Some residential roofing options include asphalt shingles, slate tiles and wood shingles. Other options include different types of metal shingles and tiles, ceramic tiles and cement.
Asphalt shingles are a popular type of residential roofing material. They work on low- and high-sloped roofs, are easy to install and are budget-friendly. Asphalt shingles last approximately 15 years, depending on how well they are maintained. These shingles come in different thicknesses and varieties that can alter the cost and installation process.
Wood shingles are another good option, though they need to be properly sealed to avoid the fire risk. Some areas that are prone to wildfires do not allow these shingles. In areas that do allow them, the varieties to choose from include southern pine, redwood and cedar. Like asphalt shingles, there are multiple varieties and styles of wood to use on the roof.
Metal roofing materials are diverse, coming in panels and shingles made of slate, aluminum, copper and steel. They are fire-resistant and pest-resistant. Metal roofing materials also last a long time, though they are more expensive than other materials.
Slate is one of the most expensive types of roofing materials but also among the most durable. Tile provides more decorative options.
When choosing roofing materials, consider the weight of the materials, the styles that accommodate the home and the cost of installation.