Not All Roofs are Created Equal - Here’s Why:

May 31, 2020 updated 7:00PM CT
Finished residential shingle roofing project profile using CertainTeed’s Landmark shingles.

A shingle is a shingle – right? Well, not quite. When it comes to roofing, not all roofs are created equally. Unfortunately, the widespread belief that they are equal leads some people to install sub-par roof systems that will deteriorate well before they should. Having roofing companies install a cheap roofing system may seem like a good idea at the time, but in the long run, it will actually cost you more money; high-quality roofing may cost a little more, but it will last much longer. 

Furthermore, not all roofing should be created equally. Why? Because when building a roof, you need to take into account different factors. There are many different types of roofing shapes, materials, and warranties that need to be taken into account when choosing a roof. The type of roofing you should choose will depend on where you live and what type of weather you regularly receive.

Today we’ll take a look at the different types of roof systems to help you decide which may be best suited to your home. But before we do that, let’s talk a little bit about why choosing high-quality roofing materials is so important.

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Why is high-quality roofing important?

When hiring a roofing contractor to install your roof, you want to go with a high-quality product. Sure, a lower quality roofing material will cost you less up front – and it will probably do the job for a little while, but eventually, this material will begin to deteriorate – and it will deteriorate a lot quicker than a high-quality roofing material.

Low-quality roofing materials are subject to repairs more often than high quality, durable materials. Over the long haul, these small repairs will start adding up in terms of bills. If you ignore the repairs, you could be facing even larger bills because when it comes to roofing, small problems can quickly become large problems.

For this reason, investing in high-quality roofing is well worth the extra upfront cost.

Now when it comes to different types of high-quality roofing, not all of it is made equally – but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Different types of roofing can be beneficial in different scenarios. Let’s take a look.

Front view of a Gabled Roof Beige Brick Mansion House Exterior in San Antonio, TX.

Different types of roofing:

1) Gable Roofing

Sometimes referred to as pitched roofing, these are the most popular roofing types in the United States. They have a triangular shape and are beneficial for shedding water and snow. They also leave more space for attics and ceilings. Gable roofing is simple in design and cost-effective to install. However, Gable roofing isn’t always good in San Antonio weather. If roofing companies don’t take the proper precautions with this type of roofing, strong winds and hurricanes can cause collapse and damage.

2) Hip Roofing

Hip roofing is roofing that slopes on all four sides and comes to a pitch at the top. It’s more stable and durable than a gable roofing and does well in high wind areas like San Antonio. It’s also good for areas that get heavy rains or snows because the slant allows it to slide right off.

3) Mansard Roofing

Sometimes referred to as French roofing, this type of roof has four sides with a double slope on each side. It has a steep lower slope and a flatter upper slope. If you’re looking for extra living space, the Mansard roof is a good choice. It doesn’t do well with areas that receive lots of snow, but because this isn’t a concern for San Antonio, they can be a good choice if you want something aesthetically appealing.

4) Gambrel Roofing

Gambrel roofing is a common choice for barns, farmhouses, and log cabins. You can also use it for sheds and storage buildings. However, if you are in an area that has heavy winds and rain, this roof style is not the best choice. Under too much pressure, this type of roof will collapse.

5) Flat Roofing

Flat roofing is pretty self-explanatory – it’s just a flat roof with no pitch. While these roofs can be on houses, they are more commonly on commercial or industrial buildings. These roofs can add extra space, but we do not recommend this style in areas that see heavy rain or snowfall. 

Front view of a completed shingle to metal roof replacement exterior.

Of course, these are just a few of the many roofing types that you have to choose from. As you can see, not roofs are equal. But high-quality roofing types are not the only thing you need to consider when purchasing a roof. There are also different types of roofing San Antonio materials. These include, but are not limited to:

1) Solar tiles

Solar tiles help to reduce energy costs and are particularly useful in areas that receive a lot of sunlight throughout the year. 

2) Asphalt Shingles

These are the most common types of roofing material in the US because they work well in any environment. They are also a cost-effective option. Areas that endure frequent hail storms can also opt for impact-resistant asphalt shingles. 

3) Metal roofing

Metal roofing is an extremely durable type of roofing that lasts up to 60 years. It’s great for heavy snows and rains and is resistant to high winds. It can, however, get dented fairly easily in hailstorms. 

4) Steel

Steel roofing is good for resisting high winds and stands up well in hail storms. Steel roofing is also a good choice for areas that experience regular wildfires. 

5) Slate

Slate roofing is an extremely durable option that can last well over 100 years. It’s resistant to sun damage, as well as to the buildup of mold. Slate is popular in wet areas but is one of the more expensive roofing options.

Again, these are just a few of the many different material options when it comes to roofing. Other options include rubber slate, clay and concrete tiling, built-up roofing, and green roofing. 

Aerial view of a residential home after a complete shingle roof replacement using CertainTeed’s storm ready Landmark shingles.

Let us reiterate – not all roofing is made equally. Each type and material of roofing has its own benefits and disadvantages. You can learn more about the different types of roofing and which one would most benefit you by speaking to a professional roofing company in the San Antonio area. Remember, the type and material you choose is entirely up to you, but it’s important that you go with high-quality so that you have a longer lifespan and will have to do fewer repairs.

And while we’re on the topic of roofing companies, let us also state that not all roofing contractors are equal either. Finding a good roofing contractor is extremely important and can be the difference between a high-quality roofing job and a low-quality roofing job. Look for a roofing contractor with a good reputation, plenty of experience, and that will provide you with a written guarantee. They should also be both licensed and insured. Always look up San Antonio roofing contractors on the BBB and check online review sites to see what type of experience others have had. Accepting anything less than the best could cost you money in the long run.

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