What makes New Mexico roofs different?
Roofs in Albuquerque and throughout New Mexico are subject to special conditions. The intense sunlight and dry desert climate require special consideration when selecting a roof. Certain roofing materials are just not practical and require excessive care—wooden shingles are an example.
The tar and gravel of the flat roofs found throughout New Mexico are very resistant to heat and sunlight. The high quality asphalt shingles we use are another good option. We are preferred installers for Owens Corning® asphalt shingles which have a limited lifetime warranty.
Metal roofs are another option for pitched roof houses as they are very resistant to the intense New Mexico sunlight.
Let Doyle Roof Masters outline for you the pros and cons of different roofing materials.
|Type of Roof||PROS||CONS|
|Asphalt shingles||PROS: Less expensive than metal or tile roofs. Come in a variety of colors. We now offer limited lifetime warranties on several shingle styles.||CONS: They can be susceptible to hail damage. But our newer product offerings like: Owens Corning Oakridge and Duration series have 110 to 130 MPH wind ratings.|
|TPO (Termal Polyolefin membrane roofing)||PROS: Only flat roof material that has a manufacturer warranty. 60 mil. thick overlayment has good reflective qualities. No gravel or odors to deal with during installation. Saves money on maintenance over the life of the roof because flashings are the same as the roof material. Comes in white and tan. We now offer limited lifetime warranties on our TPO material.||CONS: Costs more initially to install. Does not stand up to ponding water. Roof must have positive drainage.|
|Pro panel (metal)||PROS: Is good for areas with high winds and heavy snows. Lifetime material. Requires little maintenance. Penetrations and screws should be checked periodically. How often will depend on your weather conditions.||CONS: Mainly the cost. Metal is 2-3 times more than a shingle roof.|
|Built up fiberglass (tar and gravel)||PROS: This type of roof is less expensive than the newer membrane and thermoplastic type roofs. It holds up under ponding water better. Hail doesn’t damage it.||CONS: Initial application smells bad. Gravel can wash off the roof in heavy rains.|
|Tile||PROS: Long lasting and beautiful. Requires little maintenance.||CONS: Tile can break. Care must be taken when walking on the roof. High winds can shift tile and cause slipping. Tile is heavy and can only be installed on roofs that can accommodate the weight.|
|90 # (rolled roofing)||PROS: Less expensive than single ply modified. Comes in a variety of colors. Good for patios and porches.||CONS: Not rated for use over living areas. Does not stand up to ponding water.|
|Single ply modified (membrane)||PROS: Good in applications where water drains quickly. Because of its smooth surface it is also good on applications such as walking decks and balconies. Comes in white or tan.||CONS: Ponding water will cause this type of material to decompose and shorten the economic life considerably. Hail can damage this type of material.|