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Three Common Roofing Materials to Consider

If you are re-roofing your home, there is so much to consider that it can often be a little confusing. The perfect material or style might not immediately jump out at you. You need to research and find the best product for your style, climate, price range, and maintenance abilities. This article aims to quickly introduce you to three of the most commonly used products in residential roofing. It should help you choose, or at least narrow down the options.


Slate is a natural stone that is very popular for roofing. When it is quarried, it is broken into thin slivers that are then formed into the shingles that are installed on your roof. Basically, it is natural stone with nothing added. Most people love slate because of the way that it looks.

Traditionally, it was used in roofing all over the world because it was so easy to quarry and because it is a naturally water resistant and low maintenance material when it comes to roofing. But, many of the newer synthetic roofing materials are much more energy efficient and lower maintenance. But, slate is still a great choice with a style that is hard to beat.

Asphalt Tiles

Asphalt tiles are on the entire other end of the spectrum. They are completely composite products that are chiefly made out of epoxies, composite concretes, and PVC. Basically, they are a mixture of a bunch of synthetic products, so they are waterproof and very durable. The main drawback to asphalt tiles is that they aren't very stylish. They look like sandpaper and they give any roof a more industrial look. That being said, they are extremely cheap.

Wooden Shingles

Wooden roofs are very well liked in rustic and cabin construction. You can probably guess that they aren't very easy to maintain. Wood has good energy efficiency ratings, but it is also susceptible to water and termite damage. Basically, a wood roof will need to closer attention and more frequent repairs over the years.

Modern wooden roofing products are also more advanced and weather resistant than ever. They also come in a wide range of color and many different wood species are used. In reality, wood roofs can look good in just about type of construction.

These are just three of the most common options for residential re-roofing. They each have their own set of pros and cons. Learn more about which is a better option for you home by contacting local roofing contractors.