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When you pride yourself on your home’s design, you take care when you choose paint colors, choose furniture, and arrange window treatments. But do you think about how your roof enhances the style of your home?

Many people don’t realize how much the roof of a home can affect the overall look and feel. In this blog, we’ll go over the basics of some of the most common roofing materials.

Asphalt Composition Shingles

Asphalt shingles make up about 80% of residential roofing. They are a common choice because they are inexpensive, easy to install, and available in a wide variety of colors.

Materials

They are made of organic fiber paper matting or fiberglass. The mat is impregnated with asphalt and then coated with granules, which protect the roof from sun damage.

Durability

Since the shingles are made from paper and granules, they don’t last as long as slate or metal. In humid climates, you can find algae-resistant shingles that prevent staining.

Appearance

These shingles are available as thicker architectural shingles or in traditional three-tab forms.

Available ColorsĀ 

Asphalt shingles are available in as many colors as you can dream about. Colors range from brown, black, and gray tones to sand, red, and green tones.

Clay Tiles

Clay tiles resist fire damage and last a long time. However, they can break easily with harsh blows.

Materials

Clay tiles are made from natural kiln-fired clay.

Durability

Clay tiles can last a long time. They require minimal maintenance, except when tiles break and need to be replaced. Keep a supply of spare tiles that match the color of your roof in case of breakage.

Appearance

Tiles are available in traditional Italian or Spanish curved tiles. They can also resemble slate or wood shakes.

Available Colors

Spanish and Italian tiles tend to be made in classic rust reds, orange tones, and browns. Tiles that resemble slate or shakes can be found in more neutral browns and grays.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is more expensive than asphalt shingles because they are made of more durable materials. However, they last longer and resist wind damage more effectively.

Materials

Metal tiles are made of aluminum, steel, zinc alloy, or copper. Steel roofs tend to have a painted finish or zinc coating.

Durability

Depending on the material, metal roofs can last longer than traditional tile or shingle roofs. They can be recycled when they need to be replaced.

Appearance

Metal roofs are available in sheets or shingles. Sheets can be corrugated or flat. Shingles can be made to look like other roofing materials, such as slate, tile, or shingles.

Available Colors

Copper roofs tend to be unfinished so they develop a green patina over time. Metal roofs can have metallic finishes in natural metal colors. Shingles tend to be more matte.

Slate Tiles

Apart from thatching, slate is one of the oldest roofing materials. Slate tends to be one of the most expensive roofing materials, but it is fire resistant and durable against extreme weather.

Materials

Slate tiles are made from natural slate stone.

Durability

Depending on the quarry, slate tiles can be one of the most durable materials available.

Appearance

Since slate is made from natural rock, it has an irregular texture that creates a rustic-looking roof surface. Slate tiles come in many shapes, including traditional rectangles, scallops, and diamond-shaped tiles.

Available Colors

Slate is most commonly available in dark gray tones, but it can also be found in lighter grays, reds, and browns.

Choose the Right Roofing Material for Your Home

Now that you know a little more about the look and feel of various roofing materials, why not choose new roofing for your home? With this bit of knowledge under your belt, you’re sure to pick a roof that complements your home’s existing architecture.