Roofing Materials and Shingle Types

There are many excellent roofing materials available and in this section we look at each one with a brief description.  This is a good place to start your search for the right roof for your home.

You’ll find an overview of asphalt shingles, wood shingles and shakes, clay and concrete tiles, slate and metal roofing.  A description discusses the composition of the roofing material or how it is made.  Along with the basic description, we provide information about styles, relative costs, longevity and the kinds of homes that employ each type of roofing. Use these overviews to get an idea of what types of roofing you want to learn more about.  You’ll discover choices that will provide practical protection for your home as well as the aesthetic beauty you desire.

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Slate Roofing

Slate Roofs and Roofing Slate roofing is a high-cost, high-reward material.  It is one of the most expensive roofing materials on the market but offers a large number of benefits.  Slate roofing is: Very attractive, available in natural colors and styles. It has an upscale look. Very durable, since it is stone.  It holds up […]


Metal Roofing

Metal, Aluminum and Steel Roofing In the 1700‘s, metal roofing was common, with steel, copper, and lead being popular materials. In the 1900‘s metal roofing was used primarily on farmhouses and other rural homes, being thought of as mostly functional, with little aesthetic quality. Now however, there is a resurgence in the use of metal […]

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Wood Shingles and Shakes

Wood Shingles and Roofing Shakes Wood shingles and shakes are are  attractive roof materials.  They are sometimes made from pine, but more often from redwood or cedar because these woods have natural water-resistant qualities.  Wood shingle roofing offers an eclectic look which is suited to traditional homes and some contemporary forms of architecture as well. […]

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Asphalt Roof Shingles

Asphalt Roof Shingles Asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing material used today, found on about 75% of homes.  They are widely installed throughout the United States, and have been for more than 100 years.  Their popularity is due to the strengths they offer: They are affordable, attractive, easy to install on almost […]

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Clay Tile Roofing

Clay Roof Tiles and Concrete Roofing Tile roofing has traditionally been made of clay but now concrete tile roofing is also manufactured.  Both types are popular with homeowners who are looking for a long-term roofing material.  They are also appreciated for these strengths: They give the home a unique and attractive appearance, they resist fire […]