Three of the Most Common Kinds of Roofing

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As a homeowner, you’re probably aware that a roof replacement can significantly increase the value and resale price of your home, but what you might not know is that your ROI is dependent on whichever roofing materials types you invest in. After all, between the myriad of different roof types and shapes, it’s only natural that some types of roofing materials will work better than others in your own individual situation.

If you’re concerned about the types of roofing that might work well for your house, here’s a short guide to help you make the right decision.


Shingles are the most commonly used kind of roofing material. Over 75% of houses in the U.S. have asphalt shingles alone, which means that well over three-quarters of the country have shingles when you consider the other types of materials out there, like wood. These kinds of materials are so incredibly popular because they’re affordable, easy to install, and will last for at least a couple decades.


Tiles are also very popular because they’re more aesthetically pleasing than shingles. Though they’re often touted as more durable, since the tiles themselves can have lifespans of as long as 75 years, the membrane beneath doesn’t last quite as long. That being said, if the contractors do a good job and the right materials are used, a tile roof can last for as long as 30 years. If done incorrectly on the other hand, it might need replacing within 10 years.


Though not as prevalent as the other types of roofing, metal is becoming more and more popular. First of all, it has a lifespan of at least 50 years. Second of all, it can withstand the harshest of weather conditions. Third, it’s environmentally friendly, because most metal types of roofing are made out of recycled materials and because they’re energy efficient. However, these types of roofing do require a bit more maintenance than the others, since they need to be resealed and re-fastened ever two or three years.

These are just a few of the most common types of roofing. If you’re not sure which might work best for your home, consider scheduling a consultation with a licensed professional. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments. References:

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