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Common Types of Roof Materials

Roofing is are made from materials that vary in cost, weight, durability, color, and architectural style. The market for materials is dominated by asphalt shingles, tiles, metal products, and wood shingles or shakes. Here are some of the most common types used today.

Asphalt Shingle:

Asphalt roof shingles are the most common covering used on residential properties in North America and account for half of the residential roofing market in the western states, according to industry sources. These shingles will normally only last about 20 years, but covered in copper sheeting the life of the asphalt shingles can easily be extended to between 30 and 40 years. In the absense of harsh weather conditions, asphalt shingles will continue looking good with little maintenance. These roofs are normally installed during warm months. Asphalt shingles can be installed during winter, but there could be a problem with how they bond to each other. The primary advantage of asphalt shingle roofing is lower cost than most other types. Another advantage is that they come in a variety of colors.


Wood shingles come in several different sizes, with varying exposures, and are generally either shingles or shakes. Wood shingles and shakes usually are made of western red cedar, a long-lasting, straight-grained wood. Wood shakes are thicker and rougher, being split rather than sawn from the logs. Wooden roofs have a typical life expectancy of 25 years, which is similar to many other roofs. Wood materials are not fire-resistant and some local codes may even require that the wood be pressure-treated. Wooden roofs may not be suitable for use in fire-prone areas. Wood materials often require more maintenance than other roofing options, especially if you live in a harsh climate. Wood shingles are not permitted on slopes less than 3:12 and shakes are not permitted below 4:12. Wooden roof roofing was commonly used on old houses, but they have gained recent popularity on new homes built in traditional styles.


Tile roofs initially cost a lot more to install than asphalt shingle or wood shake roofs, but they also last much longer. Tile has the unique ability of being able to accent, or complement, the exterior color or finish of any home or building. Tile is also your most energy-efficient material choice, with better insulating properties than most other roofing materials. Tile roofing systems allow air circulation under the tile, reducing heat transfer to attics during fires. These roofs are charming to look at, are quite waterproof and weatherproof and add value to a home or business, but they are not meant to be walked on! Tile is typically used in the more expensive custom homes.


Aluminum is increasingly valued as a roofing material for many reasons. These roofs are attractive, durable, energy-efficient, and increasingly affordable. Aluminum roof mayterials are non-combustible, so they can never be ignited by fire or sparks from your chimney. Aluminum roofing does not warp, crack, or burn and, unlike steel, it is extremely corrosion-resistant and does not rust, which is a significant advantage in coastal areas and places with a lot of precipitation or problems with acid rain. It is a preferred roofing material in hail-prone areas. Aluminum is also extremely lightweight.


