3 Types of Residential Roofing Materials to Consider for Your Home

When it’s time for a new roof, you have plenty of options – but some might be better than others are, depending on your personal preferences, your budget and your home’s architectural style. Check out these three types of residential roofing materials to decide if one of them is right for you:

  • Asphalt shingles
  • Wood shakes and shingles
  • Synthetic slate


Asphalt Shingles

Clogged roof drains can pose huge problems. If water isn’t coming from your downspouts the next time it rains – or if less water is coming from them than is pouring from the sky – you could have puddles on top of your roof. While those ponds of water will eventually evaporate, they can degrade the quality of your roofing materials and compress the roof insulation.

Asphalt Shingles

The vast majority of homes have asphalt shingles – they’re pretty standard across the country. They’re a great choice when you want something affordable that provides long-lasting protection, and they come in a huge range of styles and colors so you can completely customize your home’s look.

Asphalt shingles are available in 3-tab and architectural styles. Standard 3-tab shingles, which have fallen out of fashion, provide a flat and uniform look – but architectural asphalt shingles provide depth and dimension and create a modern, stylish look.

You can often choose between organic shingles and fiberglass shingles. For most people, it makes sense to talk to a residential roofing contractor about what’s best.

Lifespan: Most asphalt shingle roofs last between 20 and 30 years.

Wood Shakes and Shingles

Wood shakes and shingles are an all-natural alternative for standard residential roofing. Shakes are pieces of wood that feature a thicker butt end than point, and shingles are uniformly cut and have even tapers. You can choose from several types of wood for shakes or shingles, including Western red cedar, cypress, spruce and pine.

Natural wood roofs can be incredibly beautiful, but there are several factors that affect how long a wood roof will last – including whether it’s been treated with chemicals, the quality of the installation, and how well you maintain it. They’re durable, but in high-moisture environments, they’re susceptible to mold, mildew and rot.

Lifespan: A natural wood roof can last between 25 and 30 years with the proper care.

Synthetic Slate

Synthetic slate is an increasingly popular choice for residential roofing. It’s known to be long-lasting and durable, and it’s relatively low-maintenance. It features Class 4 impact resistance, which means it can stand up to our hail storms, and it has a Class A fire rating. Most types of synthetic slate roofing are certified to withstand at least 110 mile-per-hour winds and comes with a limited lifetime warranty, as well.

Synthetic slate is much more durable than authentic slate is, and it’s considered a Residential Roofing Materials SQ“green” product because it can be recycled. It’s very lightweight, especially when compared to authentic slate, too.

Lifespan: A slate roof can last up to 100 years with proper care and maintenance.

Do You Need to Talk to the Pros About Your Residential Roofing?

If you need a new roof, we can help. Call us at 972-454-4400 to talk about your vision. We can provide you with several options and help you make the right residential roofing choice.


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