In the past, all roofing options were limited to asphalt shingles, slate, clay or concrete tiles. Today, advanced roofing materials provide an amazing range of alternatives.

Here’s a list of 9 different types of roofing to consider for your home:

1. Solar tiles-appear similar to existing shingles, generating up to 1 kilowatt of energy per 100 square feet. They are usually good for sunny roofs that do not allow to be transferred to solar panels, usually by HOA, keep in mind they also cost more than traditional solar options.

2. Asphalt shingles -most common roofing materials in America because they’re effective in all environmental conditions. Upfront costs are low, but the replacement of should expect to replace the shingles after about 20 years.

3. Metal roofing- comes in vertical panels or shingles resembling slate, tile and shake – and lasts longer- approx. 60 years. Metal excels at sloughing off heavy snow and rain, won’t burn and resists high winds. It is lightweight and can be installed on top of an existing roof. The downside about it is that metal can be noisy during rainstorms, and may even dent. Costs vary between $5 and $12 per square foot, depending on the type and the style of the metal – which is more than asphalt but less than concrete tiles.

4. Stone-coated steel- interlocking panels mimic slate, clay or shingles and resist damage caused by heavy rains (up to 8.8 inches per hour), winds of 120 miles per hour, uplifting, hail and freeze-thaw cycles. Consequently, they’re an economical, effective choice for wet, windy regions or areas prone to wildfires. Some stone-coated steel roofs are warranted for the lifetime of the house.

5. Slate- roofing lasts more than 100 years. It won’t burn, is waterproof and resists mold and fungus. Slate roofing is effective in wet climates but is expensive, heavy and might be easily broken when stepped on.

6. Rubber slate- has a natural look and can be customized to fit intricate roofs. This type of roof can last 100 years but can be damaged by satellite dishes and walking – so may also be susceptible to damage by hail, similar to slate.

7. Clay and concrete tiles -are very strong-most suitable for areas that suffer from natural hazards like tornadoes, hurricanes or winds up to 125 miles per hour and even earthquakes. They are good in warm, dry climates. They may require extra support to bear their weight, and they are likely to break when walked on.

8. Green roofs- are covered with plants and can improve air quality, reduce water runoff and insulate homes in order to reduce urban heat islands. They may last up to 40 years.

9. Built-up roofing-this roofing consists of layers of asphalt, tar or adhesive topped with aggregate and is only for flat roofs. Tar and gravel roofs, as well as flat roofs and they,  are best for roof-top decks with heavy foot traffic. These roofs may become sticky in summer, and it is harder to shovel snow off of these roofs when compared to smooth surfaces. They may last between 20 to 25 years.

In order to choose the most suitable type of roof for your home, you need to consider your climate, budget and don’t forget to take into an account the length of time you expect to stay in this house before selling. Since there are few types of roof, as mentioned, that are more expensive but last for longer.

We would love to assist you in choosing the right type of roof that will be suitable for your needs.