What kinds of roofing materials are available?

What kinds of roofing materials are available?

When it comes to what to put on your roof, homeowners have several options. Architecture, budget, longevity, and aesthetics all play a part in the decision-making process, but the professionals at Ready 2 Roof can help you narrow down your options.

Architectural shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most common type of shingle. Not only are they durable, fire retardant, relatively inexpensive and easy to install, they also come in a variety of styles to complement many different styles of homes. The three-tab variety is usually the least expensive. Architectural shingles, asphalt shingles in textures and thicknesses that resemble slate or wood, are another option. Most come with a 30-year warranty.

Metal roofing has long been the staple of commercial construction but it is still in high demand as a residential roofing material. Copper roofing is attractive on modern and historic homes. Galvanized roofing, which also looks nice on a variety of architectural styles, is a less expensive option. Nothing beats the sound of rain on a metal roof, but longevity is the biggest advantage to metal roofing. It can last up to 75 years.

Wood shake roofing is typically made out of cedar or pine. They are more expensive and, because they are an organic material, they age and weather beautifully. Cedar typically lasts longer but either type can last up to 50 years if properly treated, installed and maintained.

Ceramic roofing tiles are perhaps the most architecturally specific roofing material, recognized by its half-barrel shape. It is found predominantly on Spanish style homes. One advantage of ceramic tile is its fire retardant rating. Ceramic tiles are quite heavy, compared to other roofing materials. Many lighter options are equally fire retardant but for Spanish style architecture, nothing beats the look of ceramic tile.

Slate tiles (pictured above) are made of natural stone and are completely fire retardant. Composite or “faux” slate tile roofing is equally attractive and has a high fire retardant ability but is less expensive. Composite slate is made out of recycled materials and textured to look like slate and is one third the weight of real slate. Slate tiles are more expensive and can be harder to find than composite slate, but a well-maintained slate roof can last more than 100 years compared to a 50-year lifespan of composite slate.

Ready 2 Roof is a full-service roofing contractor, offering roof repair, roof replacement and general contracting services in the Brandon, Flowood and Madison areas. Our manufacturer-certified experts can help you decide which roofing material is best for your home. We can also help you navigate the insurance process.

We offer an unparalleled guarantee of our work, and personal, consistent, expert care for our customers. Contact us today at or 601-401-6628 for a free inspection and no-obligation estimate.