Residential Roofing Materials

Roofs, like anything in life, have an expiration date. A high quality roof can last anywhere from 15-30 years depending on the materials used and the level and quality of installation. But one day you may look up to see your roof looking a little worse for wear. Hopefully you notice this BEFORE any major leaks or issues arise. When its time to look into residential roof replacements, repair or restoration you’ll likely have many questions that need answering. Some common inquiries from home owners looking for residential roofing services include:

  • Do I need a total replacement or just repairs / patching?
  • How long do I have before I actually need a new roof
  • What are the best materials for my roof
  • What options are available within my budget
  • And more…

Consulting with a professional residential roofing services company (like ours) is a great first step to learning more about the options that are best suited for your specific circumstance.
Read on to learn more about common residential roofing materials.

Common Residential Roofing Materials

Asphalt Shingles

Arguably the most commonly used residential roofing material, asphalt shingles are a great option for many residential roofs, providing both durability and affordability. They also come in
many designs, shapes and colors to give your roof that extra flare. Event better, they are simple to install and cut down on installation costs. These shingles are typically composed of asphalt mixed with granules over a backing made of organic paper fiber or fiberglass.

Tile Shingles

Common in Europe, clay tiles are also a staple of the southwest United States and are becoming popular as a more eco-friendly alternative to assault. Tile offers superior durability, energy  efficiency and insulation. Not to mention they are fireproof as well. However, due to the added weight of tile shingles, not every residential home is a good fit.


A lesser used option includes slate, which is made from stone and provides a durability matching or surpassing that of tile. As with clay, slate is fireproof. Unlike clay, slate is virtually
indestructible (great to combat against hail storms). However, like clay, slate is heavy and is not suitable for all residential roofs.


Metal gives your home that industrial sleek and retro look. It’s not as durable as clay or slate but more so than asphalt. Mid-range in pricing, metal roofing stands up well against rot, fire,
insects, moisture and hail.

Budget Considerations

Arguably one of the most important aspects to consider when shopping around for residential roofing services and materials is your budget. Shopping around is a good thing. You want to make sure you pay a fair price. But you also want to make sure that you don’t just look for the lowest bid out there, potentially sacrificing both quality of work and materials used…which over time may end up costing you thousands more. You’ll also want to consider how long you plan on staying in the home and if a higher end roof might also increase the value for “re-sale”.

Next Steps

We hope this article helped you learn about a few of the basics when it comes to residential roofing materials and services. Give us a call today and get your questions answered by our expert residential roofers. We love talking to homeowners and discussing roofing options and would love to help you learn more about how we can help.