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Protection / Benefits DECRA Roofing
Systems
Concrete & Clay
Tile
Fiber
Cement
Architectural
Shingles
Wood Shake Synthetic
Composite
Standing Seam
Lightweight Lightest
1.25-1.5 lbs./sq.ft.
Ave. roof: 3,700-4,500lbs
6-15 lbs/sqft
Avg. Roof: 18,000 to
45,000 lbs
6 lbs./sq.ft.
Average roof: 18,000 lbs.
2.5 - 4 lbs/sqft
Avg. Roof: 7,500 to 12,000 lbs
1.5 - 2 lbs/sqft
Avg. Roof: 4,500 to 6,000 lbs
2.5 – 3 lbs/sqft
Avg. Roof: 7,500 to 9,000 lbs
.7-1.5 lbs/sqft
Fire Class A Rated
Material
Class A Rated
Material
Class A Rated
Material
Class A
Rated Material
Class B or C or
no rating if untreated
Class A or C
underlayment
requirements
Class A Rated
Material
Wind
Warranty
120 mph Warranty Wind damage not covered 75 mph warranty 60 to 110 mph warranty
Special restrictions
Warranty period may vary
Wind damage
not covered
70 to 110 mph
Not all have wind warranty
Not all wind warranties
are for full warranty term
UL Tested
Hail Resistant
Impact Resistant
UL2218
Class 4 Impact Resistant
Qualifies for Insurance
discounts in many states
Warranted against hail penetration
Cracks very easily,
hail can cause
severe damage.
Class 4 Class 3 or 4
Not all meet 2218
Class 3 or 4 Class 4 Class 4
Snow / Ice Freeze / Thaw
Resistant
Not waterproof,
When wet will
absorb 15% of
weight in water
Freeze / Thaw
Resistant
Freeze / Thaw
Resistant
Limited
Freeze / Thaw Cycles
Freeze / Thaw
Resistant
Freeze / Thaw
Resistant
(snow guards recommended)
Earthquake Lightweight +
Added Shear Strength
Moderate to Heavy weight with no added shear strength Moderate weight with no added shear strength Moderate weight with no added shear strength Light to Moderate weight with no added shear trength Moderate weight with no
added shear strength
N/A
Warranty Lifetime
Limited Warranty
25-50 Year
Limited Warranty
50 Year
Limited Warranty
25-Year to Lifetime
Limited Warranty
25-40 Year Limited Warranty 50 Year
Limited Warranty
Coverage varies by manufacturer.
Check with manufacturer.
Environmental
Impact
Very Friendly
  • Often no tear-off needed
  • Recycled material
  • End of life recyclability
  • High embodied energy
  • Tear off is required in reroof
  • Limited recycling use
  • Not virgin material
  • Tear off is required in reroof
  • Limited recycling use
  • High embodied energy
    in relation to life cycle
  • Tear off usually required in reroof
  • Very limited recycling use
  • Lowest embodied energy – renewable resource
  • Tear off required
  • End of life recycling - compost
  • Limited information
    - on market about 10 years
  • Some synthetic products
    made of recycled rubber & TPO
  • Tear off required in reroof
  • Not all are recyclable
  • Recycled material
  • Often no tear-off needed
  • End of life recyclability
Life Cycle Costs
  • Low Life Cycle Costs
  • Long Use Cycle
  • Lifespan is 2-3 times longer
    than other roofing products
  • High Costs
  • Lifespan is
    20-50 years
  • High Costs
  • Lifespan is
    25-40 years
  • High Costs
  • Lifespan is
    approx. 20 years
  • High Costs
  • Lifespan is
    20-30 years
  • High Costs
  • Lifespan is
    unproven, expect 50 years
  • Low Life Cycle Cost
  • Long Use Cycle + Lifespan is 2-3 times longer than other roofing products
Information gathered from manufacturer’s specifications, promotional literature, websites, Independent testing laboratories and published Industry stics.
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