The flat roof is used in both business and residential structures. They are not as glamorous or popular as their newer counterparts like slate, tile, or copper roofs. They also generally have a small degree of pitch to them so that water will run off to a drain system and not pond. Flat roofs can be made from a variety of different materials and substances. They are most commonly built up with layers of molten asphalt and felts, or covered with a membrane of modified bitumin or asphalt base, or plastics or rubber. Flat roofs do have a reputation to leak, but pitched (sloped) roofs are prone to ice dams which inevitably form with the freezing and thawing cycles causing leaking as well.
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7000 Oak Hill Rd
Clarkston, MI 48348
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234 Azores Dr
Slidell, LA 70458
Hustad Companies Inc
3236 County Hwy N
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
Roofs By Rodger
210 Sheridan St.
Longview, IL 61852
Roof Worx LLC
12301 N Grant Street
Suite 130
Thornton, CO 80241
Tredent Contracting Services
237 46th street
Brooklyn, NY 11220
Seneca Creek Home Improvement LLC
9909 Mainsail Dr
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
ABC Roofing Inc
624 Guilford College Rd
Greensboro, NC 27409
Klaus Larsen LLC
61 L Main St,Hebron, CT 06248
Hebron, CT, CT 06248
Allstate Roofing
2264 Fair Oaks Blvd Suite 204
Sacramento, CA 95825
Chase Construction North West Inc
11316 36th St E
Edgewood, WA 98372
Total Roofing & Reconstruction
3412 Langley Cir
Plano, TX 75024
Rapid Roofing
5700 S Sheldon Rd
Canton, MI 48188
Bone Dry Roofing
4715 Lima Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46808
Sunset Hills Roofing
12981 Maurer Industrial Dr
Sunset Hills, MO 63127
All Around Roofing and Exteriors Inc
1440 South Monroe St
Denver, CO 80210
Meredith Home Improvements
2025 Borland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15243
Total Roofing & Reconstruction
13332 Bee Street
Dallas, TX 75234
Johnson Construction Company LLC
2692 Madison Rd
STE N1-315
Cincinnati, OH 45208
Smart Care Exteriors
87 Main Street
Monroe, IL 06468
Infinity Home Improvement Inc
852 47th St SW
Wyoming, MI 49509
Turtle Roofing
8404 Sterling St #1
Irving, TX 75063
Net Roofing
2525 W. Arkansas Ln
Arlington, TX 76010
American Dream Home Improvement - Illinois
3040 Finley Rd #200
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Mallard Construction & Roofing
3601 S I-35 Service Rd,Oklahoma City, OK 73129
Oklahoma City, OK 73129
Leaf Gutter Guards - St Louis
1703 Delmar Blvd
St Louis, MO 40202
Christian Brothers Roofing & Contracting, LLC
260 E Crossville Rd, Roswell, GA 30075, US
Roswell, GA, GA 30075
Johnson Construction Company LLC
5357 Broadview Rd. Unit B
Parma, OH 44134
Olneya Restoration Group
1887 Craig Road
St. Louis, MO 63146
Colorado Roof Toppers
131 Hunters Cove Rd
Mead, CO 80542
American Dream Home Improvement - Indiana
11711 N Pennsylvania St #105
Carmel, IN 46032
Roof Worx LLC
155 E Boardwalk Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Johnson Construction Company LLC
1707 N West St.
Lima, OH 45801
Bone Dry Roofing
11368 Dorsett Rd
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Drytech Restoration Services
80 Central Ave.
Spring City, PA 19475
The Roof Maker Inc
38 Mercer Street
Bolivia, NC 28422
Gemini General Contracting
121 South Walnut Street
Westfield, IN 46074
Mountain Roof Repair 2183
pocono pines, PA 18350
Harmony Home Improvement
2389 Main St
Glastonbury, CT 06033
BOLT Construction and Roofing
746 Hanley Ind. Ct
Brentwood, MO 63144
Pennington Roofers
3433 Highway 190 Suite 105
Mandeville, LA 70471
Scholar Painting LLC
2 Klarides Village Drive
Seymour, CT 06483
Coomer Roofing Company
6204 South Harding Street
Indianapolis, IN 46217
Roofing & Restoration Services of America
1605 E Terra Ln.
O'Fallon, MO 63366
Hooten Homes LLC
103 West 4th St.
Wentzville, MO 63385
Solution Roofing
77 W 200 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Contract Exteriors
1991 Glenns Bay Rd #200
Myrtle Beach, SC 29575
Intech Equipment & Supply
1921 W. Grant St.
Phoenix, AZ 85009
Johnson Construction Company LLC
545 Metro Place S Suite 100
Dublin, OH 43017
Seci Construction Inc
157 Robin Hood Rd
Clifton, NJ 07013
9277 Cordova Park Rd
Cordova, TN 38018
Rocky Mountain Snow Guards, Inc.
2055 S Raritan Street, Unit B
Denver, CO 80223
A.Clark roofing and siding
4631 12 Street N
Calgary, AL T2E 4R3
TCK Roofing
Mansion House
Elstree Road
Bushey Heath, NJ 07016
Shield Roofing & Construction LLC
200 Hale St
Charleston, WV 25301
Complete Exteriors
4725 US-80
Pearl, MS 39208
Pitts Roofing
3917 Broadway Ave
Fort Worth , TX 76117
Pacific Exteriors LLC
14724 Bothell Way NE,Seattle, WA 98155
Seattle, WA, WA 98155
Precision Roofing Inc
22 Kerr Lane
Southfields, NY 10975
RSG Roofing LLC
5648 Eula Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45248
Final Touch Roofing
2518 1st St.
Rosenberg, TX 77471
Southern Home Services LLC
9307 Monroe Rd
Suite O
Charlotte, NC 28270
LeafGuard by Midlands Home Solutions
10416 Chandler Cir
La Vista, NE 68128
Crescent Movers
6321 N. Cicero Ave, Unit A
Chicago, IL 60646
Art Construction of NW FL, LLC
11 West 23rd Street
Suite B4
Panama City, FL 32405
New Look Builders
3931 Blue Bird Rd
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
DePalma Construction Inc
29 Tannery Rd
Dillsburg, PA 17019
My-Pros roofing
4133 N Perryville Rd,Loves Park, IL 61111
Loves Park, IL, IL 61111
Millstream Construction
219 Naubuc Ave
East Hartford, CT 06118
A-Top Roofing & Construction
77 Pension Road
Manalapan, NJ 07726
Epic Roofing & Exteriors Ltd.
2435 22 St NE
2435 22 St NE
2435 22 St NE
Calgary, AL AB T2E 8K8
Sundollar Restoration, LLC
13119 Foster Ct
Carmel , MN 46033
Summit Point Roofing
6352 E Fulton St
Ada, MI 49301