Roofing Materials

Type of Roofing Materials

The type of roofing materials used for a project plays a part in costs. In some cases, HOA rules or a home’s geographic location may limit customer choices, so they might not have much flexibility with material costs.

Also, not every material can be used on every home. For instance, a roof with a low slope or a flat roof could require a different surface from a steep pitch. Dennis and Sons technicians will suggest the best choice for each client.

Roofing shingles vary widely in cost, and the least expensive are not always the best financial investment. Other factors determine the overall value. Materials’ longevity, energy efficiency, durability, and sustainability are also important.

The following are some of the most common roofing materials, ranked from least to most expensive:

  • Asphalt – Affordable asphalt shingles are found on homes everywhere in North America. They are sold in a range of colors and are energy efficient. Asphalt is a popular choice but may not be suitable for every climate and can warp or crack.
  • Fiberglass Shingles – Lightweight, fire-resistant, and UV-resistant, fiberglass shingles are a more economical option than many other roofing materials. Shingles are durable and typically include extended warranties.
  • Tile Shingles – Stylish and adaptable, tile shingles are often found on Mediterranean and Spanish style homes. Although more costly than some other options, they can last 80 years and add an interesting architectural element to homes.
  • Wooden Shakes and Shingles – Priced midway between asphalt and tile, wooden shingles can last as long as 50 years. They are eco-friendly, durable, and energy-efficient. Installation may be more complicated than with other roofing. Wood is less fire-resistant than other choices and redwood, and cedar shingles are susceptible to termites and mold growth.
  • Metal Roofing – Metal roofs are attractive, sold in various colors and styles, and commonly last 30-50 years. Components are made with copper, steel, aluminum, tin, or zinc alloy. Metal roofing is more expensive than asphalt or wood but is also more durable. Metal roofs are low-maintenance, impact-resistant, and very energy-efficient. Roofs also act as a natural insulator.
  • Slate – One of the oldest roofing materials, slate is also one of the most expensive. A slate roof can last 75-150 years, making it the most durable option. Roofing stands up to the harshest weather and is fireproof. Since roofs can last over 100 years, slate is also considered a sustainable material.