Composite shingles--also known as asphalt shingles--are the most popular type of roofing material. These three-tab shingles are made of fiberglass mat topped with asphalt and mineral granules. An all-round good choice for most home roofing needs, composite shingles typically come with 20 to 30 year warranties.
The shake shingle is the inspiration for the modern day asphalt shingles. Similar to the asphalt shingle, the wood shake overlaps each other making the roof or siding weather proof. A down side to shake is that they often need more maintenance than newer asphalt or fiberglass shingles.
Tile is one of the more expensive materials used for roofs. Although the traditional clay tile is probably the most well known tile material it is not the only one. Other materials that are used to create tile products are metal, concrete, slate, and various synthetic compositions.
Metal roofing isn't just for warehouses anymore. While the initial cost for a premium metal roof is higher than most other roofing materials, you'll save money in the long run. A metal roof can last a lifetime, whereas materials like asphalt require reroofing every 15 to 20 years. A metal roof can also increase the resale value of your home.