Roof Selection

March 20, 2013
 When selecting what type of roof you want your home to have, there are 4 main considerations for you to take into account: cost, durability, aesthetics, and architectural style. Since you likely won’t be replacing your roof for 20 years or more, you’ll want to be committed to your roofing material decision. To aid you in this process, try looking over the following descriptions of the main roofing types on the market today. 

Asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles are by far the most common roofing type used in the United States. They come reinforced with fiberglass. They come in a variety of fire resistances, with Class A, B, or C ratings. Class A shingles are the most fire-resistant and most fiberglass shingles fall under this denomination. 

Wood shingles and shakes

This roofing type is found most commonly in California, the Northwest, and the Midwest. Though they provide a unique look, some building codes restrict their use as they often have little or no fire resistance. 


Tile roofing is generally made from either clay or concrete and is used to create Spanish, French, and English style looks and comes in a variety of colors. It is, however, quite heavy and not all buildings have the structure to support the heavy load.


Becoming more popular is metal roofing which comes in panels and shingles. It is usually made to imitate other traditional roofing products and is known for its longevity and resistance to damage caused by the elements. It is also a lightweight material and most have a Class A fire rating.

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