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A Beginner's Guide to Popular Roofing Materials

Roofs have been around since humans started building their own shelter. Thousands of years of constantly evolving construction techniques have led to the development of different roofing materials. Today, most homeowners in the U.S. have roofs that are made of these popular materials.

Popular Roofing Materials

Eight out of 10 homes in the U.S. have an asphalt roof. Asphalt roof shingles are made of several layers of felt, resin and asphalt granules. Asphalt is low maintenance and easy to install, and considered one of the most affordable roofing materials today.
Metal roofs are available in the form of large panels or smaller “tiles.” Metal roofing systems are well known for their ability to shed off heat, making them an excellent choice for homes in areas with a generally warm climate.
Wooden roofs are usually made of cedar shakes and shingles. They are often found in classic-themed homes and are known for their unique texture. Older wooden roofs are especially vulnerable to fire and moisture damage, but modern wood treatment techniques make today’s wooden roofs more durable.
Tile roofs have been around for hundreds of years, but they remain a popular option for properties that favor a more classic home design, particularly Mediterranean homes. Tile roofs boast excellent wind, fire and moisture resistance.
A classic high-end roofing material, slate roofs are designed to last for hundreds of years. Slate roofing is considered one of the most expensive roofing options available. Since they are heavy and brittle, only certified roofing contractors with training in slate roof installation should be allowed to install, repair or maintain slate roofs.
Have you found the right roofing material for you? If not, we’ve got you covered. Garlock-French Corporation is the leading provider of roofing products and services in Minneapolis, Minnesota. You can give us a call at (612)722-7129, or fill out our online form to request a free estimate.