Types of Roofing

what is

TPO Roofing

TPO stands for thermoplastic polyolefin. It is one of the synthetic single-ply roofing membranes used for flat roofing. Some experts would describe it as something in between PVC and EPDM at a more affordable price.

Even if it’s a single-ply roofing membrane, it is made up of three layers including a polymer base, polyester-reinforced fabric center, and TPO compounded top ply. It also has fillers such as fiberglass, carbon fiber, talc, etc. It is available in three different thicknesses including 45, 60, and 80 mils. TPO installation requires expertise to guarantee maximum performance and longevity.

To help you get to know TPO roofing a little bit more, we’ve outlined the pros and cons. In this way, you’ll get an idea if this is something that would work for your business.

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Yes, you read it right. TPO is an affordable option which, of course, is beneficial to business owners on the financial side of things. Prices can start at $5 per square foot which is a lot lower than other roofing systems available in the market.


Durability is a must and we’re glad to report that TPO offers superior strength. The performance of a TPO roofing depends on the quality of the material and the installation process. It can resist impact, mold growth, and punctures.


It is also flexible enough to adjust to your property’s size and design. It can also thrive well despite the threat of thermal expansions and contractions.

Easy to Install

TPO is a lightweight material which makes it easy to handle. Because it’s not too complicated to install, there are no added labor implications. However, as with any roofing system, you need to hire a credible and experienced roofing contractor to work on your roofing project. Otherwise, you wouldn’t meet all the expectations of a sturdy and functional roof. For TPO, it can be installed in many ways, either mechanically attached, adhered, ballasted, or plate bonded.


TPO is a 100% recyclable material. Once it reaches the end of its life service, it can be used to create a new batch of roofing materials for the next generation.



According to reports, a TPO roofing can reach anytime between 20 to 30 years with proper installation and maintenance. While this seems like a good number already, it’s nothing compared to the long-lasting materials available. However, it still depends on your long-term plans as this might be an option for people who want to grow their business and expand in the future. With this, you might want to relocate somewhere else.


Some owners complain about leaks even if a TPO roofing is considered to be waterproof. Issues like this stem from various precedents such as poor installation and low-quality materials. Thus, we cannot emphasize enough the importance of choosing the right roofing company. Reliable roofing companies use hot-air welding equipment to completely secure the edges, seams, and flashings.

What is an Asphalt Shingle Roof?

An asphalt shingle roof is the most common type of roof you see on homes today. It’s a roof system made primarily out of asphalt shingles and other asphalt roofing components.

An asphalt shingle roof is the most common type of roof you see on homes today. It’s a roof system made primarily out of asphalt shingles and other asphalt roofing components.

There are three types of asphalt shingles to choose from: 3-tab, dimensional, and luxury. 3-tab asphalt shingles lay flat and get their name from the 3 tabs on each shingle strip. Dimensional shingles give you a good looking random pattern or simulate the look of a wood shake roof. Luxury or premium shingles are actually larger than the other asphalt shingles and are made to look like slate.

While 3-tab used to dominate the market, dimensional shingles are the most common type installed on roofs today. Luxury style shingles are just as heavily marketed as dimensional but are almost double the price.

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What is Modified Bitumen ?

Modified bitumen is also known as polymer-modified bitumen or rubberized asphalt. It is usually called “mod bit” in the roofing industry. Modified bitumen is “modified” when when a polymer (a synthetic rubber or plastic) is mixed into the asphalt during the manufacturing process.

Modified bitumen is an asphalt-based roofing product. It is compatible with other asphalt-based roofing products, such as asphalt roofing cement, mastic, asphalt cutback, asphalt coatings, etc.

While the word “bitumen” can technically refer to either asphalt or coal tar pitch, “bitumen” means “roofing asphalt” in Europe, where modified bitumen was invented and first adopted.

Coal tar pitch is not used in the production of mod bit.

This gives it an advantage over many other types of roofing when it comes to maintenance and repair, because of the variety of easy-to-use asphalt roofing products available.

the basics

Tile roof 101

A tile roof is a specialized material used for roof installation that involves individual tiles overlapping each other on the roof. Over the years, tile roofs are becoming more and more common due to their wide range of features and multiple styles. Tile roof is an application system for residential and commercial properties.

Highly Resistant & Durable

Your roof must be resistant to such forces to protect your home’s exterior from harmful elements. A tile roof system is resistant to the following:


Clay is resistant to heat. Due to its composition, it takes a lot of time to heat. Thus it does not allow heat to pass through and helps maintain a cool temperature.


Not only heat, tiles such as clay and concrete tiles are also resistant to fire. That is, they will not catch fire and melt.


Insects can deter your roof, leading to decay. But tile roofs are not affected by insect attacks and also do not rot or decay


Tile roofs can withstand high-speed winds. This makes it a good choice for storm-prone areas.

