Roofing Material Options For Your Home

Posted by Justin Havre on Monday, May 14th, 2018 at 11:48am.

5 Roofing Materials You Should Use on Your HomeA home’s roof will naturally wear down over time, and depending on what it’s made out of, it may have a lifetime of 20-30 years or longer before needing to be replaced. Replacing a roof is a big job that homeowners want to do as little as possible, and picking the right material can help a roof last a long time. But what are the different types of roofing materials available? Here are some of the popular options and what makes them good choices.

Composition and Asphalt Shingles

Although they may go by two different names, these are the same shingles, and they’re the most popular roofing option for residential roofing and can be easily identified by the asphalt base covered in granules that give it the look of extremely rough sandpaper. Asphalt shingles are cost-effective, and it’s hard to find a roofer who doesn’t know how to install them, so there shouldn’t be any need to find a niche specialist. This type of shingle will typically last around 20 years, but they’re known to go longer as well. 

Wooden Shingles

Wooden shingles used to be popular before the rise of the asphalt variety, but now they’re more difficult to find used on homes. While they’re more expensive than asphalt shingles, wooden shingles can last up to 50 years if the home is in a location with a dry climate. If the home is in a wet climate, the homeowner will find moss and lichen growing on their roof, which will need to be cleaned regularly. Wooden shingles can be a fire hazard if they aren’t specially treated to be fire resistant, and that can make them a safety hazard, so homeowners interested in wooden shingles should be aware of their building code before investing any money in them.

Clay and Concrete Tiles

While not very common in Canada, red clay tiles can be found easily in the southern United States due to the Mexican influence. While many people associate clay tile roofs with a south-of-the-border look, they can also be made to mimic wooden shingles and shakes or even look like slate. While clay tiles are great in the dry southern climates, homeowners who are interested in using them should make sure to use glazed tiles instead, otherwise moss will be a constant problem. Homeowners also need to make sure their home in High River can support the weight of the tiles, as they can be extremely heavy.


More common on the east coast, slate different from common asphalt shingles because the slates hang off of nails and aren’t glued down. Because of this, they’re best suited to steep roofs. Homeowners who are eco-conscious will be interested to know that slate roofs are environmentally friendly, and the slates can be reused on different homes should the home ever be torn down or the homeowner decides to choose a new material for their roof. Slate is the most expensive roofing option on this list, so homeowners need to account for these factors when choosing a material. 

Metal Tiles

Before residential use, metal were predominantly used just for farms and commercial buildings, but now these tiles can be made to look like wooden shingles and other materials, so homeowners can have the durability of metal without sacrificing the aesthetic of other materials. Metal tiles are extremely durable, but they’re more expensive than most other materials because of it, and homeowners also need to be aware that the grooves in the tiles can trap leaves, so they need to be cleaned fairly often.

These are some of the most common different roofing materials on the market, and between them, there should be something to suit every homeowner’s needs. For more information, be sure to consult a local roofing specialist.

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