Bodan Roofing

Tampa Bay's Roofing Company!

Metal Roofs & Designer Roofs

     There are many different types of what are also known as "Designer" roof styles.  These include Slate, Wood Shake, and Metal.  Though these can be more expensive, often their lifetime is much longer than a standard shingle roof.
Wood Shake

     Many wood shakes and shingles have been replaced by composition or asphalt shingles. Nevertheless, wood shakes and shingles are still widely used on both commercial structures and residential housing.

     There are basically three different types of wood roofing products which include hand-split shakes, taper-sawn shakes and wood shingles. Most of them are made from the western red cedar tree and occasionally southern pine. Wood shake and shingles are enjoyed by many because they provide a warm and elegant look. In fact, aesthetic reasons are the main reason why people choose to go with a wooden roof on their home.

     This natural roofing material is popular on the west coast, especially in California and also the Northwest and parts of the Midwest. Each wood roof product is graded according to the cut and number of defects. Wood shingles are thinner than shakes and come in Grades 1, 2 and 3. Hand-split shakes have two grades which include premium and Grade one.  Keep in mind, up to 20% of wood shakes can be flat grain, which is more vulnerable to curling. Taper-sawn shakes are just as thick as hand-split shakes and are sawn smooth on both sides. They come in three grades which include premium and Grades 1 and 2.

     Wood roofs do require a bit of routine maintenance. They should be cleaned periodically to remove tree debris, moss or fungus. Be cautious of professionals using a high-pressure washer because the roof can become damaged this way. Wood shingles should also be treated with wood preservatives to limit weathering effects of moisture and retard growth of molds, moss and fungi. For more protection, they can be treated with a fire retardant to reduce the chance of ignition or fire spread. Make note, treatments should be reapplied periodically to remain effective.

     Aside from periodic maintenance, the main drawback to having a wooden roof is that the life expectancy is shorter than most other roofing products. It is expected to last between 8-25 years, with proper maintenance. You do have the option of purchasing a compressed version that has a 30+ year life span, but expect to pay for that. Moreover, this roofing option is more expensive than most roofing options on the market. But apparently it’s worth it because it still remains popular, as homeowners cannot resist the look.



     Slate is one of the most aesthetically pleasing and durable of all roofing materials. Installed properly, slate roofs require little maintenance and offer a life expectancy of hundreds of years. The lifespan of a slate roof depends greatly on the type of slate employed, the roof configuration, and the geographical location of the property. In addition, as with tile roofing, the weight of slate may be an issue. Before selecting slate for your roof, it is important to make sure the structure of your roof can handle the weight.

     Slate roofing is considered to be the most stylish and sophisticated of all roof covers. It is available in various grades, textures and colors. However, expect to pay high prices for this high-quality roofing product. Also, an expert roofing contractor should be used in slate installation because it requires much skill. With its need for skilled and experienced craftsmen, slate could cost up to $1000 a square. Keep in mind, the need for an expert roofer for installation also makes for a more appreciated overall look because professional slate installers can work wonders with the material.

     Given the rather high initial cost of installing a new slate roof, it is worth it to inspect its overall condition yearly and after quite a few storms. Slate roofs should be maintained and repaired to successfully extend their serviceable lives. When replacement is necessary, consider investing in high quality slate from reputable quarries because it can be a cost effective solution over the long run.



     Metal roofs have become a popular alternative to traditional roofing materials. This is due to the fact that metal is lightweight, maintenance-free, fireproof, energy efficient, durable, and can be manufactured to give virtually any look conceivable. Furthermore, metal roofs have a life expectancy of over 30 years and houses with metal roofs may receive a discount on the homeowner's (fire) insurance.

     Metal roofing costs more to install than shingle roofs, but the difference is not as great when re-roofing. In addition, metal roofs can be applied over several layers of old shingles, so the tear-off expenses are eliminated. And most metal roof manufacturers also provide a lifetime warranty.

     The two most common metal roofing materials are painted aluminum and steel. Both are durable and light weight. For those that enjoy the look of tile or slate, the lighter weight aluminum or steel can resemble the look and also be supported by your roof structure. Copper and stainless steel are also metal roofing options, but their cost is often outside of the budget of many homeowners.

     Aluminum is fast-becoming a top choice because it does not rust, it deafens the sound of rain, and it is easily formed to perfectly simulate cedar shakes, tiles, and slate. Simulated cedar shakes are most popular and are difficult to distinguish from real shakes. They are available in many standard colors and in a few energy efficient paint options. Most aluminum and steel roofs are painted with tough Kynar (a dense, high-purity plastic).  

Website Builder