Why your roof type matters

Written by kguy On the

Solatube Daylighting Systems can be installed an practically any type of roof. What kind of roof do you have? Is it sloped or flat? Is it made of shake, shingle, Spanish tile or some other material? The truth is most homeowners don’t pay much attention to their roofs. After all, a roof is a roof, right? 

Not when it comes to installing a Solatube Daylighting System. Different roof types have unique characteristics, so using the right flashing (a sheet of formed metal that provides a barrier between the outside and inside of your home) prevents leaks and preserves your home’s curb appeal. Fortunately, your local Solatube Premier Dealer has you—and your roof—covered. 

As an expert in daylighting, your dealer knows which flashing works best with your particular roof. He or she can also perform a free lighting analysis, recommend a customized solution, and install your new Solatube Daylighting System in as quick as two hours. 

If you’re more of a do-it-yourselfer, you can purchase the specific flashing and installation kit materials you’ll need from your local Solatube Premier Dealer or a building materials dealer. Just find your roof material below to learn which Solatube flashing is the perfect match for your home.


Roof Types 

Asphalt shingles are a popular roofing material because they'r inexpensive and long-lasting.Shingle

Many people have shingle roofs on their homes. According to Bob Vila, asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material because they’re less expensive and last longer than other roofing materials. As a result, they are used all over the United States.

Flashing to use: Solatube Pitched Flashing








Shake roofs are often found on older or historically-styled homes.Shake

Shake roofs are constructed of wooden shingles commonly made from cedar, spruce or treated pine. They are traditionally split on one side, giving them a rustic look. Composite shingles made of manmade materials that mimic the look of shake are also used today. If yours is an older home or one based on a historical style, you may have traditional or composite shake shingles on your roof.

Flashing to use: Solatube Pitched Flashing




Slate is a natural stone that has long been used for roofing.Slate

Slate is a natural stone that has long been used for roofing. This celebrated roofing material is known for its unique appearance, high quality and longevity. It also comes in a wide variety of colors, including gray, green, purple, black, red and mottled. If you have a slate roof, we highly recommend letting a Solatube Premier Dealer install your Solatube Daylighting System. Slate is quite fragile and, unless you know what you’re doing, you could end up with broken tiles that are expensive and difficult to replace. 

Flashing to use: Solatube Pitched Flashing




Metal roofs are growing in popularity because they last 2 to 3 times longer than asphalt shingles.Metal

More homeowners today are opting for metal roofs because they last two to three times longer than those made of asphalt shingles. They also protect better against fire and extreme weather while keeping heating and cooling costs down.

Flashing to use: Solatube Pitched Flashing with Metal Roof Kit 




Spanish tiles are commonly found on Southwestern or Mediterranean-styled homes. Spanish Tile

If you have a Southwestern or Mediterranean style home, you may have a roof made of Spanish tiles. Typically made of fired clay or concrete, the individual tiles are often terra cotta in color and barrel-shaped so they can be securely interlocked.

Flashing to use: Solatube Universal Tile Flashing




Flat tiles are made of concrete so they can withstand a wide range of temperatures. Flat Tile

Some homes use flat tiles made of concrete. These durable tiles come in different colors, and may have a smooth or rough texture. They can withstand wide variances in temperature, and they can be used in all parts of the country. They often mimic the look of shake or slate, so be sure to confirm the material type to avoid wrongly identifying your roof type.

Flashing to use: Solatube Universal Tile Flashing 


Flat roofs are often made of rolled asphalt, rubber membrane or tar and gravel.Rolled Asphalt / Membrane / Gravel

Flat roofs are among the oldest and simplest styles. They can be made with materials like rolled asphalt, rubber membrane or a mixture of tar and gravel. These types of roofs are easy to identify because they have a shallow pitch with almost no slope.

Flashing to use: Solatube No Pitch Flashing



Solatube Flashings 

Solatube Pitched Flashings are designed for use on sloped roofs.Solatube Pitched Flashing


Made of sheet steel, the Pitched Flashing is corrosion-resistant and designed to withstand any type of weather—from Southern heat and Northern blizzards to Midwestern hail and Eastern hurricanes. Its one-piece construction makes it easy to position in one step. This also keeps water from seeping under roofing material and causing damage. Rain and snow simply flow past without a chance to pool.

For metal roofs, the Metal Roof Kit should be used along with the flashing for proper installation.  


Solatube No Pitch Flashings are used on flat roofs.Solatube No Pitch Flashing

The No Pitch Flashing has the same features as the pitched version, just without the built-in slope. This makes it ideal for flat roofs.  




Solatube Universal Tile Flashings are flexible so they can form to the shape of Spanish tiles.Solatube Universal Tile Flashing

The Universal Tile Flashing is made of corrugated aluminum, so it’s flexible. This makes it easy to contour over Spanish tile or slip underneath flat tile. It can even be painted to match the color of your roof, so it blends in seamlessly.

Using the right flashing ensures your Solatube Daylighting System fits snugly, works properly and looks good on your roof. To find your local Solatube Premier Dealer or building materials dealer, click here.


Do you have a unique roof type not mentioned? Tell us about it.