Roofing Services from Adept Construction

If you’re considering replacing your home or business’ roof, you’ve probably already learned that there are a variety of types of roofing available. At Adept Construction, we’ve been offering roofing services since 1997 to DuPage County and the surrounding areas, and we’re committed to providing our clients with top-quality products and construction services, no matter what type of roofing is being installed. If you’re still early in the stages of your research, learning about the different types of roofing and roofing material can help you make a decision as to which one is best for your needs.

Shingle Roofing

Shingle roofing is probably the roofing variation that you are most familiar with. These roofs are created by installing individual overlapping shingles. The shingles are typically flat and rectangular, laid in courses (offset from each neighboring shingle) on the roof from the bottom up, creating a surface that repels water by allowing it to roll off the roof.

Black asphalt shingle installation on a roof layout.

A shingle roof can be comprised of wood, fiber cement, or composite materials, like asphalt shingles, which are most common. The type of shingle used will typically depend on what is available locally as well as the pitch of the roof and the construction method—some shingles can be installed on lath, whereas other shingles require a sheathing on the roof deck to be installed safely. Many shingle installations are done on top of an underlayment material, such as asphalt felt paper. This helps prevent leaks even from windy rain or snow/ice dams in the winter.

Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material used for residential roofing projects in modern applications in the United States, because they are easy to install, have a 20-50 year lifespan, are relatively affordable, and are recyclable in some areas. Additionally, they are available in a range of different colors, allowing homeowners a lot of aesthetic freedom. 


Flat Roofing

The next type of roofing is flat roofing. A flat roof is any roof that is almost level, in stark contrast from pitched or sloped roofs. Flat roofs typically only have a pitch of about ten degrees, and are used in dry climates. Aside from being ideal for dry, arid locations, they are also popular due to the possibility they offer for using the roof as additional living space.

A flat roof with additional outdoor living space.

Flat roofs typically include masonry, concrete, or tar, all of which keep out the heat from the sun, and are also cheap and easy to build. These roofs are typically covered with a sheet of material known as a membrane, which is made from TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin), EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer), or modified bitumen and are used to waterproof the area. These covers typically allow the water to run off from a slight incline into the gutter system on the home.

One issue that can arise with the maintenance routine of a flat roof is that if water does penetrate the waterproof cover, it can significantly damage the home’s structure underneath, as the water can travel a long way before causing visible damage or leaking into the building. As such, it can be difficult to pinpoint where a leak is coming from. 


Cedar Shake Roofing

Cedar shakes –which you may have heard called wood shingles—are a bit out of the ordinary. There are two different types, cedar shakes and cedar shingles. The shingles are much thinner are sawn, while shakes are thicker in size and split from logs.

Higher-grade shakes are used for roofing, while lower grade shakes are often used for siding jobs. They are a bit less uniform looking, and when installing cedar shakes, you should expect a rustic aesthetic, whereas with cedar shingles you can expect a more uniform look. Cedar roofing provides long-lasting weather protection, as well, though requires more maintenance than some other modern weatherproofing systems.


Composite Roofing

Composite roofing shingles that look similar to asphalt shingles.Composite roofing came about when manufacturers tried to come up with alternatives for traditional shingle materials after asbestos was banned and companies had to find substitute fibers for their shingles. Composite shingles come in a variety of styles, and a composite roof, depending on the type of shingle used, can look very much like cedar shakes, cedar shingles, slate or tile roofing. Unfortunately, the downside to composite roofing is cost—they can sometimes cost much more than asphalt shingles, making them a less popular choice for the average homeowner. However, they are virtually maintenance free and considered the most environmentally friendly roofing choice, as they are created completely from recycled materials.


For more information about any of the types of roofing you read about here, contact Adept Construction—our team of professionals will be happy to address concerns or answer any questions you may have about roofing.