What kind of roof should I get?
Naturally, each type of material offers different benefits when roofing in Pocatello, and most people decide based on price and preference in the look of the material.
All of these roofing types have an underlaid material under them, whether that is 15 or 30 pound tar paper or 15 or 30 pound synthetic felt. The felt is accompanied by Ice and Water Shield to protect cold surfaces such as eaves as well as in the valleys (to be laid 24″ inside the inside of the exterior walls or troublesome areas where water will move slower or ice will build up).
The separate roof types for pitched roofs often found on residential buildings are the following:
Asphalt Shingles (3 tab: 200-300 lbs / architectural/laminated: 300-500 lbs. / high profile: 500+ lbs)
Click the following links to view shingle warranties (Please note that asphalt shingle systems have a typical life as follows: 3 tab = 20-30 years of use (not all of that time is under warranty). Architectural/ laminated = 30-50 years of use, (again not all of that time is under manufacturer warranty). All manufacturers have different warranties that govern the different aspects of the shingles. High profile shingles will often give you more than 50 years of use on your roof and many many years after that, especially when paired with their appropriate underlayment (30 lb synthetic felt):
- Malarkey Warranty
- GAF Warranty
- Tamko Warranty
- Certainteed Warranty
- IKO Warranty
- Atlas Warranty
- Owens Corning Warranty
- PABCO Warranty
The great thing about asphalt shingles is when they are installed correctly they are a maintenance free roof; they perform their function without help during their life and when their life is worn either due to old age or severe weather, they are to be replaced.
Asphalt shingles dominate the majority of the residential market because they are commonly much cheaper than a metal, stone, or wood shake roofs.
3 tab shingles are difficult to get on our current market, because they are quickly becoming obsolete, as architectural shingles are quickly taking over and have become the most common shingle, due to their higher resistance to wind and water penetration.
Designer shingles, or what are commonly known as presidential shingles or 500 weight shingles, are less common due to their cost but provide a longer lasting shingle. 50+ years of use is not uncommon to see in this class of shingle. Along with its longevity, this shingle typically boasts a class 4 hail impact rating, which means it can withstand 2″ hail at storm force winds without damaging the shingle. This is slightly different from the (picture of 300 weight) 300 weight and 200 weight. 300 weight shingles usually boast a class 3 hail rating which is 1-1/2″ hail ball at storm force wind impact, and 200 weight are often followed in class 1 or 2. Some 300 weight shingles fall into the class 2 hail rating.
At CCXteriors, we prefer to use Malarkey Roofing Products’ shingle line, which include the Highlander , Vista, Legacy, and Windsor for roofing in Pocatello and roofing in Idaho Falls.
There are many other types of roofs that you can see in the photo album below. Stone roofs are even a possibility, but they are commonly seen in hot, dry regions as they perform best in those areas. They do require a lot of underlayment material to perform as intended, and they also require A LOT of maintenance. Because of the impact on cost, roofing product manufacturers have come up with a synthetic plastic/vinyl material that, at a distance, has the appearance of a stone roof; however, if money is not a factor, we can make any of these happen.
Metal roofing is typically double the cost of a typical asphalt shingle roof and sometimes even triple due to the complexity of a project. Many people investing in this type of roof understand this and are more interested in its longevity. As you do the math, the metal roof costs less over time as you should only need one for the span of the life of the home. Metal roofs are light, and because of this light weight have much less effect on the structure of your home.
Metal roofs don’t hold snow on the roof in cold climates, the weight of snow has much less impact on your structure usually due to the slick surface of the metal roof not holding on to the snow. and as the sun warms the surface of the roof the snow sluffs off, or if you warm it from below, using your home’s heat, it also sluffs, making metal roofs a must have in the deep snow climates like Sun Valley, Island Park, Driggs, Tetonia, Ashton etc.
Different roof types are built out of different gauges of steel or different thicknesses of aluminum. The typical gauge found on a roof is 26 gauge steel. Metal roofs are often used as accents, giving the owner both the look they want and the higher quality as well as increasing the cost of the home.
Things to know about metal roofs: 1. Metal roofs require some maintenance depending on the type of metal roof you get. This maintenance includes keeping the screws at a proper tightness to ensure water tightness and wind protection. 2. Keeping leaves and debris clear from your roof is a must for metal, and any roof really. 3. Metal moves as it heats up and cools down with the seasons and sometimes makes seams crack or expand where two panels meet, keeping a fresh line of sealant in these areas will also ensure the quality of the roof for the duration of its life expectancy.
These maintenance items should take place about every 5 years, and as needed. If your roof was installed a long time ago (more than about 5 years), let us know, so we can come inspect it, to ensure things are tight and sealed up. The cost to maintain a roof is far less expensive than re-doing it. The metal will be fine for a long time, but the wood underneath is often what is damaged and causing a compromised roof structure. Some reports of metal roofs being louder than asphaltic roofs have been brought up. Clients have mentioned that they can now hear every rain storm, and the snow sluffing off can be a new experience for a new metal roof owner (snow sluffing off sounds like a rock slide on top of your house and depending on how deep the snow can be quite loud).
Metal roofs are typically cooler than asphaltic roofs. This is not always true, because color makes a different. Lighter colors help a metal roof stay cooler. Metal roofs often carry a much stronger resistance to hail impact and can be installed with a high wind rating in mind in regard to screw spacing and thicker gauges.
For more information on styles and colors, visit www.tetonsteelidaho.com/products. We trust Teton Steel to manufacture the products we need AND in the quality we expect for modern roofing Pocatello projects.
Another handy tool to help you make some decisions is the IKO Roof Viewer App. Also available for iPhone on the App Store and Android on the Play Store.