Roofs in Staten Island need to protect homes from a range of weather conditions. A roof also plays one of the most significant roles in insulating a property. With many homes in Staten Island constructed with prominent roof lines, the right type of roof can also significantly add to curb appeal.
To meet these requirements of durability, appearance, and efficiency, there are several different types of roofs that homeowners can choose from. The most common roofing materials in Staten Island include:
- Asphalt Roofs
- Slate Roofs
- Metal Roofs
- Cedar Shake Roofs
- Tile Roofs
- EPDM Roofs/Rubber Roofs
The rooftops best suited to residential properties in Staten Island are asphalt roofs and slate roofs. This is what you can expect from each of these roofs in terms of performance, appearance, and cost.
Asphalt Shingle Roofs in Staten Island
Asphalt shingles strike a balance between affordability and functionality. They are one of the most cost-effective roofing types on the market. Many roofs will last around 20 years and offer an attractive, traditional look.
They can resist most weather and damage but are susceptible to the growth of mildew since the shingles can retain moisture. Despite these drawbacks, asphalt shingles are easy to maintain by replacing individual shingles when necessary and using gentle cleaning to remove debris.
There are three types of asphalt shingles that you can choose from to further tailor a new roof to your home’s needs. These are:
- 3 Tab Shingles – Also called strip shingles, each shingle is a single layer of asphalt. This results in a flat look, lower weight, and lower cost than other types of asphalt shingles. They are preferred for low-cost or older housing.
- Dimensional Asphalt Shingles – This middle-grade shingle has at least two layers of asphalt fused together for increased thickness. It offers more weight and better protection, and many homeowners find it also provides a more attractive appearance than 3-tab shingles.
- Luxury Shingles – Luxury asphalt shingles are laminated like dimensional shingles but have increased protection and visual quality. They look highly similar to shake or slate roof types and will last for longer, although come at a more expensive cost.
Asphalt shingles are found on over 80% of residential properties due to their ability to perform in all climates and match the majority of architectural styles.
In use for centuries, slate roofs have a classic and beautiful appearance. They are constructed from stone with individual tiles cut and arranged to provide the desired look. You can have a variety of appearances with slate roofs by customizing the slate size, thickness, and color.
Slate roofs have the longest lifespan of the different roofing types, reliably lasting for at least 100 years. They also have good energy efficiency, beating out asphalt shingles, and are eco-friendly and fireproof since they are made of natural stone.
The most significant challenge with slate roofs is the cost. Slate roofs represent a significant upfront investment with costs averaging $10 per square foot or more. This can pay itself off over the lifetime of the roof but can be cost-prohibitive initially. Because slate is heavy stone, homes also need to be framed and constructed in such a way that they can accept the weight of this roof, which can be a limiting factor for some homes.
Other Roofing Types in Staten Island
Slate and asphalt roofs make up most roofing on Staten Island, but there are a few other options available:
- Metal Roofs – Metal roofs require a special installation technique that is not appropriate for all properties, but do provide weather resistance that is useful for Staten Island homes.
- Cedar Shake Roofs – Cedar Shake Roofs are “premium” roofs that tend to cost more than other roofing materials, but provide a unique appearance.
- Tile Roofs – Tile roofing is rare in Staten Island, as it doesn’t match the décor of most properties, but it is popular in other parts of the country and still used in NYC on occasion.
- EPDM Roofs/Rubber Roofs – Rubber roofing is considered an eco-friendly roofing option that also isn’t used often in Staten Island. It has a distinctive black appearance and is a durable roof.
Christian Construction is experienced with different roofing types and how they perform in Staten Island, and we can assist you in selecting and installing the right roof for your home and budget. Contact our team to learn more about our services for the different roof types.