Types of Roofing for Residential Installation in Illinois

When you’re ready to replace the roof on your home, it’s a big undertaking that requires a lot of careful planning and researching. Because the roof plays such an essential role in your home’s structure and safety, it’s important to choose the best type to ensure long-term results.

At Adept Construction, we specialize on four types of roofing: Shingle roofing, flat roofing, cedar shake roofing, and composite roofing. Learn more about each today to narrow down your decision.

Shingle Roofing

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Perhaps the most immediately recognizable of the types of roofing, shingles are a roof covering consisting of overlapping flat pieces of material, or shingles. The slats can be made of things like wood, slate, flagstone, fiber cement, metal, plastic, or composite material (more on that later). Roof shingles are very commonly used for residential roofing jobs, and the material used often depends on things like the roof pitch and the construction method.

Flat Roofing

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Flat roofs are almost level in contrast to shingle roofs. Where shingle roofs come to a point/angle at the peak, flat roofs are almost totally flat, with a pitch of only about 10 degrees. Flat roofs are used mostly in dry climates where rain and moisture aren’t much of a concern, as well as on buildings where the roof space can be used as additional living space (such as a rooftop deck or rooftop garden).

Cedar Shake Roofing

a cedar shake roofing installation

As you may have guessed, cedar shake roofing is roofing constructed with cedar shakes, or, in essence, a wooden roof. Cedar shakes are a bit different from shingles—shingles are sawn from a block, while cedar shakes are split off, creating a more irregular or rustic look. These shakes today are very rarely hand-split, but they still maintain the dimensional rules of cedar shakes of old times. These shakes are thicker than shingles, and don’t tend to lay as flat, which requires a layer of felt paper to be installed along with the shakes to prevent damage from wind-blown precipitation.

Composite Roofing

composite roofing in downers grove

Finally, composite roofing—these are shingles made out of a blend of materials and fibers. These shingles offer great levels of durability and are fire rated, and are fade-resistant and lightweight. They are also usually cheaper to buy and less costly to install than other roofing options, making them a popular choice.

Get Started On A Roofing Project At Adept Today

For more information about any of these, or to get started on your own roofing project, contact Adept Construction today.


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