Roofing materials 101

When replacing your roof, there are many roofing materials available to choose from. But how do you know which roofing materials are right for your home? Selecting the best roofing materials depends on your quality preference, longevity needs, resale value, aesthetics and available budget.

So, where should you start? Shingles come in many different styles, colors and weight, and since replacing your roof is an important commitment in keeping your family safe, we want you to be confident you’re choosing the right materials. To give you an insight into the different benefits each roofing material provides, we’ve narrowed down a list of our most popular shingle choices.

Tab Shingles
Tab Shingles have a flat design and are the most economical roof material on the market. They usually hold a 20-25 year manufacturer’s warranty and may show damage more easily than others due to their light weight and resiliency.

Laminated Shingles
Laminated shingles are heavier in weight than tab shingles and can be installed in a variety of color blends to achieve a layered look that’s more appealing than a flat design. They usually come with a 25-50 year manufacturer’s warranty and are more resilient to bad weather and storm damage.

Designer Shingles
Designer shingles not only give the most unique appearance when compared to standard shingles, but they also yield an increased resale value for your home. They are extremely resilient and come in multiple styles and designs. Designer shingles usually hold a 40 year to lifetime warranty.

Aluminum Shingles
Aluminum shingles are perfect for contemporary homes that want to achieve both elegance and energy efficiency. Environmentally friendly, aluminum is a great roof material to consider when wanting both high-quality design and functionality.

Steel Shingles
Staking its name in the roofing industry, steel shingles are a great alternative to aluminum shingles. Specialized paint finishes keep these shingles looking rich and unique for many years to come. Steel shingles can also significantly increase the resale value of your home.

Slate Roofs
Slate roofs are dramatic, sophisticated and protect your home with a life expectancy of 100+ years. Traditionally slate roof installation has been an expensive project, but new slate technology allows consumers to achieve this look at a less expensive price.

Tile Roofs
Tile roofs are perfect for a unique look and usually last a lifetime. They are heavier than most other roofing materials and enhance a home’s curb appeal. They can create different looks by a more traditional barreled style or be made to look like wood shingles or slate.

You’ll want to get a hands-on experience with these shingle samples, so make sure you’ve found the best roofing contractor for your project. If you’re looking to learn more about the best roofing materials and ways to better protect your family, contact one of our expert advisors at 972.223.1765.