A Brief Guide To Roofing Types

Most discussions of roofing types generally focus on cost. While it is true that there is a wide gap between the least and the most expensive, it is rarely the case that the inexpensive option is the best choice. An experienced roofer such as Ocean County Roofing can provide detailed advice on the best choices for any home.

Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material used in the United States, but it is interesting to note that they are rarely found anywhere else in the world. In fact, some European countries ban them entirely. For a pitched roof, as opposed to a flat one, asphalt shingles are usually the least expensive option. Their quality has improved substantially over the years, but there is still a wide range of quality among different brands and types. An asphalt tile made with a base of recycled paper carrying a warranty of 10 years will be dramatically lower in quality than one with a fiberglass base and a 30 year warranty. Besides cost, one of the most attractive features of asphalt tiles is the almost limitless range of styles and colors.

Wooden shingles or shakes have been used as roofing materials for hundreds of years. Banned in many municipalities because of their fire risk, they can be somewhat expensive to buy and maintain. Their useful life is also relatively short.

A good alternative to achieve the same look are composite or synthetic wood shingles, many of which are made from recycled materials.

Tile roofs are common in the West and Southwest, but less so elsewhere in the country. They are extremely long lasting, resistant to many of the risks of other types of roofing and are available in a wide range of styles. However, they are extremely heavy and require a reinforced roofing support structure, as well we being expensive.

Metal roofing is available in a seemingly limitless range of styles and materials, not just corrugated steel and tin. Metal roofing can be in sheets or shingles, and constructed of steel, aluminum or copper. A metal roof will last for 50 years or more, and can result in a lower insurance bill since it is unlikely ever to generate a claim. Metal is also impervious to most roofing risks. It is more expensive than asphalt, but less so than many other types of roofing.

Slate is the ultimate luxury roofing, but with a cost approaching $10 per square foot for the tiles alone, it is seldom used in the US for home roofing. Slate roofs have been known to last for hundreds of years, but repairs are expensive. Slate is also extremely heavy and requires a reinforced roof.

When shopping for a new roof, it is worth comparing the pros and cons of more than one type of roofing. Sometimes, the cheapest option turns out to be the most expensive in the long run. Any of the roofing contractors from Fortified Roofing of Ocean County can answer your questions about roof repairs or skylights.

Roofing term courtesy of the contractors from Fortified Roofing of Ocean County:


A semi-solid form of petroleum which can be found naturally or refined. It is very durable and waterproof. 70% is used in the construction of roads, with roofing products accounting for most of the balance.

Ocean County roofing contractors from Fortified Roofing answer a question:

Do I need to shop around for different roofing types?

No, most experienced roofers will be able to sell and install a wide range of roofing materials. Making sure that the roofer is indeed experienced in the installation of a specific roofing material is essential, particularly if it is a less common type. Some roofers offer a warranty on the installation itself.

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