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Roofing Material Options


Not too long ago you could only choose between asphalt, slate, and concrete tiles for roofing materials. Now, roofing materials are more advanced and there is a wider range of alternatives which means you can find the best possible fit for your building. There are 9 commonly used roofing materials to choose from today.

Roofing Material Options

  • Asphalt Shingles: The most commonly used roofing material because they work effectively in any environmental condition. The quality of shingles can vary from manufacturer, so be sure to confirm they have passed durability and wind tests. The initial cost for shingles is low compared to other materials but you will need to replace them after 20 years.
  • Metal Roofing: Metal roofing can last up to 60 years. It comes in vertical panels that resemble slate, tile, and shake. Metal roofing is highly resistant to wind and does not easily burn. The average cost of metal roofing is expensive, between $5 and $12 per square foot, but the durability and longevity make it worthwhile. You need to be careful of corrosion with metal roofing and note that they can be noisy during heavy rainfall.
  • Solar Tiles: Solar collectors are integrated into shingles to create up to 1 kilowatt of energy per 100 square feet. These work perfectly for buildings where solar panels are not approved. Like solar panels, these tiles can offset energy costs and save you money.
  • Slate: Slate lasts over 100 years, doesn’t burn, is waterproof, and resistant to mold. Slate is also very expensive and heavy but the most durable roofing material you can get that will last you a lifetime.
  • Rubber Slate: This slate looks natural and is easily cut to fit intricate roofing. It lasts close to 100 years like natural slate but can be easily damaged by heavy walking and satellite dishes. It can break easily under those conditions. Rubber slate is also a newer material and finding a roofer trained to install the material can be a challenge.
  • Stone-coated Steel: The interlocking panels look like clay, shingles, or slate and can resist heavy damage from wind and rain. This roofing material is also economical and is often warranted for the lifetime of a building or home.
  • Clay and Concrete Tiles: Clay and concrete are great in climates with high winds as they can withstand winds up to 125 miles per hour. These tiles work well in warm, dry climates but are heavy to work with. You may require additional support to bear the weight. These tiles can also break easily when stepped on.
  • Built-up Roofing: This roofing consists of layers of asphalt and tar, topped with a layer of aggregate. This only works for flat roofs and is ideal for roofing that gets heavy traffic. These roofs can get sticky in the summer heat and need to be maintained more regularly than smoother surface roofing. Built-up roofing lasts between 20 and 25 years.
  • Green Roofing: These roofs are covered with live plants and will improve air quality, reduce water runoff, provide better insulation, and reduce urban heat islands. These roofing styles do require additional structural support, waterproofing, drainage, soil, a vapor barrier, and thermal insulation but they can last up to 40 years and offer additional space for personal enjoyment.


There are more options for roofing materials available these days so the right option will come down to budget, the building structure, and the local climate. As the local roofing professionals with experience in all roofing materials, we can help you find the right roofing material to meet your needs. Roofing can be expensive so we want to make sure you get the best roofing to protect your building and your investment.


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