The shingle you choose to place on your roof can be a big decision, and there are a few things to consider when making your choice.
What to consider when
Designing a Roof
Making a great color choice will improve curb-appeal and really draw attention to your home. A gray roof will compliment nearly all exterior colors well. Brown tones are a popular choice when the home’s exterior has an “earthy” feel. But, our personal favorite is doing a black roof with a white exterior!
Shingles often have different patterns and designs. The different lines of shingles provide different looks for your roof. We prefer the Owens Corning Duration line because it offers a great look at an affordable price!
Fully visualize your new roof’s color and pattern by using Owens Corning’s DESIGNEyeQ Tool!
You want your roof to last a long time. Starting with durable materials that are backed by a great manufacturer warranty will make that a reality! Look for durability indicators such as nailing lines and wind resistance ratings. Be sure the product is backed by a manufacturer warranty to ensure you’ll be covered if something goes wrong. The Owen’s Corning Duration series that IWC prefers comes with a 50-year warranty! Learn more about the Owens Corning warranty here.
A roof’s slope— or “pitch” — refers to its vertical rise. Steep slope roofing is seen in residential construction, while low slopes and flat roofs are more common in commercial buildings and industrial parks. Steep slopes are more conducive to water runoff and snowmelt.
Different roofing materials are used for low and steep slopes. Low slope roofs are often made from tar and gravel, metal, PVC sheeting, or polyurethane to protect the building from snow and pooling water. Since they are flat, or nearly flat, appearance is not a concern for most owners of low-slope structures.
Steep slope roofing systems are more complex and can be quite attractive and complementary to the building’s architectural design. Aesthetically pleasing and highly functional, quality roofing on steep slopes are sure to last many years and significantly improve the value of the home.
Types of Steep Slope Roof Systems
Steep slope roofs are generally those with slopes that measure 9.5 degrees or more from the highest point to the lowest. Their coverings can be made from a variety of materials:
Laminate or asphalt shingles that come in different colors and styles
Wood shingles made from cedar, redwood, pine, and other wood types
Clay or concrete tiles that come in different colors and finishes; popular in the Southwest US where Mission and Spanish styles dominate
Slate that comes in various grades and shades
Metal panels of various styles and colors
Roofing materials are graded for fire resistance as Class A, B, or C, with A having the highest resistance against fire. This could be a factor in the Intermountain West, particularly for mountain homes where forest fires may threatened homes and businesses.
Metal, laminate, and fiberglass roofing are generally well represented in the Class A category, while organic (wood, clay) shingles are usually rated in Class C.