Different Weights of Roofing Materials

roofing weights

When it comes to roofing material, it is important to remember the different kinds that exist and how the weight can affect your projects. 

Roofing Vancouver is home to many different professionals and companies that have many years’ experience. They are sure to let you know the kinds of metal roofing to use, the weight of the sheet, and even compare them to roof shingles and how they compare in terms of their quality and life expectancy. For instance, metal roofing happens to be a very strong material due to its composition. It is also fairly lightweight. When compared to other roofing materials like cedar, tile, and EDPM, it is highly desirable for aesthetics and durability. Metal roofing normally equates to weight around a pound per square foot. This is essential to know because it allows you to guide your build and design around how stable the complex needs to be. This is just one example of how metal roofing can be used in real-world designs. Similar concept applies to other types of material as well.

Asphalt shingles, sometimes referred to as architectural shingles are another type of roofing material that can be used to build a roof. It is the most popular when it comes to residential roofing. Roof shingles can weigh between 60 to 80 pounds per bundle and can span across large areas more easily than other types of material. One bundle can generally cover approximately 33 square feet.  One thing to take into account is its life expectancy. It can be up to 30 years for asphalt shingles and 30 to 50 years for architectural asphalt shingles. When compared to that of metal that lasts 45+ years. Concrete tile lasts roughly 30 years (in most cases it is advisable to replace sooner than that.  EDPM usually lasts 10 to 16 years. These are just some examples of life expectancy and is not a hard and fast rule. There are a variety of factors involved when it comes to roof life expectancy.

At the end of the day, all sorts of materials can be used to build the best roof possible. It is important to know the type of material you are dealing with. What can and can’t go on your roof is dependent on the type of truss structure you currently have in place. 

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Anthony PuaPresident of 604 Roofing Ltd.