Synthetic shakes are becoming popular is it delivers the elegance of natural wood, clay or slate at a fraction of the cost. They have a greater durability, holding up better to weathering, thus have a longer life spans.
Metal roofing is lightweight, durable, fire retardant, energy efficient and low maintenance. They come in a variety of styles and colors. Material is recyclable making it more environmentally friendly. They are more difficult to install and are more expensive but have a long life span though they may need periodic painting.
Spanish tile is prized for its distinctive Mediterranean or Southwestern look. It is also referred to as clay tile. It is long-lasting, expensive, and heavy. It is non-combustible and made of natural resources making it environmentally friendly.
Cedar delivers a distinctively natural look and is an economical choice for insulation purposes. It holds warmth in the winter and blocks excessive heat in the summer. It is easy to repair and long-lasting. It can be complicated to install, has lower durability, higher maintenance and is a fire hazard.
A natural Slate roof has an elegant look unmatched by other materials. Available in a variety of styles an colors, it is very durable and low maintenance. Slate shingles are heavy and expensive but have an expected life of between 50+ years when properly installed..
Asphalt roof shingles are the most common roofing covering used on residential properties in the United States. They are also the least expensive type of shingle and come in a very wide variety of colors, styles, and price points. Easy to install and repair, they are made of asphalt and fiberglass, and have warranties available from 25 years to limited lifetime. They are not considered to be environmentally friendly.