The Different Types of Roofs: The Ultimate Guide

Choose the Right Roof for Your Home: Types of Roofs

Roofs are an important part of every home. They keep the rain out, the sun off your head, and provide a space for you to store all of your things.

There are many different types of roofs in use throughout the world. Some common materials you will see include, but are not limited to: asphalt shingles, metal roofing, slate and tile roofs. Be sure to visit a website of your contractor to get a quote for either installation or replacement they provide all details on type of material used so there is no confusion later.


Asphalt Shingle Roofs: These consist usually made up multiple layers of asphalt shingles stacked atop one another with an underlayment between them which provides protection against leaks during heavy rainfall events. This makes it perfect if you live in a wetter climate such as Seattle where we receive around 37 inches precipitation annually! Unfortunately because this kind of roof is cheaper and easier to install, they won’t last very long. Many homeowners will replace their asphalt shingle roofs every 15-20 years.

Metal Roofing: These are built with metal sheeting that can either be corrugated or standing seam which provide a great amount of insulation for your home (around R-30). They come in different colors such as black or brown but you can also get them painted the color of your choice! Metal roofs do not absorb moisture like other materials so there’s no chance it could ever leak. This makes it an excellent option if you live somewhere where snowfall is common during winter months because the snow will just slide right off making shoveling much less tedious on those cold days.

Slate and Tile Roofs: These are made up of individual pieces that either stand on their own or overlap like shingles. They can last upwards of 50 years if installed correctly so will definitely serve your home well for many decades but they also don’t handle moisture very well so any leaks could be particularly damaging to the structure below it.