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What Is the Difference Between a Shingle, Tile and Metal Roof in Commercial Roofing?

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Materials that are typically used for sloped roofing can be used in commercial roofing Connecticut as well. Even though you might own a commercial building, it doesn’t mean that your building can’t have a regular sloped roof. In fact, many building owners who want to enhance the aesthetic appeal of their buildings will normally opt for a beautiful sloped roof.

In this context, it’s important to talk about the three main types of sloped roofs that you might encounter: shingle, tile and metal roofs. Although metal can typically fall under either category, it’s usually added to a “box” of its own, since it can be used successfully both in flat and sloped roofing.

Shingle roofs are usually associated with asphalt shingles, but they can also be modern versions such as architectural and composite shingles. These are chosen primarily because of their low cost, easy practice of recycling them and impressive appearance (especially in the case of architectural shingles).

Tile roofing can also look great, but its durability is far increased. Whereas a common asphalt roof only lasts about 20 years, a natural slate tile roof could even get close to a projected lifespan of 150-200 years. The only downside is that these roofing materials are quite expensive.

Metal presents an excellent balance between tile and shingle roofs. It can be adapted to any style, and it can also be used as metal panel roofing and adapted to flat roofs. Metal lasts for more than half a century, it’s low maintenance, and it’s also very energy-efficient, making it an ideal candidate for a commercial roofing system.