Best Roofing Materials for Colorado: Roof Material Guide

With scorching summer sun and frigid winter frost, it’s important to choose the best roofing materials for Colorado weather. Of course, depending on your location within the state, you should also consider the potential for hailstorms, wildfires and everything in between. We know there are a lot of options to choose from and a lot of factors to take into consideration when embarking on a roof repair or replacement. Fortunately, Roof Check, Inc. is here to guide you throughout your roofing project.

How to Choose the Right Roofing Materials

To begin the process of choosing the best roofing materials for Colorado, we always suggest getting an expert consultation from our experienced roofing team. We’ve worked on all types of residential and commercial roofs throughout Colorado for over 35 years. Taking into consideration the specific weather conditions of your area, your style, and budget, our roofing specialists can provide recommendations for the best roofing materials to prolong the life of your roof. Not only is our team knowledgeable about the best roofing materials for Colorado weather, but they also provide expert consultation.

Colorado Weather Considerations

Depending on where you live in Colorado, we always advise our customers to consider energy efficiency when choosing roofing materials. For example, the extreme heat of Southern Colorado means that you’ll want to consider clay tiles to keep your home cool during the day and warmer at night. On the other hand, for areas near the mountains where snow and hailstorms are more common, metal roofing is a better choice. Of course, if you’re in need of a total roof replacement, choosing a pitched versus a flat roof will also depend on the severity of the weather in the region.

Sunny weather resistant rooftop

Residential Roofing Materials

At Roof Check, our skilled team of residential roofers have decades of experience choosing the  best roofing materials for Colorado weather. We know there is a lot to consider when you’re doing preliminary research about different roofing material options. Here is an overview of the different choices you have when you choose to work with Roof Check, Inc. Contact our helpful team if you need further assistance or you want a free estimate.

Asphalt Shingling Roofing

The majority of homes in North America and throughout Colorado use asphalt shingles. They are not only versatile and come in a variety of colors and thicknesses, but they are less expensive than many other roofing materials. Asphalt shingles are also made to withstand inclement weather of all kinds including rain, snow, wind, and hail. For mountain homes with steep, pitched roofs, we typically recommend asphalt shingling, however, it is also suitable for homes in the Front Range and beyond. Asphalt roofs typically lasted about 12-20 years.

Concrete Tile Roofing

We are proud leaders in the Tile Roofing industry and an active member of the Tile Roofing Institution. Tile roofing is a great option for homes all over Colorado and particularly in the Southwest part of the state because they reflect the sun and dissipate heat. Tile roofing is known to last 100 years, but also comes at a slightly higher cost than other shingle options. Before we install tile, we always inspect the building to make sure it can structurally support the weight of this heavy roofing material.

Lightweight Clay Tile Roofing

Clay tile will make your home stand out in your neighborhood and stand up to the harsh temperatures of Colorado summers and winters. Similar to concrete tiles, clay tiles come in natural colors and can be energy efficient in hot temperatures. Due to the way they are installed, they also act as a natural way of keeping attic areas from getting too hot or cold. The lightweight design of clay tile makes it amendable to a variety of different installation processes. One of the biggest benefits of clay tiles is that they cannot be destroyed by fire and they’re wind-resistant.

clay roofing materials

Slate Roofing

One of the best roofing materials for Colorado weather is slate. While it requires skill to install and is a bit more expensive, it is known for enhancing the look and natural appearance of roofs. It also comes in a wide variety of beautiful, natural colors. Slate roofing will typically last several hundred years with virtually no maintenance. For this reason, slate has become known by homeowners as the “forever roof.” Because it is derived from sedimentary rock, slate is naturally fire, mold, and freeze resistant.

Wood Shakes Roofing

Cedar shingles are often used on historical buildings to maintain a natural, rustic aesthetic. Made to withstand the extreme temperatures of Colorado, cedar contains natural preservatives protecting it from UV rays and moisture. Cedar shingles have also been known to increase the energy efficiency of homes due to its natural insulating qualities. Depending on your personal style preferences, cedar shingling can be a great option for homes throughout Colorado.

Metal Roofing

We offer a wide variety of metal roofing options in different colors and styles. Metal roofing lasts on average about 40-70 years and can sustain extreme wind (up to 140 miles per hour). For this reason, it is often considered one of the best roofing materials for homes in Colorado’s plains and mountainous regions alike. While shingle and cedar roofs require semi-regular maintenance, metal roofs require little to maintenance at all. For homes in wildfire prone areas of the state, metal roofing offers a peace of mind since it is totally fire-proof.

Synthetic Roofing

Synthetic roofing combines some of the best aspects of traditional roofing materials into one. Made up of mostly recycled plastic and rubber, synthetic roofing requires less maintenance than asphalt, cedar shingles or slate tiles. It is made to stand up to high wind, hail and fire—at a more affordable price point than many traditional types of shingles. They come in a variety of colors and styles meant to replicate the look of cedar and slate roofing—without the cost and maintenance.

Commercial Roofing Materials

In addition to providing comprehensive residential roofing services, Roof Check, Inc. has been providing commercial roofing solutions since 1984. We’re experts in identifying, sourcing, and installing the best roofing materials for Colorado businesses, schools, and other commercial buildings. Whether you need basic repair and maintenance, an evaluation, or a full roof replacement, we can help guide you through the process. Offering the right roofing solution for your commercial building will help protect it from all of Colorado’s extreme weather conditions.

PVC Commercial Roofing

PVC is an economical and durable choice for large commercial buildings throughout Colorado. It uses a single-ply roofing system that is designed for long term weathering and to withstand inclement weather of all kinds. The hot air welded seams make PVC roofing exceptionally moisture resistant, unlike other roofing systems which depend on caulk and adhesives to seal seams. With the expertise of our installation team, a PVC commercial roof will last at least 20 years with little to no maintenance.

TPO Commercial Roofing

Thermoplastic single-ply or TPO is an increasingly popular choice for commercial buildings in Colorado. Not only is TPO heat-reflective and energy efficient, it is extremely resistant to UV, ozone, and chemical exposure. Its popularity is also derived from its relatively low cost per square foot and its durability. Since there are much fewer seams than PVC roofing, it is also faster to install, accounting for extra time and money saved. It is also suited to endure Colorado’s extreme weather fluctuations with its energy efficiency qualities that exceed the EPA’s energy star requirements.

EPDM Commercial Roofing

Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer or EPDM is ideal for low slope roofing applications. As a high-performance synthetic rubber compound, it provides insulation in the winter and heat resistance in the summer. While it does need to be regularly maintained and sealed, an expertly installed EPDM roof by Roof Check Inc.’s professional team will last up to 20 years. Many businesses use EPDM roofing materials because they are completely fire-resistant—in fact, they actually impossible to ignite.

Built-Up Commercial Roofing

Built-up roofing uses layers of Bitumen alternated with layers of ply-sheets. This layering process creates a membrane which reinforces the plies of roofing felt. Built-up roofing will typically last about 40 or more years and offers total water resistance. The special coating is also highly reflective which helps large buildings maintain a consistent temperature throughout. It is ideal for commercial buildings in Colorado that are prone to wildfire and strong winds.

Best roofing materials for Colorado

Contact Roof Check, Inc. Today

Whether you are looking for a residential roof repair, a commercial roof replacement, or other roofing services near Longmont, Roof Check, Inc. can provide a free estimate and expert installation. As a family-owned business since 1984, we are driven by the knowledge and experience of our team. Over the past three decades, we’ve completed tens of thousands of roofing projects across the Front Range. To back up the confidence we have in our work, we also offer a five year Re-Roof Workmanship warranty. If you want more information, contact us today!