The Many Types Of Roofing

When hiring a contractor to repair or replace a section of roofing, it is important to understand the materials that they will be working with. This is especially important when dealing with new construction or replacing a roof entirely. There are different types of roofing you can choose for the roof of your house. There is asphalt shingles, slate, metal roofing, EPDM synthetic roofing, and tiles.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles, also known as composite shingles, are the most popular type of roofing. They are more affordable than most other types of roofing. Their affordability is the main reason why so many homeowners opt for asphalt shingles. However, asphalt shingles do not have the longest lifespan. On average they last around fifteen years. Although, if you choose to select a high-quality manufacturer, the longevity of your asphalt shingle roofing can be prolonged somewhat. In the past, most asphalt shingles were organic. In organic shingles, asphalt is mixed with paper. Newer asphalt shingles are made of fiberglass and mineral fillers mixed with asphalt. Organic shingles can be more durable, but fiberglass shingles are more resistant to fires and insects.


Slate roofing is one of the most durable types of roofing available. It can have a lifespan longer than one hundred years. Slate roofing is also one of the most expensive roofing types on the market. While you may prefer slate roofing, your house may not be suitable for it. Slate roofing is heavier than other types of roofing. Hence, you would have to invest in other modifications to your house to support the additional weight before installing a slate roof.

Metal Roofing

Many homeowners are also viewing metal roofing as a viable alternative to more traditional roofing styles. It has a longer lifespan than asphalt shingles, lasting twenty-five years or longer. It can be cost-effective thanks to its longevity, but it is usually more expensive than asphalt roofing. One advantage of metal roofing is that it is not prone to insect damage. Another advantage of metal roofing is that it is lightweight. While metal roofing is becoming more popular with homeowners, you may encounter difficulties finding a metal roofer in your area. Metal roofing is also potentially noisy during rain, requiring additional soundproofing if the added noise is bothersome.

EPDM Roofing

EPDM roofing is also known as rubber roofing. Rubber roofing is mostly applied to flat or low sloped roofs. Rubber roofing is more popular for commercial applications, rather than home roofing. Rubber roofing can be installed quicker than other types of roofing. It is also another cost-effective roofing option. Rubber roofs are fire resistant and have fewer seams, which lowers the risk of water leakage. They are prone to punctures, but punctures can be easily repaired and at a low cost when compared to other types of roofing repairs. One of the drawbacks of rubber roofing is that experienced installers are often difficult to find.


Tiles, just like slate, have a long lifespan. They can last longer than fifty years, but maintenance short of complete replacement may be necessary from time to time. They are also susceptible to breaking. The cost of replacing and repairing a tile roof can be higher than some other types of roofing. Like slate, tiles are heavy, and the structure of your house may not be appropriate for them. Tile roofs also resist insect damage.

For more information, contact your local roofing contractor.