Types of Residential Roofing Materials

Types of Residential Roofing Materials

A Look at Your Roofing Options

Your roof is not only protection for your house, it’s a style element. There’s a lot to consider when you’re roofing or re-roofing: different materials to match the style of your house and keep out the elements. Things to think about include the weather in your area, your homeowner’s association or community regulations, building codes, and the type of shingle that will best complement your home style.

Shingle roofing materials:

  • Wood Shakes
  • Asphalt Composition Shingle
  • Slate and manufactured slate

Wood Shakes or Shingles

Wood shakes, usually made of cedar, have an old-fashioned, traditional look, and are environmentally sound. Despite the historic appearance, today’s wood shakes are modern and durable. Good quality shakes can be expected to last 30 years, as long as they are installed properly. If you’re considering wood shakes, investing in pressure-treated, fire-retardant shingles will pay off in the long run. For historic homes, wood shakes are often the choice that is closest to original construction materials.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most economical roofing solution and the roofing material most commonly used in the U.S. They are constructed of a base mat made from fiberglass or organic materials, then saturated with asphalt and coated with a granular substance. Fiberglass-based shingles are stronger and more flexible than those made from organic materials. Asphalt shingles come in two styles, 3-tab and architectural. Each style comes in a variety of colors. Architectural shingles are thicker and better quality. An architectural roof will have shadowing due to overlapping shingles in different widths.A 3-tab shingle roof is thinner, flat, and uniform. The lifespan of a shingle roof depends on the quality, the expertise of the installation, and the weather conditions in the area. They average 15-18 years for 3-tab shingles and 24-30 years for architectural shingles.


Slate is a beautiful, durable roofing material that lasts for generations. Because it’s expensive and heavy, slate is rarely used today. Houses with slate roofs must have additional reinforcement to bear the weight of the tiles. Shingles made to look like slate are available today on the market, and they are lighter and a great deal less expensive. A discerning eye would notice the difference, but most people would only see the remarkable beauty of an unusual roof. Manufactured slate-style shingles are constructed of recycled rubber and plastic, and made to last. They are guaranteed for 50 years.

Making a choice

Your decision should reflect your personal taste, the style of your home, the law of the land, and your budget. For some, the decision is all about what they can afford. Others look for longevity, a bigger investment today, but significant savings over the life of the home. The most important considerations are getting a roof that looks great, fits within your budget, and protects your home and family from the elements. One additional thing to consider is the value of your home. An inexpensive roofing material can discourage buyers and lower the potential selling price. Your roof should add value to your home and have curb appeal.

Call for Quote: 855-357-5782 Click here to find our nearest location!

We normally respond within ~24 hours.