Roof Materials
The material you choose for your roof is a matter of personal choice. The style of your home and the shape of your roofline may dictate the materials that might work best, but the type and color are largely up to you.
Asphalt Shingle Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used roofing material in North America mainly because they are economical and versatile, work well on steep-sloped roofs, are sunlight and weather resistant, require little-to-no maintenance, and are reasonably priced.
Cedar Shake A cedar shake roof has a distinctive and natural appearance combined with durability and curb appeal. A cedar shake roof has a natural resistance to insects and UV-ray damage. Unlike metal roofs, cedar shake handles heavy rain and hail quietly and with high durability.
Tile Tile roofing is available in concrete or clay, and in many different colors and shapes. Its versatility gives homeowners the ability to find something that matches their home. Concrete roofing tiles offer elegant, long-term aesthetics for house designs and improved marketability for the builder. The weight of tile may be a factor in choosing this product.
Slate Slate roofs require little maintenance and offer a life expectancy of hundreds of years. The lifespan of a slate roof depends greatly on the type of slate employed, the roof configuration, and the geographical location of the property. In addition, as with tile roofing, the weight of slate may be an issue.
Metal Metal roofs are lightweight, maintenance-free, fireproof, energy efficient, durable, and can be manufactured to give virtually any look conceivable. Furthermore, metal roofs have a life expectancy of over 30 years and houses with metal roofs may receive a discount on the homeowner's (fire) insurance.
Flat Flat roof systems work by providing a waterproof covering over a building. Water is then directed to drains, downspouts, and gutters by the slight pitch of the roof. For this reason, flat roofs are more common in areas where there is very little rain.