Long Term

A tile roof is one of the most long-lasting materials used for installing a roof. Tile roof is known to last for more than 50 years. Thus with tile roofing, you are assured of superior protection for many years to come. However, the lifespan also depends on the area you live in and the quality of the material.

saves energy

Tampa, FL, is one of the areas that face the wrath of soaring heat. The high temperatures can lead to a rise in your home’s utility bills. But you do not have to if you have a tile roof installed. With the help of these, we can reduce the amount of heat retention in our homes. This reduces the bills and increases livability.

sustainable material

Due to rising environmental concerns, we must use materials that are sustainable and environment-friendly. Tile Roofs, such as clay tiles, and concrete tiles, are made from natural materials and don’t have environmental concerns. They also do not contribute to waste as they can be recycled after use.

enhances curb appeal

If you’re looking for an easy way to make your home more stylish, you’ll want to consider investing in roofing tiles such as concrete or clay roof tiles. These products are available in many different styles and colors, ensuring that you can choose something to complement the design of your home.

low maintenance

Maintaining a roof is essential to ensure it works fine and lasts longer. Tiles are a resistant and highly durable material. It can withstand harsh weather conditions with ease, without needing many repairs. Thus, compared to other roofing materials, clay tiles require less maintenance, which means you can save money in the long run.


Roofing tiles are a material that is great for soundproofing. It helps to block and reduce sound from entering buildings to enjoy peace without any disturbances from outside. This is an important reason why tile roofs are used in business and residential properties.

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the basics

Metal Roofing 101

The primary benefit of metal roofing is longevity. Manufacturers routinely offer 50-year warranties and even lifetime, non-prorated warranties. They claim their products will last two to four times longer than roofs with asphalt shingles. By avoiding one or two re-roofing jobs during the life of the metal roof, you will more than offset the higher initial cost. Near term, a new metal roof recoups a bit more of its installation cost upon home resale (6% according to Remodeling magazine) than does a new asphalt roof.


There are other advantages, as well. Metal roofs are lightweight, sometimes allowing them to be installed directly over old roofs. And when metal roofing is painted with specially formulated “cool pigments”, solar energy is reflected and emitted (rather than radiated as heat into the attic).

Additionally, metal roofs are effective in preventing the spread of fire when hot embers fall on them (i.e., from brush and forest fires). In fact, some insurance companies will give you a discount if you have a metal roof. In addition, metal roofing is made with a large percentage of recycled metal—often 95 percent—and when its useful life is done, it can be recycled again. No worries about it filling up dwindling space in landfills.

Metal Roofing Myths

Myths and legends get started about all sorts of people, places, and building materials…. Metal roofing has more than its share, perhaps because it has undergone so many transformations over the years. Here are the most common myths about metal roofing:

It will increase the likelihood of a lightening strike. Metal conducts electricity, but electricity is not drawn to it.

Metal roofs are noisy in the rain. Not so. They may even be quieter than other roof types.

Metal roofs are susceptible to damage by hail. While extremely large hailstones can dent a metal roof, normal hailstorms will not. With textured roofs, minor denting is not readily visible.

You cannot walk on a metal roof. You can, but you have to know how to do it without causing damage. Check with the manufacturer of the product you choose.

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choose the perfect type for your home

Clay roof tiles

Clay tile roofs are the most traditional roof material and have been around for use for ages, with the origin dating back to the 17th century. Despite being in use for centuries, this is still one of the most popular tile types used for roof installation. Clay tiles are recognized for their distinct reddish-brown color, but over the years, due to numerous developments, these tiles are now available in various shapes and colors.

Concrete roof tiles

These are also a popular choice amongst homeowners. Cement is a principal constituent of a concrete tile roof; this tile is often called cement roof tiles. It can include other components such as sand, water, glass. Dyes can also be used in manufacturing to provide different colors. Concrete roofing tiles are often used to imitate the look of other materials such as slate or wood shake. They have excellent wind resistance and are not prone to damage from hail.

metal tiles

Though metal roof tiles may not be as popular as their clay and concrete counterparts, they can still offer good value if you look for something different. Where metal tiles score is their weight. These roof tiles are lightweight and very resilient choice of material. Metal roof tile options include steel, aluminum, and even copper roof tiles.

composite roof tiles

As the word suggests, composite tile combines many different materials to give a single sturdy material. These are composed of recycled plastics, paper, asphalt, etc., and are also known as synthetic tiles. It is also a good alternative for clay tiles as this is a lightweight and durable material. Also, these can come in different shapes and colors.

slate roof tiles

This is the most visibly appealing roof tile material that can give your home a premium look. Slate roof tiles are also highly durable and resistant to damage — features that make them ideal for homeowners who want to extend the life of their roof while lowering repair and maintenance costs.

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