Want to update the roof of your home but not sure where to start? Don’t worry – you’re in the right place. We’re going to take you through everything you need to know, including the different kinds of materials available, their unique pros and cons, and what you need to look for before making your final decision. We’ll even take you through some essential info relating to Colorado construction codes and regulations. Let’s get into it!
Types of Roofing Materials Suitable for Colorado Homes
Good news: there’s a variety of appropriate materials to choose from when it comes to residential roofing in Colorado. Let’s walk you through some of the best available that prioritize visual appeal and protect your home from even the most extreme weather.
By far the most commonly found in Colorado, shingle roofing is popular thanks to its efficiency and affordable price tag. It’s great for resisting snow and hail damage or any inclement weather you might experience. However, while they have significant benefits, they may not be as durable or long-lasting as alternatives such as metal or tile. At Scott’s Roofing, we offer Malarkey shingles, which are renowned in construction for their unmatched ability to withstand extreme weather conditions.
If durability is a top priority for you (and with Colorado’s weather, that’s an understandable priority), then metal is one of the best roofing materials you can go for. It’s long-lasting and ideal for all kinds of weather. It also helps to keep your home cool in the summertime by reflecting the heat. However, this might not be ideal if you live in an area with exceptionally high levels of rain or hail, as it can get quite noisy.
Although it may be on the pricier side compared to other materials, primarily due to the skill required for installation, slate roofing could be the perfect option for your Colorado home. Not only is it visually appealing, but it’s also extraordinarily long-lasting, with some slate roofs remaining intact for hundreds of years. The best part? They require practically zero maintenance. We provide both natural and synthetic slates for you to choose from, with both possessing that classic, excellent quality.
Another significantly popular option in Colorado, Spanish tile roofing is renowned for its longevity and ability to resist fire. It’s estimated that when installed properly, Spanish tiles can last upward of fifty years and potentially even longer than that if maintained correctly. We also provide these in both natural and synthetic variations (from Brava). These tiles are a little more expensive than other materials, but we’d argue they’re worth every cent.
Cedar Shake Roofing
Finally, cedar shake roofing is frequently used in Colorado, mainly because they are so effective at resisting the strong winds the state is known for. They’re also capable of handling heavy storms with little difficulty. The only stipulation here is that our cedar shake roofing is synthetic, as real wood is banned due to the risk of wildfires. Don’t worry, though; Brava’s synthetic cedar shingles look and perform just like the real thing, if not better!
Colorado Building Codes and Regulations
When it comes to choosing the most suitable material for the roofing of your Colorado home, you need to make sure you’re abiding by local codes and regulations. As we mentioned above, real wood is banned from use due to how quickly it can cause fire to spread. However, this isn’t the only rule that applies.
Other regulations include requiring a specific level of wind, snow, and fire resistance, as well as being able to withstand significant weight when heavy snow settles. To ensure you’re within regulations, always consult an expert. If you have any questions or need any advice, please get in touch with us today. We’d be happy to help.
Things To Consider Before Choosing a New Roof
Choosing the materials for your new roof is no light task, especially when you live in a state known for its intense weather. You need to make sure you’re making the right decision. Here are some critical considerations before moving forward.
This can cover many things, but in Colorado, you need to consider snow, rain, and hail as the three biggest challenges your roof is going to face. If the materials you choose aren’t strong enough to withstand storms, you’ll have to replace them far more often, which could even damage your home’s integrity. Make sure the materials you use are up to the job.
Although Colorado is known for its snowy winters, the temperature across the state can vary enormously. Sure, there’s tons of snow throughout the winter season, but it melts fast. Your roof needs to be able to keep up with these significant swings in temperature, as it will cause continuous expansion and contraction over time. If you don’t use the right materials, this process can cause substantial decay.
Since we’re all trying to live a little greener these days, energy efficiency should be near the top of your list of priorities when it comes to choosing your roofing material. Not only are energy-efficient roofing materials good for the environment, but they could also save you money on heating, as your home will retain the warmth better. Without the right roof, a lot of heat can escape through the top of your house, forcing you to waste money on keeping warm.
Choosing the right roofing material isn’t just about the product itself and its performance but also the paperwork surrounding your choice. Be careful who you decide to go with when installing a new roof. Warranty is an essential part of the deal, as it gives you the peace of mind that if something goes wrong, the original installers can handle repairs.
Although warranties can vary enormously (so you should always read the fine print), they essentially fall into two distinct categories. These are as follows:
- Material-Only Warranty: this covers precisely what it sounds like: the materials only. It does not cover the associated labor or removal of materials. It only covers the material used.
- Total System Warranty: this kind of warranty covers everything, namely the materials used and the contractor’s labor. It is sometimes also known as a No Dollar Limit or NDL.
The latter is generally preferable as you want a warranty that can cover as much as possible in the event that something goes wrong in ever-changing Colorado weather.
When choosing who to move forward with for the installation process, you must ensure they’re properly insured. You’ll want to see proof of their worker’s compensation and their liability insurance. It’s also wise to check your own home insurance policy to see what materials it covers. If your roof suffers damage and you only discover afterward that your current insurance plan doesn’t cover it, you’ll be forced to pay out of pocket.
Which Roofing Material Best Matches the Style of Colorado Homes?
Colorado homes have a distinctive style, so it’s understandable that outside of practicality, you also want to prioritize achieving a particular look. With that in mind, we strongly recommend slate, Spanish tile, or shingles. You can’t go wrong with any of these choices, and they all encapsulate that colorful Colorado aesthetic.
Not only do they look great, but they also work perfectly to keep your home secure and protected from whatever weather is thrown at it. Remember, our slate and Spanish tiles are available in natural or synthetic, so you have total control over how you want to customize your home.
Is Your Colorado Home in Need of a New Roof? Contact Scott’s Roofing!
If you want to upgrade your current roofing with a new material, get in touch today. Our experts will be happy to answer any questions, including advice on which material would be best for your home. We can also walk you through our installation process so you know exactly what to expect before moving forward with us.
We operate throughout Colorado, including Denver, Boulder, Lafayette, Longmont, Lakewood, Aurora, and others! If you don’t see your location listed, let us know, and we’ll be happy to discuss the details. Your new roof is waiting for you, so give your home the protection it deserves.