A Quick Look at Roofing Material Options

08 May A Quick Look at Roofing Material Options

closeup roof tilesRoofing of today comes in a wide variety of materials, all designed for various purposes—be it to suit a particular home style, maximize energy efficiency, or provide the ultimate durability. In fact, the vast selection of shingle materials there are to choose from can be overwhelming, especially considering that every roofing material company carries its own unique selection of shingles. Here’s a quick look at three of the most common roofing materials available today to help make the process of choosing a new roof a little easier.


Asphalt shingles are probably the most common material you see used in roofing. They are relatively inexpensive and come in two varieties: organic and fiberglass. Organic asphalt shingles are made from a combination of recycled felt paper, asphalt, and ceramic granules, while fiberglass asphalt shingles contain less asphalt and feature a fiberglass base mat in the place of recycled felt paper. In both types of asphalt shingles, the asphalt serves as a waterproofing agent and adds to the durability of the shingles. Asphalt shingles are available in both rough and smoother textures, in a variety of styles and colors.


Many consider slate to be the most beautiful and durable roofing material of all, and for centuries it has been the roofing material of choice on some of the world’s most celebrated buildings, lasting for even hundreds of years on some structures. For these reasons, slate is one of the more expensive roofing materials. However, roofing companies of today are making more and more advances in roofing technology, which means that slate shingles are accessible to more homeowners now than ever before.


Steel is a material that you sometimes see made to imitate the look of slate, resulting in a shingle that is beautiful, strong, and energy efficient. Steel shingles can also be manufactured in a more tile-like shape, making for a distinctive look of smooth, uniform tile on your roof. Some steel shingles are even made to exhibit the rich, deep hand-hewn texture of cedar wood, giving your roof the warm look that wood shakes can offer while offering the strong protective power of metal.

It’s important to note that even in looking at the different categories of shingle materials, there is a great deal of variety to consider within each category, as well as shingle types that could fall somewhere between two categories. For a full look at your roofing options and to determine what will work best for you and your home, talk to an expert at Garn-teed Roofing today.

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