Are you currently looking for a roof replacement? Trying to learn more about the types of roofs out there to see what’s the best option for you? No worries, we’ll take care of you.

As of now, the most common types are the following and here’s why:

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt Shingles are by far the most popular roofing material among roofers and homeowners. Having a price range of $1.75 to $5.00 per square foot, they last 25 to 30 years enduring intense sunlight and temperature extremes. They required little to no maintenance at all and provide reliable waterproofing.

Other benefits include the wide variety of colors and styles, ease of installation and suitability for a wide range of temperatures. Also, you can get algae-resistant shingles which contains copper granules that can help algae and moss to expand.

Metal Roofing

This type of roof is becoming more and more common. They require pretty low maintenance, which is usually repainting if they start to become dull, they can sustain wind gusts up to 140 miles per hour and can last up to 70 years! As well, they reflect the sun’s UV and infrared light rays which contributes to an estimated 10-25% reduction in cooling costs.

But it does have its disadvantages. They’re usually as much as two or three times more expensive than other roofing materials and may be noisier during a heavy rain or hailstorm.

Slate Shingles

Slate roofs are the gold standard for long lasting roofs as they can last up to 100 years! They cannot rot as they are very dense which makes them perfect for keeping your home free from water, mold and mildew. Plus, they are easy to maintain, and are a very sophisticated and elegant appearing roof type.

Now, just as Metal Roofs their price is very high and estimated up to $20 per square foot whereas other shingles cost $1 up to $10. As well, they’re incredibly heavy as they are made of stone so you should take into consideration the weight load your roof can handle.

Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic roof tiles last a very long time about 70 years when taken care of properly. They can add a lot of uniqueness to your home and are very durable. The tiles are installed so that they overlap, which keeps water from getting inside your home.

However, they do not work well in areas that experience a lot of changes in the weather. Therefore, you will see them often in Spanish architecture, where there is a more consistent climate.

Wood/Cedar Shingles

Wood/Cedar shingles are reliable in any climate but are mostly ideal for hot and sunny areas because they resist UV damage and withstand harsh weather condition. It is a natural insulator and can reduce your heating and cooling costs. Wood shake shingles on the other hand are a green-friendly roofing choice with a useful life of around 30 years or more.

Cost and maintenance are the only cons to western red cedar shingles and shakes as they are more expensive and cost more to install.