There are different types of roofing materials available in the market these days. Some of the popularly sold ones are mentioned below. 

Types of roofing materials

  • Metal roofing: You can find them in shingles resembling slate, shake and tile or vertical panels. They are durable and can last around 60 years. This roof is fire, rain, snow, and high wind-resistant. Being lightweight it can be installed even over existing roofs. But metal roofing is expensive per square foot which again depends on the metal style and type chosen. Heavy rain and hailstorms may cause loud noise and even dent the roof. There can also be corrosion. 
  • Asphalt shingles: They are effective to be installed in different environmental conditions. They also come with low upfront costs but will need to be replaced after 20 years. You can enjoy the homeowner’s premium discount on impact-resistant shingles. 
  • Built-up roofing: It is quite heavy and comprises layers of tar, asphalt, or adhesive, meant for flat roofs. Gravel, tar roofs are also designed for roof-top decks that experience heavy foot traffic. However, shoveling snow can be tough. Also, during summer, it can become sticky. They last about 20-25 years. 
  • Green roofs: They reduce water runoff and enhance air quality as they are covered with plants. It also insulates homes, thereby diminishing urban heat islands. But this roof type requires additional structural support, thermal insulation, vapor barrier, water filtration, drainage, waterproofing, soil, plants, and compost. Its lifespan is around 40 years. 
  • Clay/concrete tiles: These are claimed to withstand earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes. They are suitable to be used in dry, warm climates and will need additional support to bear their heavyweight. There are chances of its breaking if walked upon. 
  • Rubber slate: Appearing natural, it can fit easily intricate roofs such as Victorian homes. They are built to last around 100 years. However, walking and satellite dishes may damage it. You need to hire roofing professionals who are specialized to install this roofing type. 
  • Stone-coated steel: They are quite economical and are suitable for areas experiencing wildfires, windy and wet regions. The interlocking panels mimic shingles, clay, or slate and can resist heavy rains, winds, freeze-thaw cycles, hail, and uplifting. Some roofs also come with a lifetime warranty. 

However, the best roof type to install in your home will depend on your budget, house, and climate.