The Different Types of Roofing Materials

Roofing Materials

The Different Types of Roofing MaterialsThere are numerous choices when it comes to the different types of roofing materials available. Choosing a roofing material can be difficult. For this reason, we have gathered the best information on the different types of roofing materials and listed their advantages and disadvantages to help you decide on the best roofing material for your home.

Asphalt Shingles

The most popular type of roofing material in the United States is asphalt shingles due to their affordability, durability, effectiveness and life expectancy.

Asphalt shingles come in a variety of colors, sizes, shapes, and textures, which allows you to improve the aesthetics of your home quite easily. The lifespan of asphalt shingles is approximately 20 years. Although asphalt shingles have many benefits, they also have several disadvantages. The reduced lifespan, when compared to other roofing materials like tiles, is one disadvantage. Another disadvantage with asphalt shingles is their tendency to discolor over time. This discoloration can negatively impact the aesthetics of your home.

Comparing Asphalt Shingles to Metal Roofing

Asphalt shingles are easy to install compared to installing metal roofing. Metal roofing should only be installed by a professional roofer who has experience working with metal roofing. Although metal roofs are awkward to install, the metal itself is not heavy. Furthermore, metal is more environmentally friendly.

As with any type of metal, the shine of the metal will dull with time. There are two options when this occurs, you can either replace the metal roof or opt to have it painted. This is the cheaper option; however, it should only be done if the roof is still in good shape.


Asphalt shingles last approximately 20 years; however, this is not very long when you look at the other roofing materials’ lifespans. Slate is an example of long-lasting roofing material. When slate is properly installed, it can last for up to a century. It should be noted that slate is one of the most expensive roofing materials.

Slate offers a number of advantage, including the sophisticated and natural look that it produces. In addition to this, slate is resistant to rot and heat. Roofing contractors agree that slate is easy to install compared to other types of roofing materials.

Slate also has some disadvantages that should be considered. One of the main disadvantages of slate is the risk of breakage when you are cleaning your gutters or performing maintenance on your roof.

Wood Shingles

Metal is an environmentally-friendly choice; however, wood shingles are even more environmentally-friendly than metal or asphalt shingles. Wood shingles are considered a green roofing option. Depending on the wood used and how it is sourced, wood shingles can be mild or moderate green options.

Wood roofing material has slowly gained popularity of the years. When installed properly, wood shakes can last upwards of 30 years. The type of wood that is chosen can impact water runoff. Wood shakes provide a natural, rustic look. Wood roofing is a great choice for homeowners wanting an environmentally-friendly roofing material that provides an organic look.

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