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At NOVA Roofing & Siding, we proudly offer many different brands and styles of roofs.  We will work closely with you to determine what the best roofing system is for your home.  Listed below are descriptions of the most common types of roofs:

Asphalt shingles, also referred to as composition shingles, are the most commonly used shingles.  These shingles are made of asphalt and mineral granules over a fiberglass or an organic backing.  They are used for their relatively low cost and their wide array of styles and colors.  Asphalt shingles typically carry a Class A fire rating.  Of all the roofing types, asphalt shingles are the easiest and fastest to install.

There are 2 general types of asphalt singles, basic 3-tab shingles or premium architectural shingles:

  • 3-tab shingles are the most inexpensive of the all the asphalt shingles and are widely used by builders.  Typical 3-tab roofs have a 20-25 year life span.  3-tab singles are usually prone to hail damage due to their thinness.  If you live in Loudoun County, Chantilly, Herndon/Reston, Fairfax or the Woodbridge areas and have a 3-tab roof, you may have hail damage due to past storms.  Contact us now for a free roof inspection; you may meet the requirements for an insurance paid roof replacement. 

  • Premium architectural shingles are popular for their many dimensional styles and colors.  Typically they come with a 30 year to lifetime warranty.  Premium shingles can give a shake or tile look without paying as much.  Premium shingles are thicker than 3-tab shingles and last much longer.  Premium shingles are the most efficient roofing option due to their cost, style, durability and longevity.

Wood singles, more commonly known as cedar shake or wood shake, are typically made of cedar, cypress, pine or redwood.  Typically wood roofs have a life span of 20-30 years.  They are most commonly used for their visual appeal and their green value.  Wood shingles are also lighter in color which makes the roof cooler than a darker asphalt roof.

There are some points to consider when thinking about wood shingles.  They are not fireproof, although they can be treated with a fire-retardant.  Also, wood shingles are more prone to rot and decay unless regular maintenance is performed.  Wood shingles are also more expensive than asphalt shingles.

Tile shingles are usually composed of clay or concrete.  Tile shingles are popular for their beauty and durability.  Tile roofs have a relatively long life span as well, 30-50 years.  Tiles shingles are also fireproof.  There are many different styles available for tile; some even mimic wood or slate.  Tile also provides efficient roof ventilation due to the air pockets between the tile and the decking.

  • Tile shingles are much more expensive than asphalt and wood shingles , with clay being more expensive than concrete. If not careful when walking on tile, it can crack fairly easily.  Also tile is heavy.  The roof structure must be properly supported to withstand the weight.

Slate shingles are the longest lasting and most durable roof that you can choose from.  They are fireproof and essentially last indefinitely.  Slate shingles are very popular for their beauty and longevity.

  • Slate is a very heavy stone.  Therefor the roof structure must be properly supported to withstand the weight.  Also, slate is extremely expensive.  It is by far the most costly roofing option that is available.

Metal roofs are most commonly available in aluminum, steel and cooper.  Metal roofs are typically used over bay windows and covered porches.   They come in a wide array of color options.

Contact us now for more information or a free consultation.