Types of Roofs: What Is Your Favorite?


Fiberglass/Asphalt Shingles

Fiberglass/Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used roofing materials. They are relatively low in cost compared to the other options mentioned. They come in a variety of styles and colors, making it easy to align with the style of your home. Despite the moderate cost, durability is not sacrificed, as fiberglass/asphalt shingled roofs are projected to last between 20-50 years, depending on the amount of asphalt used in the product. Other factors causing premature aging are climate, sun exposure and lack of proper ventilation. 


Metal Roof

Metal roofing can be expensive, but choosing to go with a lower quality material can increase the likelihood of dents. While it is lightweight and withstands wind well, it absorbs less heat than asphalt shingles. Excessive noise can be a factor if you live in an area that experiences a lot of rain, hail, or wind storms. Metal roofing is available in sheets or shingles, giving you the option to make your home a big different than most others on the block. 


Slate Shingles

Slate is the most expensive and heaviest roofing option. It is also the oldest type of roofing material, so if you’re going for a rustic, aged feel for your home, slate may be a great candidate. It protects well against fire and wind and tends to have a long lifespan. One downside: slate must be installed on very steep-sloping roofs.


Clay Tiles

Clay tile is both expensive and heavy. While projected to have a long lifespan of 50-100 years, the tiles are very fragile and can chip, crack, or break from time to time. Clay tile brings a classis Spanish and Italian feel to your home. 


Solar Shingles

Years ago, transitioning to a solar roof required big, bulky solar panels, and ended up costing more than it save. Today, solar shingles are available in options that closely remember flat asphalt shingles, and come at a fraction of what they used to cost. With Federal tax credits of 30% and many slates delivering utility discounts for using solar power, going solar is a great option to consider. Aside from cost saving, solar panels use safe, natural power and even add future value to your home.


Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic tile is less expensive than clay tile, and can still last more than 100 years. Ceramic tile is also more lightweight than clay tile but still requires a strong support system. Certain metals can be made to look like ceramic tile, making for cheaper options with similar look and feel. 


Wood Shingles and Shakes

Wood shingles and shakes are made from cedar, redwood, and southern pine. Western Red Cedar #1 Blue Label is the best option here. Some areas restrict the use of wood shingles due to flammability, so check your local building codes before installing. While this material is moderate to high in initial cost, it requires frequent upkeep and can have a shorter lifespan. If maintenance time and expenses are something you are trying to avoid, you may want to consider a different material. Poor installation methods and improper ventilation will significantly decrease the lifespan of your wood shingle or shake roof.