aesthetic appeal with the exception that they cost almost 30% less. Their composition makes them durable in areas of strong wind, as well as extreme climates of hot and cold. Concrete roofs can last anywhere between 30 to 50 years in the ideal of conditions; however, this does not bear in mind any extreme seasons and conditions. Concrete tiles typically absorb hydration and as a result, can stain and result in mildew over time.

Metal Roofs

Most of the metal roofs today are made with the use of steel; however, before, they were made with zinc and copper. Metal roofs are durable and light, and for contractors and builders looking to create an eco-friendly building, metal roofs would be the way to go. Similar concrete roofing materials, metal roofs have a lifespan of anywhere between 40 to 75 years. For builders looking to save or do a metal roof replacement, lower end metals may dent and be out of shape as well as they may make more noise because they are slimmer and not as durable.

Rubber Composite

Made with plastic and rubber, rubber composite roofs are lightweight, flexible and require minimal to no maintenance. They are also fire-rated. It is for this reason that they are commonly used in commercial roof tops. With rubber composites, it can cost anywhere from $300 to $400 per square foot but will last up to 50 years.

Picking Wisely

When it comes to roofs, it is important to consider the material and environment – which is very similar to access panels. From functionality to versatility, ceilings and access panels are similar when it comes to making a purchase. For more on picking the perfect materials for your next project, visit us at

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